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Moderne Burger

2507 West Broadway St.
Vancouver, BC V6K2E9
Tel: (604) 739-0005
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
  • Cuisine: Burgers
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Gluten free
  • Hours: Mon: Closed, Tue - Sun: 12PM - 7:30PM
  • Moderne Burger is a retro burger joint on West Broadway. All of their burgers are made fresh daily and fries are cut and cooked to order.

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What A Burger !!
By chartwell of port moody (58 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

If you can eat the Burger & all the fries then you have an amazing appetite. The Burger was so juicy with a great bun and a huge serving of fantastic fries. Next time I will skip the fries and go for a milk shake or a malt as I saw people drinking them and they looked so good. THe place is so bright & clean with a nice counter seats. I wished I lived closer as I would eat thre often

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Best Burgers!
By lesmark of burnaby (72 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 5, 2006 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

This restaurant has the best burgers in the Lower Mainland at this time. Rodeo burger was pretty good when they were open but Moderne Burger has a better interior, service and burger. The milkshake was awesome. Although on the pricier side I think it is definitely worth a visit. I prefer Moderne Burger over Burger Etc. when comparing burgers. When it comes to the milkshakes there is no real comparison - in my opinion.

I would recommend Moderne Burger.

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WHAT Happened???
By diningRL of East Vancouver (65 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 25, 2010 - 11:15am [Dine in]

I've been here a million times over the years... have no clue why I haven't submitted a review but I digress.

Moderne was THE BEST... I'd say the quality started going down hill 1-2 years ago... gradually but still noticeable on each subsequent visit. It's gotten to the point where I don't think I'm coming back.

The burgers here WERE juicy, and flavorful. I don't know what happened.. it's still juicy (oil and fat), but there's absolutely no flavor. They either changed the quality of the meat they used or just don't season it anymore, or both and then some. The patty literally has no taste!! The mayo and topics could not make up for it.

During my last visit, the only saving grace was the baconaiise mayo dipping sauce for the fries... secret home made recipe my butt LOL.. anyway, it was the saving grace because the burger itself had no taste, so the dipping sauce's flavor was amplified 10-fold.

As a long time customer, I'd say Moderne warranted at least a 4 back in the day... sad to see how this place fell since it's been around for a long time and I love the retro 50's diner feel.

Can't believe I'll be choosing Vera's, Fatburger, or Splitz over Moderne from now on....

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Top Burger is Back
By mcnite of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 3:24pm [Dine in]

Moderne Burger has returned to its past glory, with double the size and many more staff. We've been back 3 times since the renovation. The first time was a little disappointing but it was the day after our they reopened and the kitchen was having problems with timing (cold fries).

The last two times the food has been excellent. Service is always friendly and efficient. The owners want everyone to go away happy and as far as I could see, they've exceeded those expectations. Great burgers, hot fresh fries and to-die-for chocolate shakes. And the kitchen is operating like clockwork - we were surprised how fast they produced such excellent fare.

I've eaten more than my share of burgers and they are back at #1.

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A Great 50's Diner Experience
By Lizard2112 of Surrey (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

The food is the best reason to go to Moderne, their burger is second only to Burger Heaven in New West, but their fries eliminate the competition. Such a filling meal - I could barely finish it all.

The 50's diner feel permeates the entire experience, it's so worth it to eat at this place. I recommend to everyone!

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Authentic 50's Diner Experience
By macbin of East Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 10:50am [Dine in]

Complaints about Moderne Burger on this site have been mostly price and wasted space, but MB was not created to function like an average modern restaurant, it was created to recreate the 50's diner. The owners went to a huge expense to make the decor authentic 1950's -- the good and the "bad" (lots of floor space, only 4 seats per table) -- not like the 1950's kitsch you find in most restaurants like Sophie's. They import their malt from the US, again for that authentic 50's malted milkshake, and they don't skimp on quality for any of their ingredients - for example the dijon mustard is THE GOOD STUFF. Plan your visit strategically so you don't have to wait in line (remember they close at 7:30pm) and you're in for an unforgettable experience. For example a friend and I went at 3pm on a Wednesday and we were the only patrons in the joint. The staff are very friendly no matter how busy it is. As for price, if you don't want to pay for more fries than you can eat, simply share a platter between you and your date - don't blame the restaurant for wasting food because you make them toss it rather than take it home.

