A low-priced, cactus club like restaurant located in North Burnaby.
I heard about X-Site Grill and Bistro from a friend, so I went to check the place out. I arrived just after 5: 00 pm. When I walked in and sat down. It was clean, and the menu had lots to choose from, how ever I chose a cheese burger. It arrived at my table in less then 10 minutes, and was great. This Bistro has a good full menu, with dinner specials, and also a family type atmosphere with many repeat ( regular ) customers. Good prices, and good value,,,, I will be back soon to experience another food item,,,,, reviewed by, Allan Cassidy.
As long-time Xcite patrons, we've been eating here for well over 10 years. The beauty for X-Site is the mix of patrons you'll see on any given night. From SFU students, families and seniors, everyone knows they're getting a fantastically priced, solid meal. X-Site has only managed to overcook my burger once in a 10 year span. Otherwise the food is bang-on, exactly what you're expecting time and time again. As regulars, we appreciate the small things, like when the waitress automatically brings us the hot sauce, and knows I prefer my shrimp club to be a single-decker (rather than a double). I hope they remain here until I'm old and grey!
I come here when I'm really hungry with a couple of friends and most of the time I'm not disappointed.
Food: Lunch specials are very good. I enjoy their chicken tztaki (it's not as good as Cristos Taverna's across the street but it's worth it for what you pay!) and their burgers are also pretty good. One of the clubs they serve (it has a ton of shrimp in it) are DEEEEEEELICIOUS! Drinks are more on the alcohol side; they're one of the few places I know that still serve RC Cola and ROYAL Orange Soda.
Service: The server that's usually there is pretty nice, but sometimes I've caught her watching sports games or news shows in the bar area while I've been trying to wave her down for our bill. Other than that, everything's alright.
Value: Good value majority of the time. I always leave there spending less than $11.00. (Couple of drinks & a meal, or when I cover mine and my friend's meals.)
Ambiance: It's pretty dark in there, but it's a bar and grill. Decor isn't anything special - it's not like it's a high-end/upscale bistro.
Overall: Good for happy hour, good place to go to with coworkers and friends. Not really for a sweet sixteen or huge party or anything like that. (Unless it's a drinking party, which I've seen tons of in here. But at least their customers are having fun?) It's nice for an afternoon lunch....and I'll leave it at that.
I haven't been there in a while, but I'm pretty sure from recent reviews that they haven't raised their prices. I used to go there up to 3 times a week and the food is dirt cheap - and actually good food too! I don't understand how they stay open, but the prices and service work for me. It's close to SFU and the prices attract poor students. It's decor is simple, but it works. The service is great - it's so small, it's hard not to be. I think I'll re-visit soon.
We were first acknowledged (barely) at the door shown to our seats our menus were thrown on the table and she was gone, no discussion, no hi how are ya, nothing. Then we get asked if we wanted a drink while the waitress stared at her feet looking annoyed that she had to serve people. Same as it came to ordering our meal. Food came in good time and for the price you are getting a full plate of good tasting food. As we wait for our server to come back to clear the plates and get our bill, we see her sitting with other patrons or at the bar, even at another table playing with a young lady's hair!?! A little wrong in a restaurant. There was not much happiness eluding from any of the staff there. We all agreed we will be back for the food and the rates but service was lacking. I think a visit from Jon Taffer could complete this grill/bistro.
This is one of my favourite little restaurants and one of the best values in the city. Almost every entree is 10$ and under, and you get a LOT of food. Not only that, but the burgers are yummy and juicy. The drink specials are also nice. Most entrees come with little potato pieces, rather than fries, which is a bit healthier, but also a bit more bland. There is also a sizable salad with each entree, which can fill you up instead of the potatoes.
The place can be a bit busy at times (waiting 10-20 minutes), but the atmosphere is lively and cheerful. There are 2-3 TVs there to watch the game while eating, and the waitstaff is quite friendly every time we go. In the dozen or so times I've been there, the experience and food have always been good.
