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Jan 10, 2011 05:56 PM

Reasonable lunch with a view - Is it possible?

4 of us want to take a friend for a birthday lunch.

What seems to be wanted is for the mains to be under $20.00.

Anywhere in Vancouver, North Van or West Van.

The birthday girl likes West Van a lot.

Is it too tall an order?

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  1. Fraiche? I haven't been but the prices are in the ballpark if you eschew the lamb, and it should have the view covered if the day is clear. And if you can stand the egregious typos on the menu :-(.

    Fraiche Restaurant
    2-2240 Chippendale Road, West Vancouver, BC V7S 3J5, CA

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    1. re: grayelf

      How are the views from Milestones @ 8th & Cambie? (upstairs over Whole Foods)

      1. re: Sam Salmon

        We went once last year and the view is actually quite nice. And, on a side note, the food was better than I've had at Milestones in recent years. We tried the one on 4th again recently to see how it compared and it was not very good (over seasoned, odd-flavour combinations, etc)

        Re: West Van recs, I haven't been in a long time but the Beach House at Dundarave is in a lovely ocean-front setting. Entrees exceed your price point, but the lunch offerings of sandwiches and salads are all in the $10-15 price range from a quick look at their website.

        Beach House Cafe
        2775 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K2C4, CA

    2. Well, since Sam brought up Milestones, I can now safely suggest [wink]:


      Beachside Forno (at Ambleside, used to be Crave)

      The Galley Patio & Grill @ Jericho Sailing Centre

      The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill (part of Mark James Group

      Marina Grill (North Van, under Ironworkers Memorial Bridge

      Cardero's (Coal Harbour)

      1. good suggestions:

        i suggest Nu with their new Greek inspired menu. on WV I believe Beach is introducing a lower price point menu. they were having ownership challenges and deciding what direction they were heading. Most lunch menu are more reasonable including the one at Lift.

        for patios there is also Miletsone's/Boathouse on beach/denman ave.
        I've had lunch several times at boathouse in Kits Beach. which is ok if food is not the main criteria. they had a great crab chowder which is now replaced by much less spectacular lobster bisque.

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          1. re: betterthanbourdain

            Not wanting to hi-jack the OP but has Nu replaced those horribly uncomfortable chairs? I have to confess my one meal there was fabulous but my back hurt for days afterwards so we've never been back.

            1. re: islandgirl

              Yes, they have replaced most of the chairs.
              We went for dinner 2 weeks ago and I have to say I preferred the old menu .
              Four of us had different entrees and no one was overwelmed.

          2. OK, the Beach House in Dundarave is not good and overpriced. There is the view, though. In Dundarave Village, there is the Fish Market, MUCH better food. No view, however.

            Beach House Cafe
            2775 Island Hwy W, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K2C4, CA

            Fish Market
            , Richmond, BC V6Y, CA

            1. sandbar and bridges are both fairly reasonable for lunch and amazing views