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Scott QwertyVancouverSince November 12, 201215 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
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Displaying 1 - 15 of 15 Reviews Found
Galley Patio & Grill, The1300 Discovery St., Vancouver
Why am I giving all my secrets away to you lot?
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 6:18am [Dine in]

No one knows what or where this is and I'd like to keep it that way!
Stay away everybody, or I'll never be able to get an open table on the patio overlooking the beach, water, city, North Shore from Jericho.
There's nowhere to park so just stay home and order pizza.
Why would you even bother going to this beach? It's infested with sharks.
Directions: drive the Sea-To-Sky towards Whistler, then take a left.
Hope to never see you here soon!

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Gerard Lounge845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Hollywood hangout North
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 5:21am [Dine in]

Get to the Gerard Lounge inside the Sutton Place Hotel on Burrard a couple times a year.
It's a nice, relaxed, old school, "den-like" place. On any night there's a good chance of bumping into the cast and crew of whatever big-name LA series or movie is currently filming in town. (Half of them stay in the hotel.)
The food here is quite decent, actually, despite it being a sort of drinking/flirting/networking hole.
I can recommend the pizzas, the pastas and the steak. The drinks are expensive but the staff is mostly very attentive and looks after you. It's a nice change of pace and definitely a late fall/winter/early spring spot.
Avoid in summer, as this is a windowless, brown-panelled lodge.

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Bimini, The2010 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Reliable early-week cheap eats in Kits
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 1:25am [Dine in]

Bimini's 2.0 is making an effort on West 4th in Kitsilano, with some good food and drink specials Sun-Wed evenings, and multiple large-screen TVs that give the otherwise dimly lit main (middle) floor room a definite sports bar vibe.
Downstairs near the entrance is a small games room area, while upstairs there are more intimate dining tables and a satellite bar.
Some great inexpensive food options (Sun: daily seafood catch in summer, prime rib in winter, Tue: solid burger and beer $11, Wed: tasty chicken wings with various possible beer specials; both very inexpensive).
Service is variable but friendly and well-meaning enough.
Recommend avoiding Bimini's Thur-Sat as it becomes overrun by a Granville Street-type crowd.

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Havana Restaurant1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Great spot on The Drive is aging nicely
Submitted Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

Seems like just a little while ago that Havana was a new hot spot in East Vancouver, but it has now evolved into an old standby and minor institution. With a good-sized sidewalk patio, a warm and inviting interior dining room, plus art gallery space and a small theatre, Havana is a favourite hangout spot for many for many different reasons.
On a recent visit, I had the seafood paella and it was delicious, with just the right amount of spice.
While I drank a fairly-priced red wine by the glass, they have a reputation for some of the best mojitos and sangria in the city.
The waitresses and bartender were friendly and timely.
I've seen stuff at the little theatre a few times now and it is a good, intimate little space.
Note: Havana is about 10 short blocks north of the Broadway/Commercial Skytrain station.

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Coast1054 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Bustling downtown spot is fun for a splurge
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 5:42am [Dine in]

I've been to Coast a couple times this past year and quite like it.
Some of the mixed platters have been outstanding to share.
The chilled platter, in particular, was awesome.
Lots of great sides here, too, like the gnocchi.
I'd like to return soon.
The only slightly negative aspects are both times I've been with just the two of us, it doesn't have that relaxing, intimate date sort of vibe. I really recommend this place for 2-3 couples or bigger groups. It's very busy and loud (there's something kind of American-feeling about it - almost Las Vegas), and one of the times we were seated at a table for two that was really jammed in near to other tables. Not the best atmosphere for deep conversation.
Also, I ordered a $76 bottle of chardonnay last time, and later saw it at $29 in my local (already expensive) "private" wine store. I guess X2.5+ markup isn't that uncommon in Vancouver anymore, but still a bit weak on the value side.
Let's end on a positive note cause I like this place: the circular bar inside the main room when you enter is beautiful, and they have oysters and other seafood chilling on ice there.

