Vij's

4.6
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421 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Indian

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Vij’s Restaurant has been serving inspired Indian cuisine and warm hospitality in Vancouver since 1994. Open nightly at 5:30pm for dinner service on a first-come, first-seated basis. Limited on-line reservations are available only at VijsRestaurant.ca via Opentable.
*reservations will only be held for 15 minutes past their set arrival time
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Indian, Contemporary Indian
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Hours of operation
Open 7 Days a week from 5:30pm
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Phone number
(604) 736-6664
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Meeru Dhalwala & Vikram Vij
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Private party facilities
Vij’s Private Dining spaces - accommodating 6-50 guests. The perfect venue for receptions, company functions, seminars, or any occasion you wish to make special. Personalize your food & beverage menu, as well as audio and video experience, including our 84" HD projection screen.
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Private party contact
Cory McPhee: (778) 840-8725
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Cross street
15th Ave.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
What 421 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very good anniversary dinner. Server was very knowledgeable and friendly. Food and drink was exceptional. The only glitch was that I didn’t check the bill until we got home, when I discovered that we were charged full price for my wife’s entree (chicken paneer) when in fact she ordered the smaller portion. Had a drink at the bar before dinner, and the bartender was excellent. The cocktail he suggested was truly delicious. Tried to tip him, but he refused to accept it as he explained that staff shared the tip pool.

OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had in my life. Waited 6 years to go to this restaurant (I am from Ontario), and it did not disappoint

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience: warm & inviting. Waitstaff friendly/courteous and knowledgeable on food prep. Made great recommendations. A lot of gluten free options and they were able to make substitutions on most of the menu. Seasoning on food was great. Left very satisfied. Will definitely visit again.

d
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

have eaten there many times and it is always good. I am ready for more from this restaurant. Seems to stagnant.

AF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We felt we were rushed. The food came to quickly, although very tasty. It felt like they were turning the table over to fast.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Food recommendations were excellent, can’t wait to go back!

f
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

very poor acoustics, could hardly hear what my guests were saying across the table due to constant high level humming. the food looked interested but the 3 of us did not enjoy the dishes we had so we are going back to the old fashioned indian cuisine at palki’s family restaurant in north vancouver where the chicken massala and beef curry always taste superb and the nan bread is always soft inside with a crispy cover.

PM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Great food and great service.
A really special place for Indian food.

JN
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and make sure to try the cocktails too! Could have eaten everything on the menu!

CP
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, it’s so different than any indian we’ve had!! Great service! A bit pricey (especially for the lambcycles).

AP
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vij’s knocks it out if there park everytime !!

LC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had an incredible meal at Vij's and highly recommend this place. I booked a table for one for 6 pm and had no problem getting a reservation. The wait staff were exceptional - recommending the best dishes and offering to provide half-size portions so I could try different things without getting too full. It's not cheap, and the ambience is comfortable, not exceptional, but I am still thinking about the beautiful flavours and lovely experience I had eating here!

GP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Chicken w paneer okay but average. Not up to the expected excellence normal at Vij’s. Pork (!) and BC veg starters outstanding. New location seems louder than Granville site. Some acoustic absorption material might help.

DN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious but we would have liked a little more flavour in one of our dishes. The service was truly exceptional. All the steps right from bringing the water till the final bill was streamlined and executed to perfection. One of the best service I have ever seen.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We wanted to do Vij’s because it’s a Vancouver staple and still hadn’t been even though we moved here a few years ago already. Compared to other Indian restaurants we have experienced in Vancouver so far, we were disappointed. Our expectations were pretty high because of how famous it is, and the food was good just nothing we would talk about after or want to go back for. The server’s were friendly but our table was forgotten somehow and it took a long time to get our appetizer, after that the server made sure we were well cared for so it made up for it. We liked how it looked like original decor giving it a nostalgic feel, but I don’t think we will go back. It wasn’t a good enough of an experience to repeat. If you are from out of town and want Indian food I would recommend others over it for sure.

