Eighties Diner has been a North Vancouver institution since 1980. This family-style spot serves up comfort food in an casual atmosphere.
It's been ages since I last ate at Eighties, and remembered once I got my breakfast, why I never returned. If you like lots of butter, want to have a heart attack, this is the place.
I will agree, its a cheap place to eat, and if my soak up butter mind can recall, it wasn't that expensive the last time I ate there.
The scramble eggs & brown toast where soaked in butter, too the point I couldn't finish my egg's. I don't know if they know how to make hashbrowns, but it was a clump on my plate, that was cooked briefly on the outside and cold on the inside. The only plus, there coffee was very good, which came quick and came around with refills.
I might have arrived on a off day, maybe the chef called in sick, but someone need's to learn how to cook hashbrown, and stop using so much butter, my toast wouldn't have been soggy.
I wish I could have given a positive review.
My wife and I are products of the 80s and still think it was the greatest decade ever. So when we heard of this restaurant we laughed our butts off and had to try it.
The food was dinerish in nature. Can't say we thought it was that great. But it wasn't terrible. Burgers were OK.
Best thing I could say about this place is the value. Prices are pretty low. This seems to bring in the senior crowd (guess this is where they ended up after white spot went upscale). The low prices save this place from being a 2 star overall experience.
I was a bit dissapointed in the decor actually, didn't seem particularly swimming in 80s stuff but does remind you of a place you might eat at in the 80s.
It's not likely we'll be back as the food didn't do it for us, but if we were in the area we might give it another go.
I went to the 80's a couple of time in the last week, and both times I had a decent meal. So far I've had the British burger (a bacon cheeseburger) and the spaghetti and meat sauce. My wife has enjoyed the chef salad and soup, and the mushroom burger. The food is well prepared, comes with decent sides, and is really cheap. They also have daily drink specials and the beer is inexpensive.
The service is quick, the servers know the menu and are quick to make recommendations. The restaurant is clean and comfortable.
There are lots of seniors and the menu is designed for them. Solid, predictable entrees. Not to spicy, and decent portion sizes.
A good place to go for some comfort food and a beer.
Tried their eggs benny. They have 4-5 different types and 4 of them are the same price but don't let you mix and match which is too bad. Tried the traditionally and asked for the sauce on the side and they forgot. I think they scrapped the excess off after they realized. Sauce was just OK, better than their previous cheese sauce they used. Eggs a bit overcooked but overall satisfactory. Good value at $7.50. Service was standard as well as the surrondings. Sort of a cheap diner for locals.
We've been here many, many times over the years. We love their breakfast - never disappointed the breakfast food but the service every time we have been there have been super slow (even when there are only 2 or 3 other tables with people) - slow to get the coffee, slow for them to take the order but once it's ordered the food does arrive quickly.
Lunch is always not too bad, never disappointed but not outstanding. We've been there a few times over the years for dinner hoping that it has been improved since previous dinner visits but no, it's never really changed - not outstanding food, just okay.
You want to go early for breakfast on Sundays as they do get busy as they have great breakfasts.
This is your pretty standard Restaurant. Food is pretty decent, if you come before 11am there's a breakfast Special that's a pretty good deal. Never had a problem with the food. Burgers are decent, everything is pretty decent. Service is Great! Like, pretty Great! Always quick refills, always extra napkins. Which is kinda surprising, because, I think I've had a different server there the last few times I've been!! I've been back lots, and will be back lots.
Ok so Ive been going to the Eighties since I was a kid and it still is the best place for food in North Van as far as Im concerned! The Eggs Benny is the best. The cheese sauce they put on it is nothing like the stuff youget in a pump at a convenience store. It is a really nice light cheese sauce that I think tastes great and its different then your typical hollandaise. The Seafood burger (not on the menu but can still order it) is awsome. The breakfasts are the best by far on the North Shore, and while the service can sometimes be on the slow side, I dont mind cause all the servers are friendly and some have been there forever. Jonny is awsome!
