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Dining2009vancouverSince June 24, 200719 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service2.5 (2.6)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3 (2.8)

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Avenue Grill, The2114 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
An Unpleasant Food Experience
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 1:07am [Dine in]

Unfortunately, this restaurant appears to have forgotten that customers are what keeps it in business. Giving them cold entrees is not a way to win back repeat business. Even worse is management's responses to their own screw ups. I ordered an entree that came with a side of fries and a salad. I also ordered their soup of the day. The waitress came back some time later after taking my order to say that regretfully they didn't have fries (!) or the soup of the day (!). As such, I told her that if she could give me cooked vegetables instead of the fries and salad that would be lovely. She said, no problem at all - they could do that for me. Well that was not true!

Some time later she came back to say the restaurant couldn't give me cooked vegetables in substitution for the original side on the menu that the restaurant was apparently unable to prepare - that is, unless I worked over an additional $3 (which my date was already getting with her order so I thought this wouldn't be any trouble for these people). These precious vegetables consisted of two pieces of boiled brocolli and a few boiled carrots slices and one or two string beans.

In the meantime, my date's dinner arrived - cold. We told the waitress and she took it back to the kitchen and brought it back, taken out of the dinner plate and dumped into a small bowl that was obviously microwaved. This microwaved dish was a complete mess - soggy, overcooked and mixed together - horrible! When we said this wasn't satisfactory nothing was done - no complimentary dessert, no apology from the manager, no reduction in the bill, no new entree that was actually hot. They were content to just leave a bad situation they created to fester and their unhappy customers to be ignored. I will never return here again and will never recommend this place.

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Fish on Rice1414 W. Broadway, Vancouver
I am not coming back!
Submitted Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 9:45pm [Dine in]

Probably the worse all you can eat sushi restaurant I have had and the price was atrocious.

With the HST, dinner without tip came to almost $50 for two and this was for sushi quality that was quite poor. Indeed, the dinner was even worse than Robson Sushi (which doesn't say too much) which at least only charges $15 per person.

The oyster motayaki was terribly greasy and the oysters were not fresh (they had a very strong flavour and were tough). The tempura batter was far too thick and greasy. The vegetable tempura consisted of the cheapest: squash. There were no brocolli or carrot tempura that I could find.

The visa machine needs to be watched as well when you leave a tip on the credit card meal. The option is 15% or leave your own. If you leave 15% they will calculate it on the price of the meal PLUS the 12% HST bringing the cost to up even more.

I realize that $20 per person is the going rate for HIGH QUALITY all you can eat sushi in Vancouver but this definitely was not in the category of say Shabusun.

All in all, it was a meal to regret.

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Copper Room - Harrison Hot Springs Resort100 Esplanade Avenue, Chilliwack
A most enjoyable dining experience!
Submitted Friday, May 14, 2010 - 1:18am [Dine in]

The food isn't outstanding but is very good and definitely above average. The service is reasonably attentive but again nothing memorable. The soft, pastel coloured room has a slightly pretentious decor. There is a dress code. The menu is a bit on the pricey side but not outrageous. And yet, every time I have been here, I have had an amazing time. This restaurant manages to bring the pleasant but unremarkable elements together to create an extremely enjoyable and remarkable dining experience. What brings it all together to make this an exceptional place? Without a doubt it is the dancing to the excellent live band - playing every night I see. The talented band tries to please everybody by playing practically every genre from 1940's swing to 50's rock to latin to disco to contemporary pop/rock.

They occasionally (thankfully only occasionally)throw in the odd "Viennese" waltz but thank goodness they keep such schmaltz to a minimum. But the band (Jones Boys I believe) really excels best when they play 1950's rock/rockabilly music which they do with great flair and bounce. They would do well to play even more of that music as it sounds just great when they play it and is a blast to dance to (much better than 70's, 80's and 90's music). The wooden, sprung dance floor is one of the very best I have seen in a restaurant in the Lower Mainland and is reasonably well used by the patrons. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys partner dancing especially if your focus is ballroom and/or swing. After a couple of great evenings here, I realize that we need more of these dinner/dance restaurants in the Lower Mainland - especially ones that don't only play exclusively latin music of which we already have a number of. The dinner/dance has another side benefit - the dancing helps work off the weight gain from dinner.

