A diverse native Vietnamese cookery with characteristic French savoir-faire. Vina has been serving superb fine dining experiences for Vancouverites for more than two decades.
We have been going here for years. For birthdays, anniversaries and for no other reason than to just go out. The dinners are always fantastic and very consistent in taste each time you go there. Many restaurants tend to have their dishes taste differently depending on the chef but not here - very consistent.
The service is always very quick and from the host/hostess to the server everyone is always friendly and smiling. I especially like how sometimes there is a pianist playing the piano (very romantic), especially since the lights are fairly dimmed for a nice setting (but not too dark).
We have never been disappointed and I always take out of town guests there and all are always pleased.
I live a few blocks away and love pho so I thought I'd try this place. Ordered pho tai and was surprised when they said they didn't have any basil, they brought the pho and it was the worst pho I've had I guess they have better other food. But how can a Vietnamese place mess pho up?!?
I've been a regular customer of this place for over 10 years now and each time I have never left feeling unhappy.
Food: Food has always been consistent in quality and taste. Whenever our family dines here, we always order three things: calamari, spring rolls, beef pho. Both the calamari and spring rolls are crispy and taste great when dipped in the sauce. The beef pho soup is tasty and hot so that we are able to cook our raw beef in it. The noodles are light and compliment the heavy taste of the broth. We have tried other items as well such as chicken/pork brochette, chicken salad rolls, deep fried banana with ice cream which all receive high marks from me.
Service: While they've had several different servers over the years, all of them were/are professional and courteous when serving my family. Even when they made mistakes such as bringing us the wrong food, they have always handled it professionally. Also, when one of my family members spilled their drink one time, they reacted quickly and got towels and made sure everything was ok.
Value: It's a bit expensive but for great food, it's worth it.
Ambiance: I've never really liked the look of the place but it feels cozy whenever I sit there. There's nothing special about the decor when eating there at lunch, but at night, the dimmed lights along with the piano definitely invokes a warm feeling.
Overall: I go for the great food. Their food has never let me down once and until it does, I will keep returning for more.
We've been coming to this place for year but always with a $10-12 discount. The service is "ok", the waiter we had tonight didn't wait for our olders, didn't provide what we asked, brought the bill before we had finished. My wife commented they act as if there is a line up but there's plenty of tables. They ignored my 5 year old trying to get their attention to ask something - maybe it's a culture thing... The food is ok, we always have the combo plates but they seem smaller than before. Price at $20 doesn't seem to be a great value but if you aren't price sensitive and can tolerate acceptable food at this price, you might be happy with the piano experience. Ours was great. No reservations were required.
My buddy and me were driving around looking for somewhere to eat and we thought, why not "Lets get some Vietnamese food." As we browsed through the menu, we finally decided on the Beef Fondue and the Calamari. The Beef Fondue was priced at $55 and it was supposedly to be for 2 people. But when it finally came, to our surprise, it looks as if the dish was for a couple that walked in for a light meal.
The amount of beef on the plate was mingy, for $55. It was a combo that came with a side of lettuce, cucumbers, peppers, rice paper, rice vermicelli, tamarind and lemon grass broth. The cucumbers were yellowish going bad. The server actually forgot our bowl of vermicelli and rice paper. On the plus side, the broth was good, but everything else about the dish and the service was a disappoint. I know for sure, I would never return again.
... but not for the food!
So I'm known to be a pho-addict and Southeast Asian cuisine lover. My family cooks a lot of the stuff at home and with my own experiences in Asia, I can substantially judge that this place is no good.
My partner wanted pho and suggested here because he lives in the area. I walked in there and realized it was a REALLY nice setting. Then the menu kind of threw me off, $8.95 for a large pho bo? Wow! Well maybe the live piano performance was worth it... I wasn't expecting anything like this but it definitely made the atmosphere really romantic and my boyfriend seemed to enjoy having Vietnamese food not in a seedy restaurant where someone is going to come in and knife people. (Okay that was a joke)
We had a chicken salad roll - nothing spectacular. The pho came and the noodles were all in CLUMPS. I was really, really not impressed. Overall, sub-par food, over-priced menu. If you want the real deal, seek elsewhere. But if you're looking for a comfortable and romantic environment to eat Vietnamese cuisine, this is your place.
I been coming here since I was 1.
Go and eat the following and you be in heaven
1- Rolls Dip
4-Lamb ( i know but trust me)
5-Lobster ( get off your wallet and you will not be sorry,, drunken with garlic and unreal)
Albert is the best Maitre D' / waiter in the business
Alex and the rest of the crew are great.
Love it here