Cafe Crepe is a European cafe style that serves crepes, hot dogs, and baguette sandwiches.
I wanted to grab a quick snack while on Robson and thought a nice savoury crepe sounded great. I've had a sweet crepe there once, a chocolate banana one and ate it in the restaurant. Although there is nothing wrong with the look of the restaurant, it was a little too dark inside. Black walls with not so bright lighting.
This time I took my crepe to go. I just wanted a simple light snack so I ordered a ham crepe. Little did I know, a ham crepe was just ham + crepe. Wow. I guess the crepes I was used to really spoiled me. At other places, at least it came with some sort of addition to it like salsa, or egg, or a tiny bit of cheese. Nope. Just ham...oh wait...I do recall now that there was a bit of cracked pepper on it! The plain crepe ended up costing me $5, which normally would be ok, but I just can't help feeling a little ripped off for a mixture egg, flour, milk and 2 slices of ham.
If you want a good crepe, visit Gypsy Rose crepe cafe, and find out what a real crepe is.
I'm not a fan of Cafe Crepe, but we were near there and wanted a snack. Despite being innundated with other patrons the staff and customer service was actually good. They were upbeat, calm, making jokes, and handling the hungry patrons well. They were upfront about the 30 minute wait, as to the other poster the reason there was up to a 30 minute wait for food was because of all the orders ahead of you. Not due to the kitchen's cooking capacity. We were given a number, waited outside the restaurant watching the Olympic crowds and were happy to receive our food. The crepes are all pre-made, though the fillings are freshly added, the prices were extremely high at around $10 for a crepe, but overall I was happy with my snack. I'm not sure how they managed to have good service, as they normally have the worst service but I was plesantly surprised.
I was with Mrs. C and looking for dessert after an unfortunate experience earlier in the evening when I spotted CC. I remembered that they had a takeout window and decided to give it a try. The workers here seemed to be unhappy in their jobs. There were 3 or 4 of them gossiping and ignoring the customers.
As for the ambiance, I could see stuff on the floor that had not been picked up, and the place just looked untidy generally. I went with a chestnut crepe despite my misgivings. I expected to see a new crepe being born, but no, the counter guy just pulled a pre-made one from a bin and slapped some chestnut paste on it. A couple of flips with a very dirty knife and it was tossed into a paper bag and handed to me with a grunt.
As for flavor, I used to live in Paris so I knew this crepe wasn't going to compare, but they managed to fall short of my already diminished expectations. I got a cold crepe with a tasteless gooey paste on parts of it. I left feeling very ripped off.
They won't see me again.
Been here a few times ordering to-go and I had eat-in once. This place looks like a fun place to be with the whole "crepe kitchen" window opened up to the public. You always see those curious people looking in and wanting to order a crepe for their own.
The last few times I ordered crepe, I always forget that I will regret it in the end. They're just so expensive, more than $5 for one topping. Wth? A lot of times the crepe are pre-made so you don't know how long your crepe has been sitting there. What's the fun of this if you see them make those fresh crepe but it's NOT for you. The fresh ones are place on a dish for future use. Wth? And they're so small! Can't feed any hungry tummy, not even a child. There's this one time I ordered chicken and cheese. The chicken was so small, it was camouflaged into the cheese! I was left starving!
And one time I sat-in for brunch. The lady told me to sit on this seat where I have to walk through 2 tables which were practically 3 inches apart. I'm not big, but I'm not thin as a stick either! I had to suck it in in order to get to my seat. It was ridiculous. That day, it was quiet so I could've sat anywhere else. I should've said something, argh.
The service was kinda lacking but whatever, I was hungry. The eggs benny tasted alright but left me with a stomach ache all day.
I will never go again.
Okay, they used to make them a lot better... when the old owner guy was there to add a touch of natural salt to the crepes as he slaves over the heated crepe-making pan and in the open kitchen of the Robson store in the midst of the summer heat, dripping, and dripping away.... The tuna crepes are good, too. When he's not there, one of the young guys making them are still not bad... but as more locations started sprouting everywhere and more and more young'uns are hired on it has gotten to be a hit & miss. Sometimes sloppily wrapped crepes (love eating on-the-go especially on a cold wet day outside--one can appreciate the juicy warmth of a nicely wrapped crepe all the more) depending on the person making your order. It has gotten to be so-so with the dispassionate looking part-timer school kids there to just make some summer cash. Regardless, whenever I have a craving for nutella banana crepes, this is the location I go to for it--for now.
