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About Nuba - Kitsilano

Lebanese-style taverna in the same space as the legendary Greek restaurant Orestes. Nuba unfolds over multiple levels through small, low-ceilinged nooks, and up and down numerous staircases. Healthy, delicious Mediterranean food served with panache.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:

Brunch/Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm/4:00pm

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:00 - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Balaclava and Trutch

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 336-1797

Website:
http://nuba.ca/

Catering:
We recommend booking through our Catering department at catering@nuba.ca. We are able to facilitate some large takeout orders during our off hours with 24 hours notice. Please get in touch at 6043361797 for details.

Parking Details:
Metered parking available on Broadway

Public Transport:
The #9 and #14 stop at West Broadway and Balaclava St both east and westbound. The #99 stops at West Broadway and Alma (6 blocks west of the restaurant) or West Broadway and Macdonald (4 blocks east). The #22 stops at West Broadway and Macdonald (4 blocks east of the restaurant).

Private Party Facilities:
Nuba's Kitsilano location has several private dining options for parties of varying sizes from 12 to 150. Minimum spends apply to all private room bookings. Please get in touch for details.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We book all sorts of special events. Please get in touch for details.

Nuba - Kitsilano Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.2

Service

4.3

Ambience

4.1

Value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (26)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Neighbourhood Gem (20)
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Authentic (17)
Good for a Date (17)
Healthy (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Group Bookings (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Special Occasion (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Cozy (10)
Vegan (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fun (8)
Tapas (8)
Romance (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Lunch (6)
Organic (6)
Gluten-Free Options (5)
Spicy (5)
Business Meals (4)
Pre/post-theatre (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Child-Friendly (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-Night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined 6 days ago

We made a reservation so we got in straight away and the service was very fast (although it was early, 6pm). We ordered the feast and an extra dish which we shared between 3 people. My daughter is vegan, she was ecstatic with the choices and quality of food, as were we. They even had dealcoholised beer for me. Excellent experience.

Tags: Organic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 6, 2018

First time having Lebanese food and it was a delight. Had a double date with us and it was very easy to hear each other with out feeling too crowded in the restaurant. Location is huge and accommodating. Staff was very helpful and nice. Love the food. Would highly recommend this to foodys trying to eat out of their comfort zone

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for a Date, Authentic
Food4
Ambience2
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on January 1, 2018

Really enjoyed

Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value3

 
·Dined on December 27, 2017

The overall experience was good. The concerns were that they run out of beef and red wine. Also service slow at times.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had a group of 6 that were celebrating Christmas and a birthday. Our server, Valerie, was excellent. She made some recommendations for sharing plates and wine and everything was excellent. Nuba is great for a small group and their appies and sharing plates are fantastic.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
Food3
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our first time to Nuba, an interesting middle eastern decor. Servers were very efficient and knowledgeable, always attentive but not obtrusive. We really enjoyed most of the appetizers and hummus based dishes but unfortunately our variety platter's assorted meats were overcooked and dry. Turkish coffee was delightful.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I had the vegetarian selection and it lacked in flavour. I have gone to this restaurant before and enjoyed the food.

Tags: Tapas
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Excellent food, good service, will eat there again.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We, as a party of four keep coming to Nuba for the third New Year get together. Other than this occasion we as a family come to Nuba very often, with or without reservation, sometimes for take away...

Tags: Vegan, Organic, Casual, Fun
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value2

 
·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was good. Service was good.
Seemed a little overpriced for the food though.

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
·Dined on December 4, 2017

Nuba is a place I keep coming back to. We shared "The Feast" intended for two but it was enough for three. Their food is to die for and a go-to if you're looking for vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Vegan, Authentic
Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Nice place with all sorts of alcoves which give you sort of privacy without being shut in a room. It was very noisy as we were on a little balcony overlooking an area that was having a party. We were also beside another small room where there was a party!

The food was ok. Nothing spectacular.
None of it was awful but don’t think I’ll be going back soon.

Tags: Seasonal, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays
Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had the delux platter for two amongst the three of us and we had food leftover! The food was tasty, but not enough salt on the lamb popsicles.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Spicy
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on November 26, 2017

The reservation was handled well and we were assigned a good table in the back of the restaurant,which was quieter then the rest of the restaurant.

Service was very good and the server knew the menu well to make recommendations.

The Grand Feast is worth trying as it provides a good sampling of menu items. If that is not enough there are extensive items to please all palates and special needs ( gluten free, vegan etc). Well prepared and presented.

The wine list featured mainly BC wines, although there are some wines from other regions.

The prices are not cheap, but worth it in my opinion.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We’ve been here four times and have always been delighted. Nuba staff have accommodated both gluten free and vegan dietary needs and delivered no-compromise delicious meals. The staff has always been communicative and knowledgeable. The restaurant has an eclectic yet very interesting layout, and each place that we’ve been seated had a very different feel. Some areas are easier than others to maintain a conversation - it depends on where you are seated. We will definitely be returning and trying their other locations as well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on November 22, 2017

Good wholesome food . Friendly staff recommending suitable choice for people new to Lebonese food

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Four of us loved everything we ordered, and service was great. This is now my favourite Nuba, due to its ambiance.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food4
Ambience3
Service3
Value2

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

Nuba is very expensive for the quantity & quality of the food, wine and service.
In particular I think the price of a 5 oz glass of wine was extremely expensive.
The Kitsilano location was extremely noisy and the table closely packed.

Food4
Ambience2
Service4
Value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The waitress was great! The location in the restaurant lacked in many ways, mostly ambience. It was also quite cold in the upstairs alcove we got shoved into. Next time I make a reservation at that location I will request the main floor not some back room where no one can see the rest of the restaurant and lost in the back 40

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Tapas
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Fresh,delicious and fun!Service always good.for me good local restaurant..