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Al Porto Ristorante321 Water Street, Vancouver
Very good restaurant!
Submitted Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 12:30am [Dine in]

What can I say? The food is terrific, the service is attentive (almost TOO attentive) and the ambience is nice. The menu is lengthy and varied. The "early bird" specials are excellent value. I do recommend the duck entree; it is truly excellent! The deserts are nice, too. Thanks for an excellent meal!

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Old Spaghetti Factory50 8th Street, New Westminster
Terrific Service Tonight!
Submitted Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 12:25am [Dine in]

Admittedly, the Old Spaghetti Factory does not represent the best of fine dining and I don't normally choose this place for a dinner out. Having said that, they more than exceeded expectations thanks to first rate, quick and extremely attentive service by a gentleman attending to the north end of the restaurant at about 6:30 p.m Friday. The food wasn't bad either and certainly was good value. Keep up the good work!

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Baron's Manor Pub, The9568 192 Street, Langley
Mediocre and surprisingly expensive
Submitted Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 12:08am [Dine in]

Let's just say that I have tried this place twice now and both times were very mediocre. Lunch for $12+ is just a little too much for mediocre pub grub that came cold after a very lengthy delay. The first time, they wouldn't accommodate my request for half fries, half salad. I don't mind paying more but if you are going to charge the prices that they do here, you need to give a higher level of food. Interesting and elaborate decor which probably explains why the food cost is so high.

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Templeton, The1087 Granville Street, Vancouver
Could be better
Submitted Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

I tried the Templeton for the first time and left wanting . . . . better food. My breakfast special was way overcooked . . . . way too much unhealthy burned food on my plate - not so great. The much talked about 1940's atmosphere didn't live up to its hype either. Yes - the neon and the layout looks quite authentic but the pounding 1980's hard rock was definitely out of place in a diner which purports to authenticate the feel of the swing age/early rock era and definitely too loud/harsh for a leisurely Sunday late, breakfast. I sat at the counter so didn't get a chance to try out the juke boxes but looking at the musical selection in them, again, I was disappointed. Most of selections were Neil Diamond, Bruce Springstein 1980's and 1970's baby boomer rock, not 1940's and 1950's music that the place seemed to be crying out for. I am glad I tried the place but won't be back.

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Swans Brewpub506 Pandora Ave., Victoria
Terrific music makes the ambience!
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

The service was very slow and inattentive. The food is your typical pub-grub - well actually maybe better than typical. For Victoria, I found the value and food/portions to be noticeably superior to Spinnakers which I also tried the same weekend. The appies/fish and chips were quite fine. However, everything was outshone by the superb, and I mean SUPERB live band that was playing on Monday (I think they play every Monday there). I have heard many bands play at joints in Vancouver but this one was outstanding in terms of the quality and variety of music they could play. They do an expert job of playing a nice mix of hot jazz, ellington/goodman 1940's type standards and 1950's jump blues/rock & roll etc. They swing so hard that you just have to get up and dance to one of their swinging numbers!

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Venetis20511 Douglas Cres, Langley
Pleasantly Surprised - Value and good food!
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

This unassuming restaurant has become my favourite lunch spot when I am in Langley. The decor likely has never been updated since the 1970's but now looks pretty retro chic! The obviously long time loyal customers appear also to be the same customers from the 1970's. I discover why that is because the value here is incredible and the food very good. The seniors who make up the core of the customers know good value and good food and Venetis delivers in both categories. Indeed, the prices seem to be from 1970's as well! I highly recommend this place and my young professional friends in Langley were all impressed when we decided to go here over Earls - it is a quieter place to chat as well. The salad bar comes with the lunch specials and you will positively walk out of this place satisfied.

