The Five Point is a hip Main St. joint that serves up West Coast inspired tapas and pub favorites like burgers, nachos and dry ribs in a funky, relaxed atmosphere.
I've been to the Five Point once before but was on the patio and only stayed for a drink. This time hubby and I were there for a couple of appies & a couple of beverages to wind down from a busy week.
There was a Canucks game on and most of the people appeared to be mostly watching the game. When the game was on, they had the commentary blaring and when the intermissions were on, they had music playing. The place was quite busy, so it was fairly loud, but what do you expect from a pub on Main on a Friday evening? We could still chat with each other without having to scream to one another, so that's good.
Ordered a glass of shiraz & hubby had their beer on special for $4.50 a sleeve, which was a whole $0.26 off the regular price. Sheesh. That I wasn't particularly happy about. I mean, what kind of a special is that? My wine was good though. Can't remember which one it was, but I did enjoy it (for $8+ a glass, I should enjoy it!)
We ordered their dry ribs and the tuna bites for food. The dry ribs are not your ordinary deep fry from frozen itty bitty little pieces of meat on big bones. They were more like ribs and had plenty of meat on them. There was 7 of them and they came with a sweet thai chili sauce, which was a nice change from the usual ranch. The only thing I have to complain about these is that when it's being served to 2 people, make it an even number! There was a bit of a conversation over who would have the last one! The tuna bites were quite good as well. They were seared and still rare on the inside. The exterior had been rolled in some sort of cajun / cayenne rub and it was delish! They also came with a creamy, light dipping sauce, a green salad with pea shoots and a few very thinly sliced taro root chips. Very nice presentation and excellent on the palate.
About the only two issues I have with this place is that they seemed a bit short staffed considering it was a hockey night. Although our server was very nice, it took a bit for us to get her attention to order another round and to pay the bill. You would think they would figure that out...I mean the schedule for hockey is set in what like September, so they should be able to plan their staff accordingly. The only other issue I have with this place is they have one bathroom stall for men and one for women. The lineup for the potties had at least a couple of people waiting the entire time we were there.
I love the look of the inside of this place. The decor is nice but still relaxed.
All in all, a good experience. Will definitely go back here again.
Dropped by for a burger and glass of wine tonight. TV system just blaring and could not here the server. Mediocre burger and pretty generic but cheap beers. I asked for two different glasses of wine, both not available. Server dropped off food and drinks never once asked our our food was. Go for a drink and wtach a game but give the food a miss.
Like the title says, it's just awesome for watching any kind of sporting event. But don't expect them to turn the volume up if there isn't a Canadian team playing. Good beer selection, great menu, and the atmosphere is actually pretty impressive! The service is it's downfall, Sometimes its awesome and sometimes its the pits. Kind of a coin toss, but it's still a risk I'm willing to take some play off time.
This is just a plainly cookie cutter pretentious place. "Relaxed & funky" would be euphenisms for "inattentive and disorganized". After being seated for about almost 20min or so and making eat contact with a waitress, no one came by to take our drink orders. Others arriving after us appeared to be served with drinks and had their orders taken.
After being utterly ignored, we just walked out. As we walked out, a waitress mumbled "uh, sorry" with utter cluelessness in her eyes. There is no excuse for bad service. Obviously not all customers are treated equally there...smells like snobbery.This gives all "funky" places run by youngish twentysomethings a really bad name. The attitude is frankly repulsive.
We have had brunch here at least 1-2 times a month and have put up with very slow and sluggish service before. We were willing to put up with a degree of slowness but being ignored was quite humiliating. The food is not a standout anyways and frequently the toast is not buttered evenly and is cold and anemic and the eggs are a bit tasteless but we enjoyed the omelets. There are other places to go to for a stress-free brunch experience.
I'd always heard about this place, so finally decided to try it one day. The ambiance is alright...tables are a little close together and it's loud, but decent.
