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North Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
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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Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant1199 Lynn Valley Road, #115, North Vancouver
Not as good as I thought
By jonamse of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

Mind you, I am Japanese, born and raised in homeland, so I know about Japanese food.

I heard about this place from one of my friend, and came to have quick bite of lunch. Yes, I noticed that price was rather on high side. We ordered on Bento Box and few Nigiris. (Saba, Wild Salmon, Aji, and Kanpachi)

I was rather fond of having those Fish that rare in Vancouver - and chef's technique for Sushi making seems authentic. Rice was not sweet nor sour enough for my liking, but it was great to have rice that cooked and prepared properly for Sushi making.

Bento Box was rather a sad story - I only see those "pre-made" products everywhere. Only thing that they did was to cut the fish as Sashimi, and re-heated the tempura. (I worked import / export Japanese food company for short time - and I know what they are) Miso Soup was instant - they added hot water and fresh green onion. Sunomono was pre-made, Agedashi Tofu - well they may have deep fried it themselves since Tofu was firmer.

Quantity - well, one order of Nigiri Sushi should come in two pieces - not one. This is why I say, "expensive".

After I left, I forgot my kid's plastic container - so went back to the restaurant, some 20 min later. Our table was still not cleaned. - well only one waiter working there, but they did not have no more than 3 customers at that time.

I decided that this was one and only time eating at this restaurant. I rather go to the one in Westview.

Overall, they are still new, and figuring out what is going on in Lynn Vally Mall, most of their customer order those westernized sushi - and probably taking pride for those Nigiri. Yet, having Japanese chef from Japan dose not mean that price can go high as they wish to be.

$33 for two adults + child.

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Sushi Bella152 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Disappointing, would not return
By sweetpea of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 9, 2013 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

We've had take out from Sushi Bella and weren't particularly impressed with the quality, but thought we'd give dining in a shot. I'm always willing to give a place more than one try. Sadly, I won't be returning to this restaurant, or recommending it to anyone. The food quality was poor. For example the tempura vegetable pieces were very, very large and not cooked completely. We had several pieces that still had sections of raw batter.The sushi pieces just didn't taste as good as ones we've had other places - maybe the rice wasn't prepared correctly. We were there a bit later so it wasn't super busy, but the service was poor as well. We sat on the patio (which was a nice atmosphere) and our server brought us dishes, cups, napkins and chopsticks. Except when she brought them, she just put piled everything in the centre of the table (ie, she couldn't be bothered to actually set the table for us). We were offered tea once, which we took (it was good), but no one ever came back to see if we wanted more.
If you want good quality sushi don't go here. Go to Waruku (formerly Honjins) around the corner on Lonsdale between 1st and 2nd. They may not have a patio, but their food is top notch and the service is great.

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Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie998 Harbourside, #128, North Vancouver
Good Desserts
By cyberspace of vancouver (89 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 8:11am [Dine in]

They are not open late but went on a saturday afternoon to check this out. The dessert looked excellent but was not in the mood to get some as we were going to a movie. Picked up some chocolates and had them at the movie. They were excellent and so smooth. They are not cheap. I paid about $20 for about 4 pieces. The ambiance is off as it's in a small strip mall type setting. They have a very few spots for parking. Staff were great to explain things I will be back again to try some coffee.

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Indian Fusion2045 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Lunch Special
By Basilseal of North Vancouver District (32 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has been around for a few years and I have always wanted to try it but never got around to it.
well today i tried it with their $8.95 lunch special. They have a meat and vegetarian special which varies each day. Today we had the lamb curry, with dal; which came with rice and lots of naan. This was a very filling lunch and I will come again.

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Finch & Barley250 East 1st Street, North Vancouver
Neighbourhood Gem
By coho2u of North Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 8:38pm [Dine in]

Small, intimate and friendly. Good variety in the menu, and well-served. Servers are very friendly. The decorations are clean and modern with some great art adorning the walls. Two people can dine easily for under $50 and this includes a pitcher of beer. On this Saturday night there was no live music, but looks like this place could be fun too. As we live only a few steps away, we'll definitely be coming back.

