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Zeitoon1795 Pendrell Street, Vancouver
The quality is great-one of the best Persian restaurants in town
By Sam2014 of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

The food quality is fantastic in this restaurant. The environment also is cozy and nice looking. the staffs are friendly and polite. I have been here several times and I want to go back again and again and again. If you like persian food, this is the place you should go.

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White Spot1476 Kingsway, Vancouver
A wrinkle in time
By jsmoore of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

For anyone that has lived in BC, White Spot is a classic. I, like most people, have fond memories of it from my childhood, as it was THE family restaurant. Which kid did not want a Pirate Pack? Anyways, back to the point, I hadn't been to a White Spot location for a while so I decided to revisit their Kingsway location.

I had the mediterranean chicken burger and it was alright, nothing WOW. Looking back, I should’ve ordered the legendary with its triple O or something! I don’t know if I was expecting too much but even their fries were a bit damp...The service was a little slow but I’ll give it to them this time because it was sort of packed when I was there. I'll have to come again to see if their food has worsened or not.

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BBT Cafe5979 West Boulevard, Vancouver
Go for the tea
By dianalee of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 8, 2014 - 9:09am [Dine in]

Good place for bubble tea, although it gets crazy packed sometimes! Especially during lunch time...I usually just go to BBT for a quick snack (I’m crazy about their spicy dumplings), but the service is always a disappointment. It is usually a struggle to get the staff to acknowledge you, and then, once they do, to get your order placed. As for the way they treat you, geez, its usually borderline rude. I keep going back though for their bubble tea. The passion fruit is delicious (and strong!), and the Taro is a classic. The teas are pretty sweet, especially the passion fruit, but one of the best in Vancouver.

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Wallflower, The2420 Main Street, Vancouver
Cool and hip
By eileenf of Olympia, Washington (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 7:36am [Dine in]

The Wallflower is quite a unique restaurant because it has such an artsy, hip look. The little details make the place fun (coffee is served in random mugs). They also play very good music (it is LOUD, but to be expected from the dark look of the restaurant). As for the food, it is a delight. The pesto chicken wrap with fries was absolutely tasty and not greasy. The spinach salad was also highly enjoyable; it came with yummy goat cheese and tofu.

I am not vegan but it was a nice surprise to see so many vegan dishes on the menu, so if you are vegan, this is definitely the place to come to. One thing you should take a note of is that they only accept cash or credit, not debit. Kind of weird.

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Kobe Japanese Steak House1042 Alberni Street, Vancouver
We had a great time!
By amelia.s of WhiteRock, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure what's up with the reviews, but we had a great time at Kobe. There was a ton of food, it was fresh and delicious and the show was killer. Yes, it is a bit on the pricey side, but so are all the restaurants surrounding Kobe. Definitely a special occasion place, but the show makes it entirely worth while.

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Blarney Stone216 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Don't go for the food
By louie of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 11:07am [Dine in]

I’ve got to admit I was having my doubts about this place before coming here. When you have in mind ‘dinner’, the last place you want to go to is a pub. But because I was with my boyfriend and his friends, I had no other choice but to tag along.

The pub is truly Irish – as soon as you walk in, you’ll see Irish signs everywhere (Guinness, etc.). The number of 20-something year old's was overwhelming, and made me feel old. The food, as I was expecting it to be, was so-so. I had yam fries and blarney burger. The burger seemed sloppily put together and lacked taste. Had it not been for the shepherd's pie I would have deducted another star.

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Cactus Club Cafe1530 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Frequent Visits
By Triedit of Metro Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:15am [Dine in]

The food is reliable which one expects with chain restaurants. The service has always been quite good at this location and I enjoy dropping in for lunch from time to time. I enjoy the dry ribs, short rib sandwich, burgers and salads. The Fawlty Tower martini is an occasional treat to enjoy.

I will suggest reviewing the bill carefully as I failed to do so last visit and ended paying what I believe was quite a bit more for what I had. I didn't really even look at it until the credit card bill arrived and wondered how The dry ribs appetizer ($10.75) with add on Caesar salad mini (not on menu but usually charged ($4.00) and one regular Fawlty Tower Martini ($9.00) plus tax and tip ended up being over $41.00. My best guess is I was charged for something I did not have or maybe charged for the full sized salad meal which I did not have. Altogether for an appetizer, mini appetizer salad and one martini that is expensive.

Overall though it is a decent place to eat, just double check your bill when it arrives. I usually do but was careless that day and paid for it.

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Kintaro Ramen788 Denman Street, Vancouver
There's no other place for Ramen than Kintaro
By kudagawa of Vancouver, BC (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

Kintaro Ramen gives you the perfect combination of good food at a good price. It is the place I go to devotedly if I want ramen. The shio ramen is unparalleled - it comes with green onions, bean sprouts and BBQ pork. The place is kind of crowded and many times you have to share table with others, but I don't mind. A lot of people complain that it gets too hot inside but its like they say, you get what you pay for!

