Calabash Bistro Reserve table

428 Carrall St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2J7, Canada
1592 Reviews 4.5

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Opening hours

Thursday 05:00 - 22:00

Friday 17:00 - 02:00

Saturday 17:00 - 02:00


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Reviews

5 /5 Rating average

It is located in a sketchy area of Vancouver but the food is excellent. I love the Jerk Chicken and Stew.It gets really busy so reservations are recommended.

5 /5 Rating average

I have visited Calabash for weekend brunch and during the week. The food is delicious and full if flavor in every bite! I would recommend the Jerk Chicken and Waffled bruch and the cocktails are to die for.. One of my favorite places to eat downtown!

5 /5 Rating average

What a great vibe this place has. The music, the decor and the food are fabulous. The location is at ground zero of the downtown east side, with a very sketchy alleyway just steps away but you would never know it when you step into Calabash. My sister recommended the place, and I am glad she did. I had the vegetarian platter which is an outstanding mix of rice, vegetables, salad and plantains. Every part of the dish was perfect. I also had a rum cocktail. The rum drinks are not cheap but they certainly do not skimp on the alcohol content. I finished off the meal with Calabash's version of a banana cream pie served in a small mason jar. don't be put off by the location. This is seriously good food and worth the visit.

2 /5 Rating average

Right off the bat, the back wall of the eatery backs on to E. Hatings alley. Small diner that tries to be classier than it is. The entry is too small and sudden. Exterior awning would help waiting patrons. Some window dressing and better lighting would make for a more pleasant dining experience as vagrants stare and yell as they go by. That said, request a table further away from the window or you'll be watching drug/alcohol-fueled antics the whole time. Our server pushed so-called Jamaican dishes that fail to impress. The roti options were tasty as well as the oxtail. The coconut dumplings w/mango butter were a new treat. Server said they have them in Jamaica. Never had nor heard of such thing, nor has any of the Jamaicans I queried. It wouldn't have made a difference if they were Trinidadian,Guyanese, etc...so she didn't need to try and sell "Jamaica". The patties were small and over-baked and taste/look quite different from the JA variety. The meal was way over-priced. Token reggae tunes play a bit too loud for the intention and adds to the artificial Caribbean ambiance. A few carefully placed flags of various islands on the walls makes the place feel like you like you stepped in to a made-in-China pseudo Carib restaurant. Too expensive, sketchy area and lackluster. The couch on the farthest side of the room is in such bad shape, perhaps that's why they keep the lights low. Try it if you like but you're not missing anything.

5 /5 Rating average

Now let me tell you about the best kept secret in Vancouver.Many times I passed through the area blowing it off because of the run down look and homeless people outside.But boy was I COMPLETELY wrong.As soon as I came in I was greeted by the sweetest servers and hosts ever!I honestly ordered something from every section of the menu; coconut balls, roti, jerk chicken, rolled roti (burrito like), goat cheese, and much more!Everything tasted authentic and well spiced which I appreciated.The highlight of the restaurant wasn't the food itself for me, rather this orange sauce they give to every table. It was the perfect amount of spice and flavor it went great with anything and everything.Since my first visit I make it a priority to come here whenever I'm in Vancouver!Do yourself a favor and get your grub on!!

3 /5 Rating average

I discovered the Calabash Bistro purely by accident. There was parking handy and the bistro looked inviting so I wandered in for brunch. The brunch bowl (with ox tail) was very satisfying and the price modest.

5 /5 Rating average

Delicious Caribbean cuisine. The entrees were very tasty but it was the appetizers that stole the show. The Camembert was fantastic and the coconut dumplings were a big big hit. Combine dumplings with the soup for a yummy meal. Dodgy part of town, though. Go early and savour!

5 /5 Rating average

Everything in this restaurant was really excellent! The cocktails were first rate; the bartender was chopping fresh coconut for the drinks, and they have a homemade ginger beer that is really good. Service was excellent. We ate jerk chicken, goat curry, and crab cakes, and the taste and presentation were top notch. We will recommend this place to everyone.