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East is East - Main St

4.4
374 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic
  • Live Music
Our food consists of thoughtfully prepared recipes that will take you on a culinary journey along the ancient Silk route.


As evening descends upon the vibrant city of Vancouver, Chai Lounge comes to life like the courts of the eastern Raja's. Imagine a warm, dreamy and visually arresting venue where global sounds cascade the room over the din of lively conversations. Spicy scents waft from the kitchen followed by an abundance of delicious trans-himalayan cuisine.


Chai Lounge is our landmark location. There is no place like it in Vancouver,and visitors from near and far marvel at the ornate carpets, ceiling mandala's, and the nature-inspired furnishings.
The large central stage features a rotating line-up of world class musicians and dancers. We ask for a small patronage fee of $3 per person which goes to support all the live local music at East is East. Because we are very busy we hold tables for 2 hours. We look forward to serving you.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian, Mediterranean, Southeast Asian
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Hours of Operation

Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:30pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm

Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 4:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Phone number
(604) 565-4401
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Catering
We offer catering for fundraisers, private and corporate functions, weddings etc.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
28th Ave E
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Parking Details
Underground customer parking
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Entertainment
Music is a cornerstone of East is East and Chai Lounge. Every night at Chai Lounge is a musical one. The large central stage features a rotating line-up of world class musicians and dancers from Spain,India, China, Persia, Romania, Canada and more, playing traditional and modern instruments in rare and unique combinations.



Whether you are a music lover, or just a casual listener interested in expanding your musical vocabulary, Chai Lounge is a gateway to an exciting world of sound.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 374 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

It was our first time and the food, service and music was really nice. We had the endless sample option called The Feast.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Our first time here as a party of 5 celebrating our son & his girlfriend's birthdays.
Easy booking with Open Table, great service from the time we arrived, amazing food, great value.

We will definitely recommend this place & will absolutley be back.

My husband & I as seniors, appreciated how easy it was to have a conversation with our group, despite the closeness of the tables & the music.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The chai feast was great! A good selection of vegetarian, poultry, and fish options. I look forward to coming back.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Service was not great . It was a family dinner to celebrate a B’day day party and the server told that she would be bringing a dessert for the Bday person but she made us wait so long that we all were frustrated and decided to leave .

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Great food and service always. Come here fairly often.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Love this restaurant but making customers pay for the talent you bring in is tacky.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My 5yr old asked to see the Flamingo dancers for his birthday. He loves watching and mimicking their moves. The service was friendly and prompt.
Great entertainment and good!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We really enjoyed a vegetarian

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food was great, service has always been slow.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I was really excited to see the performance but we got seated in the back corner where none of us could see anything. We still had to pay the coverage charge which I thought was unfair since we couldn't see it at all to appreciate the full experience.

Also our waitress was very rushed and took our food away even though we had not finished. Good was ok. Don't get the roti as it is just plain tortilla.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great food. Went for the Chai Feast and the lamb dish was awesome!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

The food and ambiance was unreal. I will definitely return for more!!! such a cute place

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Pricey if you have kids, go fo the per person, not the a la carte. Amazing night out, entertainment is the icing on the cake.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The food and service are good! Apparently, it’s bit noisy.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Lovely experience and ambiance. Waitress was very friendly

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Good food!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Amazing decor. Awesome food. Very loud with live music. Not good for conversation.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

I had a better experience this time. The last time they overbooked their reservation.. told us that we have the table for 2 hours max but food took about an hour to arrive because it was super busy and the worker rushed us to get the bill. This time around... i guess they weren’t as busy, but food still took about 30 mins to come out..got to stay an extra 20 minutes pass the allotted time.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Awesome atmosphere and amazing food!! Also, the staff was super friendly.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food was great. Seating was terrible. They sat us at a kiddie table my knees were above the table when seated. Could not do anything to be comfortable. I am 6'-4" asked to be moved, other tables were open. They said, were not available.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

My favourite nightclub in Van., where people bring their babies. Looks like the place belongs in rural BC. That's a compliment.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

I am grateful there is at least East is East in Vancouver that still takes reservations!!! For someone like me who has ability challenges the options for good restaurants are becoming more limited because they don't take reservations. So thank you East is East. Please don't stop taking reservations. It's very important to keep this inclusive practice.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

been going to East is East last 4 years and always impresses my friends , Birthdays , get together ,,loved the whole experience .
My only negative on this Friday is the table closes to stage , as there were 4 fairly tall guest and was Blocking the Flamenco Dancers Feet ( very important to see those movements )
I'll definitely bring more friends to your very fine gem of a venue.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great food and service. Atmosphere was great. Must try.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Lovely service, food was delicious. Jazz music didn't match the ambiance or the food. Odd choice and everyone was charged $10 to listen to it regardless of whether you were listening or not.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

This is a really great restaurant. They cater to vegans and gluten free dietary restrictions. I don't eat gluten out of personal preference and I am vegan, so that is wonderful.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Loved the Halibut South Indian curry with Basmati rice. Yum!!
Good Customer service , convenient location.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Very happy with my experience dining at east is east on Main! Really cool ambience and the food was delicious! ❤️

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Overall it was okay but I felt the quality was not as good as before or even as good as the one on West Broadway. The "feast" was not as good as it usually is and I felt it was overall on the pricey side.

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2018

What a pleasant surprise to have something so delicious for lunch... I will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

The food is always amazing!! I just wish I could eat more, I always get too full to quick. The Chocolate Pudding is the best 💜💜

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Great ambience and service. Staff very hospitable and attentive to your requests. Quality of food above average.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything about this restaurant is great. The food, service, eclectic feel and entertainment is all wonderful. A great place to dine out.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing food, service, ambiance and value. Chai Feast was delicious. Will definitely return!

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

The food choices were excellent, and the portions generous. We enjoyed the tasting menu and appreciated the range of flavours and variety of options on offer. Really delicious, and great value.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Food was delicious as always! Service was not as attentive as usual but was adequate. The food quality made up for it.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

This restaurant is like a gem amongst others. I first discovered the one in Kitsilano, but just tried the one on Main Street. It is also very unique experience!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

It was awesome, there were eight of us friends and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a little loud with the live music and dancing, ie hard to chat and catch up, but still a lot of fun. My food was delicious. The only thing I would change is the seating, I was on a low wooden bench and my back was achey by the end of the night.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

I love East is East! They have the best meals and ambiance. I feel like I am in the Far East and I love the live music/dance, always wonderful! I highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We loved our experience. We did the dine out menu which was fantastic! Being welcomed with a small tea was a really nice touch as well, would for sure go back!

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