Chambar
Chambar

Chambar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chambar.com/
  • Phone: 6048797119
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday:
    8am - 3pm & 5pm - late

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European
  • Executive Chef: Nico Schuermans
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private groups from 15 to 60 guests available upon request.
  • Private Party Contact: Kristah Dirie (reception) 6048797119x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dunsmuir/Pender
  • Public Transit: We are the second building north from the Stadium/Chinatown skytrain station.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Chambar offers valet parking every Friday and Saturday night, as well as most Rogers Arena event nights. There are also three public parking lots within the vicinity.
A word from Chambar
An "unpretentious fling with fine dining"



Leave your day at the door & enjoy the essentials - food, service, & great music. An exceptional cocktail list, Belgian beer, fine dining without the formalities. The food is exceptional, with a commitment to fresh seasonal produce, Belgian themed with North African influence.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Chambar reviews from OpenTable diners
325 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (246)special occasion (195)romantic (126)hot spot (124)neighborhood gem (120)good for groups (100)notable wine list (95)vibrant bar scene (71)late-night find (51)great for outdoor dining (45)great for brunch (36)great for lunch (20)scenic view (14)kid-friendly (9)Show More
  • Great but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great restaurant, food was fantastic and servers friendly and attentive. Would suggest for reservations to indicate to customers that one half of the restaurant is very open, well lit and more family friendly, while the other half is more lounge/pub like - more romantic atmosphere - so that people know what they're getting. Overall, fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing place
    Austin2Vancouver
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I've been here a few times now and never disappointed. The cocktails are fantastic, the food amazing, and the service is very professional, thoughtful, helpful, and unpretentious. The place does get noisy, but is still suitable for a romantic dinner. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Most impressed
    HaroStreetFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    That was the best food we've eaten in a while. The beet carpaccio appetizer was so amazing. The staff were excellent, and most helpful with the impressive Belgian beer list. Being a Friday night, it was packed and very noisy, but that's the price of success. We'll definitely be back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu lacks cohesion. Won't return.
    Piglette
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Textures, flavors, presentation and serving sizes lacked consistency. Service was average at best. Foie gras was served warm and began to melt on plate. It was served with frozen cherry compote. The textures are a clash. Why frozen? Pheasant dish had good flavours with the exception of Spring roll which was too oily. The serving size was too small, closer to appetizer portion. Lamb shank lacked flavour and was served with/in a watery gravey/jus. The eggplant was served chilled?! Why chilled? It did not go with the rest of the dish at all served this way and was left We did not venture on to try desert as we had lost confidence in quality, and the desert menu didn't show much imagination. Wine list was not bad, but very expensive.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Super
    Mss2
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Food excellent. Really good beer. Attentive service. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious with service to match
    ruggs
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    There were 4 of us and we all were very impressed by the taste of the food, the amazing service and the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date Night
    RonD
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My partner and I enjoy it as our "Date Night" location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed review
    adventurousfoodie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Our Chambar experience was very good in some areas but lacking in others with an overall okay result. It was very busy and it took some time for the server to welcome us and take our drink order. Once ordered, it took quite some time for the order to arrive. Fortunately, when the drinks did arrive, the lambic beer that I ordered was very flavorful and refreshing. The server made some menu suggestions and we decided on the Cocotte mussels, followed by the lamb tajine and the veal tenderloin. The mussels were fresh, well prepared and delicious. The frites and sauce were equally delicious. Had the meal stopped there, I would have left an outstanding review but our mains especially the veal was lacking. Would go again for the mussels.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go while you can
    DinerX
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We were pleased to find out that the Chambar was still open for another few weeks while they move to a location right next door. Great Belgian beer selection and wonderful seafood makes this a great choice. Wait staff are very knowledgable on both and were able to provide great selections to guide the meal without being pushy. May be closed in early July while the move takes place so stop in now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Loud
    Peckish
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    While the meal was tasty and nicely plated, my sense is that the prices are a bit too high. I could have dealt with that, but the back dinning room is just to loud and not conducive to comfortable dining with friends. I don't know whether it is the back of glass windows and brick walls, but the sound simply reverbarates in the room reaching, in my view, uncomfortable levels. We have enjoyed Chambar in the past, but I don't think I will return for a while.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chambar is BEST
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Chambar never ceases to deliver on ALL fronts - food is always excellent (we have eaten there at least 5-6 times in the last few months) - servers are spot on - knowledgeable and non-intrusive. The MOST important thing is that the music is tasteful and quite enough so you can actually hear the conversation that is taken place with the other people at your table! WAY TOO MANY other restaurants do NOT subscribe to this policy.... Would suggest Chambar for ANY occasion....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must go restaurant!
