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Fatburger

1101 Denman St.
Vancouver, BC V6G2M7
Tel: (604) 689-8858
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Burgers, Fast food
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Fri: 10:30AM - 10PM, Sat - Sun: 9AM - 10PM
  • Billing itself as "The Last Great Hamburger Stand", Fatburger is a 50s style burger joint, preparing made-to-order burgers, fries & milkshakes

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I'd rather Vera's
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 16, 2007 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

Girlfriend K and I came here 2 nights ago for a burger fix. I expected a good burger from all the hype about this place - both Vancouver and Las Vegas. Going in with such high expectations did ruin it a bit for me.

My burger was dry and bland. If it weren't for the condiments, there would be like eating foam. They did, however, offer seasoning salt at the table, but seasoning on the grill really tastes best. The fries were awesome! Nice and crispy to the last fry. Big points there. I also thought the price was pretty expensive for a basic burger - a combo for $10.

The service wasn't bad, but the girl taking our order had no personality what so ever. Her tone and body language screams "i hate this Job, I hate being here, I hate you". The manager was courteous and greeted people every chance he got.

I gave the ambiance a 4 not only because I love the whole diner feel, but also I felt they made a big effort making sure the eating area was clean - and it showed. The place was almost spotless.

Overall, I was not impressed by the burger here - it lacked flavour and moistness. I'd head next door to Vera's anyday.

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Just okay
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

The place has a good rep, and I heard about it from some friends, but man, was I disappointed. I had the boring burger, and my wife had the flaccid chili dog. It was just okay. Go to the Pantry if you want a mediocre burger or hotdog, and save some money. Better yet, drive to Rodeo Burger in Surrey and get a truly outstanding meal.

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I taste no fat
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 12:28am [Dine in]

When I think of Fatburger, I think of a juicy and flavorful beef patty but instead it was just a plain burger, nothing special. There was barely any taste. It seems like I can just buy a patty from Superstore and make one myself. There was no special sauce used. Or maybe it did but I tasted nothing but blandness. I was disappointed, I thought it'll be something incredible but it was just an expensive piece of burger.

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A Cheddar Detour
By richie_rich of vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 4:20am [Dine in]

Hello there,
I haven't had a good beef burger in months and one of my buddies had an appointment with the justice system to grieve a ticket he got makin a left turn during rush hours...oops!! Anyways, we decided on Fatburger after his run in with the law...we pegged a time of 130pm as it would be a non lunch zoo.
Parking is a bit of b**ch..... expensive on Denman Street if there is space and no parking after 3pm. Myself....I usually pay park on the side street of the Denman Mall next to No Frills or just a block in..free 2 hour parking on the left side or right side. I was lucky enough to find one just there.
I stepped inside the joint...nice modern 1950s decor with chrome accents..like all the other Fatburgers. My buddy was already inside ordering his meal....6oz burger with combo of fries and pop. I decided on the 6oz burger { MickyD's are 4oz quarter pounder} with Canadian Cheddar ($1.19) with my free topping of just RED relish, grilled onions and deli pickles. ADD a combo ($4.99)..... instead of fries or salad...got a side order of onion rings and of course the bottomless drink for a grand total of $14.88 and small tip of 50 cents. I have to add the cashier who was doing my order was the supervisor...he did things in a orderly and professional manner...no problems there. Anyways, got a number tag and sat down.
We had to wait about 5 to 8 minutes for our food to arrive. Verdict...my burger was tasty...beef was lean and semi juicy. The addition of cheddar and relish...brings back old school memories of a greasy spoon cafe on Princess street. My onion rings...well...non greasy ..standard fare..I still think A&W's rings are still the champ in this dept.
All in all...good burger...ok rings. Price is a tad expensive. A soft recommendation...a non occasionally treat. I almost forgot...what happened in court??...found out he beat the rap as the the copper did not show up to defend his issued ticket. All he said "I rather have burgers than a ticket anytime." I agree. Thanks for reading.

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Not worth the money
By bobo of vancouver (47 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 19, 2006 - 2:57am [Dine in]

Vera's half a block down the road is definitely better. This place is supposed to have big and juicy hamburger patties but I only found a small dry one. Perhaps my standards were too high. Everyone who asked me about this, I told them it's comparable to McDonald's.

