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.
A group of five of us dropped in for dinner after a movie and after being told we had to wait 30 minutes for a table in the restaurant, we decided to sit in the lounge. The seats are way too low for the tables, and totally uncomfortable...I needed a booster seat!
Our waitress was cold and uninterested in serving us. After finally getting our order in, she served the appetizers only moments before the main (so much for enjoying those!) and didn't come back to ask how things were (awful).
The food quality has really gone down at Earl's, and the prices are unjustified. I had the Santa Fe Chicken salad - there was way too much dressing, the chicken rubbery, lettuce was soggy (slimy?) and the toppings were few and far between. The other meals around the table were not any better - the pizzas were cold on delivery. Pretty disappointing for prices that approach premium.
Don't bother with Earls - walk a few blocks down to Joey's or Cactus Club, which in my mind deliver better food and value for money for the same price point.
First off, the parking is insanely expensive, makes me feel like I'm paying for a meal in itself, it's about $18 to park for a movie and a quick lunch! If you park meter you would have to go out after 2 hours to refill the meter, be it in the middle of your movie or eating.
Now with that aside. I was pretty impressed with the decor of this Earl's, quite different from the casual atsmophere they use in the other locations. Starts off with dual sliding doors at the entrance, then a slick spiral staircase that takes you to the washroom (which is quite annoying actually, 15+ steps up the stairs just to wash your hands!) They have a very posh looking bar at the lounge (which is actually bigger than the dining area), very high ceilings. Lookin' good.
Food was very average, not much different from the other locations, kinda throws off the ambiance. The salad barely had any dressing which = no taste & the fries were a bit too salty for me.
Service was not bad, but not very good either. They would come by every now and then to ask if everything was ok, but they kept forgetting to get me things I asked for. (Napkins, water, etc) Usually I would rate them higher depending on how busy it is and cut them some slack, but it was pretty quiet since it was early afternoon.
Final Verdict: The atmosphere is good an' all but the food is the same as any other Earls, add that to the rip off parking and I'm sorry but I'd rather goto another Earl's. I might drop by for a drink if I'm in the area watching a movie.
Earl's has definitely found a very good designer, the room is very glam and exciting, urban and moderne, and all the other hot design terms.
Sadly the concept itself does not live up to the room. It is true to the earls concept, but the room is so much nicer than other earls locations, that the limitations of the food and service become that much more obvious.
The only reason we ever go here is its proximity to the movie theatre is very convenient. Hopefully earls can develop their food to a level to compare with this room...otherwise its a sad waste of such a nice space.
This place is gorgeous! One of the nicest Earl's I have ever seen. The prices can get out of hand if you have more than one drink it is going to be expensive so be prepared.
I had the spinach and feta dip which is, in my opinion, the best thing on the menu. TRY IT. I could just eat it with a spoon. The bread is house-made which made me very happy.
Our service was a little slow, luckily I was there with a friend so we were chatting away and we were comfortable waiting but we were left with just drinks and no food orders taken for a solid 20 minutes.
Overall, I'd go back for the ambience and spinach dip but I will remember never to go there on a time limit.
Good food and friendly servers! Hostesses were friendly and efficient, our server was really nice too. I love the dynamite roll and had the curry chicken that was yummy too. ! Great location too , close to robson, good place to stop in after a long day of shopping. I Will be back for sure!
I really enjoyed the night with my lady companion, this is a great restaurant to bring a date. The flavours that were put together wre fab. The price was a bit high, but that could be my fault for wanting only the best and impressing the young lady but I do have to say that everything tasted really great. This is not for taking a wife, but if your impressing women then do not hesitate. The blondie waitress herself was so confident in her own gorgeousness. I am sure my date noticed and went into competitive style.
For the appetizer we got the dip. The flatbread was hot and complimented the dip. Entrees were the oscar steak and the seafood mix pasta. The steak was great once we got into the middle (yes we shared), the edges were overcooked. But the flavours, the steak, veggies and radishes, were really great. The fried potatos were great too. I got the pasta too and it was wonderful but I couldn't finish it because it was so much. I left about 1/4th on my plate. For dessert we got the choco cake and it was delish!!! Probably my favourite part of the meal along with the wine the beautiful skirt suggested. The freshness made the dish, just wish it was not so expensive because the waitress great look and service made me tip extra!
