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Crave

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

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Great Brunch
By cheeky604 of Surrey , B.C. (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 19, 2010 - 5:31pm [Dine in]

I love Crave for their brunch and our server (Jenny) is always so nice and accommodating! It can be a little bit cramped in the inside, but I don't mind it that much...especially if it means eating those delicious delicious eggs benedict! I usually order egg white frittata, just because its a healthier choice. But I've ordered there pancakes and they are so heavenly, it tastes like a soft donut drizzled in maple syrup!

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not this time
By deniz of richmond (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

I usually prefer to come the Crave for their brunch. Good omlettes, decent hollandaise, delicious crab cakes, good service... all you need on a Sunday breakfast.

I wanted to try their lunch menu today and stopped by for the burger. It was terrible. The bun or the foccacia bread was so stale, it crumbled with every bite, I almost choked on it. The patty was decent but nothing you wouldn't get anywhere else. I wonder if it is made fresh in the house. Rest of the burger was not seasoned at all other than a teaspoon of mayo smeared carelessly on the bottom. The caesar salad accompanied the burger was worst I have ever had. There was barely dressing, which by the way was very very bland, on the leaves. I managed to finish the sandwich but left the lettuce on the plate. A meh burger with salad and a drink, $25 (inc.tip). On the other side service was very attentive and good which kinda made the day.

I expected a bit more from the Crave, but not this time i guess.

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Another lovely evening
By LizB of Cambie, Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

Went with a girlfriend for some child free time. Lovely evening. Ate on patio at the back, perfect for the warm weather. Popcorn shrimp very moreish and short rib rigatoni so yummy. Very nice bottle of chilled Sauv. blanc, wine glasses slightly warm, which was a shame, but a minor peeve.
All in all money well spent!

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Good Comfort Food, Poor Service
By lycheemonkey of Surrey (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 1:15am [Dine in]

I've been to Crave several times over the last year or so and the attraction of their Brunch menu seems to get me back in the restaurant time and time again. Although their menu is short and to the point, there is enough of a variety to keep most customers happy.

The food at Crave is pretty solid from their salads to their variety of Eggs Benedict. However, you will surely be disappointed in their service (no fault of the staff) as it appears that they are always under staffed. It always seems like a long wait for your food to arrive and a server is never around if you need something.

Overall, Crave is a good staple, if you don't mind the wait as their food quality is consistent and good attitude from the servers, if you can find one.

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Cobb Salad so not worth $16!
By marinedr of city hall, vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

Went for lunch on Saturday and had the Cobb Salad which was pretty mediocre; definitely not worth $16. We had to wait for a table in the poorly designed cramped entrance and the staff were all stressed and there was a strange tense vibe amongst the staff after a busy brunch period. They obviously have a loyal clientelle on Main Street but I didn't enjoy it and won't be back. I couldn't wait to get out of there. I could make a much better salad at home at a fraction of the cost. They need to update their website as the Cobb Salad is listed as $12 not $16; quite the price increase! If only my salary would increase like their prices!

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I wouldn't bother. Tiny Portions, Way too expensive
By joeldadrummer of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 3:24am [Dine in]

Ok so went there for Dinner. I will start with the positives. Food is good. Not scrumptious, but very good and tasty. Tomato soup was the best. Artwork is quite nice. OK...now with the bad. It Really is a yuppie place. Atmosphere is fairly Formal...Servers don't smile, and seem way too cool for you. But this review is not about the servers, as they do their job well. Food- Portions are beyond tiny. my friend ordered the soup, it was good, but hardly any there. came with a tiny "sandwich." that was gone in like two bites. Salad came next. Both salads were very fresh, but really not the most exciting salads ever, and again kinda "foo-fooey" if you know what I mean. Don't get me wrong, I love creative cooking, but this just felt like they were trying way too hard in the salad dept. Cooking and food is about love, not about the perfect freakin salad! My friend had an $8 glass of wine, and her first comment was "this is the smallest glass of wine I have ever received." And this woman has eaten ALL over the world at some of the finest restaurants. The glass was like a 1/4 full. Ok so we were still very hungry and waiting for the mains. We had ordered the special (salmon) and a pasta. The salmon consisted of a small piece of Salmon on a few of diced peppers, and a side of potatoes. There must be a potato shortage that we hadn't heard about, because there were about 8 small pieces of pototo beside the salmon, and that was it. That dish was gone in a few minutes and we shared my pasta (which was thankfully not as tiny). Pasta was good, but no bread or cracker or anything fun came with it, so again it felt rather small. Total Price for meal for 2 people with 15% tip?...$80. And we were still hungry. I feel robbed. Not recommended

