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Nuba

207B West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B1K6
Tel: (604) 688-1655
Fax: (604) 568-5867
Neighbourhood: Central

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It's Ok to try but won't come back
By boss_33 of VANCOUVER (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 11, 2009 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

I'm a Lebanese guy and I know what Lebanese food tastes Like.
I can tell you simply That Nuba is an OK restaurant but their food doesn't taste really like Lebanese Authentic Food, their recipes is adjusted to suit Vancouverites and their prices is high comparing to the portion that they're offering.

Just want to share my experience with you guys

Good Luck!

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Chic New York Style Mediterranean Restaurant
By dan_sprocket of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 3, 2009 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

There is so much that I like about Nuba... the trendy, urban styling, the cool groove music, the different configurations for seating, and eclectic mix of people, the soft lighting... the incredibly thin wait staff.

It's right at the corner of W. Hastings and Cambie, across from the War Memorial. As you sit at your table, you look up at the street as urbanites scurry by.

I had one of the best dishes of my life there... I always forget what it's called, but it is literally grilled cauliflower, with lemon and salt. Three ingredients for this incredible taste! I have never been disappointed, with the food, service or ambiance. I look forward to taking out of town friends there to impress them with how urbane and cool I am... :)

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Not as good as it once was
By bradbeattie of Downtown, Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 9:46am [Dine in]

I loved Nuba before it moved: it was small, friendly and the food was prepared in front of you with care. The new Nuba only shares the name and the menu, it seems. I've found the service horribly lacking from where it once was and the quality of food has dropped considerably. I get that they wanted a bigger place; I just don't see why they had to deviate so far from what was working.

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Amazing!
By doula of South Surrey, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 1:53am [Dine in]

Nuba is definitely a place to check out! The food is absolutely amazing, so full of flavour! You get such great food for such a decent price - you won't leave hungry. The staff are very helpful and courteous, and the facilities are so clean and well cared for. It is so nice to find a restaurant that can accomodate vegetarians and vegans (as well as meat eaters!). You won't regret trying Nuba out. The only problem you may encounter is trying to decide what to order - there are too many delicious choices!

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stoked
By hassa of gastown vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 12:26am [Dine in]

my friends and i tried this little place as we were in search of falafel and having read that they recieved the best falafel joint in a newspaper we decided to check them out..we recieved our food fairly quik and enjoyed from the menu the feast which consisted of a sampling of their vegetarian items all of which were delicious. all the while listening to some awesome music .the best thing is the contemporary setting in such a small space

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Cheap, tasty and nice ambience
By kells of yaletown (27 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

I have a friend who goes here a lot and he'd said good things about it.

I thought the place was great, I just shared a couple of mezze plates and they were all cheap and very tasty. One of my dinner companions had a few things go wrong (substitute fish, missing mezze plate, unsatisfactory dessert) but it didn't seem to ruin the night and the staff were quite apologetic and dealt with the issue appropriately.

The ambience was nice and it was just the sort of place I could sit in for a few hours with good friends snacking and drinking.

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Delicious Lebanese Goodness!
By Abbeydoodle of Ladner (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 4, 2011 - 11:11am [Dine in]

One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. You must must must try Najib’s Special (crispy cauliflower with lemon). So tasty. The duck was also very yummy – it was served with a dried fruit salad (tastes better than it sounds!). My absolute favourite dish at Nuba is the lamb hushwie (sauteed lamb served over hummus). For dessert we had the homemade ice cream. It was light and not too sweet. The only part of the meal I did not enjoy was the Turkish coffee. A little too strong and ‘thick’ for my taste. Other than the coffee, this was an almost perfect meal!

The service was great and the prices are very reasonable. Will be back for sure!

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one of my favourites!
By god_damn of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 27, 2010 - 2:26am [Dine in]

been to nuba about 3 times (once to the cafe on main) and have nothing but good things to say! the food is amaazzzzing! tried the falafel, baba ganoush and lamb kibbeh and they were all equally delicious. value is decent (about 20-25/person) and service is excellent. the main attraction is definitely the food - it's consistent, light but irresistible and comes with alot of variety. i definitely definitely recommend this place!

