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North Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
Fishworks Restaurant91 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
The Best Halibut Ever
By CoolDiner of North Vancouver, BC (25 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

I was actually at the restaurant a few months ago, but recently discovered this site, hence a delayed review. I have eaten in many great restaurants - here, across Canada, and Europe - and this gem ranks in my top 10 for one simple reason: the best halibut I have ever had .. . . yummy!

If the halibut is a yardstick, then I am sure that most the other items on the menu are top notch.

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Delany's Coffee House1277 Lynn Valley Rd, #169, North Vancouver
Great coffee, great staff, great location - but really awful music
By CoolDiner of North Vancouver, BC (25 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

Love this place - the staff, in general, are truly great and the coffee is quite possibly the smoothest in the city. But, we avoid the place for one simple reason - the music can be loud and obnoxious. Top 40, Elton John, Celine Dion should be banned. It's bad enough that you hear this crap everywhere you go, but a coffee house that plays this crap ruins everything.

I used to think it was only a few of us (my girlfriend and I) who felt this way, but got to chatting with a nice couple who also commented on the music and how they hated being bombarded by a wailing Whitney Houston or Celine Dion. I really wish they would change the music - I hate Starbucks but they at least have their music selection right. And, you know what, the couple, left without making a purchase.

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Thai House Restaurant116 W Esplanade, North Vancouver
Terrible seats, good food
By kilby of north vancouver BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

Went to Thai House on Esplanade last week for first time. Had the Pad Thai and Jungle Curry, both were very good. We sat in a booth with foam seats that were completely worn out, must be original because we sank so low that our posteriors were on the wood below causing us to sit too low 5'11" and 5'7" .....Felt like small children as well was very uncomfortable. Enough reason to not go back despite the good food. Owners need to invest a little money to bring the furniture (and decoration) up to todays standards.

Shame as I mentioned, the food is very good.

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Golden Pearl Restaurant333 Brooksbank, #128, North Vancouver
Canadian Chinese Takeout
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 9:43pm [Take-out]

Every once in a while, the wife gets a craving for plain and simple WonTon soup and BBQ Pork Chow Mein takeout. She had the same cravings when she was pregnant with our boys and it never went away so like the good husband I am, I indulge her even if it's not our typical choice for Asian cuisine. Golden Pearl is just down the street so I pull out the take out menu , circle her soup and mein and begin the search for something more exotic for me. I settled on Ginger Fried Shredded Beef and Diced Chicken with Peanuts and Hot Chilis. There aren't many dishes on the Pearl's menu that I would call spicey or exotic so the choice is limited. Called up the Pearl and they said 15 minutes. Wow, for a Friday at 5pm.
Wife loves the WonTon and Chow Mein, the standard Canadian Chinese fare, fairly bland and mild, not greasy or oddly textured, and just what she wanted, She found the Shredded Beef too spicey but I thought it was tasty and crispy with a kick. The Diced Chicken was unusually bland for a "Hot" dish and the search for a chili was in vain. We usually prefer Szechuan chinese so the Pearl isn't my first choice but if you're a fan of Canadian style chinese done well, it will meet your needs. And parking is no problem at Park & Tilford.

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Kypriaki Taverna1356 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Great Food, Great Value
By Steve Keffer of North Vancouver, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 26, 2011 - 10:15am [Dine in]

Since moving to Vancouver last fall, we’ve had trouble finding a nice, reasonably-priced place with good food and portions, and now we’ve definitely found it! Our reservation was on a Saturday night around 8:30, and we were warmly greeted and seated promptly. There were only a few other diners when we arrived, but it got busier later. Even so, the service throughout our meal was attentive, but not rushed.

