Slocan restaurant is rather unassuming from the outside, despite its conspicuous northeast corner location and firmly planted roots in the area since the mid 1970s. My girlfriend and I have made multiple visits recently to this established locale.
The decor falls right down the middle, whether good or bad depends on which side you lean towards. I found a certain kind of charm with the worn interior space, vinyl benches, metal napkin dispensers and the liberal use of brown tones throughout. Nothing feels contrived nor deliberate, just age taking its course. The patrons, all regular looking folk from families to the elderly all look to be regulars while the staff and owners are genuine and easy to warm up to, complete with friendly small talk. The faint noise from the tvs in the background bring up the back of the ambiance.
Alongside their daily specials the menu has many of the typical diner offerings. The hot turkey sandwich comes open faced with a good amount of white meat covered with serviceable gravy. The big, round scoop of potato salad on the side reminds you of where you are, but the noticeable bits of diced celery and the controlled use of mayonnaise makes it more than just an untouched pass-along. The reuben is good yet unassuming but not unlike something you'd find elsewhere, yet they don't pass it on to be anything more than just hot meat, sauerkraut and swiss on light rye. The pork chops are exactly what you expect out of a diner though. They're dry, a bit charred on the edges and likely not quite enough for the hungry. The scant carrots and cauliflower on the side were quite good but overall it's one of those misses that you experience and move on. I find their rotating list of daily soups (which come with most meals) to be fantastic, notably the split pea. The pies are ok but I always tend to find that the pie is far superior when it comes out of the kitchen instead of a display case over the counter. Portions are a touch small but prices tend to reflect the portions.
The servers are welcoming and quick. Even the owner comes around to the tables and gabs with the customers. Despite the physical appearance of the space, comfort level is high here because of the staff.
The food is utilitarian, almost indifferent yet it leaves you happily satisfied. If you leave your expectations at the door you'll love Slocan for what it is which is so very unlike Vancouver, a good thing.
Went in before a giants game. I was hoping for more from these reviews. The place was fine inside - not updated but it was what it was. Not dirty at all. Reminded me of a an Italian run Toronto diner.
Waitress was ok not offensive at all. When everyone ordered the same pop, she brought a wine jug full of it for the table. Food - mac and cheese very good, but portion small for the over $10 pice tag. Fish and chip was large and declared "edible". Not a rave by any means. The lasagne was not lasagne at all but all the of ingredient s of lasagne mixed up in a bowl. It was called "allright". Kids grilled cheese was average and fair value for $4 - but the fries were not that good. Very greasy. A blt with avocado was thin and small on grocery store bread. Potato salad was home made and fairly good.
All in all a solid average restuarant. If I had to eat there again, no problem. If I had other options, probably not.
Walking into the Slocan is like going back in time.
Seeing as its been here since 1974,thats exactly what you feel.
It's like being at your relatives house for dinner. You get greeted warmly at the door,and your coffee is always attended to.
I had the Monte Cristo which was solid.The gravy was fantastic for my real mashed potatoes.
There are no sommeliers or maitre 'd's, bu there is just wht you would want from a family diner,solid comfort food,with friendly service.
And in this day of chain or corporate eateries,you cant put a price on that.
I picked this restaurant strictly based on the reviews I have read here, and am definitely glad that I did. This restaurant lives up to these reviews 100%. Good food, efficient service, and great value. Our table ordered from the Sunday special menu today and everything came with either a green salad (very fresh) or a cup of soup, plus a dessert. All that with the main dish cost less than $10. No wonder the place was packed. Many looked like they have been here many times. I think I will become one of them.
I took Mrs. C to the Slocan for a feed after we discovered the local Pho place was closed. We eat at the Slocan once in a while, and we are always satisfied. This time I had the burger and beer special, and my better half had the rainbow trout. My burger was great as usual, but the fries portion was a bit stingy. The trout was pan-fried and delicious, not too fishy and very juicy. It came with some nice sides, a bowl of soup, and pudding.
Alas, they were out of the Slocan lager, so I had to content myself with an amber ale. The beer at the Slocan is very inexpensive, and always fresh. I had to pay a whole $2.75 for my second pint :)
The ambience is much improved since my last visit, and the place is nice enough that I would take my mum. I noticed a change in staff since my last visit, including a new server who used to be at Tom & Jerry's.
Went to the PNE tonight with 3 of my friends and after leaving the PNE we decided to come here.
Upon arriving at the restaurant it was almost empty (it was about 9:30 or 10:00 and PNE was going on, so it wasn't a bad sign actually)
Anyhow, we were greeted and told by the waitress that we could sit anywhere we would like. The restaurant had a good feel and was clean. The waitress was friendly and brought our menus and gave us enough time to look at the menu.
