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bexbyjonesmain st, vancouverSince January 2, 200817 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3 (3.1)
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Kalamata Greek Taverna1481 West Broadway, Vancouver
Computers down, everything done by hand.
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

The food is excellent but don't come here if you're in a hurry... it will take forever for your food to arrive and plus the computers/ cash/ whatever is "out of service" so they're doing everything by hand. Hope this gets fixed soon! I don’t understand why it hasn’t been fixed, something like this should take priority. [Oh, also – don’t come in late (like past 9pm) or you’ll be in for another surprise.]

The waiter we had the last time was verrrry nice, he is always smiling and personable. I’ve been here a few times and my favourites are still the kleftiko (spelling????), the spanakopita (spinach pie…), quail, and Saganaki cheese. The greek salad is light and tasty, not too strong. The wine selection is decent although I drank beer. The pita bread is whole wheat and fluffy. It sort of tastes like cardboard, I kind of wish they didn’t use whole wheat. I know it’s healthier and all, but… the quail is my favourite dish. The kalamari is pretty good too, it’s a lot less greasy than most Greek restauarants I’ve been to. Actually everything here is light and tasty, not much grease. It’s a very health-conscious Greek restaurant to say the least. The rice pilaf is yummy, it’s got little pieces of lettuce in it or something, very nice touch.

This is a very romantic place to bring a date. The candle light provides for some pretty good ambience, although not as good as their previous location (which had to be torn down to make room for the Canada Line at Cambie). I’ve also come here for business lunches. A lot of city hall folk come here on their lunch breaks, myself included. The food is very consistent and the portions are quite large. We could not finish what we had and all we had was two entrees.

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Pho Linh325 East Broadway, Vancouver
Very Welcoming & Friendly Place!
Submitted Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

I live around the corner and come here quite a bit. I never used to, but they have improved and now I'm definitely a repeat customer.

I'm not sure if it's my imagination or if they got new lighting-- they have nice track lighting, not bright & flourescent like some pho's. Also they are licensed (the beer's not on the menu but you can ask for it.) And most importantly the food is all-around better.

They have the standard Vietnamese combos with vermicelly or rice, plus meat, and/or spring rolls.... in the $7-8 range.

The lady who runs the place is extremely nice & friendly, always makes you feel welcome, but is not intrusive. Great little place for takeout , or a quick meal & a beer after work!

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Clubhouse255 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
LOVE This Place!
Submitted Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

I love Mas Clubhouse, I come here about once a week. It's Japanese food but it feels more like a pub/hangout than a traditional Japanese restaurant. The decor is warm, red, and dark. The music is fun (Gwen Stefani, hip hop, pop.) The tables are scratched up wooden benches, casual but cozy. No tablecloths here, so you can be a sloppy eater/drinker to your heart's content.

In one night you will find parents with toddlers, groups of college students doing sake bombs, people sitting alone reading the paper, and couples on dates.

The place is also swarming with cops (it's right across the street from the cop shop) so don't come here if you're running from the law. On the other hand, if you're looking for a safe place to grab dinner, this is probably the one place in Metro Vancouver you're NOT going to get caught in the crossfire of gang shootings.

I highly recommend the "salmon in foil", it is addictive. The gyoza is quite delicious, although a little greasy. And make sure you try the cream cheese sushi.

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Toyo Sushi2211 Cambie Street, Vancouver
I don't eat sushi so here's a non-sushi review
Submitted Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

I went here for the first time a few days ago. I love the peaceful atmosphere and the awesome view of the city, it's probably the #1 reason I would go back.

The waitresses had a hard time understanding what a "rye and coke" was even though it's on the menu, but otherwise the service was excellent.

I had the spicy salmon salad and some gyoza. I had both the meat gyoza and the tofu ones. The tofu ones were pretty bland. Actually all the gyoza were pretty boring compared to every other Japanese restaurant I can think of. The salmon was tasty.

There are some small TVs if you want to catch the Canucks game. It's a fairly quiet place - great for having a long and serious conversation with someone, but not really a first date. The music is kind of ho-hum AM radio type music.

The city view is great though and for that I am returning.

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Rhizome Cafe317 East Broadway, Vancouver
Coffee, Dessert and Poetry
Submitted Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 11:49am [Dine in]

I've been here a handful of times and really love it. If hippies/beatniks/vegetarians/poets/GLBT community members make you uncomfortable then probably skip it. Otherwise it's an excellent place to come for a relaxing evening of thought-provoking poetry, presentations, music, etc.

