A funky restaurant popular with the 30 something and over crowd that has an all day brunch menu including several different types of eggs benedict.
I like this place a lot for breakfast fare. Their eggs benedict are always cooked perfectly and the hollandaise sauce doesn't try too hard. This is a joint where its not looked at as a bad thing to go in slighly hungover and order a couple beers with your breaky. The service is always fast and friendly.
The food is good, how can you screw up eggs, bacon or french toast, I mean really. The wait staff is very disgruntled though. I guess its the kind of atmosphere they are trying to create, casual. Its inexpensive so one cannot expect service of any kind. But I would rather eat somewhere else as the lineups are never worth the trouble.
Prepare to line-up with everyone else for weekend brunch at Barney's. It's popular because it's good. Lunch and casual dinner or drink at the bar are great too. The food is consistent and reasonable. The staff are great - casual and friendly. All the breakfast items are exceptional - the omelet stands out. Daily specials are my favourite since it is hard to decide what to have.
I wish to also say that the service I recieved from Cafe Barney on Granville was poor. In fact the waitress was so rude to myself and my friend I have not been back since. I had been going to Cafe Barney regularly over many years on a Saturday morning, and we had ordered our brunch and 45 minutes later were still waiting.
Mentioning it to the waitress, got us a rude remark about how busy they were.
Not having enough staff is not a customers problem. I have not been back since then ( last year) and felt the need to confirm the writer of " Let Down" comment as not just a one off experience.
This morning I am going to the Cafe Barney's on Main Street for brunch and look forward to a better experience. I will report back.
I've read a few reviews here about the poor service so was a little hesitant when my friends suggested it for a brunch date. well...we got there 10AM on Saturday, no line up so was seated immediately. We took our time with the menus but were not rushed, and we ordered our various breakfast favourites (bennys, pan cakes, scramble), and the food came fairly quickly and was faultless. Not excellent (as one reviewer noted below, it's not a 4 star restaurant now, is it), but perfectly reasonable. The service, while not stellar, was also acceptable. So for the price point and neighbourhood, a solid choice overall.
Friend and I dined here prior to attending (the dismal) "Homechild" at the Stanley. Super, funky spot with many veggie choices so I was very happy. Opted for the Spicy Lentil Dahl with Brown Rice & Roti - delish. Jane had beef stew and asparagus... she would have preferred it served a touch warmer but mine was steaming hot. Glass of Red Rooster for $7.00 - not often you can get a glass of wine for that price around the city any more. St Paddy's night, so they'd a band playing but I must admit, I found the ceiling a little low for a rather loud band which made conversation nearly impossible but anyone/anywhere can be forgiven anything for offering a St. Pat's celebration! I really liked this place and the waitress was lovely and helpful.
Food: We tried 2 different types of eggs benedict; one with shrimp, avocado, and tomato and the other was smoked salmon with mushroom. They were perfect!! The shrimp tasted fresh and sweet (some places I've tried was rubbery and had the freezer burnt flavour), the avocado was ripe and flavourful! The smoked salmon was excellent!! It wasn't those pre-packaged slices of salmon, it was actually a smoked filet. It was perfectly smoked and very very tasty!! The eggs, oh my goodness, it was awesome!! They were done to perfection! The whites were fluffy and the yolks were just a little runny! Both dishes also came with great hashbrowns. Not the shredded type but actually potato chunks. The hashbrowns were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I can't wait to go back again!!
Service: It was a pretty busy Sunday afternoon. Well... more like brunch time as we got there at 11ish. But we were seated right away and our drinks came quick. The food came pretty fast too. Our waitress was friendly and even though it was quite busy, she still checked up on us at least once.
Value: Excellent value. Two eggs benny with hashrowns was only $10!! I think most things on the menu was under $10! Maybe it's just for the brunch menu? Not sure but if you like brunch, this is the place to go!!
Ambiance: It's pretty comfy there although the tables are pretty close together. The washroom was very clean and on way there, in the hallway, there were some pretty neat pictures/paintings.
I'm shocked to see so many bad reviews for Barney. I admit I have not been in for brunch, but I don't do brunch, so I don't really care about that.
I have come here for a late night dinner several times. Admittedly the first time came about as we tried to find somewhere for dinner, several places were closed, and it came down to Red Door and Barneys. Since we've dined at Red Door before and hated it, the choice seemed obvious.
And I am glad to have finally discoverd this place. The music is upbeat and energetic, at the perfect level. The room is full of energy.
Service was very friendly, and efficient. I've had several different items from the menu now: Pad Thai, Butter Chicken, Quesa. Everything has been exceptional every time.
Based on my experience, and all the others on here, perhaps Barneys is a better dinner haunt than brunch.
I've been here twice, and both times I've had o-kay to POOR service. Came here for lunch today, our server seemed like she was in a rush the whole time, i didn't get a refill for my water, she came after 15 mins. to ask us what we wanted to order. The coffee was horrible, tasteless, weak and watery. My sister's benny was ready, and sitting on the ledge for 10 mins, it was warm when it arrived, she asked if she could heat it up, our server immediately took the place (rudely) and said "aren't our restaurants like this?". Attitude big-time. Never again. Should've tried the new Tomato Cafe, in Kits, instead.....*sigh.
Myself and two friends ate here last night. The waiter was O.K. Not very personable. Two of us had the Ribs the sauce was wonderful but the Ribs where tough. They came with Mac and Cheese and it was excellent. One of us had the Stir fry with Chicken, not much flavour and the Chicken was tough and very dry. Not sure if I will go again any time soon.