Was no one else disappointed when White Spot went from a clean "upscale" Denny's to a faux West Coast fusion restaurant? I sure was. We have enough pretentious restaurants in Vancouver, I don't think an iconic chain like White Spot really needed to sell out... sorry, that was a bit of a tangent, but it does fit this review!
The 80's Restaurant is what White Spot *was* - an affordable family dining experience. I'm a recent university graduate, so money is still tight for me, but when I need a quick hearty meal that isn't going to be a grease-fest like Denny's, and isn't going to cost a fair bit like a Cactus Club, I come here. Service is quick and attentive, the menu selection is diverse and highly affordable, and the food is entirely edible and always quite decent.
For what you pay, there are few places that compare to the 80's Restaurant. If you're someone who misses the 'old' White Spot, like I know many do, I'd recommend trying this place - it has survived many years for a reason.
Big servings, affordable, predictable, friendly, great family restaurant. Always a favourite. My only complaint is that although a major portion of their clientelle are seniors, the entry staircase hasn't been modified to allow better access for mobility restricted patrons.
Eighties Restaurant,,, yes it has been around since the early 1980's. Located on the west side of 14th & Lonsdale, in North Vancouver City. The place is an old favorite by many locals as well as some visitors, the food at Eighties is great. Excellent breakfasts, ( all day ) good hamburgers, patty melts, and all around wholesome meals. Every friday night they offer Prime Rib. I had the Prime Rib last night, and it was excellent, it came with mashed potatoes ( gravy ), carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic bread, The vegetables were not over cooked at all, they were great. Also excellent salads also, Eighties has been there around thirty years now, they must be doing something right. I will definitely be back again and again,,,, by Allan Cassidy.
I've only ever been to the Eighties for breakfasts and lunch, so I can't comment on evening meals.
I had the avocado shrimp salad for lunch and my partner had a fish burger. The avocado shrimp salad was excellent - with plenty of fresh fruit as part of the meal.
The breakfasts are also very good.
The price, quality and quantity together are worth 4 stars for value-for-money.
I had the hamburger platter and a chocolate milkshake (see photo at top) for my first visit to the 80's Cafe.
For the price ($5.95), the burger and fries were a great deal. No complaints, but the burger patty was kind of small and lean. Good if you're on a diet. Anyways, the taste was fine and I was happy based on the price.
The milkshake was $3.75 and was nice and thick with whipped cream on top. You don't get the metal shake container with your milkshake, but that's normal for the price.
Overall, I was satisfied with the service, taste and value. I would go back again to try something else.
I visited this restaurant on three occasions.The food and presentaion was good every time but a couple of the servers seemed unhappy. I like how the restuarant is laid out and how there is such a wide range of items to pick from on the menu at bargain basement prices. My pet peeve was on one of my visits I was served stale old coffee.
Great place. Always busy, but no huge line ups. Very friendly staff. Fast service and great food. Excelent value for the portions and quality. Family restaurant atmosphere. Servers have been working there for years and remember you after only a couple of visits.
I had dinner with some friends at this place a little while ago. After reading all the rave reviews I could not resist to add my bit. When we where there the place was not very busy. The service was O.K., my order was a platter of seafood advertised as lightly battered etc. etc. When it arrived I could not trust my eyes. It looked and tasted like something out of a frozen dinner entree. You know that dark orange coloured batter and gritty taste (lightly battered?). I was very disappointed. My friends (2) ordered steak, again one was O.K. and one was just so so, not really the same weight but the same cost, they both told me they had much better. My lady friend ordered some sort of a sandwich and that actually looked good. (Can't do anything wrong with a sandwich as it has to be prepared fresh.) O.K. so you don't pay much, but I'd rather pay a couple of dollars more and have a good meal.
The decor is truly from the eighties. The food is greasy and the portion sizes are big. The price is good.
Hubby and I frequent the joint if we're short and money and the oven broke down.
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