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Don Francesco Ristorante860 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Hit and miss...mostly hit!
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 23, 2015 - 2:48pm [Dine in]

We held a family special occasion here for 15 people. We ordered one of the set menus, in this case
The Don Francesco menu at 95/head (Family style platters).
The good- The service was competent and attentive, very top notch. The mains were fantastic! the platters were
Halibut,rack of lamb and osso bucco (each individual plate had the sides already on when served). The Osso Buco was the best I've ever had! Dark rich and generous! The lamb was equally well executed and the halibut was fine, portions were more than fine. Of the three pastas (Duck sausage,Farfalle with seafood and penne smoked salmon) I would have to give the nod the the smoked salmon pasta. A clear yet creamy sauce complimenting the wonderful smoked salmon. The other pastas were very very good.
Wine list was fairly extensive and fairly average price wise, they had excellent beers on tap (Stella, Peroni etc) so there were options.
The bad- The appy platters were way below the price point and quality of the rest of the meal. It consisted of Cesar salad, Deli stiffed olives and I swear salami and mortadella from what I think was the mixed "Citero" pack from costco! The seafood vol au vonts were decent but not memorable. They did some prosciutto in the platter also but I'm sure it wasn't Parma (the real thing) or enough for that matter. House bread was plentiful and delicious.
The ambiance is nicely done and the place is spacious and quite (until we got there!) they platted a cake for us at no charge and added a raspberry coulis to the cake..classy.
All in all a nice experience, would go back just for the Osso Bucco!

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Jethro's Fine Grub3420 Dunbar, Vancouver
Arrogant and insulting service
By Lance G of West Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

I asked my server about ordering 3 eggs, bacon and toast and was recommended by her to order one of the combos. The one she indicated had only two eggs and included hash-browns. I asked her if I could get three eggs and leave out the hash, after leaving the table briefly to ask about this I presume, she came back and accepted my order.

My food later came (with hash) which I didn't eat. I questioned my server about why there was still potato as I asked for it not be part of my order, her remark was "I just decided to give you them anyway." Well, that has to be the most arrogant thing I have ever heard from a server.

The real problem is her trying to scam me at the end by trying to charge me for a extra egg as well as the hash (was supposed to have been a substitution) which I never ordered and particularly did not want, and that she openly admitted to just "giving" me anyway. Scary. After insisting this should not be on the bill, the server relented and removed the extra charge.

The food (the portion that I did order) was reasonable in taste and quality, but I certainly cannot recommend this place given today's experience.

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Spoon Kitchen1909 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Groupon 9 course meal hit!
By jonesh19 of East Van (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

I had a Groupon coupon for the 9 course meal and decided to give it a try just because one night. I was a little adamant at first because I thought that the food would not be so good but the experience was quite the opposite. Oh and I am not going to lie, the location in the dungeon on West 4th did not give me a very good feeling. Thankfully I got the courage and went! First of all, this is one of the higher end Malay places in town, and has quickly displaced others I held in high regard. The smell as soon as you arrive is enticing and rich. The ambience is nice and cozy and the place itself can be quite easy to miss. Prices are justified with the huge sized portions they serve here. Mango salad stood out as well as the roti canai.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Wonderful surprise for BFs 30th birthday
By jonesh19 of East Van (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

I organized a dinner for my boyfriends 30th birthday at Handis. I had been planning this one for a long time at another famous restaurant but then last minute changes happened and Handi was picked. My boyfriend loves Indian food so I thought it would be a good choice. Although we were not a very large party (of eight) I was still very nervous about how everything was going to turn out. Let's just say I am usually never the one who organizes things. Luckily, I informed the staff of this and they were very supportive and helpful in making sure everything would go by smoothly. Service didn't fail even once! We were a kind of loud and picky group but still the staff managed to make everyone was okay. Oh and the food was yummy and delish, esp the chicken vindaloo and samosas. Thanks guys!

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Don Francesco Ristorante860 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Looking for fine dining experience? Skip this place - Very Disappointing!
By sheribod of Port Moody (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

My husband and I decided to try this place for Valentine's Day dinner as it was recommended as a romantic fine dining restaurant. I wish we would have spent our $400 dinner at the Keg, we would have had a much better time and had much better service! I realize that Valentine's night is a very busy night for restaurants but we had a late reservation (8:30) and our server was pushing us to order before we even had a drink in front of us! He informed us that it takes a long time to cook after he tried to get us to order for the third time. I was not told that there would be a time limit on the table and when I asked him if there was another seating after us he said "no".

