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East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

4.7
4.7
1137 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mediterranean
Our food consists of thoughtfully prepared recipes that will take you on a culinary journey along the ancient Silk route.


As evening descends upon the vibrant city of Vancouver, Chai Lounge comes to life like the courts of the eastern Raja's. Imagine a warm, dreamy and visually arresting venue where global sounds cascade the room over the din of lively conversations. Spicy scents waft from the kitchen followed by an abundance of delicious trans-himalayan cuisine.


Chai Lounge is our landmark location. There is no place like it in Vancouver,and visitors from near and far marvel at the ornate carpets, ceiling mandala's, and the nature-inspired furnishings.
The large central stage features a rotating line-up of world class musicians and dancers. We ask for a small patronage fee of $3 per person which goes to support all the live local music at East is East. Because we are very busy we hold tables for 2 hours. We look forward to serving you.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 31 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 565-4401

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    We offer catering for fundraisers, private and corporate functions, weddings etc.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer the space at our restaurants for private events.

  • Area

    Mount Pleasant

  • Cross Street

    28th Ave E

  • Parking Details

    Underground parking for guests of Chai Lounge

  • Public Transit

    Bus 3 (Main St)Bus 25 (King Edward and Main) Three blocks away from Chai Lounge

  • Entertainment

    Music is a cornerstone of East is East and Chai Lounge. Every night at Chai Lounge is a musical one. The large central stage features a rotating line-up of world class musicians and dancers from Spain,India, China, Persia, Romania, Canada and more, playing traditional and modern instruments in rare and unique combinations.Whether you are a music lover, or just a casual listener interested in expanding your musical vocabulary, Chai Lounge is a gateway to an exciting world of sound.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

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What 1,137 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Best Food

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Best Ambience

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Hot spot

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Great for live music

  • Vancouver

    Best Food

  • Vancouver

    Best Ambience

  • Vancouver

    Best Value

  • Vancouver

    Healthy

  • Vancouver

    Hot spot

  • Vancouver

    Great for live music

  • Vancouver

    Vegetarian-friendly

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  1. MF

    MasakoF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Very vibrant atmosphere with lots of energy. Live flamenco performance (on Saturday night) was very entertaining. The music and dancing was loud so I cannot recommend for a quiet chatting outing, but it was lively and fun with a group.
  2. MO

    MichaelO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our time at East is East. The flamenco group was incredible and really added to our evening! Will be back for sure.
  3. L

    Llannie

    Vancouver

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! Every dish a treat for the senses. The decor was really well done and the entertainment - superb! Truly an immensely enjoyable evening.
  4. AH

    AsminaH

    Vancouver

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance, food and music made it fun and enjoyable. The tasting menu was great because of the variety and unlimited food.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Ambience and service were awesome! I just didn’t like food there….. maybe I expected too much. But still disappointed. Couldn’t finish even half of my dish. I won’t be back there for eating for sure.
  6. DB

    DougB

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 January 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great format with the Chai Feast to be able to sample a variety of dishes. Superb setting and outstanding service from Gwen.
  7. TS

    ThereseS

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance was great and the servers were all very attentive! Worth it to get the feast and try all the yummy dishes :)
  8. BG

    BryGuy

    Edmonton

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! First time dining there- would do again!
  9. L

    Libby

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    Great food and ambiance but they really push you to order, eat and get out! Service was poor and felt rushed even before we ate our meals. Was told after being there an hour we only had 10 mins left. Again the food was great and the atmosphere fun!
  10. BT

    BillT

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable. Great ambience. Menu a little difficult to understand if you are brew to the cuisine.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2023

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    Not worth it, overpriced for the stuff u get, I am talking about the unlimited menu
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely excellent Professional staff, consistent food quality and always a familiar ambience I’ve loved for years
  13. SC

    SaraC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The reason this isn't 5 stars is because I received a phone call from the restaurant 2 hours before my reservation to inform me that I couldn't stay for longer than 2 hours and that I would be charged an extra $5 for the musicians. This started the experience off on a sour note. I understand these policies and it would have been fine if that was indicated when I made the reservation. But 2 hours before dinner didn't leave me with any other options and I felt it was very tacky. High end restaurants simply don't do that. Otherwise, the staff and service is amazing, great food and fun ambiance.
  14. K

    Kris

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    As always the food and ambiance were great. The servers were friendly but quite unattentive. I had to ask twice for water because they never brought it after the initial cups on the table. When we were ready to order it took a while to locate a server and get her attention. The food took a long time to come and after the server came back quickly to ask how the food was but then didn’t come again for a long time to let us order our next feast items. Thankfully they didn’t kick us out at the two hour mark but we ended up having the opposite problem where we had been done eating for ages and were waiting for the bill and not a server was in sight. Finally we saw one and asked for it but 15 minutes later still didn’t have it so went to the hostess who brought it to us about 10 minutes later. Thankfully we were not in a hurry but if we had been it would have been very frustrating. We were definitely very ready to be out of there by the end though! I would recommend it but only if you’re fine with having a very slow meal.
  15. l

    localvores

    Vancouver

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An oasis on Main Street. Tastefully decorated, nice staff, lots of food and well prepared. A local treasure
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s was pretty good considering the environment and customer service; there was live music ard 7pm and I think the food is authentic even though I am Chinese :) We enjoyed the meal very much and loved the soy chai and oat milk chai
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So so good. Did not expect to love it and I did. Will be back. Perfect date night but would also be great night with friends.
  18. JF

