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East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

4.5
4.5
1039 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 565-4401

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    We offer catering for fundraisers, private and corporate functions, weddings etc.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer the space at our restaurants for private events.

  • Neighborhood

    Mount Pleasant

  • Cross street

    28th Ave E

  • Parking details

    Underground parking for guests of Chai Lounge

  • Public transit

    Bus 3 (Main St)Bus 25 (King Edward and Main) Three blocks away from Chai Lounge

  • Entertainment

    Music is a cornerstone of East is East and Chai Lounge. Every night at Chai Lounge is a musical one. The large central stage features a rotating line-up of world class musicians and dancers from Spain,India, China, Persia, Romania, Canada and more, playing traditional and modern instruments in rare and unique combinations.Whether you are a music lover, or just a casual listener interested in expanding your musical vocabulary, Chai Lounge is a gateway to an exciting world of sound.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,039 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Live Music

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • Vancouver

    Healthy

  • Vancouver

    Hot Spot

  • Vancouver

    Good Vegetarian Options

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  1. G

    Guyj

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service- Good food. Great deal. This was our Anniversary lunch and third visit to this restaurant. I recommend if you want good and plentiful middle eastern food.
  2. AC

    ArtieChin

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been dining here for many years now and always love the food, service and ambience. Will be back soon!
  3. N

    Nikita

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I'm sad to say we were pretty disappointed with the whole experience. The Chai Feast was overpriced for the quality of food. And, while I fully support local artists, it was a turn off to show up for our reso and find out there's a $3 fee to dine in. The food and experience was absolutely not worth the $50 per person unfortunately.
  4. AK

    AmirK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nice place to spend a couple of hours with family and friends It would be much better if they add more to the menu
  5. SS

    StefanieS

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The soup, salad, and roti were all excellent! We appreciated the outdoor seating, too.
  6. E

    Ella

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience5
    The band was amazing and would come again just to listen to them, BUT, the food was not good. Every little plate tasted the same, all same seasoning with less or more sugar. I better keep it at that
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Absolutely, underwhelmed by the food, service, untrained servers versus what you’re paying for! Completely overrated for the money they charge for food and entertainment. Maybe works as a touristy spot but for locals, its a cliché right out of the box. Desert was served as chocolate fudge instead of chocolate pudding (as per the menu) where clearly the server tried to tell us its “puddingy” chocolate. For that price point of bills over $200 we are expect knowledgeable and professional quality of service. Not high school summer job interns serving. Definitely never going back!
  8. CB

    ChelseaB

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent, food was very good, nice ambiance, have been here before and will come again!
  9. TM

    TammyM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, service and ambiance. Great selection of food and delicious!
  10. CJ

    CJJohnson

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just Fantastic food! The Chai Feast is a must. I go every time I’m in Vancouver.
  11. SM

    SamanM

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambience as always. Love the live music.
  12. SS

    SaharS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time and I love. The food is so good and plus you guys kept halal food. Really happy and definitely recommend to people.
  13. Z

    Zamushka

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant, tasty food, excellent service!
  14. FL

    FranceL

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My partner and I were celebrating our anniversary and booked a table for a unique culinary experience. Our experience exceeded our expectations. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable and we quite enjoyed the music as well. Highly recommend! Very cozy ambiance & friendly staff.
  15. KA

    KrystleA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always, service and food are impeccable. Will be back soon.
  16. BP

    BruceP

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Love this place- I continue to return again and again
  17. LK

    LouiseK

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service. A bit noisy
  18. T

    Terry

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    My concerns was that I was overcharged on my bill. But in the moment there I was not able to deal with it. Servers should be more aware. I also had an item left out of my dish.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff helped to make my friend’s birthday special. Staff put candles and sparklers on her dessert and sang happy birthday along with my daughter. I’m told the food was superb as always.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We live upstairs from here & had yet to try it for the past year since living here… needless to say we were not the slightest bit disappointed; trying nearly every main on the menu as part of the Chai Feast while being serenaded by some lovely live music & well attended to by service staff. EiE will become one of our staples, especially the yummy darjeeling chai!!!
  21. ME

    MainstreetEater

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had the Chai Feast. The various dishes were okay but not outstanding. Value for money was just okay. Possibly better value to choose the a la carte options rather than the Chai Feast.
  22. L

    Lesrich

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Tasty food, nice music, pleasant staff but slow service.
  23. AJ

    AdelineJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing company lunch. I’ve been to this restaurant once before and was blown away, so I arrange to have our company lunch there and people were still talking about it today. We will definitely be back!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    Went for my friends bday. Food was ok but here is no AC in the restaurant and was very uncomfortable
  25. R

    Rick

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We really enjoyed the Chai Feast and the rice pudding for dessert. Food was cooked to perfection as always. This has always been our go to for good quality Afghan, Indian cuisine. Our servers were great and very educated on all the subtleties of the dishes. We had a great time. We were surprised how busy it was for a Monday night and our only slight negative comment was that the service was a touch slow. Still a wonderful experience for us and our out of town guest. Thank you for a memorable evening. We will be back as always.
  26. D

    Deepz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The host was lovely, the food sumptuous and perfect vibe setting. I was there on a regular rainy, windy afternoon and the wine (I fail to recall what's called) was like a warm hug. A must try
  27. RW

    RandalW

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food, Service and ambience were outstanding I would recommend the feast as you can try a variety of menu items.
  28. C

    Coco

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This restaurant was recommended to me by my colleague as a fantastic venue prior to the baseball games at Nat Bailey Stadium, and she was not wrong. Do not let the small dishes you order from the "feast" menu fool you - you get a lot of food for a great price. All the dishes my daughter and I tried were morsels of flavour explosions in our mouths. I will definitely be returning with other friends!
  29. JA

    JAnnC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 10 celebrating my mother’s 80th birthday. The staff was wonderful, food delicious, and the overall experience was so special for all of us!! This was just the kind of evening we had hoped for!
  30. A

    Amanda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing! The decor always transports you to a different place, the music and musicians were so good and love what they do, the food is excellent! Amazing options for people who don’t eat dairy and/or meat, yet options for people who do. The flavours are amazing! No need to ask for salt or pepper to flavour the food (which I have done in other restaurants) - because it’s beautifully drained and flavoured! Friendly staff. So amazing! Will becoming back here again soon!
  31. U

    U9123

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    nice restaurant. we enjoyed the live music although we thought it would have been culturally fitting with the theme of the restaurant but it was not. The food was really good aside from the bread which did not resemble south Asian food at all. It was very hard and the boulani did not taste authentic. It tasted like a quesadilla with different filling. Some of the other menu items did not taste authentic but nonetheless it was good.
  32. AP

    AndreeP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience5
    Horrible seating. Very uncomfortable. We were a table of 6. 2 folks sat on seam of 2 uneven tables. Kindergarten wood benches.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Vacation! From out of town, a return visit after a 3+ year absence. Food was excellent and the pleasant wait staff were friendly and attentive. The live music added just the right level of ambience, the wood decor and tapestries take you away to another world!
  34. MC

    MelissaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious. The server was helpful. The music and atmosphere are wonderful. It's not an easy place (in the evenings) to have easy conversation, but it's a fun place!
  35. M

    Mike

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I have never been to a place like this before! I would recommend this for anyone to try at least once. I love the live music and the all-you-can-order style menu experience.
  36. AV

    AltafV

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Chairs were very uncomfortable. Musicians were taking too long for set up. Prefer someone to tel what genre was being played.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, music and service was great! Loved our time there!
  38. ID

    InspectorDK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Yummy yummy, good Chai. Forgot about my friend's birthday even though they brought it up when they called to confirm the reservation. Overall a good if not perfect experience. Enjoyed the live music and ambience.
  39. MC

    MattC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place to enjoy a nice evening with friends. The service is always outstanding and the food is very delicious. A good variety of dishes and beautiful ambience.
  40. N

    Natalie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Please go hungry because you will absolutely be leaving uncomfortably full! Service was great, food was even better. Peas and cheese for the win!

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 4.5 stars by 1039 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

4433 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5V 2M4

Additional information

  • Cross street

    28th Ave E

  • Neighborhood

    Mount Pleasant

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Underground parking for guests of Chai Lounge

  • Public transit

    Bus 3 (Main St)Bus 25 (King Edward and Main) Three blocks away from Chai Lounge

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Music is a cornerstone of East is East and Chai Lounge. Every night at Chai Lounge is a musical one. The large central stage features a rotating line-up of world class musicians and dancers from Spain,India, China, Persia, Romania, Canada and more, playing traditional and modern instruments in rare and unique combinations.Whether you are a music lover, or just a casual listener interested in expanding your musical vocabulary, Chai Lounge is a gateway to an exciting world of sound.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (604) 565-4401

  • Catering

    We offer catering for fundraisers, private and corporate functions, weddings etc.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer the space at our restaurants for private events.

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