Food: had the smoked beef/egg/dijon mustard crepe and it was fine, a little bit greasy. I think I might try a panini sandwich next time as the table beside us raved about it. The accompanying fries were warm and crispy with the right amount seasoning. Chai latte was quite bland - just sugary and milky.
Service: very abrupt - its a "take your order and deliver your food" and that's it joint. Didn't check to make sure everything was ok after we received our food, no waters refilled. It also took some time before our food arrived.
Value: Lunch came to $13 so I guess it was fine but not great for what I got.
Ambiance: dark and cramped and a little bit on the dirty side.
I wouldn't mind coming back but I would def only do take out as the service and sitting area were not great.
I was out on the town with my three year old, one year old and a four year old boy that I babysit during the day.
It was around noon and we hadn't had lunch yet, so I thought I would treat the older kids to a crepe (I am generally not a fan of fast food places like Tim Hortons or MacDonalds - I prefer to let the kids try different things).
I ordered a simple ham and cheese crepe. When ordering crepes at other places - I noticed that they make them fresh. Here, the crepes were premade - they just put in the fillings. I paid ($6.56 for ONE crepe) while I waited. After the crepe was folded, I asked the server to slice it in half so I could give one half to the three year old and one half to the four year old. I might as well asked him to fly me to the moon and back. He said, "we don't cut them" I explained that I had two small children and that they would not eat a whole one each. He asked the manager. The manager just repeated "we don't cut them".
I was stunned. I asked for a refund and told them they could keep their crepe if they couldn't perform a very basic service for a paying customer so two little kids could enjoy their lunch.
I will never return.
I'm sad to see that this place has a 2 star review right now. It's a great place to go for a bite to eat, and while it's not a fine dining experience by any means, it's all sorts of comfortable, happy, and relaxed. I've never had a bad food experience from this restaurant, and my partner and I have gone there every other weekend for almost a year. Our favourite things on the menu are: The caffe latte - it's divine and fluffly - made with care. The Ultimate Chicken Burger - always really juicy and delicious chicken served with nice crisp and perfectly salted fries. Their paninis are perfectly grilled and the proportions are nice. My favourite soup of theirs is the ginger carrot. My favourite savory crepe is the Prosciutto with brie, egg, tomato, and basil. Nutella banana is my partner's favourite sweet crepe. You should go. I sincerely think you'd enjoy it.
Many reviews on here complain of the service. I guess I was lucky at the take-out window - the fellow was chatty and pleasant.
However, I, too, got a premade crepe with some hazelnut slapped over top - folded and thrown in a bag. If you can't make fresh, why be in the food industry??
It certainly was not hot, and the worst part was it was pully/chewy/rubbery. I'm not talking in a tasty, nice, fresh way that most gluten products have, but in that "it was hot and now it's not" way. I am a big aficionado of quality crepes, and I've had heavenly experiences.
This was NOT one of them, and I was deeply offended by the food quality.
Have they no shame?
My boyfriend decided he wanted a Crepe on a Sunday morning, so off to Cafe Crepe we went. We had first spotted this place on a Friday evening after dinner in Yaletown while looking for a funky place to have a drink & people watch.
When we walked in, one of the servers promptly seated us. A short time later, another server took our drink & food order. She didn't seem very friendly at all, kind of like we were interrupting her. A bit disappointing to say the least.
Anyways, we both ordered the Cafe Crepe Breakfast (3 eggs, bacon or sausage & a choice of one of several crepes). I chose the Cinnamon & Sugar crepe, which was definitely lacking in flavour (gimme more sugar dangit!). My boyfriend ordered the Maple Syrup crepe which he loved.
We would go back to see how the other crepes measure up. We will also be back in the evening for some drinks on their sidewalk patio. Great for people watching!
I drove to DT with my wife to have some nice walk in the cold weather with a beautiful lights of robson st,
So we decided to have a snack before we take out walk, we stopped at this location exactly, we waited in the line and there was nobody only us, the waitresses were passing by near us dont even looking at us or even say hi i will be with you in a sec same as other resturant, we were ignored totally as if we were not there, we walked out after waiting for 10-15mins, that was the 1st and last time i would go to this unprofessional cafe.
I don't recommend any one to go there, bcuz they dont have any CSR.
Cafe Crepe is a great place to grab a snack and coffee before seeing a movie or catching a bus.
They offer all types of crepes, both sweet and savory. The staff is friendly and any crepe you order will be served piping hot and fresh in under 10 minutes.
