John B. Pub is a relaxed neighbourhood spot that features a menu of pub classics with a focus on quality. In addition John B offers over 465 different spirits, wine and a selection of beer.
I haven't been to the Joh B for a while and noticed the place is starting to look tired. The carpets need to be replaced and the place needs a rennovation. I don't think , however, that look affects their business as the place was quite full. The food was tasty & we had a really good server so we probably go back in spite of the needed updates
The title pretty much said it - it's a typical neighborhood pub that serves typical pub fare. I ordered the pasta and it was a little on the rich/creamy side but was edible and good. My friend ordered a wrap and she enjoyed her meal. There are some big screen t.v's to catch Canuck's games and can be busy.
Appears there is a local contingent that frequents this pub as can be expected.
Have tried this place a couple times now and really enjoyed. Huge menu or great stuff, fun atmoshphere, and friendly service. An all round good pub. Live music almost nightly. All the fun pub games, racetrax etc. NIce outdoor patio for the smokers.
We used to go to the old John B across the street so many years ago. When they moved we really never got into frequenting the new digs except on occasion. I met some friends there for lunch one weekday and enjoyed the general atmosphere. The menu was expansive with every thing you could want. Perhaps this was the problem. The server seemed rushed and was non attentive. The food came fairly quickly. No one cared too much for any of it. It was ok but certainly nothing special and not cheap. The yam fries were easily the worst ever. That can happen though as they're hard to do right. All in all I may give it a try again as this could have been a one off but I won't hurry to do so.
Never been here before and WOW the food is great!!!!!!! Big portions and great value for money. I had one of the noodle dishes and it was delicious. My friend had a sandwich and she said it was good also.
Sure the setting is a little bit run down, but I would come here for the food any day!
It's much harder to come to this bar now that I have moved to Port Moody ie: the drinking and driving laws, cabs being so expensive, etc. but I realized that after going to a few bars closer that I miss the feeling of what its like being at a great pub. The food is great and has a lot to choose from, sometimes a little too much to choose from, as it is a very overwhelming menu.. The draft beer list is very extensive and they still have live music every Friday and Saturday night. I realized that to take my car there and get a SafeRide home is well worth the $25 bucks because I don't feel ripped off at the John B and I feel very safe, They have huge portions for food, the waitresses look fantastic, and the atmosphere is busy and hopping. I read a few reviews about the place looking worn down, and I don't disagree there could be some small renovations, but the place is clean and well run and has aged really well in my opinion... Has anyone gone to the Frog and Nightgown of late? That to me is a place that warrants being called rundown. Trust me, and make the voyage if you haven't been there in awhile.... you'll be pleasantly surprised!
The food and staff were good but we were appalled when we overheard a manager berating the service staff. It was rude and unprofessional and made our experience incredibly uncomfortable . We felt terrible for the waitress whom looked embarassed and upset. It ruined our evening. Shame on you John B's.
Will never eat here again.
I love this place...it's a nice place to go just to have a drink & relax.
Everything is priced well, service is impecable, food quality is great, & great crowd of people there.
I wouldn't turn to any other pub in the neighbourhood except for "The B"!!
Heard about this pub, and since we were in the area, and we were hungry, we wanted to try it. The patio was busy, and it was a fair size. We stayed inside, it was a little cooler. Very nice pub, very roomy. We ordered the Blue Ribbon Burger (beef), with fries and chipolte mayo on the side. We also ordered the halibut burger, with caesar salad on the side. Both were very tasty. Burger was cooked just right. The fish was a nice size. I sampled some of the caesar salad, and it was good. Service was great, our server was very nice and knowlegible about the menu.
The John B has been around for a long time, and it's a great neighbourhood place to get together with friends for a couple drinks. The food is okay - it's pub food, so don't expect too much. The decor obviously hasn't been updated much since it opened - it's kinda like the t.v. show Cheers. I guess it's not that bad. Lately, the servers have been getting younger and younger and dressing more scantily clad than usual. I don't know if this is a change in management and new policies or what, but the guys I know seem to like it, and I get a good laugh out of it, so it's working on some level. However, the waitresses for the most part are not very friendly and seem like they would like to be else where doing other things. Some of them are really nice so I guess that balances out the other not-so-nice ones. Hopefully, you sit in a section of a nice one. Other than that, the patio is decent and there's never a line or fights like other local "pubs"
When my workday has been trialsome, this is where I come. It's like coming home and getting away, all at the same time. The servers are familiar folks who recognize me too; always there when I need something, even anticipating my requests. The food is really quite creative for pub fare; not as healthful as it could be, but consistent and tasty. I have my favourite menu items, and that is a comfort too. The best place is the patio. I haven't found any pub in the GVRD with such a nice patio. The water feature effectively drowns out the Austin traffic din and attracts little birds who drink and splash in the pond. When you're dining alone, these little details mean a lot. If I can criticize anything, it would be the INside of the space. Things have really gone to seed in there. Furniture, carpet, fixtures all need serious cleaning and/or refurbishing. However, when you're out on the patio, unless you are unfortunate enough to end up with a smoker nearby, life is good!
