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Nu

1661 Granville St
Vancouver, BC V6Z1N3
Tel: (604) 646-4668 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
  • Cuisine: Eclectic, French, Pacific northwest
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Catering
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Weekend brunch
  • Features: Ocean Wise
  • Nu has been replaced by Nu Agean Cusina which offers a menu of Mediterranean dishes, visit the new restaurant listing for current and up to date info.

    Restaurant number 3 in the well kept portfolio of well known Vancouver Restauranteur, Harry Kambolis, it is not by coincidence that this handsome eatery sits next to C; under the Granville Street Bridge. Eclectic menu with a strong French Bistro forethought.

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Nu Not so Nice
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

3rd DOV experience this year. We went in knowing kind of what to expect after the massive mixed reviews but luckily there was no rushing people & over pretentiousness tonight. We were at a table next to a window but the only view we got was of the back of the restaurant & the back of the bar. The ambiance was nice & cozy at first, but after awhile it felt old and dark. Nothing really new looking about the place at all. Cutlery was a bit cheap looking & tables were higher than the uncomfortable bar chairs we sat in. Our server Tom was super friendly. The only thing annoying was the intro after intro of each course. We've read the dov menu a few times, We know what we ordered! Eventually I just drowned out the voice as I started eating. We had 3 dov and one other dov that cost more. It was not worth the $35, very bleh selections & the taste was mediocre. The butternut squash soup with salty salmon bits tasted really off. The Albacore Fritter was mushy but tasted good with all the sweet & tasty sides. The poutine at the New York Fries tastes way better. Each course came quickly & water glasses were filled right away. Entrees: The duck was good - two duck legs, not one was quite juicy and tasty with all of its interesting sides. But after several bites, it tasted like bbq duck from chinatown. The lamb, however, was excellent. Very warm, & smooth-just melted in your mouth. The potato croquette that came with the trout was excellent and the chicken from the other menu, was again bleh. The desserts were awful!! The pavlova was extremely sweet & sour (and I normally love sour tasting treats), it was like chewing painfully on sugar, the date pudding was ugh - a warm muffin gone wrong. The only thing that was ok was the creme brule. Overall Nu was not that great. It's the first time we didn't finish the dessert part of the meal! So sad. =( I expected an overall consistency in each course and Nu did not deliver.

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I love brunch!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 3, 2007 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

I came here for brunch on Saturday with 5 other girlfriends. At first I was a little hesistant after reading some negative reviews on here. I'm glad I tried it because I had a great time. Our servers were very attentive, but maybe it was because the restuarant aurprisingly wasn't very full at all. Maybe the Jazz Festival had something to do with it?

I do wish the menu had more brunch variety, but I was happy to see they offered regular lunch fare to those not wanting breakie food. My favorite part was the complementary croissant and sipping chocolate presented to you before your meal.

We were missing one person at the beginning who arrived a bit before our food came. The server did a great job by taking her order and making sure she was caught up before we all finished. There was never a moment that we felt rushed.

The view Nu offers is great. Next time I go with a smaller group, I will be sure to take advantage of outdoor seating.
And I actually thought the little swivel bucket chairs were very charming and quite comfortable.
I would definitely return for more brunch!

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Just a view that's all
By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 5, 2006 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

I agree with the last post. This is my second visit and my previous visit was a month after they opened. And to my disappointment, they still have not gotten it right. First visit we had to wait 1.5 hours for a reservation that was made weeks ago. The visit today, our food came 45 minutes late. The bill took 20 minutes for the server to run it through. The restaurant was NOT busy. What about some efficiency so you can turn the tables faster? The 'free' hot chocolate and croissant is a nice touch but it's sad they have not gotten their act together. This will be my last visit and I will have nothing positive to say about this place to any one that ask me, well maybe for the view, that's it.

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The previous reviewer was right
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 7, 2006 - 5:03am [Dine in]

Like the previous reviewer, I went to Nu because of the hype, but the food quality was merely OK, and given the price, it was not good value for money. The server tried very hard at giving good service, but, again, like a newbie, almost but didn't quite succeed in doing so. The view is great. The decor is very 70's, which is the trendy thing these days, but it is not my cup of tea -- it felt like this was a restaurant that started back then and had not undergone any renovation since, which obviously is not the case. I will not return.

