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Libra Room

1608 Commercial Dr
Vancouver, BC V5L1B3
Tel: (604) 255-3787 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Grandview-Woodland

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True lounge dining & music
By foodiephil of Richmond (65 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 11:49am [Dine in]

Each time I go, it's packed solid, and for good reason - yet somehow, they always find a place for you. The service is given with a smile, even if it is a bit sporadic (the service, I mean, not the smiles). No matter - friendly service wins me over every time.

The food is rather hit or miss for me... great cheese plate, not bad osso bucco, good pizza, poor risotto, orgasmic carrot cake, ho-hum creme brulee. But food, as always, is subjective. But I admit, it's prepared properly, with care, and with good presentation, whether or not I happen to like all the dishes or not.

My only complaint - I ordered a whisky sour; it was neither whisky, nor sour.

This is a late night spot with ambience and generally good music.

Go!

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Tummy Hungry...
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - 6:24pm [Dine in]

We were planning a girls night out of dinner, drinks, and dancing. This place had been burnt down and had just recently reopened again. My g/f lives nearby and had always wanted to check it out so we took this opportunity to try it out.

Food: everything here is small tapas portion. wasn't what i was expecting considering i was very hungry and sick so didn't want to share my germs w/ anyone. i ordered the stuffed chicken which was pretty good but portions def left my tummy unsatisfied.

Service: we were a party of 8 and it took over 1hr to get our food. 1 of the girls even ordered a salad! in my opinion that's too long. if it hadnt been for the drinks and company i think we would have been a lot more cranky. the server was nice, but forgot to add 3 of our drinks on the tab. we mentioned it to her tho b/c we believe in karma! perhaps they're still reworking out the kinks since reopening??

Ambiance: cool spot to hang out w/ a couple of drinks and good company. we took up all but approx 3 of the reg tables/chairs, the rest were all bar tables and stools. there was someone in the corner playing the piano and when we left there was a band just about to set up. this spot is small tho so i wouldn't suggest going there if your party is larger than 4. anymore i would recommend reservations.

Overall: not a place for a party larger than 4. not a place for dinner. not a place for romancing. under the right circumstances tho this place could be perfect for you and exactly what your looking for.

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Nothing I will go out of my way to.
By kwailan of Coquitlam (75 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 15, 2007 - 7:07pm [Dine in]

A couple of friends and myself were on the Drive late and feeling hungry. We wanted to eat at Lombardo's, but it was closed. Crossed the street to Wazubee, kitchen closes at 11 pm. We were about to give up when we walked by Libra Room. Pretty crowded room, band playing, kitchen open, so in we go.

The food was just average, drinks selection small and wine list pathetic. Some Asian restaurants have better wine selections.

I rate the food and service 2.5 stars.

The room was so dark I can hardly read the menu. The music was so loud I could hardly place my order with the server. In summary, great place to have a beer and snack and enjoy the live band. Forget about having a meal here.

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Good Jazz bad everything else
By Barcelonaguy of Yaletown (48 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 4, 2007 - 2:42am [Dine in]

Stopped by here tonight to hear some classic jazz. Waited almost 15 minutes to get served. Food is very simple just a step above pub food. Poor selection of draught beers and a very boring selection of everyday wines. Cocktails not bad.

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Great music not much else
By gastropub of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 2:31am [Dine in]

I've enjoyed the music here but the new drink and food menu is nothing special. Service adequate and laid back like most of the drive. The drink list looks like they poached it from waazubee's two doors away. Late night crowd pretty loud and usually drunk so go early. Still nice to have in my hood but I'd rather go somewhere else. The manager/owner seems pretty full of himself.

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Great bistro food!
By rhhm of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 3:09am [Dine in]

I've been to the Libra Room a couple of times to catch some live music and beverages. On both occasions, I noticed how appetizing many of the food dishes appeared.

First off, the Libra Room is to be congratulated on supporting young musicians who are beginning their careers in music. The intimate atmosphere of the small space lends itself well to catching some very listenable chamber jazz, and the volume is not too loud so that you can still have a conversation with your friends.

There is a decent beverage list, and while the wine list is small, there are some very decent wines at below average mark up prices. We opted for a bottle of Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc for around $40.

