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The District

3.5
174 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Comfort Food
  • Fun
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

A Dutch/Belgian inspired brasserie serving wonderful slow cooked food ( no microwaves in the building!) and a carefully selected selection of over 30 Belgian Beers. Known for an award winning cocktail menu and a strong BC wine program, The District is where you go to meet your neighbours in North Vancouver!

Please note that all tables have a 2 hour seating time.
All reservations have a 15 minute grace period.
We reserve the right to take back these seats if you are late and do not let us know.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
Mon - Wed 3:00pm - 11:00pm
Thurs 3:00pm-12:00am
Fri 3:00pm - 1:00am
Sat 10:00am - 1:00am
Sun 10:00am - 12:00am
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Phone number
(778) 338-4938
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Esplanade Avenue
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Parking Details
Lots of parking in the area. Check out the ICBC parking lot which is free after 5pm and all weekend long.
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Public Transit
The Seabus terminal is 450 metres away (which is a 6 minute walk according to Google)
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.5based on recent ratings
3.8
Food
3.7
Service
3.7
Ambience
3.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I just wish that they had Malibu Rum & Pineapple juice. I’m not a Martini girl.. 😉

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The service was laughably bad and the food was mediocre (lots of fried meh)

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food was good and so was the service. Unfortunately they were out of a few types of beers and she said it was because it was Tuesday, which I thought was kinda lame. But it won’t stop me from going there again.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The atmosphere is nice for beers and snacks after work. The service was a bit slow. The food is good but quite greasy.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Good casual place to have a beer and a bite. Green beans were good. Cauliflower was a bit on the unhalealthy side but tasty enough.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We took our two young kids (6 and 1.5) there for my husband's birthday. The service was the exact right amount of attentive and the food was fantastic; our 6 year old was disappointed we didn't bring his last 3 mussels home so he could finish them later. Looking forward to our next visit.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Disappointed that the food wasn't the quality we are used to at the District. Maybe it was just an off night for the kitchen.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The restaurants is a bit jammed... food is ok. We were not blown away. However, they accommodated us even though we were late for our reservation.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food and service...however if possible try to get a table away from the kitchen...unless you wish to hear the very loud banter from the head chef to the rest of his team...way to loud and interfered with out conversation.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Always some of the best food in the Lower Lonsdale area. Avoid the big flashy restaurants - this one is well worth the visit.

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1.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Over one hour for salad and soup. Go there if you like your time wasted.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Fun atmosphere with good food and microbrews. Like casual atmosphere. Our server was great. Tough place for serving staff as tables are close together. Happy to wait for food in an independent restaurant versus going to one of the big chain restaurants close by. Will try mussels next time as they looked great.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Had to wait too long for our check.
But other than that.. it was good experience.

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2.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The space is really cramped. Our server forgot multiple items and got our drink orders wrong. We had to ask three different servers for pepper. The steak was the ugliest, toughest steak I’ve ever had at a restaurant. It looked like a deformed piece of thick leather, with sinew and grizzle riddled throughout. Just awful.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2017

The mussles are always excellent. Service was inconsistent and there is always something that they have run out of. This time it was a wine. Even though there is often an issue, I still enjoy this restaurant. Food and atmosphere are great.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

On spec booking. Bustling great food. Tight seating but fits the set up. Open kitchen and lively.

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2017

The District is usually very good. Great selection on the menu and good service but it’s really disappointing when they don’t open the lower half because the atmosphere in the top half is horrible sitting right next to the door (freezing) and the kitchen (noisy). After our last brunch there I won’t be returning for brunch if the bottom half of the restaurant with the fireplaces isn’t open.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Nice place, always enjoyable

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2017

Gem in my neighborhood. I love everything about The District. It feels like once you walk in the door you are in the know . Our server eloquent explanation of specials and menu morsels piqued my palate. The kitchens care and creativity to my meal elevate each dish. The extensive BC wine list adds to the local feel.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

One of my favourite spots in North Vancouver! Love the ambience and location, great place for a drink amd appies. Highly recommend!

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2.0Dined on October 27, 2017

We were excited to try District, a new restaurant for us. Our reserved table was ready on time, but as we sat down there were many disappointments. The tables are very close together allowing for little privacy for conversation. We were told promptly that none of the imported beers were available (one of the reasons we wanted to try the restaurant in the first place). Our appies were great, but for our mains both of us had chicken that was dry, old, and inedible. We sent the chicken back. They did remove this from our bill. With one beer each, two appies, and two salads with no protein our bill was $70. Certainly not a good value for the qualities and availability on the menu.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

First time. Greeted immediately in a friendly manner. Choice of seating. Quick service. Excellent food! Fun atmosphere! Will come again!