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Nu - I Nu it would be good
By latelier of SE Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

Came here with a party of 4 other gentlemen and had a good time. The falsecreek waterfront location of the restaurant is wonderful - the gentleness from the waters flowed through the large glass panes and into the dining room. The only quibble I have is the excessive use of green neon lighting ... a little too much - I felt like if I was aboard an alien spaceship during some points of my meal. Food was good. I had their Salmon candy with black sesame ($6.50) which was tasty, chewy, and sweet ... Salmon Jerky if you ask me. Crispy Duck confit with "pulled foie gras" (20.00): Plenty of sensual duck meat, apricot chutney offseted the rich flavors - the only thing missing was the foie - couldn't find the taste or texture of it. Almost all of the main courses are 20.00 and under, but be forewarned, there are recommended side-dish accompaniaments (optional of course) ranging from 3.90 to 7.00 Cheap Half-portioned desserts are a must try ... check out their chocolate mousse. Service was patient and professional.

Would I come again? Yes, if I felt a need for a bit of chic, or to impress a date.

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Beautiful BC
By epicurian of Kerrisdale (42 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 2, 2008 - 1:47pm [Dine in]

views are amazing! I feel like I'm on vacation the minute i sit down. Then the server arrives & i ask myself why on earth am i here. I am so puzzled by the lacklustre service. Why spend so much money & sweat equity running a restaurant and have servers who look beautiful but cant seem to get the hang of taking orders & serving. I can be quite a demanding dinner but at such a beautiful setting all i want is drinks to be delivered, food orders to be taken correctly and then delivered in a timely fashion. There was a 15 min break between ordering drinks and getting them and another 30 mins between appys & dinner. French fries were delish. They do know how to deep fry! Everything else was alright. Go for the view & have some french fries. Be ready to be patient, not hard w/ the gorgeous view!

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I will never return
By got2hot of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 18, 2006 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

Food- it is very expensive here, so I expect excellent food. It was bland, the sauces overly heavy and rich. Too much fat, and not enough herbs, spices, etc. The braise was something I'd expect at a family dining restaurant.

Service- the tables were set so close together that the waiters kept bumping into my seat as he passed by, very uncomfortable. The waiters did not interact with us anywhere beyond, "can I take your order". even when my friend asked questions, many times he answered "I dont know" did not even offer to go and find out for us. No suggestive selling, or even a hello.

Ambiance - only reason the ambiance doesnt get a 1 is beacuse it does have a little bit of a view-though not one of the better waterfront views. The chairs are terribly uncomfortable, the room looks like it was designed for photographs, and not for people to actually use. -the menu is printed on a folded up piece of paper, that doesnt match the high prices either.

Overall-considering what you have to pay for this, the supposed fine dining aspect of this restaurant, I say its definitely worth missing. If it was a family dining restuarant, and the prices were about half I would probably give both the food and service higher points. But you have to consider what market they've put themselves in. For the four of us it cost almost $400 fo dinner including tax & tip. For that amount of money I expect at least a little effort on the food and service.

Hopefully this addresses every point clearly enough.

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Very Overated
By vwou of vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

They couldn't get the simple fries right. They were definitely re-fried and were all stuck together, over done and hard.

The $17 pasta tasted like it was right out of a package. No flavour. All I could taste was the bacon.

Horrible

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Gotta Love the Nu Kid on the Block
By rustygull of North Vancouver (28 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 11:40am [Dine in]

Nu, a fresh addition to the shores of False Creek North in downtown Vancouver, serves up some exceptional scenery, the room itself jutting out into the waterway and reaching out almost to Granville Island and the marine traffic passing by.

Having visited for an organization event, I found the food and drink experience there to be wonderful. The ribs were delicious; and the goat cheese stuffed chicken wings were outstanding and a Nu favorite.

The service at Nu was initially soft, with the young hostess seemingly of a gloomy disposition. But the bar and wait staff made up for that initial hiccup with their enthusiasm and attitude. All in all, this is a great place to come with friends or co-workers for beverages and some delicious snacks!

