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Central City Brewing Company

13450 102nd Avenue
Surrey, BC V3T5X3
Tel: (604) 582-6620 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 582-0609
  • Cuisine: American, Brewery, Pacific northwest, Pub
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout, Catering
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late night, Weekend brunch
  • Features: Patio, Television, Live entertainment, Wheelchair accessible
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11AM - 12AM, Fri - Sat: 11AM - 1AM, Sun: 11AM - 12AM
  • At Central City Brewing Co. we believe that a brewpub should be held to the highest standards in the quality of their food, beverage, and service. We reflect that by having all of our award winning brews made with only the finest ingredients available, with no artificial preservatives or flavour-robbing pasteurization. The result? Central City Brewing Co. was named the Best Brewery in Canada at the 2010 Canadian Brewing Awards, one of our numerous awards won in the last seven years. Our kitchen retains the same high standards as our brewhouse, with our distinctive take on comfort food, containing only the freshest local ingredients whenever possible. Join us for one of our daily specials, signature events, or a family dining experience you wont soon forget.

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Good Food, Cheap Drinks, Incompetent Hostess
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 11:22am [Dine in]

Tried the Central City Brewing with coworkers, but unsure if we'll go again. The food was good. We ordered chicken fingers (crispy on the outside and tender inside), a salad with grilled salmon and shrimp, and meat pizza (my favorite item of the meal). Drinks were your run of the mill cocktails (no mixologists here) but for five dollars, definitely a good deal.

Too bad the food was over shadowed by a rude hostess with attitude. When I arrived, she was chatting with a coworker and completely ignored me. When she finally acknowledged me, I told her I had a reservation and she said "It will be a few minutes." This confused me since it was 5:30pm and the restaurant was not even half full. My dining companions were already seated, which I told her as well. I'm not really sure why she made me stand there and wait while she tapped on the computer. She then tells me that she was unable to find my reservation. I mention it was booked through Open Table and was getting my phone out to show the confirmation when another staff member came and saved the situation by bringing me to my table. Later, I get home to realize that she CANCELED my Open Table reservation instead of honouring it.

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Out of place
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

It's located in the renovated Surrey Central Mall and I honestly would've skipped by it if I had been driving by. If it hadn't been for my bf and his bf, I would have never gone in but sure glad that I did. They have this really yummy pizza with a thin crust and if it hadn't been a little over-priced, I would have given it 5 stars for food. Sandwiches and burgers are pretty tasty as well.

Been a hit and miss in terms of service. Sometimes the service is pretty attentive but other times I wonder if the server has gone home and forgotten about us.

A really great place with a funky bar to sit down to (it changes colors!!). Music gets a little bit loud but that's alright. Live music on some days. Booths are really comfy and roomy. Bathrooms are clean (yay! - finally a place in Surrey with a clean bathroom!). My only qualms is its location that sits on the border between dodgy and suburban areas so I would hesistant to come if I had to drive by myself.

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Too expensive to return
By eating good food of Vancouver (127 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

This place gives small portions, and I find it to be too expensive. Came here last night with a friend. I had ordered a calamari appetizer, a tossed salad and a cranberry juice. My friend had the same thing, but instead of tossed Salad, she ordred a spinach dip. I was NOT impressed at all with the portion of my calamari. I had mentioned this to the waitress and she brought out another guy (assuming he was the manager) and he said that he could give me a bit more, but that is there serving size (didn't seem that he would be glad to do it) most of the times if I complain about serving size at a restaurant, they usually give me a bit more, without hesitation. I paid $9.95 for a calamari appetizer, and I didn't even get alot, the tossed salad however was a good deal at $1.25 though nothing too special, but good for the price. The Spinach dip could have been a little cheaper, but itherwise good. However, I think I paid way more that what I bargained for.

If you don't mind paying for atmosphere, then this is the place for you, but if you would rather put your money towards food quantity, then just skip this place.

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Not even that bad
By FoodMan99 of Surrey , B.C. (66 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 11:28am [Dine in]

You know, my expectations going in here were pretty much at rock bottom. Except for the beer. I was anticipating some really, really delicious beer.

The beer was actually just decent. I went for lunch so it was only $4 for a large glass, and I didn't quite finish mine (I was driving). They give you quite a few extravagant options, so you're free to play it safe or try something exotic and different.

But the food is what scared me. High-priced pub food is usually on the miss side of hit-or-miss, and at $15 for a sandwich, $12 for wings and $14.50 for a small pizza, I was expecting little bang for my buck.

