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diningRLEast VancouverSince September 18, 200665 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
  • Ambiance3 (3.1)

Reviews

Displaying 21 - 40 of 65 Reviews Found
Sophie's Cosmic Cafe2095 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Overpriced Breakfast
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 7:11pm [Dine in]

It's pretty hard to mess up breakfast. The reverse is also true imo. Sophie's serves up solid breakfast dishes and some more brunch-like dishes.

The service is quite bad... I guess it's to be expected from a diner type establishment, but it just seems to irk me since this place markets itself as a trendy, up-scale(ish), non-diner, diner.. if that makes sense at all.

Value.. well it's more expensive than your typical diner that's for sure. It's to be expected though since it's in Kits.

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Don Francesco Ristorante860 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Five Star Experience!
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

This is my first five star rating ever and I believe it's justified! Had a goodbye dinner with some colleagues at this restaurant and the entire experience was magnificent.

The service was excellent. We had the private guest room near the back of the restaurant and our two servers were extremely attentive, personable, knowledgeable on both food, wine, and various cultures, and generally a great pleasure to deal with. Francesco made it a point to not only drop by to say hello to us, but to all the other tables in the restaurant as well.

The food... delicious. I had the grilled calamari salad, halibut cheek fillets, and pear sorbet, while the others tried the various pastas and seafood dishes on the menu. Everything we had was stellar!

The ambiance is more towards the romantic side, as the house lights are quite dim and there are ample candles throughout the restaurant.

The musicians were not in on this night, so we didn't get a chance to hear Francesco sing - which I hear is great, as he is an opera singer.

The pricing is on the high-side, but putting it in context (fine dining establishment) - the quality, service, and ambiance we received - the value is there. I definitely recommend this restaurant when you feel like treating yourself and your partner to a special evening on a special occasion!

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Irashai Grill1368 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Good Food, But Value Underpar
Submitted Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

Whether it was because I subconsciously expected it to be less than stellar or because the food is actually really good (my guess is the latter), I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the sashimi, sushi, and cooked dishes at this establishment - contrary to many of the previous reviews.

However, the portioning of each dish is "extremely" small - check their website for photos. The restaurant seems to be caught in between marketing itself as an extremely high-end (Tojo's-esq) Japanese restaurant and a casual Coal Harbour live/work restaurant. Irashai's portioning and value suggest more towards the high-end. Even with the 20% discount, our bill came to an amount that was quite surprisingly high for the quantity of food we received (the menus have no pictures, so we were thoroughly surprised when the food came). In many ways, my experience here seemed more expensive than even Tojo's - the sheer quantity of food was really bare minimum - but I'm quite confident Tojo's takes the cake on being the most expensive!

I would not recommend this place as it's just too over-priced (poor value) imo. The sashimi is quite fresh, but Seto in Richmond and even Shiro on Cambie offer sashimi of better quality, quantity and value.

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Splitz Grill4242 Main Street, Vancouver
Decent 'Gourmet' Burger
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 5:19pm [Dine in]

Nice addition to the Main St stretch. The burgers are pretty satisfying at this place. Much like Vera's, you get to choose your toppings and sauce. Vera's is slightly better imo. Moderne Burger takes the cake over all these places.

The fries were pretty bad - if that's possible. Very soggy and oily. Somewhat surprising bc I thought fries are a no brainer and can't be screwed up... guess I was wrong.

Pricing is slightly more expensive than Vera's.

It's worth a try - just don't expect this to be the best burger in the world.

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Anton's Pasta Bar4260 E Hastings Street, Burnaby
Not Worth the Wait
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 4:14am [Dine in]

It's not worth the wait! I guess I was lucky as I only had to wait 30 minutes, but from my understanding, it's typical for the wait times to be 45 mins +.

Anyways, the food is not good; you just get an enormous plate that can pretty much feed 2-3 ppl for around $15-20 bux a plate.

I'm glad I visited this place just to say that I did, but if you want quality, please visit another place.

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Red Robin1001 West Broadway, #200, Vancouver
Typical Chain Food, Horrible Service
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 4:08am [Dine in]

I usually try to avoid chain places in favor of smaller mom and pops establishments. Anyways, sometimes it's unavoidable and I just end at a chain.

Anyways, I'm sure most of the population has been to a Red Robins, so the quality is the same as what you'd expect. It was the service that really irked me. The servers were no where to be found when we wanted something (refill of water/drinks, change of utensils, slow arrival of food). It's not really a reflection of the entire chain, but probably a good reflection of this location.

Will never be back (to this location at least).

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Joey820 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Hot Lunch Spot
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 4:02am [Dine in]

I'm usually not a fan of 'chain-type' restaurants, but I was quite impressed with this Joey's location. I've been here 3 times, and the quality of food and service are quite consistent.

Food: had a variety of things from my visits (mini-burger appetizers, calamari, grilled ahi tuna burger, grilled chicken Mediterranean salad). All of it was quite enjoyable, hence the 4 ratings (based on the type of restaurant of course).

