Joe's Grill is a diner style cafe with 4 locations in Vancouver.
I took Mrs. C for a bit of brunch, and she chose Joe’s since she had a fantastic breakfast at their other location recently. The place was packed but we got a seat after a short wait. They had lots of choices on the menu, and we finally decided on a burger for my beloved, and corned beef hash for me. The CBH was disappointing, but some hot sauce improved it enough to eat. My co-diner reported her burger was fantastic and the fries were big, hot and crispy. I will likely try the other items on the menu and overlook the horrible hash.
The ambience was nice and comfortable, but the w/c could be a bit cleaner. My only significant complaint was the abnormal server. After waving, making eye contact, and saying ‘coffee please’ without being recognized, we had to go to the counter to ask someone to tell the server to bring coffee. The worst part was that she served adjacent tables. Just not ours. Maybe we reminded her of some bad tippers from her past? We could not explain this, or the scowl of the server when she finally decided to pour the coffee. That was weird.
Other than that, it was an okay experience. We will try the other locations to see how they stack up.
I tried the Denman location for the first time after visiting the 4th Ave spot many times over the past few years. I was there for breakfast on a Saturday morning. They have the usual suspects for brunch and I went with the classic eggs benny. It was good and the price was right, especially considering the location. My only complaint was the the hollandaise tasted a little funny but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Anyways, it was about what I expected and I would come back if in the area.
I was walking along Denman street, wanting to have breakfast, and was beyond thrilled to see no line up's & open tables. This was a rare opportunity, took full advantage and I have loved their pancakes in previous visits.
I ordered their blueberry pancakes, which where light & fluffy with fresh blueberries. I was in heaven, knowing I made the right choice, with each bite you could taste the blueberries. The coffee was served when I walked in, along with menu, that was dirty and could have cleaned it before giving it out again. I did find my server ignore me and served the table beside me for coffee, but it was nice they called her back to refill my cup. That was only downside was how the servers didn't pay attention, & it wasn't just me, trying to get their attention, when it wasn't busy. I like to think it was shocked that they had breathing room, and running around with their head cut off...that's it!!
My breakfast was filling, didn't eat for several hours and it was nice to experience this place when it was crazy busy. Good Food.
I've been a customer at Joe's on Davie many times over the years and have never had a really bad experience there, so you can imagine my surprise at the complete failure that was my experience yesterday. First off, the place is a "seat yourself" restaurant and that's what I did only to be repeatedly ignored as other customers came in, sat down and immediately received attention (and menus). After watching the waitress whiz by me several times with not a glance, I finally perked up and snagged her as she flew by, stating that I would like a menu too! I thought things might be back on track after my order was taken and my food arrived in a timely manner, but the Benedict I ordered soon proved to be one of the most shockingly bad plates of food I've ever been served. Since when is this dish supposed to be spicy hot? It's poached eggs, English muffin, ham and hollandaise! Which of those ingredients is supposed to burn your mouth with peppery spicy heat? Not only that, the ham had that distinctively sour "off" taste and the hollandaise had its own unrecognizable funk. After two bites, I waited for the waitress to come and check on me, but that never happened. I had to call her over and say that I couldn't eat this. She did not inquire as to what was wrong nor offer any apology. She only asked if I wanted to order another item and brought back the menu. After contemplating whether I was willing to risk another bad plate of food, I decided I'd cut my loses and decline an alternative. After informing the waitress of this, she actually had the nerve to start writing me up a bill! She wanted to charge me for a pop I hadn't even drunk even though the place had served me a plate of inedible food! I refused to pay and made sure the discussion regarding this was at least audible to the rest of the restaurant. Then I left saying I would never return and I never shall. Stay away from Joe's on Denman!
Great breakfast place > you seat yourself > food is quick, tasty and huge portions > good hot coffee keeps coming > service is friendly > great value as 2 huge breakfasts with coffee under $20.00. Nice to see old time diners still serving great food in a casual setting
After living in the West End for over 5 month, my bf and I felt like trying Joe's for Sunday Brunch. The place was packed and we were lucky to get the last table available.
The server came to our table right away asking if we would like coffee. Very friendly and good service (especially since it was so crowded!).
I ordered the Crab Cake Eggs Benny which came with fried potatoes...The food came very quickly and tasted really really good! I was a little disappointed to find out that they don't make milkshakes (apparently they don't have the machine?!) as it was still listed in the menu.
Anyways food was really good and generous portion, coffee tasted good as well, and the service was quick and friendly. She came around a couple of times refilling our coffee.
The bill was around $19 for two people... Not exactly cheap for Brunch, but acceptable.
We will definitely be back.
This would be the fourth time I have eaten breakfast at Joe's, there omelets are tasty and good size portions, the french toast is done quiet nicely, not soggy like other places around town, The Ranchero is definitely worth trying.
However, each time I eat there, I question if the food is really worth dealing with the cold, rude, plastic service from the waitresses. After being served poorly by a crabby waitress yesterday, I decided to leave a 10% tip, when i asked for the rest of my change back she rolled her eyes, and slammed the change back into my hand and walked away.
I feel a really negative vibe from all the front staff working there and this would be the last time I "Eat at Joe's" because honestly, its not worth it, Ill be driving a few extra miles and going to BONS!
I'm kind of a breakfast snob. I rate a place by how well they do the basics which to me is eggs and sausages with pan-fried potatoes and toast. Call me old fashioned, ball me boring. Anyway, Joe's hits the mark on all counts. Coffee is good too. Definitely worth a try. The place was packed and turns quickly yet our order was taken quickly, the food arrived in less than 10 minutes and we never had to ask for a refill, as our server popped by every couple of minutes with the pot. They do all the usual breakfast alternates as well, eg eggs bennie, pancakes, french toast. My wife had the bennies and she was very pleased and she's as fussy about her bennies as I am about the basic breakfast.
All of the Joe grills locatiions have a great trait:QUICKEST service ever
I ate regularly in all three of them for the past 2 years and ALWAYS have been served at a great speed regradless of their business..
food is great.GOOD quality and if somethibng was not done properly they will redo it for you!very very good breakfast spot also great pasta and sandwiches..yummy