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Aphrodite's Organic Delights Cafe

3598 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6R1N8
Tel: (604) 738-5879
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano

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Great quality food! FINALLY
By Rosser of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

This place... I have no regrets eating here, The ingredients they use is finally what I have been looking for in a lunch and dessert shop. I am very happy this place exists and hope they expand to other locations as well.

Pies are fantastic! They use real ingredients, but if you're the type of person that thinks Safeway has great quality pies then you won't understand nor appreciate the taste and workmanship into these pies.

Only issue I had was our server (her name is June) was very slow and didn't seem to care much except for her red lips ad fingernails. Other than that the rest of the staff were very nice!

I highly recommend this place!

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Lousy place. Worst server ever!
By cathy m of Ladner , B.C. (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

Had lunch at Aphrodites earlier this week. Ordered the large bowl of turkey vegetable soup.
When the server arrived, the soup had spilt over into the plate, onto the bread, into the little butter container and was all over the spoon including the handle.

The server explained that he had "almost tripped" with the soup.
He wanted to know if i "cared" stating that "some people wouldn't care".
I told him i cared and he took the soup away.
He returned with the same bowl of soup complete with spill marks, same soggy bread and same butter but now on a new plate with a clean spoon. The bowl made ring marks on the plate and had cooled down.

Anyways i ate what was left of the soup-it was quite thin and not a lot of veggies and hardly any turkey.
For this they charged $7.95

My friend paid the bill and i don't know if a tip was left or not. I wouldn't have left him a dime.

I emailed in a complaint but never heard back.
A miserable experience-will never go back.

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Favorite Organic place
By susanbeasley of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 5, 2014 - 10:24am [Dine in]

I really love Aphrodite's. They are famous for their delicious pies but I think one should also highlight the incredible taste and quality of their organic food.

We often forgo quality over price. But I must say, you get what you pay for! What I like about this cafe is that their products are fresh, organic and locally grown. I mean, their pizzas, sandwiches and salads have a homely, healthy taste and look to them.

Not only is the food really healthy, I also like the ambience of Aphrodites. It is a very welcoming and relaxing environment, which makes you want to come back time and time again.

One thing that my health-conscious friends constantly point out when I take them here is the service. They can be a little careless and slow. This needs to improve.

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quirky fun with delicous food
By Foodfor2 of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 7:11am [Dine in]

had the three course dinner recently. Yes, it's a little pricy for the setting which is a funky old place with mismatched tables and chairs. Strange pinatas hanging which we saw a sign for saying that you could have your own pinata made for $300.
The server we had was very warm asking us if we had any questions. This was our second time at the restaurant and service was faster than the last time which was good, but the place was much quieter so there was good reason for this.
You need to remind yourself that it's organic and will definitely remember this when you are served the most wonderful assortment of baby vegetables that you may have never had before. Soup was a little bland, but I loved the freshly baked bread that came with it and added a little salt (which I rarely touch in restaurants as I normally have low sodium meals). The piece of salmon I received hit under the potato crisp but was large and I couldn't finish it all. Of course I was saving room for dessert though.
The pie is delicious, especially the chocolate ones. Chocolate pecan pie is pure decadence!
The washrooms however are hilarious. I don't know how anyone over five foot tall can actually sit down as the toilet is in the middle of the room.

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Please more pie!
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 11, 2011 - 11:15am [Dine in]

A cute homey cafe with yummy pies. We decided to pass on the main course recommendations on the fresh sheet because they weren't that interesting and kind of expensive. Service was attentive and welcoming. We opted for the BLT, the Turkey Pot pie and to finish the meal off, an apple pie. The BLT sandwich consisted of Organic artisan bacon, with organic Cheddar, oven dried organic roma tomatoes, garlic aioli and baby arugula. A good portion, with thick hefty fresh bread and melted cheese. My hubby enjoyed this but thought it could be enhanced with another meat patty. The pot pie was made of local organic turkey, and a blend of organic vegetables in their famous pie crust, served with organic greens. I really enjoyed this dish, but wished the pie portion wasn't so small and actually filled the size of the dish it came in. The pie crust was really good. Finally, of course, we had to try one of their apple pies. Really good. We ended up getting ice cream on the side and that was delicious with the apple pie and yummy pie crust. I wanted more after that. Next time I'm having my own portion and not sharing with anyone! =)
Price-wise it's a bit on the higher side, so I really hope everything in those dishes were indeed all organic; $15 for the BLT, $12 for the Pot pie and $7.25 for the pie plus $2 extra for ice cream. I'd probably go back for the pies but that's all. And if I ever had a large enough party, I'd even think about getting the entire pie for $26. I liked it because it had just the right amount of sweetness that it didn't overpower the pie.

