John's Place is a downtown diner popular with the locals. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This place is really funky. There are so many pictures hanging on the wall and a jukebox in the middle of the room. It feels like it belongs in another era.
They have an extensive menu with the standard fare as well as a hugh selection for eggs benny. You can also make create you own omelette by picking the fillings that you would like. This can very quickly become a costly omelette though as they do not even allow cheese as one on the standard fillings and the basic omelette is $6.95. The cost of each filling ranges from .75 for vegetable up to $2.25. The fried potatoes that come with the breakfast are delicious The omelette was decent but it was nothing memorable.
It was a decent meal and I would probably return but it is not the sort of restaurant that I'll go out of the way for.
This place was recommended by a local so we thought we'd walk down from our hotel. After a short wait, we were seated at a table right by the kitchen where I was bumped around by staff members hustling about. When our server finally made it our way, she was great. My boyfriend had the fully loaded breakfast and I had the huevos ranchos. His breakfast was a standard bacon/ham/sausage, eggs & potatos kinda breakfast but mine was fabulous and huge! It was loaded with guacamole, salsa, sour cream, beans, eggs! It really was good. They also have great orange juice!
On my recent trip to Victoria we had breakfast here - it was the best I've ever eaten. The cream cheese/maple syrup was outstanding. We ate every scrap and enjoyed it to the last bite.
The service was prompt and friendly, our server was very hospitable and quick to bring refills.
I highly recommend John's.
If you find yourself walking past John's place, on Pandora between Blanshard and Douglas, you'll definitely take notice. The interior is covered wall to wall with decorations (a lot of framed photographs, posters, etc), and looks inviting and comfortable. The menu is quite varied and there are a lot of appetizers to choose from. They've got a few good beers on tap and a nice drinks selection overall (wines, etc). I tried a sort of unexciting menu option compared to many of their other offerings (a philly cheesesteak wrap) and it wasn't disappointing, but nothing to write home about either. I saw some of the dishes on other tables (some nice looking salads, pastas, etc) so I'll definitely be returning to try some of the more interesting menu options. From the looks of it, you can't really go too wrong here.
The waitress was very prompt and the service overall excellent.
The only complaint is that to have any background music you have to put money in the juke box (one of those really good network-connected ones with almost any mainstream / publically acceptable artist you could imagine). Too bad they don't play something in the background when there's nothing coming up on the machine though. The silence forced me to put money in.
I live on Gabriola Island and don't eat out much. Also, my husband is an excellent cook (who doesn't like going to restaurants) and I have found I have become somewhat spoiled now when it comes to food. I no longer have any interest in fast food, greasy food, etc. When I am out of town on business, I want to make the most of my meals out.
I had a burger and fries for lunch there one day several years ago. They were good, but I regretted not ordering the eggs benny, as I had heard they were the best in town.
Recently while on a business trip I stopped in for breakfast. I wanted to get there early enough to avoid the crowds, which meant being there at 7:30.
The eggs benny was delicious, though the eggs could maybe have been cooked a teensy bit more - I like my yolks runny but don't like "egg snot" - the bit of uncooked egg white you get sometimes where the anchors hold the yolk in place.
The hollandaise was very flavourful compared to White Spot. For the price it's a good deal (I've had eggs benny at the Hotel Vancouver and the dungenness crab eggs benny at the Empress - both good enough to order again, but nonetheless a lot of money). I didn't really care for John's hash browns, though. They were too crunchy (deep-fried, perhaps), but still better than other hash browns I've had elsewhere, which were really just boiled potatoes broken up.
I'd go back for breakfast again, but I usualy stay at the Empress so it's a bit of a hike to get to John's, especially if my meetings are not in the general direction of the restaurant.
This place is great quality all around the food is excellent the service is friendly, even when busy. They even have excellent coffee with your choice of dark or light roast. The bill is fair and the atmosphere is funky. I have been there a few times now and will go whenever I can.
Try the waffles with the cream cheese syrup. Wow just the best.
And the benies are fabulous.
