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North Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
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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Anatoli Souvlaki5 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
A family owned Greek restaurant where you are treated like a special guest in their home!
By Kumiko Umeno of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

I have been to Anatoli's in North Vancouver for both lunch and dinner. I always have an amazing time. The food is always great, the room is very warm and inviting, and the service is always top notch!

I often have the prawn souvlaki..which is incredible! I really like their greek salad...of course I enjoy the roasted potatoes, rice, and pita too...but i LOVE their greek salad!

Once my friend and I went for dinner after work and we were served by the owner, Alexi. He walked us through many courses, explaining the many Greek dishes to us while telling us about his family's home in Greece....we felt like we were special guests having dinner at his family home in Greece. A really wonderful and memorable dining experience!

I will continue to recommend and frequent Anatoli Souvlaki...Alexi and his family run a personable family business offering great, good value, Greek food. Check them out....they are great!

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Honey Doughnuts and Goodies4373 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
Overpriced Doughnuts
By HSMedia of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 8, 2011 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

I don't get whats all the commotion about this overpriced place. The customer service was hideous and I believe I was serviced by the two owners themselves. Being presented by the owners I would have believed to be treated with a tad of respect. They're also suppose to specialize in doughnuts but in fact they should rename them to grease balls. My friend and I endeavored separate items, I got the honey doughnut expecting it to be magnificent seeing as it was on the title of the restaurant but received the total opposite. I read the reviews here and people said to get them hot. As I insist I wanted a fresh one it was nothing but dripping oil with not a slight taste of honey on it but a giant piece of dough. My friend however got one of the muffins and instead of being soaked like my doughnut it was dry like a desert. I can not express the dissatisfaction about this place, without the upbringing the locals grant this place it would be out of business.

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