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Don't Pay For The Pie
By I like to eat of Kitsilano (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 1:06pm [Dine in]

I've gone here often, as it is close to my place. The brunches are really good and are what keeps me coming back. I love the creative bennys. The side salads are always tastey with grated beets and carrots and excellent dressing. There are lots of vegetarian choices and they will make modifications for you. Dinner is not as good, in my opinion, and the pie is okay quality but is very overpriced.

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Local Freshness + Organic Goodness
By suiki.shen of Vancouver (downtown) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 14, 2011 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

Ideal place for Sunday brunch. Made with fresh local ingredients supplied by nearby organic farms - Diary products from Avalon, Eggs and Chicken from Maple Hill Farm, Seafood and Fish from Ocean Wise certified Deluxe Seafood Vancouver and Organic fair trade coffee from Saltspring Coffee.

Make sure to leave room for desserts - over 14 famous organic pies and cakes to choose from: Apples, Blueberry, Strawberry rhubarb, cherry, chocolate pecan, chocolate banana cream and also wheat and gluten-free alternatives.

For my brunch - I had the Divine Salt Spring Frittata featuring three egg omelet spinach, caramelized red onion, sheep feta cheese. Served with organic greens and house multi grain bread - $13.

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Deliciously Overpriced
By DineOutPrincess of Hastings-Sunrise, Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 2:34am [Dine in]

We were a party of five here recently. The food was delicious, the service was fun and courteous. The new staff even inquired as to what we thought about items they were unfamiliar with in order to better serve future customers. We all ordered from the 3 course dinner selections and we all had one alcoholic drink each, the bill was outrageous! With tip it cost us $60ea for our dinners, you times that by 5 and well...holy crap! I had a gluten free pie for my third course and my gluten free pie crust kicks butt all over their mealy one. Seriously, mine has the taste and texture of the real flaky thing. As delicious as it was in all honesty my stomach was really growling an hour later. Overall the experience was not perfection but it was also far from awful.

I noticed others are complaining on here about them claiming to be all organic when they are not. I can not speak to that nor do I presently care if my food is all organic. I appreciate that they are making an effort that way but until there are appropriate labeling Laws in place for the organic food market in Canada, it is irrelevant. No one person or restaurant can honestly claim to be consuming or serving all organic unless they grew/raised all their food themselves because, last I checked, the Laws in Canada to do with organic food labeling are not yet honest.

I would return here for lunch or one of their single item menu options but not for the 3 course dinner. That was way too high for my budget!

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Pushed out the door
By lovesorganicfood of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

Well, this used to be our favorite restaurant, but because of an incident that happened today we will have to keep searching for a favorite. We stopped in today as it was my mother's birthday, and since we only eat organic food, this restaurant is a no brainer. Considering all the food is organic, the prices are amazing for what you get. The reason we were so disappointed today is because within fifteen minutes of finishing our peach pie (which was amazing!) we were flat out asked to leave. Some woman with long red hair comes over to our table and says that since there was a table of five waiting, she had to ask us to leave. The conversation went like this:

Her: "I'm sorry but we have a table of five we need to sit."
Me: "Tell them to wait" (what you ordinarily do when you come to a restaurant that is full)
Her: "Ummmm they've already been waiting fifteen minutes" (oh no! The poor babies! Are they going to be ok?)
Me: "Tell them to wait longer."
Her: "Yeah I guess I could do that, but...."

The attitude was dripping off of every word, like she actually felt justified asking us to leave. She had no clue how out of line she was. Amazing. Either the place does not know how to train staff, or it is so amazingly successful that they can treat customers however they want. I have been in the service industry for years, and would have been fired on the spot in any place I had worked if A) I had told people to leave as soon as they were done, and B) if I had given them as much attitude as this woman gave to me. It's hard because being one of the only organic restaurants in Vancouver, I guess they can treat people however they want, because where else are we going to go? So beware people, upon entering this restaurant, the minute you are no longer going to give them money, you will be asked to leave. We were each going to get a hot chocolate (hello owners, that would have been 15 more dollars for you) and were going to return for my brothers birthday next week (again, 150 dollars owners) but your staff prevented us doing so.

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Great Peach Pie
By P105 of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

I came here yesterday, last minute decision to get a slice of pie after going to the beach. The sandwich board said "Peach Pies are here". I ordered a slice to go. The employee was fast, efficient & friendly. The ambiance on this side is like a coffee shop, place to eat pie, a muffin etc. On the other side is where you would get your lunch, dinner. I found the place rustic but cozy & charming. There's not many place in Vancouver like that anymore. It felt that I was going home to have some pie my mother made (although my mother has never baked a pie in her life). The pie was fantastic....fresh peaches (organic imagine) and the crust was so yummy!
I'm looking forward to going back to try their lunch/dinner menu. I forgot to mention their special was to take one piece of pie to go for 15% off. I still had to pay $7.30 for one slice (a little pricey....I know, I know, its organic!)

