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Elbow Room Coffee Shop

560 Davie St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2G4, Canada (Downtown)
(604) 685-3628
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Ranked #163 of 2,804 restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Canadian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Medicine Hat, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

While Patrick's sense of humor, and offensive behavior got me here for the first time three years ago, it was his cafe's good breakfasts that got me to come back. Hearty omelets, affordable plates, and the usual ambience that diners have come to expect here, will get me back here very trip I make to Van.

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San Luis Obispo, California
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

The sign on the window says "Best Breakfast in Vancouver". While I'm not sure it is "Best", it was pretty damn god. The pancakes were the size of hubcaps and very good. I enjoyed the bacon and cheese Omlette which hind sight told me was very shareable. The server was quite talkative and shared many thoughts regarding American tourists visiting... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

The food is good. The owner behaves like a king. We were waiting to be seated for 5 minutes. First thing we heard was "today we sit on this side". No good morning, nothing. Thanks god we made no mistakes while ordering our food... Then, a staff came late and he asked him in front of all the customers for... More

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Edinburgh
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Woke up extremely early on our first morning in Vancouver and had no idea where to go for breakfast. A quick internet search kept suggesting the Elbow Room so decided to give it ago since it was really close to our hotel. Loved it!! The owner, Patrick, was waiting tables and his acerbic wit kept us entertained. Place was busy... More

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

We rented an apartment in Yaletown for one week. The owners recommended this place as good for breakfast. We gave it a try and thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast. In fact, we went back the next morning. I've never seen pancakes as large as the ones served here. While the food is good and the portions are huge, the owner of... More

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Toronto, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a historic restaurant that established itself several decades back. It's small and very intimate with its setting. let me say this, I knew going in that this was a local dive that according to my BFF served a mean breakfast. However, we both gagged slightly when we began to notice that some of the cutlery was dirty. There... More

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Comox, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

What a pleasure and surprise to be served well and respond to the quirky attitude of the staff. Quick service from a demanding menu with outstanding results. I loved the blue cheese and camembert omelet stuffed with sausage, bacon and mushrooms. Plenty of coffee, a couple of guffaws and a full tummy. Even if you don't get fined for leftovers... More

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Brilliant little diner. If you saw it from the outside you probably wouldn't go in and the inside is nothing to write home about just a typical diner. Breakfast delicious - I had a Benny with avocado, spinach, bacon and blue cheese -which I couldn't eat fast enough,delicious! Just as well as if you don't eat all your meal you... More

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Santa Clarita, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We ate there for breakfast. The outside is nothing to rave about, the seating area is rather small, but the interior ambiance of the place is unique, with photos of celebrities covering the walls. We were there early on Canada Day, so the place was not crowded. Our friendly waiter had the time to chat and tell us a little... More

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Ubud, Indonesia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This local secret is a unique experience to say the least. Prepare to be insulted and abused by the entertaining staff while they dish out some of the best comfort food and breakfasts in the city. Introducing friends and out of town visitors to the Elbow Room for the first time is always good for a laugh that won't soon... More

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