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Chow

3121 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6H3K1
Tel: (604) 608-2469 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 608-2460
Neighbourhood: South Vancouver
  • Cuisine: Pacific northwest
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Chow restaurant is set to open in January 2007.The menu change with the market, designed to showcase the best products available.A smaller plates menu concept with a unique wine list.A casual and professional service in a vibrant atmosphere,inspired by its clientele.

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It's time to CHOW down
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

Hmm, very strange I know I submitted a review for this restaurant the other day but since then I think it's been deleted! Why? I know I gave a decent review on a place I would go back to for sure! Very strange...

Anyways, hopefully this post will survive. I went to Chow for my birthday dinner and really enjoyed it. The food was good - all local and fresh and I was quite surprised at the portion/price ratio. The size was good and the price was a little bit more than I'm used to paying but definitely worth it.

The really cool creamy cocktail I had was definitely memorable. The frozen nuggat? Delicious.

Not the easiest place to find but you might be lucky and find some parking nearby and take a short stroll up the cool part of Granville Street. =)

I'd love to go back and try more of their interesting cocktails. =)

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top notch fine dining
By genki39 of burnaby (82 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 6, 2009 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

I came here for dinner with my friend last Thursday. She got there before I did so she had a drink at the bar while she was waiting for me. I had a drink at the bar as well when I got there, the bartender was quite friendly and knowledgeable with her drinks. We were then seated to our table, the place is quite small, and a little plain in my opinion. My friend started with the steak tartare ( which was one of the specials that nite) and then the ling cod, I started with the tuna tartare and then the braised veal cheeks. The food was very good, very nicely presented and well prepared. They know what their doing in the kitchen for sure. Service was very professional as well. Not the place you go to every week but for special occasions not too many better.

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Overrated
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

Read a bunch of great reviews of this place on dinehere.ca and decided to treat ourselves to a delicious evening.

To my surprise, this place was not what I expected. This place was "nice" but I thought it'll be more like West Restaurant. There were not enough dinner selections. We had the tuna tartar and the ling cod. The tuna was yummy, nothing can go wrong with tuna tartar. The ling cod was a disappointment especially that it was the most expensive thing on the menu. It was ok and did not melt in my mouth. As for dessert, we had the brownie w/ peanut butter ice-cream. That tasted alright and wasn't too satisfying.
As for atmosphere, they were playing some freaky non-loungy music. It wasn't very romantic.

I would not go again.

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And chow down we did!
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

Food: had the early prix fix menu ($35 per person). Had this portobello mushroom tart that was amazing and a creamy mussel soup which was good. For mains, we had the pork loin and ling cod. The pork loin was very good but there was a peculiar after taste while the ling cod was ok - a bit greasy I thought and may have been overcooked a tad. They both came with this cauliflower puree which complemented both dishes well. Ended the night with the chocolate mille feuille and pistachio nougat which were both excellent. Drinks were a tad disappointing - nothing special.

Service: fantastic the entire night. Glasses were refilled and they made sure we were taken care of without being too intrusive.

Ambiance: Great interior, great lighting, spacious but not much of a view. The restaurant also seemed a bit empty but it was a Sunday night.

I would recommend others to come to Chow's and we would return perhaps to taste the regular menu.

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Memorable food, but a bit expensive
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here twice now. The food is memorable every time, and the wine selection very good, but everything is rather expensive, given the small portions they give you. The decor is a bit plain, though comfortable, but nothing special. The service is attentive. I'll probably return, but not too often, when there are other places in town offering better value for money.

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lovely place
By alpha_dog of richmond (61 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 8, 2008 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

heard good things about Chow so came here to see what the hype was about.
we were welcomed and directed to our table very politely, i made reservations for 5:30pm and it was basically empty when we arrived..
i tried their house made sausage and it was not to my liking because it had this sour taste to it that i did not enjoy, the side that came with it did not compensate for the overall flavor of the sausage which was disappointing.. my gf ordered the sloping hills pork which tasted 10x better, i should have gotten that instead. we also had their dessert, the chocolate brownie was marvelous!
the service was excellent, our waitress was very friendly and professional with us the entire evening so we left her a generous tip when we paid for the bill.
prices are not expensive compared to other restaurants in the same category but their servings are quite small which makes up for their cheaper prices.
the ambiance here is great: nicely decorated and relaxed atmosphere contributes positively to the dining experience.
this place has the potential to be really good and that is why i would return here again, only thing i would stay away from is their sausage.. other than that, everything else was terrific!