Our starter was a roast beet salad with mixed greens and cheese for $7 which we both shared. The beets were perfectly roasted, the greens were fresh, and the crumbled creamy cheese added a nice finish to the salad. My friend had the prosciutto, arugula, and goat cheese thin crust pizza for around $10, and I had the seafood linguini for $14. The pizza was excellent with just the right amount of melted cheese and ham, and the fresh arugula added once out of the oven was crispy and fresh. My pasta was cooked al dente in a light sauce of fresh diced tomato, garlic, shallots, olive oil, and basil. And there was no scimping on the seafood... two large scallops, four large prawns, and about eight mussles, all perfectly cooked. Both the pizza and the pasta were very tasty and hot. The service was attentive, although I know it can be a little slow when things get busy on a weekend.

The Libra Room's food is very good, and while not cutting edge, is definitely very well prepared and tasty fare considering what the venue really is... a great little jazz bar to hang out in. For this reason, I feel it represents outstanding value.

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I fourth that motion!
By influentialperson of West End (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

I will have to agree. I don't post on these sites, but the owner is certainly the most self-important person I have ever met. Not only have I read it on this site, I have had this conversation with complete strangers! Get over yourself or get out of a business where you have to interact with people.

I also agree, the five star ratings below seem terribly suspect.

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Awesome New Years Eve
By jsgigeire of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2008 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

I don't know what Fairbonappetite was on New Years Eve but the Libra Room had the best party on The Drive. I too had a $20 ticket which included a cover for an amazing Band, dance music after the band ( the dance floor was packed),free champagne at midnight and Free calzones at 1:00am. The ticket stated that entrance was not until 10:00pm but the very gracious owner allowed everyone to enter early and gather around the bar as to not disturb the dinner patrons. The owner was having dinner with 30 or so family and freinds but found time to greet almost everyone at the door.
Everyone in the room was having a great time dancing and listening to some great music. For $20 I got a lot more than a "thimble of bubbly". We are definately comining back next year. Maybe Fairbonappetite should go downtown next year where $150 just gets you in the door.

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Wanted Quiet, Found Food
By boe of kitsilano,vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2007 - 11:31am [Dine in]

I came to the Libra Room with a friend and thought it had a great atmosphere. The service was a little slow but it was busy after all. Our server was a cute, young brunette who seemed to be on the ball. She came up with fun suggestions on drinks and seemed sincerer about our happiness. All in all, our server was attentive and accommodating, I really wish I had remembered her name.

Our Food was out standing….I was expecting a lot as I the last time I was there I only saw the food and the presentation looked amazing. I was not disappointed, I had a Lamb chop and my friend had a steak. The shocking thing is that the last time a saw the Lamb it was plated substantially smaller. This time it was almost twice as big, it earned it’s over 20$ price tag. The steak was cooked to perfection, with Asparaguses, Carrots and I Quote “The best scalloped potatoes ever”.

There where only a few down sides to our experience.

The Menu (It’s was just released) had a few spelling and grammatical mistakes which is fine but gave the impression that it was only an after thought.
The food did sit out a little long than I would have liked. It’s hard to see your food sitting on the bar being so close yet so far.
Our server did not know what was in some of the food items nor did she know some of the portion sizes.

These last two points are selective but are going to be said anyway. Some of the servers were wearing far too revealing clothing. It’s not a night club and your not there to party. I would be hesitant about bringing my son or family to this place with such a lacked Dress code…one word Nipples.

The last point THE MUSIC IT’S TOO LOUD what THE MUSIC IT’S TOO LOUD!!

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Poor Service
By Lesley of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

I phoned the Libra Room to make a reservation and happened to know the owner's first name and asked if he was available and they said "yes". I asked to speak with him and they put the phoned down and at this point I have been waiting for sixteen minutes and counting. I can hear everything in the background. How rude!

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Cold and careless service
By Dogwood of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 3:51am [Dine in]

Having been bumped from a table to make space for larger groups and jammed into a rather uncomfortable corner, I then had the treat of having a waitress trip and dump a large, nasty glass of red wine all over me. I went to the back to clean up in the bathroom, a five minute wait, only to find a sink so filthy I couldn't bring myself to use it. And when I got back to my crammed little corner, I found that the waiter had put down the beer I'd ordered and left it sitting there unattended. Standing in soaking clothes with an undrinkable beer in front of me, I decided to simply leave and go home. You'd assume that after dumping a drink on me the Libra Room would at least comp the abandoned glass of beer. Nope.

