The menu at Earls focuses on freshly made, seasonally inspired, casually elegant West Coast cuisine with International flavour. In addition to wide variety of dishes Earls has a drink menu to match.
I've been a regular of Earl's for the last 10 years. For the last year Tin Palace has been my location of choice. This review covers the cumulative experience at most locations.
We usually just eat burgers but will try appetizers, pizza, and entrees from time to time. We usually avoid the entrees because while reasonably tasty they are usually not filling. I guess I'm a big eater and don't like to leave feeling hungry and ripped. Anyway, the burgers are good and I particularly love their caesar salad. They have refillable pop which is almost mandatory for me to dine somewhere as I'm a pop addict.
Service is what particularly sets Earls apart from a lot of places. Last time we walked in, 6 hostesses opened the door for us (beat the previous record of 5). It was almost unnerving walking that gauntlet of pretty women. There must have been at least 40 people working, almost as many as customers. I'm not sure what half of them were doing. But you are rarely shorted on service, and they are professional and friendly. There's also not an unattractive or old one in the bunch - I always wonder what they do with the servers when they turn old - mandatory retirement at 35?
The restaurant itself is alright, mostly a big room. In the times I've been there I've never noticed any rowdy sports customers. I'm not one to enjoy a noisy restaurant myself and it's always been possible to carry a conversation. Keep in mind I always avoid peak times as I can't tolerate any wait to get in a restaurant. The best thing about the ambiance is the scenery, and I'm not talking about the view to the outside ...
I also am puzzled why Earls recently won a north shore "best family restaurant" award. This is anything but a family restaurant, in fact I think there was some recent article about Earl's even getting rid of their high chairs and such. That's fine with me though as I wouldn't want to bring my kid here nor would I want other kids there.
Earl's in West Vancouveris an excellent restaurant and well worth a visit. The food is superb. Of particular note is the Thai noodle salad with chicken. You get a large portion and the dish is most savory. Earl's Bigger Burger is also excellent. The prices are fair and the service is attentive and friendly. Overall, this is a lovely restaurant and is recommended without reservation save for the fact that the noise level is somewhat high due to the presence of copious numbers of raucous diners..
Had a pretty good experience here with the family. Were seated immediately despite being a Friday night. They were almost full.
Server was very attentive from the beginning, and friendly throughout. Started with hot wings appy. Very nice taste with a dipping sauce that was beyond your typical blue cheese.
For entrees, we had burgers, soup and salad, chicken tenders, and the blackened NY striploin at the recommendation of the sous chef. All were perfectly done. The steak was blackened but not burnt like other steak houses I've tried. The challenge was to serve a medium rare steak at a reasonably hot temperature, and the chef did not disappoint. Just blackened enough outside, just juicy and tender enough inside. Oh, and the "potato salad" was actually an upscaled roasted potato with bacon bits. Very nicely done.
The burgers? Well, I've been eating Earl's burgers since they opened on W4th in Vancouver in the 80s. It's as good as ever. And of course, their signature clam chowder never fails.
Finished off with a birthday celebration with their chocoate sundae and chocolate lava cake. Both were very good but the latter was to die for! It just melts in your mouth. And volume was very reasonable too.
A great experience all in all!
I love this location. The staff is great, the food is always perfect. The thing is, I never have ANY problems. This a great go-to easy dinner out. It's quick, but never rushed, and in the summer the patio is so relaxing.
Earls recently started baking their own bread and pizza doe and that has made a huge difference. There's a chicken sandwich with brie... I think I need it tonight.
This Earl's did not impress me at all. A crummy, congested restaurant that feels muggy even in the cooler months is not my cup of tea. It seems that if you are not up to the waitresses' standards - i.e. rich guy with a six-pack and lives on the top floor penthouse in downtown - then you don't exist in this restaurant. The servers always look flustered and seem annoyed when you order food; why else would we be there? The food is less than appealing as well!
I ordered the clam chowder and had a nasty experience of grinding into sand particles when I chewed on the little clam morsels in the soup. I wonder if the clams were washed properly. One of my fellow diners complained that the waitress did not look at him when she attended our table. These 2 incidents not only happened today, but happened more than once on the occasions we visited Earls.
