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Joey

820 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z1X9
Tel: (604) 683-5639
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Asian, Fusion, Mediterranean
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late night
  • Features: Ocean Wise, Patio, Television
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11AM - 1AM, Fri - Sat: 11AM - 2AM, Sun: 11AM - 1AM
  • JOEY Burrard is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and features an energetic atmosphere, exciting lounge / bar area, outdoor patio and of course premium chef inspired menus. Featuring imported and local VQA wines.

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Tried something different....It was good, but only for special occasions
By eating good food of Vancouver (129 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 8:31pm [Dine in]

I had graduated on Friday, and I came here with 2 of my friends after the ceremony and bowling. I originally wanted to go to Denny's in Richmond as they are 24/7 but found out this place is opened until 2:00 in the morning on Fridays, so we came here.

Our waitress was very friendly, and made me feel special that it was graduation day for me (don't know how she managed to, but she did) I had a hambuger and fries which were delicious. can't remember what my friend had for her entree, but we shared some buffalo wings (which were amazingly good) and the other friend just had beer.

Seeing how it was graduation day, I had a Bellini as well, which was ok, but I would rather have a bellini from Milestone's any day

The ambiance was a little dark for me......I would rather have gone somewhere where there was better lighting (but eh?)

I think however, it is a little too expensive compared to restaurants like Milestones and Earls. I mean my burger cost $14......Yes, I know it's not Denny's, but even Milestone's is like $10 or $11 for a plain burger. I guess they have some reason for making it pricer (location? don't know)

I guess I don't mind coming here once every so often, but I can get the same thing at Milestones for cheaper.

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The power lunch crowd
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 4:27am [Dine in]

This location is the most recent Joey's visit, and the most hip of them all. The design itself is all Downtown influenced and is void of almost any resemblence of the comfortable feel-good Coquitlam location. In spite of this, the style is first rate.

While the ambience draws you in, the food portion of the restaurant seems overshadowed by the drinks and wine selection (at least that is what the decor reveals to me). The food is consistent across the board but I wouldn't consider this their bread and butter location. A soup and salad, 2 sirloins and the kobe pasta among a list of sides made for a good, but not so memorable meal. The egg wrapped mash potatoes were an interesting touch but the kobe meatballs in the spaghetti were disappointing. As a chain restaurant however, consistency is number one and seems they've pretty much nailed it on the head.

One waitress tended to us the entire ordeal. While friendly and completely on the ball I sensed a bit of awkwardness on her part, but what do I know.

While this reincarnation is the norm now for our fair city, this Joey's is completely void of it's original character. You're really here to be seen.

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Little flavour & loud
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 20, 2007 - 8:58am [Dine in]

I've heard about Joey's and they opened a new location in Downtown. I decided to try it, and you get hit with loud music and found it to be disorganized. I wish in some way, I sat in the lounge with TV's and had colour, but the dining area was boring. I ordered something easy, Cheese burger with fries, but the burger lacked flavour, over drenched with this mayo type sauce. I couldn't believe the pencil thin fries that weren't cooked & tons of salt. Although my waitress was friendly, she kept asking me how my food was, with a full mouth, so I couldn't answer.
I kept seeing interviews being done and the managers sitting in a booth making floor charts, when they could be talking with their guest.
If you like loud music, this is the place to go and I would suggest the lounge, since its better decorated.

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good location, good ambiance
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 2, 2008 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

The food and the service are a little behind the location and the ambiance.

I went to Joey's for lunch with a group for lunch. Even though we arrived slightly before noon, there was already a line waiting for seating. We were offered some nice samples of drinks (a lychee ice tea) and a sample of one of the day's feature dish (lobster ravioli).

I ordered the club med sandwich, substituting the fries with green salad. Our group ordered a plate of the habachi wings as an shared appetizer.

The wings were very spicy and tasty.

The sandwich and salad were pretty good.

Points lost for what seemed like a slow lunch service.

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Not bad but could be much better
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 7, 2008 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

Food: had 2 lunches here in 2 days and everyone on both days seemed to enjoy their meals. Had the med grill burger which I thought was quite good. Portion size isn't bad for what you get, especially downtown when a lot of the eateries inflate prices but have no substance.

