Cravings is committed to using fresh, local, sustainable and organic ingredients whenever possible to produce their menu of West Coast comfort foods.
Great place for lunch, good varied menu, reasonable and pleasant service. The day we went it was packed and the service a bit on the slow side but the food well presented and tasty. The seafood panini and ceasar salad was excellent value at $12. Hidden in a strip mall behing the Coast airport hotel at the foot of Oak St.
...and I still love this place. Great service, warm relaxed atmosphere, and delicious food for a very reasonable price. 3-course dinners for under $20, and by the end you're rolling out of the restaurant.
In the 16 years I have eaten here, I have never had poor service at this restaurant. Here's an example of the graciousness of our server, Wiam: my mother lives for their tiramisu cake. She goes on and on about how good it is (and yes, it really is good). So one evening we were eating and she mentioned how much she loved this cake to our server. When we finished eating and had our leftovers packed up (portions are generous--good for lunch the next day), Wiam brought her an extra little baggie with a nice piece of tiramisu in it, on the house. Now that's gracious!
Good dishes to try: nuts about chicken, lasagne, Saigon stirfry.
I've never eaten at the restaurant before but my gf who lives in the area said it was pretty good.
I ordered take out the other day in preparation for the Canucks game. I called in the order at 5pm and asked for a pick up time of 5:50pm. To my pleasant surprise, they had everything ready, hot n' fresh, pretty much on time. The service was really nice, and everyone seemed friendly and willing to help out. The ambiance seemed decent, clean and comfortable. As I didn't dine in, I didn't take much detail.
The food was pretty good. The crab cakes were quite good. They were tasty with a hint of curry and had good texture. The salad accompanying it however wasn't very good (the ginger/orange dressing didn't impress either of us). We also shared the Nuts About Salad. It was okay. It had lots of good ingredients but my gf makes it better. I think it was the dressing that wasn't so good. The nuts were over-roasted as well. The Salmon burger that my gf had was pretty poor in my opinion. It was like a processed salmon version of those frozen store-bought veggie patties. I had one bite and almost gagged. She on the other-hand thought it was edible. The best thing we ordered (we both agree on this) was my beef burger. I have to admit, this was one of the tastiest and freshest restaurant-bought burgers I've had in a LONG LONG time. The patty was nice and moist and cooked perfectly. The condiments and toppings were nicely proportioned. Again, VERY GOOD BURGER.
All in all, I would definitely try Cravings again. I would like to go and eat in their dinning room once. Their 3 course dinners seem like a good deal. And from what I saw of the service, it should be a rather pleasant experience.
Even though this restraurant has been around since 1991 (?) I had never heard of it. My wife and I were invited to my Aunt and Uncle's 50th wedding anniversary and they hosted a lovely dinner here.
There were 18 of us and the staff managed to seat us at one table altogether. The manager met us at the door and directed us to our table. The two servers assigned to us were very friendly and extremely helpful.
The evenings meal went off without a hitch, but without doublt the highlight of the evening was when one of our server, Angelina, sang to the happy couple - just beautiful and so totally romantic.....quality performance......very memorable.
In summary, everyone had a wonderful time, the food and value here is pretty decent.... but it was the service and care that made the difference. Worth a visit.
I was impressed by the weekend brunch. I had an omelet which was decent, and they obviously use good eggs. It came with fruit, soup, salad and toast. Great combination! Friendly, attentive service. I hope to go back for brunch next weekend! One of the best in Marpole for sure.
This Thanksgiving we decided to order out Dinner for 12 people. What a great idea, and surprisingly not expensive! Cravings Restaurant provided a gorgeous turkey with dressing, roasted potatoes, 3 types of roasted vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce PLUS squash souffle for 3 vegetarians in the group. Excellent food plus plenty of left-overs, and we are big eaters!! We are planning to order our Christmas dinner for l8 from there as well!!
A friend of mine who lives up north was staying at the Coast Hotel in South Vancouver. After visiting with him, we asked the front desk clerk at the hotel for restaurants in the area. She mentioned the White Spot! When she realized we were looking for something better, she mentioned Cravings, a block north of the hotel. I think the hotel clerks are "ecouraged" to push their eating establishment.
Cravings turned out to be a delightful place in many ways. The first thing I do whenever I walk into a new restaurant is check their washrooms and wash my hands. The washroom was spotless and though I did not use the toilet, I could see they had the new gadget that encases the toilet seat with a fresh cover before you sit down.
