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Red Onion

2028 41st Avenue West
Vancouver, BC V6K3A9
Tel: (604) 263-0833
  • Cuisine: Burgers, Hot dogs
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Patio, Television, Wheelchair accessible
  • Hours: Mon - Wed: 11AM - 8PM, Thu - Sat: 11AM - 9PM, Sun: Closed
  • Red Onion is an established restaurant in Kerrisdale specializing in gourmet burgers, European-style hot dogs and fresh salads. Serving wine and beer. Local beer on tap, premium bottled beer, wine by glass and by bottle 750ml. Old-fashioned milkshakes.

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By mi7kahn of Buranby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 6:45pm [Dine in]

Let me just start off by saying that I've been to the Red Onion before but stopped going because I felt that their service was going downhill. Decided to try it out again but was disappointed.

Didn't think a burger place could go so bad. I should’ve figured it out from the lack of people in this place. I ordered a red onion burger and some fries; the meat was a bit hard and burnt and the fries were a bit cold and greasy. Was a bit disappointed as it was not cheap. I think I would give them less stars but the waitresses were okay. They were helpful and did not treat me bad. Other than that, give this place a miss.

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Still a great burger with very good value
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

When the Red Onion first opened up years ago, there weren't a lot of gourmet burger joints in Vancouver. Well, things have changed and now there tons. I hadn't been here in years and I decided to pop in because I was craving a chicken burger. Its a little out of the way for me, but as it turned out, well worth it.

I had a chicken burger with cheddar and an order of fries. The chicken burger is the same as it always has been, lots of thigh meat and perfectly cooked so that its still really juicy. The fries are nice and crunchy.

The best part though is the price. For just over $12, you'd be hard pressed to find a better burger value in Vancouver. I've tried all the burger joints and they are usually a few dollars more.

This place is still recommended, give it another chance!

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Overrated burger joint
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 29, 2008 - 5:13am [Dine in]

I've eaten here many times over the years and every subsequent time I've gone since their burgers haven't tasted as good. In fact it seems to slide a little each time I go.

I generally don't order burgers when I eat out unless it's a fastfood joint or Whitespot (and more Whitespots seem to be serving Triple-O sauce burgers nowadays) so this place was the only burger joint I came to. I brought my girlfriend here months ago (since all our friends rave about it) and what a disappointment again.

We got the works (cheese, bacon, sauerkraut) with fries and pickles on the side. Our patties were grilled for too long with noticeable charring on both sides. The patties were also drier than what I remember. It was a little charming that it came in baskets and it was a good thing that the burgers were wrapped in foil; it was a mess. Prior visits yielded similar but less disappointing results.

The decor remains the same and suitable for this type of establishment.

I think whatever hype this place earned has been lost over the years. You can get a better burger at chain places.

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Another overhyped place
By Kujibo of West Vancouver (127 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 7, 2007 - 3:19am [Dine in]

I've been seeking out suggested burger places lately. Hit Vera's last week and wasn't that impressed. Red Onion was surprisingly much less impressive (for a hamburger).

I thought the burger was absolutely nothing special. I mean it would rate near the bottom of any place I have been. Bland mustard sauce (I hate mustard on burgers). Cheese is shredded and all falls out when you try to eat it. Bacon I hardly tasted. Bland bun, meat nothing special. Iceberg lettuce instead of leaf lettuce. Bland bland bland. Again, I could easily make a burger this bland and I don't know how to cook. Two stars for it. By the time you add bacon and cheese you are also looking at almost $10 for just the bland burger with no fries.

They did however make a nice cajun chicken burger, which I find hard to find in this city. I was quite happy with this find and may go back for it if I have the craving. Real blackened spices, not just some hot sauce crap. Could have used a bit more of some creamy sauce to balance the cajun but I'll give it 4 stars.

Fries were just standard whatever bland fries, no seasoning. Well cooked though, which I like.

Service started out well but the waitress seemed to do everything she could to not look our way once we got our food even though she had to squeeze by our table 10 times. Other than that she was nice but I really don't like having to yell to get their attention after eating a basket of fries without a drink.

Ambience is that of a greasy diner.

I would never order another crummy burger from here, but I might go back to try some other things out. This is my second visit, the first was 20 years ago. Maybe in another 20.

