Looking for a pub/restaurant for a late lunch after Circle Craft show, the Other Half and I were checking both sides of Dunbar. Spotting The Dunbar, we stopped in.
The menu says the brunch is available on the weekend, but it was on offer on a Wednesday. The OH ordered a skillet with potatoes, eggs, chorizo and "mystery" sauce and toast. I ordered fish and chips. The skillet was pronounced "OK", although the yellow sauce was bland and tasteless - it was advertised to be "hollandaise". The whole skillet was not very hot, temperature-wise. The fish and chips were not good. The two pieces of "wild cod" were very small and encased in a dark, tough batter. They looked to be warmed-up frozen product. Chips were OK, but I'm wondering about the menu description of "house cut spuds"...? They were pretty generic. Tartar sauce tasted like Miracle Whip.
Value - not good. $12 for the sad fish and chips with weird tartar sauce. No salad, no coleslaw. The OH's skillet was $11, and that seemed a high price for generic brunch.
Ambiance? The outside deck would be great in warmer weather, but the inside area is very dark, small and cramped. I did not make the journey to the washrooms so cannot report on cleanliness. The tables needed better wipe-down.
The only bright spot was our server, who was friendly, attentive and prompt. The food took quite some time to appear, but she kept us updated and checked on us several times to make sure we had what we needed.
Won't rush back.
We've been to the Dunbar a few times, we went to watch the hockey game; they have several TV's and the sound on. Before the game starts a server goes around asking everyone to pick a puck that has a Canuck written on it - if the player scores you win a free drink, it made for a fun time while watching the game.
The food is pretty good I found, smaller menu with the usual Burgers, wings, appy's type fare. I had the Beef burger with fries which was pretty good, the patty was thin and bland but it tasted like a burger; their fries are good. Other at out table had poutine, cajun chicken burgers, clubhouse and salad. They each enjoyed their meals aswell.
The service is decent, they get fairly busy but come around often enough.
The place is dark but lots of natural lighting coming in. They have a big heated patio and booths. They have 2 single washrooms, one for guys and one for girls only - I really like that - I having unisex bathrooms, especially in smaller pubs. Anyhow, we had a good time watching the game, it depends on where you sit but they have decent food and fairly priced drinks.
The one thing I did notice is that they are usually out of something - this time it was the tuna burger but there's more to choose from.
Overall a decent place.
We've been to The Dunbar three or four times, always on a weekend afternoon. We find their appetizers (tuna cubes in particular) to be a perfect light lunch and the mains to be good value. As you might expect, they have a solid selection of beer.
We sit at the bar because the Irish bartender is realy great -- personable and offers fast and efficient service. Ironically, the stuff that isn't typical "pub grub" is far better than the greasier fare.
The best thing about the Dunbar, and I'm sure you'll agree is that a majority of the servers are the reason why people keep coming back. It's a place to go when you want someone to know you on a first name basis, and the kind of place you go to, 'cause the moment you step in till you sit down, the server has probably rung in your drink and brought it to you already since they know you so well.
There are a couple of honorable mentions on the menu such as the tomato bocconcini salad, blackend tuna bites, and their homemade burgers. The house cut spuds and yam fries are indeed home made, and the place does do its best to have a menu that satisfies all. When deciding on the menu, try to stay away from the fried stuff, although you'll fall in love with their sandwiches and burgers (especially since you can customize them yourself). The new pasta dishes are pretty popular, although a bit on the small side in terms of portions. For the price, don't expect anything too fancy as this is primary pub grub, but the presentation is nice, and the food comes fairly fast.
Drinks are not the cheapest, but they do have a fairy substantial offering of mico-brewed and imported beer both draught and bottled. The ambiance is great depending on who's working. They have a pretty solid staff there, and very rarely will they have horrible servers. Come to the Dunbar and chill out, I love their patio in the summer time!
I decided to check out the newest addition of restaurants in Dunbar one afternoon, The Dunbar, and was very impressed. The service was great and the tuna burger that I had was excellent. My friend had the Philly cheesesteak and said that it was also great. I highly recommend this place to anyone who wants a good meal in the neighborhood, and they also have a big selection of beer and spirits.