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."
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.
This is my new favorite restaurant in Vancouver. Everything was wonderful. We started with lobster bisque and the onion tart. The main courses were the tiger prawns in a tomato base accompanied by great mashed potatoes and vegetables and the mixed halibut grill with salmon and prawns. Everything was perfectly cooked. In addition, we were served crab tarts at the start of the meal and lemon sherbet soaked in liqueur after the main courses, courtesy of the chef. For dessert we shared an out of this world warmed chocolate cake topped with praline ice cream. With four drinks the bill came to a more than reasonable $110. It's always nice to feel that you got your money's worth and this was certainly the case. Our server, Bernadette, who was a delight, made the meal even more enjoyable with polished, professional service. Well done all around!
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.
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.
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.
I have not been to Le Crocodile for years and decided to see if it was maintaining its lustre. W O W it really is. Absolutely impeccable. From the friendly valet to the outstanding waiting staff its all very very good. Le crocodile manages to take it to the next level and rise above the rest of the "wannabees" like Gastropod, Fuel or CinCin's. So down to the supper.... for starters, lobster tempura with sea scallops and escargot in pastry shells followed by whole Sea Bream and a double veal chop. Both done to perfection and mmmmmmmmmm tasty. To finish the Crepe Suzettes were outstanding. The wine selection is extensive and are priced between reasonable to the outrageous. We finished off with a couple of coffees with their complimentary chocolate crocodiles just topped off the perfect evening. Try it...you won't be dissapointed.
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....
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!
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.
We came to celebrate our 2yr anniversary at le crocodile...1st things first if you drive valet, it is easier and cheaper than parking on the street for two hours;valet $7 I recall. I have always wanted to check this place out! Now not just me but WE are glad we did. For a fine dinning restaurant the prices were reasonable, the plating was neat and tidy the portions were very adequate. Major thumbs up and great reason to come back was the Steak tartar it was amazing I want some right now just thining about it. The crab cake special was alright; I really enjoyed the salmon 3 ways smoked, tartar and candied. Again the tartar was A#1 the smoked good and the candied was alright. The goat cheese salad with endive was awesome and they do not skimp on the goat cheese it was plentyful. We also had the french onion soup, it was so so. Entrees: I had the duck mid rare it was fair I enjoyed it but not worth aordering again. Next time I would most likely get the lobster a real great value at $42, you get 1 1/2 pounds shelled! My wife had the sablefish it was solid I would order that again. We finished with coffee and dessert Crepes aux Chocolat, Mousse Noisette, Chocolat ChaudChocolate Crepes, Hazelnut Mousse filling, Warm Chocolate and Orange Ice Cream it was recommeded bt our wiatier. Dessert was outstanding. All in all we would return..our server William was very knowledgeable and a great host as well.
Went for our anniversary dinner. Were greeted by the hostess who was a bit apathetic, took our coats and seated us at the table with no menus, I was confused at this act. Our waiter was a bit busy so it took him a while to come to the table, leaving us with only a cocktail list to look at. I guess it's a good way to upsell. Cocktails were good although hubby asked for soda with his vodka and got flat water instead, no biggie. We ordered a lot of food because it was hard to make a decision. Salmon three ways was alright, hubby liked the tartare but I didn't, and I've had much more amazing candied salmon than what was served. Beef tartare was good. Goat cheese salad was good, french onion soup was solid though nothing special. Crab cakes were very good. Ordered the sablefish which they get in fresh, it was perfectly cooked. I did not like the saffron beurre blanc pasta it came with. Hubby ordered the duck, he liked it. For dessert we shared the crepes which were nothing special. Portions were a lot bigger than we expected.
Service was good although it was a bit insincere and over-rehearsed.
They were quite busy and the room was very loud when we arrived.
Overall it was a nice experience, but I'm not sure I'll go back on my own accord.
I gave it mostly 3's because I am comparing to other restaurants of similar caliber.
... how awesome this place is!
Food - I came here for my birthday last week and let me say, it's a birthday I won't soon forget. We often remember a spectacular view that we see or a catchy song that we hear, but often we scarf down our food and that's it. Not so at Le Crocodile. This is the spectacular view and catchy song that your tastebuds won't forget.
Service - Simply incredible, which is to be expected at a restaurant of this caliber.
Value - Expensive, but really, the overall dining experience here is worth it.
Ambiance - Again, incredible. Wouldn't expect anything less from a place like this. Classy and elegant.
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.