Great steaks, a casual ambiance and friendly, very knowledgeable staff are the proud and reliable trademarks of The Keg Steakhouse & Bar.
I have a high standard when it comes to a steakhouse. I've been to numerous places in the US, Montreal, and Toronto. I've been to MORTON, LAWRYS, HOUSTON's, RUTH CHRIS, BLACK ANGUS, OUTBACK, & top 3 steakhouses in TEXAS, I can't remember which, one of them is Cattlemen's.
Back to the interior, very nice, dimly lighting and rustic like a Black Angus type resto. Service was good considering it's a Saturday night dinner. It was 4 of us, I had a prime rib med rare and my wife a fillet mignon, my friend and wife a sirloin and ribeye. They cook the food to perfection with the right sauce and everything but nothing stand out. My prime rib is not as tender as the one at MORTON's or HOUSTON's. The steak is ok but the sauce combination could be more creative. Ribeye could be better, not enough marbling only available with mushroom sauce.
I was searching for the best steak and prime rib all over North America and found it in HOUSTON's in IRVINE, CA. Try their Hawaiian RIBEYE, the best marinated ribeye in the world, very tender and juicy, nicely aged and grilled to perfection just eat it without any sauce, it's so tasty and tender. Best for prime rib is MORTON and HOUSTON's ...but maybe for the money go to HOUSTON's. NOW this is the best secret in the industry and you'll be glad I tell you. Through all my experiences trying steakhouses, you get what you paid for. You can't expect a top sirloin tasting like a fillet mignon but there is one place call WOOD RANCH BBQ in LA (2 - 3 locations), try their TRI TIP STEAK, it taste like a fillet mignon, you can even cut it with your spoon efortlessly! Now are you happy?
Had dinner tonite with a party of 5. Started off with some coctails which were good and not watered down. All had the prime rib dinner with caesar salad. Two of our orders were not right but no big deal as we fixed it ourselves. The steaks here are great and consistent. And for 24.95 for steak and salad with vegetables and potato id say its a great value. Service was great, server came by several times to fill waters, clear plates and check on us. Overall, a very nice casual dining experience with above average food. Highly recommend this location as this is our most frequented location.
Tried the new Keg last week. It was absolutely packed...couldn't find a parking spot in the lot. We had to wait around 40 min. for a table so we waited at the bar. Although the food is solid, I would like a few more choices...the menu doesn't seem to ever change. I find it to be very pricey as well and because it was so full it was very noisy.
First time at this new location and love the look of it. Sat at a booth near the bar and server quickly came over and gave us menus and we ordered drinks. Ordered prime rib and it was yummy as usual. We had a couple of different servers help us probably 3 or 4 but all of them were friendly. They even gave us all refills without us even asking and were always checking up on us to see if everything was okay. The only part I would complain about are the crowding of people around the table before we even got up to leave. And the second we got up, the next people just swooped right in. I didn't know that the bar side was first come first serve but I think they should at least have a some kinda rule so people aren't crowding around before diners are even finished their food. Other then that, great food and service. Would definitely go back. Parking gets packed quickly after 5pm.
I really loved the wide-open and somewhat dark ambiance of this newly-built Keg. The lighting was just right and the paintings were very tasteful. The wait was long as expected, but well worth it if you've been to the Keg before. The service was solid, very friendly, and very attentive. The food was alright, but not the same quality as my previous visits. I ordered the prime rib as usual. It was too dry. However I tried pieces from the rest of the table and theirs was fine. Definitely will go back and hopefully my cut will be better.
12 of us came here couple of months ago and ALL left dissappointed. This not a knock of KEG, but this KEG location.
From appetizer to mains, all of the dishes had something "off" with it.
steaks we ordered (same way cooked at other Keg locations), just didn't taste the same...they just weren't cooked properly...WTF? This place is a steak house...every steak ordered was consistently overcooked by one notch. Maybe if ONE person complained about their steak...it was an off day...but 6/6 steaks overdone and not properly seasoned! My impression is that they are so busy, business is sooo good, they simply didn't give a rats ass and just pushed out the food.
Ahi Tuna ordered stank!! This can only mean one thing...it wasn't fresh (my wife had to send it back to be fully cooked to get rid of smell). Most of all, don't even think they served sushi grade ahi tuna...it seemed more like the cheap pink tuna in low grade sushi rolls at the edge of rotting.
