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.
Actually, I'd like to give the food a 2.5, the service 3.5, and the ambiance a 3.5, but since we can't award half points, this will have to do.
I ordered the grilled chicken with brie and sauted apple sandwich, with a green salad. The food was good and nicely presented, and the servers were friendly and attentive.
The room is very nice indeed, and it would seem this, and the location are the key elements in this restaurant's success.
It's a bit noisy in there for my liking, but I suppose there's no way around it given the design of the space.... the sound carries around that cavernous open space.
The bar is an excellent area to catch the Canucks. Lots of tables and bar stools for a restaurant. Also there are many TV's. The projection TV is a bit fuzzy during the day. The service was excellent as they didn't rush you nor did they constantly come by to get the beer count high. Good appies to much on as standard at the Earl's.
I was finishing work, super hungry and knew that Earls was open late. I was greeted by the hostess, who either didn't understand english very well and adding to loud music made the conversation awkward.
I sat in the bar, watching the TV screens and listening to music, when my server who was nice & friendly, throughout my meal.
I could eat several cows, that kind of hungry, and had ordered 7 oz sirlion steak & it came with veggies and garlic mashed potatoes. I also asked for garlic bread, which wasn't all that good, it was soaked in too much garlic. My steak arrived at the same time with my garlic bread, and thought the steak had lots of flavour and tasted great. Loved the mashed potatoes, but the green beans, lack flavour and was on the soggy side. I think the chef must have been tired, since my bread and veggie lack appeal.
My late night meal hit the spot, my server was prompt & friendly, and I left full.
I'm positive I'll be back again.
The boyfriend pursuaded me to join him and his friends at this Earl's location. Here's a tip...make reservations! Although the wait wasn't that long (for a table of 8, we probably waited about 45-50 minutes).
The ambiance, I cannot lie, is very desirable. From the smooth auto doors, to the nice looking bar, big screen mounted tvs, to the awesome VIP area. The music is pumped pretty loud, so unless you want to scream out your conversations, I would suggest requesting a table in the back area by the kitchen.
I've been to an Earl's just a week before and I noticed that the prices at this location were about $2 more than the other ones. but looking around, you know why you're paying extra. Prime location...
The service was ok. Our server at least tried to look like he wanted to be helpful. Would I come back? Based on parking availability alone, I don't think so.
I'd be perfectly happy dining at the other locations.
was downtown with some associates & had 90 minutes to kill before resuming our work, so we walked over to Earls. It was a Tuesday at 12:30 PM and we were immediately seated. Two of us split the cajun chicken caesar, one had asandwich and the other chowder & sushi.
The meals came promptly, the only hitch being they forgot the chicken on the Caesar, but this was quickly rectified. Food and service were both very good. Tab about $60.
Earls can’t seem to decide on an atmosphere. They seem to try and keep up with a trend more than a menu. The service is quick and friendly, but the Paramount feel is more like a night club than a casual restaurant. I would like to see them stick to the fresh kitchen dining they started with vs. the coolest room on the block.
I have been to every Earl's in Vancouver and then some. The Paramount has the best ambiance with its design and crowd. The guys always pick this joint and I'm starting not to mind because the baseball cut steak, the thick pork chop, the wings, the pasta and the edamame are all pretty good. For a casual and quick meal before a movie, you can count on Earl's for consistency. The margaritas and bellinis are great and they have an exceptional wine list for this calibre of restaurant - fairly priced too.
I've been to this location once several months ago, and it will stay that way b/c my experience was that bad.
Was there w/ a large party, service was horrible. Amazingly SLOW and completely inattentive. Server forgot to bring almost everything we asked for, orders were missed, and he never came to follow up on our meal. To add insult to injury, a mandatory 18% tip was added to our bill! For what?!? We didn't get any good service! Management also doesn't care b/c our complaints went unanswered.
Food was alright. Some dishes were good... others were really bad (not cooked to order). Drinks were decent. The food also took an extremely long time to arrive (over 40 min).
Great ambiance to this joint. Nice high ceilings, very trendy decor. But music was too loud.
Go for the ambiance if that's what you care about, but be prepared for service that's lacking in every aspect.
My fiancée and I spontaneously turned into Earls today after a lazy Downtown Sunday. I had a hankering for a steak and as we're regulars at another Earls outlet, I was curious as to how good this location would be.
We were seated with the usual Sunday recital of 'How was your weekend?' - which we both hate as it is none of the business of a stranger who'll have forgotten us by the next day - near a column of televisions, which was great for me as the boxing was on.
With my beer I ordered the 10-ounce steak and with hers the fiancée plumped for the half order of chicken and baby back ribs. I can proclaim from vast experience that both of those are sure winners at Earls. My steaks have always been cooked to perfection and the chicken and ribs dish is supremely succulent. The chef today was true to form, providing us both with an excellent meal. I was close to rating it with five stars.
