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poorestoliverVancouverSince November 11, 200924 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.4)
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Red Robin801 Marine Drive, #100, North Vancouver
Some Broken DNA at this Location
Submitted Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

We do not give up easy so we tried it again, only to be dissapointed again. There was lots of staff on location but the service was slow and did not make sense. The pop was flat. The food came out at different times. The table set up with hap hazard. The restaurant was dirty. And the prices are high. For the past 15 years or so, something has always been wrong with this location. It seems as if that the attitude there is that they just dont give a dam. They rely on sports teams and families on the weekends and could care less about overall service. We will try again in another few years and post an update.

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Arms Reach Bistro4390 Gallant Avenue, #107C, North Vancouver
Pricey Place to Eat
Submitted Friday, May 17, 2013 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

This place has gone through its fair share of ups and downs. The prices have slowly creeped up and up as they have decided to cater more towards tourists. In the past we were greeted by grim looking staff at the front door that acted as if we were a bother. We have lived on the North Shore for many years and this was not just our experience, it was the experience of many others. Today we were greeted by cheery staff with friendly smiles. We got good seats but that is about it. The lunch menu is very limited and pricey. As an example, a small bowl of mussles is now about 23 dollars not including tip. 3 small pieces of cheese and a few crackers is about 18 dollars without tip. If you don't believe, check the menu. The sandwiches have grown smaller over the years, although still tasty. The service was real slow. The best thing about today was the staff so that is an improvement. We will check back again in another few months and provide another update. I do not think they can last much longer with the smaller sized meals, the limited selection and the expensive price points. Will see.

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Red Wagon, The2296 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Overall, not bad
Submitted Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 2:59pm [Dine in]

We lucked out and got there before a small line up began forming outside. It seems that some people get seated in a preferential sort of way but the staff were good. The food was a little pricey but pretty good. The location in the city is run down and the restaurant itself really is a dive, but in a good way. It has a cool retro feel and the customers are what you would expect to see along Commercial Drive which is cool. They are relying still on their debut on the Diners, Dives, and Dirt Holes. Once the novelty wears out, they will have to work a little harder and sharpen their pens around price points but overall, it was worth the trip over to this part of town.

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Delany's Coffee House3099 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver
Artigiano's nipping at your Backside
Submitted Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

After not having been here in a while, we dropped in today for some special coffees. Sad. I am not sure about the food. The coffee is OK. The service is brutal. 15 minute wait for an Americano. We just about walked off the premises. The staff looked disengaged and it seemed like they could care less about the long line of customers as they kidded amongst themselves. With the Artigianos going up right across the street, it will be interesting to see how Delany’s handles this. Will they just let themselves die or will they get some competent staff and at least make a go of it? Artigianos is far superior coffee and service and is also locally owned. I cannot bare the drama My bets are that the once giant Delany’s will come tumbling down due. Their comfort level and arrogance is embedded into their very being. I am not saying that it is a bad thing if we lose this coffee shop. With Starbucks, Delany’s, and an Artigianos all in the same block, the Village can do with one less coffee house.

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
Five Stars
Submitted Monday, April 1, 2013 - 4:36pm [Dine in]

We have always had great success at this restaurant. The location is perfect if you are looking for a nice walk on the boardwalk after dining. The servers are attentive and the service is prompt. And the food is great. Whatever service, food, and price point formula the Beach House is using is the right formula. I hope they continue on with such great success.

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Red Lion Bar & Grill, The2427 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
A tiny piece of Bread with the order of clams
Submitted Monday, April 1, 2013 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

We went here on a nice Monday afternoon and overall, we were not that impressed. The service was slow for the number of diners. We ordered several dishes and a couple of terrible tasting coca colas. The pop was way flat. The salad we ordered had slimey leafs of lettuce which is always a little disturbing, and gross. The order of clams came in a big bowl with tasty broth but they served a 16 dollar order of clams with the smallest tiniest piece of toasted bread. So small that we couldn't enjoy the broth. I think they are worried that if they give you too much bread you will not order another dish? Seems kind of short sighted on their part. How much does a little piece of bread cost anyways? Save money on other things but don't cheap out on the cheap things, like bread. All and alll...not fantastic. Words for the manager...when you screw customers over on the basics like bread, the customers will go elsewhere. Just saying.

