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Crave

3941 Main St.
Vancouver, BC V5V3P3
Tel: (604) 872-3663
Neighbourhood: Riley Park

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Great dinner
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 9:53am [Dine in]

The restaurant doesn't take reservations so showed up just after 6pm on a weekend and didn't have to wait. Tried several different items including Ahi Tuna roll - seems a bit out of place and what I can find at many japanese restaurants, but this was good. Short Rib Poutine - excellent and rich with some truffle oil. Lamb Shank - very big portion, good flavour but a bit on the dry side. Shorty Rigatoni - excellent dish, rich and meaty. BBQ ribs - Good but again like the tuna roll, a bit out of place with the other items. Service was great with tasting of wines before ordering offered and prompt clearing of plates. Never rushed. The restaurant is quite small which makes it intimate. Mains are in the high teens to low 20's, good value. Would return for the poutine alone.

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Great comfort food, good value
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 6:41pm [Dine in]

I last went there just after 3 pm on a Saturday, and the place was packed. Even by the time I left at around 4 pm, it was still packed, and there were still people coming in. That says a lot about the popularity of this place, and for good reason.

The food is simple but very good, and prices are reasonable. A well selected wine list, with some good ones by the glass. Plain but contemporary decor, with a nice bar looking out at the street. Service is all you can expect. I will return.

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Great Choice on Main
By Gidge of Vancouver (93 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

Had several work lunches and 1 dinner experience so far.

Food: The food is consistently great and fresh. The selection is decent ranging from pulled pork sandwiches, crab cakes to cobb salad's. Lunch and diner menus are almost identical except that you have a few more entree items to choose from for dinner. I could sense that the chef places great care into the design and preparation of the food. Awesome value for bistro pricing!

Service: usually very quick, unpretentious service. Once we had a surly waitress but that was a one-off. Everyone is friendly and easy-going and that puts the guests at ease. Professional, yet warm. Occasionally the head chef comes out to greet and chat with the guests - a very nice touch.

Ambiance: small dining room area with about 38 seats so the tables are packed quite closely. About 8-10 inches between tables. Personally, I don't mind this but it's not the place for that private, romantic dinner. The decor is simple, yet sleek. Dark coloured chairs, tables and paint colour. Huge black & white paintings/artwork on the wall adds dimension to the space.

Overall: great place to take a few friends, no more than 4 because the wait can be crazy on weekends. Hope it's here to stay!

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What's the Rave w/ Crave?
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

Why is everyone talking about Crave? I just don't get it. I ordered this veg sandwich and it was tasteless and dry. We also ordered something else I don't remember cuz it was that bad. Nothing we ordered that was decent. I don't care if the Chef came from a 5 star hotel if the food taste like what a kid could make in his mini kitchen. Blah

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Expected More
By diningRL of East Vancouver (65 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 15, 2008 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

I came here once not too long ago for lunch. Heard many good things about Crave and the credentials of its owner/chef. The visit was alright, but I was expecting quite a bit more.

The ambiance is pretty nice, but like almost all the restaurants on main, Crave is just too small. The tables are really close to one another and you're almost literally eating with the next table. It was somewhat awkward since my friend and I and the couple next to us made it a point to whisper when conversing otherwise we'd be screaming at each other.

I had the chicken brie melt, which was good, but the entree portion was quite small. My friend had pasta which was rated as good, but not stellar. The pricing seems to be in line with Earl's and Cactus Club - 2 restaurants aiming for the same type of clientele as Crave. For the amount of food that they give you, the value isn't really there.

I'd recommend Crave, however, don't expect stellar as I was.

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Trendy Trendy but Slow
By millar of New Westminster, Vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 14, 2007 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

We went for lunch and the service was really slow. It was 45 minutes before there was any food in sight. The food was good, but not everyone has an hour and a half to two hours for lunch.

They have a nice patio, but not every table has an umbrella. So on a hot day if you are at an exposed table you are cooking, as the patio is enclosed with no breeze.

Go for brunch or lunch when time is not an issue.

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It was only "alright"...
By Food-Goddess of Coquitlam (96 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

After hearing rave reviews about this place, my friend and I decided to go there for brunch. The ambience was excellent. A neat little place to hang out. The service was very good, attentive, without being annoying.
I ordered the smoke salmon croissant. I was a little disappointed when I took my first bite of the croissant. It tasted like grease, a little rancid, even. Store-bought and definitely not fresh. There were 2 slices of smoked salmon, one on top of the omelette and one on the bottom, sandwiched in between the croissant, both were cooked from the heat of the omelette to the point where they were overcooked. Disappointed.
I was expecting a little more from a place where I've heard nothing but good things about. Maybe I was just expecting a little too much.

