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 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.
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.
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.
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 took my wife here last night for our 1st anniversary after a co-worker was constantly raving about the place. I have to say it was the best dining experience my wife and I ever had.
Our server Simon was great. He was very friendly and very attentive as our glasses were always topped up. Throughout the dinner the maitre d' came over a couple times to make sure everything was ok as did the sommelier to ask how our wine was.
For starters I had the arugula and prawn salad and my wife had the pan seared goat cheese on endive salad. Both were delicious. Second, I had the frog legs and my wife the fois gras special. This was the first time eating frog legs and I thought were absolutely fabulous. The portion was much bigger than I thought it would be. The garlice butter sauce was amazing and the frog legs were cooked perfectly. My wife's fois gras was just okay but that's probably because I am not a huge fan of any liver dishes.
For our main course we both had the steamed atlantic lobster. Again, it was delicious. It was cooked and seasoned perfectly and was accompanied by vegetables and a nice rich creamy butter sauce.
We had two bottles of Chablis Premier Cru ($95) which was probably one fo the best white wines I have ever enjoyed. It went down very nice and the fruity flavours lingered nicely on my palate.
Our bill came out to $390 but without any wine would have been $200 which I think is quite reasonable considering the quality of the food and service. I definitely recommend this restaurant for a romantic dinner and I can't wait to go back!
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.
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.
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 expecting another overpriced restaurant with mediocre food and service, but we recieved quite the opposite. Every course we had was flawless. Presentation, temperature, quality and quantity was all top notch. The minor added details like the complimentary quiche, pomme frites and chocolate crocodiles are a nice touch. Nice cozy environment, with perfectly set lighting. I will definitely come back.
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.
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 recently went here for my anniversary, and chose this over La Belle Auberge for French cuisine. I must admit that I was disappointed with the ambience (it is very loud) and overall, for French, I would pick La Belle Auberge anyday over Le Crocodile.
My wife's Chilean sea bass was GREAT, but my beef was only okay. The Grand Marnier souffle at the end was very good, but the waiter FORGOT our coffee and latte(I didn't remind him, though). That being said, the food was great, the service was good (young French kid with an OVERLY French accent, added to the atmosphere), and the restaurant is more trendy than I thought it would be. I would go again, as it was good, but if you're looking for French, and don't mind paying, try La Belle Auberge.
We were invited by our friends to this lovely French restaurant, and honestly were very pleased with the food and service we receivd. After a few very dissapointing "fine dining" experienced we had at Il Giardino di Umberto and Trafalgars, it was a reasurrance that fine dining restaurants still exist.
The Veal chop vas succulent and came with a nice mushroom sauce, for the appetizer I had quale stuffed with sweetbreads, and I will recomend that dish to everyone. Beutifull presentations and decent portions surely make it worthwile to visit this hidden jem, when you got some free time for a fine dining experience and are willing to pay for it. Also I have to admit that Le Crocodile is nothing like the rip-off priced Il Giardino, for the quality of food and service you get there, it is really worthwile paying the price they charge. We surely be back whenever another special occasion arrives!
Let me first say that I've been a long time customer of Le Crocodile, back to the days when Jean Pierre and Ben were waiters there. Lately the restaurant has been staffed with young and inexperienced waiters, and as a result, I think the service suffered. To give you an example, I was part of a table of 10 a couple of months back, when we entered the the door, no one asked to hang up our jackets. We then proceeded to sit down (in a long table they had set up in front of the bar), I had realized that the bench seating didn't give me a place to hang my coat. I then asked a waiter if he could help me put aside my jacket. The response I got was a strange look (as if what I was asking him to do was beneath him) and he then pointed to the coat hooks on the wall (i.e. implying, you hang up your own jackets here). The food that night was above average, but the service overall was less than impressive.
Well one of the best fine dinning ever I have experienced.I loved it, the food the service, everthing. Too bad they don't have a better patio... but if you really want to impress tell your friends, take your clients. A perfect date impresser.
My wife and I, after much research on the internet, to find the perfect French restaurant for our anniverary settled on "le crocodile" based on the reviews. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. The staff was welcoming from the moment we walked in. The price was, we felt, very reasonable. We had a three course meal with a bottle of wine and a martini to start and were quite full. The portions were of good size. This will be our special occasion restaurant from now on. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a nice, romantic evening with good food.
Mr.Shazz and I were here Thursday night, celebrating our anniversary. After putting a concerted effort into finding the 'perfect' spot to spend our special evening, we finally settled on le Crocodile...and are now hoping to spend many future 'special nights' in this establishment. Upon walking in the door we were greeted by a pleasant buzz of lively conversatioin, and extremely agreeable staff. In fact, I wouldn't hesitate to put the service at the top of the list of restaurants I've visited in Vancouver. The chef sent out tartlettes stuffed w/ mushrooms, basil, and cheese for each of us before the first course, after our waiter informed him of our anniversary. Lobster bisque, arugula salad w/ warm prawn, rack of lamb, sea bass, and chocolate cake with nougette ice cream and orange syrup disappeared from our plates with the greatest of ease! Every dish was prepared with such perfection that I would be hard pressed to choose a standout item. They were all stellar. And again, thanks to the staff for the wonderful welcome and service without pretension.