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Sushi Bella152 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
I will only return if the service improve...
By [email protected] of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

Food is fresh, and a lot of variety to choose from. Portion and price is acceptable (me and my girlfriend spent $28 before tax and tips for lunch). The presentations for some of the food look very attractive as well.

Service…. well except for one Japanese waitress who always slight bow her body or say thank after talking to us… all the rest of the waitresses are rubbish. First of all, they only refill our tea once, and when the waitress bought us our food, she just quickly mentioned the name of our food and left (usually a professional waitress will say something like “please enjoy”). When she took our plates, she didn’t even say anything and took them away (it’s not even busy hour, we went there around 1:45pm). One of the waitresses even plays with her cell phone. In the end, when the waitress bought us our bill, she didn’t even say anything, she just hand me the Credit Card machine! Also no goodbye or thank you when we left.

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Pasparos Taverna132 W 3rd St, North Vancouver
Great Greek
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

It's the Saturday night before Thanksgiving and the wife, #2 son and I are thinking a restaurant break before the big turkey cookoff. We haven't had Greek food for a while and it's been a decade since we visited Pasparos so off we go. It's about 5:30pm and there were only a couple of occupied tables so no reservations were needed.

Greek atmosphere abounds in Pasparos...the traditional blue and white paint, tiles and plants, and Greek music in the background. Get's you in the mood to break plates or shake your belly.

We ordered 3 Russell Cream Ales, a rich malty beer with a slightly sweet hop finish. Wife and I ordered roast lamb, son ordered lamb souvlaki. We started with a fried calamari appetizer. The calamari was very good, a thin light battered version with a rich tzatziki sauce and diced red onions. They make the tzatziki with a high fat Greek yogurt which makes it delicious but very rich and filling. The roast lamb was fork tender and delicious while the souvlaki was nicely charred. Each came with Greek salad, lemon rice, roast potatoes, and tzatziki. All was very good but noticeably light on traditional Greek seasonings (lemon, oregano) which was slightly disappointing. The platters were too much for us to finish so there was no room for a sweet finish to the dinner.

Overall the food was good, the service was excellent (prompt and not intrusive) and the decor easily conjures up a nice little Greek dinner fantasy. Cost was $99 plus tip for three.

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Tomahawk Restaurant1550 Phillip Ave, North Vancouver
Kitsch goldmine aint got the chops
By hardcore harvey of East Vancouver, BC (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 10, 2011 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

Place like the iconic Tomahawk Resteraunt have become a rare bird in Greater Vancouver. Very few of the dozens of charming, offbeat independent resteraunts remain in a city that continues to morph at an alarming rate. For every joint like this one there's 30 ABC or Pantry franchises cranking out uninspired food in a charmless setting. So I really wanted to love this place, having a soft spot for the "good ol' days". This weekday morning the cafe was about half full. Its a cozy/cramped sort of room with all kinds of bric-a-brac hanging from the rafters and 50's/60's era Native "art" on the walls. Fun is a term that springs to mind. My 4 year old son seemed to enjoy the setting and the crayons and paper place mats to color as well. Problem one: Our server was overworked and couldnt give us more than cursory attention. Not bad service per se but as the saying goes: Personality goes a long way. Note to management. Problem two: Breakfast for two ( my son ate of my plate) came to $40. A couple plates of bacon/egg/pancake combos, 2 coffee and 1 apple juice is what we had. Not tons of food. Problem three: the food itself wasnt very good. Factor in the price and its a rip off, plain and simple. For heaven's sake, dont serve frozen, pebble-like hashbrowns to people when its so easy to produce fresh. Nothing here looked like it was cooked with love. Very, very average breakfast all things considered. Problem five: Our meals took near 30 minutes to get to our table. I can only assume the kitchen is understaffed as is the front of the house. Note to management: Clean up the grungey make-a-wish pond adjacent to the cash guy. There's a HUGE drowned wolf spider sprawled at the bottom of the pool. Middle Aged Ponytail Guy who works the cash register at the door seemed about as engaged in guest's experience as the wood totem poles out front. We had fun but agreed it was hardly worth a return trip and will not recommend this relic to my hungry friends. Sad really.

