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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.
Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday:
8am - 3pm & 5pm - late
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
We are the second building north from the Stadium/Chinatown skytrain station.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Chambar Ratings and Reviews
The service is great! The atmosphere is lovely, but the tables are very close together and the noise level is quite high. You will find yourself speaking quite loudly and straining to listen to your company. Never the less those are my only complaints! The food and service were both exceptionally great! This is a great place for a night out with a date, not large groups! Bon Appetit!
Booked at Chambar for their Dine Out Vancouver. Used Opentable.com and they accepted our reservation for mid January. Unfortunately we didn't realize that Dine Out doesn't begin until near the end of January. So when we asked for the Dine Out menu Chambar told us it hadn't started and the menu items weren't available. But they said since the error was a booking fault (opentable should not have accepted our reservation) we could have an alternate tasting menu meal at a small extra cost over Dine Out price, so we went for it. Food was very good, nice variety, service was excellent. Noticed some meals at the next table also looked very good. Found our wine mark-up at 300% of retail to be high and so we recommend Chambar for special occasions. Chamber was packed even on a Monday night and it's pretty noisy so quiet intimate dinners might not be possible, but over all an enjoyable evening out for us.
We make it a must to have dinner at Chambar every time we visit Vancouver. It is busy and noisy on Friday and Saturday nights, but this time we went on Sunday when there was nothing on at the
nearby Queen Elizabeth theatre. The restaurant was only half full....so much quieter. Service was
excellent. As always I had the moules which never disappoint. My husband had the lamb shank
which was delicious. We shared the frog leg appetizer and found them to be tasty but a very small portion for the price.
Everything from the atmosphere to the food to the service was FANTASTIC!! We had a larger group for drinks in the lounge and then moved with just five of us into the restaurant for dinner. We were hosting our #1 client, and this restaurant really helped us with the WOW factor. Everything was perfect!
A late night dinner at Chambar was fantastic! The food was imaginative and absolutely perfectly executed. I particularly liked that, using classic techniques, many dishes also drew upon the ethnicity of Vancouver with Indian or Asian accents in an ingredient or two. Whether this is intentional or not, I don't know but result was delicious!
Reservations seem like a must: Chambar was PACKED on the Saturday night we were there and we waited 30 minutes for our reserved table. Food was delicious (though selections are kind of thin). Long wait between salad and meal course. Friendly, solicitous wait staff, and nice ambience with low (a little too low for easy menu reading) lighting and lots of wood and metal.
Chambar has been a personal favorite for many years but I had the chance to bring business colleagues recently and it was perfect. The food was great and the atmosphere was festive. The staff was attentive and made the experience all the more enjoyable. We had: apps: calamari and the frogs legs. Entrees: scallops, mussels Congolese, and the duck. We can't wait to return!
Menu is very limited and the room is very noisy. The food we ordered was tasty and the service was very good, but this will be our last visit to Chambar. We had hoped the noise level would be reduced in the new digs, and it may well be, but is still too noisy for comfortable conversation. And limited menu is a bit disappointing.
Right from the friendly greeting at the front door to when the bill is delivered at the end of the meal, the service is impeccable. Attentive but not hovering.
Love their signature cocktails for both my husband and myself. The spiced nuts and charcuterie plate are nice light starters.
The sablefish and lamb tagine both excellent entrees and don't leave you feeling hungry.
The only confusion is when you transition from the lounge to the restsurant as to whether or not to carry your own drinks and appies or if the staff will take care of that for you.
Love the proximity to Rogers Arena as we were going to the Canucks game after and lots of fans dining at Chambar too!
I'm fond of mussels, and over the holidays this year ordered them in three different restaurants. Chambar's version "wins hands down" - the mussels were succulent, the congolaise broth lovely with lots of tomato and onion cooked into it, and the fries were the crisp on the outside and moist on the inside kind. And there was a lot of it, enough to share and still take the rest of the broth home to be transformed into a mild seafood curry. The Belgian beer selection is justly famous, and I had a good recommendation on the beer pairing for my mussels. I loved the high ceiling as it swallowed up a lot of the normal restaurant noise.
Chambar is definitely a neighbourhood gem - great food and excellent service and prices are reasonable. We came in for a weekend family brunch and sampled different dishes - the paella was delight. The restaurant has a cozy vibe and ambiance. Lots of metered city street parking available, otherwise, Easy Park parking lot across the restaurant is also available. Location is also accessible to public transit, e.g. bus and skytrain. I would definitely go back and recommend this place to family and friends.
This was my second visit to Chambar (first visit was for dinner - I recommend the rabbit & venison!). Having already been wowed by their dinner service, I was excited to go there for Sunday brunch. The waffles & toppings were fabulous (we got milk chocolate lavender & bacon caramel), as was my white chocolate pistachio rosewater mocha. For our meal we had the brochette - if you like Mexican flavors, this is absolutely for you. Everything was so delicious, beautifully presented, and the service staff was impeccable. I'm only in Van for 6 more weeks, I need to make more reservations!
