JOEY Bentall One offers premium casual dining, exciting down to earth atmosphere and friendly staff right in Downtown Vancouver. Dine in our restaurant or have a few drinks at our lounge and bar areas. Our menus are created by executive chef Chris Mills. We have an extraordinarily diverse menu with a large wine list including vintages, imports and BC VQA wines.
I did not have a good experience with the food when I first went a Joey (the one on Broadway) several years ago, but was pleasantly surprised with this one this time around.
The menu had changed from my first Joey experience, and all menu items are now very appetizing and attractive. I went with a large group of people this time around, and we shared several appetizers -- all outstanding and creatively put together. The main courses were also very tasty, with very sizable portions. The best of all was the final bill, which we all agreed was very reasonable.
The wine selection, too, was wide and good.
I came here last Wednesday with my buddy. This was my first visit here, I've been to the broadway and coquitlam locations. The room is quite nice and most of the servers are pretty hot. The food is mediocre at best. Their sliders are not half as good as Cactus' and the wings and calamari were pretty average. They also have a few large tv's which is good if ya wanna watch sports hilites and stuff. A chill place to watch a game, have a beer and enjoy all the eye candy.
Bar none this location and the other Joey's down Burrard are all about harnessing the DT vibe. This location is even more devoid of the original Joey Tomato enterprise flavour but it's all business, literally.
While menu is the same, the food doesn't quite measure up to the usual JT standards, but just slightly though - the theme here makes me wonder if they're more focused on the lounge food and specificall, drinks aspect rather than full blown entrees.
Based on their location they ride on the coattails of business sector luncheons or nightcaps. Fantastic room design with comfortable, cushy chairs but not exactly the best type of seating for a meal. I tend to find the music playing here more blaring than grooving.
Service is of chain-grade quality but there is a definite lack of table service talent from the servers and they tend to act a little pre-occupied with other things going on than waiting on their tables. They meet all the requisites for good service, but barely.
Great spot of swirl a drink or two with a bunch of people, thus leaving those strictly here for a dining experience a little overwhelmed.
when i came here with a buddy on a weeknight, it was packed with people in their work attire to probably get their fix after a long day on the job.
ordered their bacon 'high rise' cheeseburger and i can say it was no understatement. it was loaded with toppings and probably one of the biggest burgers i have eaten. the burger itself was delicious and well worth the money.
our waitress was friendly however it was hard to get solid service because the restaurant was so busy. on a side note (something that did not necessarily apply to our waitress), the one thing i hate about eating at franchise restaurants (i.e. joey's, cactus club, earls, etc.) is how fake the waitresses can be. yes, these restaurants hire the best looking girls in town because its likely they bring more business (and tips) but for me personally, i can care less about how good looking the girl serving me is. pretentious service is one of my biggest pet peeves as a diner so that is why i tend to stay away from these type of places.
the prices on the menu are not steep, average prices for restaurants that fall in this category. my burger was $14 and i was quite content after it so no complaints there.
very loud bar atmosphere which is expected for a restaurant like this. the place looks excellent in terms of design and the actual layout of the restaurant so have to give them extra points here.
i could see myself returning here for late night drinks because its very accessible and right in the downtown core. also a great place to mingle and chill with friends and co-workers. overall, solid restaurant with no real flaws.
We came here last night with a party of six. I had made reservations the night before, no problem. The problem started on the way down to the restaurant..I called just to confirm our res and at first they couldn't find it! They then said Oh OK we have it. When we arrived (the place was full) they led us out to the patio in back to what can best be described as a decontamination bubble with way to many heaters! My whole party was hesitant to sit, this is not what we wanted. After one of our party made a quick recon to cactus club across the street to secure a better seating, we were finally moved to a decent table (Thanks cactus club btw..next time we will try them out). with that sorted we move on to drinks and appys. I ordered a mojito..wrong!..it had, I kid you not, one sprig of mint which hadn't been even muddled and no sugar. It had NONE of the attributes a mojito should have! Our waitress (who was wonderful btw) offers to take it of the bill. Other drinks around the table were off also..stick to beer/wine at this place! (watery/weak was the consensus, a regular over priced drink here has 1oz of booze, a REAL 2 oz drink, which they list separate, is REALLY over priced. Bad policy in my books)
The food made up for the res and bar-tending being way off Thank goodness! The appys (esp the flat bread) are great and the fish tacos are justifiable famous, same for the sushi. The mains were equally satisfying. I had butter chicken which was a great value/portion and tasty to boot! All the salads, salmon, burger etc were meet with approval too.
The ambiance and decor are most pleasing also, and they look like they do a good job of training their wait staff,
would I come back? probably for the food and decent service but I would avoid peak hours and NOT order anything from the bar. I'm torn about the service rating..the res/seating screw up was huge, but they did recover nicely and were great during the meal.I'll give a solid and see what happens next time.