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Another Terrible Burger!
By Davros of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

Once upon a time, I believed there was no such thing as a bad burger. Until recently, it seemed true. But visits to both here and Vera's have prooved me wrong.
The food here is obviously the least important part of the business. It looks like a nice homage to old diners. Set up as a fast food joint though. But it took 15 minutes to get my burger. There were no other orders in. I considered leaving but since you have to pay first, I felt trapped.
The burger is dry, bland and flavourless.
It isn't that difficult to make a nice burger. Whoever manages these places should look at fixing them. I'm sure people will start to realise how bad the food is here, and what a rip off it is.

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Fat, Yes! Big, NO!
By KickAssDude of Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 8:48pm [Dine in]

I went to Fatburger because of its reputation, but instead end up with lots of disappointment. First of all, I didn't expect to pay that much for a McDonald style burger, I mean with that price I can go to a full service restaurant. Second, there's nothing special about that burger patty, exept like an aging, dried up, unattractive piece of patty which should be placed in an old age home. In my humble opinion, it's one expensive McDonald burger. Vera's Burger down the road is definitely a better choice.

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Lame, waaayyyy overpriced fast food fare
By yumsyums of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 1:33am [Dine in]

I had a crispy chicken burger w/cheese & fries and a drink; hubby had double burger w/fries & drink. Rang in at almost $30!!! I still can't get over the outrageous pricing for run-of-the-mill, "fast" (pretty slow actually!) food.

Chicken burger was mediocre at best. If I hadn't added the cheese on and asked for a side of BBQ sauce to give it some flavor, it would have been far worse. As many other reviewers have said, stick to Wendy's or McD's for equal quality fare for less than half the price. NEVER again will I waste my $$$ there. Could have had a decent sit down dinner in an actual restaurant for close to the same price.

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Disappointing
By B-n-A of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

Have been there 3 or 4 times but likely will never return. Food is less than mediocre, and yet the prices are still up there.
The last time my girlfriend and I went, she had a chicken burger and she said the bun tasted stale, when she flipped it over, there were small blue dots of mould on the bottom. Their burgers are slightly better than McDonalds or Wendy's but at 3 times the price.
If you want a good burger, go a couple blocks west on Denman to Vera's...still pricy but much more justifiable!

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Fat? Small more like it!
By lazyhusband of Burnaby (31 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 1, 2006 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

I'm a big fan of Vera's so I wanted to try the competition just down the block. BAD idea! Burger tasted like it came from Wendy's. It was small and ordinary. Save your money and go to the fast food burger joints. If you want a real burger, stick with Vera's or Hamburger Mary's. Hell, come to my house and I could make you a bigger, more flavourful tasting burger. I was so disappointed with the size (it is called FAT isn't it?) that I sent them an email. What did I get? No response. Didn't surprise me because based on their burgers, they obviously don't value the customer's feedback. Only thing this place has on Vera's is the decor.

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Poor management
By eyu1 of Yaletown, Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 3, 2008 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

The burgers are expensive and not that great.
The fries are not good - McDonalds are better...face it!

Also, I had left my credit card at the cashier and left the restaurant and a staff member managed to charge $100, $80 and $50 on it. When I realized that I lost my card, I checked my online statement and the charges were made there. I went to Fatburger, spoke with the manager - Alan H., and he knew EXACTLY where my card was. He returned it but when asked if he knew what had happened he had no idea and when asked if he would follow up with me, he said that he thought there was no need and all I had to do was contact my credit card company. While that is true, but as a customer, I desire some sort of follow-up or apology. None was given. Also, as manager, at the day's end wouldn't you notice these LARGE, EVEN credit card transactions???

Advice: Go to another place. Burgers suck, prices are high, management is poor at best!

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A good burger
By ToddGack of West End (19 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

I eat lunch at the Denman FB every once in a while (I work just around the corner) and I have never had a bad dining experience there. Burgers are always fresh, hot, good toppings. I have never waited more than 8 minutes for my order. Fries are very good, always hot and crispy. Place is clean, always a fine selection of current newspapers to read. I think on the whole Veras makes a slightly better burger, but the ambience at Veras is non existant, and the service is awful. All in all, Fat Burger is a solid choice.

