Situated near the corner of Main Street and Broadway, along what was once Brewery Creek, the original Vancouver Brewery brewed some mighty fine beers. However, nothing compared to their flagship brew "Cascade - the Beer without Peer". The Cascade is a nod to that fine drop, the neighbourhood we live in and to all those who came before us.
Went here on a Canucks game night and they have 2 TV's that can be viewed from the bar and lounge area. Not big screens but does the job. Sat in a comfy booth which faces the bar/TV's. Nice selection of mixed drinks and about 2 dozen wine selection. Most wines were priced fair in the $30-50 range. Tried the calamari - very good, pizza - the mushroom was good but the sausage pizza was a bit undercooked with the dough not fully cooked, roast pork - very good, bison - a bit overdone. Prices seem pretty fair at the high teens for the mains. Service was excellent with plate changes and clearing. Would come back.
Came here over the wknd with a large group to celebrate a friends bday. We sat at the back of the restarant close to the kitchen and bathrooms.
Overall we had a great time. Our server was super nice, organized and quick with bringing out drinks etc. I appreciated having all our bills seperated and her ability to remember practically everything everyone was drinking, she was great.
From what I saw everyone like their food. I ordered the seafood stew; it tasted very much like a chowder, which was delicious. It had a variety of seafood and was accompanied by a baguette for dipping into the broth. My husband and a friend each ordered the mussels that came with a fried flat bread. I really liked their mussels over my stew, their broth was somewhat spicy and tomato based; mine was light/thin and cream based. Anyhow the mussels were a HUGE variety so sometimes you'd get a big daddy of a shell, but there was a perfect size for one seafood lover or great to share.
To start we ordered the polenta fries, they were good, the curry mayo definatley added flavour to the somewhat bland polenta. I don't think I'd order them again, they were light but were super filling so much so that I only finished half my stew and I only had 2 and a half. fries. The portion was huge, myself and 3 guys all had a few but we didn't finish the dish. Lots of people were trying the house cocktails, we stuck to wine which was fairly priced.
After dinner we all mingled and were swapping seats catching up with all sorts of friends that were there, our server still knew who had what etc.
Also, they had the tv's playing to hockey game but with no sound, that was more than okay with the people that wanted to watch, once the game was over they threw on some music again.
I'd go back.
I was here for a friends birthday. I arrived late because I was working. So when I got there and sat down the server notices me but doesn't ask if I want a drink or food or anything. Finally after walking back and forth a few more times she ask me if I want a drink. I ordered a drink but didn't order any food, I tried some of the food that my friends had ordered, it was nothing special. Won't be back, staff just looked like they didn't care.
Decided to drop by Cascade Room one night. Three of us had the polenta fries, mussels, mushroom and margherita pizzas. The food were all pretty good except for the mussels - some of which did not taste very fresh and a couple were not even opened.
The drinks were just decent. I tried the classics - Rob Roy and Singapore Sling, both were disappointing. The sling was nothing like the one served at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel. Usually, i would let it pass, but this place aspires to take "you back to the golden age of cocktails".
Service was just decent. Condiments we asked for never came. Not once, but twice.
Ambiance was good. Good place to relax after work.
Return? Very likely, but will have to keep my expectations for the drinks in check.
Went here this weekend for dinner for the first time. My husband and I had been a couple of times before but only for drinks. He enjoys the variety of beers they serve and while I like a glass or two of wine, I mostly like the chill and friendly vibe of this place. The service has been pretty good each time we've been and we've never had to wait for more than a minute or two at the door. Servers are friendly but perhaps a touch on the slow side. Had it not been for our server's slightly too casual pace, we may have opted to stick around for dessert. Having said that, the food was still very good. After perusing the menu for a few minutes, we decided to go with two salmon specials and share the beetroot terrine with mascarpone cheese and rye toasts to start. The terrine was excellent, so flavourful and plenty big enough for two to enjoy. The salmon was cooked perfectly and came with a delicious tomato gastrique, honey glazed carrots, and a summery potato salad. Wine selection and prices were both reasonable and we decided on a bottle of malbec to share. With tip, dinner plus wine plus two cocktails was about $110. We will likely return as the food and drinks are good, prices are decent, and the vibe is great for a nice relaxed evening.
I've been here once, for a friends birthday. we were seated by the kitchen, and between the heat of having too many people crammed in too small a space, and the obnoxious kitchen smells and noise, the night wasn't exactly pleasant. Add to that the fact that there isn't a drink under 10$ (it's not like this place is in a nice area like yaletown or kits, this is MAIN street!) and needless to say, we didn't stick around long.
Outsanding cocktails here, just above average pub grub - ideally for absorbing alcohol, but on a sad note very pour service from the floor staff. Ignored and wrong drinks delivered on two visits now. Bartenders are great. Perfect after work hangout with trendy drinks a notch above anything else on Main.