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Old Spaghetti Factory50 8th Street, New Westminster
Fails, yet again.
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

We have returned here time and time again hoping the last experiences were the exceptions and not the norm and with each new visit, comes new disspointment. First off, the bread is always terrible. You cut the bread with the tiny little knife they give you and the bread squishes down to the cutting board, never to rise again. The bread tastes like it was made with little effort at all and is bland. The prices are expensive. The pasta sauce is lame. It is boring and basically tastes just like blended tomatoes heated on the stove. The mushrooms are directly out of the can and the garlic is not the real kind of garlic and is probably garlic paste.The waitress was freindly and that is about all. It is such a shame. Such a long term restaurant and a lower mainlain icon has never found itself and stumbles along year after to year after year relying solely on tourists and an older crowd that does not know any better. I am surprised they can even exist anymore. The place has potential but it no where near to achieving its potential.

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Pier 7 Restaurant+Bar25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Get some Blinds on those Windows
Submitted Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 12:59am [Dine in]

The only thing bright about this new restaurant is the sun shining right through the windows into everyones eyes having brunch on a sunny day. The food was drab and the glasses of coke were small and skinny. On one of the best days in three weeks, the place was practically empty. No wonder. The brunch menu was limited and the food that came to the table was expensive and dissapointing. Most of it was not eaten but the waitress never thought to ask if there was a problem. It was pretty obvious too that we wanted to leave but she just dropped the bill on the table and dissapeared for another 15 minutes. Not good service. Not good food. Not a good experience with the sun burning out our retinas. Overall, a mediocre experience. No wonder they are running on empty.

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Browns Socialhouse1665 56th Street, Delta
Thanks for the Memories
Submitted Monday, November 12, 2012 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

Every once and a while we like to go to Browns Social House just to be reminded about why we do not like going to Browns Social House. The food is average to good but the prices are way over the top. Twenty two dollars for a sandwich? Come on! The bill for lunch for just two of us with just one cola drink was 60 dollars. That is too much for an average restaurant. The service was slow and the waitress seemed genuinely concerned because she apologized for the slow service without any prompting on our part. In another two or three years we may stop by and see again if there have been any improvements.

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Black & Blue1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Pathetic Already?
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2012 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

Our dinner of four showed up for dinner at 5:30 and the downstairs was 90 percent empty. They show us to seats right next to the only three other people in the downstairs floor of the restaurant. We did not want to sit right next to three strangers.

They do this to make the place look crowded for people that are walking by outside. We ask to be seated elsewhere to which they oblige. The entire upstairs is virtually empty too but that is okay, it is early. At the tables the light is dimly lit. The font sixe on the menu is purposely small and we soon figured out why.

The food was good but the sneaky waiter tricked one of our parties into buying a steak that was $13...wait for it.... an ounce. The total cost for one tiny little steak was about $200 when you include tax and tip. Sure you (waiter) sneaked us into spending $200 for a tiny little steak and sure you might get a little commission but you burned a table of four who likely will never come back and who will likely mention this experience over and over again. It was a good steak but for that price, the entire experience at the Black and Blue turned into an outrageous rip off.

We also had long delays between the courses of food as mentioned in prior posts. They gave us the bum rush out the door because, I guess, we were not buying drinks. That is not that surprising with the Glowball group and we were okay with that part and we understand there are more small sized $ 175 steaks to sell.

But today the credit card company phoned us to alert us that our card had been used in Quebec to purchase gasoline. A day after we were at the Black and Blue our credit card is compromised. We have been here 5 or 6 times and each time we were satisfied. But it is sad to see that already in just 6 or 7 months this rising star is becoming a little pathetic.

