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Caffe Barney

2528 Main St
Vancouver, BC V5T3E4
Tel: (604) 568-0426
Neighbourhood: Mt. Pleasant

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Great addition to Main Street
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 6, 2008 - 9:53am [Dine in]

The new Barney's on Main Street is located where Monsoon's used to be. I was a regular of their original location on Granville Street and must admit, its nice having a good brunch spot closer to home. Their bacon benny is probably my favorite eggs benedict in Vancouver. The hollandaise sauce is perfect and deep fried hashbrowns are a nice addition, especially when you are a little hungover and need a little grease to fix things. They have only been open for a while and are still working out the kinks, but I have found the staff to be very friendly and accommodating. Any gaffe has been quickly corrected with a smile on their face and once even a complimentary beer. They recently added a small patio which will be nice in the summer even though it is on the corner of busy Broadway and Main. Definitely recommended, especially for brunchers.

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Chicken Wrap
By JLgirl of West Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

I recommend their chicken wrap. It's full of yummy ingredients (avocado, mayo...etc) and comes with a side salad for about $10. My dining mates rave about their salmon omelette, also at $10. Service is friendly and prompt, but this place can be really busy at times as it's not a very big restaurant.

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How Soon Can I Leave?
By macbin of East Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

My friend likes to have meetings in this place because he's got a laptop and they've got free wireless - even though it's not really set up like a cafe, it's really set up like a restaurant with a bar and everything. It's quite small and lately - through no fault of the restaurant - something's broken inside the walls and the entire place smells slightly of sewage. All that aside, the food is actually decent, though the portions are small for the price, yet the ambiance is poor. The tables and chairs seem designed to make you want to leave and everything is too close together.

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maybe I just ordered the wrong dish...
By bumblebee7 of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

I wasn't very impressed with this place on my one and only visit.

The menu was a bit limited but I had the Thai Chicken on Noodles. Perhaps it's the wrong choice but the noodles where almost drowning in sauce. It was more like a soup than stir fry. The sauce itself tasted funny. Though it was supposed to be a yellow curry base, it had a slight curry taste along with a sweet and sour mix. Almost like having noodles in a Thai Hot and Sour Soup like Tom Yum Gai. It was topped up with a good amount of veggies (peppers, broccoli and cauliflower) but the chicken seemed overcooked and dry.

We did have the baked garlic brie to start and that was very delicious.

Again, perhaps the dish was make right but just not suitable for my taste. Either way, with the plethora of restaurant available on main street, I won't be returning just because there wasn't anything to make me go back.

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Look elsewhere if you're looking for service
By lakedr4173 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 11:23am [Dine in]

I had a bunch of friends recommend this spot because of its great ambience and food. When I got there, the place was hopping with people - good sign. I went in and it was all downhill from there. My biggest problem is with the service (the food is serviceable). Sure, I get it - the place is busy - but it's no excuse to get my order wrong... twice. Plus, the staff member I dealt with when settling my bill was unfriendly.

No way I'm going back. Avoid.

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My "go-to" eatery and pub
By ckiernan of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 8:43am [Dine in]

The name might throw you off, it's definitely more pub than cafe, but the food is far beyond your average pub fare. I've taken friends, dates, and even my parents here when it's rockin busy or dead slow, and the food is always fantastic, the service is always warm and without the often pretentious Main Street hipster flare.

I adore the bacon asparagus pasta, although if I never know how much butter is in the recipe, I'll live happier.
The cob salad is absolutely dreamy, I never order salad in restaurants, but this thing is a masterpiece: bacon, avocado, blue cheese, grilled chicken, perfection... drool
And for breakfast/brunch, I have to have the bacon, avocado and cheese bagel scrambler. Perfect for hangovers!
Bacon is clearly a theme in my diet, and Barney knows me well :)

Try it out, but not too many of you because I still want a seat!!

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Our new Weekend Brunch go-to place!
By YVR Nosher of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 4:42pm [Dine in]

Consistently great food and service is perfectly fine for a place with casual ambience.
I appreciate a server with personality, a sense of humour, and the ability to crack wise their customers, even when the crowd is keeping them on their toes.
One of the best things about Caffe Barney is its ADULT atmosphere - no kids squalling or running around unattended (yeah, bring on the hate mail).
Have visited Barney on Main frequently on both Saturday and Sunday and, yes the crowd can be noisy at times, but I have yet to suffer from poor service.
Those who feel the need to be coddled and pampered, go to trendy Yaletown, and be prepared to experience poor service you can justifiably complain about.

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Definitely worth it!
By bmcphee of Gastown, Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 11:26am [Dine in]

I have enjoyed Barney's on Granville Street for many years. I have been perhaps three or four times to the new Barney's on Main Street and give it a solid B+ rating. I only use A ratings for "fine dining so B+ is good to great on my scale. The food is delicious, served up nicely, hearty and healthy, the staff are friendly and professional, it is well priced for quality food and I like the Main Streetiness of it all.