Service: besides the fact that every waitress is good looking, I found the service to be solid, especially for a relatively new restaurant - my first visit was a month after it opened.

Ambiance: very nice.

Value: same as the usual Joey's/Earl's/Cactus Club pricing.

Recommendation: worth a visit. Another reason I recommend this restaurant is that it is the test kitchen for the entire Joey's chain. They test out new dishes at this location prior to them being introduced at all the restaurants.

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Locus, The4121 Main Street, Vancouver
Decent Place, Quirky Dishes
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 3:46am [Dine in]

This place has been around for as long as I can remember and it does really well. It's always packed during peak times.

I've only been here twice, but it seems as though the menu changes quite often. I ordered a grilled chicken burger the first time, which was not bad, and the second visit I was told they don't serve chicken... Anyways, I like the fact that they serve kangaroo meat (not sure about anymore). I mean where in Vancouver do they serve kangaroo meat??? Brought me back to my backpacking trip down-under in 2006. Not a huge fan of kangaroo meat, but having it once in a blue moon is a nice change. The food itself is solid - it's definitely a place worth checking out if you want to get away from the Earl's, Milestones, Cactus Clubs, etc.

The restaurant is really dark inside, and it's super loud, so it's not exactly the best date place.

Another unique to Main Street restaurant that I recommend.

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Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant355 Burrard Street, #180, Vancouver
Glorified Dim Sum For Canadians
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 3:28am [Dine in]

I'll be frank, the dim sum is NOT horrible at this place. I score each category independent of the other (which is the correct way of scoring), but it seems that many of the previous reviews' food, service, and ambiance ratings are a reflection of the reviewers' low value ratings. Let's score each independently!!!

Having said that, the dim sum is absurdly over-priced at this restaurant. You are basically paying for the decor which is really nice, and the fact that it's situated in the Marine Building. Service is great, especially for chinese restaurant standards.

I've had dinner here once. The food is alright, typical of a good chinese restaurant. Pricing is a bit higher, but not marked up as high as the dim sum.

Recommendation: good place to bring a client for a business lunch if you want to impress with the decor and if it's on the company's credit card and not your own.

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Victoria Chinese Restaurant1088 Melville St, Vancouver
Addendum: 2nd Best Dim Sum Downtown
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 3:20am [Dine in]

I completely forgot about Kirin on Alberni! My apologies.

Kirin is somewhat out of the way as it's on the outskirts just past the central business district. For a business dim sum lunch, if you're in the central business district, Victoria will suit you just fine as Kirin is about another 5 minutes away (quite a ways if you're pressed for time).

That being said, Victoria is still solid and definitely a place that I have entertained clients without worrying about whether the food is good/bad.

Verdict: Kiring > Victoria > Imperial

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Pretty Good Ramen
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 3:56am [Dine in]

Heard many good reviews about this place and since I had a ramen craving, I decided to visit it. There seems to be a perpetual line-up outside, but try to shoot for off-peak hours and you're pretty much guaranteed a seat within a few minutes.

Anyways, as the previous reviewer mentioned, this place is very reminiscent of a typical Ramen establishment in Japan - small, open kitchen, no air conditioning, and rubbing elbows with your neighbors. The menu is not exhausting - it only contains about 10 or so ramen bowls and some side dishes. I usually order Chasu Ramen, but my colleague highly recommended the CHEESE ramen (yes CHEESE Ramen), so I decided to give it a shot (you only live once!). I tried this bowl of Ramen with a lot of reservations as I couldn't imagine how cheese + noodles + soup really mix! Anyways, putting the question of whether the cheese ramen is authentic aside (I don't think it is), the bowl was extremely satisfying! I've had it 2 more times since my first try, so it actually does taste awesome and not just because my expectations were really low.

The verdict? Give the Good Ol' Cheese Ramen a try!

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Fujiya1050 W Pender St, #112, Vancouver
Surprised Take-Out Can Be This Good
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 3:41am [Dine in]

Fujiya is a pre-made, cooler stored/displayed, take-out sushi place... might sound like a big turn-off, but the food is not only good, it's REALLY good. It can't compare to a good sushi restaurant, but considering that all the food is made at their flagship location on Clark Drive and delivered to this downtown location, the quality is above and beyond! It's also inexpensive: I usually get 2 trays of maki (12 pieces of salmon maki, and 12 pieces of tuna maki) and it's only $2.95 per tray - basically fast food/McDonald's pricing, but a healthier alternative.

The selection does not stop at sushi (maki, rolls, nigiri, and sashimi); there are also a bunch of other cooked foods: rice bowls, bento boxes, Japanese sandwiches, gyozas, and more.

This place is smoking busy - but the line moves relatively quickly since it's just pick up and pay - during lunchtime as it gets traffic from the office workers around the downtown business core.

I highly recommend this place for a quick, satisfying, healthy, and inexpensive lunch.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Underwhelming
Submitted Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

I've been here several times. Everything's pretty much consistent. Nothing is stellar here, but on the flip side, this place does not flop either. The food is not 'authentic' Mehican, but it's still enjoyable - especially compared to some of the other Mexican alternatives in town. It's always busy during the peak times (dinner, weekends + holidays). Lunch seems to be manageable as I've never had to wait to be seated during lunch hours.