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Afghan Horsemen Restaurant, The1833 Anderson Street, #202, Vancouver
Could have been better
By dneel of Tulsa, Oklahoma (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 2:28pm [Dine in]

While this place is highly rated as one of the best for Afghan food in Vancouver, I would have to disagree. I have been to other Afghan restaurants and they did not taste like a mediterranean/Greek spin off! This cannot be the best that there is in Vancouver.

Don't get me wrong; some of their plates, like the lamb shoulder, were good but, it just didn't taste Afghan. And for the prices being charged, I think I deserved better. I mean, some of the food seemed to be prepared haphazardly: the rice was a little hard and seemed to be undercooked.

I don't mean to be entirely negative, as there were some good things about this restaurant as well (service, environment) but for me, the food was a deal breaker.

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Adesso Bistro1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
Mixed feelings about this place
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

This is definitely a place I can only afford to go to on special occasions. What first impacts you about this restaurant is its ambience. There is an outdoor patio that is lovely and quite romantic. Make sure you have a reservation before coming here because it does get rather busy sometimes, especially for dinner.

Onto the food now…I played it safe and ordered nothing out of the extraordinary. The food was not exceptional; I found the gnocchi to be a little lackluster in taste. The wine list is pretty extensive and if you are not a wine expert like myself, it can be a little overwhelming! The waiter helped me out though. I really liked dessert; I had the cioccolato and it was fabulous. I have a bit of a sweet tooth so I am a little biased in that sense, but even my boyfriend, who isn’t, liked it.

So I'm having mixed feelings about this place. The food never makes me go "wow", especially for its price, but the ambience + dessert + drinks make up for it.

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Amato Gelato Cafe78 East 1st Ave, Vancouver
Good gelato but long wait
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:36am [Dine in]

There's nothing like some good old gelato when its summer. This place has an amazing amount of gelato to chose from: over 70 flavours last time I asked! I always go for an unexpected and crazy flavor, like hedgehog or green tea. While the staff is normally friendly and courteous, the huge line and wait is always a bummer.

Besides that, I wish they would update their whole payment process. They don't take credit cards which can be a pain, as I usually don't carry cash with me. Prices are not cheap, so why make it more difficult to pay?

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant3888 Main Street, Vancouver
Reservations Should be Honored
By dinnerguests of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2014 - 1:40pm [Dine in]

We just had dim sum with the family at this very consistent restaurant.
The food is always consistent; new items are regularly on the menu. The servers are professional.

What we do not expect to pay for, and what is not on the menu is poor treatment by the hostess. This is also a consistent aspect. We checked-in for our reservation with the hostess who was rude from the start: no eye contact, hollering tone of voice, no smile, and no communication to say that our table is or is not ready. While we waited with uncertainty, we noticed several other groups with the same party numbers--no reservations or later reservations, were seated ahead of us because they knew the various managers in black suits. We could understand the interchange among these people.

Suggestions to the owner: send your hostesses for WorldHost training, be fair to all customer reservations--honour their time.

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Amazing food...!
By rajesh kumar of Vancouver (east) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

Some of the best Indian food I've ever had!! All of the dishes were very flavorful and fresh. The service was very attentive and they make you feel like your right at home. This is my new favorite Indian restaurant.Absolutely wonderful. I have always enjoyed Indian food, the kheer variety and the fixed price made it so I could try far more dishes than I normally would. I would recommend this to anyone seeking excellent food for a great price

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Handi4432 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Great every time!
By autwrn of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2014 - 3:39pm [Take-out]

I usually order take out from Handi, I think I ate here once only? But I vaguely remember, so I can't really opine on that aspect. As far as the take-out goes, its been great so far. My order always comes relatively fast and most important of all, it comes hot!

The curry sauces are really delicious and tasty. I usually get the lamb curry (or something of lamb) or the palak paneer, and accompany it with some Indian rice. The take-out portions are quite generous and can easily fill one up. I usually end up with leftovers when I order from them but I just re-heat the food the next day and its all good.

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Kobe Japanese Steak House1042 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Disappointing experience
By dneel of Tulsa, Oklahoma (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 9:02am [Dine in]

Based on the positive reviews I found here, I went to Kobe for some good food. But what a bad dining experience it was. We had made a dinner reservation for 7 pm, but when we arrived, we had to wait for another thirty minutes or so to get seated. Really? Then what was the whole purpose of making a reservation?

The food is overly priced here. And even bland. The hibachi steak I ordered lacked seasoning and was quite bland. I know that in restaurants like these (Benihana, etc) we also pay for the show that is put on by the chefs, but this was simply missing from our chef. Our chef did not put on much of a show and was extremely sloppy. I don't know if it was because he was tired or something, but given that each one of us paid $70+ for our food, it was disappointing.

