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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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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
Wonderful wedding venue
By Richmond Joan of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

Everything for our small wedding event was absolutely fantastic! The staff couldn't have done more to make it a memorable evening. Everyone raved about the food and service and, of course, the view was magnificent. Thank you especially to the wine sommelier and our servers for a splendid night to remember. I would absolutely recommend this venue!

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Amadeo Bakehouse And Coffees1468 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
The music is so annoying
By Brit Darling of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

The food was pretty decent, but I didn't really feel I got my money's worth. It's cozy and cute, but the music really annoyed me after about 10 minutes. I thought they had a fantastic range of baked goods, but I think it's really just known for its breads. I wouldn't go for a meal really... I wouldn't really go for coffee either, but it's a convenient location and a nice place to escape the rain when you forget your umbrella.

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Santa Fe Pizza Company27M S Park Royal, West Vancouver
Great Little Hidden Pizza Shop in North Vancouver
By patwc619 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 5, 2010 - 12:45am [Dine in]

I rarely ever visit West Vancouver, but I was on a trip to Sunshine Coast via the BC Ferry. Made a quick stop at the Park Royal Shopping Centre to pick up some food and drinks and somehow found this place named Santa Fe Pizza who specialized in stone oven non-conventional pizza.

My girlfriend and I were craving pizza and we didn't think it would end up being great but we were pleasantly surprised! A huge variety of pizza were on display for selection and they will toaster it in the stone-oven so it will taste fresh. The taste is really unique and it's really yummy. On top of that, the staff were extremely friendly and had great patience as we were making our selections. I ended up ordering more and the manager even gave us an extra piece on the house!

It was honestly a nice little surprise to jump start our weekend getaway. If I were ever around Park Royal, I would definitely go back! Top notch fast-food pizza!!!

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Santa Fe Pizza Company27M S Park Royal, West Vancouver
Hidden gem takeout pizza
By NobodySpecial of North shore (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 11:21am [Dine in]

Although it has a couple of tables for lunchtime snacks this slightly hidden counter near the south side superstore is a great takeaway pizza.

A wide range of pizza made fresh in front of you, excellent ingredients and a proper pizza oven not a giant toaster machine.
Also slightly cheaper than the usual chains and does your local McPizza remember that you don't like one ingredient on your favorite pizza and leaves it off without asking.

If you are watching the cents they also sell the freshly made pizza to cook at home (no tax!)

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Cindy's Cafe1850 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Good food, but a little pricy.
By YummydansleTummy of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 2, 2010 - 4:01pm [Dine in]

Came here for brunch with a couple friends. Service was friendly and had my coffee refilled before my cup was empty. But we came late, and there were only a few other tables occupied when we arrived, so I can't comment on how quick/attentive the service is when they're busy.

I had the Beecher's benny, which was 2 eggs, backbacon, lemony hollandaise and came with hash browns. My friends had the spring omelette (assorted vegies and toast) and Cindy's breakfast (fruit, scrambled egg whites, spinach and toast). We all enjoyed our food and it seems like it's good quality too(the fruit was a mix of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, not your usual crappy fruit bowl, and the toast is whole grain).
However, while my benny was pretty good, I wouldn't say it's the best I've ever had. The lemony hollandaise was nice, though I wish there was a bit more sauce, especially since the eggs were poached a little long (yolks were pretty solid). The hash browns had green onions over top, but otherwise seemed pretty standard to me.
The portion sizes are decent, but I was hungry and have a good appetite, so I wish I had a little more food. That said, I think most would by happy with the portions (and some other reviewers thought they were big).

The only thing is it was $18 for the benny ($15) and a coffee ($2.75), so I paid over $20 (incl. tax and tip), which seems like a lot to me for brunch. There are cheaper options; I think the brunch items ranged from ~$10-15. But I often get the same meal at a local chain, with more food, and pay $13-14 altogether. I think I'd prefer not to go back because of the price, but would deal if friends really wanted to go back.

