Chef, Tim Johnstone, has brought The Giggle Dam to an outstanding level of culinary excellence! Along with your two appetizers (Mexcellent Taco Chips & Salsa, with chef's choice of soup or salad) and an absolutely scrumptious surprise dessert, Tim offers a choice of 4 delectable entrees which change nightly to ensure variety.
Went to the Giggle Dam with some family.
I had been to Maz & Me's dinner theater back when it was on Davie Street (think early 90's). It was good, but the food left a lot to be desired.
Fast forward to a similar concept, but in PoCo and it is the Giggle Dam.
This is a whole evening affair, reservations are required. It is dinner theater/variety show, not a drop in and eat place.
The food was really good. There was a choice of chicken, beef, fish and vegetarian pasta (all served with a sprig of parsley because it is cheap and looks nice). The sides were potatoes and veggies. Salad was served before along with rolls (sometimes they serve soup). The portions were generous and the food quality was quite good considering the volume and that it was pretty much all served at once.
Drinks (purchased separately) were good. The Cesar was good (not too spicy), the Pina Colada (Chi Chi) was good (they used a good mix). I was a little disappointed in my Singapore Sling, but they corrected it when asked by adding some grenadine.
The show was awesome. A little bawdy, a little hokey, but do not underestimate the musical talent of these performers. After the funny First Act, the second Act featured tributes and covers to various artists. The performers are extremely musically talented and have excellent stage presence. The Second Act was my favourite part.
The performers and servers will interact with audience, and even have some audience participation. It is all good silly fund.
A little note about the bill at the end. Taxes are added to both your drinks AND to the price of the dinner (so $55.00 for the dinner/show plus whatever you drink and HST is added). Also, an 18% gratuity is added to both the $55 and whatever you order to drink). The staff are well worth this, I'm only mentioning it here so that there is no shock for someone who might attend.
All in all - a good time. I'll be back.
I'll remind once again - purchase tickets as if going to a show at a theater. It is dinner theater and not a drop in restaurant.
This place was just horrible. The food was not even worth reviewing on a restaurant review site. We went out to eat after. Enough said. We hoped there might be some good entertainment in Poco but were sadly disappointed.
Went a couple of weeks ago with a group. None of us had been there before but we read quite a few reviews on various sites before we booked. Honestly I've written a lot of reivews on here so, I'm not a on-off crack pot. I'm positive that most of the good reviews of this place are from the owner's friends and family or people who really don't get out much.
The drinks are sooo bad and soooo expensive as is the show. The show is ok - sort of what you'd expect to find in an off-colour high school production. It it no more prefessional than high school really. And most of the jokes are old and not really funny. The other are low class tacky jokes. Some of it is down right disgusting.
I have been to lots of dinner theatres in Vegas, LA and other cities and this is like a garage production. Although some of the people can sing pretty good, they're going nowhere from this place.
Save your money and go downtown.
Really, I don't get it. I guess perhaps because this is a restaurant review site and maybe people are reviewing the food? The food was tolerable. The salmon and pasta were at least edible. The steak was like a shoe made into pot roast! It was NOT a steak. The dessert was ok but not memorable because I don't even remember. It couldn't be because of the drinks because despite having 4 I could not taste the alcohol nor did I even get a buzz. Big money to be made there. The worst was the appetizer. The description here says "taco chips and salsa". It wasn't even TORTILLA chips and salsa it was one of those nasty anti pasta plates or whatever, with processed meat and cheese. My vegan friend was not impressed as she thought she could at least eat the "taco" chips. Most people just sent the plate back untouched
But, the reason you go I guess is for the show. So, don't bother at all. No one in my group found in remotely funny. Nor did most of the audience who tried to chuckle politely or uncomfortably? The show, while the staff had some musical talent, had no taste, or class to the point of being gross. I just spent the whole night waiting for it to be over. I would much rather take my $100 plus (per person!) with drinks and "tip" and go to a nice club downtown and listen to good music or see good improv. This is not it.
We went to the Giggle Dam for the 5pm show for our friends birthday. Once we got there the hostess greeted us and helped us find our friends who were seated in the huge group of people. The place was packed. We were a bit late but were greeted promplty by our server, he took our names and our drink order. The show had started with it's "Canadian Christmas" theme, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was hoping for it to be funny... surprisingly it was awesome!
