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Dinner in Yaletown - moderate recommendations?

islandgirl Mar 24, 2011 08:05 AM

We have the opportunity to have dinner in Yaletown this coming weekend, an area that we're not very familiar with. Places like Cioppino's and Blue Water are a bit out of our price range. I suggested a return to Lupo which I loved on a previous visit but the SO wants to try somewhere new. Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance

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    selena03 RE: islandgirl Mar 24, 2011 08:37 AM

    I live here and have a very hard time finding a good restaurant that is not over the top $ like Cioppino's and Blue Water. I find that the cuisine here is either super expensive or coffee shop food. It's really too bad that there are not many choices in between. Whenever I feel like eating in the area I go to Juno bistro (love the rolls and the agedashi tofu is amazing) but it might not have the finer dining atmosphere you are looking for. I wasn't sure by your post but assumed so with the restos you mentioned. I love love Lupo and like to go there any chance I get as there are always great specials on the menu so you can always try something different.

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      bdachow RE: islandgirl Mar 24, 2011 09:54 AM

      There's always Provence Marinaside, which I found the food to be competently done, nothing that blows you out of the water but nothing that offended either.

      1. LotusRapper RE: islandgirl Mar 24, 2011 12:10 PM

        If you're flexible to go slightly outside of Yaletown, there's La Brasserie on Davie that's very very reasonable price-wise, yet with uncompromising quality:



        I like their intimate, warm and inviting space but casual and not stuffy. Will need to make reservations, though, as the room only seats 30-ish.

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          grayelf RE: LotusRapper Mar 24, 2011 06:13 PM

          OOOh, does La Brasserie takes resos now? Colour me excited. Great rec BTW -- I racked my brain and couldn't come up with anything for the OP in Yaletown but this is close and has a nice atmosphere.

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

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            LotusRapper RE: grayelf Mar 24, 2011 09:18 PM

            Ooops ok I'd better clarify here, I didn't say that they DO take reso, just that I'd recommend it (IF they take resos). See, last time I was there it was 5:30pm and we just walked right in and got seated :-) Ahhhh the joys of parenting, forces Mommy & Daddy to eat dinner super-early (even when they're not yet hungry) so they can be home by 8:00 and relieve the babysitter ........

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              kinnickinnik RE: LotusRapper Mar 24, 2011 09:45 PM

              La Brasserie does not take resos - if you get there early or late, you shouldn't have to wait long, if at all, for a table or seat at the bar. Weeknights (esp early in the week) are generally fine at any time. Great food at a very reasonable cost. Love the rillettes they set out with the bread.

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

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                LotusRapper RE: kinnickinnik Mar 24, 2011 10:08 PM

                And watch the mass exodus of parents-couples at 8pm ! LOL.

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          Tinfoilhat RE: islandgirl Mar 24, 2011 04:00 PM

          Rodneys is fun.

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            bigeaterjustin RE: islandgirl Mar 24, 2011 09:39 PM

            Napa izakaya

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              islandgirl RE: islandgirl Mar 25, 2011 08:17 AM

              Thanks for all the suggestions. We've been to La Brasserie several times and love it (we're often part of 8pm parent-exodus!). I think we've decided to try Provence Marinaside as we've always enjoyed our meals at the Provence on West 10th.
              However, I just remembered 100 Nights at the Opus Hotel. Has anyone been? Would this be a better option?

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

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