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Dec 14, 2011 03:19 PM

ISO lunch spot downtown Vancouver for relatives

I'm a bit stumped and hope y'all can help. I'm looking for a weekday lunchspot that would suit a gang of 8 of my aunts and uncles, all in their 8th decade. It should be quiet(ish), and not too exotic. Close proximity to either the Bay or Waterfront skytrain stations is a must. Any ideas, Hounds?


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  1. What kind of food and what budget ?

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    1. re: vandan

      As there is/was a place in upper level Bay

    2. How about Pourhouse near the corner of Cambie and Water St? It was the favourite of the octogenerian in our family.

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      1. re: lunchslut

        Pourhouse and eight 80 somethings? Maybe they can all sit at the bar. Now that I have to see!

        1. re: waylman

          We had an office Chrismas lunch at Pourhouselast year---if the can accommodate a table of 20, 8 should not be an issue.
          I really like the suggestion of Yew as well.

      2. I'm quite fond of Yew for lunches and brunches, if budget allows. The room is nice and airy, and it's generally easy to converse (though on a couple of occasions blowhards on a business lunch created too much noise pollution).

        Cafe Pacifica in the Pan Pacific would afford a nice view.

        1. Some nice options here, thanks, and all very close to what I was looking for despite my vague post ;-). Another Hound suggested Market to me as well. The $35 lunch sure looks like good value and it sounds like it hits my other benchmarks. Any thoughts on it?

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          1. re: grayelf

            +1 on Market.

            How about Griffin's for the buffet? I'm not a fan of the place, but the I see a fair number of elderly there.

            1. re: fmed

              I like the buffet @ Griffin's ! Well, let me re-phrase that, I like the dessert buffet that comes with the regular buffet ;-)

              GE, how's Water Street Cafe ? Pretty quiet IMHO. And cheap lunches too:


          2. My mom and aunties (in their 7th and 8th decades!) like Mosaic at the Hyatt (Burrard Station), especially the chocolate cake gifted to any birthday honorees. Are any of your group celebrating a birthday?
            As for Yew... absolutely lovely for weekend brunch; I'd expect nothing less for a mid-week lunch.

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            1. re: KarenDW

              The Yew is a great suggestion too! I haven't been to Mosaic.

              1. re: KarenDW

                No birthdays that i know of but will ask. It's been years since I went to Mosaic. It was the first place I ever had fries in a twirly metal cone :-).

                Adding it and Griffin's to the list.

                1. re: grayelf

                  GE, Griffins isn't all that bad, really, unless your aunts and uncles are all foodies. But these days I find Griffins priced a tad high, 'tho: