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Well Restaurant, The

3048 Main St
Vancouver, BC V5T3G5
Tel: (604) 569-0570
Neighbourhood: Main Street

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Wow. Worth every penny I paid.
By teddyandturtle of Vancouver - Kingsway (84 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

Okay, so I just went to the Well for a really late lunch/dinner today at about 5. I was a little unsure even after reading the other reviews cause it's a Saturday night and there were only a few people inside. But, thank god I sat down and ordered food. I went with two other friends.

We had their eggplant appetizer. It looks kind of small but is actually pretty filling for an appetizer. It has eggplant, zucchini, red onions, and spinach with a mix of tomato sauce and melted cheese on top. It was absolutely delicious (thanks for the recommendation in the earlier review!). For entree, we ordered a seafood pasta (my friend) which had a creamy alfredo sauce on top of penne and shrimp, salmon, and mushrooms. The sauce was so rich and creamy, but the mushrooms were the best. She said the shrimp was a tad overcooked and didn't like the fact that the skins were on. But I tried the penne, so yummy. I had a primavera pasta (a slight mix up with my order, I wanted the sandwich but the pasta seemed even better) with these really wide noodles (they were perfectly cooked! and great texture)with a tomato sauce (not sour at all) with sliced eggplant and zucchini with flat bread. Yum yum yum. And for dessert, the cheesecake, which isn't bad but I think the consistency of the actual cheesecake part could be better, the texture could be more smooth. We also ordered a creme brulee, which was absolutely amazing. The top thin layer of hard caramel and the super creamy inside..mmmMmMm. Anyways food was absolutely amazing, the portion size for the pastas are pretty big (couldn't finish).

The prices are fairly low too and are great value! I split my appetizer and dessert with my friend and paid 25 dollars with tips. So worth it. I didn't order any drinks though.

The service was great, the food came out a little slowly though. The waiter there was super friendly and very good about refilling our waters and asking how we liked our food.

Overall look of this restaurant is very clean, kind of fancy looking. It looks much like fine dining but is a bit small.

Absolutely recommended. Amazing food, great price, great smile, and great atmosphere. What more to ask for? My only problem with this place is that if you go to the washroom, there's a weird painting on the ground where if you sit on the toilet, the girl is staring at you, and the other girl in the picture is staring at the other girl's chest. And I just wish this place were bigger so I could have my birthday party here! Love this place!

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New live music on Thursdays is great
By Lustige of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

DINNER: I had dinner here the first night of their "Thursday night live music". Two performers - woman's voice is beautiful. Not too loud so you can still have a conversation. The place was moderately busy. The service was great. Our two meals were delicious. The owner was there, he came and spoke to us - very personable. The chef also came out and asked how our meals were - impressive. It's evident why The Well survives in these competitive days.

BRUNCH: I had brunch there last Saturday. While our food was delicious (and everyone else's looked great too), the service was very amateur - disappointing since my dinner experience here was so great. Example, I asked for a lemon for my water and the waiter brought it in his fingers, not even with a napkin, huh? Then we had to ask for salt/pepper shakers, our waters to be refilled, napkins, etc - basic server stuff (I know, I was a server once). Again, the food was delicious. Just need to train staff a little better before they hit the floor.

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Another Lovely Brunch
By gtown604 of Vancouver (downtown) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 21, 2011 - 2:23pm [Dine in]

Yesterday I had the opportunity to have a wonderful brunch with my husband and three friends. I recommended The Well for its great tasting brunch menu, consistent flavours and fantastic service. Tho they struggled a bit yesterday due to an unfortunate reaccuring power outage. Despite the obstacle the staff handled the challenge with professionalism and kept the full house flowing as if everything was running perfectly. We'll see you again soon, keep up the great work!

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Fantastic food, poor service!
By ES of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 22, 2010 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

I've been here 2-3 times and the food is really outstanding! The dishes are done with care, the portions are great and the presentation is truly beautiful, but the big beef I have with this place is the super-slowwww service by the weekday lunchtime waitress. If you are in a hurry for lunch, then you might not want to come here. She is nice and polite, but she simply cannot multi-task or prioritize her duties. If you are on a time-crunch, then definitely keep that in mind and come when time is not a factor.

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Great food with good portions
By The Main Street Troll of Vancouver, BC Canada (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 21, 2009 - 10:36pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice now and had a good experience both times. The service and food were great. I ordered the Jambalaya the first time and was thoroughly impressed. It was a very large portion that also included cheesy garlic bread. I could barely finish it all. This is an excellent dish with a lot of meat and seafood. The second time I was there I ordered the veal and also enjoyed it very much. The portion wasn't as big but the taste made up for it. I should mention that both of these dishes were very reasonably priced.

One thing my girlfriend and I both noticed about the menu was the fact that it was trying to be too much. It had a little bit of everything which makes me think it specializes in nothing. It had mini burgers, veal cutlet, halibut burgers, penne, and nachos to name a few. I think it would be better if they cut down the menu and had a specialty and focused on it. If I were to guess it would be Italian, but then again I overheard a waiter saying the owner was German.

