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Seb's Market Cafe

592 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5T1X5
Tel: (604) 298-4403
Fax: (604) 298-4471
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant

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Can't understand the popularity.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 8, 2006 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

Crowds during the prime time meal hours. Haven't tried their dinner, but the breakfast/brunches and lunches are standard fair while the fruit juices are bland. Definitely not worth hour long waits or beyond. I wouldn't be revisiting even if it's without any wait time, though I may consider trying their dinner offerings sometime later when I'm in the area. Their desserts in the display look very much "homemade" including the deflated tops on the pies and cakes to the falling-over lady finger biscuits on the sides from the weight of the cake leaning over. Maybe it's just not set cold enough to keep them standing or it was baked that way...

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Patio Pandemonium
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 1, 2006 - 8:19pm [Dine in]

My wife and I tried Seb's to see what all the buzz was about. The place has a cool, low-key atmosphere on the inside, and out front is an enticing (if narrow) patio. Since it was a nice day we sat outside. Big mistake. There were lots of angry motorists honking at each other, not for World Cup, but just out of frustration/stupidity. Add the dimwits who saw the movie and felt the need for speed, and you get some idea of the din. Oh, and did I mention the rather creepy looking people pushing shopping carts to the bottle depot next door? Take a hint from me and eat inside.

We decided to brave the patio bedlam (to cash in on the free vitamin D thanks to Mr. Sun), and ordered the salmon benedict and the goat cheese omelet respectively. I had the coffee of the day, and my lunch partner had a peach/pineapple smoothie. The coffee was great but the smoothie was a little bland. My salmon benedict was nice, and the potatoes/fruit pieces that came alongside were good. Nothing remarkable, but satisfying. Same for the goat cheese omelet. It had just the right mix of cheese/spinach/onion and the portion was generous. Bottom line: The food is good, if not spectacular.

The servers were friendly when we saw them, but that wasn’t often. Despite the obvious need for improvement, this place is worth a try.

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A Beautiful Breakfast
By hungrydog of Burnaby (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 1:02am [Dine in]

My search for a beautiful breakfast led me to Seb’s Market Café. Seeing as I was breaking my fast alone I was able to walk right in and take a seat at the bar almost immediately. What a treat to watch the chefs prepare the meals; even though the orders were coming in continuously they created the meals with care and attention to every detail. The beautiful jazz playing in the room only made the ambiance that much more enjoyable.

The food; I ordered the spinach, goat cheese and chives omelette. Exquisitely prepared and delicious; the home fries were tasty, not spectacular; the toast was perfection with the home-style preserves.

After finishing my breakfast I sat enjoying my coffee. Even though the place was full the entire time I was visiting, the wait staff were friendly and efficient, serving tables and keeping up with the continuous stream of customers. This is a relatively small room so large groups will face a longer wait than the groups of two or four.

Overall, a beautiful breakfast. Will return to sample more of the menu, including the Friday, Saturday evenings of live jazz music.

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Who messed with the prices?
By Cailin of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 13, 2011 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

Wow...The most expensive thing on Seb's menu is $13...who messed with the prices and why? Poor Seb's.

Anyway, I like this place a lot. I've had the banana bread french toast (yum!), the spinach onion and chevre omelette (very good) and scrambled eggs. It's always reliable, always hot, quick and tasty. They also have a very good tofu scramble for those of you who are vegan out there. The staff is competent and civil, if no enthusiastically friendly, but that's okay, because sometimes you just want to get your food promptly, be checked up on and not have to be falsely social with someone you don't know. I don't know, it works for me. There's only so much of the security guard at Bon's that I can take.

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Great Food, Terrible Service
By luvsfood of cambie (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 2, 2009 - 6:27pm [Dine in]

That's twice now that I had terrible service, but I have to say the food keeps me coming back. I had the turkey sandwich with soup. It's real meat by the way, and home made soups. I am not asking for much in terms of service, just the basics, but can't seem to get it here. But I will be back for the food

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Good food, poor service
By lunchlady of burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

Went to Seb's for lunch with two other people. I had seen good reviews of the place and kept meaning to try it. Got the chance as we were driving by and didn't see any lines.

Walked in and two staff noticed us (made eye contact) but no greeting or verbal acknowledgement. Finally we sat ourselves.

Waited about 5 mins until someone noticed we didn't have any menus. They were prompt about taking our order a few minutes later.

I had the bacon and apple omlette. Very good and the right size with small portion of panfried potatoes, good selection of fruit (strawberries, cantalope, watermelon, pineapple and dragonfruit), and toast with preserves. Other two meals were the eggs benny with ham and a bacon and tomato sandwich. Both said they were good.

No one came to refill water glasses or ask if we needed anything else. We had to flag staff down to get the bill.

Overall good food but poor service. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here but if you are in the area it's worth a try.

