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9th Avenue Grill

1822 West Broadway St.
Vancouver, BC V6J1Y9
Tel: (604) 714-0744
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
  • Cuisine: Cafe
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, All day breakfast, Weekend brunch
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 6:30AM - 3PM
  • 9th Avenue Grill is a family-run breakfast haven. Serving free-range eggs and fair trade coffee and a plethora of omelette choices, along with all the classics. Breakfast is served all day long.

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Worth waking up early!
By gloriasit of vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 21, 2009 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

My friend and I stepped into 9th avenue at 2pm not knowing they closed at 3.
We both ordered breakfast items and our meals came quickly. The my bacon hash was a good portion size and was not too greasy compared to other larger chain breakfast restaurants.
The place looks a bit small, and I can assure with other reviewers to arrive early on weekends.
One small complaint is that our server never checked up on us and she forgot our side orders of pancakes.
Other than that, recommended and will definitely return.

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How many diners can you fit in a phone booth?
By Richstock of Fairview (22 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 13, 2006 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

We went here for breakfast on a Sunday morning. The tables are way too close together. If you have a wall seat as I had, getting in or out presents you with the choice of staring down at your next door neighbors' half eaten plate of eggs, or jutting your posterior almost into their faces.

We ordered egg dishes which were decent enough. However, we also ordered multigrain toast which did not look or taste much different than plain wheat bread. The coffee was a plus: Very good and a fair trade blend at that.

The service was friendly but a bit slow at times. I noticed that the waitresses also had some difficulty navigating the spaces between the tables. We might try it again during off hours as they had some interesting selections for breakfast and lunch.

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Hit and miss!
By 148jules of Quebec & 18th (33 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 2, 2006 - 1:50am [Dine in]

Yes this place is getting very popular and with summer almost over the 2 outside tables will be gone; therefore more of a wait :(

SERVICE: If busy once you're seated it may take over 5 minutes to get any service besides water. Perhaps the servers are delaying passing orders to the busy kitchen but the wait to take one's order is too long - at least take orders and warn of the delay ... one can drink coffee and read the paper or catch up with friends. The followup service is on the other hand too much as though they are compensating for the lack of it beforehand!

FOOD: Standard breakfast menu. Excellent poached eggs. Home fries are actually panfried potatoes (order them well done for a nice crispy texture otherwise the potatoes are too starchy). Crispy Bacon Hash consists of burnt bacon bits - very disappointing dish. The bacon in general is overcooked so stick with the sausages or ham.

AMBIANCE: This is really a greasy diner at heart despite its looks. Room is attractive. The "entry" are is messy: empty water dishes for pets inside the front door is unappealing and the misc piles of newspaper and such very untidy.

One major pet peeve for me is messy restaurant wahsroom/lavatories and sadly the 9th Ave Grill needs to pay more attention to its washrooms - quite disgusting actually.

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Not bad at all
By hungryadam of kitsilano (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

I've been twice and have always enjoyed the food. The food is pretty good (not great) but the service makes up for it.
It's a breakfast place, what do u expect? Fine dining? It's not as good as some places for breakfast (Feenies) but the plates cost $10 so u get what u pay for.

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crappy crab cakes
By hungerpangs of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 24, 2006 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

I went there for lunch one day, ordered the crab cakes. They were not good. The cakes were flat, no shape or height and tasted bland, had to add alot of sauce to it. The sangria was very good, and the service was nice and pleasant. Love the ambiance, although small as it is, it was cozy. Do not order the crab cakes.

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good breakfast without the fluff
By the_world of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 11, 2006 - 12:47pm [Dine in]

One of my favourite breakfast joints. The crispy bacon hash is tasty..although, the bacon could be a bit more crispy. The potatoes are pan fried and the food tastes like home cooking. Fresh ingredients and very good quality. Excellent coffee...Definitely recommend this restaurant. Gets busy so go early and they are only open for breakfast and lunch

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Fresh and delicious
By cmunn of Kitsilano, Vacouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 7, 2006 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

I went to this little restaurant that was new to my neighborhood last year, had their three cheese omelette, and fresh Saltspring Island organic coffee, and have been going back every few days since.
It serves breakfast and lunch foods-I hope that they start opening in the evening one day. I find their breakfasts so fresh, served w/ light alternatives to bread like sliced tomatoes and fruit, so there is a calorie-wise version to many of the dishes. Their breads are multigrain, white or sourdough. Just delicious! Many variations on eggs benny and specials on each day.
It is a very small room, intimate-and I like that. It can get very busy from 9-2pm, but the wait is worth it and I think the staff do a great job. Cheers to the Ninth Avenue Grill!

