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Terracotta Modern Chinese

52 Alexander Street
Vancouver, BC V6A1B4
Tel: (604) 569-3088 Order Online
Neighbourhood: Gastown
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Tapas
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout, Delivery
  • Meals: Dinner, Late night
  • Features: Gluten free, Patio, Television, Romantic
  • Hours: Mon: Closed, Tue - Thu: 6PM - 1AM, Fri - Sat: 6PM - 2AM, Sun: Closed
  • Since 2010 Terracotta Modern Chinese has offered modern Chinese cuisine in a fun and relaxed restaurant & bar setting. The completely renovated 3 level space in historic Gastown boasts the Emperor's Room with a very unique seating lounge downstairs, the Chivas Bar at the mezzanine level with large open windows over-looking the fully licensed patio, and the Dining Room upstairs in the heart of the action.

    Our menu focuses on fresh, innovative Dinners and Appetizers including a range of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. Enjoy the unbeatable noodle and rice dishes we create from our Traditional Wok, satisfy your craving for Soup and Noodles, and let your tastebuds rejoice with our many crispy and crunchy appetizers. We don't add MSG to our food and our kitchen is peanut free.

    Going on our third year in Gastown, we are proud to be a part of Vancouver's most important neighbourhood for Food, Art, and Culture. Please join us Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm - Late during the week, and 6pm - 2am on the weekend.

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Now I know what to order
By thecritic of Vancouver (375 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

We tried this place for the first time and overall our experience was good but could have been better had I ordered a little more selectively.

We started with a couple items off their dim sum menu including the deep fried shrimp wontons and the pork potstickers. Both are made fresh daily in-house and they were very tasty. Then we moved on to some mains including the chow mein, golden squid and Szechuan green beans. The green beans were by far the standout. There was nothing wrong with the other two dishes, I just didn't enjoy them nearly as much.

The meal was a reasonably priced especially with the Entertainment keychain card which gives you 10% off.

Overall it was a pretty good meal. I would return and try a few more dishes but definitely get a few dim sum items to start as I enjoyed them the most.

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Almost Terrific
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 12:01am [Dine in]

Been wanting to try this place for some time now. Made a reservation for a Friday night at around 630pm and was surprised to find the place relatively quiet and empty; only a few people at the bar and 3 tables of 2 including us. So we looked over the menu and decided on their pork sliders, beef pancake rollls, Xian fried rice and the tapioca dessert. The pork sliders were yummy; super fatty pork meat; yum! and a nice mantou bun with some kind of bbq dipping sauce. Not overly spectacular, but not bad. The beef pancake rolls were quite delicious, with juicy short rib beef and a tasty green onion pancake roll. We quite enjoyed this dish. The Xian fried rice, while cooked nice and came out steaming, lacked any kind of wow factor and was bland at first taste. It wasn't until we asked for some chili oil (thank goodness it was the good authentic kind), that it finally had that spicy "kick" that we thought was missing in the dish. To end the meal, we went for their tapioca dessert, which was pretty good, but not great. The tapioca bit was nice because it was a hot dessert. Added to that was a nice cool green tea ice cream so it was a nice combination. However, I would have preferred the pastry bit to be a bit crispier. The service was very friendly and attentive, without being fussy. The ambiance is cool, dark and funky, and had some cool terracotta warrior figurines near the front of the restaurant. I thought it could have been cooler to have more of that warrior theme scattered throughout instead. I would imagine the room totally hopping later on in the night - we noticed a DJ booth on the way out and the place opens til 2am. Overall, we didn't think it was a great "dinner" place, but more catered towards a cool, hip late night "hang out" place. We liked our meal there, but feel that it's lacking its true potential due to food-value ratio and location. We'd have to come in a bigger group to enjoy more of the menu, so then it's not crazy on the wallet. It's located kind of off the beaten track of gastown, one might miss it because it's not only on a one way street, but it's pretty difficult to find parking. Great cool place, but in my opinion, sadly not 100% terrific. =(

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Awesome pork belly sliders!
By Food-Goddess of Coquitlam (96 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

Went there with my brother to use up his Groupon. We were seated right away. Ambiance was pretty good, modern Chinese decor, with terracotta soldiers on the wall.