The restaurant is small and nicely decorated, with a quaint ambiance reminiscent of a local Cypriot taverna. The menu is not huge, but has a good selection of appetizers and entrees, including a nice variety of vegetarian choices. We had the Feta and Olives and Dolmades for appetizers. The Feta was excellent: fresh and firm, accompanied with Kalamata olives. The Domades was among the best I’ve ever had, served piping hot. Both were served with pita bread and Tsatziki. The pita was leavened a little more than the classic style, but soft, served hot from the oven and replenished on request.

The main courses were served with Greek-style rice (with diced carrots, a nice touch), one lemon-roasted potato (halved), and a small salad of tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and green pepper topped with crumbled Feta cheese (a little too much for my taste, but to each their own). Our party of four had chicken souvlaki (2), roast lamb and the Greek-style ½ chicken. The portions were generous (none of us could finish), and the food was cooked perfectly. Presentations were basic, but nice (although the plates could have been bigger!), in keeping with the rustic style of a genuine Taverna. The roast lamb in particular was absolutely delicious, literally melting in your mouth.

Dinner for four with two appetizers and two glasses of wine came to $117.00, including tax. The restaurant is open for lunch, with a very reasonably-priced selection of dishes, including a platter for $19.99 that looked like it would easily serve three.

We’ll definitely be back to Kypriaki Taverna, and will recommend it without hesitation. It was altogether a wonderful dining experience!

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Bravo Cucina1209 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
Good Italian on Lonsdale
By Basilseal of North Vancouver District (31 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 8:20pm [Dine in]

We have eaten here a few times and always found the food to be very good. The service can be a little erratic here as they can get overloaded quickly as there were only 2 servers working tonight. The pasta dishes are always very good value and very tasty.

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Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant1199 Lynn Valley Road, #115, North Vancouver
Wonderful New Japanese Restaurant
By papercut11 of vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 11:44am [Dine in]

Delightful!

This is a new Japan Restaurant located in the Lynn Valley mall, in North Vancouver. It was wonderful.

They did some renovations when they took over. The atmosphere was very nice considering it is in a mall. It felt like a real Japanese restaurant with real Japanese people working there.

The owner/sushi chef made us some fantastic sushi. We tried several different items from the usual rolls, to tempura, agedashi tofu, gyoza, and udon. The food quality was super. For us it is the food that makes it or not for a restaurant and this food was fantastic. The food prices were very reasonable too. They even have a kids meal for those with little ones. I also got some sashimi after and it was so fresh. I wanted more.

All the staff were great. The server who helped our table was so great. She was very sweet and did a great job so we gave a big tip.

Overall, I thought the people, atmosphere, and especially the food was fantastic. Our family will definitely return to Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant.

Wonderful!

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Dex Gourmet Burger Bar123 Carrie Cates Court, #142, North Vancouver
Great burgers
By thedatingguy of Burnaby B.C (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

Went to Lonsdale Quay on a warm Saturday afternoon for some sight seeing. I ended up in the food court area because I was hungry. I see this little burger joint at the end at the entrance. I decided to try their chicken burger. The lady took my order and asked if I would like something to drink. I decided on a can of coke-- total came to about $10.50 for the drink and burger w/ fries. I waited for about 5-6 minutes for my order and during that time I was looking for a place to sit as the place was quite busy. As soon as my burger was ready the lady asked if I wanted any toppings-- nice little thing they have. I added tomato, lettuce, onion and mayo with salt and pepper. The chicken was juicy and the fries were crispy and golden. Really great to eat outside with the nice cool air

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Zeitoon1615 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Chewy Filet Mignon: tasted like liver
By woaters of East Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

I had walked by this place and was curious for a while. Dragged my unwilling partner there, trying to get him to try new things.
Ambiance is nice. clean. welcoming.

Greeted right away and were seated VERY close to another table. Asked if we could move, not a problem.

A man took our order. I ordered filet mignon kabob. Hubby, chicken cabob. A basket of pita bread and half an onion was placed on our table. Never found out what the onion was for. It was wrapped in saran wrap.

