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ciarabcYaletownSince May 28, 20106 Reviews
Average Rating
2.5 (2.5)
  • Food2.5 (2.7)
  • Service2 (2)
  • Value2 (2.2)
  • Ambiance3 (3)


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Ten Ten Tapas1010 Beach Ave, Vancouver
A nice surprise
Submitted Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

After reading a recent negative review I thought I'd tell you about our experience which was good.

It was a little rough start. It seems that someone put a lot of effort in determining where the reservations would be seated. When we came in I asked for another table which they couldn't accommodate. I noticed another reservation come in who had the same experience. It was a structured/rigid system with no flexibility.

Also, I was confused by the menu because I expected to see the tapas items clearly laid out. After chatting with our server we figured out how it worked. With a name like Ten Ten Tapas I expected all/mostly tapas!

Our first dish was not good. It was tuna tartar and it was really fishy. My husband ate it but I was concerned - smelly raw fish - yikes!

Everything else we had was fabulous. The risotto and fish dishes were excellent. We liked the risotto so much we ordered a second serving. The service was great and the ambience was a pleasant surprise. It was nice to be on the seawall without vehicle traffic. We had a table at the window and the mirror on the wall allowed us both to see the passersby.

At 7pm there was live music which was very pleasant. We were having such a good time we didn't want to leave.

The room is nice and if you can get over some of the oddities you will have a really pleasant experience.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The1011 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Great patio with brutal service.
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 9:17am [Dine in]

Don't these servers know that if you show up at the table more then you'd sell more!

Service was not good. It was hard to get our servers attention, plates were not cleared and our table was cluttered with their big menus the entire time.

Show up to clear the plates and take the opportunity for us to order more. Yes there were six of us but leaving just a few menus would have been fine.

I wonder how the lady from THE REAL HOUSEWIVES FROM VANCOUVER found the service. She had a great table. Funny considering we arrived before here and felt shoved into a corner. Maybe it was oddy understandable because she is the ex wife of the owner.

We won't rush back even though we live in the same neighborhood.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Food was okay, the service was less than okay
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 9:09am [Dine in]

They say for a restaurant to be successful they need to have only two of these three things; great food, great space and/or great service. In my opinion the Sandbar is successful because they have great food (actually okay food) and a great space. The service was not okay.

When we arrived there was some confusion of who our server was. We were seated by the hostess and almost ten minutes later we saw a server. This was after the hostess pointed us out to the server. Then there was a discussion of which server was really responsible for our table. We arranged for water while we perused the menu.

We asked if there were any specials when she realized we didn't have the fresh sheet which she quickly brought it to us and then went on and on and on and on and on explaining what was listed there. I can read. A few highlights would have been fine.

A new server then came to take our order. We placed it including some wine. Our food came and it was okay. Nothing special but nothing to really complain about. We had lettuce wraps and an appetizer chicken dish. Lettuce wraps were okay and the chicken was dry and could have used more sauce.

My friend mentioned this to the server when she returned who said "you shuld have told me and I could have got more sauce.". If we had seen her prior to finishing our meal we would have 1) ordered more wine, 2) arranged for more water, 3) and asked for more sauce. Instead when she returned her only interest was arranging for the bill. We didn't ask for the bill but it was apparent it was time to go. When she returned for payment i asked for water which had been empty for most of the meal. Instead of getting it right away she waited for the payment to go through on my credit card then I waited for the person next to me to pay for his bill and then I got my water.

The sandbar is not the most expensive place in town and it's not the cheapest. I expect better service than I received. It's easier for me to stay home than have service like that.

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Nu Aegean Cusina1661 Granville St, Vancouver
Old meets Nu
Submitted Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

We and another couple went to check out the new menu at Nu and were looking forward to finding a great 'go to' neighbourhood in the neighbourhood. We're still looking.

Food - Greek, good but no special.
Service - Waited to be greeted at the door, waited for our server, waited for our drinks, waited for our food, one order was incorrect, waited to have our drinks topped up, waited for table to be cleared and waited for bill.
Value - It's not fast Greek food like you'd find at Opa but the pricing should be closer to Opa pricing. Considering what we paid I felt it was not good value.
Ambiance - Needs a facelift. Uncomfortable wooden chairs, small tables, art deco bar stools, flooring that made me wonder if I was at the Hotel Vancouver. Very mixed decor - no idea what the look they're going after.

If I owned this restaurant and more importantly the location I'd make much better use of it.

They should have waited to announce the launch until they had things figured out.

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Hurricane Grill, The1137 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
Great Taste of Yaletown Menu
Submitted Monday, October 18, 2010 - 9:45am [Dine in]

FOOD - For $25 I had a ceviche, sea bass and pumpkin mousse. The food was very good and the portions were large. I hope they keep the ceviche on their menu. I'm often hesitant to try fixed dinner menus but this was definitely worth it.

SERVICE - Very friendly and attentive. There's no pretentiousness here.

VALUE - Great.

AMBIANCE - Casual and fun. You can sit at a table by the fireplace, at a tall table in the lounge area or right up at the bar and watch sports.

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Teahouse Restaurant, The7501 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
We didn't arrive on a tour bus.
Submitted Monday, October 18, 2010 - 9:35am [Dine in]

Our wedding reception was at the Sequoia Grill (now back to Teahouse) in September 2007 and have traditionally returned there for our anniversary every year since. It appears that this restaurant now focusses on large groups and tourists.

FOOD - I have never not eaten my meal until now. It was horrible. It was an example of something I would have made at home but sucked it back because I didn't want to waste. it. My meal was a fish (sea bass I believe) that was cooked nicely but had no seasoning and was sitting in a clear liquid and peas. It was terribly bland. My husband ordered the lamb after confirming that type of lamb it was and how it was served. When it came it was not what he was expecting and it was overcooked.

SERVICE - My husband made a reservation asking to be inside in the Conservatory room. When we got there they asked if we wanted to sit in or outside on the patio. It seems that they didn't get the message. We were then seated at one of the worst tables in the room and when asked we were moved. Our server was not knowledgeable about the menu. When asked her response was 'I like everything, what kind of food would you like.' When we told her she simply pointed to that part of the menu. It took a very long time for a food to come - close to 60 minutes. It was difficult to choose a wine and had no help from our server. We ended up tracking down more knowledgeable servers to help us out. We ended up having about four people serving our table at different times so you could say it was a team effort. The problem was that the 'team' was not communicating with each other. Among other things we were asked by three people about desert. It was a gong show.

VALUE - Not good. A complete waste of money. Our taxi ride each way was $30. Our meal was over $100. For a $200 night I expected much more.

AMBIANCE - It is a beautiful spot. The problem the Teahouse has however is that their decor is low budget. There was white paper on the tables. I see that at 'touristy' restaurants when they are having quick turnovers. This combined with our overall experience tells me that their target market are tourists who are passing through and not to the local Vancouver market who has a choice of returning.

I contacted the restaurant within a week of our experience simply to provide feedback. I was not looking for a refund but the manager I spoke with offered to send us gift cards in the mail so we could try it again. It's now a month later and we haven't seen the gift cards. So, I'd say overall it's not worth it and I'm sorry that I have to start a new tradition for our anniversary dinner.

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