M8 Restaurant

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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian

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Produce that is used out of season will always leave you wanting. That’s why we use only the best seasonal produce to create a fabulous menu of M8 favorites. Instead of using greenhouse-grown or internationally-shipped produce that is lacking in flavor and appeal, we shift our menu every season. Locally-grown herbs provide a pleasantly flavorful mouthful, while locally-produced cheeses and fine wines round out your dishes’ favorites.
**Free underground parking available**

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3.6based on recent ratings
3.5
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3.6
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3.9
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3.4
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JerryH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Worst management ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience2

Been there for valentine. Have no idea why they serve dishes that slowly with a unified menu. And the valentine set is perfunctory. Food are bad except for the Wagyu, Foie gras must be the cheap one, and dessert is a bread!Chinese style bread! Which you can get from t&t or any Chinese bakery in Richmond. Can’t understand why the chef guy say it’s a combination of Chinese and Italian,at least he can’t prove it yet. Decoration is cheap. In summary, this is a bistro with no advantages. Btw, two for $190.

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vipGeoSF
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Overall the service was uneven, and we were being served noticeably slower than other tables. The menu is an unusual mashup of Asian and Italian dishes that didn’t seem to pair well together. They were out of most of the wines they offered by the glass. I’ve eaten here a couple of times previously, and would like to see this place succeed, as we live in the neighborhood, but it could use some improvement.

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Simon
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The restaurant is easy to find, and plenty of parking next to it. Food size is kind of OK for ladies but too little for men especially younster. Price wise not too bad for the downtown location and nice water front view. Food taste tend to be strong and a bit dry. Sitting is comfy and the envoirnment is relax. Booking is easy and friendly, I recommended it!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We finally got a chance to try M8 after watching the Chef Xin Mao teaching people to cook on CTV. Great atmosphere here. We tried many dishes but our favours are mushroom tempura ( very juicy inside ), tuna tataki ( use a special Chinese olive sauce), beef ribs and pasta with black truffle (not on the menu) .

We had a chance to talk to the head chef, Xin Mao and he shared his cooking philosophy. Very nice and talented chef. It seems he is able to find different new sauce and spice to bring out a different favour of the food.

We really wanted to try the crispy duck as Xin told us it is cooked using a special technique to make the skin super crispy. Too bad our stomachs are not big enough after the short ribs and pasta.

The price is quite reasonable too. You definitely get more than what you paid for.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

Food was below poor

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Service was terribly slow-1 server was actually working and overseeing 6 tables, another server attending to only 1 table.
We left after 2 appetizers and 1 round of drinks (average). Decor was decent.

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MortonC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Extremely poor service , waited for an hour and half to be served with mediocre food. Overpriced and would not recommend to come

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Alice
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Very disappointing, flavourless, poorly cooked food. Would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Hidden Gem, enjoy all the food will come back for sure.

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7B75A4
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

We enjoy exploring new restaurants in different parts of the city, so it was a surprise to find this little gem of a restaurant underneath the Burrard Bridge along the seawall. Very innovative and interesting menu choices with reasonable prices and a satisfying wine list.

The outside patio section of the restaurant was a bit cool and breezy for the evening we were there, but the servers accommodated our request to find a table inside where it was warmer and then we were more comfortable.

M8 Restaurant
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! We'd love to have you back again sometime :)

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Adobo
Vancouver
32 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

Nice setting with views of Granville island. Food looked good but flavours fell flat. Prices for mains on the high side. One exception was the pork belly which was excellent. Service was efficient but could have been more friendly. Good effort.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was great.I like the crispy duck soooo much! The portions are a little be too small to fill, other than that was great.

M8 Restaurant
Responded on October 8, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! Our Crispy Duck is one of our popular signature dishes!

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RonnieZ
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

Not recommending the food. I ordered the shrimp pasta and it was terrible

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice place for drinking and dining, love the patio and view

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Jill32dg
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Great location and tasty food.
Ambience low as very quiet.
Service was rather slow, and dishes came very slowly. We were not in a hurry but they did not arrive together.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

overall great!

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NicB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Overall, was ok. My main (a pasta and prawn dish) was nice. My friend had the chicken, which was a bowl of chicken.
Our appy of sesame hummus and sourdough...was basically toast and a lump of plain hummus. The atmosphere was nice. Decor pretty, and you can't beat the location on the water. Servers were all very nice, but new. Didn't get side plates with our appies until a manager noticed.
Didn't hate it, but wouldn't go back.

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NicholasIFM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience2

My girlfriend and I dined on the Sunday 7th April for an 11am brunch.
Although we had reserved a table the waitress seemed surprised we were there and appeared quite flustered.

After some time, and noticing she was talking on her cell, she came over and took our drink and food order (1 Americano and 1 water).

Around 15-20 minutes later we heard the bell from the kitchen ringing, indicating our food was ready, yet our coffee still had not arrived.

The waitress then brought our coffee out, without a saucer (just the cup) and then proceeded to take another table’s order while the kitchen bell continued to ring.

Eventually our meals arrived and they were delicious. Generous in portion and full of flavour - exceptional.

After finishing our meals we sat with our dirty plates while our waitress sat two more tables of two and then go back to making calls on her phone.

In the end we had to make our way to the bar to pay our bill.

After having high hopes for M8, we left embarrassed and disappointed with the overall experience. We hope to dine at night to see if the level of service is any different.

Fingers crossed.

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vipEric
Vancouver
29 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Nice place, although the two waitresses were very very very rude, the waiter who served us was very nice and polite.

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vipCandise
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience3

the way M8 is using to mix asian food and western food together is failed for me

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

Tried the $45 dine out menu.
I ordered: Beef Cheeks, Boneless beef ribs, purple yam and coconut ice cream.
My fiancé ordered: Pork belly, sable fish, purple yam and coconut ice cream.