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Tree House Cafe106 Purvis Lane, Salt Spring Island
Gulf Island gem with live music 100+ nights a year
Submitted Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 12:32am [Dine in]

I've been stopping by the Tree House Cafe at least once a spring/summer for the past several years and recommend it to anyone travelling BC's coastal waters and islands.
The burger is incredible - top 5 in my life, easy - and the other food I've tried here over the years is very tasty, too.
I don't mean to say anything bad about the staff with the 2-star Mediocre Service rating - just a warning that this place can be a victim of its own success on a warm, summer weekend night. They have limited space and the wait, both for a table *and* your food, can be a long time. The ever-changing floor staff does the best they can.
The ambience is the real star here: this has to be one of the best places to hang out and spend an evening in the country. Salt Spring Island is home to a disproportionate number of terrific musicians, and they take turns on an impressive nightly lineup from around May-September. The "inside" part of the restaurant is a wooden structure built around a tree, while outside in the courtyard extra tables are set up which about doubles their seating capacity. It's also steps from the picturesque harbour and marina.
Between sets, the staff collects a by-donation cover charge for the band; a once-per-visit deposit of between $5-20 into the pail is the norm.
It's sort of hard to write about the Tree House Cafe, since it's so unlike any other dining experience.
Just go there for a few hours one night and relax and enjoy it yourself.

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Bridges1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Great spot on Granville Island
Submitted Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 12:27am [Dine in]

I hadn't been in Bridges upstairs dining room in several years, but we had some out-of-town guests visiting from Wisconsin recently, and decided to give them a full tour of Granville Island capped with a dinner at this Vancouver classic.
I had forgotten how amazing this room and its views were. Seriously, it's so relaxing when we left - full and happy - and stepped out into the night it was sort of that feeling you have leaving a spa after a half-day package. Looked-after, glowing, and a little buzzed.
We shared a bunch of different plates: mussels (excellent!), tiger prawn cakes, scallops, rack of lamb, caesar salad and some delicious pommel frites, among others.
Topped it all off with some great BC wine (one red and one white, a Cedar Creek and Burrowing Owl, okay maybe two of each) and tasty desserts.
I didn't realize how old the building is. I wonder if it is designated as a civic heritage structure? I'll have to check next time.
Anyway, Bridges is recommended as a terrific spot for out-of-town guests and locals alike.

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Cactus Club Cafe1530 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Reliable snack spot gets good marks for tasty food
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 9:28am [Dine in]

I was a customer at the first incarnation of the Cactus Club ever, the old Cafe Cucamonga on Broadway over 20 years ago, as well as the early versions of the currently named chain (remember the West 10th & Trimble location?). Still enjoying it decades later. Its lost that diner/cafe feel, but it still has tasty food with a lot of reliable favorites on the menu. I'm not sure what Rob Feenie's actual involvement with the chain is, but his input re his signature items certainly hasn't hurt.
My friends like this spot as a late-night dinner/snack choice, and also for lunch.
Some of our favorites include the rocket chicken salad, tuna tataki (good, but bring back the tuna tacos!), prawn & ravioli trio (w/white truffle butter sauce) and the very rich - but fun once in awhile - duck clubhouse.
Service is pretty good, and we've also had a lot of success calling ahead for takeout orders. They are usually pretty well organized, and it's nice to arrive home with fresh, warm food.
This review is for the Broadway/Granville location that I most frequent, but I've visited a few other locations in the past year and they seem to be doing a good job across the chain.

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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar1138 Homer Street, Vancouver
Yaletown favourite never fails to deliver
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2012 - 1:28am [Dine in]

Full disclosure: Brix is a favourite spot of mine that I've been coming to at least a couple of times a year for the past 8 years. I've never failed to be taken great care of by the excellent wait and bar staff. The food is delicious (lamb, tuna, sablefish, scallops), the martinis great (even the fruity ones!), and the wine list full of well-chosen gems. This is one of our top go-to places for entertaining guests from out of town, as well as family get togethers.
Special mention has to go to their amazing courtyard. The interior space is beautiful on its own, and I'm not sure how they pulled it off, but their "outside" courtyard is a place that lends itself to total relaxation and enlightened conversation between dinner guests. The only place in B.C. that reminds me of it even a bit is Il Terrazzo on Johnson Street in Victoria, which has a square inner patio with little "fireplaces" built into the walls.
Desserts are excellent here, too. Highly recommend Brix for a romantic dinner or casual business night out.
They do it right.

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Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Great Kitsilano watering hole with good food
Submitted Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 2:12pm [Dine in]

I've made a number of visits to Hell's Kitchen on West 4th Avenue over the past year and it is consistently good. The lighting is great; has to be one of the darkest rooms in town, which makes it great for unwinding, talking by candlelight, or watching a TV screen or tablet computer (if you're on your own, like I sometimes am).
Really good bartenders here who are very attentive and quick to welcome regulars and new faces alike.
Solid drinking specials all week long, and while some people may think of this as more of a bar-type place, I've had great luck with their menu, too. Both pastas are delicious, the steak and burger both solid, and they are pretty famous for their tasty thin-crust pizzas. There is even a small patio in the spring and summer. I recommend HK as a worthwhile neighbourhood hangout.