I think you have to be a certain age and sex to get good service here. If you're over 30 and female you may want to give this place a pass. After sitting down, ordering and receiving my meal I discovered the noise level in the place was such that it was impossible to concentrate on the reading material I'd hoped to review over lunch. So, I asked the waitress to pack my meal to go, then walked to the front to pay and wait for her to bring the packaged meal. Two things happened that prompted this review. The guy behind the bar who accepted payment, did so with a dismissive attitude. There was no "thank you" or "please come again." Then the waitress who was bringing my packaged meal out from the kitchen couldn't be bothered to bring it up to me even though she looked right at me. She dropped it on the table and walked away. I had to walk back to my table to get it. I walk by this place almost every day and have always wanted to try it. Now, I wish I hadn't wasted my money.
This is the last of several attempts to enjoy a drink and bite at Barney's on Granville St. Walked in on a Monday afternoon, place was mostly empty and the waiting staff was having what looked like quite a good time hanging behind the bar. They saw us (husband and I) walk in and greeted us, but that was the last we saw of them.
20 minutes later, we got up from our table and walked out the door, having received no service whatsoever, despite the staff having obviously noticed us walking in. There was no acknowledgment of our presence or departure whatsoever, the waitresses still deep in their private fun session. They were behind the bar the entire time we sat down waiting, and were so engaged in their conversation, they hardly noticed us walking out.
The place looked pretty run down and filthy, with several flies hovering around the dirty tables.
Not sure what katethegreek's (below) problem is, but I love Caffe Barney. I've only been for breakfast and their benny's are to die for. I lived a block away for a while and recently moved and miss Barneys for weekend brunch. Went yesterday since my boyfriend and I knew we'd be in the area and we were both looking forward to it. The restaurant can be a bit cramped and the service changes day to day and server to server but never have had a bad service. Sometimes its great, sometimes its more mediocre. Food is always delicious, although sometimes the hashbrowns are a little crispier than I would like. Fast service, and you can order things as a half size which I find a lot easier to actually finish. $20 bucks plus tip for two delicious bennys and happy full tummies. Try the funky chicken benny. Want to recreate this at home, I love it so much!
Of all my years of dining out I have finally decided to leave a review on DineHere. What a disappointment. The food was awful, the service disinterested....you'd ask for something and they would walk away already having forgotten the request. Mentioned to the person who took payment at the front and he did not even apologize. Never again. Don't waste your money.
I've been a regular at Caffe Barney on South Granville in Vancouver for almost 10 years! I love the food and the people who work there. The staff has changed a bit in the past few years... but they are still friendly as ever. Very chill attitude & atmosphere. Great music too. The breakfasts are a must try! I love that you can still have breakfast/lunch until 4:00pm. I'm a great cook so I know when something is good. ;) The evening atmosphere is great too. Not snobby like a lot of the places around. They make you feel like "Norm!" from Cheers. They have a great drink menu and reasonably priced wine & cocktail list.
I find the "negative" feedback in the above "review" very strange and think there is much more to the story. I find it hard to believe that anyone would slam down a hot sauce bottle unless the person was rude to the wait staff or something, first. Regardless, I'm sure that was a one time thing. I've never had any issues with service. The place can be quite busy on weekends, so get there early! :) If you are shopping around on South Granville, be sure to check out Caffe Barney!
I stopped by for brunch today and service wise it was bad from the start. The waitress couldn’t even be bothered to smile or look at us directly. When we asked what kind of bread they served with the dishes we got a whole load of attitude instead of a proper answer. When we got the food it was good but the hot sauce bottle was pretty nasty and all clogged up. When we asked for another bottle and explained that this one was all dried up on top and nothing would come out she just slammed a new bottle on our table. We left her a 10% tip (which in my eyes was 10% too much) and she got pretty nasty. Very disappointing experience, won’t come back even though I was happy with the food.
We had a good experience here last week. I like the fact they have several wines by the glass, and draft beer. That in itself is a good reason to stop in. Each of us had a fish sandwich/burger. One salmon and the other the halibut. My only complaint was the bun seemed day old, but other than that the meal was very nice.
The food was good but the staff here just slam cups, glasses and your food on the table when they bring it out. We got 1 refill on our coffee as the server rarely checked up on us.
At the end, I walked to the bar to pay (because we couldn't get the server's attention) and the server said to me "I don't know which table you are sitting at or who your server is"
I replied with: "I'm sitting right there and you are my server."
Good times for me. I left a tip, but I don't know why.
Have been going to Cafe Barney on Granville for nearly 10 years. Always loved it, service generally great, food and drink always great. Today was lack luster. It took nearly an hour for a cobb salad, and a smoked salmon bagel. We were not so bothered that those around us got their food ahead of us (even though they ordered far after we did) it was the attitude of the staff after we raised our concern. Blaming it on shift change, then on a computer problem. As tips are based on good service, we decided not to tipi as we felt we were poorly served. Here's the kicker they gave us attitude for our shitty tip! We have been long term customers and will not be back to the Granville location ever again, shame on Barney's and their pompous ways we thought better for them!! Thank god for the main street location!!
For some reason many people on here seem to be expecting a 5 star restaurant peopled by high fliers in business suits! It's not that kind of place. It has a "studenty" or "arty" vibe and there are pluses and minuses that come with that. The service can be a little slow but I have never known it to be rude and the food is always very good and reasonably priced. You are also never rushed or made to feel unwelcome. It's essentialy a bar that does great food, what's not to like?
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