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Timbre Restaurant

2068 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N4B2
Tel: (604) 215-7515
Fax: (604) 215-7513
Neighbourhood: Commercial

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Yeehaw!
By Kujibo of West Vancouver (127 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 1:48am [Dine in]

Met friends here for dinner. Enjoyed it so much the first time brought my wife here the next time.

The food was pretty good on both visits. My beef dip sauce was a bit thicker than I'd like. The nachos were great, a huge pile, tasty, and interesting. I'm a big nacho fan and these are close to the best, and the main reason for my high food rating.

Service on the first visit was absolutely great. Very attentitive and friendly waitresses. Second visit not so great, waitresses were not there, looked like the owner and some other guy serving. Was served by the other guy who was pretty lifeless and inattentive.

The place has big garage door type of windows that open up on to the drive. You can sit there drinking beer on a nice sunny day and soak up the street ambience. Very nice. On the second visit however, I noticed it was now country music playing. Not good country music either, but really depressing country music. And I noticed people in cowboy hats. Then I remembered that I had seen on the web site that sunday is "country" day. Ugh! My insides were bleeding from having to listen to the music and I was not enjoying myself much other than laughing about it. Luckily after a while there was respite as they started playing better music (more like country/blues). I might not even mind going to a real southern country restraurant but it just seemed weird here and I have to wonder what they are thinking. I'll certainly never go back on a Sunday and I'll hope service is better on future visits as well.

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Best Bennies
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

Went here on a Sunday and had the best bennies. There are multiple types and chose the crab cake bennies for $11. Hollandaise sauce was excellent, very light tasting, fresh and lemony. The crab cakes were decent size and just went so well with the sauce and english muffins. Some diced tomato and onions. Just great. The hash browns were average as it seemed to be over fried (too brown). Service was excellent and fast. Nice to have some live music during brunch as there was a 5 piece band playing. Great place and good value, will return.

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Dineout Fine dining @ Casual atmosphere
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 11:12am [Dine in]

Decided to try dineout @ Timbre b/c of the overwhelming positive reviews about this place on dinehere.ca. This place does not take reservations so arrive early. Preferably 4-5pm cuz it gets pretty packed after 5pm even on a weeknight.
We had the $18/person menu. We ordered the chicken noodle soup w/ garlic bread which was very yummy. For entre, we had the elk and pasta. The pasta was a little bland but the elk was made perfectly. As for dessert, we had the chocolate cake and apple pie. It was huge and delicious!
The reason I say it's like "fine dining" b/c the dishes are attentively made and the presentation was very nice. Their high quality food did not really suit this pub-like restaurant but I didn't care, the food was good! And the atmosphere is comfortable.
As for service, it was non-existent but not worse enough to complain. I had to ask for water refill and the server never asked how our food was.

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Casual dinner
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 5:08pm [Dine in]

I was very surprised at how clean it was inside. Eventhough it's been around for a while by now, it still looked like a brand new restaurant.

I went in for a casual dinner and immediately feel in love with the coziness of the place. I also loved the artwork.

Service was good and food was also very good. My grilled chicken and brie sandwich was tasty especially with the cranberries. Girlfriend K's greek salad looked great and came with, I kid you not, about 30 kalamata olives!

I'd definitely return. Food was good, service was good, atmosphere was comfortable. I should have came earlier in the summer to experience the "windowless" concept.

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Dine Out
By ILOVE2EAT of East Vancouver (73 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

First restaurant for Dine Out this year for us.

Appetizer:
Husband had the soup Roasted Corn and Potato Chowder and it was delicious! I had the salad and was very yummy!

Entree:
Husband had the steak. He said it was very good. I tried a small piece and I found it not juicy enough. I had the Wild Mushroom Ravioli and is was very, very yummy!! Not enough though!!

Dessert:
Husband had the Brownie. That was a joke as it was a tiny, tiny, tiny piece. I swear it was an inch by an inch!!! I had the cheesecake and it was just ok, not bad but just ok. And because of the dessert (it completes the meal!), the food rating is only a 2.

The place seemed like a cool place to hang out. Tables are too close together. The sweet potato fries looked very delicious (at another table!). So did the hamburgers. Will probably go back and try the menu!

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Good Value When It's Dine Out Vancouver
By Balmy of Burnaby (52 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

Two other people and myself came to try this restaurant as it was part of the DOV restaurants. We were there at 6 pm and there were still a few tables left. Shortly after we were seated, the place was full. The restaurant does not take reservations so be warned to show up a bit early if u don't want to wait. We ordered pop and mudslides for drinks.

