Libra Room serves tapas and pizza in a relaxed setting, featuring live music every night.
The review title says it all. THe ambiance was certainly nice with live music playing in the background. However, the positives end there.
The food is overpriced, and to make matters worst, it tastes horrible. I ordered a spinach chicken pizza, and boy it was probably the worst i've eaten. The superstore no-name brand ones are another notch better than their's. My girlfriend ordered the fettucini alfredo, which was equally horrible. 1/4 of the pasta was undercooked (still crunchy when i tried chewing), sauce was underwhelmingly average.
At the end of the dinner service, we just wanted to get out of there. We handed in our credit card, and proceeded to wait 20 minutes before a waitress informed us that the card machine was offline, and they were working on getting it back up. We immediately offered to pay cash, only to be rejected by the bar-lady telling us "the machine is being fixed, and it'll be up and running real soon" with an extremely impatient tone.
All in all, I would never come back, and would advice all to stay away from this craphole.
It was a dark cold night, a good friend of mine and I decided we would like to get dressed up and try someplace new. After a few disagreements on were we would like to eat, we agreed to check out the warm inviting atmosphere of the Libra Room. She was decked out in a beautiful skirt and she looked wonderful, and I felt I had to show her off. We walked in and were instantly greeted by a courteous staff member who quickly sat us to a table close to the stage. We very much liked the candle lit tables and dark lighting and suddenly felt comfortable. We inspected the menu starving at this point, agreeing on appetizers. I had ordered the garlic bread and 3 dip, and she had her eyes on the portabello mushroom plate. We put the order in for a delightful bottle of white wine, and were soon emerged in deep conversation with a short round of innocent flirting. After a few glasses of wine, couple of playful compliments, we decided on the main course. We didn't find the menu had too much to offer, however the little choices they did have looked delicious. I settled on a rack of lamb with a solid potato concoction, while she had the fresh roasted pacific salmon and vegetables. We were really enjoying the food and atmosphere, until a group of amateur musicians arrived on stage. Instantly we got the creepy vibes. Within seconds, the most annoying, pretentious form of jazz music started to erupt in the back ground.. HONK, HEWWWWWWA, HONKKK SCRRRREEETCH, SSSSSLEEEEEEAAAAAH. At this point we suddenly did not feel like when we stepped in, we could barely hear each other or make out a single note of music. I mean if you were going to have a Jazz lounge, did you really have to hire what sounded like a rented grade 6 music class? At one point my fine female companion, was noting that the drummer had a perverse sexual look in his eyes scoping out her and other women in the venue. The saxophone player was drenched in sweat, and at this point we simply had enough. The food was great, but I do not recommend this place for a quiet romantic evening, unless it involves a tuba, half eaten piece of garlic bread, homeless legless woman asking for smokes outside the restaurant, and a men's bathroom covered in pee. However if you are from surrey, you will most likely feel comfortable at this Libra Room, and will give it a rating of 3 half smoked cigarettes out of 5. Chow down!
We tried this restaurant about a year and a half or two years ago and LOVED it! The food, the menu, the prices, the service....all good! Really good.
We went again this past Friday night and were very sadly disappointed. The ambiance is still really great. The room is beautiful. The food.....BAD. They changed chefs since we first visited and that was a mistake. We "mentioned" to the waitress our disappointment and she passed the info onto the manager, we saw her talking to him right after our comments. He didn't take the time to speak with us. The seafood was awful. The prawns in particular tasted like they were cooked in dishwater, seriously. In this city there is no reason for not using fresh, local quality ingredients. The Libra Room WAS a gem on the Drive....now it's a waste of valuable space. Not even the decor or music is enough to make up for the terrible food. GET THE PREVIOUS CHEF BACK!
My wife and I love to dine out, and went to "The Drive" on the recomendation of some friends. We stumbled upon the Libra Room, and while I don't usually take the time to write reviews, this place compelled me to do so. Firstly, the room is lovely, however the tiny tables do not suit themselves to actually dining. We went mid-evening, and though the place was not too busy, our rather unpleasant server came to our table only after finishing her conversation on her cell and another with the bartender. When our food did arrive (40 minutes after ordering) it was decent, but average, and not only were they out of almost every wine, our server had no clue as to how to recomend one to us. As we dined to the way-too-loud house music, the smell of marijuanna filled the restaurant, and we knew that, yes, we were on Commercial Drive (or does the no smoking by-law only apply to cigarettes?).
Having read the other reviews for this place, I would have to say I agree with the consensus. While the drive has come a long way in recent years, if this place is at all representative of its offerings, then it has a LONG way to go to catch up with the rest of the city. At the prices they are charging, they need to take it up several notches to get my money again. Oh yeah, and the musicians there pass around a jar for payment. Tacky.
I was invited to the Libra Room for a New Year's Eve celebration. The tickets were $20, which is not a considerable amount of money for a New Year's Eve bash but I was not impressed with this establishment.
Firstly, the restaurant was over booked. It's not a large place but if I was a seated patron trying to eat, I would be disturbed by the standing room only patrons (all who I assume paid $20 to stand around the already over crowded bar area) hovering over my table.
