Tomahawk is a family oriented restaurant that has been serving the North Shore since 1926.
This is one of those places you remember from childhood when it was a great restaurant (or your expectations weren't as high so you thought it was great.) I went back after not going for 15 years and was in for one lousy surprise. The food was downright poor and expensive. The hashbrowns tasted like they'd been in a freezer since the moon-landing. Seriously, they were the kind you'd get at Safeway and cheaply seasoned. Its an indictment on humanity that people line up to eat here. Like Sophies Costly Cafe in Kits, only worse, this place relies only on its name.
well, i am 55 now and can remember going to the tomahawk in the 1960's. i am still dining there from time to time, i still love the ( yukon breakfast ) i remember chatting to '' chick '' the father and original owner. any-way good service , and good food. also a place to come and dine that has been here since the 1926 must be doing something right. my hat off to the tomahawk ! many more years.
I'd heard about this place for years and decided to give it a try when I was coming back from hiking the Stawamus chief with a friend and we needed to load up on some protein & carbs.
The atmosphere is what it is,native figures etc...no complaints,except the two seater booths are a little cramped. Service is average and friendly enough.
The two of us ordered burgers with cheddar,bacon and I added mushrooms. Both came nicely done and pretty hefty sized,the fries were crisp and overall we were satiated.We saw a guy eating one of their famous big breakfasts and what looked to be half a loaf of bread toasted!
Came back a month later with my GF at dinner and tried their steak and mushroom pie. I enjoyed this much more and liked the large pieces of steak in it and the biscuit crust.It came with some nice grilled veggies and mash that was solid.
I'll be back to try the breakfast sometime...
Another reviewer called the aboriginal art that fills this building tacky. I’m proud the Chamberlains display artefacts that reflect North Shore history. Too few people and local institutions give recognition to societies that settled this region perhaps 8,000 years before Europeans arrived.
This is a family diner, heavy on simple comfort foods. The Tomahawk hasn’t altered much over time. The chain restaurants may redecorate every few years and change their menu every season but not this place.
We took a grandson to the restaurant recently and I remembered taking his father there after Saturday morning hockey practice. Years ago, we were amazed at the heaping Yukon Breakfasts and they are probably still amazing. Simply entering the room makes me eager for an old fashioned milkshake and I automatically checkout the pie shelf too.
I hope new generations of the Chamberlain family keep the Tomahawk much as it is.
This was my second visit to the Tomahawk, as I happened to be in North Van at dinner time.
The first thing that struck the nostalgia chord was the paper place mat touting the superiority of BC. I recall having lunch at different diners during my childhood years as we traveled up and down Highway 97 to visit Grandma, and they had that same cartoon menu!
Our server was be far the best waitperson I've encountered in months. She was attentive, efficient, patient, and running the whole place by herself. Oh yeah, she gave the owner/manager some friendly sass as she hustled around, which always gets marks in my book.
I had a burger, and the girlfriend the turkey sandwich. First impressions were that the salad and chop portions were too small. The turkey was genuine pieces of roasted turkey, not "luncheon meat", and the cranberry dressing was the store bought type, which "was just like Mom would make".
Burger was tasty; the bun very fresh, and the mushrooms piping hot and garlicky.
Fortunately, the portioning was small enough that a slice of pie was in order.
Raisin was the choice, and like my Mom, the girlfriend said that she didn't like raisin pie. Not even if it was a la mode.
Then she tasted it.
Then we shared it.
All in all, a simple evening. No throbbing music, under dressed servers, or complicated foods.
Next time I'll go for breakfast.
We went there once for breakfast, were disappointed, and decided to try again this morning. We were disappointed again. It was understaffed and disorganized. The food was overpriced and mediocre: for 10 bucks I expect my egg yolks to have a color other than beige. Next time we'll go to the 80s for better quality at half the price.
it's suppose to be greasy. they give you the biggest pieces of back bacon.
on avg. with the yukon plate, you'll get 6 - 8 pieces of back bacon. ever since i was shown this place, i fell in love. never had dinner or lunch there.. always breakfast plates.
would of given 5 for food but i've noticed their plates got smaller! that was the thing for me with this place, the plates are HUGE and greasy.
We finally made our way to this restaurant to avoid the rush hour traffic. Heard lots about it and we were glad we made it for supper. Burger with cheese and bacon - good, lots of fries. Meatloaf, potatoes and vegetables - substantial and flavorful. Breakfast was as good as we heard. Shakes were thick, pies fabulous, service was good and a definite return site. Loved the kitchy decor. The icing on this cake was chatting with the owner whose family recipes are still going strong - and to thank us first-timers, he gave us a bag of coffee - now that is a place that appreciates customers!