The service was great and the waiter was very friendly and liked to chat. I did find that there was a lack of privacy and it had a banquet hall feel. The ambience was a bit strange and again, it felt like it was trying to be too much. There was a cartoonish sketch of some musicians on a protruding red background blended with a single LCD TV in the corner.

Overall this place has fantastic food and we had a good experience both times.

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Can't Wait to go Back
By 49er of Kelowna, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 9:16pm [Dine in]

We also visited this restaurant on February 5th, for a late breakfast. Could it be the same place?
My wife had the pancakes with carmelized fruit: bananas, apples and ?. She was very impressed as your average restaurant has pretty bland pancakes. And as a coffee nut, she was also pleased with it's quality.
I ordered a Benny with smoked salmon, capers (hmmm), cream cheese and hollandaise sauce. An excellant choice. It was done very nicely and I would order it again.
The restaurant was not crowded, nor was the seating. The staff were attentive and the food came in a reasonable amount of time.
Now if only there was an eating establishment like this in Kelowna.
Our next trip to Vancouver will include dinner this time at The Well.

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If you like food, choose elsewhere
By nicansyz of Vancouver, West End (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 11:00am [Dine in]

May 2010. I don't like being negative, but I feel misled and betrayed by the positive reviews of this place. The food was appalling. I have never had worse bolognese. It would be better had it come out of a packet. My partner had the osso bucco. It was ok. Not great, but certainly edible. For $22, it ought to have been better.

The plates all came out with a ridiculous brown sauce squeezed all over the side as a sort of aesthetic finish. It did not taste good and was only there, as far as I could tell, to make the lacklustre dinners look appealing. In this aim, the brown goo failed miserably. Compounding this bad attempt at garnish were a couple of garlic scapes and a bunch of raw enoki mushrooms. Putting raw mushrooms (which are stuck together and so cannot be washed properly - if they were washed at all) on a plate with meat is probably against health regulations, but is definitely against common sense.

With one glass of wine each, no starter and no dessert, the "meal" came to $60. Although, I admit that had it come to only $20 I still would have felt duped. If I had paid $20, though, I would not have felt compelled to write this review.

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More than the sum of its parts
By Jabberw0ck of Delta (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

I had a few moments of doubt upon first glance as we pulled up in front of this new-ish (only 4 months old as of Jan. 2010) eatery for a recent dinner. It was smaller than I was expecting - only 36 seats - and quite unassuming from the outside. Plus, it was a weekend but the place wasn't full. I had the nagging suspicion that we'd made a mistake.

Any fears proved for not. Two of our party had one of the dinner specials, slices of beef and mushrooms in a peppercorn sauce served on spaghetti. Another had the penne with halibut, salmon, muscles and shrimp in an Alfredo sauce, and still another the halibut with baby carrots and braised endive. All dishes were beautifully presented, generously portioned, and very tasty. The sole server in this tiny place was also our bartender, and he was both friendly and knowledgeable.

We shared wonderful desserts of creme brulee and a lemon & champagne sorbet, both again beautifully presented and substantially larger than I'm accustomed to.

The menu and dishes are clearly the product of people who have a passion for what they do, but the Well has more than just the food going for it. Unlike the Commercial Drive strip, parking along Main is free and seemingly ample - we were able to park right across the street. The small size and quiet interior lent an intimacy to our meal that was a pleasant contrast to the larger, more raucous places we've dined at recently. The most amazing part was the bill - less than we would typically spend at a Cactus Club or similar chain restaurant. What a find! We can hardly wait to go back.

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Whole more than the sum of it's parts
By Jabberw0ck of Delta (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

I had a few moments of doubt upon first glance as we pulled up in front of this new-ish (only 4 months old as of Jan. 2010) eatery for a recent dinner. It was smaller than I was expecting - only 36 seats - and quite unassuming from the outside. Plus, it was a weekend but the place wasn't full. I had the nagging suspicion that we'd made a mistake.

Any fears proved for not. Two of our party had one of the dinner specials, slices of beef and mushrooms in a peppercorn sauce served on spaghetti. Another had the penne with halibut, salmon, muscles and shrimp in an Alfredo sauce, and still another the halibut with baby carrots and braised endive. All dishes were beautifully presented, generously portioned, and very tasty. The sole server in this tiny place was also our bartender, and he was both friendly and knowledgeable.

We shared wonderful desserts of creme brulee and a lemon & champagne sorbet, both again beautifully presented and substantially larger than I'm accustomed to.

The menu and dishes are clearly the product of people who have a passion for what they do, but the Well has more than just the food going for it. Unlike the Commercial Drive strip, parking along Main is free and seemingly ample - we were able to park right across the street. The small size and quiet interior lent an intimacy to our meal that was a pleasant contrast to the larger, more raucous places we've dined at recently. The most amazing part was the bill - less than we would typically spend at a Cactus Club or similar chain restaurant. What a find! We can hardly wait to go back.