Service: Inconsistent. The first day, we had a guy who was fast but we didn't understand a word he was saying - speak up and stop slurring your words! Glasses were disgustingly dirty as well - food stuck all over them and lip marks still present and after having to change 2 of our glasses, he just changed them all which is good. We were in and out in no time. Second time in was atrocious. We were two tables, sitting separately and food was arriving inconsistently, bills were mixed up, ppl were charged for things they didn't order - just a mess overall. Our server was terrible and she seemed flustered despite our tables being quite patient. We ended up being 30 min late since our bills took 25 min to sort! In the end, one of the hostesses gave one of my dining compadres a $15 gc but still not enough for the terrible service.

Ambiance: Beautiful restaurant with very comfortable booths. Love the digital picture frames with rotating pics. Bar looks amazing despite not being seated in that area. Washrooms were very nice and clean.

I would return if I were in the area but if I get that one server again, I'm hightailing it out of there! Be careful of the water glasses and make sure you have time to eat lunch because an hour lunch can easily turn into 1.5 to 2 hours!

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Great lunch
By jennko of Vancouver (86 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

I came here last week with a couple of my friends and that we ordered some sliders and flatbread to start. The sliders were very simple and not worth ordering again in future. The flatbread has some chicked with some kind red indian marinade or sth, the taste is pretty different, the bread itself is a little cruncy which is good. We then ordered beef dip and lobster cheese sandwich. The beef dip has the regular onion and some beef of course, the sauce is pretty normal, nothing really interesting. The lobster sandwich got barely any lobster in it,but it's got tonnes of cheese which made up a little for the teeny tiny bit of lobster. The ambiance is pretty casual, we were seated in the individual sofa and it was pretty comfy. The service was a little lacking that day, maybe because of so many tables yet I only noticed 2 servers. I don't think i'll come back next time (unless of course my friends wanna come here) just coz the food is pretty common with nothing special.

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Don't order the Lobster Grilled Cheese
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2009 - 8:23pm [Dine in]

Came here for a weekday lunch with some coworkers. Joey's has a nice room and sleek, elegant yet casual decor. Service was good, no complaints.

The only issue was the lobster grilled cheese I ordered was extremely disappointing. 4 TINY finger sandwiches with a bowl of mcdonald's-esque fries. Actually, I picked out 2 burnt (black) fries. The lobster in the grilled cheese was non-existent and I had to look for it only to find a few slivers of canned lobster meat among the way too overpowering cheese. The only taste was grease and salt. For Joey's, especially this location, I expected a little better.

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Hot Lunch Spot
By diningRL of East Vancouver (65 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 4:02am [Dine in]

I'm usually not a fan of 'chain-type' restaurants, but I was quite impressed with this Joey's location. I've been here 3 times, and the quality of food and service are quite consistent.

Food: had a variety of things from my visits (mini-burger appetizers, calamari, grilled ahi tuna burger, grilled chicken Mediterranean salad). All of it was quite enjoyable, hence the 4 ratings (based on the type of restaurant of course).

Service: besides the fact that every waitress is good looking, I found the service to be solid, especially for a relatively new restaurant - my first visit was a month after it opened.

Ambiance: very nice.

Value: same as the usual Joey's/Earl's/Cactus Club pricing.

Recommendation: worth a visit. Another reason I recommend this restaurant is that it is the test kitchen for the entire Joey's chain. They test out new dishes at this location prior to them being introduced at all the restaurants.

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Joey's got the best lobster tail!
By JooJoo of East Vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 7:33pm [Dine in]

I have always loved Joey for the lobster tail and sirloin steak until they took it off the menu in the Coquitlam location and made it seasonal. I was at the Joey's on Burrard one night and they brought it back to this location! I was really excited, their lobster tail was always fresh, tender and perfectly cooked. The Asian inspired skewer appetizer was absolutely delicious, we chose the beef, chicken and shrimp combination and all of them were cooked to perfection. The calamari portion was enough for 4 to share and very yummy! The butter chicken was creamy and great with rice. The saba grilled fish was very creatively grilled with spices, it was one of the best fish dish I've ever had! Consistent quality and taste, great food, and nice ambiance!