As a fourth-year university student (and an unemployed one at that), I perhaps appreciate the value of a dollar more than many others. This restaurant reminds me that there are establishments out there that do not seek to eviscerate one's wallet whenever possible.
The food is copious - well-roasted and flavourful potatoes (how did someone find these dull?) are always on the side, with a salad. Fresh burgers, steaks, appetizers, and large dinner-size salads abound, all grilled up quite quickly in plain view. To those that complain about no fries - your waist-line probably with thank you later, and these potatoes they serve make a nice change from the regular "do you want fries with that" restaurant.
Atmosphere is excellent - art-deco metal wall-sculptures, brass-topped tables, and a dark and relaxing atmosphere - the best kind of ambience after a long day of staring at textbooks. Servers are friendy, and reasonably attendant, but there are usually very few, meaning that if the tables are fairly full, you may end up waiting quite awhile to be waited upon.
Last, but certainly not least, the price; wow. This is the best food for this kind of pricing (everything under 10$) that I have ever heard of - most others seem to agree on this too. If you're paying under ten dollars for a generous portion of steak, potatoes, and salad - BE THANKFUL! I cannot think of another restaurant that serves this quality/quantity of food for such a reasonable price.
I heartily recommend this place to my fellow students, or anyone who wants a casual dining experience that is a unique amalgamation of value and quality. Don't expect the world, but do expect a good time.
Now I have to say, I never ever wanted to write a review of XSite because I dont want to get the word out there. The place is so great and its only getting busier which means line ups and that sucks for me! We come here often for dinner or lunch and the food is always great. We have never had a bad experience and we have never had a bad meal. Not fancy but good quality food and not many deep fried items. I would not recommend the pastas as much because the other items are delicious. And I think the sauces are made in-house. The restaurant is a staple, I could eat here every week if I didn't like to make my own food. It is such good value for the food. I love the boiled potatoes and green salad with vinegar dressing with all burgers/sandwiches. It makes the meal feel healthier with no fries. And the salads, hand ripped lettuce no packaged lettuce here and delicious dressings.
I wrote this review in response to the review below about it being cheap. Sure the place is not 5 star gourmet food with fancy decor but they have good food and do it well. The servers can appear distant and unfriendly but many are family or friends of the owner. And some work ALL day so forgive them if they are not overly friendly at the end of their long day.
Wait time is worth every penny when you go to this place! I've been here 4 times with companions and it never sstops amazing me. Just today I had the steak dinner which was on special for $6 and my lady had a chicken pesto sandwich, plus wings and a coffee. When u look at the menu, you will feel like everything is on special. Food was delicious and plentyful! Service was on time and helpful. The best part of this experience was getting the bill, blows me away everytime how inexpensive a hearty meal can be! Love this place and reccomend it to everyone! Thank you x-site!
I am kicking myself for writing this !
The place is too damn busy now !
I just panned two other local eateries this evening and I guess I had to make up for it by writing something nice about a place I do like. I have been coming to X-Cite for years now; both for lunch and dinner and I have never, never been disappointed. The waitresses are friendly and remember everybody, The portions are huge. The quality is top notch for a spoon. I love their steaks.
Most of the other reviews here cover the basics and I was delighted to read others supporting this great place.
I can't add anything new.
The only problem is and the reason I hesitated to submit my review is because now too many people know about X-Cite. I guess that says it all.
I go there for lunch specials.. it's less than $15 for lunch with a beer. I have had a couple burgers and the chicken souvlaki. You get a decent amount of food and it tastes GREAT. I would definitely go here again and even recommend it to friends. You should check it out!
nothing special about this place. the portions are large and the price decent but the food in my opinion, is rather bland. I ordered the pesto chicken and while it was warm it wasn't hot. I like their wings though. It would help if they seasoned it before cooking but the crunchy skin and sauce is delicious. While I wouldn't mind having to go back, I wouldn't choose to eat here again. Not interested in trying anything else in the menu except maybe the wings..
