East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

4.7
801 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mediterranean
Our food consists of thoughtfully prepared recipes that will take you on a culinary journey along the ancient Silk route.


As evening descends upon the vibrant city of Vancouver, Chai Lounge comes to life like the courts of the eastern Raja's. Imagine a warm, dreamy and visually arresting venue where global sounds cascade the room over the din of lively conversations. Spicy scents waft from the kitchen followed by an abundance of delicious trans-himalayan cuisine.


Chai Lounge is our landmark location. There is no place like it in Vancouver,and visitors from near and far marvel at the ornate carpets, ceiling mandala's, and the nature-inspired furnishings.
The large central stage features a rotating line-up of world class musicians and dancers. We ask for a small patronage fee of $3 per person which goes to support all the live local music at East is East. Because we are very busy we hold tables for 2 hours. We look forward to serving you.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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jeno
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening and so ,so appreciate the special atmosphere East is East holds.

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MargaretA
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our service, great food ! Just wish the stage was more entered….gphad a hard time watching the performance it overall nice evening !

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karimh
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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Willy1234
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique restaurant with great ambiance for our anniversary. Service staff are wonderful and very attentive, lovely experience. Entertainment was very pleasant and appropriate for venue which led to an overall amazing romantic evening. Thank you for a fantastic evening!

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nickg
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Any trip to Vancouver is incomplete without east is east. The staff are friendly and the food is perfect. The music makes for a great experience. Love this place!

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MaysaK
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music was great and the food was incredible, highly recommend it!

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Jannie
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a hit!! Great food - its like there's a party in your mouth!

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Nantay
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I visited this restaurant after 4 years. Food quality wasn’t as delectable as a few years ago. Service was poor. My husband ordered chai feast and the server never showed up to ask for a refill or additional orders. We waited for over 20 mins with empty plates in vain. Then, our appetite was gone and we left.

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Jacquelined
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

East is East is our favourite local spot to eat. Always delicious! Never disappoints

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LaurenHem
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service at the start of our experience could have been better, just more attentive. Would love music between entertainment.

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Negis
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our first reunion as friends after the pandemic and it was a great experience. Very yummy food and lively spacy. The flamenco music and dansers on Saturday night were amazing.

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SandieS
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Love the decor and music.

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MyleneF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoy our evening. Everything was great. Thank you!

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Vaibhav
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Our server was attentive and friendly. The live music by Mystic Paradise was also great fusion of Middle Eastern, Arabic and Indian music. Will come back again. Reasonable prices.

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RachQY
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance at East is East is unlike no other. The foods were all delicious with aromatic and complex flavours. I will be returning!

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Terry
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I love the food in the past and even had party celebrations. This time the “Hostess “ was less then welcoming and the atmosphere was lacking. I will take out order but will not do a sit down meal there.

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IkiB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you haven't been here yet you're missing on life.

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vipockeghem
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good food, no air conditioning, middling service. We reserved here thinking they’d be a good bet in the heat wave. They’re in a newer building and their neighbours in the same building (Nester’s, BC Liquors, McD’s) are all air conditioned. The door was wide open and fans were going when we arrived, so I asked if they had A/C. Yes, we have it, the door is just open, the servers told me. (A more appropriate question, it seems, would have been if the AC was on.) We made the mistake of staying and sweating through our dinner. The air was completely stagnant — no fans or anything where we were, no central air was evident. Refills on water or beverages were hard to get, though for a time we were the only ones in the restaurant. Later patrons showed up carrying hand fans — clearly we were the only ones not in the know.

Food is fine, ambiance would be good if they turned on the A/C in a 39C heatwave. Service is indifferent.

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PaulineC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent, our water glasses were kept full throughout the night. Food was tasty - I liked the mystic soup in particular. Portions looked slightly smaller than we expected but it gives us room for a dessert, and after that I was definitely full. We were lucky there was live entertainment and they seated us at a spot on the patio where we could hear the music. Will come back again!

