Falconetti's boasts a varied menu of internationally inspired pub classics along with a large selection of beer, wine, cocktails and spirits. Enjoy live music nightly and their year round roof top patio.
I have coming to Falcon's since before it was licensed when the big, burly fella who is co-owner was glumly grilling sausages for a paltry few customers. I thought the place was doomed. Here we are, what....5 or 6 years later and the joint is bustling with beer-swilling 20 and 30-somethings and the sausages are still fly out of the kitchen every time I am there. Falconetti's fills a niche. Its got the long bar like a US-style tavern. Its dark and noisy and often has an appealing raucus vibe. However,there was a huge staff turnover there a few years back and the place has NEVER been able to regain it's old charm. The newer staff is much less friendly or capable and the music that they once provided has been replaced by less interesting stuff. There seems to be no beer special at times so you're dumping close to 6 bucks a SLEEVE for a rubbish brew. With your tip is close to $7. Unacceptable! Outrageous! Scandalous! And while the revered sausages can be decent (when they're not mouth-puckeringly salty) they're 7 bones a pop too. A little steep for my lead-wallet. The good news is that they book bands and they are reputed to be fair to the musicians. Its a fun space and a needed venue. I dont eat there much but others seem to belly up for the slightly adventurous pub menu. They do offer several items besides the sausage/bun scenario such as a variation on calimari, soft-shell tacos and a few salads. Havent heard much good or bad. My advice is go in for a beer, watch some local rock and roll and, if you must, eat. Just dont dare call the sausages hot dogs...
A group of four of us went to Falconetti's for the first time to watch our friends' band play. We arrived an hour and a half prior to the band's start time on stage, so we decided to sit for our dinner on the upstairs patio, which was a nice spot to take in the sunny evening and the view. There were only a few occupied tables upstairs, but the server took close to 15 minutes to come to our table. She spent most of the time we were there somewhat obliviously leaning against the bar conversing with the bartender who wasn't doing much either since there were few customers. Our drinks were slow to arrive, despite having a dedicated bar and bartender on the patio, and it was over an hour before our dinner was served. The food wasn't very good (salad served onto a hot plate so it was wilted and warm, lamb chops were overcooked and leathery, sausage had weird tendony bits) but we were really just there for the music. Since we were there for the music, and since Falconetti's describes itself as "one of Vancouver's premier Live Music Venues", we were surprised that when the band did take the stage the patio kept playing the same pop-hip-hop music over the speakers, sort of 70% overpowering the live music, but making for a horrible mixture of competing sounds. Since our food arrived JUST as the band took the stage, we asked the server if it would be possible to have the recorded music turned off so we could hear the live music since the band were our friends. She went and turned it off....for about three minutes and then turned the recorded music back on much louder than previously. When this happened we begrudgingly scarfed down a minute or so worth of our dinners and I went up to the bar and requested our bill. When the server brought the bill, my husband asked why the recorded music had been turned back on, to which the server replied "well, nobody liked the music". This seemed like a dumb thing to say since we had identified ourselves as friends of the band, but also the only other people on the patio were two couples, one to either side of us, and neither of them had commented on the band or the other music. Perhaps reading our displeased expressions, she the then said "I mean, well, people don't really like to listen to the band up here". I then said that if our food and drink had not taken so long we would be happily seated downstairs already. We settled our bill, leaving a minimal gratuity. We found a table downstairs to watch the band, and a few minutes later the bartender from the patio came to our table and yelled at my husband, saying "I don't appreciate you coming here and f**king chewing out my waitress". It was shocking and bizarre and in now way an appropriate response to our comments to our server which were delivered in a normal, non-yelling, non-cursing fashion. Nevertheless we stayed and watched the rest of the band's set and the next band's set, and were also disappointed in the acoustics of the room. We have listened to our friends play at various venues and the sound at Falconetti's was just poor. The second band didn't sound any better. Overall, we couldn't have been more surprised and disappointed by our night at Falconetti's.
