Welcome to Club Ilia Eatery and Lounge! SFU’s top destination for lunch, dinner and drinks. Located on Burnaby Mountain in the award winning UniverCity community, Club Ilia is a local favourite of students, staff and neighbours alike.
Serving the best in casual fare and West Coast style fusion, our menu has a little something for everyone. Renowned for our freshly made thin crust pizzas, savory soups and signature pasta dishes, once you’ve tried them it’s easy to see what the buzz is about! We also offer a host of vegetarian and gluten free items – check out our menu!
I've been to Club Ilia for lunch a couple times with friends and have enjoyed both times. It gets busy over lunch which is testimony to its popularity with locals. Menu is pizzettas, sandwiches and burgers, salads, pasta, and other typical pub/bistro fare. I've tried the Rueben and the graduate burger and both were very good. Service is efficient, there are a variety of beers available, and the atmosphere is cozy.
Went for lunch with some coworkers. We waited 40 minutes for food and at no point the waitress showed up to apologize for the long wait. Ordered a salmon burger which turned out to be a half a finger thin piece of overcooked salmon that would need a help of a gallon of water to chew and swallow. Sent the food back and ordered a seared tuna salad that was mediocre to say the least. My coworker ordered a medium rare steak that showed up well done. I guess it was still sizzling on its long journey to the table.
This is a good place for after work drink but for good food look somewhere else.
Decided to try this place out - because I was sick of subs and cheap sushi.
Have to admit though that it is pretty bad value for what you get. Decent portion sizes (no complaints of that here), food is bland, and the vegetable chicken platter had stringy chicken. It wasn't horrible - just not good enough for the price.
Positives - nice place, good service. Only place on campus to get beer on tap that isn't flat.
Negatives - average food, not great value.
I've only been once and I'll give it another try.
I've been to Club Illia probably close to a dozen times now, mainly because it's one of the only places to have a good sit-down meal at SFU. It seems like there are many more staff or faculty members than students here possibly because it's one of the only places like this, more time can be spent here and the food is more expensive than the fast food places on campus. The prices are comparable to restaurants and the food I find, better than some mainstream restaurants like East Side Mario's in Coquitlam. Wine, beer and the usual drinks are available as well.
Other than ordering a salad once which cost close to $10 which I didn't find to be a worth it at all, I've always ordered pasta -- the portions and value are generally good. The daily special chicken and mushroom fettuccine is good -- very rich though. I have to pack up the rest. Another good daily special is the Caesar salad and cannelloni. My friend had a seafood cannelloni recently. It looked yummy. He said was very good. I'll have to try it next. I tend to order spinach linguine with meatballs Florentine. It's filling and has a good variety of textures and flavours. Btw, you can select from different kinds of pastas for many dishes. I wouldn't say the food here is outstanding as I can find it a bit bland at times, but that may be my personal bias towards very flavourful and very fresh-tasting food.
The place is very busy at lunch time and there can be a wait. There aren't many smaller tables for 2 or 4, so that makes it a bit problematic for seating. You can see 2 people sitting at a table for 5 at times. I suggest making reservations if you really want to ensure you'll get a seat and leave at a reasonable time.
In terms of time: you can end up there for an hour or more, easily. Between waiting to get a seat, having your order taken, being served your meal and getting the cheque -- it can take a while. Service has been a bit of a hit and miss. The people are pleasant enough. I think they can check in more often and in some cases be more aware of their customers and what they might need: water/coffee refills, condiments, packing up leftovers, or the bill.
I'm a regular at the club ilia restaurant but I usually skipped the food bar when they first opened. The food was good but too greasy for my liking. Recently, our server brought a sample plate of the "food bar food" to our table - I was in shock! The food was incredible and I know the food bar has very fair prices. They changed it from greasy food to lebanese food, the waitress told us they hired a new chef who is an experienced lebanese cook. I love club ilia and i'm so happy I can go there for take out now without feeling guilty about it! Definitely reccomend the food bar to students up at SFU
In the past I enjoyed the food for the value at the Quick Serve. My colleagues and I would grab our lunch from there several times a week. Now, however, we notice that the servings are WAY smaller yet the price has increased. It was good at first, but am optimistic on the number of times we'll be grabbing lunch from there in the future. Too bad as the food was pretty decent.