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Highly recommended
By madddskillz of Burnaby (57 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

Chow is great! Stopped by late monday night for dinner for 2. The space is cozy and simple. Has a sort of warm industrial feel. Service was great, the waitress was very attentive and friendly.

Food was fantastic. My date started with the roasted portabelle tart, which was really good. The mushrooms were served atop a flaky grilled sourdough baguette. If you go... u must order this! I had the sauteed organic mushrooms, which featured a nice mixure of different types of mushrooms. Just realized now that they mixed our orders up and I got the slightly less good tasting one :( oh well.

For mains I had the "Sloping Hill Farm" organic pork... which is really great. I would recommend ordering this. The Pork is very tender and succulent, and it's served atop a sweet and sour tomato chutney, which compliments the pork really well. My date had the pan-roasted arctic char, which was quite good as well. The fish had a good texture and wasn't too dry or anything, and the manila clam and mussel salad and the olive oil crusted potatoes served with it were pretty tasty.

Haha and to add to that we also spotted Rob Feenie dining here. I'm gonna give this place a 5 because I'm quite impressed with it. Chow has the innovation and quality of a much more expensive restaurant.

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I want to find out what the hype is about!
By ryyeung of Richmond (35 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 2:14pm [Dine in]

So after endless hours of nagging from my partner, I finally gave in to her request to try Chow out. My first experience here met my expectations, but didn't really exceed them like a restaurant like Hon's or Congee Noodle House would. Guys - I'm just curious whether you chose the restaurant, your partner does, or a 50/50 split? I usually allow my companion choose since she's the pickier one.

Food: I had the prix fix dinner for $38 dollars. I forgot what I ate for appy, so it probably wasn't very memorable. I had pulled pork for the entree and was very pleased with it. Very tender and the pee puree was just the right texture and consistency. The desert was a apple tart - a Safeway pie with plain vanilla ice cream would be more satisfying. My partner had deep fried pull pork nuggets, which was overfried and tasteless without a sauce. Her main course of pan seared scallops were quite tasty tho. I also had a caesar that was a bit disapoiting - it was more of a shake than a cocktail.

Service: Our waitress was very helpful with our dinner suggestions, especially with the entree which were both delicious. Very attentive, drinks always refilled. The only complaint I have is the time gap between serving. Seated to drinks: 5 mins, drinks to appy: 10 mins, appy to entree: 25 mins, entree to dessert: 5 mins, needs more consistency IMO.

Ambiance: Nice and clean. Artwork I think is real oil paintings. The washroom wallpaper is a nice style too. Can't complain. I just wish they played some music tho.

Overall, not a bad restaurant. Heard they try to source locally ingredients, so that's good too.

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Great spot
By Fantasticfoodie of WHITE ROCK BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

Really, really good. Service was great I would recommend sitting at the bar although the stools could be a little more comfy. Music great. Ask the bartender for one of their original cocktails with the egg white (I do not think it is on the menu anymore but it sure is good). Chef definetely knows what he/she is doing. Will return.

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Prix fixe menu
By rylsiem of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

It was my first time here at Chow. I was impressed with the very modern, trendy, yet refined ambiance. I had the 3 course menu for $35, starting with the mussel soup, which had a very nice fish extract flavour for the soup base. Main course was the pork loin, which was tender and juicy. For dessert I had the chocolate mille feuille with Bailey ice cream which was a nice balance in taste. Service was friendly and attentive. I would definitely go back.

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Delicious food!
By hbelle of vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

Wonderful place for dinner. Came here on a date with my dad. We ordered 2 appetizers -- portobello tart and organic mushrooms, both were superb. For entrees we had the salmon on chowder and duck breast on pasta, both were very tasty and portions are decent. For dessert we shared chocolate fondant with banana icecream and peanut butter sauce -- to die for! Food was organic, very fresh, very tasty, and very nicely prepared. Service was good. The only thing I wonder about is why the bill doesn't come in a billfold - it was by itself. It is a little expensive, but it's a great place to come once in a while because the food is worth it! They have parking in the back.

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Pleasantly Surprised
By asiapebbles27 of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 14, 2007 - 7:59pm [Dine in]

Had a girls night out recently and descended upon Chow, not having read or heard any reviews. We were all delighted with our dishes: Ahi Tuna Tataki on avocado carpaccio, Gnocchi, Maple Cured Salmon, Foie Gras, although they were a tad pricey when several of the dishes did not come with sides, but still worth a re-visit in the future.

