Cafe Crepe is a European cafe style that serves crepes, hot dogs, and baguette sandwiches.
I've been to this location a number of times w/the bf and we both enjoy their crepes. We've both had their savoury crepes and their sweet crepes.
The food: always tasty. I've tried their sandwiches, salads, and of course crepes and of all their menu items, I still enjoy their crepes the most. They may not be "authentic" according to some people, but they're tasty just the same.
The service: is ok. The waitresses there are often flustered b/c it's so busy, but they're really pleasant overall.
The value: pretty good considering the size of some of their crepes (I love their ham, egg and cheese crepe).
The ambiance: chic, but a little loud. Sometimes it feels like I'm at a club in there w/the music..but otherwise I like their choice in decor.
I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for something other than pizza, sushi, donairs and burgers downtown!
Come here for the cheap beer/pitchers (10.35) The burger platter is quite the deal, the thick patty (2inches or so!) is delicious and juicy and fresh. the fries are usually too thin/crispy for my liking. The crepes are terrible though, don't come here for that
It's usually way too loud in here, you have to shout to talk to a person right beside you. Too dark and cramped
Ah Cafe Crepe, what a really good idea. A series of comfortable sit down restaurants located in prime downtown locations, serving reasonable priced beer, coffee and crepes. Perfect, just what the downtown core needs. Should be lovely. Well it's not. I had the wholly unfortunate experience of going there on a whim on my birthday this year after a day of shopping, fully intending just to get a beer and go home. here's the problem. A family member that was with us used to work at cafe crepe, so has a particular view of it being "pretty good!" "improving" etc. Well on this birthday experience a while back, the waiter didn't actually offer us anything for a good 20 minutes, with a beer begrudgingly coming along a good while later. Then about the time we were thinking of maybe eating, we saw our waiter, in jacket and backpack, casually stroll towards the exit. We had to stop him and ask him who our new waiter was. When confronted with such a question ("Huh?" was his actual response) he motioned to someone just getting their apron on for their shift something sort of to the allusion that they should not take over. They obviously didn't get the message and it was then a good while even later before we saw menus. We should never had bothered. Stale burger buns with a plain cold burger patty obviously deep fried too long ago. A cheese pizza not even given the courtesy of getting to go into the oven, riddled with little circular microwave cheese bubbles. The skinny fries were good, but in no way worth the hassle and other bad food required to get them. Folks, even if you are drunk it's just not worth it. It's just so criminally bad. Were it not for the fact that they are located where tourists can fall on them, all Cafe Crepe location would have been gone long ago. Although from checking out the toilets in the Granville location yesterday, cracked and full of graffiti, just the thing to off-put tourists, the end could be soon. The amazing amount of drugs being consumed by staff and management is another indicator of the obscene lack of quality about to confront you at a Cafe Crepe. In previously stated dirty graffiti littered bathroom, I barged in on two young female staff doing a line on the bathroom counter at the fashionable hour of 4pm. No wonder the food and service is shit, the entire establishment is off their tits on Charlie.
Did I mention it's just not busy either? Certainly not busy enough to require a coffee to arrive 20 minutes after my dining companions beers have arrived, and then arrive grainy and cold. certainly not enough to forget water. That's just really, really bad waiters.
So in essence, you have a flop-house dirty, dingy, cracked, sad hole of a restaurant full of diabolically bad waiters, kitchen staff, and managers, passing themselves off as a European cafe experience in downtown Vancouver. What a horrible shame. Pull up your socks Cafe Crap.
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What a gyp. Their breakfast is better quality and value than the rest of the drivel on the menu. I had a "panini" It was under 1/4" thick and tasted of cardboard. Lousy ingredients, lack of presentation, and an overall feeling of "we don't give a F***"
We had 4 different servers throughout the time there, no one could get us anything we asked for. My fiancee had to go and ask for butter for her english muffin. They toasted it and served it dry. Never mind having to track down ketchup and salt & pepper for her omelette. The omellette was actually palatable, decent size, ingredients were ok. Too bad the hashbrowns were pre-made and soaked with oil until they were inedible.
The food was beloe medocre, the music was WAY too loud for 11:30am. The servers were more worried about collecting tips (which we did NOT leave) than actually serving (maybe if they did they would have gotten a tip). The place was just brutal. i will never be back to any of these places again...
Kids will like this place but as an adult, I was disappointed in the weak quantities of the $10 special. The hashbrowns were skimpy and to only have one crepe on a plate was disappointing without any fillings. Would I hit it again? The answer, when cows fly! I think others give you better quality and quantity like De Dutch pancake house and Ihop. It was an experience going there for the day to see Vancouver and to appreciate why we are away from the crazy concrete jungle of this busy city with traffic congestion.
At night on Granville St., you’d be forgiven for believing Café Crepe is a half-decent place to eat. The dim lighting disguises the smudged tabletops, and it’s easier to mistake the waitress’ incoherent mumblings for some kind of mysterious French accent.
In broad daylight, though, the masquerade is over. After finally getting the waitress to understand our orders, we were treated to a 30 minute wait just for our drink orders. Once the food arrived, what was supposed to be a ham crepe seemed to contain an unflavoured, unchewable strip of squidgy, fatty gristle. After bringing this to the attention of our waitress, she abandoned our table for another 30 minutes without revisiting to even refill our waters.
