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Ikea Restaurant & Cafe

1000 Lougheed Highway
Coquitlam, BC V3K3T5
Tel: (604) 636-1000
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Cafeteria, Eclectic
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Service: No table service, Takeout
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Fri: 9:30AM - 8PM, Sat: 8:30AM - 7PM, Sun: 9:30AM - 5PM
  • A cafeteria style restaurant on the second floor of the Ikea, with an eclectic variety of food items. Now serving beer and wine to make your shopping experience less stressful...

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Why not?
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

Although the food here is not outstanding, it's a definite goody as a dining choice while shopping at Ikea. Instead of driving to one of restaurants nearby, a family could be well fed for a fraction of the price elsewhere...plus, the variety is great!

Excellent value mentions are the $1 breakfast (I'd skip on the "sweet" eggs though) and any of the kids meals. Heck, they'd let you order the kids meals even if it's obvious that it's for yourself. A great quick snack for under $2!

The ambiance is a your typical cafeteria, but with bonuses like a children's play area, baby-food prep section, and good natural lighting, it really benefits families.

2 Thumbs up for value and convenience.

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eat and buy a sofa
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 2, 2008 - 11:31am [Dine in]

Eat at a furniture store? Why not!

I was in Ikea yesterday accompanying Mrs. Chasiubow, and as usual I was dreading the experience. Then I smelled food. My beloved dining companion informed me that they have a restaurant. Suddenly things were looking up.

The restaurant is a cafeteria-style setup, and most of the entrees seem to contain meatballs. They also do fish and chips, chicken, hotdogs, sandwiches, quiche, desserts and smoked salmon. You can have bottomless soft drinks. Surprisingly they serve alcohol too.

The ambiance is functional and clean, and the staff seem to be eager to please. The food is not terrific, but it is crazy cheap. I tried the pasta and marinara sauce with meatballs, which was okay. Mrs. C. had the mac & cheese with meatballs. It was reported to be good. I wonder what kind of meat is in those balls, but sometimes it is best not to ask too many questions.

Recommended for bargain hunters and sofa hounds.

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If you're hungry and broke....
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (149 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

Well not quite. Let's see - I went there today because I stopped in on my lunch hour to pick up some glasses.

There was a line up even at 11:30 on a Wednesday. I'm not sure of the quality of the hot food but the masses seemed to be sucking it up. They had chicken noodle soup labelled as vegetarian vegetable soup. I pointed it out to some staff member who did nothing. They have tilapia or some other cheap fish for $9.99 - no bargain. Laughable actually.

The veggie wrap was $4 - one wrap cheese and raw veggies - they're still making big money.

The cinnamon bun and coffee is good for $2 but the cinnamon gets over powering.

The breakfast is the best deal for $2 or whatever it is. Liquid scrambled eggs, unsalted hash browns and meat. But if you want to skip one item and have more of another that's ok. They do make good coffee. Very good.

A lot of people were having chili and garlic bread - seemed very popular.

I dunno - I never look forward to eating there but if I have jingly change in my purse and I'm hungry when there I'll indulge. Definately not a destination . Maybe I'll try hitting it up for drinks on Friday night - it's licenced.

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Cheap, Filling, Fast.
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 6, 2008 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

Yes, this is a cafeteria meaning you have to bus your own trays, fill your own drinks and get your own cutlery. But the service is friendly and efficient; the food -- not bad.

The best thing about this place is it does exactly what a cafeteria should do -- serve cheap food and serve it fast. I've tried many different meals here over the years - the meatballs are good, especially with the linganberry sauce. Salads are fresh, soup is usually a little salty (self-serve hot water available though).

As for value, it's a pretty fair shake - about $8 for lunch if you're a big eater or just $3 - 5 for a snack when you're tired from shopping.
Also before 11am - Breakfast at $1? I'm in.

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Conditions have deteriorated
By hippixie of Chilliwack (53 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 11:59pm [Dine in]

I haven't been to Ikea for a while and I have to say I was shocked to see how poorly the cafeteria is run.
The food was fine and a good value, it was the uncleanliness I was not happy about. There used to be areas with racks to place used dishes, but now there are only a few racks against a wall, they were all full and even the counters were covered with used trays and dishes. This was awful, there was no place to put the trays, we had to just pile them onto other ones. I also didn't like that the beverage areas were not kept clean. There was spilled coffee, pop and milk all over, some was dried on so obviously it hadn't been cleaned in quite some time. The dispensers were dirty and most were empty.
This is disgraceful, it used to be so clean and well kept.

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Great place to fill your belly!
By priggly of Coquitlam (73 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 2:10am [Dine in]

There's nothing outstanding about this restaurant but overall it is a winner. The food is cheap and plentiful as well as filling and good. The taste is above reproach. The milieu is so-so but that is to be expected. The service is about what you would expect for this type of establishment. Overall, I would highly recommend it.

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Good Food Cheap
By millar of New Westminster, Vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 18, 2010 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

Cafeteria style restaurant in the IKEA store. The food is good and it is cheap. Home cooking scandinavian style. Meatballs and gravy, chicken etc. . The shrimp salad plate is nice. There is soup and desserts plus beer and wine. It is always busy and sort of noisy but you can have a full dinner with coffee and dessert for $8. They also serve breakfast if you are an early bird.

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Might as well heat up a frozen dinner
By rileycoyotes of Surrey (32 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

Saw good ratings for this cafeteria, so we decided to try it out when we were in Ikea. My expectations weren't too high: a "good cafeteria" is what I was looking for. After our meal, I was still looking for it. It wasn't this place.