It is a place where I can and have eaten in a suit or my sweat pants and feel equally comfortable and at home. In fact it is like going to a friends home for a meal (except only on rare occasions would my friends make me pay...grin). All in all I highly recommend it and hope that you enjoy as many good times at Barney's as I have over the years.

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good brunch but dinner isn't worth it
By vancitycraigs of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 8:33am [Dine in]

For a 7p Wednesday dinner, you would think that they wouldn't have run out of the first entree on their menu...but they did. They were kind enough to substitute the same sauce but with a different fish (salmon), but the flavour was completely lacking and the salmon felt and tasted like it had just been unfrozen. What a completely lackluster meal, at $15. There was nobody else eating entrees during the meal, which was perhaps a sign that the entrees were worthless. The wine special they had smelled and tasted as if it waited a 1/2 day longer, it would've been clearly off. I guess that's why it was on special.

Brunches have been good here, a full house. Dinner, I'd never return to ever again, even if I were starving.

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Worthwhile!
By pennypincher of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

Never hurts to look around & experiment, maybe there's a great place to be discovered. 'Barney is a find. One day I'll try the Granville location, but the Main St one is in a super funky area & has lots offer. The crowd was aged 20 - 45, the food good compared to other breakfast/lunch places, & we had great service. Other reviews mentioned noise, & it was loud in there when all the tables were occupied. No surprise there. However, on balance the diner's getting great value for their dollar. They could do with better coffee, but there's a coffee shop next door. They could add fruit to the main plate, perhaps later they will. But they do use real food and make it simply, with generous portions at very competitive prices. I've pencilled this place in - I'll be going back, for sure!

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Service is a let down... again
By Taurbabe of Shaughnessey, Vancouver. (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

So to ensure I didn't just get a one off bad experience at Cafe Barney's Main Street ( Granville now a nightmare after a bad experience with dreadful service from female waitress) my friend and I went to Cafe Barney's Main street this morning for brunch.

Lovely sunny chilled atmosphere, greeted by a female waitress and cheerfully told to sit any where for two.. made the mistake of looking like I was going to sit in an area reserved for 4.. when I was yelled at ( yes) from way across the restaurant " Not there ! somewhere for two !" So I said that I didn't appreciate getting yelled at on a Sunday morning and was told " I didn't think you had heard me " Really ? Not impressed at all.

What is it with loud obnoxious waitresses ? And why does Cafe Barney's seem to have so many ?
Is a little professionalism too much to ask for ?

Great service from the male wait staff and tipped accordingly. I love the food here, the atmosphere is chill and relaxed.. but early on a Sunday morning, give me a break dont be yelling at the customers and please an attitude adjustment would be a good thing...

Not sure I will return as not liking the service, and voting with my feet and wallet a probability.

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What happened?
By diiandra of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 6:17pm [Dine in]

This place used to be a great deal. Monday and Tuesday nights a burger and a brew for $10 which is pretty hard to find these days in Vancouver. My mother and I went in one night for the special and we both said " Can we have the burger and beer special." We ate and what not and when our bill came it was over $35. We were really confused and found out the special no longer exists. They hadn't passed along the message either which was really frustrating. We tried going back another time just for some quick lunch but were again disappointed. The server was busy talking to the bartender and we noticed our food waiting on the hot plate for at least 5 minutes when it was brought to us. It wasn't even that hot anymore.

Such a shame as about 6 or 7 months ago this place was a real treat. It appears that a new manager may have taken over?

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once too many
By lizzyb of main st (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 7, 2009 - 7:20pm [Dine in]

july 24 we went there early afternoon and sat on the little balcony .it was fabulous,the drinks good ,food great,waiter wonderful.secound time we went aug 7 we walked in the watress say us we said 2 and she looked behind us to talk to some guy.fine we took a seat i ordered a kokonee and crab cakes.the beer came to the table i took a sip and thought it tasted off but put it down to not ever ordering tap beer.the food was okay.my daughter had the stirfry it was a bit spicey so i continued to think that is what made the beer taste funny.i didnt finish it and for me thats a first.we got the bill and it said kilkenny beer on it so i said to the watress "no wonder i thought the beer was off i didnt order it. we get the bill.we pay her she brings back the change and says i should have said something earlier because she was hard of hearing and that is why she says she repeates the order.i said well you didnt and she said oh yes i did back at me. what is it with rude watresses to women.she never even apolizied.so we took our change and left.i have never not left a tip but i just couldnt she was so rude.

