Login or Register
Do a search below using the city or postal code search box if your city is not listed above.

This restaurant is permanently closed.
3
  • Food3
  • Service3
  • Value2.5
  • Ambiance3.5
  • Reviews23

Browns Socialhouse

1165 Mainland Street, #102
Vancouver, BC V6B5P2
Tel: (604) 696-9335 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
  • Cuisine: Fusion, Pacific northwest
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Patio, Television, Wheelchair accessible
  • 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.

Reviews

Displaying 1 - 20 of 23 Reviews FoundSort: Useful | Helpful | Reviews | Date
Decent enough, not quite amazing
By EatsFats of Vancouver (322 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 12:55am [Dine in]

We went there for lunch. The service was nice and the waitresses were definitely easy on the eyes, but hey, that's okay as long as they can deliver.

We had the blackened fish burger (which had a choice of fries, yam fries, cowboy salad or some other salad) and a tandoori chicken quesadilla with the same choice of sides.
$10 for each, so it won't break the bank. However, considering the portion, it isn't cheap either. (Next time we might try the brunch menu instead, they are a bit cheaper and looked like they might be just as interesting).

The big question is, is it worth it? Well, we didn't go away feeling cheated or hungry is the best I can say. The tandoori chicken quesadilla was quite tasty, though I found the mango chutney inside a bit "strong" and sweet for my taste. It's a good concept and carried off decently. We had the yam fries with that one, and I have to say the yam fries are slightly addictive.
We heard the fish burger was recommended and it didn't disappoint. It came with a huge chunk of fish, the real stuff, not some fish product. It's not a dainty burger and the fish was well done, yet wasn't completely masked. It still tasted like (good) fish. I have to say this is probably one of the better fish burgers I've had.

If I were in the area and felt like something a bit different, it would be under consideration. If you're not picky about what you eat but wanted a similar style, I think you could get stuff just as good and slightly cheaper at the "chain" restaurants like Milestones, WhiteSpot, etc.

I think it is worth a try if you haven't been. Thumbs up on this one.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
nice casual dining
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

Had lunch with some coworkers.

I ordered the blackened fish sandwich, which was quite good. The fish (halibut) was done just right, the fries are freshly cut and the coleslaw was decent.

The servers were prompt, pleasant and attentive.

Room is nice enough but the theme is confusing. The 70s picture portraits seem out of place. I get the feeling that I'm supposed to recognize those faces, but I don't. The portraits seem to clash with the otherwise, rustic wood finish off the walls and tables.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance

<More reviews below advertisement>

Great place
By cakone of Richmond (52 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

Went here for a small work party. I loved the ambiance....nice warm colors & an all around friendly atmosphere.

The service was fantastic. Even though the patio was closed the hostess was so nice...she let us smoke outside on the covered patio & turned on the heaters for us! We didn't even have to ask.

The food was great & the drinks were just as good (especially the martini's).

This place is a keeper!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Excellent place
By bobo of vancouver (47 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 19, 2006 - 2:27am [Dine in]

I went there for lunch and ordered my favourite dish on earth - ahi tuna. It was simply the best ahi tuna I've ever had. When it came crusted in sesame, I was a bit worried because I've had one too many sesame snaps that are not fresh. I was pleasantly surprised. The sesame was fresh. The tuna cooked rare just to my liking. The sauce perfect. If only parking is easier to find.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Do These Guys All Share the Same Decor Designer?
By kennydoc1999 of Vancouver (40 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

Cactus, Earl's, Joey's, Brown's, Milestone's, Yada-Yada-Yada. Do these guys try in any way to differentiate themselves from each other? The cookie cutter blue print for restaurants surely thrives in 2009.

I went with a buddy who asked the server if she could recommend a certain chicken sandwich he had before. She said that all chicken burgers were similar to the sandwiches only the name might be different on the menu. Okay so my friend ordered what she suggested, during the quality check she states that they can specially order from the kitchen what my friend originally wanted. Okay...

In her defense she did okay, not bad, not really good, adequate.

The decor was the ubiquitous dark wood, dark interior, bar in the middle of the room= B-O-R-I-N-G. Been there, seen that.

