Located in Vancouver, Canada, Chambar serves Belgian cuisine in a chic, rustic setting with warm decorative lighting and exposed brick walls. Owners Karri and Nico Schuermans, along with Executive Chef Tia Kambas created an atmosphere where guests can enjoy a fine dining experience in comfort. Its breakfast menu features the popular Liège waffles with a choice of sweet toppings. Chambar's lunch service offers daily pasta made with seasonal ingredients, fresh salads and other tasty fare. Dinner entrées of calamari stuffed with veal, spiced foie gras or braised lamb with almond couscous will please the palate.
Chambar also has its own ale that was created for pairing with meals. It sponsors fundraisers, welcomes reservations and hosts events for large groups. Brunch is served on the weekend and can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio.
Regular and big fan but I preferred the intimacy and the warmth of the old location / design. Noise level also increased due to how the new space is set up, a bit too much for my liking, but I will compromise for the food still and visit.
Dinner service is great. Lunch service was very disappointing, but I blame our one server specifically not the operation. She simply does not belong and does not know how to handle working at a place like chambar. She is best suited to work at Red Robin perhaps.
it's was just okay
Great food, nice decor, overall a great experience!
Chambar has always been a great location for food and ambiance. The shift to this new location has only taken what was a great restaurant and allowed it to polish the rough edges out to now be a very special one.
The overall ambiance is less intimate that their previous location, but they have managed to keep the overall space warm and inviting. They are well setup to serve groups of 5-10, which is refreshing, and have numerous nooks for the couple looking for some privacy. The Bar is well laid out, and great for a drink and quick bite as well. I haven't tried the patio yet, but that too will come shortly.
The staff if anything are showing what happens when you invest in them and seek to give them the tools to excel. Amazing service and attention to detail all around from the front of the house, to the kitchen and the wait staff.
The bar and wine menu are very well rounded, yet grounded. No wild drinks here, but every classic you could desire, made well with attention. The wine list is a great mix of local and exotic and the staff know what to effectively pair with the menu (that can be hard to do with this menu).
As for the food. This is not a menu that aims to be too avant-garde. All the dishes respect their origins and only vary due to the house's aim to use local and fresh ingredients wherever possible. That means what you get is going to be palatable and hopefully delightful to everyone. There is sufficient variety to appease any desire.
That said, when in doubt go for the mussels or the lamb tajine (if it isn't sold out! which happens nightly it's that good) and the house bread. Small plates, or large they will delight you and leave you content at the end of the evening.
Reservations are STRONGLY recommended as they go from empty to full and stay that way for a long ways into the evening.
The waitress came checking too frequently and constantly interrupt the conversation I had with my friend. They took my dish away really quickly which I haven't even completely finished, but I got too annoyed with them kept coming to my table so I just asked the waitress to take my plate away.
Mussels were good, foie gars was fair...wasn't worth the extra $8.
I was there for the dine out. My favourite dish is the cauliflower bbq duck confit soup. The soup was simply amazing! It had lots of duck meat in a very creamy soup. The coconut cream mussels was great, as usual. My only comment is the artic char was a bit underwhelming. I found it a tiny bit fishy. The cheesecake was light and delicious.
the host looks pretty but she might not be as honest as shelooks. i would not get into the details but just to keep that in mind when you dine here. it was a big turn-off for me but the food and services were good. i would come back for food but not recommend this place to anyone.
A vibrant obvious hotspot for brunch. Homemade waffles for the middle of the table, perfect for sharing! And my personal favorite, Westcoast Salmon Benny. Brick with contemporary decor & not to be missed, the hand blown glass enormous chandelier! The service was prompt & friendly, with a personal visit from the Manager to welcome us for our first visit. The only issue was the volume of the music, abit loud for conversation. Other than that, we'll be back!
Chamber has been around over a decade, but has recently redefined itself with a brand spankin new location, three doors up from their old one. I remember watching the making of Chamber on the food channels "Opening soon". I also believe it is one of the only restaurants to have not only still been in business 10 years later, but also be a smashing success. This restaurant with its warm wood tones, cascading light and rich smells of succulent ingredients is always a welcoming site. The menu is very european, using only the freshest ingredients and presented with an unusual twist like a cast iron skillet or an exquisite platter. Fresh juices, incredible coffee's and a wine list that would kick any sommelier to sit up and take notice. A very happening, always busy, yet good for a romantic dinner for two, this place has it all. Not cheap, but when you leave the table as satisfied as I have numerous times, you never regret the money spent. ALWAYS make a reservation, it saves the HOUR wait at the door!
I was at Chambar during Dineout Vancouver and I knew this restaurant will be very busy. The staff were still very curtious and friendly which is not easy when dinner service is at its peak. We were seated within 5 minutes. We were given ample time to review the menu before ordering - not rushed at all and not left wondering if we had a server - just right. I was very appreciative that they needed the table at a certain time for the next table but gave us an extra 30 minutes.
This place would've been better at the beginning of service or at the end. Too noisy and too many groups. Would be nice to have one area with smaller tables for 2 - 4 people only.
We made a brunch reservation for Chambar, and we were excited to check out their new spot. They seem to have kept the brunch menu that they once offered at Medina, which is exciting because now you can get the same delicious brunch without waiting for an hour outside. The only drawbacks were (1) our weird server who left halfway through our meal and (2) a lot of crying babies nearby. I think we could avoid the babies in future by requesting to have a quieter table, but the server was something else...she didn't seem to know the menu well, so she couldn't describe the feature or answer any questions we had. Before our meals arrived however, she was nowhere to be found. I'm not sure if her shift ended, but we had a new server who didn't come to check on us, he just kept looking at us from afar. I was a server for years, and if I were to hand over a table, I would introduce the guests to their new server. We were a pretty low maintenance table so it was an off-putting experience. We'll probably go back to Medina for brunches and stick with Chambar for evenings.
