Uniquely gourmet, healthy, fresh food, great coffee, baked goods
As soon as I entered, I liked this place. The decor is very modern and tasteful, and the atmosphere casual and comfortable. We ordered a butter chicken with rice, and an omelette for lunch. Both were pretty good, except the chicken was a little bit dry. The service, though, was not something I was happy with. It's not that they were rude or anything. It was just very slow and disorganized. It looked like the workers weren't sure who was supposed to do what, and they tried to avoid eye contact for a long time, until they were ready to come to your table. If they could just work harder on the service department, this restaurant has a huge potential.
Went to Edge Cafe for brunch on sunday. It was a very wet day so wanted some comfort food. The restaurant was not busy so got seated right away. i had the salmon sandwich and my friend had the beef dip. Both were good as they use wild salmon for sandwich. It was a bit overcooked. Coffee was decent but don't get the dark roast as this was very bitter. The place got filled up very quickly after we had ordered our food. It was not a cheap place as it cost about $40 for 2 sandwiches and coffee. The portions are big so you did not go hungry. I might try other things when i am in the area. parking can be tough. Their deli counter take out looked good also.
Came here today with my partner and we had the turkey cranberry sandwich, vegetarian sandwich (both were in the panini press & both came with chips) We also shared the quinoa squash salad. The meal was very good and portions were large. We couldn't finish the salad and took it home. The sandwiches were $8 each and the salad (lg) was $4.50. The bonus was we had an Entertainment Book coupon. The bill was $22 but was only $14 after the coupon. The value is decent for the quality of their ingredients - even if we didn't have a coupon. Service was friendly and they seem to chat up their regular customers. We even got our waters refilled while sitting outside on the patio. (I didn't mention that you initially order at the counter and you get a # & they bring you your meal. You get some service but not full). Sitting on the patio was nice, we were in the shade. The ambiance inside was clean and everything looked well organized and uncluttered. The area up front where you order is very spacious which is appreciated because most places you feel like you're in everyone's way while everyone is still trying to figure out what they want. The bathrooms were clean as well. I'm excited to go back to try their coffee and butter chicken.
Okay, I've been coming here at least once a week if not more for many months now. The food is good but I'm not impressed with the service. I wrote a review below a while ago but this is an update.
The food here is still above average to really good. I've been ignoring their "lack of service" because the food usually made up for it. But now I'm sick of it. I ordered over the phone and they told me to show up in 15 minutes. I show up and wait in line. When it's my time, I tell the cashier I'm here for the pickup. He's a little confused and can't find my order. They tell me to wait. I step back and let them help other customers. I see a few ppl place an order and receive their food while I'm still standing there looking like a jackass. None of them acknowledge me or even bother asking me why I'm just standing there. Finally 23 minutes later, they tell me that they lost the ticket that had my order on it. GRREEAAATT!!!
So, they lost about $40 to $50 worth of business from me per month. That's $480 to $600 per year.
I'm lucky in that the 3 block radius around my place of employment there is a plethora of restaurants.
Vancouver being so culturally diverse that sometimes it's a treat to go out to a cafe and having a good old sandwich.
I've been to Edge cafe several times, but only to have coffee and/or some baked treats. I actually never really looked at their lunch menu and today decided to have my birthday lunch there after reading the reviews.
I decided on the turkey swiss panino and my goodness, it was so delicious! The sourdough cranberry bread compliments the turkey so nicely, and there is a sprinkle of either thyme or rosemary that makes the whole thing work so well. My only complaint is that it was gone in a flash!
I didn't have the soup, but I will have to go back to try some next time.
I had the pecan tart, which was good, but you can't really screw that one up.
The service was good. You order up front and get a number and wait for your food to come out. People came around often enough to collect finished plates. The girl who took my coffee and tart order seemed a bit challenged in that she forgot about my tart and looked at me oddly when I asked for it.
Overall, it's a nice cafe with better than average cafe food.