The good lady's instructions were to have her potato salad without corn, and asparagus instead of coleslaw. The result was that a waiter moved to put a squash soup on our table and my fiancée's plate was missing the vegetables. I'll leave that one to the reader to figure out. The soup was a mystery to everybody. We then asked for a finger bowl and we got a coffee cup of cold tap water with a slice of lemon in it. Once I'd finished my meal, my plate was on the table for a good five minutes before it was removed, despite there being three and often four waitresses gossiping to one another about some typical Vancouver girl nonsense not three yards behind me.
The management clearly isn't as stringent as it is at Earls on Top (Robson Street), where the service is very strong and very attentive.
The value is typically solid and today the beers were $4 each, so that's good.
I liked the setting - the televisions were nice the music wasn't blazing. Our waitress had on a fabulously short skirt and she jiggled delightfully, but that only appeased one of us and we left the restaurant more baffled at the Barbie-Girl service than delighted with the food.
This is the nicest restaurant that I've ever seen. It's also a great place to watch the hockey game as they play with full volume and they bring down the big screen. But much like the other Earl's restaurants, the food is pricey and a bit dicey. The service here isn't quite as good as the other places, probably because this place is always sooo busy!
The only reason I go to earls is because I love the grilled chicken and baked brie sandwich. I've been to this location a few times and I'm a fan of the layout. They've done a good job here, I've sat in both the lounge and dining area and it's nicer than the Joeys a couple blocks over in both respects.
Today however, the service was awful. The restaurant was pretty much empty but somehow the girl found ways to make herself otherwise occupied ie. setting empty tables, chatting with the bartender, things of that sort. My girlfriend had to ask a different server to bring her water, this was 10 minutes after asking our server...the second server brought the water before our original one, who brought it to the table and was somehow dumbfounded by how we got the water without her.
Anyways, I'll return for the room and my favorite sandwhich, but it wouldn't hurt them to invest in some server training or perhaps having the manager keep a closer eye on his girls.
I am not a huge Earl's fan - but went there because a friend insisted. Had the Albacore Tuna app (very poor - avoid at all costs) and the Naples Pizza (so-so) - so skip it; my friend had the Kuang Pao Prawns - he wasn't impressed. So, on the whole, food below average. On the other hand service was friendly and efficient (yes, I know the girls are hot - but it would be nice if the food tasted a whole lot better).
Our waitress was charming and quite efficient - so can't really blame her for the poor lunch. Think I'll just avoid the place altogether.
even though they are getting really expensive I love this place. I Love this place! I had been before and had a great time, so i brought a date for dinner and dessert last Saturday....what a blast! Earl's' definitely gained a more regular customers that night! The girl was very happy and came over afterwards, the waitresses were clearly foreign beauts imported from somewhere pretty and I loved their steak and wine. Everyone should attempt the meat platters, and anything off the martini list (love the Aretha). They do in fact have some policies everyone may not agree with, but ive never had any trouble paying for the great service and eye candy entertainment!!
Shockingly Top Notch. If all the Earls are this good then we have truly been missing out on a fantastic chain. The food was excellent. the fish for dinner is fabuolus. If you don't already know the difference between trendy and wanna-be you soon will. I was taking someone for dinner so couldn't do too much, but if you wanna look at some pretty girls this place wont disappoint. If you like order one of the plates here. Wow. The girls were truly gorgeous. You know you wan 'em. I know I do. So I will go back.
I haven't been here in three years just because I was so unimpressed with the service I had here. I was 18 three years ago and my friends and I were celebrating a 19th birthday. She was the first of us to turn 19 thus the only one who could order alcohol which meant the server was not going to get a high bill (thus higher tip) and a high cheque average out of us. I guess this is why she turned all her attention to her other tables. For us, she took our orders, gave it to us, never checked up on our food and gave the bill when we asked. She also spilled water on our table and walked away. We asked another server if they had a cloth or something so we could wipe it up, she set some paper napkins on the table without a word and left. The only friendly person all night was the waitress at the end of the night who offered to take a group picture of us and made sure it was a good one.
We weren't being rude to them at all and we weren't louder than most of the other tables. I definitely witnessed a difference in treatment between us and the other customers. I think they must've also thought we didn't know how to tip (and yes, as a server, I can say it is quite common) but I have been taught how much to give. After the service, we gave them what they expected out of us. Food was good, but I'm not going to this location ever again.
Went there on a Saturday evening before a late show. Had to wait for half an hour for a table for two which was a bit much.
Finally got seated at a table in the lounge just by the staircase. I felt like I was sitting on the edge of a striptease stage as all the sixteen year olds trying desperately to look of age struggling in their high heels staggered there way upstairs to the bathroom. The floor was Vancouver's version of "silicon valley". There was monumental cleavage everywhere you turned. This is about the only appeal of the place if you like that sort of thing.
