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Top's Restaurant

2790 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5R5H6
Tel: (604) 437-5610
Neighbourhood: East Side

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Pleasant 24hr dining
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 5:14am [Dine in]

I've only stepped foot inside here because my office has had some morning office meetings here.

For a restaurant that doesn't close it's kept pretty well. It's a large space with dark colours so the ambience is somewhat dreary, like an underground bar or pool hall.

Servers are friendly and pretty quick on the floor, but didn't always check up on us the 8-10 times I've come for morning meetings. Can't blame them though as much of the time we were being served, we were also busy hashing out work related jabber.

Being the early hours of the day, what else would I get except breakfast? I've stuck to the Farmer's breakfast which choice of ham, bacon or sausage and comes with hashbrowns and choice of toast. Pretty decent and certainly better than other breakfasts I've had elsewhere. Hard to screw up eggs and frozen pre-packaged hashbrowns but I've had it done to me. My fellow colleagues who order anything from omelettes and their egg's benny seem to enjoy it as well. Their juices, which are touted as freshly squeezed still taste like it came out of a carton, but I guess a place like this has a lot of stuff coming from boxes.

Prices are fair although some entrees on their menu look a bit steep.

All in all, I'd say this is a good alternative to Denny's and certainly a solid leap better than another similar place down Kingsway.

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Comfort food
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 20, 2007 - 10:10am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were on Kingsway and I needed a post-haircut meal. We saw Top's and I remembered good experiences on visits to this place a few years ago. When we arrived, the server seated us immediately and advised of the specials. I had meatloaf, and my companion only had salad and chowder since she had a big lunch earlier.

The service was excellent, and the place was nice and clean (even the w/c). The meatloaf was great. It was accompanied by crispy fries and decent steamed veggies. The chowder was reported to be outstanding, and the salad was also quite fresh. We left satisfied, and the tasty food soothed my bad haircut trauma. Plus it wasn’t too expensive.

Recommended.

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Great Food and Service for a Diner-type Restaurant
By dessertfan of Burnaby (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 14, 2011 - 1:03am [Dine in]

This family-owned restaurant has been in business for decades and I've been going there occasionally for years as I have relatives in the neighborhood. It's not a gourmet establishment but a great comfort-food diner (open 24 hours, too) that blows away the competition among similar restaurants, especially chains like White Spot or Knight and Day. Like those establishments, Tops has a good selection of typical diner fare like burgers, sandwiches and all-day breakfast, but where Tops shines is in the variety of entrees and sides available, and the quality of the preparation and ingredients (for example they use only free-range eggs).

The owners are, I think, Italian, and there is a large selection of Italian and Greek entrees available including pasta, souvlaki, lamb chops etc. Most entrees are available in small or large portions, and the large is very generous. I happen to be vegetarian and their home-made veggie lasagna is my favourite. Once I ordered a "large" to go, to split with a friend, and the portion was enough that we had leftovers, plus they put in complimentary cookies. There are lots of vegetarian dishes available and even a few options for vegans (like hummus - try finding that at White Spot). Also, they have a HUGE selection of desserts including dozens of home-made pies and cakes.

Today my husband and I visited Tops for the first time in a while, for a small late lunch. I had the Spanish omelette and my husband had a teriyaki chicken burger. My omelette was perfectly done, loaded with veggies and accompanied by home-made hash browns fried on the grill. My husband kept commenting how much better his burger was than a similar one he'd had at Red Robin a few months ago, and how amazing it was that two "teriyaki chicken" burgers could be so different.

The decor is nothing great, typical diner, but the staff are always friendly and the atmosphere is homey.

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They gave us cookies!!
By epicureanextreamist of East Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

we ordered delivery from top's tonight, i often eat in but have never ordered out before.

the driver was on time and courtiuos, very nervous that i would drop my food :) it was endearing.

then after we were finished (spaghetti and ravioli both fabulous) we open the second bag designated for 'cold' food and discovered that they had given us complimentary chocolate chip cookies.

a very pleasant surprise which has raised my already fond opinion of this restaurant.

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the ritz baby
By jack_frost of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 8:35am [Dine in]

so I call this rare 24hrs/day restaurant at 6am and ask them to have food ready for us. While I was ordering the lady asks me if we were the people who came in wearing snow pants. she had recognized us from my GFs slightly odd order! anyways I felt noticed, and that was nice.

when I got there they had a table waiting for us with our usual hot water and lemons (yes we are those people ).

I gotta say. the people who work there know how to make you feel special

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Liked it Here
By lasombra of East Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

Well everything about the restaurant is solid from the service to the food. The waiter was nice but neutral. Gave a twenty percent tip. Food was great but nothing outstanding. Value was good and the portions large. Nice old school ambience with some new school aesthetics(LCD TV for sports). Recomended. Also has a liquor bar but those interesting.