Today was the second time I set food in this establishment and I recall the first time being lousy - especially the SERVICE! Had to come here because my buddy wanted to try a crepe and all I have to say is that the chicken, mayo, swiss cheese crepe sucks! I get the feeling this place has a high turnover rate for staff as it was our server's first day and he didn't know anything! Just like the first time, we had to wait a while for someone to at least acknowledge us at the door while waiting to be seated. The hostess had a nasty scowl on her face when she greeted us and asked for how many. It was all coming back to me now....why I will never set foot in this place again. I would consider the ambience ok since they serve alcohol and the place is dim with leather booths. Will never come here again.
We went there for crepes on a Sunday afternoon. The food arrived in good time. I had wanted to ask for some water near the start but it wasn't until the food arrived that I had a chance to.
After our food had arrived and I had asked for water, the server was pretty much non-existent. No one asked me if I wanted more coffee or if I needed anything throughout the lunch. The water never arrived. I flagged the server down and asked for my water again. By the time I finished eating, it was time to ask for the bill so I flagged the server down again and asked for the bill and asked for my water again. The water did finally arrive with my bill. The server drop the bill off onto the table without saying a word or making eye contact. After all this, I remained calm and friendly so I'm not sure what I did to deserve the cold treatment.
The crepes were nice though.
We were roaming downtown on a glorious shop-aholic afternoon and remebered that we hadn't stopped for breakfast yet so we decided to grab some quick breakfast crepes.
Inside of the cafe is very artsy with dark/bold coloured walls and some great collections of old print ads. I guess it could be romantic? Haha I'm not sure.
The selections were promising - many types of both sweet and savoury crepes. I had a breakfast egg, mushroom and cheese crepe which sounds scrumptious in print. But when I got it, the crepe was all soggy and dripping out the bottom! I don't know if that just happens when you work with mushrooms because I know mushrooms tend to get really juicy when they're cooked...still, it was dripping EVERYWHERE! By the time I got to the halfway mark, the crepe was a veritable mush.
Might have better luck with the sweet crepes that have less filling?
Definitely not the type of food that I would specifically make the trip to get. For me, it's more of a if-you-happen-to-be-walking-by kind of place. Even for quick snakcs, there are tons of other options in the area
why is this place so small? why are the booths so small? how come they force you to sit in a little hole at the corner of the room? We were sat at this table that had only one way out and we were 6 people!! Meaning if one person needed to pay or go to the washroom, everyone had to step out of the way. Terrible restaurant planning.
Also the service really sucks, it seems every time that we are here (which from this point on will be never) there is new staff, MUST NOT BE A GOOD WORKING environment. No wonder the servers are always angry or annoyed looking. If it isn't you, must be the management or owner?
I've heard this place was good for breakfast and brunch, which it is, but it's so sloppily put together that I'm embarrassed for the server that has to serve it to us. The chicken isn't actual pieces of chicken, but this mashed up powdered clumpy chicken, i can't even tell if it's chicken. The smoked beef looks like ham. It's only safe to stick with sweet crepes if you absolutely must insist to go here. And if you do, just order outside at the take out, honestly not a good idea to come inside! really!
When we were leaving, we saw a fat sweaty man, no hat on his head or apron, spinning crepes and making orders. Is there no hygiene? or food safe? That made some of the greasy crepe turn uneasily in my stomach as i walked away from that place, hopefully forever!
We were craving a late night snack so we went to cafe crepe. They are open late which is great and are right on robon- super convenient! The server was fast, efficient and friendly! They have so many great fillings for the creeps too. Sweet and savory! I noticed they also have well priced breakfast ...will have to go back and try out their omelettes!
Cafe crepe is a decent spot for what it is, with a few good items on the menu. One of those items was my cherished four cheese panini -- until they recently took it off the menu. The server suggested I order another panini and add cheese. What came out, I don't know why, was god awful. There's a few other things on the menu that are lacking -- everytime I have the chicken there it is very dry. The Parisian hot dog is also on the dry/hard side. Fries there are alright, but just your McDonald's fare. Drinks are also only alright. Charming atmosphere and friendly servers would definitely benefit from some better food at their side.
