East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

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712 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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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.
What 712 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.4
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4.6
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4.3
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MartaM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

The waitress took off my glass of wine before I finished my wine and I couldn't say anything. And after finish my food she took a long time to take the dishes off. She was super quick to take off my glass of wine but not my empty dish.

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dustin
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and excellent service

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Abby
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food. Excellent service. Terrible chairs. Small and spindly.

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ShaneD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Found the food to be have a lot of different flavours which was great.
Live music was a big bonus as well!

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cnagappa
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Love the cozy ambiance, with its rustic, yet interesting eastern feel. The food is well cooked with quality ingredients, but spicing is subtle when compared with the typical Indian restaurant in Vancouver. The presentation is also interesting and thoughtful. This allows one to experience the wonderful flavours minus the typical assault on one's tastebuds, not to mention palate. I love the gluten free options for the flatbreads used in their wraps. There are great options for vegetarians and vegans too. Their gulab jamun dessert is the best I've had in Vancouver. My wife and I always get the feeling of being satisfied with our meals there.

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KerryC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the variety of the feast that we ordered. Also, enjoy the live music and the interior design of the restaurant.

What a good place to have a happy Friday. I would highly recommend anyone to go.

Kerry

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VivianB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This is one of our favorite places in town. They have excellent food, whether you a vegetarian or not, you have an abundance of choices and will have a hard time choosing every time you visit.

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Clairejemima
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful live music, incredible decor, kind servers wearing masks, the chai feast is excellent value and all you can eat 👌🏻

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IWYL
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The only thing I didn't like was the auto gratuity for musicians. I appreciate that they want to support the local arts, but we weren't informed prior to receiving our bill. By that point, it's pretty awkward. I really feel they should ask BEFORE bringing us the bill.

Normally that is something that the restaurant takes care of but they've more or less passed it to the patrons. We covered it because we want to support local businesses especially during this time with Covid, however, what it forces us to do tho, is recalculate the tip, which is unfortunate for the server. We go because we really like the food and service, but this is auto-charge is a damper.

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RiaZ
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place and food to enjoy music and shows with friends! Staff is amazing. They changed my seat to the front when it becomes available as promised.

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LeahD
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it here! The food is amazing and the live music is so fun. The only thing that I didn't like was that you can' only stay for an Hour and a half. It feels a-bit rushed

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Guest
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

Great food and live music, could improve on their service!

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MichelleD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

When the woman from East is East called me to notify me of the charge for live music, she asked if there was a celebration for my party, and when I told her we were celebrating a 50th birthday she said they would send over a dessert- but this never happened. I was a bit disappointed, but felt embarrassed to "ask" for this from the waitress, assuming it would come but it didn't.

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vipAkireK
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

They increased the prices a lot
Chicken rice and a glass of wine 45 per person is quiet a bit

Music was great and staff is outstanding

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DanK
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Really yummy wraps! Going back for sure! Note to restaurant, Chai tea is actually tea, tea.

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RobertL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome atmosphere, great, friendly service and amazing food.

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Carlito
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner with show! Was a very god experience, must go back!

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Sayde
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I love East is East. Awesome ambiance, live music, the servers are really sweet and the Afghan Eggplant is one of my favourite dishes on planet earth! So good.

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SarahJ
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved this place!
Very nice for any occasion:)
We were here for a romantic date and I would also bring friends or family.
My only complaint would be the chairs. While super cute and funky ,not conducive to a dress and heels

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pash
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

I noted that one of our my party is having a birthday and they offered a complimentary dessert. The dessert came with a candle and my friend really enjoyed it. Definitely coming back for special occasion or just for a night out with friends.

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Patte
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure to visit this restaurant. The food, service, ambiance and entertainment never fail to please.

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MichelleN
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great food - if you like a little spice. I always feel good after eating at East is East. Staff are friendly and helpful. It was nice to hear some live instrumental music - it's been a long time. COVID protocols are in place which made it comfortable for our group.

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GOLIVE
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a very pleasant dining experience. We had great food in a lovely space and were served by professional waiters. The food was very goode in ample amounts. The ambience was quiet and restful, just the way we like it.

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Funia
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Really nice music but is was too loud.
It was hard to communicate with waitress.
Food used to be much better.

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ReganC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always so delicious. Great service. Great overall!

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VesnaV
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

As always we had a great time in the restaurant! The servers were great, the food delicious but the best of all was the iconic band, very well known musicians, Lache Cercel and the Roma Swing Ensemble
The space is very well organized, we felt safe in this COVID new reality.

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SuzanneB
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good experience overall. Lovely server. Unsure why appetizers were served together with entrees. Would love it if the time for live entertainment was not 6 pm. Hard to hear in restaurant when music starts.

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AaronC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Get the chai feast and eat as much as you can until you can't anymore. It's a worthy experience for $40 plus tip and tax. The chai tea is incredible and their quality of spices are second to none.

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vipSusanneM
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Really tasty food and amazing chai
Will definitely return

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Nitish
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Overall good. But getting bored with the menu :(
I've been there like 4-5 times and menu hasn't changed since. I feel they need to add more options.

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SuzanL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent good and service

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vanfoodie
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

nice environment, will go back to do their feast option

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Bh123
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Made reservations. We were seated immediately. We were asked if we wanted to sample the mango smoothie drink. I was surprised that we were only given one small sample given there were 3 of us... Other than that, overall it was a nice experience. Everyone was friendly. Customers were friendly. Place was clean.

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FourEyes
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Love this place. Food is excellent, staff is always welcoming, music is always intriguing and unique.

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BrianN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We loved our visit. Warm and welcoming staff. The all-you-can-eat tasting menu is worth every penny.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food (Chai feast -- got to taste many flavours), amazing chai, lovely service, and delightful live music on Thursdays! Pricier for 2, but worth it for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Food was fine. Music was great. Chai was delicious. Wood bench was very painful to sit on. Service was fast, attentive and polite.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

A nice experience, good food, service ok. Best part is the beautiful space.

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HereToEat
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The wine list only had sweet wines, a few dryer and less sweet would be better.

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VictoriaH
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday dinner with my family was fantastic! Tried the rolls rather than the feast this time, and they were delicious. Was expecting flamenco entertainment, but the harp, cello, drum and vocals did not disappoint!
Thanks to all for a great night!

FAQs

East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street does offer delivery in partnership with 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 4.5 stars by 712 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.