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Grub

4328 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V3P9
Tel: (604) 876-8671
Neighbourhood: Riley Park

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Good Food in a cramped space
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 9:48am [Dine in]

Came here on a weeknight and it was very busy, all tables had a reserved sign, good thing we had reservations. They have a menu with some salads, dips/meats, and pizzas. The main dishes are written on the black board in a daily special type of menu. Had the 3 course menu for $30. This included the carnivore plate of various cured meats/spreads. Very good a nice portion. Chose the lamb for the main and it was done medium rare and tasted fantastic. Cummin flavour and came along with chick peas, peas and panneer in a mild curry saucce. Pretty big portion. Had a bite of the beef tenderloin and it was great as well. All of the mains, if ordered separately would be $19 which is a great deal. Dessert was a chocolate torte which was very good. Some vegan dishes as well. Ambiance is mediocre. The restaurant is very small with the bar taking up a large portion of the back and one side. This causes some tables to be squeezed in to allow servers to pass, many a kicked chair was experienced. There is a bench type of seating on one side of the restaurant and it was very uncomfortable, as you basically sat straight up. Tables are very close together. Service was good and helpful in menu selections. Would return.

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Great food
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 17, 2009 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here a couple times and the food is very good. They have a constantly changing menu that is written up on a couple blackboards with daily features. Their prices are very reasonable with most, if not all, dishes being under $20. The portions are very good. Most of the dishes are comfort oriented with a lot of braised meats and a nice variety of other options including meats, seafood and vegetarian.

The space is a little cramped and small but the turnover is fast as the kitchen seems to get the food out pretty quickly. My only gripe about this place is that the service is a little awkward and slow. Both times I have been there I have witnessed one or more servers (there are usually two) eating at the small bar. Also, the blackboards are a little difficult to read with all their dishes because of the dim lighting and the server seemed reluctant to tell us about it which wasn't that big of a deal. Overall, its a nice, local, value oriented, comfort food joint that I will definitely go back to on a regular basis.

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A great place starts its downward slide
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (149 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 24, 2011 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

Ive been here many many times. We come with my MIL and FIL once every month or two on Sundays for dinner. I used to love it and find it huge value and totally yum. As with all great places it sees fantastic success and then decides to change and cheap out till it's gone I guess.

Ive noticed a steady increase in prices, decrease in quality and value, continued lack lustre service and WHAT restaurant has never accepted debit these days?

The food is still good and the daily chalk board of specials is interesting. However I have had a few dishes poorly seasoned or seasoned incorrectly, items missing that were described on the board, and exepnsive ones too like seafood. The portions are starting to get smaller but are still good. Worst of all is the desserts. Some are realy good but the specials are often so puny I'd be embarrassed to serve it to a child never mind charge a ton for it. Booo boo boo. I hope the owners read this because we your loyal customers are hip to your ways and will soo be gone. Wake up! Turn the clock back a few years and start again.

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Great Find - don't tell anyone
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

I love this place! I've been here at least 10 times and never have I been disapointed. They have a small regular menu and great daily specials. I do not always like everything on the special board but everytime I go one thing just jumps out at me and is exactly to my taste. If you make reservations they will give you the best table they have. The food to me tastes like Lumiere food for $20 a plate. Spectacular. Desserts are their weak point in my opinion, but the stilton plate is amazing if you're in the right mood. Go there right away, just don't take my table and keep your mouth shut so it doesn't get too busy! Everytime I go there I feel like I'm at my friend's house after they've returned from a fancy cooking school sabbatical.

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average
By genki39 of burnaby (82 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

I came here for dinner with my friend last nite. I've wanted to try this place for a long time now, especially reading all the good reviews here and my cousin also said she had a good experience here. Anyways we got there about 7:30 and the restaurant which is quite small was just under half full. For a starter, we shared the pescitarian plate (a cold seafood platter) it was okay nothing special. For mains, my friend had the salmon pizza which was okay and I had the seared halibut which was decent I guess. It wasn't the freshest piece of halibut I've had and it came with a crab canneloni which was pretty bland and there wasn't much of a sear on the halibut either. The service was pretty good. Considering the prices (I think everything was under 19) it's pretty hard to complain. That said though with so many restaurants in the city I'll probably try somewhere else before coming back here.