Food portion very small, food was mediocre. Don’t think price was on par with the taste and portion.
Pork belly was good. Beef cheek was tender. Sable fish had a unique taste. Boneless beef rib was tough. Dessert was okay.
No problem paying $45/pp or more for the portion size if the food tasted on par. Unfortunately, it wasn’t close.

Service was good/fair. Tentative staff. Prompt at removing your finished dishes. We were a bit confused why they would serve the Sable fish dish that clearly had a broth/soup without a spoon as part of the setting when changing utensils but that’s minor.

Ambience was okay. Unfortunately left hungry and unsatisfied so had to seek other options.

Glad we tried it. Can’t say we’d be back though.

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Ssss
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

We four the only customers had the lunch there. The bill was charged 18% tips without any choice.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Parking was hard to find but everything else was great

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vipAlice
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Chefs are very talented. Best Sangria in the city.

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PAN360
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Located next to the Vancouver Aquatic Centre, free parking is available in the underground lot of the building which houses the restaurant.

Service was a little slow but the staff’s pleasant demeanor made up for it.

The appetizers were delicious ( try the tempura mushrooms! ) and the consensus on the main courses was quite favorable as well. Dessert was well prepared and original.

Good bang for the buck here.

I’d go back…

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KateM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Food is Farm to Table. I visited this restaurant two nights in a row for and had a got a good sense about the way things were run. This is a fairly new restaurant - opened a few moths ago.
The food is damn good Japanese infused quality West Coast ingredients. Clearly someone in the kitchen knows what they are doing. There was the clam pasta that was flat but was fixed with a squish of lemon.
The service left a lot to be desired. Front of house staff are lacking in dress code, food knowledge, and timing - plates being cleared, water being filled, cheque presented when needed. What we wanted to order - halibut was no longer on the menu but still on the menu places before me. Nice enough folks serving but this place has huge potential with its location and yummy food. If the owners bothered to spend the money on a proper front of house manager who could have all these details ironed out, this place has a real chance of making it. Hope it is still there when I return to Vancouver.

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WacGen
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The appetizers are great, especially the Shemeji Mushroom and Chicken Chicharon. My striploin steak was very average. Pasta dishes were exceptional and worth a return visit. Only one waiter/bartender person who try his best to offer good service.

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vipBillZ
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our family went to M8 for the first time to celebrate our son’s birthday. The team did an outstanding job at making us feel welcomed and the food was outstanding. Fortunately, with a group of 7, we were able to try multiple appies- all which better than the next. This was the perfect set up for an even better dinner. This is a must when you’re in Vancouver.

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LucieI
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I highly recommend this restaurant, it is a diamond in the rough. Great Food, Service & Location.
Will recommend to friends.

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Emil
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Good food but was not really Asian or Asian fusion as we expected. Was more Canadian - seafood. Price for the amount of food was high. Good service. Small place.

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vipAlice
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Was celebrating friend's birthday there while they were holding a wine tasting event. The manager and server were trying their best but still baked due to the high volume of customers at the same time.

Despite that, I will still go back in the future as the food is one of the best in Vancouver.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We had reserved a table at 10.15. Restaurant was not open, even when we came back at 10.30

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Jimmy
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

M8 was disappointing. This restaurant was listed #2 on Yelp but it is struggling. It is only a few months old. We were the second couple in the restaurant and that was it for the night. I ordered the halibut but they were out. My impression is they had to limit food inventory given the small clientele. I got the steak instead. Ordered it medium rare but there was no pink to be found. My wife's food was better. Not sure how they will survive.

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vipRyanB
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We were able to get a last minute reservation, but this was possibly due to fact that they were just wrapping up a private event. Aware that this is not an every day occurrence, but walking into a loud private event was not really the dining experience I had in mind for the evening.

We ordered the beef cheeks to start. They were tasty, but unfortunately a little over cooked on this occasion and the prominent flavour was the char from the cooking of the meat.

For main course we order the Asian bolognese and also the shrimp pasta. The bolognese was tasty, if a little salty ( but it made reference to soy sauce trio, so to be expected ). The shrimp pasta was far too fishy in taste. I’m curious if they used a clam broth from a can in the sauce component. Either way, it wasn’t the freshness to be expected from a shrimp pasta.

Would I go back? Maybe. I think the kitchen may have been under pressure from the party that was there at the time. Service was friendly and attentive though.

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JustinL
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent! Service was great! Ambience was different, but in a good way. Nice area!

The duck was FANTASTIC!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent, creative food. Service excellent, too! Would definitely recommend

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vipCarl
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

A 3 month new restaurant from where Ten Ten Tapas used to be.
Great view, right along the seawall with a good size outside patio.
We had the boneless lamb rib, braised beef cheek, crispy chicken skin and a mushroom medley with two fried eggs on sourdough multigrain toast.
The beef cheek and crispy chicken skins are both good. The lamb rib is a bit too gamey and need a bity more flavour. The mushroom medley, I was hoping for wild mushroom like Chanterelle or maitake, but nonetheless, the dish has good umami. The eggs are a bit over cooked and yorks were not runny.
Service was green as expected, but the servers make up the lack of experience with enthusiasm.
Descent and moderated price cocktail and wine list.
Given a few more months of polishing, this place should deliver above par service and foods.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food and good service.

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vipFanClub
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Our least favorite meal of a weeklong visit to Vancouver. Reviews were good so we had reasonable expectations. Beef cheek appetizer was fantastic. Our meals however, were disappointing. Halibut over cooked and not much flavor. Wagyu bland and over cooked, accompaniment lackluster. Prawn pasta was okay but mains really missed the mark. For dessert, one option, vanilla ice cream. Expected far more. There are so many better options for a great meal in Vancouver.

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