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Hamburger Mary's Diner

1202 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1N3
Tel: (604) 687-1293
Neighbourhood: West End
  • Cuisine: Burgers, Diner
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • West end, 50's style burger diner. Fountain drinks, fresh cut fries, onion rings. Large menu selection of classic diner favourites.

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Delicious.
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

I've been to Hamburgery Marys, usually for their burgers and decided to try breakfast. I got two eggs, hashbrown, and toast with my coffee. The portion size are large, with lots of taste, and thought my coffee was good.
What I don't get is how the service can either be Exceptional & friendly to Lukewarm with the attitude to "why did you come in."...This is what I got today, with hardly any service, other than my meal and bill.
I will continue to come in, explore their menu, which they have great ideas. I only wish the service could be more friendly.

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Not bad, not amazing either
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 7, 2006 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

I read the glowing reviews and decided to give this place a try. I had a buffalo burger (the wild meat special) with cheesy fries (aka poutine) and my wife tried the canuck scramble. The menu has some interesting items, like turkey and lamb burgers, and I wish I could have tried them too.

I found my burger was a generous size, but a little dry, and the fries were less than terrific. The potato chunks my wife had with her breakfast were very tasty, and were cooked to perfection. The scramble (a sort of omlette) was not very nice.

The service was quick and the waiter attentive. Also, the beer special was a great deal ($4.99 for a 23 ounce Canadian).

Overall, the place did not live up to the hype, but I will likely go back to see if my experience wasn't just a one-off.

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I wasn't hungry again for 24hrs...
By cakone of Richmond (52 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 11:20am [Dine in]

Went here last Saturday afternoon for lunch as I was craving a big juicy hamburger. I was a tad disappointed though.

Ordered the organic beef burger with cheesy fries. The burger was a little on the dry side & I didn't care for the BBQ sauce on it, but I must say it was a solid piece of meat! The cheesy fries were nothing to brag about (I tasted them for about the next 8 hours). Ughh. Anyways, these burgers will fill you up for hours... I literally was not hungry until the next day.

Service was fantastic & the patio is great on a hot day!

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Their milkshakes brings all the boys to the yard...
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 7, 2006 - 3:40pm [Dine in]

Great little diner on Davie Street. Perfect place for a late night snack since they're open 20 hours/day. (I think they still are)
Serving items from salads to poutines to great burgers and hot dogs, it always hits the spot. I've always order a milkshake with my meal. Neat flavors like pineapple or blueberry. The only disappoint is the milkshakes used to be bigger. They used to give you your milkshake in a glass along with the "extra" from the metal shaker jar. Now, you just get a cup of the good stuff.

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Good food with passable service and lost nostalgia
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 3, 2008 - 1:46am [Dine in]

So a couple of friends, my girlfriend and I came here over the weekend for a 1am food fix. Having been here before it's a pretty safe bet for food.

Anyways we arrived and it was pretty busy but we were seated promptly in the middle of the diner. The server just left the menus on the table and scuttled off to wait on the other tables demanding his attention.

We all took a while to decide what to get; I totally forgot that they had a pretty large menu (with all day breakfast) but we all finally settled: my friends ordered the Cajun Chicken Burger with Fries (Gravy & Cheese) and the Works Burger with Fries, my girlfriend had the Fries with Gravy & Cheese and the Beef Dip & Au Jus with Fries also. My friends stuck with a pitcher of beer while the lady had a fountain soda and I a glass of juice.

Food came quickly enough before the server quickly took off to another table. My friends liked their burgers were pretty good, but nothing over the top. My girlfriend felt her fries were only decent, which I agree. Portion were large but they were stingy on the cheese (which was grated and not curds). My beef dip rather simple, but with roast beef you don't want to mess with it too much. It came on an untoasted hoagie with the insides lined with Au Jus. I'm glad they didn't toast the bread and used garlic butter which many other places seem to like to do. Nevertheless it was enjoyable.

Service is spotty. With the loud background music and the voices of late diners filling the room it's hard to attract the attention of any servers. They are all over the place bussing tables and running back and forth from their setup area. They don't say much (if at all) and it took until nearly the end of our meal for our server to come by to check up on us. I had asked to doggy bag the other half of my dip and they ended up throwing it away after waiting for it to arrive and then finally asking what happened to my bag. They did replace it for me so they dealt with it well. One of my friends wanted dessert and the other wanted more drinks but our server assumed we were done and just handed us the bill. Service reminds me of a chinese restaurant, which is not what this landmark diner would want to achieve if they're advertising as such. The sodas and shakes are expensive but they're easily shareable between 2 people.

