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North Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
Pizza Hut906 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Awful, disgusting, gross!!
By Mr. Ralph of North Vancouver, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 10, 2014 - 11:14pm [Delivery]

After ordering from pretty much every single other pizza place in the area (all of which are good or at least decent in their own way), we decided to order from Pizza Hut on Marine Dr for a change. What a mistake. Pizza was extremely soggy - crust was basically wet.. kind of like trying to eat a wet dish sponge - we threw 80% of it into the garbage, because we could not eat it. We also ordered wings, which were even more disgusting - flavourless, and also soggy. Does this place soak all of their food in dishwater before they send it out? These also went in the garbage, because they were not edible. This place is not even cheap. Basically, we threw $40 worth of their disgusting so-called food into the trash. What a waste. Stay AWAY from this place!! Many, many, many better options available to you.

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Nando's Chicken1301 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Pushy Clerk behind the Counter - do they work on Commission?
By Sundown of North Vancouver (41 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 4:48pm [Dine in]

First time here didn't know what to expect (except for what I read on the website). The girl behind the counter was very pushy in first trying to sell us a whole chicken for dinner, we said no, too much food. My partner asked for the 1/4 chicken (drumstick/thigh) with a side over of caesar salad - the girl was pushy asking 3 times if he was sure he didn't want two 1/4 pieces, he said no (he can't eat half a chicken himself) she still pushed it.....do they work on commission for this girl to be so pushy in trying to sell more than what we want or could eat? I asked where they kept the condiments and straws - she didn't answer, maybe she didn't hear my my partner asked - he was ignored, he asked again, again he was ignored. Next she was busy trying to push beer onto us instead of pop - they must work on a commission, at least that's how she behaved.

We picked a table. The server was much more pleasant - friendly and attentive. The 1/4 chicken and caesar was delicious. My chicken sandwich and peri peri fries were also delicious. If the service was better we would go back, but because of such a horrible disappointment with such a money hungry pushy clerk behind the counter, I will wait a few years (if ever) in hopes of their staff learning more about better customer service.

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Fishworks Restaurant91 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Great Christmas Eve Family Dinner
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 9:46pm [Dine in]

We chose Fishworks for a Christmas Eve family dinner with our sons and made reservations for 6pm. It’s a cosy little restaurant, with a display of fresh oysters on ice as you walk in the door, nicely decorated in muted tones and decor. Wait staff seated us promptly and were efficient and personable, neither too intrusive nor too distant for requests during our meal. By the time we left at 7:30 the restaurant was packed.

We ordered 4 of their Parallel 49 Ugly Sweater stouts which were rich, sweet, creamy dark milk stouts, a nice start while we perused the menu. Starters were a half-dozen freshly shucked oysters for me, crab cakes with a wasabi aioli for the wife, and crispy curry squid with cucumber raita and salmon Carpaccio with a garlic-ginger sauce for the boys. Each was delicious and forks were passed around the table to share the different tastes.

Mains were Haida Gwaii lingcod with a spicy and crispy seared skin; grilled prawn linguine carbonara with a raw egg in the middle for stirring into the hot pasta; a lovely seafood paella; and halibut poutine (seriously). All the starters and mains were excellent, very creative, rich and elegantly presented and some of the paella and carbonara came home with us in doggy boxes. We were too full to entertain dessert. Total tab was $208 including tip for four. Not cheap eats but an excellent special occasion dinner spot that we thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.

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Sushi Katsu1857-1861 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Renos complete! Huge improvement! Great sushi!
By Palate1 of Vancouver, B.C, Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

Feeling obligated to update. Same "new" owners but a "new and better" restaurant for sure! This restaurant was closed for a while for renovations and recently reopened. We had to check it out. The entrace is now off of Lonsdale. The dining room is completely open, spacious, bright, and new. Many big screen TVs have been added --great because the hockey game was on. The menu has some new options. Plates, cups, glasses, etc. were all clean and new. The prices went up a tiny bit (25-50 ¢) but the quality, quantity, and presentation of the food was great! It is on a different level now -- such an improvement! The fellow who served us was great and our food arrived freshly-made in a timely manner. Our tea and water was topped up regularly and empty plates were removed promptly. My partner loved the fried calamari! All the rolls were fresh and tasty. The sashimi was fresh and portions were generous. We were so full and completely satisfied when we left. Hope they keep this up! Glad we can count again on Sushi Katsu as our local "go-to" sushi place! If you liked it before, you will love it now!

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Eagles Pub170 West 3rd St., North Vancouver
Heartless
By JenWatson of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 11:39am [Catering]

Last week I attended a fundraiser in the banquet room at the Eagles to raise money for a family friend fighting cancer. As the organizers are members if the eagles the eagles agreed to give 10% of the bar sales to the fundraiser. Now one week later they will not give the funds to the cause. If this is how the eagles are going to act I will no longer be supporting this business.

