Joey's Coquitlam combines home-style Mediterranean cuisine with new and exotic tastes from the Orient.
Went there after work one night. It's been a while since I've been here, and I had a good experience last time I was here, so I figured I would come eat here again.
Service was prompt and friendly, and I was seated right away, but I would expect nothing less from any restaurant I go to.
I ordered ahi tuna sandwich, it came in under 10 mins, at which I was quite impressed. The flavour of the sandwich was good, but the red pepper relish was a little sweet for my taste though, and instead of the ahi tuna being seared to rear, it was completely cooked through. The fries were a little tough. Wasn't too impressed by the food.
Came dessert time, the reason why I chose to go there was for a taste of their banana cake. It sounded awfully good on the menu. To my disappointment, they just took it off the menu a week ago! So I went for the apple tart instead. I've had it once before and quite liked it. Can't really go wrong with apple tart with almond slices, puff pastry and a scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream...boy, was I wrong! The apple and almonds were alright, but the puff pastry was definitely undercooked, doughy and wasn't really edible. Another major disappointment of the night.
They did take the dessert off my bill, but the food just didn't leave a good taste in my mouth. It'll be some time before I go back there, that's for sure.
Ok so I stopped going here once they made it very clear on TV and in the news that they do not like kids. They got rid of the kids menu, high chairs and change tables(as did Earls). So, they lost my business for many years. Not because I wanted those things, just because it was(is) blatant and apparently acceptable discrimination. I have not problems with well behaved kids. I have a problem with drunk losers, which you find more of here than I ever saw over poorly behaved kids. However, drunk losers pay more than well behaved kids. Cha ching.
So I had to go here for lunch. Even at lunch the strippers(oops waiteresses) were barely dressed. The waiter however was wearing long pants and a long sleeved shirt. Note - I would have tipped more had he been in a Speedo. I guess he had too much pride.
I had the Thai prawn and rice bowl thing - very good and probably too spicy for most people. I was ok with it. The Caesar salad was extremely good with house made croutons. Our bar waitress became much less interested in us once we ordered Cokes - that's weird.
All in all food was good, and only slightly over priced for lunch. I would not wait more than 30 minutes at dinner time however.
Until the location on West Broadway took over, this was the location (actually this was the only location) I came to.
It's location is a bit of an anomoly. Located on Lougheed Highway and partially blocked I've missed the sign the first couple of times here.
Hostesses open their front doors and greet you happily as you enter is how I enjoy coming here. Everyone does their best to put on a good face to ensure a happy dining experience.
Decor is a little more rustic compared to the other locations, which is a little more hip and upbeat. Menu is the same and we stick with what we like, usually. Food is always a carbon copy in execution; a little more original and a little better tasting than your typical chain.
Servers are attentive and polite. You can start up a brief conversation or pick their brains for a menu item they recommend. They're also one of the fewer and fewer chain restaurants that actually ask you if you want dessert. You'd figure for servers who base their position on tips they'd want you to pad their pockets a little more. It's no deal breaker for me but it's nice to know that your server actually cares to be there serving for you. Oh well.
Coquitlam isn't a place I would prefer to stay in if I wanted to eat a sit down meal but this place time and time again comes to the forefront if I'm in and around.
I went to Joey's for a business lunch and to be honest, I was not looking forward to it. I remember this place from a visit a few years ago and it was loud and not very good. What a difference a little time and a reno makes!
I was seated in a nice booth at once by the friendly hostess, and soon a server was telling me about the menu items. I had the burger and salad. I found the burger to be juicy and very flavorful. My salad was also good. I didn't have much of the Edge wine my companions enjoyed, but what I had was smooth and tasty.
The ambiance was very nice and comfortable and a huge change from the previous appearance of this place.
Overall a good lunch and an experience I will soon repeat.
