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JJs Restaurant at VCC, Vancouver, BC

JJs Restaurant at VCC

4.6
4.6
139 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
JJ’s Restaurant is a Vancouver institution. Both the kitchen and front of house are run by students who are in their 2nd level of cook training. Enjoy three course a la carte lunches which are reasonably priced and produced with the highest level of passion and care by students with the guidance of their Chef Instructors. If you are interested in a group booking please email culinaryarts@vcc.ca.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Canadian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Thu 11:30 am–12:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 443-8479

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Keith Krentz

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown

  • Cross street

    Hamilton

  • Parking details

    street parking also available

  • Public transit

    Stadium/Chinatown Sky Train Station

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef's Table

    CA$55.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    The Chef's Table dinners, are one of Vancouver's best kept secrets! Enjoy a gourmet five course meal designed by Chef Hamid Salimian with optional selected wine pairings, served in a unique group setting with only 10 seats available per night. The Chef's Table dinners are run by students, led by award winning instructors in Vancouver Community College's International Culinary Arts Program. Thank you for supporting VCC students - all gratuities help the VCC Foundation create awards and bursaries. Dietary restrictions and preferences may be accommodated with at least 24 hours notice. Please direct requests to culinaryarts@vcc.ca.

What 139 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Best Value

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Canadian

  • Vancouver

    Best Value

  • Vancouver

    Great for Lunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal of the entire visit!
  2. DT

    DorothyT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My 2nd time there. Really enjoyed the lunch and service. Thank you.
  3. K

    Kg78

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Rating is for the 5 courses (taste only). 1 being terrible and 10 being amazing. 1 = 2/10 2= 4.5/10 3= 7/10 plus bread 8/10. Charcoal bread was amazing. 4= 8/10 5= 10/10 Presentation for all courses is a 10/10. Pictures are screen shots of videos. Therefore, not the best. The wine is $22 a person with 5 pairings. Each pairing is approximately 1.5oz. Maybe 2oz max.
  4. MS

    MandeepS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful experience!! The food was beautifully presented and delicious. A great way to have a 5 course fancy meal at a very affordable price. Thank you to the staff for accommodating a dietary preference and for making it such an enjoyable anniversary for us.
  5. H

    Huguette

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as usual. Easy to make reservation. Nice talking with the training staff.
  6. J

    Jules

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have enjoyed JJ's several times for lunch but this was my first experience at the Chef's Table dinner tasting menu and can't say enough good things about the food, the presentation, the variety, and the attentiveness of the students. We were a group of 8 celebrating a birthday and when it was discovered that one of the group had a food allergy to the shellfish items on the menu, they quickly made a delicious substitution. It is possible to choose a wine pairing menu but we opted to just purchase our wine separately. Once you are seated in the tastefully decorated dining room, it is easy to forget that you are inside a college campus. Kudos to the faculty for this wonderful showcasing of their program and I encourage everyone to go and support the students.
  7. L

    Lisa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The soup of the day was wonderful (mushroom) and my favorite. The salmon had lots of varieties of vegetables beautifully presented. I found the salmon slightly on the salty side.
  8. DT

    DorothyT

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My friends and I enjoyed our meal very much. We plan to return and bring family members. Everything was excellent. Thank you.
  9. AF

    AliF

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Wonderful dining experience with delicious food and great service. I will definately be back!
  10. AI

    AndrejaI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    If you want a special culinary experience this is the place. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere of n our anniversary.
  11. WM

    WillM

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Always great food, presentation and effort from students.
  12. H

    Huguette

    Vancouver

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Wonderful foods as usual. Found the sauces quite salty. Staff always trying to please and quite refreshing to see and be served by such nice young people. Fabulous price for gourmet foods. Will go again.
  13. r

    robertp

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, the best value in Vancouver, happy its operational again.
  14. DA

    DAyvr

    Vancouver

    48 reviews

    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This students run restaurant has a long history of efficiency. Teacher is super pro and attentive. We were happy to get a free salmon appetizer and 4 types of breads to start. Free bread and quality butter theses days is such a bonus. The tuna scallops appetizer and salmon were impressive. Cheese cake , house made ice cream apple dessert was better than most commercial restaurants. We will definitely come back!
  15. DW

    DianaW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good food, good value for 3 course lunch. Servers second day on serving at tables. Kitchen was slow getting our meals, manager kept us informed. I/we know they’re doing their best while learning. Keep up the good work 👍
  16. LC

    LauraC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It is always a fun experience. Highly to recommend it to anyone.
  17. CM

    ChrisM47

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An interesting and creative menu. Well prepared and presented. Good combinations of flavours, textures and colours. A very enjoyable experience.
  18. JA

