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Sunshine Diner

2649 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6K2G4
Tel: (604) 733-7717
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
  • Cuisine: Diner
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Weekend brunch
  • Features: Patio, Wifi, Wheelchair accessible
  • Hours: Mon: 7:30AM - 4:30PM, Tue - Sat: 7:30AM - 9:30PM, Sun: 8AM - 4PM
  • This 1950s-style diner offers breakfast all day. The interior here is bright red and checkered, with dozens of black and white photos and golden era memorabilia covering the walls. Big, comfy, red vinyl booths and small tables are filled with everyone from rockabilly youth to cell phone-gabbing suits.

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Awesome diner!
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 7:49pm [Dine in]

Love this place! Food is always fantastic. Decor is cute and 50s. Love the atmosphere. We come her about once a week.

Best part is the staff. I go out to pay good money and enjoy a nice meal. I do not want to listen to loud people swearing, or babies crying. Today this baby was screaming relentlessly and the staff told the rude, self riteous mother to leave! She was SO indignant. OMG, Good on them. I'm sick of these mothers thinking they have a right to ruin other people's dining experiences. How fricken rude. Wait to go out to eat till your brats are 10 like I did. Yay Sunshine!

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Good Brunch, high prices
By Rasputin45 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 9:06am [Dine in]

We had been holding off on going to this place due to mixed reviews from our friends. We went there for brunch on a weekday, and found it surprisingly busy. The food we ordered was very good, my DH loved his eggs and especially the grilled tomatoes he ordered, I had the classic eggs benedict and I thought it was very good, next time I would ask for sauce on the side as the poor little egg was drowning in it. Service was prompt and good, my coffee was always full. The only downside is the price -- I think it came to $30 for two of us for brunch, which is quite high in my book. Is it worth it for a diner-style brunch? That's up to you, but for me I will go back on occassion (but not very frequently.)

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Extra for hashbrowns
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

Visited here for breakfast and noticed that many of their omlettes, bennies did not include has browns. They cost an extra $2 which is unusual as they are normally included in the price. The prices weren't cheap as bennies were in the $10+ range. Chose the french toast which was good, came with eggs and bacon. Good service, coffee was a bit on the weak side. Nice ambiance with a 50's looking diner. Always busy, nice place to go.

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Pretentious, but the food is good
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 31, 2010 - 2:09pm [Dine in]

My gf and I had walked past this diner before and before long made our way here over the weekend with a friend to dine.

It was frighteningly busy but we were seated in short order. The decor was all retro, right down to the music being played but it felt showy all around from the staff to the customers. Table space is cramped but I suppose folks back in the 50's were a lot slimmer then, in which case they even have the furniture sizing down to a tee.

The menu is nice and focussed so it made choosing easy. My gf's lox benny was excellent, with perfectly poached eggs and a great house-made hollandaise. Really the only drawback was the overly toasted english muffin, which was far more crispy than it needed to be to survive under the egg and sauce. Home fries was extra but was ordered anyways - nothing memorable. Our friend ordered the 2 large eggs. His scrambles were overdone (brown) but it was nice to see they used farmer's sausage over the usual cheap links. I ended up with a mushroom burger with fries which by and large was the best overall dish. Real cheddar, nice homeade patty on a greasy bun tasted just right. Fries were light, golden and crispy. Portions look small but rather deceiving.

Service was upbeat and seemed very much retro in its own respect. We overheard a customer behind us explicitly detail to one of the servers (the same as ours) how to make a milkshake which she handled with poise.

Though there were hits and misses, the benny's and the burger itself really stood out as simply made and made well. On that merit alone, come for the benny.

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Delivers On A Promise
By Cloudshoveller of Coquitlam, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 2:02am [Dine in]

We were looking for breakfast before driving our gang to the airport. Some wanted breakfast and some desired lunch. A sign outside the "Sunshine Diner" promised the best eggs Benny in BC. We had some serious eggs Benedict lovers in our group so I was a bit nervous, but we headed inside. The back of the diner had a large u-shaped booth perfect for our needs.