    JustineF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the Chai feast. All you can eat. Delicious. Soup and salad were both excellent, as were the 4 mains we both ordered, as well as the boulani and roti and Afghan rice. Also came with chai tea. Cannot recommend enough. Hadn't been here in about 15 years or so. Will definitely keep it on my list of favourite places when I'm in the city!
  19. SG

    SarjG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent attentive service! Great evening with friends. Wonderful food!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came in for my birthday dinner with a friend at 730 (we were seated right next to the stage) and we had the best night. Our server was so lovely and helpful, the food was incredible and the setting was beautiful. Very low key but inviting. I had my wisdom teeth out a few weeks ago and couldn’t really chew, so, our server had the kitchen add extra soup to my meal (the lentil/cauliflower - which was incredible) and then brought us a complimentary bday dessert. I have already told a few people to go and I will be back soon!
  21. B

    Billy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great great food, atmosphere and service!!! One of my favourite places in Vancouver!!
  22. BC

    BennyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food. If there is more variety food choice will be great.
  23. S

    Scootz77

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food as always! The Chai is a must try both to start and end the meal... the service missed a couple of orders as 5 of us at the table ordered the feast. Reorders were forgotten or sent to other table for a couple of people. The area of the restaurant we were in was also cool, and we were not near the door. amazing food flavours and staff knowledgable about food (allergies). Music/entertainment and the merriment of the crowd (holiday time) added to the ambiance. Overall good experience.
  24. AD

    ADVan

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Unique ambience and vibrant energy. Food is a bit pricey for what it is, but it's good. Seats are cool but the chairs are a bit uncomfortable.
  25. JM

    JasonM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant in Vancouver hands down. Excellent food. Beautiful ambience. Great staff. Perfect for a date night, celebration or to take out of town visitors.
  26. EM

    EllieM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food , Music is amazing , service is perfect .
  27. JU

    JoannaU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always . We go early to beat the crowds. Great service. Love the feast.
  28. BM

    BonitaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely one of my favorite dining rooms in Vancouver. The food is Afghan fusion, delicious, simple, plentiful. The 'Feast' is so well priced it's hard to believe, and worth every dollar. The only critique was sitting for at least 10 minutes before a server came to offer water and hospitality. It was early afternoon, not super crowded, with lots of servers so unclear what that was about. But, once service started it was excellent, unobtrusive but there when needed. A good experience and one we will repeat.
  29. H

    Happycustomer

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Atmosphere and vibe was awesome.
  30. g

    ganama

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chai feast was awesome, lovely spot. GF options available
  31. DH

    DanicaH

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food & service always at East is East! Love the ambience & feel too. Live music is great, just a bit sleepyish.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful
  33. JP

    JillyP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. So many delicious flavour combinations. It felt like I had gone on a mini vacation
  34. N

    Nisha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chai feast is one of the best options with a lot of food and variety. Service was great and ambience is amazing.
  35. GB

    GordB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places in Vancouver to eat. Be ready for the music, while not loud it is noticeable. But don't let that throw you off! The music is part of the whole ambience as I said, this is one of my favorite place to come for food. the assortment of dishes and selection of chai is outstanding. Take someone you want to impress and you will make a memory for a lifetime. Cheers!
  36. D

    Denise

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love the healthy, fresh, satisfying food. Fantastic service & minimal wait for a delicious meal! So special to hear live music! Hard to hear the first musician, but the second group was easier to hear.
  37. BB

    BrandonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favourite date spot. Wonderful ambience and the food is just fantastic. Our server was knowledgable and friendly. Just overall a great experience and we always leave and we can't wait to return.
  38. C

    Chris

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    If you love Indian or Indian/ Fusion food, this is the place to go to. The decoration is wonderful and adds to the ambience. Make sure to reserve your spot.
  39. MG

    MandeepG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will definitely be back when we can. Had a great time
  40. HH

    HeidiH

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there for our daughter's birthday dinner. We were told in advance that there will be a performance so expected something rather loud, but it was very nice violin music which we enjoyed very much. Service was excellent and we enjoyed the food very much. Will go back for sure.

FAQs

East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 565-4401.

East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street is rated 4.7 stars by 1137 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 31 times today
Google Map for East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street

4433 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5V 2M4

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    28th Ave E

  • Area

    Mount Pleasant

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Underground parking for guests of Chai Lounge

  • Public Transit

    Bus 3 (Main St)Bus 25 (King Edward and Main) Three blocks away from Chai Lounge

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Music is a cornerstone of East is East and Chai Lounge. Every night at Chai Lounge is a musical one. The large central stage features a rotating line-up of world class musicians and dancers from Spain,India, China, Persia, Romania, Canada and more, playing traditional and modern instruments in rare and unique combinations.Whether you are a music lover, or just a casual listener interested in expanding your musical vocabulary, Chai Lounge is a gateway to an exciting world of sound.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

  • Phone number

    (604) 565-4401

  • Catering

    We offer catering for fundraisers, private and corporate functions, weddings etc.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer the space at our restaurants for private events.

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