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Le Crocodile offers an inviting, warm atmosphere, high-end service and–perhaps most importantly–charming French food with a slight influence from the Pacific Northwest.

What Makes Le Crocodile of the Top Restaurants in Vancouver?
At Le Crocodile, you won’t feel like you’re eating in Vancouver but rather in an elegant French establishment, drinking wine and enjoying food like a chic Parisian.

Le Crocodile has been open in Vancouver since 1985, and some of the original staff remains. Since opening its doors, the restaurant has been one of the most acclaimed and beloved dining destinations in Canada, attracting celebrities like Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Cindy Crawford.

This restaurant prides itself in its top-notch French cuisine with a West Coast flavor, and its high-end service with flair and not a hint of pretension.

What Kind of Food Can I Expect?
Popular dishes at Le Crocodile include grilled quail and pan-seared duck foie gras, lobster tempura and grilled scallops with a curly endive salad, and snails baked in pastry shells with garlic butter.

The chef’s tasting menu includes a white asparagus soup, lobster ravioli with sauteed prawn, grilled lamb cutlet with a crispy duck breast, cantaloupe sorbet and a chocolate and raspberry souffle. Pan-seared foie gras can be included as an additional course.

What Is the Price Range?
At dinner, dishes can range anywhere from $8.50 CAD to $42. A five-course tasting menu is available at dinner for $75, or $90 with an additional foie gras course. At lunch, main courses cost from $16 to $38, and Le Crocodile offers an express lunch of soup, salad and a daily main course for $20.

Where Do I Find Le Crocodile?
The restaurant is located at 909 Burrard St. Le Crocodile is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The restaurant is closed Sundays and holidays.

Where Can I Go For Something Completely Different?
If you’d like to branch out from French cuisine, try the Simply Thai Restaurant in Vancouver’s historic Yaletown district. Its colorful, sophisticated and delicious cuisine is well worth the trip. Simply Thai also offers some added karma with your meal. Recently, the restaurant has donated 5 percent of its sales on Sundays to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

 Posted on : September 18, 2013