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Chambar

568 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC V6B2L3
Tel: (604) 879-7119 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 879-7118
Neighbourhood: Central

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One of the best restaurants in Vancouver
By samtheman of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

Chambar is easiest the best restaurant in Vancouver. The food is to die for - the mussels with Belgian fries and a Stella Artois is a match made in heaven. And only $20 for the mussels - sure beats flying to Belgium for the real thing. The service is great - attentive, friendly, accomodating - they are even willing to open your bottle of wine for a corkage fee. And when they are setting the table - they bring the cutlery out in a wooden box with compartments - all organized - classy! One of my favs and will be entertaining here for business for sure.

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One of my favourite places delivers a GREAT DOV
By arsenic_girl of Burnaby (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 4, 2008 - 9:51am [Dine in]

I've decided I'll be back here every year for DOV. Although I frequent this place several times a year, I just can't say enough about their DOV menu. First of all, it's $25 - WHAT A STEAL. Seriously. The food is still excellent, and not lacking in quality one bit. You could not tell that it was DOV at all - which is always the way I judge a truly great restaurant during DOV time. The only complaint I would have about the food is that the mussels should include the pomme frites as it does when you order it on the regular, non-DOV menu. The mussels were HUGE, even larger than when I've had them during non-DOV times haha. The beef short ribs tasted fantastic, and although I'm impartial to the Belgian waffle... wow, the matcha pot de creme was FANTASTIC.

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Its just got IT
By zach_food of Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

Sometimes you walk into a restaurant, for the first or maybe fifth or sixth, and right away you think to yourself that this place could be great. That's Chambar. Good food, focused on modern interpretations of classic or whatever Nico is into at the moment. The moule frites (mussels and fries) are obviously well-known and are something you should have as a shared appetizer or a main at some point. At around $20, it makes a second trip to try out other menu items more than feasible. I've had good experiences there with richer foods, like duck 3 ways and the beef, but outside of the mussels, I've only seen seafood served to other tablemates (though I have never had any complaints). Service is pretty good, I've had somewhat of a range from acceptable to make the night, but my big knock on the restaurant is the table size in the back room. Perfect for two, incredibly tight for four, especially since drinks are a must, and a tasting of the beer selection crowds the table quickly. Location is great, easy parking and no crowds. The 'feel' of the restaurant completes the evening, and for anyone considering a special meal out or a trip to one of the best Vancouver has to offer, cross-town is the place to go.

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Steady
By kenjisan10 of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 14, 2007 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

Went to there the other night as a repeat visit and I must say this is still jsut a good place for a dinner and a drinks. We like this place cause it 's just a "happening place" . Will go back for sure

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Great food. Too Loud.
By smarven of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 20, 2007 - 2:39am [Dine in]

It didnt strike me until I went in there how load it was. The food was incredible, I had the veal and mussels, the mussels weren't as good as I have heard, but the veal on the other hand was amazing. Our server was moderately attentive, but thats cause he had a million people asking him for things. I never knew it got as busy as it was on a Monday no less.

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Expected More
By duckygirl of West Van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

After an earful about the amazing food, and the see and be seen crowd, I've been twice now with mixed results. The room is very hip, but the service lacked a little, and the food was really great the first time, and fair/poor the second. Inconsistant, but good.

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Fantastic
By me-shell of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2006 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

I wasn't sure what we were in for, what a pleasant surprise. The service was great (ask for Alistair) and the food incredible. I went a second time for our staff party and they were amazing, especially for such a large group. I highly recomend the muscles if you like seafood.
If your looking for a great food, upscale atmosphere w/ great service this is the place.

