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dinnerguestsvancouverSince October 16, 200627 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.3)
  • Value2.5 (2.7)
  • Ambiance2 (2.2)

Reviews

Displaying 21 - 27 of 27 Reviews Found
Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Got time?
Submitted Friday, April 18, 2008 - 7:49pm [Dine in]

Our family enjoys dining here when we have a lot of time. The view is lovely, the food is always good, the restaurant has space to accommodate, the servers never rush us. On our last visit this weekend to this restaurant, I dropped off my party of six for brunch on Sunday and proceeded to purchase a quick bouquet of flowers for the mother to be. I returned within 10 minutes to find myself sitting for 20 minutes and not a server approached our table. I was confused and asked my guest who our server was. She replied that it was not anyone in a white shirt. I looked around and noticed staff in white shirts, blue shirts and black shirts. I tried to make eye contact and flag down somebody to take our order--no luck. Eventually, a person in a white shirt motioned to someone in a blue shirt to come over to our table; this person took our order. We had a lovely chat with our relative from out of town and the others we had not seen for a while. This conversation lasted another 25 minutes before our brunch arrived--only one of our orders was missed. I gave my meal away to our guest and I waited until I could find a server. I explained to a server in a white shirt that one meal was missed. He asked me why I was given an empty plate. I explained that I was sharing my meal with my young daughter. Off he went and I waited for another 15 minutes or so before my meal was brought. He was very appologetic and he sounded sincere. After we finished our meal we had just enough time to walk half way to the market and return to our car before our out of town guest was to leave for the ferries. We did not linger with our meal once we were served. The service in this establishment is either not very efficient or deliberately slow to allow their guests to enjoy their own company and their surroundings. I have always wondered why this place has so many employees with only a half full restaurant and the service staff often does not know who serves which table. This happens every time we dine here. On several visits, we have been told that the server taking our order is not serving our section, but will do it for us--we feel so grateful after waiting for so long without being noticed by the service staff. Because we feel that the location is really lovely and the food is good, we will return when our schedules are not tight.

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Saltlik1032 Alberni St, Vancouver
Fried tortillas should not be sauced
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

This place is very energetic and noisy--distracting for any meaningful conversation. The establishment looked good and so did the patrons. Patrons from the same table near us came, went, returned, left again, switched users, etc. (the large group ordered drinks only, but no food).

We ordered an ecclectic combination of appetizers to share: chicken wings, Baja shrimp, calamari, caesar salad, and fries. The fries and the wings were good; the calamari batter was a bit chewy and hard; and the saucy shrimp was very tasty, but served on a fried tortilla that was limp by the time it reached our table. The server was attentive and refilled my friend's drink several times without request.

We can check this place off our list as "been there; done that" and will not return mainly because it was not an easy place to spend quality time with others.

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Saveur850 Thurlow, Vancouver
Something Amiss?
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

On Saturday night, we went to this restaurant on a recomendation. We arrived a bit late (6:15) but to our surprise, the place was not busy. Nor did it get busy by the time we left (8:30). Something amiss? I wondered. The menu is a table d'hote ($38) for three courses. We both ordered different salads. I had the lamb; my wife had the cornish hen with risotto (not made with arborio rice, but barley--a piece of description left off the menu). For dessert, I had creme brulee with strawberries, and my wife had the recommended chocolate cake with chartreuse ice-cream. All together, wow. What a restaurant. So many things were great. My glass of red Rhone was served at cellar temperature. How often does that happen, even in so-called great restaurants. The food was consistently outstanding. And we both enjoyed the waitress co-owner who was knowledgeable about wine, the food, and trivia, like how chartreuse is made by monks. My wife liked her non-pretentious manner, as did I. Further, she wrote down a list of wines I might like (given my penchant for Rhones). We will definitely be returning and spreading the news about this wonderful establishment. Something is indeed amiss: people are obviously going elsewhere. But why? Do they like luke-warm red wine, or mediocre food?

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Bellaggio Cafe773 Hornby Street, Vancouver
This is an Italian restaurant?
Submitted Monday, August 13, 2007 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

In a hurry, we decided to dine here for lunch close to the Art Gallery where we were going to see an exhibit--we didn't feel like coffee and muffins today.

The place was busy with tourists, but not full. We ordered a burger with a pint of German beer, and fish and chips with a root beer. The food was okay, but lack luster, the German beer was good, and the root beer had no carbonation and tasted sugary without the root beer flavor; thus the root beer was returned in exchange for a
cola. The service was friendly from greeting to departure; the beverage exchange was no hassle. Our bill came to $ 40 with a decent tip.

I am surprised that this restaurant is found under the Italian category on this site; we don't remember much Italian fare on the lunch menu. Our meal and those around us were served with a grilled pita; the sandwiches were also served with pitas--they look nothing like panini or were on the menu as such. If you're looking for anything similar to Italian food, this is not the place come. For the price, this restaurant does not represent itself well.

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Shi-Art Chinese Cuisine6551 No. 3 Road, #1302, Richmond
Beware of queue jumpers
Submitted Monday, August 13, 2007 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

We went to this restaurant because other places for dim sum were already booked well beyond the lunch hour in Richmond on Sunday. Reservations are definitely recommended for this place because this is a very busy eatery with aggressive patrons who do not seem to understand a queue at the door. After standing for approximately 5 minutes behind some guests who were already registered, but said nothing, we found ourselves pushed aside by people who just butt in to register for seating. The hostess does not seem to be aware of who came first (even if one stands a few inches from her nose) until one out voices the queue jumpers. The servers are friendly and helpful; the food is very tasty with a large variety that you order from a check-off paper menu. The description of the food is limited in English. For example, we thought we ordered something with chicken--we received a type of chicken that was black; it was tasty, but our appetites were diminished looking at the black skin and bones and grey meat! We ordered about 10 different items and they were all good. We will return.

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Hi-Nippon Japanese Restaurant2274 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
We felt like sardines...
Submitted Sunday, October 22, 2006 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

This is a very small restaurant that seats diners closely. Our family of four were seated at a table for six that was divided in half by a partition--thus there really was only room for three of us. When the other side of the table was free, the partition was not removed to give us more space. Our waitress seemed overwhelmed by the number of tables in her section; our empty plates were not taken away and our tea was never re-filled. To make space at our table, we stacked our dishes on top of each other. We could not catch the waitress's attention for most of the evening, except to pay the bill. If it were not for the fresh sushi, we may have had a totally poor impression of this place. Definitely, this is no place for large groups.

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Cactus Club Cafe1530 W. Broadway, Vancouver
A Surprise
Submitted Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

We have not dined at a Cactus Club restaurant for at least 10 years. We chose to come here on the Friday night that the 13th book of Lemony Snicket came out at the Chapters bookstore, which is located nearby. We were surprised by the tasty food and attentive servers.
The only item we ordered that lacked luster was the calamari--the batter was soft and wilty with no flavour. This restaurant is definitely a noisy singles place, but our family was made to feel welcome. Because the restaurant is so busy after 7 pm, be prepared to wait in line--we were very lucky to be seated quickly.

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