I've been here twice. Once for drinks and once for dinner and drinks. The ambiance upon entering Earl's Paramount is really nice. Trendy, modern and new. Sat in the lounge area which is made up of leather low sitting bucket chairs. I think it's perfect for getting a drink, but I'd recommend sitting in the dining room if you're planning on dinner. The music and echo were a little bit loud and we had to raise our voices to talk to each other.
It was Friday, so I thought I'd order something a little more expensive on the menu and went for the $18 seafood linguine with scallops and prawns. Portion was good, but I was really disappointed with the dish. Prawns were okay, but the scallops were tiny and looked like they were quickly warmed up after being taken out of a freezer bag. Not seared at all and mushy. The sauce was totally ruined by being WAY too salty and the linguine was a little overcooked. Would I order it again? Probably not. My friend ordered the soup of the day which was Mexican style and she said it was good. $6-7, pretty big and came with a piece of bread.
I'd recommend Earl's for a few drinks (blended mojito's and margaritas are great) and a few appetizers (Chili Chicken is tasty...sushi is disappointing). The dinner dish I had was overpriced for what I got.
I had the spicy mixed seafood pasta and tasted very good. The portions were small however and the amount of generic seafood didn't warrant the $16 price tag. The rest of the dishes at the table were good including the steaks and the cajun blacken chicken and the cedar salmon. The servers were attentive and kept coming back and asking what we wanted, and each time we told them we wanted our food. They would say "yes of course" and laugh, like it was the most ridiculous notion ever postulated, and we would laugh along....our laughter died down after 40 minutes of starvation. They apologized for the wait and compensated by giving us....a mandatory tip.
But the restaurant was new and did have a good atmosphere so high points for ambiance.
Like any other Earl's only:
The atmosphere at this Earl's is a little over the top, considering the blaring house music, scantily clad all female staff, and 80% lounge area make this place more of a club than a restaurant. The dining area is tucked away underneath the staircase, and I would definitely not recommend letting one of the manipulative servers seat you there since it's a little cramped and off in the corner.
I live above the restaurant, and it's a great place to hang out, but not to dine.
If you go for Monday Night Football you might be lucky enough to catch "the girls" strutting around in sleeveless referee jerseys and heels. And I must say it's a great place to watch a game, considering there are huge plasma screens all over the walls and beautiful women, who manage to put half your stuff on someone else's bill by accident (has happened to me more than once), since the Earl's hiring process is definitely not competency based.
As always, the Earl's menu is trying to do too many things on a mediocre level, rather than making a few great items. The specials are always something to go home and cry about, regardless of how much the servers “romance” them.
Had an early evening meal with our 2 boys aged 5 and 7 - we were given a great table, in a quiet spot, but next the window with a view of the street. The server was helpful, and acccommodating of our two young boys. The cocktail of the day was fresh and beautifully mixed, and the food was fresh and tasty - good sized portions. They helpfully split an adult small plate between our two boys - and served this quickly. Whilst not geared up for children (no kids menu, coloring pens etc), I found the service and food selection better than most 'family' styled restaurant - parents still want decent food, in a nice atmosphere, and I would recommend this restaurant.
I tried earls for the first time a couple of months ago at the insistence of a friend who said the food is great. I ordered a sandwich with fries and I didn't enjoy it in the least. The fries were soggy and the sandwich lacked flavour. I went again with my co-workers (not by my own choice) and ordered a pizza which also lacked flavour. Today, I was craving garlic bread and it is the closest restaurant to my work so I ordered it from there, hoping it would taste decent. It was salty to the point of being bitter and my mouth is now full of a disgusting flavour that no amount of brushing has been able to get out.
DON'T EAT AT EARLS! I have been to more than one location and can safely say the restaurant is terrible.