Sister restaurant to Stella's Tap and Tapas on Commercial Drive - home of the best beer list in the city. Formerly called Stella's.
When I heard this supposed Commercial Drive gem was opeing a second location on Cambie, I was excited! The few times I went, I was impressed by the delicious tapas. I especially enjoyed the Filetdelphia Cheese Steak, which was the perfect balance of savory mignon and sweet cranberry salsa. However, because the tapas menu was so limited, we decided to go for brunch and try a different take on the menu.
While the tapas menu was great, the brunch menu was the evil step sister. I had the Huevos Divorciados, which was really nothing to write home about, but biggest kick in the teeth were the pancakes my friend ordered. They tasted bitter and definitely weren't cooked properly. No matter how much chocolate sauce my friend drowned his pancakes in, they still tasted like sand paper. Plus, he asked for bacon and got sausage. We were better off going to IHOP.
I decided to give them one more chance and check out the lunch menu. I ordered the mac and cheese, excited about the prospect of applewood smoked bacon in my pasta. Unfortunately, not only was there barely any bacon, or even bacon flavour, in my mac and cheese, but the pasta was undercooked!
To add insult injury, the service was less than stellar. When I went for lunch, I expected the delicious chips I've always gotten as a complimentary starter. However, the server never brought it. I also wanted more pop in the middle of my meal, but the server didn't bring it until she brought the bill, making the refill a little moot.
The tapas really was worth coming for, but because the tapas menu is so small, I've ordered everything within two visits. After that, its best not to come back because I've seen everything there is to see.
So I won't.
I'll start by saying that I really wanted to like this place. I'm a big fan of the Cambie Village area and wanted to support the business in the 'hood. Sadly, I was disappointed by (un)Stella's service and just OK food. The waitress came by, with a 'this is such a chore' attitude set the tone for our evening. We didn't get our beers until 15 minutes after we ordered them (restaurant wasn't busy, beers were on tap) Our glasses were just sitting there while the bartender was doing not too much. Our drinks and food came, no complaints there. After 45 minutes our waitress comes by with the bill. We weren't even done our drinks! There were no lineups and the restaurant was far from being full. I wasn't impressed. AT ALL.
It's such a shame because Stella's would've been our regular pub if the experience didn't suck so much.
I live really close and was excited for a new restaurant to be opening in my area, but this place is super lack-lustre. Maybe it's because they just opened and haven't got it together yet, but I've been twice for dinner and the service has been pretty miserable and, for some reason, it takes fifteen minutes to get your drink order even when it's from the tap.
I had the halibut the first time and the risotto and salad-thing were good, but the halibut was basically smothered in salt that I had to mellow it out with risotto for every bite. The second time I had the game hen and it was OK, but the leeks were tough as nails.
They have a wicked beer list, but unless your a drunken Irishman, you won't have a clue what beer you might like and the servers I had knew nothing about their beers and weren't of any help at all. But hey, if you want to spend $10-$12/bottle on obscure-beer-guess-and-test, there's no place better.
I've always enjoyed Stella's on the Drive but it's nice to have the new location in my hood.Wednesday night and the place was rocking with a good mix of people.This really is a neighborhood local with a stellar beer selection on tap or in caps.Mussels and frittes were perfect with a couple of Palms.Service behind the bar was friendly and welcoming.You can graze here or do a prix fixe for $24.00.Looking forward to going back and working my way through the menu.
My husband and I were excited to check out Stella's on Cambie, as it seems to have been bustling for it's first week of service. We were hoping to try their brunch menu, but by the time we arrived around 12:30PM, they were only serving lunch.
I had the roasted tomato basil soup. It was chunky, with fresh tomato and basil flavours with fresh cream on top. It was good, but definitely not the best I've had. I also had the Madrid Mussels. They have fresh plum tomatoes and chorizo sausage. The mussels were good, but REALLLLLY salty. I couldn't eat the whole thing because the salt was just overwhelming. We told the waitress we didn't want fries, but she brought them anyway. they were also ok, but just made things more salty.