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Impressed. A Keeper on South Main
By latelier of SE Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 2:15am [Dine in]

Had a nice dinner here a couple nights ago with my partner. We went for the very tempting main course items from their daily 'fresh sheet'. Osso Bucco with Saffron Risotto and Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin ($17) was stick-to-your-ribs good. Grilled Marlin, medium rare, with a Jalapeno crust, citrusy Three Bean Salad and BlueBerry and Pineapple salsa ($17) was intense in flavor and appropos for the summer season. Ingredients in all dishes were fresh and of high quality. Decor is whimsical and boutiquey - LOVE the yellow banquet seats. Locals that frequent the Locus and the Reef nearby should definitely check this place out

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Hidden Gem on Main Street
By Spelunca of Vancouver (45 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

Food: we shared lamb risotto (spiced excellently), duck breast salad (again, spiced well and lean), plus the ratatouille pizza (thin crust, good consistency). portions were generous for the price.

Service: friendly, non-intrusive. solid.

Value: excellent for the price

Ambiance: small place, no AC, Main Street

Overall: perfect for a quiet dinner date away from the downtown core

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A Gem on Main St.
By dinnerguests of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 5, 2009 - 10:05am [Dine in]

With all the marvelous press, we had to try this place. This restaurant was small, but comfortable. We had reservations and were seated promptly in the Main Street casual way. We found the menu selection slightly confusing--most of the entrees were written on the chalkboard on the wall instead of the menu handed to us. Looking at the paper menu first, not knowing there was another place to select from, my husband muttered quietly, "Is this all they're serving?" This confusion could have been eliminated if the hostess/server who seated us had pointed out the "specials" on the wall behind my husband. The menu items looked fairly ambitious for the for the price.
We all had drinks; a couple plus beers for the adults, and juice for the child. We ordered the stuffed chicken, the halibut, and the tomato
basil pizza. We sipped on our drinks for more than half an hour before our meals came. To our surprise, the food was delicious! The food presentation was simple, but lovely, and a decent portion size, not huge. All of the food was nicely seasoned, cooked just till done, moist with no dry crusty parts on the surface, except a bit on the pizza crust as expected. We never felt rushed by our pleasant servers, nor neglected, and were able to enjoy our meal and each other--we were appreciative of that since so many restaurants just want to turn over their tables as quickly as possible by telling you when they want their table back during reservations, suggestive selling, servers rushing about to indicate speed eating is necessary--this did not happen here--what a surprise and how lovely! Because the food was so good, and we felt relaxed to enjoy our meal, we ordered dessert, which we usually skip. The "iced glacee" from their chalkboard came prettily dressed with caramelized bananas, some berries, and ample rum sauce--it was good, and definitely enough to share with others at the table after the entree. In the hour and a half we were here, we had a lovely dining experience--there was no loud music to prevent us from hearing each other, there was no fancy decor to keep us distracted, although you may want to check out the wall paper, and there were no server clones in short skirts. But, we were able to focus on what was most important when sitting down for a meal: great food and the people we share our time with. We will definitely return to this place.

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Food great
By eastsidehomecook of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 7:33am [Dine in]

We have gone here many times and have never been disappointed with the food. However, the service staff does not seem happy to be there and in turn makes the experience not as desirable. We will continue to go as the value for your food is incredible and it is delicious. We love the back little patio - very quaint and comfortable.

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I heart GRUB
By vancitygirl626 of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 10:54pm [Dine in]

This tiny place on Main street is one of Vancouver's best kept secrets. We have eaten here at least a dozen times over the past year and it is our go to dependable favorite place. We know we will always enjoy something on their specials board and usually go with the table d'hôte which is a fantastic deal. The staff seem like they genuinely enjoy working there and are always friendly. The decor is basic but the food is fabulously tasty with a good basic selection of affordable wines. Portions are generous and it is a wonderful place for a dinner out. I cannot say enough good things about this place.. we have been to many fancier places but rarely enjoy them as much as Grub. For desert forgo the vegan selection it may have a weird texture ( unless your vegan obviously) try the pear strudel it is wonderful. Grub I heart you!

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Good food, decent value
By anita99 of Vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 14, 2009 - 11:15pm [Dine in]

We decided to visit this restaurant tonite (Friday night) after seeing all the great reviews. This is a tiny restaurant located on Main Street near 29th. The food is pretty good. My husband had the roast lamb with chick peas and it had an Indian flavor to it. It was quite good. I ordered a steak and my daughter had a pizza. It was a thin crust pizza with lamb sausage and chili flakes. Quite good but it came out on the colder side. The steak was cooked to perfection. And the lamb was excellent! We also shared an upside down banana cake (vegan) for dessert which had a nice flavor. All in all, I give this place a solid 3 for ambiance, service and food. I will definitely go back because I see a lot of potential with this place and given they change their menu quite frequently I'd definitely like to go back and sample a few more dishes.

Last thing, the ingredients were definitely fresh and were not greasy. I look forward to visiting again.

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its my new go-to spot....
By bugaboo of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

Grub was recommended to me by a friend and so far, I've been twice and have been a happy customer both times.