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tapas and Good Beer
Submitted Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

Nice little bar/pub on the Drive serving up really enjoyable tapas dishes and import beer - the humus dip is really good here. Good value as each tapas dish ranges from $6-12.

Great place to grab some good beer and appies after work or to catch a sporting event. It gets quite busy during the evenings, but if you can get a seat, it's good times.

Will definitely be back!

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Memphis Blues Barbeque House1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
When You're Lacking Protein...
Submitted Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

This place is more of a take-out joint with some house seating than an actual dine-in restaurant, so the service is somewhat lacking - it's almost self serve.

Having said that, the food is solid and if you get one of the combo platters, there is LOTS of food. Quality-wise, it's just solid - nothing stellar, but nothing to cry about either. I don't know of many BBQ places in the GRVD, so whenever I want me BBQ fix (of whenever I just feel like pigging out), I more often than not come to Memphis Blues.

Pretty much everything on the menu is meat, so "BE WARNED" as one of my buddies has been quoted saying.

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Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver
One of the Best in the City
Submitted Sunday, August 17, 2008 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

Very good authentic Japanese sushi.

To me, this place is definitely up there along with Toshi's (have yet to visit but hear it's awesome), Seto in Richmond (a must visit in my opinion), and Tojo's (really expensive, but I'm going by pure quality score here).

Seto in Richmond is still my favorite Japanese sushi restaurant in the GRVD (taking Tojo's out of the picture). Shiro, however, is quite strong with its staple rolls and fresh sashimi and nigiri. You just can't compare these places to the AYCE restaurants around. You probably end up paying a little more than at AYCE restaurants, but for the quality, it's definitely worth it.

Even with the Cambie construction, you will most definitely have to wait in line. Lots of loyal customers frequent this establishment and the fact that it's really small doesn't help the line. It's worth the wait though.

Recommendation: Very High.

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Romano's Macaroni Grill1523 Davie Street, Vancouver
Decor Only
Submitted Friday, August 15, 2008 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

I hate to use the word 'unique' but that's what the Macaroni Grill is - at least the setting. The heritage mansion is excellent and it's basically the restaurant's only selling point.

The food is definitely nothing to brag about. I had the salmon steak and it was very weak and bland. Others at our party had various pasta entrees, which were reported as decent.

I'd probably visit this place again just for the ambiance feel.

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Crave3941 Main St., Vancouver
Expected More
Submitted Friday, August 15, 2008 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

I came here once not too long ago for lunch. Heard many good things about Crave and the credentials of its owner/chef. The visit was alright, but I was expecting quite a bit more.

The ambiance is pretty nice, but like almost all the restaurants on main, Crave is just too small. The tables are really close to one another and you're almost literally eating with the next table. It was somewhat awkward since my friend and I and the couple next to us made it a point to whisper when conversing otherwise we'd be screaming at each other.

I had the chicken brie melt, which was good, but the entree portion was quite small. My friend had pasta which was rated as good, but not stellar. The pricing seems to be in line with Earl's and Cactus Club - 2 restaurants aiming for the same type of clientele as Crave. For the amount of food that they give you, the value isn't really there.

I'd recommend Crave, however, don't expect stellar as I was.

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Sui Sha Ya Japanese Restaurant5300 No 3 Road, #221, Richmond
Recommendation - Avoid
Submitted Friday, August 15, 2008 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

All the previous reviews pretty much sum everything up.

I tagged along with the extended family for the AYCE lunch. The quality of the food is extremely sub-par, even for an AYCE establishment. The only good thing I found was the spicy chicken wings - which in all honesty, no restaurant can screw up. The sushi was very bland and the rice was not good quality.

Considering the number of quality Japanese and AYCE restaurants out there, stay away from this place!

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Pizza King1464 East Broadway, Vancouver
Good Late Nite Alternative to Fast Food
Submitted Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

Somewhat surprised that there are no reviews for this place. I remember my older brothers ordering from this place back in the early/mid 90's.

I always order the lasagna pasta combo here. It's a take-out/delivery joint owned by an asian family, so authenticity is definitely out of the question. Having said that, for $12.xx you get 2 large aluminum containers of pasta (lasagna, spaghetti, and/or ravioli), 2 slices of garlic bread, 2 green salads, and 2 cokes - not a bad deal! The lasagna itself is pretty decent for takeout. I personally think it's better than some of the stuff at many of the chains restaurants (Red Robbins, White Spot), but I've had bad experiences at those places.

Anyways, these guys are open late, and offer a loyalty stamp card (Buy 8 or 9 pastas and get 1 free).

I wouldn't go out of my way to try this place out, as it's not exactly in the best part of town. If you're stuck for ideas in the latter night hours (I think they are open till 12 on weekdays and 1 or 2 on weekends) and live sorta within a 5-15 minute drive from Pizza King, I'd recommend this place over fast food any day!

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