I came here with a business friend today for a lunch at 1 PM... Only had to wait about 10 minutes to get in and the hostess served me some prosecco while I waited for... Very nice touch. The decor is quite nice here... The ceilings are very high and what the designers have done with the space is top quality. I had the Fish Tacos as a main and a salad as a starter. My friend had their mushroom soup and grilled chicken salad for his main. The food quality was quite good... but our waitress started out strong but finished very weakly... She claimed the grilled chicken salad didn't come with garlic bread even though my friend had received it previously when he ordered the same salad... She offered to bring him a piece of the garlic bread but it took an eternity... at least 20 minutes. After our meal was finished and it was evident we weren't going to order anything else, we waited about 10 minutes before asking her for the bill. I received the bill, inserted my credit card in the bill fold and she spent at least another 20 minutes chatting up some meat-head and ignoring us completely... I finally had to walk the bill over to her so she could swipe my card... Suffice it to say she got about half the tip I would have given a good server. And by 2:30 the restaurant wasn't busy at all...
I was quite surprised to see all the bad reviews for this Joey's as my experience there last night was a rather positive one. I see people complaining about the outfits of the waitresses' but other chain restaurants of the same style have similar servers, don't they?
It was a work dinner for the eight of us and despite all being female, we enjoyed the atmosphere, and the boobs really did not bother us all that much.
We had the wine room upstairs and the atmosphere was fantastic. Our server was attentive and efficient, although not the friendliest. She disappeared after taking everyone's order but mine and I had to go downstairs to get her.
I would rate the food 4.5 if I could. Everything tasted great and my ahi tuna burger was excellent. Portions were very generous and all eight of us were very happy with the quality of food. We were so stuffed after our mains that we couldn't even order dessert.
The server knew the menu well and took pretty good care of us. She kept telling us not to move seats as we wanted separate bills, which was absolutely understandable; but having to hear the same thing over and over again became a bit annoying.
Yes the prices are a bit on the high side but for the decor of the place and quality of food, we gladly paid our bills without any complaints.
Overall I had a pleasant experience; only complaint might be related to service, which could have been a bit more personal and genuine. Oh well...good service is hard to come by these days and I am quite alright to accept efficient and robotic service, especially at a busy place like Joey's.
we went to the wine room next door and pleasantly surprised by the selection of wines by the glass - we were told 60. 40 of the reds are on the enotca machine to stay fresh and there is a great selection of European and New World wines but little to no BC or Ontario product. Lunch fare is fine, little wine knowledge, and better as an after work place then lunch or dinner. The concept is great for the business district buts needs a bit more ploish and better wine/food concepts.
All of you who are regulars to this website have seen the over-flattering reviews from people who are obviously friends or relatives of the establishments reviewed. They reek of one-sidedness, yet on the other hand, I think its a nice thing for these reviewers to be doing, even though it's not really honest. I just want to establish here and now that I'm not related to or friends with anyone who works for Joey, and my upcoming positive review was written because Joey made me happy, and by God life is tough and then you die, and I am so grateful for any happiness that comes along. The people at Joey want your experience to be a good one, and if you have any complaints, they will make it right.
How can I begin? With the hostess who, when we arrived when they were busy, saw it as a personal mission to find us a good table. And she did. Then there was the very lovely server who saw that our aioli cup for our yam fries was empty, and asked us if we would like more. One thing that struck me about her was, she was smart, and she liked what she was doing. We were in good hands. I had to use the washroom after ordering, and had to pass the kitchen area to get to the washroom. By God, one of the chefs smiled and nodded at me as I observed the kitchen while walking along. This place wants to please.
The food - My partner and I shared a very delicious ahi tuni salad, which is on the menu as a main course for one person. I thought the server would bring the big salad in its big bowl, and my partner and I would then scoop our portions onto our plates. No. My partner and I each got a beautifully presented half-portion. Perfect. As for the yam fries, my partner said they were the best she's ever had. The kicker was, we ordered a chocolate lava cake for dessert, and it took a bit long to come. No problem, but we were given the dessert on the house...I mean, I started to object and say no problem, but all I could say in the end was Thank you, because their mind was made up. I had the best gin and tonic at Joey that I've ever had in my life (really) to go with the meal, made even better because it was one of the drink specials that day.
OK, I have one complaint. We were there for about 90 minutes, and while I enjoyed the music they played very much, I couldn't help but notice - being a music aficionado - that not one Canadian song was played! Nods to the Brits and Americans, but no Canadians. Maybe the music of Rush and Bryan Adams doesn't fit as background music for Joey, but find some Canadian music that does, OK?
