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Martini's Restaurant

151 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Y1P4
Tel: (604) 873-0021
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant

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Not awesome Martini's
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

With a place called Martini's, you would expect great martinis. Not really. Though they had interesting drinks, the taste of them didn't pack much punch. And looking at the interior, it's more pub-ish, than a lounge. Eventhough they are known for their pizza, we ordered a few appies and a chicken dish instead. Chicken dish was reported to be very tasty. Calamari was too dry. Chicken strips were really dry as well. Homous was a little salty, but good and garlicky - almost too garlicky...beware.
Service wasn't very good at all. With the chicken dish, we had asked if instead of the sides (veggies, salad, garlic bread and mashed potato) if we could substitute greek sides (greek salad, roast potato, pita and tsatziki). The answer was, "No, that's not possible." IMO, if they have all those sides for other dishes, how hard is it to substitute it? We were even willing to pay extra, but still the answer was no. Also the salad wasn't good - had olives, mushrooms, onion, lettuce and pineapple(?) - salad was mushy.
At the end of the night, no smile, no goodbye, no thanks.
Don't think I will be returning.

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Good late night spot
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 3:25am [Dine in]

This is another place I frequent. I like the fact that its open late and the menu is varied. The food is consistent and the servers are friendly (in particular one server especially that I've had many times). The place is dimly lit with brick exposed walls and always a busy atmosphere.

I've had many items on the menu including their pizzas, souvlaki, burgers, pastas and various other appetizers and entrees. Nothing stands out above the rest but the portions are large and consistently made. A few of their dishes are very heavy on the garlic. Try their Homous and you'll find out. I particularly like their Martini Burger. Vancouver can't seem to make a good burger consistently but they comes the closest on both accounts. The burger patty is juicy and beefy - no fillers. Their Garlic Caesar House Dressing is fantastic. Heavy on the garlic but nowhere near the sharpness of the Homous. Didn't really care for the diced pineapple in their house salad, however.

Servers are friendly and prompt although kitchen speed is generally slow. Expect to wait some for your food.

A good place for late night dining or a deviation from the chain places where you can still please various appetites.

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Food used to be outstanding.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2005 - 9:24pm [Dine in]

When I didnt walk in to eat, I'd order a late night delivery since they were opened til 3am or later. One time, for a late night delivery around 3am (a number of yrs back), the boss did it himself! He's such a considerate fellow, though it only happened once, he was waiting at the front door with the delivery as he dialed my number to let me know of the arrival! So kind, especially since he probably noticed the lights to the house was out for the most part, since I was at the back of the house, he may have noticed light in the basement down the side. So he asked if he should be at the front or back. :) It was so nice of him not to have rung the doorbell or bang on the door since there were others asleep in the house, just that I didn't actually make any special requests when I placed the order--I just expected a doorbell + banging that delivery guys tend to love doing.

Their beef strouganoff used to be the tastiest I've ever had and I kept ordering that, even once, they catered to my request of personalizing a sauce/pasta they didn't have on the menu really. That was made to the perfect spiciness that I loved. But after a while, I'm not sure if it's a change of chef, but the taste has gone down. :( The beef wasn't made like each medallion was a juicy medium seared sirloin steak of perfection. Ever after, it became just an overdone chunks and sometimes just strands of boiled or broiled beef. Loved their whole wheat pizza crust.

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Good experience.
By teddyandturtle of Vancouver - Kingsway (84 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

Went to Martini's a couple months back and if I recall correctly, they had a bit of a line up going on. Thankfully we made reservations so we didn't have to wait. The service was okay, the waitress was a bit snooty. Maybe we were just a bit unlucky that night.

Most of us had pasta and pizzas, both were really good. Variety of choices in pizzas, even for vegetarians which is a nice bonus. The vegetarian lasagna wasn't that great..so stay away from that. Nobody really had any complaints about food.

I like the simple decor of the place, much like Brown's Social House in Yaletown or something like that. The candles were lighted, and I like how they have these window seats if you wanted those instead.

All in all, good experience. Would go back if I had some kind of get together with classmates/friends. Reasonably priced too.

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Cheap drinks, decent food
By kwailan of Coquitlam (75 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

The food in general is ok, though price is good for the portion. Our regular items are Houmous and Pita, Martini's pizza and neptune caps.

Ambiance: I actually like the room. Comfortable and laid back.

Service: We had great servers and BAD BAD servers. So I suppose you gotta try your luck.

Return? Regularly. The daily specials for drinks are a good deal here. I believe $4.50 for a double hi-ball and martinis under $4.00. But the clincher is that they serve liquor till 2 am!

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Good Service
By jezzme of Burnaby (62 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 22, 2005 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

Good Service, but would it bring you back a second time? I've passed by Martini's numerous times, wondering what kept it packed. The tiny patio along broadway is usually busy, and the night I went was no exception.

The waitstaff were very busy but still managed to provide service with a smile, as well as keep my water glass filled. The "Martini's" pizza was delicious, but slightly small for ~$18.00. In all, a good place to start on a night out or while shopping for camping equipment.