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Some of the best food I've had in a while
By loricorleone of downtown (20 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

I went to this restaurant for the first time today, and I was beyond impressed. First off, the menu is if not all, then mostly organic. For those of us that choose to avoid eating pesticides and chemicals this is a HUGE plus. The ambiance is a little... rustic but charming none the less. The service was friendly and helpful, and I don't know why anyone would say their menu is overpriced (although we did just go for lunch. Maybe their dinner menu is a lot more expensive?). We found the prices and portions to be very reasonable, when you consider the quality of ingredients they use. I suppose some people are used to eating cheap food at cheap restaurants, and don't understand the cost associated with eating 100% organic. Now, the food-
We had the lentil soup-4$ - Very tasty, and it came with a big slice of organic bread with organic butter.
The stuffed french toast-13$- two HUGE sliced stuffed with raspberries and cream cheese. Served with whipped cream and real maple syrup. Absolutely delicious!
The Spanish banks breakfast burrito-12$- came with fresh salsa and spinach, as well as a big pile of potatoes and a large salad. The portion was so big we had to take half of it home
The bbq chicken wrap- 14$- large portion of organic chicken, also came with the potatoes and salad. My husband Said it was one of the best meals we've eaten out.

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Worst service I've seen
By Marco T of Vancouver (UBC) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 8, 2010 - 8:04pm [Dine in]

Service is the worse I've seen in Vancouver. This is the second time I need to leave because after 15 minutes nobody brings even the menu.

What is strange is the fact that after I arrived at least two groups of customers arrived and were served before me. Maybe you need to be Canadian to have the right to be served, unfortunately I'm not.

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Yet I keep coming...
By dretk of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 9:16pm [Dine in]

There's something to be said about rating a place 2's and 1's yet returning. I'm glutton for punishment and Aphrodite's is more than happy to deliver.

It is true, Aphrodite's service is so bad to the point where you will ask "did that just happen?" or "did I really order an iced tea 30minutes ago?" But to their credit or maybe just through chance I was there relatively recently (2 months ago) and it seemed that they have completely overhauled their staff. I am still leery so I gave service 1-star due to my lasting impression of the place.

I've only been here for lunch and brunch and even while taking into consideration the increased prices for organic food their menus is overpriced. I can't recall the exact price but a breakfast along the lines of 2 eggs, toast, hash browns was noticeably more pricey than say Tomato Cafe close by.

Unfortunately for the price increase I would say the food is not exceptional. Their food is "fine" and they have burned things on occasion.

So why do I come here? First, their chocolate raspberry pie. I honestly love that pie. Granted there have been occasions that I endure it all just to have the pie only to find out that it's sold out, but I still go waiting for the moment I'll get to savour that first bite.

So why not take out? This leads to the 2nd reason why this place is popular. The location draws you in. It's quaint. The inside space has a simple neighbourhood like feel. And the outside seating faces a street that has enough traffic and action to keep you occupied but doesn't usually get congested or overwhelming. It's the perfect restaurant for the location and complements the stores around it. I've sat outside on a sunny day and just enjoyed the breeze and the relaxing feel of the area.

This restaurant really could be so much more; better food to match the prices, better service, consistent availability of menu items but truth of the matter is that people keep coming back regardless of its deficiencies.

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I'll never go again
By M Mullan of Cedar Cottage (Vanc.) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 29, 2010 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

You have to try hard to be this bad.

First off, the service. Started off with a long wait to be seated even though we had reservations, we then had to wait another 15 minutes for the first visit by a server. Water appeared on our table 10 minutes later, drinks took another 15 minutes... you get the picture.

Secondly, the food. How does a pie place run out of ice cream before 8 pm? Seriously. And both types of ice cream (regular and soy) to boot! The next item I ordered was also MIA although I had to wait until my table-mates received their dishes to find out the bad news.

Finally, and this is perhaps the worst part, they overcharged us on the bill. Twice. There was an extra $20 on the bill the first time and an extra $10 on it the second time.

I'll never go again.

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Good light dinner
By ootnaboot of Vancouver (UBC) (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

My husband and I just wanted a light dinner, so split a BLT. The thick slab of organic bacon was fabulous, as was the bread. What a difference real smoking makes as opposed to chemical additives. The salad was also very good.

