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."
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.
You can always depend on receiving top notch service and food here. The servers know their product and have no problems helping you out if you ever need a suggestion on what wine would be ideal. No matter how busy they are (full dining room at lunch time), the food is cooked to perfection. They always serve a little dessert and a little plate of chocolate crocodiles at the end which is a nice touch. I highly recommend this place. Make sure you make a reservation to ensure you won't be disappointed if you can't get in because they do get busy.
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.
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.
I have been fortunate enough to eat at some of the best restaurants around the world. Le Crocodile has lived up to the mark and has never disappointed me. I am taken there for birthdays and anniversaries and in turn take others as a special. (I also frequent other eateries and will include those reviews soon.)
The fois gras is poetic and although I fancy myself as a gourmet cook, that dish is simply too complicated to duplicate in a home kitchen successfully. It was silky and ethereal. The sweetbreads were fabulous and when I gave one "as a taste" to my young guest he nearly swooned. (University student son, doesn't get out much :)
It was if anything almost too much and we had no room for dessert. DO bring a fat wallet because it is not cheap. As an aniversary dinner or a place to propose (I witnessed it twice) it can't be beat.
This place might be over rated. The food LOOKS tasty but the portions are sample size. For the portions you receive, the prices are not justified. The service was pleasant. Great place to impress your date. However, be prepared to eat again, shortly after...
Went to Le Crocodile for lunch the other day. Food was fantastic. Service was very good and the ambience was consistent with a classic french bistro. Michel Jacob re-creates classic dishes perfectly. The long list of features would be better listed on paper but they have done it this way for years. That being the only complaint it is one of the best lunches in town.
A while ago I went to Le Crocodile with my family. When we came in, it was quite busy so we were put into a corner. Although some people may not like this, I love corners of restaurants as they are very cozy. For dinner I had the duck breast with froie gras. It was exquisite. The froie gras was creamy and the duck breast was tender but not to chewy. As almost all French food, wine was incorporated into the dish as a sauce; a delicious one I might add.
The duck came with a bit of steamed vegetables on a separate plate. Unfortunately, though the duck and froie gras were outstanding, the vegetables were forgettable. However, it is hard to find a restaurant who can make steamed vegetable unforgettable, yet it has been done, and therefore, the food for Le Crocodile, dose not get a 5 out of 5.
I had a taste of my families dishes, and they were very delicious. The beurre blanc was creamy and smooth, with a bit of a tang, which comes from what I suspect is white wine vinegar. Finally, the risotto was one of the best risottos I've ever tasted.
For desert I had a chocolate crepe. The main course was amazing but the desert was lacking. Although the chocolate crepe was delicious, it was nothing out of the ordinary.
Despite what I have said above, the food was delicious in all aspects. Though I did criticize the vegetables, and desert, it does not mean that they are not delicious, it is just that they are not incredible, like some of there other food.
Le Crocodile is a great place for French food, and a great place for food lovers. Gourmands everywhere (even if French food is not there favourite) will be able to appreciate the food at Le Crocodile.
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!