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First Visit
By Geezer of North Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 21, 2006 - 12:14pm [Dine in]

Don't park to the north. Crossing Broadway here is for the brave ... no cross walk, lights to the west help, but east is the brow of a rise.
Radio turned up a bit too high for early evening.
Menu not exciting. Salad greens dry and aged. New york steak too thick and not much flavour. Scallops not fresh and not fully cooked first time round. Cheerfully improved although server had to be summoned. Granville Island beer in good condition.

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Breakfast at Seb's
By chowman of Main Street, Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 12, 2006 - 7:02pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C was at work; I went for breakfast after the gym. I sat at the bar at Seb's. Usually the bar is vacant.

I was not getting a lot of service from the servers but the cook took my order: venison/sun dried tomato scrambled eggs. I have have found at several visits to Seb's that a sole diner at the bar gets served almost right way by the weekend cook. He mentioned one time that that was his practice.

The meal was fast and tasty. There was a lot of venison in there. The pan fried potatoes were hot. The toast was done right and accompanied by nice preserves. Seb's also excels at the little things. The meal was accompanied by several slices of two types of melon, a strawberry, a slice of pineapple, and half a fig. Other places give you a slice of strawberry. The combination changes as well.

At the bar the service is good from the cook but not great from the servers. The owner came around from behind the bar and served me water and coffee. A water refill was offered by a server without prompting. Paying the bill was quirky. I put a $20 bill on top of the folder which held my bill for $11.50 and several minutes passed even though servers walked by, including the one who brought me the bill.

A seat at the bar gives you a chance to take in some of the other little details. There are little plastic creatures on the tops of the lamps at the bar.

Overall, I would rate Seb's a 3.5 given the food and the ambiance.

I have not been for lunch or dinner.

Chowman

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A hidden gem...who would have known
By SmilesandFlirts of East Side, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 30, 2006 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

Seb’s Café/Restaurant is a quaint funky low-key local neighborhood place to meet and hang out – a hidden gem in the Broadway and Fraser area. I went there to see a friend of mine (Laura Lang) singing some jazz tunes that filled up the whole place. I was surprised to see that this place has a nice array of tapas to tantalize the taste buds. I had mainly seafood, salmon entrée with scallop tapas. I was surprised how tasty it was since the food didn’t match the décor. If you can’t come by for a bite, you can stop by to take out baked goodies and coffee/tea.

I would recommend going there if you want a good place to hang out indoors or out on the patio. For dating, this would be perfect to get close in its’ intimate settings.

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A gem for foodies!
By pennypincher of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 30, 2011 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

Seb's is a neighbourhood gem, a standby for breakfast or lunch when eating out is desired or necessary. Get there early to avoid line-ups! When the weather's nice in spring & summer, the patio is open, which helps the ambiance ratings. Inside, it can be a bit loud at times, but the food and decent prices considering the high food quality more than make up for this. The service is almost spot-on - attentive without badgering or cloying. Hey to be any better, Seb's would have to charge a lot more. But back to the food! You get fresh, local, & high quality. That's a very tough combo to top. They use homemade, & local where ever possible, including figs from their own trees. No GMOs, preservatives, or chemical substitutes here. No catering to the processed food giants here. It's natural, people, & very good, especially the Bennys & omelettes. Awesome fruit plate. Coffee could be better, but have juice or cappucino. Relax, & enjoy real food, real good food!

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Great lunch place
By PepperPhd of Vancouver, Mount Pleasant (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

I really love this place, despite the shitty elevator jazz music playing all the time. I think the owner of this place has a crappy jazz fetish. Anyways, there's lots of really yummy things to order, they have good squeezed juices and fantastic sausages and sandwiches.. there's a cranberry turkey one that's soo good. Only thing not so hot here is their coffee.

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So So......
By FayLoh of North Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

We went to Seb's last Sunday for a late breakfast. Due to the hot weather the restaurant inside was very warm and stuffy almost unabearable. I guess they don't have air con. We waited about 15 minute for a table on their very narrow patio. There was some confusion with the staff as patrons who were already seated inside wanted our patio table but we did end up with the patio table. The wait staff seemed very disorganized.

The food itself is good, well presented but were leaning toward smaller sized portions. I had the poached eggs with turkey sausage. The eggs were very small, slightly larger than a toonie, the 2 sausages were of average size. You got 1 slice of toast and a few halved small red spuds with thin sliceed fruit. My daughter had eggs benny with chipotle berry sauce which she enjoyed but did comment on the portion size. Good food if your not very hungry.

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Neighborhood gem
By charming of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

I'm glad to say that Seb's is close enough to my business that I can go there almost everyday for lunch. Chef Francoise Gabot is the secret ingredient to Seb's success. A one man cooking machine, handling all of the breakfast and lunch orders by himself. Plus a prep staff and good, solid waiting staff make Seb's a valuable find for decent food at decent prices.