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Akbar's Own Indian Restaurant1905 West Broadway, Vancouver
Delicious Indian food
By hbing of Savannah, Georgia (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:51am [Dine in]

We had an unexpected dinner at this restaurant when a friend and I were strolling around downtown. We did not have a reservation so we had to wait a little to get seated, which only made us hungrier as we could smell the food. While we waited for our seats, the waiter suggested we order some drinks and so we went for it.

When we finally got our table, we ordered some calamari and a mixed platter for appetizers. The food was delicious. The shahi paneer was extremely good; the sauce had that thick, creamy characteristic, orangey look that it is supposed to have. As for my friend, she had beef saag. The food was brought promptly and hot, an important detail for any food to taste good. Half the taste goes away if you bring the food cold! Would come back for Indian food if I lived here.

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Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant703 Denman Street, Vancouver
Arrivaderci Ciao Bella
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:53am [Dine in]

Wow! Last night was so bad compared to our previous experiences that we will not return. They did not have parking in the back as the lot was filled with cars from bicycle rental shop in the same strip mall. The manager – Oriental fellow basically said too bad there is nothing they can do about it. Oh well. Our server – a lovely blonde girl was very good. She was very pleasant the best part of what was a very disappointing evening.
Our waitress explained that in addition to the regular menu and the 3 course special for $28.95 they also had a roast beef special for $18.95 that included lobster bisque or salad and came with Yorkshire pudding and vegetables. I decided to go with the roast beef special and my husband decided to go with the 3 course meal. I told them that I wanted the roast beef rare. They said it might be more than rare but it would be no more than medium rare. I started off with the lobster bisque. It was a bit watery, not the greatest soup but for the price it was acceptable. My husband said his salad was very good. It was a good size and the greens were very fresh. For his entree my husband had the chicken breast with pancetta and penne pasta. He said it was okay, nothing special. My roast beef was not good at all. It had a funny texture to it and I did not enjoy it at all. When our lovely waitress asked how our meals were I told her that my dinner was not very good. She was very gracious, she apologized and asked if I would like to order something else. I replied that I would and she said she would bring me the menu again. The next thing I know the manager or whoever he is was standing by the table. He said that they had told me the beef might not be rare (that was only part of the issue – the main point was that the roast beef was probably one of the worst roast beef dinners that I’ve had). He refused to take the dish back to the kitchen. My husband said that he would change plates with me and offered me his chicken and he took the roast beef. The chicken was also very poorly prepared. My husband said that 1 of the pieces of roast beef was very well done. Dessert was a cheesecake that looked and tasted like it came from a supermarket. Through all this our waitress was so pleasant. I think she was very embarrassed by the way her co-worker had handled the whole situation.
We have gone to Ciao Bella on numerous occasions over the past few years and suggested it to friends as a place for dinner but after last night we will definitely not be going back. The gentleman who was there definitely needs to take some courses on good customer relations. You’ve lost clientele that frequented your restaurant on a regular basis. All this could be resolved by handling the situation the way that our waitress would have handled it. If you want crappy food that they will not allow you to return or compensate you for in any way then you should dine here. The manager will also treat you like you are dirt under his feet. There are too many really good Italian restaurants in Vancouver to be treated with such disrespect to eat crappy food.

The only reason for the 3 on Service is because of our waitress. If I was rating based on the manager I would give it a 1. I split the difference. I would have given her a 4 for service

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Cafe Gloucester3338 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Best in Class
By teri604 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 10:09pm [Dine in]

This is probably the best Hong Kong Style Cafe in Vancouver in terms of food quality, variety, taste and value. Must try are: Hainan chicken, dried pork chop and beef brisket. Everything is tasty, you can't go wrong. Be sure to make reservations, line up could be long during peak meal times.

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Mui Garden Restaurant5797 Victoria Dr., Vancouver
Curry still okay
By teri604 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 9:04pm [Dine in]

Food quality and service have gone downhill. Curry (Malaysian style) is the only thing that is still good. We had the 8-person dinner set last night which we regretted ordering due to limited choice of dishes and its portion - not enough for eight. Their claim to fame Hainan Chicken was blend and unappealing. Service was slow and sporadic, I don't recommend this place.

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Gigi's Pizza & Spaghetti House189 West Broadway, Vancouver
Bland!
By Prettyeasygoing of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 11:53pm [Delivery]

I definitely would never eat there again. Bland , and over priced for what you get....I ordered cheese bread, it was just bland mozza on a hot dog bun, dry ribs had no seasoning, and super dry because they were over cooked and it was 7$ for a hot dog bun with not even any flavor? Rip off....Pizza was par at best.... Ended up throwing most of the order out.

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