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Favorite Restaurant in Vancouver - hands down!
By onegirl of vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 3, 2010 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

Okay so if my title doesn't say it.. I LOVE Chambar! I have been here numerous times, and one of the main reasons I keep coming back is because the services is the BEST service in Vancouver. Helpful hints about wine pairings, great food, and just really the best service. I really don't know how else to say it.. .I do eat out probably more then I should, but Chambar is the place that me and my friends love to come to if we want to celebrate or just have a great time! As someone who doesn't drink the bartenders always come up with innovatative and tasty non-alcholic beverages for me.. .and my friends love all the alcholic drink creations as well. The food is pretty good, and i know that when my friends ask for wine pairings they always have good suggestions.
I have yet to go to any restaurant in Vancouver that has the service that Chambar does - keep up the great job!
Obviously I don't come here all the time, but to celebrate or just a nice meal or to kick off the evening, this is the place to go to. :-)

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Pretty good Mother's Day meal
By rockstarrr of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

I emailed this restaurant ahead of time to see if they were offering a set Mother's Day menu. They weren't, but I neglected to ask if they had a set menu of ANY type. I had made reservations and was seated promptly when I arrived. I opened up the menu and they were still serving their Dine Out menu. Oh well. We were able to choose a la carte but had to stay within the limit of the Dine Out menu. Service was okay. It took a while for the waitress to take my order. The water came after my order was placed. The Tuna carpaccio was very good, but $17 for very very thinly sliced tuna might not have been that worth it. Mind you, I'm the biggest fan of the tuna tataki at Cactus Club! The mussels in the tomato cream sauce were all right. I've had better here before. The mussels were very tiny and tasted a bit like dirt. The tomato broth was tangier than other times I've had this dish. Overall, it was pretty good still. The braised beef shortrib served in a tagine was really, really good. This was the best dish of the evening. Service lacked a bit at the end. There were several waiters/waitresses serving us. I requested for the bill and the waiter was too busy talking to a friend or something, I had to do the whole transaction myself with the wireless machine and my credit card. I waited a few minutes for him to give me my pen to sign, but he kept on chatting. Eventually, a few minutes after, my mom dug into her purse for a miniature pen. Despite all the minor unpleasing details, I'd still keep on coming back to this restaurant for special occasions.

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Great for pre-game or pre-concert!
By tasteofvancouver of Vancouver (28 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

We made a reservation at this restaurant because of its location near GM place and we were going to the Russell Peters show there. We got our menus and our server came by shortly after to take our drink orders. They have a wide selection of Belgian beers and so we asked for a suggestion for a beer to start. I had a Tripel Karmeliet and my boyfriend had a Kwak. Both were excellent.

We ordered the mussels to start since I had read good things about them on DineHere. For our mains I ordered the halibut and my boyfriend ordered the duck. Our server came by to take our second drink order and we asked him to give us surprise beers that would pair well with each of our dishes. The halibut was served 3 ways: roasted on lemongrass risotto, on top of shitake and lemongrass casserole and ceviche. I liked the roasted halibut on lemongrass the best, but it was nice having it served 3 ways since all were so different. I tasted my boyfriend's meal and the duck was very flavourful and perfectly done. The beer pairings were delicious. We were completely stuffed after all that food and did not have dessert.

This restaurant is on the pricier side but I felt it was well worth it. Service was attentive and our server was happy to recommend beers. The only downside to coming here is it's a bit noisy since there is a lot of brick which doesn't absorb sound well. I would return as the food and beer were excellent.

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Nice atmosphere
By omnibus of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 14, 2007 - 3:08am [Dine in]

It was my first time to Chambar and it wasn't the best I've ever experienced but I'd definitely go back one day. Our server was very friendly and for the most part, very attentive, except for when the bill came. My credit card was waiting to be taken for the longest time...but besides that...

The alcohol is expensive. $10.50 for a glass of rose wine. Most glasses of wine were in the $9-$11 range.

My entree was the salmon and for $24 I was expecting more. Sure it was good, but I will not go back to have the salmon again. (I'd go to the Boathouse for that). The fettucine that accompanied it was a good amount. All the flavours were good however.

My date had the mussels. They weren't to die for but were solid. Tasty. Clean. Good size.

We had the belgian waffles as dessert. Although it was good, it was pricey considering the size of the waffle. The blueberry sauce was good but they could have added more ice cream!

So all in all, I'd go back, but this wouldn't be my first choice due to the price.

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Chambar on a Monday night
By chowman of Main Street, Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

The Chowman and Mrs. Chowman got out of the 'hood on Monday night.