Chambar is quickly becoming one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver, at least for brunch/lunch. There is a lot of seating, so groups of any size can be accommodated, but making reservations is usually a good idea. I will certainly be back, but I note that I have avoided Chambar for dinner, because in my opinion, there is virtually nothing on the menu for vegetarians aside from starter salads. I hope that a new vegetarian option is added, so that it becomes more welcoming for dinner.
I have yet to have a poor dining experience at Chambar. The food is well-presented, full of flavour, and clearly made with high-quality ingredients. Be sure to try their lavender latte!
The last time I visited, I was seated downstairs for brunch. This large dining space quickly filled up, and was lively and energetic. I will admit I found it difficult to carry on a conversation between myself and 3 friends, which was problematic. However, I don't believe any fault can be attributed to Chambar in this respect.
The wait time for Cafe Medina now that it has moved to Richards St. is on average an hour plus. We used to go often since we live in the apartments across the street. After reading Chambar brunch menu it seems to be similar and making a reservation for 4 way more feasible. We all started with a waffle each, which based on memory tasted just like always. Main course for us were all different old favorites like fricasse was on the menu. The granola didn't seem to have as many dried turkish figs if any but maybe there weren't supposed to be in this version. I liked the bountiful amount of fresh fruit in the granola anyways and didn't have to spend as much effort to chew the dried fruit. The house sausage was tasty. Eggs for those who had them were cooked well. Would go back often.
I've been to Chambar for dinner before, but this was my first time there for brunch. It was fabulous. The Bon Matin really hit the spot for me. I'd certainly recommend it. In additon to our mains, we split a few waffles. I would suggest having a waffle to yourself, as it isn't large and really too good to share.
I had a brunch date with a friend. It was my first time at the new location. The dining is full of natural light through wall to wall windows. The decor is clean and sleek. I have to confess that I sort of missed the dark decor of the bar at the old location; however, I enjoyed the openess of the new space. The food was great- as usual. It was my friend's first visit to the restaurant. She was quite impressed. I would definitely go back.
It may be the happening place but if you are serious about dining go to another restaurant. The music is at dance club level which makes it impossible to carry on a conversation. Food is inventive but not high quality.
Service is spotless, I wish the quality of food could be paired.
It was a special occasion. There were six of us, we ordered appetizers to share (stuffed calamari and Chambar special bread - fantastic!). We weren't even half way finished the appetizers when our meals came out. Honestly, it kind of ruined the night. We were at a large round table and there wasn't enough room for all the plates, everything was stacked on top of each other. Finishing the appies while our meals were getting cold. Not at all what I would expect from an otherwise first class restaurant. You are warned that they want to turn the table over in 2-2.5 hours, we had all our food within 30 minutes of arrival. The food was very good from the steaks, lamb, venison and seafood. FYI - medium rare is very rare. If we do go again, I will definitely mention the timing.
We loved our dinner. Food and service was great. One thing that "got to me" was that BOTH times I dined at Chambar, I was reminded of the "two hour dining time" allotted for each table.
I'm in the business. I don't need to be told that someone else will be at my table when I'm done. Stop reminding me. It makes me want to spend less $ at your restaurant.
It's unnecessary and poor form to remind your guests that there is a time limit on their meal. We get it. Just let it happen.
After all, what if I am buying bottles of Dom and wanting to stay longer? Are you going to keep me at my table or roll the dice that the next diner will spend more?
Overall it was pleasant. Liked being upstairs more than down. Food is excellent.
Chambar est le genre d'endroit où l'on voudrait pouvoir revenir aussi souvent que possible. Bravo à tous ceux et celles qui permettent ce type de plaisir pour tous les sens. À noter que le niveau de décibel peut être un peu plus élevé du côté du bar, mais c'est parfaitement normal. Chambar est une autre raison de vouloir gagner à la Loto : par exemple pouvoir y prendre son petit-déjeuner tous les jours.
A group of us sat by the front window on couches for brunch. Two of us have babies and our strollers fit nearby. Brunch was really nice including lattes and fresh juices. Try the waffles! Best in Van for decor from the wood floors to the huge windows and the bocci lights above. Reasonably priced too. Love it!
I did not like Chambar before the renovations; the food was mediocre and the service was snooty. However, I've been twice since the renovations, both for lunch (and both within the past month), and it's been incredible. On our last visit, Steph, was super-duper and our group had so much fun that during our visit, we booked reservations for the following weekend - specifically requesting Steph as our server again.
I'm really happy that I decided to try Chambar again after the renovations; the deciding factor back then was because Chambar allows for reservations during brunch. At this rate, Chambar is becoming a weekly to bi-weekly affair!
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