The server seemed distracted, though she didn't have many tables. She didn't check up on the food after we'd gotten it, and didn't seem very friendly. She wasn't bad, per se, but not very attentive.
The food took over half an hour, and considering it was lunch time, we were pretty annoyed. When it finally arrived, it was average and kind of dry. My burger was fairly flavourless, as was everyone else's food.
Seems like the place to go for a beer or to watch the game, but skip the food.
The Five Point is one of the stable establishments that is in my regular rotation of watering holes. I'm a fan of the big sofas by the fire place, decent selection of wines by the glass, and open mic's on Mondays. I like the ambiance as it is not fully a sports bar but does have 3-4 big screen tvs, dark lighting to feel alone with your guest, and a neighbourhood feel to it. I don't normally eat anything there however the one time I did it wasn't great. I like this place for a 2nd or 3rd date because it's cozy, friendly and most people haven't been there. I will continue visiting the Five Point when I'm in the East Vancouver hood and looking for a friendly pint.
As a resident main streeter, i've tried every restaurant in the hood & with the odd exception (mitras, crave, habit, slickety's for breakie) if it ain't asian, you don't go to these places to eat...and don't even get me started with the service.
Went to 5 Point recently cuz i had a hankering for barbeque & cocktails. Had their salty dry riblets which were indeed dry & salty. Paired it with the veggie/peanut/noodle bowl which i coulda sworn came straight from the hospital cafeteria. Friend had a thai chicken salad that resembled a ufo with large garlic toast wings. Add to that flat mixer & the table next to us which grew into a mosh pit & we'd had enough.
Place reminds me of the Cambie Hotel x with Milestones...cheap beer & x-large con-fusion menu. Clearly a big hit with the 20somethings but doesn't score points from me.
I've been to the Five Point many times over my time working in the area and much like other reviewers have commented, things have always been pretty consistent.
The food is pretty good, though lately I've noticed the plates and glasses used are unclean, and take away from the usually decent quality food. The service is typically pretty good... they're on the ball refilling your drinks and ensuring the food is out in a timely fashion.
My two major beefs: ambiance is horrible (I know they're upgrading right now, so I'm excited to see how things change), and the glasses of beer are just too small. My advice, brighten the place up a bit (and modernize), and get some real pint glasses in there. The sleeves just aren't big enough for those harder Fridays.
I've had a few different things off the menu at this place. The food is always stellar! The service is always a bit indifferent. The restaurant itself is not as clean as I'd like, but not really that bad. The value is the same as everywhere else. This place really just rides on their food, so I really hope that they don't change anything!
This place has an awesome setting for sporting events with a very live and energetic crowd. I go there all the time with a couple of my buddies who also live in the area and we always enjoy a bite to eat and a substantial amount of alcohol. The food is amazing especially the burgers and the barkeeps pump out tastebud stimulating cesars that keep me sharp about my wits. I would reccomend it to anyone who is looking to watch a game or tie one on in a fun relaxed atmosphere. However don't expect good service. It seems the only servers that actually represented their title have moved on. I miss Haley!
I've visited Five Point a number of times and each time, it's less impressive. I'm embarassed now that I have recommended it to people if my friends received the same poorly presented food that I did this weekend.
I'm certain that a fresh head of lettuce can be found in a short amount of time. - green crispy lettuce instead of the black, crunchy pieces or bitter and inedible chuncks found in the salad and burger.
The music as usual was very loud. It was a bit much for a Sunday afternoon dining experience and progressively got louder as they ushered more people in.
That will be my last visit to Five Point. And definitely the last time I insist that people check it out.
went down to the five point for a pitcher and to watch the game. seriously impressive service and food. went withe the feature and was honestly blown away with the level of pub food.
the waitress was totally cute and super attentive. she brought us waters even though we didn't ask for them and made sure none of us were ever left dry.
it's a pretty high energy pub when it's full and the music was great. definitely a prime spot for a drink before a night on the town($5.50 dbl highballs on saturday nights!) or to watch the game (on the huge projector for canucks games, they pull down a screen.)
honestly i don't know why there have been so many poor reviews on service, ask for nicole - she's was just great!)
