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Templeton, The

1087 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z1L4
Tel: (604) 685-4612
Neighbourhood: Central

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Cool diner, Mediocre food
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2004 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

The Templeton is a funky diner on Granville Street complete with 50s style (out of order) jukeboxes at each booth and other old school touches. On first glance, the menu looks like diner fare. On closer inspection, they seem to do all the diner classics but with a twist; a change in ingredients, organic something or other, etc.

I had the 777 burger which was average: the patty was thin, crumbly and lacking any real flavour, the tomatoes were white. We ordered a pitcher of traditional ale which came warm.

Overall, I like the place but the food I ordered was soso. I wish I could have tried the ahi tuna, but they were out.

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dirty, but the food is okay
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 7:44pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out looking for chow when we spotted this place. We passed it many times, but finally decided to give it a try. The restaurant is in a crummy part of town, but it is conveniently located near the peep show and adult emporium, for those among you who enjoy a bit of a seedy nightlife...

The restaurant itself attains a lovely 'old diner' motif. By that I mean it is dirty and run down. Despite this, the staff are friendly, and the food isn't awful. I had a bacon cheeseburger with fries and a lime soda, and Mrs. C had a chicken burger and Caesar. The burgers were okay, and the Caesar was quite good. The fries were only average, and the soda was 'different'. It was a bit pricey for the location and food quality, but if you want to safely experience the real underbelly of the city this place might be for you.

For the adventurous.

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Great Lunch Hot Spot!
By diningdandy of downtown vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 5, 2007 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

The place feels unique,
It's been around forever and the first thing i noticed that i loved
about this place is they have a huge fresh and yummy
Cesar salad. I was lucky enough to get to try there Ahi tuna and have to say its better then the Fish house's Ahi tuna. It has a really unique flavor and it was still tender when i asked for well done (Sometimes tuna gets chewy when its over done) you also get your choice of 2 sides with the dish so i went with their Cesar salad (of course) and their thai chili sauce and i wasn't disappointed. My partner had the soup of the day and a great milk shake, it was a pretty good meal and i'm happy to say i've found a new favorite lunch spot. The place fills up quickly at dinner time. I'm keen on trying the burgers and sandwiches. People looked pleased with theirs. This place has been around forever and i can tell by how busy the place gets even on a Tuesday night that there gonna be around for a long time, by the way instead of mints at the end of your meal you get a piece of double bubble gum you know the old school gum you get with a joke comic strip inside, oh and music was great we got some neil young and tons of other great oldies.

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Burger heaven
By Norman of Vancouver East (80 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2005 - 12:27pm [Dine in]

These guys know what burgers should be (Hello Vera, come in for a lesson). The chips (fries to the Americanized booberie) are to die for. NO frozen cardboard potatoes here. I really like this place and wish them well.

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This is no diner
By fella of Vancouver (72 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 6, 2004 - 10:12am [Dine in]

This place would be great if they actually had diner food. Instead they serve up organic burgers, veggie dogs and nerdy stuff like that. It is a tree hugin hippie diner heaven. If you mant a good burger, all day breakfast, or a tuna melt, dont go here. This place has great pottential, that is left unseen due to its aweful menu and poor service.

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One time, shame on you. Two times...shame on me ...
By nothin-buta--review of West Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

Having served in the past, my biggest pet peeve were patrons who complained, but kept returning to the restaurant, only to complain more. Why not just go somewhere else? This is what I suggest you do instead of paying The Templeton a visit.
I have been there a few times, but after repeated awful, and slow service (when I say slow, I actually mean ignored) I will not return. I am certain I won't be missed as this diner is aways busy (how? I don't know).
Most of the servers act like/resemble grown-up versions of sad, emo teenagers with attitude. There have been a few instances where I have waited @ the counter for @least 1o min while being seen but not acknowledged . I know what it is like to serve brunch, so I am usually quite forgiving, but after a few visits I am starting to realize that this is their 'style' of 'service'.
I have the usual plethora of complaints eg. water glass never filled, waiting for drinks, being ignored, the list could go on. I will sum it up by saying that on all of my visits, I have gotten the distinct feeling I, the customer have inconvenienced the SERVER by coming in to eat.

The food is decent (if you are willing to brave this place, the veggie meatloaf is good) but not memorable enough to encourage a repeat visit.

True, the place is dirty, but the design and concept are attractive. With that in mind, it's unfortunate that they do not have enough of a follow through with there staff.

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Good vegetarian brunch
By me_hungie of Marpole, Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

I'd been to The Templeton years ago, and decided to stop in for brunch based on the positive hype I've heard. I had time to kill and noticed there was a wait so I came back later to avoid the late morning rush. I was seated quickly, but sat there for a few minutes wondering why I wasn't given a menu. After a few passes the waitress mentioned that the menus were tucked in behind the jukeboxes.