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Hit and miss
By Trevor of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 1:14am [Dine in]

Went here last week for late dinner w/ gf. Their late hours are huge bonus. Food & service can be hit & miss~this time it was the food. Shared calamari starter, gf had pizza & i had chicken cordon bleu w/ lasagna. Appy was good but a little greasy. Pizza tasted great, i like how you can order 2 flavours for one pizza. My chicken was good, but sauce in lasagna was burnt. How do you mess up a lasagna?? My gf enjoyed her blueberry margarita.
Service started out great. Server was friendly and efficient. When I complained about my lasagna, she didn't seem to mind replacing it, but I ended up just getting a baked potato. Her attitude seemed to change a bit after that, though.
The candles on the tables nicely enhance the lighting. Aisles between tables are a little narrow, so ambiance only gets a 3. Good place to have dinner or hang out w/friends, but beware of inconsistency in food and service.

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I will return
By chartwell of port moody (57 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

A nice spot for lunch. Good people watching table near the patio and a great Pizza. Ordered the Medium for two and that's all you needed. Nice relaxing place with fairly good service. It must be popular as it started filling up by 12.30 but we still managed to get our food quickly. I noticed the lunches being served and the quantities looked huge & very yummy

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Beware of huge portions.
By jose-s of vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 24, 2007 - 6:39pm [Dine in]

We ordered martinis, a shared appy, and two entrees but should have shared one entree instead because they're huge! That's not really a good thing either, because it comes at the expense of food quality. Veal cutlets should not be the size of bricks, and if you steam too many veggies for the pot size, some of them will not cook. I thought that should be basic knowledge to anyone working a kitchen, but not this one. The dining room is too depressingly dark even in midday--would it hurt to light a few candles? Maybe the manager doesn't want you to see the food. At least the servers were friendly and the martinis drinkable.

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Used to be the best pizza around...
By Kumar of Surrey (20 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 10:41am [Dine in]

A few year ago, Martini's had the best pizza around, IMHO. The last few times I have gone the crust has not been nearly as good...actually soggy. I only ever get the pizza, so can't really comment on anything else. The few salads I have had were very good, but the Greek salad had too much onion as filler. This place is always extremely busy, you will always have to wait, especially weekends. I miss the flamboyantly gay Filipino host. It was worth it just to see him parade up and down the restaurant.

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Pretty tough to complain here.
By li @ mike of Kitsilano (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 29, 2011 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

Over the past ten years we have eaten here a ton of times. I find this restaurant consistent in great service
with pleasent surrondings. The food quantity is excellent with average quality. Great drink specials,not
nonsense 14 onze sleeves but the real 20 onze mugs. ( wednesdays) . Sometimes we share the medium
pizza with a ceaser salad for 22.00. One area for improvement is the ribs need to be tenderized more and
they go ultra heavy on the garlic. Im in on this one.

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Love Martinis
By Foodiebynature of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 20, 2009 - 12:35am [Dine in]

Martinis is my favorite neighborhood restaurant. I have been a patron of Martinis for years and I really have no complaints. The food always arrives hot, the quality of food is great, and portion sizes are GENEROUS. The green salad with house dressing is always crisp, flavorful and most important fresh!

The ambiance is warm and welcoming but at times a little dark. The wait staff has been friendly and attentive each time I’ve been.

My suggestion is the Chicken Burger. This burger isn’t your regular run of the mill breaded burger. First off, the chicken is well seasoned and grilled. It sits atop a thick slice of well toasted garlic bread. The burger is then topped with rich brown gravy, well sautéed mushrooms and cheese. YUM!! To accompany the burger, they serve a GENEROUS portion of home-style fries which are lightly seasoned with a little salt and black pepper.

For an appy, I suggest the Calamari. The calamari is always tender, crisp, fresh and flavourful. The small calamari appetizer is almost a meal in itself and will be good for two people.

For those of you who live in the area, Martinis does deliver and the quality of food and portions are the same as what you’d get if you dined in.

You’ll never regret choosing to eat at Martinis…LOVE IT!

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Great Pizza
By JWilcott of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

I've loved Martini's pizzas for about 15 years now. The whole wheat crust is the best. Tons of flavour, perfect texture.
I've never had a pizza that wasnt perfectly cooked. The ingredients are always fresh and flavourful.
Service can be a bit better, but easily forgiven for the quality of pizza. Much better than any of those chains.

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Same Owner, Same Great Place, Same Great Food
By BbyGlad of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 2, 2011 - 12:28am [Dine in]

I've been eating at Martini's for a few years and, trust me, they have the same owner, management as they've had for years.

I've tried lots of menu items over the years. The food is tasty and great value.
I like their lasagna and chorizo pasta. It's the best lasagna in the city if you ask me.
When I'm hungry I love the steak or ribs specials.
The burger is awesome and comes with lotsa fries and salad.
I've never eaten a bad pizza here.

Staff is always professional and courteous.
Ambiance is casual and cool.

