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The Foundation

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South Main
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2301 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
+1 604-708-0881
12:00 - 02:00
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Thu - Fri 12:00 - 02:00
Sat - Wed 12:00 - 01:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Coming here is probably the worst decision you can ever make! As we entered and were taken to our table, we noticed the table was dirty and let the server (Ash) know, rather than apologizing and politely cleaning the table, she did so with attitude and then threw the menus onto our table without a word, which left us feeling... More 

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Burnaby, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

I've been hearing that the nachos and food were great at this place, so i decided to go with my husband. He and I were excited to try the food, but were disappointed to be sat after standing for 5 minutes without being seated or acknowledged even though the place was not filled. We debated leaving then someone said we... More 

2 Thank Char L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

I was excited to take my boyfriend to The Foundation for their world famous nachos. He was sceptical and said that he couldn't get very excited about vegetarian nachos, but I assured him that he was in for a surprise. The end result was a second visit 4 days later and it was perfection. Highly recommend getting their nachos.

Thank Owen P
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

Went there with a friend for vegetarian. Had a burger. It was so unbelievably bad. I don't think I've ever had a veg burger quite so dry and tasteless. The salad it came with was just leaves with salad dressing squirted on top. There was also about 3 spoonfulls of potato salad that tasted like it was out of a... More 

2 Thank ptrpdrm
Lucerne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

if i would move to vancouver, it would mainly be because of "the foundation"! great beats, awesome salads, huge superb nachos platters, delicious beer! and its just super relaxed there!

Thank URSliYeah
Toronto, Canada
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Although not everything was vegan, they did have a separate vegan menu with quite a few options. The servers were all friendly and knowledgable. I really liked the salad that had cooked broccoli and peanut sauce but I didn't love the sangria.

Thank Sarah Violin D
Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Found this little gem looking for something to eat on a rainy day on Main st! Would highly recommend to anyone that is vegetarian as The Foundation serves a variety of delicious options! Some of my favorite plates include the mingling yams and the satay salad that comes with peanut sauce!!

Thank kbernard4444
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

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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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

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

Thank adurham
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Fusion, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 01:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2301 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > South Main
  • Neighbourhood: South Main
  • Phone Number: +1 604-708-0881

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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?

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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.
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