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."
So I came with high expectation after reading the reviews here and hearing from some friends who all had praises for this restaurant. However, I left disappointed. Perhaps it was their off night, but for almost $200 for a couple, I doubt it.
Food: Wasn't satisfied with the so called French cuisine. We had the pan seared foie gras, which was pleasant and didn't have too much liver taste. Also had the steak tartar, which tasted like the sandwich paste I make at home. I was most disappointed with our entrees. Halibut with linguine was overcooked and very dry. Beef tenderloin medium rare was also dry, and needed to be eaten with an overly salty jus. The side vegetable presentation was sad (what'd I'd expect at a low-end restaurant. It was served with maybe 5-6 veggies on a plate not bigger than a coffee saucer. The only saving grace is the deserts, which were well presented and tasted delicious.
Service: Good. Drinks always refilled...nothing to complain about.
Ambiance: Again, clean and tidy. The dining room is nicely lit and tables well spaced apart so you can comfortably carry a conversation.
If you do come to this restaurant, I suggest you really read the menu to see what is good, cuz we took the recommendations of the day and left disappointed. Many other restaurants in Vancouver in the 30-50$ range to try out....
This was my fifth time eating here, and after experiencing numerous fine dining restaurants in and around Vancouver, Le Crocodile remains tried and true.
The staff was friendly and attentive, but also caring and passionate. The sommelier, like always, gave that extra time and care to really indulge you with his experiences and thoughts on the wine that was being chosen.
For appetizers we had the onion tart (first time, very sweet and crisp, excellent pairing with the white burgundy we had), 6 kushie oysters (delicious), and the sea scallop ravioli which was excellent.
For dinner, I enjoyed the rack of lamb while my date had the sea bass. The sea bass was PHENOMENAL, absolutely delicious and the lobster bisque sauce surrounding it was amazing.
The only complaint of the evening would be the need to update the decor or spacing in the room. A few times we were bumped into by oncoming servers (they were very quick to apologize), but this was no fault of their own; it was merely poor room management.
I must say I went with a friend who is the same age as myself, 24, and it can be intimidating to go to a fine dining restaurant like this one. But I think what made this experience so great is that our server made US feel comfortable.
We started with an appertif, then appetizer, wine, entree, and ended with a dessert. Everything was delicious! The appertif was this nice sweet refreshing fruity wine, appetizer frogs legs!, entree beautifully seared and seasoned duck breast, and dessert was a special feature but if you EVER get the opportunity to try it do so!
The dessert was 2 dark chocolate crepes served warm, filled with a hazelnut chiboust, drizzled with dark chocolate sauce, and a small scoop of orange gelato. O M G.. from then on I fell in love with the combination of dark chocolate and orange.
Now our bill did shock us a little, but was worth it, and hey what do you expect? You are dining at a fine dining french restaurant.
I was there a couple weeks ago and waited forever (45 minutes) to be served. Bread was not given to us for almost an hour and they weren't even busy. I was really disappointed. It was my second time there. Nobody acknowledged our existence until the hostess noticed that nobody came to us. The food was as advertised, I'm glad they got something right! We just sat there and kept our eyes on the clock to see when our food would be placed on the table. I feel that this restaurant is overrated. I might go back again someday if the reviews here and from others change my mind.
I took a friend here for her birthday because I wanted it to be special. However it was far from it. The timing was all wrong because there were quite a few noisey xmas parties going on at the same time. Not the ideal setting if you know what I mean.
Service was very slow and unattentive. Even the waiter kept appologizing throughout the evening.
Food was really good. Excellent sauces and presentation. Prices were pretty much what I expect. I even had to pay for the Peligrino water which I declined from the beginning. Didn't want to dispute it as I just wanted to get that evening over with. I don't recommend this place for a dinner for two, only for 4 and more!
The first time my husband and I went to Le Crocodile it was with a wedding present gift certificate. The experience was so good, we have this restaurant on our top-three list! The service is great, especially the wine consultant. I don;t even read the menu - order from the extesive list of Features your waiter will read out. There is usually elk or caribou meat, which is fantastic every time I've ordered! I can't say enough good things about this place, except GO!
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...
The service at Le Crocodile is outstanding - professional, charming, and not overtly snobby. I loved starting dinner with a perfect Manhatten poured at the table.
My sweetbreads were perfect - crispy and nicely seasoned, and my duck main course was cooked exactly as I had requested.
Foie gras starters were flawless, and my dinner companions both agreed that their Halibut and Bass were expertly cooked.
Total professionalism from start to finish!
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!
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 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.
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.
This is our second time to Le Crocodile and we have the same conclusion: we'll come back again.
The bone marrow was spectacular, and the duck breast was tender and juicy. We ordered the appetizers and the main courses from the menu but the dessert from the special: chocolate ganache with raspberry sorbet and fresh raspberry.
I can't give it a full 5 stars though: the double cut veal chop didn't cook evenly; green salad got brown spots on it, and the mushrooms were burnt.
Overall, it is a fine dining restaurant with a casual touch (the guy next to our table kept talking loudly throughout the whole evening). We enjoyed our meal.
Dined for the first time at le crocodile and let me assure you that Michel Jacob's reputation is well deserved.
The food was spectacular: ris de veau as entree was to die for, dessert was fantastic.
Service was prompt, nice and professional.
We will definitly be back
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 couple of friends and myself decided to splurge for a meal and picked this restaurant, as it has been in the back of our minds for a while.
When we arrived, we were promptly seated and were handed the cocktail list first. We ordered some drinks and waited for the menus. It was a little strange, but it appears that they let you drink your cocktails first before they will present the menus to you. We did eventually get them and everything was fine from that point on.
I've never had frog legs before, so we decided to split an order. They were served with a rich garlic butter sauce, that gave them an excellent flavour. I opted for the onion tart for my main appetizer and it was excellent. My friends had the soft shell crab salad and the tuna/crab meat salad. They both enjoyed their appetizers, though eating the shell of the crab took a little getting used to for my friend.
For our mains, I had the surf and turf special, which consisted of a sirloin steak with 3 prawns. The steak was made quite well, but the prawns seemed a bit on the small side. One friend had the caribou special, which he found quite tasty especially with the red wine reduction sauce. The other had the arctic char and he finished off the plate.
Finally, we came to the desserts. We were accidentally presented with the cocktail menus again by mistake and had to flag down the waiter to get the right menus. Once we got it, I decided to go with the Pear tart. It was served with vanilla ice cream and it was very nice. The other desserts ordered were the Peaches soaked in Ice Wine and the fresh strawberries. Both were well received.
Overall, everything was great. Service was a little strange with the menus, but was good overall. The number of items on the menu made it a little difficult to finally decide on what to order. When we have the opportunity to splurge again, we will definitely consider Le Crocodile again.
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
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.
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.