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Joey

1424 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H1H4
Tel: (604) 732-5639
Neighbourhood: Fairview

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Nice place, service so so
By hippixie of Chilliwack (51 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 5:05pm [Dine in]

Went here Valentine's day with my Mom and Daughter.
We were seated without a reservation, nice booth. The restaurant was clean and modern. Our servers were friendly and polite, but lacking in paying attention, she thereforee missed the fact that 2 items were missing from the order. Once we flagged her down and told her, she said she'd be right back with them. She didn't return till the other server had already boxed up our leftovers. Poor service.
The food was good, but lacking what we expected. This is a chain restaurant, I guess I was looking for something more - everything was carbon copy, no personal touches.
We had the yam fries and chicken lettuce wrap to start, they were both good, but the sauce for the lettuce wrap was a tad spicy. I had the fettucine alfredo, goos but it just didn't make the grade for an excelent rating. My mom and daughter each had a steak, which they both enjoyed. The deep fried mashed potatoes were unique but a little bad because of the deep frying.
Would we come back? Maybe but it was rather pricy.
The $5.00 valet was nice, they vacuumed my car too, gave him a nice tip.

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Great alternative to Cactus Club and Earls
By FoodMan99 of Surrey , B.C. (66 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 1:21am [Dine in]

This place does everything right from the moment you walk in. You're greeted by people who are enthusiastic about making a good first impression, and they continue to attend to you throughout the evening. They have the skill and knowledge to make suggestions, without coming across fake or overly trained. It makes for an interesting ambiance, with smiling waitresses and waiters moving about and lively discussion at every table. It all feels a little too much at times, and perhaps a bit more intimacy could be encouraged. That said, our server was charismatic and engaging enough to get over being a bit intrusive as we ate and talked.

The food itself is delicious, and I recommend getting a dish that will let you try the scrumptious crispy mashed potatoes. The salmon is good, so are the pastas and the portions you get represent the price you pay, which will be in the range of 16-25 for a main dish.

Next time you`re looking for a simple night out at a mid-level, Keg or Earls-type restaurant, give Joey`s a try if you haven`t before. It didn`t disappoint me.

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Atmosphere is Incredible, but food is just ok
By hungryjo of Vancouver (174 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 23, 2007 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

I was curious about this place so I finally get to check it out during dinner time. At 6pm on a Friday the place was packed to maximum. Waited 15mins which is reasonable. Was offered 2 tasters, steak w/ cream sauce on a spoon (yum) & juice cocktail in a shooter cup. I thought that was neat and I was very hungry. This restaurant is huge and the decor is gorgeous, kinda feels like Cactus Club but kicked up 5 notches. We ordered Mushroom Soup, Fish Taco, Lobster Ravioli and something like a Cali Roll wrapped w/ crispy wonton shell. The soup was soooooo salty that a Tropical fish would swim in it. The Cali thing was a good idea but it didn't meet my expectations. The Fish Taco which the server recommended, was just as salty. My tongue was practically numb by then. If I was craving for salty food, I can just buy myself a bag of chips but this is just too gross. Ok, as for the Lobster Ravioli, what could go wrong w/ Lobster? Well...there isn't anything wrong but it was kinda bland. Couldn't really taste the lobster. The pasta sauce wasn't flavorful at all. Overall, my food experience at Joey's wasn't as good as I hoped for. I wouldn't go again unless it's a bday party.

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Overzealous
By thecritic of Vancouver (374 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 19, 2006 - 11:37pm [Dine in]

I have frequented the Joey's in Coquitlam a couple of times and it has always been a good experience. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for this location. The restaurant looks good and has a warm feel but the food was simply not up to par. The ingredients were fresh but the salads were overdressed. Ahi Tuna was overseasoned. Both other party members had salads and their's were "overed" as well. Atleast it was consistant in that respect. I am sure it was just a blip and I will give it another try when I can't think of anywhere better to go to.

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Another Casual dining chain
By LordofFoods of Vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

Went there when the first opened. Was impressed with everything. Now that I've been back a few more times. Things are starting to settle down to where they ought to be. The thing about restaurant opening is that so much more effort is put into opening's that eventually complacency sets in at some point.
The menu is a good mix of differnt items. I like this menu over Cactus Crap.
They have a nice set up with dining area, bar area and upstairs heated balcony/patio. The food is standard casual dining fare with an asian flair. I am getting tired of this concept but Joey's menu is never the less inventive enough to keep you interested. The steak are good. again typical cdc. You just hope they dont mess up cooking your food. Menu and kitchen is set up to handle volume and deliver consistently. Hence you wont get great flavour or presentation.
The guest varies but for the most part similar to what you would find at cactus club. 18-35 y olds wannabe trendy. There is valet parking out front, enter from alley in to the restaurant.