Once getting the attention of the manager, who spent her shift wearing a bulky white ski jacket that reeked of cigarette smoke we were told that we were wrong. “Um, we checked out the crepe,” she said, “And there is absolutely nothing wrong with the ham. Next time tell your waitress sooner.”
Needless to say, there won’t be a next time.
The last time I went had me convinced never to go back again.
I had their tuna salad, and it was basically store-bought mixed greens and canned tuna (that was still can-shaped, might I add) dumped on top, with a couple olives and a slice or two of tomato.
To add insult to injury, the crepe, appropriately their main dish, was served lukewarm.
The worst part was that it was a dark chocolate crepe, but by the time it arrived at our table it had dried up, and the crepe must have had been sitting around for a good fifteen minutes without any warmer light.
Service wasn't great -- we were lucky enough to have a server who was patient, and apologetic after the wait for our food.
What does suck for her though is that all tips are pooled, so that they are distributed evenly to all the servers at the end of the day. This could explain why service here tends to disappoint most reviewers.
Bottom line: Not coming back for a very long time.
I have been to all 3 location but most recently the Robson one. I will NEVER buy a crepe from this business again! The staff at all locations are unfriendly and make you feel like you are bothering them. The crepe itself tasted like it was sitting there for a long time, and they hardly put any cheese in it and I ordered a ham and CHEESE. There are much better businesses that I would rather spend my hard earned money at.
I think some of these reviewers are confused, this is the cafe crepe under future shop, its the 'express' cafe and doesn't have servers.
I go here every morning on my way to work for my daily coffee because their coffee is so much better than starbucks and because the manager always remembers my name and my order!!! The staff are always friendly and cheerful!
My friend has never been to cafe crepes and we were downtown, so I thought I'll take her to try it. Man, was that EVER a MISTAKE!! The food is the same but the customer service is the pits. The place wasn't even full maybe 5 tables at the most, but they sitted us in the back dark area where no one notices us. Then, it took 15 minutes to get menus. Then then came back after 1 minute asking us if we were ready to order when we barely looked at the menu and they did this several times, then when we were ready to order, no waitress was in site and took 15 minutes before one came by again. Finally after we ordered, it took 30 minutes for our drinks to come and 1 hour before our crepes were ready. They didn't come by and offered explanations or apologies at all and it wasn't until we asked them where our order was, then they said that the computer was down so orders were backlogged and the chef was sick too. What a coincidence!!!! Just after we order too and two things happening at the same time. A meal that should be quick took nearly 2 hours. Even other restaurants wouldn't take this long. Never will I go back here again. The other cafe crepes were way better!!!
I have a nostalgic soft spot for Cafe Crepe, having had some great company while noshing at the different locations.
Having said that, I will never return to this location, and would hesitate going to any of the others based upon the incompetence I have experienced.
After a long morning that ran into the afternoon, hunger pangs were getting the better of me. I walked past a couple of the hot dog carts on the street and bee-lined for the cafe crepe for one of their foot long euro-dogs.
The counter person asked if I wished to have condiments, and I agreed, choosing mustard and mayo. After five or so minutes the dog was brought to me at the dirty counter on a piece of paper towel. I refused the food as it had ketchup and mustard. I reminded the staffer that my order was for mustard and mayo.
Another five or so minutes passed, and another dog was brought to me by the same person, this time with ketchup and mayo. Again I refused the order, politely saying that I do not want ketchup. Off she huffed to return within a minute, with a properly dressed dog.
Unfortunately, the haste of microwaving the food this time rendered it inedible; The first bite was scorching, and then the bun solidified into a solid mass that couldn't me chewed.
I went to the front counter to see the original counter person making espresso drinks, the crepe chef busy at her station, and the two remaining staff turning their backs as I approached.
Into the garbage went my lunch. Five bucks for a lesson learned.
The best thing to get at Cafe Crépe is a desert cépe. I particulairly like banana or strawberrys and nutella. mmmmm
Lunch/ dinner just isn't worth the effort of dealing with the wait staff. I have been a few times to eat in over the years and the service is always the same, horrible. Well at least they are consistent. Consistently horrible that is.
I've been dying to have a taste of French cuisine for the longest time & on recent trek in downtown Vancouver, I decided to stop into Cafe Crepe for a savory crepe. I was immediately taken by the ambiance. Everything about it was perfect, from the decor to the cafe music. I browsed the menu & for once, had trouble deciding on what to order. After making & paying for my order, I watched my crepe being cooked up right there. It surely was an amazing feat to witness. After settling down at a corner booth & taking my first bite, I felt like I was suddenly on a sidewalk cafe in Paris. From than on I knew this place was going to be the spot where I dine downtown, as the food is fabulous & the ambiance made me feel like I was in France. If you pick the right spot, you can people watch like they do in Europe. The servers were polite & made me feel welcome & at ease. They actually care about the quality of food & beverages that they serve me & fellow customers. I can't wait to go back for some cheap & delicious crepes! Tres bien!
We ate at your place yesterday and we had a witer by the name of Reno and he did a fantastic job of leading us in the way of what to eat, and drink along with joking with us in obvious busy time we couldn't ask for anything more.
This place is great. Pitchers of Granville Island are ten bucks, cheapest in the city to my knowledge for a non-special. The food is great, I usually get a swiss cheese and egg crepe with mushrooms. The coffee is suprisingly good as well. The staff are for the most part awesome. I have never had a bad experience eating here and the location is very convenient.