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Five Guys Burgers & Fries728 Main Street, #510, West Vancouver
Maybe once?
By imprimatur of Lower Mainland (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 19, 2010 - 2:50am [Dine in]

Food: Well-cooked burger. Complimentary (and delicious) roasted peanuts. All fresh cooked. That said, this place is little better than Harvey's in terms of quality - the cheeseburger cost over a dollar more than the hamburger, and got me a piece of American processed rubber, half-melted. Nothing about the burger was "wow-worthy." The fries were nice but had been fried in oil at the wrong temperature and were greasy and had an odd texture as a result.

Service: Very nice staff. Polite, attentive, and fast. Easily this place's best feature. The place was also kept nicely clean.

Value: $15 for a burger and fries. While the "large fries" were very generous - we were given not only two large boxes (think McD's super-sized), but the bottom third of the bag was also filled with fries - this doesn't make up for the cost of everything.

Ambiance: It looks like they hollowed out the back corner of a costco and turned it into some sort of cafeteria. Red plastic married with white laminate tile and harsh industrial lighting. All the walls are covered with vague newspaper article pieces culled from various (mostly Floridian) newspapers singing the chain's praises.

Bottom line: If you're in the area, this place might be worth a single visit for the hell of it, but it's not worth a long drive - you'll get something very nearly the same at half the price at any Harvey's (or even a well-staffed Wendy's on a good day) in the land. This reminded me rather of the burgers at the PNE - a nice experience, but nothing special.

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Presto Cucina1746 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
looking for pizza? look someplace else
By randallstevens24 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 8:24pm [Dine in]

They call their pizza Pizza Rustica. Well, let me tell you there's no rustic quality about their pizza. Every time you see a restaurant that has a brick oven but uses domino/panago style industrial machine out back to cook their pizzas, run away. You know how they say "that some pizzas taste like shoe"? That's presto pizza for you. Maybe a bit of glue, too. They said tell us next time you come about your experience and we're sorry. "Next time you come"?!

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Red Lion Bar & Grill, The2427 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Disappointing First Visit to Dundarave Pub/Restaurant
By trencherman of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 12, 2010 - 12:23am [Dine in]

After a day at Ambleside beach, my wife and I visited this quaint pub/retaurant in the charming upscale village of Dundarave. With its dark wooden panels, neighbourhood ambiance, and bagpipe music emanating from a wedding party at the back, the restaurant promised a pleasant dining experience. Unfortunately, our expectations were disappointed. We ordered fish and chips and calamari at $13 and $10 respectively. The fish and chips consisted of three small light-battered pieces of fish about the size of chicken fingers, while the calamari was cold, bland, and rubbery. I could not help but notice that a diner at a neighbouring table had been served three large pieces of dark-battered fish together with about double the fries as my meagre portion. When I pointed this out to Mario, he unconvincingly responded that the fish is gauged by weight, not size. However, he did graciously offer to reduce the bill without us asking, while the server explained that such anomalies occur when the kitchen is particulary busy. Greater consistency of portions and service is in order to make this a reliable eatery.

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries728 Main Street, #510, West Vancouver
Artery Clogging Goodness
By hannahawilson of Vancouver (Fairview) (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 28, 2010 - 10:51am [Dine in]

The first time I visited Five Guys was in New Jersey near my boyfriend's hometown, so the place will always have a very authentic feel to me. The Park Royal location does justice to my first experience - same no-frills authenticity, same amazing burgers!

If you're a woman (like me) and don't want to be stuffed beyond consciousness, opt for the "mini-burger" - one patty instead of a whopping two! That's much more than enough food (plus fries) for me. I had a bacon cheeseburger and it just melted in my mouth. So greasy-gooey-cheesy delicious! With sauteed mushrooms, onions, and bbq sauce I was in burger heaven! Their fries are worth a mention too - cooked in peanut oil so they have an amazing taste!