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Just go for drinks
By 54321 of Richmond (26 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 8, 2009 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

Went last night, they had live music which was cool. What wasn't cool is the panhandling by the musicians for tips after they finished their set, if I want to throw some money in your tip jar, I will, but please don't ask me for money when I came for a nice night out.

Our party arrived a little scattered, but once everyone got there we got the water right away and didn't see the server for 15 minutes after that. There were two servers, a couple bartenders, and a host/busser for this 50 seat restaurant, not great staff:customer ratio, but ok.

Menu is alittle weird, high end stuff alongside onion rings and chicken strips...ok? So we order our dinner and drinks, we get our drinks then we wait... and wait... and wait, until it's been at least 20 minutes since we've seen ANY food come out of the kitchen. Two of our party are chefs and even they agree its been too long. Finally, one goes to see what's going on and we get a "sorry, there's only one person in the kitchen tonight". Great, except we are the last table that hasn't eaten and haven't seen any food come out of the kitchen for at least 20 minutes, not acceptable. Oh, and did I mention that probably a half the restaurant was eating when we arrived or shortly after that?

So the food arrives and all but one order a variation of chicken. My husband has the mushroom chicken and I have the chicken parm. Both are dry. Mine is black around the edges, but the plate is swimming in oil. Husband's rice is plain jasmine... no flavor at all. It cost us $60 for three drinks and two entrees.

Ambiance is very cool. I'd just go for drinks. I gave it a two for value given the entertainment and ambiance., otherwise make it a one.

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wow all that bad?
By doald of westend vancouver (25 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 8:35am [Dine in]

went there for dinner last night the food was so bad a place that thinks toast points are a good idea? come on guys get real!!!!
your 1980's style menu needs a big updateI also understand that this place is very difficult to work at as the staff seem to rotate on a monthly schedule.so please up date your menu and join the
supper club.

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Stars smile
By Emileigh of Point Grey, Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 30, 2006 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

... on this restaurant. The Libra Room really fills up on Friday nights starting at about 8:30. Friday nights they have a live jazz trio and Saturday nights is live flamenco music and dance. Libra features a martini for each of the 12 western zodiac signs. For the chocolate and coffee lovers out there, I recommend the Gemini martini.
I had ginger beef. The beef was cut in strips and perfectly grilled. It came drizzled with a creamy ginger-mint sauce over a heap of gingery rice noodles mixed with cabbage and julienne carrots. My two dining companions had seared tuna and chicken stuffed with mushrooms. The chicken was good but the tuna was very well done.
Our waitresses were not very attentive and had to be prompted to refill water glasses, but they were friendly enough. They were also understaffed as the customer volume increased at about 9.
The restaurant is very slickly and artistically decorated. I would say this is a good dining experience but nothing exceptional. I'll be coming back as I know I enjoy it here.

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Hot and Cold
By spudwil of North vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

Food: My husband loved his meal (tenderloin), and mine was quite good too. Similar to what you would get at much pricier restaurants.
Service: A bit slow, although our server was quite a character with her off-beat outfit. Kind of a laid back hippy style of serving, not completely on the ball.
Value: Great value for the money, especially considering that there is live music
Ambiance: Great place for local live music, blues, jazz, whatever the band is playing. I was a bit put off by the fact that the lead singer of the band came by each table with his hat, asking for donations after their set. He kind of stood there looking expectant until we coughed up some money. I think he was a bit disappointed with our donation. I would rather they put out a hat by the stage rather than put the diners on the spot like that . Maybe thats the way things are done now, I don't know.
All things considered, a fun, off beat place. Not your usual cookie cutter eatery.

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Way cool spot, fabulous music
By Epicurious-er of Point Grey (17 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 4:38am [Dine in]

I went to the Libra room a few nights ago with a large group or friends. The drink list is great, and everything we drank was well priced and delicious (also liked the way the drink list is named by zodiac symbol) however we were too late to order food. The room itself is very cool, lighting is excellent and the all around vibe is fun, loud, and trendy. Service was good despite the huge amount of people there - our server was very speedy and nice. Definitely a good place to go out and drink and enjoy good music.