In the end, the two of us there split a pulled pork sandwich, which we had split onto two plates. Came with fries, and the pulled pork was on a really nice pun, topped by coleslaw. The portions were very generous and one sandwich was more than enough for both of us. The fries were oily and could have had more taste, but were very large and crispy.

The server seemed to have that "I'm too cool for school" attitude. She was friendly in short bursts but overall came off aloof and uncaring. Not really sure where to put her on the spectrum, but overall I came away unimpressed with that. Overall I came away unimpressed with everything actually, but it more than met my low, low expectations. Since there isn't a lot of good food in Central City at SFU or the Food Court, I may be back. The food isn't bad and the craft beer might grow on me. If you're in the area and hungry, it's probably worth the chance.

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Not bad, decent specials
By jpcostales of Metrotown, Burnaby (70 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 22, 2007 - 7:38pm [Dine in]

Food - Tried out their fish and chips special. Huge fish pieces and tasty fries. My significant other ordered the burger and fries and that dish was pretty good too.

Service - Fairly slow, but friendly. Pub-like and not restaurant level service.

Ambiance - A really nice bar. Great flat screen TVs everywhere, and a modern decor. Central City is looking pretty good these days.

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Go for beer not service
By Barcelonaguy of Yaletown (48 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

The beers here are top notch. The current seasonal beer a raspberry wheat is the perfect summer beer. I also enjoy the Wally Wheat. Service is below par for a brewpub. Food has improved over the last year but still needs some work. A very big disappointment for anything but food and drink.

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Only Good Thing is Cheap Beer
By vanvan of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

The title says it all... the only good thing about Central City Brew Co. is the cheap pitchers of beer.

Most of the menu items are barely edible, even the burgers! Appetizers are probably the worst thing on the menu.

The only thing worse than the food is by far the service. There's only 1 good & professesional server in this entire place. The rest are all extremely young and arrogant who do not know the first thing about customer service. It seems like everyone in this place has a "I am God" because I work in a bar attitude. The staff definitely has a mentality of "if you don't like it, get out!" which is not good for the restaurant business.

Also, the crowd is somewhat questionable. I guess it has become so bad that they now employ 3-4 "bouncers" to constantly walk through the crowd on the weekends.

If they could improve their food and more importantly their service standards, this place would be great, but until then, it is a very very questionable place for a good time...

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Quite Pleased
By The Human Element of Surrey , B.C. (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 6, 2011 - 3:03am [Dine in]

My GF and I just moved to the area, and we decided to go to this brew pub which is connected to the mall. At first glance, this is a normal sports bar, but once I ordered my Red Racer lager and Chicken Club, I was sold. we have been back many times since. The only issue I have is the brunch menu. I would not recommend eating brunch at the pub, but for dinner, drinks and a game or fight, this is easily my first choice. Great service from the staff all around. They seem to care what they are doing. Just thinking about it makes me want a pint.

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Getting better!
By Burgerandbrew of Surrey (32 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 1:34pm [Dine in]

There have been complaints about the decrease in menu size, but if the food is getting better and doesn't take an hour without a HUGE increase in price isn't that an improvement?
I keep trying this place, and seem to have a better experience every time. Good job management! I love the pizza, which is 1/2 price on sundays with an pint of the white or lager for 3.50. The fries are an absolute must. The service is still my turning point if I'm deciding between places since I have not had a good server yet. If I did I would make sure to have them again, and only go when they are working. But alas, last time I went me and my platonic friend on valentines day before checking out the surrey pavillion we only waited at the door for a few minutes, and our server after we sat down for about 5-10 minutes, but she did seem busy with a large party so it's forgivable. They do need a regular host to tell the servers that they have a table, and maybe a bartender for if you want to sit at the bar.

BTW there was a baby crawling on the bar. management why would you allow this? the lounge area is supposed to be adults, hence why we go.....

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Food is going downhill fast
By rileycoyotes of Surrey (32 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 9:55am [Dine in]

Since my last review they have reduced the menu size several times, raised prices several times, and lost quality several times. The fish and chips can be counted on to be overdone. One of my chips yesterday had a chunk of rotted potato in it -- tasted nasty. Pastas are gloppy and uninspired. The place looks pretty nice from and the service has been perfectly acceptable for me recently. But the food has become a real disappointment, especially for the price.

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Amazing place with crappy food and service
By browntown of Richmond (23 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 6:14pm [Dine in]

This place has the potential for being amazing. The service is worse than the food, the waitresses come every 20 minutes or so even when it is not busy and good luck trying to track someone down, the place is so big you have to leave your meal to go find a waitress.
The food is terrible, I have been there 3 times since I work in the building for lunch and everytime the food has been consistently bad. This place has the potential to be so good.
Lastly, the beer that they brew in there own micro-brewery isnt that bad but the other things about this place out weigh this.