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fabulous food,service, fun atmosphere just a bit loud however not so much that I wouldn’t go back

Thx

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Cozy
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Montana)·Dined on October 22, 2017

See photo below of the feast for two. Yummy. The vegetarian and lamb choices are amazing.

Tags: Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion
Food2
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Not impressed with food!

Food4
Ambience2
Service3
Value1

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

ONLY reviewing for the "Group Menu"
Nuba has a group menu for $27 per person which comes in three courses. I hosted a dinner for eleven and, overall, the food and service was good, but there were some big problems and I would not do a group event here again. I appreciated the manager agreeing to add a table and service was pleasant, but not attentive (water glasses never refilled, went to bar to order pitcher refills, server checked in maybe 3 times during entire meal). The biggest disappointment is in the third course which is the main protein, usually a grilled item, that is ordered from a list of 4-5 items by each person--- it was TINY (one small stick of chicken or a couple prawns, etc.) and embarrassing that such a small item was individually served. It came out after the first course (instead of third as listed on menu) which really was okay as the next (should've been second) course was tasty and plentiful. Not enough to make this a fair value for the dark, cramped table with delayed service (18% included which may explain why) and meager protein.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great people and even better food! Always a good spot for every occasion

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
Food2
Ambience2
Service4
Value2

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I showed waitress the dish on picture, she told me it was cauliflower and alfafa,End up it was only five chucks of cauliflower, some green salad, white rice, sour cabbage and hummus. Total ripe off, even a skinny girl with small ape-tide is half full,$14!! Reap off. My sister has beef for $18, just a skewer of four cubes of beef, salad rice and hummus,both hungry and went somewhere for desert. Place was old and run down at the front, not like picture shown, may be a little better if they open the back, a little closer to photo, very disappointing. Will never go back nor recommend my friend. End up I have to pay another $4 to try the alfalfa for a side dish!!

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Good experience all-around. Excellent server, lots of menu options. Plenty of food for the price.
Loved the appetizers. Everything well-prepared and nicely presented. Pita bread should have been fresher.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Casual
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 1, 2017

Good food, decent service. Interesting for first-time eaters of this cuisine.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
Food3
Ambience5
Service4
Value2

vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 28, 2017

food was good but i felt a bit oversalted. overall good but not something id return for

Food3
Ambience4
Service4
Value3

 
·Dined on September 27, 2017

Food was good ! Though a bit expensive but still worth it. Try garden falafel ! It’s very tasty 😋

Tags: Tasting Menu
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 10, 2017

been wanting to try this restaurant for so long and finally had the chance with a much-needed dine out with girlfriends!

the restaurant is beautiful inside, larger than we expected. was cozy, warm and inviting, but because the restaurant is popular and many were dining, it was moderately loud (but did not bother us at all).

our first time there and our server gave us great recommendations to give us a full authentic experience! there was 3 of us and we had the La feast to share - the flavours all accentuated each other perfectly! the cauliflower is a must-try! and we also ordered one of the lamb to have some protein. ended up being plenty of food, though it's suggested that the sharing plates are for 2 people.

a few cocktails and wine later, added a dessert to share and we left very satisfied:)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on September 8, 2017

We ate on the patio here before a show at St James Hall. The restaurant is beautiful and our server was very friendly. We shared a bunch of appetizers, and all of the food was delicious. Unfortunately, the meat dishes (chicken and lamb) took over an hour to come out, so we had to eat them very quickly before heading to the show. I would come here again if I didn't have any time constraints.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Nuba is a great restaurant with good ambience, servers and food! It isn't particularly cheap and the room itself can be a bit warm towards the back in the summer. The variety and freshness of the food was great, though - this is a good addition to the Kits' scene.

Tags: Healthy, Vegan, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
Food3
Ambience3
Service3
Value3

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This is the old "Orestes" restaurant space and unfortunately nothing has been done since then. It is in great need of a reno! The walls are dirty. There is no air-con., and we were originally seated upstairs, which felt like a sauna! Is this what reservations gets you? After many excuses, we were finally moved downstairs.
We ordered 'Le Petit Feast ' Though the Hummus was okay and Baba Ganoush was really good, the Tabouleh portion was so small it was barely a mouthful. The pita was cold and dry. On a positive note, the stuffed eggplant dish was amazing and the market fish (trout that day) was excellent. The beef on the other hand was hard and dry. We topped it all off with baklava, which I love elsewhere. This one was over sweet and hard - hardly edible.

Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on September 1, 2017

I came to Nuba on account of having seen reviews on the TV show "You Gotta Eat Here" about a year or so, ago. I was not disappointed in that the food options/choices were good and, the food was well presented and tasty. The waiter we had was very friendly. The wait time however (after our order was placed..) was a tad on the slow side and it was not a particularly packed crowd that evening.

Tags: Vegan, Casual, Fun, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
Food2
Ambience3
Service2
Value1

 
·Dined on August 31, 2017

The service was slow and the food so so. The pita bread was ice cold and the cold mezza was all mashed up on one dish so it was difficult to tell what was what. The prawns, however, were tasty.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
·Dined on August 26, 2017

Nuba serves Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine with great sharing plates and Mezze (smaller dishes) to make for a perfect group outing. The flavours are wondeful; subtle and not heavy on spices, and there are plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Love Nuba. Best restaurant in Kits! And best value for great food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Spicy, Special Occasion, Tapas
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We had a great time. Food and service were excellent!

Tags: Good for Groups, Spicy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Comfortable and friendly local restaurant with good Lebanese food

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