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got2hotVancouverSince October 17, 200646 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (2.8)
  • Food3 (2.8)
  • Service3 (2.8)
  • Value2.5 (2.5)
  • Ambiance3 (3.2)

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Sammy J. Peppers Grill & Bar1517 Anderson Street, Vancouver
Is it the 80s Again?
Submitted Sunday, March 4, 2007 - 11:19am [Dine in]

I think I've travelled back in time. Back to when restaurants in Vancouver were crap, and people accept it. This feels like a retro restaurant, I guess the owners felt that the 80s was the best time in their life.
I had the 'lobster' pasta as they call it. I guess they assume people dont know what lobster really is, so they can get away with putting lonstina meat in and calling it lobster-that is a tacky move that should stop, lagostina is fine, but call it that, dont lie to the customer.
We also shared some wings that were dry, meatless, and boring-how can you screw up something as simple as wings?
The music is cranked to virtual nightclub levels, its impossible to talk in there.
Service is slow, sat with empty glasses most of the time, dont they realise they're losing sales this way?
I knew it was a mistake to dine here, I generally try to avoid the big box chain restaurants, sadly I have friends that follow the masses and insist on going to these places. Luckily they all agreed with me, and unanimously agreed never to return, and advice all our friends to to try.

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Gelarmony1094 Denman Street, Vancouver
Fabulous Gelato
Submitted Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

Beautiful sunny afternoon, we hit English bay today and got some spectacular Mondo Gelato. This is the best gelato in Vancouver, I dont know if they buy it or make it themselves, but it is way better than other gelato places. I keep it simple and get chocolate and vanilla, boring you say? No Way. This stuff must be like 50% fat or something, how can it taste so rich, and be so velvetty!! Service and ambiance is pretty standard, but who cares, thats not what Im here for!! Just give me my Gelato!!!!

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Lumiere2551 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Keep Expectations in Check
Submitted Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

I think the biggest challenge Lumiere has for it is the expectation everyone has of it. It is very expensive, it's chef owner, is definitely the most famous chef in western Canada.
I tried to keep my expectations in check, but obviously there will be some. I love the feel of the room, small, elegant, sexy.
It may not be very romantic, we were there as a couple, and we found ourselves constantly in conversation with the table next to us, as we were so close together it felt like we were sitting at the same table.
The food is very good in quality, but lacking in seasoning, and contrasts. We did the Chef's 12 course menu, and many of the courses were quite bland, missing that something. I think we sprinkled extra salt on every course, other than the sweet ones that is.
And I find desserts at fine dining restaurants seem to always be disappointing.
All and all a great experience.

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Bin 941 Tapas Parlour941 Davie St, Vancouver
Good Food, Terrible Atmosphere
Submitted Friday, February 23, 2007 - 11:51am [Dine in]

Are we cattle being fatted up for the slaughter?? I understand its a small place and it must be hard to make money. But is it legal to cram this many people in such a small place?
I thought it was a place you would feel comfortable hanging out for hours and enjoying some good wine. I felt rushed from the moment we arrived.
The food is definitely above average. But the ridiculously noisy atmosphere, and the rushed service really ruins the whole feeling.
I love great food, but I can get great food in much more relaxed environments.
I know its a neigborhood favorite, I have lots of friends who like it, but I dont get it. I dont want to be packed in like a sardine and fatted like pig off to slaughter and then kicked out.
I want to enjoy my time in a restaurant.

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La Bodega Restaurant & Tapa Bar1277 Howe Street, Vancouver
Gungy Hole in A Wall
Submitted Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 10:41am [Dine in]

I've heard great things about La Bodega, so despite a lot of bad reviews here, we decided to try. We were the only table in the restaurant around 6:30pm, so we figured we would at least get great service. The service wasnt terrible, but it was very slow, and several times we had to get the waiter's attention.
The food was dry, the chicken was greasy, the mussels were definitely NOT fresh...tasted very fishy.
The room feels very old and dirty...where if the food and service were something better, I can often forgive such rooms, consider it character, but there weren't any redeeming qualities.

