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Avenue Grill, The

2114 W 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6M1Z1
Tel: (604) 266-8183
Fax: (604) 266-8839
Neighbourhood: Kerrisdale

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Decent little Italian place
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 2:30am [Dine in]

Came here for dinner on a weekday evening. Didn't know what to expect until we stepped in the door. Italian..OK. It's a small, quaint dining area that was dimly lit. I had mixed feelings with the ambience and decor. On one hand it felt cosy and casual, with the board on the wall stating specials, but the menu seemed to branch a few strokes over to more mid-scale dining with seafood offerings however I will digress.

My girlfriend and I were seated in a small table by the doorway. We quickly ordered as both of us were hungry. I ended up with the Soup De Jour and the Sausage Tomato Penne and my girlfriend had the Veal Cannelloni. We ordered the standard soda and ice tea.

The soup was a Minestrone type. Pretty good but alas only warm to the tongue when it arrived. The Cannelloni was good with a nicely minced filling and amply portioned. My penne was only decent. The sauce was a touch sour, and the sausage was scant. I would've preferred the outer casing on the Chorizo to be removed as it made chewing through it a unpleasant. Pasta was more overdone than I would prefer.

Service was adequate. It would meet expectations for this kind of restaurant but seems like a couple of the waitresses I saw could benefit from better (or more) training.

This place is pretty easy on the wallet and would be worth considering to drop in for a meal if you were in the area.

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Kerrisdale home cooking
By bozlee of Tsawwassen (102 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

What I liked about lunch at the Avenue Grill was the choice of about 10 specials (not counting the regular menu) which indicates a chef with a knack of buying locally and wisely. I had the breaded oysters with ceasar salad ($11.95) which were four of the sweetest freshed oysters I've had for ages, the manager told us they were just bought that morning. My friends had the prime rib burger ($10.95) and the soup and salad special ($9.95) which were both well presented and tasty. The seating is a little crowded but it had a feeling of a small Paris old fashioned bistro. Will be back for dinner!

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Good neighbourhood restaurant
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

Don't expect Class A food here, but for what they charge and what they give you, it is good value for money, which is why this place is always busy.

I had a 6-oz. rib-eye steak, and I asked for medium rare. It came out looking good, but only the top was medium rare; the inside and bottom were almost completely rare. I asked for it to be slightly cooked further. As I feared, it subsequently came out being medium well, and the meat was tough.

Had they paid a bit more attention to the initial cooking, the steak could have been very good. I looked around, and the food on other tables all looked pretty good too. There is also a very wide and decent selection of wine by the glass.

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A terrible breakfast.
By foodiephil of Richmond (65 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 11:33am [Dine in]

When we arrived at 9:30am, the restaurant was empty. Maybe that should have told me something.

The server was friendly and professional, and the coffee was pretty tasty, if not a bit under-hot.

We both ordered 2 eggs o/e, with sausages. It comes with your typical complement of toast'n'browns. We also ordered a fruit bowl to share.

My eggs were burned around the edges, and one of the yokes was broken. They were really greasy. The toast was cold and floppy - really, really floppy from being soggy. The hashbrowns were basically potato skins chipped off a potato, and then deep fried - but it seems to me they'd been deep fried to be reheated, maybe from the day before, because they were as hard as little pebbles. I'm not talking crispy - I'm talking HARD like plastic. The sausage was butterfly-cut, which I don't like personally, but that's just my preference. It was overly fried.

The fruit bowl was full of over-ripe honeydew and canteloupe, and had over-ripe blueberries. The pineapple was ok.

When the server asked, "How is everything?" and I said it was "ok", she replied, "It's good, then! Ok, great!" and walked away. Hmm... She was good otherwise, though.

I will never go again, and I would never recommend anyone go. 2 bad breakfasts and a fruit bowl to share cost nearly $30, and if it wasn't the worst breakfast I've ever had, it was within the top two.

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An Unpleasant Food Experience
By Dining2009 of vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 1:07am [Dine in]

Unfortunately, this restaurant appears to have forgotten that customers are what keeps it in business. Giving them cold entrees is not a way to win back repeat business. Even worse is management's responses to their own screw ups. I ordered an entree that came with a side of fries and a salad. I also ordered their soup of the day. The waitress came back some time later after taking my order to say that regretfully they didn't have fries (!) or the soup of the day (!). As such, I told her that if she could give me cooked vegetables instead of the fries and salad that would be lovely. She said, no problem at all - they could do that for me. Well that was not true!

