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Accents Restaurant

1967 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J1Z3
Tel: (604) 734-6660
Fax: (604) 734-0644
Neighbourhood: Broadway

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fair value for the money
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 15, 2007 - 10:37am [Dine in]

Good value for the money. The appetizers and desserts are better than the entrees.

Wine is reasonably priced.

Service was not very good. Waiter was pleasant but never asked how the dinner was. He only came around to take our order, bring the food and present the bill

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Get the Tapas Set!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

With all due respect, I have to disagree with the previous reviewer. The only similarity with my experience is that the restaurant does need serious updating and also the long wait. But with good company, it really wasn't a big deal.
It was New Years Eve and upon arrival, we were given the head's up that we would need to finish by 9pm. Fair enough, but the time 9pm rolled around, we hadn't even received our desserts yet. We mentioned this to our server, who said, "no worries, you can stay. There will just be some people arriving soon for the NYE party."

Overall, I think there is great value for dinner here. It's a rare bonus that you can customize your dinner according to your appetite or budget. I went for the tapas set (5 tapas choices for $30) that evening and the dish that stills lingers my mind are the crepes. Yummy crepes...
Portion size was very good. I expected my borscht to arrive in a ramekin, and to my surprise, it came in a huge soup bowl - I couldn't finish it. By the end of my meal, I was completely stuffed.

We all had a good meal that night. I'm sorry that the previous reviewer did not have a good dining experience, but you really must try it for yourself.

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You get what you pay for.
By Food-Goddess of Coquitlam (96 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

Went there with a few friends on a Friday night. The decor was kind of old-fashion, a little homey and comfortable. We sat down and one look at the menu and the number of choices we had almost blew us away! Definitely a great deal with 3-course dinners (appy, entree, dessert plus free tea/coffee) set at $20, $25 or $30 depending on the type of entree you choose.

Took us almost 15 mins just to finish reading the menu. I decided to start with the baked escargot, followed by the ahi tuna tapas dinner (that night's dinner special) and then finish with the creme brulee.

After we ordered, the waiter brought us some bread, but it was stone-cold and the crusts were tough to chew through. Then our appys came and OMG they were HUGE!! The portions were so big we thought they brought us our entrees by mistake! My baked escargot was two large puff pastry squares, each was about the size of my palm (minus the fingers). Took me a little effort to cut it open because the pastry crust was so thick. It was greasy and I just could not take more than a few bites. The escargot and the cheese on the inside tasted like.....nothing! It was bland and just....blah! (I'm sorry but just can't think of a better description at the moment)

Then came our entrees...the ahi tuna was overcooked, salty and tasted nothing like the ahi tuna I've had at other restaurants before, and the seafood risotto was just a big clump of mush. Probably shouldn't expect much for $20, but didn't realize it would be like that.

I didn't know what to expect when our desserts came, but much to our surprise, the creme brulee was actually good!! Probably the best part of our meal. And if we were to come back, it would be because of this.

A funny thing was that I remember reading one of the reviews which said that the lights kept flickering from using the microwave. I'm not sure about the microwave part, but boy those lights really did flicker all night long!

I probably won't be back despite the fact that you can get a 3-course dinner with lobster for $30...

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Gourmet Food, No Frills
By Hargow of Richmond (46 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

Had parental anniversary here in September. Our first visit and it was just fine. Reviewers were spot on with their description of the food, services and facility. The staff are very low key along with the decor. All of this probably accomodating for the reasonable fair pricing for all the fine food you get. The menu is extensive and has plenty of fine offers of gourmet selections. It's not Lumieres or others but makes challenging offers.
We were informed of French trained,Russion background chefs. Very Fanastic Borscht and crepe selections by the way. Tasty selections and a good place to bring a small crowd. Would visit again. Seasoning and qualiity all excellent. Ambience and cleanlinesss more than satisfactory. Enjoy the big feast (lg portions) here for little prices.

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2nd time in 2 day
By diningd of vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 7:26pm [Dine in]

Went to accents on Friday night for a quick dinner and it was. I have not been here for over a year but the food is solid but the service could be a bit slower. Taking the order was no problem but service of the food was a bit quick. This place gives you good value for the money with a re-useable entertainment coupon.

We did go again the next night (Saturday) for a late mother days celebration and was able to use the ent coupon. Once again food was good but service was very fast. I should not complain since slow service at restaurants are usually a problem. But overall I enjoy coming to this restaurant.