What the hell happened? Just joined some old friends from the Drive at our old hangout and was - well - shocked at the changes. My last visit in August was the best night of my summer...but a winter chill has cooled what was once called the best vibe on the drive. Staff who once seemed sincere were now formulaic and, dare I say, "Welcome to Earl's"-like. The house musical tastes have strayed from slightly edgy and new down to trivial and lackluster. The sausage remains the best of what's left. Definitely will not be returning and hope to see a new original place open on the drive soon...rip, FE.
I don't know if I'd just happened to be here at exactly the right times before, but I wasn't particularly impressed to go in and find it noisy and totally packed with a sudden focus on sports that I'd never come across before (this was probably two or three years ago now).
That said, I still enjoy it when it's not busy, and it's a good place to drop in for brunch.
The food is great as ever, with plenty of inventive sausage combinations and, of course, the trademark curved buns.
I had to bump the service down a point for a particular experience wherein my girlfriend went in and ordered a couple of sausages to go, and was provided with... a couple of raw sausages. Dumb, or what? I can understand offering that, but, you know, maybe confirm that that's what the orderer actually wants.
I came because I saw positive reviews. As soon as I entered, I had this bad feeling & I should have left.
First, I ordered the soft tacos (it comes with 3) and the tortillas were not even warm & they were too floury. Definitely have had better (look for my other reviews of similar places). The sausage that I chose was good though. The hot dog was definitely better. But too expensive (7.50) when I can just make it myself at home. But it was good cuz of the sauce. And it wasn't piping hot. We also had the kalamari. BAD CHOICE. it says grilled. it had no grill marks. it also didn't say it was tossed with sauce. so it was soupy wet. it also comes with pita (doesn't say that on the menu) and the portion of kalamari was like... 7 pieces in total? rip off for 7 bucks. The pita was soggy because of the unstated soupiness of the dish. If they had just stated how it was cooked on the menu & not LIED about it, then i wouldn't have ordered it because I don't want a blanched kalamari that's soupy. HOwever, the ingredients seem fresh. I'll give them that.
Also, the service wasn't that great. When I complained, the person didn't seem understanding at all. No smiles or anything & it wasn't busy & it was early in the day too. But I'm still giving it a decent rating. Also, they opened a huge window & it was freezing cold as a result & they didn't even bother to ask if other patrons would like it. Plus, there was construction going on outside which didn't make sense to have a window open! I don't plan to come back nor recommend anyone who has a good palate to eat here.
my bf and i sat for over 10 min without anyone acknowledging us. i waved someone over asking if the girl that was sitting at a table next to us was our server. she was sitting down doing shots with some other customers and immediately came over to our table apologizing.it was VERY UNPROFESSIONAL but fine. it happens. i tried ordering the fish tacos but im on this annoying diet and i cant have anything with gluten in it, she told me they are breaded. i asked if they could not bread them she said she would ask but then went on to suggest other things to me. i stated twice that if the fish tacos could not be grilled then i wouldnt have anything. fair enough, she was trying to suggest things i could eat. she brought our drinks to another table, i think the table was outsidesmoking. they sat there for a minute or 2 before she realized that those were our drinks AT THE WRONG TABLE!!! she forgot my lemon. our food came (the fish tacos could be grilled) but not our appetizer. we didnt say anything cuz i just wasnt bothered anymore. when we were finished our meals THEN she brought out our appy saying she wasnt sure what happened but that they would be on the house. I think she forgot but u never know i guess. we asked for the bill, tipped very poorly and left.
i really like this place. it really does have good food but the service sucks. i still come back knowing this and expect to have bad service. i also work in the industry on the drive and bad, horrible service sucks. i live off my tips and if give bad service then i expect bad tips, if any.
i will almost certainly go back to falconetties BUT SOMETHING ABOUT THE STANDARD OF SERVICE NEEDS TO BE CHANGED. like i said, i work on the drive too. i would be fired if anything happened at my place of work like happened to me tonight.
I embarked on this venue as a group of three we came early evening 6 pm well before the live band to avoid food wait. We were promptly greeted by the front staff and seated at a booth, great start ,menus in hand.
Then everything afterwards goes downhill..
If you like waiting in an empty restaurant then I reccommend this place.
Service is lacking this is clearly an understaffing problem/ poor management
Food takes so long.. How long can it possibily take to grill a hot dog and make fries ? Street vendors do a much better job on all fronts. Flavour, food amount, condiments and price.
