The Foundation Lounge

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 23 Reviews
Menu is extensive and varied, and portions are large. Casual atmosphere, full liquor license. Not totally vegan, serves dairy in some dishes and honey in sauces (can be substituted with maple syrup for most items). Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, Beer/Wine,Take-out


First Review by philjdomm

Decent food / Old School Feel

4 Posted on 07 / 24 / 2014

It was a rainy day in Vancouver, and we decided to eat at The Foundation Lounge, as we are staying in the Mount Pleasant area, and this place was a close walk.

The decor of this place is quite dated, and it smelled and looked like we had walked in to an old 50's restaurant. The waiting staff was attentive.

I didn't expect much food-wise, as most reviews I read suggested that the food was average.

The first thing i noticed is the quirky and confusing menu. They tried to be a bit to clever with the menu in my opinion, and it is difficult to find what you are looking for.

Our waitress mentioned that her favorite burger on the menu was the Persistent Pnut Burger, and that was what I decided to order. I was pleasantly surprised. The burger was filling, tasty, and something I would definitely order again. The side order of quinoa with blueberries, however, was on the blander side.

Vancouver prices aren't cheap as compared to other cities I have traveled to, so if you are looking for an inexpensive, yet tasty lunch, this place seems to be a good choice.

Pros: Tasty vegan burgers, Good Value
Cons: Interior could use a facelift

Mediocre experience

3 Posted on 01 / 10 / 2014

I remember eating here as a new vegetarian and was delighted at the selection. I've had the Peanut Pesto Pasta (oppp) once before and remember it being delicious.

This time I had the Foundation Burger and was very underwhelmed, as well our server didn't check in on us, so I had to hunt him down for some mustard for flavour. The salad on the side was really boring as well. I remember thinking, if you had an all-veg restaurant, wouldn't you want to make the side salad just spectaular, since that's something vegans get so boring at regular restaurants?

Try it out, but go for lunch when the prices are cheaper and it may be less busy.

Pros: Varied menu, Serves alcohol, Large portions
Cons: Grungy decor, Poor service

Decent menu with some inventive dishes

4 Posted on 10 / 17 / 2012

I liked this place - the menu consists of a decent range of burgers, sandwiches and salads, plus some rather more inventive dishes. There are lots of vegan options.

I had the black beans and papaya with coco lime sauce and rice - it was pretty good.

Most main dishes cost $8-10 including tax.

Pros: decent value, good food
Cons: toilets


3 Posted on 07 / 21 / 2012

The food at Foundation is actually ok, 9 times out of 10. But the place is grungy, the wait can be terrifying (we are usually not prepared to wait in long lines), the service is hit and miss. The sesame society and spicy peanut are very tasty. I have heard the urban legend about the grimy bathrooms so I have made a point of avoiding them. Frankly, I don't go out of my way to eat there but sometimes it's convenient. But they use a lot of quinoa and the sauces are quite tasty. Most of them contain honey though. Why they don't use agave I don't understand but they are prepared to substitute honey for maple or agave syrup. I only hope they remember... Not all of them can be substituted so be sure to ask if you are a strict vegan like us. Don't go there if you are in a hurry, because the staff there is not. Also, for those who don't mind eating out of chipped plates and drink out of jars.


Love this place

5 Posted on 06 / 29 / 2012

Kids and I ate here and loved it. The menu has something for everyone. The Maple bean Chile was a big hit at our table. The cooks are cranking the food out on GE kitchen ranges that you would have at your home. The decor is funky 50's and there are great art pieces on the wall with lots of good advise from favorites like Steve Jobs etc. We rate this restaurant A+


Make sure you have plenty of time...

3 Posted on 06 / 25 / 2012

The food is brilliant and the portions huge but the long wait puts me off - I only go there when I have plenty of time, which isn't often. Great local beer!

Pros: Great food, Good value
Cons: Very noisy, Long LONG wait, Unpleasant washroom

It'll do

2 Posted on 03 / 03 / 2012

I know lots of people that absolutely love this place(during peak hours prepare the wait in a line that goes out the door). I am not one of them. It's okay. the food is decent. The general attitude and ambience leaves just so much to be desired. It's loud, dark, and just a little gross(the bathrooms kinda scared me). The service fluctuates between kinda helpful to not indicating whether my order was heard.

The food sometimes makes up for it though. I do still go if it's the only option or if my friends, who love it, want to go.

