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West Vancouver Restaurant Reviews
Dundarave Sushi2459 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Great Find for West Vancouver
By jezzme of Burnaby (62 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

Me and the boyfriend were in the Dundarave area burning some time before dinner at his parents' house. We knew we had to eat, since it was already the afternoon and we'd only had breakfast until then.

Dundarave Sushi looked great - inexpensive, quick, and light. There was a great bargain advertised on the sandwich board outside. Two combos at only $6.95 each! Of course, being the piglets that we are, we ordered something else off the menu. For $13.95, we shared a combo that included miso soup, tuna, tai, and salmon sashimi, two pieces of california roll, tuna, salmon, ebi, tamago and kani sushis, a green salad, and side of tempura of generous proportions.

At first I was reluctant to agree to order the combo, but once the tray of food came, I was glad I ordered it.

The food was delicious and the fish and tempura were so fresh! I literally ate my first piece of tai sashimi and said to the beau, "the north shore is really the place to go for sushi."

I'm glad to have found Dundarave Sushi - it offers fresh sashimi and sushi at a great price. I would definately return again.

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Dundarave Sushi2459 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Excellent!
By indigo19 of Shaugnessy Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 8:05pm [Dine in]

I've come here twice and love it so much.

First time:

Food: We ordered the beef teriyaki bento box, the 18 piece roll combo with a yam roll, california roll and tuna roll, and hokkigai, salmon and negitoro nigiri. The fish was DELICIOUS. The bento comes with tempura, salad, miso, rice and 3 pieces of California roll, as well as tender beef on a bed of marinated cabbage. The rolls are great, neatly made and well presented. I burned my mouth on the tempura--careful, it's very hot. (Which shows it's freshly made :)

Service: The one waitress was a bit abrupt, and never said anything besides Uh huh, nor did she ever smile, but she gave us our food quickly. She looked a bit inconvenienced when we asked her to pack up the leftovers.

Value: Our bill came to only 17.45.

Ambiance: It's a small place, but it's clean.

Second time around, we were remembered and got a smile from the waitress! This time we ordered the chicken bento, the roll combo again and a chopped scallop roll. We were sitting at the bar and asked the chef to substitute the tuna roll for negitoro, and he happily complied with no extra charge! The chopped scallop roll was fantastic, and the chicken bento was just was good as the beef. Again, the bill was small, only 17.75!! However,
when we asked the waitress to pack up our leftovers, she only packed the chicken. Maybe they have an issue with that, I don't know.

All in all, great for some good, fast, inexpensive sushi. Not to be missed.

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Mangia E Bevi2222 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Solid Dining Experience
By julienne of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

Had the pleasure of visiting here for the first time, and was impressed with the excellent quality of food (in particular the veal) the attentive service, and friendliness of staff and managers. Had the trio of bocconcini which was served three different ways, then the veal in tomato marsala sauce, and finally the spumoni ice cream. All excellent. Will be back again.

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Troll's at Horseshoe Bay6408 Bay Street, West Vancouver
Not the Greatest Place
By mm60 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

While waiting for the ferry we decided to have an early lunch. Were seated quickly but waited quite a while for service. As in previous visits seems to take about 10 minutes before the waitress comes to the table. The restaurant was about 20% full when we arrived. Ordered Halibut & chips which was quite good but my partner ordered a burger that was horrible. I have never heard of a toasted bun on a hamburger that was served as if toasted, then refrigerated and then taken out f the fridge and served cold with the burger. Every time we have been to this restaurant we get the impression that the sense of urgency is zero. And how many of the patrons are waiting for the ferry and have limited time??

Other times we have been there, the service was equally as slow. The time before, the fries were barely warm.

For a casual family restaurant, I believe that the prices are very high and the value is poor. If the service was better, I may be willing to pay more. Next time in Horseshoe Bay, I likely will not return to eat here.