Enough said .. Won't be back
I have to give their Sausage a positive hit. I did seem to wait overly long for it to be ready (I finished 1-1/2 beers). but it was worth the wait. by far the best Sausage I've had on the drive. The staff seems fairly new and inexperienced at their job but did eventually get it done and price was ok for a sausage.
I'd go back again for this, maybe it's the 2 beer wait talking but it was very good food.
I went here to meet my father and was pleasantly surprised when I ended up loving it!! The guy I was with had the salt and pepper wings and the polish sausage!! I indulged in sweet Italian... SO good! I HATE wings (due to issues with veins and bones) but they were the so freaking yummy!
The wine selection could use some work, but I had a glass of the pergolas (or something like that)and he had a scotch. It was not the sort of place that you go to have serious discussion because once the music starts you will kind of have to yell lol.
I think it was TOTALLY reasonably priced!
As for the ambiance, it is warm and cozy with rich reds and dark browns. Since it was renovated, the original small cramped dining area has expanded as the venue beside it has been bought. It now will offer a roof top patio and another patio in the back. I really liked the ambiance.
I actually found the serving staff overly happy and accommodating almost to the point of becoming curiously irritating. That stated, the sausage I had was outstanding though it was surpassed by the fries which can only be described as sublime. The atmosphere may not be for every one, given that there is a edginess to the place that may be off-putting. Plus, the cost of a single sausage and bun is not cheap. That stated, its an interesting dining experience all round and I highly recommend.
My wife and I went here on a Saturday, just before noon so it was not crowded. The space is kind of narrow and long, with a prominent bar, dark furniture, old wood, and modestly decorated. There was a perfect spot by the frontage window where there were couches and low tables; perfect for people watching while enjoying a beer. What really sold me on the place was that they had a screen in the back playing Rocky & Bullwinkle, and there was really fun music playing (older rockabilly, pop, 60-70's feel).
The staff was extremely friendly. They behaved as though they were happy to be there, rather than happy to be off in two hours. They even joked around with us in a way that did not seem forced. They did not, however, crowd us or make us feel like we were under scrutiny, so we still had a feeling of privacy.
The food? I have never had a sausage that amazingly delicious in my life. They have different kinds with very unique flavours. My wife had a Thai inspired sausage (incredibly good), while I had a "Sweet Italian" with fennel seeds and roasted bell pepper. Delicious!! A really fair size, not too messy on a toasted bun (made of good bread, not that overly sweet, sticky bread you get from Safeway).
I would definitely recommend this place for a sausage and beer. Prices are very reasonable, food is fantastic!
The fact that it is a sausage company makes it excellent choice for breakfast too. I had the benny with some hot sausage on the side (I forget which one), and it was excellent! I have friends that regularly go there and they have tried all the sausages and collectively agree it is excellent.
Only downfall is the service. Our servers - 2 of them - could not remember coffee, only the 1st round, after that it was self serve, not sure still if it is supposed to be since they kept offering. Anyways now I sit at the bar! I think one of the girls was new and possibly her 1st serving job?
Falconetti's is a restaurant/bar. I love the intimacy the room forces on the patrons! the service was great! Food was pretty good, but you have to go in expecting to eat a home made sausage...a HUGE homemade sausage! Super Cheap! Apparently offering live music in the evenings? Nice little hang out!
have to say, I am a fan!
Here's to Meat & Brews!
Me and a friend checked this place out tonight, mainly to listen to the Morgan Childs jazz trio that was lined up for the night. The place is quite small, but has a very cozy and warm ambiance, with lots of room for socialising. I ordered a honey bratwurst, which came hot and fresh on a grilled bun, with peppers, onions and melted cheese. Needless to say, it was delicious, and the experience was only made better by the lovely jazz being played within feet of our table. The band played two sets - one at around 10 and the second at around 11:30, and while Morgan Childs himself was out of town this week, the replacement drummer did a great job, and we were given a nice treat in the second set with the arrival of trumpeter Chris Davis (I forget the other's names, but a baritone saxophonist and upright bassist were also present).
To top it all off, the waitress was pretty hot. :)
I definitely recommend this place - check out their website to find out what acts play on which days!