Sister restaurant to Stella's Tap and Tapas on Commercial Drive - home of the best beer list in the city. Formerly called Stella's.
Our friend, my gf and I finally made our way to the Cambie location recently. Great decor and more stretch room in between tables though the music was a little blaring.
Menu appears to be smaller, but we managed to wrangle in the standouts. This included the fantastic orleans mussels with its staunch, bright, spicy kicks that required lots of additional bread to sop up all that good stuff. The Korean short ribs had a wonderful char with sweet undertone hints while the ribs itself had the right amount of lean and fat. The fish tacos were a welcome rendition to cooling the palette but there were misses to be had. The poutine was at best ordinary as was the cheaply assembled charcuterie plate. Black forest ham? Come on. The tre leche cheesecake was a silky smooth and creamy finale that would be a must get. Like the other Stellas they have a vast assortment of Belgian beers.
Our server was very friendly but at times off the mark AWOL and then magically appearing.
Though this Stellas isn't quite up to snuff compared to its Commercial Drive sibling, it's a welcome addition to Cambie Street.
Visited during the week and it was not very busy. Sat outside in their makeshift patio and it's not as nice as the one on Commercial. Dissappointed to see that some of my favs from the commercial dr. menu are not on this menu. Tried the fresh oysters to start - very good and good value at $9. The calamari looked like it came straight from Sysco, same shape and taste as many restaurants, not the same as the one on commercial drive. The steak frites was just Ok, nice steak but very small. Best part was the creamed spinach. The mussels were very average, skinny mussels with just an Ok broth. Service was good and prompt. Would not return to this location, stick to the commercial dr. one.
I came here with my bf yesterday after reading so many good reviews about this place. We both thought that finally there's a pub near my place where they serve awesome tapas. But our hopes were crushed after the first dish and went even worse towards the end.
So, we arrived around 11pm and the place looked like any regular pub but just a little higher end, esp. if considering the stools and tables & sofas. The menu looked very appetizing esp. cuz both my bf and I love to eat tapas food, like 14981, Cru, & Chill Winston. So, we ordered 3 tapas & 1 appy for our late night snack. The appy was half dz of fresh oysters, and fortunately it was fresh so we were happy, but just the sauce was not creative at all, red wine vinegar with raw red onion bits. I mean even I could do better than that. As for the tapas, we had:
1. Fillet Mignon which interestingly came out to be 4 super tiny bits on top of goat cheese and on top of 4 (super oily) crostinis. Both of us didn't like it. We only ate the meat and the cheese and left the crostini on the plate.
2. Korean Style Short Ribs were alright, not dry and it actually smells & tastes like it was from a korean restaurant. It's definitely not the best one I've had but it's the best one that we ordered last night at Stella's
3. Diablo Mussels. This was plain AWFUL, the mussels were very rubbery. When we looked at it, we both were dissappointed cuz the mussels looked very tiny compared to the shell and it didn't look plumpy and juicy, so definitely it was overcooked. N, it was way way overcooked. It made us feel that we need to go to "14981" restaurant to have their curry mussels that is perfectly cooked, plumpy and definitely not rubbery at all. The sauce was not bad though, a little spice with some liquor.
The beer selection was huge and the beer that we had was pretty good but the food just ruined it so I wouldn't recommend anyone who wanna have some good tapas to come here. I won't even come here again, at least not until they improve on the cooking by A LOT.
I like Cambie's Stella's because of its service & selection.
Although in the beginning, the host wasn't nice because we couldn't get a bigger table because they claimed "we need to save it for Potential customers", the actual server gave us great service. Unlike many people, we actually use the 2 tables because we sit NEXT to each other. And the area is so cramped that in order to avoid hitting someone, i have to walk through other tables & actually ASK people to move so I can walk through! Bad spacing!
I like the selection of beer better and the menu is easier to understand too! THey actually separate the types of beer. The pork chop came out perfectly cooked. The mussels was good but not really hot & some pieces were really big. However, the pieces all tasted good (not fishy nor had sand). Also cuz it's closer, I would come back to this Stella's. Stella's chef know how to blend flavors together.
This is a great place to go for Belgian beer selection, but if you're looking for good food, you'll likely be disappointed. The food is mediocre at best (I had the seasonal mushrooms and penne and mussels to start). You'll definitely feel the pinch if you have a starter, main and indulge in a few rounds. I'd recommend this place more for booze and maybe a few appies.
