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 there a couple weeks ago and waited forever (45 minutes) to be served. Bread was not given to us for almost an hour and they weren't even busy. I was really disappointed. It was my second time there. Nobody acknowledged our existence until the hostess noticed that nobody came to us. The food was as advertised, I'm glad they got something right! We just sat there and kept our eyes on the clock to see when our food would be placed on the table. I feel that this restaurant is overrated. I might go back again someday if the reviews here and from others change my mind.
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.
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.
The first time my husband and I went to Le Crocodile it was with a wedding present gift certificate. The experience was so good, we have this restaurant on our top-three list! The service is great, especially the wine consultant. I don;t even read the menu - order from the extesive list of Features your waiter will read out. There is usually elk or caribou meat, which is fantastic every time I've ordered! I can't say enough good things about this place, except GO!
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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!