About Nuba - Kitsilano
Lebanese-style taverna in the same space as the legendary Greek restaurant Orestes. Nuba unfolds over multiple levels through small, low-ceilinged nooks, and up and down numerous staircases. Healthy, delicious Mediterranean food served with panache.
Vancouver, BC V6K 2G9
Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Brunch/Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm/4:30pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:00 - 10:00pm
Between Balaclava and Trutch
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We recommend booking through our Catering department at email@example.com. We are able to facilitate some large takeout orders during our off hours with 24 hours notice. Please get in touch at 6043361797 for details.
Parking on West Broadway near Nuba Kitsilano is available at a street parking rate of $2 per hour. There is some free parking in the residential areas behind the restaurant on and around 10th Avenue West.
The #9 and #14 stop at West Broadway and Balaclava St both east and westbound. The #99 stops at West Broadway and Alma (6 blocks west of the restaurant) or West Broadway and Macdonald (4 blocks east). The #22 stops at West Broadway and Macdonald (4 blocks east of the restaurant).
Private Party Facilities:
Nuba's Kitsilano location has several private dining options for parties of varying sizes from 12 to 150. Minimum spends apply to all private room bookings. Please get in touch for details.
Private Party Contact:
Kaya Hayes: (604) 336-1797
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We book all sorts of special events. Please get in touch for details.
Nuba - Kitsilano Ratings and Reviews
It's a rare evening when EVERY bite of both of our meals was amazing. Highlight was the original ways in which the potatoes were prepared. Steelhead and Flat Iron Beef were the orders. Down note was the Turkish Coffee - never had it before - like 2 little jugs of mud! - is it supposed to be this way? Did not tell the waiter, wanted no negative memory of this great meal.
Nuba at Kits is most likely the best Arabic food in Vancouver. Although there are some questionable choices (such as slice of avocado next to the Hummus), they mostly don't interfere with the food and can be picked out. For the most part I'm currently drooling, thinking about the food. The Shish Tawook is to die for and the Hummus is as good as you'll find in Canada. Also the service is gold standard.
We enjoyed a sampler, La Feast, that included six or eight different dishes, with the vegan option. Our waitress was attentive, the restaurant had a warm theme, and La Feast was delicious and satisfying. This was our second visit, and we'll definitely return, even though we have to drive half an hour to get to Nuba-Kitsilano. Based on my experience with the sampler, I will start with Najib’s special, Mjadra or Baba Ghanooj as an appetizer and have Stuffed Eggplant as my main course on my next visit.
The food at Nuba was fine, not exceptional in any way. While our waitress was lovely, she came to our table three times before we were ready to order. At the end of the evening she brought the dessert, but forgot to bring the tea. My rating for this restaurant would be satisfactory.
My husband and I went to Nuba for New Year's Eve because this was a neighbourhood gem. Food was excellent as usual. We ordered the usual food that we liked including Najib's cauliflower and hummus but we also tried new dishes that we have not tried including the Vegan Stew, the Market Fish and there dessert special. These dishes did not disappoint. The service was also quick. It has remained one of our favourite restaurants.
Not the amazing experience I was hoping for based on the hype. Food was decent, but not very exciting. Service was friendly but slow, I liked the ambiance. The famous cauliflower was a bit soggy but the hummus was very good. Food wasn't tasty enough for me to make the trek to Kits for it again.
This was not my first time eating here and won't be my last, the menu is refreshing and offers something for everyone. I like the fact that you can choose to share a range of dishes which is good for trying new and different things. I also like the ambience and the setting and find it's great value. I've been with parents and groups of friends. Good idea to book as it gets very busy and there's often a queue of people waiting. I'm keen to try brunch next...
I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. The lighting is flattering. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The fried cauliflower was amazing and the white sangria was refreshing. Service was well-timed and friendly. Bring a big appetite!
This is a surprisingly large and popular restaurant, but you'll want to reserve to ensure you get in; we went at 6 PM on a rainy Thursday night, and people phoning for reservations for two were being told they'd have to wait until 8 PM to ensure seating. Very good Mediterranean food, with a good list of vegetarian food. For a quieter meal, ask to be seated in the upstairs area; it's set up as a number of small areas and semi-private rooms, as opposed to the main floor, which is one big room. Service was prompt (almost too prompt; the mains arrived before we could complete our appetizers), friendly and efficient. Reasonable value, and we appreciated that they have several wines available in carafe size, rather than having to order a full bottle, which is a little too much when driving. Overall a pleasant experience.