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better than fast food joint
By explorer of North Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

I agree that their burger is good. However, what are you comparing with? The burger is definitely better than that of the fast food joint, but for the price that I paid, I have had better burgers (and fries) at many other restaurants.

I opted out the mayo in order to taste their house sauce on the burger. Well, nothing special but a familiar taste of sweet bbq sauce type of flavour. The bun is warm and buff, the lettuce and tomato are the same as any other burgers. The patty is juicy, which is good.

The guy said their fries are made to order. Never double fried. Fair enough. Though I learn from the pro that you'll need to double fry in order to create perfect fries (crispy outside, soft inside and yet not greasy) As a result, when the fries came, they are hot (remember? made to order) but soggy. Pretty boring. I don't enjoy it at all.

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Not Living up to the Hype
By JonJ of Kitsilano (19 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

Well seeing from other reviews here, this place is seriously failing to provide what they claimed. The burgers are just plain OK. Better than Vera's, yes, but that's not hard to accomplish. The fries when I went were absolutely horrendous, chewy, very cold, and greasy.
Service is virtually non-existant. Only service we got was someone taking our order, and someone else delivering our food. Literelly nothing more. We had to go to the counter to pay our bill when finished.
With the fact of a completely minimalistic and bare bones menu, they really should deliver something great. They don't.
Based on this experience, I seriously doubt I will ever return.

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Don't believe the hype!
By Goodwrench of North Vancouver (40 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 2:02am [Dine in]

This place was highly recommended. Ate at Modern Burger... they only have burgers. Which is alright. You order the type of burger you want(Beef, Chicken, Veg, Turkey), then pay extra for more toppings. So things like cheese, onions, mushrooms as I had, it adds up. They even charge extra 1.50$ for BBQ sauce! It was 1.50$ per topping, and the burger was around 10$. Too bad the burger doesn't add up. The Bun was nothing special. I had the beef burger, it was a nice big patty, too greasy though, and my burger fell apart completely before I finished. The Decor is pretty trippy, a throw-back to the 50's. But, as far as value goes, I wasn't impressed. The burger was decent, wasn't bad, wasn't special. Final words... Nothing special.

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yummy in my tummy
By crazee_turtle of Richmond , BC (38 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 13, 2009 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

FOOD: It sucks for the people who didn't get to experience the delicious-ness of the burger I had, and for those who have...isn't it awesome?! My burger was great!! One of the best burgers I've ever had, or possibly the best! The patty was juicy and fresh, so I suggest you eat it before the fries. My milkshake was good too!!
SERVICE: Everyone was so nice and friendly. They were fast and attentive. Thumbs up!
VALUE: Expect to spend at least $13 there. But it's well worth it and you will be satisfied!
AMBIANCE: I've never seen a restaurant like this. It's more like an old fashioned diner and it looks so genuinely genuine!
I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND EATING HERE!

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Juicy burgers!
By ireviewfood of Mount Pleasant, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 7:46pm [Dine in]

This was our first visit to Moderne Burger after their renovations. I thought the new space looked pretty great and gave them the elbow room they've desperately needed. I like the bar in the middle and the retro-green instills a calm vibe.

This place has a limited menu, which I do not take issue with. I like restaurants that stick to what they're good at. And this place is good at burgers. We always get the sirloin burgers and they are fresh and very, very juicy. And that's kind of the problem-- your burger starts disintegrating at first bite. Many napkins will be required. Finger licking is encouraged. So, word to the wise: don't go here on a date or on a business lunch.

The fries here are also good! How can you argue with homemade fries cut per order? But I have to say that the milkshakes disappoint: the fake whip cream and maraschino cherry didn't do it for me.

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Is it just me or was the food better before the renovation?
By Selena of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 8:59am [Dine in]

My husband and I LOVED moderne burger before the renovations. The buns were fresh and the patty was large, juicy, and flavorful. If I had reviewed them back then I would have given a 4 for every rating. However, since re-opening the veggie burger patty has completely changed and the steak patty is half the size of what it used to be and doesn't taste as good as it used to. I am not sure why this has happened...I would say the food is quite average and the service and space very nice. We will not be eating there again and will probably head to white spot next time we are out for a burger.

