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Sushi Town1227 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Dining in a Desert
By Sabzevarian of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

Had dinner with a friend here and ordered the "Spicy Salmon Sashimi" (~8.95) and some rolls. Total bill was under $20 before taxes and tip. Asked for the Spicy Salmon sauce on the side, which was a good move. Excellent food value for you money, we could not finish our meal, the sashimi dish in particular had a *ton* of sashimi pieces.

The evening was only marred by the poor service. There were too few servers that were overworked. We got our food ok but could not seem to get a simple glass of water. We requested water when we sat down, when we ordered, when we got our food and when we flagged 2 other waitresses to try and get it. I thought about going to go and fill the water glasses myself, but finally got it 20 minutes in our meal... I mostly blame the establishment itself for overworking the waitresses.

Still, good food and prices made it worth it and next time we will go at lunch and hope for a smaller crowd. Most places $8.95 gets you a few sashimi places, here you get a veritable mountain of sashimi - a great deal for the north shore.

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Vaades149 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Great Tasting Indian Food on the North Shore
By petervrichards of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

Unusual menu items on the menu that I have never had before.
Great Lamb dishes. and delicious flavours
Excellent portions, nice indian music - for once.
attractive light decor.
and a stunning Phillips IPA on the drinks menu.
If you like Indian cuisine as I do - this is not to be missed

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Mountain Sushi1233 Lynn Valley Road, #125, North Vancouver
Decent Bento Box, except for the California Rolls...
By Sabzevarian of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

I have ordered from this place quite a few times, when needing quick take-out. They have good prices for Lynn Valley and are a convenient take-out place. Last time we dined in, however, the california rolls were awful. The worst I ever had, we didn't even bother to finish them. The rest of the bento was fine, but I had to comment on the rolls.

You don't come here for quality sushi, you come for cheap take-out to fill you up - as long as you are at peace with that, you will do fine.

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Arms Reach Bistro4390 Gallant Avenue, #107C, North Vancouver
Delicious Food!
By anonymous-eater of Vancouver (downtown) (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2012 - 10:45am [Dine in]

We went to Arms Reach for a family birthday and the restaurant was packed! We were originally told a 40 minute wait. It was a such a nice day out, definitely should have made a reservation even on a weeknight. We were about to leave to go to the Raven but we asked again and got seated a minute later. The decor in the restaurant is elegant with neutral colours and the view of the water was beautiful! The service was great and a few of us started off with salads. The mains are in the $20-35 range. I ordered the scallops and risotto and it was to die for! I'm still thinking about it! I also tried a bit of the seafood pasta with tomatoes, it was a bit plain but still good. Everyones food was really good and I don't think there was a single complaint. We also received complementary dessert for the birthday which was very nice. The service was great, the food is amazing, and the view of Deep Cove is lovely. Will be coming back again soon!

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Indian Fusion2045 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Where is everyone
By Reet of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

I have now been to this restaraunt a number of times both for lunch and dinner. We have never had a bad experience. The food and service have always been great. Perfectly spiced according to each diners preference. Mild, medium or hot. The pakoras are especially fabulous. Definitely recommend this restaraunt.

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Anatoli Souvlaki5 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Decent Greek. Not outstanding
By VJB of abbotsford (156 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2012 - 9:43am [Dine in]

We had called Anatoli’s earlier and they suggested reservations since it was July 1 and they anticipated a busy evening. They were very busy even early in the evening when we arrived.

It’s a very nice room and bigger than it first appears since it goes quite a ways back. The restaurant has high ceilings and is nice and airy. Tables are set far enough apart that you are not too close to other customers. They also have patio dining. There was a guitarist setting up when we left about 7:30.

Our server was very good. She was nice and cheerful and pleasant. When my husband ordered ½ chicken she explained that it could take 30 to 35 minutes. We were not in a hurry so it presented no problem but it was nice to know.