The food was good; it's nice to have veggie bacon offered as an alternative to bacon. The rosemary potatoes were great, as were the eggs. The toast took a while to arrive but was enjoyable as well.

The ambiance is great; the jukeboxes and postcards in the tabletop are great, although it was marred by the smell of stale spilled beer. I'd definitely eat at The Templeton again, but as with most places I wouldn't wait in line to get in.

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Cold Service
By frenchie_99 of Ranch Park, Coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 25, 2010 - 9:49am [Dine in]

I have been to this small restaurant on a few occasions. It is disappointing to say, that while the food is always good, but the service is always terrible. I have waited 10 min or more (on many occasions) @ the bar for even an ounce of acknowledgement but it never seems to happen. Busy or not, the servers always seem to walk past me (or us) without even touching our table (really, I don't think a 'I'll be right with you' or 'Hi' is hard to say perhaps even dropping off some h20 just to get the ball rolling). For the most part I always feel like I have inconvenienced them when I have come in. I find the service cold and I feel that they are generally unhappy. I really want to like The Templeton, but unfortunately service makes up a huge part of the 'dining out' experience. If that is poor, then it reflects on the restaurant as a whole.

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Great food for decent price.
By aldabest of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 12, 2006 - 12:21am [Dine in]

I've been to the Templeton five times by now... yes, it's that good. Even though it's in a slightly shady part of town, that does not reflect the quality of the food. It's got great organic food that tastes real, and though the variety is limited, what is on the menu is some the best tasting food I've had at any restaurant. Definitely a must try, if your tongue has any taste (pun intended).

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its too bad...
By morgan of Vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

The Templeton could be a really awesome 50's diner...but with a lack of standard diner fare, it doesn't really cut the mustard. The menu consists of diner favorites with a health conscious twist, such as organic beef or whole wheat batter. All these twists would be well recieved if the food was up to par. I had the fish and chips with whole wheat batter, and the batter was not good at all, it was very thick and tasteless. The fries were good though. I would have had the Ahi Tuna but they were sold out. Maybe I will go back for that dish.

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Love the kitsch
By kells of yaletown (27 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 20, 2009 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

I loved this place - I have walked past it a number of times and wanted to check it out for its kitsch value, as our other dinner plans fell through elsewhere we thought we might as well check it out.
I thought it was great - the server was friendly, casual and efficient. I also liked her honesty, when I ordered fries as a side to my calamari she advised me to wait as she thought it was too much food. She was correct I have never had so much calimari in my life let alone for only $8.00. The calimari was really tasty, my boyfriend had a burger that he was happy with and the fries were home cooked goodness.
As someone else has noted the juke boxes didn't work but I still thought it was a fun place to have a quick and cheap meal.
It was full of all ages - there were people in their 20s like us but also teenagers (who weren't obnoxious and/or noisy) as well as people probably in their 50s or 60s.

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Templeton soldiers on
By chowman of Main Street, Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 8:01pm [Dine in]

Over the last two weeks I have been here twice for breakfast and once for lunch, all around the 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. time slot.

I think that place gets overwhelmed by patron volume easily and the food suffers a bit as a result. By that I mean that french toast may end up arriving somewhat overdone but not enough to send back (earlier this week).

The servers are usually prompt and attentive, although there was a new server who was clearly overwhelmed last week by the number of patrons. I am not sure that she was been told what she was in for volume-wise. Hence my toast arrived very late.

I have not tried it for dinner.

Chowman

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Not bad
By HeartOfSilver of Surrey (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend loves this place, and I have to say the service and ambiance were excellent.

I had yam soup, which was fantastic, and the lentil meatless loaf which was a bit dry for my liking. The taste was really nice though.

I will probably return to try another dish. A nice place to relax and not worry about not being well dressed enough, like so many downtown sit-down restaurants.

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Fun place to eat
By cododd of east van (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 24, 2006 - 4:39pm [Dine in]

I like to go here once in awhile even though I no longer live downtown, it's funky and fun for breakfast or lunch (never been later than lunch). Service is occasionally slow but not too bad really. The food comes in good size portions and the price is right, milkshakes are also a must.

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Walk on by
By incognito of downtown (32 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

How the Templeton stays in business is a mystery.
The restaurant is filthy, the servers are apathetic, the food is sloppily prepared and overpriced. The special portobello burger was served with burnt mushrooms and a soggy bun. The dessert looked like it had been scooped out of a can and thrown on the plate. The neighbourhood is seedy but there are restaurants nearby that can prepare a delicious meal and serve it with enthusiasm. Walk on by.

