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."
I wanted my first review to be one of my favorite restaurants. I go once a year, for annual lunch, and it's the yearly highlight. The drinks are great, the servers are attentive, and the food is done to perfection. There is nothing "snotty" about this "fancy" french restaurant. You come here for exceptional service and to be spoiled rotten.
The most amazing gesture of service I remember was when one of the guests got up at our table to go to the lady's room but was in there for more than a few minutes, and a waiter quickly dropped by, and whisked her food plate right back in the warming oven, so that it would still be warm when she got back.
The foie gras was fresh and tasty-i samplied my friend's (and i hate foie gras) The entrees were so rich and all sound great, i always have a tough time choosing but i remember my seafood dish with fresh prawns and this black pasta. you always get a pear sorbet to cleanse your palette, and dessert is always wonderful too. You end your meal w/chocolate crocodiles. A nice touch. I highly recommend this place, it's really not much more (if not even a bit cheaper) than the other fine dining places, the service and quality is consistent, and I can't wait to return back next year!
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
After reading all the GREAT reviews about this restaurant, I decided to try it out. Perhaps I'm just a very hard person to satisfy when it comes to food. I was hoping this restaurant would give me that "wow" expression, but it didn't. Let's start with the service. Upon entering, the hostess wasn't very friendly. She's didn't have a smile on her face. To me, smiles represent warmth and welcomeness. That didn't happen. Nonetheless, I had a great table. The waiter was awesome. He was soft-spoken (not to disturb the other guests) and recited the many daily specials from memory. I picked out a decent wine that was a bit over-priced, but pretty good. The wine list is okay (lots of choices ranging from local to international, ranging from approximately $45 to the price of a Toyota Yaris). The crab cake, chocolate crepe, and the "free-of-charge" hickory-stick-like-fries were the highlights of the evening, including the "free-of-charge-Chef's-tart". All very very delicious!! The main course was a bit disappointing though... Perhaps we ordered the wrong things?! We had a caribou dish paired with a Cuban lobster tail (daily special)+ veal medallions (off the regular menu). I liked the caribou. It was paired well with the lobster tail. Great suft and turf, but the green couscous-tasting risotto-thing surrounding the meat just didn't go with meat + seafood. The sauce was tasty though. The veal from the veal medallion dish was... I don't know how to explain it, but it tasted like not very great meat. It was a bit..."water"...tasting (if that even makes sense to you guys). It just wasn't very veal-y tasting. The vegetables with both plates were done very nicely, cooked perfectly and paired well. The french onion soup was 8/10, but not as good as the one at Le Faux Bourgeois. The one there is a delicious french onion soup - perfect blend of cheese and soup broth. The soup should have been a tad richer, to complement the taste of the cheese - just a tad. Overall, I was a bit intimidated when I walked into the restaurant. The crowd here is well over 30 years old to about 50-55. Ambiance... very pretentious. Washrooms need a bit of work. Chairs are comfortable. Waiters/Waitresses are very nice. I might come back, just maybe...
I have been to Le Crocodile several times and everytime it has been consistently amazing. I usually order the same few dishes and I have never had one that was only okay, they are always made to perfection.
Some of my favourites include the crab cakes (which are usually on their specials menu), the duck liver terrine, roasted Fraser Valley duck breast (my all-time favourite dish), roasted rack of lamb, and their famous souffle. The chocolate crocodiles are always a nice touch.
The service is always impeccable - they are always checking in on your, filling your wine glass, and making you feel welcomed. They are the best "bang for buck" fine dining restaurant in Vancouver, in my opinion. I just wished they were open for lunch on the weekends so I can give it a try since I do not work nearby. I hear that is amazing too!
I love French cuisine and Le Crocodile did not disappoint me - it exceeded my expectations. The food was wonderful - beautiful presentation and exquisite taste. All of the staff there were gracious, professional, friendly and helpful - they really know how to treat restaurant goers at Le Crocodile. The ambiance is lovely without being over the top or having an uncomfortable pretentious feeling. It is all about the excellent food here, which shines. The chocolates at the end of the meal were a nice touch. We ordered so much food and were amazed at how low the bill was - knowing how much we ordered - drinks, appys, main, desserts, coffee - and how high the quality of the food was. I will go back here as often as I can - mainly for special occasions. I hope to try a lunch here, as I have only been for dinner. The attention to detail in the food and service is amazing. This is my favorite French restaurant ever. Le Crocodile is a classic.
What can you say about le croc that hasn't been said before. The young wanna bees come and go but these guys have staying power and the reason is quite obvious. Consistent food and service over the years and a great wine list makes this place one of our favorites for special occassions. Yeah it's expensive but a low risk failure rate due to their tried and true nature makes me want to keep going back when we can afrord it !
Went with couple colleague from work to dine on rememberance day Nov 11 last Tuesday. Surprised that the restaurant was busy on a tuesday night and the absolutely cute hostess greeted us right away and took us to our table.we were impressed on how the restaurant looked so exquisite as well as the food, but the servers were not so professional.My colleague is a frenchman and he overheard some of the waiters speaking in a very rude way about the night in french language to one another, and continued doing so all through our meal.how very unprofessional!! Regardless of that, we were happy the food was excellent and upon leaving we were again met by the hostess and chatted a little while waiting for taxi.we should have told her about our real dining experience which was clouded by what my colleague overheard from the waiters.Alas, our impression for the resto was nice place but unprofessional waiters!!
I was looking forward to dining here since they had higher reviews on this website. However, this experience was overall very disappointing.
First of all, valet was not around when we arrived, and we had to go find him. He was standing outside, away from the entrance area. When we walked into the restaurant, we were greeted and seated right away.
The service was inconsistent throughout the night. We ordered “chef's tasting menu” which consists of 5 dishes. When we ordered, the waitress disagreed with our decision and she tried to make us order something else (I'm assuming because our reservation was not until later at night). Half way through the dinner, our waitress seemed to just disappear without notifying us. Another waiter started serving us, but he was very slow and it seemed that we were almost being ignored in the restaurant. Although the restaurant was not busy at that time and only a few customers were left, it took them forever to bring the last dish. The worst part was, my friend had an empty glass of water for the longest time, he had to go get the water himself. I do not expect service like at fine dining restaurant.
The food was good, but not good enough for what they charge. The steak was very rich. The sauce was good but it seemed like a slice of foie gras that was served on top of steak made the overall dish too rich. I could not even finish the whole dish. The first dish was probably the best, which was wild mushroom tart-let. It was small but excellent. Also, additional foie gras course was cooked very well , and the cantaloupe sorbet was delicious.
Overall, the quality of dining experience was lower than expected. I may go back to there to try ordering individual dish from the menu, but I will not have the tasting menu again.
There was a lot of hype surrounding Le Crocodile, and because of that, it can be hard to be impressed when you go. Everything is so talked up, so expected to be spectacular, that the element of surprise is often removed. However, it was everything I was promised it would be. A beautiful interior, soothing decor, wonderful wait-staff, and amazing food. It truly was worth the hype (and the money). If you love french food definitely put Le Crocodile on your list.
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.