Subeez Cafe
Subeez Cafe

Subeez Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.subeez.com/
  • Phone: 6046876107
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Wednesday: 10:00am - midnight
    Thursday: 10:00am - 1:00am
    Friday: 10:00am - 2:00am
    Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00am
    Sunday: 9:00am - midnight
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Smithe
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Subeez Cafe
Join us for weekly live music, daily drink specials and daily lunch specials. We make room for everyone.
Think of us as your cafe/restaurant/bar. At Subeez we make room for everyone. We do not discriminate against age, race, gender, sexuality, politics or musical taste, however, you’d better be a Canucks fan. There is a beauty here.
DJ's spin Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
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Subeez Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating2.9
  • Food2.8
    Service2.9
  • Ambiance3.1
    Noise LevelModerate
60% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (4)late-night find (3)neighborhood gem (2)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)fit for foodies (1)great for outdoor dining (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Clueless service
    Tapeworm11
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    While I appreciate good service, i generally don't let poor service spoil a restaurant meal. In this case, however, that's exactly what happened. After being seated in a pleasant manner and brought a first round of drinks, things really went downhill from there. I had to get up from the table and walk to the front to seek out a server for more drinks and to check on our meals- which ended up taking over an hour to arrive. We were a party of 4 and the first 2 plates arrived 10 minutes before the last 2. I'd like to say the poor service was redeemed by excellent food...but it wasn't. 3 of the meals were average and the 4th was poor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warm stale beer
    fasterpastor
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Title says it all. Warm, stale beer, in a giant empty restaurant. Server didn't seem to care about letting us know that the beer cooler wasn't working properly until we had tried several different taps each and mentioned the warm stale beer to the server. Also didn't really seem to phase him when he spilled some beer on one of the people at our table. Maybe that was because of the 18% auto-gratuity tacked on to our bill for bringing 8 people into their empty restaurant on a Thursday evening. Food was alright.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.2
    • Food3.1
    • Ambiance3.1
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 19 reviews are from the Subeez Cafe reviews archive.
  • Not much has changed in 10 yrs
    Fishy
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I moved away from Vancouver 9 years ago. Subeez used to be my fave evening haunt for meeting with friends. I wanted to take a trip down memory lane on my recent trip to Vancouver, and went for an early dinner at Subeez with friends. However there wasn't as much of a "buzz" to the place compared to 10 years ago, and the crowd was more mixed (wider age range, some tourists, some locals) than it used to be (artsy- trendy- young people). The food and service was excellent, particularly the yam fries, and the wine list was very good. The art on the walls was great, and I love the wax-covered candelabras - but I think the place could use a bit of a facelift to update it, and please get rid of the tacky t-shirts the servers are wearing.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual Well-Priced Gem
    dinesalot
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    When I went looking for a casual place with decent food that was close to the Queen Elizabeth theatre, I stumbled upon Subeez Cafe. It was everything my friend and I hoped for: tasty, well-priced food; funky, relaxed, casual atmosphere; not too noisy; an extremely pleasant and helpful server. We both had steak which was cooked perfectly to our specifications. It came with a huge side of fresh, lightly cooked vegetables, sauteed fingerling potatoes and mushrooms. Delicious! We really enjoyed our pre-theatre dinner and will return to try the salmon and halibut.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Slow service, the most interaction with the server came at the end of the night when we where paying the bill. The amount of staff vs the amount of Customers in the restaurant didn't explain the service levels. Having worked int he service industry I am much more forgiving of mediocre food than I am of poor service especially when the restaurant is only steady rather than packed out the door.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to eat before
    Garfield
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Great place to eat before a show. Handy to the Orpheum Theatre.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant and Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The staff here are really friendly and hospitable. Its great for large groups. The food has always been great and really fast.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for drinks
    michellevancity
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    It's a great place to stop for a few drinks on your way out downtown! Good service and fair prices!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Rich
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    I have be here before. I was disappointed with the service. It was VERY slow. This was right before the Heritage Classic with 55,000 people coming to downtown, they should have known it was going to be a busy morning and planned for extra staff. My food was ok (as expected) but my friends was cold. Again probably cause it sat waiting to get to us. We also ended up waiting about 20 min for our COFFEES's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There's no place like Subeez
    Suuz
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    "I love the decoration and the bar atmosphere of this place - perfect spot to hang out with a large group of friends, plenty of room, not too loud. Perfect sharing portions, I really enjoy this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food.
