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Water Street Cafe300 Water St, Vancouver
Not Worth It!
By Moose15 of Fraser Valley, BC (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 20, 2015 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

We took some people from Ireland for lunch to the Water St. Cafe this past Friday. What a mistake.
The service was non-existent even if the server used his French accent to suggest we were 'fine dining'.
The caesar salad for two was wilted iceberg (why not romaine) lettuce with splashes of brown. The croutons so hard as to loosen your fillings. Our four meals were something that anyone could replicate with less than fresh ingredients in any kitchen. How do they charge $24 for three tiny pieces of veal scallopini with two small potatoes and a slice of bell pepper?
The server was slow in taking the hint our meal was over. At a cost of $150 (small tip included) for four people I think there are many other places in Gastown to dine where the service and food is better!

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Ouisi Bistro3014 Granville Street, Vancouver
Disappointing Brunch
By clumsywaiter of Metro Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 20, 2015 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

Came here for Saturday brunch. The eggs benny was disappointing, luke warm and eggs were over done. The sides were disappointing - hash brown potatoes were not hot and the fruit salad looked like it came straight from a can. The bread they use for french toast was thin - prefer thicker texas toast

I have been here for dinner service and the food is so much better - perhaps they have different chefs?

Bottom line is there are better choices in the South Granville Neighbourhood for brunch like Luke's or Heirloom

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Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
great patio worst service
By sebontario of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

beautiful evening in Vancouver. we looked for a great patio to eat outside and chill Winston is a natural choice. unfortunately the evening is ruined because of poor service and poor management. long line up outside even if many tables are available. waitress is rude to customers and management seems disorganized. sad.... such potential. after a few hours, we just had to leave and finish our beautiful evening at a nearbyJapanese restaurants that was happy to have customers.

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Copper Chimney Indian Grill & Bar567 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Awesome
By Aussie90 of australia (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2015 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

great food great service Wanita and the crew made the magic happen authentic indian with a great taste. The chicken masala and lamb curry divine. Tandoori wings as starters not to be missed . They went above an beyond with making sure our party was well fed and served. Nice oyster bay NZ merlot finished the meal of nicely. Thanks for a great night

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24 Train Express Noodle House550 Nelson St, Vancouver
Adequate, if you don't have expectations.
By honorberry of kits, vancouver (43 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2015 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

**cash only
Discovered this place last week and decided to give it a go. It is actually quite spacious inside (approx 12 tables and is eclectically decorated. There are several neon signs hung on the walls that surprisingly don't draw your attention as well as a mélange of wall art. Tables and floor appeared clean and tidy.
The soup that came with the pho was rather sweet and the accompaniments that came with the pho were sparse. We also ordered the marinated pork vermicelli. We were expecting marinated pork belly but got marinated grilled ham - so you can imagine our disillusionment. Overall, I would say the food is alright. Definitely nothing to write home about. 2 stars in general seem harsh, if half stars were available, I would bump them up to 2.5.
Service was ok. Swift and efficient.
I don't think I'll be going back soon, I'll give it another go in a couple of months. Perhaps.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The1499 Anderson St., Vancouver
I don't know.....Maybe I will just pass
By eating good food of Vancouver (130 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 3:40pm [Dine in]

I have been here a few times. The food is ok. I do find it to be expensive for what it is.

Last time I came with friends; I had the chicken and ribs combo and fries. It was ok, but no better than Swiss Chalet, and I can get it cheaper there. I do like the glaze that they put on their chicken and ribs....the fries seem to be portioned not so well, but thats the least of it really.

I can't really say much; but it really is a bit pricy for what it's worth I think. I'll probably come back if it's a friends or family function (Like I would have a choice to reign on someones parade....ha ha) but just coming for a casual night out with friends, I would probably advise against it

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Accidental Take out
By dreww_ of North Van (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 8:47am [Take-out]

Having ordered from JustEat in the past and content with the food and service (delivery boy brought it on time despite our mess up on the address), we decided to head out for dinner here. We thought Monday night would be good enough in terms of finding a seat and not having to wait in line for too long but when we arrived it was a whole different picture. Speaking to the staff, we figured it would be at least an hour before we got a table, which would be too late for us. We ended up going for take out and taking the food back to our apartment.