My husband had the mac n cheese with panko bread crumbs. The mac n cheese was creamy and tasty, but again, nothing to write home about. It came with a side salad that was tossed with a realllllly salty salad dressing.
The place was a little bit dark inside for lunch time. Had more of a pub feel.
In general, the food was good, but not memorable. And it was way tooooo salty for me. I think next time I go back, it will be for tapas and a drink in the evening, or for brunch first thing in the morning.
My girlfriend and I went here tonight for our 5 year anniversary dinner. We just wanted something casual and have wanted to try this place for a while. They changed their name to something to do with beer. The layout right away looked pretty cool. It's like a pub/bar near the entrance and they have cozy more elegant tables in the inside. The Hostess, water glass filler guy, and waitress were great because they were down to earth and friendly unlike some of the a-holes you encounter at fancy Yaletown eateries. The waitress was very well versed in their extensive Beer selection. The best part is they had Kronenberg 1664 BLANC!!! I haven't had it in over a year since we were in Europe. This was awesome. We decided to try the Tapas and share. We ordered the Poutine, Pork Lettuce wraps, and Pastry coated baked Brie cheese. The poutine was good, just like it should be but the gravy had a fantastic creamy taste and a bit too salty in my girlfriends opinion. The lettuce wraps are served cold which threw the girlfriend as she was expecting hot pork. The flavour was very nice and it had a crisp fresh taste. Finally the brie was fantastic. The pastry was light with a balsamic sauce on the plate and a few bread rounds to put it on. Overall I was very impressed and will return again. I want to try the mussels which are supposed to be great. Give it a try, it's a great local eatery with average pricing for the neighborhood.
Last night my wife and her parents and brother went out to dinner at formerly Stellas, now re-named BierCraft, and have to say I was pretty disappointed. We went to Stellas on the Drive a couple months ago and enjoyed their large selection of beers and tapas. Last night we had a less delightful experience. The service wasn't bad but definitely not great. My wife and I ordered mussels and a main dish, chicken pot pie. The mussels were delish according to my wife. The chicken pot pie we had, was way too salty and had very little chicken in it. And it was priced at just under twenty dollars! For the quality I would expect it to be around twelve bucks. My mother-in-law ordered a chicken dish. the chicken thighs were undercooked, one was practically raw. We sent it back, and ordered mussels instead, unfortunately it came when the rest of our table was already done eating. The waiter was gracious and took the chicken (of course) and mussels off the bill, as well as threw in a free dessert for my mother-in-law. I recommend going to BierCraft if you want to indulge in some beer tasting, but don't bother with the food menu!
Let me start off by saying that we've been to both Stella's on the Drive and most recently, Stella's on Cambie, and the common theme with both locations is they are both extremely LOUD inside. Perhaps it could have been that we were seated next to a particularly small but annoying and loud female who only got louder as the evening progressed, or that the tables are just really closely together. Despite that, we love coming to hang out for the beer selections for the boys who try different ones each time, but I keep going back to the strawberry beer (and I don't normally drink beer). But, the food is decent so it's become one of our fallback eateries to hit when we just want to chill-ax.
Me and a buddy decided to try Stella's for lunch and went to the new one on Cambie. When we arrived there was a bit of uncertainty by the wait staff as to whether we should wait by the patio or inside to be seated. We eventually opted for a window seat inside.
Once we were seated, we perused the menu. I don't usually order beer with my lunch, but I decided to try the Stella on tap. I found it quite refreshing and liked it better than the bottled ones I had in the past.
For lunch, I had the Smoked Meat Sandwich, which came with cole slaw, fries and a salad (you had the option of fries, salad or a combo of both). The sandwich was great and had a good portion of meat in it. It is definitely a lot better than the one I had at Frenchies on Hastings (I don't go there any more). The slaw was a little soggy and I didn't care for it. The fries were okay, but the salad had a great citrus dressing.
My friend had the submarine sandwich with salad. He enjoyed both as well. it was a bit of a mouthful for him.