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La Regalade2232 Marine Dr, #103, West Vancouver
Losing its Lustre?
By tritucker of West Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

At the last minute on a recent snowy night decided to try La Regalade for the first time in a few years. We've been several times previously and most meals were quite good.

Not having a reservation, we got probably the worst table in the place near the coatrack and washrooms, with chipped paint on the walls. Not a great start, but willing to give it a minor pass due to not calling ahead.

Still not sure who our server was. It seemed to be whoever was available when they zipped by, so we were asked twice about drinks, then food, then dessert.

Mrs. tritucker's meal was fine (lobster ravioli appy and veal main). Mine was definitely the worst I've experienced at La Regalade. The appetizer tart was dry and slightly burnt. For a main, I had the seafood vol au vent. It looked good and the pastry was very light and tasty. However, the lobster was like vulcanized rubber, there was sand in the scallop, and I'm not certain what exactly the ground-up fish-like substance was.

Topped off with sharing a mediocre meringue-based dessert, and left feeling quite disappointed.

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Presto Cucina1746 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
mctalian
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were trolling for dinner in WestVan when we spotted PC. We scampered in and got a table. This place does quick serve Italian, and you order at the front and then the food is eventually brought to your table. The flaw in the system is this: What would happen if you ordered and someone grabbed the last table (or all tables were full) while you were ordering? Sounds like a recipe for disaster, unless maybe you had a table squatter to assist you. I prefer to get a table assigned so I can avoid that sort of risk. Luckily for us, the place was only half full. We also noted that the restaurant was quite clean, including the w/c.

The menu wasn't exactly vast, so we were able to make our selections quickly. I had the Italian sausage penne rustica which had a tomato sauce, and my favorite dinner companion had a panini terzetto, which was basically deli meat and cheese. We also had both a Caesar and a house salad, plus a glass of inexpensive red wine. Service was okay, by which I mean the cashier was able to take our order without incident.

The food was acceptable if not life-altering, but it was a little pricey for what we got. Kind of like at a certain garden of bread restaurant you may know. I thought my pasta dish was tasty, as was the house salad, but the rest of the meal was forgettable.

We left with full bellies, but no urgent desire to return.

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Salmon House2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
a west coast experience
By Natalie of West Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

The Salmon House, with its sweeping views of Vancouver, native art, and local cuisine, is a special place to take out of town guests. The alderwood smoked salmon is outstanding. On our most recent visit, everyone got the 3-course menu, and we were treated to exceptional desserts, so the pastry chef is excellent too. Our waiter was a bit grumpy and couldn't understand when I pronounced "pot de creme," a French dessert, in French and said I had asked for pudding. Perhaps a brush up for the wait staff on what is on the men is in order. Service was generally OK but not up to the quality of the food. Still, I'll be back and lok forward to it.

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Vina Vietnamese Cuisine2508 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Since 1979
By frenchie007 of Kits (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

I been coming here since I was 1.

Go and eat the following and you be in heaven

1- Rolls Dip
2-Imperial Prawns
3-Beef Pho
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

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Carmelo's1448 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Fabulous Food / No Furnace
By heybuddy of North Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 6:14pm [Dine in]

A great Italian eatery in West Vancouver, food is excellent, wait staff is very good, ambience is cute, everything is great except they dont have any furnace heat - food is hot, but the restaurant is not - on these cold winter nights. Peter the owner brought us an under the table electrical heater which made things much better. I have to admit they did everything possible to make our stay as warm as they could, and even apologized for the cold. We have been here in pleasant weather and it has been 100%. I still give this restaurant big thumbs up for great italian.

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Beach House, The150 25th Street, West Vancouver
just right
By jellybelly of Mount Pleasant, Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

Had lunch with three others. The restaurant is clean and the view of course is great. Our server was attentive and friendly. I had the trout which was done perfectly. The halibut and chips looked very good too. The portions were just right for lunch. The menu is not that extensive, but there's something for everybody. This is a good place to bring out of town guests.

