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Naam, The

2724 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6K1R1
Tel: (604) 738-7151
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano

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Hmm..
By hungryfordinner of Vancouver (125 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

I thought it was ridiculous that they charge 15% to reserve seats, but I did so anyway, knowing the long lineups.

Food: I had The Naam Dragon Bowl, which was really delicious, but I thought it was overpriced for the ingredients given. Everything's vegetarian, everything should be a lot cheaper. Also, my friend ordered a juice, which was about 3$, and it was SUCH a pitiful size. I could finish it in one gulp.

Service: Slow.

Ambiance: Really old, I think they need to renovate it a bit. Not clean either, being a restaurant that opens for 24 hours.

On my second time there, I went there at 11am intending to eat lunch, but they don't serve lunch till 1pm! Ridiculous. I left.

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This place is known for bad service
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

I don't care how good the food can be but if the service is awful then I can not enjoy the meal. Came here w/ a girlfriend and we were quite excited about the place cuz it's quite popular. When we arrived, it was a total disappointment. The service was slower than a turtle and a lot of times we felt invisible. I ordered the miso soup but it tasted like soya sauce. I also ordered this soy milkshake but the glass was so small that I almost burst out laughing. And the taste was diluted. Overal, it was a terrible experience. I saw other people ordering these huge salads and it looked appetizing but I guess that's all they're famous for.

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not bad
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (150 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 13, 2009 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

Went for a weekday breakfast with my kid. Apple juice was good, non filtered and the coffee could have been worse.

Homefries were good but not spectacular. Toast was weird. You only get one piece with an order and it has weird caraway seeds or something nasty in it. There is only one kind of toast. And the jam was TERRIBLE had a weird background flavour.

Breakfast burrito was very good and not totally covered in 2 inches of cheese like some places do when they have poor quality.

The food here is good, we had no waits, servers were excellent and superfriendly and the food came in good time.

The only thing is they should know that being good and veggie, food doesn't have to have odd flavours like the toast and jam. Just make them great adn normal.

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Overrated, but unique.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2005 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

If it's still a 24hr establishment. They're a tad on the "cozy" side with the tiny place filled up with tables. And then the crowd that frequents there and the wait. Nice vegetarian variety, a bit slow on service and serving. A little on the noisy side even without the live music. But not many vegetarian and vegan places out there with nice aromatic herbal teas to choose from.

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Late Night Fix
By moussy of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 7, 2006 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

Went to the naam very later (around 3) for food.. obviously no one was there so seated quickly.

Nachos were pretty good but the cheese was a bit too dry in my opinion. The quesadillas were good, and the tea was warm. However, seeing that these were all vegetarian, I thought it was pretty yummy, even for people who would like meat.

Really nothing much to say about the service, just average. I would have wanted to try out their sesame fries, or their soy shakes but didnt have the chance.

Ambience was very warm, but it was a jumbo mumbo of all kinds of posters and paraphernalia.

Really an average restaurant in my opinion, good for late night vegetarian food. Would like to visit during the evenings to see if it is better.

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The Awful service makes me wonder if I want to return..
By Lanie23 of Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 11, 2006 - 10:26am [Dine in]

First of all, my friends and I waited at the door for at least 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged us. Then, when someone finally came by, we asked if we could get the booth. The server walks away and never comes back!!! When we do get seated, the server was in a horrible mood and we were almost scared to ask her anything. The food was quite good, but the service completed turned me off.

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Hype-o-rama
By Rasputin45 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend is vegetarian, and everyone and their brother told us to go to Naam. The food was so dissapointing, very healthy but just too "granola" for us. We ordered 4 things, and the taste of ginger pervaded everything. I like ginger, but not in EVERY BITE of EVERY DISH I eat. I think the place is severly overrated and haven't been back since.

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Awful Food Dirty Restaurant Rude Staff
By King_of_Kitsilano of My Beautiful Kitsilano (47 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 19, 2008 - 5:41pm [Dine in]

This place never changes-the food is uniformly awful, the staff always slow and rude and the physical condition of the place beggars belief.

I was recently dragged in by some veggie friends and regretted being 'Mr Nice' as soon as we sat down on chairs that needed replacement years ago.

Waited seemingly forever even to get a menu and that was just the beginning.

The waitress seemed to have trouble speaking English-I don't think she was on drugs just had little idea how to communicate with other people.

Ordered a simple Naam salad and some bread-when I got the meal I didn't know whether to laugh or cry-it was a mess ancient wilted greens and a greasy foul tasting dressing the bread was antediluvian as well-essentially inedible.

It was hopeless trying to get any relief from the waitress who seemed afraid to come near our table-not only was the food my friends as bad as mine we had a whacked out weirdo working our section.

Somebody else paid-I won't go into details but we left no tip and the veggie lovers weren't just PO'ed there were shaken that some place that eschews fine vegetarian food could be such a disgusting sham I know they were going home hungry since no one finished what they ordered it was that bad.

Don't check the toilets-one of our party did and just shook her head upon rejoining the table-apparently it was not just grubby but disgusting.

