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.
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.
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.
I am local and just find the service absolutely awful overall. Very rude and unprofessional staff. Forexample, yelling at customers, throwing down menus and making rude comments. Just not friendly. This is not true of all servers but the majority. The music is good and the bar is attractive just don't expect any professional servers but servers with attitude.
This 30 something will never come back. After over 5 visits to this overrated cafe really confirmed that there are no "off days" for service. Usually the wait staff have a bad attitude problem. They are consistently unattentive and disinterested. It's like it is beneath them to serve. Did not get order taken in a timely manner and left on the last visit. Waitress practically tossed the coffee cups/creamer on the table without a care.
Good enough food will not win me over unless management does a massive facelift on the attitude of this very unimpressive bunch of waitstaff.
I always enjoy Caffe Barney. Buffalo, chicken, lamb or beef they have THE BEST burgers in town. The rest of their menu is tasty too. Drinks as with everywhere are a tad pricey and they don't have debit. I will always go back for the food.
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'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.
The atmosphere is great and the food is even better. I have been going here for two years now and it never disappoints. The food has gotten allot better with the new menus and the service is always great. I do not understand the bad reviews i have been going there for two years and never had one complaint. Like my bacon is bigger then the muffin like come on its bacon more is better. The food is excellent never had a mediocre meal and love the atmosphere. My baseball team comes in after every game and they give us a team rate which is awesome. I love Barneys and have not found another place that can hold a handle to this place. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for excellent food at a reasonable price.
My partner and I can here for brunch the other day. When we got our menus, he asked for a water and a mocha, and I asked for a tea. Our hot drinks came within a reasonable amount of time, but the waiter forgot his water. I had to ask for a new cup because there was a brown film on the inside of mine, which I was able to scrape away at with a spoon (to confirm it wasn't just coffee staining). The lady who replaced my cup moved my spoon form the dirty cup to the new one. WTF? I overheard the table next to us asking for a clean utensil, as well. Maybe they should be checking their dishes when they come out of the washer.
I had the eggs benny with bacon instead of ham. My food was lukewarm when it arrived. The bacon was about twice as long as the English muffins. It would have been nice if they'd cut it to fit so trying to cut and eat it wasn't such a hassle. The Hollandaise was lumpy - it looked like the egg had been scrambled, which indicates it had not been prepared correctly. The Benny tasted great but the temperature made it less palatable. The potatoes that came with did not appear to be seasoned at all.
My partner had the chorizo scramble. His was also lukewarm, and absolutely no attempt was made at presentation. It looked like food that had already been chewed. The salsa was cooked into the scramble instead of added after, which made for not only a damp scramble, but a soggy bagel underneath.
I would probably not come here again unless someone else was buying.
Best Brunch ever!
I come here every weekend with my friends. The weekend is not the same without having brunch here. I love it. Great service, and awesome food, rad music and artwork as well. The servers always remember us and treat us like family (Shannon, Shawn, Calvin, Paul). Daily food specials are great, and the kitchen is always fast. There should be more positive reviews about this place. Can't wait for brunch this weekend.
Barney's is by far my favourite local watering hole. I've been coming to Barney's anywhere between two and three times a week on average for the passed few years,partially because of proximity to my home but mostly because of the staff and food. It's great to walk into a place and have a bartender start pouring your usual drink as they greet you and ask how you've been. All the staff are diverse and interesting individuals with there own style and wit which truly brings the place to life and creates a fun and interactive dining experience. The kitchen is adept at dealing with busy crowds and always delivers with consistency and efficiency. The lunch and dinner food is generally your average pub fair but always done well, often interesting specials show up on the black board too so keep an eye out for that when you visit. The breakfast plates are fantastic overall and don't skimp on quantity which is becoming rare these days. All in all I say go check it out. I appreciate having a comfortable no nonsense pub, staffed by human beings (as opposed to the plastic robots you find at so many brand name places) close by. Yes sometimes it's loud and full and sometimes it's quiet but it's always welcoming and you can always expect a sincere smiling face to greet you.
Since I live in this area (Fairview) have tried out several places for brunch, and I always go back to Caffe Barney's, it's simply the best!
Sometimes it can be quite full and there is a wait time, but that's really the 'worst' that I experienced. The food makes it totally worth it, it's absolutely fantastic (eggs benedict, scramblers, seafood!!), the staff is welcoming additional requests to mix/match several dishes, and you can even order half sized food. The overall menu is outstanding.
They got brand new artwork last year (2012) which changes from time to time now, and which adds to the overall atmosphere. Caffe Barney's is showcasing and supporting many local artists, it's great to see so many stunning pieces of original artwork! Looking at older reviews from past years, it seems to have really improved over the last while!
Regarding the service, I always found it to be a very friendly, relaxed & casual atmosphere - which I appreciate very much - and not any of these your in-your-face servers. But I can see how some people may not like it, being accustomed to high pitch voices, overly bright smiles, and low cleavages (no offence ladies). I feel treated like a real person, by people who care.
It's very authentic and comfortable, and although it's quite full from time to time (weekends) with waiters being a bit busy I never feel forgotten or treated rudely at all!
They also have a patio in the back which is really quiet with some plants and umbrellas, the perfect brunch spot for a sunny weekend brunch!
I'd not go anywhere else!
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!
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