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Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
Al Porto Ristorante321 Water Street, Vancouver
Pleasantly Surprised
By KeyWester of West End, Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2014 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

Did lunch on a Groupon. We really weren't expecting much based upon some of the previous reviews and the location, being situated in touristy Gastown. The antipasto for two was excellent and included quality prosciutto, three large prawns, provolone, salami, tomatoes, arugula, and some pickled veggies. Mains consisted of a good sized Atlantic lobster (which the kitchen had kindly split in half and cracked open the claws) with a side of al dente pasta which was substituted for risotto by request at no additional cost, and a delicious grilled scallop and prawn combo. Both dishes were accompanied by perfectly cooked green beans, squash and beets. Service was extremely pleasant and professional. Only complaint was that the chocolate ganache tort for dessert was rather tasteless. Will definitely be back.

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Craft Beer Market85 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
tons of beers
By Jamie Franky of Vancouver & Sussex (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

i had a good time all in all and just wanted to post that. if you are looking for a good draught selection and a fun patio do it up. our server was very busy but she was all smiles ta the table. we got a few appies and they were decent, no complaints.

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Butler Did It Catering Co., The620 Clarke Drive, Vancouver
Facility Catering
By AlexisKC of Vancouver (Cambie) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2014 - 2:06pm [Catering]

Our office recently hosted a corporate event for 200+ and I was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and efficiency shown by everyone at Butler, starting from the initial planning stages through various iterations of the menu and adjustments of supplies - our planner was endlessly patient and quick to accommodate every step as our needs evolved.

On the night of the event, the set-up of the bars and serving tables was accomplished attractively and tastefully; the service staff were attentive without being oppressive; platters were replenished speedily and always looked appetizing; staff circulated constantly to keep stock full and to clear away leavings. Everything ran smoothly and easily, even when our elevator stopped working and the servers had to resort to using stairs to go between floors! Make your event easier to plan by calling Butler.

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El Caracol5190 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Very good experience
By Norman of Vancouver East (79 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 25, 2014 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

This is just a hole in the wall at the corner of Victoria and 36th, but that doesn't affect the food. I was very pleased with my meal, everything was fast and fresh and very tasty. I might ask for the recipe for the salsa. I have certainly had some disappointing Mexican food experiences in Vancouver at much higher prices. I had good authentic food here at a very good price.

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Stepho's Greek Taverna1124 Davie St, Vancouver
Left a bad taste in my mouth.
By I know good food of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 2:16am [Dine in]

Well I'm never going back there TERRIBLE SERVICE! INCOMPETENT WAITRESS!(who was absent for most of our meal) , FOOD was OK BUT NOT WORTH WAITING OVER AN HOUR FOR !
It wasn't as bad at first but as time went on the service went downhill . The waitress messed up our order and missed 2 items we asked for. Entree was burnt and over salted. I was never asked if I wanted another glass of wine. The manager was not in charge, he had no control over his staff. This was the worst way to kick start a weekend! I give it a F for failure.

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Takis Taverna1106 Davie Street, Vancouver
No Line-ups Here
By dinnerguests of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

We wanted to go to a place without huge line-ups. This was the place.
We ordered the Calamari entree with rice, potatoes, salad, and cooked vegetables. We were surprised that the food looked and tasted like it had been around for days. The calamari had unrecognizable tenderness with a slight bitterness that we all tasted. The potato wedges were shrunken, flexible, and dry around the edges. The carrots were brown where the scraping was not fully complete. The texture of the green beans appeared canned. The salad was warm. We will seek fresher food at a different place next time.

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India Gate616 Robson St, Vancouver
DO NOT ENTER..No Flavour and
By Indiancrave of Vancouver (Clark Drive) (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

Came for a stopover from cruise ..and thought Vancouver had "authentic" Indian meals...I'm gonna just stop and say please stay away from these money hungry owners.no respect..felt we were looked down on..CHEF is not authentic or trained and I will bet on it..one older turban guy came to tell corny jokes...give it a rest and focus on good service.NASTY!..hope Indian food in Vancouver is better than this un aromatic Indian cuisine...