Pros: decent food
Cons: loud, attitude, could be cleaner

Vegan fondue!

4 Posted on 11 / 12 / 2011

The vegan dark chocolate fondue is delicious! It's only at dinner though. Also, their pasta dishes are great (also only a dinner). The chipotle sauce on one of their veggie and rice dishes is amazing. I would highly recommend going here for dinner, but not for lunch.

Great food!

4 Posted on 10 / 12 / 2011

Four of us arrived on a Thursday night and joined a small line up of people (which quickly grew into a very long line behind us) waiting for a table. We were seated shortly and started the process of going through the very extensive menu. I was pleased with the large number of vegan options and good beer selection.

The service was leisurely, but despite what others have written here, the staff were friendly, stopped by our table often and were able to answer questions about the menu on the spot. The restaurant got louder as the evening went on, but we were able to carry on a conversation quite easily.

If I lived in Vancouver, I'm sure that this place would quickly be added to my regular rotation of restaurants to eat at.

Pros: tasty food, friendly staff, huge portions
Cons: noisy

A fun evening!

5 Posted on 10 / 06 / 2011

We just finished a rock climbing session, and decided to go and try the foundation.

We sat down, and received a menu full of goodness. To my pleasant surprise, most of the dishes were actually vegan! I wish I could find an online menu, so I'd be able to write about the dishes we ordered. But I do remember a starter with yam mash and hummus (awesome) a salad with a mangoi dressing (also great but only for those who like sweet dressings) and a pasta dish with peanuts and fresh basil, which was the crown jewel!

For dessert, we ordered a vegan chocolate fondue, which was just great.

All in all, it was all good. I'm left with no choice but to rate the Foundation a 5!

Pros: Variety, Taste
Cons: Has non vegan dishes

Grimy with good food

3 Posted on 04 / 04 / 2011

The location is easy to find, but the inside was a bit grimy. Nice and informative staff, lots of vegan options. BLT-ish was good and warm. The Persistent Pnut burger was disappointing; too dry, with no sauce. Sasuma salad was good and hot with tofu and garbanzos. The salad with mango-lime dressing was good, but not for everyone.
DO NOT USE THE MEN'S BATHROOM!! It was dirty and claustrophobic. I, as a female, made the mistake of using it, and it was scary; look around the corner for the Ladies toilet. It is cleaner, but not terribly.

Pros: informative staff, good food, good vegan options
Cons: grimy, dirty bathrooms, cold

Yum Yum!

5 Posted on 03 / 21 / 2010

I went to this place a couple of years ago and I have two words for it, "Yum Yum!" I ordered this vegan couscous dish that sounded good from the description and I discovered that it was truly amazing!!! One of the best dishes I've ever had, seriously! The vegan chocolate fondue with fruit for dessert was also very delectable and really fun to eat! I can't wait to go back and I will for sure! :-)

Pros: Amazing vegan food, big menu with lots of vegan options, fun place, lively atmosphere
Cons: a little loud, crowded, be prepared to wait outside, specify vegan option more on the menu?

Very Good space too!

4 Posted on 11 / 19 / 2009

Been here several times. Always enjoy the food as the portions are generous and the sauces are usually very tasty.
A negative feature for me can be the TOO loud music.
If you want to talk to your date or friends, it can be tough.
Also, often has a line up if you come after 7 pm, so I'd suggest coming earlier.
I have found the service quite fine here too.
Would recommend it.

Pros: Great Value, Generous portions, Good beer
Cons: Too loud music, queuing up for a table

simply THE restaurant!

5 Posted on 11 / 08 / 2009

my favorite place of the Spain/Canada/USA vacation! I went twice and the two times i had a awesome dinner: great food, very large portions, extremely inexpensive! not everything is vegan, but the menu is very varied so nobody has problem in selection! my non-vegetarian friends found it great too and they appreciated a lot the nachos and the pasta. no problem for me, but they did not found fine the very loud music!

Pros: Very low price, excellent food, very large portions
Cons: maybe rap music too loud

Great place!

5 Posted on 09 / 15 / 2009

My wife and I went here a few weeks ago while visiting Vancouver. There was really a lot we liked about this place. It was a really cool atmosphere. They were playing all kinds of old school rap, which may not be a plus to some but I really enjoyed it. There were various wise and inspirational quotes up on the walls which I enjoyed reading as I looked around. My wife and I shared the appetizer sampler which was a generous portion of several of their appetizers and salad. We intended to go on and order more food, however this filled us up. It was a really good platter, with variety, and quite affordable. Overall we didn't get too far down the menu but we really liked what we ate. I think the place is open pretty late too which is a plus.