The food was great and the prices were unreal for such a nice restaurant. The three course dinner for $27 I had would easily cost me $10-$20 more anywhere else in the city. My starter was a beautiful pear salad with dates and pecans followed by a trio of duck with three different sauces. I then had my childhood favourite banana split that tasted just as good as the ones I never forget. My friend is on a strict diet and opted for squash salad with chicken and he raved about it.
I love wines and spend a fair chunk of money buying them for every occasion. I think we paid less than $30 for a bottle of organic Lutton Syrah! I am sure I have paid almost double that for the same wine in a couple other restaurants.
Our waitress, though not polished technically, was genuine and helpful. I like the fact she didn't try to push mineral water with our wine as it often happens now a days. All in all, I am glad we asked the front desk for other suggestions. I will definately go back the next time I have a reason to be near the airport.
We went to Cravings for Valentine's and it was simply one of the best dinners we have had in Vancouver. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. They had a great selection of 4 starters and a selection of 4 entrees. We had the " best of both worlds" - an awesome combo of seafood, chicken and steak. The tiger prawns were huge and grilled to perfection. The double bittersweet chocolate cake for dessert was outstanding in both presentation and taste. Great selection of wines - reasonable prices and a very quiet setting. Highly recommend this restaurant.
I've been there a number of times...it's not a place where you'd drive out of the way to visit. That's why most folks there are from the neighbourhood (ie. the elderly folks mentioned in another review). My friend who lives in the area likes it for its convenience, so we go return there, for lunch usually. One of the servers seems to greet with less friendliness than the others. But it's a half decent spot if you want something casual, not a chain restaurant, and are in the area.
I have never heard about Cravings, but my boyfriend took me there one night and my friend impressions of the place were a bit mixed. When we first arrived almost everyone of there was in their 40s-60s, perhaps it was just the night we went. I wasn't sure what to expect.
Upon ordering our food, our server was very helpful and very polite.
The food was decent, and definitely fairly priced.
The decor of the restaurant was not my taste but it was very soothing.
I would definitely go ago.
Try it out!
This is certainly a hidden treasure in South Vancouver. They have a great set course deal and it is a great place to go with friends or visiting relatives. I have never had something I did not like and the portions are huge. It is a quality dining experience.
We wanted to grab a good bite before heading to the ferries as we can't stand the food on the boat. We tried Cravings at the suggestion of a gal at Aunt Leahs Society (great org) but wasn't sure if they would be able to handle our group with some being non-dairy and another vegetarian. We called ahead the day before and the gal who answered the phone had the patience of a saint as she went through my options and even asked the chef and called back about cedrtain items.
When we arrived we found a gorgeous restaurant with plenty of seating and a patio - great vibe. The staff was very friendly and as luck would have it the same gal was working that day and took such good care of us I hardly know what to say.
The food was fresh, the deliscious fries (both the potatao and the yam) were not greasy, really good veggie burger and the crab cakes were devine! super beet salad too. We enjoyed ourselves silly and will return again soon!
Awesome way to load up before hitting the ferry.
We went here for a friend's birthday party. We had a reservation for 20 people. When we showed up they had given our tables away and we had to wait at the bar for 30min. When they did have a table for us it wasn't for 20 people. Myself and a 5 other people ended up having to sit at a different table from the birthday girl.
Finally we got to order drinks and food. My martini wasn't very good and another person said that they didn't like their either. What a waste of $8.50.
The food. I had the squash salad with chicken, it was so good! The rest of my small table had the ribs and they really enjoyed them.
For dessert I had the gluten-free chocolate cake, and it was really good.
For the whole dinner the service was spotty and they seemed annoyed that we were there.
The food was really good, but marapole is out of the way for us and bad service and medicore martinis means that we're not going back. Too bad.
We decided to try Cravings tonight based on the other reviews here, and we're delighted we did. Cravings is a beautifully decorated restaurant in a quiet, out-of-the-way spot near Oak and Marine. We were seated at a table for two in a corner as cozy as you please.
My wife decided to try the Spicy Chicken Soup to start and said she really enjoyed it. I had the Bruschetta which in my opinion redefines Bruschetta. It was phenomenal. Those who love excellent flatbread should consider ordering two Bruschetta and calling it a meal. It also came with an excellent side salad - just a green salad but one that had some flavour in it that I caught a glimpse of every few bites. I'm not sure what it was but every bite left me craving more, hoping it would show up again.
As a main course we both had the Roasted Squash Salad, which also included spinach, caramelized pecans, grated Feta, and a very tasty balsamic reduction. The salad was excellent, though the caramelized pecans required chewing with care.
