Big River is a classic brewpub with a 40 lane bowing center behind the pub. All the pub classics are served including burgers, pizza, pasta and great steaks and prime rib. Beer made on site, Pale Ale, Stout, Brown Ale, Plisner and Lager plus a rotating seasonal beer.
....the garlic fries with pesto and chipotle dips, with just about any of Big River's house-brewed beers or ales! Heaven for a carboholic...!!
The Other Half and I were in the Ironwood Plaza area Monday around noon. None of the food establishments seemed all that enticing that day, but the siren song of the garlic fries called to us. We've been there a few times before, and this visit was just as satisfactory as previous ones.
As mentioned in other reviews, Big River is a bit of a hybrid beast. One side is brew pub, one side is for family dining. Having never attended the bowling alley, I cannot comment on that aspect of the operation.
The room itself is very clean, open, high ceilings, dark wood, West Coast-ish with a smatter of river-related history in the wall murals. The place was not busy on a Monday at noon; we were greeted at once and invited to sit where we wished. Our server appeared promptly with menus and to take drink orders. Pale ale is the "special" on Mondays, and we went with that. Very smooth, just lightly hopped, very drinkable. The OH and I shared a sandwich special, Montreal Smoked Meat with garlic fries. This Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich was one of the best I've had on the West Coast. The meat itself was tender and moist, not too smokey or salty. Lots of it on dark and light rye toast with Dijon mustard. Very simple, very good. As it was the garlic fries craving that brought us in, we ordered an appie portion in addition to the garlic fries that came with the sandwich. We were a little "piggy" in ordering the extra fries, and some were packed up to go home with us.
The service was easy, friendly and efficient. Perhaps because it wasn't that busy, we did not have to wait too long for the food and it arrived very hot and fresh.
Value? Not too bad, not dirt cheap either. Considering the quality, I thought it was easily worth what we paid. Keeping in mind that we had the beer on special and split a sandwich-on-special plate WITH an extra order of fries, it was quite reasonable.
Oh, and those garlic fries? Sigh.... I cannot resist them!
On a Saturday night before a movie at Silvercity this place is somewhat reliable and affordable. One of the daily specials was a Beef Souvlaki ($11), the beef was rather bland and tough and the pita burnt but the Greek salad and Tzaziki were both OK.(Difficult to screw those two up) The Portobello Mushroom Burger ($9) was deemed good but the garlic fries had lumps of minced garlic sprinkled over them and way too powerful. I think everyone in the movie theatre noticed it. The beer brewed on the premises and the fact the only competition is the Spaghetti Factory keeps this place going.
Overall this was an OK place. Nothing too good or too bad.
The pop wasn't free refills where every other restaurant serving this kind of food does have it. Waitress even had to warn me when I ordered another one - obviously they know it's an issue, if they were smart they'd just make it free refills since all their competition has it.
Prices seemed a bit high for what it is as well.
Ambience seemed a bit strange too with it connected to the bowling alley. Place can't seem to decide if it's a formal brew pub or a chuck e cheese food service or whatever.
At the end of the day I just have no desire at all to go back here, thus 2 stars overall.
Took the family bowling - five pin - sucked as usual - but that's our own fault ;)
Went to the adjoining Big River Brew Pub for some lunch.
The pub is divided into two secitons - an adults only side when one turns to the left after entering the main entrance and a smaller "family section" to the right. The family section also has an entrance off of the Zone Bowling Alley. For patrons with a rabid "hate-on" for families with young children - you will be happy to know that the kids have to access the washroom in the bowling alley so that they do not sully the adults "pub experience" on the adult side. The two sections are well separated.
Anyways, onto my actual review:
I found the food only okay, overpriced and the ambiance "meh"
We ordered two Kids menu selections. It was a burger and fries with a small drink for $7.50. The bun for the burger was a nice kaiser - but that is the best I can say for it. There was no lettuce, no tomato, no pickle, no mayo or special sauce. It was dry, dry dry. The fries were okay. The drink was small.
Hubby and I ordered a Zone Platter for $26.00 (this item is featured on the menu in the bowling alley, but not in the restaurant itself for some completely unknown reason). The platter was okay, but overpriced. It came with fries, chicken wings, dry garlic ribs, a few veggies for dipping and some jalapeno fritters - the fritters were the highlight. The platter came with ranch dressing, ketchup, a mustard sauce and some other savory white sauce. I found the food merely okay and the valley poor compared to appetizer platters at other establishments. It should have been around $19 to $20, not $26.00!!!
We also ordered a New York pizza, which I found very greasy and not particularly tasty. It was $13.00.
The beer was okay (it is a brew pub so it is brewed on premise). A pint of Vienna Lager and a pint of Pilsner was $4.02.
Service was adequate.
All prices I list do not include HST.
Frankly - I would just order the beer and drink it in the bowling alley and not bother with the restaurant at all - it was just too pricey for the quality received.