Food: Had these california sushi tacos to start and they were awesome but really pricy for just 4 small tacos ($9). I ordered the rotisserie chicken while my bf had the ribs. Chicken was good and it was a very large portion but needed more gravy since there was so much chicken and mashed potatoes. The ribs were good as well but pricy - a half order was $17 and was not nearly enough. They have these thin small fries there and I'm not quite sure whether I like them or not - I guess they're ok but remind me of Mcdonald's fries. Disappointing selection of desserts.
Service: We went on a Thurs night so we were seated right away which is a nice change from having to wait an hour. Server was friendly and was quick to refill our waters. When we ordered the tacos, she took the time to explain what they were so we were sure of what we wanted.
Ambiance: A little loud but not too bad since the restaurant wasn't full. I think next time, I'm going to be asked to be seated in the room beside the entrance where it's much quieter. Decor is really nice (but what's with the squiggly glass thing in the middle of the room??) and booths really comfy. It's def. a place you can take a date.
Overall: I'll probably return since the food was really good but not until I get paid cuz it's a tad on the pricy side.
I love going to Joey's for two things. Their chili chicken appetizer, and the Joey's appie pie. It has to be the best apple pie I've ever had. I have to say that after their renovations a couple years ago, Joey's just isn't the same. Now, the restaurant has a real fancy feel to the place decorated with dark wood furniture, hand-blown glass sculptures, lush expensive sofas. The last two times I went, I found the menu to be lacking of choices and expensive too. I don't remember spending over $50 for dinner for 2. The Joey's I knew and loved was a fun place with eccentric and neat little decorations like abstract ceiling art and tricycles on the wall. When you ordered one of their signature dishes, the jambalaya, the server makes you say it loud enough so the chefs in the open kitchen can hear you. You only get your order if they repeat it back to you. And they also had this neat thing where if you get selected, they take you up on a crane and have you drop a tomato in a bucket from up above. If you get it in, you get a $50 gift certificate. Needless to say, they don't have any of these perks anymore.
Love their pitchers of Bellini. So peachy and not at all watered-down. Tasty food. Comfy sunroom area. If it wasn't located so far away, I'd be frequenting there more often.... They may very well be a notch above Moxies, but very similar to Moxies/Cactus all the same.
So this place is pretty much an Earl's clone. I think the decor is a bit nicer than the typical Earl's though. It makes you feel good hanging out in there.
Food is also similar to Earl's but a bit different, so it's nice to try a few different things. Only dissapointment so far was some greek appetizer platter we ordered which was supposed to be a variety of things (kalamari, etc.). Problem is it was 3/4 pita bread (like 20 slices or something). Just WAY too much pita bread, got totally sick of it.
Service is good, obviously they take care in this area. Lots of eye candy in this department too which I'll never complain about. It's funny when it starts to get busy they even have a curtain at the front door to divide people showing up and waiting from the dining area. Almost like going into a club. Kind of a nice touch actually so you don't have to stare at the horde eyeing your table which can be a bit nerve wracking.
Don't bring your young kids here, as they hate them (you can google up on it). No high chairs, etc. They want to keep it to a certain vibe, fair enough. That said we did bring your 3 year old here once before we knew better and they didn't look at us too funny.
We decided to try Joey Tomato's last time we were in Coquitlem for lunch, as neither of us had ever been to this particular location. The service was really good, very efficient and helpful. We both ordered the Evil Jungle Noodle Salad, it was very good, but I'm not sure any salad is worth $14.95 (especially because I'm a vegetarian and ordered no chicken.) Overall a very pleasant experience, think If I returned I would go for dinner and order an entree for roughly the same price, maybe a few dollars more. $40.00 seems a little expensive for two salads and two waters.
I have dined at this establishment on numerous occasions and it has been consistently good. The food is outstanding as is the service. The appearance of the greeters and the waitresses is way, way above average. The are both friendly and comely. The atmosphere is lovely. The portion sizes are good and you will not leave hungry. Overall, this is an excellent eating establishment although I must say that on my last visit they had deleted a delectable and savory dumpling appetizer from their menu which I found disappointing.
