East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

4.6
845 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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What 845 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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ErikD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good was great and our server was amazing. Music was nice and the complimentary chai while you wait is a nice touch.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

The dining experience was great. The phone call in advance to tell us that we could only have our reserved table for 2 hours was rather heavy-handed and a bit of a turn-off, especially as at the 2 hour mark the place was almost empty. Why set up diners for a potentially confrontational experience when it's unlikely to be an issue on a Monday evening at 9 pm?

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Drbasalisk
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Taya was a great server and the food was amazing. Will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, food and entertainment

Overall and amazing experience
I highly recommend it!

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Abel81
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an outstanding dining experience at East Is East, sampling the $39 Chai Feast. All dishes were delicious, and the service was wonderful Highly recommended.

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SamH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Not impressed with service
Our food was late, while others around us got their food before us.
A simple explanation or apology would have gone a long way
Our previous experience has been excellent service!

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Salia
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fresh ingredients and tasteful food! Love this amazing restaurant!

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zodrac
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

East Is East is always a great experience. It’s been a few years since we’ve dined there but it has not skipped a beat. Always amazing food and ambience. Service was impeccable as well.

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Dpeng
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Atmosphere was outstanding and the service was very great. They explained the food, environment and made it very welcoming.

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Brizzy
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Met our son and daughter-in-law there. I chose the restaurant for the vegetarian choices both my son and his wife are vegetarian. As it turned out we all had the vegetarian food. We were very pleased with our choice as it was our first time there and didn’t know what to expect. We will come back.

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Tito
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The Chai Feast is just an excellent way to have a lovely culinary experience. Something for everyone and highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service is always good. I’ve been to many restaurants in vancouver and east is east has the best service hands down!

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MarieR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

I was disappointed with the food. I had not understood that our mains would be burritos. My past experience there was several years ago. I think one has to choose the pricier $39 sample menu in order to get the better dining experience.

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LP08
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service! We will definitely be back.

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SigC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

East is East is a great place for dinner. Loved it.

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SiddharthB
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great team lunch at east is east. The team was really great. The chai samplers were awesome!

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MrWelles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

In a city spoiled for restaurant choices, East is East Chai Lounge is my number one choice without hesitation. They go that one step farther; eg the complimentary demi-tasse of chai when you arrive. The servers are all attentive, professional and personable. The menu is great, not too expensive, and the food is consistently excellent.

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vipprofessor
Las Vegas
34 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Family dinner first time out since the covid passports came into effect. Food was fantastic even better than last time, very busy but service was great and only complaint was the seating a bit crowded and the music was a bit too bluesy for a middle Eastern restaurant. Will recommend to others and be back a again.

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Jenn
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My friends and I had a tasty, inexpensive lunch at East is East. The rice bowl was flavourful, with just the right amount of spice. The noise was really from the traffic since we sat outside. Very friendly waitress and rest of the staff. Highly recommended!

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AnneW
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seven of us attended for a birthday. Most had not been there before. The ambience
and design and architecture was beautiful. We were greeted with samples of delicious chai and all through the evening our service was excellent. Several people tried The Feast which they all loved. Others tried individual entrees which were also really good. A complimentary dessert and song for the birthday girl was a lovely touch. Definitely should put this restaurant on your must try list.

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NeyFad
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Vancouver hands down. Amazing ambiance, service, food and drinks. The small complimentary chai for customers is a lovely welcoming gesture. However the seats are quite uncomfortable no matter where you sit in the restaurant. Other critique is that there is too much noise during the live performances which I think is highly disrespectful to the performers. They are not supposed to be "background" entertainers so something needs to be done about that.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

I loved the Food, the service, the entertainment and overall the value of the experience! I can’t wait to go back.

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chrism
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a wonderful experience. Everything was excellent. We will come here again.

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Measuredpath
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

Noted it was a special occasion, no mention of it which is typical with other restaurants. Asked for a different table prior to setting and was flat out lied too. I’d rather a n establishment tell me it’s reserve for larger groups than say it was reserved and nobody sat down for our entire visit.

