Located in the heart of eclectic Commercial Drive, WaaZuBee is the older, hippie chic sister of the downtown Subeez.
I went to W a lot in the past and I always liked the cool atmosphere, the good service, and the interesting and inexpensive food. Wow what a difference on my last visit! The servers were hiding when we arrived, and the one that eventually deigned to come to our table was quite rude, and the food took an hour (literally) to arrive.
Entrees and appetizers were ridiculously overpriced as was the beer. When the food arrived, it was okay, but not as good as before. In fact some at our table did not finish.
The restaurant was grimy, dark and stuffy. The w/c was a horror show. In short, what once was a great place to be on the drive is now a nasty dive. With so many better choices nearby, why waste your time here.
My first complaint is that they WILL NOT put ice in your water or even offer it cold. I guess they want to sell you something to drink. The menu is same-old, same-old, and Ive been going there for years. The whold place, from menu to decor needs a makeover. Portions seem to have shrunk a lot. I guess success has gone to their heads.
I went there for lunch a few times and $15 for lunch is a bit much. They do have the best gralic mayo in town for their not so good fries. I'm considering buying just the mayo and pair it with some better fries. Their food is generally good except their soups that are usually too salty but otherwise tasteless.
I went to WaaZuBee for lunch with a friend last week. I loved the ambiance! There was a comforting dark feel to the place. Lots of interesting decor there including melted wax sculptures and a chandelier made from rusty bent forks and spoons. The food was so so. My friend really enjoyed her chicken sandwich with brie, and I ordered perogies out of all things, I know. I found the lotsa cheddar-topped perogies teamed up with Chorizo to be very greasy. The service was meh. There were only a handful of tables yet the waitress always seemed too busy to attend to anyone.
Wow a lot of changes at my favourite drive bar? The GM, the best bartender, and most of the servers have left all in the last two weeks. Service is really suffering but the drinks and food still keeps coming. The wine list is still really good as is the huge back bar. The menu seems smaller and the prices have gone up. Best deal is buy doubles of the spirits - they are cheap and stiff. Love the Church and State wines on by the glass and the wine flights still. Miss the friendly wine guy/gm
Went here on Saturday for brunch while we were on "The Drive".
The manager greeted us and chatted with us for a couple minutes.
The server was prompt and friendly.
I had the classic brunch and my friend had the burger. Both were excellent and good value for the price, we were full until much later in the day.
The owner came by after our meal to ask how it was and that they were determined to have the best brunch in the area.
I also heard the people sitting next to us saying how much they enjoyed their meal as well.
I'll be back!
wow!! new managers new floor staff and even slower service
whats up I hear they cleaned house a brought in all new staff
which is slower than ever , . when we complained about our cold food the new floor manager talked to us he was wearing a old t shirt and runners and looked like he was up from the night before he must be straight out of Surrey and who puts pictures over drapes?
When you have no particular cuisine in mind and feel like some beers are in order, this is a great place to meet with several friends and chill. Their burgers are great and the pita-hummous plate is wonderful to munch on while sipping drinks. My Tequila sunrise was short of tequila, but it was still good.
The service was courteous and the prices are reasonable. What's great is that it's a fairly large place, but still reasonably quiet so you don't have to shout when conversing. And by the looks of it, people of all ages come here, which is nice to see for such a place. I'll definitely be coming back.
First off... this restaurant is notoriously slow!
As a young couple, my wife and I used to hang out at Waazubee's when the casual (read: slow) service didn't matter much. We were usually there after a show or hanging out with friends and the late night music was always good.
Having lived on the drive for six years, wifey and I would on occasion go there for brunch or dinner. Now the service is unbearably slow... the same casual servers seem to think that waiting for an hour for food is a normal thing.
Example, our last attempt at having brunch; most tables were seated but not very many had food. It's an open kitchen so you see pretty much everything... and I've never seen such slack moving staff in the kitchen before. Orders were coming out at an agonizing pace and most were omelettes, quesadillas and sandwiches. It shouldn't take that long!
Our entire meal was comp'd but I would have rather them take my money and figure out a way to motivate their staff! Sorry, nice gesture but it won't bring us back in.
Secondly... good or bad, nothing seems to have changed at Waazubee's in all the time we've been going there.
Menu offers daily soup and quesadilla specials, otherwise it's the same menu that we remember years ago. The food, when it does arrive, is always solid. My favourites: Garlic Mayo Fries... Mmmmm! Their Monterey Burger is tasty and seems actually healthy (organic free-range beef and not greasy).
The decor, once funky and hip is now tired and sticky... proven by the vinyl table covers that probably have never been changed since they opened the restaurant.
Lastly... it's the Drive, I get it. Waazubee used to pull off the bohemian and unique look and feel but with all the new restaurants popping up on the Drive I do hope Waazubee survives. Their prices have gone up over the years, matched with the poor service and it becomes more and more difficult to keep coming back.
For now... I'll have to wait until I get my next Garlic Mayo fries craving and see if I can motivate myself to go back.
It's actually not that bad here. Maybe considering I was eating dinner at 4:00pm. The drink menu was a bit clustered. I would rather read an organized menu with the drinks separated into their categories. I'm not sure if the dinner menu is any different. I had the bison burger with blue cheese, the lamb focaccia and the cheese plate. The fries were great. The cheese plate was okay. Nothing out of the ordinary. I think it could have came with fresher-looking fruit. I would recommend this place. I was in a booth and it's pretty clean. The washroom was probably the worst part though. The ladies' washroom was out of order...thus, girls had to use the boys one...