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Wildflower4599 Chateau Blvd., Whistler
Exceeded Expectations
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

We had a very impressive meal here last weekend and it cost far less than one would expect at a Fairmont Hotel in trendy and expensive Whistler. The free range chicken was excellent as was the prime rib. The salad was very good and the service was friendly. The price for the meal was not cheap but given the generous portions and high quality, it was excellent value for the money - which is not all that easy to find in Whistler. I would have no hesitation going back again and certainly will return the next time I am in Whistler.

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Spotted Prawn Bistro, The1055 W Hastings, Vancouver
Good Place for a Business Lunch or After Work Meal
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 6:11pm [Dine in]

It may not be cheap, but the prices are quite reasonable for a Downtown restaurant in a high profile location in the business district near the waterfront. The tapas are obviously their specialty and I have to say if I were to go back again, I would just order more appies as opposed to an entree. Having said that, the tapas were very good and it is a good location to meet colleagues for lunches or drinks after work. I recommend it.

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JJ Morgan1520 McKenzie Ave, Victoria
Good Food For the Price
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

Had lunch here with the 60 year old parents who live in Victoria - they stood out by being some of the youngest customers at this family style restaurant! The place has all of the ambience of a retirement home cafeteria - of which I believe there are quite a number just down the road. Having said that, the food is surprisingly good and the prices cannot be beaten. Obviously, I'm not the only one who thinks so as the place was just jammed with the grey haired set and their families. It may not be a yuppie hang out but reservations are clearly a must to get a seat here on a weekend for lunch!

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Lampliter Gallery Cafe9213 Glover St, Langley
Decent Restaurant
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

I quite enjoy the Lampliter. The ambience is rustic yet cozy with art for sale on the walls. The food is nicely prepared with lots of interesting ingredients. My favourite dishes are the Tuscan Steak and the chicken encrusted with nuts. The desserts are good, too. The temperature can be somewhat cold at times and so they would be advised to turn the heat up a notch!

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Accents Restaurant1967 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Great Restaurant
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

I've been here quite a number of times and I will say that the menu is very, very interesting. The food ranges from good to out of this world. The service can be spotty and slow especially when they get busy. Having said that, the food is well worth the visit. Some items worth trying are the Borsh - they do a particularly fine job with that - and the Halibut Provencal. The latter is superb with a wonderful risotto. Other items I enjoy include the cabbage rolls (I normally don't care for them but the ones at Accents are fantastic), the Atlantic herring appetizer, the blinies and caviar and, the crab wrapped in cucumber. The menu is huge and various. The prices are reasonable especially if you order the Three Course Dinner Special.

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Griffins900 West Georgia St., Vancouver
Surly Security Guard Prevented Lunch
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

As you can see from my earlier good rating, I've been a fan of this restaurant. I regularly dine there for dinner and lunch. Unfortunately, while I was waiting to meet a guest in the Fairmont Lobby for a business weekday lunch, I had a negative experience with a rather surly security guard. My guest was late, the place was almost empty, I was dressed in a business suit and so I decided to play a bit of jazz piano on the grand in the lobby right by the chairs - accessable and unlocked for guests. I am not a bad player (I'm a full time lawyer but am also a part-time jazz pianist) and played a 30 second "standard". After I finished and was walking away from the piano (the key is I was walking way), a surly and unfriendly security guard, approached me and quite sternly admonished me for playing and told me there was no need to play there as they have someone who does that. That "someone" was nowhere to be found and there was no pianist in sight. He never bothered to ask if I needed assistance waiting for my guest or whether I might like a newspaper while I waited (after all, at $28 a plate for lunch plus tax/tip, I think that would be justified). I must say that one second can wreck a long time good impression and that may have done it for me. In any event, my guest and I decided to go elsewhere for lunch because of the encounter and I'm afraid they will lose some business because of the overzealous and rude security patrol they have in the lobby. As such, I was unable to sample the food this time (my rating for the food is from my last visit) around but got a whiff of some very poor customer service . . . . no fault to the chef or servers, of course as I didn't even get that far.

