East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

4.7
905 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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  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 905 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
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viplocal
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service and amazing ambiance. Thanks for a great evening!

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NatalyaF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional experience - pleasant customer service, delicious food, very cozy ambience. Greatly enjoyed it. Thank you!

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Justin
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing it was so good. There was live music and the service was phenomenal

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Winn
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The chai feast menu was perfect for trying all the flavors across the silk route. The atmosphere and decor was a great setting for date night and the addition of the cello player was memorable. Thank you for the great service!

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Neil
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu is fantastic, great atmosphere and service

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JoyceF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Our new favorite place to dine casually Don't even mind coming all the way from South Surrey to visit this gem. We especially like the rice bowls.

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ColinK
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We love going to east is east. Wonderful food, service, and value.

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KelseyS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Overall a fantastic experience! We were seated quite close to the table next to us, though the restaurant wasn't full. That felt a bit uncomfortable covid-wise and awkward because we could hear their whole conversation. And although the food/service are wonderful, it is a bit overpriced. They always have live artists, which isn't necessary or worth the extra charge.

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ERocks
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service. I would recommend for lunch anytime.

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Feem
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place, delicious food and tea. Always very caring and attentive service!

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Travels
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

This place was a real treat. We tried the Chai Feast which had a great selection of mains. Every single dish was so delicious. The servers were so nice and also helpful. I would definitely come here again.

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GracieA
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place. The Chai feast is must try. Great service. And a plus there is a live entertainment.

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KendallD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time and the food was absolutely amazing.

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AAAM
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

too many tables are fitted. not enough space to sit. The portions are too small.

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BobA
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always delicious and hot. Always enjoy the food.

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Lily
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food, life music and dance performance-everything what you need for a nice dining out.
Thank you!

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lauras
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall2Food5Service5Ambience1

The food is great, our server was excellent but I won't return until I can talk without shouting over your ridiculous sound system combined with the terrible acoustics. This was a lunch date and when we asked our server to turn down the blaring boom box, she said she wasn't allowed to touch it. She kindly allowed us to move to a more quiet area, that was closed, but I remain shocked by your refusal to use common sense. In the middle of this pandemic, even if we are vaccinated, shouting in close quarters is not safe. I was infuriated by the question about music in your star-rating system going from "quiet" to "energetic". You need another category: "Too Friggin' Loud".

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karens
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great, the only issue i had was that the menu doesn’t reflect the price of the meals.

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RobinR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food as always. I love bringing my vegetarian and vegan friends to this restaurant. Yea hey are always happy with the menu. We had excellent service today, what lovely wait staff. The desserts and teas are a little over prices but the are delicious and I get them anyways.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience1

I love East is East so booked a table for my birthday group. I was a little disappointed with some of the service but loved the food so that made up for it. From entering, our vaccine passports were checked but then we weren’t even told where my party was sitting so I was left to roam around the restaurant looking for some of my friends who had already arrived. We had an early reservation (4:15pm) so well before the dinner rush but service was quite minimal and slow. Our server was very nice but she made no attempt to connect with our table. It took a long time for her to come by, and we would’ve ordered more beverages before our meals came but didn’t really have the opportunity to. Once the food arrived and we wanted to order more dishes, she was nowhere in sight and when she did come, there was zero table maintenance done so we ended up stacking and piling empty dishes. Bottles of wine were ordered and she poured one taster and left the other glasses empty and put the bottles on the table. Again, this had all happened before the restaurant got busy. One of my guests had also received the wrong order and when I brought it up there was no attempt to rectify the mistake and then she was billed incorrectly and ended up having to go to the host stand/bar herself to fix it and settle up. It was a first time visit for many of my guests and they loved the ambiance and the food. The initial service experience was disappointing and I don’t know if maybe she was still new or if it was because the bill already had auto grat added but the service was lacking a bit which negatively affected our experience. There were 10 of us however, as someone who works in the industry as well, I don’t believe anyone was high maintenance -all orders were straight forward and easy. There was a different lady who helped us settle our bills once it was time to go though and she was lovely. If she had been the one taking care of us from the start then it would’ve been rated 5/5.