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Don't go early
By crimsbabe of Vancouver (east) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 13, 2012 - 11:47am [Dine in]

We've been to Libra Room twice. We had a groupon and went during Dine Out Vancouver, and decided to go with the set menu. We got there just after 5pm mid week and the place was completely empty. But all the tables had a reserved sign. OK, we thought its DOV of course. The hostess was quite rude when we asked if we could dine early without a reservation. But we are full, how long will you take to eat ? Hello, probably as long as your set menu takes to cook and serve. We were seated at the back of the room in a dark little corner, we had to specially ask for a larger table. Their tables for 2 are tiny. The food was really good. We were quite put off the whole time though, seemed like we were in the way or something. A table of 8 came in and they were seated right beside us. Trying to enjoy the meal in already poor ambience, and now there are 8 people at the next table. The second and last time was a few weeks ago, we needed to use the groupon. Again we arrived just after 5pm. Again the room was empty and all tables had reserved signs. Again we were rudely plunked at a tiny table with no light. This one was beside a brick pillar so you couldn't even reach for the water glass or cut your food without elbowing the pillar. The hostess took forever taking our order, the beer was warm, she kept disappearing. We had calamari and tequila clamato mussels. The mussels were very good, I highly recommend them. The calamari was straight out of the frozen food section, luke warm and mushy, just rings, no tentacles. It was awful. We would have sent it back but the hostess disappeared again. We won't ever go back, even later in the evening to check out the band. The snobby service is just so insulting. We are polite foodies and we don't scrimp or make special requests. Feeling like you're in the way is not fun. But, the decor is nice, the art is great, the bartender was very nice. The bathrooms were disgusting both times. The food is very good and prices are reasonable, but the snobby service detracts so much that we will never go back, nor recommend this restaurant.

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Awesome Food, Best Waitress! Great music
By JA_085 of Surrey (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 19, 2012 - 8:42am [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I bought a groupon for the Libra Room. I normally wouldnt go to Vancouver (I live in Surrey) but thought to buy it and try something new. We had reservations for 730, and due to our cab taking a long time we didnt arrive till 8. They kept out table for us even though it was very busy. When I made the reservation I asked for a private table, and it looks like the one we got was just that. Our waitress was EXCELLENT, offered many good suggestions. We had the spicy chorizo mussels, steak bites and albacore seared Tuna. They were all excellent, especially the mussels. The live music was great, very entertaining. Our food came out very fast also :) I would definitely reccomend this place if your looking to try something different :)

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Never happened to me before
By icecube of Burnaby Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 10, 2011 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

Here we go. Saturday night, my girlfriend and myself were sitting at the bar, chatting and listening to the three girl jazz band playing in Libra Room. She finished her drink, I finished my salad, the conversation was flowing, the music was playing. The bartender, a blonde male one, interrupted our chat by would-you-pay-the-bill question. Sure, no problems and no worries, we will. Once we paid the bill the question are-you-ready-to-leave-now-as-there-is-a-couple-waiting-for-your-seats?
What's that, ah? I was shocked, actually. I told him that was rude and got just a broad smile in return. Needless to say I won't go there again.

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Just bad waitstaff
By bluebird of Bowen Island (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 7, 2009 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

This place has great live jazz however, the service is always above and beyond bad. I have sworn off the Libra Room a few times now and gone back because it is a popular choice for the venue. But really, who runs this place!!!?? Horrible service by surly servers every single time. Last time I went for birthday drinks for a friend's b-day and wow! The girl server could hardly manage to get a drink for the birthday boy let alone the 5 other people. Okay, so 6 people-that's a larger group, I guess but you would have thought we were 10 or 15 for the unhappy, SLOW slow one at a time drink ordering and by the time we all had a drink, who cares that the orders aren't right YOU HAVE A DRINK IN YOUR HAND and just Thank god for small wonders! The birthday cheer was not so cheery to say the least. They had lovely Live jazz and everything else is great-but the staff!! The real topper for the bad service is you can't even tip according to the service rendered because , surprise! -they add the gratuity on your bill ! So I guess the incentive for friendly, basic service is out the window the moment you walk in the door.
This is just a note of caution, by all means-for the talent-please go. Just go with eyes wide open and with no expectation for good service.
A real shame.

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