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nothin-buta--reviewWest VancouverSince July 20, 200716 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
  • Service3 (3.1)
  • Value3.5 (3.5)
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Displaying 1 - 16 of 16 Reviews Found
Zako's Deli500 W Broadway, #102, Vancouver
True Lovely
Submitted Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 7:16am [Dine in]

I stopped by this little place purely by fluke. I was on my way to a Dr's appointment and was I fairly early and really hungry. I was greeted right away, and ordered a turkey sandwich. The meat was thick, real turkey (not turkey roll!) and the bread was soft and tasted fresh. The quality of the ingredients used are worth of the $5 I paid, especially the pesto artichoke spread that is used as the sandwich spread. It so delicious and is homemade by the owner (who was very friendly and engaged me in a pleasant conversation while I ate). All in all, would I recommend this little deli to others? For sure! The experience was far more than I bargained for. I was even offed a sample of the smoked meat that they are known for, and on top of that the service was personal and genuine.A ten outta ten for sure!

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De Dutch Pannekoek House1725 Robson Street, #1, Vancouver
Just poor...
Submitted Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 11:41am [Dine in]

I have been here a few times, the food is pretty good. However, like the reviewer below, I am not sure how the restaurant is run. I was eating my meal and watching the restaurant fill up, the only one girl wokring, was trying her best to accommodate everyone. The man whom I believe runs the restaurant was somewhat lackadaisical. He was not really interested in helping this poor girl out, he just kind of stood in the back by the kitchen and watched, not seeming to care that she need help, by perhaps even pouring coffee refills.... it makes me think twice about returning to this place. He seemed to have dollar signs in his eyes, but not really caring about the kind of service it takes to create the revenue.

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Tapastree1829 Robson Street, Vancouver
So good and always consistent!
Submitted Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

Again Tapastree has exceeded my expectations. My boyfriend and I went there the other night and it was wonderful. The food is incredible, you can tell that there is quite a bit of love that goes into the creation. I love the dijon calamari and the green beans, but really anything you order is delicious. The service is always perfect, and the ambiance is lovely. I always look forward to a night at this restaurant. If you do get a chance and find yourself in the West End, this little restaurant worth a try, always money well spent.

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Pacifico Pizzeria & Ristorante970 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Great every time!
Submitted Monday, February 8, 2010 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

I have been to Pacifico about 3-4 times, and I have always been happy. My most recent visit was on Satruday for some pizza and calamari. This visit by far, was the best, for service and for pizza. My boyfriend and I shared the 4 in 1 pizza which was so tasty, tons of flavor and not super greasy. The calamari was tender, with a crispy deep fried batter. The service was flawless, attentive and professional. I will continue to go to Pacifico. I always enjoy it!

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Templeton, The1087 Granville Street, Vancouver
One time, shame on you. Two times...shame on me ...
Submitted Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 7:57pm [Dine in]

Having served in the past, my biggest pet peeve were patrons who complained, but kept returning to the restaurant, only to complain more. Why not just go somewhere else? This is what I suggest you do instead of paying The Templeton a visit.
I have been there a few times, but after repeated awful, and slow service (when I say slow, I actually mean ignored) I will not return. I am certain I won't be missed as this diner is aways busy (how? I don't know).
Most of the servers act like/resemble grown-up versions of sad, emo teenagers with attitude. There have been a few instances where I have waited @ the counter for @least 1o min while being seen but not acknowledged . I know what it is like to serve brunch, so I am usually quite forgiving, but after a few visits I am starting to realize that this is their 'style' of 'service'.
I have the usual plethora of complaints eg. water glass never filled, waiting for drinks, being ignored, the list could go on. I will sum it up by saying that on all of my visits, I have gotten the distinct feeling I, the customer have inconvenienced the SERVER by coming in to eat.

The food is decent (if you are willing to brave this place, the veggie meatloaf is good) but not memorable enough to encourage a repeat visit.

True, the place is dirty, but the design and concept are attractive. With that in mind, it's unfortunate that they do not have enough of a follow through with there staff.

