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Crave

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

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A very pleasant experience
By yummm of Surrey (36 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 12:11am [Dine in]

Had dinner at Crave over the weekend and very much enjoyed my meal. We had the ahi tuna rolls as appetizer which were very delicious, the lightly fried seaweed was crunchy and the tuna was fresh. For entree I had the BBQ baby ribs which was fantastic, I loved both the ribs and the fries on the side. They have a small patio in the front and a larger one in the back. Only complaint is that the tables are too close together, you are literally sitting next to the neighboring patrons. The service was decent as well. All in all a pleasant dinning experience.

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Amazing Ragu
By Food_Snob of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 7:55pm [Dine in]

I first started visiting this place a breakfast stop and was always impressed with the freshness of ingredients, presentation & value. The back patio is a fabulous place to spend a weekend morning - very quaint.

I quickly had to try out all meals of the day, and once I got to dinner and had the shorty ragu I was smitten. This sauce is cooked for hours, the lean short ribs are shredded and tender, the sauce simple & fresh. The herb garden off the back patio is a sure testiment of what freshness means to them.

Every meal that someone wants to dine out for, I sugest Crave as it always impresses. My friends and family are now hooked, and like me, constantly going back for more.

My only complaint is the lack of ability to make reservations, although unless you are going for breakfast or dinner on a weekend - hasn't been too much of a problem - beside you can always put your name down and do some Main Street exploring until something comes available.

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Brunch Review
By momochan of Vancouver, BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

My friends and I waited for 45 minutes in the rain to get a table. When we were called, we were seated promptly. The space was really cramped with 5 of us at a 4 person table (the restaurant is small overall so they did the best they could) Our server was nice and quick to order our drinks. We had their organic office, smoothie and an alcoholic drink. Drinks came quickly.

The food was a little disappointing for the price that you pay.

We ordered the Turf and Eggs, Crabcake benny and smoked salmon scallion croissant (I don't remember what the other 2 guests ordered). The smoked salmon croissant was okay. I felt like the salmon was taken straight out of a package because it had a slight hint of the "package/plastic" taste. The crabcake benny was blah. The hollandaise sauce was quite bland. The portions were small.

I would not return for brunch, but I would go back to give lunch and dinner a try. I'm disappointed at the value but the brunch food was decent with lots of room to improve.

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Unfortunate letdown
By riffraff of Kits (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 10:15am [Dine in]

Undaunted by the line-up for brunch, our expectations were high, the host was always around keeping the queue organized and the manager (owner?) was setting tables quickly. Our half our quoted wait turned into a short 15 minutes, thanks Manager! Service was uninspired, opening line was "Do you want something to drink?" which seemed half-hearted in great little spot. The food was really disappointing, the hollandaise had no flavour - alarm bells when all three diners fight over the salt grinder. My guest's apple & goats cheese omelette had cheese overload. The bill was a cool $60 for three.

I've been to Crave before and was quite impressed each time. I will go back, but with a wariness. Are they expanding too fast? Is the chef there checking the dishes? The hard work of the manager (owner) shouldn't be wasted....

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Pleasant Surprise
By eatingoutagain of Fairview, Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

Just driving down Main looking for a place to go for dinner and found Crave. Small, trendy place, food was excellent. We decided to share the veggie burger and they brought it already divided on two plates (nice touch). We also had the cobb salad - more than enough food for 2. Will definitely return, perhaps when the patio in the back is open on a warm summer day.

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Chef not around?
By patatas of Main Street, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 2, 2008 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

I don't know if it's because the chef was not around that day, but the food was disappointing the last time I went. Maybe because of the new restaurant, the chef cannot commit as much time, but I seriously remembered the pulled pork sandwich tasting much better than it did.

So a tip, see if the chef is around before heading there.