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Lively atmostphere, long lines, good food
By stevendrowe of Vancouver (44 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

Luckily we arrived at the restaurant, at 6pm, just before the multitude of crowds arrived, I guess for the live entertainment. Around 6.45 there was a large line of people outside the restaurant.

The food was very good and imaginative, quite a lot on the plate, and could only eat half of it! I had one of their veggie burgers and it was pretty good with loads of stuff on the side, the sauce was the most memorable. The amount of food did put me off a little bit.

There was certainly a lively atmosphere in the restaurant, quite noisy. I had some problem hearing the waitress. The service was good, our waitress was a little power house and fell of energy, very quick.

The one negative thing in this place was the heat, it felt very humid in there and was starting to get a headache.

The live entertainment had problems kicking off at 7pm because there was some problems with the equipment. When he finally got going 15 minutes later, 5 minutes before we left, we couldn't hear the act because it was actually too noisy in the restaurant.

I would likely go again...every now and again, not too restaurant.

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My Approach: Find Something You Like and Stick With It
By leonard h of Vancouver (39 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 3, 2011 - 10:03am [Dine in]

Especially when I'm hungry, seeing that big, beautiful tempeh burger arrive alongside a heaping salad with good dressing and sesame fries is such a rush, and it does not disappoint. On the other hand, stay away from their veggie steak. Great idea, but guys, you gotta find another recipe. Desserts taste as good as they look, so I just get the same thing every time + dessert, and I'm happy. The place is very easy-going. I think those who are complaining on this site about the service should not expect a hop-to-it mentality here, and just relax.

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Guess you have to be a vegetarian...
By Centauri of Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 5:59am [Dine in]

I'm not a vegetarian. I'm not the complete opposite, but if I had to choose, a nice steak, a leg of lamb, or even a nice and healthy plain chicken breast would top an all-veggie meal for me.

I was taken here by my girlfriend, a couple of years ago, an ex-vegetarian. I tried to be open-minded, but this was my experience, as I recall it..

Atmosphere: None. It's cramped, crowded, loud, and bustling. It's kind of nice if you're a people watcher, or enjoy a really upbeat setting, but I prefer my dining experiences to be more tranquil and relaxed.

Service: Service was passable, but these people just struck me as... snobby. They weren't terribly polite and took great pride in telling me the virtues of vegetables, as if I was ignorant.

Food: For vegetarian food, it was passable, but without meat, and without many of the more contemporary fixings of a meal, I could not shake the feeling that I was scarfing down a meal of "health food". Too much tofu (bland at that) and a lot of bean sprouts. It was well prepared, for what it was, but I don't find re-fried vegetables and nothing else to be terribly exciting.

I'm sure Vancouver's numerous hippies love this, but for a non-vegetarian, I really have nothing to recommend about this place - simply having a vegetarian salad at any other restaurant would give you a similar culinary experience, without the busy-ness and noise.

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I Should Like This Place More Than I Do
By I like to eat of Kitsilano (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 10:01am [Dine in]

I've been a veggie for 20 years, and when I moved to Vancouver people kept getting me to try this place. I've now been about ten times, and I don't think I will go back unless someone else I'm with really wants to go.

I find the place warm and friendly. The service is quirky, but has never been terrible. I don't really mind waiting for a table, which you often have to do at this place.

I think my issue is really with the menue. I just don't find anything very amazing, unusual, exciting. I like to get something when I eat out that I wouldn't make at home... and I don't really find that here. I also am not a fan of the miso gravy and it comes on a lot of things.

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The absolute worst food, ever!
By I-like-pies of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 11:42am [Dine in]

Went there last year, but only found out about this site now, and feel compelled to complain, even after a year.

I have heard very good reviews about this place so I felt I had to see for myself. Boy was I disappointed.

We had those dragon bowls and they were essentially boiled hunks of cauliflower, carrots and brocolli in a warm thousand island dressing. All that for ~12 bucks?? you gotta be kidding me. And to top it off, it was lined with some sort of alfalfa sprout things that tasted like dirt. The red beets were practically raw and also tasted like they didn't even bother to wash the thing. More dirt taste. I knew it was a vegetarian place to begin with, but I've had way, way better than this. This place is a joke.

I just can see why so many people rave about this place. If anyone ever mentions the Naam or a vegetarian place to me, I will definetly steer them well away from this place.

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It has really grown on me
By kells of yaletown (27 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 30, 2009 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

I had heard great things about this restaurant and I'm a vegetarian so I was keen to check out "the Naam" and see what the fuss was about. The first time I went there I was a bit jet lagged so wasn't too aware of what was going on but on subsequent visits it has really grown on me. The staff are friendly, efficient and just really pleasant with out that tip hunting smile you get at some restaurants. It just represents solid value and it has got a wide variety of food to appeal to any diner (vegetarian or not). The line can sometimes seem dautning but it seems to move fast and you're never pressured to get out to make way for the next diner. My only complaint is that the meals are huge so you've either got to take home the left overs or feel guilty about wasting food.