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Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
Pretty Good
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 11:17am [Dine in]

A friend and I were out and about on Saturday night. We were looking for a particular restaurant that we could not find (after walking around for 25 min) so we decided to give Chill Winston a try.
It was pretty busy but not over crowded. The host gave us a choice of inside or patio, we chose the patio.
The initial greet by our server took a little bit longer than usual, but that would be the extent of any poor treatment. We chose a bottle of wine (the server was quite helpful in both the wine and food choice department) and the meat and cheese plate.
The choice of wine was perfect for a summer evening, the meat and cheese plate however, left something to be desired. Having worked in a wine bar in the past that serves mainly meats/cheese and other tapas, I was disappointed. When ordering dishes like this, it is common knowledge that you are not going to get a brick of cheese and a tone of meat, but I found the size of Chill Winstons meat/cheese dishes to be sized well under average. Tasty but not worth the $.
The service was attentive through out the evening. We were told that the patio was to close at 11pm and kindly asked if would like to be put on the wait list for the inside. We did and we were moved inside to a lovely table with comfortable plush chairs. I have never been to Chill W. b4, I really enjoyed the atmosphere, it is great for a weekend evening.
Again there was a bit of wait b4 the initial server greet but after that, it was again, flawless service.. Our H20 was always topped up and drinks came in a timely manner. The service was friendly and not intrusive : )
All in all it was a pleasant experience. I will return for drinks and maybe some light eats (I'll try something different next time.)

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Cibo Trattoria900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Five star experience!
Submitted Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is superb, hands down. The pastas are made from scratch, the meats are house cured, the menu changes daily (if I you really love a dish, beware, it may be unavailable your next visit). There was not a single flaw in my visit.
We were seated promptly in the beautiful intimate room (complete with a gas fire place). The music was at a great level, loud enough to create a gentle buzz but quite enough to hold a conversation.
We choose a bottle of red that was recommended to us by the house sommelier. The choice was dead on, exactly what we were looking for.
We began with the ravioli (stuffed with wild greens) and the spot prawns which were accompanied by a homemade aioli. Both dishes were fantastic, absolutely delicious. It is quite obvious that there is a lot of love that goes into the creation of their dishes.
Our secondis were equal to our starters. The pork sausage was amazing, served along side cannellini beans and a fried duck egg. The ling cod was melt in your mouth with fresh asparagus. For desert, homemade hazelnut ice cream. I wish you could purchase it in the supermarket, it was to die for.
The service is A+; friendly, professional and knowledgeable. This restaurant is fabulous, we had a wonderful evening and we will be returning for seconds!

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Chau Kitchen & Bar1500 Robson Street, Vancouver
I loved it!
Submitted Monday, May 11, 2009 - 2:06pm [Dine in]

I decided to take myself out for lunch today, so I chose Chau ( it's close to home ) and I have heard great things about it.
Chau certainly lived up to the positive reputation it has acquired, having only been open for a short period of time.
I had a very positive experience.
I was seated promptly at a table with a nice window view. I ordered one item off the lunch menu, the buddha bowl.
When my soup arrived it was literally brimming with noodles and fresh veggies; cauliflower, broccoli, dates, sprouts, eggplant, huge pieces of tofu, all kinds of wonderful fresh ingredients. The broth is made up of veggies, dates and few other ingredients, sweetened with a little sugar cane. For just a bowl of soup, it was fantastic. The value for the buddah bowl($11) is awesome, it's huge, not mention the quality of the ingredients used. The service is nice and casual, unintrusive and prompt. After my meal, I was offered a complementary cup of jasmine tea which is a nice touch.

All in all, a great simple lunch experience. Delicious...... I will be going back to see what dinner is like.

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Bon's Off Broadway2451 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
Not bad
Submitted Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

After reading the review below, this breakfast restaurant is not that bad......after all, 'hippies and hobo's' are people too and must have someplace to go out to eat ( and what's wrong with saving a couple of bucks?).... great review coming from the guy below who eats at Red Robin....just sayin :)

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Bin 941 Tapas Parlour941 Davie St, Vancouver
Good/Bad
Submitted Friday, March 6, 2009 - 10:19am [Dine in]

