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East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street, Vancouver, BC

East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

4.6
4.6
1400 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.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • 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
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,400 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Healthy

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Hot spot

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Great for live music

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Vancouver

    Healthy

  • Vancouver

    Hot spot

  • Vancouver

    Great for live music

  • Vancouver

    Vegetarian-friendly

1,400 Reviews
  1. IzabelaD

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic ambiance with live music daily. The food platter is a delicious choice as it allows you to sample pretty much everything. Oh and don’t forget to get a chai! It’s perfect. Love this restaurant.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were given just the right amount of attention and service to enjoy the Chai feast. Didn't feel at all rushed and had a lovely meal with family.

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  3. GabrielG

    Vancouver

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated a birthday here and really enjoyed the evening. It was our first time dining at the restaurant and the tasting menu is a great format - each person picks their preferred dishes and portions are small so it feels like having an endless choice of tapas. Food was delicious and most folks could only order 2 platters and were stuffed. Service was wonderful right from the start with a small cup of chai offered upon entering. We were a large group (7 of us), and everything went smoothly. Enjoyed the live piano music too. Highly recommend!

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  4. TammyS

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful experience. The best chai ever! We had the sampler and I think it's the best way to experience all the dishes. A must have. Our server was wonderful and knowlegeable, thank you!

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  5. PierreH

    Montreal

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was so loud that we left before ordering anything.

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  6. Jbak

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I seem to eat at East is East about once a month or so. I love the ambiance and the music and the food. Like everywhere though it's getting pricey which is a concern.

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  7. JessicaT

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Great ambiance. Had something weird playing that sounded like the jungle book?? Like music story time? It started halfway through our lunch so it wasn’t the whole time but it cracked us up

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  8. FizzioC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    To pay for way too loud entertainment when you have no choice and now can no longer converse is not great. Too many people serving our table so nobody was really listening. The food is good and always unique but todays experience will make me think again before rebooking

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  9. Aniyvr

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, delicious food and excellent service. The best Chai in the city imho.

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  10. Omarion

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always, one of mine and my family's favorite spots to come to. Server was amazing, warm, and demonstrated a high level of customer service. One of the best spots in vancouver.

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  11. VanFam

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I made the reservation and spoke to the front desk upon arrival to indicate that I would be paying the bill (alone) and treating my guests. At the end of our meal my companion went to the washroom and stopped by the desk to pay the entire bill for 9 people. I was not happy that this message was not retained on my file. The desk should have a procedure to ensure this does not happen e.g., obtain my credit card details at the time of the request.

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  12. HarmanM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Overpriced food ! Food is average. Nothing extraordinary..

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  13. localvores

    Vancouver

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well prepped unique flavours, well served and good music abounds

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  14. Katherine

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was Absolutely delicious thank you!! Well be back again

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  15. MelC

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a unique experience altogether. All the food were tasty

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  16. Jetsetter

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Variety of food to try. All tasted great. Did the tasting menu.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good experience , great live music, potato bolani was good. Seating can be improved since it wasn’t comfortable.

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  18. DaveL

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our favorite restaurant, there is no other place like it. We love the food the ambiance and the entertainment

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  19. SimonZ

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Non-existent table service..after the meal was served, we waited over 30 minutes to ask if everything ok..not to mention ion the dishes we ordered were supposed to be a collection of dishes brought out periodically. by the time they brought the other dishes, we had lost our appetite. Will not recommend this restaurant PERIOD

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  20. Ayumin

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and vibes! All the staff are nice and good service. Especially, I love their chai♡

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  21. Mmmmmm

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience as usual and enjoyed the food and chai very much!

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  22. Franny

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food - very accomodating friendly servers. Good dining experience.

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  23. JuliaD

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love that the staff offer you chai tea the moment you walk into the door. Decor and ambience is amazing we felt we were transported to another world. Food was very delicious. Since it was my husband's birthday the staff even offered him a free dessert! Great night out. Too bad no live music that evening.

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  24. MadisonA

    Ottawa

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great spot in Van. Form the moment you walk in you're greeted with a tea sample while you wait for your table. Ambiance and vibe and aesthetic are beautiful. Food is delicious and menu allows you to try literally everything.

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  25. MelM

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time with friends! Live music was a bonus

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  26. EthanG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic spot for a change of pace. The atmosphere is unlike few places in the lower mainland, and is truly special. The food was excellent, we had six people order the feast platter and everybody loved it. Was a nice touch getting served Chai while we waited. I could drink a gallon of that stuff.

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  27. MinaK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atomosphere was great, I will recommend it if you want to experience something different! The food quality was not which I expected, but just have fun!

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  28. IreneB

    Vancouver

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good but on the expensive side. They do charge a mandatory $4 per person for music -odd and not worth it. They called it live entertainment but was not good. Expected better. Plus mandatory 18 percent gratuity. Our service was good and had it not been mandatory probably would have left more. Just don’t like having it forced on us. Because of poor entertainment, forced about for gratuity and on the expensive side only 4 stars.

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  29. VictorD

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant experience with delicious food and live music. The live music adds to the ambiance, but isn't too loud to overpower conversation at the table. The menu has a great variety to please everyone.

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  30. Cecile

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waitress/ host was nice but seemed her mind is not there . My friend saw 2 black boxes for rats underneath a table as she passed the kitchen from the washroom that was disgusting... we were also charged 5.00 each for a band but really it was a lady playing some kind of instrument that hardly hear or make of what she's playing. The food was ok but we don't intend to come back .

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  31. Rivers

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonderful food. We had the Feast experience, which allowed us to taste almost everything on the menu. I took one guest who had never been to the restaurant and loved their meals. The service is consistently good. We will be back.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The fact that you can’t share killed the flow of my date.

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  33. MariannaC

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, the service was amazing so delicious. If I had to critique 1 thing it’s the uncomfortable chairs. The bench style sitting okay but the chairs were not so much. But overall we enjoy going there and the food is absolutely amazing.

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  34. arty

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great music, great chai, no complaints :)

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  35. AmirD

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The live music event was awesome! Although I loved almost everything about our visit, the price-to-food ratio was a bit on the high side. I wish the portions were more generous or the prices were a bit lower. The staff were wonderful and the food was tasty, however.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food. Great live music performance. Always enjoy the experience.

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  37. ZoltanO

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They charged us a cover fee of $75 dollars on top of the dinner. That’s crazy. A dinner for two should not cost $180. There is no way that makes sense.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a treat, calming & soul-filling experience. Kind & courteous staff. Food is always delicious, fulfilling & fresh. So grateful for this establishment & all the people that make it so fantastic!!

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  39. Frederick

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent dinner at East is East! Two of us had the Feast experience which allows you to taste everything on the menu. It’s Soup & Salad & 3 Entree dishes. When we got our meal, the dishes were delicious but small. Then we realized that the staff will gladly provide second servings of ANYTHING. What a concept! We ended up trying 8 different dishes between the two of us and it was all really good. Very fun experience too. We will be back!

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  40. winedine11

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is great, just know that they charge a $4 music patronage fee per person on nights with live music (most nights)

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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 1400 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 19 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

4433 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5V 2M4

Dining areas

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
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • 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
  • 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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