From restaurant website: "Upon his arrival to Vancouver it was no surprise not only that Michel would open his own fine dining French restaurant but, that he would also name it after the finest restaurant he had ever seen and dined at in his hometown of Strasbourg...the 3 star Michlelin restaurant - Au Crocodile. Chef/owner Emile Jung had instilled a level of quality and service that Michel had to duplicate for himself and Vancouverites alike. Michel's main goal was to open a restaurant that could match and achieve the level of culinary standards and service that are still present today at Au Crocodile. Twenty-two years have passed and it is safe to say that Michel has surpassed all expectations. Vancourites are pleased he Michel followed his dream."
Le Crocodile continues to be an oldie but a real goodie. They're consistent in terms of food quality, plating, and service. They are also active in trying to accommodate requests.
Our most recent experience was for a birthday celebration. It seems that many people were celebrating that evening, at least 4 of which i was aware. We chose the tasting menu and as the previous reviewer said, nothing was 'taste bud' blowing, BUT only because everything was spot on.
Granted we are slow eaters, conversation and wine flowed; our experience was 3 hours of pure enjoyment. We were stuffed after the saffron pasta with chanterelle mushrooms. We soldiered on and persevered through the exquisite complementary dish combinations.
The only reason i allocated a '3' rather than a '4' for value is for the Sommelier and the wine. The list of wines is overwhelmingly long and we didn't feel the advice we got was sincere. It was a sales push in earnest. Despite this, our dining celebration was a definite hit.
The food at Le Crocodile is fine. As in, there's nothing wrong with it and it was executed well. But I was going into Crocodile hoping that I was going to come out writing a fabulous review and raving about outstanding dishes. Unfortunately, from the 7 course tasting menu (plus the optional fois gras dish) that my date and I ordered, we found the cantaloup sorbet (palette cleanser) to be the most delicious.
We started with an amuse bouche of a prosciutto and fois gras tart which was lovely in flavor but a very heavy start to our meal. The calamari frisse salad that came next was better, but my bf thought the sweetness of the heirloom tomatoes was not enough to balance out the bitterness of the frisse. Other courses included a halibut (tasty) and beef rib (also yummy). The meal was quite heavy - heavy on cream, heavy on butter, and with the large portions, it filled us up rather quickly.
In terms of ambiance, we saw a lot of older (senior aged) couples dining there. The room is not pretentious, and I like the addition of large fresh floral arrangements.
Value was there, since the portions are very large. For $90 per person, we had an 8 course tasting menu. Service was good but I thought lacked the attention to detail of a fine dining establishment. An example was that crumbs were left on the table. Normally, other restaurants of this calibre would have a scraper to remove them to keep your dining area clean and enjoyable. I know it sounds like a small detail but I think this is what separates the good from the great.
With so many other innovative and special restaurants in Vancouver, Le Crocodile just didn't wow me enough as a fine dining establishment to earn a second visit.
I've been wanting to come here for many years due to their consistent almost-5 stars reviews. Every now and then I would visit their website and drool on my keyboard from looking at their menu.
So finally I got a chance to take my partner for dinner last month (December). Maybe I should've picked a different time of the year because it was so busy that it didn't feel like we were at a fine dining restaurant. It felt like I was at the bustling Cactus Club. I didn't like the noise, very un-romantic and too hectic for comfort. I just wanted a nice quiet dinner with my love but it was nothing like that. The restaurant was nice and decorated with Christmas festivities and the booth seats had pillows on them which was a nice touch. When we were seated, it took more than 15 minutes to get in touch with our server to place our order. She was running around like a headless chicken. I had a lobster bisque to start and my partner had wine. The lobster bisque was good but not fantastic. Compared to the one I had at Herons, Herons' was memorable and delicious. For entres, I don't remember the specifics. I had a sablefish with fettucini and my partner had a Roasted Fraser Valley duck. My dish was average and kind of tasteless. But my partner's dish, according to him, was a wow factor. It was tender, fatty and flavorful. As for dessert, we had a souffle which tasted like another other souffle out there. At the end of our dinner, we received a trio of complimentary crocodile-shaped chocolates.
My friend and my cousins have been here and they were praising about this place. Too bad for me, I am quite disappointed with my experience. The only thing that was good was the duck. But the duck is good no matter where you go. It doesn't have to be a French Restaurant. I've had good duck at a Chinese Restaurant before.