We tried a number of items on the menu - duck fried rice, pork belly sliders, tuna spring rolls, golden squid, duck wrap and we ended our meal with their tapioca pie dessert. Everything was really well seasoned and delicous. We especially loved the pork belly sliders. Usually I would stay away from something so fatty, but because it was only 3 sliders, the portion size was perfect. The pork belly slices were so juicy and melt-in-your-mouth tender. The chinese style buns were soft and tasty. We were tempted to get another order of those! The tuna spring roll was another dish we quite enjoyed. Perfectly crispy spring rolls with seared to rare tuna, red pepper and mango, served with a sweet plum dipping sauce. The sizes of all the dishes leave you wanting more...

The only disappointment was the dessert. The baked tapioca pie was nothing extraordinary, way too heavy for my liking and the green tea ice cream wasn't very good.

Would go there again to try other dishes.

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Mediocre food at best, ambiance is just okay
By ssashimii of Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 15, 2011 - 12:30pm [Dine in]

Came here for some drinks and some appy's and I would say the service the girls provided was very good service - perhaps b/c they were not too busy? If someone was just getting into this type of food, I can see how they would rate a bit higher. The menu items did not stick out which had tradtional Cantonese style type items,.common Japanese items, and a bit of Taiwanese snack items with a more hip name attached to them - it may trick the average Joe. So I am not too sure what type of theme and food this place actually serves, it's like a mixture of Asian cuisine. I am what you would call an izakaya / Asian fusion connoisseur and this place is just gets an average - do not recommend unless you want to get served mediocre Asian food on western style plates.

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Fantastic Chinese Cuisine in Gastown!
By gtown604 of Vancouver (downtown) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 21, 2011 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

I live in Gastown and for quite some time I've been hearing phenomenal reviews about this great new Chinese Restaurant from numerous accounts of my fellow neighbors. This past weekend I finally had the opportunity to check out this sleek resto and experience it for myself.

Let me just say that the reviews were on point and the rumours were true this place was fantastic! I made reservations for 6 and upon arrival this bustling restaurant was packed to capacity. We were pleasantly welcomed by multiple servers and the manager promptly walked us downstairs and into the "Emperor's Lounge" where they had a table waiting for our party.

The pretty server made recommendations on their Terracotta short rib and porkbelly sliders, Szechuan green beans, Shanghai noodles and Beijing fried rice. We added to the list by ordering the Seafood saga, prawn rolls, Prawn king tofu, potstickers and Red chilli tofu. The food was absolutely delicious, hot and full of flavour! To end our meal we ordered the "happy ending" desert, a warm tapiocca pie with a thin pastry crust with green tea ice cream and drizzled condensed milk... to die for!

Service, Food, and Vibe were all on point for a trendy and developing neighborhood like Gastown! Can't wait for my next Chinese food craving!

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A Pleasant Surprise !
By pkw of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 18, 2011 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

We recently dined at this new Gastown Modern Chinese restaurant and we were pleasantly surprised!

The entrees (steamed black cod & curry beef brisket & sauteed green beans) were fresh and modern, while attention to details like the Haw Flakes at the end of the meal brought back fond childhood memories.

Partner Trevor Lee was a gracious host and shared his passion for creating a cool restaurant that serves delicious food.

The lower lounge also looked like it would be a fun area for a private function or a larger group party.

You should definitely give this one a try!

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Never a dissapointment and delicious as always!!!
By traxi of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 14, 2011 - 7:11pm [Dine in]

This would be my third third visit back to Terracotta, and it will certainly not be the last.

Where to begin?

Food: Like the title says, Delectable!!! The Short Rib Sliders were savory, moist , tangy and the meat melts in your mouth. The Ginger Beef was another winner with it's tangy and satisfying flavors. The Barbecue Duck Wraps are also worth the try!!!

Dishes were plated nicely and the portions were more than reasonable.

The dessert: Tapioca Happy Ending... like the title... perfect ending to a great meal!

Overall, a great place to have dinner or even just for drinks.

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Service Lame - Atmosphere None - Food Tasty
By djoe of vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 9:19am [Dine in]

If service and atmosphere are not a priority for you then you are in luck because the food is really quite good. The server I would describe as meek and just generally way too shy to be a server. It was like she was afraid and insecure to the point that you could feel how uncomfortable she was and it's not like we were a scary table or anything. The manager person was much more friendly but he never came by our table once, though he did repeatedly make sure the other 2 tables (that were only 2 feet away from us) were more than happy and content.