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No large groups??
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

I came here with 7 other girls one night and was surprised to find out they had absolutely no tables to accomodate more than 4-6 people. Do they not serve big parties? At first we were seated at two booths side by side separated by a 3ft gap. Not wanting to have to yell to be heard, we tried to look for other alternatives. The party area (2 sections) were booked for a party, and the bar area had no big table either. We had two options: sit at the rounded booth with a really small table or take two middle-section tables that are diagonal with each other. We took the second choice. Why would the designer have the tables anchored down?? weird. Still hard to carry conversations, we just pulled our seats out a bit. the ambiance is gorgeous, but the layout of the restaurant sucks.

Service was really good that night. Our server was very accommodating and attentive. Food was average - nothing special. Be sure to try their famous apple pie a la mode.
I would return, but with a smaller crowd.

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Good ambiance
By hungryfordinner of Vancouver (125 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 3, 2009 - 5:33pm [Dine in]

Food: I went here for lunch and I had one of their burgers. I didn't like the 'burnt' taste to it. I know it's grilled..but it was probably grilled for longer than usual. My friends liked their meals though, and the lava cake they ordered looked good.

Service: Attentive service (keep in mind it was Sunday lunch and it was really quiet-only one other table).

Value: Decent. Not cheap, but not overly expensive considering the location.

Ambiance: Nice place!

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annoying waiter!!!!!!
By genki39 of burnaby (82 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 11:17pm [Dine in]

Came here for dinner with my friend tonite. When I got there, the hostess opened the door for me (there was two of them actually) and they were both very friendly. I waited for my friend in the lobby. We then were seated by our server, it took him about 4 minutes to "explain" our menu to us, (appetizers on this page, mains on this page, desserts on this page etc.) My friend ordered a beer and a burger and I ordered a beer and the club med, (a chicken club). So every two minutes our server would ask us....how's your beer? how's your salad? how's your burger? holy s%#t!!!! give me a break! We couldn't even have a conversation for more than two minutes before this bozo interupted us. Quality check does not mean checking on your table every two f%*king minutes! Besides that, the food was good and everything was fine. I feel sorry for the next table that get's this moron!

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Great Service
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 9:58am [Dine in]

Sat in the bar/lounge area on a Friday night and had a great food and drinks. It's more casual here and our server was fantastic. Friendly with frequent check ups. Food was very good as they have some lunch items you can order at night. The 1/2 chicken was very good and a large portion.

Great atmosphere for having a few drinks afterwork.

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Favourite chain restaurant
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 2:48am [Dine in]

Joey's is bar none my favourite chain restaurant. I started coming to this location once they opened on Broadway and have likened the experience each time.

This location offers different areas, the bar/lounge, dining area and the patio upstairs (which I've yet to take advantage of). Chain restaurants are typically quite good (albeit standardized) and this location serves up the same quality regularly with a twist on occasion. The hostesses up front are especially friendly. When it's busy and there's a wait for tables servers bring out appetizers to squash your rumbling stomach as you wait, great for keeping hungry diners happy before they reach their table.

Their menu incorporates asian touches with a couple of notches stepped back for the western palette. Their choices are on par with other chain establishments: appetizers, sandwiches/burgers, steaks, pastas and even butter chicken. All the dishes I've had are consistently good but again nothing really wows my tongue. However it is a big step above other chain restaurants and it's hard to find something to speak negatively about.

Service has been good with each visit. It's nothing over the top but it's consistent and what you'd expect. They're polite and easy to talk to also. Oddly enough when the floor is less bustling with customers the servers don't seem as enthusiastic.

Joey's seems to have found a nice little niche serving dishes with a little fusion twist in a more upscale room with service to spare. I am a little confused as to why so many people use their valet service at a dig like this, however.

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Overhyped
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (112 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

After reading about this restaurant in magazines and in the newspaper, I followed my urge to give it a try. I should have checked the reviews first.

The decor and ambiance are very good, on par with those of its competitors such as Earls, Moxie's, and Cactus Club, and the architecture is outstanding (purpose designed and built building), but do you go there for the architecture or for the food? I had the lobster ravioli, which was disappointing. The presentation looked good enough, but the sauce was thick and dry, the ravioli a bit too chewy, primarily because the stuffing inside was not fresh. In fact, it looked pre-manufactured. The menu described the stuffing as lobster, shrimp and crab, but it was some sort of a somewhat hard and dry mush that was uniform in texture and colour (salmon colour). I couldn't tell whether indeed 3 types of seafood were represented in there, as the mush itself seemed to have no flavour of its own. The flavour of the ravioli relied on the sauce, which was a thick and dry cheesy cream, and it was very ordinary tasting -- the same taste you encounter in countless other lower grade restaurants that use that same cheese to cook pizza or pasta. Contrast that with a place like Earls or Moxie's, where you are constantly pleasantly surprised by the flavours you encounter on dish after dish, or Cactus Club, where the food never disappoints, and I wouldn't want to repeat at Joey's.

