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Tobys Pub and Grill

2733 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N4C5
Tel: (604) 879-2066
Neighbourhood: East Side
  • Cuisine: American, Canadian, Pub
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Tobys Pub and Grill is an exciting, newly renovated 2-level pub, with an attached Cold Beer and Wine Store located on the Drive (Commercial Drive) in Vancouver. If you want modern, cool and comfortable without pretension, this is where to be.

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Below average Pub food
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 14, 2011 - 11:14am [Dine in]

Went to watch a Canucks game one weeknight. The seating and view lines are not the greatest but they do have the big projection screen downstairs. Can't comment on the upstairs area. Ordered the usual pub dishes, chicken wings - not that great as it was a bit on the dry side, ribs - average and served with fries, stir fry - mistake and not very good, thai chicken salad - underdress made with formed chicken meat overall bad. Service was pretty good on a busy night but with the poor food and the average pub pricing, there are many other options to chose from.

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Poor service
By Norman of Vancouver East (75 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 8:59am [Dine in]

A friend and I went in for a couple of drinks and a snack. The server took our drink orders, then we waited. A while later she came by and said "those drinks will be right up". Shortly after that, the bartender brought the drinks - two bottles, no coaster, no glass, no ice. We finished the drinks, but the server had disappeared, so I went to the bar to order. The bartender was deep in a personal conversation with a different server. I waited. No recognition. I went back to the table, then the bartender scuttles over - "what can I get you?" I said just the bill. He went back to the bar. No bill. Finally I went to the bar, waited, got the bill, paid and left. I never saw our original server again, and I'm sorry, but I just don't have the time or patience to accommodate the personal lives of bar employees when I go out for a drink and a bite. I never got the opportunity to order a bite.

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don't get the steak sandwich
By pete1913 of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 12:02am [Dine in]

the steak sandwich was not good. very tough and dry cut of meat.it was on top of something which looked like a hotdog bun. maybe try one of the appetizers instead. the server was nice though. only went here once so maybe the next time will be better? The atmosphere was ok.

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They lost six long standing customers
By Pam_Dim of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

Been going to Toby's for years, some of the waitresses recognize my friends and I when we arrive. Not because we went often, but bc we had been going there for so long. The service was pretty awesome, there is usually a good crowd, sometimes there's live bands which are usually good and fun. So it was a game night last week my friends and I met up to watch some good ol' hockey. Our server was friendly, and even though she seemed pretty busy she stayed on top of things at our table. We squared up with her before moving to the pool table area and we tipped her very well (about ten dollars on my twenty dollar bill). We then ordered drinks at the bar, we got our bill from him right away and he seemed annoyed when we asked him to break it up. He wasn't friendly and continued to be short with us. One of my friends even attempted to make conversation with him and he replied in his language with the equivalent to "I'm fine, you owe me $28". He was rude. We didn't make a deal out of it and remained respectful. After a while two of us decided to complain to the manager downstairs. When we told him what happened, even saying we understand maybe he is having a bad night but that he shouldn't take it out on us, that we love coming here, etc etc. The manager seemed indifferent. He said he'd talk to him, but didn't offer any apology. Later on we went to order a drink from that manager and he went on to say that his staff "as a collective" decided they weren't going to serve our group anymore. That we weren't friendly to any of the staff. Which was in no way true. I explained to him that the service up until we had to deal with that particular bartender was great, that I tipped our waitress well, and even though the bartender was rude I tipped him too. It was early in the night so we took our business else where. They lost out on that business with six people who had been going there for years, all because bartender and manager are buddies and neither of them wanted to do their jobs.

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Never again
By nkvan of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

Went to Toby's for brunch, as I had heard the crab cake benny was good. We were a table of 3, and sat down in the half-empty dining area. Our waitress, Victoria, was quick with menus and drinks, and we made our order. We waited over 30 mins for Victoria to come and tell us our food was "almost ready", and at nearly an hour, it arrived. All of our food was luke-warm to cold, and the hollendaise sauce was clumped and ice cold. I showed it to our server, and my friends food seemed to be a bit warmer, but they needed fresh hollendaise at least. Victoria took my plate back to the kitchen, then came back a few mins later, and told us that they couldn't give us hot hollendaise, because if they microwaved it, it would separate or something...

We thought this was odd, as they could just make a batch of fresh sauce, but they seemed unwilling to do so, and our server just kept saying "I don't know", showing the complete lack of communication between kitchen and floor staff. Then, she left, and my frends decided to just eat, as we were all starving. She came back with a plate 5 mins later, and put it down. It was the same plate I sent back, and they had just scraped the hollendaise off with a spoon, and sent it to me. It was completely cold, and why would anyone want a benny without the sauce? The server seemed clueless as to why this was the fix, rather than making a fresh replacement.

I'm not usually one to send things back, but I'm not one to eat cold food that seems to have sat around, food poisoning is not something I'll sign up for. We ended up leaving, wasting 2 hours, and feeling like no one cared at all. I live near this place, and I, my friends I was with, and no one I am ever with, will ever go back again.