Let's be realistic about what they do here. The Swedish Meatballs are the same ones that they sell in the 1 kilo freezer pack. I do mean the *same ones*, as in, the extent of cooking that they need to do is heat-n-eat. As I was standing in line deciding what to get, they brought up a "fresh" tray of fish for fish and chips -- the whole batch was a medium-dark brown, not at all appetizing. I ended up getting the meatballs. They tasted fine, every bit as good as a decent frozen dinner. Their potatoes are boiled, skin-on, bland as plain potatoes. "Salad" means someone dumps a bag of greens into a giant bowl for people to take from. Dressing comes in packets. Add a drink for $6.50. So it's a fairly inexpensive meal, but I left still hungry, and I'm not a big eater.

"Service" in my case consisted of having someone put 10 of those little meatballs on my plate, ask, "Potatoes OK?", plop a couple down next to the meatballs, dribble a shallow ladle of gravy on the meatballs (not nearly enough to extend to the potatoes), slide the plate across the glass to me and quickly turn to the next customer. I guess that keeps the line moving.

Ambiance, of course, is nonexistent: it is, after all, a store cafeteria. They make no pretense and take no effort to make it any more pleasant than that.

There are probably hundreds of restaurants you can go to that are better and no more expensive. I certainly wouldn't come here just for the cafeteria. If you're in Ikea anyway, it's probably not a total waste, but if you really want "value" you can get 11 of their 50-cent hot dogs plus a pop from the concession downstairs instead for the same price.

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Insane Value
By wannabefoodcritic of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 1, 2008 - 1:26am [Dine in]

The food here is GREAT, GREAT value.

Where can you get a full breakfast for $1! Even the lunch is an insane deal at $5. 10 meatballs and fries or roasted potatoes and the awesome lingenberry jam.

The ambience isn't great as its a cafeteria with alot of kids and there always seems to be spilled food on the floor. Last time I was there one of the staff knocked over a full wheeled cart full of plates.

Too bad its in Coquitlam or I'd visit once a week.

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high school all over again
By Marik of Coquitlam (23 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

so i've eaten here pretty much every time i go to ikea, it's just a big cafeteria and the over-worked employees running the counter. At least they let you mix and match items.

the mashed potatoes and meatballs are all right
bad items: the pasta (the sauce SUCKS), roasted chicken (overcooked both times i've had it)

the best deal is the unlimited refills of pop/coffee for $1

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Great value - students alert
By 5spice of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

$1.99 for pasta
Yummy mashed potatoes with meatballs & ()berry sauce - killer deals for hungry kids and students.

Cafeteria atmosphere = help yourself, unlimited pop and no tip.

Food doesn't always have to be complicated. Sometimes its all about value.
Thank you IKEA, keep up the good work. I'm sure families with mouths to feed appreciate the effort.

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YUCKY warmed up food, one notch higher than McDonald's (maybe?)
By frakkincylon of Coquitlam (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

Really gross food. Okay if you'll have coffee and a cake, but anything they cook (*umph*) I should say "warm up" is really terrible.

The ambience is just awful, it's very dirty and the turn-over is really high which doesn't give the (I guess) poorly paid staff enough time or motivation to clean the tables or sweep the floor. The place smells like vinegar from all the ketchup people eat with their heat-lamp warmed soggy fries and the children in the kid seats certainly don't help the horrible noise and filth the dining room is in on most days.

Really gross overall.

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What do you expect from a cafeteria
By bsanto of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

There was nothing overly special about the food; it's cafeteria style. However, it's incredibly cheap and it does fill you up if you order the right food. The Swedish meatballs and the potatoes are a shoe-in and they are available at a great deal. What other restaurant offers dinners below $7.00 or breakfasts for $2.00? Exactly!! To make top-notch food at huge masses is quite difficult. So if you want fine, top-quality, authentic cuisine food, go to some other place and pay a hell of a lot more!

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the cheapest place in town to eat
By ginger33 of vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 8:00pm [Dine in]

for a cafeteria, they sure have fast, tasty and most of all inexpensive meals. you cannot beat their breakfasts anywhere, a buck! i like their salmon and their fish and chips, you are allowed to replace the fries with veggies, which i always do and ikea itself rules, big up to the swedes! did i mention their wild mushroom soup, its like it comes from a high end restaurant.

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Downstairs Cafe Good For Cheap Prices
By of (0 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 12:07pm [Dine in]

I cannot comment on the restaurant but Ikea`s downstairs concession stand is a good value for the money with cinnamon buns that remind you of your childhood, good prices on hotdogs, chocolate bars, soda pop and ice cream. Why not try it out if you have the munchies, it will fill you up without bleeding your wallet.

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Cafeteria or Restaurant ??
By LelouchViBritannia of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

Food is alright, the scramble egg feels so 7-11 quick and dirty.
But refilling drink is free, and there is dollar breakfast before 11 am.

The seats aren't the most comfortable, but its from Ikea. HAHAHA.
Service is great, except that much is self served. I sound like bashing it but this is a complement. If you acknowledge that it is a cafeteria, not a restaurant, than you will think it is great. IT IS a Cafeteria, you line up at the cashier to pay and you don't pay tip.

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Its cafeteria food at its best
By ryanthekiwi of Fairview, Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 13, 2008 - 1:56am [Dine in]

This isn't a fancy restaurant. No servers, just line up, grab a tray, pick your entree and supplement with some salad or sides if desired and then line up again to pay.

However, the food is awesome. Better, faster and cheaper than the fast food chains. 20 meatballs with potatoes for $8 and it'll feed 2 easy. There are also sandwiches, salmon, some salad options as well. Drinks are self serve and thus come with unlimited refills. Great deal on food that tastes like it should be sold somewhere far nicer than a home store.

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