The menu at Earls focuses on freshly made, seasonally inspired, casually elegant West Coast cuisine with International flavour. In addition to wide variety of dishes Earls has a drink menu to match.
It's been 3 years since I have last been to Earl's. I know the food was great, but knew there was something keeping me away. My sister was not able to come to my birthday this year, so she said she would take me out for lunch on another day (which finally happened on Monday) It was us and her 3 kids, as well as my brother's wife and their one year old daughter.
Anyhow, we were having a difficult time deciding between Milestone's (a place I have never been disappointed at so far) and Earl's. I couldn't decide so everyone voted, plus since we don't visit Earl's often we just decided to come here for a bit of a change.
Anyhow, when we came in I can't say service was too bad. It was just average. This place does NOT accommodate to baby or toddler visitors, and they had NO high chairs for my one year old niece like most restaurants do, nor do they have a children's menu (which is fine, not all restaurants have to be kid lovers) but I suppose at least have a high chair or two stored in some empty storage closet or something.
Anyhow, for food: My sister ordered a clam chowder. My sister in law had a pizza, my one nephew had some sort of a sand which. My other nephew had a ceasar salad appetizer and a chicken and mushroom pasta, my niece had chicken strips and fries and I had fettucini chicken alfredo.
Anyhow, our food came, and it was pretty good we have to admit. I was even surprised with my nieces order of chicken strips and fries, but after finding out that it cost $13 for that, it really wasn't worth it. My chicken fettucini cost $17.50 and it wasn't even that much. At Anton's I would get ALOT more for $17, and even other places are better priced for sure. The portion sizes really are not that great for the price.
Anyhow, after leaving I ended up getting a ride from my sister in law, as my sister and her kids had some place to go (oh and they were smart by finding street parking even though it cost a few dollars) If you have been to the Earl's parking lot (OH MY GOSH) It is SO bad. It slanted, and there was literally so little space for her to get out. I had to get out of the car and guide her out. she seriously had to stop every 10 or so centimetres and then turn her wheel and do the same things many times to get out. She would have been stuck had I not been there to guide her out. They have had that same parking lot for some many years....just fix it. I mean seriously, I have had problems getting out of that stupid parking lot.
Anyhow, we vowed never to come here again. so pretty much good food, but over priced (A lot) no children's menu or at least high chairs anyways, and terrible parking system. No, I will pass.....we should had gone to Milestone's instead
Food: We had the spinach dip, which was AMAZING. The burger was good as well, a lot better than the White Spot ones.
Service: We were seated promptly and the service was really really good. The servers were very attentive.
Value: It's not cheap, but it's around the same price as Milestones and this is WAY better!
Ambiance: The interior is nice, but we had a window seat that overlooked the parking lot. Not so nice, but it can't be helped.
I will DEFINITELY return! This place is great for dates! =)
First time going to this location. It was for a meeting for one of the organizations that I volunteer for. It was nice to have free parking right beside the restaurant, but there were very limited spots availableThe hostess was very accommodating in terms of our seating arrangement. Service was friendly, but our server was hard to find at times.
Most people at at our table ordered the taco soup, which they all said was delicious. I went for the grilled chicken with baked brie ciabatta. I believed they used chicken thigh for this sandwich, which I personally preferred over chicken breast because it was more tender. The portion size was just right. It was delicious with the perfectly cooked chicken, warm baked brie with some dried cranberries and apple slices, but it was a little messy to eat though with the cheese oozing out from the sides.
A must try if you like baked brie and chicken in your sandwich.
Amazing how 2 exact restaurants are on opposite parallels.
I've come here twice. First time was disappointing, and a second, possibly redeeming time only justified my initial impressions.
Either the kitchen staff is newish, or they just plain stink. Ordered the strip steak both times. A bit turned off as it did not appear to be 10oz. Even more turned off when I cut into it. Well underdone. Big surprise. Sent it back. Came back not much better, maybe left on the hotplate? Who knows, but I ate it anyways, considering the price. Second time was markedly better, although it felt like eating choice cut rather than prime. Under seasoned a tad.