It was the turn for fish masala, aloo gobi and rice pulao this night. I'm not a big fan of the fish masala but since it was ready we just went for it. Funnily enough, it turned out to be the most tasty of the two dishes. The portions actually lasted us two days so we were happy. For $31, it was a great deal.

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India Bistro1157 Davie Street, Vancouver
Lunch buffet success
By autwrn of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

This place is the standard when it comes to serving quality lunch buffets. We came for lunch at 1 pm on Saturday and there was a bit of a wait. A good sign as it is a popular place, and since we were not famished we just waited it out.

I am not new to Indian food at all and order take-out quite often, but since my aunt was visiting from out of town I decided to take her some place nice and eat in. India bistro was a safe bet; you can’t go wrong with the food served here. The food is always prepared fresh and doesn't overdose on spices. My aunt tried almost everything and helped herself to second servings while I just kept it conservative with the butter chicken. I would highly recommend it for people looking for a more than decent lunch option.

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Earls1601 W. Broadway, Vancouver
I knew there was a reason why I don't come here
By eating good food of Vancouver (130 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 8:20am [Dine in]

My sister and my sister in law were taking me out for a late birthday lunch. I was having a hard time deciding between Earls and Milestone's; but decided on Earl's since I have been many times to Milestone's.

My sisters kids are older, but my sister in law had a one and a half year old daughter; so we asked if we could have a high chair for my niece and they didn't have any (Ok, we know it's NOT a kid oriented restaurant.....which is great, because I hate going to places and having kids screaming and running around.....but it would be nice if they had one or two because the have the odd times they will babies and kids)

Anyhow, for food: My sister ordered a clam chowder. My sister in law had a pizza, my one nephew had some sort of a sand which. My other nephew had a ceasar salad appetizer and a chicken and mushroom pasta, my niece had chicken strips and fries and I had fettucini chicken alfredo.

Our food came, and it was pretty good we have to admit. I was even surprised with my nieces order of chicken strips and fries, but after finding out that it cost $13 for that, it really wasn't worth it. My chicken fettucini cost $17.50 and it wasn't even that much. At Anton's I would get ALOT more for $17, and even other places are better priced for sure. The portion sizes really are not that great for the price

When we left (my sister being smart) found street parking, but my sister in law parked in their slanted parking lot......It took me 10 minutes to guide her out...or else she would had hit another parked car (which probably wouldn't make my brother too happy) Its been like that forever.....time to fix it.

Don't really think I will return

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Fish Counter, The3825 Main Street, Vancouver
Deep Fried Goodness!!
By richie_rich of vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 1:53am [Dine in]

Hello there,

A buddy of mine gave me a jingle to see if I was interested in some fish n' chips. The only problem was I did not want to venture to New West nor North Burnaby to one of our main staples.. I did a quick search on the web and this place popped up with high regards. We decided on Friday at 2pm as we were thinkin that it might be too busy at 12 or 1.

The fish shop is located across from an car repair shop with Sun Sui Wah restaurant just up the corner. Parking is fine....I was lucky to find a 1h free parking just down a block and a half. My buddy found his spot up the block on a sidestreet. There were also paid parking on Main but they were all taken. As you step in...fish shop/condiment sales to the left side...cashier/ordering in the middle and cooking stations to the right. Seating?? One fixed corner table at the right front side with the main menu board above...stool counters to the right and bench to left of the door. There were also a pair of wooden benches outside. So extremely limited seating but gives a feeling of a wharf.

Anyways, I decided on a one piece halibut with requested well done fries and grabbed an orange soda on the left front side (limited selection as well). The grand total for my lunch was roughly 15 bucks and they gave you a number for pickup. As I was paying I made a comment about the tank of spot prawns ...$24 bucks per pound..WOW!!....I remember last year they were only 8 to 10 bucks per pound. I sat down on that little awkward table. My buddy.....I fought out got the same thing but with rootbeer. We waited for about 7 to 10 minutes for the call.

