Dock Lunch

Cuisine type

  • American Cuisine,


  • Restaurant With Terrace,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
152 11th Ave E, Vancouver, BC V5T 2C2
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $11 To $25,

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Meet the owner

Located on the ground floor of a 1912 apartment building, Dock Lunch is a hidden Mount Pleasant gem. Passersby often stop at the window, curious. Low, overflowing bookcases line the walls and an assortment of vintage bric-a-brac create a singularly charming setting. Dock Lunch is the sort of place you want to move into, put on your favourite records and settle in with a good book.

In this space, Dock Lunch owner Elizabeth Bryan cooked and hosted regular Sunday night dinners for her friends for 15 years. It was her apartment then. In 2014, she had to move out to make way for her dream of opening a restaurant. Though it’s no longer her home, the 16-seater café is “still a place for my friends to come and hang out and eat soul food and comfort food,” says Elizabeth. “Now it’s open to everyone who can take the time to leave the beaten path and find it.”

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Elizabeth Bryan is the one-woman show (owner, chef and server) behind Dock Lunch, a not-so-secret hidden gem located in a 100-year-old building just off Main Street. Stepping inside this intimate 16-seat café feels like revisiting your grandmother’s living room thanks to the cozy furnishings, vintage tchotchkes and a bookshelf stocked with well-worn cookbooks. Elizabeth has family roots in South Carolina, so it’s no surprise her home-style cooking veers towards Southern soul food and internationally inspired comfort cuisine. The seasonally driven menu changes daily so be sure to check the Dock Lunch Instagram account to see what’s cookin’.

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Off-the-beaten-path places to take Vancouver visitors

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If it feels like you’ve accidentally walked into someone’s apartment upon entering, it’s because you have. This unpredictably delightful spot was once the home of owner/cook/server Elizabeth Bryan. The pop-up style kitchen serves only one main dish per day – typically of slow cooked meats, rich stews, or hearty sandwiches – and a sweet of some sort. In-the-know diners pack inside the 16-seat space every single day, even though the only advertising is word of mouth and social media. Ingredients are purchased fresh daily so check the Dock Lunch Instagram account to check out what’s on the menu.

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What started as an underground supper club for friends has now turned into a legitimate café on East 11th serving Southern food to whoever can cram into the 16-seater place that feels like your friend’s living room. With a changing daily menu, you’ll have to check their Facebook or Instagram for what’s on offer. Better yet, just stop by and be surprised by a classic Po’ Boy, marinated steak baguette or perhaps ham and kale slaw on a buttermilk biscuit. Homestyle cooking from an intimate space, this is Mount Pleasant’s most recent hidden gem.

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