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rvrYaletownSince February 5, 2008Favourite List (3)19 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.4)
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Lakeside Grill at Mayfair Lakes5460 No. 7 Road, Richmond
Best Schnitzel outside of Vienna
Submitted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 10:46am [Dine in]

This is not my first time dining here, but it was my first time trying the Schnitzel, and I have to rave about how great it was!!

It came with a generous serving of side vegetables (red cabbage, broccoli, roasted potatoes) and the two pieces of breaded pork cutlets were super tasty and tender. Everyone at my table tried it and regretted not ordering it (although they were enjoying their dinners as well).

At only around $16, this was fantastic value!!! I will definitely be ordering it next time I'm there.

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Satellite Bar & Grille3515 Telegraph Road, Duncan
Hidden Gem!
Submitted Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

This is not a typical golf club restaurant. The restaurant has its own identity and it shows as the menu features a great selection of burgers, pastas, seafood and appies.
I came in for lunch and had the Wild Mushroom and Boar Bacon Papperdelle pasta dish. It was amazing, with a generous amount of mushrooms and bacon, in a nice cream sauce. The pasta is home-made and was so tasty.
In fact I didn't realize this before. but many of the ingredients are either made in house from scratch (many of the breads, hot sauce etc) or are from local farmers or shops.
The lunch was not only delicious but I also felt good about eating local foods and supporting local businesses. I will definitely be stopping in next time I'm on the island!

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Great place for lunch and the weekly features!
Submitted Monday, May 7, 2012 - 10:17am [Dine in]

I was staying in the area, and had lunch at Sarazen's twice during that time. The first day I had the Steak and Tomato salad, which was outstanding - just the right amount of protein on the salad for it to be a generous lunch. It also came with a bread roll.

The second day I had the Seafood Chowder (soup of the day) and the Yellowfin Tuna Salad. This salad was also wonderful - the tuna had a nice (bit spicy) wasabi drizzle which was amazing. With the cup of soup and the bread roll, the lunch was very filling!

I had also heard about their weekly specials, and ended up going back after 4pm for their 2-for-1 appies (Thursday's special). I'm definitely coming here again next time I'm in Kelowna!

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Transylvania Flavour2120 West Broadway, Vancouver
Wonderful experience, from the food to the service
Submitted Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

Wow what an amazing dinner... I heard about this restaurant thru a groupon and I am so glad I did - it is such a gem. The food was delicious - I am shocked about reading some of the other reviews, I can only imagine those people live on fast food not to appreciate home cooking. I can honestly say this restaurant has the best cabbage rolls I have ever had - very authentic and so delicious. We also had the schnitzel and the sausages, both fantastic.

I found the prices to be very good. Especially considering the quality of the food is top notch and the portions are very generous.

The service was amazing. Everyone was super nice, service was prompt and very attentive. Their wines are well priced and many options by the glass.

I was very impressed overall and am already planning a return visit.

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Rodney's Oyster House1228 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Atmosphere does disservice to the food
Submitted Monday, May 2, 2011 - 12:51pm [Dine in]

Unfortunately the popularity of this place has swelled the heads of every server, bartender and host at this restaurant to a point where they all feel that giving attitude to all the diners is actually enhancing the experience.

I'm all for a fun, lively atmosphere, but I certainly don't enjoy the declining service of this place. I have been there a number of times over the years, and this past week was the worst. Definitely go there if you enjoy oysters (they are great, and the selection of sauces etc is nice), but don't expect to actually be told how much anything costs in advance, nor what they have available. They'll make you feel like an idiot for asking. Just sit back, enjoy the food and then be ready for the heart attack when the bill actually comes. (They definitely push the $3.50/oyster selection!)

Also recommend to take cash - it took us over 30 mins to finally pay by credit card - with the machine having to be brought to your table and your server is hovering over you as you pay, encouraging you to tip well.

There are other great restaurants for oysters, with a much better overall experience, I'm sorry to say.

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Italian Kitchen To Go1030 West Georgia, Vancouver
No longer the great lunch spot - prices up about 40%
Submitted Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 11:20am [Take-out]

This used to be the best lunch spot in the general area. Then they renovated just after the holidays and now the prices have increased by about 35-40% and the portions have decreased by about 1/3-1/2 the size.

It's very disappointing because this used to be a great option for lunch. Now it's overpriced for what it is...

Too bad.. but I won't be back.

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Red Card Sports Bar900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Poor value
Submitted Monday, January 17, 2011 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

This is definitely one of the best places to have a drink and watch sports, as it is nice, clean and comfortable. BUT, the food is such poor value, I wouldn't go back there again if I was hungry.

There also seems to be an identity crisis to this place. It has a ton of TVs, comfy chairs, but the decor is more like a lounge than a sports bar. Then you add a pretentious italian-food menu to the mix that is way overpriced, and it just seems completely out of place.