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amazing breakfast, great price, and totally worth the 45 min waiting!
By sooski of Point Grey, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 7:00pm [Dine in]

We had our family brunch there and we had to wait 45 minutes for a table of 5, but once our breakfast arrived, we realized this place was totally worth the wait!
the coffee was super fresh, the crab benny was scrumptious (the best I'd ever had and I no longer have to drive all the way to whistler to get a fresh crab benny!) and the crab meat was super fresh (you can tell when crab meat is not super fresh) and very tasty! The dishes were clean and the place was neat. I think Crave has become my new favorite place for brunch in town as of this morning! The coffee is organic fair trade and the eggs are free-range/free-run... the prices however are so reasonable for such high quality ingredients.

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great Bistro food
By burvan of Burnaby (30 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

Wanted to try this restaurant for the last 3 months and it did not disappoint as the food is not complicated but nicely presented and above all tasted great . The service was friendly and we never felt they were in our face . the tables are very close together but after the initial 2-3 minutes you start to relax and feel you have your own space . To bad it was too cool out that night as the new backyard patio looks very cozy and private . will go back soon.

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Dinner and Breakfast - both great
By shaurora of Kitsilano, Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 23, 2006 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

Laura (breakfast server) was wonderful. alacrity, sincerity, graciousness...in one human - not necessarily easy to find. I really do have to mention how great/special she was. I brought a friend from out of town and Laura's way did not go unnoticed.

Dinners are great except for the upside down ketchup bottle (OK at breakfast and lunch, out of place at dinner)

food inspired, service outstanding. REALLY good. Bread from "mix" lovely at breakfast. My 'shepherd's pie' was scrumptious. Nothing like the ground beef thing. Try it.

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Porkalitious.
By Bacchus of Main St (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 2:42pm [Dine in]

I've seen this space go threough many phases in the past 3 years. This, undoubtedly, is the best yet. Good value on meals (my dinner entry was only $10) and high quality. This food is unpretentious but everything I ate was of superb quality. The chorizo soup had the perfect amount of spice to complement the flavours but not drown out the other flavours. The pulled pork was soft, with a fantastic crunch from the slaw and bread. The method of toasting only the inside layer of the sandwich made it soft on the mouth but it still provided that satisfying crunch with every bite. The fries were exactly what they should be, crunchy but not greasy or hard. Menu items are the most creative I've seen, but everything I tried was done very well.

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Blissful brunch, but lunch?
By eedee of Main, Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

I go here for brunch almost every weekend, so I feel justified in saying that it is great. I consider myself somewhat of an eggs benny connoisseur and their veggie benny is one of the best. Add a mimosa (or two) and the shaded back patio and how can you not be happy?! The service has always been fast and unobtrusive with nice presentation - no unsightly ketchup bottles. I have never had a bad experience at brunch, BUT lunch has been a bit of a disappointment and I have no plans to go for dinner. My advice is go for brunch and be ready for a line, but skip it for lunch.

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Great food, spoiled by cigarette smoke
By lori-o of Point Grey (23 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 13, 2006 - 6:43pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went to Crave for lunch last week, on an unusually warm October day. We sat in a corner of the wonderful patio. At least, it was wonderful until everyone else started smoking. Fortunately, by then we had finished most of our meal. But had we arrived later or the smokers arrived earlier, it would have ruined the experience. Given that half the seats in the restaurant are on the patio, the owner of Crave really should consider banning smoking on the patio.

As for the food, it was outstanding! Between the two of us, we tried the chicken wings, ribs and crab cakes. All were excellent! the crab cakes were light and flavourful, and came with an amazing apple-parmesan salad. The chipotle baby back ribs packed a punch, and were accompanied by the best fries I've had in a long time. The chicken wings were coated in a wonderful sweet and spicy sauce.

Service was very good — friendly and timely.

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Fois Gras Mayo?
By MrsMason-Brown of Kitsilano (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 1, 2009 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

If you want to know what the food buzz word for 2009 will be it will be Comfort Food. There is no coincidence that my most hit on page is "Apple pie and toad-in-the-hole". We are entering uncertain economic times, whether real or imagined. Winter is coming on a lot of levels. The last thing in the world I want is cold, unnatural, Uber arty food on 15" plates. I want braised meats, stew, poutine, mac and cheese, spaghetti bolonaise, pie. Hell, I could have given my left nut for a Figgy Pudding with Brandy Butter two days ago. Hot, dense, spicy, warming. That's what I want. and I'll bet the advertising budget for Campbell's Soups that you do too.

