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Calabash Bistro

#270 of 2,897 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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428 Carrall St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2J7, Canada (Pender & Carrall)
+1 604-568-5882
17:00 - 01:00
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Tue - Sun 17:00 - 01:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 15:00
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Vancouver, Canada
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169 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I went to Calabash on a Friday for date night. I won't go into too much detail so all I can say is the food is amazing, the service is amazing, and the cocktails are amazing. We didn't realize there is dancing and music downstairs so next time we might check that out.

2 Thank ptrpdrm
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Brunch, ~12 noon. My wife and I each had the Calabash Brunch Platter: Two sunny side up free-range eggs, fried plantains, roasted cumin potatoes, fresh-cut fruit, with your choice of:Jerk pork belly, veggie patty or house-made jerk turkey sausage $13. The eggs were beautifully done, just perfect: slightly runny yolk but the whites perfectly cooked, but still tender. The fried... More 

Thank Jeff W
Vancouver, Canada
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77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

This place is a nice surprise in this neighbourhood. We loved the food, especially the chicken curry. What we did not appreciate was the server who gave us the bill while we were still eating and when we tried to finish the meal first she got the machine and waited next to us until we got the credit card out.... More 

3 Thank bubbelbine
Vancouver, Canada
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I give this place 3 1/2 stars. I would give it more stars if I was able to have a good chat with my friend without having to lean over our little table and raise our voices close to having to shout at each other. It's a great change of pace to enjoy spicy west indian food. The rum drinks... More 

2 Thank MichaelVancity
Adelaide, Australia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

This lovely little restaurant serves beautiful, flavoursome food and the most amazing rum cocktails. Service with a big smile. Our waitress even took the time to show us the cellar underneath the restaurant where they host jam sessions and other music events. Unfortunately we not in town long enough to attend one of these sessions. Highly recommended.

Thank 737Maxine
Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

The food and drinks in this friendly restaurant are very good indeed. Delicious cocktails, perfect jerk chicken skewers, very good curry goat, flavourful fishcakes, good rice 'n' peas, tasty hot sauce on the table. The service was a little too hurried, we felt rushed - at one point a server tried to take a cocktail that wasn't finished. That marred... More 

1 Thank Helen K
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Impressive nachos made by hand I'd say no cheese so they don't get soggy and get your meat on the side for them- hurry too they change weekly!! Saturday is the best night (reggae night) - too bad it's only one day a week! And brunch should have bacon etc not just potatoes n fruit but yeah, i wud jus... More 

Thank D H
Nanuet, New York
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

After being on a cruise for 7 days.. and touring. You palate desire some home cook food, so Calabash Bistro was found and my palate desire was fulfilled. I got the brunch menu of the oxtail bowl which include rice and peas and plaintains. Yummy in my tummy, my friends got jerk chicken and so they raved so much about... More 

Thank Barbara B
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

This review is to notify and encourage the owner of Calabash Bistro rather than to offend. Calabash was my second attempt to find an authentic Caribbean Restaurant in BC and my second failure to do so. My niece and I visited and was displeased with the taste of the food and drinks. As West Indians we know what our cuisine... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

For people from Trini the roti is not busup but plain roti and not dahlporri as on the menu. Disappointing. 'Doubles' are interesting but not like the ones we bought on the way home from school. The draught was warm and probably will not go back. This is not even close to the food from Trinidad including the flavours or... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Caribbean, Jamaican
Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
17:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 428 Carrall St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2J7, Canada
    (Pender & Carrall)
  • Public Transportation: Number 22 bus, Number 19 bus, Stadium Sky train.
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Chinatown
  • Neighbourhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 604-568-5882

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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