Given that it was so crowded, what was the owner doing but was arrogantly holding court with his friends in the back dining area taking up considerable dining space. This is obviously someone who doesn't know what being an owner and a host should be doing. It's about building customer relations.
If you're building a business, and a restaurant business no less, you should be at the front door or circulating the floor ensuring your patrons are having a good time. As it was, all $20 got us was a pitiful plastic thimble of bubbly. No hat. No squeakers. No fun.
For that reason alone, I would never patronize this establishment again. The owners obviously don't know anything about running a restaurant.
I have been introduce to the Libra Room by some friends. This restaurant lounge is incredible.The Atmosphere is amazing. The design is colorfull and inspiring, the LIVE MUSIC is Vibrant and believe me, it's the place to be to hear live music. They just expended and they build the best stage ever!
The Food! OH GOD!!! Its all made from scratch! Their chef is australian and she knows what goes with what. The portions are perfect, not to much, not to little. They just got a new menu which is very well design and the best wine list I have seen so far in Vancouver. With a choice of 25 differents wine, you are garanteed a unique experience.
The owners are amazing. They build this place for us! For music and food lovers who like to be surrended by great energy.
The staff is super friendly and very sophisticated. They know how to dress properly and fashinably.
I recommanded the Libra Room to everybody I know.
They also have this private VIP Lounge that is very sexy and perfect for group of people.
The Libra room brought to the drive a shinning live venue for musicians but also a place where you can meet people that are amazing.
Cheers to the Libra Team, I will come back!
Oh and I didnt mention that in the VIP Room they play old black and white movies on the walls! Great idea!!
Libra Room after a play, Fri. night - music, atmosphere, quirky/cool decor, funny, personable staff... One hour & I felt comfy; enjoyed music, chatted, sent a text - "Found a great little place you should check out"
East Side again; shop, go by The ARC (1701 Powell St @ Commercial - events/music/art/coffee shop/cafe), "Midsummer Nights' Dream" at Capilano Coll. (great show! Congrats cast & crew - really enjoyed it)
After the show I decide to stop by the Libra again...
Folks from the night before, great music (again), staff remembered me. Quite enjoyed myself & found I was still there near closing time!
Wrapping up a conversation, I ask if I can finish my beer before I leave. Bartender says "no problem! Take your time"
I kid you not - 2 min. later...
Owner walks up & says "ok babe, time to finish up" I say "sure, just finishing my beer" Last sip from a half-full beer & reaching for my bag when he says "we're closing, you need to go, now"
They need to close on time, staff wants to clean-up & go home, I figure he is "jovially" trying to ensure I don't hang out forever. I say "sure, just enjoying my last moment at the Libra before I go home to the states"
THEN, the owner (mgr.? Surely he can't be the owner with this attitude) says "good, going to the states, won't be back - you can leave right now"
I wasn't drunk (3 beers/3 hrs & a big dinner) & I know not everyone is crazy about Americans (but I tip - high prices, free health care - in favor of that - not complaining), I sat at the bar (not a table that could seat 3 or more)
Did nothing to "yank this guy's chain"
I believe in free-will & Karma; I won't say DON'T go to the Libra Room - maybe you SHOULD - catch one of this guy's "shows", good music & a nice staff (busy - occasionally forgetful - but check in when they can)
I won't say GO there (unless you need musicians/wait-staff/bartenders/cooks/etc; stop by, offer them work somewhere, anywhere else)
We went there for drink there were sis of us.My friend and i have been there before the fire and it was a long wait until they open again but go and see what they have done the place have way better food and the service is just getting better and better.I had the Duck new idem all i have to say is Wao .We left with one of the best experience of our trips to Vancouvers restaurant.
The music was great here - I imagine it is frequently. The food was damn awful though. We had the nachos which basically tasted like someone had spread manure on them. Described as "HUGE" by the server, they were anything but. Definitely recommend the place for ambiance and music, but the food was bad. Also we ordered wings which they are "famous" for and they were sold out. The waitress was friendly and polite.
The Libra Room is a great venue to see some amazing local artists but don't expect to get any kind of customer service from the owner. I have never experienced a more arrogant and self-important individual. I agree with the other reviewers who say that this man has absolutely no concept on how to run a business.
The staff on the other hand are friendly but are often forced to pester people about when the remaining guests in their party are coming as they need the seating space. This makes for a very uncomfortable atmosphere.
The food is good but the service is at times unbelievably slow. The friendly manner of the servers makes up for this sometimes but this combined with the rudeness of the owner has made me reconsider being a patron of this establishment. There are better places for me and my friends to spend our money. One should also question exactly who wrote the "5 star" reviews for this place -as they read like publicity advertisements.
This small restaurant is just getting better and better. Since the fire they have overhauled not just the interior but the whole basis of the restaurant. The food is great. The new Chef is fantastic and the prices for meals are incredible considering the quality of the food!
Wines are reasonably priced as well.
Live music each evening make it a very reasonable evening out and the musicians are quality performers.
As the evening goes along the energy gets higher and it definitely seems like an inspired New York neighbourhood bar. Apparently they are expanding in the space next door so I hope that it continues to feel like the intimate space it has become.