Service seemed a little scattered as we started with one waitress and ended up with another. Everyone was nice, but there was some organizational issues as there was no real hostess on duty. As well, it appeared that they had some glassware problems. We noticed that they were serving water in different sized glasses. As well, it appeared that the glass dishwasher was not doing it's job well. Several times, we noticed that the glasses were still wet or they were sent back for being dirty. Finally, by the end of my meal, it appeared that my beer glass was cracked as well. I think they should pay more attention to this area, especially since they are trying to promote their drinks.
Overall, we were okay with everything and the staff did seem to be trying and they were polite. We enjoyed the food and we will come back again, maybe to try dinner this time.
Biercraft is a wonderful bistro-style restaurant in Cambie Village - and I am starting to think of it as my local pub (the classy kind). This restaurant is one of our favourites, and we are starting to introduce our friends and family to it. Service has always been friendly, and I try a new beer every time I go. Haven't been disappointed yet! The funky beer glasses are fun, as is the ambiance. The food is very good - from the delicious mussels to the lunch time sandwiches (best smoked meat sandwich I've ever had) to the entrees. The portions are good, and the bill always seems so reasonable. The only complaint I have is that they don't take reservations, and unless you go early, there can be quite a wait for a table. Keep up the good work - we intend to become regulars!
Stellas on Cambie serves up some great food. We have enjoyed the delicious beet salad which was very generously endowed with beets, nuts and amazing goat cheese. The onion soup is superb and we just love the variety of flavourful tapas especially the crunchy risotto balls. The halibut was very fresh and done just right (not dried out) over a heavenly bed of risotto rice. The staff were very friendly, accommodating and efficient making sure we were well taken care of. We always feel comfortable there and enjoy the relaxing ambience of Stellas. We plan to go back there on a regular basis as it is on our list as a great place to dine.
I like there beer selections and unique variety but there parking and service is awful... I order salmon but they gave me a sandwich and the waitress said I had order the sandwich because she wrote it down?? but my husband and friends all heard me clearly saying salmon because I was craving it the whole day... she insisted I had order the sandwich and called her manager and embarrass herself and me for something she could of fix easily... Come for the beer but don't come for there food and service.
I wasn't too impressed with the service and food at Stella's on Cambie. I asked for my
steak medium rare (on the rare side) and it was served well done. Instead of serving our table cold water to drink, we all got warm water mixed with vinegar. They even charged me for an extra drink when the bill arrived. Let's hope they get their act together, otherwise it shine may wear off soon.
A few days ago my friends and we decided to try Stella's on Cambie. It's a good meeting point because it's in the neighbourhood in between our respective houses (Mount Pleasant/Kits). Anyways, it was pretty busy, which the hostess said was usual for a weekend. It wasn't a long wait and the hostess was super friendly. Although the place is very loud, we were able to get a pretty good seat and our water glasses were filled immediately. The beers on tap are pretty well priced and although I'm not regularly a beer drinker I decided to go for a Fruli strawberry beer, as per the server's suggestion. It didn't even taste like beer to me, I loved it. The Belgian beer list was a bit intimidating, so I didn't go for them, but maybe next time I will. I'm sure my boyfriend would love them.
Anyways, we ordered some Thai mussels (amazing!) and some poutine, which was really filling and I thought it needed more gravy. We also had the fish tacos, bococcini salad and the ribs. We had the cheesecake for dessert and it was probably the best dessert I've had! If you go to Stella's, you have to get the cheesecake.
Overall the food was great and the beer was better! It's not the cheapest place to go, but if you want to entertain some guests or go out with some friends I would recommend Stella's!
It has a great lounge atmosphere, especially with the fireplace. It's quite dark, so I can't imagine going in during the day, but I think it's a fabulous night spot! Again, it's pretty loud so I would avoid going on an intimate occasion.
Though the chicken breast was juicy, it was bland, and there were almost no vegetables with it. My friend had the chacuteri plate and he wasn'tt impressed. The bartender asked how the food was immediately after I took my first bite. All the beers weren't priced. My friend tried a 330 ml apricot Belgian beer and it cost $12.00! After tax and tip, that's almost $15.00 for a beer, that was just OK. I thought I was in Tokyo or New York when I saw the bill. Considering the mediocre food and outrageous beer prices, I wouldn't waste my money here again. The only reason they are busy is the location and the cute waitresses.
