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Connie's Cookhouse

2135 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6K1N7
Tel: (604) 738-0980
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Service: Takeout, Delivery
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30AM - 10PM, Sat: 12PM - 10PM, Sun: 4PM - 10PM
  • Connie's Cookhouse serves authentic Chinese cuisine for dine in, take out or delivery.

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A great place to eat on 4th
By pickyjerk of kitsilano vancouver (67 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

Connie's is a really nice place to have a meal, and is very affordable.

The lunch specials are an absolute steal! for 6.50 you get a very generous serving of one of the probably 2 dozen choices and a soup. You will leave satisfied. The food is not as greasy as other places. DO NOT miss the wonton soup here, it is well above average! the wontons are so soft and tasty, and the broth actually tastes like something.

I also enjoyed the eggplant dish, and they cook vegetables very well- not too much, not too little.

Connie is so friendly and helpful, and is always accommodating to special requests and preferences, and is honest about the food (this is more greasy, this takes a long time, we ran out and substituted but gave you a discount, etc).

Go here! you will enjoy the friendly bright decor too

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Great Lunch Specials
By frugalgourmet of Vancouver (70 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 7:59am [Dine in]

Connie's is the place to go for yummy Chinese food when you're in uber-trendy and uber-pricy Kitsilano. I've never been disappointed with their weekeday lunch menu. For $5.95 you get a large portion of stir fry (the Manchurian Beef/Chicken or, Green Beans and Chicken seem very popular) over rice, with either wonton or hot and sour soup. Other favorites like Sweet and Sour Pork or Lemon Chicken are also available - along with at least a dozen more choices!

I've had to take my bill to the cashier near the back of the restaurant most times I've visited, but the staff have been pleasant and cheerful enough, I haven't really minded. For a Kits establishment, it good value for decent nourishment - and they don't use MSG.

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Wow! What a great place.
By syrenvillanelle of Vancouver, BC (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

This place was fantastic! I was not disappointed in the least, the food was absolutely amazing, the best Chinese I've had in the city. The service was pretty solid. They forgot a few things but they were apologetic and quickly fixed their little mistake (they forgot the spring rolls). Friendly and accommodating. The price was good for what I got. The interior was nice, I found myself looking at all the lanterns and pictures hanging, it was a nice family restaurant feel to it. I'm definitely going again, and I'm looking forward to doing so. A++

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Culinary Consistency
By footprintz of Vancouver East (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

Let me first preface my comments by stating right up front that connie Is a very dear friend of mine.

I actually had no Idea that this website existed until about an hour ago, the moment I found It I quite literally picked up the phone and called Connie and Informed her that there was a website called DineHere and that her restaurant was listed amongst many others and that a few of her customers had taken the time to voice their opinions/comments, she gave me a nervous but confident giggle and then said...."REALLY"

Over the years I have referred virtually dozens of friends and associates to Connies Restaurant only to find out over time that they to referred their friends to Connies CookHouse, when you consider the value and consistency of connies food you will be hard pressed to find a more reliable asian restaurant In Its class anywhere, and being born and raised In Vancouver with an asian wife from a large family I can say that with great a deal of experience and confidence.

The Cookhouse menu Is plum full of all the classics and the food at connies Is well know for Its freshness. Two of my favorites are the Ginger Beef and the Lemon chicken but I could surely go on and on and on. Connies Cookhouse Is engaged by many large companies In the area for their corporate lunches and events Including UBC and When ever we have guests from out of town Connies Is on the Itinerary. Its not unusual for long time customers who have moved from the area to come back to west 4th just to visit connie and eat at the restaurant, the furthest I have personally witnessed Is Vancouver Island!

The restaurant seats I think close to 50 people and there are many smaller groups of people who consistently use the restaurant for birthdays etc, last time I looked I think there were 3 or 4 write ups by various culinary editors from different newspapers. So thats my 2 cents worth, If you are ever In the area of west 4th and arbutus head on In, slip on the feed bag and enjoy the asian crown jewel of west 4th Connies CookHouse!

Enjoy!