Decor is getting tired. It definitely looked worn since the last time I came here. Lighting is dim, tables are close together (actually the whole place feels cramped) and the music overpowers everything so expect to yell.

Even though they're open until 4am, they're lucky the food is pretty solid. The servers there need training on etiquette. Seems they just pulled people off the street and tied an apron around them. The ones that waited our table were curt and the other ones I saw pounding the floor weren't decidely friendly while they were zipping all over the place and weaving through tables.

In the end we all felt rushed to leave so I won't be running back too quickly.

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Good milkshakes made from yogurt
By VJB of abbotsford (153 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 1:52pm [Dine in]

We had company that had just arrived and he needed sustanance. We had just finished breakfast so we took him to hamburger Mary's and we shared a milkshake while he had breakfast.

We have had burgers here before and as I recall they were pretty good. Their milkshakes may be over $6.00 but they are huge We both had a large glass plus there was extra in the milk shake container.

Service was decent. We would return

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Not very good value
By diningdandy of downtown vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 17, 2008 - 8:29pm [Dine in]

On a random night when everything else was closed i tried this place. This service was blah seems staff would rather visit with their friends that come into the place. I debated on trying the milkshakes but at 6.99$ i had second thoughts. My friend reassured me i wasnt missing out and that the templeton on granville had better 5$ milkshakes which we could later visit. My friend had the burger i had the salsbury steak. It arrived slightly warm an hour after i had orderd it but at least i receieved a quick "Oh yeah sorry we have a new cook." This place is also kinda depressingly dark with dimish lights at night. so ambience is a 2 because the old cafe style decor was right but the place still had a super depressive feel to it. (brighter lighting and happier staff would probably go along way) A salsbury steak aand a sprite came out to 18$ with a milkshake it would have brought my total up to 24$ that was about dennys quality but more expensive. I dont think ill be back. I think ill just frequent the temptleton for cafe styled stuff like that or veras seeing as my friend wasnt overly impressed with his chili burger and soggy fries either. But at least i finally tried this place after a year of living nearby and walking by it everyday. But overall i thought everything in this place was decent nothing wow but i guess at 1 am you cant complain.

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Horrible
By Logitech of Vancouer (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 1:42pm [Dine in]

We went in late night Sept 4th in the mood for some comfort food.

They had salsbury steak with mash potatoes on the menu which we both ordered. It was the worse thing I have ever seen or tasted. It was nothing more than a dry hamburger patty covered with gravy and onions - Nothing about it resembled salsbury steak!

Our server was ok but appeared disengaged and bored - like we were bothering him.

Horrible, horrible, we will never go in there again.

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Hmmm frozen patties eh?
By fella of Vancouver (72 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 28, 2005 - 10:24am [Dine in]

So I was craving a good burger on Saturday night, and decided to try Hamburger Mary’s on Davie St. I had heard many a great burger stories from this place, so it was time to see for myself.

We both had burgers (obviously), and they were good, not great, but good. I was very surprised to be served a frozen patty in a specialty burger joint (even Vera makes her own patties), I guess I was anticipating something better. You can have a good burger almost anywhere, but at a "burger place" I would expect something a little more creative.

My date had one of their gigantic milkshake (not so gigantic), that was served overflowing all over the table (total mess), and quite honestly not very tasty.

All in the bill was only $28 for 2, so very reasonably priced.

I might go back because it was tasty, and the onion rings were great, but with lowered expectations.

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Sad.
By Chasiubao of Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

Hamburger Mary's is one of the few original establishments on Davie Street. Sadly they have not kept up with all the changes. I left with doubts over cleanliness and quality of the food. I shall not be returning.

Food:
With a name like that, how is it possible that the burgers are so bad? The patty was dry and bland, topped with soggy lettuce and tomato, sandwiched in a big doughy bun. Fries were dark and greasy - the oil clearly needs to be changed. The only good thing were the milkshakes.

Service:
Mediocre at best. Hardly surprising why the servers appeared bored and disengaged considering the environment in which they work. I don't think the owners (not original) know very much about running a restaurant and probably had no idea what they were getting themselves into with a burger joint.

