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Diner

1269 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC
Tel: (604) 444-4855
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Diner
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • A small diner in Yaletown that serves comfort food in great portions and affordable value, unlike many of the restaurants located in Yaletown. Known to have outstanding desserts. A refreshing change in Yaletown.

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Inexpensive eats in Yaletown.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 12:52pm [Dine in]

From grilled cheese sandwiches to chicken schnitzels and spatzel and generously portioned meatloafs, quite a few comfort foods to choose from. The menu is basically whatever's chalked up on the board visible to the entire room for lunch/dinner. Breakfast fare is offered in print during applicable hours.

Generous portions of salad, pasta, and clubs. Soups are tasty, though the sandwiches/melts are underwhelming & somewhat dissatisfying. After the long wait for the food to cook, my dining guest & I left craving for something, anything slightly stimulating at least (didn't leave hungry, just left feeling like we snacked but didn't eat or taste anything). The grilled toast the sandwiches/melts are served on are too greasy (it may have been drenched in butter before it hit the grill making me think it was deep fried, hence, explaining the bites of oil gushing that was really just butter, likely).

It's safer to just stick with the meatloafs & pastas and stay away from the grilled sandwiches/melts, except, maybe the turkey club. Desserts are great, and breakfast & drinks are wonderful.

The wait time is long so don't be expecting a quick in & out except maybe during breakfast/brunch hours, food gets prepped quicker--I suppose it's easier to fry/poach eggs than it is to grill/toast a sandwich or even to whip up a soup. The male server is wonderful & friendly, while the female service is abrupt and lacking. Appetizers & soup(s) range from $3.95-6.95 while mains are mostly $6.95-$10.95.

They're closed Mondays & is a cash-only establishment.

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Don't Eat Here
By epicurian of Kerrisdale (42 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 3:33am [Dine in]

I am relatively forgiving when it comes to food. Infact it was almost perhaps equally as gross as Fiction was on my last trip. $45 for 2 which consisted of 1 soup, 1 grilled cheese, 1 meatloaf, 1 glass of red wine & 1 bottle of sparkling water. Dont eat here. The service started relatively friendly & then it just disappeared. I was worried about the hygene of the place because the chef didnt have a hair net & she was chatting it up to this other guy at the back. At which point we lost our waiter. The meat loaf came out dry, w/ mashed potatoes that tasted like they were made from a mix & the french beans tasted like they had been blanced days before. Later I looked up www.foodinspectionweb.vcha.ca and have decided that unless i see 5 stellar reviews in a row, im never eating there

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Bad service, small portions
By arsenic_girl of Burnaby (32 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

It was an interesting place, no doubt. However, when it took 10 minutes to get a table (when there were empty tables) and another 10 minutes to get a menu, the novelty of the atmosphere wears off, and it makes me ticked off. The service was AWFUL. The food was slow, the waitresses were slow... everything was SLOW (which is a big deal when you're dining on the price of a Yaletown parking meter haha). My toast was cold and soggy, and although I love my toast, I'm willing to overlook it since it wasn't the "main" part of my dish. The omelette was pretty good, although not good enough to get me to come back with the prices and lousy service.

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Diner - Coolest Spot in Yaletown
By gfroome of strathcona (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

I have to say that Diner on Hamilton is one of the best spots in Yaletown. No BS or lame fusion, this is real food made by a real chef. I've been a fan of the burger since they opened and finally tried the Tuna Melt. I didn't know a Tuna Melt could be so good but it is. Fried Chicken served in a bucket? Yes please! Yaletown generally would know a good thing if it slapped it in the face so I guess that's why some people 'don't get it'.

Diner rocks and I don't need some Cactus Club slag to convince me that I'm in the 'right place'. Innovative, classic and timeless.

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A good meal
By pleaselouise of Gastown, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 25, 2006 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

Diner provides exactly what you pay for - a good, home cooked meal at decent prices. You are not paying for 'white-glove' service, and you dont get it (which is fine by me at these prices). My meal was quite nice, tried the meatloaf (recommended by the server).

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hype-olicious!
By MargieG of East Van (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 9, 2006 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

My friends and I were excited to hit Diner having heard a huge buzz about the place. While the food was pretty good - in a comfort food kind of way - I was completely crushed when my milkshake arrived. Hey, I know this sounds like HIGH DRAMA, but I had heard SO much about their 'amazing milkshakes'. God knows, I love my milkshakes...

Firstly, the milkshake I ordered arrived well INTO my entree course (and we'd all shared a plate of perogies as an appy), and we all agreed, it pretty much looked, and tasted, like someone had put some WARM chocolate milk in a blender and blasted it around for a couple of minutes trying to fluff it up and DISGUISE it as a milkshake. Yeah, okay. Well, frankly, I have NEVER tasted anything so bad. And WHY even serve it! Just tell us, "Uh, sorry, we're out of ice cream. All we have left back there is some 2% milk and an old bottle of Brown Cow syrup..." When I told the waitress how bad it had been, she SHRUGGED. ER, what? Yup, and on our bill and everything. We didn't stick around for their 'acclaimed' desserts.

Okay, and why do they still not have Visa OR Mastercard OR Am Ex OR debit? The story about them not having gotten the correct 'phone line' is gettin' a little thin considering they opened months and months and months ago...

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good food
By aaunheim of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 2, 2006 - 1:47pm [Dine in]

Well I have been do Diner twice, once for lunch and once for brunch. The food has been really great both times; big time comfort food. I did try the milkshake, and it was good, but I agree with the previous reviewer, it took WAY too long to come out. We were also already eating when it arrived. The service is ok, not great, slightly inattentive if anything. I found the booth benches fairly uncomforable, and the cash only policy is frustrating for some if you are not used to carrying cash. Just remember, take it for what it is, a diner. The food is great.