Earls Tin Palace is always a good place to hang out with your friends for drink while still being a nice place to take your family for dinner. The food is pretty solid, not the greatest and portions can be small, but still good none the less. The service is pretty good, most of the servers are very nice along with being good looking. Not the greatest value in the world though, ambiance is nice as well, the patio is a nice place to be in the summer.
This Earl's used to be a "family friendly" restaurant on the North Shore for years and years.. Growing up, I've celebrated countless birthdays with family & friends. Lately, it seems that it has lost the "family" appeal and attracts mostly "out of control" sports fans.
The reason I keep going back to Earl's, it reminds me of when I was younger, dinner out with mom & dad when we didn't want to cook. Out-of-town guests appreciate the big round table so everyone could sit together and still see each other. Friends often called up each other and just hung out and talked over dinner/drinks and could still HEAR each other.
Now, everywhere you turn, noise, noise, and more noise. Yes, partly from diningmates shouting so they can hear each other, but mostly, drunken guests who yell at the big flatscreen TVs even when there's no game on!!
I am sad to report that "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!". The yahoo factor is getting steadily worse. Thursday night at Earls has become a trial of bellowing testosterone-driven idiots and blairing sportscasters.
But we still love the food and familiarity. So, we decided to try it on a Sunday afternoon. What could be safer than Sunday? Ha! Wrong! The place was not busy, except for one big group of guys at the high-tops in the lounge. The hostess thoughtfully seated us as far from them as possible, but the Moon would not have been far enough. These dweebs had been there since 10 am, drinking bottle after bottle of wine, hooting and hollering, and being utterly obnoxious.
Finally, one of them stumbled outside on the arms of two unsteady buddies, and we hoped they'd all had enough and were heading home. Wrong again. We had to endure them for our entire meal. Grimly, we finished, paid up, and left.
Out in the parking lot the drunk guy was lying on the ground with his shirt off while his buddies and the restaurant manager stood guard. The manager had called a taxi van, which was just pulling up; I silently wished her luck extracting the rest of the animals from the restaurant. As we pulled away, we looked at each other and words were not needed. This is the LAST time we go to Earls.
We've been patient, Ohhhh, we've been patient. I admit I am prejudiced against TVs in public places, but I am clearly justified in asserting that TVs are the beginning of the end for a decent restaurant. Earls went straight down the tube after they added that wall of flatscreens. Sunday afternoon was the last straw.
I'm very sad about it all. Earls is a great place with remarkable food and wonderful staff. But much of their clientele is positively sub-human. I dare say that by next summer we'll be having lunch on their patio again, but as long as the inside is ruled by TVs and Idiots, count us out. We just don't belong there anymore.
We went to Earl's and as usual we were very happy. Since we step in the courtesy of the staff is visible. Hostess very pleasant and professional, servers, bartenders, etc. Very casual but very efficient. The food is very consistent, sandwiches, wok and pasta worth to try. Decent and cold beer. Ambiance very cozy and modern. The lounge is a place to stay or the patio at the back close to the fire place. I like their stile.
I have plans to come back soon.
out of all the different earls restaurants this will always be my favorite. however last time i had possibly the worst service i've ever had at any restaurant. it took almost 10 mins to get my drink order in, and even though i was already ready to order my food she never asked me and i had to wait another 5 minutes to get my drink dropped off. she said she'd be right back and went and talked to a table that looked like her friends for 10 minutes then finally took our order. i had the salad i can't remember the name of but it was delicious and it came out pretty quick. my wife had a couple of appies that looked pretty good. but i'm getting sick of these chains because it's the small restaurants on the north shore that put in their best. i hope if there is going to be a next time their management has realized how terrible that server is and i can get some decent service again.