I had decided to order chicken strips appetizer (with no side dish) The waitress asked me if I wanted fries and I asked if it would be cheaper without fries and she said it would be. and for entree ordered fettucini alfredo with chicken breast. 2 friends got hamburger with salad and the other friend got pulled pork burger with salad.
Anyhow, my appetizer came first. Poor excuse paid $6.95 for 4 or 5 pieces of poor sized chicken strips (Well I thought it would be less than $6.95 since I got no fries) I was afraid my entree would be small too, so asked the waitress to bring me some fries too.
Then came our Entrees. To my surprise the fettucini with chicken breast was a good sized and filling (I ended up not eating the fries that I had ordered with my chicken strips) My friends all reported that thier food was fantastic.
Anyhow, the bill then came and I see that I was charged for a side order of fries. I asked the waitrss about that thinking for $6.95 I got Chicken Strips and fries and she then told me no, and that side orders were exra (Goodness, I paid $10.50 for that poor excuse of a chicken strips and fries appetizer? NOT WORTH IT....Was dissapointed)
Anyhow, the entrees saved the day....we enjoyed the entrees and the feel of the restaurant and we will return.....but NEVER get an appetizer
Looking for a good restaurant? The most dependable indicator is that it's usually full. That's the case with Slocan. I go to Bo Chau (next door) for my pho fix and Slocan is usually as full or fuller. After reading numerous reviews, I decided to check it out for Sunday brunch.
I rarely give "Incredible" ratings for any restaurant. Incredible means the chef and the waiter walk on water. Slocan is a nice neighbourhood diner and they're the best diner they can be. No pretention and foo-foo attitude here. Friendly and professional are the two words that come tom mind.
I had the eggs bennie with a side of sausage. They asked if I prefer the eggs runny or medium. Nice touch. The eggs came out exactly as I asked for. Coffee was refilled every five minutes - I didn't have to beg or gesticulate to get more joe. If I have a small complaint, it's that the food took a little longer than expected, but then again they were packed at 11:00 a.m.
This place attracts quite an ecclectic crowd... the twenty-somethings who are looking pretty scraggly the "morning after the night before", the families and the old Italian men sitting by themselves. Just what I picture a neighbourhood diner should be.
Went there for lunch with a couple of friends. One friend has been to this restaruant for years. Servie is good and quick. Was seated quickly and food came quickly. Had the ruben sandwich which was not bad. The mustuard could be different but overall not a bad sandwich. Good comfort food. Decent prices also.
Visited this restaurant based on the reviews. The service was really spectacular. Food also pretty great as well. Try the sandwiches they are really filling and delicious. Great service, great food, great deals!
The meal was just like any mother would make. Home cooked meals with a family atmosphere. I went to this restaurant with a friend and we both really enjoyed it. Our dinner was excellent. My friend had a salad which was like any ordinary salad, but his main course looked delicious. Mashed potatoes witha juicy steak. Just like home. For me, I had a sandwich with the fixing - Steamed veggies.
The price was not bad. Just under $20 for the both of us and the service was excellent. I gave an extra big tip. Its a place for the "regular" crowd. A place where everyone knows your family history. A place for home cooked meals and love from strangers.
This is a good choice for a weekend breakfast. Breakfast is served all day. The food is good and cheap. Service is friendly and attentive. Classic old style Diner at the corner of Hastings and Slocan. The omelets come with hash browns and toast.
Portions are large and you won`t leave hungry. There are lots of regulars who come here and are recognized by the staff which is nice.
Found this place by accident. If you are a regular at medical labs there's one on the other side of Hastings. If you like fast friendly service and the company of the VPD this is the place. Some parking out back and north on Slocan. Bottomless coffee. Order bacon done as you like it.
I guess context is everything. Maybe if I was here with my wife for a Sunday brunch I'd have come away happier. But we were there as part of a large party on a Thursday night, before a Whitecaps game. I was hoping to find the "authentic diner" experience... Service was solid - our waitress was clearly overmatched by our large table and had a hard time keeping the orders straight, but it wasn't from a lack of effort. The ambiance was just fine - as others have said, you're in an aging but remarkably clean and well-kept room.
The problem was the food. Maybe I had starry-eyed expectations going in, but what arrived at our table wasn't family restaurant, it was dollar store. Those spongy oval shaped, frozen burger patties. Wet, shredded lettuce that had sat so long on the bun, it was turned to sticky mush. The menu said the omelettes were "three egg" but they were awfully thin. The milkshakes are average and aren't mixed with real fruit. These are all things that even a basic, honest restaurant shouldn't be cutting corners on.
I'm going to stop there because this is clearly a family run business with a lot of devoted fans, and in a lot of respects they're doing a great job. Just don't go in there like I did, hoping for handmade burgers and perfect milkshakes.
Sat at the bar and watched baseball with my wife a couple of weeks ago. First of all the actual bar is pretty cool, all wood and rich.