The few dishes I've had here are very tasty. It's also ideal for a "dessert and coffee" date. They have a good booze selection as well.

It's warm and comfy. There are couches and plenty of reading material/games. The artwork is always interesting.

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Cascade Room, The2616 Main Street, Vancouver
Disgusting People, Disgusting Experience.
Submitted Monday, December 29, 2008 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

So......... me and my friends have been here 3 or 4 times and every time is a total let-down. We've only ever come here because we live in the neighbourhood, but the last visit was so offensive we won't be coming back.

I've heard pretty much the same thing from every person I've talked to: the service is unbelievably shoddy. The bartenders screw up bar tabs, the waitstaff are rude, and the place is poorly managed overall. Oh, and - there's a problem in the kitchen apparently with...... well, uhh... just walk down the little hallway and you might see what I'm talking about. And if you've just eaten and you're on your way to the washroom, and you do happen to see what I'm talking about, you will be running a little quicker to get there. *Shudder*

Perhaps most offensive was when one of my friends ordered something and made it 100% clear to the waitress she was a strict vegetarian and when the food arrived it appeared not to have meat in it, but it actually did. The waitress didn't seem to care that this was the first meat my friend had ingested in over 20 years

Once we ordered over $200 of food and wine, and they messed up on our bill. When we very kindly and politely explained to the manager that there was a problem, he was totally rude. I guess the customer is not always right? I dunno. We got a weak apology. Too weak, if you consider that we were basically accused of lying.

The food is average at best, pathetic most of the time. It's too bad because the wine list is nice and the atmosphere is actually sometimes pleasant.

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Laura's Coffee Shop1945 Manitoba Street, Vancouver
Great little diner hidden away in the industrial district
Submitted Friday, December 19, 2008 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

Laura's easily rivals the 'Nice Cafe' for best greasy spoon in this area. It's easy to miss as it's tucked away in the industrial neighbourhood that is 4th @ Manitoba.

Laura's is like a lot of diners, with all-day breakfast menus under the glass on the tables (which are mostly booths), daily specials on a whiteboard, and banker's hours.

A few things that set Laura's apart from the rest are:
A) Lots of newspapers. The Province, 24 Hours, Metro, Straight, etc. All stacked neatly on the center table so you don't have to search for them.
B) Chewing gum, lighters, and other non-food necessities for sale by the till
C) Extremely quick service. Your food will probably arrive before you finish reading the gossip section of the 24 Hours
D) Bubble Tea!
E) Very large selection of canned drinks a la New York City delicatessens. Don't feel like Diet Coke? Have Diet Pepsi. Don't feel like Diet Pepsi? Have Diet Seven-Up. Don't feel like Diet anything? You get the idea.
F) Always busy, but never too busy. At Nice you sometimes have to wait in line for a table. I've only had to do that once at Laura's.
G) Really cute paper (not styrofoam) takeout containers with cute little cartoon animals dancing on them.

The lady (owner? 'Laura'?) who is in charge of the till is very friendly and always smiling. They have a daily Asian food special which is either chicken teriyaki, beef with black bean sauce, or other. There's usually a Montreal smoked meat sandwich, which is decent. The burgers are decent. Bubble tea is $1.99 after 2pm. The clubhouse sandwich has eggs, cheese, and just about everything else your pregnant girlfriend or hungover co-worker could possibly want all at once in one sandwich.

The hours are 6am-4pm Monday to Friday, or something like that. It's definitely a place for the work/lunch crowd.

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La Fourchette Restaurant2205 Manitoba Street, Vancouver
Average food, terrible service
Submitted Friday, December 19, 2008 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

I've been to La Fourchette 3 or 4 times now (it's close to my office) and every single time has been a total let-down. The food is average-tasting but the service is HORRENDOUS.

The first time I went there was in summer. We sat outside next to a table that they, for whatever reason, refused to clear. So naturally there were wasps all over it and hanging around us. I overheard the couple sitting next to us, they put in an order for a couple of bowls of soup that never arrived. (They got them for free, to go, but their lunch date was pretty much spolied).

The next time, I ordered a salad. No entree, just a plain green salad. It took 30 minutes and of course by that time, I had to go back to work. And we're not talking a big, complicated salad - it was literally scooped from a bowl. It was pretty much just lettuce.

Today I went there again and this time I ordered a steak sandwich with a salad. The owner told me the sandwich takes 5 minutes to make. He brought over a bowl of soup. I was like, "um..... it's with salad not soup....." I waited 10 minutes - no salad. 15 minutes, no sandwich or salad. Finally, after 20 or 25 minutes I got up from my table and went to the register to pay and ask them if it was ready and to wrap it up to go. The lady was like, "oh it's right here" - it was sitting in a bag on the counter the whole time.

