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serious.foodieVancouver downtownSince March 10, 20106 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.3)
  • Food3.5 (3.7)
  • Service2.5 (2.5)
  • Value3 (3.2)
  • Ambiance3.5 (3.7)


Displaying 1 - 6 of 6 Reviews Found
Chill Winston3 Alexander St., Vancouver
Worst Service I have ever had....EVER!
Submitted Friday, April 23, 2010 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

Even though Chill Winston has mixed reviews I thought I would try it out for a few drinks and shared appies last night. The hostess was very nice and while there were no outside tables available she offered to move us to one as soon as they did open up. We decided just to stay inside but it was nice to be offered. She was the only good service throughout the entire night!

We sat down at our table and got greeted fairly prompty. We ordered a few beers and one appy to share but asked to be given a few minutes before we ordered another one... Well after about 10 minutes our drinks and prawns got dropped off at the same time. The prawns were tasty but nothing special.

Our plate took another 10 minutes (after we had finished eating) to be cleared. When it was cleared it was just picked up from the table. Without a word.. we hadn't even had a chance to order our next course. After about 5 minutes of staring at the multiple servers who had served us at this point someone finally came and took our order for the scallops. They were delivered fairly prompty and tasted good, not great, but good.

We had finished our drinks about half way through the scallops and yet no one even looked in our direction. We were planning on having a desert and a few more drinks however after about 15 minutes of no one clearing our plate or offering us more drinks we decided against giving Chill Winston too much more of our money.

Eventually the plate was cleared and we ordered some wine. It came out after about 5 minutes (considering it wasn't busy I felt this was too long) and there were things floating in one of the glasses! Considering we had just paid $10 for a glass of wine it would be nice if it was put into a clean glass.

After another 5 minutes trying to get a servers attention the glass got taken away to be replaced... but the replacement glass took another 5 minutes to come out... how slow is the bartender if the server can't get a class of wine filled with in five minutes.

After all this we were less than enchanted with Chill Winston. Another 5 minutes of looking around to get someones attention and we finally had the bill.. $70 for 2 beers, a glass of wine and 2 appys... with horrible service!

The atmosphere was nice however there were about 5 blow fly's and bees flying around in side that i think some bug screens would fix.

The only other thing to mention without getting into specifics would be the servers attire. I am all for being trendy and having a casual feel.. however it should be done tastefully. Trying to eat my dinner while my servers chest is in my face isn't exactly appetizing.

Will not be going back...Ever!

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Burgoo3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Nice day on the patio
Submitted Monday, March 29, 2010 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

This past Saturday afternoon was a beautiful warm spring day. After walking out to Main Street my boyfriend and I decided to try out Burgoo as we had heard some great reviews.

We sat on the patio to enjoy the nice day. We were sat straight away however it then took atleast 10 minutes for our server to greet us.

We order some drinks and some buscuits for appy. The buscuits were fantastic and four only $4 a bargin. They were 4 large ones and were plenty to share between two. We then moved onto our mains. The Mac & Cheese and a Vegetarian Sandwhich. I was very impressed at the fact that there were no deep fried items on the menu. And the salad that I got with my sandwhich was a delicious spinich salad. My boyfriend said the Mac and Cheese was great and had lots of cheese!

The only thing that was bad was that the service was really slow. It was like our server was no where to be seen. She went through all the movements (checked if our food was ok etc) however never seemed to be around when we needed her.

I would try it again. The menu was great

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Subeez Cafe891 Homer Street, Vancouver
Dont love
Submitted Monday, March 29, 2010 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

I went to Subeez on a friday night for a birthday party. We were a party of 10 and they sat us at a table clearly made for 8 in the centre of the room. They were bench seats so we ended up uncomfortably squished in.

The service was a little slow. Drinks were good however. The bar custom made some cocktails when we told them how to make them.. I didn't know however that a key lime martini was so rare.

The food wasn't horrible but not great either. A little underseasoned and the pasta was overcooked and mushy. Not bad enough to send back though.

It was all reasonably priced.

The ambiance was ok. Very busy (maybe thats why we got stuck at such a horrible table.. although we had a reservation) The decor seems that it is trying a little too hard. Overcrowded with stuff.

I wouldn't advise people not to go here but I wont be recommending it to anyone either. And I wont be going back.

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Sylvia's Restaurant & Lounge1154 Gilford Street, Vancouver
Should have gone with my Grandmother
Submitted Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

My husband and I decided to stop in Sylvias last friday night to have a meal and a few drinks. We live in the West End and thought we should really make an effort to try this west end classic.

I can't say that I was too impressed. The view was beautiful. We sat down and it took a while for anyone to greet us. We had approx 5 different people serve us throught our meal. None of which were very attentive.

The food was mediocre at best. It wasn't great and felt like a 15 year old could have done better at home. Even the cutting on the veg was inacurate and varied gratley in size.

The decor reflected the age of the majority of the clientel. Being early 30's I felt like a baby. And while I did enjoy that aspect it doesn't really say happening Friday night.

The only thing that I can say saved them was the meals were rather large for what you paid for them. And they make a great coctail.

I would probably give this one a miss.

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Pourhouse Restaurant162 Water Street, Vancouver
A great Friday night spot!
Submitted Friday, March 19, 2010 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

I decided to try out the Pourhouse when looking for a place to have some after work drinks and an appy after work last friday.

I was hesitant to go in at first as the outside didn't seem very appealing but I was so suprized when I walked in. The ambiance was lovely - almost like stepping back into another era.

We got sat straight away (this may be because we got there a little after 5) and were immediatly greeting by our server. The cocktail list wasn't much but we were informed that the bar could make anything. I ordered my fruity cocktail, a beer and two appys. The Pate & Squid. A few minutes after our drinks came out the bartender came to check that the cocktail was what I was after which I thought was a nice touch.

The food was excellent. So much so infact that we ordered a cheese plate after which was also excellent. All the ingredients were fresh and you could watch how much love the chefs put into each dish through the open kitchen.

After we had been sat with our drinks the restaurant got a little busy and the service level dropped dramatically. Nothing that could not have been fixed with an extra server however.

Once our bill was delivered there was a little bit of shock. $12 for each customer cocktail ! high by Vancouver standards. The food was priced slighty high also however the quality was that good it was worth it.

Overall a great experience. This place will be outstanding when they work out the little service glitches. I will definatly be back

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Al Porto Ristorante321 Water Street, Vancouver
Best Italian Expereince I have had in Vancouver
Submitted Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

Al Portos restaurant was the best Italian Experience I have had in Vancouver!

I decided to stop into Al Portos when on a recent trip to Gastown. Besides initial confusion on how to get into the restaurant (go down the alley not through the door in the middle of the building)it was a great experience.

As we went for lunch we decided to split a a few pizzas with out table. The pizza was the real deal. Thin crust and tasted really fresh. We watched the cook put it into the oven and take it out at just the right time. We got given complimenty bread and it got refilled twice during out meal.

The service we recieved was very high quality. Our server was nice and did her job very well. The only reason that it was not incredible was that while she was a very good server she didn't do anything that went above and beyond our expectations. She met them... but didn't exceed them.

The value for money was outstanding. It is on the higher price range for pizza but the quality was totally worth it. I will keep going back again and again...

The ambiance here was lovely. From the moment we walked in we felt welcomed and warm. The colours are rich and the temperature was perfect. We were seated straight away even though we did not have a reservation. There was a small light on our table which I really felt added to the at home feeling I got from being at Al Portos.

I would definatly recommend this to all. I know I will be going back again!

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