Advise to Black and Blue:

1) Do not cram guests together to make the place seem packed
2) Make your menus more readable or turn up the lights (it seems intentional otherwise)
3) Teach your staff that a restaurant is not a boiler room where you extract every penny out of the customer
4) Take steps to protect your customers credit card data
5) Make sure the customers know what they are ordering

We will give the Black and Blue a pass for rushing us out the door as that seems to be standard practice.

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Anatoli Souvlaki5 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
And now 2 Bucks for your potatoes
Submitted Monday, August 27, 2012 - 6:35pm [Dine in]

We have tried hard not to give up on this particular Greek restaurant but each visit results in a new disappointment. Everything has an upcharge. Want pita with your meal, 2 bucks. Want more Greek salad and less rice, 2 bucks. And the most astonishing of all...you want to small slices of potatoes with your Souvlaki? That will be another 2 bucks. We are sorry. We can't do this anymore. It is not about the money, it is the stupidity of it all. With so many new restaurants arriving along Lonsdale (Portly Chef, The District) and at the Pinnacle development (The Pier) across the street, I doubt very much there will be many more customers willing to be 2 bucked to death. This place will either crash and burn or start over again with a new menu. When were there, it was empty…that should be a clue.

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Yuko Maki1540 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Worst Sushi Service in North Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

There this past Saturday. Restaurant was not too busy and we were shown to a seat but immediatley felt the disconnect between the server and ourselves. Took forever for the waitress (the young Asian women trying to look like Jerry Lewis) to take our order. Observed staff cleaning tables, chatting, and essentially they forgot we were there for about 15 minutes. We were just about to walk out when Jerry Lewis took our order. The food arrived fairly quickly. The food is good and for that there is no complaint. While eating we overheard a young mother asking for a piece of orange for her young child. The waitress (Jerry Lewis) told the mother that a piece of orange was not included in the meal and would cost extra. My jaw dropped! And the manner in which this was said was so rude and so demeaning, we decided at that point we would not leave a tip. Astounding. The miserable little wench became our focal point as she trotted back and forth in the restaurant. As the other posters have said, the service is slow, the servers are rude, the restaurant is gross and dirty but the food is okay. But never again. Charging for a piece of orange for a young child was the nail in the coffin.

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Portly Chef, The1211 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Bravo Bravo Bravo
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 10:14am [Dine in]

It is not the Cucina right next store but a far better affair. We heard about the soft opening last week and we thought it would be good to check this new fine dining restaurant out. Once inside we found the staff was friendly, decent, and attentive. The decor was good and a notch up from what was seen in the Tutu Bene that used to reside here. This restaurant has a whole new atmosphere and a entirely different menu. We had a variety of appetizers to start and all were unique and superb tasting. The main courses were delicious too. And the pastries?! The pastries are to die for. The pastries are created by the same person who supplied pastries to the Chambar over in Vancouver. Overall the food was tasty, well presented, smartly priced, and the portions were good. The ambiance was good but the music was a little all over the map. I am sure that will improve once the restaurant further defines itself. If you are like us and have been longing for finer dining on the North Shore, check out the latest in fine dining on central Lonsdale. And congratulations to the new owner and Chef for putting together a good team.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The6695 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver
What a Rip
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 6:59pm [Dine in]

Service was horrendous and the waiter sounded like he was on crack. No table settings. Slow to fill glasses. No bread. Gave us paper napkins? The food was overpriced and the servings small. It seemed as if they were doing some sort of quality assurance as one of the staff was observing people inside intently and making notes, yet failed to observe everything that was going wrong inside the restaurant. The other customers were equally disappointed judging by some of the comments that we were overhearing. It was a gorgeous day yet the restaurant was very slow and quiet. I think they are on the way out. This restaurant was a disastor the last time we were here but it would seem it has only gotten worse.

