Chambar is a stylish and hip restaurant downtown that offers Belgian cuisine in a fun and lively atmosphere.
We had looked forward to dinner here for a long time and perhaps Father's Day was the wrong evening to try, especially with a concert at GM Place as well. Most of the items we had were good, especially the mussels, but the portions were very small and the men in the group all left hungry - and they are not especially large eaters! They were impressed with the Belgian beer selections though. For the prices, I was surprised that they charge $3 for each small portion of bread ordered - it is one of the few places in town not to include bread. The service was pretty standard - the waitress did not seem especially interested in us, but we did not wait an inordinately long time for our food. The room was extremely noisy, but I would give it another try, perhaps on a quieter night.
Chambar has to be the most over rated restaurant in Vancouver. The food is easy to prepare, at a level of Cactus Club. Even so, they have trouble with the basics. A restaurant that serves the quantities of mussels they do should at least get their suppliers to provide them with calibrated sizes. In a dish of mussels at Chambar you will get some mussels that are huge (3 inches) and others that are tiny (half an inch) and every size in between. Service is harried and the room is too noisy. Their other restaurant, Medina, is better value.
One of my favorite places in the city. Service is always great, very cool room in an interesting part of town. Make sure to try one of the types of mussels, and the lamb shank. The place is always very busy, so if you want a quiet dinner not rcomended. Cocktails and great Belgian beer list are a must there!!
Chambar has been a favorite of mine since day 1. The service is always kind and prompt, busy or slow. The food has the true touch of a craftsman, and has shown refinement continually over the uears. the room has been put together with perfection in mind, the designer needs a serious high five, newer restaurants could learn a lesson about opening the doors and covering every detail first.
to the people that have had a bad experience
don't come back
saves room for the people that appreciate the hard work that it takes to run a show like that
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.
This was my first time going to Chambar after hearing amazing things from others. As others stated, ambience was lovely; VERY Soho; Loud but conversation is more than managable; and not too crowded.
Food: I had the crab soup (creamy with spicy kick), Mussel (How can you come here and NOT get mussels? Delicious!!! I was hesitant about the portion. That thought was blown out the window when i saw the huge bowl they came in. I got like 25 Mussels, more than enough), and for dessert, i shared with a friend the pot de creme (light and tasty) and the Waffle (Best dessert i've had for all DOVs this year and more memorable).
Service: Very quick. But i must say we got our food before the table beside us that sat down before us. The server was nice and girls next to us were hitting on him. Also, they did not try to rush us out at all!
I would go back for non-DOV anytime.
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.
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
This is a really cool restaurant its in an old building on Beatty street and looks out over False Creek. I've been here a few times and I'm always really impressed. The duck confit comes with spiced wine and is awesome! The mussles are delicious too and you get a huge pot of them for $19, (I shared them with my girlfriend as a main course), and they even come with pommes frites. The service is fantastic, our waiters have always been very attentive, for example they know exactly when you're ready to order or when you want something. My girlfriend remarked that her water glass never made it past half empty because whenever it got close they were right over to fill it all up. Also what I think is a nice touch is that they only set out the cutlery that you need for each course and then bring the proper cutlery for each successive course. All in all its a fantastic restaurant and a really great value.
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.
Some friends and I went to Chambar for New Year's Eve. We were the first to arrive and we went to the back of the restaurant and jumped in one of the 2 booths. Staff were courteously coming by with appetizers and drinks.
Maybe around 10:30, the place was PACKED, a woman approached us at our booth and told us we had to leave the booth because it was reserved. I replied to her that we’ve been there the whole time and there was no reserved sign. She said it was reserved from the beginning of the night. I told her we were the first people to arrive and have been in the booth since the doors opened, that staff were serving us food and drinks and not once did they say the booth was reserved. She said she was the owner and the table was reserved for some guy (she said the name but it went in one ear and out the other, I frankly don’t care who it was). I said I don’t care who you are, we’ve been here since the doors opened and there was no indication the booth was reserved. She accused us of moving a rope. I just said there was no rope, where can you put a rope? Then she asked if we could move to the booth beside it to which I just replied “There are people sitting there”. She replied they’re “just the DJs” and she can move them.
In the end she moved us but customers and DJs (and their customer friends sitting with them) are not expendable. She was terribly rude from the start and you just don’t treat people like that. Not once did she apologize for the inconvenience or for being rude; after about a half hour she only squeaked out a “thank you” and that was it. One of the top restaurants in Vancouver? I think it’s one of the top restaurants to avoid, I don’t see the purpose in enriching restaurant proprietors who treat customers like crap.
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.
Visited Chambar finally and was so impressed, the design is beautiful and the atmophere and music are great. the feeling is unpretenscious and warm. I went by myself and sat at the bar. The bartender makes the most amazing cocktails, most of which are infused - the best was the Blue Fig Martini! The food was terrific, really creative and reasonable. The main courses are well sizes and tehy have a great selection of smaller tapas style sharing plates which the couple next to me were enjoying. The elk was sooo good!
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. :-)
My husband and I went here for our 4th year wedding anniversary. I had the mussels and fries and it was very good - very plump and the broth was very tasty too. The fries were very good as well. The restaurant's layout is basically long and narrow. Unfortunately, we were seated right in the middle of the high traffic area which I did not appreciate. On top of that, the place is extremely loud! Do not come here if you are actually looking to have a conversation with the people you are with. I don't think I'll be back any time soon as I am more inclined to try out other places than to go back to Chambar.
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.
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.
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).
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,
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.