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Great spot for breakfast
By rashpal of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

This restaurant seems to be pretty popular so you might have to wait 15-20 minutes to get a table there on a weekend morning, however the good service and tasty food is worth the wait.
The servers are personable and helpful. I had the 9th avenue omelet, it came with hash browns and toast - I was pleasantly surprised with the egg plant in it. My friend has a 1/2 order of the 9th ave eggs benny which were also great.
The use healthy natural products in their meals which is a plus (eg free range eggs).
Overall you could get the same kind of stuff at a bigger chain breakfast restaurant however the ingredients are better at 9th ave as well as the service.
Well worth stopping by if you are in the neighborhood.

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Break That Fast...ALL DAY
By artfuldodger of False Creek, Vancouver (30 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 26, 2009 - 1:34am [Dine in]

Some points of interest:

1) ALL DAY BREAKFAST. ahhhhhhhh yaaaa, boyyyyyyy!

2) It's "9th Avenue Grill" not "Nineth Avenue Grill"

3) This family-run hole-in-the-wall provides quick service, not-so-greasy greasy spoon fare and fairly-priced fare (yikes...that was an awkward sentence...almost as awkward as that salty dark chocolate I tried last night).

4) This place beats the crap out of corporate Denny's, which is just up the street along Broadway.

5) I had one of the best omelettes of my life here. The ingredients, preparation and presentation of this Greek omelette weren't out of the ordinary, but the ratio betwixt the feta, spinich, tomato and egg was perfect. The chef (or produce supplier) also removed those pesky spinich stems too, which I dislike chewing.

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Hidden Gem!
By OscarLucy of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 10:51am [Dine in]

My friends and I decided to go out a while back so instead of trying our regular breakfast spots, we thought we'd give 9th Avenue Grill a shot. We loved the wide variety on the menu, so many choices both for breakfast and lunch. The service was better in comparison to many places. We've been back since, and would highly recommend it. From our experiences, we would suggest planning a little extra time, as the restaurant is steadily packed during peak hours. Any wait associated with food is well worth it. Our server proudly explained to us that all food is made fresh to order. It's refreshing to know our food was not waiting in some corner of the kitchen partially cooked until we ordered it. So, needless to say we've become devout 9th Ave followers!

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Another Saturday morning, another crappy breakfast
By black_siren of Marpole (16 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

This restaurant seemed to irritate my friends more than me for the following reasons:

- we asked the waitress for water three times, and got it an hour and a half later, when our meal was almost over
- someone requested a 'veggie burger' without egg, and though they did come out and say that yes, they could do that, what he got was the equivalent of a hamburger bun with a slice of tomato and a tiny smattering of fried peppers. Maybe it would have been nice to let him know that the egg was the whole filling of the burger?
- our food took a full 45 minutes, but the guys who sat down next to us, mere minutes after we were seated, got their food about 20 earlier

My food wasn't bad and the coffee was quite good. Unfortunately, the service was so bad that I think that everyone who was with me vowed to never come back.

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They do ordinary well.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 10, 2006 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

Generous portions, decent prices, great variety of eggs, sandwiches and burgers to choose from. Stated on the door: Opened Daily 6:30 am - 3pm.

Two of us had a hearty brunch experience, each with an order of variation of egg with the usual differing combination of pancake/sausage/potatoes/bacon/toast and drinks all for $23.xx post tax, pre-tip.

The service is pleasant, but noticeably slow. Quite a number of table sitting around waiting for their food to arrive. Of course, the servers take it upon themselves to apologize for this, which always makes the wait not seem as bad--and the fact that I didn't go too hungry.

Both of the poached eggs and the omelette came out on the bland side. Very disappointing. The bacon strip is nicely crisped and the pancakes were huge and thick. Quite a dense piece of thing, but with only the usual packaged butter & syrup to flavour it, it was just alright. The sausage was so-so. The fried & flattened potatoes were boring, but less so than the eggs, I suppose. Even the omelette is in need of a more tastier smoke of ham to liven it up--as it stands, that, too, was like anything anyone can make at home w/o much effort, thought, or experience.

The fact that they source better ingredients is probably what makes them a bit above the $2.99 big breakfast places around town--as well as the cleanliness of the dining area, and probably the kitchen, too. However, the quality or the ingredients is made up for by the price differences, too. By being about $4+ more than those cheap breakfast spots, they can very well afford the better raw ingredients.

That said, I don't see myself returning for this type of boring homecooking away from home as I rather skip this type of brunch and shoot straight for a proper lunch at this point.