Before dinner/show the MC reads off a chart to the crowd explaining the 4 choices of enrtrees: Roasted Chicken, Roast Beef, Salmon and a Vegerterain option. Shortly after they take your dinner order and have a few skits.. the skits are over and you have a plate in front of you. It was all about timing.. we were impressed on how organized everything was. The meal includes: Chips and Salsa, a soup course with bread, a main dish and a dessert. I have to say the food was pretty good, what you expect when they only give you 4 options to choose from, made ealry and kept warm; you can tell thats they way they have everything ready to go. I had the salmon and it was lovely; I wouldn't recommend eating the "baby shrimp" they offered as a 'garnish' it looked wierd. But overall satisfactory and actually quite filling.
The service overall was good, our server was failry quick... either way you were destracted by the show and dont realize how long it takes. He was also quite funny.
The show was great. We were surprised of how funny, upbeat, musical and creative it was.
This place offers something different and for great value. I'd rather drive the 40 mins from Vancouver to Poco than go to Yuk Yuk's on Burrard anyday. Our party of 10 really enjoyed their time and we will definalty be back.
This is my 3rd visit to the Giggle Dam (GD). My wife and I went recently with several other couples for a fun evening of dinner, comedy and music. Both the comedy and live music are good. I did find that a few of the skits and jokes have been recycled from previous other Dam shows.
The GD usually promotes a specific drink of the eve and boasts about their "Dam" size for best value - a triple. I ordered two of these Dam size drinks and did not catch ANY buzz. I'm not sure if this was a one-off, isolated incident, but another person at our table also complained they didn't taste alcohol in their pricey triple drink. Stick to the bottled drinks (beer; coolers) to avoid any risk of "watering down" or "frugal alcohol pouring".
As for the meal, it was so so. I ordered the roast NY steak. It was probably one of the worst steaks I've had in recent memory. However, the people that ordered the salmon seemed to like their dinners.
Live entertainment can be expensive which is to be expected. You can expect to drop about $120 per person. That includes the show, dinner, several "Dam size" drinks, tax and their suggested tip.
Seeing as all the other reviews rave about this place, I hate to be negative. But I feel that the other reviews do not do not present a complete view of the place. You will spend money, beyond the price of admission. Its a bit like disney land where there are many ways to spend your money, after you have already paid $55 for admission. Drinks are 5-6$ at the cheapest or you can get better value for the 12-14 dollar 3 shot drinks in what they call "dam" size. That is a good value so that was a plus.
An annoying thing is that they add an automatic 20% gratuity. I did not pay so I am not sure if this was mandatory or not. This is sometimes understandable with a large party, however we were 3 only, and only buying alcohol.
The food portions were average size. Nothing to write home about and certainly the tables were not overflowing with breads or snacks as other posts seem to mention. Although the food was good, it was simple, which again, is a plus for some and a negative for others.
The show itself was hit and miss starting with a sketch portion with audience participation followed by musical entertainment. A good time if you are drinking for sure. The musical acts were quite good however and the staff really did seem like they had their hearts in it 100%! But again, you need to be into some politically incorrect jokes and lude stuff, however nothing worse than the stuff you see on saturday night live. Audience participation is extremely liberal and you can opt out of most of the contact with the actors if you so choose. It is very fun to interact with them though! The jokes would best be described as silly, and things to make you giggle. It is accurately named in that respect, and I think dam refers to your expression when you see the bill! Booya!
Overall it was a good experience, and I would most likely recommend it with the caveats above.
"Call them instead of using online reservation!!!"
I had a great time there. But because their stupid online resevation system, I almost lost the chance to wach the show with my family. Call them and confirm your reservation. Don't rely on online reservation system. Their contact system is also not working. Enjoy the great show..................................
FGP family and local friends
This place was outstanding upon visit.
While the food was decent, it was definitely not the top notch. However, this place is beyond the food.
You get a troupe of servers who are extremely hilarious, and often act out scenes and plays on the stage. The night we went, there was a 2 - 3 hour long show parody of TV shows. The humor was outstanding, and the cast was brilliant.
The accompanying musicians, 2 of them, gives a bolster of sound that sounds like it comes from an entire orchestra.
The servers are friendly and careful, taking orders to their best ability. unsuspecting audiences are even pulled on to the stage to become involved with the plays and scenes!
This is a perfect place to visit for dates, as well as small parties, and close friends. Give it a try!