We recently took a group of 8 people for a casual dinner to Bier Craft. This included two guests from New York City. The beer selection is obviously excellent. However, the food was a major let down. We will not likely be back if we are looking for anything more than beer. The food was neither fresh or properly prepared.
Hopefully, the food quality will improve.
My partner and I went in to the Cambie Biercraft on Sunday and were greeted with air conditioning(Commercial location has no air conditioning), which made both of us feel comfy and relaxed after a hot day in the sun. We ordered drinks right away. I had a St. Bernardus and my partner had a Fruli(I think). Both drinks were draft beers and were awesome- I felt like a kid holding the St. Bernardus glass with both hands as I took sips ending with a lipsmacking "aahh". The food we ordered was a baked brie with crustini to start. It was good enough, that my partner ate most of it...while I melted in the the cozy bench seating. We then ordered the Maple chipotle chicken with a tabouleh salad and a Steelhead trout(salmon?) with 3 bean salad. First off, it was kinda refreshing seeing these items on a menu...usually I see a lot of cream sauced proteins with heavy starches that make you feel fat and lethargic at the end of the meal. I had the chicken with its spicy/sweet sauce, cooked to perfection with a crispy skin. The tabouleh salad was, in my opinion, a true tabouleh salad with more parsley and lemon flavour than being all cous-cous with a little parsley(thank you tabouleh gods). The salmon came out F***n perfect!!! It had a brown,crisp sear and was like medium rare in the center. The 3 bean salad was light and filling, but the sauce it came with was crazy good( a mint and fresh pea puree)... the sauce brought the whole dish together.
We both loved our experience Biercraft and have eaten at both locations. They both seem to have simular food(some slight differences) but I like the Cambie location for its seating and air conditioning... and for its St Bernardus!!!
I go to the location on Commercial every now and then and I'm always blown away - leaving very happy. I saw online that the menus are somewhat the same and decided to try out the Cambie location. Although then menu is similar, the food didnt taste quite as good as the other location. One dish that was a downer was the orleans mussels and frites. the one on commercial had more flavour. Even the fries were a dissapointment The beer menu is the same, and thank god they taste the same.
The restaurant has a nice feel to it. Its more like an upscale pub. While I dined here, I just kept comparing it to the other location. The other location is not as nice, but has a lot of character. The commerical location is more welcoming. I found that service was a little pretentious, considering that they are only a pub.., but ok nonetheless. The staff seem to be not as happy as the staff at commercial (sorry, comparing again) I have had different servers at the other location, and they're all great, friendly, and knowledgable.
I dont think ill be comming back to this location, even though it wasnt awful. In my opinion, the commercial location is better in every way.
Recent name change from Stella's seems to have affected the quality of both food and service. Meals are over-priced for the quality of the dishes and the type of restaurant they are trying to be (pub fare?). The chicken pot pie was a sea of sauce and vegetables with little chicken and the fish tacos smelled so bad they were sent back. Service was slow despite the thin crowd and our waiter was either inexperienced or disinterested in his job.
Don't go there.
I had the Chorizo Benny - it was pretty good, but served with a salad for some ungodly reason. It was a bit too pretentious for breakfast food. Why pretend it's something it's not, give me a sloppy Benny with hashbrowns, not a benny on hald a croisant and a side salad.
Fine - in line with expectations.
The patio is nice, I really like that area of Cambie street - however we were on the side patio, which was shady and cold on an otherwise warm day.
I guess I am comparing Stella's on Cambie to the one on Commercial and the Cambie branch is aiming for a different crowd.
Food is good but not spectacular. Eating mussels in a fine dining space when I expected the funk and casualness of the other Stella's was thoroughly disappointing. The ambiance although elegant was so dark and off putting.
I am not planning to hurry back even though I couldn't wait for it to open earlier this year.
I have been here three times in the last few weeks. Food has always been good to excellent. The Taquitos and the bimony cake dessert are a favourite as well as the grilled cheese sandwich at lunch. the draft beer is crisp and well poured. Food is very good value. Service staff have been friendly and proffesional, they scewed up on an order one time, we told them and it was fixed right away. NIce local place to go, Not pretending to be anything it is not.
We tried this place out because we thinking of using it as a place for a small group outing on a Friday night. We went on a Friday night a couple weeks back, to see how they handle Friday night crowds. Upfront: they handle crowds well, while I found the food alright.