Hi, This restaurant was great because on April 18 my family had a dinner at this place. The food was amazing, the service was very attentive and professional. I love there Ambiance because they have these comfortable chairs. I think this restaurant could improve on there wine selection and beers but everything else is good.
I work in the area and am a regular at the Edge Cafe. I think that they do what they do really well. I love the restaurant and find the staff friendly and helpful. I know them and they know me and I Iike that.
The menu is broad and the specials keep it new. The soups are all made in house by there own chefs and they are really varied and interesting, There is a coconut cream soup that I love, and they do a really good barley beef - whatever the daily specials are they are worth a look.
My favorite items in the morning are the breakfast wrap and the breakfast biscuit. I don't have time to sit down in the mornings so breakfast to go is my choice. The biscuit and wrap are so much better than the processed stuff from the big fast food guys.
The coffee is from 49th Parallel a local vancouver roaster and I think it is the best in the city. Amber the barista in the morning is really good she makes great lattes and she is really efficient and friendly.
Lunch is frequently quite busy, I think that sometimes they get a bit jammed up but it is worth a little wait. Really good panino's, turkey cranberry is my favorite, some interesting salads there is a fruit and feta cheese one that was a real surprise, the butter chicken is a regular dish that is delicious, the daily hot specials are always worth a look.
I love this place, it is really a great atmosphere, comfortable seats, modern decor, and when it is nice out two good patios. It is a far nicer atmosphere than you would expect for the food prices. I frequently bring people here for a business lunch. I am a big fan of independant restaurants, I hope The Edge is super successful.
Stumbled upon the Edge last week and had the lamb stew special. It was amazing, with scallop potatoes - yum. The day was nice and we decided to sit on the patio - it was fabulous. The area has really changed now that Best Buy and Save On (among others) are down there. It has a much more hip commercial drive type vibe to it (great people watching). Licensed so we had a nice beer to go with our meal and then had a few more after. Great meal in a great place. I know where I'll be dropping in this summer. Didn't hurt the pocket book either.
Went for bruch last Saturday after a long absence. I used to love their Edge burger but it wasn't nearly as good as I remembered it. The burger itself seemed smaller and had more filler in it. The foccacio bun was way too big and wasn't fresh; it must have been day old. What a chore trying to eat this massive half stale bun that was too big for the patty. Also the fries used to be excellent and home cut fresh potatoes and these ones were the frozen regular cut kind. My companions enjoyed their breakfasts but we noticed the basic breakfasts had all gone up by $2.
We order for take-out from this place quite frequently and I always have to go fetch. I've never actually sat down to have a meal here and we only really order breakfasts aside from the odd soup & sandwich combos.
The service is always very good and I find that the counter crew is very receptive as soon as you walk in the door. There's always a smile and a greeting even if they can't get to you right away. The acknowledgement is appreciated.
The lentil soup that they regularly have available is quite good and every time I've had a sandwich it's been decent.
Where the Edge falls short, in my opinion, is in their breakfasts. They offer a different eggs benedict and omelette special on different days and while these specials usually sound pretty good they're consistently inconsistent in quality when you actually get them.
The potatoes are usually a little overdone or just warmed from being cooked previously -- one time they were the deep-fried pre-cut sort. It was a real surprise considering how they push their "gourmet" offerings. The add-ons like bacon or toast range from perfect to soggy...and lately it's been the latter.
It's okay -- but just okay.
I'd lean towards their sandwiches and baked goods because I've never had a bad experience with them but the breakfast is all over the place to the point where I find myself re-considering.
I'll be the first to admit that take-out can sometimes take a thrashing in the box but I'm usually prompt about picking it up and it doesn't have far to go.
Very hit and miss with the breakfasts...I would wonder about trying their other offerings from the kitchen with that kind of inconsistency.
