Romer's Burger Bar offers all natural beef or free-run chicken burgers with a variety of creative toppings as well as poutine, salads and appetizers.
My husband and I came after work. Sat on the "patio" - beautiful glass enclosure and awesome view of the river etc. In a great location with awesome new developments. The buiding itself is spectacuclar - great reclaimed wood, concrete, etc. That's sadly where it ends. What a thud for the amount of money someone shelled out.
Thud 0ne - unisex bathrooms are cutesy and trendy - but I don't want to go to the bathroom and smell man piss on the floor. Thanks anyway.
The menu - I looked and looked and looked again - I could NOT find anything remotely that interested me to order. Olives? Um no thanks. Hot nuts? Cute. The waitress mentioned the "special" burger that was lamb and a bunch of other items. I joked to my husband that I'd order that except hold everything except for the bun and the cilantro. It was like they look my list of everything I hate and put in on one burger.
I did not get the food. Plus all the burger were $12-14 PLUS and sides were extra - no fries or anything included. WOW. We had one drink and left and ate elsewhere. It was more than half empty on a Friday night, so it looks like a lot fo people did the samething
Had a very nice dinner at Romer's.
A bit confusing when we first arrived. The hostess said that it would be a half an hour wait. I asked if we could sit at the counter, as there were already three settings made. She said we don't need to order drinks. I said we are here for dinner. It was the most bizarre converstation!! As soon as we sat down, three tables left the restaurant. Hmmmm . . . half an hour wait??
Anyway, our daughter liked where we were sitting as we could see the cooks prepare all the meals. I shared a Salmon burger with my daughter and hubby had the Man's Man burger. I had the Beet salad, daughter the Watermelon salad and hubby the french fries. Everything was delicious. They were a bit chinzy with the tomatoes in the burgers. Buns were delicious. French fries nice and crisp. Salads very flavourful! Burgers were on the expensive side as it did not come with anything but an olive and jalapeno pepper. Total cost with tip came to $50.
A very nice place to eat. Very cozy. Not too loud and felt very welcoming. Patio eating area too.
Did not like the fact that the washrooms were unisex. Could have made one for men and the other for women, and just made both handicap.
Also, when the cook dropped a utensil on the floor, he would run it under water . . . no scrubbing with soap or anything. Floors in kitchen not clean and saw the cook and helpers slip around. (Safety issue.)
Will go back for sure!!
Very surprised of how this neighborhood has developed. Right by the quiet water and an open patio for the sun.
Food was really good. A little surprised that the burgers were served alone without a side. For a $12 burger, I may have expected a little more. Had the Man's Man burger. Didn't amuse me like some bloggers had mentioned. Order garlic fries on the side. Was good, but in my opinion, was not outstanding. The drunkin mini doughnuts were truely outstanding. The dips were incredible.
Service was really good.
Went out with hubby to check out the burgers.
At first, I was less than impressed by the service. It was a Thursday evening, the restaurant was about 1/2 full and we asked for a table by the window. The hostess took us to the inside window. We asked to be seated on the enclosed patio so we would have a view of the river and walkway (albeit, a rainy view). She brought us to the enclosed patio and sat us on a small table away from the window. I indicated which table I wanted (right beside the window). She replied, "That's a table for four, it's just a policy that we reserve those tables for parties of four." and walked away.
I reluctantly sat at the less desirable table. I noted that there was a two-person party at one of the window seats. I also noted that there were more than five (5) empty tables for four in the restaurant, as well as a few others who looked like they would be finishing and leaving in the next 10 to 15 minutes. There was absolutely NO REASON to sit us at a less desirable table on a rainy Thursday evening when the restaurant was not busy.
Thankfully, our waitress (a different individual from the hostess) was gracious when we advised her that we were moving ourselves to the better table, politely indicating that other parties of two were allowed to sit at these tables and that there were PLENTY of empty tables for other patrons should they wish to venture in. She had no problem at all with this and helped us move over. She was an excellent server throughout the evening. Quite frankly, she is the reason that I gave the service three stars - I would have given two stars or less otherwise.
The burgers were okay/good. I ordered the short rib burger. As there was no photo on the menu at the restaurant, I thought it would be braised short ribs INSTEAD of a regular burger patty. It came as a regular burger patty with a touch of braised short ribs on top, like a condiment. The burger itself was a tad bland, but good texture. It was $12 and was not accompanied by any sides.
My husband splurged on the Kobe burger. It was tasty enough (with an excellent demi-glaze sauce), but I thought the price waaaaaay too steep at $20 (and it also came with no sides).
We ordered fries ($4) with two dipping sauces ($0.60 each). The dill one was bland. The chipotle one was better. I wonder if I can order some demi-glaze as a dipping sauce. That would have been delicious.
The 1/2 pitchers of beer were nice and reasonably priced. I might have liked a better on tap selection.