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disgusting
By badgerbalm of pretentious yaletown (37 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 18, 2008 - 10:08am [Dine in]

Sunday brunch shouldn't be difficult, in my opinion. Eggs, some sort of meat (or similar facsimile), potatoes, and bread. Simple ingredients, but oh, how foul it can go.

My friend and I entered the dive and was met with smoke of a different kind - grease. That should have been our clue to flee. But, I've been there before and it was decent so we stayed.

The menu needs a bit of a review, as they were not very good at describing what I ordered. I ordered the scrambler (or something like that, can't remember the name) with scrambled eggs, rosemary potatoes, brie cheese on croissant. I thought it was going to be scrambled eggs with a side of croissant and brie, but it came out as a sandwich. And NOWHERE on the menu did it mention anything about garlic (more about this later). My friend ordered the blueberry banana pancake.

The people who ordered after us got their food first. But to be fair, maybe my friend's pancakes were holding it up?...

I got my food, and the potatoes were black. I would be ashamed to serve people burnt food. I asked for better potatoes, which they replaced. The first bite of the sandwich was so overpowering with garlic, I nearly spat it out. I'm not a fan of garlic, and a little bit is fine, but this was loaded with it. I didn't know where it was as I couldn't see it. I bared with it as long as I could and stopped about 3/4 of the way through as I started feeling nauseous.

Turns out the brie is infused with garlic. I wish they had mentioned that in the menu or I would not have ordered it. Again, I stress that it was not a little bit, it was overpowering.

The final insult was having to pay $12 for that horrible experience. I came out and my clothes and my hair reeked of burnt oil. I felt gross inside and out. Never again will I set foot in that disgusting joint.

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Excellent Customer Service, Good Food!
By octobula of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 13, 2012 - 12:42am [Dine in]

I love the atmosphere! Right down to the personal jukeboxes at every table that actually work!
We had the sweetest waitress who was extremely friendly, kept our waters filled and had a fantastic personality.
I ordered the quesadilla, which took a while to get to me, and when it did, it tasted a little off. When I mentioned it to the supersweet waitress, she informed me that it was probably the olives as they are VERY strong and let me pick another item off the menu, free of charge!

I picked the chili, which was delicious and generous, I couldn't finish it! I got it to go and accidentally left it on the table and the busser caught me and returned it before I left.

I'd definitely go back, what a bunch of sweethearts.

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Appalled and abused
By stellarvisions of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 30, 2010 - 11:48pm [Dine in]

I have never been so mistreated by a person in my life, never mind by a person who's job it is to offer me a pleasant experience. Both waitresses were arrogant and flat-out insulting. When these two waitresses managed to pass our table of four dozens of times over an hour without offering drink refills, asking how are meals were, or acknowledging our very presence, I have to wonder how they could have been hired in the first place.

When my boyfriend paid our bill he did not leave a tip as it wasn't earned, and the waitress said - I quote: "Just so you know, ten percent is the minimum tip. If you aren't going to leave that, then serving you isn't worth my time." Then she turned her back on us and loudly mumbled, "Jerkoff". Way to earn that tip.

It's a shame the staff are so awful, because my meal was quite good. If you have any self respect, you will not eat at The Templeton - I know I sure never will again.

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Worst Chili Ever
By morgan_rose of East Van (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 12:09am [Dine in]

I'd been here with friends and by myself and always had an adequate dining experience. the food had been great on my previous visits and the service wasn't too rude. so i decided to take my dad here for lunch a few months ago. i ordered a burger, which was good and my dad made the mistake of ordering the chili. chili has been a staple dinner for my family for as long as i can remember, so we know what good chili should taste like. the chili at the templeton however is bland and the beans were under cooked. not to mention the fact that our server was extremely rude, she seemed to be having a bad day which is understandable, but she didn't have to take it out on us.

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Terrible service and a main part of meal missing.
By siamesecities of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

I ordered myself a spinach salad and asked for it without the blue cheese, but for some reason the server seemed to miss the fact that fresh apples are part of the salad. The dressing tasted like someone took oil and a squirt of lemon and poured it on even though the salad was said to have come with an apple cidar vinigarette. The service was terrible and I found the server was rude, didn't bother to pay any attention to our empy water glasses or to anything for that matter. My date and I felt compleatly ignored. Not to mention he got his plate of food aprox. seven minutes later than when mine was served.
If I am going to be eating at a greasy, grungy little diner, the food and service might as well be the part that brings in the people. I know this place is usually packed and I have heard good things about it but if this keeps up the costomers will not keep comming. I know for sure I wont be back again and felt no need to tip.

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