Some time later she came back to say the restaurant couldn't give me cooked vegetables in substitution for the original side on the menu that the restaurant was apparently unable to prepare - that is, unless I worked over an additional $3 (which my date was already getting with her order so I thought this wouldn't be any trouble for these people). These precious vegetables consisted of two pieces of boiled brocolli and a few boiled carrots slices and one or two string beans.

In the meantime, my date's dinner arrived - cold. We told the waitress and she took it back to the kitchen and brought it back, taken out of the dinner plate and dumped into a small bowl that was obviously microwaved. This microwaved dish was a complete mess - soggy, overcooked and mixed together - horrible! When we said this wasn't satisfactory nothing was done - no complimentary dessert, no apology from the manager, no reduction in the bill, no new entree that was actually hot. They were content to just leave a bad situation they created to fester and their unhappy customers to be ignored. I will never return here again and will never recommend this place.

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I really wanted to like this place...
By missy604 of UBC , Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

Went to Avenue Grill with a friend last Friday. The lady that sat and took our orders was very courteous. I saw the prices of the specials that day and thought that they were decent. The place looked clean but a bit empty. It was past 2PM so maybe it was after the lunch rush. Our dishes came quickly. I ordered the lamb shank and my friend ordered the roast beef sandwhich and soup. My entree came with hash browns and a tossed salad with balsamic dressing. I have to say that my lamb shank was fork-tender and flavourful and the protion was good. The salad was nothing to be excited about. I thought it was odd that the lamb Shank came with hashbrowns but I gave them a try. They were cold and the crusty bits were not crunchy but a bit hard. My friend had no complaints about her soup and roast beef sandwhich.

I have to say that we were both disappointed in the service. No one came back to ask us if everything was fine or if we needed anything, no one refilled our water glasses. The young man who took our dishes away spoke so softly and mumbled that for an empty restaurant, I found him difficult to hear and understand. Before he could even ask us if we wanted anything else, he was already handing us the bill. I was craving dessert that day, so I told him that I would like the dessert menu and some coffee. Again he mumbled his words that I didn't realzie he was aking me what I wanted in my coffee. I was excited when I saw Creme Brulee on the menu and ordered that. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT! This particular dessert came in a small, 3-inch ramekin . For $6.96, I was expecitng it to be a bit bigger. As my friend and I tried to break the caramelized sugar with our spoons, something weird happened!,instead of cracking, the spoons made an indentation on the caramel! The topping wasn't crunchy or crackly as creme brulee toppings should be. Instead it was chewy! The custard was not smooth at all and you could not taste any hint of vanilla. It was a rip off.

This will be my first and last visit to Avenue Grill. The service and the food just isn't worth it.

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Splendid!
By yum20 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

This place was great. The service was so fast and courteous and the food was hot hot hot! I went for breakfast on Thursday morning with three acquaintances and although it was pretty busy we got seats right away. It wasn't too noisy considering the coziness and amount of people in the restaurant. We ordered what I thought to be a regular breakfast. (I had sunny side up eggs, toast, bacon, and hash-browns) To my surprise it didn't turn out to be a regular breakfast. The food was so good, especially the well-cooked hashbrowns! So much flavor and presentation is very nice as well. The cozy restaurant was renovated about a year and half ago. Great hardwood floors and very high ceilings. The artwork displays are very vivid and available to buy from local artists upon request. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to contemplate purchasing one because our food came so quickly! I was shocked because the tables were full, and we had only been waiting about 8 minutes! Great food, Great service, Great atmosphere. The only thing close to mediocre was my lack of picking out a decent outfit!
Thank goodness the restaurants appeal took away from my lack of fashion sense! ;)
Going back for dinner next week... Can't wait!

