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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.

Suggestions?

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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".

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      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.

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          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 series...so YMMV. But being served food cooked and prepped by ex-convicts qualifies as "unusual atmosphere" in my books.

                  http://www.delilahs.ca/Delilahs/Delil...

                  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.

              2. Century House? or could it be too much like tapas + dj feel? Different atmosphere though

                http://www.centuryhouse.ca/main/