    JaneA

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    We enjoyed a superb 5 course chef's table dinner with paired wines. Each course was superb and the wines perfectly matched the individual course. Food was adventurous and beautifully executed. So wonderful to see how the future chefs of British Colombia and the wider world are being prepared for their profession.
  19. 8

    888happygroup

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great value for the money, worth the repeat visit.
  20. 8

    888happygroup

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All six ladies were excited and noisy, but the staff were very patient to accommodate our changes and needs. We were very satisfied with the food. Thumbs up.
  21. R

    Richmond

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The students all did an excellent job. It is a pleasure helping them learn.
  22. r

    rosie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Students aren't smart enough, they make small mistakes all the time, and need more practice at home. Overall is great, will come again and recommend to a friend
  23. HB

    HazelB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional in every way! Every mouthful is a treat to all the senses. So good that I mailed a handwritten Thank You card ❤️ Also serves dinner for max 12. Search under Chefs Table or phone for details. Great for celebrating small wedding, retirement, family reunion
  24. KC

    KateC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The three-course (plus surprise amuse-bouche) meal was wonderful value, and the food was beautiful in taste and presentation. The ambience was a little lacking as there was only one other table of diners in there besides us. The service was fine, but slow and hesitant, as the staff are all students in training. So: please don't come here if you are in a hurry or lacking in patience, but otherwise I would strongly recommend a visit. It was a meal that was very much worth taking the time to savour.
  25. YS

    YasminS

    Perthshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and very attentive staff could not fault it!
  26. WM

    WillM

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, presentation and value, ..and contributing to the education of the next generation of chefs ..how easy was rewarding is that for everyone?
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Great value and great to support VVC’s program and students
  28. AK

    AmyK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food quality with excellent price. Will absolutely come back again .
  29. c

    charlesj

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Good food reasonably priced. If you arrive after noon for lunch be prepared to be rushed with plates arriving in quick succession and dessert decision to be made while still eating your entre. Horrible pressure tactics to get you out so students can go off to whatever other obligations they may have. I won’t return unless I’m really hungry by 1130. NOT a fine dining experience which the venue aspires to in order to train the students.
  30. RB

    RBee

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Engaging with students and staff about their studies and work makes the experience very, very worthwhile. Food is exceptional. I wish I could do this more often. Had excellent lunch. Heard that Chef's table option has returned. Can't wait to try.
  31. DT

    DianneT

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Recently celebrated a friend's birthday over lunch there. I ordered Braised Pork Belly & Cheek. Can't remember it ever tasting so good. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. Conversation flowed easy. Didn't have to compete with noisy background music. The staff were very attentive and helpful in explaining different dishes. I'm going back.
  32. JL

    JonathanL

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    JJ’s continues to provide an environment for students to practice their culinary skills and allowing customers to enjoy a decent meal at a reasonable price! Thank you and the table side Caesar Salad was very good, especially when I asked for extra dressing! Well done!
  33. JL

    JonathanL

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great food, great value, and good services!
  34. WM

    WillM

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food is always great and a bargain considering quality of ingredients and prep work! One must remember....students are in the midst of learning.
  35. KB

    KathyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding menu with well-prepared and beautifully presented food. Kudos to the students and instructors who gave us a delightful meal featuring BC wine pairings. We’ll be back!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicate fine cuisine , presentation and service are wonderful 👍👍👍
  37. WS

    WedgeSalad

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a secret gem of a restaurant. The prices are reasonable for the high end cuisine that is being served. I hesitate to write a review because I would like to keep this place a secret.
  38. DM

    DonnaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    For an appetizer, I had the duck confit. It was far too big to be called an appetizer. The shredded duck was good but the duck sausage was so dry I did not eat it. I took most of it home with me. I had spaghetti with clams for my main course. I got only five tiny clams in their shells. What a disappointment! The spaghetti had a green sauce under it, not on top, so the spaghetti was dry. It was topped by a huge cloud of grated cheese – possibly Parmesan. The excess cheese made the spaghetti even dryer. I ate half of it and took the rest home. My dessert was the lemon tart; it had lumps in the lemon curd because it was not strained well enough. Each plate was presented beautifully. The service was great. But the food was a disappointment. I have been to JJ’s many times over the years and this is the first meal that has disappointed me.
  39. LA

    LanaA

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The servers were very friendly & polite. Delicious food and wonderful presentation. Nice to chat with student/servers at the end of meal to learn where they were along their training. I will certainly go back for another meal in 2022
  40. IT

    IreneT

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We always enjoy the food and environment at JJ Restaurant. Definitely we will come back soon.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners

FAQs

JJs Restaurant at VCC is rated 4.6 stars by 139 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for JJs Restaurant at VCC

250 Pender St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1S9

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hamilton

  • Neighborhood

    Chinatown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Thu 11:30 am–12:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    street parking also available

  • Public transit

    Stadium/Chinatown Sky Train Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Keith Krentz

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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