Loved the food, ambience, music, service, sommelier... It was a terrific menu for Dine Out and good value. The sommelier was passionate and very knowledgeable - chose something perfect for us. The service was amazing! There were a couple of things that I feel I should mention. First, the evening was chilly so every time the front door opened it blasted cold air in the restaurant (we weren't sitting close to the door either). The other thing is the height of the couches along the window. I loved the seating but it was a bit too low for the table (and I'm tall). I felt like I needed a telephone book (now I'm showing my age). Other than that, it was a completely wonderful experience and we'll be back!
It was a Friday night, Canucks game night, so parking was tough. We decided to use the valet; reasonable price and great service from the two guys.
Our table was ready when we arrived, so we were sat immediately. Our server was great; friendly & knowledgeable.
1st course- I had the scallops and my girlfriend had the soup. The scallops were cooked perfectly, but I wasn't a huge fan of the puree and sauce. The soup was delicious.
2nd course- i had the Arctic Char and she had the pork trio. Neither of us were overly impressed with our entrees. Nothing wrong per se, just not memorable.
Dessert- WOW!! This was the standout. I had the hazelnut chocolate mousse and she had the cheesecake. Both were absolutely delectable.
Definitely will be back.
Had been to Chambar in its former location and preferred the ambiance there. The food is just as good I think but the noise level was so high we could not talk without both leaning across the table at the same time. This was at 5:30 so not even the height of bar time. It was during Dine Out so maybe that made a difference. We understand their brunch is very good so will go back and try that.
Server was very good.
The crusted herb steak was charred perfectly and the scallop appie was delicious!
We happened to go to Chambar during DineOut Vancouver. This was my second visit to the restaurant during lunch time. I selected the Chicken a l'orange, which I'd heard was very delicious (it was). The chicken was tender white breast meat and the sauce completed the dish to perfection. It was, however, the dessert that absolutely pushed the meal over the top: a lemon curd meringue "pie" served Alaska baked style. The meals have been consistently good the couple of times that I've eaten here - it's always a treat to partake.
The seared scallops were so memorable - creative mix of flavours.
I love the new space and decor, very attractive without trying too hard.
Dine out menu portion very small, didn't feel full after dinner, wanted to order other dishes, but there was only 90mims unable to order other food. It's not my first went for dinner, but first time dine out over there, feel disappointed this time.
Came here for Dineout and loved it. Menu showcased what the restaurant gas to offer. Couldn't believe how busy it was for such a big space. Felt a little rushed through dinner, but expected for Dineout.
I found the restaurant to be beautiful and the atmosphere buzzing. The service was good minus a small hiccup near the end of the meal. My boyfriend had very good luck with his menu item choices during Dine Out but I on the other hand, felt like I drew the short straw with my choices. The scallop starter looked beautiful but tasted bland. The featured Pork Trio was underwhelming, small and luke-warm/cold when I had it. The pork loin was nice but the pulled-pork croquette was nothing special and the sausage was average. My boyfriend has a delicious soup starter and a lovely plate of mussels. The dessert was average, nothing very exciting. I felt that the quality of the food did not match the price that the restaurant was charging for Dine Out. I felt underwhelmed given all the good reviews I had heard about this restaurant. I certainly am not rushing back anytime soon.
There are so many restaurants in Van but Chambar remains the best for all occasions at all times. Every year Chambar puts on its best game for Dineout, this year the goat cheese cheesecake was just mind blowing. Mussels are great as always, even if you don't like seafood, Chambar is amazing in every single way.
Had a great time here. Food is great and the service is fantastic!
Great food, great venue. Duck and cauliflower soup was delicious!
I don't normally like mussels, but I love the congolaise! The spicy Caesar hits the spot...nice touch with the bacon.
Brunch at Chambar is relaxing, the way brunch should be...
Chambar is the place to take out of town guests, you want to impress...
For special occasions...
For any time you want consistent, solid food...
Enjoyed the new location and the mussels and beer were excellent as usual!
I was expecting to have the dine out Vancouver choice but brunch only available Web site misleading staff very apologetic however left us disappointed
Chambar is exactly what it claims to be; a casual fine dining experience. The interior decorating and ambiance is very stylish and comfortable. The atmosphere makes you feel comfortable in a beautiful setting with great service and amazing food as opposed to other fine dining restaurants where I've felt like I didn't belong if I wasn't wearing a dress and heels, here you can dress up or dress down, go with friends, a group, or impress a date. I'm a fan!
I hadn't been to Chambar since their renovation so I was excited to finally pay a visit. I really liked the new layout of the restaurant -- very modern and spacious. Our server was very kind and attentive all night so we appreciated that too. But it was really the food that I came for and just as I expected, it did not disappoint. We went during Dineout, so I ordered the Salad D'Hiver, Trio de Porc, and La Barre de Chocolate. Every course was superb and the presentation of each dish was impressive. I usually get the Moules Frites, but I decided to change it up, and I'm glad I did. The meat trio entree was delicious.
Will most definitely be back soon. Chambar is still in my top 3 in Vancouver. Highly recommended.
We had a great night at Chambar during Dine out Vancouver. The food and service was excellent, but as with many other small excellent restaurants that get big, it has gone corporate. It had been on our list for awhile, but was truly unimpressed with a high end restaurant charging for water. $5 for sparkling! You get it our of a tap! And we had to stop our waitress from pouring the beer, she clearly had no idea how to pour correctly. So had the food not been excellent, I would never be back. There are many other more impressive restaurants to spend my money at in Vancouver.