I will say that even before this visit I was not a huge fan of Moxies. I see it as a poor substitute for Earls/Cactus/Milestones/Joeys (which is a bit like being a poor substitute for the 3rd string goal tender). But alas, we had just finished the nike human race 10k, we were starving, and it was literally the closest and only place between the race venue and our condo.
We initially went up the stairs just off Cambie street to the main restaurant. We noticed the restaurant was half empty but there was a slight line in front of the hostesses desk. Once the group in front of us was finally seated, we asked the girl (who was in desperate need of a lip wax no less) for a table for two. She said it would be a 10-15 minute wait. We both laughed and I said "Are you serious? this place is half empty?". She replied that there were only two servers working. I said thanks and we left.
We were going to swallow our pride and go to sharkclub so we walked down georgia, but we noticed Moxies also had a bar/lounge at street level. We walked in and were sat right away which seemed to be a good sign (funny, the girl upstairs said there was a 15 minute wait?). Anyways, we sit down and the table is filthy. She also sits the two of us at a massive 4 person table which was awkward to talk over. Anyways, despite my early problems with this server, we order drinks. My beer comes quick enough but its brought by a different server. About 20 minutes passes and by this point I'm so annoyed I'm ready to ask for the bill so we can just go home and make something. Funny enough, right when I'm thinking I just want the bill, the first girl shows up to take our order.
About 20 minutes later a cook brings our food (guess the girls couldn't be bothered to pick up orders anymore). My chicken sandwhich is actually reasonable but the salad is awful. I haven't been to a restaurant that uses garden mix salad since 1999. Maybe moxies should invest in some spring mix salad. Girlfriends fish and chips wasn't fully fried and the batter was still soft.
About 20 minutes passes after we're done eating and neither of our former servers will visit our table. Finally I push my glass to the edge of the table so the girl gets the point. She visits and brings the bill quick enough. Here's were it gets tricky. Now I know most servers aren't educated past grade 12. But after you're done delivering the bill, you need to pick up payment. It took her at least 10 minutes and I had to leave my visa hanging off the edge of the table for it to get her attention. She finally returns and I make sure to write a snotty comment in the spot that says tip.
The ambience there is awful. It seems like a great place for wannabe thugs to hang out. The table next to us has a couple of guys in their mid 20's with shaved heads talking about how gangster they and their "chicks" are. The servers look like they spend their pay cheques at plush nightclub getting picked up by homies driving tricked out mustangs. Will never return.