So to start, we got there around 6pm and the place was pretty packed and we got a table for two, right beside the door. They brought over a small cup of crispy potato chips (Mrs Vickies?) that were a good start to a beer. this had a cool deal that involved getting Carlsberg on "non-game nights" (because of the NHL lock out.) I enjoyed the idea of this and the beer was solid and at the price, you couldn't go wrong.
For food, I ordered the lamb shank. It was alright,a little tough, mind you. Lamb, for the most part, "melts" and this did not. It was tasty, but not going to wow many people. My wife got a caprese salad and she didn't like the (plate) presentation while the taste and freshness was good. Personally, I loved the presentation (it was arranged tomato,mozza, tomato....in a deck of card fashion) so I only mean to detail that it's a hit or miss presentation.
I had had the flour-less chocolate torte for dessert. It was nice, while a little on the dry side. I really enjoyed the vanilla sauce that accompanied the cake.
All in all, solid place. It's a great "meet people" place and you won't have to worry about making noise and joking with your friends. If you're looking for a quiet dinner, on a weekend, choose another location.
It was my first time actually eating at any Stellas. Commercial location is nicer inside. Stopped by for a quick snack with my friend. Inside smelled like stale beer, but the patio was relaxing. Though it was a little cramped; they could probably benefit from 2 or three less tables. Saffron Risotto balls were interesting, very rich flavor. Chorizo corn dogs were also a good choice. The mustard that came with them was fantastic. Finished with Mayan chocolate pudding-type dessert (the name fails me now) and it was delicious. However, we asked what made it mayan and the server said... "I don't know, I asked and they didn't tell me" which I found a bit strange... shouldn't they know what's in the food? Incidentally it was cinnamon. Server was polite and pleasant but not knowledgable and a little bit slow. Prices are low for the quantity and quality of food you get, in my opinion. This makes up for the service. I'd go back.
Live down the street and took three friends for brunch today. We all had variations of their burger. The buns were way too big for the little puck of a patty and were half stale. The patty itself had a very strange texture; seemed to have a lot of filler and was pale in color. The fries were quite greasy and on the soggy side; not terrible but not worth all the calories either. No one really commented that they enjoyed their food; I was being treated so I kept my trap shut! I'm not really a fan of Earl's but their beef burger is far superior; nice and big and tastes just like a homeade burger like you would make at home. The drinks are expensive here also; lots of people sopping back the pricey ales. I had a single vodka and soda and it was $6.50 plus all the taxes; I find that kind of steep.
i'm sure it's happened before. the larger than life stella artrois sign is situated directly above the barber shop entrance. kinda funky street frontage, to their south is thai away, to their north is the barber shop, and then there is stella's in between.
every table was occupied at brunch, and we were seated along the side of the barber shop. lovely flowers lined along the iron fence. 'nuff about the patio.
i had the traditional benny's. twice i've had benny's at stella's and have always been pleased with the food.
if you're a patron of the drive, you have to try it for the heck of it.
Went here for drinks with some friends and was suprised to see this place bustling with customers. the patio was full and had to wait for a table. The beer menu was extensive with many imports on available on tap. Service was great, server approached us many times to take our order but we needed more time to decide and she was fine with that. Overall, would definitely come back to try more beers and food!
This place was super cool looking and the tapas menu was very good. We had tuna, fish tacos and the polenta. All were great. The entrees were less than mediocre. Nothing special at all. Both my friend and myself had the price fix menu. I had the french onion soup (bland) and she had the salad (bland) for our starters and I had the salmon (dry) and she had the veal (too saucy) for our mains. This place had great service and a great look but I'll never go there again cause the food was really nothing special
most things are ho hum
the beer selection is great, the friendly staff are informative and able to suggest beers that go with your meal or your preference.
and the eggs on cornbread is PERFECT!
Try the chocolate porter mixed with Fruli. Delicious!
They also have beer cocktails which are quite refreshing.
Tried this place again for the third time. Have no complaints about the mussels or beer but the main entrees need improvement big time. Last time I went I had the fish and chips which was barely edible. Fish tasted so fishy it had to be off.
Food ingredients do not seem fresh and everything seems to have a overly greasy feel about it. My feeling is that the restaurant tries ot put thier spin on some standard dishes and misses, e.g. Stella's version of a smoked meat sandwich used big slabs of meat and piles of mayo, but why mess with the tried and true thin sliced meat method?
Pluses: Great place to go for a beer, good atmosphere.