12 awesome cheap diners to check out in Vancouver

Dec 4 2018, 1:15 am

Whether it’s the start of an adventure or the end of an epic night out, diners play a vital role in Vancouver culture.

From the classic eggs Benedict to a refreshingly new Duck Leg confit on green onion pancakes – this list is guaranteed to keep all types of Vancouver foodies super happy.

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Some are cheaper than others, but in general, these spots are great places to grab a fueling meal without breaking the bank.

Here are 12 awesome cheap diners to check out in Vancouver.



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Organic and nostalgic, that’s what you’ll find on the menu of this Vancouver dive. This old-style diner serves up classic breakfasts just like your mom used to make, as well as some boozy shakes just like your “fun” aunt used to sneak you.

Address: 1087 Granville Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604- 685-4612

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Fable Diner


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Fable is exactly as it sounds: Farm-to-table. Located at the ground level of the iconic Lee Building, this modern day diner brings farm-fresh food and homemade delicacies right to your table.

Address: 151 E Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: 604-563-3463

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Ovaltine Cafe


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As one of Vancouver’s oldest restaurants, the Ovaltine Cafe has withstood the test of time with some of the best home-style french toast and cuppa joes.

Address: 251 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-7021

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Lucy’s Eastside Diner


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Stacks of pancakes at Lucy’s will satisfy your every craving! This classic American diner will transport you back to the days of poodle skirts and two-strawed milkshakes – 24 hours a day.

Address: 2708 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-1550

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Save on Meats


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Home to one of the best BLT’s in Vancouver, Save on Meats will give you that hometown feel with tons of options and of course, “Adult Milkshakes” – who wouldn’t want that?

Address: 43 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-569-3568

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Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe


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Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe is possibly one of the brightest and most colourful diner’s you’ll step into. The decor pays homage to oddball pop culture references through the ages. Try their Fresh Oyster Burger, it’s amazing.

Address: 2095 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
Phone: 604-732-6810

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The Wallflower


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This quaint, tucked-away diner is a place for all. Almost everything on the menu can be made gluten-free, and there are so many vegan options evolving every day.

Address: 2420 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-732-6810

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Sunshine Diner


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Big burgers with an even bigger taste, the Sunshine Diner resides in the heart of Kitsilano and is famous for its big burger platters. Come hungry, leave with leftovers for lunch tomorrow – that’s how big the portions are.

Address: 2649 W Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: 604-733-7717

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Argo Cafe


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Another one of Vancouver’s oldest diners, the Argo Cafe used to be a greasy spoon-type until 2004 when it was turned something like no other. The team here creates between seven to ten specials per day so be sure to stop by for a bowl of hot soup and a sandwich.

Address: 1836 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-876-3620

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Jethro’s Fine Grub


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It’s southern-style comfort food with northern influences. This all-day breakfast diner will have you back for more within days. A super-sized burger with seven toppings? Yes, please.

Address: 3455 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-5292

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The Red Wagon


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You’ve seen them on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, now check them out yourself. Top-notch pancakes with specialty cocktails, that’s what Red Wagon is all about. From basic breakfasts to larger than life brunch options, you’re guaranteed some leftovers.

Address: 2296 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-4565

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Northern Cafe and Grill


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This hole-in-the-wall diner is definitely one to keep on your radar. It’s literally above a hardware store. The breakfasts are great, but the burgers are even better. We also recommend the homemade wonton soup, a must-try.

Address: 1640 East Kent Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-7021


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