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Pretty Good
By KitsKid of Kitsilano (70 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

We went to Crave the other night for dinner, we were actually hoping to try Grub down the street but couldnt get in. In any event we hit up Crave knowing what to expect. It was a Wednesday night and it was full, we sat in the bar and ordered a drink while we waiting, since there was 4 of us if there were more people waiting we would have had to wait outside as the entrance is pretty tight. After 15 min or so we were seated by a server who throughout our wait updated us on the status of our soon to be table. The 4 of us ordered another round of drinks and dinner, our food came out a reasonable time and our server was very attentive. I ordered the mussels as my entree, they were good but not great, I found them too big and the broth lacking flavour, I was also hoping to get some bread to soak up the broth but didn't receive any - in the end no big deal. From what I saw everyone at my table liked their meal.
I've also had brunch at Crave, its good but a bit expensive for what we got. Dinner menu is much better. Also the Iced-Tea is unsweetend, I wish I was given the heads up on that but I drank it anyways, it was refreshing.
It worked as a great alternative to our change of plans that night

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Champion of Breakfasts
By Okaliswan of New Westminster (75 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

I understand the pedigreed chef / owner here sources top quality local organic ingredients whenever possible, and it shows. The dishes are straight forward but what immediately jumps to the fore is the quality of the consituent ingredients. I'm usually not so technically analytical about food but I could not help but notice the excellent colour and taste of the eggs, home made sausage and the potatoes on my plate. The coffee was good too. While the breakfast here may, superficially, appear very similar to that which is served in many a greasy spoon or breakfast joint, the quality of food and its preparation are unsurpassed. The prices are quite reasonable too. Definitely will return when I'm in that neck of Main again.

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Try the burger!!!
By Lanie23 of Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 22, 2006 - 4:59pm [Dine in]

Basically, this place has been raved about by my friends, so I went there with very high expectations. I ordered the organic beef burger w/ blue cheese and fries (an even $10). Oh, I was not dissappointed!! You get a healthy portion of melted blue cheese, and the bun is more like a focaccia bread. It was so good!!! The restaurant has a very nice atmosphere- you are definitely getting better value going here than to Vera's for about the same price. I highly recommend!

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CRAVE not Clews anymore!
By 148jules of Quebec & 18th (33 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - 12:06am [Dine in]

Had a very good breakfast at CRAVE which is now run by a former Four Seasons Hotel chef(!) Hashbrowns were the highlight of my meal as I am very fussy about hashbrown/potatoes: I want crunch and crispy texture but not overly deep fried potatoes and these were obviously parboiled and then fried hence buttery texture! Mediterranean chicken sausages were not very good - too big, dense and process-y - they should have been sliced first then panfried or grilled. Poached eggs were excellent.
The space needs to be reconfigured: banquettes should be on the long wall so that patrons/staff can access the toilets and patio w/out having to shuffle around the chair as it sticks out too far. Decor is NOT pleasing nor arranged well. Otherwise comfort of furniture and colours are great. Service is good (some ex-Clews staff on board and much better this time).

To the dinehere administrators: please change the name of the restaurant to CRAVE.

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Great food with a good atmosphere
By jazzmin08 of Surrey (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went here for brunch sat morning. We were seating at the last table when we arrived around 11 am. Food came quick and hot and was delicious. He ordered Cail Eggy's Benny and I ordered french toast with the berry compote. Would get both again! Service was very attentive. Decor was nice, nothing fancy though. Atmosphere was good also. May have found a new fav breakfast/brunch spot.

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No crave for Crave
By DaveEye of Mt. Pleasant, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - 7:38pm [Dine in]

I went to Crave based on a food review in the Georgia Straight which raved on about the food quality and value. I had been on a restaurant tour of Main St. restaurants at the time so how could I pass this one up? I was really looking forward to trying this place.

First off, we were greeted warmly and seated promptly. I felt right at home here from the word go. The ambience was good and I felt it was tastfully decorated and comfortable. Our waitress came over to us with a big smile and she was warm and friendly throughout the night. She got the orders right and the food came hot and in good time.

Oh if only the food was close to the service. I don't think I've gone to a restaurant where the food and service were so inversely proportional. I got the 'gourmet' organic burger with blue cheese and I was sorely disappointed at the small size of the burger itself and the tiny side. Although the flavour of the burger was good (not great), there simply wasn't enough of it to enjoy. My wife ordered the chicken brie melt and again, poor serving size and just so-so taste.