Also - we noted that the tv on the family side had something wrong with it - the colour was all off, making the faces of the people on tv blue in colour. We cracked jokes about it being "Smurf TV" and "Blue Man Group TV" One couldn't even enjoy watching any programming due to this. Furthermore - the tv should be tuned into sports so people can enjoy it - not tuned into a talk show or whatever.
PS - they do not accept interact or debit - it's cash or credit card only.
Another restaurant I've gone to on and off. I guess it's considered part of the Riverport Complex and shares a wall with the Bowling Alley next door.
It's a pretty open and airy space for a pub and is divided so even children can dine here. I've stuck to the usual Burger or Club Sandwich each time since the mood calls for it whenever I'm here. Burgers are good and what you'd count on for pub style food. Club is good as well although heavy on the ketchup making for a bit of a mess on my lap once. Contrary to the other reviewers I LOVE the raw minced garlic on their fries. I don't find the amount of garlic used generous, if anything overpowering because it's finely minced. It does mention itself on the menu (and the servers reiterate it as well) so hold off on it if you don't like it. Soda is not refillable which is always a downer when I finish the last of my drink so sometimes I ration my gulps.
Service is slower but at least they have TVs to take your mind off as you wait.
I don't have a problem coming here once in a while but until then I can wait until my next appearance.
We like to go to this pub/restaurant for dinner and then go next door to the bowling lanes. The two are connected and it makes a fun evening. They brew their own beers and the food is good. Try the steak frites, or the fajitas. Beware, the garlic fries are good but very very garlicky, so you might want plain fries if you're on a date.
Also be sure to have your ID because the servers always check ID -- good for them. Service is friendly and prices are reasonable.
First the beers: I was disappointed that only two of their own beers were on the menu, but found a nice drop of guest IPA. Although the restaurant had become half empty while we waited, the food preparation seemed slow. Perhaps they wanted to sell more beer? When the fajitas and salmon/crab cakes came, they were hot and we enjoyed the food.
Went there tonight to give this place another chance. no change from a month ago - menu has changed and there's not a regular meal in sight. Bun on burger burned, steak sandwich = steak was tough
Not good food at all. This was our 'go to' place and near our home so very convenient. Enjoyed the food for many years, but won't be going back. EVER
Our server did his best, but was running around to several tables. Attentive, but very busy.
Went here for a company function of 20 and despite the fact they do not take reservations they were able to cater to our needs on a Friday night. The food was not bad a little pricey for what you get but solid pub food. The pub itself was surprisingly really nice inside and we found a nice area to sit and watch the hockey while sipping a selection of their in house brewed beers.
Time was I used to take my group here for a little after work thank you or just meet for fun. We had a little reunion and quickly discovered that the pub brewry is not what it used to be. I used to go to Big River Brewing often and always have a good wine and the best service. The waitresses were well trained and attractive (skirts were short). Now its all gone and the few ladies that were there were short and distinctively not special. As for the food the drink aspect, they do pub food very well, I wouldn't expect fine dining from them. The beer is brewed on-site and is made in a traditional style. This means the beer is not carbonated and is served only slightly chilled. I suggest now its a place you might wanna take your wife/girlfriend
We thought this pub would be a nice place to relax, have some fun and generally chat with friends. We were a group of four and thought we can play a round, catch up and order a round or whatever.
Instead, IMO this pub is just a place where men sleaze up women. Don't know why any woman (lady that is) would put up with it.
My thoughts? Full of incredibly superficial, greasy old men clad in suits, watching us and trying to hit on us. menu was standard - what you'd expect in a cheap bar. The atmosphere is very tense, the patrons kept on making small talk with us and being greasy and etc etc.... Not a place for classy women.
Not recommended at all if you want to relax and have a fun time.
This place is horrendous. It survives off of being right next to the Cineplex and bowling alleys.
-Terrible frozen-2-fried food, overzealous alcohol license rules in the bowling alley, and understaffed.
-And no, slopping on generic minced garlic on top of pre-cut oily fries served with processed chipotle mayo and serving it in a cone is not worth $6. Be a bit more creative.
-Asking bowlers for credit cards prior to being served is also beyond comprehension from a restaurant. This is their dine-and-dash policy. "Excuse me ma'am I'll have to run your credit card through and then serve you trumped up Fisherman's Cove frozen dinners."
-Serve napkins when serving finger food. Especially when bowling.
-This is basic pub food with a pathetic attempt at flair. For the most parts it seems frozen. Of course the nachos are good but how can you really screw up nachos?
-And if you eat and drink from the bowling alley expect to be treated like a 17 year-old.
-The beer is decent but service is always slow because they're understaffed.
-If you have a problem they are terrible at problem resolution.
Top o' the mornin!
The main thing I like to stress about this Pub, which I have frequented numerous times, is the value you get at the bar. But food-wise, I haven't sampled enough of their fare to really grant them a letter grade, but based on what I had (wings, fries, and burgers): I would say that the food is slightly above average with somewhat fair pricing.