We made the mistake of coming here with a 4year old. Not a great place for kids. Its almost like they had never seen one before.
The ambiance and decor is great, the food is OK, and the service is young and and kinda green. Sometimes I would prefer the ugly server if she does a better job.
I would choose Cactus Club over this spot anytime. Better service, food and value.
After being at Joey Tomatos in Coquitlam, and hearing that its better than the Broadway location, I don't think I would really come back unless my friends wanted to go.
I think this place is no better than Earls or Cactus or Moxies...the food is not that special and it doesn't live up to the hype.
I came in here expecting many things. The appetizers, however were pretty good; the ahi tuna tacos were delicious....but easily falling apart, the edamame was alright, but I'm not a fan of edamame in the first place. The sweet chili chicken was good, but I wouldn't really order that because I can get the same thing with bigger quantity at a chinese or korean rest. with a cheaper price.
My chicken souvlaki sucked. For that price, I can get souvlaki thats so much better....and their fries did not impress me at all. Maybe I picked the wrong one....I wanted to try the ahi salad, but I've heard a lot of bad reviews about it....so I took it safe. Maybe I should have risked that chance.
My friend's diva salad was alright. She told me that it was better before and there was too much seasoning in this one....but I thought it was alright. However, I really think it would be better with focaccia or some other type of bread....I didn't like the idea of having a huge taco shell for a side order.
Dessert wasn't that great. Apple pie.....yeah, ordinary. The apples were too thick to be enjoyed, and the crust and bottom fell apart too easily that we had trouble eating it.
Service was awesome though. Give props for that.
Nonetheless, I don't really have the urge to go back. I'll try out the Broadway location for the patio...but other than that.....I don't want to go back really. I rather stick to Earl's or Moxies.
tucked away in a nondescript suburban strip mall. We went for dinner last night with friends, four of us in total. Get there early! it fills up fast ( a good sign?), and they don't take reservations. Parking is limited, they do have valet parking if it gets too bad, i believe it's comp and they even vacuum your car! tip these kids well people, they deserve it! The food and ambiance was great as well as the service. I recommend the Ahi tuna taco appy and any of their bowls. They served complimentary snacks while we waited and the whole experience was enjoyable. Good value, great service and good to great food! I'll try their Burrard location next. Highly recommended.
This place is so good!
Great food, great atmosphere and friendly staff make this place a "keeper" for sure.
For those that don't live in the area, take a drive to Coquitlam and check it out. You won't be disappointed!
I like the room and the service is always good but the food is just ok and, as with a lot of these similar themed places, overpriced. If the food is good then I don't mind the price b/c you are paying for the other amenities. I ordered the ahi tuni sandwich which is usually risky outside of a sushi grade restaurant. It was terrible. Fishy, smelly and costly. I love ahi and this was the worst ever. I only ate a bit and had a small stomach issue later. Sure it was just a mistake, and that can happen. I will, however, be more careful if and when I return.
Had a nice dinner at Joey's with my bf yesterday night. First time to this restaurant and it was very pleasant. Expected it to be a loud, busy restaurant but it was actually quiet. I guess it was a slow night.
Ordered the meditteranean hummus and pita which also came with bruchetta and tzatziki sauce it was a massive plate! The pita also had some melted parm and feta cheese on it. YUM! Also ordered the ahi tuna tacos which tasted fresh, crunchy and delicious. My bf had the chicken and ribs which he said was tasty too. Service was top notch and we got all of our items in good timing. Our server even came by to let us know our entrees were on its way. Wonderful!
The service is exceptional and the waitresses are always very good looking.
The food is different and is very good. The price is VERY right.
The restauant has such a great upbeat atmosphere and is so nice just to hang out with friends or sit by the fireplace with a date.
If you haven't been, you definately have to go!
