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Earls

1185 Robson St
Vancouver, BC V6E1B5
Tel: (604) 669-0020
Fax: (604) 681-0435
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: American, Canadian
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout, Catering
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Patio, Television, Wheelchair accessible
  • Hours: Mon - Tue: 11:30AM - 11PM, Wed - Thu: 11:30AM - 12AM, Fri - Sat: 11:30AM - 1AM, Sun: 11:30AM - 11PM
  • 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.

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Good enough
By eating good food of Vancouver (128 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 7:26pm [Dine in]

Came here with a friend a couple weeks ago and got a double burger and fries. We also ordered an appitizer, but can't remember which one now.

I have to admit my burger tasted fresh and good and my friend reported that her food was good. Just find it a little on the pricy side.

Will return but am in no hurry

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Tested and True.
By moussy of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 30, 2006 - 2:47am [Dine in]

I've been to this location several times, for martinis, for appies and for entrees.

I have to say, Earl's is the best out of the chain restaurants in its genre. I would say Earls, then Moxies, then Cactus. The others don't compare.

Martini selections are pretty good. I prefer the Pear martini. Sweet and fruity!
Appies are good, especially the calamari. The wings are a bit too boring....would be better if they had different flavours. I'm sure they do, cause I had honey garlic wings at the Guildford location.
I had the Cajun Chicken Salad, and I must say, this deserves a 5 star. I love the focaccia, which complements the salad perfectly. The dressing is just right, and the chicken is well seasoned and huge. The price is def. worth it. I think this beats the spicy seafood penne that I usually order. Simply delicious.

Service kinda lags because theres so many people here all the time. The ambience is pretty good, like the other Earl's locations. The patio is alright too, but beware the noise and some of the spots don't have heaters, so expect to be a bit chilly in some areas.

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Definitely avoid during busy hours!
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 17, 2006 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

I was on a Earls reminiscing run & ended up eating through different locations back to back almost & for multiple meals! Yeah, I know, how boring, right? But hey, the 1 dessert & wines are good! But beware, at least in this location, a wine by the glass was served flat & nearly flavourless! Also the otherwise mouthwatering tortilla soup came barely luke warm. I understand it's the wkend high volume time, but it's just the norm for the entire d/t eateries esp. larger chains like Earls & their competition across the street! I caught myself eyeing Moxies throughout the night.

The main server we had was pleasant, warm & friendly, but she wasn't the one to bring our dishes to us. The girl that did that brought the soup & the mains out the same time... so, I'm staring at my Thai pizza & then I'm staring at the spoonless bowl of soup she just placed down in front of me, as well as my friend's food. She had to make another run for utensils though w/o any prompting from our part. I touched my pizza to check the temp. & it seemed well warmed. So I figure I'd start on the soup quickly then try a bite of pizza before it gets cold. As I make for my first scoop of soup I find that the sour cream that's normally at least half floating on the surface was actually entirely hidden as it's sunken mid-way through. So maybe it wasn't the kitchen's fault for serving it cold, rather it was sitting barely being heated under a heating lamp or bare table waiting for it to be brought out. I suppose, to save time, the busser decides to see to other tables & wait until the entire order was ready for our one table b4 bringing the 1st course, that way, it saves some walking time. It really ruined my meal as the night before, I had a few spoons of the delicious soup from my companion & decided I must have more of it this night!

That aside, the same soup that's $4.99 @ Fir, is actually $6 on Robson. So the food & drinks are just more expensive here.

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Good food, just not PC
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 10, 2006 - 7:21pm [Dine in]

I tried this place with some business associates, and I was impressed. The service was great, the food was good, and the ambience was terrific. A bit noisy though. I had the Siciian pizza, which was tasty, and my companions had the Thai noodles, and the hot chicken salad.

The wierd thing is the servers, hosts, etc, were all attractive 20'ish young women wearing low cut tops. I really came for the food not the view, and I was a little shocked at the exploitation of these unfortunates. I'm sure they are there of their own free will, but still it was unsettling.

Message to Earl's: Women aren't toys!

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Choose wisely
By whoelius of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 12:53am [Dine in]

Earl's On Top is a difficult one to rate with star ratings. For example, if you pick the right dish, it's one of the best on the Downtown peninsula (more on the ribs and chicken later); and if you don't, you'll quickly forget you ate it. As a fellow reviewer pointed out, if you go here when it's busy, the service will most likely be desperately amateurish; otherwise it'll be friendly and surprisingly knowledgeable, even with the delightfully short skirts.