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Zefferelli's Spaghetti Joint1136 Robson Street, Vancouver
Lovely Room
Submitted Monday, February 5, 2007 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

This is a wonderful little Italian spot right downtown. Standard American Italian food, very good and competent. The atmosphere is wonderful, a very romantic spot. Service is very good. And yes, they do an exceptional Tiramisu.

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Morton's of Chicago, The Steakhouse750 W. Cordova Street, Vancouver
Design doesnt Make up for bad Food
Submitted Sunday, February 4, 2007 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

The steaks at the Keg are as good, and a hell of a lot cheaper than here. And I'm not a fan of the Keg to begin with. The food is insanely expensive...which would be fine if you get great quality for you money-you don't!
The asparagus is wilty and not fresh or flavourful. The onion rings taste like onion rings you'd get at the fair.
The whole presentation of the raw meat at the table is extremely unappetizing. And for such a nice and expensive room, the servers lack of knowledge is ridiculous.
Also I order my steak medium rare and got medium well.
The rooms are absolutely gorgeous, but that doesnt allow them to give crap food and service and still charge an arm and a leg.
I think the design is worth checking out. If you want to go, go for a couple of drinks in the bar. DONT EAT HERE!

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Denman St. Free House1780 Davie Street, Vancouver
Really It's Just A Pub
Submitted Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 4:06pm [Dine in]

Had the burger here, and it is terribly cheap, dry, and full of filler. The food quality is terrible. The service is ok, and its nicely designed. Its somewhere to go and drink, but absolutely do not eat there!

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Vineyard, The2296 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Dont Look Back
Submitted Sunday, January 7, 2007 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

I remember as a teenager going to the Vineyard after hours, drinking, and eating-great fun. Obviously the memory is not very accurate. I now return some 15 years later. The place is dirty, the service is old diner. The food is worse than old diner. This reminds me of food my buddies when we first moved out from home and were pissed drunk, and no one actually knew how to cook.
This may well still be a great place for the under-aged and after hour drinker, but since I'm neither, this place is just not worth a visit. It's sad when you go back to places you once loved.

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Le Crocodile909 Burrard Street, #100, Vancouver
Absolutely Fabulous!
Submitted Friday, January 5, 2007 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

We've been to Le Crocodile several times over the last decade, and it has been consistently fabulous every time.
The food is simply stellar, especially the foie gras. I admit, I'm a sucker for foie gras, when it's done right. Most chefs try to show off and do stupid funky things with foie gras, where, here it is simple, clean, and fresh. I'm in heaven everytime.
Also, the duck breast. This man knows how to prepare duck properly. And last year we had a lobster dish that was so rich, and delicious, melt in your mouth tender.

I wont name names, but I think Chef Michel's famous former apprentice, I'm sure most people know who I'm talking about, still needs to learn more from him.

The service is equally impecable, the service staff know what to recommend. When asked for wine pairings, they know exactly what to suggest. It's very attentive, but not in your face.

I think the only thing is the restaurant could do with a make-over. But that is minor, nit picking. This is a restaurant I would recommend to anyone.

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Saltaire235 15th St., West Vancouver
Just OK
Submitted Monday, December 18, 2006 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

Went here for dinner last night. We decided to go tapas style. The food was ok, but nothing special. It was a decent room, quite nice, well designed. I didnt care for the cheap looking pictures on the wall, but I think they're from a art student, guess to save money.
The big issue though is the service. The waiter was insanely rude. When we indicated that we wanted to do tapas style, he made no effort to help us. When he delivered the first round he put them down infront of the person who ordered the item, rather than in the centre of the table. We had to clear the clutter from the table ourselves and move things around. He kept coming back and trying to take our order for our mains, and we kept explaining we want to do tapas style, and we ordered a couple more items.
I could keep going on, but add to say he snapped a couple of us several times, and pushed us to hurry up, obviously trying to go home. Service like this is unacceptable, and should never be tipped. Bad servers need to make bad money, so they get out of the business because they dont make any money.