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Alas
By jutsn of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 6:11pm [Dine in]

Alas, I shouldve heeded the previous reviewers' warnings about this place. Being the stubborn consumer that I am, I decided to try "Diner", as I have a fondness for, well, diners. With a simple, yet original name like that, how could you go wrong? For starters, the service was awful. I know there are mixed reviews on this page when it comes to the service, but I got the "female" service that other reviewers have pointed out as not-so-satisfactory. Apparently, they were right. We waited for our food longer than other customers who came in, and were even extremely polite/patient about it. Yet the server/chef were unappologetic about the lack of promptness of our food being served, and were also relatively less-than-friendly (though not outrightly rude) to my party. The bucket of fried chicken was awesome though, but a bit of a disappointment as the "bucket" only contained 2 pcs of chicken and some leftover fried skin-bits. Oh, but what amazing skin-bits they were. The perogies on the other hand, were of tv-dinner quality. Try it if service isn't an integral part of your usual dining experience, or if you want some really good fried chicken!

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Thank god for good waiters
By Devilicious of Yaletown (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 25, 2006 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

For some reason I really liked this place. I had heard alot about it and don't believe that it was that special. Upon entering I noticed that the menu which was scrawled on the wall above the kitchen was limited. Most of it consisted of stuff which I could cook at home. The male waiter however was very friendly and offered us a seat and a drink. I decided to sit on the bench which looked very comfy. After sitting though they seemed strange, especially after an hour because they had springs in them instead of foam. They had a good assortment of Vodkas there which were very tasty. Including a jalepeno infused one for my ceaser which it appears the waiter has to make himself. All in all he seems to really know what he is doing. If he is only the waiter there they should make him the manager. We ordered some homemade chips to start off. I don't know if the cooks have ever heard of paper towel? They were really greasy but some of them were good and all in all we ate them down. The menu seemed to be really lacking for me except for the meatloaf. Unfortunately I made meatloaf the night before so I went with the turkey club which was excellent. My girlfriend opted for the perogies. I thought they looked a little too bland and boiled for my taste and after tasting them decided I would rather drink the slop from boiled potoatoes. However my sandwich was excellent so I had to give them that. Some advice? Maybe take the time to toss your perogies in a frying pan after boiling them like your mother should have taught you with a little butter and onions and maybe some garlic to spice em up. I suggest they get rid of the mixed disk and buy an ipod. Although the strange mix of music was good after hearing the same song 7 times by the time I left I was a little tired of it. It is close to home so I will go back but maybe only for a ceasar and soup to chat it up with the waiter.

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DON'T dinehere.ca
By les134 of yaletown, vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 22, 2006 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

I had possibly the worst dining experience i have ever had EVER. Our dining experience started at 5pm and finished about 7:30pm. We walked in on a Sunday afternoon and were told to come back at 5:30pm because they weren't open yet. Fair enough. In retrospect, we should have preordered. Came back at 5:30pm. We sat ourselves, and since there were no menus we just stared at the chalkboard of items. It didn't take us too long to decide what to have. I was excited to have the meatloaf melt because I heard good things about it. So after about 20min the waitress came to take our order. About 20min later I looked around and observed that there were 6 occupied tables and no one had food. All in all it took about an hour from the time we walked in for our food to get to us. Since by that time we had lost most of our appetite we didn't finish all our food. It wasn't that great anyways, it was decent. We asked for our food to be packed and for the bill. That took about 15min. Quickly threw my credit card in there and waited for her to pick it up. That took a fair amount of time too, considering that everytime she passed by we tried to flag her down to take it. Thankfully she didn't take that long to process it. Signed it and left. Oh, and our order for that eveneng? 2 meatloaf melts, 1 soup, 1 iced tead and 2 waters. Seriously? I would have been MUCH happier going to Denny's.

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Destination Diner=Mal Experience
By stacey of hipster central (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 9:28pm [Dine in]

As an avid reader of the Georgia Straight, I couln't help but be curious about the 'nouveau' restaurant of yaletown aka, "Diner." It is listed in the Straight as one of the best places to go for casual/homestyle comfort food.

I finally decided to head down with a friend for weekend brunch. My first impression wasn't great as the patio was in disarray with random wood pieces strewn about and a half painted picket fence marking their territory, but I tried to keep an open mind. Upon walking inside, I noted the interior was quite cute and had a warm feeling, however that feeling was ruined by the not so warm staff. After standing around by the door for a while feeling stupid we were finally informed to, "take a seat".

After sitting there for a bit without a menu or at least a cup of coffee to keep me occupied, I naturally preoccupied myself with the room. To my dismay, I realised that the oh so cute diner, was actually indeed quite DIRTY! From ground up, my eyes took in: the unswept floor, skimmed over the unwiped booths and focused on the unwashed coffee cups in front of me. The menu was finally presented interupting my horror and temporary debate of whether to stay or to flee. It didn't take long to decide on what to order as there are only about 6 menu items to choose from.

My eggs florentine arrived seconds after I finally got a friggen glass of H2O, and in this time I noticed two people walk in the restaurant, sit down and finally leave out of frusturation of not being acknowledged.

About the food....my meal was, at best, acceptable, nothing special like I had anticipated and the hashbrowns were honestly the worst I've ever had. A few short words to describe them would be; cold, stale, hard and potatoes?

In Conclusion... I don't regret going to Diner as I had to see firsthand what the rage was all about, but after my experience there I can definately say that this diner won't be eating there again.

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