They have some appies, salads, burgers and entrees on the 2-page menu, yet I still had a realy tough time picking out something to eat. I wanted a more "healthy" dinner, so I ordered the tuna salad ("Tonno").. It sounded like it would be a good entree size since it was priced at $16, with smoked tuna and a lot of veggies. When I asked the server if it would be filling, she said it was actually quite small and wouldn't be enough for a dinner. Are you kidding me? At $16? For a starter size, at a sports bar, I can't swallow paying over $10... So I ended up with a burger which was mediocre, for $16...

My suggestion for this place is to completely re-do the menu - don't try to be something you're not. Add more food options, don't try to be too fancy, and drop the prices by about 1/3...

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Commune Cafe, The1002 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Worth the wait and excellent value!
Submitted Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 11:01am [Dine in]

The moment we stepped into the place we were greeted instantly and served promptly. There are not that many private tables in there, but that's expected ("Commune"). The place was busy, but not noisy. I can see that in the summer it will be a great hang-out with the large patio.

The food was amazing. We ordered the seasonal grilled fish entree (salmon) and the chicken entree, and they were both delicious. They came on a bed of orzo (the best I've had yet) with grilled vegetables and a little salad. The food was simple yet very tasty. My only complaint was that it was a long wait for our food (next time we'll get a humous plate to share) but it was well worth it. The manager had checked in with us a couple times while we were waiting to explain that all their entrees are cooked to order and the chicken especially takes some time to prepare. I didn't mind the wait since we were kept informed.

Not only was the food excellent, but I felt good about eating there, since their ingredients are locally sourced and organic. And what great value! Our entrees were around $15 each... We'll be back for sure.

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Table Nineteen Lakeside Eatery at Nicklaus North8080 Nicklaus North Blvd., Whistler
One of the best in Whistler
Submitted Friday, December 4, 2009 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

I went to Nicklaus North this summer for some appies and drinks with friends and I was completely blown away by the food! Their new chef is fantastic - they have so many great things on the menu, at excellent prices! Such good value is hard to find in Whistler - especiall considering the great ambience and views of the lake from the patio... I went back a few weeks later with my in-laws from out of town, and they were all VERY impressed. And parking there is free! (impossible to find in most of Whistler these days) I'll be back for sure, and I'm recommending this place to everyone. In fact, I'll be up there this winter and plan to do the horsedrawn sleigh rides and fondue package!

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Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Below expectations...
Submitted Monday, October 26, 2009 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

A group of 4 of us went there recently for Taste of Yaletown (TOY). One of us is a regular, two have never been there, and I've been there a couple times.

First of all, we were told when we arrived that we had to be out in 1.5 hours because our table was rebooked - this was unexpected because we were anticipating the usual 2 hour dinner, and we were never told of this at the time of booking.

Our server seemed like he sized us up and decided we would not be worth his while, because he was rushed in talking to us and taking our order (he grabbed one drink order and started to walk away and we had to call him back to finish the others). He told us initially that someone else was going to take our table, but then he ended up being our server - so that was strange and we're not sure what happened there. He also disappeared for the most part of our meal (food runners were more attentive to us) and never once poured us refills from the bottle of wine on our table.

Three of us ordered the TOY 3-course meal. The beef carpaccio was fantastic, and quite a nice portion. The halibut was unfortunately overcooked and a bit dry, and VERY salty. I like salt, but this was even too much for me.

All in all I felt like we were given a sub-par experience since we were in there for TOY, even though we had a few drinks plus a bottle of nice wine (and extra dessert shooters). It's a shame when a restaurant fails to see the opportunity to impress newcomers who are taking advantage of a promotional offer. Instead of treating us like we're cheap, they should have wow-ed us to make sure we return. At least 2 from our group said they would not. There are way too many other fantastic restaurants in the area, and Glowbal is just average among them..

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Bin 942 Tapas Parlour1521 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Not what it used to be...
Submitted Friday, May 1, 2009 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

I recently went to Bin after not having been for about 3 years and was highly disappointed. What was once an energetic, fun place with excellent food to share with friends is now a mediocre restaurant with less than mediocre food. I had the skirt steak which was tasty but had a huge pile of soggy frites on top of it. The meat was all buried under the big pile, and you had to fish through soggy fries to get at luke-warm slices of steak. The prawn & scallop dish was way overcooked - tough and rubbery. And only 2 pieces of each!! (the scallop was cut in half too, not a whole piece)
For $16 per dish, I was not only expecting a larger portion but a much tastier meal too. For 2 people you really need at least 3-4 dishes to share, which really adds up once you order drinks.
I long for the gool old days back where dishes were a reasonable $11 or so, and they were delicious!! Now Bin is just dime a dozen... I don't think I'll ever go back actually. There are way too many great restaurants now...

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Sea to Sky Grill at Furry Creek150 Country Club Road, Squamish
Agreeably BC's most scenic restaurant
Submitted Friday, April 3, 2009 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

Nothing beats this place for a Sunday brunch. Now that the highway upgrades are almost completed, I made it up to Furry Creek is just over half an hour from downtown. Not only is the drive along hwy 99 beautiful, but then you get up to Furry Creek and have a chance to continue enjoying the scenery during the meal. The food is excellent value and such a selection for brunch! I was very pleased with the food as well as the service.
(I've also eaten there while golfing, and it's definitely BC's best hot dog!!!)