Pretty sure Usher was talking about this place when he sang "Love in this club"
Club Ilia has friendly servers and management,tasty food, and a substantial beer and wine selection. They often have cheap lunch specials, and recently opened up an even cheaper 'quick serve' bar for those of us that want tasty food to-go.
I love that the staff often know their customers by name, or at least by face. Every campus needs a friendly watering hole like this one!
I am a great believer of the old adage, that your favourite restaurant is the one where they know you and welcome you. I live up at SFU and Club Ilia is the best thing that has happened there in recent memory as far as a place to go for a drink and sometimes a meal. The Himalayan Peak downstairs is good too, good food, good prices, but it is strictly a restaurant and doesn't have the casual atmosphere of a bar/restaurant. I live here, so a place to go where in this era of one drink is one too many many, is important. Service is always friendly and welcoming, food good and well prepared, I mostly go for pastas or salads, I'm too cheap for much else. Also if you like hockey, nice spot at the bar. There are always negatives to everything, but on balance, a nice bar/restaurant, nice ambiance, lugubrious owner, but most owners are and he's not there often. Anyway, I'd be miserable if I had invested what he clearly has to make a very nice place that cannot be equaled this side of Yaletown. Four out of five, especially Wednesday when a bottle of wine is $5 off.
Perhaps because the servers are students with greener pastures ahead, they don't put their heart and soul into their current job. Not to say the service is awful, but I wouldn't call it anything special either. I would rank the food 3.5 if I could, but I rounded down to 3 (instead of up to 4) because on several occasions the food has taken FAR too long to arrive. This usually isn't the servers fault, and I place blame on an (at times) unorganized kitchen staff. Having said that, I've had good experiences at Club Ilia and I will go again.
The food here is pretty good, however being at a university and catering to many students its more on the pricey side of things. However, being a student having lived in residence for 3 years it is a much welcomed change to other eats on campus off hours. Dining hall food leaves much to be desired.. and the pub is closed weekends. As I said the food is delicious, I had pasta and many in my group had pizza as well. The service was a little slow which was a tad frustrating and compared to the pub the drink prices are a little steep.
I wouldnt go here all the time, but it is a nice change to cooking or other campus options. A great place for a date if you dont want to leave campus, and somewhere nice to hang out on the weekends with your on campus friends.
We ate at Club Ilia with friends of ours -- a total of 4 adults and 3 kids. We ordered the cheese pizza for the kids, I had the chicken breast, my husband the penne with rose sauce. Our friends had the chicken pita and another pasta dish with meatballs. We also had the garlic bread and the bruchetta. Overall, the meal was okay. My chicken was good, I ordered it with roasted potatoes which I thought were under-seasoned. I also had a garden salad with a honey vinaigrette dressing that I did not care for at all - way too sweet. The kids liked the garlic bread and pizza but it's hard to mess those up. My husband thought his pasta was just okay. We also ordered glasses of beer but the glasses weren't cold enough and they didn't have an IPA on tap, not good! They also seemed to run out of a lot of things including the Sapporo that they were supposed to have on tap and the restaurant wasn't really all that busy. For dessert we had vanilla ice-cream (although they say they have chocolate it also wasn't available) and a creme brule. The creme brule was good but again, kind of hard to mess that one up. The portions were enormous, I'm not sure if they're trying to attract poor students but it was way too much food for any of us to finish. Oh, and they also don't have an espresso machine although the waitress said that they would be getting one soon. Overall, it was okay -- we work up at SFU so it's convenient to go there after work. It will probably work into our rotation, mostly because my daughter likes pizza and my husband likes beer. Might be nice in the summer as they have outside seating.
This place is SO much better than it used to be. They've updated the menu, got a lot of new staff, as well as great new chef/operator. If you've tried it before and didn't like it, give it another shot. It's much improved. (The ambiance was always nice and still is.)
I work at SFU and I am really happy to have this new restaurant up here on "the hill". I have eaten here about 5-6 times now and I have enjoyed every dish I have ordered except the nachos which were made with a weird type of taco chip and didn't have the typical toppings (no olives or jalapenos). Other than that though I have had pizza, salads and pastas all of which I have enjoyed. The staff is generally friendly and eager to please. Occassionally you have to flag someone down if the restaurant is busy so perhaps they should add another server during the busy lunch time. Still I am very pleased overall with the restaurant service, menu selection and overall ambiance. I would definitely recommend it and plan to bring friends and family here for something/somewhere different to come on a nice evening or weekend and follow up the meal with a walk around the beautiful campus and trails.