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Pho Saigon128 East 14th Street, North Vancouver
Hot Pho
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 29, 2013 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

When we first walked in, the Pho Saigon reminded of a diner; brightly lit, spartan tables and furnishings and very neat and clean. And the instrumental elevator muzak playing in the background kind of grew on me as we ate (from disco to russian symphonies). We were in search of a good bowl of beef pho on a cold winter evening and the Siagon sounded like the rght place to be.

We ordered 2 large bowls of beef noodle pho with eye of round and well-done flank steak. Glasses of hot weak tea came out first to warm our hands. The bowls came out steaming with a mound of rice noodles and sliced beef in the middle, swimming in broth with diced green onions, with a side of bean sprouts, lime wedges, sliced chillis and sprigs of fresh thai basil for dressing.

I'm no expert on pho but it was a great bowl of beef noodle soup; the eye of round was very tender and very rare until stirred into the hot tasty broth. The flank steak was a bit chewy so I'd probably stick with the eye of round next time. And there will be a next time I'm sure. Damage was $20 with a tip.

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Jack Lonsdale's1433 Lonsdale Avenue, #127, North Vancouver
Embarrassing
By ScottBrown of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 25, 2013 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

It was my go-to place on Sunday for watching football. I was there five Sundays in a row. But on Grey Cup Sunday, I was refused service because I was wearing boots (hiking boots) and canvass pants.
I guess I was red flagged as "working class."
It was a Sunday afternoon and I wanted to watch football. Apparently, I didn't pass their eyeball test and was sent away.
It was embarrassing.
They'd rather sit half-empty than serve me.
Nice job alienating a new regular customer.

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Harmony Donut And Deli Shop2945 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Best. Donuts, ANYWHERE.
By Appalbarry of north vancouver BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 22, 2013 - 7:00pm [Dine in]

There's a reason why half of the people drinking coffee at the Starbucks next door are eating Harmony donuts - they're just plain good.

These are the real deal - honest to god proper donuts, cooked up in a deep fryer right before your eyes. Those horrid prebaked Tim Hortons things pale in comparison. Real nuts, and sprinkles, and icing......

Seriously, buy a dozen assorted donuts from Harmony and there's no way you'll ever darken Timmy's doors again.

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DJJ's Wedge2924 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Hands Down the Best Pizza In or Near Lynn Valley
By Appalbarry of north vancouver BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 22, 2013 - 6:56pm [Take-out]

Lynn Valley has no shortage of pizza joints, and they're all pretty dull and corporate.

That's why we drive the other direction and get our pizza from DJJ's. It's about the best pizza you'll find on the North Shore, and FAR FAR superior to the chain pizza that you'll get around Lynn Valley.

Love it!

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Finch & Barley250 East 1st Street, North Vancouver
Great for Drinks and Appetisers
By Appalbarry of north vancouver BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 22, 2013 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

We love the neighbourhood feel of this place, and the mix of clientèle. It's our go-to place for drinks and a light nosh in the early evening - the appetisers are excellent.

Strangely the one time that we went for a full dinner we were less impressed. Somehow the full entrees just weren't as amazingly yummy as the starters.

Still though, this place is a gem, a hidden treasure if you will, and we'll recommend it highly.

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Crepe Escape123 Carrie Cates Court, #133, North Vancouver
Watch out - extra charges abound
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 22, 2013 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

Took the kids to Lonsdale Quay. They wanted some ice cream. Looked around and decided to have the ice cream at Crepe Escape.

The sign with prices indicated that one scoop of ice cream was $3.30 plus tax. There was an extra 0.60 charge for a waffle cone. I bought each of my kids one scoop in a regular cone (not waffle). Daughter had cappacino. Son had chocolate.

The male clerk made the ice cream first, then set about taking my money. It is a good thing that my kids were right there and could hold their ice cream, because it is difficult to hold ice cream and handle money and change. The clerk should know this.

The clerk plunked the change (from a $10 bill) into my hand. I guess counting back change has not been taught in schools for a looooong time. I looked at the coins in my hand and thought it looked a little short. I put the change on the counter and took out my IPhone calculator. Let's see $3.30 x 2. Multiply that by 1.05 (for the GST). Hmmm. I was short $0.40. I mentioned this to the clerk. He advised me that "it's twenty cents for each cone." ??????

I asked for the forty cents back.

He repeated that it's 20 cents for the cones. I asked him if I was suppose to have the ice cream served directly into my children's hands. I advised that the sign stated the price of the ice cream and that it stated that a waffle cone was an extra 60 cents each and that the ice cream needed to be served in SOMETHING - either a cup or a simple cone and that it needed to be included in the price.