Aside from that, if you're a sports fan and let's face it - 99% of North American males wouldn't survive an evening without their giant tv screens. Canadian football was plastered all around the place in case you didn't have anything more interesting to look at.
If you are like my girlfriend and I just looking for a place to enjoy a couple of drinks and dinner before the show then I'd look elsewhere. The music was insanely loud and honestly I think they played the same song over and over again. The beat never changed and the sound system was tinny. Somebody correctly mentioned that this place was more like a nightclub than a restaurant. Vegas - this is no Vegas baby. At least Vegas has some variety - this place was full of barely legal girls and inebriated lotharios.
Our waitress was a perky little thing with a lovely dimpled smile. Service was definitely good once we sat down. My gf ordered a pad thai that arrived burnt! How they hell do you burn noodles? I ordered a thai green curry bowl that came overly salted and covered in cracked pepper. In short it was inedible. Apparently whoever prepared this dish doesn't understand that you can't mix the curry and rice beforehand otherwise the rice becomes soggy.
We each had a couple of cocktails and shared a dessert at the end. The bill came to a whopping $70.00! That was after one of the bowls was removed from the bill. Anyways, to cut a long story short... unless you're into oggling girls that have recently hit puberty and drinking way overpriced drinks don't bother with this chain. Generic was right!
We came here on a Friday night, but the restaurant was barely half full. Same ol' good food & drinks as most of the other Earl's locations, but I had an issue with the service.
So we were seated, our waitress came around to take our drink orders. I was the only one in our party not ordering any liquor and only asked for water and the dessert menu. After coming back 20 minutes later with everyone's drinks, she told me she would get my glass of water next. She then disappears for half an hour. She comes back after this and gets everyone's second round, TOTALLY ignores me and whisks off before I even get to ask her about my water or the fact that I wanted to order dessert. A few minutes later, she returns with second rounds for everyone and I FINALLY get to order dessert and remind her about my water, both of which I end up receiving 15 minutes later.
At first I thought they were understaffed that night, but there were 2 other waitresses standing around chatting with the hostess at the front of the restaurant.
The new location is great to look at. Maybe I just had unfortunate luck that night with our server. Oh, and the music is generic house/dance music awful.
I don't know what Myles is talking about. The people at this place are hardworking and fun! He's obviously never worked in the restaurant business... As an insider I know that all Earls employees go through 2 extensive interviews then 20 hours of training before their first day of real work. Give the girls a break - they are working hard doing a job that not many could do and look great while doing it. Besides, male servers stick to the restaurant and have always been wonderful as well. I think this Earls does a great job of balancing both a fun, hip, club-themed lounge and an upscale casual dining atmosphere in the same location. Plus, their wine list rocks and is really affordable - and they offer great drink specials every night of the week. If you want to have fine dining and $300 bottles of wines, go to Lumiere.
Otherwise, this is the best Earls by far that I've ever been to.
I was in this industry wayyyyy back in the late 70's and early 80's as a very young waiter in a mega popular locale. I made around $80 - $100 a night back then as i had a serious work ethic and loads of common sense. I was at this location the other night with a friend doing a little biz and we had the standard appies and beer. when my second beer arrived, I picked up the stemmed glass and proceeded to take my first sip when suddenly, the bottom of the glass "fell off" and beer split all over me! I was freakin soaked and my paper work was damaged as well. The waitress was very cool and apologetic ( what else could she do? ). The manager came over and apologized and frankly speaking, I saw the humor in it and enjoyed the balanced of the evening .... wet undies and all.
the food? its Earls...like CC and Joeys et all..... specializing in mediocrity and eye candy rather than food.
Now the sad part. My friend picked up the tab and the only thing the manager did was take a single beer off the price. I told him if it was me, I wouldn't pay a f _ _ _ _ _ g nickel of the bill. but hes a nice guy and paid up.
Now here's the common sense part. if I was the manager, Id have picked up the bill AND bought another round of drinks for the table and made sure the customer went home with wet undies AND a smile on his face. Then the review/recommendation/ of this place would have been completely different, and even if I dont really like the food, id be back to socialize and a have a few. Instead, they lost a loyal customer (my friend) and gained a critic who's going to tell a few people, and they'll tell a few people...... etc etc.
A little goes a long way in the highly competitive restaurant industry, and those that dont realize this soon have a "for lease" sign instead of a menu on their windows..
Came here with my girlfriend and the food was amazing ONLY because I used to work at an Earls before.
I know never to order pasta - those are gross.
Instead, we got the Italian pizza, hold pizza sauce, sub bbq sauce instead, extra basil. My goodness, this kind of pizza is almost to die for.
And we also got the Bronx burger, with half/half fries and salad. The thing was just so good.
Food was amazing, however service was mediocre. Oh and to add, the only reason why we came was because we had a gift card. Would I come here regularly? No.