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good for what it is
By dillydog of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 6, 2008 - 9:04pm [Dine in]

it is good for what it is. if you like diner food you should come here but if you like gourmet restaurants then dont come here, unless you want easy breakfast and lunches. they have good fries! way better than mcdonalds, well almost every restaurant is. the service is decent, they are competent and are nice. they give free mints and not with the bill so you can sneak a bunch. this is a decent restaurant.

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Good Breakfasts
By DrNo of Main St. Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

We stop here quite often for breakfast. I'd say most of the breakfast items have been ordered and, for the most part, everyone is happy with the quality and consistency of the food. The prices are not the cheapest around but for around $10 or so you get a good meal. Service is generally attentive and the food is fairly quick to come out. Ambiance is alright, though the choice and volume of music playing may irritate some people on occasion and the place is a bit dark. A solid choice, recommended.

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Consistent Diner
By russfest of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 19, 2012 - 9:12pm [Dine in]

Decided to go out for dinner with the Wife and 2 year old Daughter.

Ended up going to Tops as we haven't been there in a while, but its always consistent with good food, big portions, always specials, and good service.

As usual, quick seating with a booster seat and the waitress was quick to bring out waters, with a special cup with a straw for the child. Crayons, and colouring book brought out as well without asking.

My wife and I took the specials for the night (20 each), while we got my daughter the chicken strips with fries (6 for childs meal).
My meal was clam chowder for a starter, with half rack of ribs, chicken, spaghetti, and garlic bread. My wife got the salad, with lamb, greek salad, rice, and the round greekish bread (cant remember what its called). Both came with deserts as well. I got ice cream, and my wife got jello which my daughter immediately told us was hers and that was that I guess.
It was consistent with the last number of times, good. Not spectacular but good.

The diner itself was clean, with the normal older style of diner ambiance. I have always felt its a little bit of a higher class of restaurant than the one off type you used to see alot of around the city. I used to come here with my parents when I was young, so it says alot when you continue to go to restaurants that your parents took you to.
Its a mixed clientel, with older folks that you see at ABC's and Dennys, as well as younger generation families, and couples on dates. So it caters to all food likes.

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I give much love to this restaurant
By scrappygirl of Chilliwack bc (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 11:54am [Dine in]

The waitress did forget our appy and had to come back and ask about things because she didn't write our orders down but what they lacked in service they made up for in EVERYTHING else. Quite possible the BEST steak I've ever eaten and I look forward to going again as many times as I can :)

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Gone Down Hill
By missy604 of UBC , Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 1:54am [Dine in]

My friends and I used to hang out here a lot because it was convinient and the food was decent and the service was always good. We WERE definitely regulars until we noticed lately that the food and the value had declined. Still due to it's convinience we'd still come once in a while if we wanted a late night snack. But after my last visit a couple months ago, I vowed never to return.

I ordered a corned beef hash breakfast platter, orange juice and a side of hash browns as the combo it didn't come with it. I thought the meal was ok but was terribly disappointed by the hashbrowns. It was nothing but a plateful of potatoes, cut into coins with no hint of seasoning whatsoever. I was more shocked when I got the bill. It was $20! For a breakfast for a 1 person at a simple diner? It definitely was not worth the $20. I could have had a better breakfast at Denny's or IHOP for half that price and would be more satisfied.

I'm never going back there again.

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Hired a wrong waitress
By Tourex of vancouver,b.c. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

I've been coming to Top's for many years, thirteen,to be exact. Went for an early dinner on a Thursday with my pal J. We both ordered the lasagna,which was just wonderful,except for just one problem. Our waiter was going on for his break,and he told us the waitress will take over our table.Unfortunately, this waitress,never once came by to see if we needed anything.We sat patiently for her to come by for coffee,which to our horror,she never did.There was only three tables.So,J went to the front desk to ask her if she was busy,her replied was"what"? After J told her we needed coffee,then she came.I was thinking of telling the owner,but then i thought i might jeopardize her job,but if it does happen again i will for sure notify the owner.

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Mediocre food (except the house dressing) but good service and open 24 hours!
By paisley121 of Port Moody, BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 7, 2006 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

This place is an average diner: the food is decent, but pretty plain for the price. The best thing on the menu is their house dressing - it's made with fresh basil and makes a delicious dressing or dip for just about anything! It's just as good as a similar herb mayo version I had at the William Tell.

A group of friends and I went there once a week over the course of a few months and the friendly staff got to know us, and made us feel very welcome. The service was very good.

One very appealing feature of this place is the hours. A 24 hour restaurant is a hard thing to find in Vancouver. I would definitely recommend it if you're trying to find a place to eat after other restaurants have closed.

Diane B.

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