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Fantastic!
By FineDiningMom of Kerrisdale (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

Not sure why some were not impressed by Nu, but I loved it. We went for dinner on a warm spring evening, and the view was just amazing. Our waitress was fantastic. Very attentive and friendly without being so "in your face".
Food was great. My table mates and I had chevre chicken wings, braised beef burgers, and poutine for appies. Main course was also fab. Table mates had pork chops and lamb. I had the seafood special which was cooked to perfection.
Dessert selection wasn't too impressive, but the cheesecake that I ordered was still yummy.
Wine was perfect, but then again, we paid for it :)
Overall fantastic experience. Would definitely go again.

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Don't bother
By kitsdiner of Kitsilano, Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 2, 2007 - 1:53pm [Dine in]

Don't bother. This is the most over-hyped restaurant in Vancouver, if not the country. Our reservation was for 7:45 and we didn't eat until 10pm - that's just for starters. Then, they forgot one of our meals. To their credit, they didn't charge us for that meal - but before that their attitude was entirely unapologetic. The service is horrendous, the waitress didn't know the menu at all. The food was OK, but not stellar given the amount of hype in the magazines. The decor is trying too hard. The chairs suck. They should reduce their marketing budget and invest in some decent service.

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So so
By sydney2006 of vancouver downtown (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 10:21am [Dine in]

I went to Nu for dinner with two friends, and I have to say I loved the decor and view. I am split 50/50 with everything - the service was ok but not great, and half the dishes we ordered were really good and the other half were just alright. The pear and walnut salad with beets was quite bland and small, but the goat cheese souffle was outstanding. The dessert I ordered - some sort of chocolate and nougat tart - was very tiny for $8 and I didn't think it was worth it. Probably wouldn't go back.

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Needs work...not up to the hype
By rlf of Downtown Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 2, 2006 - 11:02am [Dine in]

Wow...have to say I was unpleasantly surprised. I had read the reviews, saw the good press in Vancouver Magazine, but alas Nu didn't live up to them.

Not sure what management is trying to do with the menu - French Brasserie? Jazzed up comfort food? Whatever it is - it isn't working. My take is that the menu is just too large to be really good at any of it. My appy - the seafood medley - was oversauced and over cooked. The salmon in particular was very dry, and then covered with an indiscriminate, salty cream sauce. My main - the coq au vin - was no better. Again, it was oversauced and extremely salty - just an unimaginative lump of saute covered with puff pastry reminiscent of a bad English pub. What is this?? Chic?? I don't think so.

As for the service - no go. I had to ask 6 (yes 6!) times for water. No one asked me how my meal was. No one asked me if I wanted a drink other than the wine that the table had ordered prior to me arriving. Yikes.

Shape up guys. There are better places for me to spend my money.

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Terrible service
By urbandiner of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

Have dined here on several occassions at lunchtime. This time was the worst experience due to the lack of service.

The food was good. My partner chose the 3 mini burgers which were very tasty but probably a bit expensive for the $17. I chose the business lunch of 3 courses for $20. The meal consisted of cream of pea soup (delicious), pasta with sausages and mushrooms (very tasty) and creme brulee.(which I didn't have, see below). Very solid value for the money.

However, the service is what ruined the possibility of a good lunch. The advertised 45 minute business lunch turned out to be over one and one-half hours! We ended up cancelling the dessert as it had not arrived by this time. We waited over 25 minutes after our main course for the dessert. There was apologies from our server with the explanation that a big party had come in unexpectedly and there were only 2 servers available. Furthermore, our desserts were given out by mistake to a table that had come in after us. Never once were we acknowledged by the English manager. Frustrated, we asked if we could cancel dessert and get a credit at which point he did so promptly ( to his credit), however, an apology still not given at this point.. Rather poor customer service in this respect.

The setting is beautiful, food is good but service definitely needs to be worked on. May be a while before we return.

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Can you get any Slower????
By JLo1 of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 29, 2009 - 11:45am [Dine in]

We dined here for a birthday party of 8. We weren't seated until half an hour after our reservation was set... which we understood because these things happen.
We finally ordered after waiting 45 mins. We ordered both the appetizer and the entree together. The appetizer showed up right away, the entree didn't show up until an hour later... we were starving!!! We also asked for the bills 1/2 an hour before we FINALLY recieved them! On top of this, our evening was ruined because we missed the time when we supposed to be at our next destination. The food was okay, the muscles were incredibly salty. It took 20 minutes before I could track anyone down to get a steak knife for my bison... After my 3.5 hour dining experience here...I will not be returning despite the gorgeous view.