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La Casita101 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Packed Gastown Mexican has potential
Submitted Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 1:50am [Dine in]

Ate here a week and a half ago (the Sunday evening before Remembrance Day), and they appeared to be understaffed and overwhelmed. The nachos were a little strange: a plate of chips with some uncooked white cheese on top in the middle, and a runny, refried bean-like substance that we were told was "beef salsa".
We had to ask for the free basket of chips that was promised in the menu, and it was eventually, grudgingly brought to our table.
The mains were decent; nothing too exciting. Pretty standard Mexican fare.
The tables were jammed unbelievably close together, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Vancouver could use more eateries where you get to know your (dining) neighbours, so we had a fun chat with the foursome next door. (We were all headed to Rogers Arena for the Neil Young concert after dinner.)
This place has a crowded, lively room; if they can sort out the staffing issues and make the food slightly more exciting, this could be a really great spot.

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Chronic Tacos1812 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Faster than food trucks and you don't get rained on
Submitted Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

I mainly go to the Chronic Tacos on West 4th & Burrard, but have also had lunch at the (very different) Gastown location at Water & Carrall which is also very good (and DineHere incorrectly lists as "no table service").
The food here is fast, cheap and reliable, and the young staff really takes care of you (especially their numerous regulars). Discount days are Mondays (burritos) and Tuesdays (tacos).
Not much to the tables or decor, but it's still a cool, casual place to hang out for 15 or 30 min while you fill up.
TV monitors used to show great surfing videos but lately have trended towards more generic sports stuff, which is OK. (I guess many places have lost their default Canucks broadcasts.)
My favourite dishes here are probably the grilled shrimp and grilled fish tacos - fresh and delicious.
I recommend avoiding the nachos, which are pretty boring.
They are licensed, too, so if you want to wash down the food with some Mexican beer, you can add that to the fun.
Also a great location for pre- or post-movie at 5th Avenue Cinemas around the corner and up the block.

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Nat's New York Pizzeria2684 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Favourite pizza in Vancouver
Submitted Friday, November 16, 2012 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

I only get in a few times a year (plus some delivery - always reliable), but this West Broadway institution is well worth a visit for great pizza by the slice.
I usually opt for the basic margherita, or when ordering a whole pizza add pepperoni.
Always tasty, in large, thin crust NY style, this place has been family-owned and operated for years.
The interior is casual diner/cafe style (not really a restaurant), but the walls have been well-decorated with New York City sights and local Vancouver sports teams murals and memorabilia.

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Las Margaritas1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Old favorite still reliable
Submitted Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 5:02am [Dine in]

Jaz was in town and she loves Mexican, so a bunch of us hit Las Margaritas in Kits and got our nacho on.
This place has been around forever, and I get here probably about twice a year. So whatever 2 X forever equals is how many times I've eaten here.
It's always a good vibe here: the walls are an eclectic mix of Mexican kitsch, the lighting is just right, and the place is always bustling. (Seriously, this has to be one of the most steadily busy restaurants in Vancouver.)
In the summer, they have one of the best non-view patios in the city!
All the appys are pretty good: we sampled the house nachos, nachos locos and mini-chimis. All delicious.
Jaz had the combo #3 for her entree (burrito & enchilada) - enjoyed it but couldn't finish the rice and beans.
Just too filling.
I went for the hard shell taco dish and it was excellent. Not the most flavourful I've had, but solid and satisfying.
Did I mention the frozen, slushy margaritas which are the best in the city?
So awesome, and don't be shy about combining flavours.
Parking's not great, and watch out for that horrible 4th & Maple intersection, but overall this is an old standby that is living up to its legend.
Fun place for small groups and/or out of town guests.

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Chambar568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Saturday evening double date
Submitted Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

Four of us went to Chambar this past Saturday night. It's on 500-block Beatty (same as the Stadium SkyTrain station). I had eaten here once, before a concert 3 years ago, but didn't remember much from my earlier visit.
The first impression - and it remains throughout the visit - is of a warm and inviting room with high ceilings, great lighting and a general positive vibe. The narrow front room leads past a bar and into the larger dining room in the back.
Service was friendly and attentive, mostly there when we needed them and leaving us alone when we didn't.
Everyone agreed the food was good. We had an assortment of scallops, crab, chicken and pots of mussels (their specialty), all of which was delicious.
As with most higher end restaurants these days, there wasn't a lot to choose from under $75 on the wine list, but we found a couple of gems in that range. They also have a terrific imported beer selection, so some of us sampled a few of those, as well.
The value is solid. It's not inexpensive, but Chambar is worth it for a small group to have a nice night out and talk over a few hours of tasty food and drink.

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