Chicken steak ordered was dry, salty and hard...you know where I'm going with this.
Make a long story short, I wouldn't go back there again, I really don't know why they are packed with lineups.
For the food we got and price we paid, I should have went to Costco to buy some rib-eye, giant scallops/prawns and had an awesome BBQ at my home. with money to spare!!
On the upside, service was perfect and without sounding like I'm dumping on the KEG. I'm benchmarking this food to other Kegs I have gone to (downtown location and usually walking out happy)
Go here if you are only too lazy to drive to another KEG.
This is our all time favourite steak house. The food is always consistent. We like the prime rib special that comes with a caesar. The portions are excellent. We also like the shrimp cocktails and escargots. This place gets very busy and noisy most evenings but is still a good restaurant. We highly recommend this restaurant.
I love the keg. Whenever I get a craving for a steak I go here. Sometimes they don't quite get the level of cooking right - I like medium but sometimes end up with a medium-rare to medium-well. I can forgive them for that though because it always tastes great.
My gf loves their shrimp cocktail. Better than any other ship cocktail shes had - and she's had them all.
Value is not to good. Pretty expensive.
i went to the keg during their lobster summer and the lobster was delicious! i had half a lobster with honey BBQ ribs and fries. there ribs are always good and the lobster was delicious and meaty. the service was very good. the ambiance was nice even though it was a bit dark and hard to read the menu. while you wait you can go to the lounge and have a drink or some appetizers. when you get into the restaurant they give you this circle thing that lights up when your table is ready. it's not a really fancy place but they do serve good food. whenever i go to the keg i enjoy myself. the food may not be incredible but it is pretty good.
They have a new location now, so close to the old location I didn't even realize it.
I've been to the Burnaby location 2 times now. The first time was the old location about 2 years ago and then again in September 2007 at the new location.
I ordered what I always order at the Keg .... the "New York Peppercorn" ... medium-well.
So far, each Keg that I have ordered this steak was bang on, on how I wanted it. There was just a little bit of pink in the center and just the right amount of sizzling hot fat on some corners of the steak.
The new location looks great, the service is friendly, the food is great as well, and the girls are pretty.... (thats always a bonus) :-)
I've been to the Keg before in Coquitlam before they close. To me, the Keg is nothing special. The steaks are overpriced and rather blant. They used to have the rib steak with white peppercorn back then and it was excellent. They no longer offer that now. My new york steak was cooked to perfection though. The yam fries that they offer are also excellent. The ambiance is also above average. The place is well decorated and feel very cozy. If you're a steak lover and don't mind paying the price, i guess this is a good place to go. As for me, I don't think i will be returning any time soon.
Went in to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday at around 8pm. we immediately got our table and our waiter, Ted, was friendly and attentive. After the initial intro, we got our drinks and told Ted we were here to celebrate a birthday. We all ordered the classic dinners which came with salads and the main course. The salads came fast but the kitchen took too long to get our food ready (there were only 4 of us and the dining area had a few emptied tables)
The salads were seasoned and sauced just right. The steaks Steaks were cooked to perfection with enough juice and seasoning but the vegis were bland and undercooked and the zucchinis were bitter. The baked potatoes were great but the size seemed to have shrunk.
After our meals were finished Ted came back with a free piece of mocha ice cream cake for my mother-in-law. Awesome way to end the night for a special occassion.
If the food came out faster (considering it wasn't too busy for a Sunday night) and the vegis were cooked and seasoned more, then I would have given this Keg a better rating. Again our server was outstanding and his service made the food more bearable.
Great place for special occasions. I've come here many times, they do not take reservations, so prepare to go there earlier for a table.
Food: Excellent. The medium-rare steak that I ordered was very juicy and the fully-loaded baked potato was just deeeeeee-licious.
Service: Very polite waitresses. Constant water refills and "how is your meal so far?".
Area: The restaurant gives a very cozy feeling when seated.
