Joe's Grill is a diner style cafe with 4 locations in Vancouver.
I have to admit, the West 4th location is better. I've come here a few times with my girlfriends after one gets off work early morning.
The food is your regular breakfast fare - but the price for you meal is an excellent value. They have really good corned beef hash, with deli style corned beef and lots of it!!
Service is good - nothing to complain about, but also nothing to rave about. It's sort of self-serve style - come in, find yourself a seat. Ambiance is dated and the place is in need of a make-over, but if that means compensating with higher prices - they are perfectly fine the way they are.
I do like how you can just sit and relax with your cup of joe reading the daily paper without being rushed.
Definitely good value here.
I finally tried this location, it was busy and I saw many servers moving at a fast pace. My server was busy, a bit forgetful, & never check if I needed more coffee or got me the water I requested.
I like the mushroom omlette, with hashbrown and toast. I was full for the entire day, and left satisfied.
I prefer the Denman location, friendlier service, calmer environment and you see more residents than tourist at that location.
Food is good here, but if you want attentive service, try Denman Joe Grill.
My partner and I went to Joe's Grill for a late breakfast a couple of weeks ago. I've never been terribly impressed with the place, but you get big portions for a decent price. The food was okay, but not stellar, and the service (up until the end) was also not bad. I couldn't finish my omelet right then and there, so I thought I would ask to have it packed up to take home with me to have later. The waitress said sure, went away, then came back a minute later and tossed a plastic container on our table, then walked away again! Uhhhh, what?? Now, I'm not sure if restaurants nowadays have changed policies on this, but when a customer asks for a meal to be packed up to go, someone EMPLOYED BY THE RESTAURANT does this, NOT the customer. I was so put off by it and the lack of customer service, I decided to just leave it behind. The food and ambiance isn't good enough for me to ever want to go back to this place.
I wish this site would revise their rating system. I hate putting "outstanding" for breakfast fare, but 3 stars seem a bit paltry for "solid", and "outstanding" seems a bit much...
Went to Joe's on Saturday around lunch after doing the 'Grind. We had to wait a bit for a table to be cleared, and it took a while for our order to be taken, but they were busy and when the waitress did come, she was very friendly.
As I said, I wouldn't say scrambled eggs and bacon to be "outstanding", but it was hot and the hash browns were one of the best I've had in a restaurant. Bread was supposed to be sourdough but tasted just like wonderbread, so not sure if I got the right bread.
One thing I don't understand about brunch restaurants around town is, why they never taste good. Scrambled eggs and bacon are hardly difficult items to cook, yet so many taste horrible. This place at least cooked it right and tasted good.
So, although I wouldn't actually say it was mind-blowing and outstanding breakfast, it surpassed almost all other breakfast-y places, and for a plate full of food for $6, it's the best value around.
SO happy to have found a place for weekend brunch that is PRICED RIGHT!! Food is always fresh and tasty and staff at this location is OUTSTANDING - friendly and fast, but never rush you. Compared to many other places downtown, I come here again and again because it does not disappoint. Nothing fancy, just a good home-style meal and friendly service. For about the price of 2 fancy lattes you can feel satisfied and get on with your weekend.
I am happy to be a regular!!
Since we started living in downtoen, Joe's on Davie been on our list of restaurants for Saturday/Sunday eatouts. Hubby and I have been there many many times and it's all pleasant memories. Love their highly caffeinated diner coffee which gives you a super buzz. It's a nice average restaurant/diner with good food but no attitude.
Since moving out of the west end recently, I still crave my Joe's Grill breakfasts. Whatever you order, be it eggs, pancakes, omelettes, eggs benny, or a chicken avacado club, it is always great. They also make their own hot sauce which is excellent! The decor is simple, functional, but the food and service are the real deal. It often gets quite busy, but the servers never rush you out of the door as soon as you are done. Thanks for the many great breakfasts and lunches Joe's. I will visit again when I am downtown.
That was my only visit to that place and I am not going to visit it ever again. I ordered a breakfast (egs with chorizo sausage). When it arrived, the chorizo was totally burned. It was black. To be able to eat it I would have to cut half of it off. I showed it to the server and described the problem. She understood and took it back to the kichen. However, after a while she came back and told me that they can prepare a new sausage for me but I would have to pay for it. I could see that the waitress was embarassed but she said that this is what she was told in the kitchen. I asked for the manager. I Chinese guy came up and without even letting my say anything he said that he is THE OWNER (!!!!!!) not the manager and that if I don't like the way they prepare their food then I do not need to come again, but I have to pay for what I ordered!!!!!!!!!
I happen to like waking up early just to have a good breakfast at breakfast joints, but in westend, there is unfortunately a dearthof good breakfast joints. Joe's grill along Davie is one pretty good one. Food is not spectacular but is solid food, egs are fried right or scrambled right, bacon and sausages are okay. Their waffles, french toast are solid. Their food is admittedly nothing fantastic to write home about but it is done right at least and taste good too. Solid food. The service i have to say is amazing, the servers are just friendly, and timely with the food and coffee. I will recommend the Banana pancakes to anyone who goes because it taste great. Great value for money as well. And i agree with the previous reviwer, you can sip your cup of joe with newspaper in your hand and its allright.
I had Sunday brunch this morning at Joe's Grill and wasn't disappointed. It was busy, but I only waited a few minutes to get seated. Dining alone, they were nice enough to seat me off to the side where I could sit in relative peace to read my paper, which I appreciated.
Sadly, no soy milk for my coffee. I am lactose intolerant and prefer not to drink my coffee black, but they didn't have an option for me.
My food came quickly; Eggs Florentine, poached medium (not soft as I like it, but I forgot to ask). They weren't stingy with the Hollandaise, which was great, as I find this an all too common occurrence. They also included a lot of spinach, which was fantastic. The pan fried potatoes were tasty as well. It was nice not to be served something deep fried at brunch, even if there was a lot of butter still involved.
What would have made this breakfast better? Soy milk as an option for my coffee, whole wheat English muffins (or the option for them instead of bleached white), and an option for (or additional) fruit/veggie on the plate.
All in all, a good brunch. I anticipate I will visit again. :)