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Latin Quarter

1305 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L3X5
Tel: (604) 251-1144
Neighbourhood: Commercial

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dashed hopes
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 4:05am [Dine in]

I had really high hopes for this place and unfortunately the Latin Quarter did not deliver. The tapas we had were ordinary at best, although we only tried the artichokes, grilled eggplant and prawns. I had the veal for my main course and the veal was covered in a weak sauce/gravy that tasted like corn starch and sugar. This is probably a better place to just have a couple tapas and enjoy the live music and ambiance.

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Good Latin Food, Nice Place
By jpcostales of Metrotown, Burnaby (70 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 8:40am [Dine in]

Recommended. Nice place on Commercial Drive, with a Latin feel and comfortable atmosphere.

Food - I ordered the Veal Marsala, which was very tender and tasty. The accompanied ravioli and veggies were excellent. I also sampled my friends' nachos and Rabbit Stew. Very good!

Service - Friendly and prompt service on a Monday evening. The server was very pleasant and quite attentive. I love how he referred to the Rabbit Stew. Upon serving the dish he asked, "Who ordered Bugs Bunny?"

Value & Ambiance - Decent value for money. A little pricier than some spots on Commercial, but worth it in my opinion. Nice spot along the Drive, and decent decor inside. We were one of only a handful of customers on a Monday night.

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Boring
By cakone of Richmond (52 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

I was not impressed with this place at all. It was recommended to us by a friend of a friend.

The food as said in a previous review is extremely ordinary. I ordered a salad w/dressing that may very well been water. My friend ordered the veal which was so chewy & nasty.

Not once did the waitress ask how our meal was or if we needed drinks. Not once! The service was AWFUL. Our waitress was more concerned with entertaining her friends than taking care of us. It was soooo busy in there, how can you justify chatting it up with your buddies? It was ridiculous.....my friend got so pissed, she yelled "Hello...remember us? Can we have our bill please?" It was pretty funny considering it was well deserved.

I will not be returning.

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where was the live music?
By morgan of Vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

I was very excited to go to this restaurant and enjoy tapas and listen to the live band that they are said to have.Unfortunatley I left disappointed. I had the chicken fajita which they claim is the best in town and it did not live up to its claim. The chicken was overcooked and they cover it in this sauce that ends up being all you can taste. I will not go back for dinner, but I will for sure go back for drinks, tapas and music which starts at 10ish.

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Best of the Drive
By AussieFoodiesInVan of Denman & Robson (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

The LQ provides a great spot for some authentic latin food, but most importantly, genuine music and dancing.

The place seems somewhat formal when entering, but soon you're as relaxed as the regulars and happily chatting with the barman about which vino roco to try next.

Go for the food, stay for the late night live music and spontaneous dancing from customers and staff alike.

Genuine, friendly, fun place. Keep it up.

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I like Latin Quarter a lot
By roberb7 of New Westminster (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 4:01pm [Dine in]

I've been here several times. The quality of the food, service, and live music has been excellent each time. OK wine list, moderate food prices. Highlights are the chorizo (delivered to your table while broiling) and a salad containing pork strips. The owner is friendly.

Themusic is usually a classical guitarist, but they had a three-piece latino group the last time I was there, and the joint was jumping (yes, dancing is permitted).

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Dissapointing - flavourless - boring!!
By dlishusfood of Downtown, Vancouver (30 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 1:52pm [Dine in]

Our friends had been raving about this place for some time, so on Saturday night 6 of us downtownies took the trek out to Commercial to eat at the "famous" Latin Quarter. What a complete dissapointment - from the lousy and I mean LOUSY service to the very so - so food offered. My partner and I shared the Paella which is their signature dish - which I guess at $42 just means its the dinner with the most profit in it for them. Mussels undercooked, shrimps over cooked, rice flavourless, empty clam shells - If they think thats how Paella is meant to taste they had better go back to cooking school -I wont go on - but I definately wont be going back to this sham of a resaurant. I think enough said about this place - you have been warned! There are plenty of great choices on The Drive but this one is certainly not one of them.

