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JonJKitsilanoSince December 28, 200719 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.4)
  • Food3.5 (3.3)
  • Service2.5 (2.7)
  • Value2.5 (2.5)
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Displaying 1 - 19 of 19 Reviews Found
Cats Socialhouse1540 Old Bridge Street, Vancouver
No Improvement
Submitted Saturday, December 13, 2008 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

Ok, when we heard that the Horrible Cats Meow, was now Cats Socialhouse, owned by the people behind browns, etc. We decided to give it another try.
Well, the room looks a hell of a lot better than before, before it looked like they went to a series of rummage sales to decorate the place. So, its nicer, but now it just looks like, Browns/Pinkys/Cactus Club. Total devoid of personality.
The service was a joke. Just trying to find out the type of beef they used, know one knew. They said they could phone the chef if I wanted....stupid.
Took forever to get drink orders, food, the bill. One point I watched what I suspected to be my next beer sit on the bar for 5 minutes, while our server chit chatted-it turned out it was my beer.
The sushi was mushy as hell...rice is supposed to be cooked, but still retain their individualness, this was one single lump. Also totally bland. I had the pad thai, which was ok, but more like something I would throw together at home, than a dish from a supposed higher end restaurant.
My wife had the Chicken Parmesan...can you say Dennys? Man that was awful, bland, over cooked pasta.
So, renos, name change, new chef, and it still sucks....won't try again.

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Mahoney's Bar & Grill1025 Robson St, 222, Vancouver
Best to Avoid
Submitted Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

The food is attrocious. The burger tasted of sawdust when we went. Dry, gristly and bland. Had to guzzle down a lot of beverage to just swallow the damn thing. Perhaps that's their stupid plan...don't think people fall for that anymore.
Terrible, inattentive service. And the place looks like it did when it was Malone's before...and check out the name. From Malone's to Mahoney's. Whoever these people are they're not very creative, and obviously dont give a crap about the product they put out.
I am surprised they make money. But they surely will never make any more from me. And I will tell anyone I know not to frequent this establishment.

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Pinky's Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge1873 W. 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Another Case of Image Over Substance
Submitted Monday, November 3, 2008 - 6:06pm [Dine in]

It is very expensive for average food at best. Obviously, this is yet another case of pretty people in a pretty room. Why can't they put some of the money and effort into decent food and service?
This should be a great addition to the area, and if I didn't have taste buds, it would be. Regrettably, I like my food to have some flavour. I had the 'kobe' beef burger. Tasted no better than a white spot burger, and it's not real Kobe beef. And $16. It's half that price at white spot. I think I'd rather go there.
Service is the same as earls, Cactus, etc. Plastic, boring and indifferent. I don't think I will eat here again.

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Darby's Pub2001 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
Changed for the Better.
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

From a year ago, to today, this pub seems totally different. It still feels like an old neighborhood pub, but that's ok. The decor is a little shabby, but most pubs are aren't they. They seem to have added some more tvs and a big screen. So, nothing special, but it is what it is.
Service is acceptable pub service. Efficient, taking orders and deliverying drink and food, but no really interaction, but that seems to be a problem everywhere.
Now the food, it used to be crap, but now its amazing. It's still pub food, which is what it should be, but it's good pub food. We've been a few times recently, and the burger is huge and delicious, tastes like a steak on a bun. Also, we get the chicken fingers everytime we're in, as no one does fingers as good as these.
Also, the last time in we had their dip, which had cheddar and spinach, and butternut squash in it. Has to be the best dip in the city, even better than Milestones Spinach & Artichoke dip-the only thing I'd ever eat at that restaurant.
This is definitely our choice for watching the canucks games from now on.

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Nevermind3293 West Fourth Ave, Vancouver
Pretty Average
Submitted Saturday, August 9, 2008 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

We came in during the daytime, and chose to sit inside, everyone else is on the patio. It was very smelly in here, stale beer, and other smells. Strange as it's all hardwood floors.
Service is pretty average, not bad, nothing to note. Same with the food. We had wings, and burgers. Not bad at all, but the burgers were boring.
The room felt very claustrophobic, probably partly due to being below ground level.
It might not feel so bad at night time, and maybe the smell would be better if it's full of people.
Regardless, I don't think we will be returning.

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Moderne Burger2507 West Broadway St., Vancouver
Not Living up to the Hype
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

Well seeing from other reviews here, this place is seriously failing to provide what they claimed. The burgers are just plain OK. Better than Vera's, yes, but that's not hard to accomplish. The fries when I went were absolutely horrendous, chewy, very cold, and greasy.
Service is virtually non-existant. Only service we got was someone taking our order, and someone else delivering our food. Literelly nothing more. We had to go to the counter to pay our bill when finished.
With the fact of a completely minimalistic and bare bones menu, they really should deliver something great. They don't.
Based on this experience, I seriously doubt I will ever return.

