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Vij's Restaurant

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1480 W 11th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 1L1, Canada
(604) 736-6664
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Special occasions

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    Average
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food as usual

We have to eat at least one meal at Vij's, every time we visit Vancouver. The food is so good that it is totally worth the wait, and be prepared to wait, as they don't take reservations. They do have a bar area where you can enjoy a drink and the appetizers that are served while you wait, but go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Dhruvmathur
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We have to eat at least one meal at Vij's, every time we visit Vancouver. The food is so good that it is totally worth the wait, and be prepared to wait, as they don't take reservations. They do have a bar area where you can enjoy a drink and the appetizers that are served while you wait, but go... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

My husband and I had the true pleasure of eating at Vij's tonight. Every single bite of food and sip of drinks was a party of flavours in our mouths. One of the best bites of food was (handed out by a waiter while we waited for our food) was a cracker with chutneys and mung beans. The samosas were... More 

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Port Alberni, Canada
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93 reviews 93 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The food is amazing, and you get some great free appetizers while you wait. Chai tea is to die for. Must get the lamb Popsicles! The service is normally really great but this last time I was there we had one woman bringing around appetizers who was miserable every time she came to our table. I'm hoping she was new... More 

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Vancouver
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8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is a super restaurant to visit whether it is your first or 15th time to sample Indian food. For the novice diner the staff are extremely helpful and will always assist with giving advice. The food is not too hot/spicy but very subtle tastes. A wonderful place for a relaxing evening of dining.

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Toronto, Ontario
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27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Our third or fourth time at what has become a Vancouver institution over the years. Our first time was not long after it opened many, many years ago. Vij's style was a revelation blending his formal culinary skills with his Indian heritage. Wow it was amazing - we hadn't eaten anything like it before. Because Vij's doesn't take reservations and... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Vij's is an interesting restaurant. Although usually busy, we waited only about fifteen minutes to get seated. The appetizers, which seem to run around freely until your order is taken, are very, very tasty. The ambience and decor are classy, the waiting area inside the restaurant is comfortable, and the service is good. As for the food, Vij takes bits... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

There's little need to rehash many of the rave reviews that Vij's has garnered over the years, all well deserved. The food experience is sublime and coupled with probably the best table service and hospitality in the city, it's hard to beat this place for a dining experience. While the lineups to get in are legendary, in fact you'd be... More 

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Durham, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Vij's looks beyond the staples of "Western" Indian food (eg, butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, etc). We had the sablefish, lamb lollipops, and vegetarian koftas. The sablefish was our favorite -- silky texture and delicate flavor. We were surprised by no wait at all on a Monday night. We brought our kid and saw others there, as well. The dress... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I have been in Vij's a couple of times. The first one was outstanding and the second one...not so much. Nevertheless, the appetizers while you wait (be ready and relax, median time to get a table is 1 hour and they do not accept reservations) is a nice touch and once seated follow the waiter recommendations for the specials. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This was by far the best Indian restaurant I've ever been to. Unbelievably creative, flavorfull food.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1480 W 11th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 1L1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver
  • Phone Number: (604) 736-6664

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

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