The atmosphere was more than dead. When we arrived at 6:30 pm, we were the only table (besides a few people at the bar). We were there until about 8:30 pm and there were only 2 other tables (of 2 people) that came in after we did. The music was not really something that I would say fits the room and or cuisine either. I think at one point there was a Michael Jackson song playing (not dissing Michael or anything, it's just not the most fitting for a "wanna-be-funky" Asian restaurant). I could go on about the atmosphere and the room but honestly it bores me so I will move onto something good...the food.

The food was very nicely done. Good flavors, well cooked and very nice and hot! That being said I am not sure that we will go back (in all honesty we won't, I was just being polite). I feel bad for the chef though as he obviously knows what he is doing and has a good handle on how to cook and make food taste really good but his food is not being matched by the rest of the restaurant.

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customer is always right? NOT HERE
By beedad of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 11:51pm [Dine in]

Arrived there at 8:45 to only get our order taken at around 9:20. Our first pitcher of water was given to us at around 9:45. Once food came out we only got half of our order at around 10:00 and we were starving at that point so while waiting for the rest of our food we ordered fried rice. After waiting another 20 minutes for the rest of our food i talked to the manager who was nice at first. Once our food came 20 minutes later the chicken was horrible. If it wasn't for our friends b day we would have left much earlier. Once it came to paying. The manager argued with me for over 10 minutes and finally took off the chicken and the desert that we never got but he called me unreasonable. I don't find it unreasonable that i waited over 2 hours from start to finish to get all of my food and then not even get my desert.

NEVER GO HERE

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a wonderful surprise...
By kimbotomy of Coquitlam, B.C. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 28, 2011 - 10:14am [Dine in]

I am the offspring of a FOB Chinese foodie.

When it comes to asian cuisine I am one that usually likes the traditional.

Thanks to Groupon, we discovered a wonderful hidden surprise.

To start, an incredibly gorgeous young lady sat us at our table. Order for drinks within minutes of arrival and drinks within minutes of that.

The menu, there were some tough decisions... With recommendations from our server we completed our order.

For this dining experience, I brought my aunt who is FOB chinese, my father who is Canadian-Japanese and my bf, who is as white as white gets (he grew up in Saskatoon.)

We had:
Terracottta Spring Rolls - delish, the sweet-savory + a tropical twist
Chicken and Jellyfish - very good, comparable to the best Chinese restaurants I've been to.
Golden squid - light, crispy with a hint of asian spices
Salted fish fried rice - a hit, in every way
Black bean sablefish - perfectly cooked, full of flavour
Short rib sliders - so good we needed a second order
Bbq duck wraps - if these had come before we ordered more sliders we'd have 2 of these too.
Szechuan green beans - crisp, spicy, not too oily or salty
Buddha rolls - just like my fave veggie restaurants. The "so-gnaw" was lightly crisp on the outside, perfect marinaded mushrooms inside.
Tappioca happy ending - definitely a happy ending. Not as sweet as traditional tapioca pudding, which made it that much more pleasing. The phyllo-pastry on the outside added a rich- more sophistocated look at pudding. And the taking out of the red bean or lotus paste blobs you usually find was an excellent choice.

Overall A+... We will be back...

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Trying to be sophisticated Chinese food
By Yum Yum Tum of Surrey, BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 29, 2010 - 3:26am [Dine in]

There is a reason that fusion food an go amuck. Throwing two different flavors together will not magically yield delicious results. Which is why it didn't work at Terracotta.

Having dinner for my girlfriend's birthday here, we arrived, famished.

We ordered the duck wraps, fried squid, seafood stirfry, pot stickers, egg rolls and black cod.

The duck wrap skins were thick and broken when they arrived, and almost looked pita like. This was the best dish of the night, taste wise. Good

The fried squid was inedible - as the squid gave off a near ammonia like flavor and was underfried with a mushy interior. Epic fail

Seafood stirfry - Strange tasting in general, lots of celery. Needed more ginger to offset some of the fishiness (and I love fish)

Potstickers were good. Good

Eggrolls were very blah, tasting - bland and over friend in some parts and underfriend in other, so it was soggy in bits and mushy in other bits. Fail

Black cod was undercooked in the center, but overall had no flavor whatsoever. Fail

Service - Waitress seemed bothered by us, and didn't see us often, even though we had the biggest table there and was fine charging us the 18% service charge.