The food is interesting and tasty, more than reasonably priced and based on how I've felt afterwards, reasonably good for you. Sometimes I find that restaurant meals leave me with a sore tummy and the impression that I've just eaten a week's worth of fat and no vegetables but Grub isn't like that.

We'll go back many times I'm sure.

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Trendy Boutqiue Restaurant on Main
By kplam of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 1:55pm [Dine in]

I've always wanted to go here, but they're always full or closed when I want to go there. Anyway, I finally got a chance to go there on a weekday night and the place was pretty empty. The room is small, but has that clean, modern 60s feel to it and the place was fairly dark with minimal amounts of candles lighting some tables. There was some indie music to groove to, which really fit the feel of the place. I wanted to give a higher rating for ambiance, but I don't like the use of Ikea chairs.

Service was minimal, which I didn't mind because our server wasn't rude and she was nice. The food was reasonably priced.

The food came in fair proportions, nothing too large or too small. My boyfriend and I started with the portobello mushroom salad. It was very satisfying and the combination of portobello mushroom and goat cheese was excellent. I liked how it wasn't just a heap of lettuce, such as the lackluster salads you get elsewhere. There was a variety of roasted vegetables, which made the vegetables very desirable and made the salad different and more nutritious. Even my vegeetable-detesting and salad-hating boyfriend enjoyed it. Then, we shared the ratatouille pizza, which was just bursting with ingredients. It was a very unique pizza with the ratatouille and up there on my list of best pizzas I've had.

I like that the fresh menu only had one selection per meat or non-meat option, because I'm indecisive. Before going, I was a little nervous that I might like what they had to offer, but my worries were banished with their creamy pesto pasta. I don't remember what kind of noodles it was exactly (I'm thinking linguine), but it was a very unusual combination of ingredients. The linguine was pink, so it looked extra funky. The pasta was topped with a few strands of gai lan and with chopped cauliflower wrapped with yam. The pasta was coated with a creamy sauce and clumps of pesto were garnished on top of the pasta. Finally, for the taste: wow, it was fantastic! It was so rich and creamy and the vegetables gave it a different taste that complemented the sauce very well. I kind of wish they didn't constantly change the menu because I'd love to have this dish again.

I generally don't like to go a restaurant more than one time, so I can try other restaurants, but I definitely plan to frequent this place.

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Great Local Place
By zach_food of Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

All in all, had a really good night at this local spot. For three people the price was just over $100 with tax and tip but we did share an appetizer plate and dessert, so it wasn't a traditional three course meal. Most menu items are found on the blackboard and the selection is well balanced and fairly accessible. Many dishes appealed and most everything ordered was well executed. Service was good enough and this place fills a niche in the city as a place to go for a tasty, reliable meal. Not a lot of seats but it looks like they take reservations now.

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What's with all the hype?
By puresweethell of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 18, 2009 - 11:04pm [Dine in]

We went to Grub based on reading so many glowing restaurant reviews and seeing it jam packed on many nights. Overall it was a very poor experience.

When we first arrived, we were told the wait would be 45 minutes and then after a few minutes, we were told it would just be a few minutes. That didn't bother us too much, just found it a bit weird that the servers didn't have a good grasp as to what was going on.

After being seated with the menus, we waited a long time for the server to come back and we were dying for a drink. When she finally arrived, I ordered the seared sablefish with fennel, baby shrimp, lemon risotto with an orange & apricot compote. My partner ordered the smoked provolone stuffed chicken breast.

When our meals came, we were both very disappointed. The sablefish was overcooked (definitely did not seemed seared) and the compote was too sweet and overpowering. Sadly, the risotto was undercooked and I could only find two baby shrimp. My partner's stuffed chicken was ruined by too much cheese.

Our server was also pretty non-existent, although I know it was a busy night for them. My partner had ordered a mojito which tasted fine but the second one tasted horrible.

Drinks + meal was almost $75. All in all, a VERY disappointing dining experience...especially for the price.

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Worth the Trip...
By manager of commercial drive (24 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 3, 2009 - 9:46pm [Dine in]

Just came back from a Friday diner at this little east-side gem. We ate two LARGE appies, 4 glasses of cava and a huge shared entree all for way under $100. That's pretty fabulous.

The food was most certainly the highlight of this Main St. excursion. We ate a shared seafood platter, duck salad and the pork dinner. Each was fantastic in its own way. The pork was just out of this world. The duck salad was super-fan-tabulous. Maybe a dessert next time.

The service was alright. The two girls were efficient if not a little uninterseted. I guess I like a little banter...whatevs. There seemed to be an overall lack of order. No serious complaints.

Like I said...diner for two + a good bubbly buzz all for well under $100. Yep.