I don't know what to say about this place. I suggest some of you to give this place a try if you don't mind spending abit of money. I guess I didn't order the right items.
We went here for lunch on a milestone Birthday that happened to be at Valentine's Day as well. It was a splendid choice and definitely an excellent fine dining experience. Everything was amazing, and no detail was forgotten. All staff were warm, pleasant, helpful and attentive. The Classic French meal was extraordinary and done to perfection. Since if was an afternoon lunch we both wanted a non-acoholic beverage, the server recommended the bartender create something for us: Passion Fruit Sparkler. We had each started off with an appetizer, a delicate and skillfully done crab cake, and robust and smooth tomato soup; followed by seafood entree that were both exquisite and gratifying. We reluctantly skipped dessert, but we were given cantaloupe sorbet to cleanse our palette and two chocolate crocodiles. The restaurant did not know it was my birthday, but we felt like it was a privileged to dine here and they manage to make us feel very special. The experience reconfirms why this restaurant has been so widely acclaimed, and why it was completely full. We are going to try to make it a tradition and come here for more special occasions.
There's a reason it's four $ signs, its pricy...but oh so buttery good.
We each had the set menu and wine pairing (well worth it)...but we shared the wine pairing...if we hadn't...we would have been falling outta there.
The service...incredible...of course.
Did I mention the food was delicious. So good.
The atmosphere is a bit old and stuffy...but I guess it's targeting a more refined crowd...probably not the people I usually socialize with.
Be prepared to drop $250 for two.
Do you're probably not going to go there every other night...but so worth it once in a while...maybe around bonus time.
Went here for dinner with a group of people. It was a weeknight and place was very busy for a weeknight. I think being Chinese New Year many people were celbrating Chinese New Year. I had the crab cakes for appy and sablefish for main. Crab cakes were just ok but the sable fish was good. Nice size portions but still very expensive. They many choices on the wines. Dessert was very average. I think you can get better. Ambiance was nice but the tables were very close to each other. Would go back if I was celebrating some event.
Went here with my wife on a friday night for dinner. The place was very nice looking inside and our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. On their menu they have $25 crushed ice mojitos that are topped up with champagne instead of soda so we had to try one and they were delicious!
Next was dinner.. We ordered the $75 per person chef's menu which came with 6 courses.
First was a foie gras creme brule spead that spread onto bread nicely and it was delicious.
Second was small french onion soup.
Third was a piece of sea bass on top of black linguine with mushrooms and sauce. The fish was cooked perfect and was excellent.
Fourth was steak that just melted in your mouth that had a little piece of lobster on top of it.
Fifth was a scoop of melon sorbet sitting in port wine. It was cantaloupe flavored and when mixed with the port wine it was perfect!
Sixth was a scoop of strawberry gelato sitting on some meringue and a small souffle, delicious.
After dinner my wife wanted to try another dessert that she saw someone else eating so we also ordered the chocolate mousse to share and that had a perfect cocoa taste. Everything we ate was delicious and there is really nothing bad I can say about this place. I tried to find some criticism to mention here but there really isn't any. Would come back here for sure on a special occasion when we feel like eating a perfect meal!
Fine dining usually is connotated with ridiculous prices, small portions and pretentious, snobby waiters and guests. You'll find none of that at Le Crocodile. The prices are reasonable for high-end (I'll get to that in a bit), the waiters are quite friendly but VERY well-trained and knowledgeable, and the rest of the guests range from younger adults to families to older couples. Dress code is nice, with some wearing a good pair of jeans and a nice shirt while others suit it up.
The place itself is small with a warm, cozy, upscale feel. Almost too small, and the only down to my evening were the two crying children that had been brought in with their parents. Seriously, dinner out at Le Crocodile should equal babysitter. But besides that, the small atmosphere just added to the intimacy.
But on to the food! Feel free to ask for suggestions, the waiters are great. I had the crab salad (first cold entry) which was out of this world, while my gf had a delicious lobster bisque. By now, we're at $23, plus an additional $25 for two very well put together martinis. Add on $60 for the main course, which consisted of a great salmon for me and tiger prawns with pasta for her. Again, amazing. For dessert we wrapped up with the souffle, and I was honestly too full to completely enjoy it. The whole meal ended up at 130 before tip. Not too bad for once in a while.
What's great is the little freebies they bring between courses. We were given a great tart, as well as some sorbet and the complimentary chocolate crocodiles that come after every dinner with the bill.
