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cmcVancouverSince September 16, 20076 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 Reviews Found
Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Okay Mr. Cool waiter guy
Submitted Sunday, April 13, 2008 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

Since we bought the Entertainment Book, my partner and our friends decided to try out the more upscale casual dining establishments around Vancouver. I should have known this place would rest on its location. That's fine; it is a nice location, and if the service is great then, well, you can maybe put up with entrees that should be $20-25 instead of $29+.
I won't go on and on about how mediocre it is except to say:
the sides were the same for EVERY dish, the starch being a dried out, flavourless scoop of plain rice;
the waiter came to check on us while CHEWING food;
and, the waiter also overcharged us the steak, and then acted like we were being petty by correcting it.
Seriously, if you don't want people to come to your restaurant who use Entertainment Book coupons, don't put coupons in the Entertainment Book. And don't play the overbilling game.
We always tip 15-30% of the total bill before the coupon. Except this time.

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Fish House In Stanley Park, The8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Good casual dining
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 2:19am [Dine in]

A group of us went on a Saturday night looking for something new (and somewhere we could finally make use of our Entertainment Book coupons). We arrived at 9 to a full house and a pleasant hostess and coat check guy.
I had the Butter Prawns: not the best, but a creative dish. My companions all had different fish, and each enjoyed theirs (chili sablefish was a hit). Like other reviewers, I think they might want to change up the sides, since each plate had the exact same veg (except mine, which had yam fries). The kale was tasty though, full of butter.
I had their cheesecake as well which was different (mascarpone with phylo) and delicious. Our waiter was slightly unusual, but attentive and always trying to crack jokes, even if they weren't all funny. A discussion point for the table, at least.
Wine selection was good, but found it weird that a 9oz glass is less than half the price of a half litre (16oz). I'm still puzzled.
All around a nice compromise between regular casual dining and more upscale fare. I would take out ot town guests here, especially in the summer for the patio and walk into the park.

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Capone's Restaurant & Live Jazz Club1141 Hamilton St., Vancouver
Food okay, but WAY too expensive
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 2:00am [Dine in]

I'm not sure what you're paying for when you go here for a pizza and wine. It can't be food prep or ingredient quality, since I've had better pizzas at Earls, Martinis, Milestones and the like (for $11). It can't be for server training either, since the aloof staff act like bringing you food (their job) is secondary to grooving, acting better than you, and chatting with their friends that come in. The music on the night I went in was okay, but more what one would expect at a hotel lounge than a "Live Jazz Club", and far too loud (probably because of the crap layout which means those at the front are deafened while those further back can't hear). I truly don't get it. This restaurant (and others on the same street) are exactly what is so lame about Yaletown.
The wine, as a positive, was nice. Overpriced, though.
Maybe I'm just too cheap to overpay for gentrified junk. If that's your thing, this is one of many places for you along Hamilton.

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Cafe Duma590 West Broadway, Vancouver
Comfortable cafe/gallery with super friendly owners
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

The coffee here is fairly good, not the best in the city, but much better than the big chains. All of the food and treats (fresh and tasty) are made in house by the owners, who make every effort to get to know the regulars. A huge table in the back section is great for those of us who like to do work in cafes.
I highly recommend this place.
Kyo often brings out free goodies to regulars and and children that come in.

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Death by Chocolate1598 West Broadway, Vancouver
I would give it a zero if possible
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 12:11pm [Dine in]

Freezer burnt ice cream cake for $9, cheesecake that was soggy in the centre and stale and dry on the outside, and carrot cake far below even budget grocery store standards. I'd never been before, and I will never go back. When my partner's espresso came, our group all had to laugh. It had NO crema at all, as if it were just a really small cup of watery drip coffee. And the waitress didn't ask us if there was anything wrong when none of us even half finished our desserts.
What boggles the mind is that ever table was full.
Don't go here. Ever.

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Caffe Artigiano740 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Better than most
Submitted Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

I've been going to Artigiano since there was only one shop, the Pender location. Yes, this isn't the ultimate in espresso every time. However, it is consistently good, fast and efficient. Any place with better coffee (Elysian Room) could never approach the speed nor handle the amount of business Artigiano does.
If you like the taste of coffee, then you will enjoy an Artigiano beverage. If you like the taste of underextracted coffee grinds, keep going to Starbucks.

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