Specifically, a friend of mine & I usually have the home made soup, served with a couple of slices of hearty bread. The soup changes daily, but is always worth ordering.

Another good lunch item is the vegetarian sandwich (eggplant, peppers...), nice and light on the stomach, but delicious!

My friend prefers the BLT. I've never had it, but he has never complained!

For breakfast a variety of Eggs Bennys, omelttes, or eggs any style.

Reservations aren't accepted so beware because Seb's is extremely popular locally. Open Saturday and Sunday, but don't expect to be seated right away.

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At first it was wonderful.
By mosthunGry of Mount Pleasent Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

So i have lived in the area for awhile. See the Rest. it looks busy on the weekends it never seems to be open at night. However, I go in with a friend and give it a go. We both got omelets. They we out of this world, flavour, doneness but the service sucked i love coffee they have good coffee but i was only able to have one. Our thoughts were that we had just come near the end of the day and that is why we were forgotten about.

I went back a week later with my husband. He tried the omelet on my rav. the week before. I got the bannana bread french toast. not so wise. The breakfast pots were good i got more than one coffee this time but husbands omelet was way over cooked.

We will give another go but not expecting much.

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What people come here for is the healthy, fresh FOOD
By Aud of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 12, 2007 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

A lot of people have been asking what the buzz is about, given that the service is mediocre, and you usually have to line up to get a seat for brunch.
Well, the lineup tells the story: the food is GREAT.
So fresh, so healthy. They use free-range eggs, and these are THE BEST I've ever tasted. In fact, I'd forgotten what eggs are supposed to taste like. They even sell them at the front counter, customers love them so much.
Next best thing: the bacon. Again, with all the processed, hormone/antibiotic-filled cr** we're used to eating, I'd forgotten what bacon is actually supposed to taste like. This was like NO OTHER I've ever had.
The portions are huge - in fact, I wish they were smaller, because I hate wasting (but you can just ask for less potato. Which are also marvelous). Coffee is great, orange juice is great. DO sit at the bar, because its' so much fun to watch them cook!
Down-side is definitely the service. I know they're busy, but if you're staff can't work it when it's busy, you shouldn't be offering that many covers. Plain and simple. I expect wait staff to come by at least once to ask how the meal is, but not as I'm FINISHING - I needed salt and pepper at the start of my meal, not at the end!
Anyway, check it out to see what fresh, healthy food is all about. (and I highly recommend the bacon and eggs). yes, you'll probably have to wait, but where don't you have to line up for brunch in Vancouver?

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Good food, lousy service
By Hu-Gadarn of Dickens, East Van (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 29, 2009 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

Went back to Seb's today after a 12 month absence. I love the food. So why was I gone for 12 months? The service. Almost 100% of my visits there is some issue. So while i'm on a rant:

THE BAD: As I said, the service is the Achilles' Heal of this place.

* Today (a hot day) no one refilled my water and despite having an empty pint glass for over 20 minutes, no one asked if I wanted another. There were at least 3 servers and only ~ 10 tables (including outside).

* My bill was delivered sometime later even though I still wanted a dessert and a coffee. But no one asked.

THE GOOD: The food - I love it.

* There are few places like this around (les Faux Bourgeois (Kingsway and Fraser) is close by and far superior (especially the service) but it isn't opened for lunch).

* Today I had a great ravioli in a cream-garlice-white wine sauce. My only complaint about this was it was a little on the small side and could have done with even a slice of bread. I'm not a big eater and I'll need to have another meal in ~ 3 hours.

* Also, the beer on tap is local and there was a choice between a nice light beer (whcih I had) and a darker beer.

I guess I'll come back sometime in 2010 and hope that the service has improved. I really want this place to survive because it could be a great asset in this area. It just needs to get it's act together.

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not bad.
By hardtoplease of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 2:19am [Dine in]

I heard good things about this place and I wanna like it - it reminds me of my local back east..
And its pretty good value. When my food (Nothing special. an oily sandwich and a cup of average coffee) arrived the second time after my order was messed up the first time, it struck me that I might make it out of there full but having spent less than ten bones.
took a while to get some service even though the place was almost empty at the time. I had to hunt down a menu myself (pet peeve).
A mixed review I guess. Good value food and I'll probably go back again for it.

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Not good enough
By TJR of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 2:10pm [Take-out]

Breads were fresh, turkey sausage old....order was wrong, they did not return my call.

Baked goods were not completely fresh. You could taste "old".

Cashier unfriendly! Wine old also... No one acted like they give a hoot. Francois didn't come out; they were eager to close after lunch and I feel my order was rushed. They were unattentive and to say the less, I was turned off.

I have found Vancouver is notorious for this kind of service.

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