All in all, this is the best fine dining experience I've had in Vancouver. Highly recommended, the level of quality seems to run through the menu. Feel free to experiment, or give the salmon a try. I just loved it.
Went here for dinner with my boyfriend, was quite busy for a Tuesday night.
Waitress was quite informative on the specials.
I had the Veal chop, was alright... i had ordered it medium rare, some parts were a little over cooked and some parts were a little raw which i found odd, the shitakes they added tasted off to me. Boyfriend had the Baked salmon which was amazing! wish i had that :( haha. You can also special order whole cakes which was a pleasant surprise.
In the end you can't pay with debit which we found surprising, so the boyfriend left me sitting alone for about 15 minutes while he looked for an atm, a waiter had offered to sit with me while i waited though haha.
Overall would go back, but would bring cash lol
You can`t go wrong with Le Crocodile! It`s portions are great for the price and for it being a French Resto. The Duck breast is my favorite. It have it almost everytime i go there, but lately I`ve swayed to try different dishes like the 1.25 pound Lobster! So good!
I`m a foie gras lover...the only thing that on the down side is that the foie gras here is too veiny... probably not of a higher grade, tho the portion is quite generous, I would rather have it better quality than have two pieces of foie gras and not enjoy it as much!
Service is attentive and thorough... the girl server we had is very good!
Dessert is a must! Passionfruit lemon tart always opens up my taste buds! Yum! Can`t wait until our next visit!
I have been to Le Crocodile twice now, and my DH has been there a lot in the past for business. This is a high-end place where I expect a high-end experience, and in my first visit to the restaurant I was rewarded with one, great food and service overall. Our second visit, the service level was just not up to par. Our server gave good recommendations when we ordered, but he did not check in with us enough, our dishes did not come out at the same time so one member of our party was left hanging for a LONG time, and, worst of all, when we pointed out to our server that 2 extra drinks had mistakenly been added on to our bill, he got very defensive and said "Well I didn't add them on!" -- no matter who added them on, it is his responsibility to check the bill, especially in a high-end restaurant. Our first time the service was much better, and my DH has always had good experiences here, so I can only assume it was THIS server.
Now to the food: Very good, everything was cooked well, I had the Prime Rib steak and it was very marbled, cooked perfectly, and delicious! One of the best I've ever had, certainly the best steak I've had in Vancouver. I also had the foie gras terrine appetizer, a very large portion and so good! Would be better to have shared it with someone because of its size. I give the restaurant a four because although my dining companions did not complain, they were clearly not wowed by their food. One person found a hair in his food which was sort of gross for such a high-end place.Not sure how to sum this place up, maybe Saturday was a bad night for them? Despite all this, I would still go back, and avoid the slightly rotund french server next time if at all possible.
I've been meaning to try this place forever and my boyfriend's birthday was the perfect excuse. After trying numerous fine restaurants in Vancouver, I can honestly say that this is one of the best restaurants that you will dine at in Vancouver. The staff is very attentive but I just gave the service a 4 because our waiter was missing at the end of the night when it got extremely busy - maybe one of the staff called in sick. The restaurant is really cozy but also very loud, my boyfriend and I found it hard to hear each other sometimes. As for the food, everything was amazing and they have an extensive wine list as well. I had the seared scallop and lobster tempura salad for an appetizer - the scallops were seared to perfection and the lobster tempura was crisp and moist. I took my boyfriend there for his birthday and they decorated the gateau au chocolat plate by writing "Happy Birthday" on it with chocolate sauce, which I thought was a nice touch. Definitely lives up to expectations.
After reading all the good reviews about Le Crocodile, I decided to go there with my family for my birthday. I ordered a pumpkin soup for appetizer and their lobster and tiger prawns fettuccine as main course. Although I'm not usually a big fan of pumpkin soup, I thought their pumpkin soup was absolutely fantastic! I also enjoyed my fettuccine main course. The sauce was tasty and the fettuccine was freshly made. Other than the yummy food, the service was excellent as well. I will definitely go back there again next time for any special events.
My wife and I had our first real date here a few years ago and did not know what to expect (didn't really research this restaurant back then). From the very get-go, the service was awesome (French gentleman waiter ... can't remember his name but he's still there). Food + Pricing = value ... coming back from Europe... we sincerely appreciate the level of quality on Le Crocodile. We've come back a couple of times now, and will continue to come back as we are always impressed.