Hubby wants to go again to try a regular burger (with tomato and lettuce). I would order one of their fancy burgers again, but have some tomato and lettuce added to freshen it up a bit. Hubby is looking forward to returning. I'm a little neutral on the matter.
BTW - hubby and I were dining as a couple this evening, but the East Fraserlands is a FAMILY NEIGHBOURHOOD and there were many families with young childen there (including babies and todllers). If you don't like kids - go to a pub which does not admit minors and enjoy your meal there.
We finally decided to try out Romer's Burger Bar after hearing so many good things about it. Perhaps that's what the downfall was; high expectations which evidently lead to disappointment. We went to their River District location on a Friday night and it wasn't a full house. River District is a newly built community hidden in East Vancouver with condo's still in development. The view and even the developing condo's are SPECTACULAR. Everything is modern, and at night, the lights are absolutely stunning. Putting that aside, the interior of the restaurant is a very cowboy/cowgirl feel, with its wooden tables and chairs. The kitchen is fully exposed, and there are a bunch of high/long tables right smack in the middle.
Man's Man Burger - $11 (1/7)
(thick-sliced applewood bacon local creamery amber ale cheddar, onion strings, smoked alder salts, vine-ripened tomato, whole grain mustard)
Maybe it was our tastebuds, maybe it was an off day, or maybe we should have gone for another burger. This burger is literally just bacon, tomato, onion strings, with a slight hint taste of the cheese. Oh, and the mustard. It was the most disgusting thing ever. The sourness from the mustard just threw the whole thing off. Maybe they were trying to be creative/different? Who knows. All we know is that this burger left us wanting to leave the place ASAP and grab a second dinner elsewhere. Oh, and it was so bad that we ended up eating it as a platter - minus the bun that was slathered in the disgusting sauce.
Their burgers come a la carte. Except for a garlic olive and a pepperoncini as garnish. No fries, no salad, no nothing. Just the burger on a plate. For a whopping $9-20. Don't come to this restaurant expecting to have a pasta dish because they don't have any. Having said that, if burgers are their only main/entree items (okay, they have a few salads as well), at least have a bigger variety other than a disappointing 15 burgers to choose from. Again, maybe this restaurant was overhyped for us. Maybe it was just that one burger. Needless to say, this first experience was not a good one, to say the least. That doesn't mean we're not willing to give it a second try, though. Perhaps at their Kitsilano location, or at their future Yaletown one. Here's to better days ...
I guess its is what is expected when you hire unqualified kids to work in the kitchen. My friend send me there last year. To be honest other than being a bit expensive the burgers are quite flavourful. I know they get there meat from Coiffis which is the best meat in town. I have been there at least ten times and decided to go for breakfast last month. I am a huge eggs benny fan and when I ordered it I told the waitress that make sure the eggs are not fully cooked. Sure enough they came fully cooked and the waitress did a great job and noticed right away and came back with a new order. The eggs were a little undercooked but it was quite good. I was there once again today and explained to the waitress what happened last time. This time the breakfast after a long wait and the waitress explained that they had to cook my eggs again because they were hard boiled. The she came with french fries and the eggs were so undercooked cold and looks quite raw. I asked her what with the french fries and she explained they ran out of normal potatoes. My first though was the cooks don't know how to make breakfast potatoes. When I showed her the eggs she was surprised and agreed that the eggs were so uncooked the white as all water. I explained to her that I didn't want french fries and she came back with a new order of eggs benny. Guess what these eggs were so over cooked the color of the yolk was light yellow. I finally had enough so told her I didn't want it and wasn't impressed that the cooks don't know how to make medium eggs. I called my friend who we were planning on having a party in April at the location in Yaletown for around 15 people that I wanted to make it a different place. So we decided to book at the keg instead.
Maybe where they decide to hire cooks that can make potatoes and medium eggs but until then I cant support this place. Its not that great and as I stated you get what you pay for.
My 11 year old son and I stopped in for dinner while on a bike ride. I had the Man's Man Burger and my son had the Basic Burger. We shared a side of poutine. We also shared the Dunking Mini Donuts desert. We enjoyed our food and I thought the value was good for what we had. It was a pleasant August evening and the ambiance was delightful. We both agreed that we would return with the rest of our family.
my buddies and i have travelled all over to find a good burger and today we were sorely disappointed.
there was no flavour to the meat, the fries were double cooked and were not very good.
$11 for a flavourless burger is robbery.
I guess we'll keep looking for other good burger joints.
so far it's Moderne Burger
We came with the stroller and were about to be seated as the waitress found a great table for us outside, but on our way to the table we were stopped by two people, possibly a manager and another waiter, who said that they are congested and there is no space for our stroller!!
since we were very hungry, we decided to take food with us. this was our second time at this place, first was in summer, and their food still sucks. my husband's burger ('man's burger' on their menu) was ok, mine was tasteless. I would give their food 2-3 out 5.
to me it is just strange how they manage to be so bad. great location, great style, bad food, bad customer service.will never come back.