    Vancitygirl
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My partner and I went to Chambar to celebrate our one year anniversary and it was the perfect location! Red brick walls, candle lights, the energy, the food and the 5-star service made it an amazing experience for us! We started with "Canard Fume", then moved onto "Congolaise" and "Tajine d’aziz à l’agneau", and had "Jardin de Fraises" as desert. They were all soo yummy!! Everyone in Vancouver should definitely try this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large, Delicious Portions
    Bubbles
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We were surprised by the laid back and interesting interior: the funky mix of lighting and decor made us feel relaxed and glad that we were not underdressed in jeans. The attractive clientele looked to be mostly in their 30's and 40's with several tables of all girls. We ordered a couple of interesting cocktails, then switched to their extensive beer list. We ordered the mussels in coconut/tomato/lime sauce and the rack of lamb, and for dessert we had their version of Tiramisu - light wafer carmel things with mouse and other goodness. Everything was delicious. When I go back, I would share one main dish and split an appetizer because the portions are large.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noisey,crowded seating,food good
    garfield
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    this is the perfect party scene restaurant not the perfect 3rd anniversary romantic dinning experience. my wife felt that she had to rush through her dishes because of the volume of noise and crowded conditions(I had to squeeze between to very tight tables to get to my seat and even then there was no room to turn around without hitting my neighbour in the head with my butt when I sat down) I can see why this venue is popular with groups, it lends itself to party mode but not for the intimate dinning experience. Some of the dishes were very good and presented in an aesthetically pleasing manner but the pheasant was a little dry and stringy. The evening started with a very average martini and ended with an astringent desert .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Outstanding on all counts. Should be even better with the upcoming move.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Btflbc4ever
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Came for the birthday and instantly our group felt as though our server wanted nothing to do with us. The food and wine were wonderful and would have been a lovely evening if the service was to match.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chambar Delivers - again!
    foodforthought
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    What I love most about Chambar is the unique cocktails and food. I love reading the cocktail list and trying out new flavors - it's always a tasty adventure :) The service is always fabulous, too. The servers are attentive, but do not hover and I also appreciate their expert advice on what is especially yummy that day. Thanks for making our dining experience fun and special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Have been here many times on visits to Vancouver. Always leave very satisfied. Bravo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip hangout
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Came here before concert at Roger's Arena. Took advantage of valet parking, excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bestonly
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Excellent dinner - lamb, salmon and halibut all well prepared and appealing. Good service and friendly. No trouble getting out in time to make it to a concert at Rogers Place but expect to spend at least 2 hours at dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Westie
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    As usual fabulous food and presentation , best part is they don't rush you through dinner !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a Go
    MattVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We were looking for a nice restaurant in the area and came across Chambar as a well-received option. We had the Boeuf et Champignons, the Moules Frites - Coquotte, and the Gnocchi side. The food was fantastic - my one complaint would be that half of the gnocchi dish was beets, which wasn't even listed on the menu! (And we both detest beets). Service was nothing special, and our server was quite neglectful at times - there was probably an 8-10 minute period that we didn't even see her, which despite not sounding long, is a bit frustrating when you're waiting for a top-up on water! In any case, overall it was a very pleasant experience, and though it's not a place I'm rushing back to, I'd have no hesitation to going again :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fiancée's Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I surprised my fiancée on his birthday on June 17 by bringing him to Chambar for dinner. He loves it here. We had a great server, David, and the food was fantastic as usual. We had a reservation however since our table wasn't quite ready when we arrived we sat at the bar for a drink. The cocktails we ordered where great. The only thing we did not like was the "lamb collar" appetizer. Everything else was fantastic as usual. Thanks for a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Incredible food & cocktails. All the components are perfectly balanced & plated beautifully. Cocktails are varied & unlike what you would get anywhere else. Everything was timed well, we didn't have to wait long but we weren't rushed either. The servers are attentive, friendly, and very knowledgeable. The decor is warm & comfortable while staying chic & simple. Wood floors, large artwork & huge windows, wrought-iron doors, heavy wood tables. 