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Salmon House2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
Better Than Expected
By parisboy of Point Grey Adjacent (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 6:42pm [Dine in]

I have been to the Salmon House several times before, but approached the evening with a more critical eye knowing I was going to write a review. We arrived very early and had no difficulty securing a window table. We started with cocktails, which were quite good. One of my dinner companions maintains that they make one of the best Caesar's in town. I had a sole appetizer that was "interesting" but good. My dinner companions both had soup which they enjoyed. I ordered the halibut, which was well cooked, and which had tasteful accompaniments. My companions both had salmon dishes which they enjoyed. All was washed down with an excellent bottle of BC wine. Desserts were tasty. No fault with the service. Not haute cuisine by any means, but a solid, enjoyable evening.

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Carmelo's1448 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Waitress was really bad
By xhypn0tizedx of North Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2008 - 9:51pm [Dine in]

I usually come here because I like the food. It is upscale and has a good atmosphere. I have been here about 10 times but now I will never go back. There was a halibut special on and I ordered it. We were sitting by the kitchen and I overheard the cook say that they didn't have any halibut left even though it was 6pm. We were in a bit of a rush but it was alright if we were late. I assumed the cook would replace it with something of the same type of fish like sablefish. (They also didn't erase the halibut on the board of featured dishes so everyone else was being fooled).

The waitress informed us that it was going to be a bit of a wait longer than usual because the kitchen was "slammed". The dish came 1 hour later and it definitely wasn't halibut, it was cod. Paying $28 for a cod dish expecting halibut is not acceptable. The waitress didn't tell us because she didn't want us to wait even longer for another dish. I don't mind a change in my dish, it happens all the time but tell me and I will always accept it and especially in this case, I can't help it because they didn't have any halibut left. I asked her if I had received halibut because it didn't taste like it. She admitted it wasn't halibut and that it was cod. She offered us coffee for the dish, I declined because I don't drink coffee at night. But offering us coffee for a halibut dish isn't sufficient for me to come back. When I went to pay the bill, I was surprised to see that she had the halibut dish on it after I caught her serving me cod instead of halibut. I was very disappointed. Having being a server myself, I want all my customers to leave happy, I was most certainly not. I not only waited 1 hour for my meal, but I waited for cod. Needless to say, she did not receive a tip on a very expensive tab.

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Rose Thai1425 Marine Drive, #130, West Vancouver
A unique Thai Restaurant in West Van
By scorell of North Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 11:35am [Dine in]

A warm and inviting restaurant in a nice, easy to find location in West Vancouver, and lots of parking. A very good place for lunch and dinner in a nice clean decor, with warm lighting and a romantic atmosphere for conversations. The food is very good, and the tea presentation is beautiful. Definitely coming back for the tea and to try other food items on the menu.

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Carmelo's1448 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
A good night
By VincentBlackshadow of West Vanvouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

Two nights ago, I dined at Carmelo's on Marine Drive in West Van. The Italian food there was outstanding, the selection was so good I didn't know what to choose, everything sounded great! When the courses came it was even better than I expected, and I have high expectations! Its a nice place to take a loved one, chill with friends, or catchup with a nice environment and ambiance. Good for all ages!

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Thai Pudpong1474 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Great Family Place...
By sinner of North Vancouver (71 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 1:32pm [Dine in]

It was a cold and wet Vancouver Friday night... My wife and I were looking for a little tropical "pick-me up" and checked out the reviews... Thai Pudpong seemed to fit the bill and it didn't disappoint. Our server Mani (who I believe is an owner) was gracious, funny and extremely welcoming. He is so attentive... he helped my wife put on her coat as we were leaving. The food is excellent... The Tom Kha Gai (chicken cocunut soup) was one of the best I've ever had. My wife shared the soup and the deep-fried crab & shrimp roll. The roll was very good and different from the garden variety... the shrimp tail sticks out from the end... nice touch.