Stella's on Cambie is a brisk walk from my home. I have been using it as a meeting spot for my friends and I for mostly drinks in the evening. The gothy-chick bartender is super friendly and always makes us feel welcome. Recently, a few of us met for lunch; I've been back a few times since...I really love the Montreal-style sub sandwich that is on the lunch menu. I may go and get one right now!
There are a lot of people coming to this place, most seem to come for drinks and a quick bite.
I was dying to try it out, but I was disappointed.
Granted, they must have spent tons of money on decorating that place, yet, the food (and the sign outside), seem to be stuck in the 50's.
Really low quality food, very old fashioned and unappealing. Not tasty either, feels dated, and really old.
Can do a lot better. Skip Stella....
We were really excited to try the new Stella's and have had a great time at the other new places in our neighbourhood (Alexi's, etc). We wre so disappointed! The hostess was very offhand and ran throught the crowded restaurant, leaving us guessing which direction she went. The waiter was friendly and another server gets points for taking my cider back after I was assured it wasn't beer-y and it was (thank you for exchanging it for a Strongbow). Then the food came all at once so it crowded the table.. Undercooked Cauliflower popcorn, tasteless taquitos, over-chipotled calamari and a sad charcuterie plate. We were cheered by the presence of Mount Pleasant Cheese Co' selections (yay for buying local!) but saddened by the strange combination of everything else on the plate. We got out of there as quickly as we could, having paid dearly for a chance to rub elbows with all the beautiful people but wishing we had just gone to Public!! APparently the other Stella's is fabulous but we will not be going back to this one unless we hear about it improving>
Went out for an early dinner at 5:30pm with a friend. As soon as we walked into Stella's, someone came over to us to seat us. Shortly after that, our drink orders were taken and drinks arrived soon after.
We debated over the main dishes, which looked fantastic but finally decided on the tapas menu. Ginger infused edamame, 'Filet-delphia cheese steak', Beef taquitos, and trio of dips. All of these orders came out in good time and a good space apart from each other. I cannot say enough good things about the taste of the filet-delphia and the taquitos. The edamame was plentiful and the dips tasty but fairly standard fare for Vancouver pub/restaurants. If you are not quite hungry enough for a full dinner or you are with several friends, order from the tapas menu and you will be satisfied. I don't drink a lot of beer but the menu was impressive and varied enough that even I recognized quite a few beer names that I enjoy. My b/f showed up shortly after we finished eating and was thoroughly impressed with the beer menu and a main dish (pork tenderloin and beans). I am sure that there is a name for that dish that is much more impressive than I present it however it was still delicious.
Portion-wise, what we paid and what we got was good value. The food is tasty, creative and the presentation clean. I found the service to be quite outstanding. Just enough service however not intrusive but still friendly. It is a place that I feel like I would like to make a local haunt. I haven't been for brunch or dessert yet but looking at their menu, I will be back!
This "home-away-from-home" pub/dining room will please anyone seeking a refuge, great food and the most inventive selection of Belgian beers this side Bruge. For the first packed week of an opening I was amazed by how well they performed. I drive by daily on my commute and it has been jumping at all hours. My experience included earth-rocking 'taquitos' (which alone would bring me back), beautifully cooked halibut atop a creamy risotto with proscuito and peas, and a trio of creme brules with lots of candied crust on top. All washed down with an apricot beer that tasted like a mix of champagne and nectar (for the non-beer drinking types)
Perhaps as enjoyable as the food and service was the atmosphere. Both Stella's have managed to capture the feeling of a neighborhood pub where you could plant yourself for the evening, but as an encore, the Cambie street location has thrown in a rather sophisticated dining experience and turned up the volume with some fancier fare along with the familiar mussels, frites and tapas. All in all....the most enjoyable night out in a long time. There was a great feeling of comraderie in the air which likely marks the rebirth of a community that has been plagued by noise, traffic jams, and closed businesses. Thank you Stella's for breathing new life into my community, you've earned a place in my heart and tummy. Till next time!