He reluctantly refunded the forty cents.

I read the other reviews - it sounds like nickel and diming patrons is a regular thing for this business.

I thought the scoops small and the flavour was nothing to right home about.

I would not return.

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Kostas Taverna1133 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
Food was okay.
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 21, 2013 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

I decided to order the lamb souvlaki, came with potatoes,rice and change the greek salad to garden salad. I wish I could rave about the food, found the lamb dry, rice on the spicy side and potatoes okay. I did like the garden salad. My meal came to under $20.00.
I found the service friendly, wasn't busy for the lunch time, just got them when they open at 5pm. I felt for the price it was okay. Maybe they had an off night.

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Genji Japanese Restaurant3650 Mount Seymour Parkway, #153, North Vancouver
Good food
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 21, 2013 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

I decided to order the chicken teriyaki bento box with california roll, chicken teriyaki, salad, tempera. The meal was filling, the chicken teriyaki had great flavour, including the tempera. I'm not big on california roll, and was okay.
The service was attentive, quick and friendly, would go back again for another meal.

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Aka Tom-Bo751 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Great lunch menu.
By spagnut of North Shore Vancouver BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 11, 2013 - 9:07pm [Dine in]

Very decent food, you wont walk away hungry from any of the lunch specials, the rolls are big, sometimes they put too much mayo in them. The patio is very nice to sit on in summer. Too bad liquor laws don't allow you to enjoy a nice cold beer with your sushi outside.
The chef is creative and makes some very nice looking stuff!
I can't speak for the regular menu however.
I do recommend it for lunch!

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Jack Lonsdale's1433 Lonsdale Avenue, #127, North Vancouver
Keep trying Jacks.
By spagnut of North Shore Vancouver BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 11, 2013 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

I really wanted this place to be awesome after the big reno that kept it closed forever.
First I will give you the positives.

Good views to screens
Nice beer selection
110% cleaner than the old Jacks
Decent service

Now the bad.
The food, hasn't improved. It may actually have actually taken a slide.
The prices have gone WAY up to pay for the new room.
The drinks are WAY overpriced.
They have alienated their regulars, perhaps they didn't want their business anymore. I'm not one, but I noticed.

It seems like Jacks is trying, but hasn't got the formula right. Basically my opinion is "lipstick on a goat" it looks "better" but until the food is fixed they're just overpriced and pretentious.

The drink prices may be high simply because they can be, this is the only place in central Lonsdale to go for a drink, it isn't hard to go anywhere else. I think that the people that are willing to pay the premium will just go downtown anyway.

I really wanted to like the change. I hope they fix it!

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Pho Saigon128 East 14th Street, North Vancouver
Favorite place for Pho, and lunch on the north shore.
By spagnut of North Shore Vancouver BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 11, 2013 - 8:48pm [Dine in]

I frequent this place between one and three times a week with a friend or two of mine, and have been for the last 18 months or so, 90% of the time I have no gripes with anything, this is an honest family owned restaurant, good friendly people and good eats. I recommend their subs for value tastiness my favorites are the pork brochette and chicken(which is lemon grass chicken) I also enjoy their spring rolls, salad rolls, pho, and vermicelli bowls and I've been to them all more than once.

My friend loves the curry, and he dips his sub in it.

I will be frank and say this won't be the best pho place you will ever go to, but it is probably the best on the north shore, and the service here is almost always fantastic (but it depends which server is working) and the food is almost always satisfying. You won't be happy if you are a pho snob, but then again you probably never are. ;)

My only real complaint is that the music could contain more variety.

Enjoy!

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Sushi Mori4740 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Given Up
By bbryson of North Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 7, 2013 - 2:27pm [Take-out]

I live blocks away from Sushi Mori, and have ordered take out frequently over the last 2 years.

The quality of the food is definitely above average. It easily can hold it's own against other North Shore favourites like Honjin and Hachi Hanna.

The prices are not cheap, but not overly expensive. In my opinion, price is fair value.

My biggest issue with Sushi Mori is the speed of service. Our typical order is roughly $100-$115, feeding a family of four with leftovers for the next day. Without fail, the prep time is never under an hour, and every one of our last 5 orders has seen us waiting an additional 30 mins in the restaurant.

I have finally given up on Sushi Mori. I really like the food, and they are so convenient for me personally, but I simply will not be fooled on more time into waiting 30 mins in the restaurant, even after waiting for a 60 min prep time.

Someone, please update if they fix the service. I would love to return to Sushi Mori, but just won't any more.