The mains were good. We had a good quantity of rice (asked for two servings) to accompany the beef red curry and my wife's vegetable stir fry with peanut sauce. We specified we wanted medium heat and everything was just perfect. A great blend of the traditional thai tastes... Sweet, sour and spicy. We told Mani we would be back... He joked "Tomorrow, I hope..."

If you're in the neighbourhood and are looking to support a nice family restaurant and enjoy some simple, authentic Thai food, this is the place.

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Village Taphouse900 Main Street, #1C, West Vancouver
Hit And Miss
By evol of Marpole (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

I've been to Steamworks on a few different occasions and find it to be a mixed bag - good food, bad service, bad food, good service - the only thing that remains relatively consistent is the ambiance, as even their beers (seasonal selection) are on a rotating menu.
Generally, I would recommend not to come to Steamworks on an empty stomach...their selection seems vast but none of it is really original or well-executed. Plus their entree items seem really overpriced for what you get. Their appetizer dishes are okay to snack on which you drink, which is really the only thing I would go out of my way to go to Steamworks for. Their beer is reasonably priced (somewhat saves their value rating) and fairly good. I'm a big fan of the raspberry beer myself, it's a shame it's not available year round!
The ambiance is decent, it's a pretty nice room but some of the tables can be uncomfortably close and it does get a little loud and rambunctious at times. Basically a relatively straightforward go-to place for drinks and hanging out with friends.

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Daikichi Sushi1739 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
meh
By joeyservant of Ambleside, West Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 7:20am [Dine in]

The food was better then expected. It seemed like they put a lot of care into the presentation and plating of the rolls and tempura. The ambiance was much nicer than other sushi restaurants in West Van. Most tend to have a cold hole-in-the-wall kind of look, while Daikichi was softly lit and much more traditional, warm and inviting feel for relatively similar pricing.

But -- the timing is consistently horrible. The "appetizer" tempura arrives after we have nearly finished our mains (which also usually arrives several minutes apart). When ordering the food the server tends to seem distracted and uninterested. But the quality of food and the ambience do rationalize repeat visits.

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Boathouse Restaurant, The6695 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver
Just not for me
By heybuddy of North Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 10:54am [Dine in]

We went to a dinner for a friends birthday. We ordered dinner as a group, and my wife and I ordered seafood pasta. Finally after 45 minutes, our meal came and the pasta and mussels were there and that was it. The manager came by and my wife told him that the seafood was missing - his curt retort was that she must have eaten it. This was upsetting to me, that he disrespected my wife and I approached him to say that his response was not in keeping with customer service - he almost hit me. Needless to say, I sent an email to the Manger and President of the Boathouse. Got a letter of apology from the Manger, a $50 gift certificate (which was $30 less than the cost of our meal) and excuses as to the problems the restaurant was having in the kitchen that night. The problem was not the kitchen..anyone can make a mistake - the problem was in the surley and confrontational attitude of the Manager. We went back with the gift certificate, and the bad taste for this restaurant completed it's journey (another story). I will not patronize this, or any other Boathouse, ever again.

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Savary Island Pie Company1533 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
The best pies and sandwiches!!
By jenlomas of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 17, 2008 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

I'm absolutely shocked no one has wrote a review. This is the best Bakery/Pies/Sandwiches...etc in Vancouver. A real treat, and always consistent. Savory Island Pie has been around for years. Their Grilled cheese and Caesar salad is delicious and their Chicken pot pie is a must try. You can also get pies to go and there is an excellent selection of homemade breads and soup.

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Salmon House2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
beautiful view.........but that's it!
By genki39 of burnaby (82 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 12:04am [Dine in]

Was here for my mom's birthday with the family. Well for a (seafood) fish house I can say they don't do a good job cooking fish, overcooked, bland, just poor execution. The service was indifferent but the price your paying for your meal is unjustified. The view though is beautiful, just stunning, but still doesn't make up for the food.

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