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Jan 7, 2014 10:55 AM

Restaurant near Cellar jazz club?

We'll be seeing a show and it would be nice to eat dinner within walking distance as we won't have a car. Walking can by up to a mile, although would be better. No price constraints; just want some great food of any kind.


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  1. I personally love the pub food at the Wolf and Hound which is right next door. Excellent food quality (typical pub stuff though - burgers, pot pies, fish and chips, etc) and a nice selection of local and import beers.
    Baru Latino is great, South American "fusion" cuisine - a louder, loungy sort of place.
    Lots of love on this board for La Quercia for Italian.
    Also might check out Vinoteca. They often have live Jazz (Wednesday night IIRC?)
    Nuba for good Lebanese food in a restaurant that has more ambience that I typically associate with this type of cuisine.
    Also check out Vinoteca

    1. There's a pretty good Greek place across the way - Athene. Their slow cooked lamb dishes are great on a rainy night.

      1. Strike has yummy Taiwanese/Chinese grub, at the 3200 block (4 blocks east of Cellar).

        Browns Social House (W.10th, just east of Alma) has the "casual fine dining" stuff akin to Earls/Milestones/Joeys

        Banana Leaf for Malay/Singaporean (3000 block) is decent.

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        1. re: LotusRapper

          We just recently tried the Browns Social House at this location when the Wolf and Hound was closed over the holidays. I really can't recommend it. The service was quick and friendly but the food was only passable. The burger was pretty standard, on par with White Spot maybe, and overpriced at that. I had the salad/dynamite roll combo. Salad was way overdressed/soggy and the dynamite roll was covered in severl sauces as well which overwhelmed the whole thing.

          With all the other great restaurants in this area I wouldn't recommend Browns.

        2. +1 for The Wolf and Hound. Among the best pub food in the city. Great pot pies, poutine, and beef dip. Also a nice selection of beers on tap and a really chill atmosphere.

          1. I usually just eat at the Cellar. Menu was designed by Two Chefs and a Table. Duck fat tater tots. Just sayin'
            Besides, then you can stake out your table for the show :)

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            1. re: KarenDW

              Excellent suggestion Karen. I strongly believe in supporting any restaurant or club that has live music by spending your supper money there too. Yes, a cover charge often helps pay for the entertainment, but these establishments also count on food and booze sales to make it a viable business. Obviously, if the food isn't up to par, eat elsewhere, but from what I've heard and read, the food is pretty good at the Cellar.

              1. re: Scoffier

                As a massive jazz fan, I commend the sentiment. But, I've got only two nights for dinner in your fabulous city, and I don't think I'll spend one of those dinners eating food at a music joint, even if it's O.K. However, I'll make sure to order plenty of booze to make up for it!

                1. re: jorlofsky

                  I hear that, jorlofsky. I live near the Cellar and the area's a bit of a food wasteland IMO. I haven't been yet but I think there is a pretty good sushi place in the old La Ghianda spot at Alma and 4th. It's the new Yuji's (he used to be closer to Burrard on 4th; glad to see he's still got kakiage on the menu, oh and sea bream too... hmmm... now I want to go!): That would be way less than a mile away.