We shared an order of calamari to start. It was very good, nice and crispy coating and the calamari itself was tender. For entrees I ordered the roast lamb – this was leg of lamb that I requested medium rare. It was cooked exactly as ordered and came with the requisite, rice, potatoes and Greek salad. Their potatoes are more of an oven roasted potato than the standard potato that you generally get at a Greek restaurant. It was good but not exceptional. My husband ordered the ½ a roast chicken and it was very good. It was nice and moist and very flavourful. They charge extra for pita bread. This is something I find rather annoying. It seems to me that if you’re paying over $20.00 for an entrée that they could include the pita bread. Most Greek restaurants don’t charge for pita. Their pita bread is also a bit different than the standard, it is composed of tiny little triangles of crisp bread, not the nice fluffy rounds that you usually get. It was good, just different. Sunday nights they have pitchers of Sangria on special for $20.00. It is a large pitcher of Sangria with no fruit in it. It was very good but I have had better Sangrias, however for the price there was certainly value for you money.

It is a very nice restaurant but there are other Greek restaurants that I do prefer both for the quality of the food and the ambiance.

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Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant1199 Lynn Valley Road, #115, North Vancouver
Decent for Lynn Valley Sushi
By Sabzevarian of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

Went her with the Groupon deal. Nice little place, not much for ambiance but it is clean and OK. Got some good sushi and deals with the groupon, but I am not sure it is worth the price otherwise. Worth it for those living nearby (dine-in or takeout) but not worth travelling far to come to this place.

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Sailor Hagar's Brew Pub86 Semisch Avenue, North Vancouver
Could Be Better.
By Hungies of Vancouver (Fairview) (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 29, 2012 - 10:35am [Dine in]

Not living in North Van, we don't get to go to Sailor Hagar's that often, but it's usually a pleasant experience when we do. The place is large and seems quite popular with the locals.

They double as a brew pub, so they have a decent selection of their own beer on tap, which is typically quite good. They also have a large selection of imported beer on tap.

The food is typically quite good. We've seen several incarnations of the menu in the last few years, and most of what we've tried turned out quite well. The portions are large and flavorful. Their specials on the weekends are great value for money.

So what could be better then? Service, unfortunately, is hit and miss. Depending on who ends up waiting on your table you could be receiving stellar service (from the lady working the bar- probably the owner) or extremely poor service. One time while seating on the patio we ordered a second round of beer as our empty glasses were taken away and food brought to the table. We didn't see our second round until we were done eating, some 20 minutes later, and that only after reminding the waitress.

Despite the service issues though, the place is definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Mountain Sushi1233 Lynn Valley Road, #125, North Vancouver
Absolutely Disgusting! and the wait was the worst thing i have ever experienced!
By nmb2 of north vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 7:20pm [Delivery]

This is the fist review I’ve ever written and hopefully it will be the last. Don’t order this food!

We ordered our meal at 5:30 and was told it would be here in 30-40 minutes. After an hour we called and they hadn’t even begun to prepare it. It took TWO hours for sushi to be delivered 10mins!
Don’t make the same mistake we did, avoid this restaurant!!

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Fabulous new restaurant...
By MH of north vancouver bc (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

I was surprised by a few of the negative comments made about Pier 7.
I too thought that a great waterfront location doesn't usually translate into a wonderful dining experience.

But I've been 3 times for lunch since they opened about 1 month ago.
North Vancouver has needed a great go-to waterfront restaurant for years.
The location is ideal, the ambiance is amazing, the menu is thoughtfully put together
and the food is well presented and delicious. There have been a few learning curves with the service
but each time it has improved.

I've enjoyed the Ahi Tuna Burger, Fish and Chips and the NY Steak Sandwich all with fries.
All wonderful. I'm looking forward to the upstairs lounge opening as I'm sure it will win
awards for best patio next year! The lounge chairs and firepit look amazing.

