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Arike Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

4.6
4.6
28 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian

Named after our Chef Sam's grandmother, Arike (ah-ree-kay). We take local Pacific Northwest products and combine them with the herbs, spices and flavour combinations you could find in Nigeria. Serving Seasonal Cocktails & Fine Wines in a friendly, casual dining atmosphere.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Fusion / Eclectic, African

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 336-9774

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Samuel Olayinka

  • Neighborhood

    West End

  • Cross street

    On Davie street, in between Denman and Bidwell

  • Parking details

    Street parking available out front as well as a parking lot just behind Red Umbrella off of Bidwell and Davie

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Menu

Plates

  • Braised Goat Spoon

    ata din din pepper sauce, sprinkled with peanut crumb & topped with a pickled onion

    • per spoonCA$4.00
  • Fried Habanero Corn FrittersCA$5.00

    corn, habanero, confit garlic & salted tomato

    • AbachaCA$5.00

      habanero dressing, cassava, celeriac, onion, peppers

      • Akara Onion Rings*CA$6.00

        cashew garlic mayo, spiced caramelized onion dip

        • Cassava Fries*CA$7.00

          hot & sweet tomato dip, cashew garlic mayo

          • Goat DumplingsCA$8.00

            sweet chili oil, herb yogurt, crispy onions

            • Seasonal SaladCA$9.00

              cured tomato & confit garlic dressing, romaine, roasted red pepper, fennel, parmesan, toasted pumpkin seeds

              • Marinated PrawnsCA$9.00

                three prawns sous vide in a compound butter

                • Grilled Suya Beef Strip LoinCA$13.00

                  suya peanut dry rub, caramelized yogurt & lightly pickled vegetables

                  • Vegan Minis*CA$13.00

                    mushroom glazed, avocado smash, crispy onions, marinated tomatoes

                    • Mini BurgersCA$13.00

                      house made beef patties, black garlic aioli, pickled peppers, crispy onions

                      • Oxtail BoudinCA$14.00

                        tamarind chutney, pork belly, pickled vegetables, spicy crouton

                        • Free-Range Chicken WingsCA$15.00

                          Tossed in your choice of salt & pepper, ata din din pepper sauce or suya bbq sauce

                          • Jollof RiceCA$18.00

                            served with your choice of two suya beef skewers or three marinated prawns

                            • Bronkko Stew with Pounded YamCA$18.00

                              chicken, pickled peppers, onions

                              Flatbread

                              • Smoked Mushrooms & Marinated PeppersCA$13.00

                                habanero cream sauce, roasted corn, fine herb oil

                                • Salted Tomatoes & Caramelized OnionsCA$13.00

                                  charred eggplant & preserved garlic sauce, soft house cheese

                                  • Cured Leg of LambCA$15.00

                                    spiced peanut suya & onion sauce, soft house cheese, pickled eggplant

                                    • Norizo SausageCA$15.00

                                      arike's own spiced sausage, tomato & chili sauce, soft house cheese, roasted red pepper, red onion

                                      • Pulled Oxtail & Cured Pork BellyCA$17.00

                                        caramelized onion base, soft house cheese, pickled habanero, cured tomato

                                        Sweets

                                        • Pof PofsCA$7.00

                                          ginger honey, cinnamon sugar, mint

                                          • Milo Ice CreamCA$8.00

                                            salted caramel, peanut crumb, whipped pumpkin seed

                                            What 28 people are saying

                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                            4.6
                                            4.6 based on all time ratings
                                            • 4.6Food
                                            • 4.6Service
                                            • 4.3Ambience
                                            • 4.4Value

                                            NoiseModerate

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                                            1. EL

                                              EdLee

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 23, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great care has gone into preparing our dinner! Amazing flavours and aesthetically pleasing presentation. The server was very helpful with recommendations and took care to ensure we enjoyed our food. Will definitely recommend and will return!