This is just the best junk food and a perfect spot to indulge once in a while. Don't go if you're expecting McDonald's prices - you'll pay more but it's worth it!

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries728 Main Street, #510, West Vancouver
Got excited for nothing
By Kujibo of West Vancouver (127 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 27, 2010 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

I was very surprised to suddenly see this place open at Park Royal. I love a good burger so am always excited to see a new place I can try.

Place looks pretty nice, and the plentiful staff was cheerful and helpful. I'd give them higher marks but hey it's still self service, including your own drink.

We ordered their most supreme burger, some kind of double patty cheeseburger deal, and we got a large cajun fries as well. You get to pick from a wide a selection of toppings for free (the cheese is extra). I eagerly awaited its arrival - it must be good for $9 just for the burger alone!

Sadly I was very disappointed. It didn't click with me that the cheese was going to be processed cheese. I just kind of expected real cheese when I am ordering a $9 burger. Duh on me. Overall it wasn't particularly tasty, particularly because of the tasteless cheese. Sure it's fresh and all that, blah blah blah, but for me taste is everything and it was quite frankly a bit tasteless. I have no hankering to ever eat one again. The value here is what is really poor, I give it a 1/5 value.

The fries on the other hand were a good value. The bag is just filled with heaps of fries ... I think they were less than $5. The fries were also good and fresh. The cajun seasoning got quite sickening by the end though given the amount of fries. I think we will skip the cajun going forward and we'll be alright.

Didn't bother ordering a drink as they seemed a bit of a rip for a fast food joint. Never seen a more expensive drink. Again, poor value. If I had my burger, fries, and drink, I would have hit $16 + tax. That's crazy for fast food.

Anyway, I'd only ever order the fries from this place if I was ever to return.

All in all you can get a tastier cheaper burger at a number of full service restaurants so I can't justify every coming back for a burger here.

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All India Restaurant1734 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Best Indian Lunch Buffet!!
By Sidneylee of Burnaby (25 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

I have been going to All Indian Restaurant a few times now and every time is just perfect!! I usually go there for lunch buffet, for the price of $11.95, you can savour over 4 types of curry, tandoori chicken, samosas, and salad! My favourite are the butter chicken and samosas, they are absolutely tasty. There are also lamb curry, and I think some veggie curries as well. My partner doesn't really eat lamb but she found the lamb curry to be very good!! She said it doesn't have that distinctive lamb smell, which is excellent! I didn't try every single item in the buffet, but just having the butter chicken and samosa will make you happy already!

The service there is also excellent!! They didn't have any servers but someone that looked like the "owner" served us. He was very friendly and greeted us promptly at the door. He was fast to bring us water and invite us to enjoy the buffet. Although he was working by himself, he was very efficient! He even took the time to ask us if the food was okay.

Value is excellent for lunch. I have never had dinner there before, but lunch is absolutely outstanding. I mean, ordering indian food at a food court is around $8-$9, this is in a restaurant, all you can eat for $11.95, I would say the value is outstanding!!

Ambiance is also quite nice. I think there is probably an ocean view part on the other side of the restaurant. We have only seated at the front part of the restaurant and the ambiance is pretty and clean! Seating is comfortable.

Overall, I give this restaurant full mark! I'll go back again and again!!

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Daikichi Sushi1739 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Good food, horrible service!!!
By Picky EATER of West van (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 5:38pm [Dine in]

There is great sushi right here in West van, except one problem. the servers attitude. It's horrible. They have good food but they seem to think because it's their place, they can be rude to people. News flash people, keep this bad attitude up and you won't have any customers. I had their California rolls and salmon rolls. They were great. Also try the BC rolls, they are pretty good too. The chef is very skilled and can make up to 3 rolls of sushi in maybe a minute. Very fun to watch too since they have the chef's counter right by the tables.
all and all i recommend the food for take out and even then, watch out for one of the girls. She laughed at me the other day right to my face because she felt like $1.65 (my left over change) wasn't enough tip on a $11 take out order. It's actually unbelievable to witness and to think how careless they are about being polite and courteous to their customers.

