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Hamburger Mary's Diner

1202 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1N3
Tel: (604) 687-1293
Neighbourhood: Central

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Please Hire a Food Consultant!!
By FeedMoi of West End, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

Hamburger Mary's has a great location and some great servers. It has been recently cleaned up...all that's missing is some good people in the kitchen under the direction of someone who knows how to create a good menu of diner food. I am really hoping that this restaurant hires a consultant to create a fantastic menu of tasty comfort food. Since undergoing a change of ownership, the food is tasteless! Such a shame for what used to be such a great spot. As it stands, you are better off going to Denny's which doesn't say alot. C'mon Mary!! You could make a fortune!

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Stick with the Shakes & Burgers
By darrrrr of Downtown, Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 4:25pm [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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Go to Moxies
By godfrey of downtown (22 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 9:12pm [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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trouble in the kitchen?
By mahkesis of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 2:59am [Dine in]

I believe in second, even third chances, so during the past year I have been to this restaurant three times. The first time the grit has not been washed from the spinach (it likely hadn't been washed at all), the second time the chicken burger was dry and had an inedible smoked tomato sauce. Each time I left the meal virtually untouched; the restaurant was not at all concerned and made no effort to explain or compensate, though they were at least smiling. I don't think this warrants a third chance.

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Love this place.
By Steph of van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 24, 2005 - 1:37pm [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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Good Neighbourhood Spot
By wright of West End, Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 5:30pm [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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When in need of a late night burger fix
By Florentine of Yaletown, Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

Hamburger Mary's is an old stand-by of mine, so I'm not too fussy when I go, and I know what to expect. Located on Davie Street in the heart of Davie Village, I go to Hamburger Mary's when I'm in need of a massive hearty burger. I never end of finishing them. They're not only wide circumference wise, but also in their thickness.

The interior is some kind of a throwback to the 1950's - an oldschool diner of sorts. Waiters come and go, but we had a great waiter on Sunday night who was friendly and very efficient, getting us water immediately, our drink orders taken care of immediately, serving food and checking back on us without having us to ask. Only later on when tryng to get our bill did we have to seek him out, but we could sympathize for he was dealing with an obnoxious table of loud college kids who short-changed him as they left.

All the burgers are great, but the nicest aspect of coming here is the choice. The classic is just their regular burger, but you can order organic beef, wild meat, or chicken as the patty... plus you can choose white/whole wheat bun, plus you can choose all kinds of additional items. There are also a lot of alternatives to fries. I like the flexibility. Of course, there's also more to just burgers if you're looking for comfy home-cooking, they serve that too.

For something different, I ordered the classic burger with blue cheese sauce. The blue cheese, I'd soon discover, was too floral for my liking, and it overtook the entire flavour of the burger. I love strong blue cheese, but I wasn't a fan of the kind they served. I ate most of it, but next time I'll opt for something else.

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Bad food, no ambiance
By kieran of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 3:55am [Dine in]

Went here for my wife's birthday since it was the only 50s-style diner open on the 31st of December.

For ambiance, the decor had atmosphere, with portraits of 50s celebs around. However, that was about as far as the 50s-diner theme went. There were no traditional style booths, and the music consisted of top 40 hits on shuffle from a non-functional digital "jukebox". The fact that the staff had difficulty getting it to work at all suggests that this is the normal state of affairs (but kudos to them for trying).

Service - the staff were reasonably friendly, but seemed a little indifferent in general. The staff seemed to be mainly young hipsters, and the other clientèle and atmosphere matched that.

The food was really just bad. The burgers were dry almost to the point of being inedible (not just my opinion - another of our party commented before I even mentioned it that it was the driest burger he had ever tasted).

Admittedly it is just a diner, so not much should be expected, but for the prices being charged there are a great many restaurants elsewhere in the city offering far better food.

Overall the experience was very disappointing. The ambiance (our main reason for going to ostensibly a 50s-style diner) was nearly non-existent. The menu seemed to have selection and creativity but the food was mediocre at best - maybe it was just a bad chef? Either way we would not go here again.

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Not perfect, but consistent
By 70sTennisFan of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 11:16am [Dine in]

Visit Hamburger Mary's every couple of months with my mom. We like it because it's open late, the service is very consistent, and there are several good vegetarian options.

As always, the service was friendly and fast. We had the battered mushrooms, then deluxe grilled cheese with garlic mashed potatoes.

The food was as good as usual - the battered shrooms are fine. The deluxe grilled cheese is great, IMO. My only complaint - and I can't be absolutely sure, but I'm really pretty sure - is that they microwave some of their food. The mashed potatoes get this weird dried out skin around the edge, and they come to the table with really variable temperatures.

Unlike two recent posters, overall I think it's good and good value. We'v never personally had problems with the service. We'll be back, but would enjoy our experience even more with no microwave!

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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 - 2:55am [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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Great place for a late night burger.
By treads of West End, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 22, 2007 - 3:47am [Dine in]

Upon the recommendation of a coworker, my girlfriend and I decided to check this place out. We were greeted by a smiling waitress who attended to us immediately. My girlfriend ordered the Vancouver Burger with fries, and I got the Works Burger with a side of Coney fries. After a wait just over 10 minutes we received our food and went to work.

Everything on my plate was delicious, and served in generous portions. The burger was done just right, the bacon was crispy, and the lettuce was fresh. Unlike a number of other burger chains I have tried, the condiments did not overflow and overpower the taste of the burger itself, which was a nice change. The coney fries were essentially a heart attack on a plate, and would be on my "last meal" request for sure. A guilty pleasure, but worth it. I didn't have any room left to try a shake (truthfully, I only managed to finish my meal since it was my first today), but it is my understanding that they are amazing.

My girlfriend found the Vancouver burger to be above average, but was not a fan of the guacamole they used. Her fries were average, on par or better than most burger chains but nothing in comparison to Fritz or any other place that specializes in fries. About what you would expect, really.

The service throughout the meal was attentive and friendly. Our water glasses never dipped below half full, and moments after our food had settled and we were ready to go, they came over to check on us and see if we wanted the bill. We will definitely be going back.

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No Beef about Mary's
By sowen222 of Mount Pleasant, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 2, 2006 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

Great 'themed' interior, great location from which to people-watch, a somewhat limited menu but delicious food. The milkshakes are excellent. Prices are quite reasonable, although the wine is overpriced.

The servers are sincerely friendly, and have a sharp sense of humour. If you come back, they'll likely remember you.

I highly recommend Hamburger Mary's for a casual meal.

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