                                            2. P

                                              Puntanelle

                                              Edinburgh

                                              2 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on February 16, 2020

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              Good food, friendly service. Nice ambience. Would certainly go back

                                            3. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Vancouver

                                              5 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on February 14, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Interesting drinks well executed. Delicious and unique dining experience.

                                            4. CS

                                              CliffS

                                              Vancouver

                                              11 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              11 reviews

                                              Dined on January 29, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              What a find !!!

                                            5. VL

                                              VicL

                                              Vancouver

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on January 29, 2020

                                              overall4food5service4ambience4

                                              Went to Arike for Dine Out Vancouver 2020. First time trying Nigerian food and it was great! The meat was seasoned and cooked well, especially the super tender oxtail. The jollof rice was insanely flavourful. The habanero tested the upper limits of my spice tolerance, but I could still taste the tomato base. The Milo ice cream was sticky and satisfying after the spicy rice.

                                            6. LY

                                              LanikaY

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on January 29, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Wonderful service, delicious food, very unique cocktails. A little loud for my personal comfort and a little dark (older patrons nearby were using their cellphone flashlight to read the menu), but that's just me being a grumpy grandma and these are issues I have basically any time I'm out of the house past 7pm.

                                            7. R

                                              Rick

                                              Vancouver

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on January 24, 2020

                                              overall3food4service3ambience2

                                              Food was really good. Server was all smiling and nice but she didn’t really take a real interest in your customers. I was very impressed by the rich flavours and wanted to ask her questions but she looked friendly and didn’t really take the time to connect with the customers. Rice was very good and in huge potion and the two skewers of meat seem small in proportions. Veggies aren’t too costly. It’d be great at least to add more veggies to balance things out. Food was very very good

                                            8. JO

                                              JOSEPHR

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on January 23, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              My partner and I both had a terrific time, the food was amazing and the waitstaff were incredible.

                                            9. DL

                                              DerekL

                                              Vancouver

                                              3 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on January 22, 2020

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              Unique Nigerian cuisine...tasty! The ambience is very quiet and service is friendly.

                                            10. SM

                                              SanjayMR

                                              Vancouver

                                              22 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              22 reviews

                                              Dined on January 18, 2020

                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                                              Some of the dishes were spicy - so, that will definitely appeal to some patrons. The dishes were definitely unique, and I like the thought that the menu was inspired by the grandmother of the chef - a place to try again in the future.

                                            11. O

                                              Oliver

                                              Vancouver

                                              10 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              10 reviews

                                              Dined on January 18, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Food was great service was great ! Would go again for sure 😊

                                            12. T

                                              Tejoi

                                              Vancouver

                                              19 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              19 reviews

                                              Dined on January 17, 2020

                                              overall3food3service4ambience2

                                              Some of the dishes were quite good. Overall we found them too hot. I think they should tone the heat down for the average taste. Also, very small portions in most things for what was charged. I liked that they turned down the music when we asked. The server was friendly and personable. My boulevardier cocktail was well made. And so was my wife's cocktail. A small but excellent choice of beers.

                                            13. DM

                                              DavidM

                                              Vancouver

                                              31 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              31 reviews

                                              Dined on January 13, 2020

                                              overall4food4service3ambience3

                                              Very interesting dishes with great flavours. Prices perhaps a bit high for what is served. The service was a bit light, but it was a snowy evening so staff may not have made it to work.

                                            14. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              San Francisco

                                              8 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              8 reviews

                                              Dined on December 1, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great food and service.

                                            15. MT

                                              MelT

                                              Vancouver

                                              8 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              8 reviews

                                              Dined on November 10, 2019

                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                              Original menu and flavours / cute location, good service. Cocktails are pricy for the place.

                                            16. BA

                                              BennyA

                                              Vancouver

                                              21 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              21 reviews

                                              Dined on October 10, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Delicious food and great cocktails. personal service. simply a great dining experience

                                            17. NC

                                              NatCanada

                                              Vancouver

                                              23 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              23 reviews

                                              Dined on September 21, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Overall amazing experience. Friendly and knowledgeable service, excellent food flavours, great dishes for sharing. A little bit loud; hard to have conversations-but still a great place!