Highly recommended for large parties since the menu has a bit of everything for everyone.

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Impressed!
By tsej of Richmond (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

Last night was the first time I ventured to this establishment after good reviews from some of my friends. I was very impressed with the large variety of items on the menu. Tapas, which I usually, think are licence to print money due their small sizes, are actually almost of entree size here although this does vary by item. Service could improve as we had to wait some time for water and bread. Also staff are dressed in t-shirts, maybe at least golf shirts would look a little better. Please note that the Entertainment book coupon cannot be used on Saturday night between 6-830, I hate it when they do this with little fine print!!
Would go again, best to go with a large group and share the tapas. Lots of free parking on Broadway as well.

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Good Value
By DawnTart of Burnaby (46 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 6, 2007 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

Went here with Hargow and his family in September for his Mom's 80th bd. Never been there before. Recommended by co-worker of Hargow's brother.

Great deals for a combo of appy, entree, dessert and beverage. Everything was very reasonably priced. Some appys and entrees were exceptionally good and some were okay but generally everything tasted good. Had cabbage roll appy which was enormous for an appy and although tasty was lukewarm. Entree was the potato pancakes which were extremely good.

Tasted some of Hargow's meal and the borscht had to be one of the best I have ever tasted. As well, his blinis were great.

Decor is okay, nothing spectacular and service was hit and miss. I would if I was in the area eat there again. I would probably even make the effort to make arrangements to go there as the food was generally very good and reasonably priced.

Even better is that they have an entertainment book coupon.

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We are lucky to have this restaurant here!
By Dragon of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, November 2, 2007 - 1:10am [Dine in]

Last week we had a party of about 50 guests and we were served an incredibly great food. This was my first time to the Accents and I never before had Russian food, so I did not know what to expect. We were told that we will be able to choose anything from the menu, which was rather odd, as I never attended a party of this size with the full menu choices. So I expected one of the 3 scenarios: 1-menue will be too small; 2-service will be too slow; 3-food will be not that good. I was wrong. Everything we were served was simply excellent. I was sitting with 11 of my friends and we got all different dishes from the menu of 5 full pages! We will need to return another 5 times to try at least half of the wonderful dishes they offer. After we ordered we got our food in less than 10 minutes - all very fresh and piping hot. I had for the starter French onion soup, and I have to tell everyone that it was the best of the best! I also tried from my boyfriend's plate goat cheese strudels and those were to die for. For the entree I had Roast Lamb - it was about 2 pounds of succulent falling off the bone meat on my plate with mashed potatoes and wine sautéed vegetables, which I shared with many of my friends and got a chance to try a lot of other dishes in return - all at least very good but mostly simply great! For dessert I had a pear stuffed with cranberries, coat cheese and pine nuts - and it was a superb finish to my meal with an herbal tea, because I didn't want any caffeine. I don’t know how they do it, because we got all our food faster than most of restaurants serve me at a table of 2 on a slow night. Also I have to mention that my bill with taxes and a good tip was only $30.00 - which usually I pay for a main course alone elsewhere for the food of a lesser quality...

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dont celebrate your birthday here
By mabs of coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 20, 2007 - 1:55am [Dine in]

Here is the story regarding my bday dinner. I arrived there with a party of 6. I decided to have my bday dinner there because i had 3 entertainment coupons which said buy 1 entree get 1 entree free up to 15$. Seemed like a good deal! so we ordered our entrees and some tapas. food was not bad, setting was not bad. BUT what i didnt like was the fact that there was a jewish reception being hosted at dinner time, which totally ruined my dinner convversations. If they had told me there was a jewish reception going on when i booked reservations i would have went else where. The bill came and instead of taking off 45$ (3 coupons) because we ordered 6 entrees with no discount restrictions, they only gave us 13$ off!!!! the USED THE COUPON ON TEH TAPAS!! even though the coupon said ENTREES. As you can tell i was not in a good mood.

Overall do not go to this place, horrible service and they dont even tell you the restrictions on the coupons so they can screw you over in the end!

end of rant.

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Good Value but Bad Service
By nycw of Kitslano, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 6, 2007 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

For a 2 courses lunch that causes $10, what more could I ask for?