A woman brought our food and awkardly asked if we wanted anything else? Like what? I asked. She just smiled.
Chicken was good. Filet mignon tasted like liver. It was impossible to chew. I had to spit it in my napkin.
I told female server. She smiled and said it was the marinade. I sade no, its chewy. she said sorry and walked away....leaving our plates

Male server came and asked how everything was. I told him about the kabob. He sais sorry and walked away....leaving our plates behind.

Female server returned and I told her again. She said sorry and finally took our plates.

We paid our bill by debit and she hovered behind my husband while he used the portable machine.

We wanted it to be good....but it was not....good..won't be back.

Good prices thankfully since I had to pay for a meal I didn't eat.

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Arms Reach Bistro4390 Gallant Avenue, #107C, North Vancouver
A Precious Jewel In The Heart Of Deep Cove
By carson of north van (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 23, 2011 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

Geographically speaking, the Arms Reach Bistro has the dining experience cornered. As one of, if not the only good restaurant east of Lonsdale, on the North Shore, the ARB serves up excellent food, service, value, and ambiance. Living almost my whole life in Deep Cove, and never dined before at this location, (minus the old Nut Shell) I have frequented this cozy little place several times this past summer. Food quality has always been top notch, service impeccable, value a bit pricey, and the ambiance on the patio during the summer outstanding. Having ordered different items off the menu every time I've visited, I've never had a bad meal. Regarding the prices on the entrees, if you live nearby, the money you would save on gas going elsewhere, is easily recovered with the quality ARB serves up. Weather you're visiting Deep Cove for the day, or are a local, the Arms Reach Bistro will not disappoint.

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Bean Around The World1802 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Bean There.....
By maggiemia of East Vancouver, BC (25 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 12:40pm [Dine in]

I went there yesterday with my girlfriend and we splint a wrap and sandwich. I asked if they can panini grill it and it did not seem warm or tasty at all. I thought that the wrap was ok, I had better. Even if it does have Quinoa in it and it's good for you.
They need to have more selection on food items and to change the sandwiches, I don't know where they order from but the company needs to change that and just have a really good selection on the Entree items.
There was nothing in the case, maybe because we went around 2pm. No excuse.
Make the sands more hotter, leave it in the panini grill a little longer.
I didn't want to say anything about it at the time. Too much work then for the guy behind the counter.
Service was good, friendly girl that served and took my order.
The place is nice and sometimes I like dark places.
The Bean around the World on W. 10th Ave. West Point Grey area is a lot of food to choice from, a lot of selection, but it has been a while for me in 'Beans'.
All in All, pretty good service, warm the sands a little more, more more Selection on Sands!

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Gusto Di Quattro1 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Disappointing evening
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 12, 2011 - 10:34am [Dine in]

It's been many years since we've been to Gusto and hubby wanted to try it again. We'd had a good experience here many years ago and thought it would be a nice evening out.

We had reservations but the first seat they offered us was in a corner and I could not get at the seat without the table being pulled out and then pushed back in again once I sat down. As there was another couple seated not 1 foot from our table and the gentleman had to get up in order for me to get in (I am not a big woman) I asked the waiter not to push the table back in as I would probably want to leave my seat at some point during the evening. He gave us another table. For dinner we shared the Linguine del Mar - pasta with rock shrimp, tomatoes and chili. Hubby really enjoyed the pasta but I thought it was good at best. For the main entrees my husband ordered the pistachio crusted sablefish and it was very good. The fish was nice and moist and very tasty. It came with Mascapone risotto that he really enjoyed. I ordered the Cornish Game hen cooked under a brick and the hen was very dry, definitely overcooked. My husband sampled it as well and he also said that it was not very good. We called our waiter over and he said that he would have it redone. He came back a few minutes later and said that the chef said that's the way the dish is done and the the next one would be the same. I have a suggestion - why don't you try not cooking it as long. That seems like an easy suggestion. By the way the owners of Mangia e Bevi used to be with the Quattro restaurants and the Cornish Game hen that they do is heavenly. I decided to just have an appetizer of escargot and prawns. It was okay but you can get basically the same dish at other restaurants for considerably less money. I was very dismayed at the way the whole situation was handled. Most restaurants that we have gone to when there is a problem with the food they will comp the dessert or offer you an apperitif.

