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.
So we stopped by on the weekend. I disagree with the person who said the patio was nice. Yuk - who wants to sit on a sidewalk beside the parking lot of a strip mall. So we went inside. I'd say this is the worst Brown's patio anywhere.
We were seated in a nice booth. I did not find the washrooms confusing. But, I guess I've been going to the bathroom for a while now. There are many restaurants where you have to walk by the bathroom to get the the kitchen - just logistics sometimes.
The drinks are the best part - their $4 house wine is great. I'm not sure why someone would be "shocked" by a $2.50 charge for tonic and lime - that's a standard price for pop in a restaurant as far as I know.
The blackedned halibut sandwich was delicious with plenty of fish - I upgraded to yam fries for $1 = well worth it, The cheese burger was said to be delicious too. We were not asked if we wanted dessert or anything else so we just paid and left. The food was good, but a little too high priced for what you got.
The staff was not very friendly and our waitress barely spoke to us at all and was very slow. I guess you can't have it all.
We went for dinner at Brown's on a Saturday night and had quite an enjoyable experience. All martinis are $2.00 off on Friday and Saturdays, can't remember the name of the one I had but it was delicious. Service was very attentive and friendly, very nice atmosphere. Food was decent, not the best pasta I've ever had, but very acceptable, portions were reasonable, more than enough for my appetite, perhaps order an appy for larger eaters. Overall, good night out, would definatly visit again!
Brown's Social House is now in Walnut Grove. It was tucked away near the IGA Marketplace. Upon arrival we all noticed the ambiance was very swanky and hip with lots of mirrors, large booths, and tones of brown, black, and tan decorating the place. We were promptly seated in a booth and the waitress took our drink orders.
While waiting for our drinks we all noticed that there were a lot of people working at this restaurant. Perhaps too many people as it seemed cluttered with waitresses here and there with many of them constantly going to a door marked "Office" took about 10 minutes for our drinks to arrive as it wasn't even that busy. The staff is primarily made of of pretty 19-23 year old waitresses who always seem to be looking at themselves in the mirror when walking past.
Drinks came but were shocked to see the $2.50 charge for a tonic water and lime. One thing that was great was the water refills came in small glass milk jars. Here are the items we ordered
-Almost famous blackend fish sandwich
fish was great but way too small for the bun in which it came on, coleslaw was in the sandwich which made it a disaster to eat as I had a lot of bun leftover
- tuna salad
fresh, crisp wonton, good dressing but they placed the tuna on the side of the salad which was odd
- bbq chicken pizza
very delicious but it had a bit of a spicy kick to it
Here is the part that turned me off though. In needing use of the bathroom you have to walk past the kitchen where they have the prepared food waiting to be picked up so there is a chance you may run into a server with food (crash) It's kind of a long confusing hallway as the washrooms are at the end of it on the left hand side. The men's washroom resembled a change room at a public pool. I almost slipped upon entering and there was water and paper towels all over the place.
Although there is ample staff working no one wants to be on bathroom duties by any means. The food was good but didn't blow me away, service was slow but the food came, and the bathrooms made we want to run away screaming.
You can serve the best food, have superb ambiance, and pretty serving staff but if your washrooms are in shambles I say good day to you.
Overall I was very unimpressed with Browns Social House.
The menu states they only use fresh ingredients and take their food quality very seriously. The products my wife and I received couldn't be further from their goals.
My wife and I had the following dishes (rated out of ten):
Crab and Artichoke Dip - 2
Hot Wings - 4
BBQ Back Ribs - 6
Chicken Wrap - 4
The Crab and Artichoke Dip was basically flavorless and the bread served with it was over salted about 2 times too much. The heavy salting made the dip even less of an active part of the dish. Also, the salsa served was literally Pace Thick and Chunky. Unbelievable considering minutes before I had read they care some much about fresh ingredient. Is jarred salsa fresh? I think not.
The rest of the meal was equally disappointing. The hot wings were soggy and the celery sticks served with it had brown spots. The chicken wrap had next to no seasoning and the chicken was dry and over cooked. The only decent part of the meal was the BBQ Back Ribs, but still those were nothing to write home about.
On a drink note: They have Russell's on tap which I was happy to see. They don't make the beer so I can't give them more props then for selecting a good supplier though. However, their mix drinks were garbage. I had a Mojito and it was the worst one I've ever had. My wife had a cosmopolitan and it was very poor as well.
To top off all of this off, the prices were outrageous.
I will never be back to Browns. If you want to go to a restaurant that's Browns style pulled off well; go to Cactus Club or Joey's. Those places clearly have something to teach Browns.
My wife and I popped in for lunch last week.
The inside is nicely decorated, but being a nice day we decided to sit outside. I'm afraid the ambience isn't quite up to par, with cranes and building going on all around. As well, the outdoor tables seemed to be situated in a wind tunnel area.
We just ordered a couple drinks, a pizza and a bowl of the Thai chicken and rice soup. The drinks were perfect. We had the impression that someone behind the bar knew what he/she was doing. The pizza had a perfect crust, fresh toppings and was a cut above pretty well anything else in the neighbourhood. And the soup was hot and flavorful. We were quite pleasantly surprised.
The service was attentive, although not all that friendly. It being a nice day, our impression was our young waitress would rather have been somewhere else.
