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“Consistently good food, good location.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Nuba

Cafe Nuba
146 East 3rd Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 1C8, Canada
(604) 568-6727
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Ranked #1,224 of 2,810 restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $6 - $28
Cuisines: Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
“Consistently good food, good location.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

Have been to this Nuba 3 times now, for lunch. The location is much better than Seymour for parking (also close to Skytrain/bus), and the Waldorf location isn't open for lunch, so this is the default. It's quite busy at peak times, but there is fairly fast turnover so today we didn't have to wait for a table. It clears out shortly after about 1:15 or 1:30.

Service is decent considering how busy it is. Water is mildly flavoured with cucumber, nice and refreshing. They also have a liquor license now, if that is important to you.

Lots and lots of veg options, including a red lentil soup (always on the menu) and a daily vegan soup. Today it was vegan cream of cauliflower, quite nice. In the past I ordered the vegan stew which was not exactly what I expected. The Najib's special (roasted cauliflower) is always good. I have to remember to tell them not to add oil to the hummus! Falafel is also tasty. Next, I want to try the lentils. They do have meat offerings for omnivores.

Dessert options are somewhat limited (mostly baklava, 3 flavours). I had a decaf Americano which was excellent!

The online menu lists the choices as vegan or vegetarian, but the hard-copy menu in the restaurant doesn't.

Prices are reasonable, and plate sizes are generous. Lots of pita with the meal.

The decor is fairly basic but that's ok; this place is unpretentious. I was greeted at the door by a man who was obviously the manager or owner, very friendly.

Free street parking, although you may have to walk a block or two. Will definitely return soon.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
“What a nice surprise on E 3rd Ave!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

For fun, a Tuesday night, we decided to try Nuba on East 3rd Ave, close to Main St. It was full! Nice and tandy place, nice decoration and the food, wow! Fresh, tasty, well spiced, good variety, and the service was also very good! It's a very good place!

  • Visited April 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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