Calabash Bistro

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CAN$30 and under
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Caribbean
The Calabash Bistro in Vancouver, serves up Caribbean cuisine in a creative and unique, �Reggacentric� 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 jerk fries or plantain chips, and maybe try a mango and goat cheese salad or vegan chickpea choka and roti. But make sure to leave room for the main course. Entr�es and staples include oxtail, ackee and saltfish, a vegetarian platter and much more. You�ll also find a number of curries and jerked dishes, like goat curry and jerk jackfruit.

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Sun 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 11:45PM
Tue 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 11:45PM

What 155 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.7
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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VO
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a vibe! Great food and ambience. Will be back

K
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Very unique, delicious dishes and drink. We had a great time and everyone around us seemed to be doing the same.

C
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

It was my birthday. I wanted to have a nice dinner with friends and dance. The bratender upstairs was not super nice. I said it was my birthday and that I was meeting friends and he said they were booked (I had reservation). Another sweet person said, are you? and told me my friends were downstairs. There was an Australian waitress super rude, interrupted me, ignored me and really made my night not cool. I left without dancing. I had high expectations for my birthday but was quite disappointed. Not very authentic in terms of people working there. I was hoping to have Caribbean people and nicer vibes...

MV
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not too many places In GVA have Caribbean food, and at Calabash it's terrific. The Roti stack is delicious whether you're vegetarian or not. The wait staff are superb, amiable yet efficient. Come here regularly and have never been disappointed.

ST
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great and the staff were very friendly and accommodating! We had a really good time here.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

The Roti was with very thick bread. The bread was so thick that did me let me taste it’s filling.

t
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

This is my 4th time eating hear and it was the worst...no Caribbean taste and too water down...need to sit before serving!!! Service was OK. Waitress too energetic. I will try one more time as I really loved this place when it first opened.

L
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Music was really pounding away on my way drums . Seems to be getting louder.

MM
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Tasty food and drinks and our server was very attentive.
Music later in the evening was great, especially for 90s music fans.

RB
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great, and relaxing Carribean vibe. Good, basic Carribean food, and a wicked rum punch!

JW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been there 4 times now, each meal has been fantastic, our server was great, the drinks were all bang on, the staff seemed to care about us, it was a great night out and we will definitely be back!

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great and awesome staff
Favorite place to go with friends that are visiting town.

r
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and great music, very crowded but what would you expect on New Years Eve

AA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my first visit there and it was amazing! Great night of food, dancing, and service! Thank you!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went as a family before going to Cirque du Soleil. Everything was delicious, great flavour, would come back again!

b
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fantastic! They were super accommodating to my large party and the music was great!

m
Las Vegas
62 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

This restaurant is located in a run down neighbourhood nearby YVR Chinatown filled with homeless & drug addicts.

Friendly staff; mediocre food execution; goat meat is tough; the so-called coconut dumplings are merely deep fried dough without any coconut flavor nor any coconut flakes in sight; jerk chicken is not as good as I expected; ox tail stew is very salty.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very authentic Caribbean food, I enjoyed very much

IK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Awesome food and vegan options, their dark and stormies are amazing! Two thumbs up!

P
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food..not.over bearing jerk spice. Just the right heat and cooked well..beware they add a gratuity to bill.we only had 3 guests and still had the gratuity added

s
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Ope Table did not list my name on the reservation despite calling to reconfirm and change numbers. - my name was not listed on my reservation - this caused confusion and stress for the attendees and the birthday girl.

TS
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time and the service was great. Between the 6 of us, we tried a variety of dishes and each were fantastic. Would highly recommend the oxtail stew, island tacos, roti stack and the coconut dumplings to share. As for drinks, a variety were ordered and enjoyed but their dark and stormy was the table favorite.

MB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a diverse group of tastes and food restrictions in our party of 7, and every single person left raving about their meal. Huge portions, delicious tastes and aromas, attentive and friendly service. If I had to criticize one thing, the bar was quite slow making drinks even though we arrived at 6 before the place filled up. But not slow enough that it changes my 5 star rating!

KS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was delicious. Was taken here for birthday. Had the jerk chicken, friend had oxtail, other friend had curry. All amazing. So tender and full of flavor. Would definitely go again!!