There was a preset menu for $95 dollars so we already knew we would be spending over a couple hundred $ then adding cocktails and wine on top of that. We ordered our food and our cocktails came out at the same time as our appetizer. When we tried to order some wine the first 3 ones we picked they were out of, our server didn't apologize or try to recommend something different. When he went to check on the fourth bottle he finally brought one over that he recommended, since they were also out of the fourth bottle. He gave us the impression that we were actually bothering him. In fact the entire time we were there our server was very unpleasant to deal with and made us feel that we were inconveniencing him whenever we asked for things that you should just expect in a fine dining experience. The rest of the dinner went smoothly, thanks only to the support staff, until dessert.

He never asked us if we were ready for dessert, he just brought it out, never even asking us if we wanted coffee or tea. My husband stopped him as asked for an English Breakfast tea and a few minutes later our server dumped the tea off and immediately left. The tea was actually Earl Grey but my husband decided to go with it, but had to stopped another server to get some cream. This was the first time ever that we actually even contemplated not tipping a thing, although we still did because the other staff that served us was wonderful and the food was very good.

On the way out I was so upset that we spend so much on such a terrible experience I complained to the hostess on the way out, she promised me a better time and a better server if we give them another try. I believe in second chances but I'm not sure I would actually want to chance or spend the money for such a bad experience again.

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Dinesty1719 Robson Street, Vancouver
A solid, authentic everyday chinese eatery
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (54 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 3:14am [Dine in]

When i eat chinese food, i split my judgment and reviews into 2 categories.

cateogry 1 is authentic chinese food.

category 2 is westernized chinese food.

i enjoy both categories, but when it comes to judgment, it's only fair to be specific. for dinesty, i judged it based on its authenticity because it's a restaurant that is reliant on such backgrounds and cookery. when you go to a westernized chinese restaurant, it is very apparent because you will get dishes that are mostly alien or uncommon in authentic chinese places.

anyways, to keep things "short", this place's cooking is solid and some of its dishes were quite good, especially it's small dim-sum style dishes.

for entrees, we were a bit disappointed in them because of lack of flavor and blandness.

we ordered a total of 7 things for lunch, with the bill coming to 60.00 total with tax and tip included. this to me was very reasonably priced. at 2 people for lunch, we ordered many items and had to pack at least 30% of them left over.

as for the dishes, we ordered the following:

- hot, sweet soy milk in a bowl
- chinese donut and pan fried shao bing
- crab flavored tofu
- rice cake with jie chai
- a triplet of shanghai style spring roll
- a peanut sauce, cucumber glass noodle with shredded chicken dish
- a basket of xiao long bao - soup dumplings with shrimp and vegetable stuffing

the soy milk was good and i wasn't too sure if they'd made it in-house or ordered in from central place.

my favorite was the shao-bing. it was just delicious. shao bing is kind of like puff pasty that's pan fried. you dip this in soy milk and it is absolutely scrumptious and heavenly.

crab flavored tofu used to be better during it's earlier debut days in richmond.

rice cake was bland. no flavor, not enough seasoning.

spring rolls were very tasty and well seasoned.

the peanut sauce glass noodle dish was also bland despite the freshness of the ingredients.

xiao long bao was a disappointment. there were no soup consomme in the dumplings, which is what gives the dish its name in the first place. the dumplings were just dry inside - shriveled up poor little things.

overall, i'd eat here as a daily eatery, but to compare this place in terms of taste or mastery of chinese cuisine, it's not the best or one of the best in vancouver. however, when it comes to chinese food, there are only a few places i would consider top and also reasonably priced. however, having said that, this place's value is very strong. you get many choices, well cooked meals at good prices and portions. plus it's a very clean, modern and well serviced restaurant.

when dinesty first opened in richmond, i was one of their earliest patrons (gone there on their first day!) and their food had more taste.

now it's going towards the bland side, but on a positive note - at least that to me is healthy. it never hurts to eat less salt and seasoning but some dishes do require such so i will leave this part to the individual eaters.

my final taste and value verdict is this. it's a place that is solidly flavored in some dishes, fresh in most dishes, light on the salt in most dishes and well valued in all dishes.

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Tibisti Foods & Grill6990 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Great little Lebenese buffet gem.
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (54 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

First time came here today for their lunch buffet.

This was also the first time i've encountered a middle eastern style buffet.