The decor kept us busy while we waited for our orders, debating what movies the celebrities were portraying in the portraits. The vintage auto seats provided photo opps. There were a great variety of eggs benny and they did live up to the hype. Yes -it is a pricier breakfast- but even the most frugal member of our party was won over by the hollandaise sauce. Those who had lunch sandwiches felt they were good but they could have made the same thing at home. Everyone however, was head over heels in love with the home fries.

The servers had an air of "having seen it all" but they were gracious and accomodating to our large, somewhat raucous group and I found them good sports. I will gladly return and would not hesitate to take more out of town guests here for breakfast or "brunch".

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Don't Go there - Save Your Money
By Wildflower of Kitsilano (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

Had lunch at the Sunshine Diner today with my family. What a mistake, the waitress did not look interested in her job at all. I tried to humor her up but obviously did not work. My brother ordered soup and French Toast, I know it is an odd combination, she brought the French Toast then after a fair bit she brought the soup. He said no to the soup which should have been first then the French Toast. Luckily I split my burger with my mother as it was terrible, probably the worst I've had in 50 years. The only thing worth going to this restaurant for is the ambience it is great and if you lived in that era you would enjoy.

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Fantastic! Exceeded expectations
By Shmoo of Vancouver (Dunbar) (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 22, 2011 - 8:49am [Dine in]

Looking for an all day breakfast place in Kits that is not as pretentious and over-rated as Sophie's was hard. After trying the food here, we have been back ever week for months now! The portions are excellent sizes and the price for the amount of food you get is outstanding! Service is exquisite it is unusually to see servers that nice in Vancouver, especially Kits.
Many people have posted that having to buy hash browns (home fries) separately is annoying, but we have always found one side between us is more than enough after the giant portions of eggs or waffles.
Excellent milkshakes-one milkshake to two people is more than enough! For small children, be warned they will not come close to finishing a burger and shake themselves.

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ok
By loricorleone of downtown (20 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

We go here once in a while, my husband likes it and always wants to stop in whenever we walk past. the milkshakes are incredible, but everything else is kindof mediocre. The hashbrowns are really good. the room is covered in pictures and there are all sorts of different things on the wall, but it's not the cleanest restaurant I've been in. As for the sharing fee that everyone keeps complaining about, if you really can't afford the 2$ fee, you should probably stay home and eat there. if there are 2 or 4 people sharing something, you're taking up twice as many seats that could be filled with people that are willing to pay for each one.

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Atmosphere & Good Service, But Not Our Cup of Joe.
By Richstock of Fairview (22 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

This popular breakfast spot in Kitz features multiple posters and statues of King Elvis and Queen Marilyn with the occasional Beatles and James Dean thrown in for good measure. It's a nicely designed, sleek, confortable diner featuring 50s and 60s decor with the music of that era piped in without patrons having to toss coins into any machine. Add to that very friendly and good service. Yes we enjoyed it but unfortunately the victuals simply did not match the presentatiion. For starters, the coffee, which was not bad, was not up to the high standards set by good dining spots in Vancouver. And it was more expernsive! ($2.25 a cup). Next, some of our potatoes came not quite cooked through. Final gripe: Sunshine's menu boasts of the health benefits of some their fare, but does not offer a multi-grain selection for toast. OK, so we're picky.