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LilianS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The stage too ‘enclosed’ that the sound is not distributed to the outer space. The top panel needs to go that may help to solve this problem.

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BaalaajiV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nothing in particular.

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MariaF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great meal, fabulous live music and dance entertainment. Gluten free options suitable for celiac! Thanks for a lovely evening!!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

You won’t regret dining here! It was excellent in all ways!

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TinSS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Overall I like it. Great food. Server was friendly and understanding that our friend was running late so we didn't order until 1 hour after our reservation time. My one major beef is the seating arrangement. It's way too small and I'm short. We were so squished and the tables are arranged too close to one another as if there's no covid. For that, I would consider the food for takeout only.

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PinkCleod
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The service staff was great. Rebecca was awesome.
I always have the Chai Feast because it's the only way to enjoy the multiple foods offered. Love love love the Afghan Eggplant!
Great food, great ambiance, great people.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience5

We were out at an extremely tiny table and then a party smaller than us had a table double the size.

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Kathleen
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service and great entertainment!

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JenniferS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've been to East is East twice and both times it has been an amazing experience! The food is amazing, the space is so warm and unique, and the servers are friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Attentive staff. Food was great but the small bowls for the Chai feast got cold very quickly. Not sure how that issue could be solved.

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JessB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was amazing, The team went the extra mile when I indicated it was a birthday meal, and said happy birthday at the door, and our table was decorated with a few extra touches!
Food was amazing as usual, cannot go wrong with the chai feast!
My friend who is vegan was amazed at how many options there were, and how she did not require any altering of the menu to have a full experience.
Will be back time and time again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came for my friends birthday. Amazing atmosphere, food and drinks.

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VivianC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

The flamenco music was the reason why I was there. That was the best part.
The food was disappointing, the mini cup of chai was unreasonably small. I had the Feast dinner. The salmon was over cooked, there was only one small piece of lamb, why does everything need tomatoes in it? Before 1600 there weren’t any tomatoes in Asia or Europe, only in the Americas. The Quinoa tabouleh had too much lemon and no olive oil, and not much quinoa here either, the Rice dessert tasted like Playdough as there was too much rose water in it and it’s rice wasn’t fully cooked. It was gritty. The Baba ganoush was fine. I’m a retired chef, And I teach cooking, I will be back for the music but probably not the food.

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CorinneR
London
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, as usual! Great food, service and music!

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jessm
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

- Our server was lovely and the food, as always, was fresh and delicious.
- The disappointing factors were that we had a reservation for 8 and were not seated until 8:25p, the reservation was for a birthday and we were told it included complimentary dessert. This did not happen. It was visibly chaotic when we were checking in and waiting to be seated, which happens on a Friday night but overall the team seemed to be unaware or in communication with their waiting customers.
- Would recommend, but perhaps not for a special occasion or party of 6+ if organization and a seamless experience is important to you

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Sher
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great date spot! It's so fun and lively with the music, the all you can eat chai feast is INCREDIBLE, and the service is so warm and friendly. Can be fancy or casual which I love! highly recommend.

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Michelle
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service. We came here for a friend’s birthday and I had cupcakes that I asked the server to bring out / and they brought the cupcakes out with all the staff singing happy birthday- it was a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to go back! Live music was amazing too.

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SaffinaJ
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

great food food, great service, great atmosphere
love that the charge for musicians and dancers is directly charged and on the bill - would even suggest increasing this slightly ($5?)

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OpenTable Diner
London
20 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, service and ambiance!

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Osaka37
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved the food and ambiance. The mini chai offered at arrival convinced me to order some with dinner; yum. The menu needs to be updated to make it simpler to understand- it should say …. If you want a burrito style you order Chai Feast. If you want shareable dishes order on the other side and add roti and rice. And the waitresses were super friendly and helpful - though they did not make ordering easier, due to difficulty in explaining the possibilities.

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 4.7 stars by 905 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.