The place is okay to just hang out in, but if you're looking to impress someone go elsewhere.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Not impressed
By vwou of vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 1, 2007 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

It's just a average burger joint, but in Yaletown. That means you are paying more for average food to hang out in Yaletown. Had the crab dip. Nothing more that a processed cheese heavy spinach dip. Couldnt taste crab whatsoever. Oh it was $12! Cheese in the burger was also processed cheese...I thought this is Yaletown? I can't even get some fresh melted cheese on my burger? Service was indifferent, servers were busy standing around chit chatting with each other.... not impressed

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance

<More reviews below advertisement>

Cactus Club Wanabee?
By frederation105 of Yaletown (11 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 5:24pm [Dine in]

Brown's in Yaletown seems like a restaurant that just does not get it. Prompt service, hot food, attentive service (with a smile) are rare commodities here. Our food arrived cold, the server was next to impossible to track down, and we waited far to long for our food to arrive, and for our order to be taken. The bill came promptly. Portions were small. The food was acceptable, but overpriced and cold. Don't think we'll be back.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
An easy place for dinner
By Zanzibargirl of Yaletown, Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 12, 2007 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

Browns is nearly identical to the Cactus Club except for being smaller and quieter. The food and drinks menu are nearly the same. The food is decent, nothing special, and it's a nice casual place to eat with friends. This is not where I take my friends who are into fine dining, but it's good for those who like an approachable, varied menu.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Not impressed
By mgfw of Yaletown (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 12:36am [Dine in]

Balmy summer's evening, patio table. Waitress - friendly in a forced sort of way, drink - Waitress unsure of flavours of Mojitos available (none was a great success), starters, warm dip - much too much garlic, salt & pepper ribs - much too much seasoning. Mains - Halibut, overpowered by dressing, Tuna - ditto. Food generally - way over seasoned. Rice had congealed into a solid mass. Service - reasonable - no attempt to take a drinks order for the main meal, no offer of desserts or coffee. The whole was better than the sum of the parts - the ambience was fine, the waitress was OK in a very mechanical way (but extracting a cork from a wine bottle was beyond her and she also cleared plates before all diners had finished, and presented mains whilst starters were being eaten) and the food was - frankly - poor. On balance - not a genuine player in a city with so many worthwhile alternatives.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Much better than Earls/Cacti/Milestones
By wannabefoodcritic of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 5, 2008 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

I had low expectations for Browns. I can't stand Earls/Cacti/Milestones cause I feel they've all become cookie cutter restaurants and they even seem to copy eachothers menus now. Perhaps the biggest reason I can't stand them is they try to be something they aren't. They seem to have some sort of personality disorders - they can't decide if they're a fine dining restaurant, a trendy lounge, a sports pub, or a night club and depending on which location you go to you'll get a little of each to varying degrees.

This is why I liked Browns. It doesn't try to be something it's not and the menu items look something I'd be inclined to order at a place like this. Sorry, but I'm not ordering a steak for $40 at Earls or a lamb shank at Milestones. The food is good tasting sandwhiches, pizzas, and quesadillas.

The service the night I went was ok. She was around the table enough but I didn't like her demeanor.

The food was good for what it was. A good tasting sandwhich for $12. Nothing amazing but better than I've had at any of the other places I've mentioned in quite a while.

I find it funny that the guy who started cactus club started this place as well (also pinky's which I enjoyed alot as well). While cactus club is turning in to a schizophrenic mess, this place is alot like cactus club used to be - unpretentious and honest with itself.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
Great meeting place
By marialee of Downtown (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 20, 2006 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

We went to Browns to catch the Canucks game last saturday. Very nice setting with lots of tvs. Unique upscale setup for this type of restaurant and bar. Appies were very tasty and the burgers were one of the Best in the city IMHO.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Very Poor Etiquette
By vsc_tastetest of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 27, 2006 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

We had a party of 8 when we arrived at Brown's around 9pm on a Friday night. We were not able to get a table seated together, which was fine, we split our group up and sat at 2 separate tables. The waitress promptly came up to our table and bluntly informed us she would be putting a 15% tip onto our bill because of our large party, ignoring how rude she was about it, we pointed out that we were no longer a large group and were now 2 separate tables. She got angry with us and then the manager, Kevin, came over and told us he needed to "Educate us on our tipping etiquette...". He was very rude and after we explained the situation to him he understood and said that he would not charge us the 15% as we were indeed 2 separate groups who could not even converse with each other.

Aside from the very poor, and rude service, I found that the food was average. I ordered the Yam fries and chicken quesadilla combo which seemed like an alright deal because the yam fries alone was the same portion that came with the quesadilla but for for $2 more I also got the chicken quesadilla.

The decor of the place was great, aside from the scary old family photos they had on the wall the place had a good feel and nice design.

Summary: The food was alright but I could get the same thing elsewhere for cheaper, the employees were very rude, the decor of the place was great and I would never go back.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Just like my other 1/2 doz. fav Yaletown restaurants.
By Dine-O-mite of Victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 23, 2006 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

Browns would probably be an outstanding restaurant on its own somewhere else.