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Meh.
By DineOutPrincess of Hastings-Sunrise, Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 9:23pm [Dine in]

I ate here yesterday while in the area. My partner and I saw it from across the street and we were looking to eat somewhere that would have a variety of options as I can not eat wheat. It appeared to be a diner so we thought I would at least have some decent soup and salad options and I was really hoping for a meaty chef salad as my back up plan if there was nothing else. Really, what diner doesn't have a chef salad? Well this one apparently! It turned out there are only three salads; tossed, Caesar or Greek and soups are only available on weekdays so I was out of luck there. I ordered the Greek because it would at least have a bit of protein to it with all the feta but it was the worst Greek salad ever. They give you oil and balsamic vinegar on the table and serve you the very small $8 salad dry which was made from all half round slices of veg that are obviously pre-sliced for their burgers and sandwiches rather than fresh cut juicy chunky cubes that one expects in a Greek salad. This pre-sliced veg just added to the dryness of the whole thing as the tomatoes lost their juice while waiting to grace a burger. This is just lazy food preparation in my opinion and not quality.

My partner ate a basic deluxe burger, he thought the bun tasted kind of weird and the skinny fries were bland.

As for the 50's retro thing, I could really care less, I am not a fan of that era especially the music!.

I did notice that on many of the breakfast options you have to request hashbrown's separately and they charge another $2 to do so on top of what already seemed like too high of prices for the quality I saw and experienced.

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Bland
By bob_2008 of Coquitlam (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

Overpriced and very bland.

I had the clubhouse sandwich and it was the most bland sandwich Ive ever had. It didn't even have cheese. And I wanted a green salad instead of fries and they charged me an extra $2.00 !

Don't be fooled by the nostalgia at this place. You can get way better food at White Spot. Don't waste your money and time.

The total bill for the sandwich and salad (no fries) was $14.07 !!!!!!!!!!!

Rip.

DON'T GO.

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good eggs benny & service
By diningd of vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 2, 2008 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

Decided to try out this place from the last time we walked around Broadway. It was sunday at 12 noon and we waited for 10 minutes and got served real fast. The eggs benny are pretty good - you can have half and half, which is a good way of trying out their menu. The service was quick and cheerful. Coffee was not that strong but the food was comforting. Other patron food orders around us looked good. Definitely another place for breakfest.

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This place sucks
By Billy Goat of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 21, 2012 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

We waited for close to an hour today for our order and during that time we had the pleasure of listening to the owner SCREAMING at the servers. When we asked what was taking so long we were told that the kitchen was backed up. The crazy thing is that the place wasn't busy at all.
What I wonder is why the servers have to take this abuse from the owner who seems to have forgotten that in Canada, the laws against abusive language to staff are quite clear. If an owner needs to talk to a staff member then the whole restaurant shouldn't have to here it, it was pathetic.
We've eaten here before and it wasn't all that bad and the wait time was not an issue even when busy. It seems now that something has happened to the kitchen and even with a less than half full restaurant they can't handle the pressure. We won't be going back and I"ll warn you now,,,,, be perpared for a very long wait before you get your food or I should say, "if you get your food".

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Have had way better for much less.
By theroyd of Kitsilano (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

I was hoping for another great breakfast joint one hungry morning, but I wound up disappointed. The extra cost for fries brought the price of eggs benny to over $12. The english muffin had a leathery, tough consistency. The spinach on friend's dish was the lifeless frozen brick kind. In the end, this place is poor value and low-end food. I definitely Won't be back.

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Best Benny Out
By asbestoshazard of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 23, 2009 - 6:47pm [Dine in]

I eat an unfortunate amount of eggs benedicts.
I enjoy poached eggs, I enjoy hollandaise sauce and I very much enjoy some of the neat little variances on the classic stacked benny.
I have to say, of all the eggs benedicts I've had out the one I had here was the best. It was a simple stack of muffin, cream cheese, avocado and tomato with a perfectly poached egg and excellent holly. The sauce was rich and smooth with the perfect amount of lemon and butter in it. The eggs were perfect and I was very much impressed...I think they must use free-range eggs, the yolks had that rich golden yellow.
I couldn't say much for the potato things put on the side. I enjoyed the scallop cut but they seemed kinda flavorless...but maybe that's just because they were sitting next to that awesome benny.
I had trouble waiting to be seated as the place was almost empty and no one directed me to a seat until I finally walked right through the place and asked. Otherwise the staff was friendly and very attentive with checking to make sure everything was good and that our coffee cups were full. We never ran out of coffee.
It's less than what I've paid for far worse so I'd say the value is solid. Breakfast ingredients aren't terribly expensive compared to what restaurants pay for more complicated fare but the value is pretty good! They load your plate, too...I couldn't even finish.
The 50's diner thing has the floor and the booths and the music down but the place is also full of modern kitsh to remind us of the 50s...it's kind of a blessing and a curse. I understand what they're going for but at the same time the extreme visuals and colors are a little jarring...a little noisy. It's fun in it's own way, though.
I'd definitely go for breakfast here again.

