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Calabash Bistro

#275 of 2,876 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Chinatown
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428 Carrall St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2J7, Canada (Pender & Carrall)
+1 604-568-5882
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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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77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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Vancouver, Canada
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23 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 

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Adelaide, Australia
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9 reviews
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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.

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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 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 

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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 

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Nanuet, New York
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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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 

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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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Nanaimo
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67 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

We went to Calabash,a cute little Caribbean restaurant, for brunch. We tried the Rise and Shine Roti, which was Jerk scrambled eggs, roasted cumin potatoes, tomato & garlic choka, coconut rundown hollandaise served on an open roti of jerk pork belly; the Caribbean Crab Cakes served with two poached eggs, coconut rundown hollandaise, roasted cumin potatoes, and mixed greens; the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

Awesome fantastic restaurant, food, drinks, service. We often miss the caribbean when in Vancouver, its people, its food, its vibe. Calabash makes a good attempt at consoling us when we do, but Calabash goes further: it serves great authentic and original food and drinks, and an incredible rum and cocktail selection. The overall experience can easily compete with the great... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
Caribbean, Jamaican
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 01:00
Thursday
17:00 - 01:00
Friday
17:00 - 01:00
Saturday
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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Chinatown
With the recent exodus of massive new building projects hitting the neighbourhood, Chinatown; which has always been one of the city's most vibrant areas; is even more buzzing and buoyant than ever before. Playing host to some of the city's best pan-Asian cuisine, from fusion food to traditional home-cooking, Chinatown has remained faithful to its roots as a space which clambers with shop signs and welcomes diners to the table. More that that, it has a hip experimental vibe to it, with trendy pop-ups and catchall market shops. The biggest of Canada's Chinatowns, it is also home to an expansive Chinese garden whose manicured grounds inspire and delight, its ponds and pagodas drawing walkers in for an stroll. Take in the red streetlights, the playful awnings, and the upbeat air that suffuse this area.
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