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Copa Cafe

4036 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z2X8
Tel: (604) 873-8974

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Voted Best? By Whom?
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 8, 2010 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

If they were voted best, I definitely didn't cast my vote for them. While they may not be the worst in the area, they are certainly far from being the best. The beef dish I ordered had way too much meat tenderizer, an easy way to make an inferior cut more tender and palatable. But the taste of the tenderizer comes through, and it was not good. Service was just mediocre. They weren't rude or anything, but it was just hard to get their attention. It's unlikely that I will be back anytime soon.

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Worthy of Including in Our Rotation
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

Food: Roast Chicken Fried Rice in Thai Style was very tasty. One of the better ones I've tasted in HK cafes. My b/f tried the special: Sole Fillet Cordon Bleu with Pork Chop. The fillet was crispy on the outside but moist and tender on the inside. One of the best he's ever had. The pork chop was sooo lean and tender. I really enjoyed the vinaigrette dip that accompanied it. There was lots of side vegetables consisting of broccoli, green/yellow string beans, and carrots. Shredded Beef with Black Pepper Sauce with Pan Fried Noodle was very good as well.

Service: All the servers/waiters were very attentive and professional. They answered any questions we had about the dishes and combos. The food came out in a timely manner. We were followed up with and it was easy to get someone's attention.

Value: The pricing is about $1-2 more for each dish compared to most HK Style Cafes but the quality and quantity justifies it. The special for $16 was a great value. The fillet, pork chop, veggies, dinner roll, soup, and drink was so filling! Mini sets are available 11-6 and 9-closing.

Ambiance: Very clean, modern and tastefully decorated. Comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.

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Not bad for a HK style cafe
By jennko of Vancouver (86 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

I came to the one on Cambie St. for late night snack w my bf last night. We ordered their special which was the kurobuta meal that consists of a side dish, soup, and drink. So, we chose baked oyster and veggie to come along w our kurobuta meal. The pork was a good portion compared to other HK style cafe restaurant but the taste was somewhat bland though I understand that we were supposed to dip it in sauce. The sauce is somewhat similar to red wine vinegar but to me pure vinegar without other things mixed in is too sour. The veggie was plain blanched (without adding salt) broccoli with baby carrots so it was tasteless. On top of that, we ordered the mini portion meal that is only available past 9pm. I think we got the Malaysian style seafood fried rice (I forgot the name but for sure it's #45 in the menu) and we asked for extra spicy. The food came out decent, with kani (imitated crab), shrimps, and baby scallops but it wasn't spicy, maybe only a very tiny little bit spicy but it is decent.
The ambiance in here is better than other HK style cafe, nice seats and clean tables and cutlery. The service was slightly better than other HK style cafe. The price for the meals were slightly more expensive for $1-2 than other HK cafes in Richmond.
Since this restaurant is located near my house and they open till like 2 am so I think I might come back in the future.

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Interesting
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2009 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

I think this place is still pretty new, probably less than a year old.
Fortunately I had a pretty a good time here but the other tables on my right and left had a few problems.
I'll mention the good first, my friend brought me here b/c he told me that they serve huge portions. And he's right. We ordered the seafood on rice w/ cream sauce and chicken on rice w/ portugal sauce. Both were delicious and huge! We could've shared one. As for appys, we had cream of corn and lobster bisque w/ pastry. Mmmm...yummy. I was happy with just the soup. The service was ok but it was hard to find someone to help us order in the beginning.
The bad part was, the table on my right complained about a piece of plastic in their meat w/ rice. The table on my left had a cold "baked" potato and their noodle soup took so long that her partner was done with his dish.
Overall, I had a good experience and I was glad that i did. I would go again for some more soup.

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Yummy Set Menus!
By frugalgourmet of Vancouver (70 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 28, 2009 - 12:46am [Dine in]

Tried the French-style Rib Eye mini-set menu with Vegetables and it was quite tasty for $8.95. I had the almond milk tea which was smooth and tasty. The cafe is clean, modern and the service was prompt, courteous and efficient. The prices are a bit higher than say Gloucester Cafe, but the restaurant is newer.
Recommended!