The atmosphere is much like a sports bar/pub. It was interesting to see that the table next to ours was a family with a young child who were also eating off of the DOV menu. But heck! It was still a good casual place to dine.

Food was great. We ordered coconut green curry mussels on the side and it tasted really good. It wasn't too spicy. Very mild so it complimented our following dishes well. Off the dine out menu, we ordered chicken soup and a green salad to start. The potion for the salad was a bit on the small side with 3 halves of cherry tomatoes, but the rest of the menu makes up for it. Soup was a bit salty with chicken bits and lots of noodles and a slice of garlic bread. For entrees, we ordered the rainbow trout with rice and grilled veggies and the elk steak with grilled veggies and mashed potatoe. Both were very good. Nice size portion. As previously mentioned, the elk looks small, but it was really filling that I couldn't finish all my dessert. The size of meat you get is of great value. The dessert portions were huge! We didn't expect it to be so much. We ordered apple pie with ice cream and 5 layer chocolate cake. Both really good and sweet. Overall, a great value and experience. Service was fast. Server came back regularly to check up on us. Will consider to come back again.

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Great Social House on Commercial
By Martini_Man of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

We had 7 of us drop in last Friday night 7:30, and we were welcomed at the bar while they gather exiting diners tables for us...

Jazz trio was playing, a tad on the loud side, but quite nice... All the retractable doors were open and it was a fantastic night to be in fresh air with friends...

We tried pretty much every appetizer on the menu; Hot wings (excellent -tasty and meaty), baked brie -needed a little more toast, but was fantastic with the balsamic reduction and the fruit/chutney, prawns on scallops were delicious, if we had more room I would've ordered bread to dip in the sauce, nacho's -well done!, Tuna bites were delish, and perfectly cooked, poutine was great, and the blue cheese addder is a great idea, steak bites were quite good, the sauce needed a little something, but mayne I'm trying to be picky here because everything was excellent...

The chef came out to see how we were enjoying the food, and that was a very nice touch!

Try the sangria! We had 3 pitchers and it was great...

After all that food, lot's of wine, sangria, drinks and beers the bill was $30/ea with a 20% tip... I think that was great value!

We didn't eat any entree's but were more than satisfied! We even came back later in the evening for some more drinks!

Try it you won't be disappointed!

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I don't get it
By jcont of Kitsilano, Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 6, 2010 - 1:12pm [Dine in]

Perhaps I'm missing something because my experience here was not great. I ordered a crab eggs benny and it was horrible. The hollandaise was goupy/oily and did not taste like it was made with real butter. While the price point isn't high, the value for what you get is poor. Plus, it's super noisy to the point where you can't hear across the table. I'd skip this place, unless you really want to try it out for whatever reason.

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See you here soon
By byrdman of richmond (29 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

Ok popped into Timbre on way to a Giants game, scored with the Dine out menu. $15 - 3 courses.
The sizes I agree were a tad small. I will make my beef at the desert later.
Had the salad - I luv greens so my opion here is weak - I love most all greens. A tad over dressed, but a spot on dressing.

Had the yam fries - so good, and healthier for you than regular white potatoes.

Steak was perfectly cooked, though small (see above cost). Proper veg - I got Zuchhini, peppers, carrot, and Squash. All cooked al dente and not greasy. Just well done proper veg.
The MASHED POTATOES are the best I have ever had, and I try new mash recipes at home all the time.

That desert, an earlier person said it was maybe an inch by an inch, if so I was scammed. My piece was covered by the mint leave and TBSP of whip cream. This was a tad discerning, the cheesecake was a tad wider, but flatter. Either the desert guy has the best knife skills ever or they use the meat slicer. Then again this is not a 'desert' type of place so it is understandable.

The real downfall is that is out of my way. Every dish I saw come out of the kitchen, burgers, bowls, apps looked and smelled great, I had to get up multiple times to use the washroom as only one was open, so kept missing it, but got to leer over shoulders. I hope to be back tommorow pre Giants again.