Yesterday was my second visit to Bin 941. My boyfriend and I had gone two years ago and had a wonderful experience. This second one did not quite measure up.
I met my friends there fairly early, the place was pretty empty. That did change within the hour, but it was nice that we didn't have to wait.
Upon my arrival (I was late), my friends quietly informed me that they felt our server had a bit of an attitude. I'm not sure what took place b4 my arrival but both of my dining companions have been (and one still is ) in the industry, so we are quite understanding and easy going when it comes to dining out.
When I was approached for a drink order I immediately felt the insincerity from the server. Throughout the evening, it felt like she was perhaps somebody that has been serving for too long and is just going through the motions with a tight lipped smile. It was really disappointing because service makes up a huge portion of your dining experience. The service itself was good, even when the room filled up, we did not have to wait for food, drinks, or quality check. I m only giving it a three because I actually felt quite uncomfortable, it was just a very cold TYPE of service, and the dinner rush had not even begun yet.
The food on the other hand, was AWESOME! The risotto was creamy and yummy, the mussels were great! Everything we ordered was full of flavor with a pleasing presentation.
My only complain in that department would be the 'goats cheese and salsa with fry bread'. The fry bread was melt in your mouth, but the salsa was tomato paste, literally... with seasoning and goats cheese on top but... tomato paste.
The experience on a whole was good because what was lacking in service with a smile was made up for, by good food and good friends.
I am sad to say that I won't be returning. I'm sure they won't miss the business as there is always a line up :) I just really like to feel welcome in place where I am going to spend money and spend the evening.

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Robson Sushi Japanese Restaurant1542 Robson St, Vancouver
It use to be good....
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 4:00pm [Dine in]

I remember a few years ago.....probably around 6, when this restaurant was worth going to. The food and service were great, actually it was service WITH a smile! This place has gone down hill since. The service is HORRIBLE. The servers actually walk around with frowns (or so it looks like ). It is obvious that they don't want to be there, let alone have customers in the place. The ambiance is just as awful, no music, just the sound of chatter. To add fuel to that fire, it looks like the room needs a good clean.
At the end of what was a painfully long meal (food taking a while but fairly decent) I went to pay with my bank card. I did not want to leave a 15% tip (actually, i did not really want to leave tip at all, but having been a server for years, I was going to), I declined the tip option, knowing that I had a few dollars in my purse. When the man at the front saw that there was no tip left, he got angry and said that I needed to leave a 10%-15% tip! I am sorry, but I remember serving and the only way I got a tip was if I provided great service. If I gave bad service, I wouldn't get one and I wouldn't expect one (I knew when I gave bad service). Since when did tipping become mandatory? Its a custom in North America, if you receive fantastic service, you give a little extra to the person who added to your night out. I don't give extra to the people who ruin my experience or my lunch for that matter.

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Akira Sushi1069 Denman Street, Vancouver
Always decent
Submitted Sunday, August 31, 2008 - 8:00pm [Dine in]

When I'm in the area I always go to Akira for sushi and I have never been let down. The food if always tasty, the service is always good.
The restaurant is not much to look at but really, that's not the reason I go there. I don't want to be wined and dined, I want to eat my sushi and leave. If I want fine dining I will go to a restaurant that is just that. Akira is a a simple place, with great sushi.

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Trattoria Italian Kitchen1850 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Momma Mia!
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

Saturday evening was my first experience at Trattoria; Italian Kitchen, and it was a great one by far! Contrary to popular belief (some reviews below), there was no Gucci, Prada OR Jimmy Choo in the place (really.... could you even recognize a Jimmy Choo hand bag? Probably not). The 'fake kisses' as mentioned by my friend below, were more like welcoming hugs of friends and family who gathered there for some fantastic food in a casual environment.
The place was packed by 6pm, so you better get there early. We were seated in front and had a great view of the rest of the restaurant. The room was alive and energetic. The service was efficient (they seem to work well as a team, as there was a person assigned for every job).
We each had a yummy mojitos and started out with tomato bruschetta as an appy. It was delicious ( served at room temperature, which it should be). We then had the Prosciutto Pizza that has this amazing creamy cheese on it ...burrata I think? We also shared the Linguine with Prawns, baked trout which was unbelievable and a side of grilled veggies! My date and myself were more than pleased with our choices. We had no room for desert but we will be back for round two I can guarantee it. I recommend this place to anyone.....there are no rules...come as you are!