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Copa promises a good meal!
By JooJoo of East Vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 2:38am [Dine in]

Copa has a great selection of food items on their menu. They range from Asian inspired/Western dishes to authentic Asian style dishes. They also offer appetizers, soups and snacks. Between 11am-6pm and 9pm to close; they offer mini sets which will includes a drink at $6.95 & up .Normally the mini sets do not run from lunch time to 6pm which makes it a great deal! The Thai-style roasted chicken fried rice is amazingly tasty! The rib eye steak is tender and cooked medium rare like we wanted it. The tapioca creamy soup was innovative, it was served as the daily soup when we went to dine. I had never had tapioca in my regular soup before but to my surprise it came out pretty interesting! Normally I'd add salt to everything but I was pleased to find the flavors were just perfect and I did not have to add salt to anything! I would definitely recommend Copa for a promising meal.

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Quality of food didn’t deliver!
By yumyumsigsig of Burnaby (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 7:31pm [Dine in]

We went to this restaurant today after seeing the ad in the Chinese newspaper that advertised itself as “voted the best Hong Kong style cafe restaurant”. To my absolute disappointment, the quality of food and service just left a lot to be desired. The prices in the menu are higher than Cafe Gloucester, a few blocks away. I ordered a dish called Stone Pot Lamb, Szechuan flavour with Satay sauce. Not only was the lamb not totally cooked, it was also bland, as if it hadn’t been marinated. There was absolutely no Szechuan flavour. I even had to dip my lamb meat in the sauce of my wife’s dish just to get some taste out of it. When time came to pay the bill, it was hard to get the attention of any waiter or waitress. It was already two o’clock in the afternoon; we were still waiting for someone to give us the final bill. This restaurant just didn’t deliver, period.

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okay, but they nickel and dime you to death
By sarina50 of vangroovy (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 9, 2009 - 8:16pm [Dine in]

Been here a few times as it's a neighborhood place. The food and pricing are OK - you get what you pay for. they do offer a great deal with their many set menu, but you have to be prepared to eat before five and after nine.

Some dishes are great every time (roasted chicken on Rice noodles which always has a great Smoky flavored sauce and seasonal vegetables added), others are frightening - avoid any pasta with the "white" sauce.Some are hit and miss, like the seafood with pan fried noodles. One time it was great, the other time the seafood was on the verge of rancid.

Here's the clincher though, you will pay for ANYTHING additional - or not exactly as it is set on the menu. I still think it was incredibly strange to discover an extra $1.00 on my bill because the waiter asked if I wanted my milk tea cold instead of hot! It's an extra $.50 for pearls in your bubble tea (although that seems to be standard in Vancouver now), and you have to pay extra for takeout, and condiments.

Like the food, the service can vary from very attentive to being completely ignored. Because it's a new restaurant, it has a clean, fresh modern design and depending on the time of day or evening you go, I can be calm and quiet or packed to the gills with frenetic conversation. Overall, it's an okay place but I'm not sure it would go out of my way to eat there if I wasn't in the neighborhood.

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Does Good Food Make Up For Bad Service?
By clumsywaiter of Metro Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

I can totally agree with the previous poster...about the paradox of love and hate.

I had to try this after the Cafe had won best "tea restaurant" in the Chinese Restaurant Awards.
The first few times the service was very good from one waiter.

The latest time we had the set dinners with soup, a dish and rice.
Don 't know what it was but even asking for a refill of tea meant the waitress giving you the stare of death.

As For the ambience, this is a "tea restaurant". All the high end furnishing and atmosphere,won't make up for anything if patron's can't even ask for tea without getting stared down.

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since when are potatoes fruit
By Foodfor2 of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 10:14am [Dine in]

have been to a few other HK style cafes so familiar with the pricing. We went for lunch and it was packed. finally flagged down a waitress to order and then she told me that they were out of the fried noodles which is in a bunch of items for the mini set. I ordered the prawn/avacado croissant with fruit salad and also a soup. My bf had the portugese chicken over rice. His was very tasty. Mine arrived first and looke like a pile of mayonnaise. fruit was covered in it and also the sandwich was as well. croissant was very very fresh, but I had to scrape off the mayo from the fruit and also discovered that it was mainly potato salad, with some melon and pineapple added...strange. the soup; never did come even though I reminded the waitress that I hadn't received it or my tea and she said yeah, yeah, yeah. decor is nice at this place and we liked the music. The price was only $8 for each of us and they gave us three coupons for lobster bisque for the next time we go. I JUST WONT ORDER THAT SALAD AGAIN...TOO WEIRD.