We always have a lovely time at Nuba! The service is always great. Laid-back atmosphere, cozy, and great food. The 'feasts' are great value for money and always leave us stuffed. The cuisine is unlike any other you'll find elsewhere in Vancouver. There are great options for vegetarians, vegans and meat-lovers alike. Always a great place to visit with friends, family or partners. Thanks again for another lovely visit. :-)
The dining room is intimate and subdued, The service friendly and attentive. The meal, Mediterranean comfort food prepared with fresh ingredients is flavourful and nicely presented. Someone in Tye kitchen has a passion for fine cooking. We shared 'The Feast' which starts with a large plate covered in hummous, babaganouch (eggplant dip), homemade red sauerkraut and tabbouleh (parsley tomato salad with scallions and bulgur), served with whole wheat pita for dipping. The second platter has a vegan chickpea stew, fresh falafel, fried cauliflower, Mjadra (organic green lentils and rice with onions and jalapeño, served with avocado and caramelized onions), mixed olives, and a fresh salad of greens, tomato, cucumber and creamy chunks of Macedonian feta cheese. Sides of homemade green spicy sauce, tahini and tzaziki are lovely. Could be enough for 3 with light appetites! The table is quite full with so many delicious flavours.
Wine list is good, water glasses refilled promptly without asking. Chairs are more comfortable than they look, although an hour dining is enough with the wooden backs. Staff is quick to follow up checking that everything is the way you like it, and happy to bring more pita. Bathroom could use some updating and maintenance, but adequate.
This location is quieter and less cramped than Gastown where the mirrored walls bounce conversations amongst the close tables. The long awaited move of the fast food shop on Seymour to larger premises around the corner on Davie Street is still pending.
Metered parking in Broadway and side streets easy to find. 99 Express bus stops 3 blocks away at Macdonald Street.
This is my favourite restaurant in Vancouver. The food is unusual - broadly Middle Eastern, and very eclectic -- and always tasty. Meals can be tapas-style, with many small plates, or a single main dish can be ordered. The staff is knowledgeable, courteous, and friendly. Superb place!
I was very surprised when the waiter said my lunch meal was paid for, because it was my birthday and they could not give me a meal ( from the dinner menu) I requested because they were short staffed in the kitchen. The food is always amazing! I would highly recommend this place. Thank you Nuba you made me feel very special and at home!
I love Nuba's food and I love the building of the Nuba-Kitsilano branch. The only problem, as it seems to be with most restaurants in Vancouver, is poor noise control. It is only natural that customers will chat so the proprietors must invest in noise reduction material for walls and the ceilings (keep in mind that this building used to be a night club some years ago!).
Nuba- Kitsilano has multiple beautiful rooms at the back of the building; they should always use those for large parties, of six or more people.
we ordered many various dishes to share, most were delicious but the the lamb chops (recommended by server) for $30 was not worth it at all! did not taste that great, no sign of any pomegranate there, only 4 tiny mini chops sitting on a bulb of a hummus..and little tabouli :(.
Slow service every time I've been here. I won't be going back. The last straw for me was this past Saturday. We made a reservation on open table and showed up at our reservation time. There was no one there to greet us at the front door. 5 mins after arriving, when we finally flagged someone down to tell them we had a reservation, they told us all seats were full and it would be a 10-15 min wait. There was another girl who showed up at the same time and also had a reservation. They told her the same thing. It was as if they didn't even realize they had reservations. No apologies, no offer of water while we waited, nothing. Terrible way to treat customers, especially those who have made an effort to book a table in advance. We ended up ordering takeout because the wait for a table was going to be so long. The food has gone downhill too. It's mediocre at best now. I wouldn't waste your time.
Everything was very nice, the food was delicious and our waitress was very friendly. My only suggestion is to always make a reservation even if they have full availability because if you walk in, you won´t get attended ever, you are supposed to but you won´t. My boyfriend and I just walked in the place and decided to make a reservation while waiting because everyone else was entering faster than us and it worked, after we made the reservation at OpenTable, they let us in. :)
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