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."
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
I haven't been here in so many years that I almost forgot about it.
Incidentally, I've come here twice for lunch in the past two weeks and it was amazing both times. The place isn't exactly modern, but the old world look is actually quite refreshing when most restaurants are "mod" these days
Servers are attentive even when they're busy. The salad with truffle oil vinaigrette had good truffle flavours without being too overwhelming. My sablefish with tempura prawns was cooked perfectly and a generous portion - the accompanying pasta and prawns were excellent as well. The scallops with black linguine and basil sauce are also really tasty and very generous for the price. The amuse bouche are delicious.
Can't wait to go back for dinner...
Mrs. C and I were celebrating another year of married bliss, and we decided to go to Le Croc to see what all the fuss was about. Now we know. The restaurant was well-appointed, comfortable and clean, including the w/c, but it is getting a little bit dated and could use a makeover soon.
Service was very good throughout the meal, and the staff did not condescend even though we were clearly not part of the lah de dah crowd. In fact, everyone was very friendly. We had heard that you could spot famous people here, but in that regard we were disappointed. I didn’t see any celebrities, but I noticed at least three couples consisting of young Arab guys with their ‘escorts’. I guess they cater to all sorts here. The majority of the diners were couples in the 35-50 range out for a good meal. Much like myself and my dear Mrs. Chasiubow.
Since there were no famous people to distract us, we could concentrate on the food and drinks. We started with a house special martini for me and a champagne cocktail for my dining partner. The martini was a little disappointing, but the other cocktail was quite good. In addition to the compendious menu, there were lots of daily specials which our waiter was able to recite from memory, and he offered his opinions about each item. That was very helpful to us, since we were a little overwhelmed. We ordered the signature tomato gin soup, snails in pastry shells, and bone marrow with toasts to start. All were quite good, although I was expecting more from the escargot. The bone marrow was a little oily, but packed with flavour. My soup was great.
As we were finishing the appys, we got complementary goat cheese tarts which were out of this world. We also ordered some nice rosé wine. I was impressed that there were lots of wine choices in the $35-$60 range, so we could drink our fill without remorse.
For mains we had the caribou which was on special, and the rack of lamb. Both were truly amazing, and the meat was tender and flavourful. Presentation was superb, and we had sides of tiny perfect veggies, and some fancy French fries, which were light and crispy. I should mention that even the humble bread basket was filled with tasty fresh delights which was a nice complement to the meal.
For dessert, we were given a complementary pear sorbet that was the most incredible sorbet we have had in our lives. We also ordered a crème caramel and apple tart with ice cream. The crème caramel was very good, but the apple tart was a bit heavy and sort of
disappointing. We finished off the meal with a lovely glass of Banyuls, a French dessert wine and some complementary chocolate crocodiles.
Overall a mostly awesome experience. I don’t think we could eat like this every day (or even pay for it), but for a special celebration Le Croc was an excellent choice.
I took a client last Thursday for lunch. My client is a GM of 2 downtown hotels and was his first time at Le Crocodile. He was very impressed with the food, service and ambiance. I have been there over 20 times and they always make me feel like a VIP guest. This is a place to bring your date, spouse, and clients to have excellent food and be treated special. They always give out complimentary petit sampling appetitizers and desserts just to eliminate the waiting for your appetizers, main course, or dessert. My client and I both ordered the Express Menu consisting of fresh mushroom soup with truffle oil and the main course was sable fish with rice and vegetables. The soup was incredible and the sable fish was cooked just right with a bed of cream sauce. We both ordered fresh raspberries with Quincho liquor and raspberry sherbert. It was tasty. I was like the end when they give you the bill with the dark and light chocolate in the shape of crocodiles. They is such a nice touch and enforces the name of the restaurant. This restaurant is a regular place for me where I can expect a great dining experience.
One of my reps took me out for lunch last week and it was the best lunch I have ever had. Impeccable service and attention to detail.
The place is fabolous the menu, wow, what can I say choices, choices,choices.
The special touches, like the hot Dundness Crab Amouse Bouche to start, and the pear sorbet with poire williams to mfinish, Yummmmm.
No wonder they have been around for so long the food was perfect, the flovours layered so that every bite you taste something new and your mouth never gets tired.
Frog legs and Duck confit, my favs.
Love the choc. crocs.
I went to Le Crocodile for a romantic dinner...not ideal. The food was delicious. The service was wonderful. However, the atmosphere was similar to a cafe. The ambience didn't seem to fit with the quality (and price) of the food. It was very loud and not at all private. It makes a great lunch spot, but wouldn't recommend for dinner.
Not having dined often in fine dining establishments, I was welcomed with open arms at Le Crocodile. From the sommelier, to the hostess, to the waiter, service was top notch. My dining companion had the tasting menu, which included halibut salad, mushroom soup with truffle oil, venison medallions with spatzle, pear sorbet and a raspberry chocolate tart. All outstanding. I had lobster bisque and grilled sea bass. Fish was cooked to a delicate flake, melding with a creamy, tomato-saffron sauce. The bisque was the best I have had in this city. My only complaint is that their main dishes are rather lacking in vegetables...
A cozy, understated dining room with gigantic fresh floral arrangements.
The restaurant gave us a good table given that I had reserved a table two weeks in advance and noted it was a special evening. Fabulous friendly service from our waiter without being intrusive and appropriately asked how our food was after observing I had my first bite. Another waiter attended to us when the entrees were ready and our original server was busy at another table. This was a good move so that we were able to have our food as fresh as possible. They are also good with requests, service with a smile, when I swapped to a soufflé instead of a preordered crème brulée.