Value:
Poor considering the low quality food and mediocre service. I could get a better burger for $6 down the street at Urban Burger and it include fries and a soft drink!

Ambiance:
This place is sad and rundown. Windows were dirty, floor did not appear to be washed frequently, i.e. every day! Menus were tattered and slightly sticky. Tables were also a bit sticky. I was afraid to touch anything and to think we have eat burgers and fries with our hands! Do not want to think about what the kitchen might be like and there was smoke coming out of the kitchen.

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Funky, Friendly, Yummy
By Emileigh of Point Grey, Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 2, 2006 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

The walls are covered with memorabilia and a mix of classics and Top 40s is always playing from the jukebox. The place really does look like a souped-up 50s diner.
The food selection is what you would expect from a diner: burgers, fried foods, milkshakes. What makes Mary's exceptional is that everything they make is awesome! Their milkshakes are delicious.
It's true that service could be faster, but then again, business there is never slow. Waiters are friendly and don't get on your case even if you're just sitting down with a couple mates for a margarita and an appetizer.
Tables and seats are clean; washrooms are iffy. Ladies washroom in particular I think is the smallest of its kind in the western hemisphere, but whatever.
I love going here, it's a great place to mess up one's diet in the Davie District.

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Good burgers, bad service
By samw_bc of False Creek, Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

When I'm in a mood for a burger, I think of coming here. Unfortunately, the service has been declining.

The last time I went there, it took a few minutes for someone to notice us and seat us even though the restaurant was not completely full. A male waiter, who looked totally uninterested in his job, seated us without saying a word. After we were seated, it took another 10 minutes before the waiter took our order. I specifically tried to make eye contact with the waiter and noted that the waiter did not make eye contact. I ordered my favorite which is the bison burger. After we ordered, we waited a good 35-40 minutes before the food arrived. During this time, the waiter would often socialized with his friends at another table. About 20-25 minutes after we ordered, our waiter went outside for his 15 minute break. WTF?

After he came back from his break, he went to the kitchen and brought out our food to our table. I couldn't understand if the food actually took this long to prepare (35-40 minutes) or if it was sitting in the kitchen for 15 minutes while our waiter took his 15 minute break. I took a bite of my burger to see if it was still warm and it was slightly warm and not completely cold. I was a little bit annoyed but the burger tasted good so that made up for the lousy service.

Throughout the meal, the waiter did not come by once to ask us how we were doing or if we wanted anything. He kept going to sit down with his friends at the other table. I had to flag him down once to get water. Then after 10 minutes after we had finished eating, we waited for our server to bring us our bill. He never came. I had to get out of my chair and walk over to the table where he was socializing to ask for my bill.

Absolutely horrible service. I would rank the service as poor but the food is solid. Overall, I would rate this restaurant as decent. Although I liked the food, this last experience will keep me away for a while.

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A great place for burgers
By geoffbil of new westminster (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

This place would deserve a '5' for food if I were judging based on their free-range bison/muskox/venison burger. This is the best burger I've had anywhere (Vera's and pubs included), and is absolutely mouthwatering when served medium rare and with cheddar and mozzarella. The meat itself tastes amazing, and the fact that I didn't feel vaguely ill afterward tells me that it's not overly seasoned. I'd have one every day were it not for the obvious difficulties that would cause for the arteries. My '4' rating stems from two disappointingly bland breakfasts I experienced here some time ago (the vegetarian omelette and eggs/sausages). My partner enjoys their deluxe grilled cheese. I've had their caesar salad several times, and it is better than average. Their fries are exceptionally good as well. We've never had issues with the service but, then again, we tend to eat here late in the evening when it's less busy. Their tap selection is poor (Granville Island) but, as far as I know, it's the only place to get a pint after the pubs close, and they're not overpriced either. Highly recommended.

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Eat the food. Don't look at the server.
By whoelius of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

My fiancée and I have been to Hamburger Mary’s many times in the last year as we’ve been consistently satisfied with the burgers, the quality in the variety and the wonderful hot turkey sandwich.

Uniquely retro, Hamburger Mary’s boasts comfort, atmosphere and food among its qualities and if it had the service to match, it would be difficult to find a better diner of its style on the Downtown peninsula.