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Forester's Bistro & Bar643 Latoria Road, Victoria
Fit for foodies!
Submitted Friday, April 3, 2009 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

I typically don't expect much when I go to many golf course restaurants, but this place was amazing. I've been a few times now, and the food is always excellent. The menu is very reasonably priced for the size of portions and the quality of the dishes. I haven't had anything I did not enjoy.
In addition, the patio is a great place to sit in the summer, where I could spend hours enjoying my lunch and drinks, watching golfers putt out on 18.
Can't wait to go there again for their Easter Brunch next week!

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Alibi Room157 Alexander St, Vancouver
Great Weekend Brunch!
Submitted Friday, January 30, 2009 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

I love weekend brunch at the Alibi Room - it's a totally hip, yet unpretentious place in downtown Vancouver. You don't have to dress like you're going to a fashion show (like many places in yaletown) - this place just has a really comfortable feel to it.
The food is excellent and is a really good value, and service is always great.
I'll definitely be back.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Excellent
Submitted Friday, January 9, 2009 - 5:06pm [Dine in]

My husband and I had our first experience at Coast during the Taste of Yaletown event. I wasn't sure what to expect, because sometimes restaurant don't put their best foot forward during these 3-course promotions. This was not the case at Coast.

We received great service from booking the reservations right through the whole evening. (Only noticable item was the poor entry to the restaurant, hidden by some weird tent on the patio)

The choices for the 3-course menu were "high-end", and the food tasted amazing - the crabcakes were to die for. We definitely left satisfied with our experience.

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Cactus Club Cafe588 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Will not be a regular here
Submitted Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

As I work just a block away, I was excited at the prospect of this restaurant opening. I have now been there about 5 times and get more and more disappointed with the attitude of the place. What makes the host and service staff think they are better than everyone? Better looking, maybe, but where do you come off with that attitude?
I have arrived for lunch 20 minutes BEFORE they said they were opening (of course, they're too good to take reservations which is the silliest thing in the corporate environment) and already there would be a long lineup and people already sitting (how is that possible? that was before when they said they were opening). They do take names down and give out those vibrating notifiers, but I don't understand the 20 minute wait when more than half the restaurant is empty.
Food is decent, but definitely not good enough to get away with that snooty attitude by the staff.
I will not go back there again for lunch; I don't have enough time to waste to get there half an hour early just to get a table, then still have to wait to be seated, then endure the slow service. I can't always afford a 2.5 hr lunch.

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Westward Ho! Bar & Grill5185 University Blvd., Vancouver
How can they not even get the salad right?
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

This place is probably OK for pub fare like burgers, but the salad I had there for lunch was terrible. Lettuce was not very crisp, croutons were soggy (stale bread cut into chunks and dried, not even toasted), but the worst part was the prawn skewer.. The prawns were not deveined properly and were over-cooked and rubbery.

My husband had the burger which he said was "ok" although nothing special.

There is no way I'll eat there again. Even aside from the food, the place was so "blah".. Old fashioned decor and zero atmosphere.

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Il Giardino1382 Hornby St, Vancouver
Disappointing Dine Out Experience
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

My husband and I were looking forward to our first time at Il Giardino, and had a reservation for a Friday night during the dine out Vancouver. Although we enjoyed each other's company and had a generally good time, we were quite disappointed with our dining experience. Firstly, we felt super rushed.. we were in and out in about an hour for a 3-course meal and a bottle of wine. We had hardly finished the starter before the main was on our table. For a romantic dinner, it would have been nice to relax and enjoy ourselves... Second, my entree, the Sable Fish, wasn't quite right (it was probably a bit overcooked). Maybe with the dine-out menu the kitchen just doesn't put the same amount of care and attention into the dish because of the lower cost...
Perhaps this restaurant should not be participating in the Dine Out Vancouver if they are not prepared to treat dine out customers in the same manner as the regular guests.. They had an opportunity to impress us first-timers, and sadly failed to a point where I doubt we'll be back.

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Italian Kitchen1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Italian Kitchen TO-GO
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

When the little take-out window opened, it looked quite promising... Good menu and reasonably priced for the portions. That lasted for about a month. I grabbed a small container of the tomato-bocconcini salad today and received 3 slices of tomato and 2 slices bocconcini - which basically ended up being this tiny pile in the bottom of the container. I was too shocked to say anything other than "wow is that ever small" (server didn't care that I wasn't happy with it)... and I was too hungry to return it and walk away... But wow - was I ever disappointed...

On another note, beware of the WATER when dining in the restaurant! They offer sparkling or still - but the still water is not free tap water, but an $8+ bottle of some sort of mineral water. And the servers just take it upon themselves to bring additional bottles to the tables without you requesting it. Not much we could do after the fact - but a little mention of the exorbitant price of the water at time of ordering would have been nice to avoid the nasty surprise when the bill arrived!!!!

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