Crave fits this bill perfectly. Modern interpretations of comfort food with an inherently French Canadian influence. We ate smoked black cod niçoise, big fat burgers with fries, and mine, poutine of truffle Parmesan fries with shortrib jus and a side Fois Gras mayo. It was astonishingly good. And utterly comforting. Even if the other features of the place weren't so comforting.

One, no booking. Which I get, it's a tiny place, if a table doesn't show up, it's big money lost. And they do have a nice call back system, where you show up, register, and they will call you when your table is ready. Fine, we had a few drinks down the road. But also the tables are SO close together. Again, I get it, it's small. But just fair warning. If your meal is to discuss your impending break-up, sex life, side effects of cancer treatment, or finances, this is not the right time and place. You are right beside the next table. This is best for the kind of group we were. Young, loud, and not too worried about what strangers thought of our conversation.

Our service was so unobtrusive as to be forgettable. I couldn't even tell you if it was male or female actually. Everything showed up and that was good, and was neither rude or doing that irritating best-bud waiter shtick. Maybe this is just Vancouver though. You almost never get an server that's tying too hard. I hate when they think I will tip more if they crouch down by the table, get on a first name basis, or other wise act like they learned to sling food from the TGIF Friday's School of Service.

I'm going to go back to Crave, maybe just not on a Saturday with a load of people. And I am also going to check out Burgoo as comparison to get a fuller picture of this whole comfort food thing. In the meantime, go. I recommend it as a great easy place for a weekday. And the prices are WELL reasonable for the quality they are serving up. This is *VALUE FOR MONEY (*note other buzzword for 2009).
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Don't miss out!
By chris84bloom of Vancouver, BC (17 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 4:27am [Dine in]

My friends decided to try this place out for a lunch without knowing anything about it and absolutely loved it! Four of us got there around 1:30 and we were almost immediately seated in the patio, which was quite nicely done. I ordered the pasta with beef underneath and really enjoyed it. Cosmos were well made as well. The waitress was very friendly although she was a bit late with the service. The price is reasonable, too! I would definitely come back.

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Yummy...
By borg44 of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 24, 2007 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

"Yummy"... the best word I can come up with to describe the mussels I had at Crave last night for dinner. Started with the roasted mushroom and celery root soup which was delish. Mussels were fresh, large, plump and cooked perfectly with butter/wine/tomato/herb broth. Dinner partner had burger/fries which were also excellent. Service was quite good as well considering that the place was full. Only restaurant drawback was the proximity of adjacent tables... no privacy and lots of opportunity to eavesdrop whether you want to or not.

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A cozy little place tucked on mainstreet
By The-Food-Experts of Vancouver, Burnaby, Sidney (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 8, 2007 - 9:10pm [Dine in]

I went to this place with positive expectations, since my bf went with his family for dinner at Crave a week/2 weeks before. We went around 3pm, so it was just our table and some other man eating a burger by himself. I ordered the shredded pork bun (it was really good, the meat was tender and really tasty, i'd give it a 4.5/5). The coleslaw was a nice touch inside the bun, but it was too wet and it made the bun fall apart. My bf had the burger and asked for cheddar cheese (they gave us swiss cheese, but we didn't complain...it was still good)....but i'd give the burger a 3/5 rating. It was really basic, the patty wasn't very moist and didn't have much flavour (I'd say a DQ burger would taste much better than this one). Fries were awesome, make sure you order their fries, they season it so it's got this lemony salty taste...mmm, i'm hungry just thinking about it :) Anyways, service was not really good, she wasn't a rude person, but totally unattentive. There was only 3 people in the place, you'd think our waters would be filled (my bf's was empty for most of the time) and she didn't even bother asking how the food was. But, i think i'd definetely go again, maybe it would be better when there's more people, that way the waitresses will feel the need to work for a harder tip.

