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rustygullNorth VancouverSince November 30, 200528 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.1)
  • Food3.5 (3.6)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value1.5 (1.5)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.3)

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Wally's Burgers at Cates Park4131 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver
I won't give up hope - yet
Submitted Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

I agree with much of what has been said so far. Service is underwhelming, to say the least. The younger staff seems disengaged, lethargic, bored.

Another problem is consistency. On a recent evening, I was told to get lost (for food), as the kitchen appeared to be closing early. Huh? More recently, the joint ran out of chocolate ice cream! So much for a shake (at least a good one) with my sandwich.

On the other hand, I thought their poutine was pretty darn good.

So come on Wally's, get it together, before I too join this chorus of boobirds and abandon you for good!

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Tim Hortons132 West Esplanade, North Vancouver
Poor Service, Pathetic Promises
Submitted Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 5:19pm [Dine in]

I have tried this Tim Hortons several times now, and EVERY time, it seems, they mess up my order. Management, can you please inform your employees that there is a difference between a "breakfast sandwich meal" and a lone breakfast sandwich? One is served with coffee and hashbrown. The other, not.

Come on, Tim's. This location is dragging down your reputation.

But things get worse. Remember their "Free Iced Latte" day a few weeks ago? Well, after all of that annoying advertising and promotion, this location had run out mid-afternoon. What kind of asinine promotion is that?? Shame on you, Tim's! And shame on the management of this mediocre location!

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Taco Shack1937 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
Unfriendly and more worryingly, unclean
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 4:28pm [Dine in]

Stopped by Taco Shack at 9:30pm recently to try out their tacos. Unfortunately, they were out of steak, so I had to settle for chicken and fish. But that was the least of my problems.

While my tacos were being prepared, a worker was sweeping the floors. Disturbingly, he was sweeping dirt in the direction of we customers in line, to the extent that I had to stand back. Disgusting, to say the least. This same person then proceeded to go from broom duty to burrito preparation-- without washing his hands.

Tacos were disappointing, as my server didn't add all the condiments that should come with the order (for example, shredded cheese).

Ambience was awful. No music. Dirty floors. Grumpy service.

I would like to hear from David B., as I'm sure he'd be concerned about what's going on at his shop when he's not around. I'm still holding out hope for this place, though. Lots of potential -- despite my not-so-terrific experience.

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Pepper Leaf Asian Restaurant127 E. 3rd St., North Vancouver
Good value and taste!
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

I enjoyed my visit to Pepper Leaf. All three of our dishes -- eggplant, beef curry, and Indonesian spring rolls -- were excellent. Room was comfortable, service was friendly, and the meal was good value for money. I'll be back.

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Le Marrakech52 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Great food. Not-so-great value.
Submitted Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 4:55pm [Dine in]

I enjoyed my visit to Le Marrakech. As the previous reviewer mentions, they have some tasty appetizers and an interesting menu overall; not to mention warm ambience.

However, the portions aren't anything to write about -- especially for the price. Frankly, I left the restaurant hungry -- this after an appetizer, beer, entree, homemade bread and their Moroccan coffee.

If ownership can do something about the value-for-money problem, they might ultimately have a winner on their hands. But while i enjoyed my one trip here, I probably won't come back.

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Montana's Cookhouse20100 Langley Bypass, Langley
Solid Food, Shaky Service
Submitted Saturday, October 13, 2007 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

Pros: Nice ambience, very good food (though the baby back ribs could have been more tender).

Cons: Inexperienced, under-trained wait staff. Our server forgot to bring us: 1) cutlery; 2) ketchup; 3) sharing plates for appies. Floor manager needs to get a grip on his staff, as many of the girls were standing around at the entranceway yakking, while customers such as ourselves were waiting an eternity for the aforementioned cutlery, condiments etc.

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Fatburger serving Ricky's Famous Breakfast1995 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Good food marred by mistakes and grumpy management
Submitted Monday, September 3, 2007 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

We were really looking forward to the opening of the North Shore location of Fatburger; we've been a fan of the restaurant since visiting it in Las Vegas seven years ago -- and enjoying the downtown location in Vancouver's West End for the last couple of years.

Sadly, our North Van Fatburger experience did not live up to expectations.

For starters, our waitress made a mistake on our order (she forgot one of our group's meals), so that when our food came up, three of us had our lunch, and one of us had to go without. Obviously, this was awkward. Ten minutes later, the rest of our food finally came up -- albeit without apology from management of staff.