Value - OVERPRICED for Chinese food. A few blocks over and you can have authentic Chinese food at half the price, double the portions and triple the taste.

I'm sure I'll return, but only because someone is bound to have another birthday dinner there.

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Another Incredible Experience!!!!
By Simply Delcicious of Vancouver (downtown) (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

I had the fortunate opportunity to revisit this beautiful restaurant and introduce my girlfriends to this fantastic atmosphere on one of our traditional 'ladies night' outtings. We were pleasantly welcomed by a friendly server and was asked if we wouldn't mind taking a seat at the bar until a table opened up for us as at the time the restaurant was filled to capacity. At the bar we were offered a number of house drink specials and so we gladly accepted the Aloe Vodka Cocktails which were fabulous!

Ten minutes later our server pleasantly notified us that our table was available but we kindly asked if we could finish up our drinks at the bar first and continue chatting with the bartender "Kelly" as she was hysterical and kept us thoroughly entertained. Kelly you are truly one of the funiest bartenders we have every met, you go girl!

Once seated at our table we decided to order the Prawn Tofu, Green Beans, Bok Choy, Short Rib Sliders Sable Fish and Salt Fish Fried Rice! The food came out fast, hot and was absolutely to die for not to mention tasty beyond belief WOW 2 thumbs up to the Chef! In addition to an already amazing night we even saw a few basketball players from the Toronto Raptors who were in town getting ready to play a game against the Pheonix Suns, so exciting!!!!

We had such a wonderful time we'll be back for another visit The Real House Wives of Vancouver Xmas addition for sure!

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2nd Visit and looking forward to the 3rd
By yumo1981 of Vancouver (downtown) (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

Went to Terracotta on Friday for my second time. We arrived at 7:00pm and was seated on the top level where we got the last table for 2. The food was to-die-for our favorite dish was the spring rolls I've never had anythingn like it before. Our server Christina was helpful and polite. On my last visit I did not try desert but this time we ordered the mango pudding which we were told is made fresh in-house, it was amazing, I highly recommend it. Great evening overall perfect place for dinner with friends or a date.

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Super Chef Saves the Day
By likesfood of Vancouver (east) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 24, 2010 - 9:35am [Dine in]

Had dinner here the other night.

Short and sweet review from me.

Mediocre service, manager/owner that didn't seem to care we were even there (not very busy either), atmosphere okay, but food was really great. Very fresh and very tasty. Came hot and didn't take very long. Prices very reasonable as well.

Transport this chef into the Glowbal Group of Restaurants and you'd have a real winner. Emad... snap him up.

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Traditional Chinese Food with a Modern Twist (Yay, It's Not Fusion Cuisine!)
By Diner 2010 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 4, 2010 - 12:01am [Dine in]

Food: The food here is great and definitely should not be classified as fusion cuisine. A lot of places serving Chinese-style food in downtown Vancouver outside of Chinatown like to fuse the food together with Western influences (fusion cuisine), but this place serves traditional (emphasis on "traditional") Chinese food in a hip and modern environment. For a drink, try the Chivas and green tea--it's a tasty and refreshing cocktail.

Service: Co-owner Mark very kindly introduced the restaurant, its features, and of course, its decent list of food, drinks, and cocktails. The server was courteous and pleasant, making sure things went well.

Value: The price is a little more than what you would expect to pay at a restaurant serving traditional Chinese food, but you also pay for the classy ambiance and modern twist to the food served here.

Ambiance: The intimately lit interior, black painted walls, and modern furnishings gives the restaurant a very classy look. You have the sense that you're in a sophisticated resto-lounge. Mini replica statues of terracotta warriors and old Chinese artifacts are found here and there, helping bring out the restaurant's theme. The Emperor's Room is well-placed on the lower level to give it a more intimate setting (perfect for birthdays and such).

Bottom Line: Discover this place. It's quite the treat.