Pros: Cool atmosphere, Affordable, Open late
Cons: Could be a bit loud for some

If you're a snob, stay away

4 Posted on 02 / 13 / 2009

If you want a laid back atmosphere and cheap delicious food, this is your place. I love all the dishes I've had hear, especially the pesto past, the fruit curry and the mingling yams dip. There mixed appy plate is DELICIOUS and so cheap for the amount of food you get. Oh, and they have VEGAN FONDUE!!!! How can you beat that!

I've heard people complain about the service, but I've never had a problem. Things are a bit slow because the restaurant is usually seriously understaffed, but the servers are very friendly. Don't expect them to fawn over you, but if you treat them with respect and kindness, I find they do go out of there way to help you. For instance, I once ordered this dish that ended up being 10X spicier then the last time I was there (different chef). The server brought me a bowl of chopped tomatoes and fruit to sprinkle over it to take away from the spiciness and an extra glass of water right away.

A thing to remember, if you're dining with kids come before 6:30 pm because at night sometimes the hiphop has a bit of swearing.

Pros: delicious, nice staff, cheap
Cons: you get a bit sick of the loud hiphop

Don't know what's vegan and what isn't.

2 Posted on 09 / 16 / 2008

I find the service terrible at Foundation. Every time you ask what is vegan you get a different opinion or a snide look. I asked once why they don't just make "vegan sugar pie" seeing as it's always out and seems sssooooo popular. The response I got was a sarcastic "because we are not a VEGAN restaurant". I know this but it was just a suggestion. Also, we've been told several different things about what is vegan and what isn't. Lots of different friends are told different things. I realize it is not a fully vegan restaurant but it really should't be hard to know what's vegan and what isn't. If they don't want to serve vegans they shouldn't have vegan options!!

Cons: Service, Food options, Noisy

Lovely Food

5 Posted on 06 / 28 / 2008

We were on vacation in Vacouver,BC and had taken along a list from you site. We tried some others but Foundation lounge was GREAT. The food was tasty but the tables were a little dark as the only lighting at the tables was candles. I'm sure that helped their bottom line (energy costs). If we ever get to Vancouver,BC again we will DEFINITEly eat there. It was challenging to find because it is on a corner on a busy street; there is a parking lot across the street.

Pros: great food, varied selection, large protions
Cons: poor lighting, hard to find

i love the foundation

5 Posted on 05 / 28 / 2008

i went to the foundation on the first of my two nights in vancouver this week and loved my dinner so much i had to go back the next night. then my partner and i went to a concert, and when we decided we wanted another drink afterward, we wanted to go somewhere we knew for sure there would be friendly service, great music, and a delicious snack waiting for us... so, we went back to the foundation, again, for some chips and salsa and beers. i wish i could bring the foundation home with me! i would go there every night. oh, and one more thing... i love that they have sangria. it was the best i have tasted outside of spain.

Pros: big portions of awesome food, great music/atmosphere, wonderful staff

it is okay

3 Posted on 05 / 12 / 2008

i used to go here sometimes but not anymore! their food has gone from mostly okay to awful! their music is far too loud, the service is the worst i've ever had and their menu is a bit bland. i only really go to eat one or two different things. the price is decent and it is the only vegan place for a long while so that is why i sometimes go back for the hummus and bread or the yam dip both are good but it is not like they had to do much to make them - so they don't deserve the credit.

Pros: location, price, vegan offers
Cons: poor service, loud music, bad quality

A good place to frequent

4 Posted on 01 / 27 / 2008

Extensive veggie menu, decent service, decent price, great atmosphere and usually have some pretty awesome hip hop playing. I've been three times so far and haven't been disappointed.

Pros: big menu, great music, huge portions

Great food

4 Posted on 04 / 11 / 2007

The decor was so grungy here, I was shocked at how great the food was. I had a vegan pesto with pasta and it was unbelievable. (this was a few years ago, so we can say it was a memorable meal!) Great service, nice staff.

be prepared for true eclectic!

4 Posted on 04 / 10 / 2007

it's very different even for fusion vegans...but i love how they take the time to balance the taste. i like the vintage ambience, candle-lit dinners in a poetic setting. the music is alittle loud but...u can always ask them to turn it down?

Pros: hip, trendy-hippy, cool


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