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Smile Restaurant

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424 Pender St W, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
+1 604-681-9911
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seattle
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77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

I've certainly had worse breakfast experiences but I continue to regret that we squandered an opportunity to have breakfast out at Smile, rather than Finch's or Nelson the Seagull or any number of other considerably better breakfast options in Vancouver's Gastown neighborhood. But, you never know until you try, right? I had the $6.95 meat/eggs/hashbrown/toast option; my companion had the... More 

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Thank emmarytz
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

We were made to feel very welcome in this little diner. Our food was served quickly and with a smile.

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Thank TravelsWithJay
Bellevue Saskatchewan
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Great service and staff. Traditional Chinese and Canadian food. Reasonable prices for downtown vancouver

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Thank Donald P
Lucky Lake, Canada
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Smile Diner has great food (we had both breakfast and chinese food items) which is served with a smile! Traveling from Saskatchewan, it felt like home to me as it is exactly like the Chinese restaurants that inhabit many small towns in our province. Wish we had one more opportunity to eat there before leaving!

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Thank EPJJones
Vernon, Canada
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

I decided to try the Smile Diner one morning to get some idea on the type of breakfasts they offered, as the "old fashioned" decor of the restaurant looked interesting. The interior did not disappoint and it reminded me of diners in the '60s or '70s, complete with the counter seating. The menu appears to have a variety of western... More 

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Thank Euro_Traveller-50
Richmond, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

I was in the neighborhood and an acquaintance mentioned that the Smile Diner served Chinese food. Much to my dismay I discovered that the diner's style of Chinese food was only suitable for Gwai Lo (Google for the uninitiated). So few restaurants now days offer liver and onions, guess what the Smile Diner does and for just $11.

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Thank Renegade225
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

My spouse and I enjoy diner breakfast spots and our breakfast at Smile Restaurant did not disappoint. The server was incredibly friendly, the breakfast was tasty and the coffee was decent. Old school booths and interesting holiday decorations rounded out the experience!

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Thank Kelly M
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

Still trying to figure out the decor (Michael Jackson/Sly Stallone/Chinese posters on the wall but the breakfast was good value with very good service and a great place to watch the parade of characters passing by on Pender.

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Thank Sirlaroute
Midlothian, Texas, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

Old school, odd décor, but good solid breakfast. We randomly stopped in and there was an older gentleman serving that was a trip. Fun to talk to but I don't think he works there all the time.

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Thank DannyHinMidlo
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

The Smile Restaurant has a unique atmosphere, which can only be described as Canadian/Chinese/80s/Sports - I loved the nod to the 80s, with the Duran Duran style sign outside and a large picture of Sly Stalone on the wall. Food wise it was average, although the milkshake was fantastic and the club sandwich was not bad at all. Service was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Diner, Canadian
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 424 Pender St W, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Gastown
  • Neighbourhood: Gastown
  • Phone Number: +1 604-681-9911

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

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Gastown
A visit to Gastown is like turning back the clock and stepping into a bygone era. With the distinction of being Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, the many plaques that stud the cobbled streets of Gastown tell the story of its colorful past, giving Vancouver's history a more lively presence here than anywhere else. Having been originally founded around a popular worker's saloon, it's no wonder that today some of Vancouver's best micro-breweries, creative cocktail joints, and corner bars can be found in this area. Classical charm suffuses its many vintage boutiques and the brick-built structures that an army of creative professionals call home.
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