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Amazing brunch!
By me_hungie of Marpole, Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 4:53pm [Dine in]

I took my girlfriend to Nu for a Valentine's Day brunch, and was completely satisfied. The atmosphere is exquisite, and although I'm biased because I'm stuck in the 60's, it had a spectacular retro 60's feel to it. The view is hard to beat as well.

We ordered mimosas, and my girlfriend had coffee, which was great (I had a taste) and came in a small pot which I thought was pretty neat. Compliments of the chef were some fantastic cups of warmed chocolate with biscuits. I ordered a brunch special, which included a mimosa, a bowl of fruit and and choice of omelet for about $20. More than I'd normally spend on a brunch, but it was a far better value than a lot of 'cheaper' restaurants I've been to. I had the brie + black truffle omelet, which was fantastic, and the lady had the delectable brioche walnut French toast. Amazing.

Service was great, and it was an atmosphere that made it hard to leave.

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POOR POOR POOR but looks incredible
By d2night of Richmond, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 5, 2009 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

The food should be 1.5
wasnt "POOR" but it wasnt "DECENT"
but for the value, it should have been much better
The service was not good either, the drinks did not come when they were supposed to.
VALUE?!? horrible.
everything looks great when u come in. but when u get seated and get your small little foods in big huge dishes... but hey, at least the view is incredible.

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Unreal Patio
By wannabefoodcritic of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

Went last Friday the 15th for dinner with my girlfriend. I will start by saying the patio is the best in Vancouver - that I've found at least. It is located at the end of granville street, just next (under) the Granville Street Bridge. On a summer evening, the back drop is just perfect, especially with a peek-a-boo view of English Bay (blocked by the bloody Burrard Street Bridge) and False Creek right next to you.

To start we had the fried oyster/lager shooter. It is a syringe filled with GI lager stuck in to a fried oyster. A neat concept but piss poor execution. The oyster was a blob of deepfriend batter and the oyster was drastically over battered as it was crispy on the outside by still gooey around the already gooey oyster.

My entree was the lamb, which though was a nice piece of meat, was a bit too rare. I don't mind a rare piece of meat, but this is just a bit too much for lamb which I prefer slighltly more medium. It was served over an eggplant compote which was pretty decent, but there was a disproportionate amount in comparison to the lamb. Goat cheese salad was nice.

Girlfriend had the flat iron steak which she enjoyed. I didn't try so I can't comment.

Dessert was fine, nothing memorable as I can't even recall what it was a week later.

Server was OK. Brought out a bottle of cabernet sauvignon instead of sauvignon blanc, but that was quickly resolved.

I return if for no other reason the stunning patio. Definitely would not visit any time between October and May however.

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Fantastic Brunch
By sgrox of Vancouver-west end (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 7:26pm [Dine in]

Live nearby Nu, had never tried it before, and I woke up feeling like a nice brunch.

I called at 10 oclock asking what time they opened, I was told 10:30 and that reservations were recommended. So at 10:30 i showed up for my reservation and I did not leave till 12:30.

The room was fantastic, the decour is amazing, and the service was glorious. My coffee was great, my mimosa was great. And my two eggs any style was fantastic.

They gave us a little pastry with a sipping cup of hot chocolate while we waited for our meal, AMAZING.

When we got our bill we realized they overcharged us for the mimosa and bloody mary, and they were quick to give our money back even after we settled the bill.

JAZZ MUSIC!! VERY GOOD, JUNO NOMINATED ARTIST PERFORMED...

I will be back every sunday from now on.

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Trendy but delicious
By diningd of vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 11:48am [Dine in]

Another winner in the Dine out list. For $25 this is a good way to test out some of the finer and funky places in town.

Our server was very friendly and prompt. The food was flavourful and the portions were more than enough. The coffee in separate pots was a nice touch.

This is definitely another restaurant to go back to outside of the dineout time.

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