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Deep Cove Pizza4385 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver
Worst value ever?
By me_hungie of Marpole, Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 9:22pm [Take-out]

I find this place to be extremely over-priced, especially for slices of pizza. On my most recent visit I paid $10 for two slices of very mediocre vegetarian pizza and a water. According to the menu it should have been $9, but as with most pizza joints i was expecting some kind of combo discount. Alas, I was ripped off, although I would have felt ripped off even if I paid $9. Or $6.

The slices are all hidden behind the counter. You don't really see them until you pay and they are done being re-heated. They are usually far from fresh and have to be re-heated in the oven. It's understandable that they keep the pizza out of view because the vegetarian pizza was basically a couple of scraggly peppers, onion, cheap-tasting mozzarella and tomato. It reminded me a lot of the frozen pizzas you can get at the grocery store for about $5. And as I say, they are usually far from fresh and have to be put back in the oven.

I'm assuming they only sell slices to tourists and dummies like me who are unaware that they're getting ripped off. Shame on you, Deep Cove Pizza. I won't be taken for a sucker again. At least by you...

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Sushi Nami Fusion Japanese Restaurant1315 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Delectable Surprise
By DineSushi of kitsilano vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

I don't ever write up reviews online, but I had to for Sushi Nami. This place has the most fresh sashimi I have EVER tasted. I have travelled to many places all over the world, and I can whole heartedly say that this place is in the top10 Japanese restaurants I have ever been to. I found out about Sushi Nami through a friend of mine who is a regular there. And I could not believe I hadn't known about this place before, since I live only a couple blocks away.

I ordered the Tuna Sashimi, and was recommended the Rocky Mountain Roll as a vegetarian choice by my server, who was overwhelmingly helpful. The tuna was unbelievably delectable - it was the perfect cut and just melted in my mouth. And the Rocky Mountain Roll tasted light but flavorful at the same time. The yam paste on top had the perfect amount of sweetness and tanginess.

The price range is higher than most other sushi restaurants and it may turn you off at first glance, but the unique flavors and the passion put into the food is totally worth the price. It is a must try people!

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Lynn Canyon Cafe3690 Park Road, North Vancouver
Good Location, Bad Food
By Leirik17 of West Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 12, 2013 - 3:58pm [Dine in]

I recently came here after hiking Lynn Canyon and walking along the suspension bridge. It's a really good location as it is in the park and right by the suspension bridge. I was hoping for a place that served good food and was charming. I was extremely disappointed.

The moment I walked in I saw a cramped, busy, greasy, and a loud diner with extremely dirty tables. Hoping to escape all of this, I chose to dine outside. This is one of the smartest moves. The air is so much better and you can see the forest and hear the water cascading down the rocks. The moment I sat down, I immediately had to request a server to clean the tables. The server wiped the tables down with VINEGAR. I wondered whether this was an ecological thing or whether they didn't want your food to taste like soap, as it came in paper, not on a plate or anything.

I ordered the chicken burger which was $7.38 which is a pretty good deal, but I should have paid a lot less for what I received. Since this was the only place that served food close by, I was happy it was there. They've limited their menu to hotdogs, hamburgers, fish and chips, and coffee. The food came in 10 minutes and luckily there were newspapers on the table left from the previous customer. It was wrapped in one of those checkered paper wrappers and it immediately fell out onto the table when I opened, not good wrapping at all. They seemed to put barbecue sauce and pesto sauce TOGETHER on the burger, which was a terrible combination. I immediately asked for another one with no sauce and luckily, they obliged. The second burger took a lot longer to make, which didn't make sense to me as they were eliminating 2 ingredients. When it finally came, I was most displeased. The lettuce fell out onto the table and the tomato was not fresh at all. I ordered extra pickles and they put about 3 on. The chicken was extremely salty and was burnt on one side. I'm pretty sure they just used a packaged patty. The only plus was the whole wheat bun. I ended up paying for toasted bread, as the rest of the burger was terrible.

Service wasn't that bad, except for the second time. This is one of those places where you pick up a metal stick with number, so there wasn't an actual server. I think this place is overpriced, as what you are getting is not quality food at all.

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Meatery, The3108 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver
Quite the Experience
By foodcrazy of north vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

The first time my husband and I came here, we tried the porchetta and pulled pork sandwiches. They were to die for! The time after we decided to try their evening tapas menu. Nothing better than house smoked salmon and wings with a local beer or wine on the patio! Both times we were feeling full and more than satisfied. We will definitely come back and bring friends as well!!!

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