Went to the Keg on a Saturday night because my fiancee and I had a big craving for prime rib. We were told it would be 35 minutes for a table. (usually we are not the line-up type of people) But we were willing to wait because that's how badly we wanted the prime rib. That's why we were extremely disappointed to find out after we were finally seated with drinks ordered that there was no more prime rib. This should not happen. A steakhouse should not run out of meat by 8:30pm on a Saturday night. And if it was due to some kitchen error they should at least tell you upfront before you wait 30 plus minutes for a table. At least the server was nice and felt sorry but still, it ruined our night. Having to spend $100 on a dinner you didn't really want sucks!
was there 2 weeks ago for dinner..had tempura snap peas & asparagas..teriyaki chicken & a rib steak ordered as medium rare..it was abit overdone..but no big deal, perfectly seasoned so overall, still good...had 2 glasses of red...finished off with Sweet Temptations..a selection of mini dessert shots to choose from...selected 3, cheesecake, carrot cake & chocolate fudge...nothing to rave about there...but will definitely be back for the steak.. :)
The keg has always been a restaurant where I hang out with the boys, and the one just off the highway is a favorite. I find that the service is excellent, and the ambiance is lovely
That being said, a steak certainly isnt worth paying 30 - 40 bucks for, no matter how good the service is. Sometimes my steak is perfect, more often than not it falls short by a little - usually a bit too overcooked. If you're just at the bar, then its a great place for drinks and snacks. Other than that, for the prices im paying, i'd rather go to a nicer place
Keg has always been a favourite. Though the prices have increased over the years, you are mainly paying for the ambiance (including those girls) and decor which is rather unique. Food is good but can get pricey. Like i said this is the kind of place you pay a little more for quality. However even the quesadilla at under $20 tastes excellent. Shanks is around $20 and ribeye is $30.
Service is quite good. The staff and waitresses are upbeat and sexy. Very trendy style place but highly reccomended especially when meeting someone for the first time. It makes a good first impression.
We have been going into the Keg for close to 10 years now, and visited pretty much all Lower Mainland locations. This one is the newest and the grandest, but the food quality leaves very much to be desired. I mean it is edible, but it is of beaten-down pub quality. Certainly not something that is worth close a hundred bucks for a meal for two. I was really dissatisfied with the whole experience.
Starting with the appy, which was a Crab/Parmesan dip, - the baked chip-like crusty somethings, some severely oversalted (had to scramble for water to gulp it down) and the dip that was completely an utterly nothing special. Milestone's dip to this one is like Bentley to Focus.
Secondly, Oscar Sirloin that I have ordered almost every single we went to the Keg came with like a teaspoon of Bearnaise sauce. The scallops and the shrimp tasted like they were thawed and warmed up, not a hint of them being sauteed or fried. Bland. The tomato, and I am starting to nitpick here, but it just adds to the picture, had oddly enough only one half covered in miniscule amount of cheese and it wasn't broiled long enough.
So all in all - food quality was way below expectations and didn't compare well to what we had in other locations.
Just wanted to quickly say that this is my favourite Keg to frequent. The new building is beutiful and the food is always done right at this one (some other Keg's often undercook my medium request).
Just had the 20oz T-Bone on their winter grill - man-o-man that was a good steak.
If you like the Keg, this is a great location, however, it can get really busy at times. In the summertime they open the patio which adds room for I would guess an additional 40-50 guests and that helps with the wait times.
I hear there is a new one coming in Yaletown that will be 3 or 4 stories. Should be another nice looking location!
+ Service was good starting with the hosts. Our server, Lisa, was super friendly and attentive. She came by our table almost immediately after we sat down to get our drink orders, and made sure we always had drinks and water. She gave great suggestions for the main courses. And she knew how to properly serve our extremely large booth without making us feel inconvenienced.
+ The food was good. Portion sizes were just right. I had the grilled shrimp and it wasn't drowning in butter. We had a vegetarian at our table and they even made portobello fajitas. Those with steaks seemed to be very happy with their meals.
+ The decor is really nice and feels like a mountain lodge with it's fireplaces and high timber ceiling. You can have a conversation but not feel like you might be disturbing other diners if you happen to get a bit too loud.
- There is not enough parking for it's location and size, and it's not conveniently located to public transit. And the parking lot is poorly laid out, you cannot easily search for a spot, and at busy times gets blocked up. There is on-street parking in the evenings and even then it doesn't seem to be enough. Hopefully when the construction in the area is done it will be better.
- We waited for about 45 minutes. But that is par for the course for these types of chain restaurants that do not take reservations. Luckily one couple in our party arrived a half hour earlier than us to get our name on the list and have drinks at the bar.