Service - After I finished my main course I was rudely told that I have to order my dessert at the very beginning because this is how the system works. I would appreciate if he informed me that I need to order my dessert at the beginning since I told him specifically that I was ordering the 3 courses menu. Furthermore, I receive no apologies and the server was rude.

Food – We had the crab wrap, bliny crepe, and bunjenina. The crab wrap was very nice because the phyllo was hot and crispy. The sauce in my bliny chicken crepe was too milky and not flavorful but the dish was edible. I stole a piece of the pork (bunjenina) and I found it interesting because I don’t usually get to eat cold pork, although the horseradish tasted bland (!).
For main course, we had the lox on potato cakes, beef tornado (beef tenderloin wrapped in bacon), and sole roll. My smoked salmon is pretty fishy so I could only finish half of it. However, I liked the combination of cream cheese and deep fried potato cakes. I took a piece of the beef tenderloin and it was not juicy. (But again, I reminded myself that this is only a $10 lunch). The sole was good; at least it didn’t have the weird fishy taste that my lox had. The risotto in both the beef and sole dishes was too soggy.

I have to admit that Accents has very good value, but I doubt that I will ever go there for dinner unless they have different chefs and servers at night (unlikely). However, I may visit them again for lunch because it’s such a good deal.

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Good for small parties
By twinsforevermore of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 2:29am [Dine in]

Since it's so close to work, have been there for more than a few times now, real deal on their lunch-prefixes - only around 10 to 12 dollars will get you a two course meal, two starters, or one starter ond main course, or one main course one dessert. Food are solid, and comes with yummy bread(sometimes too burnt) and drinks. Recently i think there was new ppl work there maybe? they might mix up your orders....

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Fantastic !
By FinerDiner of Fairview, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 2:53am [Dine in]

Accents Restaurant is located on Broadway in No Man's Land just east of Arbutus. The service is friendly and warm and the room is comfortable and relaxing. There is quite a dicotomy between the feeling of dining in the winter palace and the servers in jeans and tshirts ;)

When you go try the goat cheese in strudel ! Excellent !!

Most importantly - enter a European experience and sit back and relax and enjoy your evening :)

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Best kept secret restaurant
By gainmon of oakridge,vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 12:03pm [Dine in]

Excellent food and service in a beautiful ambiance. Parking is available on the street. Fridays and Saturdays there is music and dancing. You can even use your entertainment coupon. Great value and very enjoyable.

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It used to be great!
By Sidewinder of Maple Ridge (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

Back in 99, this place was amazing! Natasha ran the place, if she knew you, no reservations were needed, the food was fantastic, service was amazing, wine was incredible, then the years went by, kids took it over, lunch menu went down the tube, dinner was pathetic......service was better at mcdonalds, stay away from this place, much better spots around......I feel bad for them, as they used to be amazing, but are now sub-standard at amazingly high prices.......I much rather hit the pub next door for decent food.

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Sincerely, the second worst restaurant I have ever been to
By justice of Coal Harbor, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 13, 2008 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

I went to Accents last Saturday and sincerely, this place was terrible enough to warrant my signing up for a dinehere account just so I could post about it and warn others, especially given some of these reviews.

First of all, we arrived and were initially seated at a table with ripped, dingy chair covers. Sincerely, two of them were stained all over the chair or the seat while all 6 had rips and tears in the fabric. Now, this is a little iffy but I'm willing to forgive it if the food and service are good. However, both were absolutely *terrible*.

Someone mentioned the "diverse menu selection". Another person noticed that the lights flicker on and off every so often, like they are microwaving food. Allow me to tie this all together here because our party of 6 noticed the brownouts, *and* then noticed that:
* all of our food's temperature felt like it had been freshly microwaved
* all of our desserts had freezer burn on them

For those of you who were saying, "I don't know what you were expecting, but you got a great meal", no, I actually didn't. And I didn't get any value for it either. Here are some highlights of the experience aside from what I have listed:

* terrible service - we waited 20 minutes just to get a drink order, an *hour* to get appetizers (and let's be real here, for the quality of food I received it shouldn't take an hour), and another hour to get our main course!
* dry meat, bland, soggy entrees
* freezer burned desserts, as mentioned above
* dirty, dingy environment
* mistakes made on orders; we were expecting cheese gnocchi with our duck order and instead got potatoes. Wouldn't be so bad except when we asked our waitress about the cheese gnocchi, she insisted the cut potato pieces *were* gnocchi, *then* said that here never was gnocchi on that dish and ran off to get a menu to prove it. When she then discovered her mistake she walked off! Some other guy ended up having to come to our table and apologize! I don't care how much "value" I am getting at a restaurant it doesnt' excuse rude or abrasive behavior.

