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Calabash Bistro

#250 of 2,837 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
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428 Carrall St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2J7, Canada (Pender & Carrall)
+1 604-568-5882
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food and drinks in this friendly restaurant are very good indeed. Delicious cocktails, perfect jerk chicken skewers, very good curry goat, flavourful fishcakes, good rice 'n' peas, tasty hot sauce on the table. The service was a little too hurried, we felt rushed - at one point a server tried to take a cocktail that wasn't finished. That marred... More 

Thank Helen K
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3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Impressive nachos made by hand I'd say no cheese so they don't get soggy and get your meat on the side for them- hurry too they change weekly!! Saturday is the best night (reggae night) - too bad it's only one day a week! And brunch should have bacon etc not just potatoes n fruit but yeah, i wud jus... More 

Thank D H
Nanuet, New York
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

After being on a cruise for 7 days.. and touring. You palate desire some home cook food, so Calabash Bistro was found and my palate desire was fulfilled. I got the brunch menu of the oxtail bowl which include rice and peas and plaintains. Yummy in my tummy, my friends got jerk chicken and so they raved so much about... More 

Thank Barbara B
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

This review is to notify and encourage the owner of Calabash Bistro rather than to offend. Calabash was my second attempt to find an authentic Caribbean Restaurant in BC and my second failure to do so. My niece and I visited and was displeased with the taste of the food and drinks. As West Indians we know what our cuisine... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Vancouver, Canada
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

For people from Trini the roti is not busup but plain roti and not dahlporri as on the menu. Disappointing. 'Doubles' are interesting but not like the ones we bought on the way home from school. The draught was warm and probably will not go back. This is not even close to the food from Trinidad including the flavours or... More 

Thank barrbodies
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116 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

We went to Calabash,a cute little Caribbean restaurant, for brunch. We tried the Rise and Shine Roti, which was Jerk scrambled eggs, roasted cumin potatoes, tomato & garlic choka, coconut rundown hollandaise served on an open roti of jerk pork belly; the Caribbean Crab Cakes served with two poached eggs, coconut rundown hollandaise, roasted cumin potatoes, and mixed greens; the... More 

Thank laddieBC
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Awesome fantastic restaurant, food, drinks, service. We often miss the caribbean when in Vancouver, its people, its food, its vibe. Calabash makes a good attempt at consoling us when we do, but Calabash goes further: it serves great authentic and original food and drinks, and an incredible rum and cocktail selection. The overall experience can easily compete with the great... More 

Thank F C
Houston, Texas
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I was a part of a large party and we all were disappointed in the service and the food. It was bland. The oxtails were not seasoned. The jerk chicken had no jerk in it! It was very disappointing. The music area and bar that is located on another level is the best part of this place.

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Kingston, Canada
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

We ate here with two other couples. All of us liked it and would visit again. To be honest our server was a bit lax, seemed to be wandering around when we most needed her. The menu was extensive and it was hard to decide. The most popular dishes at our table were the chicken Roti, which were like giant... More 

Thank couplestravel
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

It is small and the décor is very Jamaican and Caribbean but, very nice servers and great rum drinks. Nothing fancy but very good food and service.

Thank Catherine G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $20
Caribbean, Jamaican
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 428 Carrall St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2J7, Canada
    (Pender & Carrall)
  • Public Transportation: Number 22 bus, Number 19 bus, Stadium Sky train.
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown
  • Phone Number: +1 604-568-5882

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Chinatown

Neighborhood Profile
With the recent exodus of massive new building projects hitting the neighbourhood, Chinatown; which has always been one of the city's most vibrant areas; is even more buzzing and buoyant than ever before. Playing host to some of the city's best pan-Asian cuisine, from fusion food to traditional home-cooking, Chinatown has remained faithful to its roots as a space which clambers with shop signs and welcomes diners to the table. More that that, it has a hip experimental vibe to it, with trendy pop-ups and catchall market shops. The biggest of Canada's Chinatowns, it is also home to an expansive Chinese garden whose manicured grounds inspire and delight, its ponds and pagodas drawing walkers in for an stroll. Take in the red streetlights, the playful awnings, and the upbeat air that suffuse this area.