Service needs improvement. Waitresses both times spent a lot of time by the bar and kitchen area laughing it up with staff, with the odd glance over tables to exchange crook eyed glares from would-be diners looking for a server. Funny a tip is generally assumed when one steps in the door.
Prices have slowly risen over time. Can't kick inflation in the face but seems the quality (perhaps even quantity) has come down as well.
That's it for this place.
I have long liked to go to Earls, as they give you delicious food at reasonable prices. This particular Earls is my favourite among the ones in the Lower Mainland. Perhaps the chef at this location is particularly good, but somehow the food here seems tastier than at other Earls locations.
I went there again yesterday, and discovered that their prices had gone up, but to my pleasant surprise, so had the food quality! Their clam chowder was out of this world and the best I had ever had at ANY restaurant. Even the Calamari, which is usually done the standard way at any restaurant, was better than when I had it at this restaurant the last time. Salads are very fresh, with delicious dressings. The decor may need a bit of updating, as this restaurant has not been renovated for many years, but it is still good and pleasant, with lots of natural light in most parts of the restaurant. Highly recommended.
Our group of 8 went to this Earl's yesterday to enjoy wings Wednesday. The dinner started off great - there were approximately 9 wing orders which everyone enjoyed.
The problem came when the bill arrived. Each order of wings had an add-on of $1 for celery and dip. Although only 1 person ASKED for the dip, the server never asked anybody if they wanted the add-on. In fact a couple we were with never even touch any of it.
So when we asked why we were charged for an add-on w/o requesting it, the server just said, "Oh, we never ask. That's just how it comes." But when we asked why they would charge for something that comes with the dish, her response was, "The wings come with it, we only don't charge the add-on if people request NOT to have it."
We all thought it was unfair, but she never offered to take the add-on off the bill, stating that it is normal procedure there.
We all felt very ripped off because all the other locations do ask whether to include the optional celery and dip.
At the end, we did not have to pay the add-on eventhough the server did not take it off the bill.
The solarium is a great place to dine when the sun's out or fading away with a large party or few. The bar area or area right next to the solarium is good for a more intimate dining experience while the older looking relatively brigher indoor dining area to the right of the entrance is good for a less noisy family/casual dining especially if you want to get away from the noisy young adults & large parties on the otherside of the restaurant. Of course, there are also the noisy older guys & their families of little ones in the solarium area but you can really feel the difference between the two sides of the restaurant.
The bathrooms are a little too dark & stuffy & overperfumed. Though it's a somewhat typical bathroom for an unrenovated Earl's, it still somehow gives off the feeling of being a little too cozy in there in the bad sense.
The service is great, and the food is served without too much wait time & in proper order & the wines are served somewhat more professionally than one would expect from this type of establishment. Earls definitely carries one of the best priced wines by the bottle in town. And don't forget to try the DELICIOUS "Sticky Chocolate Toffee Pudding"! Wow! I've finally forgiven them for taking away the Mocha Kahlua Ice Cream Pie! Also, the currently featured soup, a tortilla tomato soup is very very good!
The parking lot itself requires a bit of a redesigning...
I went here for dinner with my best friend earlier this week. We shared our dinners. I ordered the Mediterranean Linguini and my friend ordered the Grilled Chicken and Baked Brie Ciabatta. Both were absolutely delicious!!! My friend ordered the Chocolate Sticky Toffee Pudding for desssert. It was a huge portion . . . too huge if you've already had dinner!!! It would have been nice if it was half the size and charged $5 for it rather than the size it was and was charged $7.50. Also, why didn't the Linguini come with Garlic Bread?? Why do we have to pay for it?? Pasta should always come with some sort of bread to sop up the delicious sauce!!!
Love the food at Earl's but too pricey to always go there!
Great service too. It was not busy at all. The hockey game was on at the bar, but not noisy. I've never been to this one but wish I have. It's so nice! Will definitely go back but not soon!
I used to go to Earl's frequently, once or twice monthly. The food tasted good and was reasonably-priced. Service was prompt, friendly and professional. It was a great place to go grab a bite with friends and just chill.