As most of you already know, the Big River Brew Pub makes their own brews. This makes for a more enjoyable experience in my opinion as the beer tastes better and just feels much more different than drinking your boring run-of-the-mill Budwesiers or Kokanees. Also it makes for a lower price in some cases.
Me and a friend wanted to try the Irish Car Bomb, which went for around $10.50 in other bars, as Guiness was used in the cocktail. At the Big River Brew Pub, they had their own Irish Stout, which lowered the price of the cocktail to around $5.00. That's a big difference from $10.50.
I will definitely be back and I recommend this bar to everyone. The crowd varies but for the most part, are the reserved types. It's a decent change of pace to enjoy a drink in less rowdy surroundings for once.
I went in tonight before catching a movie, and this place has never let me down yet. It isn't meant to be any fancy night out, but a very classy brewery that has an excellent selection of house brews, a good atmoshper where the music isn't too loud but you still feel like there is an envirment around you, and overall solid menu. They have recently changed the menu a little, and although I am disapointed they got rid of the Jalapeno Burger....the new buffalow burger was darn good and a lot healthier. They still have outstanding think crust pizza's, and overall the best pub food you could find in Richmond.
Count on this place to be consistant!
This is a pub.
You get pub drinks and pub food.
Going into this place this should be your expectation.
I know its attached to a bowling alley however please dont bring your kids there. It takes the atmosphere away when I am sitting at the bar having a drink next to your kids.
With that being said, this is a great pub, the food is excellent, its nothing special but its exactly what i expect, some good burgers some good appys etc...and the prices arent bad. There are enough waiters/waitresses that if you ever need something somoene is close by and they are all very friendly. I am pretty sure our last waiter had a hard day because he took our drink orders, our food orders and then our drink orders again in the same visit.
The bar itself is great, its not sticky or smelly, everything is clean and in working condition. I go every couple of weeks to have a few drinks and then go see a movie. I have never had a bad time at this place.
Does not accept interact card only credit card or cash so make sure you are prepared for that. Interact machine is available nearby but try and avoid service charges by being prepared!
Those of you Richmondites who are Red Robin's "Banzai" Burger fans can now get a teriyaki burger without having to drive to Vancouver or Surrey for the nearest RR. On their menu, it states Teriyaki Chicken burger but the chef is more than willing to change it to a beef patty.
Still not as saucy as RR but I think it's pretty darn close.
I don't like the garlic fries - raw garlic on fries is not my thing, but the regular fries are pretty good too.
Good thing is that you can go bowling and order your meal to be brought to your bowling station.
Beer isn't bad either.
One of the better brewpubs in Greater Vancouver, it boasts a menu of excellent beer brewed on premise. Unfortunately the food menu doesn't match the beer menu. Food is generally bland, over-priced and uninteresting. Service is excellent and friendly, with a semi-pub ambiance. I wouldn't recommend it for dinner, but for beer and a few appetizers its well above average.
Bowling, Suds, Big Space and all sorts of drinks make Big River Brewing perfect. I have been here a dozen times with staff and employees and good time was had by all. They have the grossest big French Fries and that is whoopla great. Drinks are appropriately priced and I have taken my team there for a motivational event several times. Although I have had a couple of nice ladies myself I have picked up a couple of girls here too. So not bad. Warning: because of bowling they do ater to families too.
We were out last night to see the new James Bond flick “Quantum of Solace” and I suggested to the group to go check out the place since it is right across the main street of the Silver City movie theatre complex after the early movie.
I have been there many times before with friends and my wife at times and it’s definitely the drinks that make the place a worthwhile stop. Whether it’s their famous brewed beer, most popular martinis, good selection of pub wine, or spiked coffee, it’s a grown up’s pit stop before or after a good movie that makes this place worth the price of admission.
We started out with the garlic fries and spinach & artichoke appetizers. They weren’t too bad. My wife mentioned that she liked the three dips for the fries, but we were really turned off by the stale tortilla chips that we got spinach and appetizer.
Our friends had the steak and a pizza, and overall they said that they should have stuck with appetizers instead, but overall conversation and adult beverages made a night at the movies with friends a great early evening out.
Our server was nice and polite, and kept to corporate protocol.
Food was acceptable, but the ambience and beverages make it worthwhile for a pit stop before or after the movies.
This is a place for you to wash down ok food from a menu seldom changed but with good beers. Recently been there for three times in the past few weeks, the extra bitter is a must-try, stout is great to close the loop, Sunday is all beer special day you won't wanna miss.
Tried their pasta, burger, french fries and as said, menu not much variety on. Hostess, servers and manager are friendly and wouldn't mind bringing you a shoter glass portion of beer if you have problem in deciding between their seven kinds.
It was a nice place and if you really having problem in deciding, order a taster's rack, worth it!!