Don't bother having lunch here unless you've got at least an hour and a half. It took almost 50 minutes to receive our order which we ended up taking with us as we were late getting back to work. Servivce has gone downhill. Food which is ok, nothing outstanding, has portions which are smaller and prices are up. Ambience with all the artifacts is interesting and is good for basically the tourists. Sorry, it's hard to be very positive about this place.
I've only had breakfast here, but it's good if you're looking for a hearty breakfast, especially if you want some cholestrol and have a trucker's apppetite.
The tackiness of the decor adds to the appeal. I could easily see this restaurant in a movie or tv show. The service is good, staff is friendly, but the service is a bit slow.
I would not come here a lot only because I prefer more healthy choices, but it's somewhere to go for breakfast a few times a year.
Having eaten at The Tomahawk several times, simply passing it on the street turns my stomach in disgust. The food is greasy, made with absolutely no care or pride and the plate sizes keep getting smaller and more expensive every year. Theres around 12 tables squished in a tiny dark room covered with tacky artifacts which probably haven't been dusted for the entire 80 years.
The service is terrible, but you can hardly blame the servers considering the conditions they work in. Myself, knowing many people that have once been un-happily employed there i wonder how a place open for 80 years can be so unorganized, understaffed (sometimes 1 server running the whole restaurant), and have such un-interested,un-friendly management. Obviously Chuck and his son dont value their employees or their business.
I would not wish "the Tomahawk experiance" on my worst enemy and i will never return, nor would i recommend it as a place of employment.
I've lived in North Van all my life and have visited the Tomahawk sporadically over the years - prob once per year. But the last few times have been extremely disappointing to say the least. I don't like the greasy spoon style breakfasts - but fingers crossed - I tried again. Same ol' dish: huge, greasy & unappealing. Never again, I said. But then some friends wanted to try it & away we went. I ordered one of their burgers (fries were great) but gee could they at least get the water off the lettuce? I really don't like a soaked bun and I imagine no one else does either. YUK. Another year passes, and I find myself back again. I order a burger dish, fries are great - but that old soaking wet bun was still there! The decor hasn't changed - some of the native work is original, but that artwork on the wall? Awful, tacky & obviously not done by the local rez. Come on Chuck, your father's restaurant has been around for years, if you want to keep it going - make some serious decor changes (I love native work: original pieces, not art made as if by paint-by-number. This should bring the restaurant into the real world and not the tacky one! And the cobwebs? Gotta wipe them off too.
Took 10 minutes for waitress to take our order, and another 15-20 minutes to get ice cold barbeque chicken, ice cold mashed potatos & a side salad that looked it was a few days old. After 5 minutes we got somebody to take it away to be reheated, and after another 20 minutes with no food & no coffee or water refills we left. I've heard breakfast is good here, but I'll never know. Still, they have been around since 1926 so they must be doing somthing right, and I have to assume what happened to us is not the norm.
One night after a particularly decadent party my friends insisted on going to the tomahawk as it was "the best place in North Vancouver for breakfast."
Upon arrival the knick-knacks seemed tacky and the place had a very old, run down vibe to it. Ever the optimist, I hoped that the food would have that "at home taste" because of the run by the family for years feel.
I was dissapointed. I agree with the previous reviewers that the food is very greasy. It's the perfect place for students to recover from the night before, but I wouldn't recommend it to family and non-party friends.
Another visit I came in, one of the parties in our group haven't arrived yet and they refused to seat us unless all people were present. I did not appreciate being told like naughty children we have to wait.
This is one of the worst restaurants that I have ever been to. If you're asking why - where do I start??
The Food: Cheap. And I don't just mean the prices. A lot of locals with hangovers come here for breakfast and the reason is that it is extremely greasy. Everything is loaded with oil and fat and leaves a heavy, sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. Plus the dishes are bland and uninteresting. Even McDonalds is better.
The Service: I had a friend who worked here for about 5 months before he quit because he couldn't stand working at a place that provided such a low level of service to customers. The hostesses seat you at dirty tables that haven't been cleared yet, you get ignored for extended periods of time and nobody seems to care about making your experience a positive one. Plus, they charge you extra if you ask for a side plate to put shared food on.
Ambiance: Dark, dreary, and dated.
There are so many great restaurants in this area that it's a shame to waste time and money at one this awful. Even for a hungover breakfast Denny's is a couple blocks away...
I've never eaten anything but breakfast here, but I go back often for the breakfasts because they are HUGE and delicious - the back bacon is a real treat. The service is good - the interior is a little dark, but kind of cool and you can sit outside in the summer time. Great place for a good old-fashioned hangover brunch.