Nuba is located in the basement of the Dominion building on West Hastings and Cambie Street. This recently renovated space features authentic Lebanese cuisine.
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.
This is the kind of place which what defines Vancouver restaurant scene……
……….self confident and pride in our city. The menu states every thing is hand picked and naturally raised, even the paper napkin is eco-friendly. Good way to impress first timers like us.
As we waited at the bar had red stripe Jamaican beer and freshly made original mojito.
We took more time than usual to decide, which was noticed by the manager .Who helped us to understand and to choose.
I had arctic char , which was perfectly respected. Never thought this with pair so well with hummus and baba ganoush ,my hubby had rack of lamb which was nicely roasted to medium.
I will be definitely return to nuba, next time with more friends who are looking for this kind of atmosphere and food.
My boyfriend took me here for Valentines Day and it was just perfect. Great food, very romantic setting as it is very candle lit. The service was great..all the servers were so pleasant and seemed happy to be there. We tried a whole bunch of different little plates and loved everything, great spot to try new food!
I went there for lunch after reading all the great reviews and was slightly disappointed. Firstly, the service was below average. They mixed up our order and didn't bring the drinks until we were almost finished eating. The food was pretty good but the portions were very small. Lunch for 2 people with 2 glasses of juice came to $36 including tax & tips. Overall, this place is decent but nothing special.
I was here last week with a bunch of friends.
We orded a few bottles of cheap wine. None of us tried the drinks.
We started with some appys, it was good, but nothing amazing. We all then shared a few platters of food. So I guess we tried quite a few of the menu items. I liked the lamb kebabs, but the chicken was quite dry. The hummus was good, as well as the eggplant dip (?) not sure what it was called though.
We were all very full by the time the food was gone. It was my friend’s bday, so they brought him a piece of baklava with whipped cream and strawberry sauce. They even had a tealight candle on the plate for him, as we sang happy birthday. They also played some music that he requested, although only a few songs.
When the bill came, we each had to pay $40. It seemed a bit much for a place that was regarded as cheap food.
Overall, the food was good, the service was great, the ambiance wasn’t anything impressive. The value wasn’t all that great either. I will be back, but not for a large party.
I love this place! The food is always fresh and tasty, they have great special soups (that are almost always vegan) and friendly staff. The value is pretty good too. My husband and I can come here and both leave full for about 20$. We usually like to get the appy platter (more than enough for 2 for lunch) or sometimes he'll get one of the meat meal platters and I'll pick a veggie one. The restaurant is always clean, which is one of the most important things to me, and the food is always quick and hot.
Whats so great about this signture dish Najib's special -- deep fried cauliflower with some lemon and salt?
I was expecting a lot more, maybe a dip with cilantro smoked, lime, hummus !!
Some of their other dishes are pretty good though, just not this "Signature Dish"
Wraps are pretty plain, go for something else
I had the garden falafel and everything was very fresh and tasty. It came in an organic wheat wrap and the falafel was crunchy with a satisfying filling. The veggies that came with it and hot sauce were great as well. I like the environment....it's very unique and urban. Very gastown-ish. The tables/chairs/cutlery etc aren't all sparkling and nice but you wouldn't expect it from a organic grass roots type of place. It seemed clean though. This is a great place for vegetarians...
Hipster laden Nuba looks great inside - very nice and trendy, moody lighting and overall great restaurant atmosphere.
Went on a busy friday night and it was at full capacity . Even under these stressful conditions , service was sharp and professional : top-notch.
My girlfriend loves this place and suggested we try it as it's easy on her lactose-allergy: food is nicely labeled as vegetarian or vegan. Going through the menu was a bit more daunting for me with my hipster-allergy, but I finally settled on the beef tenderloin with tahini rice . Sounded great !
The tahini rice ? Too heavy I thought, almost overkill. The meat ? A choice cut of delicious beef, was sadly undercooked
(asked for medium well, received it mostly rare). Baba ghanoush & hummous were standard, nothing special - and my girlfriends' lentil soup was surprisingly bland. All in all was disappointed with food, which is not cheap at around $18 entrees. Portions were decent size.
However, the ambiance and service and overall professionalism of Nuba would make me want to come again.
Dear Nuba -I want to like you. Please make nice food for me next time. And I'll write a better review for you.