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Federico's Supper Club1728 Commerical, Vancouver
Nearly Neil was great!
By danic of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

Excellent food, service and entertainment. A great time had by all. The service was excellent and our server had a great sense of humor. We started with some thin crust pizzas that had a perfect crust and so flavourful. The rest of our appies and entrees were very good as well and then for dessert... Cannoli! To die for. Nearly Neil put on a great performance for the full house and we had a fun time on the dance floor. Can't wait to see more shows here- it is a great venue!

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Mexicali4424 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Cheap and quick
By autwrn of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 5:41pm [Dine in]

Mexicali is a fast food Mexican restaurant, so it offers what you would expect from such a place: affordable prices, basic yet quick service (no waiters), and a simple ambiance. The crowd is usually a mix of young people and families, which can be a bit noisy. I ordered a regular quesadilla, chips with salsa, and a slushy mexican limonada as a drink. It was all good, especially for the prices I paid (almost everything on the menu is less than $10). The quesadilla was awesome, especially with the sour cream and the slushy Mexican Limonada was very refreshing for the day.

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Cafe de l'Orangerie1320 West 73rd Avenue, Vancouver
What Happened??
By Silent Typewriter of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 11, 2014 - 2:32pm [Take-out]

Been here two previous times and both times, I was super impressed which is why I was so surprised by what I received today when I ordered take out.

FOOD:
As with the two previous times, I ordered the Masago de Creamy Spaghetti but this time, it was so different from what I had before. First thing I noticed was that they no longer used the squid rings for the dish. Instead, they use only the bottom part of the squid (the legs) for the dish. Next, I noticed that the sauce was more watery than creamy. In fact, it was so watery that it couldn't coat the pasta at all. When I spooned some onto the pasta, it would just run all the way back down to the bottom of the container. Another thing I noticed with my order today was that it was super salty. Now, I like to eat fairly salty but even this was too salty for me. I had to keep drinking water to help abate the thirst.

SERVICE:
It was prompt. I came in, told them I ordered take out and they gave me my bill. I paid and they gave me the food and I was on my way.

VALUE:
Now, as I recall, even when I ordered the Masago de Creamy Spaghetti as take-out on a previous occasion, it came with a side salad. This time, there was no side salad but the price was still the same. So really, they upped the price by cutting back what they give you.

Quite a disappointment today, especially since they seem to consistently get good reviews right now. Hopefully, it was just an off day. If not, I hope they'd improve so I can return again in the future.

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Akira Sushi1069 Denman Street, Vancouver
Service needs to improve!
By autwrn of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 8:44am [Dine in]

There are some reviews that reiterate the poor service of this place but I thought that since they were dated, this would not be the case. Akira is in Denman, where there are tons of other restaurants that can give them a run for their money. If they don’t want to lose clientele, they need to up their game!

Other than that, there are really no other reasons why not to come back. For one, prices are affordable. While the sushi lacked taste, the black rice didn’t disappoint! I would have given it a higher rating had it not been for the service. While the service is usually fast, the waitresses can be unfriendly, to put it nicely.

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Dockside Restaurant1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Nice View, Great Patio
By Triedit of Metro Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 7:23am [Dine in]

I have had lunch (3x) and dinner once here. The lunches were all very good, delicious seafood appetizers had us dining on a series of just appetizers the first two times. The third time we had burgers and they were just the way I like them, juicy, fresh toppings with decent fries. Recently we dropped by for dinner and almost left after looking at the menu, we were out for a casual meal, not expensive dining ( the lounge was closed which it seems to be every time I have been there), but the menu was very expensive and none of my favourites were on it.

Turns out you can order from the lunch/lounge menu although we had to be leaving to get that offered. We ended up having burgers because none of the usual delicious appetizers remain on the menu. Once again the burgers were just right so we enjoyed them. The caeser side salad I had was drowning in dressing, tasty but it made it too soggy and all I could taste was dressing.

The lovely patio was full and had a very long wait so we were seated inside which was about 3/4 empty. Service was good. Overall, it was okay but expensive restaurants need to always be on top of the food quality including the salads.

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