This place sucks.

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Stages Bistro and Lounge711 West Broadway, Vancouver
One of the top 10 Keno/Trivia/Sports joints in Vancouver
Submitted Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

I can't really comment on the 'Bistro' aspect of Stages, but I can definitely give my opinion of the lounge. (Stages is kind of half-restaurant, half-lounge. The restaurant caters mostly to families staying in the hotel while the lounge is, well.... more of a lounge.)

This is your typical Holiday Inn watering hole, which is to say they've got great chicken wings, Keno, lite radio, NTN Trivia, plenty of sports on the small screens, and the most endearing set of neighbourhood drunks East of Yew Street.

If you come in the afternoon or early evening you'll get the most bang for your buck, conversation-wise. If not with the regulars, then certainly with the lady bartender who's been there for ages and always has an opinion.

I want to say it's mostly middle-aged men but actually you get the occasional 20-something gal or guy, or both, and the ocassional couple from Missouri who'll do a round of shots with you.

It's also a great place to relax and read the paper.

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Our Town Cafe245 E Broadway, Vancouver
Best coffee shop in a 1-mile radius.
Submitted Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 5:16pm [Dine in]

I love Our Town. If I feel like going somewhere after work but I can't decide if I should go to a coffee shop or a bar, I here because they have awesome coffee, and also beer and wine by the glass.

They have plenty of vegan/vegetarian food, and dairy-free and gluten-free soups and desserts as well. The food isn't hippy-dippy though, it's really quite classy. And while some giant green-coloured coffee chains (who shall remain nameless) dont' even carry Diet Coke, Our Town has sugar-free Jones Cream Soda. An outstanding call, I must say.

They have an enormous selection of reading material including the usual suspects like The Straight and WE, but also back issues of the New Yorker and the economist, and a few paperbacks and story books to boot. Every free publication under the sun is distributed here (Front, Mint, Common Ground, the Gay & Lesbian Business Directory, VIFF guides, etc).

Occassionally there is live music. People come in and play guitar and sing, and there is an old piano, though I've never seen anyone playing it. The atmosphere is warm and cozy. If you're "meeting someone for coffee" this is a great place to do it.

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Lifestyles Restaurant555 12th Ave W, 142, Vancouver
A Neighbourhood Gem.
Submitted Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

This is a great little restaurant. I come here with my boyfriend sometimes if we're in the neighbourhood. The food is excellent (especially the french onion soup, it's the real deal!) and the prices are awesome. You can tell the owner and his wife really poor their heart into this place.

Lifestyles (or "Sam's Lifestyles" depending on who you talk to) is equal parts pub and restaurant. It seems like a fairly popular place to come after work for a beer or three, especially if you work at nearby City Hall. It's also a great place to take a break from your shopping. Usually restaurants in malls leave something to be desired but this place is truly an entity in itself.

They have daily specials on both food and drinks. I think they are open till 7 or 8 pm (sometimes later depending on the crowd).

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Players Chophouse Restaurant and Lounge808 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Chef Ramsay would go to town on this one
Submitted Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

I went into Player's Chophouse with an empty stomach and an open heart, and tried to find even one redeeming quality about it, but by the time we rushed out of there (and stumbled into the first pub we could find, immediately ordered a plate of wings and downed a couple of Jager shots), only one word came to mind: Appalling. If I could, that one word would be my entire review but as I found out just now, this site requires a minimum of 300 words. And you can't cut and paste "appalling" 300 times.

The food was Earl's quality with The Keg prices. If each entree or appy were about $3 cheaper I could see it working. They clearly invested more in the gargantuan chandelier and flash-heavy web site than they did on menu planning.

Our server, while cute in a lonesome streetwalker kind of way, wasn't exactly warm and friendly. I mean she was pleasant, like someone who's making small talk at a bus top, but not entirely excited that we were even there. And at that point they should have been pulling out the red carpet. I mean, we were pretty much the only table. The place was a ghost town. Save for the eight or so waitstaff with their backs turned to the tables so they could catch the game on the big screen. And this wasn't at 4pm, we're talking more like 7.

We started with the crab cakes. Don't get the crab cakes. I think they were about $12, for two little ones. I remember once paying $12 for three tiny meatballs at another place downtown and it was totally worth it. The crab cakes were not.