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Savary Island Pie Company1533 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Rusty charm; pies? maybe overrated.
By snowkettle of Vancouver (West End) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 15, 2010 - 7:26pm [Dine in]

I love the decoration with old pictures and old pieces of furniture although the place can be quite chaotic for the limited space. I have tried soups, breads, bakings and, of course, pies. Most of them are really good (especially breads), but pies. I tried different kinds, apple pie, blueberry and pumpkin pie... and found all pies were too sweet. The sweetness kills the flavors of the fruits. Another negative aspect of this place is their cashiers; they are not good at numbers. I have got wrong changes more than once. Just be careful.

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Arigato Sushi6342 Bay Street, West Vancouver
Good Lunch
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

I was in Horseshoe Bay, waiting for my bus, when I got hungry. I have always wanted to try Arigato and they were open for lunch. I got a seat by the window, was greeted by the owner who was friendly. I did find the prices a bit on the high side, but the food had tons of flavour and very fresh. I ordered the Chicken Teriyaki Bento box with Sashimi, california roll, salad and assortment of tempera. I was quite surprised the Tempera was crisp and tasted great, which is rare for me to like it. I loved the Tuna and Salmon Sashimi, fresh, cold with great flavour. The remaining meal, the Chicken Teriyaki and salad was delicious, and loved each bite. It definately hit the spot and was surprised how good the food was prepared.

I will be back, and nice place to enjoy a meal while watching the ferries come and go.

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Red Burrito2192 Western Parkway, #110, West Vancouver
Tasty!
By foodie.604 of Port Coquitlam (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 8, 2010 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

Went to the Red Burrito on Saturday and I was really happy with my experience.

I got a huge fresh burrito for 6-ish dollars. Toppings were delicious and fresh, guacamole was very tasty but they charge extra for it :(
Spicy beef was perfect, comes with rice, beans, tomatoes, onions, lettuce sauce, sour cream.

Service was mediocre, could not hear what they were saying. Everytime they asked what I wanted, it was in a whisper which is pretty frustrating. But it is basically a fast food joint so I wouldnt expect a whole lot more.

Value is pretty good, cheese and guacamole is extra, ($1 and $1.25 respectively).

Ambiance is basic, but the place is clean and nice.

Would recommend it for a quick tasty meal!

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Boathouse Restaurant, The6695 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver
Should train the wait staff
By Pete201 of West Vancouver, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 9:38pm [Dine in]

I have been in this restaurant twice. It haven't appered to me the first time that the service is so poor. The food was solid, nothing special. However,the second time we dined here, our server was borderline incompetent. Our bottle of wine was splashed on the table along with water which was never cleaned for the entire dinner. Thankfully, the server didn't consider pouring wine or beer into glasses as his obligation, so we were able to avoid any more spills the remainder of the evening. When a member of the table waived to the server, he finally came to give us the bill. That was all service we got.We loved the view it is beautiful. I might not come back there ever.

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Calvin's Cafe and Catering3720 Mt. Seymour Parkway, North Vancouver
Calvin's Swiss rosti breakfast
By Gerry Campbell of West Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

Great little Swiss breakfast spot in picturesque Dundarave in West Van. Hard to beat the Swiss rosti with eggs up and the coffee. Eggs benedict also on the menu, but no one who has lived in Switzerland is likely to pass on the rosti. Service is friendly and efficient. Arrive early though; breakfast stops at 1100am on weekdays and 1200 on weekends. Basic but popular spot with locals and Swiss rosti lovers.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The6695 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver
Very disappointing...
By walterpooka of North Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 22, 2010 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

Waiter was aloof and unfriendly. Food took a long time. When it finally arrived it was nothing great and had been sitting at the pass too long and was not hot. Lobster thermadore had only a couple small pieces of lobster throughout. Will not go back. We were very disappointed because we brought my parents there from out of town hoping for a great night out, but were met with unpleasant service and disappointing food, all for a $230 bill!! The service can really make or break an experience at a restaurant. Sometimes the food can make up for that, but this time it wasn't up to par either.