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Nu1661 Granville St, Vancouver
I will never return
Submitted Monday, December 18, 2006 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

Food- it is very expensive here, so I expect excellent food. It was bland, the sauces overly heavy and rich. Too much fat, and not enough herbs, spices, etc. The braise was something I'd expect at a family dining restaurant.

Service- the tables were set so close together that the waiters kept bumping into my seat as he passed by, very uncomfortable. The waiters did not interact with us anywhere beyond, "can I take your order". even when my friend asked questions, many times he answered "I dont know" did not even offer to go and find out for us. No suggestive selling, or even a hello.

Ambiance - only reason the ambiance doesnt get a 1 is beacuse it does have a little bit of a view-though not one of the better waterfront views. The chairs are terribly uncomfortable, the room looks like it was designed for photographs, and not for people to actually use. -the menu is printed on a folded up piece of paper, that doesnt match the high prices either.

Overall-considering what you have to pay for this, the supposed fine dining aspect of this restaurant, I say its definitely worth missing. If it was a family dining restuarant, and the prices were about half I would probably give both the food and service higher points. But you have to consider what market they've put themselves in. For the four of us it cost almost $400 fo dinner including tax & tip. For that amount of money I expect at least a little effort on the food and service.

Hopefully this addresses every point clearly enough.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Why do Waterfront Restaurants SUCK!
Submitted Saturday, December 9, 2006 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

I have been dragged back to the Boathouse several times by friends who seem intent on eating at the waterfront restaurant. The service at this place is crap, I would NEVER choose to eat at this place of my own. Also, the people who always end up dragging me here, always end up complaining about the place too-still they return.
I guess that's why places like this always suck. No matter how bad it is, people keep going back. Luckily it is only in the summer I end up being forced here, it was only once this year thank god.
The food is always bad, the deep fried popcorn shrimp is soggy, greasy, burnt and chewy.
And I have to admit, most of their seafood items dont turn me on, so I break down and order a steak. I always order my steak rare-and I have NEVER received it less than medium here. One time I got it WELL DONE. Who are the idiots they have cooking here. And its consistently bad, I've had it happen over several visits spread out over about a decade.
It pisses me off each time I return to this dive, and I will do everything to avoid returning here next summer when my friends suggest it.
I say enjoy the waterfront view for free. And when you're hungry go a couple blocks in to a restaurant that doesnt have the benefit of a great view-I guess they have better food and service because they need it to battle against the places with a view.

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Infinity Dining Experience819 Pacific Street, Vancouver
Amazing Comfort Food
Submitted Saturday, December 2, 2006 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

Last night we checked Infinity out. This is the most amazing casual dining restaurant I have ever been to. When we first walked in side we were amazed at how nice it was, the outside really doesn't convey the beauty of the restaurant-it's in the ground level basement of a house that's apparently been there for 100 years. The chair are amazing comfortable, which is rare at these sort of restaurants. My friend sat on the banquet, which was also very comfortable.
We had R&B draft beer, I had an amazing cream ale, and my friend had a lager. I know they dont make the beer, but it's lot nicer than most beers-apparently its a micro brew made here in Vancouver, I hadnt heard of it before, I guess that's how small they are.
I had the Grilled Lamb and my friend had a New York steak. I went to heaven eating the lamb, it had just the right amount of gaminess, and very tender-the sauce was beatiful. I tried a bite of my friends steak, and it melted in my mouth.
They then served a slab of ganace with a jagermester gelato..very delicious. They also served the coffee in a Bodum...I love that. There were so many other things on the menu that I wanted to try. Definitely will return. I have my eye on the Turkey and Prawn pasta. The waiter also told us the we have to try their Butternut Squash Fondue next time. She really tried to hard sell us on it, but we werent in the mood for an appy tonight, so perhaps we'll try it next time.
This was the perfect relaxed dinner.