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Carmelo's1448 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
If you can't get into il Giardino's....
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 14, 2010 - 10:09pm [Dine in]

We really enjoyed our dinner here. Called same night and got a reso for 7:30 on a Fri night. We were warmly greeted at the door, the place was completely full. The service was professional and charming. The waiter rhymed off a list of specials that sounded so good we ordered one of each. We ordered buffalo caprese appetizer, minestrone, pistachio crusted halibut and roast lamb. Washed it all down with a nice crisp pinot grigio. Everything was expertly prepared, well-timed, nicely presented and tasty. My sweetie said my minestrone is better than, though...sorry guys, must be the extra love.

We recognized a few ex il giardino staff working here and that's a good thing because they brought along their italian restaurant smarts with them but not the prices.

Oh, and it turns out I know the owner from a ages ago. Cool. We'll be back, Peter, you can bet on it!

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries728 Main Street, #510, West Vancouver
The best burgers/value in town, hands down
By nina of New Westminster (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 7, 2010 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

We drive all the way from new west to eat their burgers, they are just amazing! all toppings/ingredients are really nice and fresh (and included!), their fries are incredible, juicy beef patties (they taste home made) and the bread they use is great. I'm not giving them much for ambiance, but is ok, is clean, but is a bit caffeteria style. Great value, great service and great products, what else can you ask for?

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Salmon House2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
Uphill scenary - down hill food
By Vancouver eater of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

While this landmark restaurant cannot be beat for scenary, the experience is far from spectacular.

Our waitor gave us a complementary h'orderve which amounted to a miniscule shrimp with some form of vegetation. Not expecting much here but come on.

The restaurant was far too cool with the air conditioner constantly on.

My Seafood chowder tasted no better than can soup purchased from the supermarket at 5 x the price.

Our entrees (fish) were raw and too salty

It seems each and every time we have dined the the total experience keeps getting worse. Way to pricy for what you receive and the portions are also way to small.

While the location continues to amaze.........the food has gone way down. Dont think we will be back.

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
Great meal with out-of-town guests
By abarratt of North Vancouver District (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 9:50am [Dine in]

I read the past reviews with some trepidation but decided to give The Beach House a try. We wanted a water-view setting to impress our visitors from Dallas and impressed they were. Our server made our experience delightful and, in addition, she was very knowledgeable about the menu items, and we went with many of her suggestions. Each one of us (5 persons) enjoyed our pre-dinner martinis (yum), appetizers and entrees. Compared to other fine dining restaurants in Vancouver, we did not find the prices over-the-top, but quite reasonable. We'll certainly be heading this way again!

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Encore Coffee & Tea281 17th Street, West Vancouver
Favourite Coffee Shop in Vancouver
By biker_jim100 of Dunbar, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 10:43am [Dine in]

I visit this place around 4 times a week for their outstanding coffee using JJ Beans beans. But I also discovered their home made burgers and fries are outstanding. A friend also raves about thier breakfast and the muffins are pretty darn good as well. Sitting outside on a sunny day cant be beat in West Vancouver. I havent been back to Starbucks since.

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
Not a high class restaurant, except for the high prices.
By itsmclovin of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 9:18am [Dine in]

I have eaten here a few times over the years and it just seems to get worse and worse. I will not be going back again. The only redeeming quality is the nice view, which is in stark contrast to what is going on inside the restaurant.

Service- Our waiter looked like a teenager and was ok for the most part, but dissapeared at one point for 30 minutes. He overcharged us on the bill by a large margin and did not give us a copy, we did not even sign for it yet were charged this amount. He left the restaurant for the night before we could dispute it with him. We contacted the restaurant several times afterwards to sort it out and everyone from the hostess, manager, owner, even the "accountant" promised to sort it out then simply hid from us. Extremely unproffesional. They seeme to have the routine down pat.

