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Restaurant Reviews for Vancouver, BC                                Back to What's on Tonight

Restaurants are listed alphabetically, with the restaurant address and a brief review.  Check out our page with restaurant and pub specials by the day of the week for a quick on-line reference guide. 

Alibi Room


Chao Phraya Thai Restaurant



Kibune Sushi (Kits)


Player's Chop House


Whip Gallery

Wolf and Hound


The Alibi Room, 157 Alexander Street (at Main), Vancouver, Tel: 604.623.3383
Hours: Tu-Th 5:00pm-midnight; F 4:30pm-1:00am; Sa 10:00am-3:00pm, 4:30pm-1:00am; Su 10:00am-3:00pm

(From Rick, CAMRA Vancouver newsletter)

I've passed by the Alibi Room a couple of times, meaning to drop in some time to check it out. Now I know I should stop procrastinating. Owner Nigel Springthorpe has informed me that they have the following beers available:

Draft: Cannery Naramata Nut Brown, Crannóg Back Hand of God Stout, Howe Sound Baldwin & Cooper Bitter, Mission Springs IPA, Mount Begbie High Country Kölsch, R&B Cream, R&B Wheat, Russell Extra Special Lager, Russell Pale Ale
Guest Tap: Crannóg The Village Idiot; next is Tim Brown's Christmas Blond, followed by Cannery Blackberry Porter
Limited quantity bottles: Canoe Club Beaver Brown, Lager, Red Rock Bitter, Siren's Song Pale; Spinnaker's Iceberg Pale Ale, Organic Nut Brown, Titanic Stout
Regular bottles: Alhambra, Antares Kölsch, Brooklyn EIPA, Brooklyn Pennant Ale, Baron Bohemian, Cannery Blackberry Porter, Erdinger Weisse, Fraoch Heather Ale, Innis & Gunn, Konig Ludwig Weisse, Krusovice, Old Yale Cultus Lake Pilsner, Ossian Golden, Pacifico, Peroni, Phillips Phoenix Lager, Schneider Weisse, Tank House Pale Ale

As a bonus, the menu looks rather tempting. Combine that with the clean elegance of brick, dark wood, and white plaster that decorate a spacious room in a Gastown heritage building and you have a recipe for a memorable time out.

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Boneta, 1 West Cordova, Vancouver, BC

A new favourite on the restaurant scene. This is a great spot for food and drinks.  West Coast food. Excellent service, complimentary valet, and great booze selection.  See our write up for the Macallan dinner, HopScotch 2007.


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Chao Phraya Thai Restaurant, 2325 Cambie Street, Vancouver BC, V5Z 2T9 604-732-3939

This is Aidan and Jackie's favourite Thai restaurant for delivery.  The yellow curries and green curries are excellent, as is the pad thai.  The shrimp crepe appetizer is delicious!  The service is always prompt and courteous....and delivery is free. 


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Feenies, 2563 West Broadway Vancouver, BC V6K 2E9 (604) 739-7115

Feenie's is a casual bistro built on the reputation of Rob Feenie, the owner of Lumiere, its next door neighbour. Feenies offers high quality bistro fare for reasonable prices. It is kid-friendly during the day (older kids), but gets more adult-oriented as the evening progresses.  The service is great.  The drinks are great. The food is spectacular. 


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Gastropod, 1938 4th Avenue West - (604) 730-5579

Date: January 16, 2007

This new restaurant in Kitsilano is beautifully decorated, with a relaxed yet classy feel.  Dipsophilia was there on a Tuesday night, and it was about half full.  The waitress was not the best....her style did not suit the ambiance they are looking for.  Her service made us feel like we were at a cheap diner or greasy spoon.  The "bus boy" made up for it - good sense of humour and excellent attention to the clientele.  The food menu was small but good. The goat cheese salad was delicious, but too much greenery and too little goat cheese.  Presentation was good. We all ordered the lamb....we typically try to order different dishes, but the pre-dinner drinks and chit chat distracted us! The lamb was delicious, although luke-warm, and served on cold plates.  We were informed that the cooking method involved re-heating the lamb shrink-wrapped in boiling water, and that it would never be hot.  My chef friend said later that is BS.  If they know what they are doing they can get it warmer. The concept of heating the plates prior to serving was lost on the waitress. She muttered something about the cold weather.  Our bill was about $55 per person, which included one drink each, but no dessert.  The bottom line - I will try this restaurant again - I liked the atmosphere, and if the chef can heat the lamb a little more and the waitress take a lesson from Le Crocodile staff, they will have something good!