I was not disappointed with the cooking, but i did hope for just a bit more choice.

the buffet was 11.95 pp for lunch which is a very fair price. i have to say the owner, kerry, was just a sweet and very hospitable owner who made me feel super cozy and welcomed.

dishes that were available included chicken sharwma, lamb mirygu (i don't remember the exact spelling) - which looked to be a kind of lamb sausage with some very tasty spices involved.

greek style lemon potatoes, spiced fragrant Lebanon rice.

you put some of that delicious lamb mirgyu sauce on your rice and that in itself could have been considered a meal.

the appies included homemade hummus, garlic sauce, tzaziki, lebanon salad, greek salad and pita bread.

there were no desserts at the buffet table but kerry did bring me a complimentary Lebanon style dessert tart made of pistachio, rose water and it was absolutely scrumptious. it was made by his wife, which i could feel he adores of her very much. a lovely couple!

for what this place lacked in choice, it more than made up for it in quality of ingredients, cooking mastery and service. but sometimes, a buffet is also about choice so this was the only downside for me. the choices were just a bit too minimal.

i would pay an extra $4-5 on top of the 11.95 for the lunch buffet if kerry would just bring out another extra dish or 2. i'm hungry to try out his other cooking recipes!

come here, give them a try, it's well worth your time.

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Poor Italian Trattoria & Ristorante3296 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Too pricey for the quality of food
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

Our party of 4 had lunch here last week. The inside of the restaurant is very nice. It has a cozy feel to it with its warm paint color, paintings and décor. The service was very basic. There was no effort made by the waitress to engage us in any conversation. I’m not sure whether it’s because there was just 1 man at the table and she felt that she didn’t have to extend herself. In any case it did not make us feel especially welcome.
Between the 4 of us we ordered 4 pasta dishes – pasta with Italian sausage, tagliatelle with duck and forest mushrooms, lasagna and penne arrabiata. My pasta dish the tagliatelle with duck and mushrooms was very disappointing. Since we were with a group I did not want to say anything so I just left the majority of the meal on my plate. What a waste considering the dish was $20.00. The waitress did not ask if there was a problem with my meal. In fact there was no quality check at all. Lunch was served with a very nice baguette. The baguette was in fact the best part of the meal. Most of the pasta dishes at lunch are from $l6.00 to $20.00. For the quality, ambiance and service I feel it was overpriced.
I would definitely not return. Vancouver has too many really good Italian restaurants that offer better food and service at more reasonable prices.

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Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant2149 Commercial Street, Vancouver
A fun and delicious birthday dinner
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2015 - 1:55pm [Dine in]

We booked a table for 5 for a birthday dinner at Harambe on Sunday evening. Commercial can be a challenge for parking at night in the pouring rain but we managed to squeeze into a vacant slot close to the restaurant.

We've eaten at a couple of other Ethiopian restaurants in the city before but not the Harambe and one of our party said it was her favorite so we took the recommendation.The Harambe is nicely decorated in African themes with not too loud background music. There were only a handful of people in the restaurant so service was good.

A couple of our table mates had never had Ethiopian food before so the lack of cutlery and the large Chef's combo platter we shared were quite a novelty for them. Everything was delicious and authentic from the various wots to the teff injera bread. There was plenty to eat with leftovers for one of our mates to take home.

We also enjoyed a decanter of their tej honey wine which was a sweet treat to toast our birthday boy with. And the bill for 5 with the wine and a generous tip was only $110.......excellent value. Highly recommended.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Setting good, noise terrible
By Rosser of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

In my honest opinion, this place felt like a high class cafeteria. I know that's like saying a good American car but boy is it loud in there. Everything echoes. Food is ok, like every else you get the "free range" chicken and confit and such... nothing special. I would suggest other places like Bishops.

Save your money and time, not saying this place is terrible but was a major disappointment for my mom on mothers day...

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Chipotle Mexican Grill818 Howe Street, Vancouver
Great but at a major PRICE
By Rosser of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

The food is good, wish I could order here often but my bank account and intelligence won't let me... I am trying really hard to understand why it costs so much. I know the ingredients are far better than anywhere else but I still can't justify it. I guess now we know why they have it in that specific location...

I suggest Topanga on West 4th sometime.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Not sure what the noodles are made out of.
By Rosser of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

I believe this is very rich soup, the noodles... do they use enriched wheat flour, canola oil and or other poor ingredients? I know I know... it's cheap but still. After doing research on ramen, not sure if I can go back...

Staff are nice, like the greetings they give :)

Portions are good.

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Burgoo2272 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Nice cozy place
By Rosser of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

Love their soups, seem to be good quality all around.

The appetizers are disappointing, they're good but wayyyy overpriced! Soups are decently priced but seems like they maybe using smaller bowls?? Not sure, sandwiches are nice and their other entrees are good too. Very cozy place and have been a regular customer for a couple years now. I just don't order their appetizers.

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Aphrodite's Organic Delights Cafe3598 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Great quality food! FINALLY
By Rosser of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

This place... I have no regrets eating here, The ingredients they use is finally what I have been looking for in a lunch and dessert shop. I am very happy this place exists and hope they expand to other locations as well.