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Disappointed !
By jughead of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

I recently went to newly opened and hyped up Moderne's Burger on Broadway and was thoroughly disappointed by the fare I had there and I speak for my friends too who I had to cajole into going there.

The burger felt like there was no meat to it and you pay extra for all the condiments you want on the burger even the cheese as well, definitely no value for money there.

Their fries are good thats the only saving grace for the place.

If you are hungry for a burger I would recommend please find another place to go eat.

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Great burgers!
By Smurfy_Spice of 604 area code (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 3:42am [Dine in]

The burgers are so greasy the juices run down your arms as you eat the burger. Mmmmmm.... The smokey flavour of the fries dip is awesome. The milkshakes are thick and rich. They are closed for renovation now I think.

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Great Burgers!
By trudster of North Van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 28, 2006 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

I have never been disappointed here. The owners are friendly, the service fast and the food is always excellent. Burgers have great flavour and the fries are among the best anywhere.... Time your visit to avoid a wait and don't forget the cash only policy. I love this place.

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ahh
By denkin of eastside (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 7, 2006 - 7:50am [Dine in]

this place is hyped up to no end, but relly, aside from cool room, it really is nothing special, the burgers are no better than then a burger you couold buy at the butcher counter, no flavour, the bun is okay and the fries are okay but, really, the place is just okay.

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Now that's a BURGER
By bizby of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 12:37am [Dine in]

This place NEVER fails to satisfy simply because the food is fresh cooked and served up HOT! Why is it such a mystery to most burger places that they need to get the food out HOT (huh Whitespot, Fat Burger??) And. Modern's fries, the potatoes are whacked fresh from a whole potatoe and into the frier is seconds, and if you haven't tried their dipping sauce....well, frankly it may just be better than se....well, almost better!

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I have had better
By knothead of Burnaby (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 13, 2010 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

Tried this place out Sat. not many seats but it was full we had to wait till some people left not a big deal the staff was friendly. But for a place that has a burger frys....... burgers fry menu. You would think they would have better fries then what was offered. They gave plenty of fries but they were not cooked ay a high enought temp they absorbed lots of gresse you could squese it out in your fingers.

The burger was ok plain nothing special $1.25 extra for cheese. for the price charge it should have been part of the price. The lettuce was not that fresh. Two burgers and fries with 2 drinks was over $30 too price for the quality of food.

The location was clean period decoration but still bland over all.

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fresh ingredients, but kind of tasteless
By foodie57 of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 4, 2009 - 1:21am [Dine in]

This is a fun place to visit. The burger was juicy, seemed like they used really good ingredients, but I guess because they don't season it, it just lacked taste even with the bacon and the cheese on top. I kept on trying to add salt to it, but it's kind of irritating to tip the burger and sprinkle salt every few bites. I did refuse their special sauce though, so maybe that adds a lot of flavor to it. The fries were definitely soggy. Overall, a good, well-made burger, but I don't think I can deal with the un-seasoned patty.

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Art Deco best thing about it, burger a close second
By imprimatur of Lower Mainland (19 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 12:34am [Dine in]

Ambiance: I love this place's atmosphere - anyone who likes Art Deco or 20s-30s diner culture would do themselves a service to take this place in. Even the speaker-grilles and half the appliances are retrofitted to look "period." The ambiance of this place is great, the crowd a mixture of moneyed, pretentious yuppies and families and young folks looking for a good bite. Always clean.

Service: Minimal, but the fellow is polite and pleasant enough.

Value: So-so. A burger with a drink and fries will run you $12 or so after tax, a milkshake will run you $6 or so. Not bad for what you're getting, but not stellar.

Food: Solid. Let me be clear here: the burger is an unseasoned patty. The flavour you get is /meat./ The meat has flavour because it's ground steak meat and thus has some fat in it; there will be some grease on your plate, though no greasy mouth-feel. If you want lean, tasteless hamburger meat, go elsewhere. If you don't want fatty meat, order a patty of something other than beef (chicken, lamb, etc.) The fries are thick-cut and freshly made to order, similar in quality generally to White Spot's on a bad day, a bit better on a good one. Their home-made vanilla and cherry colas are popular, and their milkshakes pretty good. This place is, hype and decor aside, White Spot+.

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