Our server was decent. Wine and water was continually topped up but we did have to ask for little things. Wine bucket to keep white wine cold etc.

We would not be back. I just don't see the value for the money here. A dry tasteless game hen at $32.00 is just not my idea of value and they tell me that this is the way it is supposed to be. Ugh

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Cactus Club Cafe1598 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver
I love Cactus Club
By Open Road Man of New (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 10:38am [Dine in]

Been there a couple of times and always impressed. Food is always good and service is excellent. First time I had a cracked glass. I didn't even complain, but the ladies made a big deal out of it and even the manager came to apologize and offer my girl and me a comp round. The waitress speaking of which are gorgeous hotties. The short skirts and heels make me (and probably you) tip 20% easy. Steak is as good as Keg. Well done, a favourite in North Van and good for strategic meetings!

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Dragon Gate108 13th Street West, North Vancouver
Lunch Special is not special
By Goodwrench of North Vancouver (40 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 12:41am [Dine in]

Stopped by here for lunch with a friend of mine. We ordered the lunch special, she had the curry veggy with rice, I had the black bean beef with rice. Nothing special, not really even that good. I ate half of it and asked for the bill. Yeah, it was that bad. Restaurant decor was nice. Great deal with the lunch special. But, food was pretty gross. I won't be coming back here, and, I don't recommend this place.

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Raven Pub, The1052 Deep Cove Road, North Vancouver
Sad and Sorry Experience and a Waste of Living Social Coupon
By JetAngel of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

We had found the Raven Pub on our Living Socials deals, and as we like to try out new places, we went there for dinner around 8pm.
The pub looked as you would expect any neighbourhood pub to look, and was relatively rowdy and busy.
The waitress was fast to ask us for our drinks, and immediately took our Living Socials voucher which we'd left on the table, and the drinks were not too long. So far, so good. And that was as far as good went.

Our drinks showed up, and after a sip, my partner was surprised at the taste of the ginger ale - which wasn't ginger ale at all. As we waited for our waitress to come back, we started noticing a loud high repetitive squeaking noise; possible from the dish washer?
Like the sound of dripping water, an intermittent but unrelenting noise... We moved tables, but to no avail.
We couldn't find our waitress so asked another one whether this was ginger ale. She said they had run out. I'm not sure what they had given us instead. When our food showed up, after roughly 1/2 hour, we were so irritated by the noise that we asked for the food to be wrapped up. We didn't see the food, or the waitress, for another 15 minutes. I heard another guest ask why their food was taking so long, and the waitress said they were very busy. I had to ask for the bill, and then ask for them to redo the bill and apply the voucher.

We tried the food at home, and I'm sorry to say that the bacon around the bacon-wrapped-scallops was very tough and they were rather flavourless. The crab cakes were inedible and the sauce seemed to be mayo mixed with butter.
Our garbage can ate most of it. We will not go back.

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Boston Pizza88 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver
Hey People Who Like Kids Noise And Kids in The Aisles
By consistentleader of Suburb (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 6:35am [Dine in]

This is the place for you. Funny their commercials show people ordering alcohol. Yeah good luck with that. For a pretend fine dining restaurant they had several kids making noise, running around and delighting daddy and mommy with loud statements about coke and "pizza!". The food is not healthy I guess. The waitresses were suitably dressed (like a lame family restaurant). We were able to get the cheque when we asked for it. I cannot see how to improve this restaurant without changing it whole..