Definitely check out their weekday lunch specials for $4.95, can't beat that price. My husband and I came here on Wednesday, and we both had the chicken souvlaki lunch special which also came with a side of caesar salad, potatoes, and pilaf rice. The portions were generous and I couldn't finish my entree. I agree with the previous reviewer, service is definitely S-L-O-W. There was quite a line-up at the entrance since it looked like there was only 1 server for the entire place, 1 person cooking, and probably the owner making the drinks. I felt sorry for the server since she was working really hard to man all those tables. Guess the owners pass the savings on to the customers by keeping prices and overhead low?
Visited this joint on a weekday during lunch and found the service to be a bit slow. We were the first in line and nobody came to greet us or take our name. There were only two servers and one was making drinks at times. A few tables had dirty dishes on them and were not cleaned up after the patrons left. So for service, it was nothing to write home about. As for the food, had the cheeseburger with bacon and it was pretty good. Actually, for the price and with an entertainment coupon, it's excellent. The potatoes are a little strange, tasted ok but rather have fries. All and all, a good place to go for some pub grub. If you want service though, don't come here.
this is always a great place for quick service and a cheap meal. i love that there's nothing over 10 bucks on the menu. i usually always end up getting the salmon burger - although somewhat messy, it is always so tasty with the tzatziki in it. but honestly, as great as the potatoes are with the sour cream...it's time to convert to some fries!
agree, cheap good food! Their lunch specials are $4.95 and include items such as souvlakis, etc. They have nightly specials and appy specials too. Even cheper if you use an Entertainment coupon!
Always find the waitresses very friendly. Neat funky atmosphere.
I live in this Burnaby most of my life and been here quite a few times. I went there for the Salmon special for dinner tonight. $5.95 for grilled salmon, potatoes, rice and salad. Not only the price is great but the Salmon was the best I ever had. The outside was grilled to a crisp and inside was the most moist salmon I ever had. I always order a diet coke with a slice of lime. Most of the time at cactus club they always for get the first time or by the refill. Not only did it came with my diet coke the first time but on the refill with a different waitress. I don't know how they keep track of my lime request but it was pretty amazing for a restaurant at this price. I also watch game 4 of the NBA finals here. So the TV was a great plus. With other ppl cheering the game on (unlike other bars with drunk ppl) it had great atmosphere. If you're hungry and live in the area.... this place is a sure bet.
I love the lunch specials. I always get the pasta when I'm there for lunch. It's only $4.99 and the portion is comparable to other places that charge $10+. The food is nothing exceptional but it's very cheap and considering what you get for the price, I think it's a great value. Most of the items are $9.99 or below and they're all normal portions. The place is pretty nice and quiet as well so it's a good place to chill to grab a couple of drinks with friends.
I went there with an Entertainment online coupon for lunch. The waitress told me they only accept coupons from Entertainment book, but not from their web site?? She explained they don't have any agreement to accept online ones?! I'm not sure if it's Entertainment or the restaurant to blame, but when it happens I usually walk away and go to the other place. It was 30C today, the lunch specials are only $4.99, and it's on my way to work, so I decided to give it a try. This kind of business practice is unacceptable, though. I contacted Entertainment, they were not willing to do anything.
I ordred Curry Penne. It arrived fresh, but nothing really exciting. I was expecting some indian style curry on bed of penne, but the sauce was simply alfredo with curry powerder mixed. Souvlaki for other table looked decent though.
Not impressed at all for my first time there, but I'll give another shot sometime again, since their price is good and it's on my way to work.
Well I went here tonight with one of my friends, it was just the two of us and we watied about 20 minutes to be seated. The staff were very young but that was okay some of them were very friendly. The food is alright, the specials are amazing though. Rice, Potatoes, Salad, Garlic Bread & whatever the specialty is, is only 5.95 its very cheap and worth going there. it's a good place to eat with your friends the other times i've been there the service has been great except this time..
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