I finally found time to check out the new location of the edge cafe, looking quite forward to it after loving what I tried at the smithe and cambie location, and was quickly dissapointed. Too many restaurants make the poor decision to change what htey are doing in the kitchen when they open up a new loaction and the edge cafe has followed suit. I used to make a couple of trips a week to the cambie location for the absolutely amazing and always changing soups (sometimes 3 different each day) which is a feat in itself, and every time I tried one of there new creations, it took the winter chill out of my bones ( the squash was my favorite). Having such a high opinion of them, the fall to where my palate was left was quite severe. The food tasted like it was made without passion, thrown together and I will not be returning.
Another restaurant that tried to fix something that wasn't broken.
I disagree with the other reviews of Edge Cafe. I went yesterday lunch and had a burger (the Yukon). The patty itself clearly came out of a box, something you would expect at a football game. It was greasy on the outside and dry on the inside. The bun was coated in butter (and grease) and tasted like a bun that wonderbread would make. Fries....greasy.
Service was unattentive. I felt as though I was inconveniencing them to be in the cafe.
The coffee was the only saving grace.
Will not be back.
This wonderful new cafe is the sister of the well established Edge Cafe in Yaletown at Cambie and Smithe. I visited the new location on Yukon St for the first time last night and with delight found my new favorite place for great food and comfortable ambiance. The cafe is eye catching from the street and the eye appeal continues into the interior. Bright, airy, and classic. This location has a very comfortable patio as well as a classic styled dining area. The menu is varied and interesting. The ingredients are fresh and full of flavor. We started with the spinach and artichoke dip served with flat bread. Yum! It was a very healthy portion for 3 of us to share. I had the Asian salmon sandwich with Edge fries. The sandwich had a huge piece of salmon with cilantro and peppers. The fries were good but a little greasy for my taste. Next time I am gonna go with a soup or salad. My friends had the crab cakes, pollo picante, and edge gnocchi. I tasted the pollo picante, why doesnt everyone serve chicken this way? And also the gnocchi. Both were full of flavour and served in healthy sized protions. All the dishes were presented beautifully and the plates were all very colourful. We all commented on the reasonable prices and while the service was good, our server seemed a little over eager which made us a little uneasy. I am sure the staff will settle in very soon and make their guests as comfortable as the rest of the dining atomsphere does. Overall, I have to say I am very excited for this new offering just off Broadway, and cant wait to try more of the varied menu.
I tend to be more than forgiving. I have worked in the area where the edge is. My work friends have told me time and time again about this place. The first time i went in i just got an americano and a pastry. The rasp. almond square was out of this world on the other hand my americano lacked the skill of a trained barista.
The next time i went in for a take away lunch. Lets start off with the chaos customers don't where to go, the lady at the counter telling each and everyone she served the same story. by the time it was my turn to hear about the fabulous butter chicken, i had already wasted 10min of my lunch break. I hade made my decision and wanted a specialty sandwich of the day, I also ordered a bowl of 5 spiced eggdrop soup. i was directed to a cash register where another girl asked me what i ordered! i was a bit confussed and retold her what i wanted. I waited and now with 20min of my lunch gone i was heading back to work. Now was it worth it yes it was tasty and different.
Over the course of the next 3 months i have learned that you call ahead or eat in. I had not had breakfast at the edge yet and a few weeks ago i went in to have brunch with my wife and friends. When we came in we were a bit suprised at the state of the dinning room messy. The servers that were working were in need of a helping hand that wasn't comming. We waited and waited and waited almost 35min for what i will call below average fair. Overcooked eggs, cold toast, poor coffee. Can i say it was a bad day? maybe but how many times do i have to give this place a chance?
I have eaten at the Edge now on more than a couple of occasions and have enjoyed my meals and the restaurant immensely. The Salmon burger and the soups are exceptional and I have no complaints at all with the service. We have also been there for the Sunday brunch with my whole family (5 of us) and everyone enjoyed their meals (great hash brown/home fires). I think Bobwashere's comments are probably unfounded - I have been there plenty of times and not experienced any of the stuff he's talked about.