Food- Usually at least one person at our table will not be able to find something that they like. The menu usually consists of mainly 'exotic' items such as quail egg and veal. The portions are very small and the food is very expensive for the quality.

Ambiance- The view is great, however there are several other restaurants in WV and Vancouver with comparable views. The restaurant is usually quite empty and the clientele are mixed, from seniors to familys with young children. The bar is almost always empty.

Value- As many on this site have pointed out, you are paying for the view. Do not expect to leave full or to feel like you got your money's worth with regards to the menu or atmosphere.

Overall, I would not consider the Beach House a worthwhile dining experience. When compared to other expensive restaurants in town the Beach House falls substantially short. Save your money, go elsewhere with a view, or take a walk on the seawall after dinner.

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
Incredible view, service was great, but that it!
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 10, 2010 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

Went out for DOV. The food was really good. I had the prawn appetizer, as I though there wasn't much to pick from. The pork ribs just fell off the bone. I didn't need a knife, but I thought it was a little bland. Dessert was small, but really good. Overall, I didn't think the food was especially outstanding to want to go back.

Service was pretty outstanding. The waiter was very attentive and he was cleaning the glasses as were sitting there watching him, waiting for our food.

I thought the value was quite reasonable as it was dine out Vancouver, but I don't think I will go there for a regular menu.

May not return.

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
You are paying for the view...
By anticop8 of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

Went there for Dine Out Vancouver 2010.

$ 38 menu.

The price VS food size portion ratio was horrible. The appetizer (ordered Prawns) was so small, came with 3 prawns although the sauce was very good. The main course Shortribs was good but again very small. The salmon was better in terms of taste and texture. Don't need to comment on dessert.

The service was solid like most dine outs.

The value is just NOT there.

The best part was pretty much the view of the beach. You are pretty much paying for the view...

Nothing spectacular.

Dine Out Vancouver menu was a rip off.

Will not return.

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Carmelo's1448 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Could have been better!!!
By Picky EATER of West van (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 26, 2010 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

We kept hearing from our friends that we should try Carmelo's over and over. Well finally me, wife and the kids tried it. All i can say is " IT WAS ALRIGHT". Everything was pretty much average. it had decent ambiance and it seemed busy enough for a good place to eat, but that wasn't the case. All and all it wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't amazing either.

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
I'vebeen wrong before, BUT
By Blade Runner of North Van (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 12:20pm [Dine in]

I'll keep this short and sweet.
We had a horrible dining experiance.
Maybe they were short staffed.
Maybe the the chef was off his game.
Maybe I'm being too harsh, I don't think so.
If I'm going to spend 180 bucks, I would certainly expect much better.
Go figure, the waiter had just bussed a table near by and came by our table with his arms full of dirty dish and asked what wine we had chosen.
The lamb and barley risotto was astonishingly bland.
I can not recommend this place.
Very sorry.

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Troll's at Horseshoe Bay6408 Bay Street, West Vancouver
Horrid
By Fat Willy of north vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 12, 2010 - 10:17am [Dine in]

I went with my wife for dinner at Troll's last night again after swearing off of the place last time. The service was AWFUL. Indifferent, slow and distracted leap to mind. A refill on the coffee? After asking twice, I finally got it. Same with my wife's water. 45 minutes to get our order from a server who seemed more concerned with yipping to his co-workers than doing his job is not going to make any fans. The fish and yam fries weren't anything to write home about. The cod was barely warm and for the upcharge for yam fries was insulting considering such a minute portion. The Troll's wrap had less flavour then Elmer's paper glue.The bathroom was lacking sanitation, the carpet was filthy, the piped in muzak was annoying and the only good thing was the view that I never got to see as we were herded to the back.

There's no reason to improve I guess as they seem to have a captive audience. There's also no reason to go back there again as my money can find better value elsewhere.

