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Chambar

4.3
2910 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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European
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European
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Hours of operation
Monday - Sunday:
8am - 3pm & 5pm - late

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(604) 879-7119
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nico Schuermans
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Dunsmuir/Pender
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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.
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Public transit
We are the second building north from the Stadium/Chinatown skytrain station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.1
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4.0Dined on October 19, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2015

it's was just okay

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2015

Great food, nice decor, overall a great experience!

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2015

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.

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3.0Dined on February 1, 2015

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.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2015

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.

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3.0Dined on February 1, 2015

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.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2015

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!

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2015

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!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2015

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.

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3.0Dined on January 31, 2015

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.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2015

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.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2015

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!

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2015

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.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2015

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.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2015

The crusted herb steak was charred perfectly and the scallop appie was delicious!

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2015

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.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2015

The seared scallops were so memorable - creative mix of flavours.
I love the new space and decor, very attractive without trying too hard.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2015

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.

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4.0Dined on January 28, 2015

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.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2015

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.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2015

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.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2015

Had a great time here. Food is great and the service is fantastic!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2015

Great food, great venue. Duck and cauliflower soup was delicious!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2015

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...

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2015

Enjoyed the new location and the mussels and beer were excellent as usual!

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2015

I was expecting to have the dine out Vancouver choice but brunch only available Web site misleading staff very apologetic however left us disappointed

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2015

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!

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2015

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.

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2015

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.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2015

We have dined at Chambar many times before but this is out first time at Chambar on a Dine Out and in their new location.

As appetizers, I had the scallop dish which had 3 medium sized scallops along some with some green puree of some sort and topped with a brittle crunchy flat bread like cracker which was very tasty.
My friend had the kale salad and she said it was very tasty as well.

For our mains, we both had the trio of pork…2 pulled pork croquettes, 2 thin slices of sausages, a small piece of pork tenderloin but very well seasoned. As veggies, there were a few brussel sprouts, one small wedge of beets, and some thin radish slices along with some frisee lettuce.
Presentation was impressive along with the taste of the food.

For dessert, i had the chocolate hazelnut mousse/cream bar with 3 or so freshly roasted hazelnuts. The chocolate mousse was covered with a chocolate shell that was very good, but the very best tasting part of the dessert for me was the bottom crust of the bar because it was mostly crushed hazelnut mixture.
Our other friend opted for the goat cheese cake and it looked very elegant with a piece of clear sugar lace on top.

We were given a $10 dining dollars to return to Chambar for lunch or brunch and it doesn't expire until Jan, 2016. We will try it out for sure because it looks like their new location now will have outdoor patio dining which will be great in the summer.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2015

one of the best dining experiences we recently had in Vancouver! A+ for foodies!

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2015

We have been to this restaurant many times and always love to return. We haven't been back since they moved but were pleasantly surprised with the improvements. As always, the service was impeccable and the food was just AMAZING!!

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2015

Went here on a Friday night, great atmosphere, friendly knowledgeable servers, all around great experience. Would recommend to friends.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2015

My fiancé and I decided to celebrate our engagement between just the two of us at Chambar, and it pleasantly collided with Dine Out so we thought why not?

Once again Chambar proved why it was my all time favourite restaurant in Vancouver. Absolutely amazing food, ambience, and service. The only set-back that I've always felt at a slightly higher end restaurant was that the portions was way too small for anyone that can eat more than a burger and fries for themselves. As a woman the portion was just right but my fiance had a hard time not needing a burger once we left. I noticed as I left the restaurant that a lot of men had ordered the ternderloin, one of the 4 options on the entrée list, and was given a piece that would take exactly 3 bites to finish, while most women would order the mussels.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2015

My fave around town hands down!

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2015

Arrived for our reservation at 7pm sharp. Was told that the previous table was running behind. Waited for almost 20 minutes before we were finally seated. Dine out menu was tasty. I had the scallops, Artic char, and the chocolate desert. Was disappointed that my lavender latte came out freezing cold. Service was good otherwise. I think the restaurant offered a certain charm when it was smaller and more intimate. The food quality is good but not as good as it was before the move. Will try it again one more time when they are not offering the dine out menu.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2015

I came with a friend for Dine-out and it was excellent as usual. From food to atmosphere to service... Chambar offers up the best. The staff were very professional and friendly despite the craziness behind the scenes. The food was very tasty. We had scallops and salad for appy. Entree was the Vin Blanc mussels and Arctic char. Dessert was chocolate mousse bar and cheesecake. It sounds simple and plain here but believe me, your mouth will enjoy every bite of the chef's creation.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2015

I've always wanted to come here so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity!

Ambience was perfect-- very romantic/casual. Didn't feel pressured by the other guests who were in suits/dresses, etc. Service was great! She was attentive and always smiling. In regards to the food, I got the scallops for the appetizer, mussels congolaise for the entree and the hazelnut bar for dessert. No complaints about the food except that I want some more. Everything was executed perfectly and presented beautifully.

Will definitely recommend this place to my friends/colleagues. I am looking forward to coming back to Chambar after Dine Out in the future for more!

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2015

Dined at Chambar before with regular menu and completely enjoyed my experience as the Food was awesome and service and ambiance were great. So went to chambar for dine out menu expecting my experience to be just as great; however, it turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. The food was just alright, not to the level I was expecting at all.

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