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Aug 20, 2010 01:53 PM

New favorite casual spot in the metro area - Commune Cafe

Hey! I am so thrilled to have found a family-friendly, food-conscious eatery a few blocks from where I live. Right on the corner of Seymour and Nelson is a brand new cafe with a rather forgettable name. Commune Cafe offers organic, local foods at very reasonable prices. The menu is a bit limited, but what I have tasted is delicious. They have sandwiches and paninis, salads, and...I guess I would call them tapas. You can even get a plate of cheeses from Les Amis du Frommage with cured meats from Moccia. I paired that with a market salad, and a cider from the Okanagan. Ah-MAY-zing! They have a nice list of local wines and beer as well as your regular cafe offerings. Don't be turned off by the "order at the counter" organization of the place. The service is really fantastic. The staff helps you find a seat, take your drinks, and makes sure that everything is to your liking. There was really no downside for me or any member of my family, little ones included. They have a few kid's dishes such as cheesy pasta or a simple mozzarella panini. All said, it was a great experience, and I am so happy that such a place exists - and right around the block!

P.S. They have an sweet patio, perfect for those last few summer days. Cheers!

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  1. been meaning to drop in for a bite. i believe clutterer mention this is tina firenza's(flying tiger?) venture.
    the patio looks busy the past week and i believe they have free internet access(duh!). which is nice.
    good addition to the area.

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    1. re: betterthanbourdain

      Thanks, liza, this is going on my "film fest" list for sure. Great that it is breakfast, lunch and dinner. Prices look decent too, especially for that area. Will have to try the sangkak...

      Tina Fineza is indeed involved, btb:

      website here:

      Small rant: why do restaurant websites so often make it that you can't cut and paste from them? I'd understand it for proprietary reasons eg logos etc. But how is it good that I can't copy the address, phone and hours of operation into an email or list???

      1. re: grayelf

        Google that shit:

        Commune Cafe
        1002 Seymour Street
        Vancouver, BC
        M-W 7am-11pm
        R-F 7am-midnight
        Sat 8am-midnight
        Sun 8am-10pm

        1. re: clutterer

          Oh I was able to google it, just not cut and paste. So silly to make potential patrons have to cut and paste...

          1. re: grayelf

            I dropped by recently and, unfortunately, was advised that Commune Cafe does NOT have free internet!

    2. Picked up the Smoked Sablefish 
Cucumber Currant Mint
 Lime salad to go for lunch. I was not impressed. The salad was a lot smaller than I expected 
for $12, even by Yaletown standards and it was gritty.

      The smoked Sablefish was tasty but it was not enough to change my opinion.

      Was there a better choice on the menu that I should have ordered?

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      1. re: moyenchow

        That's not good. I haven't been there for lunch, so I couldn't say if the portions are different. I had the seasonal salad when I went and found it to be large enough for dinner with the addition of some cheese from the platter I shared with my SO. Sorry to hear that it wasn't a good experience.