But I've found that things have been going downhill the last few years. While the food tastes just as good as before, it has significantly lost its value as prices have been hiked up to the point where it's ridiculous. $10 for a pound of wings? They charge twice what Jap. places charge for a bowl of soybeans! For a only half-decent steak, be prepared to fork out $25-30. Or if you're craving pasta w ith a few plain chicken chunks it'll be at least $16.
But the biggest disappointment is with the service. The service has been getting progressively worse. The servers before knew what their jobs were, but the current ones seem to care more about social networking and earning their tips in less respectable ways. When I go in to eat, I don't want to be surrounded by staff flirting with patrons. Of course it's nice to have pretty waitresses serving you, but when you want the bill or ketchup or whatever and you can't even get their attention cuz they're too busy hitting on some guy (as was the case in my most recent visit), it can get quite annoying. I just wish they were more professional.
Needless to say I won't be going to any of the Earl's anymore unless it's someone else's turn to choose the restaurant.
This is a little old but valentine's 2010 my boyfriend and I went here for our dinner.
I just remembered this situation and have to say we received probably the best customer service at a restaurant EVER! We both ordered steaks and when the food came out my boyfriends was cooked to order but mine was really over cooked (I ordered mine medium). I let our waitress know and she promptly had the food redone in the kitchen. A few minutes later the manager came over apologized and asked if I wanted a salad while I waited; he brought that out quick.
After my food came out it was cooked right this time and I was perfectly fine with that. The manager came over again to check how everything was and also told me because my boyfriend had to eat alone while I waited for my meal to be redone that dinner would be on the house. I was FLOORED. He even encouraged us to order more food and dessert.
Just a really special thank you to the manager and staff working that day. The customer service was beyond great and it made for a very memorable valentines.
Not that I expected to have a mind-blowing culinary experience here, but maybe something more than pub food in stilettos. The menu itself is sort of a joke. Chicken wings seem to be the dominant thing, and they are not bad. They defrost them quite skillfully.
Sandwich? Who the hell cares. Cheese pizza for 14 dollars (single serving), shove it. Go here for beer and for the scenery (servers and the skyline) but not the food, which, considering you are on this website you already know.
Yes, they have pretty waitresses but so do a lot of places.
So I visit this Earl's more often than the other ones. It is certainly known for its service, whether the friendly and chatty waitresses are genuine or tainted, it doesn't matter because they are doing their job correctly. The food isn't too bad, but it is quite expensive. I think you basically pay for the atmosphere. The restaurant is quite nice looking, but always quite noisy and crowded as well.
I had dinner at Earls and ordered the Chicken Tandoor. What a mistake! Earls is probably the only restaurant I know that serves its Chicken Tandoor with the skin on, and boneless. The spices are basted on the skin and the flavours are not absorbed by the chicken. The chicken is also covered in a dollop of mango chutney.
What a shameful disaster! If you want to savour the spices you have to take the skin and chew it to satiate your apetite. You have to dip the rest of the flavourless chicken in the mango chutney to at least experience some taste with your meal.
The ambience is great, the service is solid, and the restaurant has handy parking, but the Chicken Tandoor dish is one that is best avoided.
The ambiance in the room was wonderful. The service was spot on and of course, the most important part the food was delicious. I ordered the chicken tenders and fries to start which were AMAZING. The steak that I got for my entree was a bit undercooked but I didn't send it back. The steak was mediocre but satisfying. If your looking for a cheap meal, cooked quite well, with beautiful ambiance...choose this earls!
Remembered my visit to this particular Earls back in Sept of 2007 was a very enjoyable experience, however, was quite disappointed this time round.
Was in with family for lunch, so not many patrons around. Our waitress was still pretty and polite, however, for a not-so-busy lunch, she was quite hard to locate and I had to actually get up and find her to get the bill.
My medium-rare sirloin was more like medium well, and for my dad who preferred medium, he got beef jerky. He asked me if someone had ordered their steaks welldone, if they would get a piece of charcoal instead...
Well, since the price came to only about 30/person, I guess we can't have too many expectations then...