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I enjoyed the food
By Miss_Golightly of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, January 3, 2007 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

i thought they served pretty good food. we ordered 3 tapas (quesadilla, mussles, spanish meat balls) which were delicious. the service was friendly and adaquate. (had a male waiter) i'm not sure why other ppl had bad experiences. i

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Menu has changed, but still a good place to eat
By huhu of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 12:13am [Dine in]

I've come to this restaurant at least 4 times in the past few years and I noticed they changed the menu before my last visit. Nevertheless, the food is still good quality and the addition of live music is quite a nice touch. The choices on the menu are more or less the same but it seems prices have gone up a bit (although it could just be perception).

Bread rolls are no longer complimentary and need to be ordered, but we got them anyways. The food was still quite good and how I remembered it more or less from my previous visit. Our old favourite, a generous "appetizer" of ribs and potatoes, has been changed into an entree for $18; a pity as it was such good value, but we still ordered it. We also ordered a rotini entree that was very tasty and a nice fajita platter that was not unique but solidly done. Our main entree was a large seafood paella that was split between everyone. The amount of seafood contained within was fairly generous, although it was slightly overdone to my tastes. Nevertheless, it was fair value and I would recommend it if you needed a dish that would be easy to share.

A pleasant addition was the appearance of a live performer midway through our meal. We arrived fairly early, so by then it was about 7:00PM. The music was suitably Latin and very laid back, a solo singer/guitarist accompanied by a friend on bongos. Other than that, the decor and ambiance hasn't changed much, which is fine. By the time we left, the restaurant was full and bustling with diners. I'd say Latin Quarter is worth checking out if you're in the neighbourhood.

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The band and the ambiance saves it
By Lobo47 of Burnaby (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

I do love the Latin Quarter. You almost have to manage your way through the evening. If you master it, it turns out great. If not, well you're at the mercy of the waiters.

It's rough, almost like a bar. Latino, South American bistro feel. The best is the entertainment. Again, the four caballeros with their "almost Gypsy Kings" music are totally solid, authentic, talented. They are musicians, playing on flamenco acoustics, amped for big sound. No synthesizer, no computers, just four talented guys. They have a recipe. Be forwarned, you will dance between the tables. Salsa, latin, of course.

The food. Hmmmm. I think it's time to call Gordon Ramsey and have a meeting with the chef. They try, and it almost works but then you remember what you're paying. It's not cheap. For the price, I want much, much better food.

Seating, you'll have to be assertive to get the good tables. You won't get them, even with a reservation, you'll have to push. Like I said, you will have to project manage your evening.

We like the experience, the dancing, the music. It's an experience and I go back regularly. If you don't dance, and don't care, it's a bit rich. Wish to heck someone would get serious about the food.

You may not like everything, but you will remember it.
I may see you there.

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good food mediocre service
By Zeero of delta (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

I went to The Latin Quarter on a Tuesday Night with a buddy. Even on a slow night finding a parking spot was tough. We ordered a variety of dishes for sharing. We enjoyed the food, very tasty.
However the service was mediocre. We ended up ordering two dishes that were similar and the server did not point it out. Plus I hate having to remind servers about water. For me this is a basic duty.
Also I must add it was not busy.
I am sure I will try it again at some point since the food was good.

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Could have been better
By mem of east vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 23, 2007 - 5:43pm [Dine in]

Dined here with friends and our kids.
Hostess (?) walked pass us about 3 times until I flagged a disgrunted server. I told him we'd like to have a table, he said "okay," and walked away. He didn't ask for how many people, and he didn't tell any instructions. I stood there until I had to flag him again, and he pointed at a table for 4 people eventhough I told him 4 adults and two kids.
Usually I would have walked away from the restaurant but my kids were hungry. So on our own we found another table and had to grab an extra chair.
We had another waiter serve us and he was decent. No water was offered though. But at least he didn't just grunt at us.
I ordered the rotini with artichokes, and smoked salmon and my husband ordered spaghetti with seafood. Food was good, but we were quite put off by the service.
BTW, we weren't given a choice to order appys. By the time we ordered our main meal the menus were whisked away.
Will not dine here again.