Verdict......fish was super fresh and flaky.The batter was light, crisp and not overly coated. The fries were crispy and not greasy..in fact I could not finish it. The tartar sauce was homemade and just the right zip. The side slaw was ....well...alright... cabbage and kale mix but the dressing needed more of a punch. Otherwise excellent FNC. My buddies verdict...the same...excellent.

Final thoughts.... Highly Recommendedl!! They take both cash and debit/cc as payment. Will definitely be back...might try out that oyster poboy or clam chowder or both. Thanks for reading.

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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
For AYCE and a big crowd was surprised how good service was
By eating good food of Vancouver (130 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 9:26pm [Dine in]

Came here with some friends this weekend.

I usually don't want to go to AYCE sushi joints; as I tend to fill my self up too much, but we went anyways.

This place is a bit more expensive than regular sushi places that I have gone to, but found the taste and quality was better......and for the first time did not have missing items, or items that we didn't order be brought to our table (I think other sushi places bring items to our table that we didn't order on purpose) and also surprisingly; didn't have to wait too long at all for our food and there were a lot of us.

So if (or when) I do go for AYCE sushi again......This will be the place

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Pint Public House, The455 Abbott St, Vancouver
Cheers!
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 8:32pm [Dine in]

I quite like this place. Just on the edge of the sketchy part of town the pub has a huge open feel to it if you sit at the bar. Large open windows let's the sun come in and gives you a chance to watch the various characters go by.

Word of warning, the beer and cider prices will knock your socks off. Last visit I ordered a pint of Lonetree Cider, something new I am told by the bartender to replace the same old same old Strongbow. A pint of this cider will set you back almost a ten spot, even made the bartender wince when I asked how much it cost.

Here's the trick or should I say the value of this place. Go during Happy Hour between 3-6pm. For every order of a pint of beer or cider you get "free" wings. That's right, for that 8.50 beer or near 10.00 cider you get a nice order of fresh, hot wings.

They have a long list of sauces to choose from, my favorite is the Thai Chili. These wings are good too, nice and meaty, and they give you at least ten to twelve big one's. So do the math. An order of wings at any other bar would be at least ten maybe eleven dollars. During Happy Hour along with your pint they are "free", so for me that is quite a good deal. I have ordered more than one pint and they are quite happy to give you more wings.

The staff are nice and attentive. There when you glass runs dry, friendly too.

Take note, my review is based only on the Happy Hours special and their wings I have never been there any other time and have never ordered anything else off the menu.

Outside Happy Hour specials if beer is that much the rest of the food better be amazing.

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Mezbaan3499 Kingsway, Vancouver
I won't recommend
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 5:36pm [Dine in]

The food was mediocre at best. I ordered my mango chicken non-spicy but it came out spicy. My husband ordered his dish spicy and it was not. I think they just got the two mixed up. We didn't complain because the food didn't taste that good anyway, and a little spice wouldn't have made much difference. The restaurant looked like it needed some cleaning and the water glass felt greasy. I don't think I will come back and won't recommend it.

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Omnitsky Kosher Delicatessen5775 Oak Street, Vancouver
Who Knew Moving Was so Expensive?
By spdracer of surrey (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2015 - 11:13pm [Take-out]

I am a long time customer of Omnitsky, (over 15 years at least.)

It has always been a great place to enjoy a good quality shaved roast bed sandwich on rye. Service was always pleasant and a great place to chat with the employees or the owner about current events. Before they moved from the Cambie Street location I would give them 4-5 across the board.

Now the bad... As usual I ordered my heated roast beef on rye with dijon without even looking at the menu. My wife was not very hungry so she ordered a small potato salad for take out. When I got to the check out my $8-9 sandwich was now $13... OK I thought to myself Vancouver is getting more expensive to live in.. so I can swallow this 30-40% increase in price because the food is good. But when I looked in the bag the potato salad was not there, (at least I thought.)