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Tasty
By epicurian of Kerrisdale (42 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 18, 2008 - 12:45pm [Dine in]

This place is great. The room is lively the service pretty good and the food is just wonderful. Everytime I go, I sit and stare at the menu. Never quite certain what to order but every time that comes to the table is presented beautifuly and melts in my mouth. Lovely flavour combinations. The chef definetely has west coast style down. Perhaps a change in menu format would be good. The service is speedy and I would have given them 4 stars but food was delivered to the wrong person & descriptions were not accurate.

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Yummy Appy's!
By gti303 of Vancouver, BC (45 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 30, 2009 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

I only had the chance to get 5 appy's here between 2 others to share (we were on a multi restaurant tasting spree one evening). All I can say is YUM! very nicely and delicately done. Everything we ordered had great contrasting textures and tastes. I'm pretty wary of new trendy places, but the food is great. The service was good...nothing SUPER, but definately good...

I can't wait to go back here again!

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I want more CHOW!!!
By beanandbirdy of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

Well, I suppose this review is long in coming since I've been about 6 times now! My partner complains that I never want to go anywhere else...and really, I don't.
The food has been OUTSTANDING each & every time. I have been sad to see some favorites leave the menu, but this just forces me to try to things & I love the ever changing seasonal menu.
The drinks are handmade & really awesome (worth the wait you sometimes have in receiving one). Wine list is great with a good selection of local wines included.
Service has been generally great with the exception of a busy night when our server wasn't on the ball with keeping our cocktails flowing.
I like the fact that the whole wait staff works as a team. The food runners are fantastic at explaining everything on your plate when they serve it...
CHOW gets my vote for consistently AMAZING food at what I feel is a great value.
We'll be BACK...

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Decent but expensive food, bad service
By chongo of Point Grey, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

Normally, I would think "decent food, bad service" was worth a try but not in this case.
We had an 8pm reservation and were seated promptly as the restaurant was less than half full. We ordered a pre-dinner drink and an appetizer to share which were both rushed to our table. We said we needed more time to choose mains and the server kept coming back to see if we were ready. We finally gave in and ordered our mains which were at our table within 10 minutes. We hadn't even finished our pre dinner apertif! We doubt they could have even cooked these for us but as there's not a lot on the menu, they must keep prepping the same meals.
Once we had finished, they promptly took our plates and asked if we wanted desert. We didn't so our server returned with the bill.
Once said and done - $100 and less than an hour. Chow doesn't seem to get that people are out for a night out, not fast food.
Overrated and not recommended!!!

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maybe best value for excellent food in the city
By xenoc of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

Chow may not deliver the finest dining in the city but it is really excellent and really stands out as a casual place to get terrific food at a very reasonable price. The menu appears to rely heavily on local products and changes with what's available so always yields fresh and vibrant dishes with a local BC feel. The service is amaturish but heartfelt and personal and on one occaision our server even obtained a recipe for me from the chef that has turned out to work really well in my home kitchen. This is the place I recommend to most visitors from out of town unless they are looking for something specific (sushi, Indian, really high end dining) and all our guests have always been pleased as well.

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Wonderful food, but terrible service!
By quartz357 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 3, 2008 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

After reading all the raving reviews about how good the food is, decided to try out with a bunch of friends. Have to say, the food is quite excellent, very nicely prepared; however the service is quite terrible.

Our waiter kept rushing us to finish our dinner when the restaurant is not even busy nor was there anyone waiting for a table. All through out dinner service, our waiter kept asking if we are done this or finishing that when we are clearly still eating. At one point, my friend was just chatting, so she put down her cutlery, and the waiter appeared out of nowhere and didn't ask if she was finished or not, and took her dish away, when there was still food left on there!!!!

Although the food is very good here, unfortunately, will not be returning, as the service is such a big turn-off.

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my new favorite restaurant
By lottedavis of west vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 25, 2008 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

can't get enough of it and can't find anything in vancouver to beat it. I tried Cioppinos last week thinking that had to be better, but not a chance. 5 times the price and it did not stack up to the flavour or the innovation that Chow offers. The only trouble is everyone's catching on and it's getting harder and harder to get reservations. Not a bad problem to have.

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Huge bang for your buck!!
By famished of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is awesome. They make food fun, exciting, delicious and support local growers and farmers.

There is nothing about this establishment that isn’t great. The décor, service, menu variety, quantity and quality of the food, presentation, and the price are all perfect.

You will have a fun night out and be excited about each course you have.

I will definitely come back again and again!

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