                                            18. EO

                                              ErinOdermatt

                                              Vancouver

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on September 1, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              My husband and I opted to try out some of the appetizers and sides tapas style. We were not disappointed. I can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu. The flavors are so well developed and creative. Definitely worth checking out for dinner then a short walk to the beach after!

                                            19. P

                                              carlosP

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on August 22, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              It was great food and very professional and descrite service. We will definitely come back.🙂

                                            20. CM

                                              CrMr

                                              Calgary

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on August 15, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Amazing flavors with unique combinations of the chef’s influences from home with North American fare. Each dish was deeply flavorful without being overwhelming. Presentation was expert without detracting from the enjoyment of the cooking.

                                            21. EC

                                              EseC

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on July 30, 2019

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              Delicious food, great ambiance. Would definietly recommend!

                                            22. c

                                              cephalus

                                              Vancouver

                                              21 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              21 reviews

                                              Dined on July 13, 2019

                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                                              The food was excellent, well prepared and nicely served. Service was excellent. We’ll go back.

                                            23. v

                                              v2tony

                                              Vancouver

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on July 13, 2019

                                              overall3food3service5ambience3

                                              Quiet little restaurant. Waiter was quick to attend to us. Menu says spicy but it really wasn't - I'm not into spicy food and I was able to handle everything. The portions were really small so it felt overpriced. Food had nice flavours.

                                            24. C

                                              Cubed

                                              Vancouver

                                              6 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on June 30, 2019

                                              overall3food3service5ambience4

                                              Went for their oxtail and pork belly flat bread. Though flat bread was nice and sweet, their "pork belly" were little bits of bacon and shreds of oxtail were VERY difficult to find. Ordered a jallop rice with beef, very memorable as the beef was few compared to the bowl of rice that can feed a family of 4. $9 for 3 not-so-buttered shrimps is an absolute joke. Drinks, service, ambiance was decent. Walked out $80 short.

                                            25. TH

                                              TamaraH

                                              Vancouver

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on May 23, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Such an amazing dinner, delicious food, amazing drinks and such great service. I can't wait to go back

                                            26. LD

                                              LeeD

                                              Vancouver

                                              3 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on May 18, 2019

                                              overall4food5service4ambience4

                                              Delightful restaurant with people who care about good food - in house cured meats, house made soft cheese and all around delicious offerings. The Jollof rice is great - flat breads are delicious and the pof pof dessert is the perfect sweet ending to a really enjoyable food experience. Give it a try.

                                            27. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Vancouver

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 28, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              My second visit to this delightful restaurant. Food was amazing and so was the staff.

                                            28. RH

                                              RachelH

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on April 7, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Food was delicious and waitress was knowledgeable. Food came quickly. Place was not busy at all, but I hope that changes for them soon. Maybe a good review will help, haha. My only criticism is that we would have liked the portions to be bigger -- because it was so tasty!

                                            FAQs

                                            Arike Restaurant and Cocktail Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 28 OpenTable diners.

                                            Not available on OpenTable

                                            Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

                                            If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


                                            Is this your restaurant?
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                                            Additional information

                                            • Cross street

                                              On Davie street, in between Denman and Bidwell

                                            • Neighborhood

                                              West End

                                            • Hours of operation

                                              Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

                                            • Cuisines

                                              Canadian, Fusion / Eclectic, African

                                            • Dining style

                                              Casual Dining

                                            • Dress code

                                              Casual Dress

                                            • Parking details

                                              Street parking available out front as well as a parking lot just behind Red Umbrella off of Bidwell and Davie

                                            • Payment options

                                              MasterCard, Visa

                                            • Executive chef

                                              Samuel Olayinka

                                            • Additional

                                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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