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Don't order Stone Pot
By teemsum of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

This month's special is the Stone Pot for $ 7.99
Basically, they bake your food in a stone pot.
It's like cooking your food on an iron plate.
There is very little rice & our rice seemed more burnt than the table on our left.
I had the bbq eel & my DH had the pork chop.
It also comes with a drink.
The portion was more like a snack instead of a meal.

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This place is a paradox of love-hate.
By zareku of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 2:05am [Dine in]

Copa Cafe is a busy, Hong Kong-style restaurant that the boyfriend and I discovered late one night after missing the last bus home from a date. Pleasantly surprised to find a restaurant open after 11:00pm on Cambie/King Edward, we strolled on in and have been back a few times since.

I feel as though I need to mention the service at Copa Cafe before I go into detail about anything else. First of all, the food at Copa is good and the ambiance is great. It's a decent place to go. However, I am astounded that people go back just because the service is laughably atrocious. You do eventually learn to cope with being ignored by the wait staff and having to deal with people who hardly seem to speak any English, but it can be a huge hurdle to overcome. It is extremely depressing to me to be sitting at a table, waiting for my meal, when I notice the staff walking back and forth from one side of the restaurant to the other not really doing anything, completely ignoring the people at the front of the restaurant who have been waiting for a seat for the last five minutes. There are no assigned areas for the staff either - you will probably never see the waitress who took your order again because it'll be somebody else who brings you your food and then later on your bill. I tend to just smile now with a forced patience when my boyfriend has received his food fifteen minutes before my own arrived, having had to inquire when to expect it.

This is Copa Cafe. It's part of the deal.

With this said - like most Hong Kong-styled restaurants, the menu offers a variety of quick, semi fast food-esque Asian dishes. You'll find all the familiar favorites of Chinese curries, fried rices, noodles, some seafood, steaks, and so on. You'll also find some Western dishes on the menu as well, although if you are like me and are a bit squeamish about Asian restaurants that offer Western dishes, you'll find that a lot of the Western food itself has been influenced by the Asian ingredients. For example, I once ordered a BLT and Roast Beef sandwich. Unlike the traditional strips of bacon, I got very fatty side-bacon, and the roast beef itself was mostly fat with very little meat. Even so, everything I've had is usually very good, and I've yet to encounter something I couldn't finish. There's enough variety in the menu for just a light snack to a full-out meal, plus some desserts and bubble teas.

The prices, however, are very fair. If you're a student on a budget, you can get an enormous plate of something for pretty cheap. They have a special in their main menu that lets you choose three different meats (sole fillets, rib-eye steaks, leg of lamb, etc) with a side (potatoes, rice, etc) and an appetizer soup.

Ambiance-wise, Copa Cafe fits the description of a hip and trendy Hong Kong restaurant. Everything is usually very clean and tidy. The background music is usually subdued, but tasteful. You will, however, encounter the staff yelling at each other in very loud, sharp Mandarin from one side of the restaurant to the other, but alas, I always know that everything will be fine.

Again, this is Copa Cafe. A paradox of love and hate. Joy and sorrow. Everything will be all right, I promise you.

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By far the best HK style cafe in Vancouver.
By Sidneylee of Burnaby (25 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 25, 2013 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

I first heard of copa cafe on the radio. After hearing their commercial, I decided to give it a try. This branch on cambie offers some free parking at the back of the restaurant, and there are also some free street parking as well. The restaurant seemed well maintained and clean. We often get seated quickly. I have tried their breakfast, mini-set and dinner menus. I personally enjoy the breakfast and mini-set menus the best. Food is always fresh, and the mini set menu offers a great variety of choices. I enjoy most of their casserole dishes with baked pork chop on rice being my favourite.
In terms of service, they are efficient and attentive.
Their hk style milk tea and coffee are also quite authentic.
Recommended!

