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The Foundation

South Main
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2301 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 3C9, Canada
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Thu - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Wed 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rented bikes from a shop around the corner and stumbled on this restaurant. The menu is a bit quirky and takes some time to interpret. Food is generous and tasty. Went twice in the last two weeks for lunch. Great both times.

Thank Dan M
Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favorite is the maple chili. it's amazing. Great for lunch - fast and friendly service, always delicious.

Thank adurham
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

I love the food here. They give the most generous portions I have ever seen! My favorite is the Molten Tofu on a bed of quinoa, broccoli and spinach with a delicious peanut sauce. The service is usually very fast unless they're really crowded, as is the case every evening, so I come in the afternoon when it's relatively quiet.... More 

1 Thank BC V
Abbotsford, Canada
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63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

My friend bushwhacked me, I was bamboozled, ambushed, give the ol' gypsy switch. He told me he knew where the best nachos in Vancouver were, so we went and he was right! We gorged ourselves on the delicious platter the size of a newborn fawn. They were crispy and delicious! I ate until I had almost made myself sick. Then... More 

1 Thank knuckledragger604
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Service was very friendly here! I went over the May-long weekend with a friend and we had a great time. Food was fresh and creative! So much to choose from, and we ended up paying around 36 dollars for both of us: 4 full dishes! (haha so much food this covered our afternoon snacks and dinner as well!) Who said... More 

Thank Sara F
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

It has not last anything since my previous visit some time ago. The Yam dip was great and the chilli fantastic.

1 Thank Robert S
Vancouver, Canada
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

I've often heard good comments about The Foundation, but never had an opportunity to check it out until recently. If I were to describe the menu as sandwiches and salads, that might be accurate, but it wouldn't do justice to The Foundation's offerings. Somebody needs to invent some new words for food this good. Fresh greens, excellent dressings, totally satisfying... More 

1 Thank PeterphXXVI5V
Salt Spring Isl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

I recently visited here for the first time, with my boyfriend on a short trip to the city. They had tons of great vegetarian and vegan options, and everything on the menu looked so yummy! My boyfriend had the mexican one, and I ate the peanut one. Both were very delicious, although the peanut one was very rich (I recommend... More 

1 Thank ambera956
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

I love the food at the Foundation - can recommend their PPP and a salad with goat cheese and pear. The reason why I don't go there more often is very loud music. It is impossible to hold a conversation unless you are screaming. I once asked if the music could be turned down and was refused. It was maybe... More 

Thank gambula
Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

I prefer vegetarian food whenever I can get it. This place is packed and trendy grunge, complete with young people having a ball. They didn't mind "grannie" dropping in. The food is hearty and substantial. The greens are fresh. My only request is that the dishes could have been spicier. I admit that I love garlic, chili, paprika, cumin or... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Fusion, Healthy
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2301 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 3C9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > South Main
  • Neighborhood: South Main
  • Phone Number: 604-708-0881

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in South Main

Neighborhood Profile
South Main
South Main, or SoMa, is a neighbourhood in upswing. Inhabited by young humanitarian professionals in converted lofts and studio apartments, what was once an industrial centre is now a wellspring of vintage and eco fashion shops, contemporary sawdust-floor galleries, craft beer joints, and basement acting studios. All set to an Art Deco background with a strong blue collar sensibility underpinning each new pop-up and foodie trend, SoMa is on the rise.