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Sandbar Seafood Restaurant1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Surprisingly Disappointing
Submitted Saturday, May 10, 2008 - 11:09am [Dine in]

We came here for a late lunch, around 3pm. Between lunch and dinner they do a small menu, so not much selection then. So 3 of us ended up getting burgers.
We thought that being a more high end place, and charging $15 for a burger, that it should be quite good....wrong!
It was obviously full of filler. It was bland and flavourless. All 3 burgers. And it was tiny. About the size of a burger king burger. That maybe a healthier portion, but for the poor quality and high price, I'd expect a larger portion than that! I have had better burgers at the various neighborhood pubs. True that is what they do at these pubs, but again a highend restaurant should be able to out do a pub where the burger costs under $10.
One at our table had the caesar salad. What is this thing with high end restaurants serving the salad with the lettuce uncut, and the dressing just plopped on top. She actually chopped up the salad and attempted to toss it herself. Hard to do on a plate at your table. So she had globs of dressing on some parts, and none on others. I tried some and the dressing just tasted of mayonnaise.
So I am guessing you are paying for the location only. And I wouldn't say it's that great. From where I sat I had a great view of a concrete wall!
I won't be returning here.

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Vera's Burger Shack1935 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
How Can People Like this Crap?
Submitted Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

Ok, I am guessing the people who voted this horrible burger the best in Vancouver normally go to McDonalds or Burger King. If I was to compare to those places, ok it is better.
But it is also a lot more expensive than those places. So, it should be compared to places of similar cost, real restaurants.
This burger was try and a terrible flavour. Okay, perhaps it is fresh, but I don't see how cheap meat is any better not frozen. How about use good quality, and fresh?
Service is indifferent, though I can understand how it would be hard to get anyone decent wanting to work here.
If you are comparing this to the fast food places, which they must be to claim any quality in the food, well then it also fails. The fast food places tend be cleaner, with better service, and a lot cheaper.
I don't eat at those places for a reason. And I won't eat this terrible burger again for the same reason. I like good food.

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Soho Bar and Grill1184 Denman St, #203, Vancouver
Pretty Average
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 3:48pm [Dine in]

This place doesn't have any personality. The room feels sad and lonely, it has an ok view of the water front...good for a summer sunset, but that's about it.
Service is as poor as any other pub. Food, pretty average, nothing special.
This place thnks its as good as say, milestones, yet faulters to even equal a dive bar.
There doesn't seem to be any effort from staff, or managers, to do anything. They are just hanging out, and it feels like I'm imposing on them ordering anything. Spent a few nights hanging out and watching the game, but think I'll find somewhere else.
There are a lot better places to hang out and drink than here.

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Hell's Kitchen2041 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Trying to Hard?-correct ratings
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

Trying to Hard?
I am usually a fan of the dirty divey places, but not this one. It's got the dirty grungy feel of a dive. The service is terrible, what you would expect really.
The food, now is strange. The menu reads more like an upscale casual dining restaurant...descriptions make some of the dishes almost sound like fine dining items....which they surely are not.
Maybe they should think about what they are, and instead of trying to sound fancy, and serving below mediocre crap, maybe they should try to sound like the dive place they are, but trick us and actually serve some good food.
There are a lot of places like this in the area...some dirtier, some cleaner. And lots with much more enjoyable food.

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King's Head, The1618 Yew Street, Vancouver
Divey Place, but Very Cool
Submitted Friday, February 29, 2008 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

Yes, I know my numbers don't add up. The food is very decent standard pub food. Not great, not bad. Service is very slow an unattentive, and the place is dirty as hell, and falling apart. The seat cushions are actually taped up with duct tape.
It smells quite bad when you walk in, but after 15 minutes you get used to it.
So, it's all really quite bad here, but it's got personality. It's just oozing out from the rotting furniture. I know not to expect anything very good from here, but its a fun place to go for a drink.
Sometimes bad works. It's so bad it's good!

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Frog & Firkin1941 West Broadway Ave., Vancouver
Different Pub for Me
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 12:06pm [Dine in]

I don't know about all the other reviews. When we recently went to this pub, we had an outstanding experience. But looking at all other reviews, maybe we got lucky? I don't know.
We had some wings, calamari, and onion rings. All delicious. calamari was amazingly tender. everything was cooked perfectly.
Afterwards, I had a delicious and juicy burger. Standard fare, I know, but it worked for me. My partner had the curry, which wasn't very hot, but was delicious.
Service was overall very good. Some lag time here and there, but they were very busy, so understandable. But our drinks were never empty, and she was very friendly.

