East is East - Main St

4.4
410 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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 410 People Are Saying
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SO
1 review
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food, live music and great service! Loved it I will be back

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SA
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4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Decided to go here for my best friends birthday after only having been there once before. Just as amazing as I remember to be, really good price for the chai feast and the Kashmiri sunset lassi is soooo good I ordered two of them! The staff was also amazing and surprised us by bringing free dessert and getting the whole restaurant to sing happy birthday to my friend with them. We also got amazing seats right infront of the stage where live music was playing. Safe to say, she had a really good 20th birthday ❤️

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P
1 review
3.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Been several times...great for birthdays and always great spicy tastey food. Nice servers, but very slow to get food this last time there, 2 hour time limit due to next reservations.
Love the Chai feast all you can taste ... so worth it.

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AA
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food is just fantastic. Come hungry and rose the Chai Feast. The Peas & Cheese and the Lamb are stand outs.

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FF
Vancouver
1 review
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food is always good, and the flamenco show on Friday nights is great!

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BB
1 review
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

Liked it very much except it was very noisy above and beyond the music which was at a reasonable level. Hard to hear each other. Needs sound bafflers. Cocktails a joke.

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LO
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I originally discovered the restaurant when I searched the surrounding area of a property I needed to review with a Client. Both of us were gluten free and I was excited to try a new GF friendly restaurant. When we got there, the food was so unusual we had no idea what to order and each just randomly picked something. It was so delicious we had to taste each other's food. This was about 2 years ago. Since then, if I have special guests from out of town, a Trip to East is East on Main is our first choice. This week, we brought 4 aunt and uncles from out of town and we were treated to the magnificent tasting Feast. We all loved every thing we tried. It is the most amazing food ever!
To top it off, we get our take - away magnificent Chai tea for desert. What a treat.

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TH
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

By far our favourite restaurant! Entertainment is great to watch. Very energetic!

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Vancouver
10 reviews
4.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A wonderfully eclectic journey of the East. Sample cuisine in traditional styles remaining authentic to the experience. Highly recommend.

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J
Vancouver
4 reviews
4.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We regularly go to East is East for special occasions . The food and ambiance are always great! Love the chai feast option, but always eat too much! Didn't get a chance to have dessert this time as we were too full. But the desserts are so delicious! I love the chocolate cherry pudding, my daughter loves the Kir (rosewater rice pudding).

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CK
Vancouver
1 review
3.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

I really enjoyed my first dining experience here. The staff are low key which I appreciated more as the evening progressed. The food is the high point here. The layers of flavours are outstanding!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
4.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Overall great food.
Vegetarian dishes were exceptional, the lamb dish was flavourful, but the meat was too tough & dry to swallow

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AC
Portland
1 review
4.0Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We thought the food was very good and loved the chance to try many things on the tasting menu. It was very very loud on a crowded night, though; couldn't hear the musicians well.

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M
1 review
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful place! Our server was so great and we could tell the other servers were so great as well! Thanks so much for your service! Their chai tea is THE BEST!

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AI
1 review
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Great place, great music, the chai tea was really great as well

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s
Vancouver
1 review
4.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I enjoyed going to East is East frequently in the past, especially in the cozy old Kitsilano digs. Now that the locations have been upgraded, the prices have risen substantially and instead of my go to restaurant I will only go there on a very special occasion if at all. Not in my price range. It looks like they are catering to a more upscale clientele. Too bad, it doesn't really fit with the message of the restaurant.

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EV
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lively place with great food and ambiance! Nice selection of tapas in the tasting menu. The musicians made the whole experience more fun.

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GA
1 review
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

East is East is my family's go to place...Reliably tasty, nutritious food, and friendly, punctual service. It's comfort food with something for everyone in my "special needs food preferences" family...

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G
Vancouver
4 reviews
4.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Service was occasionally slow but always friendly.

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MH
1 review
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great vibe, great food! I went with a couple of friends and loved the experience.

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M
Vancouver
1 review
3.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

It was very loud and the music was not to our group's liking. The food was good but some items were disappointing, like the seasonal fish that was a part of the feast. In the end, it was quite pricy by the time they charged $3 for the music and 18% tip. I paid $45 for just me. I will think twice before going back.

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BP
Vancouver
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I wasn't expecting the level of entertainment that was there - it was a great experience and a pleasant surprise!

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SA
1 review
4.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A very lovely, calm environment for a family gathering. The music carried you off to another time and place. We were welcomed and looked after right from entering - samples of tasty chai tea and food. Once seated in the cozy section surrounded by the Himalayan salt wall, special attention was given to explaining the different options on the menu. Our group included vegetarians and all of us enjoy flavourful healthy food which we were delighted by so many exotic choices. Our evening was so relaxing and enjoyable, we will be back soon.

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R
1 review
4.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Great food but really don’t appreciate the $3 a head fee for the band. I wasn’t fond of the music, and even if I was I feel it’s the venues responsibility to front the cost of entertainment, not the guests. It seems tacky

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AA
Vancouver
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was the second time I dined at East is East Main St and it was great once again. This time I brought two friends and they had nothing but very positive comments about the staff, the entertainment and especially the food! The only draw back is finding parking but....

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p
1 review
4.0Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We always have a fabulous meal, we arrived early, and were not in the restaurant long enough to warrant a $3 charge per person for the musicians. Also, I think the charge for music should be separately itemized from the food and taxes as it raises the amount of tax on the overall bill. As well, tipping should be calculated on the total bill as tipping is for food service only, not music. The way the bill is laid out is misleading and I'm sure you have many customers who do not realize they should be tipping only on the NET cost of the food, not including the music fee and the taxes.

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MK
Vancouver
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were awesome!

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J
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Atmosphere and food definitely pulled the whole experience together. Interesting chairs. Interesting carpets on the wall. Food was flavourful. Thought the roti roll was bigger but one person can finish two... Quite full after.

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LN
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Joyful entertaining hospitable and delicious exotic food. Leah Neaman

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WM
Vancouver
6 reviews
5.0Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very tasty food, and excellent friendly staff. We enjoyed the live music performance.

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HG
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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Always a nice time at East is East. Food was great, music was nice, even though we couldn't actually see the musicians. Our first order was all messed up, but quickly corrected. It was my companion's birthday and although we enjoyed the dessert, we did not enjoy the staff singing to us. It would be preferable to ask people if they want the singing, because many people do not want it.

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NG
1 review
5.0Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've been here a bunch of times, and am never disappointed! Great food, good vibes. The Chai Feast is the best!

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DY
1 review
3.0Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Different but delicious cuisine.
Atmosphere is good, waitress is very helpful. There’s a stage at the back, shows at night probably.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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C
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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HL
1 review
4.0Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

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

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
3.0Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

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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FK
Vancouver
1 review
4.0Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service always. Come here fairly often.

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TR
1 review
4.0Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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

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OT
Toronto
1 review
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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