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Calabash Bistro

4.7
4.7
329 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Caribbean

The Calabash Bistro in Vancouver, serves up Caribbean cuisine in a creative and unique, environment. The atmosphere is inspiring and artistic, and the menu at Calabash Bistro is a unique combination of West Coast and West Indian flavors.

Start your meal off at Calabash Bistro with a serving of Jamaican patties or jerk wings, and maybe try a mango and goat cheese salad. But make sure to leave room for the main course. Entr�es and staples include oxtail, fried fish, a vegetarian platter and much more. You�ll also find a number of curries and jerked dishes.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean

  • Hours of Operation

    Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (604) 568-5882

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Cullin David

  • Catering

    Calabash can provide all types and sizes of catering, from food to bar to rentals. We can also take care of the music.

  • Private party facilities

    Calabash provides family style set menu's, Canapés, Buffets, live music and fully themed evenings.

  • Private party contact

    Sam: (778) 881-8065

  • Neighbourhood

    Gastown

  • Cross Street

    Pender & Carrall

  • Parking Details

    Street parking, public lot at Tinseltown.

  • Public Transit

    Number 22 bus, Number 19 bus, Stadium Sky train.

  • Entertainment

    Calabash is a restaurant, with a licensed live music venue.The entertainment features live performances of reggae, hip-hop, funk, and poetry. Local artists are making Calabash an epicenter of the Vancouver music scene. There is a DJ spinning all evening. Music is essential to the Calabash experience where the island sound is bumping all day.The downstairs lounge area of Calabash hosts Foundation Radio, an online radio station that plays roots, reggae, jazz, blues, Motown and funk music. Calabash has created an intimate live venue that Vancouver needs.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 329 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Best Value

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Late-Night Find

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Live Music

  • Vancouver

    Best Value

  • Vancouver

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Vancouver

    Late-Night Find

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! Ribs, chicken, mussels, pork belly - all delicious. Friendly and efficient service. Calabash is a must! Thank you Karmen and your great team!
  2. A

    Amilli604

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My fiancé have dined here before and we love the food from the pulled pork & dumplings, Jamaican patties to the chicken curry and jerk chicken burgers. The staff are always so friendly and delightful each time. It's definitely worth a visit, your stomachs will thank you.
  3. l

    local

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was a great meal to celebrate a great father on Father’s Day!
  4. AT

    AvneetT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, great atmosphere and lovely service. Dancing was so fun, so glad the DJ nights and Calabash is back in full force!
  5. JR

    JamesR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We had a blast at the Evening of Indigenous Culture and Art. Fantastic performances, complemented by exceptionally delicious food.
  6. TK

    TariqK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Calabash, loved the rum flights and drinks, I had the vegetarian (vegan) plate, really good. Will be back !
  7. b

    bernieb

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and outstanding ambiance!!
  8. m

    mikec

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Spice levels not a good as we remember. The Pilsner beer was not really cold and the noise levels became annoying
  9. J

    Jess

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were amazing, as always. Service was also really great, got to our table right away and had a very kind server.
  10. J

    Jumi

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Calabash. Lots of friendly servers, food was excellent, seating comfortable and ambience FUN. The 4 of us had salads, varied entrees and dessert. Everyone was pleased with everything. DO try the housemade gingerbeer with or without rum!! It was fairly loud but not obnoxious. Would love to come back for the music and/or comedy downstairs later in the evening. Parking was pretty easy a couple of blocks away on Pender and Abbott.
  11. K

    Kay5

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The music was too loud and we weren’t able to have a conversation during our meal. It was way before 10:30pm before the dance floor downstairs was opened. Maybe turning the music down prior to dance time would make the experience 10% better. The food and service were excellent.
  12. RG

    RandyG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    A taste of Jamaica in Vancouver. Always fun. I do crave ackee and saltcod and goat curry. Maybe next time!
  13. S

    Shells

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience3
    Friendly service, they hearty vegan soup is excellent
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Went in for a birthday dinner celebration. Most of us ordered the oxtail, which tasted good. However, major disappointment in the service experience (there was no 0 option for service, so gave them 1 star). We had booked the last available dining time for 9pm. Upon arrival, our table wasn't ready as there were still patrons there. We finally got seated at 9:30pm and this was when it turned sideways 🙄 We were told that we needed to vacate the table by 10:15/10:30pm to make room for dancing. So our dining experience went from 1.5hrs to under an hour. Talk about being rushed through dinner, couldn't even enjoy it. Manager there was also quite condenscending, especially when she made a remark of "So, you want us to do you a favour" when asked if we could order another meal at 10pm and we understood we had to finish it by 10:30pm, which we did. Here's the kicker. After spending $$$ on meal and drinks, they wanted to charge another $5 per person if you wanted to stay for dancing 🤣🤣🤣 Only consolation was that the food and beverages were good.
  15. k

    kellyd

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent rum cocktails and authentic Caribbean food. Will definitely be back
  16. KM

    KatieM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Phenomenal food, drinks and service! Highly recommend
  17. TS