This was my first time going here. Sat in the dining room, but did notice that the patio looks great. Really likes the atmosphere...place was really full. I had a Caesar salad and the plush scalloped potato and they were bothe very disappointing! The salad was mediocre and the scalloped potato was pretty much a spring roll filled with potato, topped with sour cream. My friend had the Blackened chicken bowl, it was alright EXCEPT the chicken was like only half a breast piece. Drinks were good, thank God! We decided not to try dessert since all our food was pretty disappointing. It's a shame since the place is actually nice inside!
I like going to Brown's. It's young and trendy feeling. Most of the time you get pretty good service, you can tell they care about what they're doing. The drinks are always great and the prices aren't unreasonable. The atmosphere is big so you feel private in your big booth, tucked away from the rest of the world. It's a great place to go with a group of good friends to drink and chat the night away. The food isn't stellar, I can never decide what to have because nothing really stands out as sounding delicious. But the food always comes out pretty good, nothing to really complain about, just nothing to rave about. They advertise for Sunday brunch, haven't tried it but think it would be a great spot to go.
Very upscale , warm and inviting. a little too dark for old eyes to read menu seated in a booth. my wife and i ordered the cowboy and cowgirl salad. both were very well prepared although the piece of blackened chicken atop my cowboy salad could have been larger. service was attentive. bill was presented in a timely manner and questions regarding bill split with other guests was handled well. over all a good dining experience.
Have been to Brown's a few times now. Each time the food and drinks were "just okay" but overpriced. They have a patio facing the parking lot which is better if you don't mind sitting in front of cars driving by. I found the inside to be dark and uncomfortable. Was hopeful this would be a good place for meetings but have stayed away since the shootings in the mall.
ive been here a few times for both dinner and lunch. Nice atmosphere its great in the summer as they have a patio...the food is okay nothing special. price is the same as cactus or earls but their servcie isnt too great. i would only recommend this place if in the summer you want to be outside while you eat as there arent many patio restaruants in the walnut grove area
Been to Brown's now about 8 times. I know!!! Although its a franchise, I do feel it is more like a independent experience than all of Walnut Groves friendly safe chain restaurants. Its also a feeling of trendy Kits which is more than welcome.
I've ordered so may things now, I am not sure where to start. The spicy Kobe beef meatballs are delicious. The Hollywood burger is not too shabby. The lemongrass soup great! Key Lime Pie most tasty! The Social Lager is actually really good for a house beer and I usually get at least two. Also, please try their spicy pizza with soprassata and capicollo, so good!!
Service has been fine. I haven't had a bad experience there yet, which is surprising given how many times I've been.
I hope the fine folks of Walnut Grove keep supporting this venue.
We went for lunch with a 5 year old and 65 year old and everyone was happy. We were promptly served and the food was just fine. We ordered pizza, ceasar salad, soups and drinks and no one was unhappy with any of it. The portion sizes were not huge and I would recommend appetizers for those who like a big meal at lunch. I suspect the evening crowd is much different, but I will go again with my family and friends - it does have that social feel to it. The booths are always good for conversation and are reasonable size.
Brought some business clients in for a drink and eats meeting over a deal. Waitress was nice enough but there were people at the bar piss drunk and yelling through the restaurant. To say the least it made for a horrible experience and impossible to enjoy our stay. With the abnoxiousness of these guys at the bar I would have thought the management would ask them to leave - but no. Eventually we eat the food that came (skimpy and unimpressive anyway) drank our drinks and left. Not a good place for quiet meetings or get togethers. Good if you like to be a louder customer.
I had a business lunch at Brown's a few weeks ago. I was suprised there was a place like this in Langley. It was pretty funky and I loved the creative decore. i had the dragon bowl it was yummy. A little spicy but thats how I like it.
I would reccomend this place but I found it was a little on the pricy side. I think our lunch bill for 2 was around $50 and we werent drinking alcohol.
Anyway I will still go back
From recent reviews and some word of mouth, I went here this past week with a girlfriend for a quick appy before a movie. Decor is funky (love the white deer) and the booth we were sat in very comfortable. Guys were watching the World Series at the bar (do we really need tv in restaurants?) so sitting in the main dining room was loud. We ordered edamame and a spicy chicken appy, both arrived quickly (we told them we were pressed), were hot and tasty. We both had a glass of wine, mine a 9 oz. The bill was $50. I thought that a tad steep, especially considering we only had appetizers and one of them was soy beans. I would try it again and evaluate it on value, and certainly be asked to sit on the other side of the dining room where I might actually be able to talk to my dinner partner.
Brown's Social House is a nicer alternative to Earls, Cactus Club, Milestones, and Moxie's. They're all in a similar category of dinning but in my opinion, Brown's cuisine is a little more cultured than your average west coast style. I must recommend the dragon bowl to everyone. It's a must try dish that is full of flavor. The chicken curry and rice soup is also a nice appy to start with, very tasty indeed. I've been here with friends and family repetitive times now, since Earls and all the other restaurants have gotten boring for my taste. The service is also fairly decent for this restaurant and its young and lively ambiance is also great for the social type of crowd. I would recommend this restaurant if you haven't tried it before. It's definitely worth a visit!
I have been to Browns a few times and what I like the best about it is that it's a nice place with decent food and yummy drinks that isn't too LOUD. I like to have a good drink, something tasty to eat and stay for some conversation with my friends and we have chosen this place more than once. The pizzas are by far the best things on the menu, but everything else is decent as well.