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."
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!