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Magnificent Food
By Savours of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 1:48am [Dine in]

This is a new Restaurant between 14th and 15th on Main Street. It's small but the food is remarkable. I've had an excellent Ghoulash as my Zuppe del Giorno. The Crab Cakes were made with fresh crab. There was an Eggplant Appetizer - Melanzane e Formaggio that was memorable. That dish alone was enough to make my wife full. The Pollo Arrosto (Game Hen) was absolutely fantastic and cooked perfectly. The last time I had it, it came with Israeli Cous Cous. This type of cous cous is bigger and rounder than what we are accustomed to. You will certainly have to fly to Italy to try an Osso Bucco or Veal Marsala of similar quality. I am being serious. The Cajun Halibut with vodka and dill cream sauce was also great The Pastas and the Sauces that accompany them reflect culinary brilliance. The Creme Brulee is excellent but I must say that the Tiramisu is the best I have tried anywhere in all my travels. The ambiance is better than expected. There is only so much you can do with a small place like that. There were fresh, expensive flowers at the tables. Ask for Andrew to be your server. Ask for a seat away from the door and you will be treated to some wonderful food that is artistically presented. This is Cin Cin at half the price and I kid you not. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and they close pretty late at night. There...the secret's out.

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No Good Wishes At This Well
By breakfastfreak of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 10:01am [Dine in]

Our search for "Vancouver's BEST Breakfast" ended here a couple years ago and we had been brunching here every weekend since... We looked forward to the incredible breakfast plates piled high with tons of fresh fruit and potatoes laden with roasted peppers, mushrooms and garlic. The service was always so friendly and efficient; even the chef/owner would wave and smile from the kitchen when we walked in the door! We have recommended this place to everyone we know, and in turn, each of them has had a very similar experience.

Walking in there yesterday was like entering the Twilight Zone. Sometime in the past couple of weeks the ownership/management has changed, and the feeling in the room has most definitely changed along with it. The menu is new. The servers are different. There are extra tables crammed in with little space to navigate the room. The chef has been replaced by a couple young guys in the kitchen who looked confused by the breakfast orders. The plates are less than half the size they used to be. And on top of ALL that, we waited 50 minutes for our food. Upon presentation, the eggs were greasy, covered in oil, and undercooked, as were the sausages. The potatoes were seriously overcooked. The toast was cold, almost like it had been toasted earlier that day in anticipation of a rush. When the manager came by for a "quality check", we didn't even know what to say, other than we wouldn't be coming back. He made absolutely no effort to change our minds, probably because he knows the operation he's running is going down the toilet. The Well has gone from the Breakfast Gem of Vancouver to SUCH a disappointment. I give them one month.

And so the search continues...

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Delicious
By runpj of coquitlam (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

A friend picked this place. I checked out the menu before I went and was not impressed. Got to the restaurant and again was not impressed, the place looked old and my chair was wonky. There was 5 of us and we shared some appetizers. When the food came out, I was very impressed. They put all the appetizers on this gigantic plate, they did a great presentation. Looked "food network"ish!
All the entrees were excellent, they used many colorful and in-season vegetables. I ordered the grilled prawns and it came with risotto too. Very delicious! Waitress was friendly and attentive
We all left happy and very full! No room for dessert. I will be back

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Second visit: Food is inconsistent - dry burgers, overcooked fish
By ES of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 23, 2010 - 9:00am [Dine in]

I've had great food here in the past, but the last time I was here, I was not impressed. Won't be coming back. It's too bad because I think the guy can cook. But he's either cutting corners or serving not so fresh food. Also, there are so many other great restaurants in the area with better prices so if they want business, they'll have to do a lot better.

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Great food... just quite slow
By adrianscott of Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 9:59am [Dine in]

I have to say I think the food at The Well easily trumps every other place I've been to in the area. It's some of the tastiest, most good-looking food I've had the pleasure to eat.

Sadly, I can't go here anymore for lunch because the service is just too slow. I can't seem to fit a visit to The Well within my work lunch hour due to the inattentive, slow service. Don't get me wrong, everyone I've chatted with there has been incredibly pleasant, just completely inefficient. If the level of service did happen to increase, I'd probably eat there everyday if I could.

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Awesome food, great portions, very good service.
By nextnumberone of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

Went today and had a seafood platter for 2 and seafood pasta. Great food! It was well cooked, fresh and very well presented. Waitress was helpful and attentive. Wait time for food was about 20 minutes. I have not tried their other dishes but if you are a seafood lover, go for it! You won't regret.

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Great Food, Great Price, Great Service
By T Blanco of vancouver, b c (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 30, 2010 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

Enjoyed a lovely Saturday Evening at The Well on Main Street between 14 ad 15th ave. with our good friends. Had a little trouble finding the correct number as the posted number on this site is incorrect - the correct number is 604-569-0570. We shared the eggplant appetizer and the crab cakes which were amazing. Followed with Osso Bucco and the Veal. We didn't know if we should take picture of the food or eat it! Beautiful presentation, welcoming atmosphere ( could turn the lights down a little), great service and even better the prices were very reasonable. All in all a 4 **** experience and would definately recommend this restaurant. Oh and don't forget the Creme Brulee Yummmm

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