All in all, I don't think I would go back to Crave unless it was on the boss. What is it with Main St. restaurants? They seem to think that just being cool and hip will win the day, but for dining out lovers that just doesn't cut the mustard. I don't crave for Crave anymore.

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Absurdly cramped restaurant
By makeup_girly of Vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

Not sure what the fuss is about this restaurant. What is there to like at a restaurant that serves mediocre food, provides OK service, and crams you in so tightly that your backside (or other bodily bits) will swipe the tabletop of the next table when you try to get in or out?

Hubbie and I had 2 kinds of bennies. I also had the feature smoothie. Not impressed. Far from impressed. The food and smoothie lacked any sort of distinctive flavour. The value factor was not there either. I would not recommend this ridiculous restaurant under any conditions--OK, I am being dramatic--but honest.

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Solid
By browneyedgoddess of New Westminster BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

Dined here with a girlfriend. A small place with pretty cramped tables but it was cute. Were seated next to the heater and I had a nice red mark on my leg (through my jeans) by the end of the night. Service was ok though our server I guess had gone for a break while we were dining and came back smelling of cigarettes (yuck). Popcorn shrimp appetizer was delicious. I had the evening special of short rib and my friend had the meatloaf. both were good, nothing exciting, but good. Creme brulle was a large portion and done properly. Though it was odd that they didn't have a written dessert menu, we had to ask the server to repeat the FIVE items because we couldn't remember them long enough to choose something. I'd go back for the shrimp and the brulle.

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Customer is always right -apparently not!
By ladieslunchgroup of Vancouver (Dunbar) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

Went to this restaurant today with a group of eight. One of the group had a problem with her meal. The owner not only challenged her but accused her of showing off in front of her friends and she was told not to come back. This is not appropriate behaviour from anyone in a restaurant but definitely inexcusable from an owner. My crab cakes were very tasty, and the apple salad was excellent but the attitude of the owner left a bad taste in my mouth. The server was prompt and helpful. This is the second time we have been there as a group but his wish has been granted because we will never return.

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Only 'ok'
By WRfoodie of White Rock (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

We went with friends who had heard good things about this place. Bottom line is that it was only 'ok' and I personally would not go back given all the other restaurants in Vancouver to try. I had the pasta which was completely lacking in flavour and taste. The service was good -especially compared to all the places these days that seem to have poor service. Ambiance/location was fine - nothing special.

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Didn't expect this...
By kevlar of Vancouver, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

Looking from the outside it could be seen that the Crave restaurant is a nice place to eat. But when we went in and I saw what they had done to the garden it was awesome.

Its a nice quiet restaurant on Main St. The ambiance is nice and is very relaxing with soft music in the background.

We had a late lunch here and were very surprised that (at 2PM) it was 90% full. We shared a salad and I had the ribs and my wife had the seared tuna (it was great... you have to try it). The ribs were not bad as well... pretty good actually (finger licking good). We didn't have dessert as we were in a hurry. The price was fair, not a bargain but definitely fair.

We'll definitely go back again before it really gets cold outside. You should definitely try it.

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I'm a Slave for Crave!
By oodles_of_foodles of Kitsilano, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

Small and understated, Crave offers amazing food and attentive service that is up to par with the other Main Street culinary champions.

What really blew me away was the short rib poutine. This dish puts a classy and creative twist on a classic by using short rib jus as a substitute for the standard gravy. I ordered it with a side of foie gras mayo, which added a tangy flavour complimetary to the short rib. It's possibly one of the most unique takes on poutine that I've ever had and at just $12, it's totally worth its price, considering the quality ingredients used.

The fantastic service echoed the great meal. Because its such a small restaurant, the server was very attentive and prompt, yet relaxed and geniune. We weren't neglected for a second.

As we were leaving, we were graciously thanked by another very polite (and very attractive, might I add!) server, which was the icing on the cake!

That's another notch on the great Main Street belt!

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Oustanding, BUT
By gmwilander of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

I had the chance to meet someone at Crave on Main on a weekday and had the most amazing crab cake with an excellent Apple Salad. The waitress was great, the wine suggestion was perfect, I was impressed.

SOOOO on Saturday I talk my husband into walking the seawall and then going for lunch here. We didn't arrive until 12:30 p.m., but were told it was only a brunch menu until 2 p.m. I have gone to their website and there is no mention of this and it waisn't Sunday, so am confused.

Unfortunately we left without getting to eat - really wasn't into breakfast. Still craving that great crab cake and apple salad and that glass of Pinot Gris the waitress was kind enough to recommend.

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