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Kerrisdale charm,average food.
By Apollocanada of Burnaby (31 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 10:00am [Dine in]

The first thing that strikes you as you enter the Avenue grill is it's intimate size. Pleasantly decorated and on the upscale side with it's decor,typical of Kerrisdale.I ordered the cheddar cheese and ham omelete with sourdough toast for breakfast. The waitress was polite and the coffee was decent,not extrordinary..but ok. With Starbucks,Cafe Artigiano's and Bean brothers on the same block they need to offer the same quality of roast coffee.People who frequent the Kerrisdale "Strip" are used to quality,and expect nothing less.My omelete was average,not much cheddar cheese or ham inside,but it was fluffy and filling,potatoes were fried with a hint of rosemary,but unfortunatley were slightly undercooked . I liked the fact that the waitress brought two mini glass bowls with apricot and strawberry jam,nice touch.Ambience was pleasing,high ceilings,nice bar,yet the sounds in this restaurant resonate and are amplified making my dining experience a noisy one.No manager arguing with customers as a previous diner/reviewer encountered,thank g..A fair experience here.

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new ownership
By avegrill of kerrisdale,vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

just wanted to let everybody know that avenue grill as of august 15 is under new ownership. we have kept the best of old avenue grill and would like to invite everybody to come and see us. Ambiance and menu has remaind the same with some fresh aditions, attitude that has been mentioned in previous reviews is gone and we will do everything to improve on other issues that have been questionable. so again everybody is welcome and coments and sugestions from all of you will be taken with great appreciation. We have a lot to be proud of and want all of you to share that with us.

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Good food. Horrible service.
By Atldan of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 30, 2006 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

Sunday brunch. Good food quality. Had the eggs bene on spinich and feta biroche. Coffee also good.

The wait staff was grumpy, unaccommodating, slow and, quite frankly, mean, so much so that I don't think I will return here.

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Solid brunch
By daisicklo of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

Had the eggs west coast with smoked salmon eggs benedict on a croissant. Very nicely done. Croissant was surprisingly fresh and the hollandaise sauce was not overpowering.

The blueberry pancake on the other hand, was a bit of a miss. In terms of value, $12.95 for 3 pancakes only was a bit much, although the quality was very good and the blueberries serving was generous. However, one of the 3 pancakes was overdone and was on the dark side, especially when compared to the other 2 on the plate. We mentioned this to the waitress and she basically didn't do anything except to say yeah, it's like that because of the blueberries. (But why were the other 2 done properly??). We tried another waitress and she handled it much better by offering to replace it. Although the redone piece was perfect, it did cost us extra waiting time as a result.

Might return to try other entrees that looked pretty good.

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fries from a bag, cold n wet, chicken left over from lunch menu
By breakyguy of kits vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

went for dinner and had the chicken burger, the chicken arrived with a hard skin on it, obviously left over from lunch menu and then tossed in the convection oven. the fries were soggy and pathetic, like something you get from the freezer at safeway.
ambiance ok, service ok, dishes being done right in the seating area lots of water and banging about.
the fish order my wife had was ok, not bad not geat, rice looked like uncle bens out of a bag.

would we go again... not really. its way to expensive for what you get, we could have gone to trafalgars and had a proper meal. oh and they overcharged me $2 on the chicken burger.

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Indiana Jones
By Pengdio of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

A landmark in the admittedly sterile Kerrisdale food landscape, this was a seriously flawed lunch. Ordering was slow, even though it was no less than full than on any other midday lunch service. The gazpacho soup special was little more than a vegetable soup, which though adequate, was a pretty untraditional watered down recipe.

While the smoked chicken penne was old-school comfort and perfectly acceptable (food=3.5), the canneloni was the worst dish I've witnessed in a long time (food < 1). It was made with such a ridiculous quantity of sage with the ricotta as to render it nearly inedible. When raised with the waitress, a shrug of the shoulders, a mumbled "that'sthewaytheymakeit" and nothing further. Dessert tiramisu was tasty and light. It was the kind of lunch where one doesn't object further but if it was just friends, I'd have been livid with management, particularly when no adjustment to the bill nor an apology was offered. Throw in shoddy attention (we were able to make a cool little plate pyramid), and I expect to be successful in avoiding Avenue Grill through 2011 at least.

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Meh.
By AlexandraBishop of Point Grey (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

This is a spot that should offer breakfast all day long - I say this because every time I've gone here for breakfast it has been great, but the three times I've eaten lunch or dinner has been a disaster. I was talked into eating lunch there on the 31st of December - Had a brie on baguette, the bread was not soft or chewy and a tiresome struggle to eat. It came with soup, which I didn't want, and was told to swap soup for a salad would cost extra. I hate this kind of petty inflexibility - it serves no purpose. The salad was limp - a day or two past its prime. The menu is incredibly boring and half the items come with midding focaccia bread - focaccia is something that should be made fresh and made well. Otherwise it's just bad cafeteria bread. My advice for the Avenue Grill: Serve breakfast all day and use a new bakery. cheers.