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Sure bet
By eugene of Richmond (19 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 29, 2006 - 5:57pm [Dine in]

Good solid food at reasonable prices. Deconstructed sheppards pie is good as is the Cobb salad. Some items are a miss, such as the crab cake. While the crab cake is really good, it is served with an apple & parmesan cheese salad: tastes as weird as it sounds, plus I thought Kraft parmesan cheese out of a can was over in the 80's, and for $12, perhaps I deserved two patties?

I fully understand that it's a small place on a small budget. But the chef cannot have it both ways: either you're a solid neighborhood joint, or a Lumiere/West-type place. Both are good, but you cannot be both.

As of now, when you go (and you should) stick with the cannot-screw-up items, like the organic burger, ribs, salads, pasta. Stay away (for now) from items that usually appear at a hoity-toity place. Also, needs a bit bigger wine/drink menu. Really good service. Good place for a casual date as it is too loud and cramped for a romantic date.

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Crave, the foods your crave for with a gourmet touch
By SmilesandFlirts of East Side, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 12, 2006 - 7:10pm [Dine in]

It is a funky low key place found on ever booming Main Street, not too far from King Edward Avenue. Crave is great for impressing someone special or just hanging out with a loved one or with friends. Small venue decorated with sage colored walls accented with black trim, comes with an outdoor heated patio out in the back where my friends and I sat out on a crisp September evening. I have never been there and was impressed by the atmosphere both inside and out in the enclosed patio.

We were there to hang out for dinner with some friends who have been there before and wanted to come back.

The menu is not huge so the selection can be limited but overall a good mixture of flavors to choose from. We all started with drinks, wine and cocktails. If I had known they had martinis, I would have gotten one to see how they rate. The table ordered the shrimp tempura and calamari plate (large shrimps were lightly battered with a unique herbaceous dipping sauce), special of the day soup (potato, fennal seed and blue cheese), angel hair pasta tossed in a light non-tomato sauce to perfection, crab cake with cobb salad, and a huge plate of nachos. We were impressed by the taste of the food and presentation. It is down to earth food that you crave for with a gourmet touch to it.

The restaurant started getting busy and we couldn't help but noticed what people have ordered as the meals looked good that it caught our eyes. The table next to us had the pull pork sandwich smothered with fries and was really pleased with it. So overall it have been a good experience that I would like to go back again.

We got there for 5:30pm and when we left around 8pm, there was a line-up on a friday night. In my experience, when there is a line-up that means that it's a good place to go or at least check out.

SMiLES+FLiRTS

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Will be back.. for be burger
By gastropod of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

Was really looking forward to checking out Crave but made a mistake in ordering pan fried halbut w/ asparagus and corn. The portion was small and over seasoned. The stuff gnocchi was nicely done but for the price, I wished I ordered the halibut and chips. Saw next patron get a 2 huge pieces of halibut. The pulled pork sandwich was nicely seasoned but felt like you were eating a "sloppy joe". Still alot better than the pulled pork served at White Spot. Dessert offering is standard; toffee pudding cake is worth a try but you can get better desserts for $8 at other places. Service was prompt and ambience had neighbour pub feel, quite cosy and intimate. If I come back, I would stick to casual fare like the burger, pasta and salads. Worth a try if you are in SOMA.

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Incredible Restaurant Experience
By Wendy P of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 11:11am [Dine in]

One of my favourite places in the city! Set aside a couple3 hours in an evening to sit back and enjoy the ambience of the room, the fantastic energy and vibe of the servers, staff and owners, and the amazingly delicious array of food... The dishes are all incredibly flavourful and yummy, big servings are beautifully arranged and obviously prepared with pride, skill, and years of "Seasoned" experience... The owners Greg & Wayne take great pride in their establishment, and bring their passion to what they obviously love to do to their restaurant... And it shows! Don't be shy to sit at the bar for dinner - or pre-dinner drinks - where you can enjoy the warm hospitality and witty banter of co-owner, Greg. This is definitely one of my all time favourite places to go again and again... Crave on Main Street opened its doors 5 years ago, and I have been a "regular" for the last 4 years... This is the place I hope to have my birthday dinner at.... Wendy P.

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