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East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

4.7
4.7
1102 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 32 times 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 1,102 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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    Hot Spot

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Live Music

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • Vancouver

    Best Ambiance

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    Healthy

  • Vancouver

    Hot Spot

  • Vancouver

    Good Vegetarian Options

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  1. D

    Denise

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love the healthy, fresh, satisfying food. Fantastic service & minimal wait for a delicious meal! So special to hear live music! Hard to hear the first musician, but the second group was easier to hear.
  2. BB

    BrandonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favourite date spot. Wonderful ambience and the food is just fantastic. Our server was knowledgable and friendly. Just overall a great experience and we always leave and we can't wait to return.
  3. C

    Chris

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    If you love Indian or Indian/ Fusion food, this is the place to go to. The decoration is wonderful and adds to the ambience. Make sure to reserve your spot.
  4. MG

    MandeepG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will definitely be back when we can. Had a great time
  5. HH

    HeidiH

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for our daughter's birthday dinner. We were told in advance that there will be a performance so expected something rather loud, but it was very nice violin music which we enjoyed very much. Service was excellent and we enjoyed the food very much. Will go back for sure.
  6. RS

    RandallS

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My 5th time at East is East, as I always take my visitors there for a wonderful dining experience.
  7. M

    Monikamm

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my friend out for her birthday there and it was very lovely. The chai feast is perfect for trying everything, it was all so delicious. Service excellent as well.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Super fast service.
  9. MR

    MonikaR

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were amazing! I would highly recommend this restaurant. Great for a date or a small gathering. The ambiance is magical. So ethnic and exotic. Love it. ❤️❤️❤️
  10. FA

    FayeAS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t rate highly enough. Amazing food, friendly staff and service, excellent value ($21 lunch deal - all you can eat!)
  11. PH

    PatriciaH

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience at East is East Chai Lounge. My husband and I have gone here many times along with friends and family. The food is tasty! The staff is friendly and helpful. We've always enjoyed the live music. This evening would be the first time we've brought our kids to have dinner here and they both enjoyed their food. Thank you for another wonderful dining experience!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    They encounter you with their special tea, there is a great ambiance. The food is very tasty, but the portion is very small if you choose greens in Rice bowl.
  13. LM

    LyndaM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Love this place! I lived only a few blocks from it about 6 years ago and was so happy to go back and find that the food was still very good. Was a bit noisy for conversation but the entertainment was really good. Very glad they are still here after Covid.
  14. L

    Lisa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience5
    Reserved a table way in advance in order to be sure to have a place to watch the live performances. Turns out the table I was given was in the far back with a tiny sliver of view of the stage... Quite disappointing that people who come in without reservations get better seats that the ones who book ahead. The food and ambiance is always amazing, but the experience of booking wasn't a good one.
  15. M

    Moosa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's more like a trip to somewhere like Silk road and having a delicious food. Music and personal are awesome. They are 10/10. Keep up!
  16. SP

    SPoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great choice of dishes to suit different dietary requirements. Recommend the chai feast if you want to try various dishes as it is hard to choose only one from the menu!
  17. A

    Alextheturtle

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great food and a wonderful choice if you’re looking to try new cuisine. The Chai feast is an amazing deal, the atmosphere is beautiful and the fun musicians keep you entertained.
  18. Y

    Yuber86

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second visit to East is East. Plenty of very attentive staff Saturday evening (which was packed). Live band and performance was a nice touch. Honoured our reservations 5-10min early which was great. Opted for the chai set which is essentially all you can eat with tapas size portions. Almost every option from the salads, soups to the mains is good to excellent save for one or two items. Highly recommended for the food, vibe and service.
  19. AC

    AnneC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    The food and atmosphere was great. We ordered the chai feast which was on deal and you get to try as many different dishes as you want throughout your dining experience. Our waitress was very good too, however, the cashier was incredibly terrible. My sister and her husband had paid for the bill before they left and we got charged twice. When we tried to explain that the bill had been taken care of the cashier was so confused. After a long time of waiting and explaining over and over again and showing her proof the bill had been settled our waitress was able to sort it out and explain to the cashier where to look in their system and I was refunded the amount. The only issue with the whole dining experience was the cashier. She didn’t have any attention to detail.
  20. LM

    LauraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved this restaurant! Would 100% return for a date, family affair or great night out. Food and atmosphere was amazing- they even gave us a free chai sampler while we waited ❤️
  21. E

    Elle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The servers were amazing! Food was spectacular although pricey and I loved the atmosphere and service!
  22. CD

    CristinaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My go to place to celebrate my birthday. It was another amazing night at East is East. Great food while beautiful classical music playing at the background.
  23. L

    Lori

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing meal. Loved the variety of flavors. And great service and atmosphere!
  24. SP

    SusanP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance is grounding and lovely and the food is delicious! I would recommend the Chai Feast - variety of dishes, great value and well presented and tasty!
  25. J

    Joey123

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great way to sample a variety of foods. The feast is like a buffet but served to order. Would be fun with a group.
  26. KL

    KL18

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience and food. We tried the feast option and tried almost all of the entrees between us. Wonderful food!
  27. NS

    NathanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Need to maybe change some of the chairs as they were a little uncomfortable.
  28. K

    Kelly

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Made a reservation for 7.15 and still had to wait for 20 minutes to be seated. Food was okay but I feel like it was better before? I had lunch there a few years ago and remember being just amazed by the taste... it was alright overall, but we also had a mix up with bills with my guests which was awkward... I would still recommend it but probably don't bother making a reservation and check your bill carefully. Great ambience for sure.
  29. SF

    SarahF

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food as always! And service! My daughter and her friends loved spending her sweet seventeenth with you.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food, and service!
  31. Y

    Yahh

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come here all the time and brought our celiac friends to join us. They were so pleased with so many delicious GF and vegan options, and everyone enjoyed the meal! Also, best chai in town!!
  32. S

    Shell

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    East is East is one of my favourite restaurants in town. Such good chai and even better food! Every dish I’ve tried is wonderful.
  33. ET

    EricT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great menu Had the special of several small dishes that could get reordered. Staff were great, Had the Cello player, too
  34. RP

    RobP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every portion of the chai feast was absolutely delicious, the servers were intentive and responsive.
  35. Y

    Yomi

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely lovely experience. Able to enjoy every but and flavour of each food and they offer additional ordering for the tasting menu dish without charge! Relaxing seatings and had I've music. Khir for dessert was refreshing way to end of the experience
  36. R

    Richard

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would love to bring my family there when they visit Vancouver!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a great time!
  38. MN

    MichaelN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great, we were seated by the stage and the performance was terrific!
  39. TB

    TyroneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's a relaxing Journey to far off places with the food, the service, and the atmosphere you forget that your actually still here in Vancouver !
  40. KL

    KevinL

    Edmonton

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greeted warmly and were given a cup of Chai upon arrival. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. We needed gluten-free food (celiac) and were delighted to see so many menu options. In summary…nice staff, lovely ambiance, fabulous food, great experience!

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 1102 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 32 times 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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