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Browns Socialhouse

2296 W 4th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6K1N8
Tel: (604) 733-2420
Neighbourhood: West Side
  • Cuisine: Fusion, Pacific northwest
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Large groups only
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Weekend brunch
  • Features: Ocean Wise, Patio, Television, Wheelchair accessible
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11AM - 12AM, Fri: 11AM - 1AM, Sat: 10AM - 1AM, Sun: 10AM - 12AM
  • Browns Socialhouse offers a sleekly well-designed yet casual atmosphere with warm, efficient and unpretentious service. The creative menu is comfort food inspired, fusing west coast cuisine with our very Vancouver ethnic influences. We offer a great selection of appetizers, full sized main courses and fun desserts, we also serve a delicious brunch menu on the weekends and holidays. Our signature center bar offers up a great meeting place for cocktails.

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Had a great time here on New Years Eve
By eating good food of Vancouver (130 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 6:02am [Dine in]

We were a group of 8 - 9 friends who decided to come here for a New Years Eve dinner, before heading out to a New Years Eve dance in East Vancouver. Unfortunatly because of a mis-communication some of the party ended up at the 10th Avenue location, and some of us ended up here (by the time we figured this out, everyone just decided to stay where they were.....which was ok)

Anyhow, we arrived at about 9:00, and the waitress set the table for 9 people, and seated us.....but when we found out that half of the party was at the 10th avenue location, we asked to be moved to a smaller section (to which the waitress cheerfully did for us)

The waitress took our drink orders....I had a coke (being the designated driver) and the rest of my friends had a martini

A little later the waitress took our orders. Me and one of my friends had the full order of fettucini alfredo (I requested no bacon or peas in mine) and my other 2 friends had a burger with yam fries. I also ordered a chicken wings appetizer.

First came my order of wings. They were really delicious, unfortunatly there were some small pieces though (I think about 4 out of 13 pieces were small) Anyhow, they were delicious....waitress though forgot to bring the bowl of finger dip, so wasn't too impressed that I had to wipe my sticky hands on a napkin.

When our entrees came, we delighfully enjoyed our food. I myself thought that my fettucini alfredo didn't have enough alfredo sauce, so the waitress brought me more which enhanced the flavour and made it delicious. My friends all agreed that thier food was really good too. Service was a little slow, but it was New Years Eve, so it was busy (but our waitress was really friendly, so 4 stars for service) They remained opened until 2:00 for New Years and even had a balloon drop, but didn't stay for that, as we wanted to go dance on the dance floor.

But it really was a good time with good food and good friends (just too bad that some were at the other location) So we went to a dance party in East Vancouver later, while the party at 10th avenue ended up at "The Cove" bar......

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Pizza & A Pint = Great Deal
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 11:21am [Dine in]

Dropped by BSH yesterday for a quick bite and a brew. My friend and I were quickly greeted by a very cheery girl who took us to our seat outside on the patio. Moments later a server came by to take our drink order, moments after that another server came by to take our drink order, already ordered but thanks just the same. We ordered one of their pizza's to share the "spicy sausage" pie, it came in no time flat.
Quite nice, just the right amount of sausage and banana peppers, it was very tasty. Oh , by the way, yet another server came by with the pizza for us. I think we may of met just about all the staff now with the exception of the cook, next time. In all honesty I was very impressed on my first visit. Very friendly staff, good eats and dirt cheap. Turned out Sunday was their pizza special. Two pints and a pizza, $21.00. We'll be back.

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Dreadful in Every Way
By King_of_Kitsilano of My Beautiful Kitsilano (47 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

Have been dragged into this place in the past but Never Again!!!

From the Staff who deliberately ignore people, the dark dirty looking interior, the unspeakably loud music to the sad-sack excuses for 'food' this place is a ripoff in every way.

Maybe if the drinks were worth the price a person could ignore the rest but they aren't-poorly made with the cheapest ingredients and served in the sloppiest manner imaginable.

Don't bother trying to remonstrate with what passes for Management-they are thick as bricks and about as responsive.

It says scads about this neighbourhood that a place this awful somehow stays in business.

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More Like Antisocial
By godfrey of downtown (22 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 27, 2010 - 6:11pm [Dine in]

We went here one rainy Sunday morning for this phenomenal sandwich we'd heard about (the egg, bacon, avocado etc on sourdough).

I had just picked up a coffee at Starbucks because we hadn't planned on brunch, but my wife quickly changed her mind when she remembered the rave review as we walked by.

I explained this to the hostess (bringing in outside food is an understandable no-no, but I figured I had a good excuse). She was fine with it. The waiter, however, snidely asked, "can I get you anything to drink? Coffee, perhaps?" With a look of derision on his face, as if the presence of my cup of coffee had wounded him emotional.

Naturally we saw our sandwiches sit under the heat lamps for a good ten minutes with our waiter nowhere to be seen. That was after they took twenty minutes to appear in an otherwise dead restaurant. It's possible that the extremely loud techno music scared the other customers away.