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Fatburgers aren't as fat as I thought it would be.
By mmfood of Richmond (13 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

Lots pf people head down here for a famous fatburger during the summer so I thought I'd check it out. I was very disappointed. The fatburger is just okay. I was expecting this huge delicious burger but I was let down. I ate something that tasted like and was the size of every other burger. It definately wasn't a
memorable eating experience. If you're looking for a super great burger and you've got high expectations, this place is not for you.

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old school burger cafe
By fujiyama of bunaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 11:59am [Dine in]

i been to fatburger before so i thought i write a review

i like since they came up here to canada that it gave a retro look and feel of a burger joint

i feel it is overpriced a little bit but i'd pay to have my burger freshly made with all the topping than save 2 dollars and go to mcdonalds

and they have daily specials so its not too bad

FAT TIPS!!!! hahaha

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Pure Awesomeness!
By sexydrew82 of Westend, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 7, 2011 - 11:54am [Dine in]

One word to describe my Original Cheddar/Bacon Burger: FANTASTIC! I'm not big on burgers to begin with, but after a New Year's Eve hangover, this burger hit the spot. It was excellent! Lots of flavor and the fries that came along with it were heaven. My friend ordered the original fatburger with cheese and she went gaga over it. The portion was just right, and it was worth every penny. In terms of the service, it was okay....this seemed more like a serve yourself type place, so the only thing the servers did was deliver the food to us. Ambiance? Perfect, considering the type of place it was. Overall, this is a burger that must be tasted. People that are hardcore burger maniacs will probably be more critical, but for people like me, this was a great tasting meal!

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Fatburger a no way
By Winnipegger of Vancouver, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

If you want a really good fatburger you have to goto Winnipeg. Juniors restaurants make the best Fatboy burgers in the world ! The burgers that Fatburger make are a crappy ripoff of this classic burger. With cheese onions pickles mustard and chili. Fatburger also charges way too much for what you get. I went there with my brother in law and nephew all of us from Winnipeg and we ate at Fatburger it was the last time I was there. We laughed at the portions and scoffed at the prices ! just don't go.

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why don't the burgers taste like beef?
By Maigen of Vancouver, BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 1:01pm [Dine in]

Food:

Terrible. It's not a mistake so many people say "Wendy's is better." We actually did a side-by-side taste test and Wendy's IS better. Which makes me terribly sad for anyone who still eats at fatburger.

Portions are too small. Food is flavourless. Milkshakes are pretty good, but then, so are Red Robin's milkshakes...

Service:

Decent. Not great. But they don't drop water on you and they try not to throw the food at you, so I consider that a good day. Kudos for even being there, guys.

Ambiance:

Well. If you're into that kind of thing, it's okay. But I'm not, so I try not to venture in. We tried FB two years ago and hoped for better, but the taste test idea was what did it in.

Sorry FatBurger, you're just not good.

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Skimpyburger = Bad Value for Portion Size
By fatmoe of seymour, vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 6:47pm [Dine in]

For the price of over 5 bucks for a hamburger, I was expecting a huge fat buger but was dissapointed by the portion size and for $3.79 a lot bigger and more onion rings then the skimpy portion that came. The onion rings were tasty but the portion small and the burger reminded me a bit like Wendy's Classic but Wendy's is far better value so I will stick to Wendy's or even Tripple O's for that matter. The restaurant should be called Skimpyburger.

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Substandard
By maphia of Mount Pleasant, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

I first tried Fatburger in Las Vegas a few years ago and was truely impressed. So I was pretty eagar to try it again when this location opened. I've been twice now, since I figured I'd give it some time in case the staff were still learning when it first opened. Unfortunately both visits were very disappointing and I don't plan on giving it another try for some time.

The food isn't really that bad, but it's not worth what they're charging. I'd much rather go to Vera's or even Wendy's.

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Babyfat
By Le_Gourmand of Burnaby (24 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 26, 2006 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

Finally tried the Fatburger joint on Denman last night after coming back from the beach. I ordered the Babyfat burger and my husband, the BigFat deal. My husband really enjoyed his burger, he didn't find it greasy at all, and it was fresh, juicy and just like a home-cooked burger made to order. I ordered the Babyfat burger, a smaller version of a regular-sized burger and a chocolate milkshake. The girl at the front counter had forgotten to ring up my milkshake the first time round. I usually like my milkshakes thick and creamy, but the milkshake started getting runny right away. Other than that, it was an enjoyable experience.

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