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Portly Chef, The1211 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Delicious Food, Excellent Service
By lzorro of north vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

The Portly Chef is worth the drive to North Vancouver. This little restaurant has everything you want for a great night out. When you walk in the door you feel like you are at home. The service is friendly, knowledgeable and unobtrusive. The food is simply divine. Seldom do you have a group of seven people where everyone thoroughly enjoys their meal. Kudos to the team at The Portly Chef as everyone at our table raved about the food, the standouts being the Lamb two ways and the Seared Tuna. I am a bit of food snob and I will happily be recommending this restaurant to everyone looking for an exceptional meal.

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Sushi Katsu1857-1861 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Stay away from Sushi Katsu!!!!!!!!!!!11
By mmzj of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 22, 2012 - 6:17pm [Delivery]

So we've been customers for years, but they've recently changed owners or managers or whatever.

We ordered delivery...told it would take 30-45 mins. At 1 hour we called...we're told it's just been made, and NOW it's on the way. I say, hey that's not fair, how about something off the price at least 'cause the kids are really hungry by now. She tells me I shoulda picked up. Now that's customer service! Promise one thing, deliver another (if deliver at all) and blame the customer.

Plus which - the food arrived at 90 mins and cold!

Stay away from Sushi Katsu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Krua Thai Restaurant1445 Lonsdale Ave., North Vancouver
Gone way down hill
By MurdoMan of North Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

It breaks my heart to write this but what was once the best Thai on the North Shore is no more. Surely this place has changed ownership or something because it is so different from what it was. And in all the worst possible ways...
I took my new girlfriend there tonight with kind of a smug look on my face because I just knew how impressed she'd be. I let her do the ordering because I trusted everything on the menu and she had some allergy concerns.
Folks, I'll cut to the chase - the food was as bland as could be. The quality of it was horrid. I could go on for ever about how disappointed we were but you get the point. Avoid this place and save your memories of it's once glory days.
So sad to say goodbye to an old friend but this place is dead to me.

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Rusty Gull Neighborhood Pub175 E. 1St, North Vancouver
Pretty damn good
By rmctavish of Lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver, BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure what sort of crazies they were hiring for staff in 2008 that got them such bad reviews, but I've been to the Rusty Gull a few times and enjoyed myself.

The food is good (esp. the fish and chips), the service is good considering how busy it usually is, and the prices were maybe a teeny bit high, but not that bad, really.

My only complaint would be the inconsistency in the music volume - sometimes the live music is just the right level - you can still talk and hear the musician - sometimes you have to yell at each other over it. That's annoying, but not a deal breaker.

My last visit there was really good. It was a Friday, it was busy as hell, and yet our server kept on top of things really well. She let us know an hour beforehand that a table of ten might need the area we were in, and was polite about asking, so we were happy to accommodate if the need arose (it didn't, though).

If you want quiet and cheap - cook something at home. If you want some good, free, live music and good food - you'll have to pay up.

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
great location but food and drinks need to improve
By spudwil of North vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

The location is great and the view is amazing but we were a bit disappointed with the food and drinks. They need a much better and longer cocktail menu for starters. The appetizers and entrees were okay but not worth the price as far as quantity and quality goes. The staff was very friendly and eager to please which was nice but I don't know if we will be back unless the menu improves. There are just too many great restaurants in metro Vancouver where we can get better food and drinks for our money. The upstairs lounge will be open soon and we might go to check it out but only for a quick drink. Having said all that, this is a new place and hopefully they will read these comments and endeavour to improve.

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Turtle Lounge Bistro and Coffeebar4387 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver
Just Fine Coffee Shop
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (115 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 15, 2012 - 3:35pm [Take-out]

Dropped in for a quick coffee to go. Latte great, baked goods great. Ambiance nice and a tv too. Service was good and the guy was very fine. Go there for coffee you're in Deep Cove. Next time I might try to paninis - they looked good as well

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Sushi Bella152 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
No complaints here!
By LadyN80 of North vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:42pm [Dine in]

I quite like Sushi Bella.

It was here where I first tried their "Crazy California Roll". It's basically a California roll, thinly sliced and slightly deep fried on the outside. Then they drizzle this "crazy" sauce on top which is quite spicy. No need for wasabi or soy sauce here. It's definitely a twist to the California roll. It's delicious and it's a must for me every time I go there!