Dropped by with the husband for the wine club on Wednesday and had a great experience. $30 for six small plates and eight wines. This is the place to drink on the drive (the closest thing East van has to a wine bar). Hugh wine list all by the glass and great entrees with your choice of two starches and two veg. The food seems to be more fine dining than the past and a nice change from all the vegan and veg that was there years ago. Try the Quebec duck, scalloped potatoes and honeyed carrots. If the manager is there pick his brains on the wines and wine flights that they have. The wine club is the best wine and food deal in the city and they do not advertise it.
Saturday lunch - not too crowded. We only got the brunch menu (and it was almost 1PM - too late from brunch, really). The sweet waiter got our orders: two teas and friend had a classic benny, I had some omelette with roasted vegetables.
Ten minutes later, still no tea. Waiter wins points for coming and telling us it'll be there soon but they're backed up at the bar (what... the waiter couldn't just put the scoop of tea in the bag, toss it into a pot and do it himself? It really wasn't that crowded and he had the time).
The food arrives (after a while; another plus for the waiter who informed up the kitchen was backed up. Did I mention the restaurant really wasn't very full?).
Friend's benny was kinda blah, according to him. It was just 'basic' and the flavours were flat. The potato fries were 'm'eh'. I don't even think he finished it and he's an 'eater', you know?
My omelette was a plate of dull flavours - I couldn't really detect any of the roasted vegetables and the cheese was so mild that it just became filler. I mean, two hours after leaving the place I had to really think of what I ate because it left absolutely no impression on me at all (neither good nor particularly bad). I do remember I had to add a lot of salt and pepper to get any 'bite' out of it.
Maybe the dinners and lunches are better.
Anything on the menu at the hole-in-the-way Starlight Café down the street for $5 and under was more flavourful.
But props to the sweet waiter for at least acknowledging some problems.
It'll be a while until I return.
Food is great
Desserts are terrible
Wine is great
All prices are 4-star range
Service is ood
Atmosphere often ruined by loud, obnoxious gangsta rap on system. How hip do they think they are, really?
I've been here several times. Get the nachos, stay away from the desserts. Bring your VISA, and imagine a music-taste matching the atmosphere.
First off the place is very cluttered and dirty. Feels like a very low-end pub, which would be ok, if it had other redeeming qualities, it does not. They have this stupid service system, where no one is your server. We had 3 different people come and take our drink order, yet it still took another 15 minutes to get our drinks. Our food took even longer, for 2 burgers it took almost 1/2 hour.
The burgers were very dry, bland, and taste of a lot of filler, lots of breadcrumbs probably.
We never got a quality check, or anyone to offer us another drink. We ended up having to track someone down to pay our bill.
The place has no organization, or structure.
This is a place that will get you pissed off!
Was taken by friends to Wazubee and I have to say that I really enjoyed the food, drinks and the atmosphere and have been back 5 times.
The menu is west coast fusion with all organic ingredients and the cocktail menu is really good. Lots of specialty drinks and delicious martinis, I love the coffee martini .
Service was great, the atmosphere is part lounge/club part restaraunt and the open front gives you that connection with ;The Drive' that is missing from lots of other places.
They even have dj's spinning just loud enough that dinner is fun and funky.
A great place to eat, drink and groove. Highly recommended!
WaaZuBee's has been a long standing favorite of mine out on Commercial drive. Really great food, great coffee, great drinks, cool music playing, with live DJs on the weekend nights, but now when I go by there, it has the big "For Sale / For Lease" sign up on the window. I don't know what happened to it, but like what happens to many of my favorite restaurants, it's suddenly gone. All of us on Commercial will miss you, WaaZuBees... I guess we'll just have to go to your cousin downtown.
I work in the industry, and am getting tired of only ever seeing or hearing bad reviews. I love this place, the chicken WaaZubich is amazing! I used to live on the drive and it was one of the decent places to eat or hang out. The service is always nice and I find the prices decent. Remember your on The Drive, this isn't Yaletown.
This is the place for drinks... forty wines by the glass, lots of rums and gins, and a British bartender making sweet cocktails. I go for the weekly specials. More seafood is on the menu which is cool fro the drive. Never had the problems read below.
Pleasantly surprised to find a casual restaurant on the drive with so many wines by the glass. Tried two wine flights today as well as a flight of locally made sake from Granville Island. Entrees are well done and tasting salads try the spinach salad with fresh strawberries and goat cheese. Music is a bit loud but it seems to appeal to the under 30 crowd. Wine seems to be a big part of this establishment. The Brit bartender made by friend an amazing cocktail.
I used to love Waazubee. Three, four years ago, it was considered "expensive" for the drive, but the food quality was good, the portions right, and you could get a pint for under $5, sometimes under $3.50.
Some time back (maybe a year and a half ago), their liquor prices went through the roof; the food menu started climbing in price as well. But I also noticed the portions were getting smaller and smaller. So I stopped going.
Last night, I was walking in the area with my fiance and her friend, looking for a place to eat and I said - hey, we've been semi-boycotting Waazubee for a long time - should we give them another try? And we did.
Food was "okay". Service was "okay", and friendly enough. Same old atmosphere which I can absolutely love when entrees are around the $8-$12 range, and appys are around $5-8.
But the average entree on their menu these days is around the $20 mark, and appetizers are sometimes as high as $12 or more. There's nothing in this place, in the quality of food, nothing, that I can see justifying these high prices. Given that at places like Cru or similar where you see these prices, you get a) fresh linens, b) clean utensils and plates, c) no spilt food on the walls, d) white tablecloths replaced for each sitting, e) glasses that aren't chipped and scratched, and f) cold water (none of these things can be had at Waazubee!), I'm sorry, but Waazubee needs to drastically change before I'll go back. It's a shame - it's dive, and I love dives. But not at uber-premium prices.