Our friends came early Sunday morning to grab a table. I know pubs and bars downtown Vancouver had massive line ups well before the game started though did not know this place would be super busy too.
We have never gone inside this pub until Feb 28, 2010. From the outside this place does not look that great, though when you go inside it is quite impressive. There are big TV screens in every corner of this pub. The seats and tables are really nice too. It is really cosy inside.
People were ordering drinks and food pretty well as soon as they got in early Sunday morning. Soon this place got packed out with no seats left and standing room only. I guess that was to be expected.
Even though this place was super busy we got incredible, swift service. The manager came on the PA to say getting food to tables may take a little longer than normally as they were so busy. Having said that we got our food pretty quickly and our server would always make sure we were all happy despite having to attend to many more tables.
The pub gave us freebies to enjoy the hockey game more which was a nice touch. The manager came on the PA several times to make sure everyone was doing well. I thought his candour was very appropriate and well received.
The food was pretty decent too. When Canada won the gold medal we all got a free pint of Canadian. This place obviously looks after its clients and wants to make sure you do come back.
I have been a fan of the John B for years as I live in the neighbourhood and have taken many people there - even my mother for their Mother's Day brunch! But just learned of late that their tortilla chip has wheat in it - which is way too bad as I really enjoyed their nacho dishes. I guess all restaurants and pubs etc can change their suppliers as they need to, I can still eat there, but am at the mercy of the wait staff checking on ingredients for me.
I have been here a few times over the years....and have generally enjoyed my experiences.
We brought in an expired gift certificate that the management honored. That put us in a good mood, and shows that they want to keep their customers happy.
Food was quick and a little better than standard pub fare. We had steaks, and found them to be prepared as requested. The prices were reasonable, as was the beer and wine selection for a suburban pub.
Our complaint was related to the cover band.... far too loud. The band was entertaining, and enjoyable, but much too loud for most of us. I could see other patrons cupping their ears in an effort to maintain conversation. We landed up leaving instead of ordering another round of drinks because the music was just too loud. After two hours, we could not take it anymore.
We will return - but will turn around and go somewhere else if we see a noisy cover band belting out their version of "Brown Eyed Girl"
Just got back from a great brunch experience at John B's.
There Sunday brunch buffer is great and at only $16.99 it's am awesome deal. The service was attentive and friendly and the atmosphere is always great.
I've been going to John B's regularly for the past year since discovering it and can assure you the service and ambience is always consistently great as is their fabulous Sunday brunch buffet.
I got the cajun salmon burger and my friend got a rib burger. He ordered yam fries but they gave him french fries (we didn't find out until we arrived home with the takeout). The burger was huge, but I had to take out the onion rings and pickles and then it was rather delicious, not amazing though. My friend thought his burger was "messy". We got takeout because the pub seemed a bit old and not that comfortable to sit in even thought the waitress was extremely friendly. I prefer a more modern, cleaner-feel environment for dining.
We have been here many times. We really like the food and a great selection of food! I, as a smoker, find the patio very nice! My husband as a non-smoker likes the patio as well. They have made an effort to isolate the patio from the outside! Have met interesting people at this pub.
Service has always been consistantly friendly! We are sticklers for good service.
I went this past Friday and they apparently have a yearly tradition -- singing the Twelve Days of Christmas as a bar! So much fun! My friend and I had a great evening and weren't expecting anything besides a meal. This is a great neighbourhood place. I had a mini burger and a great bowl of clam chowder. Will definitely go back and eat more mini meals! It was well worth the $15 cab ride from my home.
I have never had a burger bigger than the South Burger. It was amazing. I admit that the menu is hard to accept upon first glance, as there is probably over 125 things on it, but it is a great selection and it actually tastes great. I have been coming here once every few weeks for lunch, and enjoy the fireplace and the coffee. Worth coming by for a drink after work, as they have a very good selection of liquor. If anything the carpet looks rough, but I enjoy the tasteful vintage bar look.
We have been been going to the John B for over 25 years,ususally every week or so, we have noticed an extreme drop in service over the past few months, tonight was the worst,and when we complained to bar management, saying how disappointed we were, the manager sneered and said "so?" we left. totally unimpressed with what used to be a good neighbourhood pub. will definitey be telling ALL our friends not to bother going here, and looking for a new establishment to spend our hard earned dollars in.