What made the poor service scenario stranger was that the restaurant was practically empty, yet there was plenty of floor-staff on hand (except for in the kitchen strangely, where one poor fellow was taking care of all of the cooking!)

The food was solid; but we did we have complaint: The portion of the expensive chili-cheese fries was small, and the cheese unmelted.

Here's the final kicker: when I approached the manager about my bill (which was the source of some confusion), I mistakenly used the term "original" to describe the regular Fatburger we had ordered. She proceeded to scold me: "What do you mean? We don't sell an Original here! That's White Spot!!"

Well, thank you for the smackdown, lady. But next time I need a Fatburger fix, I'll be down on Denman Street, where service is efficient, staff is friendly, and management takes care of customers when dinner goes sideways.

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Cafe Crepe2151 Wesbrook Mall, 103, Vancouver
Sandwich Shortage!
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

I visited Cafe Crepe for lunch for the first time this week (previous visits were for coffee/crepes only). Overall a nice eatery with good atmosphere. The major problem here was, believe it or not, a sandwich shortage. The primary lunch offering here, a selection of French Baguette sandwiches, were practially all sold out. I was forced to switch my order to a panini sandwich, which was tasty but was not what I wanted from the menu.

Note to Cafe Crepe: Time to rethink your kitchen logistics. You're running out of food!

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Cafe Caribana108 East 3rd Street, North Vancouver
Cafe Carabana re-opens
Submitted Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

I too was excited about the re-opening of the Cafe Carabana. Sadly, my expectations may have been too high. There are some changes under the new ownership, and they are not necessarily good ones.

Prices are up: Whereas two entrees with roti bread would check in at 15 or 16 bucks, that number has surged to closer to $25.

Portions are down: the days of the caesar or mixed salad with your order of butter chicken are long gone. And the butter chicken itself is now crammed into the one small container -- not two separate entities under previous ownership.

The new owners seem like good people, and I hope they fare well, but they are going to have to make some improvements to the menu and the pricing before I return.

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Karla's Brooklyn Pizzeria1336 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Delicious pizza on the North Shore
Submitted Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

We came, we saw, and we thoroughly enjoyed. Karla's Brooklyn Pizzeria delivers very, very tasteful, thin-slice pizza, in the New York tradition. It's about time that this kind of pizzeria came to North Vancouver. The ingredients used (we ordered a half Hell's Kitchen, half pepperoni traditional) were outstanding, particularly the cheese itself.

I'm already looking forward to a return visit, this time for an eat-in experience. My only suggestion: bring in the green olives (one of my favorite toppings for pizza, but one that is surprisingly hard to find in Greater Vancouver). However, my bottom line for Karla's: Great Value, Great Taste, Great Pizza!

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Higashi West143 Chadwick Court, North Vancouver
New North Shore Izakaya!
Submitted Monday, December 4, 2006 - 12:06am [Dine in]

We loved the delicious offerings at Higashi West -- from the ebi-mayo to sesame chicken bites to seared scallops. Nice atmosphere, convenient location (at Lonsdale Quay), and friendly service. In retrospect, I do wish their chalkboard specials were on some kind of table menu... as I totally missed the specials (which also looked great), not having seen them until leaving. However, I loved this place, and the price was reasonable, so I will most certainly be back!

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Andreas Restaurant153 16th Street West, North Vancouver
New Pricing-Menu Addendum
Submitted Monday, November 27, 2006 - 11:58am [Dine in]

Just a quick update on my previous post. There's some confusion at Andreas as to whether they're working off of a new menu or just a new pricing system. The woman taking take-out orders by phone told me there is in fact a new menu; however, a (very rude) deliveryperson told me there is no new menu, just new pricing. Either way, I will reiterate my previous argument: that Andreas' new prices and grumpy service will empty your wallet and ruin your day!

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Burrito Bros. Taco Company, The2209 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
These Burrito Brothers are Flying
Submitted Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 10:28am [Dine in]

So far, so very good at the Burrito Brothers Taco Company. We ordered their hefty Burrito Bomber with fajita steak filling, and the Taco Trio with three varieties of filling. Both delivered. Having appreciated the art of burrito-cuisine in the southwestern United States, it is nice to see Vancouver making strides to better Mexicali fare. My only concern, if you want to call it that, is that it was a long wait for the food after ordering. Ultimately, the wait was worth it though. Cost was reasonable (both dishes, plus pop, were well under $20). We'll be back soon.

