Browns Socialhouse offers a sleekly well-designed yet casual atmosphere with warm, efficient and unpretentious service. The creative menu is comfort food inspired, fusing west coast cuisine with our very Vancouver ethnic influences. We offer a great selection of appetizers, full sized main courses and fun desserts, we also serve a delicious brunch menu on the weekends and holidays. Our signature center bar offers up a great meeting place for cocktails.
Remember back in the 1980's when PJ Burger & Sons and Red Robin were the coolest restaurants but then they got real stale? Then Earl's, Cactus Club and Milestones took over as the cool joints? Well, Brown's Social took over from those and presented a hip, place to get your wings and draft. Well, it's getting kinda tired now. I guess if you're in your twenties and want to place hang and be seen, this works but to have a meal with conversation, it's tough because it's so loud. The food is your usual fare, nothing special or unique here. The servers are young and pretty. Cool decor and a nice patio with a view of passing skytrains and Burnaby architecture. Easy for two people to spend $60+ for dinner... I can do so much more with $60 at a chinese seafood place or sushi bar.
used to frequent the browns in newport quite often and was thrilled another one was opening. decor and ambiance are fantastic and servers are attractive (obviously) and adequate. noticed the drink specials are a little different (and a little more expensive). not a huge deal but basically the reason i favour browns over cactus/earls/joeys...the $4 sangria and bellinis :( the food is very reminiscent of a typical "upscale" chain...perfectly adequate but forgettable. that being said, they'll probably do well in the area as they're still quite a bit cheaper than the alternatives for happy hour
Now that it's officially opened, we dropped in and gave it a try. For a minute there, we thought we had walked into a lookalike club. Why? Because the hostess and servers (which were mainly female) wore short black skirts and tight black tops. Ring a bell with you? We were seated quickly and the server didn't take long to start with drinks. We had the steak sandwich and the parmesan crusted chicken breast. The steak sandwich is an open faced sandwich topped with an onion ring, served with finely shredded cole slaw and in my case, french fries. The steak was done to medium-rare and was pretty good and juicy. The chicken breast covered with a parmesan crust was cooked nicely but the red pepper sauce was rather bland. Sorry chef! Otherwise, overall the meal wasn't bad but we couldn't really go with "solid". Dessert was key lime pie which we're told is made in-house. That was actually very good.
The service was okay as she didn't forget us. The value is comparative to similar establishments. The ambiance is okay but the music was rather loud as you couldn't really have a conversation without raising your voice! We'll go again to try something else and hopefully those dishes will be even better. Enjoy.
I had lunch here with coworkers. The food is pretty standard chain restaurant food. No disappointments, but no surprises either. Service is friendly and they do their best to be quick! However, it did take my group well over an hour to have lunch there, and we weren't trying to take our time. There's a lot of restaurants to choose from in the area now, I'll probably decide whether to go back based on how long crowded it is.
My wife and I went to Socialhouse for dinner on a saturday night. We went early enough that getting a table was easy, it was also raining so it was a bit of a slow night. We both loved the entire experience. The food was creative, modern and delicious, the ambiance is gorgeous, later in the evening the place fills up with a stylish good looking crowd. Our waitress was hilarious, she made the evening memorable with her perfect look and dress and was probably the reason we stayed for drinks after dinner. The calamari was fantastic, seasoned to perfection and served with vegetables that really took the dish over the top. I had the fish, which was delicious, the rice being particularly good. My wife had the sirloin (I think); the steak was tender, flavourful and perfectly cooked she said. The potatoes they serve are unlike anything you've seen before, sooo good. And I must add that the Gin and Tonic is really yummy. My only suggestion would be that the servers need to try the menu items so that they can offer constructive advice. An overall great experience, we will definitely be back. Oh, and BTW, girls in short skirts make me drink more, tip extra and lounge more so we occupy the table for long hours he he he
This will be our local haunt from now on when we want to head out for food and good atmosphere. They've got some cute waitresses that come and go but I am strictly here fort the food respecting my wife and the fact that we frequent this establishment as a couple. They also have fish and the right wines. The price is good really or what you expect.
Claims to be wheelchair accessible, but when we got there almost every available table was an elevated booth, which clearly wouldn't work for us.
On the menu one of the items (breakfast burrito) didn't say anything about including meat, but when it arrived there was bacon in it- definitely a bad thing for our vegetarian. For the other dishes, the portions were small and not terribly tasty.
All in all the service was mixed. The manager was really nice and even comp'd the burrito for our veg person (so nice!), but the servers were practically non-existent and disinterested.
This review is for the Kits location in Vancouver. Great little location. The food is good, but not too much variety. This place is mostly for drinks. Cant complain about that, since every drink is $4 everyday. Thats the only way they can keep customers. Ofcourse, the girls are super cute, so I guess that helps too. The ambiance is quited lively. Every night at 10 pm, they crank up the same song & get everyone in the place singing....lol.