Ambiance - This restaurant has none. Go with people who make you happy.

Overall - Loved the food. Service was OK. Value was great. No ambiance. The wine list in this place is pretty basic. If you like pairing fab food with fab wine you will be very disappointed. Lame wine list. Until it improves bubbles will do fine.

Do it.

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If I wasn't a student .....
By mackenzie_jen of South Van (21 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

I would have my life catered by GRUB. My boyfriend and I went there to celebrate the end of our finals in December and it really exceeded my expectations.
First of all, as a vegan I really appreciate not having to eat a consoliation prize salad or hippie tofu concotion. I had the quinoa with vegetable skewers. With the cheery tomatoes having been fire grilled... well it was just bliss. I also really liked that they made everything there, fresh, and actually knew what was in it. No "let me check the package" like other resturants with $15.00 entrees.
My boyfriend had the vegetrain dish, potato canneloni. It was sort of crepe like and apparently delicious.
We also started with the bread plate (I obviously skipped the butter) and had trouble finishing our mains. For $50.00, I'd say we got a hell of a meal. Tasty, filling and definetly not something I could make at home. Will be back when I can make another occasion out of it.

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fabulous
By vera of southeast vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 1:56am [Dine in]

Two people of our party of six showed up an hour late, yet we were not given a hard time at all, and were never rushed to order. While waiting, we ordered a pizza - as it turned out, the pizza was served with a little delay as we were told that the first one was burnt. To 'compensate', the pizza was on the house! It was perfectly crusty & seasoned. The sweet Italian sausage, rapini, garlic, crushed chilis & mozzarella were a brilliant combination.

All my companions enjoyed their entrees, which came in very generous portions. I had the Pescitarian antipasto. The smoked trout brandade was heavenly!! I also liked the seafood ceviche and the salmon gravlax very much.

Although the restaurant is tiny, it was extremely busy and so the two servers were constantly preoccupied. However, they took excellent care of us, and as far as I can tell were also very attentive to all other tables.

I am looking forward to going back to try other dishes!!

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Good Grub
By Gems of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 9:26pm [Dine in]

We received a gift certificate for GRUB and decided to have a quiet Saturday night dinner. We arrived shortly after opening time to avoid the rush. It was an enjoyable meal. Looks like about 32 seats total.

Decor is Main Chic and do take time to analyze the wallpaper themes ... initially looks retro then looks more, well, just look and decide for yourself!

Best tables? For 2, 4, or 6, ask for the window area. Second best area is the table for 4 located under the menu board. Otherwise it can be close quarters with other diners, literally elbow to elbow.

Menu is at the table and on the wall - small but varied and intriguing. Take your time to really look at the complex mix of flavors.

We started with a simple green salad and the bread/dip plate, which was generous in size and flavor. Good indicators for the rest of the meal.

Mains were a difficult choice due to so many good offerings. We had curried lamb rack and quinoa salad, with a great Moroccan flavor, and pork with sweet potatoes, braised cabbage and local blueberry sauce. Wow!

Dessert is not to be missed. We had a lemon tart brulee and Stilton creme with cherries. Yes, blue cheese dessert, and for anyone who is unsure, we say DO NOT pass this one up. It was an "inspiring" plate and we will return to GRUB just to have that again.

Coffee was top quality, decent wine selection and next time we may indulge in a punch bowl - just like Grandma's punch. Enjoy!

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Always delicious
By vancouvertasty of South Main, Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 1:51am [Dine in]

We go to Grub often and have since they opened. I've had so many different menu items over the past 10 months and I've never been disappointed.
The appie plates are delicious, love the pate on the carnivore plate, the pickled cabbage is tangy and great. The commie punch is always a good beat for a pre-dinner drink with friends. All the cocktails I've had are delicious and easy to drink. I prefer their drinks over Cascade's.
My favourite dishes are generally the meat specials. I've had brined pork chops that were juicy and more flavourful than any other pork I've had. Ribs, beef, lamb are always solid tasty choices. The vegetarian options are always interesting and varied, I'm not vegetarian but have ordered the veg option many times case it just sounded too good to skip, never been let down. Only dish I didn't love was cod with a fruit salsa, something in the combination just didn't work.
The value is great, ya, the prices aren't cheap, but you get a big serving of high quality delicious and inventive combinations.
They've started serving brunch and I've heard great things, very interested to try.
In terms of service, the 2 that run the front of the house are great, fun and on it. They have another staff member who serves and she maybe isn't the best fit. I like a server in a small restaurant to be a bit more enthusiastic and interested in the experience, this girl just doesn't seem to care.
All in all, Grub is one of my favourite restaurants in the city and I recommend.

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