Burgoo is an international stew house offering value oriented, flavour - filled bowls of comfort food.
You can't deny that the ambiance of the restaurant is nice and cozy, and the food isn't bad by any means. Very simply, it's decent quality comfort food, but nothing to be overly impressed with. Beware of the appy bruschetta, you only get two small slices of bread; the humus is also very small for the price. Decent food, nice atmosphere, marginal value.
My buddy and I went here after several failed attempts. For three weeks in a row we went to try but were shut down for several silly reasons mostly just due to the well deserved success of Burgoo.
We were met by an exceptionally beautiful young woman named Paula who charmingly showed us to our seats. She then brought us the house ale which was very nice indeed. We ordered the Brie fondue on Paula's recommendation - wow!
We then ordered the onion soup and some biscuits which were superb - all washed down with a cheeky bottle of white wine.
Desert was Mead - Again Paula's doing - wonderful.
Paula - seven stars out of five.
Food - four to five stars out of five
Ambiance - four to five out of five.
Value - cheap at twice the price.
This place will do well for years to come. If you crave comfort food without all sorts of pomp and circumstance - choose Burgoo.
Best carrot soup ever; awesome pacific chowder; fresh and interesting salads; delicious fondue combinations. This place is an excellent spot for a fresh and healthy (okay, not if you have fondue) meal at any time of the day.
Surprised to read the other reviews as we have had a great experience each and every time! Always ask for the biscuits to sop up the soup of gravey. We've had business dinners here and the restaurant was able to handle our numbers very well. Everyone came away satisfied and happy. Keep coming back.Time for another group party!
A friend and I decided to hit this Burgoo after a recent trip to Lonsdale Quay. We arrived and we're seated quickly. We ordered our food and drinks, got our drinks fairly quickly, so far so good. Then we waited what was close to 40-45 minutes for our food to arrive. The restaurant was busy, but not overly busy, and we waited what felt like an eternity. We witnessed other tables receive their food in a timely manner, yet we waited and waited. When our food arrived we didn't get any explanation or apology from our waitress. The food was rather good though, so I can't knock the food at all. But the long wait and poor service was off-putting, and I think we will have to visit their Vancouver location in the future and not bother with this one.
Went there today for lunch, and was greeted and seated promptly by the hostess. It was the first time coming to this location after having frequented the Main St Vancouver location numerous times.
Loved the ambience (no change here from Main St), but here is where the experience started degrading. The waitress did not seem friendly or caring at all, I would definitely describe her as "probably not having a good day" from the looks of it. Her demeanor changed little as the meal went on, it's just a really uneasy feeling when you get the feeling the waitress doesn't want you there, or SHE doesn't want to be there. I don't expect my waiters and waitresses to chat us up for the whole meal, but a simple smile would go a long way.
I ordered what I usually get: A Chicken Caesar Clubhouse sandwich and a Pacific Chowder soup. The sandwich was a lot smaller than what I ALWAYS get at the Main St location, there was barely any chicken, and the bread was toasted way too much with burnt spots and a hard texture.
The soup tasted "good for a canned soup", but it almost tasted like there were ingredients that were past its expiry dates. Mind you, I absolutely LOVE this soup at the Main location, so I don't know what went wrong here.
In short, I will not be visiting this location again, even if I'm in the area.
i love burgoo, it is very nice and down to earth on the inside.old cozy feeling. the meals are good and filling, a variety of soups and stews food is hot , alot, fresh and tasty. lamb stew, beef stew, also tasty bread & butter served also. burgoo, i;ll be back.
I'm guessing dinner is meal to have a Burgoo because the brunch was terrible. Each person at our table ordered something different and it was not good. One of those times when the service is so poor you should listen to voice in your head, pay for the drinks you ordered and leave. Service went from bad to worse. I will not go back to try the dinner because of my experience. There are too many good places out there to wast my time with this one.
This is our first visit to Burgoo and we don't know what to expect. We were both excited and scared since from the look of their menu at the door, it could spell heaven or hell.
It wasn't too busy in the restaurant at the time we were visiting, afterall 3pm is quite an unusual time for lunch. We were seated promptly, ordered our coffee and we started our journey through their menu. There's a nice selection of dishes, no fuss in there menu at all.
We decided on French Onion Soup and Irish Stew which is our hostess favorite dish.
The French Onion soup is flavorful but not overwhelming. Not too salty either. Irish Stew have a very nice texture, very tender, very aromatic with herbs, plus a very generous portion.
In conclusion I would definitely come back for lunch or dinner again.
Four of us arrived minutes past our 8pm reservation time and were met by a smiling hostess and immediately seated. The $18. DOV price belies just how wonderful the food is at this restaurant. The portion sizes appeared to be the same as regular menu items. Between the four of us, we tried the three entree choices and the two desserts. They were all very well prepared, and wonderfully presented. The service was very attentive, and although not really quick, certainly appropriate for the meal. It's a very cozy spot offering incredible value. Our visit simply solidifies our appreciation for this small chain. We will definitely return to enjoy it again.