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Ginger & Soy1487 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Don't Miss This Great Restaurant!
By romans nanny of West Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

We have eaten here for lunch, dinner, delivery and Valentine's Day. Each of the four dining experiences have been absolutely excellent. Our first meal was dinner which consisted of lemon chicken and stir fried veggies. We ordered the same for delivery and it arrived warm and delicious and the leftovers were still great the next day. When we went for lunch we ordered sweet and sour soup, cream of corn soup, beef and broccoli with black bean sauce, honey garlic pork and rice. Our Valentine's Day menu consisted of won ton soup, sole with green beans, seafood fried rice, lemon chicken and dessert. The ambience is warm and friendly and the service is superb! This restaurant is a fantastic addition to West Vancouver and we highly recommend it on every level.

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Dundarave Sushi2459 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Two full meals for takeout: $14.70
By karol.traviss of West Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 8:25pm [Take-out]

We called ahead tonight and picked up two bento boxes suitable for Olympic TV viewing (truth be told, I did the same thing last night when all family members but me were off to the opening ceremonies). We are regulars at Dundarave Sushi. It's not about the ambiance or the table service, it is about the efficiency, quality, and the value. This is a great neighbourhood place.

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Savary Island Pie Company1533 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Savary Island Pie = Heaven
By nomvula of Kitsilano (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

This place is often busy - and for good reason! Their food is amazing. Slightly pricey, but well worth it. Their pies are hands-down the best I have ever tasted. They have delicious sandwiches as well - my favourites are the grilled chicken basil ($12) and the veggie ($10). Sinfully good!

Like other reviewers have mentioned, the cafe is small and because it is so popular, it can be hard to find a table. Service can sometimes be slow, but trust me - it is worth the wait.

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Ginger & Soy1487 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Worth Checking out
By KLandJ of North vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 4, 2010 - 9:59pm [Dine in]

If you are looking for a departure from the standard chinese fare you must try Ginger and Soy.
Each dish was uniquely flavourful and the dinner portions were a decent size.
If you try nothing else, the seafood hot and sour soup is a must.
The wine prices are extremely affordable which adds to the appeal of any meal.
Atmosphere was comfortable and welcoming. Service was great.
We would recommend this restaurant to anybody and everybody.
We plan on becoming regular fixtures at Ginger and Soy.
You should really check it out...

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Troll's at Horseshoe Bay6408 Bay Street, West Vancouver
Quality Of Food Is So Bad
By seefood of West Vancouver, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 1, 2010 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

(Corrected report). Trolls has a great family atmosphere, but not much else to commend it. The quality of the fish and chips is very poor for what is supposed to be a fish and chip restaurant. Fish is small with hard and dark batter, Chips are soggy and mainly little bits. Why can't they buy better quality potatoes?

Other food on the menu is awful. Chicken stir fry - lots of broccoli but no sign of any chicken and it was badly cooked anyway.

Service is a "don't care" attitude.

This place should have so much going for it, but seems to have sat back on its past reputation. It now is fast gaining a bad reputation. Food is bad, service is bad, decor is old fashioned and worn out. If you want good fish and chips in Horseshoe Bay, Ya Yas delivers much better quality and value.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The6695 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver
Overpriced and Quality Has Slipped
By seefood of West Vancouver, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 1, 2010 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

Having been regular attenders at this restaurant in Horseshoe Bay, we now go only rarely. Prices are now beyond the level of quality or value. Have recently eaten at fine dining restaurants in Whistler and Vancouver where the main courses cost less than here. Their flight of wines is good and Sunday brunch is OK, but quality is very variable (can't cook eggs!)

There are so few waterfront restaurants in Vancouver that it is such a shame that the quality of the food does not match the prices they are charging. Lower prices and up the quality and we will come back.

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La Regalade2232 Marine Dr, #103, West Vancouver
Incredible - A Top Flight French Bistro
By seefood of West Vancouver, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 1, 2010 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

This is French food done in a country style. Outstanding choice from blackboard menus. I have eaten here many times and never yet been disappointed. The Chef has twice (in France) been awarded a Michelin Star.

Welcome is very warm, friendly and personal. We went again on New Year's Eve. It was packed but still the food was delivered promptly and was as fantastic as always. (One group - not ours, even pre-ordered and received suckling pig!). Always full and warm and cosy.

Nothing is too much trouble. Hostess (wife of chef and co-owner) Brigitte is a delight.

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