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Love the mussels and keep coming back for them. A good casual spot. We had a very personable server.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Nice food in lively surroundings. Server was attentive

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1.0Dined on August 20, 2017

We went for Sunday brunch and sat on the patio, in their newly expanded open air dining space. It was nice to be outside but the stools and table were cheap and uncomfortable.
Our table ordered breakfast bowls all around - big mistake!!
The breakfast bowls were described as a hearty breakfast mix with variety of components. But they were mainly a large quantity of fried potato mini-squares, that looked and tasted like the frozen hash browns you buy can buy at the supermarket. The additional components were less than a tablespoon! We left most of our dishes uneaten, as the potato was bland and a bit greasy. Not sure there is enough ketchup in the world to fix that situation, not that were offered any condiments anyway.
Not going back!

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Great Happy Hour specials! Food was good - good variety.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Mussels are great - don't order a double serving to share as you only get half the fries/bread - although when we asked for more bread we got fresh baked deliciousness straight from the oven. Creme brulee cheesecake is to die for

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Good food, great service! I would recommend thus to multiple age levels and characters, well done!

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2017

The District makes the North shore a worthy destination by itself. Although this visit had no standout menu items, it has featured great things like milk enriched sausages on a flatbread crust pizza. However, with quality food and efficient friendly service it more that earned the Sea Bus trip.

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2017

My husband and I tried the District twice recently, first in mid-July and then again this past weekend.
Our first visit we shared the crab fritters, red curry mussels and the beef short rib. The crab fritters were very tasty, however, not a hint of crab in them, nor do they taste like crab. Think the name is deceiving, but again they were deep fried goodness with a tarragon (tarter sauce) kind of flavour, and not expensive. The mussels took a very long time and we noticed others that had been seated after us were being served their second courses. We asked the waitress to check, we never found out the reason for the delay, however they reduced our bill by 20% to make up for the wait. The red curry mussels with patat friet & grilled bread were delicious! Nothing negative to say about the mussels and the fries served with, PERFECT. However, if you prefer bread with your mussels (my husband does), ask for bread instead of the fries. The short rib dish was disappointing. The short rib was delicious, but the potato gnocchi was terrible. It was hard and chewy, should be fluffy, and melt in your mouth.
We decided to give the district a second try, and this time we had the crab cake, brussel sprouts and the cod burger. The crab cake was nice and served with two tasty sauces spread on the plate. In case you are sharing, note this is one cake. The deep fried Brussel sprouts were a real let down. Unfortunately they were not hot at all, not crispy at all and burnt. We could not eat them. Last, was the cod burger, which was very good. The fish was cooked perfectly and was a good portion for the bun. I had it with fries, which again for me were perfect. I like my fries extra crispy, the District makes the best fries!
The inside of the restaurant could use a good cleaning and maybe some repairs to the seating. I understand the rustic look, but there is rustic and then there is grimy. If you want to sit on the patio, ask for a table with chairs, not stools for more comfort.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Food was awesome but ditsy server kept forgetting our order, brought us wrong food and we were ignored for a good 7 min when we walked in by non existant hotesses. Multiple people walked by us without even acknowledging we were there

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2017

The experience was overall good but the service was quite slow considering we got there in plenty of time for the awesome happy hour and were only just getting the order in when the waitress finally came back to us. If you get the mussels go for the red curry over the french.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2017

At first thought the bill was a bit high but then remembered we each had an extra beer since there was a decent selection to try. Good homey food, generous portion size. Looking forward to going back once the newly expanded outdoor patio is open.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Nice casual dining experience. Like the wine deals and escargot starter was nice. A bit cramped and cool but overall pretty good and everyone enjoyed themselves.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2017

6 of us with reservations went there for mothers day. 3 of us ordered the same dish - after quite a few minutes we were told there is only one left - so 2 of us had to reorder. Then we ordered a bottle of wine - came back again to tell us not available sold last bottle. So we requested the other Sav Blanc and oh guess what? Out of that too........I have been to this restaurant at least 5 or 6 times and I would say 5 of the 6 times they RAN OUT of food or beverage. Very disappointing -

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Great food! Great atmosphere!
Though my husband ordered his drink, for the server to come back about 10 minutes later, to tell him they didn't have it. And then again later on in the night, he ordered another drink to find that they didn't have that either.
And during our dining experience something dripped from the ceiling onto my mom, and they didn't do anything to recover the situations in the moment.
The food was amazing, and that will make us returning customers. But it would have been nice to see some situational recovery for the things that went wrong during our first dining experience there.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2017

There is definitely a good vibe in the district, there is good music playing and the whole place has a good buzz about it. The food was good there is a good cocktail, bear and wine list although it was very busy (Saturday night) and the service suffered a little. We didn't get a drink until our food arrived. Other than that it was a good experience all in all.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2017

The food was very good but the service was not . We had to wait for our server to show up or call her everytime we need something. Also she did not mention they charge gratitude for the party of 6 and more so we ended up paying double tip for the bad service. It was our mistake that we did not check our bill carefully but it was so dark inside to see the bill.. I think their service diminishes their food quality.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2017

Can't really say anything bad about
The District. It was an enjoyable get together with friends, we were not rushed, the food was very good and wine was cold!

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2017

yum yum yum

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