Sophie's Cosmic Cafe is a family friendly restaurant in Kitsilano on west 4th near Arbutus. They have their own hot sauce and have an all day menu which includes breakfast.
I couldn't wait to come here for breakfast at dinner time and when we arrived, we were told breakfast was only served until 5! Not off to a good start but maybe it gets better...
Food: Burgers were just ok, minestrone soup was blah and my salmon burger was wet and drippy. Fries were nice and crunchy. Overall, I was disappointed with the food as I heard this place was supposed to be a great cafe. I don't see the appeal.
Service: they greeted, seated and served and nothing else. No questions asked about how the food was, no smiles, nothing. I could have been served at a fast food joint and wouldn't have felt any difference.
Value: Price was average for the food but I guess less pricey than some of the joints surrounding the place.
Ambiance: I like the ecclectic mix of souvenirs, trinkets and junk on the walls and it gave the place a real nice diner feel. Love the comfy booths!
Overall, I will not be back as the food was not interesting in any way and the service felt mechanical. I thought this place might get better with the food but I was wrong and although I loved the diner-ambiance, it isn't enough to pull me back. Ciao!
We had breakfast here a couple of weeks ago.
The food is seriously overpriced for what they offer. The hashed brown potatoes served with breakfast looked like leftover potatoes that had been fried up but they were mushy and tasteless. I think my 5 year old nephew could make a better breakfast.
Definitely will not return. There are far better choices in Vancouver
My last visit to Sophie's had a unexpected surprise. Sophie's was known to me for huge breakfast portions at an unbeatable price. They used to have a daily special on the board for under $7. No more. My favorite thing on the menu was the 3 egg ham and cheese omlette for $7.95. Complete with a whooping mound of homefries and toast, it was a meal no one can beat. Now it costs $10.95. The quality has gone down, but the prices continue to rise. We wait a long time to be served and our breakfast took extra long to arrive. The sausages tasted weird. Really mushy on the inside like it was either extremely fatty or not cooked. The decor is still fabulous though, but I wouldn't wait 1/2 hour for it.
Slow, indifferent staff. Food is sub par. Overhyped. Though it still seems to get enough business to stay busy. Nice decor. That's all that's nice about it... well, the hrs, too.
I didn't actually eat breakfast here; I had a turkey sandwich that was made with real turkey and pretty good although I wish it had some cranberry sauce on it. My friend had sausages and eggs and they gave a generous supply of hashbrowns.
Overall, the decor was interesting with walls covered in pictures and strange objects such as kids toys from the 50s. The food was good as well but I still don't see why people line up for hours on the weekends to eat breakfast here.
OK, so I recently came here twice within a week. First time with a friend for a late lunch, and most recently with my girlfriend since I wanted at least one of us to try the breakfast.
We ended up getting the later menu, with fewer selections. My deluxe burger was your standard, good and that's it. Fries were indeed excellent, with a great crisp exterior. My gf's eggs benny was borderline bland and soggy. No taste of feta. The home fries were partially burnt, however it did taste better than it looked (not saying much, by the way), with what tasted like seasoning salt as the flavouring agent. The onions were the burnt black culprit scattered throughout, I guess it's easier to combine all ingredients at once than to throw in the onions half way through cooking that hash. My rueben I previously had was alright, though the sauerkraut tasted a bit off. The slice of keylime pie was gargantuan in size and could easily feed 3, wasn't my thing after barely making a dent. Didn't like the sprinkle of granulated sugar on top, and the crust was so-so.
We had a perky and upbeat waitress first go around, but our recent visit yielded much less enthusiasm. It took a few minutes before someone finally noticed us to seat us down - mostly empty restaurant by the way. Cold shoulder rest of the way, though we did get one checkup. Zombie-like, almost sullen demeanor with this bunch. I miss the waitress we had during the first visit.
Ambience? Bad taste maybe but hardly pretentious. Either way I didn't really care for it so think of it as a free art exhibition while you wait, since you'd probably have to pay to see that kind of stuff anywhere else in this city.
While I find the non-breakfast items markedly better the food here is decidely average. You do get a 2 for 1 deal here, meal and an art expo, and that doesn't even include the sad clown impersonations.
I wouldn't stand in line for 5 minutes to eat here but did when I could walk right in. The breakfast protions were huge and too much. The french toast was bland and the hash bronws nothing to write home about. The eggs bene thing I has was ok but again not memorable. I found it quite epensive. The kids enjoyed the kitchy decor, but I foudn it kind of unsanitary. Would eat there in a pinch but wouldn'd go out of my way to.
They won't shortchange you on the portions at Sophie's Cosmic Cafe (what makes it cosmic, you ask? Not too sure. It certainly isn't the theme or the decor, which is kind of retro and very much tacky), and although they've got great toast, the rest is pretty average.
The eggs are super small, the hash browns are simply ok, and the bacon is... bacon. Nothing really stands out, and although you're getting a lot, you'd expect that at the price you pay. It's about 10 bucks for a standard breakfast with toast, eggs, bacon and hash browns, and the service is nothing special either.
Feel free to check it out, but there are better breakfast options on the same block.
For years I had heard great things about this place, but never tried it until recently. I was disappointed after my visit because I have been searching for a new regular breakfast joint.
-not well-made (the yolk of my sunny-side up eggs almost fully cooked and toast served was burnt--as in BLACK!)
-few smiles from staff/server, not very friendly
-server was not on top of things-- late delivery of beverages
-took a while to get our bill settled
-cool memorabilia decorating interior walls of restaurant, but obviously not dusted regularly (sat in booth so had very close view of thick coat of dust on things hanging on wall- disgusting!)
