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East is East

4413 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3R2, Canada
+1 604-879-2020
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“chai” (63 reviews)
“lamb kebab” (10 reviews)
“salad” (27 reviews)
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Indian, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4413 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3R2, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A taste of middle east with live flamenco dance and music made the dinner interesting and exotic. Food was really good and filling. Ambiance is relaxed and casual. The tasting menu is recommended especially if you want to try different dishes. I recommend it.

Thank cameliac67
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have ordered takeout 5 times and 5 times we have gotten home with quite a rew missing things Not just the extras whole entrees

Thank lizandme
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner.. aromatic fusion of Eastern food! This was my second visit here and will never miss it during any of my vancouver trip! Tried silk route lunch thali ! All dishes were full of enjoyable flavours ! Very friendly customer service ! Must...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The sampler meal or Chai Feast is an excellent way to taste the wide range of fragrantly spiced veggies, fish and lamb. The place was very busy and the staff took time to enthusiastically sing birthday greetings.

Thank Hawkeye_RR
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Vancouver has a lot of great food spots and this one is high on the list. Consistently great food and easy, friendly service. We try many places and cuisines but regularly come here as a favourite. Highly recommend!

Thank Lauren M
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Great menu, with lots of variety and a pleasant atmosphere -- love the new decor. The vegetarian dishes I've tried are quite tasty, particularly the eggplant, and the portions are okay. I wish the prices were a little less steep, but it doesn't stop me...More

1  Thank turkergirl
Reviewed 14 September 2017

This was my second visit to East is East. The 4 of us had eaten quite a few aappies before coming so we were not overly hungry and ordered four sharing dishes. Ordered Afgan rice and lamb curry, eggplant, and a couple of other vegan...More

Thank Peter T
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Took the family for lunch to this place. Our gracious host Maya(?) ushered us in and offered us a sampling of chai teas to welcome us. Ambience is nice, this is not your typical butter chicken East Indian restaurant. The menu selection offered items that...More

Thank Jason U
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

This was a great place to taste so many dishes with the $33 all you can eat. The food really is fantastic and you always leave full. Lamb is my favourite but the veggie options were just as flavourful as all the dishes. Great night...More

Thank peterknight54
Reviewed 31 August 2017

East is East holds a special place in our hearts having spent many important dinners there! From birthdays to first dates, we have multiple memories of sultry evenings filled with music and incredible cuisine! Of particular importance is the thali plate, which we order EVERY...More

Thank Beth T
South Main
South Main, or SoMa, is a neighbourhood in upswing.
Inhabited by young humanitarian professionals in
converted lofts and studio apartments, what was once
an industrial centre is now a wellspring of vintage
and eco fashion shops, contemporary sawdust-floor
galleries, craft beer joints, and basement acting
studios. All set to an Art Deco background with a
strong blue collar sensibility underpinning each new
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23 June 2017|
Response from Parisa P | Reviewed this property |
It's family friendly. We took our 3 years old son. I don't think they have high chairs. You can ask for a comfortable seat when you make a reservation. Live music is entertaining for kids.
23 June 2017|
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Response from D. W | Reviewed this property |
I saw families with kids but it is loud inside
Elsy H
28 March 2016|
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Response from dlpkl | Reviewed this property |
my experience has been that if you don't get there by say 4:00 pm, you will have to wait. It can be over an hour...they will take your cell number and text you when a table is available. Which is okay, but if it's raining... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4413 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3R2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > South Main
  • Neighbourhood: South Main
  • Phone Number: +1 604-879-2020
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Our cuisine is inspired by the opulent flavors and meticulous cooking processes of Eastern cultures found along the ancient Silk Route - which includes the flavours in India, Afghanistan and Persia.
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