I love you guys, seriously.
If there were 10 stars I would give this restaurant (chain?) 10/10. Since cactus Club started becoming mainstream and watered down I was looking for something else. It will definitely be my go to spot if I am trying to show out -of-towners a unique spot or check out some eye candy and have good food.
Once you have the pleasure of dinning here the last thing on your mind will be other boring restaurants where it is only about the food. Here it is food and world class waitstaff. Try the steak seriously good and have their recommended wine as they know of what they speak.
Joey was very busy for dinner last night even though I don't consider the location to be very central or easily discoverable. I suppose people aim to come here. Perhaps it has something to do with the staff. They hire the prettiest girls ever. That can't hurt of course, but how was the food? It was great. We had tuna tacos, prawn and steak and stuck with ice tea. They were all good. Service was prompt and served with a smile. I always tip a full 15% before tax for perfect service and they got 15% from me.
The new Joey's in Bentall One is a half-step from a men's club. Needless to say, it's target market will not be reading this review and will not care...but if you are interested in good service, value and interesting food take note. You will not find it here.
The service staff is clad in, well, not much. The management at Joey's seems to have taken a cue from Cactus Club's hiring polices, and then upped the ante a bit. Tada! Trash, just trash. I'm sorry, but I'm really not interested in cleavage with my clubhouse sandwich. However, there are seemingly lots of downtown men who are...
As if it is not bad enough that the service staff is dressed to thrill, they don't really seem to know the menu that well, are not poised to make recommendations (duh? what?) and are certainly not experienced servers. Wanting a fairly substantial meal, I mistakenly asked my waitress if the $15.99 salmon salad was suitable as a meal or if it was small. She replied that it was filling and substantial...imagine my surprise when I received two potatoes, a 6 oz filet of salmon, a couple beans, a few leaves of arugula and a clump of mayo. Hardly substantial enough for a meal...well perhaps I should have considered the source of the recommendation....and hardly worth the $15.99 tag. My girlfriend ordered the beef deep, and it was a pretty sorry sight as well.
Overall, this is a big zero out of ten. I will never be back. There are two many great places to grab a lunch downtown (look no further than Gastown for evidence).
Joey has been around now for about 20 years. I guess it was a bit of a pioneer in the otherwise wasteland of the downtown when it opened all those years ago. There's no question the room is modern and updated, but the great food and cute service, more than anything give you reason to visit. My wife and I have been going a few years now, I have taken a girlfriend too but I have to say if you go only with your friends you can check out more of their famous ladies. We are constantly amazed that they keep producing such a fine product after all these years. Who knows how much longer they'll be around? On a personal note I'm hoping for a long time to come!
I never had the pleasure of eating at this chain but I just went there last night for dinner and drinks with three friends. plus the hot wait staff (which is always a plus), their dinner menu and wine list was solid. We had the fish and requested rice with mushrooms and it came out better than expected.
As for the hot wait staff, pure glory in short skirts. Who doesn't like good food, good drinks and an engaging waitress that you engage in idle chitchat when they are so attractive? Looks like they are going to be my new favourite chain. Worth the money and tip extra.
I've been here a few times for work lunches while working downtown and also at night for drinks. During the summer months, the patio is a nice place to enjoy a lunch break. Service has always been good, but the food has been hit or miss for me. One time, I got the soup and salad for lunch. It was all right, nothing memorable except for the fact that there was a bug in my salad. It was was promptly replaced though with an item of my choice.
On my most recent visit, I ordered the scallop and prawn linguine with pesto and it was very spicy. I love spicy food, but this was so spicy it just did not seem to go with the other flavours of the food. The sauce was also a lot heavier than expected.
I've been to the wine bar section on several occasions at night and have quite enjoyed it. There is a good selection by the glass at relatively affordable prices (I think starting around $6) and they change the wine choices every once in awhile.
Overall, it's not a bad place. I'd prefer to come later in the day for drinks and maybe an appy. For lunch, I'd prefer to go across the street to the other similar-type restaurant on Burrard.
Something to expect out of Joey is pretty good food and an above average experience. Out of the bigger chain style restaurants I'd have to say Joey is my favorite.
Had lettuce wraps (wish they had more meat) and were very tasty. Great Calamari and Lobster Ravioli is always great. They were kid friendly as well and had our baby up on a attach seat to the table.
This place caters to all sorts and it should be a hit with most people. I do come back when I can and sometimes a chain is better because you know what to expect. A chain that has great food.
i enjoyed this place with 7 other friends. I think this place is meant for all the professionals that work in and around the bentall towers. Excellent place for drinks. food is great altho a little over priced. Waitresses are a little un professional. They're just missing something. short of a professional waitress. BOOBs aren't everything...