Went to Le Crocodile for lunch the other day. Food was fantastic. Service was very good and the ambience was consistent with a classic french bistro. Michel Jacob re-creates classic dishes perfectly. The long list of features would be better listed on paper but they have done it this way for years. That being the only complaint it is one of the best lunches in town.
Le Crocodile is *amazing*. The food, the service - absolutely top notch. I can recommend this restaurant without hesitation.
We ordered the from the chef's menu which changes every week. The menu had so many courses and so much variety and dazzled me with such fantastic flavors that ironically, I honestly cannot remember all the details.
I remember snow crab legs AND lobster ravioli where I mopped up every last drop of mouth watering cream sauce.
I remember tender veal in a fragrant Au Jus.
I remember being so full and satisfied that I swore I couldn't eat another bite - but when desert came - a luscious slice of pistachio cake, I couldn't resist.
The chef's menu is a little pricey ($75.00) and whether *any* single meal could be worth is still a question I wrestle with - but chef's menu at Le Crocodile comes darned close to making me say YES.
I needed to make my praise of Le Crocodile clear right up front because I was going to rant about "fine dining". These days, the notion of fine dining almost makes me cringe. Look at my reviews of The Observatory or the C restaurant. Add to that many other "fine" dining experiences that barely qualified as mediocre that I couldn't find the energy to bother reviewing.
It seems that to many (dare I say MOST) fine dining establishments, "fine dining" means three things: Pretentious. Small Portions. Expen$ive. Notice that fine flavorful food is NOT a requirement. Most of the cooks for these restaurants should be relegated to McDonalds to *upgrade* their skills.
But Le Crocodile is... it's just beautiful. It's great food. It's great service. It is everything that fine-dining should be. Try it, you will not be disappointed.
I was brought here by a friend for my birthday! What a surprise, as soon as we walked in they knew it was my birthday. They make some very special touches and trying to personalize my experience which was great! The food is truly classic french, even the plating, but its great food, and a great experience! I had the seafood tempure salad to start. The pan seared duck with calvados jus. amazing and the side plate of vegetable it was place like an art piece. wonderful. perfectly cooked. service was good.
However there drink are mediocre, needs more improvement with there bartender.
A while ago I went to Le Crocodile with my family. When we came in, it was quite busy so we were put into a corner. Although some people may not like this, I love corners of restaurants as they are very cozy. For dinner I had the duck breast with froie gras. It was exquisite. The froie gras was creamy and the duck breast was tender but not to chewy. As almost all French food, wine was incorporated into the dish as a sauce; a delicious one I might add.
The duck came with a bit of steamed vegetables on a separate plate. Unfortunately, though the duck and froie gras were outstanding, the vegetables were forgettable. However, it is hard to find a restaurant who can make steamed vegetable unforgettable, yet it has been done, and therefore, the food for Le Crocodile, dose not get a 5 out of 5.
I had a taste of my families dishes, and they were very delicious. The beurre blanc was creamy and smooth, with a bit of a tang, which comes from what I suspect is white wine vinegar. Finally, the risotto was one of the best risottos I've ever tasted.
For desert I had a chocolate crepe. The main course was amazing but the desert was lacking. Although the chocolate crepe was delicious, it was nothing out of the ordinary.
Despite what I have said above, the food was delicious in all aspects. Though I did criticize the vegetables, and desert, it does not mean that they are not delicious, it is just that they are not incredible, like some of there other food.
Le Crocodile is a great place for French food, and a great place for food lovers. Gourmands everywhere (even if French food is not there favourite) will be able to appreciate the food at Le Crocodile.
Le Crocodile is absolutley amazing. I went for dinner recently and every cent was worth the service and quality of food. To start I had the onion tart and lobster bisque. The tart was beautiful....soft and buttery and the bisque was exceptional. For my main I had the veal medallions with morel mushrooms. All entrees include their famous hommade pommes frites. My veal was cooked to perfection and melted in my mouth. Our server was attentive and very professional (didn't miss a beat) For dessert I had the housemade sorbet medley..perfect ending to a perfect evening.
I just love the rib eye steak here. I like the cut. The natural juices. Perfect amount of salt to bring out the flavour. It is so well crafted. For appetizer, I definately would recommend the whole fois gras. Extremely fatty, but hey, you only live once. And unless you're a Howe Street suit running a a ponzee scheme, you don't get to eat here everyday.