Our foie gras appetizer was seared perfectly, crispy on the outside and still very juicy on the inside. The crab cake was also well executed with a tasty spinach aioli. We had the slow-braised lamb shanks and slow indeed as it takes 20 hrs according to our server. It was worth the effort with fall-off-the-bone meat and a side of gnocchi on a separate smaller plate. It came as two big shanks and good portion size even for the hungrier folk. The surf and turf plate with three tiger prawns and a 7 oz. tenderloin, was a bit tiny for our stomachs but nonetheless, cooked just right with the two sauces being very flavourful for their respective meat.
The soufflé and crème brûlée was less impressive than the appetizers and mains with the soufflé being standard and the brûlée not very creamy with a thick layer of burnt sugar instead of a my own preference to a thin layer. Their complimentary pear sorbet was the dessert star and full of sweet pear flavour and rightly balanced with the bitter liqueur swimming beside the sorbet.
Le Crocodile is consistently enjoyable with their classic dishes.
My husband and I have been coming to Le Crocodile since 1993. We celebrate all our birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions here. I have also brought client here for lunches.
The Quality of the food is FANTASTIC. This is one of the places where you know the professional wait staff and the incredible food guarantees a fantastic evening. The light and dark signature chocolat at the end of the meal gives an added touch to this GEM in the city.
This is absolutely my favourite restaurant in Vancouver. The food is of the highest quality and the service is fantastic. My favourite dish is the Halibut with a vanilla saffron sauce and lobster tempura. Delicious and perfectly made. I've also had lovely appetizers including the softshell crab and a rich, flavourful tomato soup. The desserts just light my eyes up - the grand marnier souffle is a showstopper and the profiteroles drowned in dark belgian chocolate is just divine. I think their attention to detail and quality is what makes them stand out. I love also how they have beautiful fresh flowers on every table and the service is so polite and just right with the balance between attentive/intrusive. For such a fine dining establishment, it is not pretentious at all, reasonably priced, and the wait staff are completely warm and welcoming. It's not a trendy, modern, or overly creative place, but I love the traditionally great french food and quality service - simplicity is beauty! You can also get a sense that the chefs/creators of the food are very experienced and know what la creme de la creme. If you love great food, you will not be disappointed!
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.
Service is very good and fast.
I had the wild mushroom soup with truffle oil for appetizer. The wild mushroom soup was beautifully done with a very fine texture and the truffle oil adds an extra dimension to the taste. Garnished with perfectly chopped spring onions.
Amouz-bouche was smoked salmon and asparagus quiche. The smoked salmon taste was subtle, i would have liked it more if it was stronger. Nevertheless, the quiche was warm and moist and delicious.
I also had escargots. The escargots were very fresh and each one of them had a garlic pastry shell underneath. Eating the escargots by itself lacked some flavor but eating it with the garlic shell destroys the smooth consistency of the escargot. Beautifully presented.
For my main, i had the seared trout. Wonderfully cooked to perfectly, flaky sides and still tender inside. The sauce was creamy but not too much, with a hint of lemon and garlic and did not overwhelm the taste of the trout but complemented it beautifully.
The details at this place is wonderful, detail of the food presentation, the waiters, hosts. Remarkable experience.
My wife and I dined here last night for her birthday and the evening will be remembered for a long time thanks to excellent service and fantastic food.
Here are the dishes my wife and I had (rated out of ten and grouped by delivery):
Fresh Kusshi Oysters with shallot, Tobiko Roe and Aged Red Wine Vinegar – 8
Broccoli and Cheese Tart (Amuse Bouche) – 10
Lobster Bisque served with Fresh Cream and Cognac – 7
Escargots baked in Pastry "Shells", with Garlic Butter – 10
Fried Julienne Potato – 8
Roasted Free-Range Chicken Breast, Pommery Mustard Sauce, Shitake Mushroom Risotto – 9
Grilled Veal Medallions with Veal Demi-Glace and Morel Mushrooms - 8
Citrus and Pomegranate Sorbet - 8
Puff Pastry Filled with Vanilla Ice Cream and Topped with Warm
Belgian Chocolate – 9
Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream - 9
The service was excellent thought the meal. Our waiter was helpful, prompt, unobtrusive and witty. In addition, he was clearly passionate about the food and his recommendations were good. I was pleased to learn he had tried everything on the standard menu and the special menu (which was made up of 10 additional dishes all verbally described by him table-side). This is only something you would see in a high caliber fine dining establishment.
On the value front: I’m a relatively decent cook myself so the value isn’t as good to me as someone who cannot cook gourmet meals on their own. That said, even though the evening was expensive after factoring in cocktails and wine, it was still well worth it.
The ambiance is the only weak point of this restaurant. It is elegant but it’s just not as polished as other high-end fine dining establishments in Vancouver. Relatively cheap lamps and salt and pepper shakers (not salt and pepper mills) top every table. The fresh flower was a nice touch however. Everything was very clean. The washrooms had outdated tile and there was a lone screw coming out of the wall beside the mirror, a complete eye sore. Additionally, the restroom was appointed with a plastic paper towel dispenser and a plastic garbage can. This just isn’t what I’ve come to expect from this type of restaurant.
Will I be back? You bet!