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Over priced
By livetoeat23 of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

Four of us went to Timbre for a bite. I had heard some good stuff so been wanting to try it out. Cool space but it seemed to be more of a bar/pub than a restaurant. Loud music, sports on big screen and a stage for a live band. We ended up ordering a couple of appetizers to start (Ahi Tuna salad and mussels). Good flavours. In the end all four of us had some form of a burgar or sandwich. All very solid and decent. None of us had alcoholic drinks or desserts. The bill for 4 iced teas, two appies, 3 burgers and a sandwich type of meal came to $90.00!! With tip the night rounded out to be at the $100 mark. Really much too overpriced especially for the type of food they are serving, the atmosphere and the neighborhood.

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$15 Dine out Menu - Great Value!!
By Lucyinsky01 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went here for Dine Out tonight - no reservations needed which was nice for our spontaneous mood.
For a $15 menu this place out-did itself! The portion sizes weren't huge, but just enough to get a feel for the place.

Starters: My husband had the chowder (Which tasted delicious!) while I had the spinach salad (quite tasty as well). I wished I'd gotten the chowder though..

Main: We both had the steak - a smaller cut, but a decent piece of meat none the less. AND it was cooked the way we asked. Having visited a $35 dine out restaurant recently, we were terribly disappointed with the cut and how it was cooked. This was a refreshing change!!

Dessert: The Brownie and the cheesecake were both delicious and we left the restaurant feeling pleasantly full.

The Waitress was also really friendly!
Would definitely recommend this for the $15 menu - or for any night you want to hang out on the Drive.

Just be careful - the music can be a bit loud at times..

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Great choice for DOV 2009 $18 menu
By redpanda of Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 9:04pm [Dine in]

Went for DOV since they had an $18 that served elk! Since they don't accept reservations, we came right at 4 p.m. and were the first ones to eat from their DOV 2009 menu (as DOV started tonight).

Food: The appies were OK (although the weakest course) - I had the spinach salad with pecans and hubby had the chicken noodle soup. The entrees were the best part - nicely presented and tasty. The elk may look small but it's twice as thick as normal cuts of beef. It was nicely grilled (and yes, you can tell that it's not beef, but it's not a bad taste). The mashed potato that came with the elk was the best part. There was even a spicy pepper with cream cheese in it (beware, it's not a tomato), and I like spicy food. The trout was cooked to just the right doneness and came with rice (nice, but I prefer the potato). The grilled veggies (with both dishes) were a nice touch. We had the apple pie and chocolate cake for dessert. The chocolate cake was nice and moist. The apple pie was the highlight of dessert - it's actually a large homemade tart with the right balance of sweetness and acidity, and came with a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream. (Maybe they should call it artisan apple tart to make it sound more appealing.) Unlike DOV reviews from last year, there's nothing tiny about these desserts.

Service: Our server was friendly and laid-back (in a good way). He came and checked on our food. At the end, the chef came out and thanked us for coming - that's always a nice touch.

Value: With DOV, we had outstanding value, even though the prices have gone from $15 to $18 this year. Both desserts were decent sized (unlike some comments about last year's tiny DOV desserts). We left feeling full. It seems that they actually provided better quality food (e.g. elk in 2009 vs. beef in 2008) for those extra $3. For the quality and quantity of food, I could see other restaurants easily charging $28 for DOV. Would have given it 5 stars except that the tea at $2.75 was a tad pricey (they don't have specialty teas either) - hence only 4 stars.

Ambience: Nice and clean. Interesting art. Not super-fancy.

Definitely recommended for DOV 2009. Just remember that they don't take reservations, so be prepared to wait on more popular nights.

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Never Disapointed
By Katy of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 11:52am [Dine in]

I've only been twice, but the food has been excellent both times. I love the steak and blue cheese salad and the mussels. The baked brie is also an excellent deal. The service is always great. Last time we were rather demanding asking for certain drinks to arrive with specific parts of our meal. The server must have been watching us closely because she was bang on. My only complaint is that the music was quite loud and you had to yell to carry on a conversation. I get it for the evening but this was six o'clock!

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Solid as Wood
By mealsgrrl of East Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 6:33pm [Dine in]

I really like this place. Quaint, unpretentious, friendly and music focussed. The food is typical Vancouver fare which doesn't exactly excite me, but it's tasty and a decent value. I personally like the service staff and haven't had a long wait for food before.

Drink specials make this bar noteworthy, but I don't really think paying 6.25 for a pint of local beer is fair unless it's organic. Last time I was there, I had a caesar with a jumbo shrimp for garnish! It was so good- it made me smile. Those caesars should be highlighted on the menu.

The washroom is always clean! Good sign!