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A great winning combonation of food, atmosphere and value - for sure come and you will not be dissappointed
By glam of Richmond , BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 9:39pm [Dine in]

I have been here twice in the last month and there is nothing short of a great night out of food and value. To start off, when you first enter you are pleasently welcomed into a open bar area that provides ample room for socializing. Although I sat upstairs for dinner, I was lucky enough to meet one of the owners and be given a tour of the new establishment. Although upstairs is not that big, throughout the dinner experience I never felt like I was in a small place. The decor is clean, crips, modern and welcoming - perfect for a date night. The prize seating area for sure is downstairs where a very decent size group of I am guessing 40 could easily be accomadated. Here it boasts a grand table that displays the traditions of chinese art but the taste of modern life.

I tried quite a few items on the menu but if you go for sure try these: the Short Rib Sliders (a nice chinese twist on burgers), Crispy Won tons... all I have to say is wow!, Shrimp Bean Curd Rolls.... elegant and bursting with flavours and the shrimp was an amazing size, Szechaun Green Beans was traditional with great chinese flavours. For dessert for sure try the Tapioca Happy Ending .... just trust me, its the perfect ending (I had to order another one). To accompany all of these great flavours I would highly recommend their signature drink; Chivas and Green Tea. It sounds like a different mix (scotch and green tea) but your first for sure not be your last... its a winner!

Whether it be a simple night out or a birthday party, Terracotta has the right formula for a great night out. Although not a ton of seating, you will be pleasently surprised of how many people it can seat. I'll be back for sure ...

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Gastown Chinese, at last!
By mountpleasant_b of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

Strolled into Terracotta Modern Chinese on a slow wednesday evening. Wasn't sure what type of atmosphere to expect and was pleasantly surprised to find a sleek room with plenty of friendly service. The menu consists of tapas-style Chinese dishes, some traditional, and others very modern. The braised pork sliders, for instance, were a new taste that left nothing to be desired. We also ordered the chicken cartlidge, which was the perfect blend of moisture and crunch, the Beijing fried rice, green beans, and a dim-sum style rendering of the shrimp and bean-curd rolls. All in all the food was very tasty, and for under $10 per dish, did not leave a sizeable dent in the wallet. From speaking with the friendly managers on the floor, it was apparent that they were newly opened, and still trying to find their way into the gastown scene. i will definitely give Terracotta another visit, particularly when their patio opens for summer-service.

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Wonderful Birthday Experience!
By Sandy L of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 11:36am [Dine in]

Just celebrated my birthday at Terracotta last weekend. Had a fantastic time, food was excellent and the service was fabulous! We absolutely enjoyed the Vegetarian Spring Rolls, BBQ Duck Fried Rice and Ginger Beef. The Aloe Vodka cocktail was so refreshing and complimenting of the food! Thank you Terracotta Staff for everything, all of my guests had a wonderful time!

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A great new place worth visiting
By mclovin of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 28, 2010 - 10:45am [Dine in]

Our group went here on a Friday night and really enjoyed ourselves. The food was excellent and a nice twist on traditional Chinese. We went around around the table and ordered a few dishes at a time, enjoyed them and then ordered more. The service was very good. A few knocks, the wine list was surprisingly small with only two whites on it and the ambiance was boring and dark. With all this said, we had a really great time and would recommend Terracotta to anyone. Gastown is really changing and its places like this that will continue to help it with its renaissance.

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New Favorite Spot in Gastown
By taste e of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

Whether it is for dinner, sports events, birthdays or pre-party drinks every time I have visited Terracotta Modern Chinese Restaurant I’ve had a delicious experience!

All their traditional dishes have a unique modern twist. Some of my favorite dishes are the beef pancake roll, the tender braised beef short rib and green onion sliders on soft Mantou buns, the Prawn King Tofu, and the Beijing Barbeque Duck fried rice. Everything comes out hot and full of flavor. There’s no better way to complete your meal than with their Tapioca Happy Ending! The baked Tapioca with thin pastry crust comes out warm and fresh served with Green tea ice cream- a huge hit.

My new favorite discovery was a drink recommended by owner Eric Low called the “Tsang-Bena” which is a Ribena cocktail. A fresh new creation and oh so good!

The staff is hospitable, attentive and they do everything with a smile. Great atmosphere, good people and delicious food.

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