I'm sorry, but there are *hundreds* of wonderful restauarants of varying prices in Vancouver - it's a wonderful city for that. I never thought I would have the second worst dining experience of my life here. I sincerely post this so that you don't make the same tragic mistake we did when we thought this place would be decent.

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Awesome restaurant
By jmfenn of Richmond (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

I've been here numerous times, and the food's always fantastic. You get served by a server who actually seems human, which is a nice change. I make a point of ordering something new every time I go, as the menu is fairly substantial; I've never been disappointed with an item, even when I had no idea what it was.

If you didn't like it, I don't know what you expected, but you got a high quality meal.

And if you don't even bother to read the entertainment coupons, well, you shouldn't bother to complain about them either.

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yowza!
By tysonng of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 10:59pm [Dine in]

We went here on a friday evening and were very satisfied with the attention we got and the food we received. A lot of reviews mentioned poor service, but we didn't encounter any of the sort. There were two of us and we ordered the fixed dinner with appy, main and dessert. We ordered jumbo prawns and crab with salmon lox for appys and it was great. Main course was roast lamb and cabbage rolls and the size of the portions really accentuated how good of a deal this is. I can eat a lot and was expecting more of a gourmet style meal, but was very satisfied with the size. For dessert we ordered the stuffed pear, which was quite decadent and the murder by chocolate which was rich but luxurious. Overall we were very satisfied and would go back, especially considering how many options they offer.

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Bday party
By soleilfury of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2007 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

I was really impressed. First time eating at Accents.

The food was amazing and a good bottle of wine wasn't extremely over priced. You definately get your money's worth eating here. The selection is varied which can be a cause for concern normally but they never disappointed anyone at our table with the food.

The service can be slow and they aren't too anxious to get drink orders it seems when you are first seated, but nothing good company couldn't remedy. It is not a place to be in a rush or time constrained for the evening. I will definately come here again.

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Avoid on busy nights and don't use for Bday parties.
By freezerlunik of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 12:26am [Dine in]

The good: the place has pretty good food for the price, and a cozy interior.
The bad: the service is insufferable at times. Been there 3 times during last 3 years, and consistently got crappy service. Most recent visit: The management screwed up our reservations (made 1 month in advance!!!), and instead of apologizing, were talking to us in condescending manner along the lines of "you are lucky you got the seats - we had to turn down 40-60 people tonight already".

The staff only brought a wine list after being specifically asked for it. It was funny to watch the waiter de-cork a cheap bottle of table wine with the full protocol of sampling etc. after neither him, nor the person that took the order even knew how to pronounce the wine's name: "Piat D'Or" (it's "pea-at-door", not "pee-at-dee-or", kids).

The place felt overcrowded. The lights seemed to brown-out quite often, as if they were zapping the food in a microwave in the kitchen. No table service at all - a friend had to flag down a waiter to order a beer, and never got it. Ours was not the only table with this sort of treatment that night. They missed a lot of money from liquor sales with our group.
OH... and get this. We had a birthday party, and some tables had empty spots because several people were running late. The manager told us that we could not order food until the table was full... WTF?.. - everyone was paying separately anyway? These guys need a better point-of-sale system, or something, i suppose. Overall, a weird experience. Won't be going back there.

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Don't bother ...
By eastindian of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 20, 2007 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

Nicely decorated restaurant, cozy feeling. However, they seem to try to screw you on the bill. They have entertainment coupon rules that are not understandable, and they have combo deals that don't help. For example, we went for lunch and 2 of us got the appetizer and entree combos for $10, no problem. The third companion wanted the entree and desert combo for $10, but had to pay more because she didn't order her desert at the outset. Waiter didn't ask if we want combos, and refused to honour the desert beause it wasn't ordered at the BEGINNING of the meal. No customer service observed. As well, for my meal I specifically asked what kind of salmon was being served, waiter asked the chef and came back with the answer "sockeye". So I ordered as I only eat sockeye. What I got definately wasn't sockeye, it was some cheap pink version of salmon, I barely took one bite of it. They took it back at the end of the meal, and didn't care to even ask why I didn't eat my entree. Low quality food and no customer service here.

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