The Templeton is an old school diner located on the Granville strip since the 1940's. Serving classic gourmet diner fare, organic meats with vegan options.
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.
I was walking to the Career Zone a few blocks away and it's lunch time, I'm hungry. Saw through the window that it was one of those cool diners I love so much so I went in. Was immediately confronted with the back of someone else's booth as there is not a lot of room at the front door. Had a seat in one of the booths and was informed by the waitress that she might have to move me to the counter as they only allow couples or groups to sit in the booths. She didn't wind up doing that, anyways. My waitress was fine when she was dealing with me, if a bit abrupt and rushed, but I heard her say that there was supposed to be another waitress on so I'm thinking that she was left to deal with the entire restaurant in the busy lunch hour. I ordered my usual chocolate milkshake (fantastic, real chocolate ice cream, very thick, delicious) and fish (Halibut) and chips with a side of gravy. The fries were great, obviously hand cut. I didn't like the gravy, but I don't really worry if I don't like it because some places can't make good gravy, so what? The food is what counts. The Halibut wasn't good, but that might be because I like Tempura and this stuff is beer battered. When I was waiting for my lunch to arrive, a second waitress arrived and my waitress and the other girl plus the cook started discussing the fact that there was supposed to be another waitress there but that something had happened that morning. Loudly, I'm sure the entire restaurant could hear this conversation. And then they're on the phone with their manager/owner and arguing with him over this. I also gathered that whoever this guy is, he's my waitress' boyfriend. I asked for the bill and was surprised to see that it was $20, without tip, which the waitress never got because the meal was too expensive and the deal with the other waitress. So I won't be returning, because I can get my favorite Fish and chips for cheaper at Nat Bailey's place or out in Fort Langley without the arguing. True, the chocolate shake won't be as good, but at least the service is better.
I would say this is a lunch place - not for dinner (or even brunch). I like the food but feel it is a tad overpriced. The service is always (and always has been) terrible here. None of the servers are ever friendly. However, it's close to my work (which is why I go) and as I say the food is good. If you go at lunch time be prepared to wait for a table as it's always busy.
We ate here on December 30/08. The girl working wasn't friendly at all...Shortly after she brought us our food, we noticed a cockroach squirming on it's back in the middle of our table! We called her over to show it to her and she quickly grabbed it, apologized and walked away. We barely ate any of our food because we were so disgusted...She still charged us full price. Definitely won't go there again.
Well you have to know what to expect when you walk in this place. I have been there a couple of times for breakfast and the special night out with the wife. This place brings back memories of going out for lunch/dinner with my grandpa and being able to order what ever I wanted Chocolate milkshake and grill cheese sandwich. 30 years later I order the same thing and really it tastes exactly the same and my memories from my youth. Over all I say well done, big sentimental feeling here
The templeton is a slice of authentic stainless steel roadside diner heaven. Tableside jukeboxes, milkshakes served WITH the aluminum milkshake container and a history going back to the 30's makes this place a feel more like Arnold's Diner than Vancouver circa 2005 on sex shop infested Granville street. But once inside, don't let the pre-atomic age, slightly greasy spoon ambiance throw you off.
The surprisingly lengthy menu offers everything from those little boxes of cereal to Portobello Mushroom burgers as well the standards such as a huge BLT, solid burgers and the advertised “worlds best 5 dollar shake”. The "1/2 LB. AHI TUNA STEAK with fresh pineapple salsa, organic mixed greens and house chipped fries or garlic mashed potatoes" for an astounding 12.95 makes it look like higher end restaurants are ripping you off.
I tried the Templeton for the first time and left wanting . . . . better food. My breakfast special was way overcooked . . . . way too much unhealthy burned food on my plate - not so great. The much talked about 1940's atmosphere didn't live up to its hype either. Yes - the neon and the layout looks quite authentic but the pounding 1980's hard rock was definitely out of place in a diner which purports to authenticate the feel of the swing age/early rock era and definitely too loud/harsh for a leisurely Sunday late, breakfast. I sat at the counter so didn't get a chance to try out the juke boxes but looking at the musical selection in them, again, I was disappointed. Most of selections were Neil Diamond, Bruce Springstein 1980's and 1970's baby boomer rock, not 1940's and 1950's music that the place seemed to be crying out for. I am glad I tried the place but won't be back.
This is a wonderful seedy little dive. There is nothing about each of the individual elements of this places that stands out as great. The food is barely good, but its not about the food so much. The place is kitchy. Its great fun griping about the food you end up getting with your buddies.
This is one of those, its so bad its good scenarious. I would never go here for dinner. But for a fun time at lunch, this is a blast. It falls into the category of the Elbow Room, but this is more alternative and edgy.
went there for dinner. and i had bbb burger which had bacon, cheese... it was just ok. nothing special to it. the patty was dry... it tasted like a bigger version of teen burger from a&w... its pricey too. the place looked dirty too with dogs (owner's) running around the place. prolly wont be coming back to this place.
I went to The Templeton for the first time on sunday of this past weekand with a friend , the server was quite busy but she was very pleasant and informed us that there might be a wait ...
once we got our food we realized why this place was so busy , I had a veggie lentil loaf and my girlfriend had a tiki burger and our food was EXCELLENT , our server was super nice and sweet and made us laugh .. the place was really busy and had non stop people coming in but our service was not affected by this at all...
our meals was so delicious , I must say the service was great i would definitly recremend it to friends as my girlfriend would too ...
You know what you get when you go to a diner. The food is big and delicious, sometimes eating everything on your plate is a test of will. The downside is it can be busy, so go a little later in the evening, and sometimes the jukeboxes don't work. But if you want a great place to relax downtown with a burger and a beer (and some more upscale fare too but nothing too complicated) then this is a great one to come back to.
I have been here a few times for Saturday morning brunch and love it. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach so usually over order, easily done as the portions are quite large. The rosemary potatoes, Templeton's speciality, are really good but do come with pretty much everything which is a bit odd, as is their tendency to use Montery Jack cheese in their cooking. Don't bother with the steak; although it appears to be great value for money it is quite small. The service has been excellent, with friendly waitresses who recommend great dishes and make jokes with the customers. The ambiance is spot on, offering great diversions for conversations until the coffee has taken effect. Brilliant.