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Nice Cafe

154 East 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5T1R7
Tel: (604) 874-4024
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant

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Nice was nice.
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

At last, I made it out to try Nice! It was Sunday, close to 2pm and we made it out there to have some late brunch. We snagged the last booth and felt bad that we were taking up valuable space on a busy day for just the two of us. Our server said not to worry and he did check if there were bigger parties before seating us.

I ordered a regular breakfast w/ sausage, and my boyfried ordered the eggs benny and a milkshake.
Pros:
Regular breakfast came with perfectly cooked sunny-side up. Not runny at all. Choice of bacon, ham, sausage or tomato. Hashbrowns were crispy and yummy. Good selection of breads for toast. Toast was generously buttered/margarined.
Eggs benny were of a good size. And chocolate milkshake tasted good. Coffee kept coming.
Cons:
Sausages were small puny fatty breakfast kind, no big deal though, could've chosen the tomato instead. Hollandaise on the benny tasted strange. Milkshake wasn't thick enough, it was basically chocolate milk with whipped cream on top.

However, pros outweighed the cons and Nice is a winner in my books! Service was good and friendly. The layout of restaurant was weird, but kudos for making more room for patrons resulting in a comfortable dining experience.

As another reviewer noted, there was nothing over $10 on the menu - I'll definitely be back for dinner...or breakfast for dinner - their hashbrowns rock!

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tasty fish n cips
By pete66 of coquitlam (56 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

We came here again for another eggs benny and fish n chips. The coffee is pretty good and the refills are free. You get a lot of fries and they were very crispy and tasted really fresh, not greasy. I got 3 smaller pieces of fish and they were perfectly deep fried to a golden brown. Unfortunately the fish didn't taste the freshest, a bit dry or could be frozen? but overall it was a huge portion..

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Very Nice Breakfast on Main
By artfuldodger of False Creek, Vancouver (30 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 7, 2010 - 10:36am [Dine in]

I was surprised to find this little hipster diner because a) I am literally obsessed with all-day breakfast (I want to name my unborn children Huevos and Hollandaise) and b) I live in this neighborhood.

I was over-my-hammie about this place the second I sat down and ordered because: there was jam on the table (something I always like to have at b-fast joints), the hash browns were shredded (ahhh yaaaa), the coffee was flowing like water, they offer sourdough (another thing I always look for in a breakfast establishment), and pretty much all prices for breakfast items were under $7.00.

When you are on or near Main Street and are needing an all-day breakfast to cure your hangover/hunger, forget Reno's and The Sunny Spot and Helen's Grill...try the Nice Cafe. Note that I placed a qualifier in this last sentence: the Nice Cafe is good for *breakfast* but I would never eat here for lunch or dinner, as their greasy-spoon meals cannot compete with the diverse fare available north of Broadway.

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Breakfast Heaven
By manager of commercial drive (24 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 10:40am [Dine in]

Breakfast is my favourite meal. This place has it all for breakfast lovers. They keep it simple to keep it cheap. It's a room with old tables, chairs and a smallish kitchen. When I arrived at 11am on a Saturday it was full. I was quickly offered a table after a few minutes. The staff made me feel welcome rather than a nuisance at this busy breakfast hour. They menu gives you an almost overwhelming choice of breakfast delites all on the cheap.

The coffee is good and refilled often. This place is actually worth the trip even if you don't live near Main.

Werd. Oh Yeah and its full of hipsters so wear your skinny jeans. Haha Lol.

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You make me happy when skys are grey...
By Miss.Critiq of E Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

I love this place with all my heart! Cozy, casual and oh so welcoming.

Their breakfast is cheap, service is quick and food is good. The only thing that gives me the heebie-jeebies is the cleanliness of the place. Yeah, it’s not so clean after all. The plates sometimes have a stain on them (which I can ofcourse wipe off) but that’s the only problem I’ve faced thus far.

But that doesn’t deter me from coming here. A $4.95 sit down breakfast with a yummy cup of coffee brewed to perfection can overcome any fear.

Nice café my friend you’re very nice to me

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nice...but not great
By Jonathan of Burnaby (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

My favorite inexpensive breakfast place (Hot Plate Bistro) wasn't open the other day so thought I would check this out. From the reveiews and line up to get in, I had pretty high expectations. I had French toast, americano and sausage and my wife had a mexican omlette. Long story short, all of it was pretty good, but nothing really stood out. Also, the omlette was good, but only after removing the 1/2 pound of onion that was put into it.

Overall, good food for a good value - but nothing that will stick in your memory. I wouldn't mind trying the lunch items if I'm in the area though.

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All we are saying is give Nice a chance
By jman2 of Port Coquitlam (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

Ok, so I took my wife and daughter here once a little while ago and it was pretty good but we decided to stop by there the other day when we were in the neighbourhood. We snagged a parking spot just outside the restaurant so I knew our experience was already going to be "Nice". Found a booth easily and decided to try some sandwiches. My daughter had a grilled cheese that is bound to make any kid happy with the melting REAL cheese oozing everywhere. My wife had a beef dip and the meat was so succulent I just had to steal a bite. She loved the fries and the gravy she ordered with it, was thick and beefy. I decided on trying the Reuben. Now you have to understand I had the best Reuben of my life on a trip to Washington DC years ago and have yet to find one that compares. My first bite melted in my mouth and so did every bite after it. It was absolutely amazing! They definately give DC a run for their money. I had the hashbrowns again and they did not fail to live up to their 5 star status. All in all it was another great experience. Mmmm actually now that I'm thinking about it I'm craving some now! See you there!!!