So I hope my experience is the new direction for this place, as I will certainly return.

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Tom & Jerry's Restaurant2828 E Hastings St, #101, Vancouver
Nostalgia, and Memories
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

T&J is exactly what it claims to be. A basic family restaurant. There is nothing fancy here, the food and service good. I remember as a young adult hitting here after a concert. Lots of good times. It really hasn't changed much over the years, and that's ok.
I would definitely not come here for a nice dinner out, nor expect anything special or unique. But for a late night bite, or a cheap lunch. It is good, and always has been. It's been predictable. I would say I revist T&J at least 3-4 times a year, and sure I will continue as long as it stays the way it is.

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Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub1177 Lynn Valley Rd, North Vancouver
Best Pub on North Shore
Submitted Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 11:28am [Dine in]

Whenever we make it into the area, we go to the Black Bear. It is absolutely spectacular. It is a nice cozy little neighborhood pub. You feel comfortable there in your most casual attire. The service is friendly and better than most restaurants.
The food is the real standout. I would be happy getting this food in the best restaurants. The clam chowder is delicious, and rich. The meatloaf is surprisingly good, very moist and flavourful, and very beefy.
The burgers are excellent as well. I highly recommend this pub if you're looking for something good to eat. Again, better than a lot of restaurants.

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Lee's Donuts1689 Johnston St, #122, Vancouver
Inferiour Donuts & Dirty Kitchen
Submitted Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

I have to agree with the previous reviewer. We were there last weekend. Around 1pm and they only had 1/2 a dozen flavours to choose from. Most shelves were empty, and this is on a Saturday.
The service was ridiculously rude, "What do you want?" She rudely yells at me over the counter. I got one of their bon bons, the chocolate glaze had no taste of chocolate, just of sugar. The custard also tasted like sugar water. The donut itself was dry, chewy and salty.
You could see the kitchen, dirty and disorganized.
This is certainly a very poor product, and poor presentation. I most likely will never get a donut here again.

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Rare1355 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Great Boutique Restaurant
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

Amazing and delicious. Worth every penny...and much more. I also had the cornish hen. so delicious, and moist and tender. The 3 course menu turned out as a 5 course dinner...a pleasant surprise there. Love it when a business provides unexpected extras...makes life much more enjoyable.
Service is spectacular, and unlike previous reviewer, we did not find it slow at all. It was timed perfectly for the style of food and atmosphere. We were able to chat, and take small breaks between each course, and did not feel like we were being rushed through...a common problem at DOV restaurants.
If this is the 'discounted' experience, I look forward to returning for the full meal deal really soon.

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Refuel Restaurant1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Delicious & Romantic
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

I've been here on 3 occasions now over the last 6 months. Everytime the food has been absolutely fabulous and mind blowingly perfect. The Lamb dish I had last time was so rich and tender, with just a hint of gaminess.
It's very comforting to be able to see the entire kitchen before entering a place you are going to dine.
The room is simply decorated which suggests the focus on quality food. I will be back.

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Joey820 Burrard Street, Vancouver
More Glitz with no Substance
Submitted Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 7:06pm [Dine in]

Well, they obviously spent a lot of money building this room, it is very nice, even if not very inviting. This menu reads like its earls. They should just change the name and call it what it is.
The service is horrendous. Twice had to wait in the foyer with a very bored hostess for over 15 minutes to be sat in an almost empty dining room.
Service is slow and indifferent, we actually watched our server stand talking to the manager for a couple of minutes while holding our food-needless to say it was not hot when we got it.
I had the burger, which is average at best. Quite dry and bland.
My wife had the quesadilla, no cheese? Maybe it's not supposed to, but I thought it should have cheese.
I've been to this earls clone twice, and doubt I will make a third visit.

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Parkside1906 Haro St., Vancouver
Absolutely Pefect
Submitted Friday, December 28, 2007 - 3:15pm [Dine in]

I don't know where the previous diner went to, but it could not have been here. This is by far my favourite restaurant in Vancouver. They hit the mark on every aspect.
The atmosphere of the room is perfect. It is warm and cozy, very clean without any hint of pretentiousness.
Service is impeccable. The servers have no problem explaining any detail on dishes that I am not familiar with, and does it in such a way that I don't feel talked down to.
And the food, absolute heaven. The foie gras is impeccable, if its on service when you go definitely get it, they charge a little extra for it, but its worth it.
The food is perfectly seasoned and delicious. This restaurant deserves to be on the best of Vancouver list!

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