5 stars except toward the end of our dinner a large party came in with about 10 little kids (bring them somewhere else!) and it became very loud. My husband LOVED the Boeuf et champignons, it was the highlight of his dining experience. As far as cocktails, try the Palomino's Fortress & the Smoke Show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fathers Day dinner
    MYGalSal
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We took Dad here for dinner on Father's Day and thoroughly enjoying the meal and service. Food was well presented and yummy! We never felt rushed but at the same time food was presented in a timely manner by two polite servers. I had foie gras followed by moules and frites - delicious, my other two dinner guests enjoyed the veal tenderloin. We will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our dinner was outstanding and we felt like no matter how busy it got, we were not neglected. The food was delicious and a good time was truly had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible as always
    Sallyrazz678VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We live in the neighbourhood and probably come to chambar 3x a month. Anytime we have guests in town we bring them. The menu is exceptional for both food and drink, with the star dishes for us being the Congolaise mussels and the Chicago boeuf appetizer. Also the new gnocchi side is fantastic. In all our times visiting chambar we've never had one bad experience or dish. The ambiance is lively and service is impeccable, with significant thought and attention to detail. I highly recommend chambar to anyone for a romantic night out, a group dinner with friends, clients, etc. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heavenful taste foods
    April
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    My sister and I had white wine glazed mussel with roasted veal .... OH MY GOSH I never had anything like this tasteful mussel. You need to order fries and deep then into that mussel sauce. Also they have very creative and interesting martinis.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Have eaten here a few times and always enjoy it. It's pretty noisy, the food is good and interesting - fairly pricey. A great selection of Belgian beers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We went with a group of 6 and there was not a dish ordered that wasn't delicious. Our server was highly organized and very knowlegeable. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chomping at chamber
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The food was flavorful and presentation excellent, though if I have one criticizime it would be that all dishes were on the verge of being too salty.The dessert that we shared did end the meal nicely the ice cream was not too sweet and it had bits of apples or Asian pears, I forgot what it was called but it had a'curtain' around it. Overall I recomendit and would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Favourful food. Great quality, not small quantity. Interesting how food is plated
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    Tworedshoes
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Highly recommended. Food was wonderful and original. Room was great, service was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great food but a little pricey. The location we got was pretty poor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    Daniela
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Love this place. Always busy. Great atmosphere. Food is good, mussels are popular here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but noisy.
    tulyetal
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Absolutely loved the food and would go back just to work my way through the menu. The music, however, was exceedingly loud for a dining room and made conversation with guests a shouting match. Please consider no background music in at least the back dining area. Otherwise was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Unique atmosphere and some of the best fine dining food I've had in Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Excellent. Cant wait to go back. A little expensive but worth it. The tables could be a little further apart
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Delicious food, great beer, one of Vancouver's best
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious as always
    foodieinvancouver
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This is probably my 6th or 7th time dining at Chambar. I love that they have changed the menu since I was last there. The veal tenderloin main course was amazing. My friend had the halibut and they managed to keep it moist and was also delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.