My personal favourite is Mary’s famous Hot Turkey Sandwich, a solid portion of turkey with thick gravy on top of the toast of your choice, a more-than-sufficient pot of cranberry sauce and a load of fries (or, optionally, the soup of the day). They never hold back with toast and their selection of jam, marmalade and peanut butter. Another huge favourite of mine is the awesome, rich-in-flavour bison burger. On occasion they have kangaroo burgers available, too; that’s a little dry and really does need cheese with it, but it’s nice to get the opportunity to try something like that in a metropolis such as Vancouver. The lady likes the Arctic burger (a mix of bison, venison and musk ox), which is rather lean but, with a big dollop of cheese and the brilliant bacon, it’s lovely.

I’ve never felt enthusiasm in the service. Perhaps this is intended as it fits in with the ‘50s decor, but the waiters and waitresses do seem like they rolled out of the wrong side of the bed. We’ve always had what we’ve asked for but a smile wouldn’t go amiss.

That mediocre-at-best service is by no means enough to discourage me from dining here. The food has always been of a high standard and it suits meat-eater me. I’d certainly recommend Hamburger Mary’s to couples.

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i'd rather eat at Denny's... that's how bad Hamburger Mary's is.
By flamingmoes of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 1:55am [Dine in]

Food - The food was so-so. Not really something to rave about. I think the only passable "yummy" thing I've had from there is their milkshake.

Service is non-existent. It took forever before a server got our orders. The server also made snide comments about the food which we ordered. (umm... hello? if you're going to sell hamburgers and other oily foods, don't give stupid comments about them - comments that are directed to the customer). I also heard the server mumble a 4-letter cuss word under his breath, out of irritation, after attending to another customer.
Servers should never use being "under staffed" as an excuse to anyone at anytime.

Value-wise, I think hamburger mary's is overpriced. Milkshakes are overpriced. Burgers are overpriced. Breakfast food... overpriced. (Go to IHOP or Denny's)

Ambiance - Interior is blah. Booths are dying... they need to re-upholster and refurbish everything... including the people who work there. Their ambient music is too loud and too random (i.e. Whitney Houston dance music and then right after that they play Michael Buble).

my 2-cents: READ the TITLE of this REVIEW...

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Stick with the Shakes & Burgers
By darrrrr of Downtown, Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

Mary's is a pretty cool place, fun diner interior and nice patio outside.

The Milkshakes are amazing, theyre made from yogurt and come in a bunch of flavours. at over 6bucks theyre not cheap, but theyre also HUGE so get one to share.

The burgers are also pretty good, I had the Vancouver burger and it was very tasty. Fries tasted fresh, no complaints there. I havent heard many good things about the rest of the menu though.. I think when i return it'll be when im craving a burger.

Service is off and on, i think it really depends on who you get. I've had great service here and i've had so-so service as well, nothing shockingly bad like some of the reviews on here.

Overall a solid place if youre looking for simple food.

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A nice hangout
By dlg79 of Point Grey (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 4, 2007 - 2:31am [Dine in]

One of my favourite places to go and chill after a night out. I always love their milkshakes and the friendly atmosphere. Breakfast is pretty good here too. The service here has always been efficient and quick in my opinion.

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Love this place.
By Steph of van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 24, 2005 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

I eat here quite regularly and have always had a great meal. Sometimes the service isn't outstanding but it's that's due to the fact that there's often only one server on. The servers are all very nice and happy to serve you. Huge portions too. I like the genuine diner feel in there, and in the summer the patio is awesome. Never tried a burger there though; I highly recommend and of the sandwiches, esp. the BLTC and the hot tukey.

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Go to Moxies
By godfrey of downtown (22 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 8:12pm [Dine in]

I've been a long-time customer and I'm finally giving up. The service is so inconsistent it's not worth the hassle. The busier it is, the ruder the staff get, especially to people arriving off the street. Waiting 20 minutes to pay for my bill is nuts.

Also, they need to train their staff properly, or hire people with more experience. My order is wrong about 50% of the time. The food is usually good, except for the fries which are usually overcooked.

I'm going to Moxie's for cheap burgers from now on. The service is much better and the food's about the same. Local businesses should focus on service and quality. I shouldn't be made to feel like someone is doing me a favor by serving me, especially when I consistently tipped 20% even on take out.

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Good Neighbourhood Spot
By wright of West End, Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

The food is typically pleasant, although a little greasy. The service is always fantastic (except for one server who's fairly rude and forgets everything - but it's not indicitive of the rest of the staff). The prices always seem a little high, especially if you go for breakfast.

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