I'm not saying this place doesn't have promise. Great decor, great location, nice big windows, huge freakin' chandelier... but really, Player's Chophouse Owner (yeah, I'm talking to you): change the menu or change the prices. As it stands, they are like oil and water.

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Hennessey Dining Lounge53 West Broadway, Vancouver
It's always a fun night at the Hennessey
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 12:49am [Dine in]

I've been to the Hennessey about 15 times, usually for late night drinks (eaten there about 3 or 4 of those times). The servers/bartenders are always extremely happy/friendly and aim to please. No snobs here.

The food is pretty good, but not the best in the city by any means. The burgers are really good, but probably avoid the nachos they're kind of bland and un-Mexican tasting. But yeah, the burgers are outstanding.

It's pretty hard to have a bad time at the Hennessey. If you're in a bad mood, or anxious, or stressed, this is definitely a good place to chill out and relax. It's got the tranquility of a museum and the hot vibe of a dance club. The music is always really interesting and ultra hip (satellite radio probably).

Sunday night is comedy and there's a good crowd there. There are always events going on.

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Salt & Pepper Grill205 Kingsway, Vancouver
DEcent Food, Great Staff, Nice Little Hotel Restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

The Salt & Pepper Grill is your average hotel restaurant with a really nice employees. The "Canadian" fare (burgers ,etc.) is decent and sometimes pretty good. But if you're craving spring rolls or other ethnic cuisine you'd probably be better off leaving the hotel and taking a 5-minute walk down Broadway.

Notable features of The 'Grill include a $5.95 breakfast till noon, pitchers and sleeves of Granville Island beer, and a medium-size TV screen (not to mention two in the lounge) where you can catch the game. It's a pretty relaxed place. It's not really a "destination" spot, but if you need to catch a quick bite to eat or want a quick beer after work, this is the place.

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Jiro315 East Broadway, Vancouver
Quiet, relaxed, everything Sushiyama is not
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

I live around the corner and go to Jiro quite a bit. The food in general is very good, although I can't speak for the sushi since I never eat sushi. All in all The food is never disappointing. It's kind of halfway between McKishu and a fancy restaurant.

The restaurant itself is pretty quiet and mellow (think QMFM and the occasional "dammit" in Japanese as one drops cutlery on the floor), perhaps because it's on the second floor and doesn't get the street traffic that a place like Kishu Island or Sushiyama does. For this reason it's a great spot to bring your ailing mother, your best friend of ten years, or your secret mistress (they have booths!) Myself, I bring my boyfriend or a newspaper.

It's a great little place to have deep discussions or watch the game on bigscreen TV. But I wouldn't bring a first date here (too intense!) and I wouldn't bring four of your rowdy frat buddies here either. For that, Sushiyama is just down the street. But if it's a Sunday, Sushiyama is closed and you head straight to Jiro.

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Foundation, The2301 Main Street, Vancouver
Comfort food at its best
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 12:37am [Dine in]

I wouldn't say the Foundation is one of "the greatest restaurants in the world" but it's definitely in my personal top five. I come here about once or twice a week, and I'm not even vegetarian. It's not really a place to bring a date (unless your date is an outdoorsy vegan hippy/skateboarder musician type) and I probably wouldn't go here for business dinners. But it's great for friends/boyfriends/girlfriends, no matter who you are. The food is definitely comfort food. The rice/quinoa dishes are rich and saucy with nuts and raisins and things in them. They kind of remind me of stuff my vegetarian hippy mom would make me (if I had one). The salads are tasty. My favourite dish by far is the nachos. For just $8 you get a platter of nachos with corn and beans, and amazing salsa/sour cream, that can fill two people. At night it's a great place to come for candlelight & wine. They're open late, too. Sun-Thurs till 1am and Fri/Sat till 2am (but they stop serving drinks at 1am). I won't say anything about the service because I like the ambience/food too much to even care. No complaints.

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Nice Cafe154 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
Best diner food in town and cheap too
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 12:20am [Dine in]

I love the Nice Cafe!!! I come here once or twice a week. The wait staff are very friendly & laid back. The food is your typical diner/greasy spoon kind of food - all-day breakfast specials for cheap, daily sandwich specials, and a menu with everything from spring rolls to a side of fried onions ($.50). If you go midday on a Saturday or Sunday there's usually a small lineup to get a table but it's worth it. If you come at 7am any day the place is half empty. They have newspapers. First coffee refill is free, after that they're 40 cents. Awesome. They even have a couple of tables outside. Excellent hashbrowns (shreddered). Open 7-4, Mon-Sat and 7-3 Mondays.

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