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By eating good food of Vancouver (128 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

Came here tonight with a friend of mine. I had a double burger with fries and she had a chicken burger. Well.....it was ok. I was satisfied with my meal. The prices seem cheap, but most people I would assume would get fries with thier burger, so it usually only costs a couple dollars less than places like Denny's or IHOP.

I probably will return again, but am in no hurry, though it is a good alternative if you want to save a couple of dollars by coming here rather than those regular restaurant chains

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Great fries, too bad nothing else was.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2005 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

I agree. The fries were delicious! Everything else was just standard. The service is indifferent. Not returning there until it gets sold and gets renamed!

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Chicken Breast Burger is worth the wait
By sinner of North Vancouver (71 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

I agree with some of the posts here... the service could be a little more attentive, could be a little quicker, etc... If you want quick turnover, go to McDonalds down the street. This place is for those looking for a nice solid meal and are looking for a relaxed atmosphere - sorry no gourmet fries or gourmet Grey Poupon mustard here. Their chicken breast burger is very good - charred and hot. I always go for the chicken burger when I'm there. I have the impression that these guys want to do a nice simple menu right and if you have to wait a little, well, then tough.

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A great fast food alternative
By fella of Vancouver (72 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 6, 2005 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

After hearing from many that this was the best burger in town I had to give it a try. The burger was a solid 7 and the fries an outstanding 9. We also tried their apple pie which was a little disappointing. All in, I would return for a burger and fries anytime. Listening to the clientele, it seems to be a local favorite.

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tasty burgers
By alpha_dog of richmond (61 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 12:51am [Dine in]

came here once because a friend recommended the place to me.. i enjoyed the food, burgers were tasty but not worth the price they were charging for them
the service in that place is quite poor.. they take a long time to actually get to your table and ask for your order and on top of them, orders take a long time to complete, it is just a burger joint (i.e. fast food-ish) so how long does it actually take to make it when you have everything up and running.. also, the waiter i had was forgetful, i asked him to fill up my water and didnt showed up again except when he came back to give us the bill.
cool thing about this place is that they give you a complimentary onion (of course you have to like em; i dont but still thought it was cool)

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On the decline
By LordofFoods of Vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 4, 2007 - 6:06am [Dine in]

Red Onion is a a burger joint in Kerisdale. It serves burgers fries milkshake etc.. .

I have tried the beef burgers, chicken burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes. I dont think it has improved any over the years. And possibly on a slow decline in quality of food and service. Which is too bad.

It is not a big place and never seems full of people in a long time. I like the burgers here and the milkshake is not bad either. Would go back only if i had a birger craving and was in the neighbourhood.

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One of the Best Hamburgers !
By chefdave of Downtown (58 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

If you;re looking for a great hamburger, Red Onion is one of the best places to go. Located in Kerrisdale, I think this place has been there for a while. Servers are attentive and courteous and the food is amazing ! Thumbs up !

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Best hot dog in town
By whataview of yaletown (66 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 11:52am [Dine in]

I have been going to this place since I was a teenager. The double dog with cheese and fries is the best thing since sliced bread. The Red Onion salad or grilled chicken Caesar are quite exceptional too depending on your mood and appetite. Thick milkshakes that come with the blender tin are served here and the seasonal pies... Best in the summer where I have seen the heap of fresh berries piled onto pastry then served a la mode of course - yum. The ambiance can only be described as the old-fashioned diner-type joint - you can sit in front of the grill and watch the cook flip burgers. It is a family run business into its 3rd or 4th generation by now.

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Good Burgers but this place needs Reno's......
By maggiemia of East Vancouver, BC (25 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 20, 2011 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

I tried this place for the first time this year and I have to say that the burgers were great. I do like the fact they cook in front of you. So, you can see if they pick their nose or hair and we all know my friends, in all of my reviews, that's always a NO NO for me.
Service is nice and friendly, not the greatest but ok. The place just needs to be Renovated, it looks like it needs and smells like it too.
The prices are a bit too high, I can't believe how much they charge for a Hot Dog. The fries can be a little bigger but all in all, the food is very good.
The place Just needs a face lift!!

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just okay
By megmarch of Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 8, 2006 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

We had never heard of this place until someone asked me to meet them there. So we decided to give it a try while we were there. We waited until the waitress was ready to acknowledge us, but she was friendly when she finally did.

The burger was good, I'll give them that, but the fries that are supposed to be so awesome weren't very good. I don't think a single fry in our bowl was longer than an inch, just a bunch of little bits and they were soggy and stuck together.