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Others times @ Connies were better.
By Apollocanada of Burnaby (31 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 2, 2007 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

Ordered Chicken with black bean sauce chow mein. Specifically with no onions,as I detest the taste.Even told her {waitress..owner?}I was allergic, as then most restaurants make an effort to avoid them. Dish came to the table..lots of big chunks of white onion were apparent and the noodles were half crunchy and half soft. So I took up the plate to the front counter and asked if these were indeed onions. The reply was,theres only one piece there and to pick it out of the dish..Told her ,and showed her there was many onion pieces in the dish..and was asked to just pick them out. Needless to say,my dish had a onion flavor that really didn't appeal to me. Times I have been to this restaurant before,with some ladyfriends that work in businesses on the same block,the food and service were great,and prices were reasonable,this time I was very dissapointed that they couldn't make the simple effort as to make me a dish the way I requested it.Waitress came to the table and asked if the chow mein was ok..and I told her I was not happy with it. She then offered to replace it but I told her I had to leave in 10 minutes and did not have time to wait. She did deduct the can of coke from the bill for the misunderstanding,but should have deducted the cost of the meal..as for me the coke was the best part..sadly.

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Cookhouse or Outhouse
By godfrey of downtown (22 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 5:31pm [Delivery]

I ordered takeout from Connie's after a long day on the trails. I figured no one can screw up chow mein and deep fried wonton, but boy howdy - was I mistaken.

The chow mein was simply crunchy noodles (tepid - uncooked...?) covered by a mess of tasteless, odorless chunks of white, grey and green things - some gristle, some mush - all basted in a thick, viscous clear slime. Without a doubt the most disgusting thing I have ever paid to eat.

The wonton were enormous sheets of over-fried phyllo with a miniature ball of grey gristle ensconced deep within. Inside the takeout bag was an enormous styrofoam container full of bright red molasses or something. It looked like vampire puke.

Just an utterly foul and nauseating food encounter. I threw the entire meal in the dumpster - I didn't even want it sullying my garbage can. I will probably never eat "Chinese" food again (I mean what usually passes for Chinese food in North America).

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Quick lunch fix
By foody604 of vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 9, 2009 - 3:08am [Dine in]

Been here many, many , many times, but always for pick up, when im starving at lunch and bored with the other restaurants in kits. It's quick and fairly priced for their lunch specials.

Connie the owner is sweet and always makes small talk to her customers and her husband is in the back cooking and occasionally comes out for a peak and smiles at the customers.

The food is ok...it's definately more catered to the caucasians that don't really know what real chinese food is supposed to taste like. RIce is usually super dry and almost hard, but the food is always super saucy so you can moisten it with that i guess.

I'd say go if you're hungry and want something quick, but that's about it. Nothing special.

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OK for Kits
By dal of van (35 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 24, 2009 - 6:27pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here a few times... I've eaten my share of Chinese food, and I have to say the cooks are definitely catering to the non-Chinese (nothing wrong with that). The wonton is watery tasting (not flavourful), the rice is very light and bland (even by rice standards), but they make some tasty dishes. The prices are really good value, so I don't feel I can complain about value. The vegetables are cut by some lame vegetable cutter (the vegetables are 'fringed'... overall, if you are craving Chinese Canadian food, by all means, the noodle dishes and honey garlic are worth the $.

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good Cantonese fare
By discerning_palate of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 4, 2007 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

Connie's is good for typical safe Cantonese fare and yes it’s probably one of the best in the neighborhood because there just aren’t that many. I used to wish there were more Chinese restaurants that specialized in different regional food in Kits. It looks like that’s kind of happening with the Japanese food where it used to seem like every establishment was a sushi house.

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I used to like Connie's
By Iliveinkitsilano of kits pointe, vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 7:20pm [Dine in]

I used to like Connie's. However, something has changed over the years. While the food is still tasty, to save money they buy the cheapest dog meat available and pass that off to you. Everything is hard now. The chicken is chewy. The beef is chewy. The pork is tough and chewy. If you order too early before the dinner rush, they serve you the left over lunch food, that is re-heated, or it may even be from the night before. This has happened more than once, and I've quit giving Connie's chances. I have been here over 20 times over the years, but have given up on them. I don't recommend them, unless you like chewing on rawhide.

