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.
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.
To satisfy my Phở cravings, I was on my way to Bao Chau. They were close for holidays unfortunately. Since I was to hungry to drive to Phở 66 Vietnamese Noodle House, I decided to go to Slocan Restaurant instead (which is right beside Bao Chau).
Food: The menu is short and straight to the point. Some appetizers, salads, sandwiches and so on. Basically a diner menu. I had a Reuben sandwich with a potato salad. The starter garden salad was a basic no-thrills-no-frills salad. However, the sandwich was to die for. The potato salad's texture was smooth but chunky at the same time but without the mayo overpowering it.
Service: It is a diner and the coffee seems to be always flowing. Nothing to write home about but good enough.
Ambiance: Again, it is a diner. However, they have several TVs showing some sport events. Not like Boston Pizza or a pub but functional enough.
Overall, if I am in the area and not in the mood for Phở, this is the place to go!
Good spot for burgers, sandwiches and beers. Portions are good. The food is fresh and doesnt come with any pretenses. The hot and cold sandwich options are where I always end up at but the menu is pretty extensive and they do a pretty good brunch menu that goes along great with a caesar.
How hard is it to cook an egg the way some one wants it? I have tried over and over again to get a decent breakfast at the Slocan, I like the servers, I think they are great but the cook must have been trained in a mens prison.. seriously HIRE A CHEF! and btw ripping off whatever they have on the menu at the diner down the street isn't going to impress anyone if you do a crappier job of it!
Have you guys ever heard of QUALITY CONTROL?
I bothered to smile at the new owner lady who sits in the back after my crappy burnt hashbrows/ over fried eggs/ shriveled sausages.. and the she gave me a dirty look! lol!! I guess your so stressed out your restaurant is flailing that you can't toss a smile at one of your customers.
Been living in this neighborhood for over 10 years and never has the Slocan been as bad as it is now. The previous owner used to offer boring, bland food but it was edible and the quality was consistent. I understand it has new owners now and after a dinner visit with my kids I was disgusted with the food. Not too sure when they last changed the oil in the deep fryer but the fries with my grilled cheese and my sons burger were awful. They tasted like everything that has been thrown in the fryer over the previous week. Both of us got itchy throats after eating them which makes me think there's something funky in the oil. I didn't try the burger but my son managed to eat half of it before he gave up. Service was fine but nothing can makeup for the awful food. Here's to hoping the poor reviews I've read online pushes the owner to take some pride in in what they serve or at maybe even make them pack-up and let a new owner offer something worth eating.
Was actually planning on going to the viet restaurant beside Slocan, but they were closed. Thus, we ended up here, not knowing what the place was about, or what to really expect.
Food... wasn't good by my own personal standards. But then, I shouldn't have expected so much out of such a joint.
I had the Veal Oscar. The sauce was questionable and far too salty. The veal tasted nice but was not a great combo with the artificial crab, which seemed haphazardly thrown on. The 'fresh veggies' that come with the dish are laughable. Little bit of corn and a slice of raw tomato.
The salad that comes with the meal can easily be bought in those premixed plastic salad bags at the supermarket.
The baked potato came with no condiments.
All in all edible, not terrible if I was considering it as cheap home cooking, but definitely not up to dining out standards.
Think... cheap Denny's.
The owner and waitresses were very nice and made the dinner partially worthwhile and not unpleasant. Although, maybe I was too hungry before walking in to the restaurant to complain.
Value. A first glance over the menu has you thinking the prices are great, but then.. they're just lowered to match the standard of the food.
Retro decor, like a throwback to the 70's. It's got a nice homey feel.
Eating here wasn't god awful, but at the same time I definitely would not go back.
I remember the slocan being a great place to get a really awesome breakfast, but to be honest, it's changed a lot since I was a kid; the service is lacking, for sure, and the only food that I enjoy there is their lasagna, and some of their breakfasts; that is, if they're served to me hot, which doesn't always happen. It's also way more expensive than some of the surrounding breakfast joints for no real reason.
As said below, I'd rather just head over to bons.
I came here couple of months ago with a friend, ordered a sandwich (can't remember exactly what it was, I think it was a clubhouse), and the food took forever to come, it wasn't even hot, borderline cold, and the portion size is quite small for what you pay for. So, overall, I wasn't really satisfy with the food nor the price.
Next time I should just head over to Bon's instead.
This restaurant is one favoured by so many regulars,including our motorcycle group of men. The "Eggs Benny"are wonderful,the Hollandaise sauce is perfect.
The attentive staff are to dream of in the catering business.Fresh coffee and well prepared meals at all hours. Packed all day and every day...they are doing what patrons expect.Love the place,as it is genuinely well run and pleasant management.
Many comrades of mine travel from south Burnaby and west Point Grey for this type of establishment,and great food.
l've eaten at this restaurant in the past and it was ok but nothing special. lt's been about a year since going there and we all thought , let's go again because I had heard there was a new chef and that the food was good and worth the prices. There were 5 of us and we all ate something different. Everyone was satisfied with they're meal and we found the service had improved to. The chef even asked us how our meals were. She was making sure we were satisfied or she would take it back. As small of a diner that this place is and for it's location, we all think that more people should give it a try and go there.
All 5 of us give this place a 3 out of 5 stars.
I walked in and it took me about 5 minutes to get a menu for my take out. The food was ready fairly quickly and I took it home to eat with my boyfriend. We opened our food to find no cheese on the omelettes. I called the restaurant, and after being passed off to 3 different people, I was informed that they never have served cheese with their omelettes unless you request it, and that would cost me an additional $1.75. The waitress did not tell me that they did not come with cheese or ask me if even wanted any cheese. Also, the menu said that they came with rosemary potatoes, which they definitely were not. The omelettes themselves were underwhelming and tasted like they were made with liquid egg product and the French toast tasted the same.
I personally would never recommend this place to anyone.
I went to this restaurant as a choice on the way to a giants game. I was pleasantly surprised. It is a great little restaurant to go to with the family. I had the cheeseburger which was made to perfection just like the good old days. Nice toasted sesame bun with mayo and ample relish. Even though they were super busy we were served quickly by somebodys mother. She gave us menus which had a good selection from something plain to a good homecooked meal. Upon laying down our menus she popped right over to take our order and had our food within 10-15 minutes even though it was on their dinner rush. The food was good quality and you could tell was prepared with fresh ingredients. Really enjoyed it there, good place to go with your brats on a night after the PNE.
Food: For lunch, I odered a veggie burger and my partner had a hotcakes platter. Both were very bad. My burger was overcooked, tasteless and not fresh at all. Pancakes were also overcooked and tastless; probably the worst pancake i've ever had.
Servie: The owener/manager seems frendly, but my server wasn't. She didn't bother saying 'you're welcome' whenever we thanked her for the service.
The restaurant is definately family owned, but once you take you're seat, you feel comfortable, just like home. TVs surround the interior walls, so watching the game is definately fitting and the food as well are great to enjoy. The traditional Canadian food is handsomely made and has a great lasting impression. As a Hastings resident, this is a great place to be.