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Delicious Double Dogs!
By Jamie.S of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

I’ve been coming here for years and the food is always good. I always recommend this place to anyone who likes hot dogs because their double dogs with French fries and fry dip are awesome. The last time I came to Red Onion they had a new menu so I tried the Samurai tuna burger which was totally different and delicious. I’ll be back to try more things off the new menu.

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Roller-Derby and burgers!
By stacy james of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

Went to have burgers before the roller-derby on saturday night, what a great choice to have come to the Red Onion. The Manly Burger was delicious, and my buddy had the Hatch Burger, had to have 2 pints of lager to cool off those chili peppers!! Ambiance was lively and our waitress was taking care of us very well. It's a good thing she told us to keep the wrappers around the burgers while eating them, otherwise we wouldn't have had a chance... I think she owns the place....good gal...The next time we're in the neighborhood, or not, we are coming back for more. Thanks Red Onion for making our derby night even more special!!!

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Impressed
By Moana of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2011 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

I had heard that the Red Onion had changed ownership and that the place had been renovated. I was surprised to see how much it had changed! The food was great, a lot of new items on the "specials of the day" board, which we tried, my wife tried the avocado on her tuna burger and we shared onion rings (finally) at the Red Onion, I had the new pork tenderloin burger with oven roasted red peppers and smoked applewood cheddar...unbelievably delicious! We shared a bottle of cabernet sauvignon and had fried bananas with ice cream for dessert. It was a pleasurable evening and our waiter was superb. 10 for 10 on the new Red Onion. We will be back for drinks and more new treats.

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Why does everyone say inexpensive?!
By Reviews of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 3:20pm [Take-out]

I stopped by today on my way through Kerrisdale and grabbed a hot dog to go. I asked for it without onions since the menu said it comes with onions, tomatoes and special mustard sauce. She wrote down no O and put it on the board. I saw that the grill they use to toast the buns is also the one they use to fry the onions so I once again said "if you could keep it as far away from onions as possible I would appreciate it" and she looked at me like I was being ridiculous.

I went outside to wait and then came back in to see my bun on the grill covered in onions. I didn't want to assume it was mine so I just watched. He put the hot dog on the bun and put tomatoes on it and when he looked at the bill and saw it was supposed to NOT have onions he held it up over the grill, shook them off and proceeded to add my cheese. I went to the counter and said "I can't have the bun that had the onions on it" and the lady that took my order initially turned around and looked at the hot dog and said "there aren't any onions", again, like I was crazy. I pointed out that there WERE onions on it and he just took them off and he said, without so much as eye contact with either of us, "I took them off already". I said again that I can't have the bun that had the onions on it and they both reacted like I was out of line. I just paid $10.25 for a hot dog - I don't think asking for it to be without onions or onion shrapnel should be out of the question! I will not go back. Ever.

Oh, and the special mustard sauce is regular mustard on one side and mayo on the other :S

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Best Spinach Salad Ever!
By Kyoko of Burnaby, B.C. (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 7:21am [Dine in]

I've only had one thing here and it is the spinach salad. Now usually spinach salad comes with a raspberry vinaigrette which I do not like. Here at the Red Onion, I don't know what's in it but it's creamy and ever so delicious. You can ask for extra bacon (for an extra charge of course) to be put on it which totally makes the salad in my opinion, and it comes with crispy thin sliced bagels with butter! And at the end of the meal with the bill they bring you a whole red onion. Very cute! My husband LOVES their double dog. It is the only reason we go to Kerrisdale and we live in Burnaby!

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Hooked on the double dogs
By ILUVBULLDOGS of DELTA (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 23, 2009 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

I've been here several times and about the third time there for lunch I ordered a doubledog which at the time was an odd joice for me (hotdog? ground lips and assholes right?). I loved this doubledog from the moment I had the first bite! I ordered it with chhese and it came with fried onions as well.The weiners are the European type ,they high quality and taste just awesome.The bun is very moist and light very easy to eat.When I'm working in the area I always stop by for one of these and on a few ocassions I have driven out of my way for one(damn weiner addict).
The place really could use a makeover though and it wouldn't cost a lot to add to the ambience with a little fresh paint etc.Regardless if they do or don't spruce the joint up I will still be stopping by for another doubledog.

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