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Sushi Nami Fusion Japanese Restaurant1315 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
What a Great find!
By Goodwrench of North Vancouver (40 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 8:49am [Dine in]

We stopped by here for dinner the other night. It's a new Restaurant, with banners and such outside saying Awards or something like that. So we figured why not?....

What a treat! The Decor inside was very nice and new. One thing though was sitting in the back, there was a bit of echo. They almost need something to soften up the interior. But, that's small details. We were greeted with a smile from everyone who worked there. Seated very quickly and served tea and drinks very quickly.

Ok, I'm the first to admit, I don't know anything about Sushi. But, this place was very good compared to everywhere else I've eat. The food was a fusion as they say. It wasn't the regular rolls and such, though they were availible. We started with Salmon Sashimi. It was great! Large Portions and very good. Sweet almost and didn't need any wassabi with it. We had a modified California Roll, suggested by our server. I forget the name of it, which is a shame, but, it had grilled Scallop bits on it. VERY GOOD. We also had this modified Dynamite Roll, which had this strange flaky crust, holy... was it every good. Lastly we had another roll with sliced salmon sashimi on top with salmon on the inside too. We had a egg plant yaki, which was egg plant, with chicken and scallops. I'm not an eggplant eater, don't care of seafood, but, I would've eaten that entire dish myself. My only complaint was the Spicey Chicken Kiragi, it was like Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls.

Caution to start, the rolls are very big. They come in a pretty hugh dish. We didn't finish them all, it was just too much. But, it's good, because, it's a really decent price for the kind food you get.

I would love to come back to this place. I think it's a great place to eat. I would recommend it to other people, but, I get the feeling that everyone else that eats there will probably do the same. I just hope it doesn't get so packed that I can't get a table anymore!

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Aria Pizza & Donair112 West 12th Avenue, North Vancouver
Donair takeout...soon to be moving
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2011 - 6:33pm [Take-out]

It's been ages since we've had a good donair. I remember reading on DineHere that Aria served great pizza but also had donairs and the owner was Greek. We've never tried either at Aria's and we were on our way home from Whistler so we thought we'd stop and pick up a couple to take home.
First thing I noticed when I walked in was a petition complaining about Aria's being kicked out at the end of August by the landlord to make room for a Fresh Slice. The obviously upset owner still eagerly filled our order while asking for our support. Of course....we need fewer chains and more owner operator stores to keep our takeout diversity.
We ordered two lamb donairs with everything (didn't know you could do that) and rushed them home for eating. Lamb in the donair was tasty, hot off the rotisserie and the pita was tender. The pita was also filled with lettuce and tsatziki which is more a gyro than a donair (we were expecting just onions and tomatoes). Tasted fine but the lettuce makes for a wet drippy wrap and it wasn't what we really wanted. Anyway....it's still been ages since we;ve had a good donair.

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Zeitoon1615 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Great Lamb Shank
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

Went for lunch on a weekday and they are open at noon, versus 11:30 for most lunch places. Several types of kabobs to chose from but chose the lamb shank. It was very good and came with a great sauce which went well with the fluffy rice. Also came with a nice salad. At below $10, thought this was a good deal for lunch at a sit down restaurant. Yaas supermarket is up the street and they do a great kabob and lamb shank as well and cheaper but it is a more self serve style.

Nice new paint and decoration done on the former chinese restaurant and service was top notch. Will be back to try the kabobs which were enjoyed by my companions.

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Sushi Bella152 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Bad Day?
By loyman of east Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 12:20am [Dine in]

Showed up for our 8pm reservation only to be told that they were behind schedule and had to wait an extra 30 minutes for our table. The restaurant is run by koreans, serving japanese food and background music was english. When the food and drinks came, we noticed that there were many fruit flies around our table. My date tried to kill them with her own hands throughout dinner. No staff in the restaurant seem to notice this. Food arrived shortly after we ordered and tasted good. After dinner, my date noticed that she was getting some kind of allergic reaction on her skin either to the food or wine we had. Will not probably go back there.

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