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Gusto Di Quattro1 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Disappointing lunch
By Imelbow of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

I ordered the seafood spaghetti for lunch, the spaghetti was good, seafood were fresh, but service was terrible, it felt like the waiter really hate working at the restaurant, when I asked him for recommendation, he simply replied "whatever", he has the worst altitude that I have experience at any restaurant. So I will rather go to some where else with the same quality of food but with better service.

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Burgoo3 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Back to ‘Burgoos’ with the mother-in-law
By Kelvin_Brown of North Vancouver, BC (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 23, 2013 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

We’ve been to Burgoo’s a number of times now. This time it was with the mother-in-law on a busy Saturday night. We couldn’t get in straight away, so put our names down & went for drinks round at the Cheshire Cheese, on Lonsdale Quay – because for some strange reason you can’t have a drink at a restaurant bar in Canada, whilst waiting to be served, we were told ! Hell, where’s the commercial & logical sense in that little archaic law ? Incredible !

Nevertheless, when we eventually got in, we ordered (amongst other things) the lamb tagine. The combination of flavours & the quantity was absolutely excellent. There was a selection of menu items.

There was a small selection of somewhat pricey, but very tasty draught beers.

Service was adequate, friendly & busy, though I was disappointed by the high expectation that a tip was automatically going to be given via my credit card payment. A disappointing, abrupt, arse-y-ness followed from the waitress, which somewhat spoilt an otherwise excellent meal & evening out. My tip (only ever given for excellent service & food) was always going to be left in currency, on the table, under the bill, on our exit from the restaurant. Consequently, the tip was reduced !

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Fishworks Restaurant91 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
A return to 'Fishworks' with the mother-in-law
By Kelvin_Brown of North Vancouver, BC (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 23, 2013 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

We went back to Fishworks with the mother-in-law, to try something different off their menu.

For a light starter the ladies had two different scallop dishes. The fusion of tastes were absolutely excellent & the scallops simply melted in your mouth. Incredible. Recommended.

For main courses I ordered smoked sockeye, whilst the ladies ordered (farmed) sturgeon. Unfortunately, the waiter returned 5 mins. later to tell me there was no more sockeye. Consequently, I ordered the halibut. Unfortunately, the same thing happened 5 mins. later. Now very disappointed that the waiter hadn’t bothered to enquiry of the chef what exactly was exactly still left on the menu at 7pm on a Saturday night, I defaulted to fish & chips ! Again he returned 5 mins. later to announce the sockeye was back on the menu ! A curious turn of events, nevertheless it all worked out OK in the end & the sockeye was superb. Again, there was a complex mix of flavours which worked well. We were reticent about having sturgeon, a protected fish, until we were told it was farmed & sourced from Egmont on the Sunshine coast. That too tasted delicious – a dense, white meat, a cross between steak & chicken.

A crisp Marlborough, NZ cabernet sauvignon went very well with the meal though it was a pricey $36. The very hoppy, Driftwood draught beer for ‘starters’ was equally good. There is an adequate selection of wines & beers.

Our waiter was extremely friendly & helpful, though could do with being a little more clued-up as to what was on the menu.

We booked to ensure we got in, as the place can get busy.

The surroundings are bright, clean & adequate.

The food & drink are still a little on the pricey side. The quantities may initially appear small, but are adequate & filling. The food is presented well & the flavours are excellent. What a great treat.

ORIGINAL REVIEW
Popular seafood restaurant for a good Saturday night out
Submitted Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Initially wasn't sure whether this place would live up to expectations, but went on a busy Saturday evening & had a great time.

The restaurant was clean, well lit, airy & vibrant. It was popular & open plan, possible to hold a conversation without loud music or other distractions.

The menu seemed somewhat limiting, focusing on salmon, trout & shellfish, as you might expect. Don't go if you want an extensive range as an alternative to fish - spag.bol., chicken & beef are the only alternatives. I went for the salmon wellington, the name of which seems a bit of an oxymoron, however it's a cullinary term reflecting the fact the salmon was cooked in phyllo pasty ! Nevertheless, although the portion seemed small, it was perfectly cooked & was a well thought out dish, all of the favours complementing each other. The quantity was sufficient in the end. Others in our party had the carbonara & paella, which were equally well presented & tasted good.

The white wine we selected complemented the food, although the mark-up was significant (total price $40). Unfortunately this seems to the norm in Canada, despite the entry level prices already being stupidly over-inflated by BC Liquor's mark-up. Canadian's you really are getting ripped off on alcohol prices - 2x the majority of western countries - disgraceful. It's almost as if the Canadian & Provincial governments are afraid of anyone having a good time.

An acceptable diverse selection of beers.

Service was solid, prompt & efficient.

Value was OK, though probably a little over-inflated by a couple of dollars.

Conveniently located in Lower Lonsdale.

Good for a change. I'd go back sometime in the future to sample something else when the menu's updated.

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