Enough chances, no more for this place
Submitted Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 11:42pm [Dine in]
When this was the "Cats Meow" I took family, friends, dates, work colleagues from across the country, everybody, to this place and they loved it every time. With the change in ownership or whatever happened when it became a "social house" it went really down hill and does not deserve another visit. I've tried a few times, most recently this afternoon, hoping it still had some of its former value, but it's just another over-priced Vancouver "social house" with unremarkable food, average at best service, and really just a waste. $16 burgers, $12 appies that are barely enough to fill up a 3 year old, etc, etc. I'm sure the only reason people go there is because of there being so few restaurants on Granville Island. Tip: if going to Granville Island, either eat before you get there or get something cheap from the market. Cats Social House is a tourist trap at best.
Underwhelming, but I might try it again
Submitted Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 10:26am [Dine in]
As others have written here, I have heard a lot about the hype of this place, right near my office. I've seen lineups out the door and have had co-workers rave about it. So I got the porchetta sandwich, $9 with tax but not tip, for 6-inches of meat and ciabatta with a little salsa verde. It was forgettable. Quite dry. I get it that their investing more into each sandwich than normal since they must buy and prepare the pork and have a carver there, but I can't justify the expense. The other daily specials looked good but they cost even more. So it was in, eat, leave with less than stellar memory of the place. And I may be wrong, but they didn't have a recycling bin for the hundreds of paper boxes they are handing out each day. That's really poor. The staff were very friendly and enthusiastic though, and the place was spotless.
Let's get some more reviewers!
Submitted Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 10:17am [Dine in]
I really like this place. I used to go to Smiley's and found it a good, consistent choice, but the change to "The Butcher and Bullock" has been an improvement even on that. The interior has been remodeled and no longer has the long tables with benches. Really good pub food: tasty with sufficient portions. Typically priced for the business district of Vancouver, though a bit less than average perhaps (so still higher than other parts of Metro Van). Have $4 special summer beers every day. The service is really very good here.
Really just a waste of time and money
Submitted Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 9:57am [Dine in]
They say they specialize in Baja style tacos but for anyone, like me, who've been to Baja it's obvious their food is cheap, unhealthy looking, waste of time imitation. At $6 plus tax (and tip if you like) for two fish tacos the value would be poor even if they were worth eating. They are not. Cheap, falling apart corn tortillas, with a tiny, tasteless, sick looking fish stick from under their heat lamp, then chopped up cabbage and some pico de gallo. The staff look like they're working hard but as someone else here wrote, come across as being dead inside. I would never go there again. A wrap from a 7-11 would have been a better choice.