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Habit Lounge2610 Main Street, Vancouver
A Great Habit on Main Street
Submitted Friday, February 3, 2006 - 11:00am [Dine in]

Habit is the name of the newest entry to the contemporary lounge/eatery sweepstakes on Main Street. By every stretch, this place delivers. Ambiance wise, it's what you would expect for a neighbourhood that is parts bohemian, parts gentrified. Minimalist (but comfortable) decor, and surprisingly pleasant and attentive service (not always a given for Main Street area restaurants). Great menu and drinks line-up.

I thoroughly enjoyed all three dishes that we ordered up: cornmeal crusted fanny bay oysters (which were a revelation when served with the smoked onion-chili tartar sauce), the Moroccan spice free-run chicken wings (I believe Habit has a "sustainable-envirofriendly approach to cuisine), and the sweet carrot and brie cheese perogies.

I should re-emphasize that the service from our waitress throughout our visit here was top-notch. Friendly, helpful and efficient. And the food came out fast... so no long waits after ordering different dishes from the menu.

This is a great place to hang out with friends or co-workers, have a few drinks, and enjoy some wonderful food. No doubt about it: I'll be back.

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Raven Pub, The1052 Deep Cove Road, North Vancouver
Raven: A Real Gem in the Cove
Submitted Monday, January 30, 2006 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

The Raven makes for a wonderful apres-ski or apres-beach spot for drinks and snacks. I am a fan particularly of their wing nights, when one can order up a variety of flavored chicken wings, including a Jack Daniels variety. The rest of the menu is primarily made up of good honest pub fare; and they have a good selection of local beers as well. Worth a vist for sure!

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Citroen Coffee House208 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Citroen: Relax and Drink
Submitted Monday, January 30, 2006 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

I would respectfully disagree with the previous poster about Citroen. In my opinion, this is a wonderful little spot in the heart of Lower Lonsdale with tremendous atmosphere and a good selection of cafe drinks and food. While the coffee drinks are good here, the key is the ambiance. One can watch the passerby traffic on Lonsdale Ave, view the art on display, or enjoy a variety of musical offerings. Citroen makes a great pit-stop for those visiting the North Shore, or wandering around the Lower Lonsdale 'hood on a Sunday morning.

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Singapore Restaurant546 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Singapore: Delicious and Friendly!
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

We've been frequenting Singapore for years now, and it's as reliable a restaurant as you're going to find. Friendly owners, excellent food, great value. The lunch and dinner sets are a great deal -- their meegoreng is excellent, as is the malay bread. Nice family atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit for lunch with the work gang, or for dinner with the family!

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Chiyoda Restaurant1050 Alberni, 200, Vancouver
Chiyoda: Overlooked Gem on the Alberni Strip
Submitted Sunday, January 8, 2006 - 8:23pm [Dine in]

Chiyoda is the Japanese restaurant you'll want to visit if you're entertaining clients or guests from Japan. Dishes here - including sushi, soba, and grilled seafood - are authentic and delicious.

Since it's tucked away on the 2nd floor at Alberni-Thurlow, it tends to be overlooked by the trendy set or Yaletowners. However, serious Nippon foodies and salarymen are often seen here on a Friday night, partaking in traditional fare and glasses of Asahi Super Dry. A real gem!

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Tomato Fresh Food Cafe2486 Bayswater Street, Vancouver
Terrible Service Cancels Out Great Food Experience
Submitted Saturday, January 7, 2006 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

Tomato Fresh Food Cafe on Cambie Street serves up some great hot lunches, and their soups are terrific during those rainy Vancouver winter months. I also will reiterate what has been said before, that their dill potato salad alone is worth the price of admission. Sandwiches are also very good.

However, my outings to Tomato have usually been marred by surly service from the waitresses and hostesses who work here. The reception is usually cold, if not non-existent. And once you get your table, service can range anywhere from inconsistent to inconsiderate.

Still, I love that potato salad! Just don't visit Tomato during busier hours...

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Cactus Club Cafe1598 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver
Cactus Club North Van: The Best CC Location
Submitted Saturday, January 7, 2006 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

I'm a fan of the Cactus Club chain in general, and typically frequent their restaurants on Robson Street and West Broadway in Vancouver. My favorite Cactus Club location of them all, however, is in North Vancouver - tucked away on Pemberton Ave.

Why? While I love the food at all Cactus Clubs, I find this one to have the most character, and the least pretension. The wings, ribs and burgers here are to die for. The atmosphere is, shall we say, earthy and fun. Most importantly, this is the original!

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