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Hon's Wun Tun House1339 Robson Street, Vancouver
surprisingly good
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

The ambience is rather like a hectic cafeteria in China but the food is great and there is a decent menu selection. For the price, you can't complain. Surprisingly good! The group combo dinners are great value and give plenty of variety. It is better than many expensive Chinese restaurants. The food arrives quickly and is hot and good. The service can be impersonal but it certainly is speedy.

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Browns Socialhouse2296 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Mediocre at best - overrpriced
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

The tables are very tiny, the noise level is high, the crowd is generally young and white, the food bland and expensive - typical Kits style. The food was too expensive for the mediocre quality. The fries do not live up to the sales pitch that they are the "best" in town - HA! Typical overpriced, trendy Kits place where the diners think they are getting great food. The wait staff oversell the food - like "this is going to be amazing" - if the food was better, there would be no need to give the hard sell. If you want the trendy Kits location and insist on the good looking but bland Kits crowd - why not try Room 18 down the street instead - the food and dinner setting is WAY etter. NOT AGAIN.

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Trattoria Di Umberto Restaurant4417 Sundial Pl., Whistler
Not a Pleasant Experience
Submitted Monday, June 25, 2007 - 7:24pm [Dine in]

Yes - a meal with wine here (even lunch) for two can easily set you back $100+++ - which would be fine if you were getting something other than pasta and small bites of seafood. I did not have a very pleasant experience at this restaurant for dinner. For one, the room was far too crowded for the size and spacing of the tables. I could hear every detail of the conversations at the three adjacent tables and note that this was in a very loud, very crowded restaurant! For the price, you would expect a more private, exclusive setting. The service from a middle aged male waiter was haughty and cold. Again, if there is anything I cannot bear in a restaurant, it is a cold, arrogant waiter thinking he is so much better than the customers. There were lots of high roller "wanna be/climber types" dining there trying to impress the waiter (who didn't seemed impressed with anybody), their fellow tablemates (and dates) by ordering the most expensive meal possible. With the exception of the larger five+ tables, I didn't see any of these neighbouring "high rollers" getting warm service from our waiter who seemed came across as a far less friendly version of a CEO or Prince. Yet - at the end of the day - while there may be seafood (lobster I think) with the reasonably tasty pasta my date had - it was simply pasta and not worth the price. A fish dish I ordered was good but the portion was far too small for the price and wasn't any better than the equivalent at say Cardero's for far less cost. If you want to blow hundreds of dollars on dinner in Whistler, why don't you try the Wildflower at the Chateau Whistler and get proper treatment and better food/ambience?

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Latin Quarter1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
DREADFULLY poor service
Submitted Sunday, June 24, 2007 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

I had my dinner at the well-known Latin Quarter on Commercial Drive. What a disappointment! The service made what was otherwise reasonable food into a terrible experience! The male waiter had a poor, snobbish attititude towards my girlfriend and myself - and seemed to also treat another young couple seated nearby with similar contempt. On the other hand, tables with older, grey haired diners seemed to be waited on hand and foot. The waiter seemed to think he was some sort of a CEO and we were unwelcome peasants when in reality we were paying, professional customers who do not wish to be treated like dirt. When I told him I would wait for my wine to be served with dinner - he became very snarky. Of course, he forgot to ask me if I wished wine when I ordered my dinner and so I had to interrupt him to order wine. Our water glasses were not filled even though obviously empty for a long period of time. The bread boy also forgot (or on purpose) to provide us with our bread basket although the other tables got them. Altogether our tab was $70 with wine which I would not be out of line if only the service was not so arrogant and insulting. There are far, far better choices for the price and frankly, when you are a paying customer you deserve to be treated with respect not like a burden. I am professional/executive but I would never dream of treating my most demanding, cheap, unpleasant client in the manner in which the staff of this overrated restaurant regulalry treat their customers.

I will never go back to this restaurant which thinks it is a five star establishment in the top hotel in town but in reality is a one star dump on Commercial.

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