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Elbow Room Coffee Shop

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
West End
American, Cafe, Canadian
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560 Davie St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2G4, Canada
+1 604-685-3628
08:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
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Phoenix, AZ
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79 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was looking for a local hole in the wall close to my hotel and the Elbow Room fit this bill... I arrived a few minutes prior to opening so looked up reviews and menu. Based on the reviews I was prepared to be insulted from the moment I stepped in. Maybe they are just not warmed up at 9am... More 

Thank jim85004
Lloydminster, Canada
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had heard about this place and always wanted to see for myself. Was everything I expected PLUS the food was really good and super quick! My sons new nickname- sucky sucky thanks to a hickey he walked in with. Will be going back next time I visit Vancouver. Thanks for the unique experience.

Thank Cheryl L
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fun cafe with the best brunch in DT Vancouver! Huge delicious pancakes! Reasonably priced. Do not miss breakfast at this place.

Thank Daniellefitz
Maple Ridge, Canada
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390 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The waiter here was very much in your face and used colourful language with us as well as the customers at other tables. If you are easily offended - this is not the place for you to go for a meal - even if you'll miss a great meal. First off he asked if we wanted F'ing coffee. I said... More 

Thank Buttercup5687
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food that kept us going all day, the staff are straight to the point And don't mince their words and contribute to that unique vibe. Some very tasty dishes, was our best meal during our 2 week stay in vancouver.

1 Thank James B
Vancouver, Canada
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

To laugh, maybe be shocked, listen in to server's communications with neighbouring table and a great meal at a reasonable price. If you are easily offended, go to a nice family restaurant, but if you are looking for a unique dining experience with great food, don't miss The Elbow Room! Definitely casual, not for young kids and an open mind... More 

Thank 552eijam
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

From the outside it just looks like a breakfast restaurant. But when you enter you find yourself in a very family unfriendly place. The photography and artwork is just disturbing, and the service staff, two older gentlemen, keep making disturbing sexual innuendos as they serve their food. Or, you get to hear disturbing conversation at nearby tables. All I can... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Been here for breakfast/brunch on several occasions. It's always packed with customers which is invariably a good sign. There's a big menu, portions are huge and hearty. The staff are blunt, in your face and highly entertaining. Some may find their humour offensive, but it isn't meant that way and it's just a really fun place to eat. Sit back,... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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516 reviews
353 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

No one student. I felt gypped! Food was very good and wonderful choice of Benedict combos and omelettes. Coffee average even if you have to get up to get your own. The Schwartz' s of Vancouver.( A Montreal reference). Even has a musical about it.

Thank gorlinjay
Kelowna, Canada
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67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

First time visiting with our friends and we were warned beforehand. Didn't know what to expect, but was very pleased by the breakfast menu - such awesome choices and great food - big portions too! Our server fulfilled all the promises on the 'rules' as you walk in. Rude, obnoxious, funny, insulting, hilarious sometimes. We loved it!!! If you don't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Canadian
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 560 Davie St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2G4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +1 604-685-3628

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West End
A hodgepodge of landscapes, the West End combines verdant gardens and blocky modern architecture, with Victorian bits and Edwardian bobs in between. It is a paradise for takeout food, take-away coffee, and perhaps incongruously, some of Vancouver's most languid lines of beachfront. English Bay and Sunset Beach invite swimmers, strollers, and picnic-lovers to take in dusk settling over the water, or to jog along with the sunrise, offering breathtaking views at any time of day. The West End merges together so many looks and flavors probably because it functions a hub: its the leafy pit-stop between nightlife and entertainment venues along Davie Street, and the shopping paradise that is Robson Street, offering visitors beautiful parkland to rest on, and quick, easy food to re-fuel with in between ventures.
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