My fianceé and I have been here at least 50 times in the last year as it's in such a convenient spot right above London Drugs, and usually we go at moderately busy week nights when the waiting isn't overwhelmed and the music doesn't burst the eardrums.

Usually we'll go for so much food that we end up taking a lot of it home. A starter course comprising of a simple but exceptional wedge of pan bread with a saucer of dipping vinegar and oil, and perhaps appetiser plates of ribs and some hot wings (the latter should be mandatory, the wings are incredible) set us up nicely for the exceptional entrée.

That Cajun blackened chicken breast with hickory back ribs and potato salad warrants a 6-star rating. We've had it more than twenty times and never does the tenderness of the chicken or the flavour of the ribs fail to impress. The potato salad on the side is so good that I think I could live on it and it alone for a month. I think that dish is about $29 and it's still a bargain.

As an Englishman, I'm somewhat disappointed by the lack of variety where the beer is concerned. One would expect a much wider range at a place like this. On the other hand, the martinis are expertly mixed, so a bit of Sex Appeal can suffice.

There have been disappointing times, though. Just a few weeks ago I tried the tacos and they were the epitome of bland. But then, to balance it out, just last week I tried a burger there - simply because I was in a big silly burger and beer mood - and it was the best burger I've ever had, completely outclassing the likes of Handburger Mary's. It was 8 ounces of sirloin steak!

The service can be good and it can also be totally retarded. Regulars will know which members of staff to avoid. Sometimes you can get lucky and all will be fine and dandy.

While not low, the prices are fair. The martinis seem somewhat overpriced while the food is good value (if you pick the right thing, of course). At weekend, the lounge/bar area can get very noisy, but the dining area is still quiet and comfortable.

We love Earl's On Top because we know what they do well - and that they do brilliantly - and we don't ask much of the service. If you pick something that isn't one of the chef's specialities, and you pick it on the wrong day, you'll probably avoid it like the plague in future.

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A Sight for Sore Eyes
By bigeater1980 of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 26, 2010 - 10:42pm [Dine in]

This is definitely the place where the waitresses are good-looking. And the steak is great. Service is a little slow. Will come back here maybe for business clients, but not for going out with buddies as this place is pricey. They did have nice tvs to watch games in but going to other pubs would be better for watching games and getting drunk.

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FlavourFul & Fun
By Keithguyman of Vanc (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 10, 2010 - 11:17am [Dine in]

I had a pretty enjoyable experience at the restaurant. I have never been to an Earls before, so it was a welcoming experience. The atmosphere was fun but it would've nice to be seated at a better location.
They had seated us right in-front of the big screen. So, only 1 side of our table to was able to watch tv.
The food was very good. However, I don't think it was worth the prices listed. On a positive note, the ladies were attractive and cute. The steak was really tasty. Since they were upscale we had wine.
So, if you want some wine & a good dessert, I would recommend the restaurant. Otherwise, you have to be rich to afford the experience.

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This is a 'wow' for me!
By softwareguy of new west minister (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

All I can say is W-O-W. We have been frequenting the pubs in the area as well as Moxie's but this location of this restaurant takes the proverbial CAKE. They have the nicest waitresses ever. They cheered me up in their glory. Everyone could only comment on the girls cheerfully working here.

The Chicken taco was nice you get two. (I could eat just 6 of them for dinner). All the food was good. The hummus is homemade with a lot of roasted garlic. It comes spread on some flatbread as is the caprese salad.Chopped up a bit and served on flatbread too. The calamari was with a homemade tzaziki sauce.

I will be back but for dinner. One hour lunch wont do it.

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great service
By PDXGRL of Portland (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

Had my birthday dinner here, the spinach feta dip was amazing. Not too rich and had plenty of bread to eat it with. The service is the reason I'm writing this review; all of the servers were very friendly and not pretentious. I felt at ease and not overlooked.
I know it may be a weird thing to note, but the bathrooms were well worth the trip upstairs. We also tried their martini specials, large and very good. I highly reccommend this restaurant

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Great summer setting.
By pearly_whites of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

After a day out in the beach, the patio of Earls was a great place for dinner. Since me and a girlfriend sat right by the fire, there was a nice, needed coziness outside while the sun was setting along with the soft lighting. Great service, but why were there only female servers? Good food and moderate pricing. Made an enjoyable night out!

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Above and beyond service
By dustin of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 5, 2006 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

Went here with my girlfriend and was very impressed with the service. When they didn't have the Guinness beer we ordered, the server brought back a sample of an alternative - much better then just coming back saying they were out. Later we moved inside from the patio since it was getting cold and the server was very accommodating. Friendly and cute throughout ;-).

