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Chinese, Asian, Taiwanese
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Lunch, Dinner
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Reservations, Seating, Table Service
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Reviewed November 17, 2019

Our first visit to Kalvin’s and wont be our last. Amazing food, service was terrific. Husband and wife run operation with hands on personalized service.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed June 14, 2019 via mobile

The 10 of us enjoyed a very nice Taiwanese dinner with the owner joining us. The restaurant began in 1993 and struggled at first to attract diners to this style of cuisine but 6 months later had a following where 3 generations of a family...would now come. Simple, delicious home cooking. All the dishes we had were very good, and could be spicier if you can handle it. We preordered minced prawn in lettuce wrap and the fish head in soup. We also had pork potstickers, deep fried pork skirt meat, on choy with bean curd, bread with condensed milk, crispy salty peppery chicken, pork blood and intestine in 5 s9pice sauce, chicken in 3 spice, clams, and finished off with a taro pancake. Pay street parking is available on Victoria. The food came out very quickly. 2 sittings weeknights and 3 sittings on weekends.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed April 3, 2019

We tried their noodle at lunch. Service was good and polite. Their frozen dim sum is excellent in quality and price. I will highly recommend that.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed February 16, 2019 via mobile

This restaurant has been here for awhile... the owner refused to expand because he wants to make sure the quality of food is maintained. It is run by a husband & wife team together with their other employees- we have been coming to this place...for eons. We never had a bad dish even their lunch specials are good, some of the lunch specials comes with their yummy egg drop soup. They have a good & decent menu with appetizers, mains, veggies (seasonal veggie dishes available), noodles, soup. They have some special dishes that needs to be ordered in advance- one of the us the braised pork hock... it is done so well that the meat is so tender & falls of the bone when you cut it. The other is the shrimp with lettuce wrap. These two are our favourites. Their smoked duck is good but we did not order it for this meal. Reservation is a must for weekdays & particularly weekends, staff are friendly even when they are very busy. There is something for everyone, do not be daunted by the fact that most of the patrons are of Asian descent- that means the food is very good!More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

Tasty Taiwanese Szechuan restaurant in Victoria drive, Vancouver. Ordered the pork blood, crispy fried pork, soya sauce chicken, salted egg prawn, pork ribs soup with bitter gourd, pork belly with chinese cabbage, they are all delicious with a dash of spicy. Recommended

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

I'm allergic to MSG. We ordered our food and stressed twice that we didn't want MSG in the food. It was understood, and twice promised. The food came. It was kinda tasty. But it had MSG and I now have a headache which will usually...last three days.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed January 20, 2018

We went with friends to this local food joint on Victoria. We had lamb noodle soup with veggies, chicken with pepper, veggie, noodles and broth, scallions bun, and more. the food portions were abundant. the service was attentive and good.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed November 18, 2017 via mobile

We can not imagine coming to Vancouver without visiting Kalvins Restaurant. The food is so good. There are so many favourites on the menu. Our go to plates are the prawns with ketchup, salt and pepper chicken and chili beef. You’ve got to try this...one.More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed November 13, 2017

I often noticed the Kalvin's Restaurant when driving thru Victoria Drive in Vancouver but never took time to check out the restaurant. I finally did and found the small , simple furnished and family run restaurant which serves very good Szechwuan style food. It is...very popular and one has to book or be prepared to wait for a table.More

Date of visit: November 2017
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Reviewed May 22, 2016

We (a threesome) arrived at Kalvin's at 10:55 am, the 'open' sign was not on, but the door was open, we were told to come in, and were seated and being served tea, along with menus, before it's opening time of 11 am. A nice...start. Other diners arrived shortly after, and during our time there, six tables were occupied, along with one person waiting at a small table near the service counter for a take-out order, leaving only a couple of large tables unoccupied. Service: was great - remaining prompt, helpful, and very friendly throughout our stay. Our young server was a delight - always smiling, and returning often to ensure our tea pot was full. Food: the dishes we ordered, listed in the order they came to our table, along with corresponding menu numbers, and the restaurant's descriptions of each dish: -- #224 - special fried noodle with seafood, pork and vegetable - was the first dish to come to our table and it came very quickly (my immediate thought, too quick, how was this possible?) - on the menu, it was called a 'special' noodle dish, I found very little "special" about the preparation or presentation. The long and wide noodles though cooked fine, were rather tasteless - the seafood, consisted of two small pieces of squid body, a few tiny pieces of squid tentacle, and two tiny shrimp - the vegetable, a few small pieces of mushrooms - I did not see any pork or other vegetables. The dish lacked a distinctive, flavourful taste, and aroma. The presentation was so visually unappealing - just a large, white/brown/greyish mass, laying on a white plate, with no other colours to add some visual 'excitement'. A few colourful veggies within the dish (as described), or as a garnish, would have helped. -- #79 - squid in special sauce (a cold dish) - the squid (body) pieces were laid on a small bed of shredded cabbage, and the whole thing covered over with a quite thick brown sauce - the squid was very tender, the sauce quite spicy and flavourful. The presentation though, was just a pile of brown and white, on a white plate. Though it tasted quite good, it looked 'yuck', and unappealing. A little more colour as a garnish to overcome all that brown would have helped generate some visual appeal. -- #179 - pan fried chop suey (mixed vegetable) - the vegetables, mostly broccoli, with a few small, and very thin 'slivers' of carrot, celery, and bamboo shoot, and some small pieces of mushroom. Prepared well, but the portion size was small, and it sure seemed lacking in ingredients. -- #129 - pork bellies in brown sauce with pea tips - the dish consisted of a good sized portion of pork belly, with red sauce, and garnished by a few pea leaves - the server, when she brought the plate to our table, sliced the piece into six square pieces - the pork was 'melt-in-your-mouth' tender, the sauce flavourful, and the presentation colourful. A nice, 'rich-tasting' treat. -- #198 - five spice beef in Chinese pan cake - one of their dim sum offerings - the 'stuffing' of beef and green onion was tender, and flavourful, the pan cake covering sweet, and tasty, but a little 'tough' to chew, possibly because the preparation was no longer very warm when served to us. Overall, we ended up being disappointed with our recent lunch dining experience at Kalvin's. Heh, the restaurant itself was perfectly fine (it's a small, in the neighbourhood place, our kind of place!), the staff and service were great, but the food was lacking - some dishes just looked and tasted hurried, seeming to lack real care and attention to detail, in both their preparations and presentations. In some dishes, ingredients, and distinctive, flavourful tastes and aromas were not there - and in most, presentations were just not very appealing to the senses. I had looked forward to more when I picked Kalvin's for our lunch that day.More

Date of visit: May 2016
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Kalvin's Szechuan Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3