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Ginger & Soy1487 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Great Western Style Chinese
By Dagwood of Pemberton.BC (42 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 6:11pm [Dine in]

Based on the reviews submitted here and the fact that this restaurant is just a couple of blocks from my Mom's apartment; we decided to take her to Ginger & Soy for her birthday dinner. As the previous reviewer recommended, we tried the seafood hot and sour soup to start. Though not very much spice, the soup was nevertheless delicious. Plenty of scallops and shrimp and a generous bowl ample enough to serve six.

Mom is a lemon chicken, chow mein and sweet and sour pork fan and those dishes didn't disappoint. All were served piping hot and crisp. The ma po tofu is a good vegetarian choice, while the shanghai rice noodle medallions were a highlight. The medallions have a dumpling like texture - quite chewy - and were not like anything we had tried before. Next visit I would ask for a little more spice in the spicy green beans - they were a little too tame for my taste.

Dessert is not something we usually get in Chinese restaurant. The desserts are not Chinese, but they are excellent. My son loved the lemongrass ice cream, which is made in house I believe. The chocolate fondant was an amazingly creamy experience.

Service was prompt and friendly. The teapot was checked and refilled frequently. The hostess came around several times to check how we were enjoying the meal.

Value in my opinion is very good. The prices are higher than many places with dishes in the $14 - 16 range generally. Serving sizes are quite generous. It is also not the typical multi page menu. Next time we will order more of the chef's recommendations and stay away from some of the more mundane dishes we had this first visit (unless Mom is joinung us again).

By the way, nice to see Dine Here let's you upload photos now. I think my pictures from this dinner speak much better than my words.

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
It's all about the view.
By kateh of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 7:58pm [Dine in]

I've been to The Beach House twice this year and had the same ho-hum response both times.
First time I was there was last summer in August for my birthday so we got a nice outside table for a good sunset view. Very nice, except for one patron's little doggie tied up right on the other side of the gate, and their two little kiddies running around teasing it while the parents ignored them. Sure it's a patio, but this was more than a bit distracting from a "romantic" dinner.
the food was okay. Smallish portions, quite a high price, but you're paying for the view, and this is the same as everywhere else in the world. It being summer, I ordered an Arugula salad. I LOVE arugula and it's my Birthday! They bring me a spinach salad with like four leaves of Arugula and think I'm not going to care or notice? Not. I returned it and they apologized saying they didn't really have a reliable arugula supplier. So, why is it still on the menu, and why are they serving me a substitute without giving me the choice? Not to impressed with that.
We were there again last night with a larger group. My husband ordered Oyster appetizers and sat with no food while everyone else had their starters for quite a long time. We eventually had to eat our hot items and were pretty much finished before he received his (non-cooked) appetizer. No real apologies were offered.
My friend ordered a Beach House Salad: "mixed greens, sprouted grains, toasted almonds, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, red beets,carrots, pomegranate honey vinaigrette." She got several handfuls of bag lettuce and no obvious other ingredients. She had ordered it because she was attracted to the beets and couldn't even find ONE piece of beet. Hmmmm I thought, bringing back memories of my arugula salad, this place doesn't really respect it's customers.
Some table mates ordered the Black Cod which came with a strangely sweet gooey white concoction of "Vanilla Mascarpone Risotto" which seems more like a way to mask a poor risotto.... I wouldn't recommend it.
I ordered the duck and our server mistakenly ordered me lamb, even talking me up from rare to medium rare, which I thought was odd at the time. A different server brought it, put it down saying "lamb", and I said "duck??" so she agreed, yes, "duck"... of course, the server had made a mistake and came back to correct it. Fine, but it took about half an hour to bring a replacement. For heavens sake, I would rather have had lamb than make every one at my table uncomfortable while they finished my meals before I received mine, and making me eat alone.
The server did bring us a sampler plate of all their desserts as a make up gift, but I'm not that interested in dessert, and two or three bites didn't really make up for it.
Anyway, it's a nice place, the food is decent, the decor is fine, the view is beautiful and it's still a cut above the usual chain places, but they have made it hard for me to want to return.
They're banking on their view.

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