Pies are fantastic! They use real ingredients, but if you're the type of person that thinks Safeway has great quality pies then you won't understand nor appreciate the taste and workmanship into these pies.

Only issue I had was our server (her name is June) was very slow and didn't seem to care much except for her red lips ad fingernails. Other than that the rest of the staff were very nice!

I highly recommend this place!

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Megabite Pizza1112 Davie Street, Vancouver
For the drunks
By Rosser of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

This pizza is good if you think Pizza Hut and Dominos have superb quality pizzas. I guess if you're drunk anything is good, especially grease on top of enriched wheat flour they use...

Not much different than the other poor North American quality pizzas we were used to in the 80's and 90's.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
This is a very Mediocre place
By Rosser of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 3:36pm [Take-out]

I ordered take out a couple times and also dined in 3 times past 5 years or so. Doesn't seem to have changed much, food is ok and the price is good. But then again a Mustang is cheap compared to a Porsche for a reason... not sure how good the quality of meats are or if the vegetables are ridden with pesticides from USA.

Service can be decent to poor. Side dips are outrageously overpriced, yes you have to pay for them. Greek salad sides are also too expensive for the poor vegetables and don't ask for a side greek salad with out the rice with your meal... they charge more... silly.

WASHROOMS ARE TERRIBLE, like a third world country.

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Gigi's Pizza & Spaghetti House189 West Broadway, Vancouver
Worst pizza ever
By Com the Greek of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 11:19am [Delivery]

I will never order Pizza from this establishment again.Spent 55.dollars Friday night on 2 pizza's and a salad,I received two cold pizza's and one that was basically cooked on top and uncooked underneath.Called to basically complain and 45 minutes later a replacement arrives that was cold and and just as un cooked.I had to start my oven to finish cooking the pizza.I will never again buy pizza from this joke of a restaurant and I advise people to stay away,the food is gross.w.Dinner ruined !!

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Sandy La Chinese Restaurant5257 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Inconsistant taste. Cheap eats.
By dineheredinethere of Burnaby B.C (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 11:09am [Dine in]

Great value but the meat can be salty. The beef i tried the 2nd time was probably the last. Too salty.
Chicken was good. The fried noodle was ok.

The fried rice was too dry. Last time they did a better job.

Big dishes and good price. The place has ok service.

I would come back for select dishes. I have been to other chinese restaurants with the same price but consistant taste and a bit better quality.

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Kalvin's Restaurant5225 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Only serves to repeat customers.
By dineheredinethere of Burnaby B.C (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 10:59am [Dine in]

We left another restaurant so we didn't have to wait so long. We decided to try this place. We waited here for less than 6 minutes and they told us the table will be available shortly. Sure, it was, to a customer that they recognize who just walked right in and took our table.
We asked the boss why they got the table without reservations and they answered something different.

WE WALKED OUT AND LEFT.

Keep your old customers.

You won't get any new ones.

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Chutney Villa Fine South Indian Cuisine147 East Broadway, Vancouver
A solid indian restaurant that is a little different.
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (54 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2015 - 3:22am [Dine in]

I came here with my girlfriend for my birthday dinner and we dined on their Vancouver Dine out set menu.

It was a first time for me ever to have southern style indian cuisine and, being a lover of indian food, i was quite pleasantly surprised and enjoyed my meal immensely. the taste was very good, less buttery and oily but a little more salty than northern indian cuisine.

I do not remember the exact names for the dishes, but we both basically had a dosa and fish hash of some sort for appy. for mains we had the fish curry and vegetable curry. for dessert, it was a mango ice cream and sweet rice.

my only complaint are the portions and pricing.

this place, for what it makes, is on the pricier end even though i felt the restaurant should not have commanded such high pricing due to it's projected customer base.

at $18-25 a dish in its main menu, that is near 2.5 to 3 star pricing and on par with some of the higher end restaurants in downtown and we were just sitting on main and broadway intersection.

i've eaten indian food that is half that price with double the portions and executed with the same skill and taste.

of course, that was if we didn't dine on the set menu and good thing was, the only thing available was the set menu.

the set menu was 18.00 pp. we also ordered a glass of wine and side roti and this brought our total to just over 50.00.

we came with a half full stomach and left full, but if we came with an empty stomach, we would have left half hungry still and 50.00 short.

i just feel, in conclusion, but what this restaurant is trying to be, it needs to keep in perspective it's pricing potential and structure.

i would return again, not because i find them too pricey, but because southern indian cuisine is not too common in vancouver - hence maybe why they can charge a higher price.

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