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Remade believer
By Burgerandbrew of Surrey (32 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 12:47am [Dine in]

I've gone to Joey's quite a few times the past couple of years and have been getting more and more disappointed every time. I was disappointed that my friend wanted his going away party there, so I pre-ate my own steak at the boyfriends, and we had dessert as well beforehand. We got there, had our first couple of drinks (which never disappointed me), and some of the people at our group ordered steak with fried mashed potatoes. Me and my man ordered a side order and OMGOSH were they ever tasty tasty tasty!!!!! I will head back to Joeys again soon soley for some artery clogging goodness that are the fried mashed potatoes. Our server handled us quite well, considering it was a group of 25+ going in and out and quite a few of us were heavy drinking. Oh, ya he was a guy, and a total babe too. Nice change, that's what I like about downtown, a great deal of servers are sexy men, but he was dressed nicely and quite professional, even though he seemed a little new. My last mojito though, I ordered after paying the bill the first time because we had a delayed leaving, was odd tasting. They didn't muddle the mint, so the flavour wasn't that infused and they used blueberry vodka instead of rum (like I said, last mojito I wasn't exactly looking at ingredients). Anyways, don't get that drink. I got it for free though because 20 people from my party busied up the bartender with shot demands which was great. It took forever, even according to the sober bf so.

Thanks for the good time Joey's, now I'll revisit other locations and pray that the rest of the visits will be par with this one:)

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Had good experiences both timess
By luyendao of East Van, Vancouver (28 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 23, 2007 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

I went here once with my wife, and a 2nd time with a larger group of 10 people. This place is loud, whether it's the dining area or the lounge, it's more lounge than dining area...so if you want an intimate dinner this isn't the place for you.

The service for this type of franchise establishment was superb, from the person opening the door, to the waitresses and the staff lingering around to see if someone needs something extra.

The food is quite good too, i'd compare it to milestones or Earl's but it goes just a bit further in terms of detail, and innovation. The appetizers are worth trying, particularly the Habachi chicken, Lettuce Wraps, Satay Sticks were stand-outs.

For the main entrees, i had the fish tacos which were very good, and the linguini was well done, but a bit too salty, the table for twos are a bit tight.

Above all the prices are pretty reasonable, and you'll leave feeling like they took good care of you.

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Great for after work meals and relaxation
By executive manager of New West (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 7:36pm [Dine in]

Very good place to eat and order wine after work. I will definetly go back and co-workers agree. The staff was sexy yet not stuck up, which was very entertaining. The restaurant is big but has a cozy feel and was very relaxing. Great place to spend any evening of the week. Order: They serve only the finest beverages and wines at reasonable prices compared to other chains in Vancouver or Yaletown. The staff was courteous, fast and very good looking.

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Train your staff
By incognito of downtown (32 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 11:51am [Dine in]

Go to Joey's Burrard for a business meeting/meal. Greeted at door by hostess. I had seen where my partners were sitting and made it to the table on my own. In this gigantic restaurant, there are no more than 10 customers. Immediately asked whether I want something to drink, my partners already having been served. Order a drink; it comes quickly. When drinks are down to half a glass, server asks about refills. One refill ordered and delivered quickly. And that was it for service. No coming back to ask if we want to order food. After 40 minutes we decide to eat elsewhere. The food rating is lowest on the scale because we didn't eat and the value is lowest because we have no prices for comparison. Worth going to if you want to sit at the bar and watch the game and the eye candy. Otherwise, don't bother.

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Average
By wannabefoodcritic of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

I've been to this location a couple of times. It's your basic downtown Earls/Milestones/Cactus Club. The inside is quite nice, however the street appearance is nothing more than bland with a cheap looking screenprinted sign outside.

I've had the fish tacos which were actually really good. The only reason I've rated the food a 3. Yesterday I had the club med sandwhich with green salad. The bun was a couple of days old, definitely not fresh, however I do always enjoy their green salad with feta and dried cranberries.

To sum: Nothing memorable about this place but it's fine for lunch once in a while.

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You Can't Eat Interior Decor!
By mmmmmm of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 4, 2008 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

FOOD: All the dishes ordered at our dinner table came either overdressed or over-greased. Very unfortunate!

SERVICE: Staff does not seem to pick up on obvious cues to guests' needs. Server was a little overbearing and described some food items in a way that detracted sales (against the restaurant's interest). Our table kept quiet though even on the very oily food issues. We don't like to make a fuss and still tipped 20% out of politeness to the server who was overbearing but noticeably tried.

AMBIANCE: Would be the only reason to return but everything else just discourages returning! The interior decor is quite well-done. Certainly not the best at all but the novelty or newness of it helped.