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Best diner food in town and cheap too
By bexbyjones of main st, vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 12:20am [Dine in]

I love the Nice Cafe!!! I come here once or twice a week. The wait staff are very friendly & laid back. The food is your typical diner/greasy spoon kind of food - all-day breakfast specials for cheap, daily sandwich specials, and a menu with everything from spring rolls to a side of fried onions ($.50). If you go midday on a Saturday or Sunday there's usually a small lineup to get a table but it's worth it. If you come at 7am any day the place is half empty. They have newspapers. First coffee refill is free, after that they're 40 cents. Awesome. They even have a couple of tables outside. Excellent hashbrowns (shreddered). Open 7-4, Mon-Sat and 7-3 Mondays.

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Excellent Brunch option
By borg44 of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 11:40am [Dine in]

My friends (6 of us) popped into Nice for Friday brunch based on the recommendation(s) here on dinehere.ca. It was a busy time so rather than wait for a table for 6 we opted for a "4" and a "2" in close proximity. Service was friendly and efficient. Prices were more than reasonable. Eggs benedict wih hashbrowns were tasty althought the hollandaise had kind of a fluorescent glow... all other brunch options were tasty and filling. Will definately return.

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Go to Nice Cafe for bad service and mediocre food
By MainStreetMidori of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 10:56am [Dine in]

We were regulars for about 5 or 6 months and got to know the staff and visited on a weekly basis and the consistency in food and service kept us returning. It was in our minds a good combination of tasty food on a budget with friendly service--even the bad coffee didn't drive us away.

Unfortunately, our recent visits have changed our minds and now we will spend our money elsewhere. Lately, we have not been greeted as we usually have been. I ordered my usual breakfast with non runny eggs, but when it arrived very runny and the hash browns undercooked and tomatoes ungrilled, the server decided to take the defense. Not only did she tell me what she heard me say, she basically summed it up to being my fault for not ordering "extra crispy" hash browns (never had to because they were always cooked to perfection) and that my idea of poached eggs medium was incorrect. She says "oh there're supposed to be a bit runny". I can't believe she argued with me. I was not confrontational but I held firm and told her I was very disappointed as a regular patron. She remained unapologetic. My partner got his meal delivered about 10minutes before mine and all the other patrons arriving after me were served before mine.

Over time, we got to know some of the staff and enjoyed the food in an unpretentious environment. Oh has this place ever gone downhill so quickly! We will never return. Just another sign that the hipster douchebag syndrome is an illness accelerating down Main Street in a rampant and disturbing manner. This place did not value our patronage--that was made very clear.

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Great diner
By northshorehenry of north vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

My wife and I had brunch there on Jan 17, 2011. We arrived well before to what I suspect might be the usual weekend brunch/lunch line up because we were seated quickly and there was a small line up as we were leaving. My wife had the two eggs breakfast @ $3.95 while I enjoyed the Albernie Bennie for $6.85. We also ordered a couple of americanos.

It's hard to screw up breakfast especially in diners and this was no exception. Pretty standard cooking. The hollandaise sauce was very blend and without taste but the hashbrown was beautifully done. Hard to beat the value though.

Service was very good. Prompt attention was given at the door and as well as during service. Definitely a neighbourhood gem but I would likely not order the eggs benedict again.

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Great Value!
By waffles of Kits (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 30, 2010 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

I went to Nice today for breakfast. The decor is nothing much...but the value and food is awesome. It was really nice to look at a brunch menu and see the inexpensive pricing.. I think it is $7 for eggs benny ( great deal...not only in Vancouver but anywhere). I had the corned beef hash. It is served with 2 poached eggs, lovely, crispy shredded hash browns and sauteed onions. It was very tasty and priced at $6.75. The service although polite was lacking. I had to ask for everything (water refills, coffee refills etc...things that should be just topped off every once in a while)...it was really busy..so that could of played a role. When I was served however, it was genuine and always with a smile. I will return for sure!

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Satisfactory in every way
By Peckinpah of Central Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

Solid all the way. A good breakfast place without the frills - and there's a market for that.

They don't spend much on the decor but those savings are passed on to the customer.

Eggs Benedict for $7? Can you beat that anywhere in the city? The eggs weren't superlative but at that price this isn't the galloping gourmet, nor should anyone expect such. Priciest thing on the menu was the meat-lover's omelette at $7.60.

I'd have given the value rating top marks but felt gouged by the cost of adding bacon. Nearly a buck a strip.
Free refills on coffee though!

I went on a Tuesday. At 9am there was only myself and one other patron but by 10 o'clock nearly every table was filled. Again, this was mid-week so I'd imagine that the place is heaving on the weekends for people in the mood for a true bargain breakfast.