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This was awful.
By Treefort919 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 24, 2009 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

I had the sweet and sour pork and it was fine. It was extraordinarily "hot", the rice was BAD, it tasted like nothing, it smelled like jasmine rice, but it tasted like NOTHING, so I had to put on a lot of soy sauce. It was stuck together (clumpy), I almost needed a KNIFE to cut my rice. The wonton soup was disgusting, it was awful, it was probably the worst I've ever had in my entire life. The pork tasted like nothing and the wrapping was soft and spongy and disgusting. It also tasted like nothing. The soup tasted like tin. The broth was really tin-ny. I flushed it down the toilet.

The pork was good! It was yummy, but so hot that I burned my tongue, but it was good. It was cheap and ready quickly but I don't think I'd eat there again.

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Bad Service
By mwrcook of south granville, vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 2:20am [Dine in]

ordered the combo for 2, asked to substitute the chicken & vegetables to a non meat alternative. Got my combo with one item missing. Called to see what happened and was given a lecture from a terribly uneducated, undisciplined server that was taking the order, about the recession and how I am lucky that I am even getting the dishes delivered to me! awful awful service. I used to go all the time, please just stay away!

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Chinese food like you always wanted it to be
By blueturnip of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 11:51pm [Dine in]

Don't know what to have for dinner? Connie's is just the place. Flying solo? Try the war wonton soup or perhaps the lettuce wrap. I give both two thumbs up!

I don't know why but Connie's menu simply begs for me to avoid the standard Sweet and Sour Pork and Cashew Chicken. Both are great but Connie's has so much more to offer. The Shrimp Egg Foo Young is great the morning after, the Young Chow fried ice is everything it should be and feel free to mix it up - I ordered Beef Broccoli satay and it appeared! I also had a mean Chicken Gailan and their house curry made me cry. It was also good for multiple servings. Quantity is not an issue. They don't skimp and may they get many blessings.

I've been sending everyone I know here for about the past 4 years and it's good to stumble on friends dining at one of my favourite restaurants. It's not fancy, it's simple, homey and comfortable. Give it a try!

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Connie's ROCKS!
By invinciblesummer of Kits, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 10:21am [Dine in]

I've been going to Connie's now for a year or so, and I'm ALWAYS impressed. The veggies are fresh and crisp, the sauces aren't too salty or greasy, and the noodles are perfectly cooked. I'm a vegetarian and I always find good stuff to eat.

My husband, who's not a vegetarian, has similarly positive things to say about the meat dishes.

The service is friendly and efficient. The atmosphere is warm, with no pretense. You'll be pleased!

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Best chinese restaurant in kits
By dmeadows of Kitsilano (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 7:31pm [Dine in]

I've been going there for many years now... the food is awesome, and the prices are very reasonable. One of the few places in kits that I can say this about. Ambiance can be described as something simular to a normal diner... nothing fancy, but clean. Their lunch and dinner menu's cater well to the persons dinning alone. Lunch specials are around $7, and I usually can't finish it all. Dinner specials around around $10, and the same goes for the quantity. Quality is excellent, and I have never had an issue with service. Pickup and deliver are also available. About the only negative thing I can say about this place is that they don't normally serve my favorite dish... beef & tomatoe chowmein. Even at that, I have been able to make a special request for it, and have gotten it. Not always the case because they don't normally have tomatoes.

I would highly recommend for anyone who loves good inexpensive chinese food, to go to this place. Great for dining alone, or for groups. I've taken my family their many times, and they keep wanting to go back everytime we go out.

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Great find!
By trudster of North Van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 28, 2006 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

Connie's has never disappointed. Always tastes fshly prepared and the service is cheerful and fast. Connie is often seen making dumplings at a back table. Some of the best Chinese cooking I've had in Vancouver. I bring my Chinese friends here and they are always impressed.

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