A
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great and attentive. However everything came out so fast, it felt pretty rushed.
Was quite noisy - great setting and kind of fun, but should invest in noise absorption.
Food was delicious - creative, great flavours. However, quite salty, could tone that down a bit!
Over all a very good experience, but a few areas for improvement.

NO
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The meal was good, great service from Liz, and then, after we'd paid the bill a manager came running up, agitated and a bit angry, and told us we had to vacate the table, as we'd "been there almost 3 hours". Considering the bill was over $400 and we were reconnecting with old friends it was a bad ending to the night.

DH
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, very professional servers, and lovely restaurant. I highly recommend it!

BN
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of six arrive just as they opened. We were seated immediately and offered tea and a couple of appetizers (both very tasty). We then received good input from the waitress and made our choices. The only thing missing was two of our members desired Diet Coke and they did not have it. The staff worked well as a team. Our food arrived in a timely manner and all were extremely flavorful.

p
Caribbean
25 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food!!!!

LR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a great meal, food was excellent and service was exceptional. Our server recommended dishes as this was our first visit. Highly recommend.

m
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

One of our favourite restaurants in the city! Food and service are always on point!

R
Vancouver
103 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We had a fine meal of unfamiliar food served by a team, rather than a traditional server position.

CJ
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Loved the little appetizers and chai tea to start. Could not be more pleased with the service and servers. They were professional, extremely helpful with suggestions and available when necessary. Appreciated the tables wiped intermittently. First class friendly service. Enjoyed sharing the dishes amongst ourselves. Portions are good. Dishes flavourful and varied. Noise level was just enough to enjoy conversations but not too quiet. Did not feel rushed. A very enjoyable evening had by all. Thank you.

GG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was on every foodie list I read for the Vancouver area and it did not disappoint. We love Indian food and were prepared for a heavenly feast . We arrived a bit early for our reservation and found a seat at the bar. The restaurant has a modern but comfortable atmosphere and great vibe. Our server was amazing, gave us a perfect tour of the menu and offered suggestions based on or choices and tastes. I have to say the best quote from her was "I'm going to stop you there...you can always order more food". LOL...it was perfect...and she was RIGHT. Our meal was divine, and honestly we would go back to Vancouver JUST to eat again an VIJ's! It was THAT good.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Interesting and delicious. An unusual take on Indian food.

VF
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Refused our Open Table certificate because it was 6 months old. No mention on Open Table about an expiry and seemed to make it up on the spot.

Added that we would be using the certs on the reservation.

a
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service and altogether a fantastic night. I’m so glad that Vij’s take reservations now. We will certainly come again.

BR
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The food and service was very good a bit noisy and dark

AC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and wait staff. My only criticism is the lighting. Too dim. We had to use our cell phones to see the menu.

L
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! I had a friend visiting Vancouver for the first time, so I brought him to Vij's to show off the best of the city's cuisine. Our experience exceeded my expectations! We had delicious food and drinks, especially the pork belly spoon and Dark Army No. 3. The staff was very friendly and helpful in getting us a cab, and the atmosphere was beautiful.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food

PB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Would be nice to have fresh tandoori roti & nans as that is a major & important part of Indian food.

OT
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always great food!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Super service- they bring out a few awesome mini-bites and really great Indian tea. Mains are great for sharing.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent Indian cuisine. Best of the best in Canada !

KG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

some of the best indian food i have had! the free chai (with free refills) is amazing and the staff was so kind! i want to go back and order more things on the menu i didn't get to try when i went :)

C
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dinner was very nice as well as cocktails-wine was excellent. Eggplant with tomatoes starter was suggested by the server was deluxe! Can’t go wrong with flavour Spot on. Very enjoyable overall.

AP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! We went for the tasting menu which was delicious. Only criticism is that at one point, during our meal, they turned up the air conditioning and our whole table felt uncomfortably cold.

S
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! As we were not locals this was quite a treat. Everything we sampled and ordered was spectacular - pork tenderloin appetizer was a favourite at our table. I thoroughly enjoyed the Rainbow trout as my main. The only regret was not having left enough room for dessert.
Service was impeccable, staff were very attentive and anticipated the needs of our table seamlessly.