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dustin
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was good , except that the portions we’re terribly small for the costs and service was slow . Wasn’t like that in past , please change back or adjust your cost to the portions that are being served

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Duncan
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

If you are ordering the AYCE - Chai Feast be sure to place you next order when they deliver the food otherwise you will be waiting a long time between servings (serving size is 2-3 bites)

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JessicaT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Every expert ace at East is East is awesome! The food is absolutely delicious and the ambiance is so warm and unique to anywhere else is Vancouver. The fact that they have live music is a huge plus

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Michael
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent except when there were 16 people moving around and changing seats in front of us. 16 you g people that doesn’t know we still have the pandemic doesn’t help us being safe when everybody keeps moving around and sharing drinks. Not cool

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BaharehR
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I really like that place all person working there are very nice
Music is fantastic
Decorations are beautiful

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GrantD
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

East is East is the best mix of flavour and ambiance . It’s simply incredible .

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KateC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

East is East is literally failproof - It’s always a great time!

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johnc
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Would definitely come back again

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NaraV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service all around!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lana is the best server ❤️ we love her energy, she makes the experience so great every visit!

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LorettaM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Interesting menu for both meat and veggie eaters. Rolls can be a little messy to eat and I had both a veggie and a meat choice. Both were very tasty and served with a delicious Mystery soup and salad! Also came on a Friday night when they had music!
Would come again!

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NusriH
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had such a good ladies evening, especially being able to sample the different teas. Then we realized that the green tea one has the most aromatic and strong spices! It just made our day that we could sample the teas and because of this, I shall bring other friends to eat again. The spinach and lamb curries were delicious and even more, the famous Bulani bread. Loved it all, this is definitely my fave restaurant. The music was nice but hoping for Flamenco next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, all you can eat and they accommodated us when we arrived during last call. Great service and staff. Thanks so much!

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Raisin
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a good mix of vegetarian and carnivorous type of eastern cuisine. It's very tasty, affordable and the place has great energy and vibe

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Jacquelinjo
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Warm environment and excellent food! Would definitely return.

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CourtenyS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fun! Like the only time I have seen live music durring corona, the staff was super friendly! The food was amazing, the décor was stunning! Can not wait to return!

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DaveG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Solid food, friendly service, live entertainment.

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Esskay
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Originally had a reservation to come at 9pm. We were called the day of our reservation by the restaurant at 5pm and told last call was at 9:30 for food and drinks. Why they would have a 9pm reso, I am not sure? When booking there was no mention of a 9:30pm cut off. We were apprehensive and asked if this would be enough time to enjoy our meal. Our group was told to show up at 8:30pm because our table would be ready around then. When we arrived we were told to wait outside as our reservation was at 9, we told them we were told to come at 8:30 and the host didn't care. We were not offered tea while we waited in the cold, which is something they used to do in the past when I visited. We stood outside in the cold till 9:05 when we went back in to ask them about our reservation, and they sat us down. The hostess told us not to worry and she would extend our 3 course meal till 9:45. They sat us down and we were not asked about our first course till around 9:15. The server wasn't aware that we could order till 9:45 and told us we had till 9:30. We were rushed and were not able to try the dishes we wanted to. Our dine out experience is probably the worst I had at any restaurant so far this year and of any restaurant I've been to for dine out Vancouver 2021. The server wasn't kind and we were rushed while told we should get the dine out menu. I do not recommend this place. I used to come here often and bring family and friends from out of town but from this experience I will not be returning.

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vipJulia
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

10/10 lovely server and fun vibes

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evaJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful place to eat delicious food!

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AliyaK
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

East is east was excellent. Great food, the server was very nice and friendly. However we had a time limit of 1.5 hours stretched to 2 hours because we had a party of 6 and the service wasn’t fast enough to reflect this time limit. We had the chai feast which is all you can eat and needed to order more and there were times we were sitting there waiting to order more dishes.

FAQs

East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 565-4401.

East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street is rated 4.7 stars by 801 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.