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diningdvancouverSince January 25, 2007Favourite List (1)35 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
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Fraiche2240 Chippendale Rd, #2, West Vancouver
10 course tasting menu - very unique
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2012 - 11:28pm [Dine in]

Went on Saturday night to celebrate a special occasion

We had the 10 course tasting menu ($100 pp) and 1 person added $50 to have wine pairing. She raved about the wines and I managed to have a sip and agreed with her tastebuds, they went will with the 10 courses.

Most courses were very creative but for $100, having 2 courses consisting of 1 shrimp chip and another of 1 cheese chip it kind of makes the 10 courses really only 8.

Our waiter Patrick was amazing with his knowledge of wine and his attentive service. The chef Alvarez also come out a number of times to present and explain his creations.

It was a good dining experience but the next time we will order a la carte since the tasting menu may be a bit too exotic for some. (grilled bison heart and sweetbreads may throw some people off but they do ask ahead of time if there is anything you will or cannot eat.

Portions of the regular menu seemed pretty generous from what I could see being presented at the tables around us.

Definitely a foody type of place.

The view is to die for.

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YEW Restaurant + Bar791 West Georgia, Vancouver
Enjoyed a nice dinner
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2012 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

Had purchased a travelzoo voucher for dinner at Yew. For appetizer's we had the mussels and the foie grois parfait. Both were very large portions. The bread baskety they bring out is deadly, especially the scones so use willpower to limit yourself. For entrees we had the petite steak and prawns and the sablefish. The steak and prawns were well received. The sablefish was good but a touch too salty, don't know why the chefs add more salt when fish is salty already. The vegetables did not marry the fish well, a simple grilled veggies and some root veggies would have been good. There was too much going on and competing with the sablefish. I always enjoy meal at Yew. Brunch on the weekends are also excellent.

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Campagnolo Roma2297 Hastings Street East, Vancouver
Food was too salty for me
Submitted Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

Had to go try out this new addition to east van eating. Read a number of reviews on this place and had high expectations.

The menu is very limited so be prepared for it.

We decided on 1 appetizer, 1 pizza, 2 entrees - tab came to about $75 with 1 beer/1 soda

The eggplant bruschetta was very tasty and came quickly to the table, then it was about 20 minutes for the rest of the dishes.

The server did warn us that the carbonara would not be what we would get traditionally. It was different - extremely salty. She said it was done roman style with just cracked black pepper. I think they forgot the pepper and poured on the salt.

The canaloni was good but also really salty.

The pizza was okay, crust was good, but once again very salty, chose the only meat alternative on the menu.

Our entire table agreed that the salt content was just too high and we would not be going back. Oh well we tried it out at least.

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Pink Peppercorn Seafood House1485 Kingsway, Vancouver
Do you miss the cannery's salmon wellington?
Submitted Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

If you miss the food at the old cannery by the wharf, you must try this restaurant. The chef does it all himself and its amazing that the food all came out perfect (hot and tasty)

The check comes out and checks on all patron's food to make sure it is to our liking.

We went for a friends birthday and ordered:

Mussels (very large portion)
Warm papaya/prawn spinach salad
Salmon Wellington
Rack of Lamb
Special (Halibat)

all dishes were excellent and the portions were generous (aka leftovers for the next day)

I will definitely bring friends to try out this gem in east vancouver.

Don't let the location put you off - the food is excellent and the service is just as good. The 1 waiter took care of the 5 tables that were there on a tuesday night.

The chef says he will do private parties and cater a menu to you liking. Good to know since Christmas parties are coming up.

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Diva at The Met645 Howe Street, Vancouver
Food was outstanding
Submitted Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

I have not been to Diva at the Met for years. So my friend wanted to try it out for her birthday this year and it was a pleasant surprise.

The room was renovated 2 years ago and it is much brighter than I remember.

The best thing was the $65 tasting menu but the prices and selection on the regular menu was quite reasonable for this type of restaurant.

All the items on the tasting menu gave you a good of idea of the capability of the chef - outstanding.

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Mistral French Bistro2585 West Broadway, Vancouver
Always a winner, even during dineout time
Submitted Friday, April 30, 2010 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

I usually come here for lunch on the weekends when I am on the westside of town. This time a friend booked for dineout and the quality and service was consistent with my lunch encounters.

dine out menu:

seared salmon on top of golden beets - 5*
new york steak with fries - 4*
Belgian waffle with ice cream - 5*

other choices made by friends:

Goat cheese salad, good size with seared goat cheese, she loved it 5*
Halibut with thinly sliced potatoes = 4*
Strawberries in syrup 4*

Prices on wine/ cocktails was very reasonable.

Still definitely a good french restaurant even with the business of dineout promotion.

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Baru Latino Restaurante2535 Alma Street, Vancouver
Nice try for dineout, will be back
Submitted Friday, April 30, 2010 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

Our first time at this latin restaurant. We will be back just to tryout more of the appetizers.

