The Calabash Bistro in Vancouver, serves up Caribbean cuisine in a creative and unique, �Reggacentric� environment. The atmosphere is inspiring and artistic, and the menu at Calabash Bistro is a unique combination of West Coast and West Indian flavors.
Start your meal off at Calabash Bistro with a serving of jerk fries or plantain chips, and maybe try a Calabash salad or crab cakes. But make sure to leave room for the main course. Entr�es and staples include oxtail, ackee and saltfish, a vegetarian platter and much more. You�ll also find a number of curries and jerked dishes, like goat curry and jerk beef stew.
I was visiting Vancouver and took some friends to dinner. The food was excellent and we enjoyed the appetizers and main courses so much that we even ordered rotis to go.
The staff and service were friendly.
One of Vancity's best kept secret locations! Love the cool vibe, the music, the staff and most of all the food. Put it all together and you'll feel like you've arrived in one of the hippest places in town where everything is 'irie mon'!
We went to calabash bistro for my friends 27th birthday dinner. The server was SO helpful and amazing. I love when servers are decisive and actually help you through the menu. Loves the appies...everything was tasty. They also let us bring our own cake which was very nice. I would go back again for sure!
Came here for a bite to eat before a hockey game - 10 minute walk to Rogers Arena. Food was great - I would say that this is authentic Caribbean home cooking. The seasonings and flavours were definitely Caribbean but not big restaurant style. Service was great, friendly and quick. Drinks were interesting and tasty. We will be back.
We went to Calabash for a casual dinner on Friday and it was delicious. Drinks were tasty and definitely not weak. I would definitely recommend getting the coconut dumplings!
The ambiance is lively with many groups having a good. We were hoping for love music but came on the wrong night. Oops our fault. The music gets progressively louder as the night advances. We didn't mind, but good to know if you need to have a quiet romantic conversation. The good was where is was most disappointed. It smelled so nice when I entered, and the prices are high, so I had high expectations. The food was ok or maybe even good, not definitely not great or spectacular, especially for the price.
My husband and I had a date night here last weekend and really enjoyed the atmosphere, the food and the drinks. Our server Meghan was awesome and attentive, and we felt relaxed and welcome to hang out as long as we liked. As for the food, I can't tell you how happy we are to have found good Jamaican and Caribbean food in Vancouver! I had oxtail and he had curry goat and both were delicious. We'll definitely be back.
So I took a couple of people to the Bistro for brunch. The food was excellent and quite filling. Everyone enjoyed it, the place was quite empty for some reason so we had no difficulty talking or hearing each other for that matter.
After brunch, we went downstairs to check out the art work & it was extraordinary. Definitely am going to come back for dinner as well as check out the downstairs as I understand they have live music every night.
I am very excited to come back to Calabash Bistro.
This restaurant has been on my list for a very long time. I went with friends who had been there before. We ordered our drinks, I had a dark and stormy. I have not had a bartender make me a drink like that for a while....not stingy, I didn't feel like I had to nurse it, not to mention very tasty. I then ordered the goat, Calabash serves their curry's in tiffins. One layer of salad, one rice and one curry. I thought it would not be enough food but I was stuffed, not to mention the flavours. Subtle and flavourful curries and a nice rice mix.
No room for dessert but I will return.
Calabash has a fun, quirky atmosphere and absolutely delicious food. The service is impeccable. Lots of great share plates and incredible cocktails on their menu. Try the Dark & Stormy and make sure you order the coconut dumplings to start. We'll be back soon for sure.
Need a place to hang out that has a pulse? This would be a great choice . Relaxed, and with really great music and a competent and familiar staff, it's kind of like being with friends even if you don't know a soul .
The food is ok, and the menu gives plenty of choices in the category. The whole experience reminded us of what it might be like to have your own " cheers " bar.
I made a reservation for myself and three friends 3 weeks in advance, and Calabash phoned me the day before to confirm. However, when we arrived they put us downstairs, at the only table that was not part of an engagement party, which had rented out the space for a private event (except for that one table, apparently). We requested another table 3 times, from 3 different people. Each time they acted as if we were crazy for not wanting to sit there (there were speeches even!). We didn't stay for dinner, because it was uncomfortable and loud. And we felt very disrespected. When we left we expressed our feelings to the staff (at this point 4 people were all around us), all of whom continued to say "It'll be fine down there, don't worry about". Never once did anyone give us the common courtesy of respecting that this is maybe not an appropriate place to put a reservation table. Might I add that half of the upstairs empty (albeit reserved).
I was really looking forward to my meal, and I am very disappointed that I will not be going back.
Heard so much but food didn't live up to hype. Maybe dinner better than brunch.
Great house hot sauce.
The food was delicious and the ambience was loud and energetic. Fun to go out on the weekend with a group of friends.
I have been frequenting Calabash for almost 2 years. I have never been dissatisfied with the service or the food.
Chef Cullin is friendly, personable and can cook Caribbean food to perfection. I lived in the Caribbean for a period of time and I can say that it is delicious and authentic with a twist. He has brought his menu around to stay true to the seasonings and roots but modernizing and adjusting to the pallette of his clientele.
I highly recommend you go there. Also, they have a DJ come in and weekends can be a blast there!
Chose the Calabash as I haven't had good Carribean food since I left the UK (never seen a restaurant in Vancouver), the menu looked good and prices were reasonable. The evening didn't disappoint, it's small, cozy and unpretentious with genuine character. The staff were super friendly. The food was tasty and came in good portions, not by the bucketload and not haute cuisine. They have an incredible specialist run menu and the rum cocktails were SOOOO good. Will definitely go back and highly recommend
We had a good experience; enjoyed the food and the service was good.
Our large party (10 people) had a great time at Calabash on Saturday night. The food was incredibly flavourful and the cocktails fresh and delicious. We received exceptional service and they accommodated adding two people to our original reservation. The music for the dancing downstairs wasn't my cup of tea (reggae) but it was a lively scene nonetheless. Recommended highly.
great food, great rum drinks, good lively ambience.
at 11pm the restaurant turns into a pretty wild dance floor.
My friends and I had a great time! Very accommodating for my group on my Birthday!