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 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.
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.
This has to be the best choice in Vancouver for french food! It's location is tucked away in the city away from the crowds. It's perfect and cozy. We were one of two tables the night we dined, allowing for a wonderful romantic atmosphere.
The service was perfect. Our waiter was very attentive, and quick to suggest various items from the menu, both food and wine. Was also very friendly and chatty with us.
The food is sensational!! The foie gras was spectacular, melt in you mouth, rich and smooth. We also had the Dover sole, amazing, fresh tasting, sweet. We also had the lobster, alread removed from the shell for us and everything, thank you for not making me work for my food. The meat was so tender, perfectly cooked. Delicious!
This is a perfect romantic relaxing fine dining restaurant.
Went here for my bf's bday. Was greeted by a very friendly and presentable hostess right when we entered the door. We were the 2nd table that night (6:30 on a Wednesday night). Our waiter was veryyyy nice and seriously had the nicest skin ever. I suppose he's french because of his accent.
We ordered 4 appetizers: the bone marrow, quail, lobster salad, and fois gras. ALL WERE SUPERB!! loveeee the bone marrow- wat a nice suggestion from our server. The quail had too much stuffing but was good still. Lobster salad was fresh and had alot of lobster- to our surprise. The fois gras was so juicy and tasted nicely with the sauce. We also ordered the rabbit as a main dish to share. The service was HUGE - to our surprise as well. It came with skinny fries and a side plate of veggies. The dish was good but also had too much stuffing and not enough meat. For dessert we had the proliferolles which was 4 puff pastries with vanilla icecream and the BEST chocolate syrup ever! Then we were given complimentary crocodile chocolates which was a nice touch for the end of the meal.
Along with a bottle of pellgrino and a beer, our bill came up to be $120. TOTALLY worth it for the food, presentation, and friendly/speedy service!!!! wayyyy better than places like chambar that charge you too much for your food.
Only complaint: TOO LOUD! they should give large parties private rooms because it ruins the evening for people who are there to celebrate romantically or for a quiet dinner.
Went to Le Crocodile for lunch today. 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.
My boyfriend and I have been travelling and eating our way through Europe for the past year and a half at some of the best French restaurants and we still looooooooooooove (and miss) Le Crocodile and have not found anything comparable to it yet. I've always order the duck breast and foie gras and for the dessert, my favourite, profiteroles that comes with the melted belgian chocolate inside the blue kettle (don't know if they still have that). The duck breast is tender and out of this world. The service is always impeccable and not pretentious; the sommelier is always charming and funny. The quality of the food is excellent and the price is definitely reasonable (I think even if they charged more, we will still go back there).
Definitely Le Crocodile is one of the restaurant we are most looking forward going to when we return to Vancouver.
Many years ago I was walking down Robsonstrasse about noon and I was hungry.I ducked around the corner and saw this quaint little hole in the wall called Le Crocodile.I walked in and sat down.This was a very narrow little bistro and was very unpretencious.I ordered Beouf Bourginon or something like that and was very impressed(it was also very inexpensive).As the years went by Le Croc moved down the street. The building and the food is the best in Vancouver.
This is my mother's favorite french restaurant. We have gone at least 5 times and everytime it is a delight! The service is delightful and the meal never comes without a complimentary appe or sorbet. Fresh flowers are definatly a signature attribute that adds to the golden glo of the interior. Definatly not the spot for a budget meal, but if your in the mood to go all out the frois grois is amazing!!