I went to Joeys in Coquitlam with a group of 20 at 12:30 on a Wednesday. They just do reservations Sunday to Tuesday so we wondered how they would handle our large group. We were pleasantly surprised. After a 15 minutes wait we were all seated and ordering drinks. The staff were attentive, pleasant and accommodating. The menu is hip with lots of of choices both healthy and indulgent. I enjoyed my passionfruit margarita, and the Aihi tuna salad. Everyone was happy with the food, the service, and the plush surroundings.
For our anniversary my husband and I decided to try out Joey's. Boy, are we sure glad we did. The restaurant is very well decorated with a great ambiance. Everything we ate was top-notch and so delicious. We had the calamari to start and it was nice to see it had an aioli dipping sauce as opposed to the typical tzatziki sauce. We then each had the chicken and ribs combo and everything on that plate was simply divine. I was pleased to see strawberry shortcake on the menu because you don't often see it as an option. It was the perfect ending to a perfect meal. It's not the cheapest place to eat but considering the quality of the food we received, it was worth every penny. We will for sure be heading back for our next special occasion.
We, a party of three, arrived expecting a long wait, but were told only 15 minutes. While we were waiting for our table, we couldn’t help noticing the impressive over-staffing at the front of the house. Outside, a valet parker, then an attractive female with an electronic device in her ear opening the front door for us. Then two young ladies to greet us and take our details. A male managerial type was hovering there as well. We lost count of the young lovelies in this area whose job seemed to be to take the diners to their seats or to stand there looking young and lovely. We wondered if all the black mini-dresses available in Coquitlam stores, maybe Burnaby too, might now be on display for our enjoyment and approval. But despite this magnum show of hospitality force, somehow a party of three who came in some time after us managed to be seated before us. Our turn came when a female supervisor, if that is what the gizmo in the ear is supposed to signify, arrived after about 20 minutes or so.
The table that we were taken to was not ready for us at that moment, as evidenced by the complete absence of menus or cutlery, which could be a sign that the front house had realised that we had been kept waiting in error, and hoped that by taking us to any old table, we hadn’t noticed as well (we had).
Eventually, a very attractive server arrived with the menus and asked if we would like something to drink – I guess she had assumed that we had come by earlier in the day and already knew what was on the menu. We asked for a few more minutes. When she returned, our questions about the wines on offer were answered with “I’m not sure about that – I’ll find out for you”. So we guessed.
We waited a very long time for the drinks to arrive, and during that wait, despite the highly intrusive big-screen TVs showing an NBA game, my thoughts were distracted by and old Sex Pistols song containing the stanza “You’re so pretty, you’re so pretty….vacant” going round and round in my head.
Our food order seemed to take a long time as well, a circumstance that we were rapidly getting used to, but which went against the evidence passing before our eyes of a succession of black-attired lovelies whom we had not set eyes on before. Two more ladies eventually stopped by to drop off the plates, followed shortly by another one offering fresh-ground black pepper, and a minute or so later, another one offering freshly-ground black pepper.
$18.99 for a half-order of ribs, a bowl of very fresh but spindly fries, a spoonful of coleslaw and a pot of ketchup. I hadn’t realised that my meal was paying for a large part of the beauty pageant as well.
When the bill arrived, the beer I’d ordered was the first item, and the cost was 20 cents more than the price printed on the menu. Now I know that 20 cents is nothing to someone who can drop nineteen bucks on the rib order I’d just finished, but I was keen to know why there was a discrepancy, so I asked our server to find out. What followed put me in mind of that Monty Python sketch where the diner makes a small comment about the slightly dirty fork. The restaurant manager personally came to the table to explain that the bar manager had been taken out and shot, but not before they had deducted the cost of the beer from the outstanding wages to be paid to his widow and kids. OK, it wasn’t as dramatic as that, but they did take the beer off the bill when all I would have wanted was a correction. I can’t walk past a crooked picture without straightening it either.
I must say that one of the reasons for going to Joey’s was the glowing reports I’d read on this website. My experience was a little less impressive. Oh, and the valet parking stops when the rain starts.