As it turns out the thimble of potato salad that was INCLUDED on Cambie now was an extra $3.75! AND no kosher pickle was included anymore. When I brought this to the attention of the staff in the kitchen, (all new by the way,)... all they said rudely is "It's been that way as long as I have worked here." Now certainly I can't be the first person to complain about a 8-9$ sandwich going to almost $20 with tax, so I asked the man at the check out. He was not new to the store and confirmed that many are complaining. He said that it was because the new rent was so expensive. For this rating I have given the Service a 1 and continue to do so despite the fact that this man was sympathetic to my position... and I do so because the women in the kitchen were so rude and uncaring. (They made me feel cheap and like I was bothering them for asking about these changes.)

Before I left, I took the potato salad out of the bag and asked the people in line behind me if this looked like $3.75 worth of food? (The container is about the size of a toonie and maybe 3 cm high.) All of them said that it looked like it was about "$1 worth of food... maybe $1.50 on the outside"

I really like the owner and would like for him to respond to this and change some pricing. I realize that things will get more expensive over time but to raise the price 100% (if you include the potato salad,) and hire staff that are 10% as good as the old staff is a recipe for disaster.

I hope that this is not a trend that we will see in Vancouver restaurants... or our great culinary gems may be a victim of the the overall success of our City's popularity.

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Fish Shack, The1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Good pre-game lunch
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2015 - 8:03am [Dine in]

We stopped in at the Fish Shack for a late lunch before the Canada-Swiss FIFA game. We got a table near the front entrance patio which was nice with the breeze. I can understand some people's complaints about the close quarters among tables. Service was fine.

Our calamari appetizer was pretty good, a different breading, not as crunchy as most but the aioli was very tasty. Fish and chips for both of us. My haddock was very good, crispy batter, lots of fish. Hand cut fries were perfect. The horseradish coleslaw was a bit overdressed with dressing running out into the fries, making some soggy. Wife's cod was also good but a bit small so I shared some haddock with her. She didn't care for the Asian coleslaw, it was very overdressed and didn't appeal to her at all. But generally she loved her F&C.

$58 for two with tip. Overall, other than the slaws missing the mark a bit, it was a good pre-game lunch. And Canada won. Yea!

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White Spot650 41st Avenue, #613A, Vancouver
Not too happy this time around......Guess it depends what you order
By eating good food of Vancouver (130 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 10:07am [Dine in]

I have been to White Spot a many of times.....so obviously I do like it.

Yesterday was a disappointment though. I usually get a cheeseburger and fries and sometimes a side of dry ribs and think I am in wonderland.

Yesterday however; I decided to go with a friend for Fish and Chips. I ordered an extra piece of fish (with fries) my friend just had some wine and beer (go figure)

I've had their fish and chips quite a few times, so was disappointed to see how small 3 pieces of fish and some fries came to for $16.50...... It tasted fine, but the price didn't warrant it. I ordered some dry ribs to again this time. I ordered salt and pepper and notice at the Broadway location they bring a dip....side sauce and when I enquired this to the waitress she said they don't have it for their dry ribs (but they do) get it at other White Spot locations.

Service was mediocre this time.....Just like the food....Guess they didn't want to break the set.

We will return, but I think I am going to stick with Red Robin for fish and chips.....and do burgers at ither place

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Adelitas5178 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
love this place
By jpark1000 of Vancouver (Collingwood) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2015 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

This little restaurant consistently makes the freshest, most delicious Nachos I've ever had. They are INCREDIBLE.

Fresh tortilla chips, very generous amounts of avocado, diced tomato, cheese, refried beans and more. Clearly made with passion.