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Weekday lunch a big letdown
By VoxAngel of Main St. (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

I've been walking past this place daily for months and finely decided to check out their lunch. I ordered the veggie burger with a dry bun and no dairy. The server told me their "veggie and mushroom patty" burger was just an Yves patty and tried to push the added mushrooms. I declined and after waiting a half hour, the food arrived. My bun was covered in mayo. I called the server over and she replied "mayo isn't dairy". Urgh! We briefly discussed the ingredients and egg content of mayo, and then she took the burger back. Regardless of the "dairyness" of mayo, I asked for a dry bun, so I was a bit annoyed having to justify returning the incorrect order. I may be a little picky about my food, but I do believe in being an incredibly polite customer. Throughout our meal, I never got outwardly fussy or upset with the staff.

When the replacement burger arrived (after my husband was completely finished with his meal), I picked up my bun and immediately spotted a patch of mold growing. After inspecting the rest of the bun and finding it reasonably mold-free, I just picked the spot off and started eating rather than send it back again. The server checked on us later (after I was done) and I told her about the bun and that maybe the kitchen should check the bag before sending out more burgers. She seemed disbelieving and said the buns were fresh. Whatever, I was pretty nice about it, and obviously didn't let it stop my lunch...it just felt a little hostile. I would happily have showed her the moldy piece of bread on my plate...not that she asked to see it. She did make some remark about it "not being my day"...

Otherwise, the burger was from a box (by admission) and overly fried on the grill. The salad was bag variety and quite wilted. My husband said his meatloaf melt was ok but very greasy. The fries were also soft and full of oil. He had a stomach ache for a few hours after the meal.

We received our full-price bill, paid and left without complaint. We even tipped. However we will definitely not be returning. I'm pretty sure I can make a Yves veg burger on moldy bread for under $9 at home. I felt like we were written off as customers as soon as we were seated and declined to order alcohol with our meal. (Maybe you have to be drinking to enjoy the food). Too bad, since I eat out almost every meal on Main street and would have been happy to find a new regular spot.

Outdoor seating is limited but nice on a sunny day if you don't mind the occasional person asking for change and like to drink your lunch. Otherwise, not recommended.

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a good neighbourhood spot
By Eastvanfoodie of Mount Pleasant, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 17, 2009 - 11:11am [Dine in]

I live nearby and have popped in a few times for lunch and dinner over the last few months. Some of the dishes were great (steak sandwich to name one), and some, meh...(faux asian/indian, tasted like they were store bought and microwaved) table services was OK, as they are usually very busy so no surprise there. I've sat at the bar and the service there is friendly and prompt. Note to management - staff up on the weekends and evenings, please. Overall a good place to meet up with friends or to grab a quick bit when you're too lazy to do your own cooking/dishes.

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Great for brunch
By Granville_Girl of South Granville (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

I'm a regular at the Granville location, so just checked this out this weekend. The food is the great standard I've come to expect and the service was excellent. One day I'll venture beyond the Benny's, but they are so damn good! A nice change from Granville is that the ambiance was quieter, more upscale and not playing overly loud music, which can be hard to take on a weekend morning. Plus, a very friendly and prompt "yes!" to a request for water, which some places kind of roll their eyes at. Well done!

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microwaved food
By chippy of Mt Pleasant (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

had terrible food here for brunch. I have been to the one on Granville and enjoyed it, so I expected the same on Main. We were seated promptly, and able to order not to long after sitting down. It took over an hour and 15 minutes to get our breakfast! Not only that, but I could see the kitchen putting the plates into the microwave. How hard is it to make eggs? You've got a kitchen back there..use it.
We finally get our meal and my friend's yolks on his benny are cooked solid. When we mentioned this to the waitress, she shrugged her shoulders and said, "It's brunch?" What kind of response is that!! I bite into a hashbrown and it's scalding hot...like its been mircowaved!! I understand it's newly opened, but if you're not ready to serve people yet, you should wait until you're fully staffed before sending out microwaved food.

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Only for brunch
By mainman of Main, Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 7:57am [Dine in]

Ive been to Barneys about 10 times, always for brunch around 11-1pm, and I never order anything outside that menu. Coffee, water, and a benedict or breakfast burrito etc. Its about $10 per item. The servers are random, some are bitchy some are very nice. I never have to wait much for a place to sit or food, some more popular places are packed out the door, never here. The food is more then enough I rarely finish my food. A decent place when you want food now, I tend to go there over other greasy spoons in the main area.

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walked by for coffee/ had a beer
By eatingitout of kits (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

I have lived on Main Street for many years and I have to say that when Cafe Barney took over Monsoon I was a little upset with the change. They boarded up the windows and no one knew what they were going to do with the space. I have to say that I was not thinking that they would do much based on their old rotten place on Granville street and I was very impressed with what they came up with. At first they had some weird Red Truck beer sign that made no sense to me but the staff made everything better. I asked what the soup was and the server said it was weird so I tried it. It was really good and so I had the Chicken Risotto which was so really good! I would never spend time to write something about a restaurant but these people were really nice and the bartender who also said that she works in a hair salon and also gave us her card said that she also likes her job which makes me and my boyfriend want to come back and tell people that this restaurant rocks!

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