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Havana Restaurant1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
I ve had bad days but ........
Submitted Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:24pm [Dine in]

Ive had a bad day, from time to time, so i am assuming our server was having one of her own 'bad days'.
I went to Havana for the first time in the summer or early fall (it took me a while to post this). We were greeted and seated on the patio, and from there on it was the wiating game. We waited at least ten minutes for somebody to approach our table to even take a drink order ( I was surprised because the restaurant nor the patio were even close to half full) At that point I decided to get up to perhaps place a drink order inside. As I entered the dining area, a server with shoulder legnth curly blond hair, gave me a sort of 'glare' saying 'be right out'. We procceded to wait other 10 minutes. She came outside, and said with a hint of sarcasm 'Well you're certainly ready to order arent you?" . I felt like saying 'Well 20 mintues certainly gives one enough time!"
We placed our drink and food order at the same time and once again waited and waited for our drinks. The food however came out with perfect timing, and was great.
When it came time to pay, we again, I kid you not, waited yet another ten- fifteen minutes to the server to pick up our money and then deliver our change, and when she did drop it off, she said she could not break any of our bills down into change.....and handed us three five dollar bills...to me..that's asking for a five dollar tip. All in all the food was great, and the patio was awesome, but the service was really poor.....Id have a hard time going back.

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Central Bistro & Lounge1072 Denman Street, Vancouver
Great Breakfast
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 3:26pm [Dine in]

I like to think that I am a bit of a breakfast 'connoisseur', so if you enjoy a good breakfast then check out Central, its one of the best! Bennys to die for and the croissant french toast looks amazing. I live in Wext Van but found myself in the West End (just this past Friday) after a meeting. The menu on the window outside looked promising. I decided to give it a whirl. I was greeted after a few short moments by an upbeat, pleasant server, with two long brown braids.
I chose a seat by the window and looked around the room. It has a funky decor, a colorful mural on the wall at the back is a nice added touch and the music, fun, just like the room and service.
After my bringing my o.j it was suggested by my server that I order the 'Hampton Benedict'. It had been a toss-up between the 'Black Bean Scramble' or the mouth watering 'Spicy Steak Hash' but something about chicken,swiss cheese and tomato all smothered in hollandaise, won me over. It was well worth it. The sauce was made from scratch it was quite obvious and the eggs used are alway's 'free range' which is worth the price I paid ($11, pretty decent). Over all, I give this restaurant thumbs up! My server was fantastic, the food just as good...and the atmosphere invitng.I took a look at the martini list befor I left and it's just as impressive. Mondays looks like the day to go, five dollars for select martini's, great price!

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James Bay Tea Room and Restaurant332 Menzies, Victoria
The Doom Room
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

I was excited to try The J.B Tea Room, inside
atmosphere was buzzing with comfort plus! With wall to wall photos scattering the room and mis-matched table cloths, the Tea Room had the potential to become a our Victoria 'favorite'. That 'eureka' moment was shattered as our server arrived. She muttered under her breath, clearing our table from customers past. She threw menu's down, and glarring from behind her glasses, asked 'tea?'. Barely hearing our response, she stomped off. We debated leaving, but the empty feeling in our stomachs prevailed. With items such as, cinnamon french toast or warm sticky buns on the menu, things were starting to look up! We placed our order with the unfriendly server and said a silent pray that the food did not reflect her poor attitude. Strike two, the food arrives. My order was Welsh Rarebit (which I have had many times befor). For those that are unfaimilar with 'rarebit', it is a British dish consisting of a sauce made up of cheese, beer (ale) and quite often mustard, served over toast. I am not sure where cardboard comes into the equation,but I think it may have been used. I believe the bitter taste could of have been 'cheese-whiz', perhaps that would be a more accurate menu discription. Side note: cheeswhiz is actually better on toast then this is.

Dish #2, scrambled eggs an' hash. It's just eggs right? Nope! The word 'eggs' is plural and I am quite certain only one egg was used, not to mention the fact that I could count the amount of pan fries on one hand.
I was nervous to complain as our server had been quite unfriendly, but I flagged her down and politely voiced my complaint. To my astonishment she began to ARGUE with me. Sputtering out sentances like ' you ate half your eggs already', '.... is made fresh daily'. So I asked for the owner. Our server promptly introduced herself. We left, bill unpaid and our stomachs still growling.

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