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Great Food, Nice Location
By jacq of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

Crave is a great restaurant. Really delicious food and drinks. I love their burgers and cobb salad. The Tokyo Rose martini and the mojito were both awesome. I highly recommend the place, although it can get a bit busy and doesn't take reservations.

There are many enjoyable restaurants on Main Street right now, but this definitely stands out from the crowd. Service is great. Dessert (the carrot cake in particular) was fantastic.

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Good food, noisy room
By pickyeaters of Dunbar, Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

We went early as we had heard that it gets really busy and it is a small restaurant. The food was good, we had salads and lamb shank. Wine list is limited. They need a good chocolate dessert too, none of the white chocolate nonsense. That's not real chocolate! The noise level was very high, couldn't hear my boyfriend talking to me but could hear everyone else yelling at each other. They need something to soften the noise level. Too many hard surfaces for sound to bounce off.

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Disappointed
By fijova of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 1, 2006 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

Food: Was ok. I ordered the veg burger - the patty was soggy and flavourless. My decent rating comes from food ordered by others. They were satisfied by the steaks and ribs. So thumbs down on the veg dpmt

Service: was ok. The waitress was ok. We did wait for an hour and half on a thrusday to get a table. Seems to me that they forgot about us. We were freezing on the not-so-heated patio. The waitress didnt care about this or so it seemed.

Ambiance: Seemed nice. We were sitting by the washroom in an otherwise empty restuarant and hour and half later but I think it was good.

Overall: I would avoid this place only b/c its too pricy for the service and seats available.

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Outstanding food - reasonable prices!
By GFjord of Vancouver, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 3, 2006 - 12:02am [Dine in]

We had dinner at this little unpretentious restaurant on a Saturday evening - early; 6:30ish. The service was very professional, yet personal. The soup special was (gourmet) seafood chowder and we have not had better, even in Cape Cod! The price was a real deal @ $5. Our main courses were excellent, ribs and delicious homecut fries that are as good as Cafe de Paris on Denman, and the Pulled Pork sandwich was a generous portion and scrumptious. We will definitely be going back and will maybe sit on the very cute back patio.

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Delays at Crave
By chowman of Main Street, Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 17, 2006 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

Mr and Mrs. Chowman stayed in the 'hood for dinner this week. We went to Crave.

The placed was quite full for mid-week. No water offered when we sat down. The wine list is pretty light on wine by the glass: two white and two red. The server took our drink order and then came back from the patio to indicate that he had forgotten the order. They do need to expand the wine list. I had chardonnay as the pinot was rather sad.

There was an astonishingly long wait for our meal. At one point we were told that the food was on the way but then more time passed. We did not order appetizers and so I was ready to chew on the table.

The salmon on fennel/artichoke salad with potatoes on the side was tasty. The salad was a bit overcooked--some scorching was noticeable. Mrs. Chowman had the steak and onion rings. She was very pleased and I tried a bit of each and they were very good. Were the dishes worth $42 in total given the locale?

Dessert was ice cream with a cookie. Very simple item after a long wait.

Arrival to departure was one hour and 40 minutes. I do think that they need to add more kitchen staff and add more floor staff. There were three servers for the whole restaurant. Much of the art work is from the gallery next door. It does not fit with the colour scheme. The black and white photographs on the east wall of the restaurant are more suitable.

Chowman

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New name-Crave
By vanmoose of Granville Rise (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 11, 2006 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

Clews has recently been reaquired by the original owner and has now been renamed Crave. We went for breakfast on a Sunday morning. The buttery potatoes were incredible and the highlight of the breakfast. The crab cakes on the crab cake benedict were high on crab and low on bread crumbs, and nicely browned. The poached eggs were perfect, not the hockey puck you get in so many restarants. The pancakes were light and fluffy. The staff was very attentive, and they have a nice patio, too. We will be back soon for dinner!

