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East is East

#240 of 2,946 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
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South Main
As featured in Best Food in Vancouver
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4413 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3R2, Canada
+1 604-879-2020
11:00 - 22:00
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Owen Sound, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a reservation for 4 at 7 pm. Were greeted by hors d'oeuvres at the front and seated very promptly. Loved the look of the place; enjoyed the live music. Lots to choose from on the menu, including vegan and vegetarian options. We all enjoyed the food very much, and the service was excellent.

Thank ericdda
Melbourne Australia
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My Vancouver friends took me her for a weekday lunch, and I'm so pleased they did! The food is a fushion of Afghan, Indian and Pakistani (sorry if I've forgotten anyone!). We started with a Chai, we all chose a different one, then proceeded to share an appetiser, then enjoying a main. The chai was spicy and delicious. The shared... More 

1 Thank Mich G
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

CHAI East Is East, Main Street, Vancouver - Chai Feast ($33/pp) 4.5 Stars Masala Chai served on the table as starter Starter - Quinoa Tabouli Salad - was ok Soup - Mystic Soup (Too good) Mains Round#1 - Creamy Mushroom & Egg Plant, Spinach Paneer (Awesome!!) Round#2 - Chicken Masala, Wild Salmon (Not great) Round#3 - Lamb curry, Seasonal Fish... More 

1 Thank KriKayK
Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Came here for a birthday party and we were told there would be gratuities added on for groups of 8 or more. When the bill came, suddenly it was 6 or more. Also additional charge for live music after 5:30pm. Food was pretty good but the wait was long. Asking for a take out box probably took longer than eating... More 

Thank jwong731
Vancouver, Canada
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85 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Good atmosphere, good live music, great selection of food. You have the option to taste various items of the menu with the Chai Feast. Highly recommended to get a good taste of the Middle East and Indian culinary.

1 Thank hmiranda
Vancouver, Canada
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90 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

It's a fantastic place to celebrate birthdays with family. I totally recommend it even with toddlers. They have live music as well. Food was so tasty. Their chai feast is a great choice to try different dishes. Their seasonal fish dish was incredible. Loved their Persian salad. Don't forget their chocolate pudding. It cost us $240 for 4 adults &... More 

1 Thank Parisa P
Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

As a long time customer, it was a shock when veteran servers and managers were summarily dismissed. The new manager watches everyone like a hawk and isn't approachable; thus the entire atmosphere at East is East has become tense and unwelcoming. I feel that they no longer treat loyal and long time customers well. I certainly miss the old East... More 

Thank aleea8
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

3 of us had the greatest lunch. Highly recommend, and will definitely go back if I am in Vancouver again.

1 Thank Lori D
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168 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Firstly, the decor is striking. Very different from other restaurants - has a special Eastern feel right away. The chai freebie was really lovely. We ordered the all you can eat and it really was fabulous value. Tasty, plentiful and authentic. A great dinner out. The music hadn't started when we left as we ate early. Definitely book to get... More 

2 Thank tpbel
Cuenca, Ecuador
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We tried this location last night and was pleasantly surprised to see that they have Live Music performances. I highly recommend calling in advance for a reservation. Although we got a seat close to the stage, the bench-like seats around the perimeter of the room looked way more comfortable. Food was excellent and of course, so was the Chai!

1 Thank Suzette A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 20
Indian, Afghani, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4413 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 3R2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > South Main
  • Neighbourhood: South Main
  • Phone Number: +1 604-879-2020
Our cuisine is inspired by the opulent flavors and meticulous cooking processes of Eastern cultures found along the ancient Silk Route - which includes the flavours in India, Afghanistan and Persia.

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South Main
South Main, or SoMa, is a neighbourhood in upswing. Inhabited by young humanitarian professionals in converted lofts and studio apartments, what was once an industrial centre is now a wellspring of vintage and eco fashion shops, contemporary sawdust-floor galleries, craft beer joints, and basement acting studios. All set to an Art Deco background with a strong blue collar sensibility underpinning each new pop-up and foodie trend, SoMa is on the rise.
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