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Mmmmm.
By evolve of Marpole, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

I have gone here several times for breakfast and it is always amazingly delicious. I usually get the half benny which they cover with quite a bit of hollandaise. The other day I finally tried the lunch (a veggie panini) and it was divine. They make delicious omelettes as well. My only complaint is that they're not open later. :)

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what happened????
By gastrodynamic of vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 3, 2007 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

this used to be such a great place for lunch. Not sure if it was the size of our group (8 people), but the atmosphere has changed. The food is still good, but typical and not memorable. The service is somewhat absent, but this could just be due to new people with the ownership change. It's close to work, so we'll probably go again, but with a smaller group or with lots of time for a lesurely lunch

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Solid breakfast joint
By criacow of Mt. Pleasant, Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

I've eaten at 9th Avenue Grill several times, and it's never disappointed. It's nothing spectacular, but it's solidly good every time I go. Good, wide-ranging menu of breakfast fare, plus some lunches (burgers and sandwiches and the like).

It's a rather small place, and everything's packed together, so don't expect a huge amount of space. That said, the service is good, the food is tasty, and I keep going back. There are three places in Vancouver I go to routinely for brunch; this is one of them.

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I wish i could bring this place to Ontari!!!
By ScarletCara of Ontario (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 2, 2007 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

While visiting our daughter who attends UBC university in beautiful Vancouver I had the delight of stumbling across what may very well be the best breakfast joint I have yet to try and believe me I have tried many.
As soon as my husband and I sat down I knew there was a good chance that we would have a pleasant dining experience. Despite a busy crowd we were greeted and seated in a promp efficient manner and ice cold water and our menus were quickly dispensed. No sooner had we finished making our selections and set the menus down our cheerful server was on hand to take our orders. My spouse ordered the crispy bacon hash and I chose the 9th avenue benny which I was told was the jewel of the crown on this menu. We were both very happy with the quality, perfect seasoning and freshness of our dishes not to mention the fact that they were hot and on our table in less than 15 minutes. After complimenting the staff on a superb meal and service I was told that this was a family owned and operated restaurant with Momma at the helm and her delightfully cheeky daughters and staff overseeing every aspect of the day to day operations.
I can not say enough about this little place and I wish I could take it to Ontario with us. We will be back every time we visit our daughter. Thank you ladies for standing out amongst way to many bad franchise operated breakfast haunts with cookie cutter menus and fake smiles. The love you put in your resteraunt was felt and appreciated by us and I'm sure a great number of other loyal patrons. BRAVO!!!!!!

Scarlet (Mississauga Ontario)

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this place used to be good.
By James604 of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

This place used to be good. Back when it had different owners, and a cook named jose worked there. I used to eat there alot, but the place has seriously gone downhill. The food is of high quality, too bad they cant cook it right. The homefries(hashbrowns) are always undercooked and starchy. Then comes the bacon, i dont think there has beeen a time it has ever been cooked properly whether its in a ommlette or just on the side. Like serously i ask for very few things in life and one of them is crispy bacon. Furthermore, the wait times are horrendous and the waitress they got working there will probably get your order wrong.Now i know it seems i comlained alot but when your paying 12$ for breakfast i think it should be good. The new owners ruined this place and its too bad because the area needs a good breakfast place.

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a great breakfast is hard to find.....
By morgan of Vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2006 - 6:39pm [Dine in]

I have had my eye on this new breakfast spot for a while now and I finally checked it out for some breaky on Saturday. The place was packed, but the staff seem to have a handle on the almost constant lineup, so we only had to wait 5 min. for a table. Once we sat we were promptly served yummy fair-trade coffee, and perused the menu. I had quite a hard time trying to decide what to have...it all sounded so good.

I decided on a Veggie Scramble with hashbrowns, mushrooms, peppers, jalepenos, onion and cheese and I was delighted when it arrived. It was fresh and tasty and suprisingly non-greasy, I think it is because they use olive oil on the grill.

I was happy with my meal at 9th Avenue Grill and will definately add this place to my list of fave breakfast spots.

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Pretty good food with a decent price tag
By jennko of Vancouver (86 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

I was here with my mom and bf for a breakfast at around 9 or 10 am. The place was kinda small yet cozy and the server was nice. Soon after we arrived she took our drinks order and our coffees came out almost immediately, which is good. As we looked through the food menu, there was lots and lots of selections of bennies and omelettes, so it took us a long ten mins to decide. The food took a very long time to come out though, probably like around half an hour. When they came out, the bennies were great, the yolk is still a little runny in the inside. The pancakes were good and fluffy. The french toast was not good though, it was somewhat dry. My bf's omelette was also not that fluffy and soft. N, the price for a benny or an omelette was like $10 or under, so it was pretty good deal. I will definitely come back again next time for the bennies and the pancakes but not the omelette and french toast.

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Great Breakfast
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 20, 2006 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

I had a great breakfast here. Mind you, its pretty hard to screw up bacon and eggs but surprisingly it does happen. The place was full but we only had to wait a few minutes. The service was friendly and swift. The pricing is reasonable and what you would expect for a place like this. If you are tiring of the long lineups at Barney's, try this place instead.

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