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Cannibal Cafe

#567 of 2,906 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Commercial Drive
American, Bar, Canadian
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1818 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5N 4A5, Canada
+1 604-620-3212
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Langley City, British Columbia, Canada
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us saw this place on "you gotta eat here". The menu is interesting and burgers are the main event. We saw some of the portions running past us and elected to share burgers. We ordered the All About Bacon and the Blue Cheese burger. Also ordered a side of poutine and side of fries. Everything was good and... More 

Thank Lynne M
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215 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

$70 for 4 burgers 2 sides and a drink....let that settle in for a moment... Flavour: - non existent ... a huge disappointment. The meat was well done and charred ..hence you cannot tell how good the meat mix was. Chicken burger was too salty. Value: - you tell me... Portions: - disappointing really...if this is a brioche bun...yuk The... More 

Thank Mobius1965
London, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

I came her with relatives and we all ordered burgers. The menu looks good but the burgers were average and they were all overcooked. It's a pity because some of them sounded interesting. I won't be returning as their are many alternatives in the area.

Thank Jamie M
Pemberton, Canada
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50 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

This restaurant has a fun atmosphere, the service we received was good and the food was tasty. It's in a nice neighbourhood and very central to train station and other shopping. It was a little pricey for burgers and fries, but it's downtown Vancouver and everything is is pricey. It is kind of what Fatburger tries to be but it's... More 

Thank Sport127
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

Watched "You Gotta Eat Here" on tv and was surprised to see Cannibal Cafe in Vancouver. Went with family from out-of-town just for fun. Made reservations as we were a party of 6. It was great! A fun and lively atmosphere and fantastic food. We each tried a different burger - I had the turkey burger with cranberries and goat... More 

Thank Marjorie C
Vancouver, Canada
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100 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

The Cannibal Cafe has become, for many, the place for burgers on Commercial Drive. Burger Biters decided to check out their "Big Blue" beef burger with their five point rating sheet to see how it fared. The beef patty is grass-fed and hand-made, and is adequately seasoned, but was missing that little bit of caramelization that for the slight exterior... More 

Thank Beersnbites
Healdsburg, CA
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359 reviews
278 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

It was impossible to have a conversation. Even yelling across the table barely worked. Plenty of TVs tuned to sports. Excellent burgers and fries and a fine selection of beers. Prompt and efficient service. But I would only return during the off-hours when the place might be deserted.

1 Thank CaliforniaFellow
Vancouver, Canada
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a healthy "farmyard" turkey burger with a happy hour pale ale. First visit to this establishment since it was converted from a Chinese restaurant. Basic menu but food was tasty and well presented. At $13.95 for burger only (fries extra) it was not a "value" meal but worthy the money.

Thank Wim V
Brighton, UK
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170 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Delicious burgers freshly made. Moist but not greasy. Lovely smokey taste to the meat. One of our group tried the burger challenge. Absolutely huge & needless to say unfinished, but the quality of meat was very good. Love the 80s/90s punk-style decor too.

Thank GemBright_UK
Santa Ana, California
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61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Cannibal Cafe is a perfectly decent burger spot where you can also indulge in pretty fantastic poutine. Nothing too special.

1 Thank DC2SF2SC

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Canadian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1818 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5N 4A5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Commercial Drive
  • Neighborhood: Commercial Drive
  • Phone Number: +1 604-620-3212

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Commercial Drive

Neighborhood Profile
Commercial Drive
Commercial Drive, also called "The Drive," comprises of twelve sauntering blocks of modest and unfussy counter-culture. Straddling the line between sophisticated and unadorned, it is favoured by students, artists, writers, designers, and start-ups, and suffused throughout with a healthy off-beat counter-culture. The kind of neighbourhood which well-springs thought-revolutions and has the odd bit of self-aware graffiti, Commercial Drive has resisted gentrification in favor of continuing to build a thriving den of affordable multiculturalism. Once known as Vancouver's "Little Italy," it has also been the immigration point for Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Portuguese to the city. The resulting hodgepodge makes for poetry readings in espresso cafes, social debates in early-open bakeries, and eco-activism posters pinned up in the many multi-ethnic markets in the area. Commercial Drive is where you go to feel like a local, and if you have them, bring the kids – The Drive has a number of bookshops, toy stores, and attractions to get them involved too.
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