When we called for reservations, there was no room in the main dining area, but we were able to secure a table near the bar. We ended up at the table with the big red tub chairs. We started with two glassses of BC bubbly.

There was something of a delay (too long by several minutes) between the delivery of the bubbles and the taking of our orders. To start, I had ostrich carpaccio and Mrs. C had the winter salad. The carpaccio with soba salad and beet/horseradish was wonderful with the BC pinot noir by the glass. Mrs. C had the winter salad with "nice cripsy onion fried things", pecans, stilton, pear, and greens.

For the main course, I had the winterzooi (sp?) a variation on bouillabaisse with curry broth and crab gnocchi (not shown on the menu on Chambar's website?). Mrs. C had the mussels coquotte. The Basa Blanco suggested by out first server went well with both entrees. We had two glasses each. The mussels involved a very generous serving which required my assistance to finish. Very tasty. Not too much cream. The bacon added just the right amount of smokiness to the dish.

I passed on dessert. I had some very expensive armagnac. Mrs. C had the special vanilla infused amaretto which was "not that special and not that vanilla."

The food was very good. We lost our first server about one hour into our two hour meal. Curious. We arrived at 7:30 so it was not late in the evening. There was more delay betweeen the end of the main course and the delivery of dessert menus.

Ambiance: It was not loud. We were not in the main dining room so that may have helped. The dining area is attractive.

Service: Some time gaps of note. The servers were gracious and there was timely water service.

Food: The entrees were under $25 and were very flavourful and a reasonable size (or more).

Chowman

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Not a Bargain/ But Consistant
By li @ mike of Kitsilano (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 21, 2011 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

I have eaten and enjoyed beverages here on a dozen occasions in the past two years.

Having read the reviews of previous customers I can agree that this is a downtown,pretentious,
restaurant that is on the expensive side for the quantity of the dishes per order.

Now ,this is my experience. Outstanding service, and allthough I don't order muscles I understand
they are the finest in the city, and they look that way.

Presentation is nearly perfect, quantity will leave the suberb (Keg customer) dissapointed i would
think as the servings are small.

At the end of the day, service and quality of food are outstanding in my opinion, value is not great
and ambiance is big city fun.

I keep returning,

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Typical review
By jaejunkwak of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 25, 2011 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

I've read many of these reviews and I must say, I share the same thoughts as many others

Service was excellent. They changed our utensils right after our appetizer, and wiped the table. The servers were charming, great service.

Food was solid. Mussels (the tomato cilantro sauce) are never a letdown. Always great flavours.

Last time I came, I had the 6 diff types of pork. It was very disappointing and I was glad that they had taken it off the menu.

Today I had the 9oz steak + lamb. Steak was excellent. The flavours were great and though it was a bit burnt, it was marinated quite well. The bruschetta bread game along with the steak tasted excellent, although quite salty.

Lamb was very, very disappointing. The sauce was extremely lacking, tasting like sugar soup with a hint of cilantro and cinnamon. Ingredients were very lacking too. There are far too many good lamb shank places in this town, to be disappointed at a great restaurant like Chambar.

I'd say the food was overall quite salty, but it probably isn't for many people. I personally had to drink 3~4 cups of water.
Overall food experience was solid.

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Little Treasure
By dsosa of downtown, vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 9:24am [Dine in]

Great place to take someone from out of town. Its hidden away, but worth the extra walk or cab ride.
We started with the ostrich appy...soooo good!!! We split the Artic char, best rissoto I have ever tried! For dessert I had the dairy free sorbet and my date had the cheesecake.
Best meal I have had in years. Service was excellent. Definetly suggest to go there...with friends, romantic date, or special occasion.

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The famous chambar
By frantic_monster of Downtown Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

I went here for dinner after I found this as the most reviewed restaurant in the dinehere! We ordered mussels and they were great. The service was great and the waitress was very friendly. They also have a nice selection of belgian beer. The beer is kind of overpriced but it might worth it if you want to try some new beers.