Waitress seemed defensive when we shared our disappointment with how the pudding was all fruit and no pudding.

Having frequently visited this place. It’s certainly dropped down on my choices to visit.

If you don’t want a value for your experience and poor quality service. Come to east is east

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ParveezH
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My guests were unable to attend having reserved a table for three and being seated. The hostess was awesome, unfortunately I did not get her name but she was European. After finishing my cup of Persian tea, I decided to take away some food, needless to say the food was excellent. I had eggplant boulani and dhal as well as gulab jamun. I certainly appreciated not only the service but the genuineness with which it was executed. Thank you again, and I hope to be there soon. Bravo!!

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EugeneW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The restaurant had lively music with beautiful decor. The food was exquisite. Although the live performance was wonderful, the volume impeded conversation. But such is the case with live performances in general.

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Robyn
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Very good however service was slower as our evening progressed. Getting dessert and bill at the end took longer that wished. :)

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LDK7777
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been a regular at this restaurant for 17 years. Great menu with options for every food preference. Live music almost every night. Great teamwork by staff. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible food, amazing service! Will definitely be back!

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viplisac
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Servers were slow and not attentive. Initially had to ask who our server was.

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Rach
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Great food but the service wasn't. We went on a Tuesday night and although our server was nice, we we're constantly waiting to hail a server just to get some water or asking for (mains and sides) refills on our Chai Feast (highly recommend for people who've never gone here). When we got our main refills, we didn't get our sides to eat with it. By the time we waited and finally received it (after asking for the sides multiple times) the mains grew cold and we were just ready to leave.

Despite that, I'd still come back for the food and the amazing entertainment they had. Just a pity for the service to sour the experience for people I was showing around Vancouver.

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AminS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was good as always

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LisaG
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food is always good and so is the staff. We will be back.

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Anon
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was really good. Well seasoned, perfect temperature and cooked well. I had Persia's Favourite roti roll with the Mystic soup. Only downside is that it's very hard to eat since the wrap falls apart easily. Everything falls out on the end so I ended up unwrapping and eating it like that. I'd suggest using a bigger roti! Service was great, Soy Masala Chai was divine, live music was really nice to listen to :)

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DarrenA
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for a dessert and ordered the Eastern Ecstacy. It was ecstatic. Entertainment was flamenco music/dancing and was enjoyable. This is one of my favourite restaurants in the Lower Mainland.

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vipGTPN
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience1

The tea is delicious. The food is great. Come hungry for the feast.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

THANK YOU!!! We all want to say Thank you! The food was delicious (as always), and most importantly - we absolutely LOVED getting together at your restaurant. Your level of hospitality was above and beyond what we would have expected on a Saturday afternoon. Friendly, caring, and warm.

At all times, you made us feel comfortable, welcomed and never rushed, allowing us to savour to the max the yummy meal and celebrate our getting together after so many months without seeing each other. My friends and I really appreciated your welcoming hospitality. THANK YOU!

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Jetster
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent food, but a bit on the pricy side ($19 for half a roti is a bit steep). Would have given 5 stars but we were charged $3/person for live entertainment which we did not hear or see because we were seated on the patio. I can fully understand charging customers who are seated inside but…on the patio? Doesn't make sense.

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Lucy
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food is always great. My only complaint is that when I made the reso the restaurant had called to confirm if I wanted them to sing happy birthday to my friend and have a complimentary dessert since we were there to celebrate her birthday. Those two things a never happened. To promise something and not deliver was a little disappointing. Otherwise food and the music was great

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MichaelV
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time at this venue. Staff are courteous and knowledgeable and helpful. Food is fabulous. Most nights there is music and it was so good - excellent jazz.

They had a new menu and was surprised that appetizers were not available except on the full 4 course meal. That said, once our food arrived the missing appetizers were forgotten. Loved the Chai!!

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 845 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.