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V-Nam175 East 3rd St., North Vancouver
Decent decent food but service and value have gone downhill.
By 778guy of Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

I have mixed feelings about submitting this review but I feel its time to be honest about this place I once loved. V-Nam opened a few years back, filling a much needed gap in restaurant choices on the North Shore. Vietnamese cuisine was poorly and under represented on the Shore and I was excited to have a new Pho spot to check out. My early visits were impressive, the food was very good, the service was efficient, friendly and the price and value was great. The actual restaurant itself has never been anything too exciting, it's small and other than a couple of interesting fish tanks and Viet nick-knacks on the wall it doesn't have much in the visual department (unless you count those bizarre giant fake lobsters on the wall!).
Since my initial positive visits I have come to notice some not so attractive and downright intolerable things about V-Nam. First off the once good value for dollar prices have disappeared. Vietnamese food has always had a solid reputation in Vancouver for being affordable (with the exception of a couple of higher end places) and V-Nam initially was no exception. I understand that prices will need to increase from time to time but the price jump at V-Nam has risen by at least a dollar on every item which I now feel has put it out of the once affordable spot it held.
One positive thing I can say V-Nam has done in its price change is not doing the typical cross out or white out the price on the printed menu and add the new price with a pen garbage that is, unfortunately, all too common. If you have read some of my previous reviews for places I have probably mentioned this before as it is a real pet peeve of mine; it's tacky, stands out like a sore thumb and is just unprofessional.
The worst thing and reason I will no longer return to V-Nam is the service (or complete lack thereof) in the early days the owner did much of the serving himself, he was friendly, polite and really made you feel comfortable and welcome. Nowadays I rarely see the owner and the serving staff are completely inattentive, there is a brief moment at the beginning and end where some obviously "Pho" (oh yes I did ;) friendly behavior is displayed but its painfully apparent that it is put on. They do take your order quickly and food doesn't take too long to arrive but that's where the service ends, there is no check-back to see if everything is ok and tea/water refills must be flagged down to be received. I understand things getting busy and the resulting delays being unavoidable at times but for a server to knowingly walk past an empty glass or mug is downright lazy (this is your job and a main aspect of what you are being tipped for).
In the end I still do enjoy the food but the poor service and higher prices now have me looking for a new Pho house on the Shore. I'm disappointed to see a place I really enjoyed go down this road and I do hope the owner makes the necessary changes to correct the things tarnishing his restaurant's reputation.

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Aria Pizza & Donair112 West 12th Avenue, North Vancouver
good pizza and donair
By minoo of north vancouver b c (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

i love there pizza and donair. nice peope, nice customer service. :)
there are moving to new location and we will go there, we never let u guys be alone, a store like u guys must be always open and treat well,.,, aria pizza is the BEST

the guy in there told us there moving by end of oct,.,

who ever didnt try there food must try its awsome.

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Hanugin Mongolian BBQ1604B Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
Nice quiet place
By Food-luver of downtown Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 7:20pm [Dine in]

I was craving Mongolian BBQ and didn't feel like going downtown. It was very quiet when we arrived. There was only 1 couple seated. We were quickly greeted and seated and asked by the girl if we have been here before and explained how it worked. Selection of veggies were allright except I am used to seeing Spinach which there was none of. They have Shiitake mushroom instead of the usual white mushrooms which is nice to some people (except I don't like Shiitake) too bad for me.

The services was friendly and warm. The nice thing is that it's clean (unlike most). We had the all you can eat which was $15.99. The only thing I suggest is because the bowls in which you get your raw food in is so small, cut down the sauce amounts to half or you'll end up with very saucy stuff.

Overall experience was nice. I will return.

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Waves Coffee House3050 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver
Trying to hard to be everything
By Coffee-Hound of North Van, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 3, 2011 - 9:25pm [Dine in]

Well, kudos, at least for trying so hard. But, here's the thing - all I want is a good coffee - Waves just wants to do everything - and it fails. Crap coffee, average food - give it a miss. And why is it do dark and dingy, not just this location, but a few others I have visited. Too much corporate feel, not enough soul.

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Pemberton Station135 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver
Five visits, all good
By li @ mike of Kitsilano (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 8:02pm [Dine in]

Been here after hiking on five occasions( 3 entertainment coupons) and the results are consistant.

Very good service, with no gripes using a coupon with or without a drink order. Lots of natural light,
friendly patrons, and very clean. The salads unlike some pubs are very fresh and green.

The pub food is consistantly good., Its a go.

Mike

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Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub1177 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver
Will not eat there again
By moyes of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

Went with my sister and her husband on their last day before returning to England, ordered Nachos, a large of which I think is a small, along with extras, beef, guacamole, of which we were charged an extra 3.50 for the beef, of I am sure was no more than a tablespoon and totally overcooked. We mentioned this to our server and her reply was I'll take it back then" not to offer to improve it. She was totally rude. Very poor service. The chicken wings were scrawny, our mains were cold. The prices are inflated and they have made the portions much smaller.

We will never eat there again. They have become complacent over the years, so our new pub of choice is Seymours, which has good service and great food.

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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 (32 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 (27 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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