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New- to the Ba?
By bubba of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 12:13pm [Dine in]

It is good. Good food, can work on the ambience, the basement thing is a bit harsh.
However, great service. The clientele is quite a mosaic of people from the tree huggers to
the executives from all walks of life. So it is certainly loved thruout.
The food that night could have been a bit more flavorful and firery, so I think a bit of more spicing up
is in due order, or maybe have the option.

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Hummus!
By rmfont of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

First time visiting this below street-level spot at the far east of West Hastings and overall a good experience. The menu offers a range of meat, vegetarian, and vegan options and based on what we ordered it was obvious that everything was very fresh. Between the two of us we shared "le grand feast", which although may not live up to the name in quantity, was definitely a great way to enjoy a variety of menu items all at once with lots of Middle Eastern spices and flavors. Aside from the chicken and prawns, both cooked perfectly, the highlight was the hummus and pita. There's something so good about a simple dish involving bread and dip, and it makes a world of difference when the bread is fresh. Our server was great, very friendly, attentive, not over-bearing, and really knowledgeable of the menu. She didn't even hesitate when we asked about a substitution for our order, the pita bread was always refilled quickly, and her drink recommendation was spot on. One minor downside could be the perception of value, given the many cheap falafel joints to be found downtown, but there's a huge difference in quality and overall dining experience between that and the fresh, organic, etc. foods to be found at Nuba. If you've never tried Lebanese food before this is a great place to take the plunge.

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Very good!
By Food123 of EastVan (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

First time to this restaurant, and first time to this location at Hastings/Cambie, which has seen many other restaurants here before. Inviting space, a bit dim (but not so dim that one couldn't read the menu!) and very busy for a Wednesday night. We came without reservations, but were greeted with a big smile from the host and seated very quickly. Great start when one truly feels like a wanted guest. Service was good throughout.

I've eaten Lebanese food before so knew some of the items on the menu. Good shared 'little feast', with enough pita to match the quantity of hummus and baba ghanous (other restaurants you'd have to ask for more bread; this was just the right amount). The hot mezzos sizes weren't large, but with a glass of wine each and an assortment of shared dishes, we had only a little room for dessert. Dessert wasn't elaborate (a cardamon custard, shortbread), but nicely finished the meal. We were very satisfied with the whole evening!

Only downside is that it can get very noisy and we had to strain to hear each other, especially later in the meal.

Definitely worth a visit!

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Wonderful and delicious lunch spot
By desktraveler of Downtown, Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 5:33pm [Dine in]

Tried this for lunch today with a friend and we were both impressed. The place was full but not noisy and service was good. The decor is nice and they've done a good job to get daylight into a sub-grade space.

The food is delicious. We opted for the 2-course vegetarian sampler for 2, which is great to get a bunch of different flavours, and it costs only $13/person! The waiter mentioned that their vegetarian dishes are their strong points. It started with the baba ghanooj, hummus, and taboulleh - all very tasty with nice, fresh pitas. Then came a round serving platter with several compartments: deep-fried cauliflower w/ lemon and salt (outstanding!), mjadra, falafels, veggie hushwi, and olives w/ feta, plus tahini, hot sauce, and tzaziki as accompaniments. There wasn't one item that wasn't really good. Phenomenal value and an enjoyable lunch.

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A nice Place on a hot day!
By Kam of vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 2:38am [Dine in]

It was a good finish to a hectic day in the kitchen at VCC, taking the culinary arts course. A couple of classmates and i decided to go for lunch, on a very hot day. Thought it would be a lot cooler in nuba since i was baking in the heat, and well i was baking in nuba too. Some of us only wanted a light lunch so we ordered la feast which was excellent! pretty good, for the price can actually feed 3 people or 2 very hungry people. Cucumber water is an excellent exception to the cool hipster kinda place. the decor is very different like a little lebanese cave it was. the lebanese food was awesome particulary cuz it was vegetarian too, no meat and i was satisfied. the cauliflower, humus were excpetional so was the tatziki. hmm very good little niche place that i never thought of going too!

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Nuba is great!
By Rocky_Vancouver of vancouver, westend (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

Went into Nuba's new location at Hastings and Cambie last night and it was FANSTASTIC.

Rather than having entrees we sampled what I think was every appetizer on the menu. All tasted fresh and delicious. All choices were light and seasoned very nicely. It's nice to feel full but not feel bloated, or loaded down with grease. One positive for many is that several of the dishes were Veggie/Vegan. I would not hestitate to order anything again.