Service was Fine, but the waitresses there sure get a work out everyday, as the kitchen is located on a different level from any of the 3 dining areas in this restaurant, so there are lots of steps to climb all the time. The outdoor patio is beautiful, if you can tolerate the traffic noise on Broadway.

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Great chain (they have several)
By Victim of prices of Port moody, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

My boss decided to bring me here once with our coworkers from Europe and I was blown away. This is a true fusion chain restaurant in the city.
The way that they present the fusion food and prepare it is amazing.
I brought my ex-GF and her friend that is from out of town here to celebrate her Birthday and had a great experience. They explain every food on the menu, seafood and wine to you in detail and will spend the time it takes to recommend wine to go with it. The staff are probably foreign (Russian?) imports. wow.
This is not only a meal but a great experience

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Great alternative to ex whining at you on the phone
By Mark 6 of On The Road (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

Always good, attentive service - and yes the gorgeous waitstaff is hired for attraction plus their waiting-talents. They should be proud of themselves then. The food is really decent, considering you're really going there for the atmosphere and location. I really loved their mushroom cheeseburger which was custom. The fries are skinny and sometimes hot, sometimes not. Ask for more ketchup if you're a ketchup fan because they give you a little tiny cup of ketchup instead of a bottle. The alcoholic beverages are strong and yummy. grilled cheese really good too, but not very filling. Great place for a group celebreation. I am into skinny beautiful women so.

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Great place to have dinner with friends
By adidaf of Richmond (64 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

Food: had the Ahi Tuna Salad, tasted good, especially the dressings that came with the salad. Shared a pitcher of bellini, it definitely had a kick! Friends also order salads, and wraps, all were reported good except for the fries which were a bit too salty.

Service: very attentive, but not to the point of being pushy or overbearing. Server made good jokes/conversations with us. The only thing was the sun was in our eyes and it took a while for them to help us fix th problem (moved to another table b/c for some reason, they couldn't fix the blinds or whatever)

Value: actually quite expensive for the portion and quality of food.

Ambiance: relaxed, trendy, comfortable. Just a great place to hang out and catch up with friends over a meal and drinks.

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Absolutely average.
By MBAK of Vancouver (80 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 30, 2008 - 11:46am [Dine in]

I've been to this location a few times now and overall it's been consistently average. The food is okay..something you'd expect from restaurants like Earls..Milestones..etc. The service, however, is somewhat lacking. The last two servers I had while here weren't all that friendly..were missing for much of our dinner..and also quite pushy (felt like we were being rushed out even though it was a Wednesday night and half the restaurant was empty). Despite the average food and the lacking service, the decor of the restaurant is beautiful.

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Pretty Good but...
By chefdave of Downtown (58 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 16, 2006 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

This place is definately overrated... Food, service and ambience are all great but if you were to compare both the Earls, Cactus Club and Joeys the biggest difference would be hostesses ? The only other Earls or Cactus that can compare with Joeys would be Earls Paramount and Cactus Club in Yaletown... ONe thing they have over the other 2 is their amazing Wine List... Great selections and some pretty cool dishes too. Ahi Tuna in a taco shell anyone ?

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Fantastic Patio, Creative Dishes & Drinks
By frugalgourmet of Vancouver (70 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 2, 2007 - 7:19am [Dine in]

Went on a sunny Friday afternoon with friends, and although I had my reservations about a chain restaurant with all style and no substance; I was pleasantly surprised. The bellinis were yummy, a bit on the sweet side, but had a nice wedge of frozen peach for a garnish. My friend and I shared the Ahi Tuna Fish Tacos, which were plated beautifully and were tasty enough. The seared tuna was served on a bed of cabbage greens, inside deep fried wonton tacos, with a wasabi mayo on the side.

The patio had a modern Asian rattan flair, and I thought rattan chairs with cushions were pretty comfy. The patio was on the second level, so it was buffered somewhat from the street noise of busy Broadway street, and the breeze blowing through was pleasant too. In keeping with the modern feel of the patio, the bathrooms, were equipped with dark stained woods, and a granite sloping, one piece sink.

Our server demonstrated extra consideration, when she explained that the bar was out of brandy and had to use a substitute liquor for one of their blended drinks.

Will definitely recommend and go back to Joey's patio this summer!

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Good but with cautions
By E10Out of West (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 11:04pm [Dine in]

Food selection was consistant in quality as in other Joey's in Calgary, Edmonton and Coquitlam calimari was nicely done not too greasy nor over fried. Good QA. Good Caesar drink and cold Alex Keiths. Clean polished facilities & good lighting.
Ordered the black cod which was great nicely done and moist as it should be.

