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Stanley Park area/Deep West End

I'm staying in Van on Sat. April 17 with a couple of mates. We are about 2 blocks from Stanley Park. My pals will not want to venture far for eats. They won't want to spend much, either. ($25 and under for mains). Any recs for the immediate vicinity? How 'bout for coffees/pastries on Sunday morning? I'd prefer a place that takes reservations as one of my party gets very agitated with lines.

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  1. Le Brassier on Davie, don't know if the take reso's, but Raincity Grill does and is a great deal for Brunch/Coffee too the service at both is always very good

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    Raincity Grill
    1193 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2N1, CA

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      1. re: Sam Salmon

        adding links

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        Tapastree Restaurant
        1829 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1E4, CA

        Acacia Bistro & Import Ltd
        1103 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G, CA

        Dulcinea Cafe
        1118 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2M8, CA

      2. re: atstein

        adding link...

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        La Brasserie
        1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

        1. re: fmed

          Hey fmed:

          Does Brasserie take resos now? Maybe they always did but I thought that they did not.

          1. re: anewton

            They don't, unfortunately. (We just walked in one evening mid-week and there wasn't a line-up.) Saturday night would be surely busy. I suspect that you can slide right in if you come early.

            How about Zakkushi? They take resos.

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            Zakkushi Japanese Restaurant
            823 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L7, CA

      3. I would second the Tapastree rec - it's a neighbourhood place that's been around for a long time - good service, solid kitchen - and they are on OpenTable. I am pretty sure that the modern Vietnamese place Chau will take resos.

        The izakayas in the neighbourhood generally do not take resos (Hapa on Robson near Nicola is an exception that i know of) - BUT there are so many of them that, if you walk the circuit, you will probably get a table. My favourite is still Kingyo, but there are like a dozen within a couple of blocks of Robson & Denman. Also, there are many Korean restaurants in the vincinty that are reasonably sized and can usually accomodate people.

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        Kingyo
        871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA

        Hapa Izakaya
        1479 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G1C1, CA

        Tapastree Restaurant
        1829 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1E4, CA

        Chau Kitchen & Bar
        1500 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G1C2, CA

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        1. re: NoMoreSnuggles

          Have you been to Wanoma yet NoMoreSnuggles? I've been eyeing the place. It's a highly unusual izakaya with a supposedly all-female kitchen and a female chef. It's normally a male dominated cuisine (in Japan - even the diners are mostly traditionally male).

          1. re: fmed

            I have been trying to get to Wanoma for a while now but nobody wanted to go with me for dinner. I guess I will have to sneak in a solo lunch one day. I promise to report back when I do.

            1. re: NoMoreSnuggles

              Thanks NMS. A caveat...most izakaya don't serve izakaya food during lunch. If they are open, they usually serve bento or similar. Something to keep in mind.

              1. re: fmed

                I ducked into Wanoma with my girl, once, when the wait for the call from Guu got too long. That wait, man, it's always torture on me, 'cause you're wandering down on Robson, surrounded by good food. And long lineups. I really, really love Guu but sometimes we'd just go to Kingyo or wait in the Kintaro lineup or get some Babylon Cafe. But, yeah, Wanoma... it's a very cold room, modern chilly decor (I mean, Kingyo and Hapa are both sleek, modern places but never feel really cold), that isn't helped by its perpetual lack of diners (I haven't been down there in a while, so I hope it's a little busier). The menu and the food is closer to, like, Hapa, than, say, any of the Guus. Really polished. I mean, we had pizza (thin crust pizza like Guu and Nanchu make, but with legit mozzarella and capers and pickled peppers) and chicken wings, which sounds ridiculous. (We had tuna tataki, too, though). But, yeah, it's hard to choose it over Guu or Kingyo.

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                Guu
                838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

                Kingyo
                871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA

          2. re: NoMoreSnuggles

            Both Kingyo and Guu with Garlic take reservations.

            If I remember correctly, Kingyo will not take reservations for the same day so call the day before but Guu with Garlic will take same day reservations.

          3. tapastree also owns an italian place called nook on denman, straight forward italian cooking, afffordble under $20 mains and worth checking out. they take reso call ahead. mainly crostini's salads pizza and pasta

            i'd pass on chau, not worth the money, unless you want vietnamese in a more upscale environment(more money) for drink(of the alcoholic variety).

            definitely try the one of the ramen places when it is not so busy. santouka/motomoachi/benkei/kintaro in that order.

            babylon cafe on denman is a good cheap eat spot. the lines up are not as bad nowadays.

            also like the thai place on Denman Khunnai Chang, quite authentic thai food. moderately priced

            1. The Teahouse in Stanley Park is very nice especially for the view. The past couple of times I've gone (last year), it's improved a lot from previous years. Right now they have a 3 course Steak Frites for $19.99 and on Sundays, they offer the Prime Rib special again 3 courses for $29.99