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good spot on main st.
By justgoodfood of main.st,vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

Main st. is full of great, small, cozy restaurants,and crave is one to check out The room is a little tight, if it was a tad bigger, i would have liked it a little more. Nevertheless, i had the tempura roll and the steak, and i was stuffed and satisfied. the food is consistent and is a great alternative to those big chain restaurants. feels a little bit more intimate, good size portions and flavourful.Servers could be more attentive. It was pretty busy when we went. A great neighborhood spot.

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Great Place
By E10Out of West (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

Love the food here. Very reasonably priced creative menu. Excellent gormet burger (even though I don't typically like burgers).

Great breakfast menu and fusion dishes too. Drink menu could be larger but decent selection.

My only concern is the chef is opening 2 more restaurants currently so he may be running around other sites...

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Not So Good
By stellah of richmond (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 13, 2008 - 12:01pm [Dine in]

We waited 30 minutes to be seated, however, since we had been many times before, we knew to expect this. The wait was not worth it! Our party of 4 all ordered eggs benny - and each of us had the same complaint. The bennies were absolutely tastless. The hollendaise sauce was bland - like it had come out of a package. The eggs were bland, and even lots of salt and pepper didn't help. The english muffins tasted like wet cardboard. I don't know what has happened at Crave, but the food has sure gone downhill. Won't be back.

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little crowded
By carinaycc of North Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

We went there for brunch in March and it was a hit and miss for the dishes. I ordered an all inclusive omelette and it was good. My friends ordered their granny smith apple & goat cheese omelette, DO NOT order this unless they change the way it's cooked. My friend ate 3 bites of it and left it untouched. The portion was huge, however, they pretty much stuffed one whole apple in there w/out cooking it. The apples were completely raw and it threw off the whole meal for her.
Luckily, they ordered french toast with strawberries and side of buttery potatoes...and these 2 were outstanding. They could improve on their coffee, it was a bit on the light side.
B/c the restaurant is small, it does get very crowded and elbows from waiters can get into your head if one sits too far out.
so, overall, i give it a 3.5~4. It's worth a try, just dont' order their granny smith omelette.

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Great food, but that's about it
By yjc826 of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

The food is great. The way they make their potatoes is amazing! It is one of the best I ever had. Apparently the place has great ribs, but I haven't gotten a chance for that yet. All brunch menues are excellent.
The parking is an absolute nightmare. Best of luck to ya.

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Always a good bet.
By JCR of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

Crave on Main St has one of the few really nice patios during the warm weather - in fact, it has two (the one in the back is much better). Brunch is always reliably good.

The nicoise salad is one of the best I've ever had, and the deep-fried tuna roll is a meal on its own (although listed as an appetizer). The mojitos are lovely to look at and to drink. There's a very good wine list. Considering what the final bill is after a meal and drinks, the value is fantastic.

The service is professional but rarely personal. You just don't get the pleasant back-and-forth that can really add to a dining experience. To be fair, the place is always busy. I can see it's in them, the staff are great, they just don't have time to slow down and say hello.

It would be nice to be able to make reservations, given the difficulty parking in the area - it's annoying to finally locate a parking space, only to be told there's a wait of forty minutes before you even sit, let alone eat.

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A big disappointment!
By amour1 of UBC, VANCOUVER (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 11:20am [Dine in]

After our friends recommendation to visit their favourite restaurant we bounded to Crave excited to try a new place. We were welcomed by a kind hostess who found us a lovely table within a few minutes which was pleasing for a busy Friday night. However that was as good as it got. Our waiter was somewhat helpful but certainly didn't ingratiate himself towards us, the barman made slip-ups with our drinks and we waited over 1 1/2 hours for our meals. The Mojitos were tasteless and the organic burger was mediocre and the Chicken brie melt was pretty terrible. It certainly not worth the wait nor the prices (though not too expensive) but we are certainly don't crave Crave again!

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Cramped, but good.
By Fionamm of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 6:39pm [Dine in]

The menu had good variety, the service was excellent, and the food was very good. The cob salad was filled with all sorts of yummy items and the pulled pork sandwich was absolutely delish. The only thing that I would complain about is the cramped interior--it's one of those places where there are just too many tables jammed in there.

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