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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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still love the food, service is declining
By meeks of North Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

been going to the Red Onion since the mid '80s'. The food's always been top notch to me - I always ask for 'extra sauce' on my burger and that always nails it for my taste. I find the fries always seem to be broken bits n pieces though and that's a downer.

it seems that the service has always been a downward spiral over the years. While they used to have excellent, personable and efficient waitresses it seems they've degraded to grungy dressed "I got better things to do than be here" servers - and that's a constant each time I visit. and, they always forget to bring the little extras to your table that you ask for when ordering your food.

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Really good for a quickn' cheap meal
By superhijitus of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 6:54pm [Dine in]

The place is awesome for what it is intended for.
For those who didn't like it, go to Feenie's, he'll rip you off, but he'll kiss your ass and make you feel that you 'belong'... the burger? it'll be just as good the the red onion's.

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By Mulanducking of Marpole, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

There is nothing better than washing down a burger and fries with two pints of beer, price is alright and no one should expect any good service from an outfit like Red Onion,

Unfortunately my recent visits resulted in both my walking out from there when they don't carry a liquor licence anymore.

Many of my friends especially George have been let down and he said we should rent giant chicken suits and boycott the restaurant until they get the licence straightened out.

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You're lucky if you're served!
By davebc of Richmond (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 12:00pm [Dine in]

Been to this place several times, enjoyed the food for a good price. Service has always been poor, with servers barely paying attention to whoever they are serving. You'll be lucky if they don't screw up the order.

Last time I was there was a Saturday at 11:00, there were four people in the entire place. Sat down, and did not receive ANY service for five minutes until I walked out in disgust. Won't go back until they improve their service.

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Clearly gone downhill
By clumsywaiter of Metro Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

This Kerrisdale Institution has clearly gone downhill. we had the chef salad and 2 red onion burgers

The chef salad is nothing more than some green salad cobbled together. The red onion burgers were burned and are tasteless. For $11 a burger clearly diners should expect more.

Next time I want a burger fix, I'll be headed to 5 Guys.

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The only true cure for a hangover
By AlexandraBishop of Point Grey (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

I've been a patron for 20 years and in that time frame, I have rarely strayed from ordering "The Usual" which is a double dog with fries and dip - and in 20 years it has never been anything but 'just right'. It is still the best place to take a whack of kids (kids menu covers all the bases) If I could ask for anything from this Kerrisdale institution: Close down for a few weeks, scrub the entire place within an inch of its life, re paint, spiff up and re-open without changing the menu. cheers.

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Best Chicken Burger in Town
By wright of West End, Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 11:57am [Dine in]

There is NOTHING like a Red Onion chicken burger (with cheddar and mushrooms!). I've read that they use thigh meat instead of breast meat, which would explain the tenderness and rich flavour. Their kosher dogs are good, their "Cool Chick" salad is an excellent healthy option, their quiche is solid, their soup is awesome, and their ice cream is the best in town. Plus, the fries.... oh, the fries.

The service is always friendly and they recognize their regulars. The ambiance is decent - sometimes a little grungy, but the servers are always happy to quickly wipe down a table. It's family friendly, but I've never had too much of a problem with screaming kids - the food keeps everyone happy! :)

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Good burger- confused ambiance
By 5spice of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 22, 2010 - 6:06pm [Dine in]

Ambiance - scattered, tv screens and cafeteria tables and chairs.

Prices are comparable to earls or milestones (once you factor in the fries).

Great tasting burger. Mom and pop shop, charming service (red onion for each table after you settle the bill)

Recommended if you just need a good burger. Not recommended, if you're on a date or entertaining friends and family.

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Just a great burger
By Actorboy of Richmond (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

This is a small little place that always seems to have people in it. You would think that from some of the past reviews it was a 5 star restaurant they were writing about. Take this place for what it is. A burger joint with great juicy burgers and awesome fat fries. You can be in and out very quickly and filled up just right. Try it for yourself if your in the area and just want something quick and good. Then head to the gym for an extra session.

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fond memories
By badgerbalm of pretentious yaletown (37 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

I used to frequent this place as a teenager back when Madonna was bemoaning about holidays and virgins. Ah, good old days of big hair, hoop earrings, and "Choose Life" shirts.

Back then, a chicken burger with fries was enough to make me burst. Some 20+ years later, the size of chicken has shrunken, but the decor is still the same, and I think the menu's still the same, too. I don't know too much of that as I only ever have the chicken burger.

Considering Madge is 50 now, and I'm older too (though not as old as her), I suppose it's only natural that serving sizes may change to reflect the times.

I still enjoy going there from time to time, reminiscing my lost youth. It's a greasy joint, but the food is freshly grilled and sometimes the service is a bit slow or not as attentive, but it's a worthwhile place to go (for me, anyways!)