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Parkside1906 Haro St., Vancouver
This is What it's All About
Submitted Wednesday, November 29, 2006 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

My friend took me to Parkside for my birthday in the summer. It was absolutely fabulous. The food was amazing, they had an amazing foie gras appetizer, I love foie gras, when done right.
The room is absolutely beautiful, they serve wine very elegantly. There is nothing about this restaurant that I do not love.
And I had roasted duck for my main, cooked perfectly medium rare, and absolutely delicious! They obviously use excellent quality ingredients.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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Takis Taverna1106 Davie Street, Vancouver
Best Greek on Davie
Submitted Sunday, November 26, 2006 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

Get out of that line up a couple doors down and go to Takis. We had lunch at Takis this weekend, and the food is a million times better than Stepho's and the price is virtually the same. The service is way better. They are very friendly here, attentive and sincere.
The lamb souvlaki was absolutely amazing, it tasted so fresh, the perfect amount of gaminess, I loved it. Their houmuos is the best, lots of garlic, nice and lemony too.
Im not a big fan of the room, but Im not with any greek restaurants, they're always too busy, filled with clutter and various nick nacks...but that is a personal thing.
We actually tried to tell people when we left to get out of that line up and go to Takis instead, anyone who makes that choice will be glad they did.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Never felt so Unwanted
Submitted Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

This was our second time to Chambar. Our first visit was just after they had opened, and we weren't that impressed then. But we kept hearing so much good stuff about the place, decided to try again.
Well our return visit was even worse than our initial one. This time we were treated like a nuisance. Yes, they were busy, and I admit I normally try to avoid restaurants during their busy times. But still, the customer is how they;re supposed to make their money.
The food was ok. The mussels were bland, tasting like they forgot to put any seasoning in the dish.
And their famous lamb dish tasted like my moms stew, and she was not a very good cook.
The room is very plain, and VERY loud. We had to yell across our table to just talk to one another. Felt like we were in a cafeteria, not a high end restaurant.
Well, we have given them a couple tries spread out over a couple of years. Wont try them out again. I dont know what it is people like about the place, but 2 visits were too many for me,

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Biercraft Tap and Tapas Bar1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
More a bar than a Restaurant
Submitted Friday, November 10, 2006 - 3:32pm [Dine in]

I've eaten there a few times only because someone I was doing business chose it for lunch meetings. He talked about the place like it was innovative cuisine, and on the edge.
All I got out of their menu was crappy pub food. Had the Seared Tuna sandwich last time I was there. The bread was stale, and the tuna not fresh, and everything else bland.
The time before I had an omelet, can't remember what kind as it was a while ago, and it was completely unrememberable.
The service was standard bar service, nothing special or interesting, I would not choose to dine here again, but maybe go here for a drink.

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La Regalade2232 Marine Dr, #103, West Vancouver
I Value My Life Too Much To Eat Here
Submitted Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

This is the only restaurant I have ever called the health board on. Not only do they reuse left over food from the table, they actually admitted to us. We saw the water eating food with her hands, while flipping over the napkins in the bread basket to reuse. They had open boxes of vegetables sitting on the floor, and pastries sitting on the counter by the front door, open to all air borne crazies.
We didnt eat that much of the food, because after we realised we had just eaten food that had been on previous tables, we completely lost our appetite and went to another restaurant to finish dinner.
They cram people in the very loud and uncomfortable room, and act like you should feel privileged to dine in discomfort.
This is one absolutely horrible restaurant, and I am shocked that so many people keep raving about it.
I will NEVER return!!!

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Delilah's1789 Comox Street, Vancouver
Always a Pleasure
Submitted Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

These people could teach Rob Feenie a thing or two about flavour. I love their menu,i love the ambiance. We go about once every six months to a year, and its always excellent. They know how to take top quality ingredients and make them enjoyable. The room is warm and cozy. The servers are friendly & helpful. This is a place worth celebrating.

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