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Don't bother ... poorest customer service EVER!
By chris1234 of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

We recently attended this venue with a large group after participating in a "Run for the Cure". There were not many customers at our time of arrival and most of us were able to sit all at one table - there were 14 people in all. To make a LONG story short, our waitress brought our beverages out first (teas and coffees); they were luke warm. Our food took over an hour and 15 minutes to arrive. When it finally did, three members of our group didn't receive their food until the rest of us had already finished our meals. Although the food looked like it had the potential to be good, our meals were barely warm. When we brought our issues to the manager, he was appeared smug and dismissive, commenting that there was nothing he could do. We would have been happy with a simple appology. After we had all finished our meals, we then proceeded to sit at our table to another 20 minutes, at which time no one came to bring us our bill or ask if we needed anything. We had to go to the counter and ask for our bill, at which point the waitress asked each of us to point to our menu item so she could ring it in. This was undoubtedly the WORST dining experience that any of us have encoutered. We all acknowledged that mistakes happen, but the management failed to take any responsibility for a completely botched meal and deplorable service. A huge disappointment to say the least! Needless to say, none of us will EVER be returning to this establishment!

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Standard Sportbar Fare
By robbied of Commercial Drive, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

Went to Tobys earlier today to try a pub style lunch. The waitress was friendly and funny and i left her a solid tip.

Tobys is a sportsbar which is attached to a booze store, so some undesirables are around the place. It is a big place inside tobys with two floors, with lots of TVs and a pool table upstairs. There is a small stage on the first floor which sometimes is used for musical or other entertainment.

It wasn't very busy on a Sunday afternoon, and I ordered a chicken sandwich, which didnt take long to receive. It was ok for 10$, it was exactly as described so that was good. The menu is the usual fare for pub and sportsbars, so I can't really complain.

The person I was with had a burger, which looked normal and not overly sleazy in any way. Only real nasty thing was the yam fries that we ordered. They were kind of burnt and overcooked. They were obviously deep fried, so maybe the oil was off, either way they were not good. The waitress asked if they were bad because we didnt eat any, and we said yes. She took them away and took them off the bill.

We only had 3 of the menu items and one was bad, so I don't know how that would play out over the entire menu. Most of the stuff would be hard to screw up though, so I think the yam fries were just bad luck.

The worst part for me at one point was when the cooks came out and hung at the bar and they looked like young pale degenerates sort off. That sucked seeing dirty/sketchy/pale looking young people and knowing they touched your food, but nothing I could do at that point, and for the venue, what could i expect?

As far as being able to go drink and watch sports, this is a good venue. The location has been really divey places over the years: the midnight express (or watever) then the silvertone.

For the last few years i would say it has been an addition to the drive overall.

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Brontosaurus ribs. Thursdays. Do it.
By dennybee of North Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

These jumbo beef ribs are offered every Thursday. They start at 5pm... and are usually sold out by 8pm. So go!

Not sure how long this special will last, but they've been a Thursday specialty for the last two years... who knows eh?

Service is friendly, and you will have a view of the game at every seat. Try to get a seat up at the second level. The booths offer some secluded privacy away from the noise downstairs.

Other things to try: crispy dry ribs, wings, and even the tofu and beans are delish!

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What a great new find!
By Martini_Man of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 8, 2007 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

We stumbled across this pub in search of a late breakfast last Sunday... Thought we were in for the standard pub fare breaky, but we were pleasantly surprised...

The server Michelle was promptly at out table and greeted us with a smile... The drinks were quick and the coffee was great...

The place has been recently renovated, it's quite large, and very inviting...

The menu was more than reasonable, and the variety of brunch selections was outstanding... I went for the benny with spinach, maple smoked bacon, and a pesto hollandaise. I ordered it poached soft and it came just that... It came with both home fries and salad (offered either/or, or both). My friend ordered the "Toby" breakfast which was bacon and eggs, and she opted for the turkey bacon which was offered as one of the many meat selections. The turkey bacon strips were HUGE! By the way, the eggs are free range as well...

The omelet selections were very tempting, I can't wait to try them (they offer each selection as an omelet OR a frittata)

Our coffee never went cold, nor empty for long at all and our food was outstanding... This was a great start to a great day!

The food was more than reasonably priced, I think my benny was under $8, most of the breakfast menu was between $5 and $10, I think even the steak and eggs was $9.99...

I can't wait to go back and try more of this menu as well as the lunch and dinner selections... I live in New West and this place is worth the drive... I will be back and I encourage anyone else to go as well!

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I love Wing Wednesdays
By missy604 of UBC , Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 2:01am [Dine in]

My friends and I have been going to Toby's regualrly for a few months now. They have really good nachos with chorizo. They have good chicken wings and for $4.50/dozen on Wednesdays, how can you go wrong. I also like the reggae band that plays there on Wednesdays. Toby's is a great casual hang out if you're craving pub food and just wanting to watch a game on their flat screen TV's, play pool or chill to some music. Sometimes the bands can be hit or miss but the pub fare definitely makes up for it. I just wish they were open later though.

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Great neighbourhood pub
By criacow of Mt. Pleasant, Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 2:40pm [Dine in]

Toby's is quickly becoming my main Friday night hangout. They've got a good beer selection, both on tap and in the bottle, and the food's quite good.

The layout of the place is neat -- a small lower floor, with the bar, a few booths, and some tables in the middle, with a much larger floor upstairs (and a balcony around where you can look down on the lower floor). Even with all the space, it's often quite busy on a Friday night.

Two words of caution: there's often live music or DJs, and while they're often very good, they're also often very loud, so if a loud pub isn't your thing, then be warned. (Personally, I enjoy it, and the music often adds to the atmosphere of the place.) Also, we went there once on a Friday at 10:30pm, and the kitchen had already closed, so if you want food, get there earlier.

All in all, it's a fun and exciting place to hang out at the end of the work week.

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