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Yes, a Microbrewery in Surrey!
By trentm of North Surrey (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 12:03pm [Dine in]

Suburbanites no longer have to flock downtown in search of a microbrewery!

The Central City Brewery is a large and impressive venture in the stunning new complex at Surrey Central Station. Not only is it an exciting novelty to have a brewery in Surrey, but hopefully this is another step towards cleaning up the image (and reality) of this part of the city.

The place is huge, and the surroundings modern and pleasant. The beer is good and reasonably priced (with $2.99 draft and $10 jugs on thursdays). The food is typical and not exceptional, but solid and reasonably priced with good daily specials.

The brewery will be releasing cans of beer in the spring, but now you can also take away beer in 2-litre, refillable "growlers" for $10 (and $7 on sundays). Can't complain about that!

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Atmosphere has changed
By vball_guy of surrey (33 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 11:17am [Dine in]

I wrote a review and gave it great praise but after being there on Friday night my opinion has changed dramatically.

They now have bouncers at the front door checking ID which is good as it keeps the teenage punks out but at the same time the bouncers are walking around the place and at times it feels intimidating with their presence constantly being around. Not too sure who is a bouncer and who is a server, very confusing.

Pros: They keep a lid on things if people get out of hand

Cons: It seems like they are waiting for people to start something

Service here was excellent as the waitress was tentative and the bus girl was keeping our table nice and neat when needed, no complaints whatsoever on the service.

Atmosphere was totally different and they changed a lot inside which was disappointing. Colin James must have bailed out and sold his shares of the pub, here is why:

- no more stage for live bands to perform on anymore
- got rid of their cozy booths where the stage was
- where stage was there are now vats for their brewery
- what was their dance floor is now an area where there are tables
- pub is now wasting money on a DJ playing music there but only playing hip hop and R&B no rock and roll at all
- music is way too loud and you can't even hear what others at your table are saying to you

It was a nice atmpsohere but sadly it has changed from an upscale brew pub into the stereotype ghetto Whalley pub. Hip hop music, large fellows with lots of shiny chains and watches.

In fear of a drive by shooting or a bar scuffle for looking at someone the wrong way I would not go back

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What Happened To This Place?
By Jean_heb of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 10, 2009 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

Central City Brewing Company is one of the newer pubs that have poped up and round the Surrey cental area within the past 5 years. I have been comming to his pub for about a year now and sadly have to say that there has been a steady decline in the place. Last summer, the place was busy, the menu had original items (loved the butter chicken M/) and the atmosphere was bumpin. SInce then, the menu has changed and now it just sucks. The servers dont seem to know what is on the menu at the restaurant that they work at, and apparently neither does the chef cause they always seem to be "out of stock" of the wide variety of steaks or pasta on their menu except for the steak sandwich steaks. And their calimari had me gagging just looking at it on the plate. The hot greasy calimari was plated on top of some salad greens and then SMOTHERED in generic sweet chilli sauce (which the chef had the nerve to call a vinigarette). And on top of that, the greasy wilted mess is serve with a side of titziki sauce ( like it needs more sauce). And the short rib tasted like it was microwaved in a bag; served with garlic butter drenched vegetables and lumpy mashed potatoes for way too much money. The menu is a rip off. Besides the items that were always on it, the new ones look like they were "inspired" by some of the franchises out there. Teh only saving grace for this place3 is the beer and I can get it from thier liqor store. It you want food and good service got to a Cactus club or something.

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what a shame
By joanneging of surrey (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 12:11am [Dine in]

what a great venue, awesome addition to surreys rebuilding process and a beautiful ambience. Bar is comfortable and the open kitchen is fun to watch. Too bad thats where it ends - I have tried this pub over and over and over again. I live in the area and we are in desperate need of a safe, relaxing and fun pub. Service is the biggest dissapointment - HORRIBLE. 16 year old hostesses who couldnt give a shit is a horrible way to be greeted, then a server who takes forever to get to your table and seems to have very little interest in your being here. I have given this pub so many chances and have yet to have decent service - i have waited 10 min + to see a server, last week I had to go to the bar to get a menu. By, the way, the chinese bartender has way better things to do than serve customers like text on his cellullar phone for my ENTIRE visit.
Food I will save for another time and just hope they find a way too improve - I will NEVER eat their again. Its only the beer i go for. Love the beer, that is when they find the time to offer it to me.

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Turn down the sports stereo
By hiredbellyache of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 19, 2008 - 12:29am [Dine in]

JUST TURN DOWN THE SPORTS STEREO.
Why?
You are driving away your upscale female clientèle.