Next I would order their Marinated Beef Teriyaki (dinner menu), which comes on a sizzling plate and served with rice and grilled veggies. This can definitely be shared by 2 people. Again, delicious!

As for service, I have yet to have a negative experience from them. Yes, they do get pretty busy, and if there is a group of you, reservations are recommended (small restaurant). Otherwise, make sure that you have the patience to wait for a table.

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Portly Chef, The1211 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
New Favorite Restaurant
By stelliott of North Vancouver, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 10:31am [Dine in]

They have been open for 3 weeks and the place was packed. As it should be. North Vancouver has a new gem of a restaurant on Lonsdale. The service, music, wine selection, and ambiance were all excellent, but the incredible food blew me away. I was so happy with all the dishes we ordered (especially loved the mussels and lamb two way) that I'm going to be finding a good excuse to treat myself to another dinner shortly. Thanks for making my birthday dinner great!

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Tomahawk Restaurant1550 Phillip Ave, North Vancouver
Con Job & Buyers Beware
By LoneStar of Southlands, Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 6:51am [Dine in]

Please skip this review if you believe in the reality tv programs. However the paid out arrangment may be. This diner did a good con job to attract the dine in TV interview and the recent broadcast surged a wave of public interest. The truth remains this place is a poorly managed and run down diner. The glory days has long done and the present management has no clue nor has the desire to improve its image or its food quality.
The menu is very simple and yet the kitchen staff cannot produce even a marginal product such as eggs, bacon and even the bread. We ordered a regular campfire breakfast and a green salad and it took 1/2 hour (no exaggeration) to arrive our tabel. Although the waitress are running around like headless chicken, the owner just standing by the cash registrar looking more like a totem pole and doing nothing.The bacon was fatty, greasie and burnt. The butter on the bread not even spread evenly and the egg tasted it was made from egg powder. The salad is true to its wording and it is just a plain green salad.There were no colors, meaning tomato or other fruits and it was just plain. The price tag is $12 and you have to be senile to repeat this order. Another strange part of the service when we asked for a coffee refill. Instead to bring the coffee pot to the table, the waitress will give us two new cups of coffee and repeat the same. What a waste of effort and resources and I still try to figure out the logic of this process.
I suggest most customer has a mindset and prepare to venture to a "greasy spoon" eatery and to expect the food price is reasonable and in line with the setting. Not in this place when the food is totally unacceptable, poor service BUT you will be soaked with a 5 star $$$ restaurant price. I cannot remember when was the last time we have had such a bad experience in any eatery and including all the fast food chains.
Sadly the owner's world is his own oyster. So buyers beware that not everything you see on TV is true and I lost all the respect of the producer of the food show.

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Tomahawk Restaurant1550 Phillip Ave, North Vancouver
Bad First Time Out
By babybuda of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 11, 2012 - 8:33am [Dine in]

Heard alot of mixed reviews about the food/service here and decided to check it out. Well - I won't be coming back and WOULD NOT recommend to friends or anyone for that matter. The mushroom omelet ordered was so watery, that not only was the omelet soaked, but my toast was floating and seen paddling across my plate for higher ground. Wherever I've had breakfast,(let's count several countries for about 25 yrs) I don't order the hash browns, I ask for sliced tomato instead. NEVER have I been charged for the substitution and seeing as how our waitress didn't make any comment about it, the meal went on as usual. Until the bill came. They charged $3.25 for the sub. When I asked our server about it, she said that it was policy. When I brought it to the cashiers attention, his response was - tomatoes are more expensive than potatoes. Cry me a river! Then give me the equivalency in dollar value of tomato to potato and don't charge me extra. Granted he did take the amount off the bill, but $18 for an omelet and coffee is a bit steep. The service was OK, but nothing out of any ordinary. The wait for refills etc, was extended for counter service. We'll just write this off as a poor first time/last time.

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