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My favorite...
By chris84bloom of Vancouver, BC (17 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 2:27am [Dine in]

I live pretty nearby, about 15 min. bus ride. I've been coming here for almost 2 years and I wish I'd discovered it earlier.

I haven't seen this place packed yet (meaning I've never had to wait to be seated) and I guess that means not many people know how great this place is. The exterior design is not that great but the appearance is certainly deceiving; once you're inside, you'll realize it has much more to offer.
For a small place, the Avenue Grill has a nice setting inside. It has some abstract and landscape art pieces and they are different everything I visit.
The food and service are great. I must say that I am a bit picky when it comes to judge the quality of service but this place has met my standard. There was one occasion when I was dissastifed but I never saw the waiter again so I guess he's been replaced.
Their steak is well-cooked and is highly recommended. It used to be my favorite menu until I discovered chicken pasta with sundried tomatoes and mushroom. You can make a variety of combination with different kinds of pasta, sauce, etc. (So far I haven't tried many variants because I love those two selections so much.)

I've tried both their brunch and dinner and I'm very content with them. The Avenue Grill certainly is a hidden gem. I will miss it dearly when I leave for England for a year.

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Quick Dinner with some Sangria
By TheBeard of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

We easily got a reservation. We had the Jambalaya with fettuccine, Calamaris and Crab Cakes. We shared a 1/2 litre of Sangria. Food was very good as was the service. Chef came out from the kitchen to inquire if everything was to our satisfaction. It was. We will be coming back as ehis is also a quiet place to get a bite to eat.

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Out to grab a small bite with a friend
By just_another_critic of north vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

A friend and I stopped by here after a meeting. We had both picked something off the menu and were waiting for our waitress to come by so we could order. When she stopped by, she described the menu so well, that instead of feeling just a bit hungry we were both starving and could hardly wait to try the food. The food was excellent. However the service we received from Anja was by far so much superior than service you expect for such a place. She made us feel so special that I had to ask her if she was the owner or not. And to my surprise she responded that she was just working there. If you have not stopped by there before, I highly recommend it....even more so when Anja is working there. .

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Lamb Curry
By rao of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 7, 2011 - 10:21am [Dine in]

It was my first visit to the avenue Grill. I ordered the lamb curry plate. My mother cooks a fantastic lamb curry (1/2 day endeavor with freshly made garam masala and grated coconut). The avenue Grill version time travelled me back to my parent's home in Montreal...thanks so much for the wonderful comfort food!

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must be back
By vinatic of Kitsilano, (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 5:41pm [Dine in]

Few night ago we had guests from out of town, they suggested Avenue Grill for our night out since it was recommended by some of their friends who had great experience some months ago.
My husband and I have never been at Avenue Grill and didn't know what to expect.
We were warmly greeted and sat at the table by the window even though we didn't reserve, and it was pretty busy night.
After few solid classic appetizers, Cathy and I ordered a seafood Calypso dish with rice pilaf and if not to be embarrassed we would ask for seconds, fresh and spectacular. Boys ordered Lamb Curry and Prime Rib steak; after looking after them for more than a decade we knew they were happy since they had their carnivore grins on.
Server was more than attentive. She made sure we were well taken care of.
Even brought us dessert and some delicious champagne drinks on the house at the end of the night.
This was fantastic experience, and now we know where we'll take our friends for dinners

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Nice little corner
By mithelmauler of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

I was here with a friend for dinner a few weeks back. I always have a love for tiny restaurant, because they are usually quiet and I can enjoy the company of friends.

I myself order their spiced calamari. It was abit too salty to be honest so I had to eat it with a lettece.

Other than the appy, the entree, which was lasanga was actually quite good. I love the creamy flavour of the sauce because it taste very different. The server explained that the chef is Iranian so he made some of is own blend of sauce.

For desert, I guess because I am always a chocolate peanutbutter fan. Their choco peanut butter cake was absolute fantastic!!!

As for service, its decent. They took my order, followup to make sure we are okay and promptly service my request. I could not ask for more

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