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Kibune Sushi Restaurant, 1508 Yew Street, Vancouver, BC, V6K 3E4 (604) 731-4482

Best Sushi in Vancouver!! At least in Aidan and Jackie's opinion.  Always great service. Always great food. It is not an "all-you-can-eat" sushi restaurant, and you pay for the excellent quality, but it is worth every bite! Dinner for two can run around $70, no drinks included.

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Maurya, 1643 West Broadway, Vancouver BC V6J 1W9 Phone: 604-742-0622
Excellent higher end Indian food.  Dipsophilia has never been disappointed!  Maurya now offer delivery! In March and April, Maurya offer free desserts for all pick up and delivery orders over $50. Also, keep your eyes open for the Best Baisakhi Food Festival & Wine Dinner that is happening in April, we will give you more details in the near future.

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Player's Chophouse, 808 Beatty Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 1C2 tel: 604 694 2467 (CHOP) fax: 604 694 2466

We went to the new Player's Chophouse next to BC Place.  The food was questionable, for the value.  Food service was v.spotty, as my ribeye arrived a full 20min after the pizza and burger my friends ordered.  Although it was comped despite its $34 price tag, everything was a little off with bar service was flustered a full 2h before game time, and on a Saturday night no less.  The wine list was mediocre across the board, with only perfunctory effort on the disappointing by the glass portion of the list.  Guinness was small but generally underpoured although the lines were clean.  No specials.  Given that this is a Mitch Berger joint (owner of the excellent Saltaire), might try again.  Steak, when arrived, was good, although the pizza was particularly good, with good crust & toppings.  Staff were undertrained.  CA rating:  2.5/5.


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Shebeen, Gastown, Vancouver BC


We've visited Shebeen a few times, at both the old location and the new location across the street, through the Irish Heather , out the back door and into the Shebeen room at the back.  Great whisky selection, knowledgeable staff, great atmosphere! We recommend it for an after work drink, a late night "night-cap" and everything in between!


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The Whip Gallery, 209 E 6th Ave, Vancouver Tel: 604-874-4687.

Date: March 18, 2007

The Whip is a restaurant that feels more like a "local" than most of the pubs in Vancouver. Dipsophilia dropped in on a Sunday for a Cask Conditioned ale and some delicious appetizers. This is an establishment for people who really enjoy their beer. CAMRA hold their meetings here and recently voted The Whip as one of Vancouver's top venues for Real Ale. They have a variety of Storm and R&B beers on draught and a healthy selection of bottles from other breweries too.

STORM BREWERY - IPA, Pilsner, Scottish Cream and Black Plaque Stout

R&B BREWERY - Red Devil Ale and Sun God Wheat Ale

Kronenberg 1664
Blanch de Chambly


4.00 Lucky Can
4.25 Kokanee
5.50 Corona
5.50 Heineken
5.50 Red Stripe
5.50 Newcastle Brown Ale
5.50 Stella Artois
6.50 Tetley English Ale
6.50 Guinness
6.00 Grolsh
8.25 Innis and Gunn
11.75 La Maudite 750ml

Every Sunday they have a cask conditioned ale available from different local breweries,  with the Brewmaster in attendance. 

"Pub Sundays" - Don't miss out; be there at 4:00 PM

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Wolf and Hound, 3617 Broadway West, Vancouver, BC V6R 2B8, 604-738-8909

Recently under new ownership/management, the Wolf and Hound is continuing to serve great food and host great music.  Open for a great Irish (British) breakfast on Sundays.

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