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Vegetarian food done right!
By noshingallday of Quilchena, Vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 10, 2008 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

I was hesitant to go to the Naam after my first experience over a year ago, but I'm glad I did. I haven't had any negative experiences with the servers, and most of the time they are attentive and very friendly. It is true, however, that service can be a bit slow especially when it gets busy. I love the Naam dragon bowl, and my mom (non-vegetarian) is a huge fan of their pizza. Naam nachos are fine, but not really rave-worthy. I love their miso dressing, and last time they packed some for me with my leftovers :-) Portions are generous and the atmosphere is great, especially in the summertime!

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the place is always packed!
By sonatina of Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 3:40pm [Dine in]

I've visited Naam a few times now. First time we waited 30-40min, second I went around 2am and the restaurant was still very full (they're open 24 hours). I've tried the Buhda's Feast, Crying Tiger, and Thai Noodles and they are all delicious. My friend tried one of the pizzas and it looked amazing the whole table was envious. The portions are huge so for $12 it was like getting two meals for the price I love the rich "healthy" flavours and the variety of veggies they use. People who love the traditional fatty high-salt/sugar foods will not like Naam, but health-conscious Vancouverites, especially those who are vegetarian will like it a lot.

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It is what it is...and its beautiful
By hungrydog of Burnaby (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 2:15am [Dine in]

When we go to the Naam we make sure we are not in a hurry because we know that the service is not going to be very fast (it is probably going to be really slow!). However, we know this going in and we do not let this bother us while we enjoy the great vegetarian meals we so look forward to every time we visit. If you are expecting five star service, forget it; you definitely will not receive it. If you are expecting a modern restaurant with modern furnishings in an uncrowded room, forget about the Naam.

Try the potato wedges with miso gravy, the Dragon bowl, or any of the dinner bowls, they are all delicious. The grilled cheese sandwich with the daily soup is outstanding; the burrito is another favourite. The food is good, usually!

Eating at the Naam is a trip down memory lane to when Fourth Avenue was ruled by free-loving hippies, when the streets were filled with VW vans and the smell of marijuana smoke. The food is awesome (most of the time), the furnishings are beautiful in their own eclectic ways and the staff all hate your bourgeois being. Love it or leave it; thankfully, it is not changing.

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Yummy vegetarian!
By Kitsilanochef of Kitsilano, Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 3, 2009 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

Perfect place for vegan, vegetarian or people with allergies.
Food is always great, my favs are the dragon bowls (Packed with tons of fresh veggies and tofu, always leftovers for tomorrow), sesame fries with cheese and miso gravy (Perfect for late night munchies), pita pizza, and my all time favorite....Baked apple crisp with vanilla ice cream (It is amazing! And must be accompanied with Mario's ice cream!)
Awesome mix of people who hang out there, it always has a great vibe, anytime of the day or night and the 24 hours a day makes it the best place to relax at 3am after a night out or to just grab a snack when every other place is closed. I love the live music that goes on quite often and beautiful local art on the walls.
However....the service usually pretty much blows, it is always busy, but they should have figured a way to get it together by now? I've usually had friendly servers, except one, but they always seemed so stressed from trying to keep track off so many tables, they definitely need to cough up the money and employ more people or something. I have never ever received water when I have asked for it numerous times, so I'm not sure if its Naam etiquette to get up and get your own water, which is usually what we do since its always strategically placed around the restaurant. And food takes a loooong time to come out, expect to wait at least 30 minutes.
The value is great for the quality of the food.

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The plus side, its open 24 hours
By notic of Pitt Meadows (12 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 7, 2007 - 1:46am [Dine in]

The first time I went it was a pretty big disappointment so I decided to go back two more times hoping they would vindicate themselves, here's what I found:

Food: I gave it a 3 because I feel that maybe I don't understand vegetarian cuisine. Does a lack of meat have to be positively correlated with a lack of taste? As in, no meat, no spices? I'm exaggerating a little here, but you get the point. The nacho's aren't bad.

Service: Worst service ever. Wait to be seated (not their fault I know), wait (15min) for someone to give us a menu, wait for (20min!) for someone to take our order, and wait another 20min for food to arrive. Thats almost an hour before I actually start eating. Once the food was dropped off, no one bothered to check up on us and once we got the bill no one came to pick up my credit card (I ended up going to the front).

Ambiance: Like an old summer cabin thats lost its rustic charm, only to be face with wobbly tables and chairs that pain me to stay longer (maybe thats how they encourage turnover?). They make up for all of this by having live music on occasion. To be honest, the musics not bad, it helps me ingest the hastily prepared food.

If you have nowhere to go at 3am and you're craving nachos or noodles, there is no better place to go. But during regular hours, your money can be better spent elsewhere.

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I love this place
By honey915 of Kitsilano (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 6, 2006 - 11:36pm [Dine in]

I do love this place. Everything I try is good and the portions are really big. The naam gravy is delicious, although I find the sesame fries too large (too much potato). The dragon bowls are always a good choice, and the burritos.

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