Quaint 30 seat restaurant in Kerrisdale that features superb pizza and ribs. Smooth jazz Wednesday evenings.
I previously submitted a review for this restaurant four years ago. Since this time, George's has gone through a few different owners, and I felt obliged to comment that this latest owner has done wonders to this already wonderful neighbourhood restaurant.
I've been going here since the 70s. There have definitely been some lean years where I boycotted the place altogether because whoever was running the business obviously wasn't too concerned with the quality of their product. Thankfully, this is a thing of the past. I speak with authority when I say that the food is as good now as it was under its original owners.
If you like your pizzas super thin with a smattering of toppings, then you're better off somewhere else. However, if you like great-tasting dough, tangy sauce, and generous amounts of cheese and whatever else you want on your pizza, then this is the place for you. Simply put, George's makes the best pizza in town.
In 2010, I wrote a glowing review of George's Pizza. However, I've stopped going there after experiencing two sub-par pizzas that were doughy, mushy and tasteless. I suspect that George's has changed hands and the quality of their pizzas has dropped considerably. The wait staff is still very pleasant and courteous and the wait time for my take out order was reasonable but the pizza was mediocre at best. Gone is the zesty tomato sauce, the olive oil brushed crust with light sprinkles of sea salt. Gone is the tangy cheese and perfectly roasted garlic, the fresh basil and caramelized onions. The pizzas that I had (within a few weeks of each other) tasted like they came from the frozen food section at Safeway and the doughy, mushy crusts sealed the deal. Sad to lose George's – even my picky Dad liked the pizza – but taking my business elsewhere.
The lasagna portions are smaller than other delivery places for the price that's a little above (they also offer free delivery & so forth but I was dining in). The small lasagna is actually quite small & the large is about average regular sized. The meat sauce is definitely very meaty though missing the tomato-y tang, but having had worse lasagna recently w/o much meat in the meat sauce, I'd say this was done pretty well in comparison. The melting cheese on the baked lasagna and on their pizza is a good sign.
For thicker crusted pizza, I do like what they produce. They did not scrimp on the anchovies nor did they do so w/ the artichokes. Though the mushrooms were buried & sliced very tiny, not just thinly, I was still able to taste it once every few bites. The dough was not too "doughy" & actually pretty good in my book (though I've fallen in love with Rocky Mountain Flatbread Pizza -- thincrusted & all).
The garlic bread was disappointing. Very typical average slice of toast w/ what was obviously Lactania branded garlic butter spread w/no extra chopped garlic bits or seasoning. That was a definite disappointment even as I had the leftovers (including the extra garlic toast) 2 days later.
The linguine w/ tomato basil sauce tasted just ok. It hinted at canned tomato paste but did seem to be made better by the presence of real tomatoes mixed in (well, it is supposed to contain sundried tomatoes).
Service is very friendly & pleasant.
The cloth draping down from the ceiling made me think about how what might be living up there. Just as that thought crossed my mind, I looked over to the wall we were seated next to & saw just 2 ft above our seated head level against the wall, attached to the wall & the beam, there was a webbed net there that also got a layer of dust stuck on it. Though the room was dimly lit, we were seated right under one of the wall lamps, so it was unmistakable.
Had some pizza there the other night and it was pretty good. Better then milestones, pizza hut etc pizzas, price is kinda steep if buying more then one but other then that its good.
Ambiance is ok, small cozy resturant
Service is pretty good.
Food probably only pizza and other few things
Value pretty good, better then any other pizza places in kerrisdale
Nice place, but this is very thick and doughy pizza. Vancouver doesn't have great pizza and this is a case in point. Call it bread with cheese and stuff, but it's not really pizza. Charming place otherwise and very nice staff, but it can't be called great pizza.
We have been ordering pizza from George's every week for the past 4 years. My partner grew up in Kerrisdale and George's was a family favourite. Since the new owners took over a couple of months ago, the George's pizza we loved and knew is no longer.