A very inviting space, with warm wood and a fire to keep away those rainy day blues...there really is nothing like a warm bowl of soup or stew or stick to your ribs type of meal in a nice space to make November a little better. Real food, and a nice selection of wines complete the scene. I have also been to the Main St, and W. Broadway locations and they are equally as nice.
Went for dinner last night. It was a packed house, and the food was fantastic. We had the Irish Stew, and the Chili cheddar fondue. I thought the prices were reasonable, and the food was great. I'd definitely reccomend it!
I had a lunch there. Waitress seemd not too happy with her job and had an attitude. "Queso Fundido" was too salty and did not taste much like a cheese. Their sandwich needs more flavour and meat portion was tool little. Place looks neat and nice but it feels cold and no warmth in to it. It was lunch time and the good thing we were not in hurry, it took about 30 minutes to get our sanwiches. Burgoo it is not the place that I would want to go again.
love all the stews, fondues, salad with strawberries (although i think they seasonally change their menu). Great value and cool location. LOVE the fact you can take out .... great concept restaurant. We go almost every Friday.
I visited Burgoo on two occasions: my first visit was for brunch, and I enjoyed their Beggar's Bowl - a generous portion of scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese and fresh herbs - while my companion enjoyed the Southwestern Bowl - bowl of scrambled eggs, peppers, cheese and sausage. No complaints! It was fast, filling and fresh! Good quality ingredients. My second visit was for lunch; it was more of the same great food. This time I enjoyed one of their sandwich and salad combos: the Marrakesh Veggie. It was an open face sandwich served on baguette with grilled vegetables, dressing and feta cheese. Very filling! They are always very generous with bread, reasonably priced, and they have a few wines, beers and spirits on the menu to enjoy with your meal. Service is always prompt, friendly and you really get the feeling that the food is incredibly fresh. Also: their take-out soups are not to be missed! (I hope they bring back the Grand Maman's Split Pea!)
Want outstanding comfort food every time? I always hit Burgoo. Just an awesome little joint for Soup and Sandwich. Everything I've tried I've really enjoyed, and the staff have a smile on their face and recognized me quickly. It took me a while to find a place that made food like Mom used to for lunch, but with the flare of a chef. This is now the place I wish I could hit every single day for lunch or dinner.
Great place to go before heading downtown for a hockey game or concert too! Right by the Seabus and near parking :)
Came here with a party of 9 (including 2 toddlers) on the advice of a friend. With very slight reservations I was very very happy with how it went. Beware - they don't take reservations, and they won't hold a table under any circumstances.
What I liked:
-the room looks and feels great. Very warm, very cozy, not too loud, and very unique (IMO)
-the menu made my mouth water immediately. Everything on it just seemed to "hit the spot"
-drinks list was outstanding - they serve 2 types of mead!?! - but don't expect 40+ bottles on the menu. I do recommend the Burgoo Brew.
-they do fondue, and they do it well. On the specials sheet was a stout+cheddar and it was delicious
-staff was very friendly, very efficient
Not so much:
-Food was a little uneven in terms of concept vs execution. I had a corn+chicken chowder that was a little heavy on the lime. Other diners had butter chicken and the lamb tagine and nobody really raved about it. No complaints, per se, but I don't think the kitchen met expectations established by the menu or the appies.
-they only have 1 highchair, and see above about no-reservations policy. If you're bringing kids, better have a solid Plan B!
Bottom line, I will 100% be back, and soon. A place like this is a bit of a rarity in north van, or in the suburbs in general, and I really enjoyed it.
A great lunch time spot.............
My friends and i love the food here. The soups and BLT are my favourites and you can get everything to go. The service is on the slow side though, but the food makes it worth the wait. Parking is sometimes a problem but I highly recommend trying this place.
I miss going to this place, I went there for one reason only..their french onion soup, the best I've found in Vancouver so far. My husband enjoys their macaroni & cheese dish, which I have to admit, looked & smelled great everytime. Their brie fondue was also VERY nice.
In other words, if it has cheese order it.
The look of the place is more pub-ish, nothing fancy, but the good food can make you forget all of that.
I normally always get something with meat in it, I'm a steak lover and enjoy all kinds of meat.
So I was surprised after seeing their meditteranean vegetarian sandwich whenever someone else ordered it, and it looked good, so I had to just get it too and it was amazing! First for me and I don't regret the change.
They get a poor ambiance rating, because a few tables away a lady had taken her shoes off, and was massaging her feet on the seat while she chatted? It was gross, and in plain view of my gf not me, I didn't complain for her though I should have, a waitress should have caught that.