They have impressive selection of different meats available, so there's plenty of different flavour combinations to explore.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Had to Try it Once, but Will Not Return
By leonard h of Vancouver (39 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 8:37pm [Dine in]

First, it's not authentic Vietnamese/Cambodian. It's Chinese-run - not that this is necessarily bad - but the Vietnamese writing on the menu, and the Vietnamese/Cambodian decor in the restaurant, almost makes it feel like the people who run the restaurant are trying to fool the customers. So, if it's not authentic Vietnamese/Cambodian, what is it? It's stodgy Chinese-Canadian food, essentially - greasy and heavy - but with a Vietnamese twist. Greasy and heavy oyster omelet...maybe there was a total of 2 oysters in the whole thing, chopped up into little pieces, barely noticeable. For 15 bucks plus tax and tip...a rip-off. Pea tips were good, but overpriced. Veggie dumplings were greasy and heavy. Overall, really disappointing considering all the hype Phnom Penh has been getting over the years. People were lined up, and we had to wait 20 minutes for a seat. Of course, people line up for the crap at Timmy's too. Not that Phnom Penh serves crap...just a really disappointing experience, and almost 50 bucks for lunch for two, without drinks, and to leave dissatisfied...tsk,tsk.

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All Star Wings and Ribs808 Bute St, Vancouver
All Stars- wing dings and cow bits
By Mephistopheles of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

The Food: Wings are breaded or un-breaded, I usally go with the breaded because for me it enhances the flavor of the wing. Presentation was what I would expect from a sports bar. The prices where mid-high in my view, $10 for a lbs , $20 for 2lbs and so on. Overall these wings were good, it came out hot and flavorful. I have only been to this place five times, and it looks like I will have to keep going until I have tried all the 256 flavors. Having this many flavors I find is a bit over kill especially when you have the basic wing sauces and spices all mixed together creating all these sub flavors that are sometimes hit an miss. This makes the decision process much longer and harder, however waitress does carry a little guide with them, which I dig but life would be much easier if the had it on the menu.

I ordered my favorite, the Caribbean Jerk ( SISCO Brand Sauce). If you have never tried this sauce I would defiantly recommend it, it’s complete AWESOME! It’s the type of sauce that grows on you, the flavor is unique in it’s own right .The SISCO brand Caribbean Jerk sauce is rare, and most restaurants have stopped serving it because it’s not a great seller. So please my fellow wing people keep this sauce ALIVE!

El’ problmeo: Their happy hour specials on wings that runs from 3pm-6pm. There is no democracy on your choice of flavors, All-Stars only allows you choose from 6 flavors for $7.95, ever other flavor is regular $10.00. I’m sure there is a back story, BUT when you’re boasting 256 flavors then turn around and constraint your customers to only 6 flavors during happy hour doesn’t not sit well. Oh and the cover charge during UFC fight night is a little cheeky.

This place is a total bro bar, big boobs, bimbos, and big bone buckets . There is also TV at every booth playing sports so this might drive a few of you little crazy. Needless to say things are neat and well organized, it’s a great location, it’s bright, open, and has a nice layout. Service: Staff were nice, they where friendly , sincere and welcoming. Bathroom was very clean and well maintained. Yes the bathroom, so what who cares right! Think of it this way; if the staff don't care how the clean the bathroom is, then they don't care about how they make your food.

Final Word

Despite the bro bar theme, the left wing happy hour special I would check this place because it’s wing focused, it has okay service, decent food, on the other hand in order to take advantage of all the 256 flavors I would recommend taking a posse of friends rather then go solo.

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Red Wagon, The2296 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Hold My Breaky and watch this!
By Mephistopheles of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

I have been a Sunrise resident for the last 5 years. I always enjoy going to the Red Wagon, it's a gem, and for locals that appreciate a greasy spoon , it's doesn't get any better than this. The place has a lot of character, staff are always pleasant , hard working ,and hearty. The food is great, I always pick the trucker or the $7 breaky. The pancakes are awesome sauce and the hash is so flavourful. Yes kids and hipsters it gets busy, staff get run off their feet, mistakes happen, be patient and there always willing to accommodate and fix things , don't create things in your head.

SPECIAL NOTICE: For those who are impatient, have a sense of entitlement or presume they have high standards, grow up! Good things comes to those who wait. If you came half way across Vancouver to wait 45 mins, then you are in for it for the long haul, deal with it. It's a great breakfast joint and there is only so much space so if you get fussy I'm sure the cooks can whip you up a nice poo sandwich!

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