M
London
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LOVED every bit of this restaurant!!! From the incredibly friendly and warm service to the awesome beats and, of course, the tasty food.
We ordered the mussels (my mom could not stop raving about them) and the pork belly to share. We had the oxtail (so good!!), the jerk chicken, and the roti stack as our mains. Very good portion sizes, great value :)
I’ve never really noticed this gem before, despite frequenting the area quite a bit, but it’s now one of my favorites in Vancouver. Can’t wait to come back to check out one of the gigs in the basement lounge!

f
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came as a group of 6 people. All of us had such a great time, our server was energetic and bubbley. The food was amazing, the hummus was our favourite! Cocktails were great too, they did take a while to make though. We will definitely recommend this restaurant!

JS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

I wish I could give a higher rating because I love the food here which keeps me coming back but I left this time extremely disappointed as I am vegan and ordered a vegan dish only to discover the bottom half was full of cheese. This was after I’d eaten the top half and then noticed pieces of cheese in the bottom. The staff was very apologetic but I feel disgusted at the thought of consuming cheese accidentally. They took that item off my bill but I feel more should have been done as this is a serious issue especially if allergies were involved.

MC
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was fresh and delicious. Staff was very friendly and helpful although maybe a little overworked as restaurant got busy. Overall a good choice for trying something new. Neighborhood is rough though so if you’re a single woman make sure you aren’t alone when arriving or leaving. Fantastic dinner before a movie choice!

KK
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing except the Jerk Chicken recipe. It was not authentic Jerk. Other than that, the rest of the food was great!

D
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nothing but good vibes, beautiful people, and food ❤

KK
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food! Great service. Really fun vibe. Was a slow night and we had an early dinner so it was exceptionally quiet. The location does make you feel bad when looking outside at real social issues while inside having nice meal (first world problems) and others are just surviving. I will definitely go back and recommend it. My out of town guests who were shocked as they walked from their hotel to the restaurant. Next time I'd be sure to not forget to let people know what to expect. They look loved it as well.

D
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The restaurant was a bit loud, but that was because there were lots of patrons. Which is a good sign. The food was delicious and the service was polite and attentive. We enjoyed our experience there.

Calabash Bistro
Responded on November 2, 2019

Hi Danw We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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VO
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Calabash never disappoints! Great food, drinks, music and vibes.

Calabash Bistro
Responded on November 2, 2019

Hi VancityO - Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. We are so glad you had a fabulous time. We look forward to your return.

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C
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you we had an excellent time at Calabash, everyone was energetic and great at serving. Thank you!

E
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1Food3Service3Ambience3

My friend and I tried out Calabash for the first time and I made a reservation for 6:15pm, at around 7:35pm a server came by our table to inform us that our reservation was up. Our table was booked for another party. I am aware that many restaurants place a 2 hour limit during busy nights. But just over an hour seems ridiculous. Apparently another server had informed my friend that another party was booked for 8 or 8:30, she agreed to that as that would give us around 2 hours to enjoy or meal and catch up. To ask us to wrap up and pay our bill at 7:35 is very rushed. Why wasn't this noted when I made the reservation. In the end we ended up going to another restaurant for several drinks and to finish our catch up. So lost business and future customers. To be fair all the servers were friendly, just the overall logistics very poor.

Calabash Bistro
Responded on November 2, 2019

HI Emmie, We do apologize for the negative experience you had and we thank you for providing us this valuable feedback. I will be passing on your feedback to our service team. We definitely try to keep good communication with our guests on busy nights and don't mean to make anyone feel rushed. We would love the opportunity to win back your service and encourage you to make a reservation with us.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place! Food is always amazing and the vibe is great. Check out their music features.

TH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I’m comin back real soon the food was outstanding , love the ambiance and art work , everyone was real friendly , the cocktail are deeeeeelish

DM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, staff and atmosphere. Will be back for sure.

K
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great staff. Great cocktails. I’ve never taken anyone here and had them be disappointed.

RB
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One our favourite places to visit. Great food, best dark and stormy drink ever. Love the coconut dumplings.

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