When our sandwiches arrived (dropped off eventually by the hostess), the eggs were cooked fully through. Even a rudimentary chef like myself knows this particular sandwich requires a soft yolk which when broken sort of melts through the sandwich for added texture and flavor. We also had to scrape off about six ounces of this disgusting ketchup/mayo combination that smelled like an unwashed horse.

After this meal and its accompanying inedible, rock-hard hash browns and some sorry looking orange slices, with nary a return visit from our Aussie waiter (maybe he was undergoing emergency therapy for the emotional blow I dealt him)...we actually had to pay at the bar because no one took our plates, brought the bill or asked how the food was.

It was just one meal, but I think this review combined with the rest all pretty much add up to the same thing: don't eat here.

Alternatives: the always friendly and delicious Earls on Broadway...Moxies is OK too.

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Awesome Hangout
By Davros of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 10, 2007 - 7:45pm [Dine in]

The social house is a great name for this place. Its an excellent place to hangout on a Friday night with some friends and chat. THe burgers are excellent. I dont know what it is but that bun kicks butt!
The room is really cool and styled, a little noisy though when its busy, but its still a small room, so not too bad.
Service is the usual decent but not amazing. Friendly, good eye contact, and quick drink service...
Have been here a few times already, and will definitely be back.

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My favourite places in Canada
By traiano of Downtown Core, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 8:47am [Dine in]

Theres nothing I like better in Vancouver than going on a sunny day to this place, have a sit at the terrace and enjoy a steak sandwich. Im very demanding when It comes to red meat, I also tryed the hollywood burger which is great and quesadillas. The service is optimus, the girls who work here are adorable.
The washrooms are very clean. The terrace accesibility is great for smokers like me.
Inside it is a bit dark and the music is kind of loud, but good enough to be with friends.

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Temptations
By josephsmith1 of New Westminster, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 15, 2011 - 8:02pm [Dine in]

I feel that this restaurant is put upon the earth to fan the flames of temptation. We went as a group on Friday for lunch and prayed before beginning our meal. We had corn, bread, steak, water and chicken. They were tasty and served quickly but the temptation. Only our common strength and bond kept us men alive and our loins far from afire.
While we beleive God palced beautiful women upon the mortal coil for an obvious reason the women here were kind specimens that were dressed to tempt to wanton behaviour.
We paid $34 each divided equally and were happy with the location.

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Cool Restaurant I might have to visit more often
By man_of_domination of Van area (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 29, 2010 - 6:27pm [Dine in]

The food was so-so and a little over-priced I admit because while the starter was boring and the salad just so normal the main was tasty and rich. However, they had very gorgeous staff here and to boot the customers were also very hot. Wow. They sure knew how to get me to come back. I tipped extra because in my opinion places like these are trying hard to earn my business. I also think drinking at this location makes sense because of the cool vibe. Will be back. They just need to present better food for the price (keep the ladies tho).

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Terrible food - even the water!
By stayklassy of Main, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

Dropped in here for brunch on a rainy day. The room is dominated by TVs showing football games, so I guess the beer/sports crowd is more their market. Three of us ordered tea, and although they had Mighty Leaf tea bags, they couldn't provide anything but lukewarm water. We kept wondering why the tea was so weak and wouldn't steep -- it's because the water was barely warm. Even after asking for hot water, all the waitress brought again was the same lukewarm water. The brunch wasn;t much better. The eggs benedict was on soggy English muffins and served bizarrely with french fries. My friend had some sort of bacon and egg sandwich on white sandwich bread that was like Wonderbread. The other order was a pizza, which was probably the best of the three items and almost palatable. Although it's not that expensive at $10-13 an entree, it was bad enough food to make me never want to go to Brown's again.

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They couldn't even have tried to make it worse
By kitsgirl of Kitsilano (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

Went on Wednesday night and the whole experience was awful. I was with a client so didn't want to say anything to management without looking bad and I am regretting it today. My client was no doubt as unimpressed as I was.

My wok squid was rubbery. Having had the wok squid at Dockside and Sandbar recently I can't even tell you how bad Brown's wok squid was in comparison. The rest of my food came lukewarm with various food items that were obviously a result from a messy kitchen as they were not listed on the menu as included (and one or two of something doesn't count as an added bonus I don't think ).
Our server was disinterested. One of us would order a drink and she would walk away to get it, not even checking with the other person. The kitchen at one point must have really liked one of the songs since they cranked the volume up so loud we could not continue our conversation. Thank goodness it was moderately turned down once the song was over. Then we are had to listen to hits of the 70's and 80's... I could go into detail about our bad service/ambiance and food, but why bother? I feel I have wasted enough time with Browns on 4th.

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Prety good place
By chlee of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

Laid back casual with a great menu and breakfast items. Not a huge location but they have a very warm and cosy feel to the restaurant . I can see it catering well during the colder months ahead

Not over the top pricing and they have a pretty good all round concept going here. Was with an old friend and service was unrushed. Food quality was great and FRESH orange juice sealed the deal for me.

I'll be back !

