The Elbow Room was started in 1983 by Patrick Savoie and Brian Searle. It's original location, at 720 Jervis Street, was located in the first mayor of Vancouver's house and was declared a heritage building. In 1996, we moved to our present location and also acquired a new partner, Soheil Sadri. After almost 20 years, we are still going strong. Come and check out our World Famous Breakfasts or our Fabulous Lunches.
My husband and I escaped the teenagers and went for a little retreat to downtown ( 5 glorious days!) I was feeling a little bereft of abuse
(no kids) and we thought we'd head to the Elbow Room for some. What we received instead was good food and attentive service!
My husband said the burger he ordered was one of the best that he had ever had, I had the BLT, it was good. A nice restaurant, next time I'll bring the teenagers ! (staying downtown for Mother"s Day)
I must begin by saying that the pancakes here are incredible! Packed with fresh fruit and huge, I loved every bite! I totally get the concept of the café and what they are trying to pull off, but I must say I was expecting a little more attitude and fun from our server. Too scripted and our serve seemed a little awkward with the entire situation...that or she was just tired of “performing.” Other than that it was well-worth the experience and food.
When I'm in Vancouver, breakfast at The Elbow Room is a must! Standard breakfast fare with a splash of West Coast-ism. I have only experience the notoriously foul service once, and I loved it!
Suggest the Benny for breakfast, but anything on the menu will do. Always good to go with friends and family (over 14 years of age). Check out the "star" wall! Everybody has been here!
If you want a taste of contemporary Metro Vancouver, take a bite out of the Elbow Room!
I was but a few short years ago when cafeteria's banished crappy food: cold hashbrowns made from frozen, powdered hot chocolate, overcooked scrambled eggs, but the Elbow Room gave me a nostalgic experience! Brought guests from out of town, paid $9.00 for bacon and eggs which were cold! A little brown cup of cold diced hashbrowns get real! The waitress discouraged us from ordering hot chocolate because it was the 'cheap' stuff from an envelope. Wake up Elbow Room! You are surrounding by exceptional restaurants with quality fresh ingredients. The fruit omelette arrived with canned pineapple; if you are going to be so gusty as to create a menu item like this, hit it out of the park or don't bother. My scrambled eggs were overcooked and kind of spread all over the plate, without care. Your food, and schitk are about as old as the photos on the wall. You are a candidate for Kitchen Nightmares, I can here Gordon Ramsey yelling at you already - out of your best selling bread at 10am?! cold food?! Cheap hot chocolate?! Watery, crappy cheap coffee?! Canned, unfresh food/!
Some good things don't last, or do they just fail to keep up with all the progress surrounding them?
The Elbow room on Davie is a Vancouver institution. If you are like so many of us and enjoy the post party breakfast then you know this place. For the un-initiated, i highly recommend going if you appreciate a good breakfast and can put up with a whole lot of attitude. Although the rude service is apart of the Elbow rooms kitsch, honestly you need to provoke the servers if your looking to see fireworks. Otherwise they are simply short with you, and could be mistaken for a server at any other diner in the city. Please note, currently the Elbow Room serve my favorite hash browns, and if your not up for re-filling your own coffee don't bother going. ;-)
I've been to Elbow room a few times and has a fun concept of acting as a New York style restaurant. Rude staff is their game and can give you a good chuckle. For me, I find it makes me feel a bit uncomfortable, so unless I'm in the right mood I normally won't choose this place first.
The food is typical good ol' breakfast fare: tasty and large portions. I can never finish my meal so I usually end up donating to the charity.
If you want a hearty homestyle breakfast, this is the place to go. The servings are large and it hits the spot when you feel like a big plate of bacon, eggs and toast. I found the coffee to be a little lame which was a disappointment when the food was so great. However, I am really picky about my coffee so that might just be me.
I went to The Elbow Room because I had heard about their food but nobody warned me about the nature of the service that this place is known for. I quickly found out that being rude and sometimes even harassing is their schtick. On the one hand, this attitude is what the restaurant is known for and a part of the Elbow Room experience. You are therefore really voluntarily submitting yourself to it when you go. On the other hand, that type of rude banter isn't really my thing and makes me feel really uncomfortable. I was afraid to make eye contact with anyone that worked there and believe me, I never would have had the guts to actually ask for anything I thought was missing or complain.