-recommend sitting at tables in centre where you can still enjoy the view, but to avoid accidental sprinkling of dust onto your food.
-for the quality of food we got, definitely not good value at $12 for plate of overcooked eggs, burnt toast and only ok homefries and sausage/bacon
It's pretty hard to mess up breakfast. The reverse is also true imo. Sophie's serves up solid breakfast dishes and some more brunch-like dishes.
The service is quite bad... I guess it's to be expected from a diner type establishment, but it just seems to irk me since this place markets itself as a trendy, up-scale(ish), non-diner, diner.. if that makes sense at all.
Value.. well it's more expensive than your typical diner that's for sure. It's to be expected though since it's in Kits.
Everyone seems to hate this place on here! Haha. I've been here four or five times and have always had a good experience. It's not too shabby for dinner either... and really cheap!
And it's definitely leaps and bounds better than ihop, whoever said that down there.
This place is very popular here, mostly at breakfast. This is understandable because their lunch and dinner food is mediocre (not terrible) and relatively expensive.
I know a few people who love their burgers, but I think that their meet is poorly prepared, mushy and over seasoned and blended. Still, the combination of their own recipe of tzaziki and the vegetables makes for a good flavour on the bad meat if you don't mind it.
The eggs benny are solid. Some people I know are crazy about the santa fe benny, which consists of eggs over guacamole and salsa over cornbread. definitetely different. Since I am a lover of the traditional benny, sophie's does it nicely.
Used to love this place for breakfast. Have not been there for along time. I used to love the Eggs Benny there and decided to order the same. First of all I didnt like the hashbrown they are the ones that look like mashed potatoes that have been fried. They were both overcooked and undercooked I taste like I was eating the baked potatoe from the night before. The eggs were tiny barely any sauce and the muffin was cold. I asked the waitress if there new owners she said no the same owners as before.
For $12 the Benny was horrible to the point I will never go there anymore.
Really enjoyed this restaurant.
We went in and got greeted with a nice smile and waitress came to us in a couple of minutes to get our drink order.
Thought the menu had some interesting items on it, more so than the usual diner/breakfast place but we ordered something simple.
As other people have reported the servings are incredibly generous and I could only eat half my sandwich. Not only that was very large but also the side salad as well. It was enough for lunch and my dinner tonight!
The decor was really interesting, lots of nic nac's hung on the ceilings and walls, kind of like a walk down memory lane but done in a artistic way. I loved the painting with Mona Lisa with egg on her face, that was cute.
The staff were really friendly and helpful too. No complaints at all about this place.
First off, I have to say, finding parking space in Kits on a Friday night can be a nightmare, since most spots are only for permit parking. It took about 20 minutes of circling around the neighbourhood before we could find a place to put our respective vehicles. I would suggest 6th Ave ...
The dinner started at about 8:15 pm, and (despite the fact that all I had all day was a cup of coffee) the food was worth the wait. Each bite was an explosion of flavour, organicity, and free-rangedness. Sophie's home-made hot sauce was a dribble of deflagrated taste. You can tell, that the Sophie's cooks take great pride in preparing their meal. On the down side, it took a while to get all the dishes out (methinks it took over an hour).
Decor: Love it for its uniqueness and totally brings retro in perspective; Service: enjoyed our funny server and was able to give good recommendations; Food: breakfast with a twist (Eggs with salsa in the morning) and love the large/humungous servings; Ambiance: we stayed inside since it was a cold and crowded morning but definitely worth another trip again, definitely an early trek is required so as to avoid freezing my butt outside in the morning! =P
I've been here many many times and have never had anything to complain about. The food is always great and very large portions so come hungry, the best time to go is for brunch, even though on weekends the line is always out the door until late afternoon. The wait is well worth it, I find it as part of the charm, you can't go to Sophie's and not wait in a line up. On a sunny day, it's not bad at all. The servers are always really friendly and go ten extra miles to make you feel welcome, I like how down to earth the feeling is there. The management and the owner Sophie are always there for the weekend brunch rush, even filing waters and bussing tables. I can't even recommend a menu item because everything I've tried is great, but I do like the chicken wrap, the oatmeal, the french toast and the milkshakes are yummy! And the ever changing placemats of childrens artwork are definately the highlight of my visit.
I hope Sophies's is around for many more years to come.
Went here for breakfast on a Sunday. There were 4 of us and we just missed the rush. We only had to wait five minutes. The service was excellent with full coffees, and just the right amount of checking on things. (Sophie the owner came by to chat a few times too)
The food was very good. the fruit salad was different then most I saw them cutting it up. I had to take half of my breakfast home.
Fresh, tasty, and friendly. with great kitchy things to look at!
Sophie's is definitely coasting on their rep. They do well because there just aren't enough breakfast spots in Kits.
I took my parents here for breakfast because they don't like anything too out-of-the ordinary. And Sophie's is very ordinary. I got the Kits breakfast, which consists of a couple of massive pancakes, two eggs, and a piece of ham for $12. The thing is, I'd rather pay $7 for one egg with some - ANY - seasoning, one well-made pancake (perhaps with blueberries or something?), and a small piece of ham from a good supplier like Oyama Sausage. You're basically paying $5 extra for more of what you won't eat - huge dry flavourless pancakes. Bleah.
On the up side, service was fast and friendly, and coffee refills were frequent. But I won't be back here on my own just for that.
Smooth and contains beets, a delightful tasty treat!
Can't wait to have another one!! Giant!!
Hash browns: Ew! Whatever that spice was, take it Away! I'll have fries or salad next time.
Asked for mustard on side, seemed to be a big ordeal tracking any down in the place.
Busy for a weekend breakfast. Lots of nostalgia to look at and the time passed nicely. Will return...for Veggie Burger Heaven!