The first time we ordered under the new ownership, the pizza was quite different looking from what we were used to with George's but it still tasted good and had a decent crust. They forgot a topping and when we called about it, they said we would get 25% off next time we called. The next week we called and made our usual order and reminded them of their offer due to the incomplete toppings the week before. They took 72 cents off the order and called that 25% off. We just thought it was kind of lame and a little funny and left it at that. When the pizza showed up, it was again missing a topping. This week, the pizza was completely different from the previous week. It had this really hard, dry crust , very little sauce, very little cheese and was sparsely topped. It honestly tasted like a bad, frozen pizza. It was terrible. We called to let them know that they had again missed out on a topping and they offered us 25 % off "if we were ever going to use them again". Sorry guys, we won't ever order from George's again unless we hear that you sold the place to people who actually know how to prepare food. What a huge disappointment.
I'm normally not one to complain as well but I saw the review below mine and thought I'd add my two cents. The crust of the pizza I received was tough and chewy not to mention the fact that it was uncooked in the very center. My wife has a very bad allergy to onion and this was expressed to them yet our pizza arrived with onions which had been put on it "By mistake". I won't go back!
We LOVED George's delivery. We waited for Friday, ordered the usual and were SO happy. We ordered thin crust well done, and were loyal George's fanatics. Three weeks ago the pizza sucked. Two weeks ago it sucked again. Last night the pattern was too obvious. we called....new management who have no idea how to make the type of pizza George's used to make (or IMHO any pizza at all)...nor do they intend to try to emulate it. the crust was oddly rubbery and hard, the topping sparse and the pie looked like a medium though we ordered and paid for a large.
We need suggestions for new place to order from. We are so-so on Minervas, and don't like Mokis. Anyone? ....thanks.
First time to George's in years. I'm not sure I quite get it. The place has a good reputation. The pizza must be great because the pastas we had on Monday pasta's night tasted fresh out of a pack. Olivieri's apparently, though the sauce was reported to be home made. Such a disappointment. I could have saved a few bucks and asked people home for dinner instead of making the trip for hohum penne and too loud Whitney Houston bellowing above the restaurant din.
Perfect little spot in Kerrisdale on a wet winter Wednesday evening for exquisite pizza and as a bonus, great jazz featuring smooth sax and guitar. The salads are crisp and the ribs sumptuous. This little hideaway has been around since 1973 and well worth the extra drive from the downtown or Commercial Drive pizzerias.
I haven't been to George's in years since the quality of the food has steadily gone down hill BUT to my surprise i decided to try then again after so long and to my surprise i found a total 360 to my last experience. The food was EXCELLENT and the service next to none, the server was courtious, super friendly and very attentive to my need always filling my water glass without having to request it. After a lenghthy and informative conversation with my server i was informed of new management and it seemed they did have a rough start but it seems that they have overcome that huddle.
Since George's is famous for their pizza i thought i'd try it again and it was the best pizza i have had in a long time - and it seem they now offer thin crust as well as there normal thicker crust- i had the thin crust - and they weren't cheap with the toppings either - it was piled sky high. We had started w/greek salad which was probably the best i have had and so they advertise.
I say for all those who have not tried George's lately give them another go - i am glad i did!!!!
Me and my girlfriend tried Georges a week ago and were slightly disappointed. We have been there many times in the past as we live in the neighbourhood but maybe we just caught them on a bad night.
The service was average and the pasta dishes we had were very poor - for starters the pasta was soft and the more I think about it there was actually a taste of soap in my pasta dish - ugh!
We hadn't been there for a couple years, but we heard they were under new management so we tried it again. Tthis place used to be so good with great pizza, and flavourful pasta.
Jill had the lamb that was so over cooked it was stringy and tasteless. The waitress didn't seem to give a damn about us. and ignored our request for more beer. The place is small and we had to wait for 1/2 an hour just to get a seat, then almost an hour to get our food.
Normally we are forgiving and don't say anything, but this food was horrible and the service sucked. DO NOT FREQUENT THIS PLACE.
We normally don't speak out, but it was so bad my wife coerced me into posting this message.