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Jun 28, 2010 01:03 PM

Looking for unusual atmosphere

I'm seeking a place anywhere in the lower mainland that is dimly lit, cozy, moderately expensive with decent food. I want to dress up and have a romantic meal. Not classy exactly. More vampy. Ideally no big chain restaurants.


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  1. The Pear tree springs to mind, Great food. Romantic - dress up. And the strangest atmosphere of a restaurant of its caliber.

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      1. re: Sam Salmon

        I'm pretty sure it's closed now. That was my thought too :)

        1. re: islandgirl

          It's been Terrcotta for a couple of months now, Marrakech closed almost a year ago

    1. What about Tapastree (Robson, west of Denman)? It's not exactly vampy but the wall sconces and art aren't traditionally "classy".

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

        1. re: LotusRapper

          The Nuba location near Main is in no way a 'special occasion' place-the Hasting St location would suit OP but honestly I can't see getting dressed up to go there-many of the patrons look like they just changed a car tire.

          Nuba Cafe
          322 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B1K6, CA

          1. re: Sam Salmon

            My mistake, I was thinking of their old location, but as I was typing I mentioned the new location (which I haven't been to yet). Some days, the two halves of my brain refuse to talk to each other :-(

            1. re: Sam Salmon

              How's about you give some more particulars about what you're looking for to spare us the wrath of Sam Salmon?

          2. Very strange this, but i actually find myself almost wanting to recommend the out of business Restaurant Conner Butler.

            They had a certain gothic charm, bordering on weirdness

            1. How about Delilah's? Blast from the past for me as it was a semi-regular hangout waaaay back in the old location on Haro (now Adesso perviously Parkside/L'Altro Buca.).

              Or Lupo? Or the William Tell? These aren't really vampy though. I think of places like Sanafir when I think of vampy.

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              1. re: fmed

                I thought of Delilah's too fmed but I've never been to the new location. Is it vampy enough?

                1. re: grayelf

                  They are still attempting to carry on the tradition. It's not as vampy and campy as the Delilah's of yore...but I do note the recent changes there and a tie-in to a reality TV YMMV. But being served food cooked and prepped by ex-convicts qualifies as "unusual atmosphere" in my books.


                  1. re: fmed

                    Thanks for the warning :-). I watched a couple of eps of the first season -- what a dog. I guess it's one way to remain viable but yikes.