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it is what it is
By smiles of kitsilano (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

I always go to Browns. I always sit at the bar. I've never sat at a table there because they seem so cramped and when you're sitting at the bar it seems as though it's supposed to be loud. Okay, I know it's a social house, but really, it's hard to be social when all you can hear it the latest pop tart blasting overhead. But the bartenders are awesome and really nice, the atmosphere is dark and comfy, and the food has a nice little spin to it. The prices are average to everywhere else and they play the hockey games (but ironically, they don't turn the volume up loud enough!!) If you want a place to just pop in on the fly, Brown's is your place!

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Miss the Vineyard
By jnacci of UBC, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 15, 2007 - 11:46am [Dine in]

Am I the only one that misses the Vineyard? Probably. Yes, the place was tacky, the food nothing special ... but it was open 24 hours, licensed, served good soup (EVEN ON THE WEEKEND), had sports on the TV and was never too packed or too loud. Loved that place. It was ... reliable.

The new place? Packed and very loud. How do they get it that loud in there?

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Meh...
By jspot of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2007 - 10:14pm [Dine in]

Dropped by with three friends on a weeknight for dinner and a couple of drinks. Restaurant was not busy and we were seated right away. Service was just ok...the waitress seemed indifferent as if she would rather have been somewhere else (perhaps she was tired?)

A buddy and myself ordered Crown Floats (1/2 Guiness layered on 1/2 Strongbow). Ended up with about 3/4 Strongbow with some Guiness on top...way too sweet and not what I was expecting. Ordered the chicken noodle bowl - very tasty but tiny portion size! I'm not a huge eater but I almost wanted to ask the waitress where the rest of it was.

Cool modern decor but the LCD TVs were showing the news with the volume off. As the headlines are mostly bad news I found this to detract from the otherwise upbeat vibe.

Prices were on the high side and were not justified by the food/drink. Instead you're paying for the Moxie's/Joey experience: cute waitresses and funky modern decor.

The Kits location is new and perhaps they have some kinks to work out. I don't feel any urge to return but might go as part of a large group for a function (and I'll probably suggest somewhere else).

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A good place to blow 40 bucks
By whemedia of Kitsilano, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2007 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

My partner and I thought we'd drop by Brown's for a drink and some appetizers so we looked at the menu and decided to try the Lobster Wings ($12), Papaya Salad ($12), Yam Fries ($7), I had a Guinness ($6.5) and my partner had a glass of water (Free). With taxes, just over $40.

We got four Lobster Wings, the salad was pretty filling - my partner gave it to me to finish - and the Yam Fries, while tasty and not oily, left us thinking that we might have gone out to an "All You Can Eat" or Seafood Restaurant.

That being said, if we were dating, she or I would have been impressed by the other paying the bill. A good place to blow your dough.

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Decent
By Silvermink of Commercial Drive, Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2009 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

The food's pretty good, and I was surprised that the sushi is actually pretty decent, considering that this isn't a Japanese place and it doesn't focus on Asian dishes.

The ambiance is nice enough. Probably my main complaint was that it seems priced a little on the high end of this sort of Milestone's/Cactus Club tier of restaurants. Lunch for two of us came to $40 after tip, and I only had one beer and my partner didn't even have a drink.

I'd go back, though. It's a pretty solid choice in the 4th Avenue area.

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Not bad
By foodshark of Kitsilano (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

Good food, but nothing special so I question the overall value for what you pay. The menu doesn't have a lot of options to choose from and they should consider switching out some choices to improve it. On the good side, the place has a great ambiance and is perfect to catch up with friends or watch a game on their flatscreen TVs at the bar. Friendly staff and good service. I would recommend it to others and go back myself to catch a quick meal and a few drinks.

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Medicority Abounds
By FreddieSunshine of WestVan (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 26, 2007 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

How is this place so busy when within just a few blocks there are so many better places. The food is average at best, and the service is cold, and indifferent. The burger tastes like one from Triple O's...but more expensive.
I find the decor lacking of emotion. Yes they clearly spent some money on this little place, but it doesn't feel like anyone cared about it. This is just a mini version of all the big box chains. They've taken all the bad elements, and seems little of the good, and put it into what should be a nice intimate space. Too loud, too sad, too bad.

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Mediocre at best - overrpriced
By Dining2009 of vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2007 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

The tables are very tiny, the noise level is high, the crowd is generally young and white, the food bland and expensive - typical Kits style. The food was too expensive for the mediocre quality. The fries do not live up to the sales pitch that they are the "best" in town - HA! Typical overpriced, trendy Kits place where the diners think they are getting great food. The wait staff oversell the food - like "this is going to be amazing" - if the food was better, there would be no need to give the hard sell. If you want the trendy Kits location and insist on the good looking but bland Kits crowd - why not try Room 18 down the street instead - the food and dinner setting is WAY etter. NOT AGAIN.

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One of our Kits favourites
By Whitesails of Kitsilano (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

A short walk from our apartment in Kits makes this our favourite relaxing place for a bite to eat (pizza and salad are our favourites) , a pint for me and the drink special for my wife. The atmosphere is fun with out being loud and sophomoric. TV screens make it nice to watch some sports but they are easy to ignore if you’re just talking. I’m surprised by the other reviews, but for what it’s worth the service has been great…courteous and prompt. We’ve been about 15 times.

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