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Well Worth the Investment
By CoastalCook of White Rock (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

Four of us decided to head to Chambar on a Saturday night. With just two days notice we found a reservation a bit on the early side - 6:00 p.m. (only other available was 8:30) but this place was already half full. The dining area is really just a hallway with tables on one side, sharing a wall length banquette opposite a half room length bar. All night long the servers and patrons go past your table. To use the ladies room you have to move past the waiters waiting to pickup their bar orders. The noise level rose to high as the evening went on - this is not a place for an intimate meal. Servers were attentive and helpful. We started with the olives and the bread as we waited for out fourth. Followed by the mussels in white wine cream sauce and frites. The very best part of the meal and I'm not usually fond of mussels. Could have and should have stopped here but we continued on, each having an entree. All portions were very small but well presented. Almost like four small appetizers on each oblong plate and at $26+ per entree is a bit on the pricely side. Coconut risotto least favorite of the meal. Fish was good, skin was crisp. Did not share plates with the others so cannot comment on their meals but there was not a morsel left. We followed up with the share dessert plate which is just a small amount of each of their three desserts plus special coffees. Amount for four with tip was just under $400. This included two cocktails, one bottle of wine, a few specialty beer, appy's, entrees, dessert and coffees. Will likely go back but stick with the mussels and perhaps an appetizer or two.

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good first time experience
By mrsjorge of vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

My friend and I have wanted to go to Chambar for a long time. In fact, one of her co-workers tease us that we always say we're going to go, but still haven't managed to for the last 1.5 years. Finally, with the hubby and son not with me, we were off to Beatty St to try the much touted Chambar.

We did not have reservations, as the on-line "Opentable" reservations option was not working for me the day before. We were told that if we try to get there when it opens for 6pm, we still should be able to get in. That Saturday, we forgot that there was a concert at GM Place so it was a bit busy downtown, and the parking lots had "event parking" prices. So we had to drive around a bit before we found parking. By the time we got to Chambar, it was closer to 7pm and it was quite busy. Because it was just 2 of us though, there were seating options still available by the bar or "kitchen seating" ,where they had these tall bar stools and tables right in front of the chef area, so we could see all the action going on. We chose the latter.

As I've already mentioned in some previous reviews, sometimes having your eggo being preggo limits your cuisine choices, Chambar was no exception, but I was mainly super excited for the mussels and frites anyways. Our server was kind enough to mention all the things that I should be aware of, such as the raw egg in the aioli for the fries, and the unpasteurized cheeses and other foods that I wouldn't be able to touch when I pointed to the big belly. So we settled for the "Les tomatoes artisanales" appy--Artisan tomatoes, spiced honey vinaigrette, arugula almond pesto & feta spring rolls to start, and the Congolaise Mussels and frites-- cooked with a tomato coconut cream and smoked chili and lime sauce with fresh cilantro. We got our mussels with a side of the bread to dip into the sauce.

Before we started to eat, I already asked for the dessert menu, as I thought we would have more than enough room to share a dessert. Much to my chagrin, my eyes were bigger than my stomach. The appy was quite good, although for me the star was the not springrolls themselves, but the sweet and fresh tomatoes that came in the salad-yummo.

The serving of mussels was huge, a big steaming pot full of them in a savoury broth. It wasn't too spicy, which was fine by me, and the flavours all went together beautifully. With the bread to dip into our sauce, I was a happy camper to plug away at the pot. My girl friend was too nice to me, she kept spooning the mussels into my bowl first, not realizing that she was giving me the largest mussels, and she was saying that the mussels were good but she noticed that they were too small. So I had thought that the Blue Fig Martini was not only making her face the horrible red that Asians get drinking, but also making her vision slightly off, not realizing that she was just giving me the biggest ones :) It wasn't until I stopped munching and she got to finish the pot that she realized that there were some much bigger suckers in the pot! We had originally asked for our frites to be "poutined", but our server kindly pointed out that the poutine had blue cheese, which baby and I couldn't eat. So we had the normal frites, and to my chagrin and most likely the server's, I wanted ketchup for "dip" since I couldn't eat the aoili, and instead of telling me what an epicurean faux pas I was making, the server just whispered that they didn't have ketchup, and that I would find dipping my frites into the mussel sauce would probably give me that "zing" I was looking for.