Loved the Bread pudding they had offered awhile back but they pulled it from their menu. Service was fair but seemed rushed even though the restaurant was only at 60-70% capacity. Worst part was the 'valet' service when you self park in their unmarked lot spaces and they demand $5 for holding your keys. They didn't seem to be very organized and even though they 'flashed' the car, they couldn't find it even though my headlights were blinking at them. Quite frankly I wouldn't trust your vehicle and contents to this 'contracted' service. Park on the street or in one of the 5 spots in the back.

Spoke to Cheryl - mgr to alert them of this service issue that they 'sub' out afterwards. The server had alerted the valet upon paying the bill but since I had parked in a spot near the front, no door service was offered. In contrast, Moxies at Broadway near Burrard will validate your parking charge from their building subtracting the parking from your meal bill whereas here, because the poor design of the parking area, they need to charge for the wasted space allocation.

Overall, it was a standard Joey's dining experience which is great but if you can't find parking due to the hassle of the valet, I would recommend going elsewhere ie. Earls on Fir or Broadway and Moxies which are more equipped for the driving patrons for the casual dining this establishment offers. Alternately if you live in the burbs, you may have the same dining at the busier and more established Coquitlam local.

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More Schlock for the Masses
By got2hot of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

Well, i guess this place helps prove that people are sheep. I have dined here 3 times, and will never again. Though I'm sure they don't care if they lose my business, because the masses will flock for the pretty girls and pretty room. SO what if the food is crap and service is crap. At one point, while waiting for a table, sitting at the bar, we had 4 people opposite us making 4 drinks, and completely ignoring us. We actually had to yell at them to get their attention for a drink.
The burgers were dry and bland, Pasta tasted like it came out of a freezer package.
I understand most people will forgive anything because its a beautiful girl, but Im not one of them. This place removes substance in favour of shallow image. Image is everything here. food tastes like crap, and service is below indifferent.
I wont return, and Im sure they dont care.

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Contemporary / Sexy Design / Mediocre Taste...
By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (41 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

I had lunch here today with a friend and the first thing I noticed was the minimalistic design of the building, both exterior and interior. Definitely, this place is aimed at and caters towards the upper, young class citizens and middle aged businessmen. Waitresses were dressed provocatively but also with a conservative undertone where needs be, kind of like telling prospective girl hunters, "You can have me, but before you do, you better be able to bite a bullet or two" - and all in black. Anyways perhaps I was over analyzing the servers at first because passively, this place forces you to since beauty and sex sells and is more eye-catching.

The first thing that I thought was kind of off was the servers did not know where my friend was sitting, since she got there before I did and was already seated. After searching along with the usher for awhile, I gave up. Seeing how the usher looked bedazzled and lost, I let her off the hook and told her I'll look for my friend by myself. Already, for a upper class restaurant, this is a no-no... but not a serious one.

As for food, I'm always finicky when it comes to Western Cooking because, to be flat honest, it boasts more than it can flavor and woe you - especially contemporary Western cooking. This is of course for the majority as I'm a huge fan of traditional worldly cooking, especially French Cuisine. The first thing I noticed was the menu had a scattered selection of East and West. This to me, from my own previous dining out experiences, is normally a bad start because the expertise will be sort of diluted and spread thin. To be on the safe side, since this was a western canadian establishment, I ordered a Lobster Raviole and my friend had a Rotisserie Chicken.

First the bad. I had a taste of my friend's dish and at nearly $20, the chicken was dry, bland, and mediocre. steamed beets and some other bland vegetables hardly made my flavor buds jump in joy.

The good part about this lunch was my lobster raviole, it was actually tasty - but forgettable. Huge pieces of home-made raviole, stuffed with tons of fresh lobster, crab and shrimp and ricotta cheese - each bite was very nice but not amazing. As always, the cream sauce tastes all the same...although it says ' DILL LEMON SAUCE' I couldn't taste the dill and lemon was just sour...maybe it's just me since dill normally has a low flavor to begin with.

I'll admit, my favorite part of both meals combined were my grilled cherry tomatoes and a huge generous slice of crispy garlic bread - yes sad but true...I enjoyed those two items the most.

Servers were busy, mediocre and came around kind of slow. We didn't get asked how our meal was now that I think about it and normally at a restaurant with high pricing, I felt somewhat neglected. Servers, were however, nice and never rude.

I left the place full but definitely with no memories except the girls. WHY IS IT ALWAYS THE GIRLS??? lol...we need more good food so people will stop remembering only the hot servers. Restaurants are so superficial these days...tsk tsk tsk...and same goes for the visitors lol...

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