An interesting mix of ppl that definitely could not care about sports with 2 pretty large TV screens glaring at the crowd ... whilst playing loud bar music. So it's like Milestone meet neighbourhood pub meet Main street artsy scene. Which describes Main street now adays anyways. I see couples in there drained out from the sports and the loud music... but overall the food is pretty darn good, and great service.
I've been to the Five Point many times over the past few years and what I can say is the food, service, and drink have always been consistent.
The food has been served on time almost every time I've been there. There has only been one or two occasions (out of 25+ visits) where the food came out in an untimely manner.
The menu is good and offers a bit more than the traditional pub fare. They pretty much take a burger and fancy it up a bit by using ciabattas or romaine lettuce or something to that extent. The portions are of a good size and you will be full after dining.
The beer selection isn't the greatest as they have too many local brands with all the same choices (pale ale, amber, etc.)
I do find 9 times out of 10 the service hospitable but not friendly. Aside from one bartender most of the waitresses seem very business like and lack the customer service needed in that environment. No small talk, no conversation, just business. I also noticed that perhaps the Five Point has one of the largest turnovers of staff on the block. Every time I go there there is someone new working. This leads to me to suspect that whoever is hiring is doing a poor job as they perhaps are choosing the wrong candidates.
Good food, good atmosphere, good service. One of the best pubs in town with good food to boot. Love the burgers and the lamb rocks. This place is owned by the same guys as Elwood's but in my opinion is much better run.
now that the game is back be sure to go again stop sometimes on the way back from work meet my girl or just guys from work. sometimes loud but good atmosphere and definitely very good food that is above average for a pub. Check it out guys - up the glasses
I have been to the five point twice now. The first time was for beers and appetizers with a few friends. I had the fry plate and the tuna appy, both of which were okay (how can you mess up fries though). Aside from this the dining room had a pretty good ambiance.
what I experienced this time was the worst meal I have ever paid for.
The descriptions of the food on the menu were terrific and I was starving. A good lesson to restaurants --there is no point in romancing something that is just mediocre -your only going to disappoint people. The first dish up was the what can only be described as a defrosted filo pastry wrapped around Velveta cheese, likely ordered from Neptune. It was Complimented with a side salad the most wilted greens I had ever seen passed off as a salad --that is until the mains came. My date had the beet salad --which barely contained any beets and had the samehorribly wilted greens. Honestly they were wrinkly and starting to turn black. For my main I chose the Red Thai Currie --I found out at the end of the meal I had been given the Chicken Teva some how. Anyways probably the grossest thing I have ever eaten. The chicken in the dish was old tasting and was unbelievably chewy/tough and loaded with cartilage. I can only describe it as tasting like what you would expect to come from a package labeled "mechanically separated chicken pieces." This is the only time that I have ever been to a restaurant and not eaten the food because it was just flat out disgusting.
What really made the experience though, was that the waitress seemed apathetic about the quality of the food. When she approached us for a quality check we were pretty clear --with out being outwardly offensive, that the food was bad. this could have saved the whole meal, instead she chose to awkwardly avoid us for the rest of the evening, only when we had both put our jackets on did she approach us with the bill.
I love the variety of beer and burgers at this place, especially the chunky yummy fries. They have there daily specials of soup and salad. I recommend you come to this place for its awesome environment during the sports season. I will come back here when the next game is on!
The Five point is comfortable both as a restuarant and a pub, The Food is ok (pub like, huge wings,) , The beer cold, (frozen pipes at the bar I think that is kind of cool) monday can be a problem they don't seem to order enough to get through the week end, the problems is the service, at best unperdictable, from very good to very very bad, The bathrooms always seem to need a spray(smell of urine, fruit flies) I think the real problem is the lack of a day time manger