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Supper 15 January, 2009
By sumiln of North Burnaby (34 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2009 - 10:12am [Dine in]

Timbre is obviously handling DOV VERY well as a group of us also dined here last night. I've never taken part in DOV before and have purposely stayed away; however, last night's experience completely changed my views. We also got there early at 5 pm and I met the very charming Ryan (manager) and we were very well looked after by the friendly and helpful waitress Megan. The DOV portions were amazingly large in size (I am not a large eater and 3 courses are much more than adequate for me). Two of our party had the elk which they professed terrific; I'd the ravioli which was delicious and light; fourth diner chose off the DOV menu and chose a seafood pot which she very much enjoyed. I shared the enormous chocolate cake as I could not have done it justice. I really enjoyed this little spot and artist McKenzie's acrylic door art high upon the walls are quite simple but spectacular!! Great stuff all 'round.

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Don't get it...
By guitarpj of Dunbar (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

The food was OK. But $6.50 for a 14 oz. beer??? Even considering the relatively expensive menu items, that is just outrageous. I have no idea who came up with that price point, but it's insulting... I can't imagine that I'll ever be back with all the other GREAT bars in the area that charge less for a 20 oz beer. What started out as a night that was supposed to stay within the Timbre ended up inspiring a pub crawl!

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so so average, not worth the hype
By breakyguy of kits vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

breakfast brunch sunday,
had the eggs benny blackstone, mmm ummm nope. they were hot but totally hard, sauce was gooped everywhere. potatoe chunks were like they were sitting in grease for the last two days if thats how you like them rock hard and greasy.
service was ok, not very attentive considering how many staff were on and how small the place is. blue grass band was good but like any live band i had to YELL at my wife and try reading her lips just to talk when we were 12 inches apart.
coffee totally bland
would we go back... nah probably not, it was a bit overpriced and not so great. not bad but not great

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Wow - loud loud loud!
By georgi of Maple Ridge (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 9:27pm [Dine in]

We didn't mind the food although overpriced. The staff didn't have a great attitude and the music was sooooo loud for such an early part of the day. We mentioned it but seemed to fall on deaf ears. A conversation with someone near you was pointless. I guess the attitude of the place was a lot to be desired. We won't be back.

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Honestly one of the worst dining experiences ever
By Jewels88888 of Richmond, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 6:04pm [Dine in]

Just like many of the reviews here, we decided to try Timbre Restaurant for DOV. We were impressed by the menu and the price ($15).

I called ahead of time to ask if this was a child-friendly restaurant since we would have one baby and one toddler with us. I was told yes.

When we arrived, there were no high chairs available, so we had to juggle the children on our laps, but that's not the part that made us balk at this experience. The fact that our three course meal took over 2 hours was the beginning. We all ordered the appetizer soup, which all came cold and the waiter took away my boyfriend's soup before it was finished (and yes, he didn't ask before wisking the soup away). Next, our main courses. My sister had the wild mushroom ravioli which was fine, except for the fact that there were literally 4 pieces of regular sized ravioli on the lonely looking plate. For that amount, I would have served the ravioli on a tea saucer so at least the portion looked larger.

I had the steak, which was good, but was a teeny tiny wee lit' piece.

Finally, all of our desserts (cheesecake) was again in the teeny tiny wee fashion and FROZEN. I couldn't even put my fork in it! It was amazing.

Several times we asked the waiters to bring our food quicker but we were simply ignored. We would have been normally just enjoyed the long dinner but the problem was the children. Any parent would know that it is difficult to entertain babies and toddlers for two hours sitting in the same spot.

Needless to say, never ever EVER again.

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Boring!
By smilygrl of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

What a way to make a boring date worse then end up at this place! I was just there for drinks so the food rating reflects those but everything about the place was so bland I'm not interested in going back to try out the menu.

It was a weekend, 9pm on the Drive and the place was almost empty which seemed odd. The drinks I had (recommended to me by the staff) were uninteresting, staff were more interested in chatting with their friends then serving us, waitress was wearing what looked to be dollar store flip flops... I don't expect waitresses to be putting on a show or anything but there is such a think as too casual.

The music was awful, almost like an easy listening radio station, no wonder no one was there, I could barely stand it! As for the decor - the garage doors were nice, provided a good breeze on a summer night, made the middle of the bar feel like a patio, and the bar itself looked decent but everything else brought it down so much that I can't give it a higher rating.

I also have to ask: what's with the awful advertisement on the radio - painful!

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