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Capilano Heights Chinese Restaurant5020 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Learn to Appreciate your Customers, not Scowl at your Customers
Submitted Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

Took mom here last week. The greeter was a nasty piece of work. I don't mind rude but out of your way rude is not necessary expecially when the food sucks. This place used to pack people in but we were here in a Friday and both dining areas were near empty and something did not feel right. The food took too long to arrive at the tables. The servings were small, the prices high, and the sauces too sweet. We used to like this people but sadly were reminded this evening of why we do not prefer this location. In an nut shell...it is important that customers don't need your restaurant, you need your customers. Smile, serve food quick, serve food that tastes good and serve food that is reasonbly priced. Otherwise you will have no one left, not even the odd sucker.

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Kingyo871 Denman Street, Vancouver
Expensive for not much
Submitted Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 10:10am [Dine in]

The food is pretty good but the prices are very expensive. The wife and I spent 85 dollars for the two of us (did not have drinks) and we left hungry. The kobe beef is good but a real rip off. You really pay for that boiling rock you put the beef on. Staff seem friendly.Never again to this place.

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Thai House Restaurant116 W Esplanade, North Vancouver
Ketchup with Tai Pad?
Submitted Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

If I wanted ketchup I would have ordered fries at MacDonalds but instead we paid 67 dollars for a lousy meal. Each time we leave this place I swear I am not coming back. Tonight the service was okay but the food was dissapointing. The prices are expensive, the servings small, and the taste was terrible. The Tai Pad, I swear, tasted like those old ketchup chips you can buy. As we left we passed by the Tim Hortons and a pizza joint. For a tiny fraction of the cost we could have ate there and would have been more satisfied. Oh, and each time we have gone here, it is empty. They must be sucking wind...the female cook in the back barking out orders sounds foolish and I am sure she causes people to not want to come back...that and the lousy food and expensive prices. They need to revamp this place.

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Browns Socialhouse215 Newport Drive, Port Moody
What happened?
Submitted Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 6:45pm [Dine in]

Over the past few months I have eaten here a few times and was usually happy with the food and service. Boy have things changed. The food is not as good as it was, the portions are smaller, the prices have increased and service has declined. On my last visit ( and it will be my last ) the serivce was terrible, we waited 15 minutes to place our orders and finally the floor manager took our order after noticing we had been ignored by the wait staff. Our server then brought us some water delivered on a tray filled with dirty dishes and said nothing more to us. When dinner finally arrived it was a disappointment, the taste had changed for the worse and the portions have shrunk from just a half a year ago or so. The server continued to ignore until it was time to bring the bill. When a rstaurant like the Browns charges an average of $15.00 + excluding drinks customers deserve better than this. I won't be returning anytime soon.

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Kobe Japanese Steak House1042 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Dissapointed
Submitted Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

I had heard that this place had not improved much over the years but had to check it out for myself. As the other commentators have mentioned, you place leaves you smelly. The smoke from the grills permeates clothing and ruins the atmosphere. When we were there last week we noticed a lot of shadey characters wearing a lot of cheap looking bling. Lots of high end gangster looking cars parked out on the street too. The lights are always down low in the expensive bar on the ground floor. My sense is that the only people that frequent this place are gangsters, people with coupons, first timers who do not know better, and unsuspecting tourists. The little show the chefs put on has become rather lame over the years. I would not recommend this place as it continues to dissapoint.

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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante3296 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Nothing Wrong with Poor Italian
Submitted Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

Before going here I researched many websites that offer reviews. After reading many of the reviews for Poor Italian, I was fully expecting to be dissapointed. I was there with my wife and friend and watched very hard to find evidence of the complaints already expressed by other posters. We ordered several appetizers and the prime rib for the main course. Everything tasted delicious and the servings were appropriate. The free bread was tasty and the waiter brought more bread when the basket was empty. There were lots of parking spots available when we arrived on thursday at 6 PM. The place was packed and was packed until at least the time we left at 8 PM. The only complaints I have are the location (not so nice) and the espresso I was served. The serving size of the espresso was the size of a thimble. It came in the usual small espresso cup but there was just a tiny tiny squirt of espresso inside. I have ordered espresso all over the world and I know what an appropriate amount is. No big deal. The food and service made up for those two concerns.

I would come back again for sure and as a matter of fact, I have already booked another reservation with a larger group.

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