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Middle of the Road
By foodie007 of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 5:08pm [Dine in]

After reading a review of this place, my friend and I decided to try it out. We both had burgers.

I have nothing particularly bad to say, but nothing particularly good, either. The meal was OK. The service was good. The ambience was quaint and kitschy, if you like the 50s diner thing. It's a nice enough place, but nothing to write home about, if you know what I mean. For burgers, I'd probably hit Moderne Burger next time (if they're open!)

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Made my whole day cloudy.
By FrequentDiner of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2008 - 5:41pm [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant 3 times. On my 3rd visit, I was there with my girlfriend for brunch on a Sunday. We were seated at a 2 person table that nobody else wanted to sit at.

The couple before us, sat at the table and shifted to a different table, that would have been ours. At the time of us sitting down there were 2 tables available and when I requested the other available table, they didn't give it to us, because a different couple behind us in the order of seating would prefer it.

Our preference did not seem to matter to the restaurant. I felt mistreated, a couple of immigrants in a white diner.

Thanks for destroying Sunday brunch. Do you have a social conscience? Think about it before you eat here.

As my rating suggests, the food here is pretty good. So try it out. I just wanted to get my story out. It still haunts me, this Monday evening (day after).

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cheapskate policy no good for repeat biz
By screenscribe of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 12, 2007 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

The Sunshine Diner on West Broadway has a policy, if you want to share a burger or sandwich with your companion, in other words splitting a meal between two, of charging an extra $1.95--supposedly this must compensate the restaurant for...what, exactly? We didn't even ask for a second plate. We didn't come in with a lot of cash, nor were we particularly hungry enough to ask for two meals. We wanted to share one. As we have done in other restaurants, where, as often as not, they will actually serve you a split order on two plates and you may even get a little bit more than a single serving 50/50. But not here, oh no, they want to charge us for splitting our sandwich. Are we coming back? NEVER. So a policy designed to compensate for one meal instead of two being purchased results not only in this couple's lost business, but the loss of our two companions who were with us, and with anyone who reads this review and likes to frequent restaurants who treat those with less money as well as they treat those with more.

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It's Ok
By bsanto of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 11:59pm [Dine in]

I've had better and I've had worse. They said it was a 50s style restaurant, and yet, all I heard was Beatles' songs....hmmmmmmm. It is a cool looking restaurant, though. If they get their music up to speed, I would think that I was set off on a time machine back to the 1950s.
There is nothing spectacular about the breakfasts. It was quite cheap, however, so you get what you pay for I suppose.

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ambiance doesn't justify cost
By pennypincher of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 30, 2011 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

Returning to this restaurant after a lengthy hiatus, we discovered the place essentially unchanged from before, but with one very significant difference. The food is still a mix of good bennys and coffee, to mediocre pancakes & syrup. You get decent quality omelettes, & burgers but the table is adorned with cheap substitutes like costco pepper & salt, & low quality sweeteners which contain unnecessary chemicals. The service is truly outstanding. Unless you've paid your bill, when you can expect to be abandoned. The restaurant represented decent value largely because of its staff & wonderful ambiance. However, none of this can compensate for the fact there are cameras mounted on the ceilings all over the place. There is no signage asking for customer approval to be watched and recorded, so I can't recommend this place any longer, sorry folks.

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