I agree with other posters that the pie is expensive. We had ours to go, and while it was delicious, there are better values for good pie out there.

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Prices are Out of Order
By ishtar of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 1, 2010 - 6:48pm [Dine in]

The servers are friendly, the food is organic, but I really think its overpriced.

Some of the dishes are fabulous, for example the cheddar and apple sandwich is a great value for lunch, but I have to be feeling really prosperous that day to order anything else.

Even though the pie is organic, I think $26 is insane.

I shop at Capers, I know what things are costing these days, but seriously, some of the prices here, even though they are local and organic are just out of order.

I will keep coming here for lunch, but I'll bake my own pies at home, thanks!

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Over rated
By liveitupu of Kitsilano (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 12:02am [Dine in]

I've been here 3 times, twice for dinner and once for breakfast and then mains were both disappointing. Simply put, they just didn't taste very good. One meal was a pizza. It was just local organic ingredients on a crust. It tasted like the kind I make at home and I'm always disappointed in my own pizza...wishing I had ordered out. The second meal I had was not very tasty either but I can't remember what I had. I was just there again because a friend of mine loves the place. We had breakfast and it was really good only because the chicken sausage was unbelievable. Eggs over easy...how can you go wrong. The price... $17.00. A little steep but I guess that is the price you pay (literally) for local ingrediants. I hope the owner reads these and can make improvments on the taste and the spicing of the dishes because they really are not good...in my opinion. Nice relaxing atmosphere though.

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Well...
By SomeoneSaid of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 3:24am [Dine in]

Personally, I sort of enjoy the casual attitude of the place with the restaurant jammed into the three shop fronts. So with soups with a wide variety of vegetables, and the 10 different fruits/vegetables I found in my entree, I am impressed by flavours and the overall concept of the place. Unlike most restaurants that hide greenery in cream or pointless salads, you taste a daikon or beetroot for what it really is with just a perfect accompanying sauce. But then there is disappointment. I ordered an almond crusted halibut and having a few almonds bashed once to get a strange combination of almond dust and whole almonds and throwing it on the center of the fish is not almond crusted. With a halibut that was so overcooked and rubbery that it was no better than frozen precooked stuff and salt seasoning that seemed to be concentrated all at the center of the fish, all I can suggest is stick with vegetables and bread. And all I can say about the pies is that while they are ok, it’s a pie. At more than 7$ no matter how good, you sort of know that it is not going to be worth it. But overall, great concept, great flavour (except for the fish), but too pricy for what you get.

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Outstanding food
By AlexandraBishop of Point Grey (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 5, 2009 - 8:01am [Dine in]

Free range eggs benedict with fresh, lemony hollandaise and sauteed organic spinach, crispy organic home fries and a bed of mixed local organic greens. $18. worth every cent. There are just some things I'm willing to pay more for. Probably the best breakfast I've had in Vancouver. Everyone in our group had an outstanding meal. Followed by warm rhubarb pie and vanilla ice cream. Our server was efficient and friendly. I'm glad we got there when we did - around 10:15am on a Sunday - by the time we left, it was packed and the kitchen was getting slammed. Standing on the street waiting -that probably would have impacted our experience. I suspect the key is to dine at off-peak hours. Cheers.

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Great concept
By mealsgrrl of East Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 12:40am [Dine in]

Despite the unfortunate (though not untrue) reputation for service, Aphrodite's was instantly one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver. Why? Their attention to local, organic, and fresh food. That's the main focus for me: good food- and they've got it. Last time I was there I had the turkey pot pie with a lovely garden salad that included farm-fresh radishes and a beautiful assortment of greens. My date had a tangy tomato borscht and the wild salmon burger. Their pies are expertly made and they have great coffee. The food is definitely quality cafe fare- sandwiches, homemade soups, pizza, etc, except for the salmon benny at brunch and their dinner special entrees which are a bit more bistro.
It is truly unfortunate, though, that of the three times I've gone there, the service staff have been disgruntled. Though I've never felt 'abused' by a server there, I am uncomfortable and perplexed in situations where the server's disposition makes me feel guilty for asking for the cappuccino I ordered half an hour ago. Good, socially-conscious food should breed positivity. I don't mean corporate bubbliness- I mean an ease of communication and a pleasurable atmosphere that allows for an occasional bad or grumpy day. It's human. But a bad day every time is questionable. So I need to ask- is the food ethical while the service staff aren't being paid fairly? Are the servers overworked because there are no bussers? Or does management just hire cranky servers? What is going on?
I want to go to this cafe more often. Two things are stopping me: the first we can guess. The second is that quality organic food costs more money. While I believe that it's worth it, it's just not something a student can afford very often.

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