Looking at the entrees I think things would be great and are a very good value (beef tenderloin under $20 etc.)

Innovative drinks that were very good. Could maybe have a couple more choices.

Service was good.

Having been to the mouse and the bean (old restaurant at this location) previously the difference in the room is remarkable. It is very nicely put together, clean functional and well lit. It will be a fantastic nightspot once it get to be a little more known as such.

Will go back soon!

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Good choice
By stickyfingers of vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2007 - 11:30pm [Dine in]

It was past five pm and the only meat dish left was the lamb kibbeh. At $10 including GST, it was good value. The lamb was tender and moist. The potatoes was nicely cooked and perfectly spiced but the tabouelleh was a bit overpowering. The server was a very nice person so I gave her an extra large tip.

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Loved It!!!!
By djoe of vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 6, 2009 - 11:15am [Dine in]

The food was really good. I think it may be more of a lunch place for us, as some of the items on the plate are served cold, but it was all really really good. Loved loved loved the crispy cauliflower.

The service rocked! Our server was super friendly and genuine. The owner even came out...he also cleaned tables...seated people and just genuinely cared about his restaurant. He is 73 yrs old and cute as a button.

For sure we would go back! Great place for lunch as well because the service is fast...oh ya and did i mention - really good!

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Should have eaten the money, instead.
By yuriy of New West (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 23, 2012 - 1:57pm [Take-out]

Ordered the Lamb Kafta with brown rice & hot sauce, and the red lentil soup. The meal arrived with about 30 grams of cold rice, the absolute worst salad my taste buds have ever had the misfortune of tasting, a slab of meat roughly the size of my index finger, and a single drop (literally!) of hot sauce. The soup was only mildly different from a warm cup of water. The two olives in the salad were the highlight of the meal. Not quite worth the associated ~$20 price tag.

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Avoid Nuba if eating 'late'
By Veggie Girl of Vancouver (downtown) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

I went here once a few months ago and the food and value were okay. Decided to try it again recently, and went into the restaurant on two occasions: once at about 9:55pm and once at about 9:40pm (both during the week, I believe). First time, I was told the kitchen was already closed. Second time, at 9:40pm, I was told by the host that he was 'concerned' because the kitchen would be closing in 15 minutes and that we would have to 'hurry up' and order if we wanted to eat.
No hours are posted on the restaurant's front door, and Nuba's website for the Hastings location clearly states they close the restaurant 'late' during the week. In what world is 10pm late??? Perhaps if the restaurant were located in Maple Ridge or Delta, but downtown Vancouver?? Even this website lists the restaurant's closing time as 11pm during the week. Please update your information and stop parading as a trendy, lax restaurant with flexible hours!! You close at a firm 10pm, just like the Pantry, Pizza Hut, IHOP, ABC, etc....

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A consistant standby
By alakuz of Kitsilano, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 22, 2010 - 10:42am [Dine in]

I've been to Nuba a few times, this location and the one on East 3rd, and the quality is consistantly there. I've had the chicken, falafels, and vegetarian platter, and all were fantastic. The hummus that comes with them I could eat with a spoon, and I always leave here thinking how fresh and healthy the food is. The servers are always nice, not really around too much, but that I dont mind. I like that you can see everybodys feet walking down the street at this location, it makes it a bit different. The prices are good, I would recommend going more for lunch though, the dinner menu doesn't interest me as much, I wish they had the same menu all day. Next time I go back I will be sure to try one of the wraps that my sister swears by.

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Long Live for Nuba
By smithe of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 6:45pm [Dine in]

Nuba is a real gem. Location so so, hidden, close to hastings bad spots, but the place is soooooo good.
Food is close to perfection. I doubt Vancouver ever had a libanese restaurant like Nuba. Ambience totally modern, good taste, music in the perfect volume,lights, everything 10. The weakest point was our server. Could be better. Very intrusive, forcing too much.We wouldl like to have appies and some drinks before dinner but he was so annoying, backing every minute to take our dinner order than we asked the dinner almost at the same time of the appies, they could make more money on us but... probably a little trainning will solve the problem. Overall I would recommend Nuba and I'll back there for sure.

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