Really enjoyed by experience at nuba! Im not a vegetarian but I really enjoyed my vegetarian meal. I've been twice in the last month, the first time I shared La Feast, but the second time I had the green lentil mjadra as it was the best part of La Feast. It was super delicious with caramelized onions and avacado. I also had the Baclava for dessert and a Stella Artois all of which came out to be $14?!
Great value if you know what you want to get.
Service and ambiance was good, make sure you make a reservation!
This is a Greek/Middle Eastern (pita, falafel etc.) hole in the wall in a prime location. The ambience is the best of all the hole in the wall I've been to, and it is so well designed it felt like there was a lot of space even though it's so small. The brick wall, high chairs, funky foriegn music, paintings really add to the experience. I ate there twice: the first time was great, the second time not so much. Definitely worth the price, especially considering the location. Garden salad falafel is recommended.
I had a very disappointing experience at Nuba on Cambie and Hastings and will not go back there or recommend it to anyone.
My partner called to book a place for three people and right away they told us we can only have the table for two hours and if we are not there within 15 minutes of our booking time they will give the table away. Talk about being so full of themselves. They rather kick people out in two hours considering how slow their service is to make more profit than letting people enjoy their time in a relaxed atmosphere.My partner had to negotiate with them to get the table for three hours. We had a friend visiting from Toronto and wished to take him to Nuba for a great experience.
My partner and I arrived right on the dot and our friend arrived a few minutes later. Our experience with the waiter was terrible. He was extremely unfriendly and seemed like he was really annoyed by our presence, we weren't sure it was because all three of us had a darker skin and didn't look like we were going to give a generous tip or this guy was generally a miserable person. We had to ask him twice to lower the AC. To our surprise he was very friendly and attentive to other tables, so his misery was directed toward us only.
He clearly wanted to get rid of us as soon as possible. When I asked for dessert Menu he brought it to the table just so he get it over and done with. We decided to order dessert. When I asked him if the two Lebanese teas on the menu were the same, he answered no as if he is talking to an idiot. This guy didn't even know who we were and what we do for living, he just assumed the skin tone means not worth spending time with. After he brought us the bill, he made sure by staring at the table he will make us so uncomfortable so that we would leave.
Regretfully we left him a generous tip not including the $120 we spend on dinner, drinks and dessert and walked out. But I must say I had never felt so unwelcome in a restaurant like this and I dine out quite a bit...So Nuba will not even be the last place I would consider going back to...
This place is tiny.. more cafee shop type setup. They probably have only 20 seats or less in a VERY narrow room.
I had the Hummus and Lamb Kefta. THe lamb Kefta was a bit burnt but that didn't bother me. Lots of great flovours on a plate and I was very satisfied with my meal. Price was right and for what you get don't expect service to match that of a full blown restaurant. THey make do with what they have and they did a great job.
If you're looking for fast eats with unique cuisine this place is a real hit. I'm a student so finding little joint like this without paying a whole lot is right up my alley.
I love middle eastern, mediterranean food. The first I went to Nuba in 2010 I was impressed. The lentil soup was generous and tasty. The cauliflower and tahini was yummy..chicken was a bit on the dry side but overall i knew i was going back.
In 2011 i returned ordering the same thing. lentil soup and cauliflower. the soup who used to be hearty was now thinned out..portion was smaller. the cauliflower was still decent.
service is good, but quality of food has deteriorated.
I'm Lebanese, and moved to the city from Ottawa two years ago. While Nuba doesn't taste like my mother's cooking for every dish, much of their food is excellent.
I was married about a month ago, and two nights prior to the wedding; my groomsmen and I went to Nuba for dinner and drinks. I called in advance and the manager was gracious enough to make us some off the menu dishes. The kebe naye was well executed, and everybody loved their meal. We were a table of 7 and the service was prompt and non obtrusive. Even though we went through a significant amount of pita and drinks, the table was never cluttered and the servers had our bread before we had time to ask for it.
Although the prices might be a bit high for Lebanese food (which is usually consists of tapas followed by a grilled dish) the service and ambiance, particularly with live music on Thursdays, definitely made it worthwhile. Highly recommended!
I was so excited to eat some Lebanese food before I got to Nuba, then saw it was just a little felafel shop run by a couple young white kids. :) It didn't seem like anything expecially Lebanese. The plate I got was tasty and fresh but not much different than any other kebab shop. Seating was very limited.
Staff was courteous and friendly.