MOST important was the frosted glass that my beer was in when i had a few drinks. This is a luxury that most restaurants don't bother with these days.
I had the open face turkey sandwich and half of my wifes roast beef dip... All was good with the food, exactly as i hoped.
The staff was super nice but not overbearing letting my wife and I catch up.
Easily go back there again to watch a lions game at the bar...
My husband and I stumbled upon this place last Friday night. We picked the Slocan because it looked pretty busy and decently clean. We were greeted at the door by the owner, escorted to a table, and promptly served by a friendly, knowledgeable server. She said everything on the menu was very good, but suggested the lasagna and chicken souvlaki. I had the lasagna special (crisp green salad - nothing special but very fresh - with homemade thousand island dressing, a large individually baked lasagna with a tasty meat sauce, a piece of crispy on the outside, soft on the inside garlic bread, and a small dish of home made rice pudding for $8.95). It was very good and filling. Not gourmet, but all the ingredients appeared to be high quality. My husband had a Monte Cristo sandwich which he also enjoyed. We felt so much like we had stepped back in time, both being children of the 70's. We enjoyed ourselves so much we returned today (Sunday) for lunch. I had the chicken souvlaki this time, and he had the beef dip. The souvlaki was excellent! the small portion was $10.95 on special (same salad and rice pudding, plus a plate filled with delicious greek salad, a skewer of very well seasoned chicken breast, home made tzatziki sauce, and rice pilaf. Oh, and garlic bread.) I'll definitely be back for this dish. My husband's beef dip was okay. Pretty standard fare. The meat was fine, the bun fresh, and the sauce was salty but full flavoured (he hates a watery dip). All in all, a good place for a tasty meal in a nostalgic setting. I recommend it.
A solid and consistent performer, the Slocan Family Restaurant rarely disappoints. Haven't tried breakfast but lunch and dins are good. The wife and I like this place - its a solid little room with a nice vintage atmosphere. The service is friendly & snappy, and the prices are excellent - especially the beer specials - I don't know anywhere nearby that serves up a $3.50 pint. While its far from haute cuisine, the food is home-y and good. Lots of comfort food on the menu and the portions are generous. Give it a try!
I went to the Slocan after reading about how good it was on Dinehere, and I was not dissappointed. I had their Roast Turkey Diner. It was in fact outstanding. It came with a very fresh starter slad, the main course, and then desset to top it off. I even had a bottomless pop with a couple of refills for under 15 bucks! Had I gone to one of the more trendy places I wound`t have gotten Turkey diner, and it would have cost me at least 30 bucks. What a deal! The service was very good, friendly, intelligent staff. The restaurant owner even came to our table to ask how our meal was. These people really care about their customers. My date had their Beef Stew. She was very impressed also. The atmosphere is good. Very warm. Satellite radio playing music you wouldnt hear on any local stations. I`ll recommend it to all of my friends. Don`t expect scantilly clad servers, fresh sheets, suits and ties. Just really good home cooked meals, great prices, friendly service, and a great atmosphere. Momotron must have been having a bad day. I suggest Cactus Club for you my friend. Go pay twice the price for crappy fool, lol.
Slocan is the best in East Van! No nonsence, it`s the real deal.
I went to try Slocan Restaurant from all the good reviews but it was a huge disappointment. We sat down for more than 5 minutes and had to ask twice for a menu. It wasn't super busy that night at 7:30pm but the waitress didn't seen to be care. We ordered a 6oz steak and a chicken souvlaki dinner. Both orders were extremely salty and lacked taste. I asked twice for some hot water but it never came. Waitress finally became nice once the bill came, hoping for a tip.
I won't be going back there again.
Ate here a few weeks ago due to high ratings. It was a late lunch so didn't try dinner menu. Had bacon and tomato sandwich that came with soup or salad and fries. It think it was 6.95. Pale Ale on draft was 2.95! What a bargain!! I think dessert was included, but I declined. A step up in decor from most diners. All in all, I'd go back.
We went to this neighbourhood diner because of the reviews, and they were spot on. From the moment we stepped in from the cold and rain, when the manager (owner?) greeted us and showed us to our table, to the moment we paid our bill to the same person, with the various staff in between, the service was courteous and like clockwork; no five-star restaurant could have shown superior discipline and organization in the process.
The philly steak was subtly flavoured with tender meat and caramelized onion, not drowned in salty processed cheese sauce. The club sandwich was workmanlike and balanced. The filling meal for two came to $20, a steal in this age of fast food. The place was homey, like a wood-panelled family room in the basement of a suburban house, with folks chatting over a hockey game playing on the large screen tv. A warm, friendly place, with food, service, and ambiance in harmony. For each category, there are better restaurants. For a diner, we have seen no better.