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finewinedinervancouverSince October 14, 200715 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.9)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value3 (2.8)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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100 Days350 Davie Street, Vancouver
Folding Chairs and Picnic Tables?
Submitted Monday, September 13, 2010 - 10:48am [Dine in]

Besides the physical discomfort that comes with sitting on a folding chair for over an hour, I was also a little uncomfortable with the torn fishnets on the hostess and the paint-splashed decor. I know they're going for "funky" and I can appreciate the artistic intention, but it looked like a group of 5 year olds were hired to paint. It seemed out of place at the Opus Hotel. The menu was somewhat inventive, although also a bit scattered. We started with the crab/lobster lollipops, which were flavourful and fanciful. We also shared the fish tacos, which were exactly the opposite - bland except for the taste of the corn tortilla. The service was friendly but not polished.

While I'm glad that I checked it out, I certainly wouldn't recommend this pop-up to anyone else. I'm looking forward to seeing a better venture in 50 days or so.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The8331 River Road, Richmond
Not up to par...
Submitted Monday, June 28, 2010 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

I had family visiting Vancouver last weekend and wanted to take them out for a "westcoast" dinner. As they were staying at a hotel near the airport, I looked to dinehere for restaurants in the area and found the Richmond Boathouse. I have been to other locations before, most recently Port Moody, and thought it would be a great upscale-casual place with fabulous, fresh food. The other locations were waterfront and this one looked like it would be as well.

I called to make a reservation and asked for a "table with a view". Upon arriving, flags started to go up. The building was aging and lackluster and I couldn't see water from where I had parked. The inside looked like the outside - threadbare and dingy. My wish for a table with a view was granted, except that every table had an equally dismal view…of the parking lot! Not exactly what I was hoping to show the out-of-towners.

The food would have been acceptable if it was served in Saskatchewan, but it certainly did not meet Vancouver standards. The service was equally amateurish and the prices seemed misaligned given the sad state of the restaurant.

Although my guests enjoyed themselves, I was embarrassed and disappointed. I'm glad I have a few more days to show them what Vancouver cuisine is really like!

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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante3296 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Good experience despite low expectations
Submitted Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

I visited this restaurant with some trepidation. I had heard good things about it from a trusted friend but I had also read the many bad reviews on this site. It turns out that I was pleasantly surprised. Our experience got off to a good start with quick and inexpensive valet service. We were seated in a quiet corner and were greeted by a server who was friendly and knowledgeable, although maybe a little insincere. (He seemed like an actor pretending to be a server.) We started with a half-litre of delicious and well-priced wine and the calamari. I have to agree with previous reviewers that the calamari was a disappointment. It was rubbery and tasteless and the portion was small for the price. The entrees were better. I had the clam linguine and my spouse had a veal dish and we were both satisfied with the taste, size and presentation. Our bill came to $110 before tax/tip which seemed quite reasonable. I don’t think this will be a regular haunt for us, but I’m certainly glad that we tried it.

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Royal Thai Restaurant770 Bute Street, Vancouver
You get what you pay for, I guess!
Submitted Friday, May 29, 2009 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

My coworkers and I had lunch at Royal Thai today after hearing about their $7.95 lunch specials. We each ordered a meal that comes with a chicken curry, rice, salad and a spring roll. Great deal! The menu indicated that we could request our curry in mild, medium or hot, so we all did. When the food arrived, none of us were given what we ordered but we agreed to take it anyway. Even still, the waitress and food-runner proceeded to stand at the table and argue about our order for several minutes. No bother – we were already enjoying our meals, which were pretty good. I agree with a previous reviewer that the salad dressing ruins the salad and should be on the side. One of my coworkers found a hair in her salad but a new meal was brought out to her right away. These types of blunders are enough to drive some customers away for good, so Royal may want to clean up their act. Luckily, our group was pretty laid-back and able to enjoy our outing.

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Radha Yoga & Eatery728 Main Street, Vancouver
Even impressed the carnivore!
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 4:13pm [Dine in]

Don’t let the slightly dicey neighbourhood scare you off. Once inside, Radha is a tranquil haven. I’m not sure that I would refer to it as “fine dining” but it certainly is upscale-casual, especially when compared to other veggie spots in town. Our server was very genuine and knowledgeable about the menu, so even though I didn’t recognize some of the ingredients, it wasn’t intimidating at all. We were given an amazing nut mixture to nibble on while we looked over the choices. It was so good that I would go back for that alone! My bf and I shared the Dips & Bread, which was delish, and I had the Chickpea Curry as my entrée. It was fantastic and so big that I took half of it home. My bf is an absolute carnivore and I had to trick him into going to this restaurant, but surprisingly, even he couldn’t find fault with the Nut Burger.

Highly recommended.

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Federico's Supper Club1728 Commerical, Vancouver
Great for groups!
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

I attended Federico’s recently for a birthday party with a group of 20. The room was packed with people of all ages – some in suits and others in jeans. The servers were professional and efficient and the food was fantastic. We had to pre-order our selections a week in advance, which was a bit of an inconvenience, but it made for very prompt service. I was somewhat sceptical about the entertainment, but Federico had everyone on the dance floor and it remained that way until closing. I would absolutely recommend this place for special occasions and group outings.

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Rodney's Oyster House1228 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
That hostess is priceless...
Submitted Monday, December 1, 2008 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

The last couple of posts regarding the Rodney's hostess made me laugh and I have to add my two cents! I have never actually EATEN at Rodney's because I haven't made it past the door. (So ignore my ratings for value, food and ambiance.) The one time that I attempted to dine there, the hostess was so rude that we turned around and left! A friend had suggested that we request the upstairs area, and we did. The hostess' reply (word for word) "What's wrong with you?" Her haughty tone made us laugh all the way down the street to another (better) establishment.