Your food is pretty good. We want to come here for a bite and a martini but the minute your turn off the tunes and BLAST, yes BLAST the SPORTS ACTION!!!, we are tackling each other for the bill to leave.

No, not all women feel this way. But look at your demographics. We are the upscale chicks that live in this area. We go to SFU, live in the new condos in the surrounding Central City Area. There is nowhere else to go until someone else captures our market.

Yes, if you want to keep packing the place with homely stout and short female hockey jersey chics, go for it. We'll wait till someone else opens a better (read: hip, ferosh) lounge.

Just a suggestion.

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Bad management poor service
By Wk of surrey bc (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

Went there on a week night expecting some good food and service. What a joke. From the moment we were seated by the manager I could séance something was off. My husband ordered his usual Bacardi and I ordered a kahlua and milk. The glass I was served was white didnt

look like any kahlua. When I questioned the waitress she assured me she saw him pour it from the kahlua bottle and I must be mistaken. I suppose fourth years in the restraunt business must have made me stupid. I told her I wanted another's ozone and would watch the bartender pour. This time I got what I ordered and explained it to the waitress where she again lied to me. My husband ordered a steak and asked the server if the chef was able to prepare a med well steak because he was picky and didn't want it well done or bloody. She snorted and said that is y he was the chef. When our food arrived my husband took a few bites and everything was fine until the middle of the steak which began to bleed all over the plate. When we finally got the attention of the server she argued with us and so we asked to c the manager who refused to help us. They deducted ten percent from the bill because we had two bites of steak. The manager couldn't have been less helpful and was actually rude. We were neither looking for free food or a deal but would rather have had what we actually ordered. These people are callus and uncaraing. Maybe they don't like mix raced couples but that is beyond stupid when u want to stay in business in surrey. TLC was the name of the game........total lack of care. Never go there people it sucks

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Great beer and.... Yeah, that's about it.
By vanchefcritic of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 10, 2009 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

I heard about this place and decided to take a shot.

Brewpubs are usually something special so it has to be good, right? A diamond in the sea of crap which is Whalley. It's no diamond. I would say it was more of a cubic zirconium. My first impression of this place was, "Wow, this place is huge and the room is beautiful. The bar is the obvious focal point as it should be. Attractive floor staff and an open kitchen."

So what's the problem? The sheer level of mediocrity that I experienced.

Service wasn't bad. It just wasn't really anything great. Our server was nice enough, but took forever to do the simple things like refilling drinks and bringing the bill.

The beer was fantastic. Among the best I've ever tasted.

The food. on the other hand, lacked any redeeming quality. Where do I start? The entrees are all over-priced and most of the steaks, which seems to be the focus of the menu, were unavailable during my visit. Total disappointment. I settled for a smaller cut which arrived to the table overcooked (It was med-well, not med rare). Overcooked and way too expensive. Great combination.

Anything we ordered which was deep-fried was disgusting, save for the chicken wings. Thank God the wings were OK. The chicken tenders were covered with bits of carbonated food clinging to the dark breading. The fryer oil was obviously old and pretty damn dirty.
I declined on ordering the calamari. My friend had a salad which was pretty much a direct rip-off of something I had at Earls. It was ok.

Like I said. It was a show of mediocrity. Service is OK. The menu is filled with overpriced entrees and appys that come out of a dirty deep fryer. The beer is fantastic, though. Fantastic, I say.

It's a shame. The place is so beautiful and looks like it has so much potential. I figured a place which has been around for over 5 years would have its' act together. Guess not.

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Will be back for round 2!
By Alex_Czerny of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 22, 2009 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

I have been to this venue a couple times before and it was really nothing to write home to mom about. I was dragged by a couple of friends last friday, (who go there regularly just for the beer). It looks like they changed around the menu a bit from when a last came and it didnt look too bad. The service was way better than last time, which isnt saying a lot but at least this is the first positive post about the service. Although I would like to see a little more variety for the entrees. My boyfriend and I had a great time FINALLY, and will be back soon!

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Not that great
By Marty_Harris of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 12, 2007 - 2:05am [Dine in]

I have been there and at first thought the hostesses were rather hot, only to find that Central City hires kids. Yes that makes alot of sense doesn't it, let's hire kids with kick ass bodies to have around a bunch of drunks. The place is small, the pool tables are gone, the servers are cranky and fat, look at the cooking staff, their uniforms are filthy. One guy wears black, who does he think he is, Bruce Lee ? Prices are WAY out of controal..overall, crappy dump that pretends to be something they're not. won't be going back anytime in this lifetime, that's for sure

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