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Nice Benny's at Nice Cafe
By styledish of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - 12:03am [Dine in]

This place is another good reason why I will be skipping Slickety Jim's from now on. Nice Cafe is still 'hidden' from the mainstream and I hope it does for a long time. Like the surrounding cafes, this place does get the long line ups during brunch time but luckily we only had to wait 15 mins. Dont even think about bringing a party of more than 4 as they don't have the table setup for it. Also, warning of the hipsters and yuppies that come here. So we ordered, florentine bennys, a 'super' omlette, and a typical breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast and hashbrown. The service was great as our water and coffee were constantly filled....had to wait longer than expected for our food but that was ok. I loved my bennys as the eggs fit perfectly on top of the english muffin (some cafes don't use 'egg mcmuffin' like contraption for cooking and eggs get all messy on the plate). The omlette was super packed with veggies. All our plates were of huge portions and felt like good home cooked meals. I love the mom 'n pop feel of it and definately go back again for a weekend brunch.

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Not so nice for decaf devotees
By Richstock of Fairview (22 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 19, 2007 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

We went for breakfast. The food was good, the service was nice, and the prices seemed even on the low side. But this is a decaf unfriendly place. They didn't seem to have a brewed pot of decaf ready and we were also charged by the cup, i.e. no free refills. So if you have a few additional cups at $1.00 per, your final bill will make you wonder whether these people really want to discourage decaf wimps (like me) from setting foot on their premises.

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Nice really is Nice!
By DineOutPrincess of Hastings-Sunrise, Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 1:30am [Dine in]

I eat here often as I am in the 'hood. It really is the best deal going in this area.
I have read the other reviews on here and yes, they are heavy on the onions and yes, the decaf can be a hassle as it is so rarely asked for here. Truly, it is nothing personal to those that ask for it but you will have to pay for its rarity. Order tea if this bothers you.

The art rotates regularly which means they support the local scene. If you eat here often it will become the place where "everybody knows your name". Now if only they served tap...that would be too sweet not to mention dangerous!

When ordering an omelette or corned beef hash(mmm...) ask them to tread lightly with the onions and they will.

If you are crafty you can put together your own dream breaky off the sides menu, like a cream cheese bagel with smoked salmon, a fresh fruit bowl and bottomless dripped caffeine. Yum yum! I am drooling already.

If you order a sanny of sorts, keep your eyes on your fries (which are amazing btw) as the one waitress seems to have a fetish for these tasty little treats.

Down girl! Down! ;-)

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My new place for Breakfast
By nsmith of West End (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 7, 2010 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

Well, I don't really think that you can mess up breakfast without really trying hard to screw it up. The Nice Cafe serves a great breakfast which isn't too greasy which I love. But the best part is the friendly and attentive service from their staff as well as the ambiance. Some people may not dig the authentic rough around the edges look but I love it. It truly feels like a little secret neighbourhood hideaway...

As well, the food is reasonably priced breakfast wise. No more having to pay $11 for a bacon and eggs when you damn well know that there is only $2.00 worth of food there. I think I remember breakfast being $5 and its pretty tasty!

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Always a line-up & happy to wait!
By fussiefoodie of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

Great spot for breaky on the weekends! Was introduced to NICE by friends a few months ago, and it has now become one of my favorite spots. the food....basic, homemade but delish! Great sized servings and tasty. I have had the french toast, beef dip and omelet. All good. The service is a bit touch and go, but definately adequate for what you'd expect in a diner style restaurant. Even though every time there is a line up when I go in, the servers are great for not making you feel rushed. And cheap? yes it is! Four of us, breakfast, coffee only 32 bucks! Oh, and while your in line, check out the boutique clothing store next door....can't remember the name, but the have some great stuff! Will definately return again for multiple visits.

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last visit didn't live up to expectations
By morgan_rose of East Van (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 12:00am [Dine in]

i'd been here a few times with friends and once or twice alone and never had a problem. the last time i was there however, i was completely ignored by the waitress and haven't been back since. i walked over on a sunday, early, before all the other hung over mount pleasant dwellers had rolled out of bed. there were a few people in there i guess trying to beat the rush, but there were lots of empty tables. i suppose i could have just sat down at one of them, but i chose to be polite and wait by the door to be seated. the waitress was over making coffee, she looked over at me standing by the door then turned back to what she was doing. not a word said, no "i'll be right with you" or "have a seat anywhere". it's just unfortunate because i liked the green onions in the hashbrowns.

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Good neighborhood spot - don't expect too much though.
By yogithom of Cambie Village (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

I read the reviews here and then went to visit the Nice Cafe. Just like everyone said I would, I found the food to be excellent for what it is and quite well priced. The hostess - is she the owner? - could charm the needles off aGood neighborhood spot - don't g pine tree.

Word to the wise, however, not to expect much off the menu that isn't right down the heart of what they do. For example, I ordered a milk shake that was vaguely cool and completely fluid. The $4 fruit bowl was literally a half cup total of cut pear, apple and two or three orange sections.

Keep with the diner style breakfasts and a club sandwich though and you're golden. Can't beat it on Main Street.

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