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Consistently Tasty Burger, but fries are a miss some times
By MonkeySmile of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

The Red Onion satisfies my bi-monthly cravings for a burger and fries.
Food: My friend and I usually order the Red Onion burger and a basket of fries (the menu reads 1 pound of fries) and two soft drinks (refills given). The burger is cooked well done with simple toppings of fried onion, tomato, pickle, and lettuce, and comes on a plain bun. It is very tasty. The fries are also tasty, but their quality is inconsistent. I noticed on several occasions that the fries are really small in length, which makes their texture dry and tasteless.
Service: is quite casual and laid-back. The servers are generally nice, but some give a feeling of indifference.
Value: The food is reasonable. Two burgers, a basket of fries, and two drinks cost $24 before tips.
If you are ever in the Kerrisdale area, give them a try.

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viva Cobb salad
By Jude of Mount Pleasant (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 1, 2009 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

Heading out to Kerrisdale only happens when the husband and I have the use of a car (or I'm solo on a long bike ride.) This week we did indeed have a rental so we planned a visit to The Red Onion. As always I got the Cobb salad. asYUMMY as ever.

Now only a real dummy would consider a Cobb salad diet food, I just get it as it's moderately healthy and tastes great. The Red Onion Cobb consists of Spinich and mixed greens; egg; bacon; chicken breast; and, natch red onion slices. Topped by their delicious "red dressing" which is like a French vinagrette. Coming with this is a serving of bagel chips, toasted mini bagel slices (somewhat less than a zillion calories and oh so worth it) which will keep coming if you wish.

The husband had a burger and fries, the consensous we agreed on was "meh" just okay, burger a bit dry, fries clean tasting but dull. Next time he should get the double hot dog thingy which is supposed to be very good.

Washed both dishes down with a few bottomless cokes. Cobb $9.95 Burger/fries $9.20 Pops $1.95 and, of course, we got a nice sized red onion to take home, always a nice, useable bonus.

Friendly waitstaff and nice room. I look forward to a stop here during a long bike ride from Mount Pleasant, around UBC and back home again later this Spring.

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dependable/inexpensive
By aatarbish of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 5:45pm [Dine in]

Ive been going to the red onion for years and its always been a reliable, inexpensive place for burger and fries. A lot of places will eventually turn you off for one reason or another- eventually you will have a bad experience, its just bound to happen- red onion has always been an ok place for a burger if your expectaions are not too high- face it, for minimum wage in a busy-busy restaraunt you just cant get 100% service so go there for what they offer- a good burger and fries. Compared to macdonalds across the street it is outstanding- good burger, ok service considering its always busy, and inevitably staffed by min wage young people- cheap meal, not a place to impress a date or anyone expecting fine dining

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No beer licence
By Dick_Cho of Marpole, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 6:29pm [Dine in]

Yup, this is a place that no one should expect any above average fine dining type of service, the fish cafe across the street is just a little better in term of service, and its your choice between grass eater or from the pond.

Not sure if their liquor licence is gone, there are a few taps there, and a neo sign of Whistler Brew on the wall, what's going on???

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Do they care?
By JMarcher of Kerrisdale (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 12:00am [Dine in]

Went here today after hearing that their burgers were so good. Can't deny that, mine was. And the fries were very good. And my buddy said his hot dog was the best ever. But we just could not get over the fact that we both got the distinct feeling that the staff couldn't have cared less whether we were there or not. They were completely indifferent. Weird. We just didn't get it.

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Beats the Pants off McBloato's
By Crispy of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 12:09am [Dine in]

Unlike McDonald's, which is just down the street, the fries don't suck AND you can have a beer! You can get your burger with raw onions (bleh), or with FRIED onions - the way a burger was meant to be! And with REAL cheese, not that plastic wrapped cheese food crap. It costs a little more than the Golden Armpits, but the burgers aren't tiny at Red Onion. Combine the burger with those amazing fries with the sour cream/dill dip, and you've got a meal. OK, not gourmet by any means, but when a burger of the moo or cluck variety is what you crave, this is the place to be! Milkshakes that won't cause an embolism when you suck through the straw (like at Rotten Ronny's). Every time we've eaten here, the staff have been very friendly - especially to our little boy. He always gets a candy from the big jar by the cash register!

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Best Burger For The Money
By mykansas of east van (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

I've been going to the Red onion for years and it's my favourite burger joint in town. It has cheap unpretentious food that is made fresh and tastes great. The serving staff is also very friendly and helpful, and you get a red onion to take home with you!

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if this is the best there is room
By foodlover of downtown (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 23, 2005 - 9:13pm [Dine in]

after having read the reviews, I felt it was time to give the red onion a try. I will not re-try, the burger was a typical burger but one that i could duplicate on my bbq, the cheese was not melted, which bugs me, the service was indifferent and harried, the FRIES WERE FANTASTIC, but that isn't enough to get me back in the door.

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Awesome burgers and fries
By onkea of Victoria (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 29, 2006 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

Some of the best Burgers and Fries in Vancouver. I've only eaten here twice, but I was with others who eat there more often. I recommend it for sure. Haven't tried the hot dawgs but I hear they are quite good too. Prices are very reasonable.

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best burgers in town
By anything19713 of south granville, vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 12:54am [Dine in]

i have been there many times and always order the cheeseburger. it is without doubt the best burger in vancouver, even better than the one at feenies (i still think feenies is way overrated). havent tried anything else on the menu

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