They didn't have enough menus to go around so we had to pass one back and forth. Other than that, the service was excellent. My wife and I thanked our waitress after she ground pepper over our appetizers. "Oh," she said, sounding rather surprised. "You're nice!" I wonder what that says about the clientele in the Oak & Marine area!?
We'll be back again for brunch and a very intriguing Flourless Chocolate Cake.
This hidden restaurant does not look like anything special from the outside, however it is surprisingly nice on the inside. The food has always been delicious and the prices are super low for what you get. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. There is a choice between sitting in a bar-style area with TV's and a laid-back atmosphere, or a nicely decorated fine-dining section. We go here regularly and are continuously impressed by this restaurant's value for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The soups and sandwiches are especially delicious ...although this place is not in a very commercial location, it is definitely worth the trip.
I had been to Cravings a few times more than ten years ago when I was working at the airport. It was a good place to have decent food at good prices. When my boyfriend's family chose Cravings to celebrate Father's Day, I was not too impressed but kept my mouth shut.
When we got there, I wasn't sure if it was the same place. It is totally different from the jungle eatery I frequented. The back room where we sat, appeared to be be undergoing changes. We were told the gorgeous bar with cherry cabinets and real stone work was not yet complete. The guys in our group were in heaven with four flat screen HDTVs in the new bar area. They didn't have to choose between watching Tiger Woods battling Rocco Mediate in the US Open and L.A. Lakers trying to stay alive in a do or die game six against Boston Celtics.
The food was pretty good- much better than I had expected. The place has come along way not only in decor and comfort but also in food and service. I ordered a halibut dish that was on Chef's Recommendation page. I got two pieces of halibut on a white rectangular platter with the vegetables placed in a noodle nest between them. It was very nicely presented and tasted just as good. I tried a bite of my boyfriend's lamb loin and was tender and flavourful too. The rest of the party seemed to enjoy the meals from what I could see. The menu prices were reasonable and in the low twenties.
The Spanish looking waitress with beautiful long hair that I would kill to have was really sweet and bubly. She wasn't comfortable with wine opening but we were having so much fun that we didn't care about minor imperfections. I don't know what she was doing to another table in the dining room but she had them in stitches. I am sure my boyfriend's brother has already made another reservation just to talk to her!
All in all, Cravings was a very pleasant surprise. We are thinking of going there next month on our way to the airport.
Unexpectedly amazing at a price you cannot find anywhere in the city. Under $20 per person for a three course meal in a relaxed, fun, dining atmosphere-- we have tried nearly everything on the preset 3 course menus, and found nothing we did not like. Not adventurous, but excellent continental fare, and we have never left disappointed in roughly 20 visits. The lamb dinner is one of my favourites. The rest of the family is torn between the various chicken dishes. Decent wine selection available and excellent service, in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Nothing will disappoint here.
we came here mid afternoon; the place was empty so there was no problem with the service. they have some interesting choices on the menu, it was a while ago but i think i had a mushroom or squash soup and it was good. my boyfriend got a pasta, probably chicken and liked it-it was a good portion. my entree was a spinach salad with cheese.. i think feta and candied pecans. i thought i would love it but didn't, however ive since had another salad with candied pecans and just don't care for them in salads.. overall the salad really lacked juiciness and crispiness, it was really only spinach, cheese and pecans... high fibre and too dense and sweet in my opinion. i might want to try something else here, and my boyfriend has suggested going back, its definitely hard to find anything similar nearby.
everything was ok here...nothing really stood out as outstanding or as bad. Overall everything was pretty average. we were hoping that they were "known" for something or had recommendations for the menu as it's got the same items as everywhere else but we were just told that "everything is pretty good."
1. Good ambience, especially the new bar. People who like to watch the game will appreciate the new big flatscreen TVs.
2. Warm crusty bread
3. Good price for entrees
4. Waitress was patient with our big rowdy group of 20 though could be a little more polished (she seemed slightly irritated when she had to repeat the list of soups offered that evening. Granted my group was a bit rowdy so I can somewhat understand her frustration.)
5. Food well presented (especially the Halibut entree)
1. Overpriced wine ($8.50 for a glass of Obikwa Sauvignon Blanc?!)
2. Overpriced desserts ($9 for a piece of cheesecake?!)
3. Food tends to be WAY too salty (I am usually the last one to complain about saltiness and the mussels were way too salty for me. My friend said the same about her halibut.)
Overall, ambiance and food is at best on par with some maintream chain restaurants. While main courses are reasonably priced for the quality, it seems like Cravings wants to make their bucks on drinks and desserts. It depends on what you are craving for.