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They cheat customers.
By lllaaaiii2010 of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 2:02am [Dine in]

they cheat customers.
Copa cafe, they cheat customers, they don't serve what they say in the menu, they serve you cheap food and difference item as stated in the menu. I order SING QUAI stir fry with beef, they serve CUCUMBER stir fry with beef. SING QUAI is completely difference from Cucumber ; one is a high grade melon and one is cheap melon. its completely difference taste. when I point out to the waitress, she insist its SING QUAI, until another waitress confirm with me that's not SING QUAI BUT SHE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING, doesn't offer me change to another disk. I don't feel like eating something I don't like but they charge me the full price anyway. even the Manager don't do anything about it. You call this a good restaurant ? YOU ORDER FROM MENU, THEY SERVE YOU WRONG FOOD, AND YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR EVEN YOU DIDN'T EAT ANY PART OF IT. Service is very poor too. very bad experience. don't recommend anybody to cater them, will not be back and will tell my friends what they are.Its no way to do business by cheating.

This review is base on fact not opinion. How would you like if you order steak and they serve you fish or pork chop or lamb? They only say how sorry they are and just you want you to pay and not eating it? Have anyone of you go to that type of restaurant before? The managerment of this restaurant must think we customers are stupid. I call this cheating.

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It was just alright.
By 604girl of Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

Food: My House Special baked pork chop on rice was not very good. The pork chop tastes like freezer burnt. The rice was also very dry because there wasn't enough sauce to coat it. Ordered a hot coffee with the set meal. The coffee taste like instant coffee; really gross.

Service: Between mediocre and solid. Nothing went wrong but nothing spectacular happened either. Drinks and food came at a decent time. Manager seem pretty nice.

Value: $7 to $10 for one of those mini meals with a drink is alright. Other places are usually $6 to $8 with better quality. The quantity is relatively at par.

Ambiance: Clean, comfortable, and strong AC. The washroom was impressively clean and odor-free.

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Bad
By aerrowman of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 23, 2010 - 7:26pm [Dine in]

The service is bad, I had to ask constantly just to get them here, and the food was expensive. I went here with a friend and he had fish & chips while I had rice. The fish was super dry, and the rice was good, until I found a FINGERNAIL in my rice. It was disgusting, and a bit pricy, $20 for two people? All we did was order one meal for each, please go somewhere else.

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worst service ever.
By kawaiismaksmak of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

I had to join this website just to warn people about the horrible service I received at this cafe. I have been there three times in hopes of proving myself wrong because I live nearby, but the servers there just cannot be bothered. I don't even mind that they walk around looking like they've just stepped in doggy poop, but they don't even acknowledge you and it is almost impossible to signal for them. I had an instance where a girl was staring right at me when I had my arm up and she just waltzed right past.

All in all, the food doesn't make me want to withstand the lack of hospitality at this place.

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Baked Garoupa Rice
By jellybelly604 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 23, 2009 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

This is my new favorite HK style cafe... The prices are not extremely expensive or cheap(around $8-10 for lunch) I like coming here because it is not one of those "typical" hk cafes that are dirty and have waitresses with bad attitude. The service at this restaruant is better than other Hk style cafes (ie: Angels, or Honolulu). I'm the type of person who is very picky about service, and I must say.. this restaurant gives me a good impression on the severice.
If you go there for lunch. try #13 or #24..... = )

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best HK Style cafe in the neighbourhood
By cin of Downtown, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

well, it's a standard HK Style cafe, with nicer decor than others. It is still cheaper than the one few blocks away. A good selection of food and taste a bit better than OK. service is sometimes slow but overall it's a good place to go to if you don't live in Richmond.

I want to point out that it is standard for most HK Style Cafe to charge an extra $1 for cold drinks, and extra for having the mini meals during dinner hours.

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Good prices - lots of food
By Century_Dragon of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 9, 2010 - 2:19pm [Dine in]

For $16.95 my SIL and I shared the sole fillet, beef rib and half chicken (which is came w/spaghetti, soup & a drink) combo. Quite tasty. Next time we want to try the $12.95 Chinese Double Boiled Soup (I believe it's some kind of specialty, maybe a little medicinal, soup) which comes with a big dish of, say Sweet & Sour Pork, or something else, with a big dish of rice. I also ordered my kids a Kids Meal each for $7.99 - which they quite liked.

Downside...the food/drinks/dessert took a looong time coming and the air conditioning was on full blast that when we went home we all took some Cold FX!

But, we must be glutton for punishment because we liked the food enough (and price) that we'd go back.

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