Food took 30 minutes to come out.. I understand that it was busy, but it does not take 30 minutes to make a crepe. Even in a fully pact restaurant it takes about 20 minutes for a full meal. Not only did it take forever to come out, it came out cold. For those wondering, it was a savory crepe, and it usually comes out hot. Service was terrible! Server came by once to take the order and was never seen or heard from again for the rest of the time spent there. I would never return to this location nor would I recommend anyone to dine here unless they love crap service :)
On a monday afternoon, my 3 friends and i decided to stop by cafe crepes. we picked this location opposed to the one on granville because we were thinking this location has better seatings. got there, there is a group of 6 waiting in front of us. we asked how long it was going to be for a table of 4 and they said 20 mins. so we waited... and we waited, waited, took them about 40 mins to seat us. in the mean time they seated a lot of table of 2s, at locations that they could've easily sat us 4 down. but it's ok, it's during the olympic period... it's busy in downtown, we understood. a lot of people waiting in line behind us were complaining but we were in good spirits.
finally we got seated. took about 10 mins before a server stood behind us with a notepad. she didnt really ask us what we wanted but we started telling her what we want cuz she just stood there... and we figured she was here to take our orders. we ordered a plate of fries, 2 sweet crepes and 2 savory crepes, 3 ice water, and 1 water with lemon. 5 mins later another table of 4 was seated next to us and was promptly greeted by another server who took their order right away and they also ordered a plate of fries along with something else. in 5 mins the table next to us got their fries... where did ours go???
took them 10 mins to bring us water, and there was no lemon. and one cup of water was dirty (there is some white stuff stuck on the cup, on the inside too!) so we asked for a diff cup of water and also some lemon, which took another 5 mins to come.
we waited for another 30 mins and no food shows up yet... so my friend got a bit agitated and walked up to the serves at the counter and asked where our food was. she was just told it's here soon. within 5 mins, the fries and the 4 crepes came. then the nightmare starts.
the fries was hot and fresh, just a little too salty but nothing much to complain about. i mean, it's just fries, cant go too wrong with that. but the crepes..... ALL OF THEM WERE COLD. not even warm, they were COLD. the fillings were COLD, the crepe itself is not fresh... how can i tell? because it was COLD and HARD (had to use a lot of force to cut it open with a knife). you can still kind of get by the sweet ones being cold, but the salty ones???? we pointed that out to the server (actually wasn't even our server who brought us the water and the food, it was another guy... so we just asked him about everything since our server NEVER came to check on us AT ALL)... he offered to have the crepes remade for us but we refused and told him we didnt want to wait another 25 minutes for another batch of disgusting crepes. then he walked away. my friend who ordered savory crepes took a bite and couldn't take it anymore so she had it taken away. i also had svory crepes but cold ones are really disgusting so i only had half of it. my other two friends finished theirs. we also finished the fries. during the meal no one checked on us, we had empty cups and no one offered to refill water... even when our server (who FINALLY showed up just to clear off ONE plate while the rest of us were still eating) saw that our cups were empty she did nothing. we asked for the water to be refilled and they still did nothing. when we wanted napkins my friend had to turn around and look over the counter and bend over to get some. after a while they asked us if we wanted the bill and we said yes.
they didnt charge us for the savory crepe that my friend had asked to be taken away. we were hoping that there would be a comment card so we can write down some complains but there wasnt. so we took a napkin and started writing and was going to put it down on the table. the server came and took the bill away and cleared off the rest of the plates and she saw my friend writing on the napkin. she tried to peek but my friend wasn't finished writing so she kind of hid it from the server. the server assumed we were writing her angry notes and asked if we wanted to speak with the manager. we said yes.
the manager came, with no smiles on her face at all, just a straight face and asked us what the problem is. she also said she doesnt want us to be writing her staff any angry notes. we explained to her we were just trying to write down our comments and it wasn't "angry notes" and she just said "oh then you can just tell me your comments". i asked if they have any comment cards and she just gave me a flat "no." ... so we told her what happened and how we are unsatisfied. we did compliment on the guy who wasn't the server but brought us food because his service was the only thing that was right in this place. we also told her about how the food was cold and anything. she still looked at us with a straight flat face and told us "well i think that's just a miscommunication with the kitchen", no apologies AT ALL. when we went on telling her it's not just about "miscommunication" we were told that we should just leave! we can't believe it AT ALL! after you failed in your food and your service you just tell your customers off like that!??
we also work in the hospitality industry and we know what we should do and should not do. bottom line is, if your customers are unhappy, at least apologize. even IF it was like how she said (which was not the whole problem) just miscommunication with the kitchen, it's still their fault and they should've apologize... not tell the customers to go away!
i've been to this location before (about two years ago). service was a bit slow but people were still friendly and food was still good. they have just went downhill ever since. I CANNOT BELIEVE IT. trust me, i will NEVER return to this location at all (if to any cafe crepes at all) and i'll make sure everyone i know will not go there!