This 1950s-style diner offers breakfast all day. The interior here is bright red and checkered, with dozens of black and white photos and golden era ... More
This 1950s-style diner offers breakfast all day. The interior here is bright red and checkered, with dozens of black and white photos and golden era memorabilia covering the walls. Big, comfy, red vinyl booths and small tables are filled with everyone from rockabilly youth to cell phone-gabbing suits. The Pacific Breakfast ($7.95) consists of two poached eggs with shrimp and asparagus on an English muffin and covered in Hollandaise sauce. For those who don't want breakfast at lunch, choose from a selection of sandwiches($4.95) or burgers ($6.95).
I've been coming to the Sunshine Diner for years and never really had any complaints. Last weekend a friend and myself decided to go for brunch and I noticed that they had expanded the restaurant. (which looks fantastic) We waited as usual since weekends are always busy, but this time the service and food took longer than usual. The servers were running around like crazy and looked a little stressed, the food took about 40 minutes, and the kitchen seemed to be backed up since there were a lot of tables being left dirty and i could hear the staff saying slow it down. Now its my guess that there kitchen cant keep up with all the new tables added to the diner. I'll come back again, but maybe just on week days for now.
*For the comment about the hollandaise sauce being out of a box..ive personally seen them make it from SCRATCH for years.
I went into the sunshine diner on sunday and i heard some guy in the kitchen yelling at his waitress's.. i thought it was so rude to not only yell at them but to treat them like that in front of costomers.. he yelled at least 3 time in the 35 minutes we were there... come on man theres people that are tryin to have a relaxing brunch and they here you going off like that... after reading these review you need to relax a bit... i will not be coming back
So on a beautiful Sunday morning, the patio looked appealing, and we decided to try the Sunshine Diner. My friend and I were meeting 2 others for brunch a little later on, but seeing the lineup, we decided to get in line to try and get one of the attractive patio tables in time for our friends' arrival in about 20 minutes. By some fluke (a bunch of people leaving at the same time), we were seated at a patio table pretty quickly, and decided to order some drinks while we waited. The drinks arrived promptly, but about 5 minutes later, a man who I assume was the owner or manager arrived and asked us how long it would be before our friends arrived, because, he pointed out, we had been sitting here at least 5 or 10 minutes already without ordering. We replied - a little put off - that they should be along in about 10 minutes, if that was alright. He then asked if we could call them and ask them to hurry up because they were holding the table for them. We replied that they were already on their way, so there wasn't really anything we could do to speed it along. Exactly 10 minutes later, when our friends had not yet arrived, the owner arrived again to notify us that he was going to take our table away since, as he said, we had been there for "at least 20 minutes" before he talked to us the first time, and it had been another 15 and they were still not here. Although this was obviously inconsistent with what he had stated earlier, and he tried to nitpick with me about the timing of our arrival, we were so offended at this point that we decided to leave (permanently) and eat somewhere else.
Now, I understand that it is a busy place, and that the restaurant loses money if they are not cranking people continually through the $10 eggs benedict factory. But come on. How much money would he really have made on those 2 seats in the 15 minutes it took for our friends to get there - like some small fraction of $20 on 2 breakfasts? Compare that with the $40 every weekend he could have had if it had become our new favorite breakfast place, and then multiply that by the dozens of people I'm going to tell about how rudely we were treated by this manager's money-grubbing bad attitude. And anyway, if those 15 minutes had come *after* we had received our food (say we were eating slowly), I'm sure no restaurateur would dream of hovering over customers telling them it had taken them 10 minutes too long to eat and there were other customers waiting, right? I don't really see how this is any less rude.
Overall, while the food on neighbouring tables looked pretty tasty, it seemed really overpriced. This nickel-and-diming attitude seemed to extend to the whole menu (which we had plenty of time to study): $1.50 extra if you want potatoes, $2.00 extra if you want to share a meal. I guess eat here if you enjoy feeling like you've got a dollar sign painted on your head, because that is exactly how the management thinks of you.
We won't be back.
I never thought you could mess up breakfast. The Sunshine Diner has shown me that other restaurants just are not getting it right. The first thing that caught my attention were the different milkshake combinations (mix & match between a plethora of flavours), and the large portion sizes were just amazing.
Great place, I make it a weekly ritual to go there, as many others do as well, I'm sure.
I have been to this restaurant 3 times. On my 3rd visit, I was there with my girlfriend for brunch on a Sunday. We were seated at a 2 person table that nobody else wanted to sit at.
The couple before us, sat at the table and shifted to a different table, that would have been ours. At the time of us sitting down there were 2 tables available and when I requested the other available table, they didn't give it to us, because a different couple behind us in the order of seating would prefer it.
Our preference did not seem to matter to the restaurant. I felt mistreated, a couple of immigrants in a white diner.
Thanks for destroying Sunday brunch. Do you have a social conscience? Think about it before you eat here.
As my rating suggests, the food here is pretty good. So try it out. I just wanted to get my story out. It still haunts me, this Monday evening (day after).
Food is excellent, best benny's in town for sure. The only problem is that its ALWAYS PACKED!! other than that really good food and service is decent for how many people are always jammed in there. Place looks pretty good, better than the old place, red vinyl is pretty cool. Its all about the bennys with avacado, fried mushrooms and tomato with extra eggs !!!! They have set very high standards for Breakfast and I hope they keep it up because we all know one bad experience even after a lot of good ones will not let you come back. Try De Dutch for awesome breakfast aswell on Oak & 16th
Have the best muffins!!! They are super, really big and fill you up no problem. A simple and healthy breakfast. It's just an all around great place to go to for breakfast and lunch, everyone that works there is super nice, just everything about this place is super!
Pros: This is a great place for breakfast and lunch. The wide selection of breakfast specials, sandwiches and burgers makes even the pickiest eater happy. The hollandaise sauce is hands down the best in Vancouver. I also love the relaxed atmosphere. Ive gone on a number of occasions and continue to go back. Be prepared to wait on the weekend. It goes by fast and is more than worth it.
The service isn't bad, and I'm not too fond of the "kitsch-y" decor, but the food makes up for it. The hollandaise sauce is fantastic, and I know good sauce. The different 'eggs benny' variations are inventive and super tasty - especially the BC Benny and Shrimp & Asparagus benny. I would definetly suggest getting a side of home fries and a side of hollandaise for dipping - well worth the extra calories and easy on the wallet.
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