    deconstructingdinner
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Two of us ate in Subeez before going to a show downtown. The food was perfectly passable and reasonably priced in an area filled fast food or higher end restaurants. The steaks were good though cooked slightly more than medium rare as i asked. But certainly passable. I'd go there again. If i was downtown and looking for mid-range food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Celiac Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Enjoyed the food and the choices for a person with celiac disease. The service was a bit slow but food was great. We did visit on a Friday and understand that may be why it was so loud in there but the music could have been turned down a little so we could enjoy our conversation a little better. Very accommodating when asked for space for our stroller and surprisingly child friendly!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Service Not So Much
    Webhead
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I've been to Subeez a few times, and it's always been good. A group of us went for a birthday dinner (yes, on NYE) and thought it would be packed, it wasn't. We though then that would mean service would be great, it also wasn't. Too bad too, as the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong...
    Canucklehead
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Subeez has been around forever. It has consistently delivered - on food, service, ambiance, drink menu...everything. Wish they would bring back the steak frites though :-).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    When you are downtown and looking for something better than fast food and more fairly priced than name hotel fare Subeez is hard to beat. The service is consistently warm and efficient and the food and wine give lots of latitude for mood swings or sudden urges. Subeez is a great place to connect with friends when you need reliable food and an atmosphere allowing conversation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lousy Service
    Beyonce
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    The food was good, the location is perfect and the ambience is charming. But the service is so lousy. We pre-ordered so that we don't have to wait very long as we have limited lunch break, but it took over an hour for our orders to arrive. My order took so long to arrive that my co-workers already finished their food before mine arrived. The payment process was very chaotic and unorganized.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Same time next year
    2foodies
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Experience was still good.. Two years ago we enjoyed ourselves here. Funny thing is with such a large restaurant we were led to the same table. Did note the lamb was advertised on the menu - internet but was no longer on their own menu at the restaurant. And they have taken the duck off as well as the steak sandwich. Which were nice menu items. Otherwise we will be back next year.. or sooner.. thanks..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Christmas Get-Together
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Thank you to all your staff for providing my group of 21 friends with an area for ourselves, and for great, prompt, friendly, unobtrusive service to a flowing, mix-it-up crowd. We enjoyed the space, the food, the bar, the clean washrooms. And we were pleased that we weren't drowned out by a loud TV or music set so that we could actually hear ourselves and each other! So thanks to all who were involved in making our Christmas Get-Together a success on Wednesday, December 11th.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've been here over the years
    elaa
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    I've been here over the years many times and have enjoyed the food and ambience; however, I will never book a large group here again. It took almost an hour just to get our first drinks. Nowhere was it mentioned that there was a smaller menu with very few choices. They couldn't possibly have said it was because they were full because when we were waiting for the hour for our first drink it was 6pm and a virtually empty restaurant. I brought in over 30 people and it was very dissapointing at their lack of service or recognition that they had a large party. Very dissapointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too dark, too loud, food good- ish.
    PJPost
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    It was a dark, cold, December night, and I remember looking in the window at nearby Homer Street Cafe, all lit up, and thinking 'THAT place looks warms and welcoming!' In contrast, I entered Subeez and it was dark, black and depressing in ambience. I had to use the flashlight app on my smartphone to read the menu. The music - 70's Disco - was cranked to the max. The bartender was tripping on it, dancing maniacally, but for us diners, (the restaurant was almost empty) it was just noise, so loud, my friend and I couldn't maintain a conversation across the table from each other. Asked the server politely to turn it down, which she did. Service was good. Food was good. Ambience needs a major make-over.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will be back
    techgeek
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Delightful waiter, amazing food, group of seven, everyone had something different and everyone really enjoyed what they had. It was all hot, fresh, tasty, good value. Some kind of hold up in the kitchen, but it was worth the wait. Menu changed since I was last there. Interesting decor, art changes regularly so do look around and up. Cool music selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.