2 of us had the dineout menu and 1 went for 3 appetizers.

dine out menue
5* for the lamb chops (appetizer, got 2 pieces)
2.5 * for the paella (kind of too saucy, not what I am use to)
2* the dessert (flan), too creamy for my tastes

appetizers:
5* for the seafood ceviche (very large portion and tasty)
ordered the beef ribs but got the lamb chops( got 3 pieces)
2* for the empandas (got 3 pieces)

the services was good and we had a small child with us and they did not make us feel bad about bringing her along.

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La Quercia3689 W 4th Ave., Vancouver
Nice Dinner for Family Style
Submitted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 12:15am [Dine in]

I was taken here by my friends for a late birthday celebration. We opted for the 5 course family style dinner with the chef choice of courses. We did request the lemon dessert since others who have been here recommend it.

I am sure there were more than 5 course, not including the dessert but I am not complaining.

All courses we had were very tasty and there was more than enough food. My only complaint was that the rabbit meat with the gnocchi was kind of soft (I don't like eating thumper, but my friends liked it)

The dessert platter we had was excellent and the americano coffees were done right.

The service was good- don't know how she managed to serve without knocking things over was amazing. The restaurant is kind of tight on space between the tables. This seems to be a trend among the new restaurants in town. So don't expect to not overhear others conversations.

I highly recommend this restaurant if you can get in. They do observe the 2 hour dining limit, so be warned, they will ask you to go if you overstay your time period.

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Bistro Pastis2153 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
good recession promotion
Submitted Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 12:00am [Dine in]

There are a lot of french restuarants Vancouver these days and this one has a recession special on for January.

Had to go try it out. This is a good promotion. Went on Friday night. The food is good but I think the kitchen got bogged down. We had 6:30 reservations and did not get out till about 8:30. The 3 of us only ordered the 2 course meal with no dessert or coffee.

We had a number of servers which was confusing. Had 2 ask us about drinks, then the same 2 about the daily specials, and then 1 for the meal ordering. Service was prompt otherwise.

Our table was kind of in the middle of the room past the bar. So my chair kept being kicked by the servers as they walked by. By the end of the meal I had moved my chair so many times, I was on the otherside from where I originally sat.

The food was very tasty with traditional french dishes and the portions was a good size.

I will try to go again but not on a Friday night.

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La Buca4025 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
food & decor is nice, but still have to go through kitchen to the loo
Submitted Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

This was the first time I tried out the restuarant after it went from Henry's Kitchen to La Buca. It is very modern upfront but you still have the kitchen and the washrooms in the back.

For a tuesday night, the restaurant was very busy. The tables are kind of close together so my friend and I could not help hear the couple next door's conversations and I bet they could hear us.

The menu is varied and the daily fresh chalkboard was interesting. We tried 2 appetizers and 1 pasta. The portion are a good size and we we quite full, but there was still room for dessert. The tirimusu was excellent. I judge a good italian restaurant by this menu item, and they pass the test.

The food is not real traditional italian, but is lighter and tasty.

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Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
Very Busy for a Tuesday Nite
Submitted Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 1:13am [Dine in]

Just went there on a Tues night and we could not get reservations until 7:30 pm. Even when we finished at 9:30 there were still people coming in.

Food was very tasty, I had the french onion soup (skip the bacon, it made it not very traditional), the onion tart and the frisee salad (too much bacon) but the poached egg was nice for a warm salad. My friends ordered the beet salad, escargots, lamb stew and the steak.

Service was only okay. I think our waiter was tired and he definitely had "French" attitude, didn't want to engage in any conversation about the menu items. Maybe he was overworked, looked to only be 3 servers for a very packed restaurant.

It was good to try this place out but I will probably not go back, too busy and noisy. Not much room between the tables. One lady nearly knocked over my friends glass of wine as she tried to get out of her bench seat and you can hear your neighbour's conversation real easily.

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Go Fish1504 West 1st Ave., Vancouver
lousy service, fish only ok
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 1:45pm [Dine in]

I made the mistake of taking out of town guest to this fish shack on BC Day.
The order taker tells everyone their order is ready in 20 minutes - which is not true, we waited 45 minutes and got yelled at by another server for being on the deck.

Lets just say the fish was not worth the wait and being yelled at left a bad impression on my guests who said that this is a place for a Chef Ramsey makeover (kitchen nightmare). I think that server should really get another job.

The fish/chips are okay, not the best I have had, and the oyster poor boy is not what we expected. Kind of small portions for what we paid.

Guess I won't be going back to this shack for a long time - poor sevice and so so food .

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Burgoo4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Go for the grill cheese
Submitted Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 12:22am [Dine in]

Some friends like to meet every couple of months to try out places to nosh and chat.

One of our friends choose this place.

As with other reviews, the service is only okay, nothing special. The server seemed a bit out it. Did the job but not too friendly.

The food is pretty good for the lunch items, but the breakfest/brunch there is not much there for a true sunday brunch person.. Definitely go for the grilled cheese - its big and lots of good cheese. The coffee is also good.

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Lobby Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
The lounge has a good lunch special
Submitted Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 12:10am [Dine in]

Heard about the lounge from 2 other set of friends who have been there for appies and dinner.

Found out about the 3 course lunch for $22 and tried it out Saturday. We made reservations, which is a good thing, otherwise you are sitting at the bar on high stools which is a bit of a challenge.

The lounge has low chairs and tables so expect to lie back

The service was very good- attentive, considering the place was full at 12 noon.

The 3 course lunch had a lot of variety - some good items were the chicken fingers, the yam fries and the clubhouse. Nothing too fancy but everything was fresh and hot - definitely not sitting there waiting to be ordered. The quality is usually good in hotels, I find.

I will definitely go back since this lunch special is available 7 days week at lunch time.

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Shabusen Yakiniku House2993 Granville Street, Vancouver
constantly being pushed out before it was time
Submitted Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 12:04am [Dine in]

I knew it was going to be a bad dinner when the attitude of the waiter was more like we should have been impressed he was even serving us.

This is an all you can eat place, but when the young guy says we can only order 1 more time at 8:15 it was sure sign they wanted us out. We pointed out to him our reservation was for 7pm and we had 2 hours to eat. He gave a look like I had 2 heads when 3 of us pointed on our watches what time it was. I guess he can't tell time.

The food is okay but not the greatest. In fact some items we ordered never showed up but maybe this is the servers hint that we should go. At 8:30 he came back again dropped off the bill. Came back at 8:45 to get the money, and kept eyeballing us if we would leave soon. Another table of 6 beside us got no hassle, but maybe being a family gave them more clout. Who knows????

Next time our friends suggest this place, its a big NO for me.

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Watermark1305 Arbutus St., Vancouver
food is okay, service is not
Submitted Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

I have been here a number of times but never for lunch/brunch.
Service at dinner can be a hit or miss thing as it also follows the brunch time also.

I was disappointed with the service we got. When we waived the waiter down to take our order he asked if we were in a hurry in a snarly way. Well if we have been sitting for 15 minutes with no water or acknowledgement it makes you wonder why I was bit impatient. After that the meal was a disaster, he bascially did the cursory drop off and no thank you when we paid the bill just picked up the folder and walked away probably thinking we were going to stiff him - maybe we should have then he would get a message. Some people enjoy their job and it shows, I guess he doesn't. To add insult he was training a young lady that day, oh boy, I hope she doesn't become like him.

As for the food its okay, but nothing to make me want to come back, in fact is a bit pricey.

Another restaurant off my list. Service is an important thing and makes a person want to come back or not.

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Cafe Medina780 Richards St, Vancouver
I expected more on the waffles
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 3:57pm [Dine in]

I have been told my a few friends and relatives how good this place was for their waffles. I found them okay but nothing over the top. My friends who I went with though seemed a bit chewy but still tasty- a bit expensive also.

The other brunch items seemed interesting and what we ordered was a good size and tasty.

The room seems narrow but then they have a back dining area that faces the skytrain area with lots of light, this was a nice surprise.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
too noisy and bar like
Submitted Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

Its too bad I did not read the reviews first.
A friend said the food was good but the place was a bit noisy.

In fact it was realy noisy, not a good place to go for a nice dinner and conservation, and the tables are too close together. The man next table nearly took out the candle on our table as he was trying to get off the bench seat.

The room is similar to the Alberni location, very bar like and open.

We won't be back, too noisy for our taste. The food was good and service was excellent but the environment was not right.

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Villa Del Lupo Restaurant869 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Not what I expected for service
Submitted Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 11:16am [Dine in]

Had been here last christmas with 11 friends, the food was good and decided to try it with another group of friends.

A number of issues made it a bad night:

1. mgr grumbling about the fact we pointed out that 1 menu for the set menu special said $40 vs $55, none of the menus said it included wine paring. He told the server in a loud voice for us to hear to give use the price based on whe we pointed out.

2. server did not acknowledge us till we flagged her down, she only had 1 table and he was a single. The whole 2nd floor only had 4 tables including us on a friday night, the other table had another server. Once the single got settled she did focus on our table.

3.No cream for the expensive $4 regular coffee we ordered. She offerred and brought coffeemate, not very classy for an expensive italian place. Someone could have gone out to buy some cream, she said they ran out - what, on a Friday night, there is a 7-eleven close by, even the mom/pop restaurants run out to buy supplies if they run out.

4. Inconsistencies in the garnishes on the soup and the salad, strange for a high end place.

Not all was bad, the food was very tasty and we got lots of bread but attitude makes a big difference for an enjoyable evening out.

I feel bad since I recommended this place.

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Le Gavroche Restaurant1616 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Haven't been for a long time
Submitted Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

Haven't been here for a good 2 years so had to try it out when I saw the ad for their 30th anniversary.

Called some friends out and we headed there but did not do the special menu (it looked pretty good) but chose their regular prixe fix option and added the wine flight to it.

All the entrees ( rack of lamb, duck breast, fish) were very tasty and a generous portions.

I was disappointed with my dessert which was a nepoleon but not the normal type I get. So stick with the crepe suzette instead, they actually flambe it near the table for you.

We were put in the wine cellar room which if you were a twosome the larger parties would have been noisy for you.

Overall a good meal.

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