Many things do change after 3 years... Another disappointing moment for my visit in Vancouver.
I agree with the reviews regarding the food (good), wine (good), waitresses (very good), prices (steep) but I disagree on the ambience. The ambience is just middle of the road. The good is inside with the ladies, decoration and so forth. The bad is the outside. It looks like a diner slash rv parading as a restaurant. And you charge how much? OK I will pay for the hiked dresses gladly but can't they make a more appealing building? I guess they want to be different from the Granville Island crowd but still. Keep the dresses and skirts, lower the pries and make something of the building please. Good to go.
This is a recommended restaurant to go for food and drinks with friends. They ahd guaranteed us and it was true that the waitstaff are tall and in nice skirts. That was a lively atmosphere, and the restaurant was full of classy and beautiful patrons.
The dishes were so good. I had the salad to start, and I asked for potatoes inside and theya ccommodated no problem. The fish was well herbed and agains erved with a smile. Since it was so fun we also had drinks. They have a full menu here. Recommended.
We decided on this trip into the city we would forgo our usual stop at the Rugby Club and go to Earl's instead. We hadn't been there in so long and were having dreams of Foccacia bread. Did not live up to the dream.
I would like to say that the meal was perfectly adequate cause that's what it was. Not outstanding. Maybe I had built it up so much in my head but I was left a little sad by it all. For the price it tasted overly processed - just not real (All in all it was quite a lot of money for the experience!!$$$). Not like it used to. The atmosphere was also a little dull. I guess the overall experience left me a little unimpressed and definitely made me wanting the atmosphere and prices of the Rugby Club.
If you can you should head over there to excite your taste buds and your wallet. Earl's was just a bit too tired for me. So sad.
There are so many sub-par, over-priced tourist/yuppie traps in Kitsilano, so maybe that makes a decent place seem way better than it should, but I don't care. This Earls is literally my favorite overall restaurant in the neighborhood. I've been here so much the waitresses recognize us now.
Incidentally, I'm a food snob, I love French cuisine and I regularly eat and cook Asian, Mexican and other foods. But Earls specializes in regular North American fare with a slight gourmet/fusion twist and it's always good. Skip the anti-corporate lecture and just enjoy a good meal.
The food is always lightning fast and piping hot (if it's supposed to be). If they screw up, which is rare, they redo it and discount your meal even when you don't complain. Once they served a chicken sandwich with mayo to my wife, who had requested no mayo. She pointed it out with a smile and the server quickly rushed it back. A brand new sandwich arrived minutes later. The manager came over and apologized. We were stunned. Respect, efficiency and good service? We didn't know what to do with ourselves and almost broke into tears.
The food is quite good. Real snobs will turn up their nose, but the key here is flavor and dependability, and Earls provides both. The chicken and brie ciabatta is my favorite, but their pastas are good, steaks are decent and the appetizers are great, especially their calamari.
Drinks are also good. We like their martinis, although they've gotten a tad too fancy over the past couple years.
Price-wise it's also good. I'm a cheapskate, but compare their menu from two years ago - prices are basically the same. The drinks are a tad too pricey for me.
The service, as said, is impeccable. We never fail to have fun, have a laugh with the delightful waitresses and enjoy top-notch hospitality from beginning to end.
Whoever manages this branch deserves a pat on the back.
a big group of friends went to this Earl's restaurant for club formal dinner. It turned out to be excellent. The service was very prompt and we got our food really quickly even though it was 20 ppl group. The seafood spicy penne was extremely mouth watering so I totally recommend it. Apple porkchop was little too saltier than my friend expected and baby calamari just melts in ur mouth! Definitely going back to this place again. I wanna thank my waitress who spent 2 hours and half trying to serve us and get everything organized :)
Plus it was sort of birthday party event so we got all the plates and forks we need to share one cake between 20 people :P
Only thing was that the place was little noisy. Kinda expected from place like this. Im sure we were the most noisy group of all. Even still, it was hard for us to make conversation between people who are on the other side of the table.
Overall it was very pleasant experience and i will probably go back there again soon .. except this time probably much smaller group :)