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Too much hype
By janecrowely09 of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 2, 2011 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

There is a lot of hype concerning this restaurant so much so that I decided to make my husband's birthday dinner there. The food was very much so overrated and the portions were small making the value not as great as I'd like. The service was good but nothing special and the restaurant itself is rather small. Overall we had a good time but were slightly disappointed.

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Very Disappointing
By Brownkittenstew of East Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

Finally, a long promised get together with friends over diner the Latin Quarter. Would I go back.....never! The total bill was over $400.00 which included an automatic %15 gratuity for tables of 6 or more..absolutely unjustifiable considering the poor food quality and mediocre food service.

The appetizers were the best part of the meal. In particular chicken drumsticks and chicken livers.

Entrees included curried pasta, rabbit, seafood hotpot and paella for two. The pasta curry at $18.95 was an inexpensive grade of penne with the texture of cardboard and swimming in a soupy, curry broth that brought back memories of my Mother's Nabob curry dishes, 1950 vintage (sorry Mom). The rabbit dish was tough and the taste of rabbit was lost to the over powering flavor of the sauce. The seafood hot pot contained clams, mussels and scallops in sauce. Shellfish need to be fresh or fresh frozen to be good. The scallops in this dish were fishy tasting because they were dated and ruined the dish. Paella traditionally may be meat, seafood or a mix. Difficult to tell what this was as there was no chicken (normally used in paella) and little seafood. The rice was glutinous and vegetable sparse as well. Way overpriced at $45.00 per couple.

We had reservation for 7:30 and by 9:00 pm you had to yell across the table to have a conversation. Not a pleasant dining experience at all.

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Tasteless paella
By vroomman of Where the wine is (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 11:00am [Dine in]

The paellas are very tasteless unless you consider salt a desirable taste. There was so much salt on it.The worst tapas bar in Vancouver. Very pretentious ambiance, and the live entertainment is sparse, Will definitely not come back. And my girl was in 100% agreement. No reason to be back.

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So much salt...
By kegger of Vancouver, BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

Everything was so salty I felt unsettled after and woke up with a headache in the middle of the night. Particularly the pasta and mussels. Aren't you supposed to soak and wash mussels before cooking?

I'd try this place again but send the food back if too salty. Maybe they'll get the message.

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Never Been Better!
By Monxs of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

i went there a week ago and the last time i was there it wasnt the best but this time the food was GREAT. In the last couple of months this resturant has turn around, Better food and great-friendly service. The menu is GREAT no matter what you choose you know its going to be good. i think the owners have changed because before the service was horrible, now its great.i believe the new full owner is Juan Gomez, the head Chef. i reccomend going on a friday or saturday, because its always upbeat and fun, its a great place to dance with the live latin music.

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We love this place..
By carolinelotion of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

I have dined at this restaurant on many occasions... My children, friends and I have always enjoyed ourselves here. The Latin Quarter is a LATIN restaurant so all the attibutes that go along with that are a part of the experience. Sometimes this experience can be slightly eccentric, different and not always the most speedy but everything is worth waiting for... FYI previous reviewer - there IS live music every night it's just LATER and if you'd called and asked you would have known that. The best time to go to this restaurant is later on in the evening... I/we loved it. If the wait staff are seeming to ignore you just make yourself known... Don't be shy - be PASSIONATE - BE SPANISH and join the frey...

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Wonderful!
By bburns of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 28, 2006 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

Great live music once it gets a little later. Tasty tapas, especially when they have the Chili Relleno. Love the chorizo. Staff makes you feel right at home and the mood was so romantic, we went back to get engaged!

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Good Food and A little entertainment with it
By Dianna118 of kitsilano, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 13, 2006 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

The service was good, the food was good. It was romantic and the various kinds of entertainment depending on which night you go, makes for an entertaining and enjoyable evening. I especially like how they support the local musicians and give them a chance to play in their restaurant. Feels like a family restaurant.

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