Not to fault Browns’ honest effort to be a unique top notch restaurant, however they end up looking and feeling and tasting like half a dozen other restaurants in the Yaletown, concord pacific area.
The food was cooked well and nicely presented. I had the Ahi salad, which was very fresh. Although a little light on the ahi to salad ratio. My company had the fish sandwich which was done very well.
The wine list was eclectic and selective. Not too large with a nice range. The service was fast, unobtrusive and courteous. It has great decor with a 'gentlemen's club' meets 'Brady bunch' feel.
So I have no complaint about Browns itself, just its lack of imagination in trying to step outside of the “”Yaletown”” restaurant experience.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Tourist's Dinner Review
By SfromAustin of Austin, TX (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 23, 2006 - 9:32am [Dine in]

This place offers an ecletic mix of food choices in a hip interesting atmosphere. I had the Ahi Tuna Salad and it was wonderful. My girlfriend had a chicken sandwich which he enjoyed, and the slim crispy fries were tasty. Margaritas were good but could have used an extra 1/2 shot of tequila. Oreo dessert is plain but yummy. The female serving staff were hot, friendly and mostly attentive. The pictures on the wall offer interesting conversation pieces...who are they??? They do need to improve their outdoor patio heaters which warm the tables close to the sidewalk nicely, but cook those close to the building.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Another Boring Box
By JWilcott of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

Well we were wondering around Yaletown for dinner the other night, and didnt know where to go. We saw Browns, and never heard of this place before, so lets give it a try.
It was quite busy, but clearly that doesnt mean a place is any good. I'm often confused how bad places can be so popular.
We waited about 20 minutes for a table, had a drink at the bar.
Sevice was slow, and very impersonal. If they just changed the sign on the door, I would think I was in a Cactus Club-it's no different except the name, and a smaller menu.
There isnt really anything on the menu that jumps out as interesting in any way. Just boring standards you see in every chain restaurant.
We had calamari, bland nothing special. I had a steak, again, it was over cooked, I order medium rare and got medium. The waiters really did not care how we did. They just followed the steps to get us out as quick as possible.
If you like Cactus Club, you will like Browns-its the same restaurant. Sadly, I hate Cactus Club, and I hate Browns

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Middle of the road
By sydney1431 of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 5, 2008 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

This is exactly what I expected: so so. I went here with a friend, the waitress seemed kind of inattentive, but the hostess was nice and seated us right away.

The food was good, not outstanding or unique - I had an ahi tuna rice bowl. The tuna was cooked well and the presentation was nice but the salad tasted like it had melted butter dressing on it. My friend had a chicken pasta dish, she said the same - tasted fine. The beer was on special for $4 something a pint though, so that was a bonus. I think I would come back here for a drink and appetizer, just not a special occasion.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Value
  • Ambiance
My new favourite neighbourhood haunt
By phenom40 of Yaletown (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 14, 2008 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

I loved this place. Food was excellent. Fresh squeezed juices for cocktails. Prices VERY reasonable, and Bar Specials especially reasonable. I am looking forward to spending time on their patio this summer!

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
overpriced bar food
By haji of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend who raved about the food and ambiance.
My wife and I decided to drop in on a friday evening to grab some dinner. upon walking in the door we were received very well and seated promptly.
however, the service ended there.
Our server, who we were stuck with for the rest of the evening, was rude, inattentive, and inexperienced. From the lack of smiles, attention and filling my wine glass up to the very top as if it were beer. Like someone else mentioned, most of the servers seemed more interested in talking among themselves.
Our food was served to us quite fast, which was nice, but was bland. Both my wife and I had a fish dish, and both were flavorless.

It seems that more attention was put into the ambiance than the food and service.
The wine was way overpriced, the food was overpriced, and tasteless. I would not go back, and would probably deter my friends from going as well.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Great little restaurant
By SMD of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 14, 2007 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

We have been to Brown's 2 times, both for dinner with friends. We loved the old portraits on the wall, and the cozy round booths, and great atmosphere. The servers were all very friendly, and the service has been great both times. We are looking forward to going there once again this weekend, and I will once again order their amazing Smokin' beef noodle dish. This is the tastiest creation I have ever had, very spicy and so flavorful! I don't usually order the same thing each time we go out for dinner, but this one is so amazing, I will order it every time! Our friends were impressed with their meals as well - delicious addicitve yam fries, very tasty fish burger, excellent ribs - fall off the bone tender! Their little lobster tail appetizer is very good! Great wine, excellent beer, martinis , everything is wonderful, and we highly recommend Browns! It is our favorite place to go for a great meal, priced very well in the middle of Yaletown.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance
Greasy spoon with extra grease
By dinehero of Yaletown, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, March 16, 2007 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

Wow. They couldn't seat us, then they could, but as a favor, cuz they needed 6 to fill the table and we were only 5. We wanted to order lunch, unfortunately they mistook our order for hockey-puck-like burgers complete with aged lettuce, and fries that still held the title of "greasiest fries ever" after sitting nearly untouched on my plate for 20 minutes. Disgusting. At least they had mint for mojito. I paid a bigger tip than usual just to remind myself never to go back.

  • Food
  • Service
  • Ambiance