The food wasn't gourmet, but very good for what it was. I love those skinny french fries.

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Great night out!
By FarajYassine of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 4:54pm [Dine in]

Earls on Top has a modern bar/restaurant approach with their décor, and the
servers enhance the feeling of a welcoming atmosphere. The provision of well-trained
staff, made the dinning and food experience spectacular. Throughout the evening, all
aspects of a guest experience were well covered, and brought the feeling of not
wanting to leave the grounds of the establishment.

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Fool me once...shame on you...
By frederation105 of Yaletown (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 1:16am [Dine in]

You know how the saying goes (I hope). And based on experience this review covers every Earls I have ever been to! Whoops, it looks like I have fallen victim to that old saying myself. Let's face it places like Earls are meat markets under the guise of restaurants. And the salt!!! My goodness, one might as well bring a salt block along and lick it between drinks! Service has to be literally hunted for, and even then you might find yourself being evaded. Prices are outrageous for what you get. Definitely not recommended!

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Delicious Food at a Chain Restaurant in Downtown Vancouver
By vancityboy of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 1, 2012 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

I went to Earl’s on Robson with a few friends on a Saturday late evening (8pm). The experience was really enjoyable, from the friendly hostesses to the waiter to the food and drinks afterwards.
The restaurant is above London Drugs on Robson Street and Bute Street. There is also a patio that was open but we selected to sit in the dining area inside (there is also a bar/lounge area inside with TV screens showing sports.) The dining area was busy with most tables occupied (it was Saturday night after all). I liked the ambiance. The lights were dimmed and the carpets and leather booths, chairs made it look warm.
I had the Cajun Blackened Chicken for $20 as I heard good things about this particular dish from an online review. (There is also a Cajun Chicken, called Santa Fe, Salad for a few dollars cheaper – a lighter alternative to the entrée). In addition to the chicken, the entrée comes with coleslaw salad and warm potato salad. The Coleslaw and potato salads were okay in my opinion, but the chicken was very delicious - moist inside and great seasoning – just perfection. It was a large portion too, as there were two chicken breasts together.
Service was great. Our waiter was quick, efficient, and friendly with just the right amount of small talk.
They had one of my favourite beers on tap, the Phillips Brewery Blue Buck Pale Ale, which came in a large pint glass for about $7 or so. It was very tasty. After dinner we had a drink each – I opted for the Honey Badger – a highball of Jack Daniels with Apple and Lemon juices. Double as that was their Saturday special for the price of a single. It tasted great and reminded me of a Whiskey Sour proper cocktail.
In terms of value, I gave a score of 2, as the food was a slightly overpriced I believe, but not by much, maybe a few dollars. For the chicken, I would expect around 17-18 dollars. The drinks were not cheap but unfortunately similar prices to the other casual restaurant chains out there.
I would recommend this restaurant, but as others have reviewed before, it matters what you order. If you order one of the dishes that they do a good job at (the Cajun Chicken salad/entrée for example) then it is decent value and great food. It’s best to ask the waiter what he recommends. He commended us on our choices. I would return there, but occasionally, maybe for a date or similar, as it is a bit pricey for more casual nights out.

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Very Complete Package All Around
By candy g of North Vancouver, Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 10:12am [Dine in]

The experience here was complete. They have very good service instincts and served us exactly as we wanted. The food was personalized exactly as we requested and with a smile I might add. The food was tasty and nothing we ordered seemed or tasted greasy or oily. That is important to me. Wine was available by the glass. We are not big drinkers. They are busy but served us well and the quality check was sincere. I have to add that I know why my husband really likes this place (could it be the waitresses uniforms?) but the food is good and the ambiance is there so I am secure with myself.

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Only came for friends, but not food
By ab1 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2012 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

Food is consistent but not impressive. I've been here twice and I've always had a good time, but never fully satisfied with the food. Neither were my friends. However, it's not worth complaining about, but more of a nice meeting you, probably won't see you again type of place. It's just another franchise restaurant that's convenient, known, but average food.

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Decent place, but not great
By olivegreen of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 22, 2007 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

Food: Pretty decent food. I quite like their caesar salad and chicken wings. Drinks are decent too (both taste and price).

Service: Our waitress was probably too busy with other tables, as she didn't smile very much at us.

Ambiance: My friends and I really enjoyed the atmosphere here. It was packed full of people and very busy. Seemed like a bustling place with lots of action. The big screen TVs are also quite appealing.

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