3pm on a brisk saturday on a rare sunny january day I arrived at John's Place. A long night at the bar the day before had one's stomach aching for some greasy goodness. A pon arriving one sees the selection of Pie's and Cakes; which I will get to later.... along with the humorous decor that scatters the wall of this local favorite. Before ordered the waitress gave us some warm and fluffy bread and butter snack on, it was delicious but filled me up to much, nice touch though. I decided to indulged in "the classic" eggs Benedict for $9.95. It came out huge served on a english muffin. Eggs done to perfection where dipping my crispy hash browns into the running yokes made for magic. I finished the meal off quickly and moved on to desert. After starring at the cakes and pies on display for around 5 minutes i decided to order the apple pie. It was heated up and served with ice cream. It had an apple crumble like top, and was an out of body experience. When reflecting on my visit to Jon's I can see how this place is a hit. I have never met Jon himself, but if I did I would tell him he has one heck of a diner!
When ever we are in Victoria we make it a point to get to John's Place at least twice for breakfast. I would suggest you avoid going on a weekend if at all possible because the place will be packed and you will wait to get crammed into a small space. Weekdays are far less crowded and busy. The omelets can be pricey depending how many items you add in, but they are delicious. All year you will get fresh asparagus spears , never canned or frozen. My daughter always goes for waffles as the cream cheese syrup is to die for. Fruit is always fresh as well. Portion sizes are on the big side, and you can ask for half orders on items.
The service has always been friendly and attentive when we have been there. We are now recognized when we come in and welcomed like long lost friends.
Great food, good service the perfect breakfast location.
On a recent visit to Victoria, we happened on John's one Sunday at around 11:00 a.m. After about a 20 minute wait, the friendly hostess seated the three of us at a booth. The service was very friendly (who does'nt love it when the waitress calls you darlin'?!) The coffee was very good (it did however, take about 10 minutes for one of us to get an Americano). The chorizo benny was outstanding. The hollandaise was extremely fresh and exactly as it should be! If you don't mind being crammed in, and the high ambient noise level, John's is a must, and I will pop in every time I'm in Victoria.
I had lunch here for the first time recently, after hearing mixed reviews for years. Pretty simple meal -- cheeseburger and fries. The fries were on the cold side, totally unseasoned and not at all crispy. The burger was also lacking any seasoning and was pretty bland. The bun was not the freshest, and the fried onions were chunks of half-sauteed poorly cut onion. This is normal diner fare, not rocket science, but John's Place failed at the task.
John's place is the restaurant to come to when you have five different people with five different ideas about what they want for dinner. Try their burgers, pasta dishes, lasagna's, features such as a surpiringly decent Thai noodle bowl, chimichangas, Israeli gyros and even vegan burgers. Servers are always friendly and easy going. Plus the free bread and butter is always a deal sealer if you have people with you who are ravenous
I went to John's Place on a saturday afternoon at around 12 30. Place was packed but was lucky enough to grab a table. Menu wasn't bad they had tons of breakfast options, not the most healthiest though!. Service was really friendly John's wife is very sweet. Portions are huge, food took a while to come out though, due to being so busy i am guessing .
I've been to John's Place about 10 times now. I'm not sure I'm planning on going back. It seems to me that if you are just a casual diner, you get the bottom of the barrel service. If you're a regular there, you seem to be treated like royalty. My latest experience, the server had noticed 4 (yes, 4) times that I did not get the coffee I ordered, each time making a quip about it then going and sitting down with regulars. It was at the end of the meal that it actually clicked in to her that I didnt have it, and offered to go and get it then, to which I declined. Every time I've been seated, the menu has basically been tossed onto the table and you are dismissed until the drink order 5 minutes later. Smiles are non existant to the casual diner. Its only saving grace is the food, which has been consistently good.
The food may be good, but I go out for the whole experience, so after 10 times, I've learned my lesson.
The breakfast at this place is amazing and has constant quality. They are reasonably priced and has good service. The food is good sized portions and very tasty. They have a fairly wide menu. Open fairly late for Victoria standards usually 9pm on weekdays. They get quite busy on weekends too so you may find yourself lining up. Definitely a place you can go back to multiple times.
Okay so you want a breakfast that is going to carry you through the day, John's is the Place. It is as close as Victoria gets to a diner. On the weekends, count on a 20 to 30 minute wait to get in. Sometimes the staff will bring out coffee other times the just ignore you. Be sure to get your name on the list.
The food is exceptional, and plentyful. The price is fair, count on $30 for two for breakfast. What people said about the staff not being the friendliest is pretty true. They are shy with strangers but once you have come back a few times they are more receptive.