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Trendy atmosphere but decent food
By cee-licious of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 8:20pm [Dine in]

Decided to try this place out with a friend since I heard many good things about this place. It was a Monday night so we assumed the wait wouldn't be long since they don't take reservations. It was nice how the staff open and close the door for you. Hostess was very pleasant. Our waiter was nice but wasn't exactly prompt. For the type of food they serve, i think the price was a bit high. There wasn't much variety on their menu. My friend had the cranberry salmon and I had the lobster ravioli. It wasn't worth the $20/plate. I guess I would come back for appies and drinks in the lounge or something but would rather dine else where.

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A Night on the Town
By Jason_A of Delta (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 10, 2008 - 12:52am [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I went to this place before checking out a show. It was super, super busy, but it surprisingly only took about fifteen minutes to get a table. Our server was amazing! He was super prompt and didn't rush us at all to get out of there even though the place was soo busy. The food was pretty good, but the atmosphere is the best thing about the place! Overall, it was a great experience and we will definately go back if we are on Burrard street again.

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Meh-ness all around
By ericandkristine of Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 12:02am [Dine in]

My family and I went here for dinner last week. We ordered:

- Club Med (chicken sandwich): there was a funky burnt chemical taste to the chicken, and not in a tasty caramelized burnt kind of way.....
- Ahi Tuna Salad: which was supposed to have fresh ripe mangoes (3 TINY small cubes in all), the tuna was cooked well- seared rare, but was a little too peppery for my taste; very good vinaigrette however
- Rotisserie Chicken: half a chicken- very tasty, at around $18 it better be
- Chicken Souvlaki Wrap: good portion; solid souvlaki flavour
- Seafood Sicilian Pesto Linguine: had a good spice to it; well portioned; could have used more seafood!

The waiter was a little obnoxious. We took awhile deciding as it is a rather extensive menu, however, he took so long to get back to us and take our order. He seemed to be trying too hard to be funny and entertaining and just appeared awkward, and ANNOYING. For those of you who like chatting with your servers for a good amount of time, and interrupting your dinner to ask 'how everything is' you'd love it here. I also hate it when waiters "remember" to refill our waters when we've already finished eating!

The ambiance was also a little too noisy with the bar in the next hall.

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All Show No Go
By DavidLee of Richmond, Vancouver (25 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

It was impressive from the start, 2 pretty girls opening the giant doors for you as you make you way down the walkway towards the restaurant. The restaurant itself looked very expensively decorated. The lounge side looked much more exciting (there were more people there too) but we were here for dinner so we were seated in the restaurant side which was poshly decorated but boring. A glance at the menu and I can see why they can afford to hire 2 girls for the sole purpose of opening the doors. $10 for Gyozas?! ... $11 for wings?! ... absurd ... so I skipped those obscenely overpriced "appies" and grabbed a Chili Chicken, also $10 (which was the best dish of the evening, the only saving grace of the Food rating not being 1 star)
Our entrees were the Seafood linguine and club med. I almost gagged and choked on the pasta because it was overloaded with pepper and was too salty. I added a wedge of garlic bread for $3 (gah) so my overpowering pasta was $20. My partners club med didn't fare much better, saucy to the point of drenching the bread. Greasy and soggy with a very dry chunk of chicken inside, imagine chewing on a wet towel.
Service was prompt, nice guy that kept my beer flowing and water topped, but I go to a restaurant for FOOD. I wouldn't even pay half the price for the quality I got.
Dissappointing, lower end cardboard cutter chain restaurant indeed.

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More Glitz with no Substance
By JonJ of Kitsilano (19 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 7:06pm [Dine in]

Well, they obviously spent a lot of money building this room, it is very nice, even if not very inviting. This menu reads like its earls. They should just change the name and call it what it is.
The service is horrendous. Twice had to wait in the foyer with a very bored hostess for over 15 minutes to be sat in an almost empty dining room.
Service is slow and indifferent, we actually watched our server stand talking to the manager for a couple of minutes while holding our food-needless to say it was not hot when we got it.
I had the burger, which is average at best. Quite dry and bland.
My wife had the quesadilla, no cheese? Maybe it's not supposed to, but I thought it should have cheese.
I've been to this earls clone twice, and doubt I will make a third visit.

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