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."
Nice little restaurant. I have been here 3x now over the past few years. I do love French. Bar drinks are not that great, on two of my visits the waiter had to apologize for the "new bartender"...not sure how tough it is to pour a martini, the drink was short and took 15 minutes to arrive, however wine selection is fine. Food is good, and meal size per dollar is as expected. Service is a bit lacking. Overall the restaurant is small and overcrowded, as fore mentioned it is to loud to be romantic. It has more of an after closing broker feeling to it.
If you decide to go to Le crocodile, be sure. No surprise. The food is amazing. Fisrt class. Appies, main course, desserts and wine list. one hundred per cent excellent. Doesn't matter if seafood, poultry or tenderloin, all good, better, all incredible. The service is good too but not that impressive. If you have visitor out of town, go Crocodile. No mistakes.
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!
Our first, and surely not the last, experience at le Crocodile was really good. The service was superb. Out server was charming and very knowledgeable. From the moment we walked in we were greeted with courtesy and felt welcome. The restaurant was packed by 9pm on a Thursday night. People seemed to be really enjoying themselves. I enjoyed a main course of caribou in a pinot noir reduction prepared to a medium-rare. Attention to detail in both flavour and presentation seem to be the hallmark le Crocodile. For desert I shared crepes au chocolate. It was good, but by no means outstanding. Overall the food is very fresh and leaves your palate feeling clean and satisfied. The wine list definitely caters to a discerning taste and strong economy.
We have enjoyed few meals at the Crocodile. It's brasserie look is welcoming and the service is impeccable.
We were impressed by the quality of the food although it is more a traditional, classical cuisine. This classicism is perhaps what seduces number of patrons but the Alsacian food tradition -hearty food- made me wonder for more delicate and subtle tastes.
The wine list is fine and this is the perfect spot for a business lunch between civilized people.
The Crocodile will never disappoint and still is reasonably priced.
Vancouver is blessed to have such a classic.
Easily the best french dining restaurant for lunch on the west coast -My friend had some fantastic champagne and overall the experience was simply amazing. I highly reccomend any of the desserts when finished.
This kind of lunch doesn't come cheap; but we will return since it is is worth spending your hard earned cash where it is worth the experience!My new favorite spot for lunch
In response to the review below...well, i would have laughed if someone asked if it was in the DOV. Le Crocodile isn't going to be like the other "high-end" places that will give very limited food choices and risk people complaining that the DOV wasn't very good...(b/c "you get what you pay for"
I made reservations a a month in advance (which probably wasn't necessary) for a special b-day dinner, but i think it is worth requesting for a certain table. It is more intimate & special if you ask to have a table off to the side (as opposed to being in the middle of the room, where many people are walking by. The maitre'd was very attentive in a good way. Our waiter was extremely pleasent, very professional and knowledgeable about the dishes. We started with the bone marrow (very fatty) & split an entree: grilled tiger prawns & sea scallops served over angel pasta (it was creamy, but very nice) and while you wait for the entree, you get these thinly sliced deep fried potatoes (similar to the 'hickory sticks'), so it's nice to snack on. As for the entree: Roasted rack of lamb & 1 1/2 pound atlantic lobster. Okay, the lamb was was excellent, the atlantic lobster was nice as well (very creamy and rich)...although the lobster was amazing, I would probably try something else next time (definitely go for it if you are craving for it, but make sure you're not lactose intolerant! It hit me a few hours after). Dessert was delightful, since it was his birthday, they wrote his name on the dessert plate, and we ordered I believe the chocolate crepe (they don't post desserts on the internet, but i think it had an orange sorbet of some kind, soooo good!). Oh and I forgot to mention at the beginning before we even started, the chef sent around these mini quiches that were complimentary and very savoury! Over all we were extremely full & very satisfied all across the board!
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
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.
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.
Food - The lobster tempura and scallop salad was fresh and delicious. The flavours were perfect. The frog legs had a beautiful truffle oil flavour. The portions of the mains were HUGE. This is the biggest portion that I've seen for this price at any fine dining restaurant in Vancouver. I had the lamb, and my guest had the prime rib - both delicious.
Service was excellent. Very attentive but not pretentious at all. They paid attention to every detail, but yet did not make you feel like you were being hovered over. Our waiter was very helpful making great recommendations.
We will be back and we will be recommending this restaurant to family and friends!
Once great, now tired place that feel like it caters to tourists sent there by bribed concierges. Staff was very friendly. Esoteric wine list designed to impress just adds to the confusion. 15 min. before first drink order taken even though the Maitre d' had reminded us that our table was reserved later. The chefs tasting menu looked great but... Halibut smelled like bleach, Very low quality Foie gras with sinew, (Yep, true), of the three kinds of meat two were tasteless. All in all, steer clear. There are much better choices in Vancouver these days.
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 !
I came here with my girlfriend for her birthday dinner. When we arrived, I saw a ton of customers inside and was glad I made reservations a week prior. The place was perfectly lit (not too dark or bright) for dinner time. The hostess took our coats and showed us to the table. The waiter was very friendly in explaining any questions we had about menu items. The food was excellent (as I would expect from a pricey place such as this). We ordered and crab cake and French onion soup for appetizer. Both were excellent. For the main course I had a duck dish, which was cooked perfectly tender and tasty. My girlfriend had the rack of lamb, which was also very tender and juicy. For dessert, I had this moist chocolate cake with orange sorbet. My girlfriend didn't want any, but the waiter was smart enough to bring two spoons. When we were leaving the restaurant, the waiter helped us put on our coats with a very honestly delivered thank you. I will definitely recommend this place if you don't mind spending a bit on service and food.
My girlfriend treated me to this restaurant for my 34th birthday and, being a connoisseur of French food, this certainly was a treat!
Reservations (which can and should be made ahead of time, and on their website at http://www.lecrocodilerestaurant.com/) were available at near the time we wanted a week ahead of time, and they were quick in confirming reservations. Upon arrival, we were greeted immediately by the hosts and seated. Right on time! This was a busy and packed Saturday night, but we didn't wait at all. Seated by the wall, the two of us had a nice table and, although the other tables were fairly close, the intimate atmosphere of the place made our experience fairly private. The waiter was prompt throughout, as was the bread boy. The maitre d' also stopped by to ask how our food was.
The menu prices were, in my opinion, pretty standard for a good quality French restaurant. I had a roasted free range chicken for $26 and it was a very delicious dish. The mustard sauce was very tasty indeed! My partner ordered a lobster prawn pasta dish and she said it was fairly good.
(The only complaint we had was the $8 bottle of water they charged us for. Yes, it was Evian, but $8? Give me a break.)
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.
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.
Came to celebrate! Sat from 6:45 pm to after 8:30 without so much as a crust of bread. Appetizers finally arrived: steak tartare ok, bone marrow good, but "wonderbread" toast? Softshell crab tasteless. Long hiatus betw. courses (next table got drinks, soup, appetizers, & mains while we sat). Duck, Caribou, Veal & Muskox well prepared but veg. uninspired. Ate half our mains with empty wine glasses, sat w/ empty plates 1/2 hour+, then glasses finally filled. Sorbet served without its Poire William to one. Details! Desserts a bit uninspired. Cheese excellent, crackers not. Throughout the evening, server, hostess, & maitre d' failed to perceive our signals or notice our predicament (hunger, thirst).Told Maitre d' we were unhappy about glacial, inattentive service: he actually argued, claiming we could not mean “slow”; we simply did not understand the "pace" of a well-served meal (we do: our party included 2 chef/owners.) Despite some good food, quite a disappointment. Room very noisy.
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.