Almost forgot to recommend the apple pie!

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New ownership!
By tebor of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 11:36am [Dine in]

I wouldn’t call myself a regular but I love Martinis great food great drinks at some of the best prices in the city! They have drink specials 7 nights a week and the food is basic rustic European with North American flare.

It had been several months since my last visit and I went with a party of 4 at 10pm on a Friday night. Walking in I knew something had changed the cliental was different the atmosphere was not the same and the staff were lost!!! They did not have any front line staff on aside from the odd server over the age of what looked to be 22 and the fellow my party figured to be the floor manager looked like he was just out of high school.

The service took twice as long as it usually does they did not have any bussers on so when tables finally came free it took them 15-20 minutes to flip them. Our 10 minute wait for a table which was free 5 minutes after arriving took us 30 minutes to get I wanted to grab a rag and do it myself.

The food still was amazing they have not touched the kitchen staff!!! Down side the drinks took as long as the food did.

In short the food is still amazing the kitchen staff has not changed at all! The wait staff had some green members but some veterans as well but simply not as quick as usual. The bartenders are green not the same as last year. The quality of the Martins just is not the same (no love). The management (if they even have any) is non existent.

At the end of the night I asked my server when did the ownership change? She was shocked and asked how I could tell! (I was right!) My answer was “subtle differences”. As long as they keep the kitchen staff happy I will be back but probably only for take out now!

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Great Portions incredibly miserable service
By Nish of Kerrisdale, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

Went to this place on West Broadway a few days back with the girlfriend and was astounded at the portions of food. Although a little over cooked my Chicken Mediterranean was delicious and the girlfriend was equally overfed with the Chicken Souvlaki. So what would have been a great meal unfortunately turned into a bad experience because of the deplorable attitude of the girl that served us. I don't know what her problem was but we seemed to be a hassle to her and all she wanted to do was get back and talk to all of her other girlfriend waitresses and get on with her social life so to speak. Sorry to be a problem to her didn't realise that people work in restaurants to have a social life and not to serve customers. But to be fair to this miserable waitress this is a trend my girlfriend and I have noticed all too frequently in Vancouver particularly at restaurants such as Cactus Club and Earls. We both get the impression that the customer seems to merely represent a tip and then an ungracious thank you and good night. Sorry to be a bother.

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Pretty good food and liquor
By artinge3 of vancouver (main) (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

I have ate here a couple of times. I use to live up the street and go on wednesdays for nachos and beer, or on saturdays for caesars. They make a good caesar at a great price!

As a mild date or when my parents are in town I like to go here. The food is pretty good and it has a good atmosphere. Great for lunch specials! There is always a liquor special and everything I have had on the menu has been delicious so far. I look forward to my next visit.

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Good Calamari and Pizza
By Rick89GTS of Vancouver Area (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2009 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

Known for their whole wheat pizzas, Martini's also serves some of the best calamari around. I recommend the Calmari for One; it will easily serve two or even three people as an appetizer. It's deep fried but relatively non-greasy and comes garnished with red onions and the standard tzaziki sauce. It's not fancy, but then again it's not like some other trendy places that will serve you six pieces of greasy squid, all symmetrically arranged on a fancy rectangular
plate for $14. Martini's gives you a generous amount of squid for a very reasonable price of $9.

I usually order one of their fabulous whole wheat pizzas and they are consistently good. The veggie special is a favourite, as is the Canadian bacon, mushrooms and black olives.

The prices have crept up a bit over the years but it's still excellent dining value. The decor has a warm, rustic appeal with exposed wood beams, brick and concrete. It is dimly lit, as others have commented on but this has never bothered me. It's not so dark that you can't see what you're eating - that's a bit of exaggeration. Service is normally quick and efficient. Only once or twice have I encountered a sarcastic or blase waiter.

I look over the menu but virtually always end up ordering the calamari and pizza and my review and scores reflect this.

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Bad Service
By jmjc of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 7:16pm [Dine in]

Fellow patrons of Martinis Pizza, make sure that if you have placed a order for pick up it's actually yours. I did just this and when I arrived back home starving we dug into the pizza only to realize it was not what we ordered. I called Martinis back to say "this was not my order" I was put back and forth on hold for several minutes. When Sheila my ever so pleasant waitress that was overflowing with customer service NOT! came back on the line she very rudely said" I remember you you ordered #18" i said "no i ordered pepperoni back bacon with mushrooms and got ham and pineapple" when i asked to speak to the manager she promptly said he was not in this evening, " i said thats odd because you had to get him to get my change from his office as you could not break the bill i had. She hung up.
Overall the pizza was ok. I definitely won't be running back any time soon. I had previously enjoyed Martinis but this has left me with a bad taste.

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Solidly outstanding
By Dick_Cho of Marpole, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

This is one of my favorite restaurants. Roxanne is friendly and food is great, simply great. Lunch pasta special is my favorite, come second the feta cheese onion and smoked salmon pizza, yum yum, Wednesday is beer special day, chuck down those suds man......

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