All in all, good food with good service. You get what you pay for, we enjoyed ourselves, and my half of the bill as I didn't have any alcohol, including tax and tip-- came to $23. My friend's was higher because of the martini, which she said was exceptional. So for $23, I could handle going back there again, maybe after baby is born so that we can try the duck and beef tartare.

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Christmas Office Party at Chambar
By HungryEyes77 of Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 6:43pm [Dine in]

We've been a number of times to Chambar. It's a social restaurant (read: loud) but it's the food that keeps bringing us back.

FOOD: I was about to give Chambar a much deserved 5-stars BUT, what's with the pastry chef? Avoid their desserts... UUGH! Have a look at their dessert menu on their website and you'll see their inventions are ambitious in mixing dessert ingredients but execution was a mess with ours. My wife order the La Bombe d'Alaska and it looked like a dog's breakfast (she almost lost her dinner on the account of it). I had the Tarte aux griottes and nothing better there either!

Their Lamb Tagine served with Moroccan couscous is excellent. As are their moule frites. Our table of eight order one of each of their 3 styles as appy's and couldn't finish them.

They also have a very inventive drink menu.....

SERVICE: Can be spotty. For this occasion, our group of eight qualified us for their mandatory 18% service charge; on our bill of $680, that's a $120 tip. I don't think we got our money's worth of service.

VALUE: That's relative. Food is excellent and worthy, skip the dessert and you're good.

AMBIANCE: Another reason to come, it is loud but the they have a great lounge at the front of the house. Dining room is the back is nicely lit and well designed.

All in all, we had a great Christmas dinner; my wife and I will definitely be back... oh and did I mention to skip dessert?

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What's the big deal?
By rhhm of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 9:50am [Dine in]

I finally made it to Chambar last week after hearing a few friends rave about the place. However, other friends have told me it's totally over-rated... I decided to find out for myself, and called in to make a reservation for four in the dining area two weeks in advance, and the reservation was confirmed by phone... I was already impressed.

Upon arriving, two of our party were sitting in the front area of the restaurant, about as far from the dining area as one could be. We asked the server what had happened to our reservation in the dining area, and she informed us that they would try to fit us in when a table came available! They did move us to the dining area after a twenty to thirty minute wait, but what was the point of requesting the dining area in the first place.

Throughout the night, we had to ask for our server every time we wanted something! This would invariably lead to a five minute wait for him to arrive. To top it off, a beer that was ordered when the main courses arrived that would have paired very nicely with the meal arrived AFTER the coffees were brought at the end of the night! When I'm in a restaurant paying $100 per person for the meal, I expect the service to be top notch! I have never experienced such poor service in any restaurant as what I experienced at Chambar...

Now to the food. We ordered the Moule Vin Blanc, and they were delicious... plump and seemingly fresh until we found two unopened ones at the bottom of the pot. In a restaurant that prides themselves on the quality of their mussles, one wouldn't expect this. I've never found unopened mussles in any restaurant I've eaten at before, and I've had many bowls of steamed mussles. We mentioned this to the waiter, who reluctantly retreated with the bowl and came back with TWO opened mussles... say no more.

Now the food... The foie gras starter was good, but I couldn't taste any truffle in the brioche. The lamb shanks were slightly dry and the sauce was too heavily spiced. And don't let the "tajine" fool you - I watched the chefs simply assemble the food in it as opposed to actually cooking the food in them. The duck breast was very good and the accompanying butternut and ricotta gnocchi were to die for. My steak was cooked as ordered and was very good, but the roasted king oyster mushrooms were nowhere in sight, substituted with seared scallops that did not appear on the menu... good thing I'm not allergic to shellfish. However, I question serving a Bourguignon sauce with what turned out to be a surf and turf entree.

All in all, an interesting evening... I won't return. Fine dining? Definitely not. Upscale pub food in a noisy bar setting for affluent youngsters who have the time to wait for service at their table? Yup.

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