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ceeniebinkscommercial drive, vancouverSince July 17, 20094 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.3)
  • Food2.5 (2.5)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value2 (2)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.3)

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 4 of 4 Reviews Found
Carthage Cafe1851 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Pompous and overpriced on the Drive
Submitted Friday, July 27, 2012 - 10:13am [Dine in]

My husband & I & some friends recently dined at Carthage Cafe. They are in the Entertainment Book so we thought we would use the card. First of all, our waitress had poor English skills & outlined the specials which we understood included soup & salad. We asked her numerous times to clarify that this was correct & she said yes. The food was average but overpriced. Once the bill came, she made up some rule that we couldn't use our ET card when having separate bills. Having had a book for years & being well aware of the rules, we disagreed with her. Also the bill was very high & they had charged us a la carte for 3 soup & salad items. The "special salad' was a whopping $13 a piece. A good restaurant would have taken at least a salad or two off of the bill in the name of customer service. Needless to say, no tip was forthcoming.
Although the food was average, the restaurant is very small, pompous & comes off as pretentious. It is located on the Drive, where cheap good eats are in abundance. I don't know how it has managed to survive this long as it was a very disappointing experience which will not be repeated by us.

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Marcello Pizzeria1404 Commercial, Vancouver
Will never dine here again...
Submitted Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 11:23am [Dine in]

A friend was visiting so a group of us went to Marcello's on a Friday night. We asked for 4 separate bills as we were a group of 8. Our waitress initially didn't seem to have a problem with this, but when it came to bill time, you would think she was re-programming the restaurant computer system. It took over 20 minutes to get our bill & it was still incorrect. She did not even ask us if you wanted dessert or coffee. This is the second time we have had a dismal waitress at this restaurant. This place is always very busy but I think it is all an illusion...My meal on this visit (cannelloni) was subpar. Also, this restaurant is so loud, it becomes positively unbearable. It would be difficult if you had hearing issue. All in all, a very dismal visit which we won't be repeating.

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Tuscany Restaurant451 Bowen Island Trunk Road, Bowen Island
Lovely bistro on fabulous Bowen Island
Submitted Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 10:51am [Dine in]

My husband & I recently stayed at a B&B on Bowen & dined at Tuscany for dinner. The ambience is quite groovy as it obviously used to be a private house. We were seated downstairs near the pizza oven. The food is exceptionally good. My husband had penne carbonara & it was delicious. Having had a few bad meals out recently, I appreciated the quality of the food. It's quite kitchy how they write the daily specials on a blackboard as well. The service was very good. All in all, a terrific meal. We'll be back for sure!

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Maenam1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Overrated in the press
Submitted Friday, July 17, 2009 - 10:27am [Dine in]

My husband & I recently tried this Thai restaurant which was getting glowing reviews in the local press. Needless to say, we were overwhelmingly disappointed. For a previous "gourmet" restaurant which was supposedly downscaling due to the economy, I found It to be very pretentious. The food was mediocre at best & grossly overpriced for the portion size. The critics have been falling over themselves complimenting Maenem, but our experience, aside from the great service, was completely dismal. Needless to say, I had to go home & have a large snack to compensate for my grumbling stomach...We would have dined at the Noodle Box down the road for half the price, where the food is delicious & reasonably priced for the quantity & quality.

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