    TammyS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and Excellent food! We have not been to Calabash for a long while and are thrilled to be enjoying restaurants again. Calabash has always been a favourite!!
  18. CK

    CalissaK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So much fun, food was great, drinks were great and atmosphere was also five stars.
  19. SM

    SandeepM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Caribbean food. Even better cocktails. The best place for rum in Vancouver. Probably the largest collection of rum as well in Vancouver.
  20. WM

    WanderusMaximus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, helpful staff, the bread pudding in particular was fantastic!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Our dinner was amazing. The service was wonderful. The only thing I wasn’t very excited about was the small tables and the location. Other than that yum yum yum.
  22. J

    Jaybee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow. Delicious food voluptious ambiance dazzling service amazing cocktails Will be back as soon as I can
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Puerto Vallarta

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! Lively and a lot of fun. Good music and friendly vibes. Service was perfect. Such nice people. Highly recommend for a night out in Vancouver👍🙏
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and worth the scary location this restaurant finds itself in. As a picky Jamaican woman, born in Jamaica, I can confirm the oxtail is like going home to your grandmother’s place as are the beef patty’s and drinks! Thanks for a great memorable night!
  25. MS

    MS009032001

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good, amazing food and cocktails! The service was great too
  26. J

    Julz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great drinks, great ambience and superb service!!
  27. S

    Sher

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! I have never tried Caribbean cuisine and it is delicious, they have amazing roti and oxtail
  28. i

    ihearttacos

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A really fun ambience to get a night started. We really enjoyed the food and music. The Get Up Sour is a really good drink.
  29. MH

    MichelleH

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is fantastic, great food, hand crafted cocktails and the staff/ service always outstanding. I have been a regular since it opened but last night was my first time back since Covid. My friend and I went for a late dinner and some dancing in the lounge downstairs. The DJ was off the hook- so great to be dancing again. The jerk wings melted in my mouth! I luv this place.
  30. S

    Sage

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    That goat cheese and mango salad was amazing. The service was so friendly and warm. Great atmosphere.
  31. SA

    SamA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food overall, my hands down favorite so far is the Jerk Pork Belly. Amazing selection of great rum. Trying a rum flight is a great way to dive into the world of genuinely flavorful rums
  32. JA

    JAlisha

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Calabash is consistently a 10/10 experience. The food is outstanding, the drinks are awesome and the staff are accommodating and friendly. PS - we hope the spicy plantain margarita special makes it on to the permanent menu!!
  33. BM

    BuffyM

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience with great flavourful food! So yummy!
  34. RK

    RoheedaK

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great service, great drinks, and great food. Will def be back!!
  35. MI

    MINA

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Service was amazing, servers were so friendly, and helpful! Food? Wow, so good! Best French fries I’ve ever had!
  36. EL

    ElaineL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food, music and customer service! It’s also a great way to support black people in Vancouver!
  37. LM

    LiMac

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, ambiance and service. Music is great as well.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall good, especially the
  39. FA

    FAK79

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing. The seating was a bit crowded, but that’s my only criticism. I got the fried fish and it was a very generous helping of food. The jerk poutine and coconut dumplings are my appt of choice and never disappoint. The highlight was dessert. The banoffe…sigh…O-M-G! Indulgent, but light at the same time. Photos taken by Sharmila Bacchus.
  40. SS

    SusanS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We enjoyed the food. The jerk wings were quite underwhelming, we had hoped for a more heat and flavour. The hot sauce on the side helped. Had the ox-tail and really delicious, very rich. The coleslaw served along side was amazing! The shrimp were cooked perfectly. They wings were also cooked nicely. The service was very good, the noise of the restaurant was high energy and I appreciate that, but the stereo system was cutting in and out going from blaring to moderate... that wasn't very pleasant. For Friday night food it was good.

FAQs

Calabash Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats.

Calabash Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 329 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Logo image for Skip The Dishes
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Calabash Bistro

428 Carrall St Vancouver, BC V6B 2J7

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Pender & Carrall

  • Neighbourhood

    Gastown

  • Hours of Operation

    Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Caribbean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street parking, public lot at Tinseltown.

  • Public Transit

    Number 22 bus, Number 19 bus, Stadium Sky train.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Cullin David

  • Entertainment

    Calabash is a restaurant, with a licensed live music venue.The entertainment features live performances of reggae, hip-hop, funk, and poetry. Local artists are making Calabash an epicenter of the Vancouver music scene. There is a DJ spinning all evening. Music is essential to the Calabash experience where the island sound is bumping all day.The downstairs lounge area of Calabash hosts Foundation Radio, an online radio station that plays roots, reggae, jazz, blues, Motown and funk music. Calabash has created an intimate live venue that Vancouver needs.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (604) 568-5882

  • Catering

    Calabash can provide all types and sizes of catering, from food to bar to rentals. We can also take care of the music.

  • Private party facilities

    Calabash provides family style set menu's, Canapés, Buffets, live music and fully themed evenings.

  • Private party contact

    Sam: (778) 881-8065

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