We like to sit in the barsection to watch NHL Hockey. Its a good place to eat, watch and be seen. The TV's are well place, but the sound is low as not to disturb the diners! The waitresses are fantastic, fast and pretty. The food portions have gotten a bit smaller, for example, they substituted fried asian dumplings for the tempura prawns in the Bento Box recently, while keeping the price at $16 as before. Thats a veiled price increase. The beer is still inexpensive (relatively) and the service is fantastic. The patio is great too. "Pubhopper"
I am disappointed in the fact that Earls has put in a sports bar. We have enjoyed Earls for years. Now, many of my friends will not go there. Partly because they have taken many popular dinners off the menu. We sat in Earls one afternoon and five tables around us were full. There was at least one person at each table that had lamb shanks (my favourite) and I thought, great, lamb shanks will be on the menu forever. Two weeks later, it was off the menu.
The noisy sports bar causes us to sit at the back of the room every time we go there. The bar area is full of noisy and drunken people. I am thinking that I will frequent the place less and less.
The only reason I go there is because the people that work in Earls are wonderful. I am afraid Earls suffers from very bad management choices. It will be a while before I go there again.
This Earls is the only Earls i've ever had a problem with. The staff is beyond rude, snobby, and incompetent. They are so slow, and can never get an order out before it gets cold.
Stay away from this Earls, and go to the ones in downtown; you will enjoy your experience 100x more, guaranteed.
Definitely worth the trek, this place has great food! Super busy, and somewhat small for the crowds, so don't expect a table during the dinner rush, at least not without a wait. The other reason is the collection of tall blonde miniskirted waitresses in this place. They make you tip 30%. We ordered a steak for dinner, and were not at all disappointed! Not only is the texture perfectly ordered, but it has so much flavour with a bit of blood, unlike most fried steaks where you only taste the grease.
This place is ace and I love the short skirted ladies. Not a kid in sight was also a plus.
I don't know if they accept reservations but if they do get one.
I've been to this Earl's many times during the last decade, and it seems like it used to be a much better restaurant back in the day. It seems like every time I go their portions seem to get smaller and smaller, and less flavourful.
I don't have a big appetite by any means but the last time I dined here I ordered a sandwich and fries and I was still very hungry afterwards. The sandwich itself looked more like half-of-a sandwich. The server seemed a bit snooty, and took forever with our drinks. My friend also ordered the chocolate sticky pudding which he claimed was rather gross, he compared it to a brownie that was heated up and amothered with hershey's chocolate sauce.
I don't think I'll go back here unless they change something about, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen anytime soon.
Earls Tin Palace is one of the best restaurants in the entire chain - I GO THERE ALL THE TIME! The service is absolutely impeccable - on par with 5 star dining but more friendly and fun rather than formal and proper. The servers will recommend wines, meals, appetizers if you ask. If you're unsure if you'll like a dish they'll often bring you a bit of the sauce it's in to taste (they do wine and beer tasters too!) all for no charge. If you don't like the sides that accompany your meal you can change them to any side on the entire menu for free! That includes, fries, salads, potatoes, rice, pasta, vegetables - you name it and they have it. Plus for picky eaters they will do any and all substitutions and alterations you ask for and they make you feel like it is no trouble at all.
Some people commented on the kid thing: I've come many times with friends who have kids and they have never been nothing but nice about it. They chat with the children and once they let my sister's little boy go into the kitchen and put the toppings on his own pizza! HOWEVER, it isn't Red Robin's - it's ridiculous to expect Earls to have highchairs, kids' menus and colouring for your children.
The atmosphere there is chameleon-like and you just have to know when to come. When a play-off game is on the lounge is packed with sports fans and yes it gets a bit noisy. Either come before/after the game or join in the fun! Same goes for Monday band nights in the summer. Friday and Saturday nights are BUSY! It's a slightly younger, hipper crowd so the music is a bit louder and the restaurant has a more upbeat, lively vibe. The rest of the time it has a very nice atmosphere with lots of people chatting and enjoying their food - and a more than reasonable noise level for a rather large restaurant.
The food is very good and VERY consistent and the menu is HUGE with tons options for any and all tastes.
GO THERE NOW (Just do it when the atmosphere and crowd are suited to your prefernce!)