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East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

4.6
4.6
1015 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mediterranean
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.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 565-4401

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    We offer catering for fundraisers, private and corporate functions, weddings etc.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer the space at our restaurants for private events.

  • Neighbourhood

    Mount Pleasant

  • Cross Street

    28th Ave E

  • Parking Details

    Underground parking for guests of Chai Lounge

  • Public Transit

    Bus 3 (Main St)Bus 25 (King Edward and Main) Three blocks away from Chai Lounge

  • 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 Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,015 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Hot Spot

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Live Music

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • Vancouver

    Healthy

  • Vancouver

    Hot Spot

  • Vancouver

    Good Vegetarian Options

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  1. R

    Rick

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We really enjoyed the Chai Feast and the rice pudding for dessert. Food was cooked to perfection as always. This has always been our go to for good quality Afghan, Indian cuisine. Our servers were great and very educated on all the subtleties of the dishes. We had a great time. We were surprised how busy it was for a Monday night and our only slight negative comment was that the service was a touch slow. Still a wonderful experience for us and our out of town guest. Thank you for a memorable evening. We will be back as always.
  2. D

    Deepz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The host was lovely, the food sumptuous and perfect vibe setting. I was there on a regular rainy, windy afternoon and the wine (I fail to recall what's called) was like a warm hug. A must try
  3. RW

    RandalW

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food, Service and ambience were outstanding I would recommend the feast as you can try a variety of menu items.
  4. C

    Coco

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This restaurant was recommended to me by my colleague as a fantastic venue prior to the baseball games at Nat Bailey Stadium, and she was not wrong. Do not let the small dishes you order from the "feast" menu fool you - you get a lot of food for a great price. All the dishes my daughter and I tried were morsels of flavour explosions in our mouths. I will definitely be returning with other friends!
  5. JA

    JAnnC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 10 celebrating my mother’s 80th birthday. The staff was wonderful, food delicious, and the overall experience was so special for all of us!! This was just the kind of evening we had hoped for!
  6. A

    Amanda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing! The decor always transports you to a different place, the music and musicians were so good and love what they do, the food is excellent! Amazing options for people who don’t eat dairy and/or meat, yet options for people who do. The flavours are amazing! No need to ask for salt or pepper to flavour the food (which I have done in other restaurants) - because it’s beautifully drained and flavoured! Friendly staff. So amazing! Will becoming back here again soon!
  7. U

    U9123

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    nice restaurant. we enjoyed the live music although we thought it would have been culturally fitting with the theme of the restaurant but it was not. The food was really good aside from the bread which did not resemble south Asian food at all. It was very hard and the boulani did not taste authentic. It tasted like a quesadilla with different filling. Some of the other menu items did not taste authentic but nonetheless it was good.
  8. AP

    AndreeP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience5
    Horrible seating. Very uncomfortable. We were a table of 6. 2 folks sat on seam of 2 uneven tables. Kindergarten wood benches.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Vacation! From out of town, a return visit after a 3+ year absence. Food was excellent and the pleasant wait staff were friendly and attentive. The live music added just the right level of ambience, the wood decor and tapestries take you away to another world!
  10. MC

    MelissaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious. The server was helpful. The music and atmosphere are wonderful. It's not an easy place (in the evenings) to have easy conversation, but it's a fun place!
  11. M

    Mike

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I have never been to a place like this before! I would recommend this for anyone to try at least once. I love the live music and the all-you-can-order style menu experience.
  12. AV

    AltafV

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Chairs were very uncomfortable. Musicians were taking too long for set up. Prefer someone to tel what genre was being played.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, music and service was great! Loved our time there!
  14. ID

    InspectorDK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Yummy yummy, good Chai. Forgot about my friend's birthday even though they brought it up when they called to confirm the reservation. Overall a good if not perfect experience. Enjoyed the live music and ambience.
  15. MC

    MattC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place to enjoy a nice evening with friends. The service is always outstanding and the food is very delicious. A good variety of dishes and beautiful ambience.
  16. N

    Natalie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Please go hungry because you will absolutely be leaving uncomfortably full! Service was great, food was even better. Peas and cheese for the win!
  17. KF

    KarpeFoodem

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Menu was a bit confusing. Staff explanations weren’t very helpful. But food was all excellent, very delicious.
  18. MN

    MikalyN

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Food was good. Service was terrible. Live music was good
  19. A

    Alena

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was incredible. Wouldn't recommend going if you are on a time crunch but worth it to sit and enjoy good food with friends.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday - great service
  21. A

    Auntiek17

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, East is East did not disappoint. Love that they offer gluten free options as well.
  22. LW

    LeesaW

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Food, service ambiance was like no other! My only comments relate to tables being located uncomfortably close together (litrally elbows almost touching next door neighbours) and noise level. I found it hard to hear my friends voice even though she was only about a foot away from me. We came in on a Sunday @ 5:15 and had hoped for a little quieter experience. Will try during the week next time?
  23. JL

    JudyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the chai feast which was fun to be able to try such a variety of authentic foods and none of it was overspiced. We hope to be back again when we’re in town
  24. PL

    PeterL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I've dined at East is East many times prior but this time the food was hot when served and very tasty. Many times in the past the food has just been lukewarm. There are just two of us who typically dine, one vegan and one not and this is an ideal venue as it accommodates both parties. We typically each select the Chai Feast and find that satisfying and appealing to each of us. The live music is always enjoyable and provides a nice ambiance.
  25. AC

    AmandaC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We had a party of 8 and I specifically told the hostess when I made the reservation this was an important dinner as my partner and I were Introducing our parents and there were two belated birthdays. I asked for a high chair for the baby as well. Mind you.. they placed us RIGHT next to the stage so it was incredibly loud and we could not speak or get to know one another, three of our guests are over 6 feet and we were crammed into a bench for children and a couple beside us moved because it was so squished at the bench. We asked multiple times to move or to swap chairs and everyone was acting as if we were an inconvenience just trying to rush us out. There were plenty of normal sized chairs and tables with 2 people sitting in a booth which would have suited our group better. The server was so rushed and no one understood the menu. The baby spilled a water and we used all our napkins and no one replaced ours for food. Over all it was a horrible experience, I would not go back. I heard such great things but it was just one problem after the next.
  26. C

    Claire

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, live music and dance, beautiful surroundings and excellent service. Excellent.
  27. R

    Rb604

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Salmon was too fishy and didn't really match the cuisine. Would like more dish choices that are not stew or curry textured.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My 2 companions had not been before and were so impressed with the food, music and service!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service, great food and good value! I love the chai feast idea, you get to try everything. Overall a great dining experience, I will definitely be back!
  30. MM

    MonikaM

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Aside from slower than usual service, it was a great experience!
  31. NF

    NanF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    8 of us were there to celebrate a birthday. The complimentary chai tea at the start was an excellent feature. We ordered the chef feast and we were able to sample different unique dishes and then compare them. One iof our friend’s was middle eastern and she raved about the lamb, spinach paneer and the salmon. Best she’s ever had. Wine was affordable and dessert was excellent. The violinist was soo talented. Glad they charge each person a fee for the entertainment ~ he deserved it. If you’re looking for an experience and not just a restaurant, try East is East on Main.
  32. AS

    AnkitaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and amazing staff! We went to celebrate a coworkers' birthday and it was perfect. We all ended up getting the Chai Feast and their tea is just lovely. Definitely a round 2 soon!
  33. b

    bearsdining

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Had a great time however ordered the feast and server never came back (this was during an over 1.5 hour stretch) to ask me if I wanted to order more food. By the time we were able to flag someone over it was close to 10pm and our food came shortly after 8pm. We ended up choosing to leave because it was quite late. The service is always great here but perhaps they were short staffed yesterday.
  34. RG

    RonG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service! Definitely will be back again!
  35. EG

    EvelynG

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our time and entertainment and the food was delicious
  36. A

    Andi

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    We are bigger group, so we confirmed and did some pre order, order was lost when we went in . menu is very limited unless do tasting menu but that means all of us have to have the same dishes Service is very from reception to table is very confusing , mandatory charged us $3 per head while we specifically we don’t like that while we were put at the corner table aren’t able and o see the stage at all ?! Whats the point to ask you customers permission then enforce the charge on them ? We spent lots on drinks and food but will not go back nor recommend anyone to go .
  37. c

    chris

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my favorite restaurants to go to. The concept of it is wonderful. The tasting menu is nice but perhaps the portions could be very slightly larger. Still good though to try lots of different items. Would be good to have more than a bite of each item though, they are so very small.
  38. MG

    MarG

    Manitoba

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and servers know the menu very well
  39. T

    Tomv

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner, really enjoyed the food which was great!
  40. t

    tanyar

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We had a 5:15 reservation and were made to pay $3 entertainment fee. There was a paino player (terrible) and couldn't not hear him. When we had to leave at 7:15 the dancers came out but we never saw them! A rip off to pay for entertainment when the food is already expensive. The table and chairs are hard and very uncomfortable. I would not come back.

FAQs

East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 565-4401.

East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street is rated 4.6 stars by 1015 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 1 time today
Google Map for East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

4433 Main Street Vancouver, BC V5V 2M4

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    28th Ave E

  • Neighbourhood

    Mount Pleasant

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Underground parking for guests of Chai Lounge

  • Public Transit

    Bus 3 (Main St)Bus 25 (King Edward and Main) Three blocks away from Chai Lounge

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • 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 Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (604) 565-4401

  • Catering

    We offer catering for fundraisers, private and corporate functions, weddings etc.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer the space at our restaurants for private events.

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