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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Victim of the hype
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 11:44am [Dine in]

Went to Burgoo to see what all the hype was about, and honestly, I still don’t know. I agree with most of the previous reviewers that the service is painfully slow and the food isn’t really worth the wait. We ordered a pitcher of sangria, which took 15 minutes to arrive at our table and was only mediocre. As there are only about 10-15 tables in this small restaurant (the patio was closed that day), I just don’t understand how it can possibly take that long for drinks to travel 2 metres. The menu is quite unusual, with “butter chicken” beside “mac & cheese” beside “ratatouille” beside “tom kah gai”. We chose the brie fondue (which was bland, bland, bland) and the mediterranean platter which was ridiculously salty. I understand that olives and feta are salty items, but why top the cherry tomatoes with extra course salt? I think I actually felt my blood pressure rising! The server was nice, but not great at her job. We had to ask for waters twice and also for extra bread twice. The bill came to less than I expected, which was (unfortunately) the highlight of my experience.

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Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, The1833 Anderson Street, #202, Vancouver
A memorable evening
Submitted Friday, August 15, 2008 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

After reading the great reviews on this site, we decided to try this restaurant with another couple. We didn’t know what to expect, as none of us had a clue what Afghan food consisted of. We made reservations for the “cushion room” and were given a comfy corner table with lots of pillows to prop ourselves up on. It took a few minutes to get comfortable on the floor (my bf never really figured it out) but that just made the experience more memorable. Each couple ordered wine (although we were intrigued by the plastic bucket that the next table was sipping from with two long straws) and a platter for two. I agree with a previous poster that it could easily have fed three. The food was delicious and we were entertained throughout our meal by a talented belly-dancer! (One member of our party was even invited to join her on the dance floor and gladly accepted!) It was a unique experience that we will all remember for quite some time! One tip – if you’re not an eat-on-the-floor type of person, there’s also a large, beautiful outdoor patio that would be fantastic on a warm summer night.

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Vita Bella Ristorante4544 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Fabulous experience
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 12:37am [Dine in]

My partner and I stumbled upon Vita Bella for the first time tonight and were pleasantly surprised with what we found. We were greeted warmly and seated in a quiet corner in the front window. We ordered wine and received it and a basket of fresh foccacia quite quickly. Our food also arrived promptly and it was absolutely delicious! My spaghetti pescatore was huge and filled with a wide variety of seafood. My bf (a first generation Italian) found his veal to be flavourful and tender. The service was attentive and the owner/chef (?) even came to the table to personally check on us. All in all, I agree with other reviewers that it felt like we were guests in someone's home. We didn't expect to enjoy our North Burnaby experience as much as we did, and we will definitely be back!

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Oysi Oysi Restaurant1136 Alberni Street, #607, Vancouver
Efficient and delicious
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

Wow, based on previous reviews, this place must have changed a LOT in the last year. I just recently discovered it (three or four months ago), but am now a regular for lunch.

The service is prompt and friendly, the food is always fresh and fast and the prices are significantly lower than most downtown restaurants.

If you haven't been there in awhile, try it again. You won't be disappointed.

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Nishiki Sushi819 Pacific St., Vancouver
Nishiki's second location...a great experience!
Submitted Wednesday, January 9, 2008 - 11:06am [Dine in]

Stumbled upon this relatively new sushi joint last night and was pleasantly surprised to find such a charming restaurant amid the industrial lots and bridge traffic. Although it only opened in October, word apparently hasn't gotten out, as we were the only table inside the spacious location from 5 - 6 pm. That was fine with us, as we enjoyed pleasant service, fresh and fast food, and especially the lovely ambiance. The entire place is spotlessly clean and tactfully decorated. The best part...our bill came to only $25 for two including sake!

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
Take-out gem
Submitted Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 2:33pm [Dine in]

Make no mistake, Sushi Garden is more of a warehouse than a restaurant, but for take-out it ROCKS! Your order might take awhile to prepare but it will be cheap and delicious. They have improved their ordering and pick-up system in recent months, and it gets better and better each time. It's my choice for best take-out sushi in Burnaby!

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Tomoya Japanese Restaurant6285 Nelson Ave, Burnaby
Taking a slide...
Submitted Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

When I first found this place ages ago, I thought it was fabulous and went frequently. I'm not sure what has changed since then, but the entire restaurant has gone downhill. The service is almost non-existent...don't be surprised if you have to ask for your drink three or four times. Although the decor seems comfortable and fashionable at first, you will quickly notice that the plates are chipped, the seats saggy and the glass table-top has a watery substance beneath it. Too bad, Tomoya had potential.

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Red Door Pan Asian Grill2996 Granville St, Vancouver
Service...what service?
Submitted Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

Wow – the worst service I have had in YEARS! This place was highly recommended, so you can imagine my disappointment. We had to ask for water several times, had empty drinks for 15 minutes, and when the drinks WERE replenished, the empties were left on the table for the duration of our stay. (Our empty dishes were only removed when we asked the busser – who brought us water – to take them away.) My food order never even arrived at the table! AT ALL! We happened to have friends who were sitting at a separate table across the restaurant, and they reported similar service woes. We left hungry and regretful that we had chosen this location.

Oh, but they did offer both tables a free calamari voucher for our "next visit". Not likely to happen.

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