We were on our way to Habit but decided to try out Cascades as it looks pretty cool with the big blue sign. What a disappointment! The pizza was cold and the drinks were diluted. Service was slow and unfriendly. Though it looks like a cool place to hang out, looks can be deceiving. Should have just continued over to Habit.
This was my second time at the Cascade Room and I experienced the exact same issues.
The venue has the potential to be a great lounge/resto. However, that is completely lost when you are greeted by the hostess who is both strange and easily overwhelmed.
Any inquiries into the wait time was met with "It's hard to say" and when pressed further, "definitely under an hour?" which did not inspire confidence in her abilities. [We waited for 45 minutes FYI] Additionally, instead of keeping tabs on tables ready to leave, she chooses to spend her time sharing gossip about previous diners or lost in her own world, dancing on the spot.
The music itself is great but is too loud as we had to shout over it, and also ear piercing - my ears are still ringing.
Our server the first time was passable but this time was completely clueless. When you order a plate to share, most people realize this is an appetizer for the table. Instead, we received our appetizers and mains at the same time. Needless to say, the mains got cold and we all got full quite quickly. We had to ask for extra condiments, water - which was never offered to us in the first place, and dessert which we would have missed as the kitchen was closing but we were never told.
The food itself is pretty good and the beer/wine selection is decent tough $7 for a bottle of Fuller's is a bit expensive. I highly recommend the venison linquine. The beef and salmon burgers were tasty but possibly undercooked as they were pink and raw, respectively, in the middle.
All in all, I think the Cascade room could be a great neighbourhood hangout for good drinks and food but until they rectify the subpar service and loud music, I won't be returning anytime soon.
I have been to this restaurant twice. First time was an okay experience. Our waitress was really awkward though. But I am here to write about my second time!!!
Me and 3 other friends decided to have dinner and some drinks. Our waitress was a little awkward also but we though nothing of it. We all ordered a few drinks each, the calamari, fries and pizzas for our main course. When it came to bill time we split the bill in three ourselves. One paid credit card and two on interact. Just as we were about to leave the waitress came back to our table with the bill in hand, slammed it down on the counter and wrote $4.40 on it and said “Just so you guys know, that’s all you left me"
We were shocked and confused. We all tipped decent on the bill and wondered what she was talking about, we left her tip of around 20% NOT $4.40! She came back to the table and asked if she could make it easier for us by splitting up our bill. We told her it did not make sense and showed her our receipts from what she had charges us. When she realized her mistake all she said "ohhh you guys!" We walked out. Needless to say we thought she was the rudest waitress we had ever encountered. WHO DOES THAT?! If someone gives you a bad tip, then maybe ask them if there was something wrong with the service or the meal. Don't write what they left you on the bill rudely. It is not mandatory to tip. Regardless we DID leave her a good tip. We should have taken it back.
Never Again will we all go there because of that!!
I go to this place a lot, the service is snappy and friendly, the drinks are fab and the staff are great. They use a lot of organic and local ingredients and much of the menu has a British flavour.
This restaurant has given the street polenta fries with curry mayo, and I will forever be grateful for that---order them when you go!
Go for the fun room & stay for the amazing drinks. The Cascade Room is lively & always full of regulars and friends.
We went on a Tuesday for a casual dinner and sat at the bar. Had the best Caesar ever and ordered a huge salad which was pretty tasty. My boyfriend has the duck trio which was also very good!
We'll definitely make this a regular spot to visit.
My friends and I really like the Cascade. It's a place where you can hang out, have a few drinks, and actually have a conversation without screaming. It's got a great relaxed vibe, good music and interesting cocktail menu and daily specials. I've tried a lot of things from the food menu and most dishes have been ok but nothing spectacular. Service is friendly, but on weekends, it can be a bit tough to flag down a server. The booths are great and the chairs at the tables and bar are surprisingly comfy!
We went mainly because of the cocktails and in particular the "Hemingway Daiquiris" but decided to stay for dinner and boy, were we blown away this time. We had the calamari for starters..very tasty...liked the two dips.
We then went for two mains - the Elk Medallions and the Pork Loin. I kid you not, they were superb. I'm talking delicious..flavours you would expect in a high end restaurant like Cru or Bishops. We were so impressed. Then we had the cheese plate..great choice of cheeses and loved the figs and bread that came with it .Because we were going all out on our anniversary, we shared dessert then and it was divine. It was a type of chocolate pudding with ice cream. Honestly, the food was just unreal. It was very relaxing even though it was very busy there with lots of people coming and going on a Saturday night. We've been here many times but this time, it was a step beyond. We'll be back soon again for another celebration though maybe won't eat so many courses next time. Yikes!
Now, my review is based solely on the cocktails, but that's what the cascade is known for! I am never disappointed with their innovative drinks. I come here with the sole purpose of trying new drinks (like cocktails with egg white as an ingredient) and would never dare get something normal like a margarita. They also have a nice wine and beer list. Nothing extensive, but definitely very decent. Again, you gotta have the cocktails!
The service is what made this place great. Our server was a total pro. She knew exactly when to give us space and when to stop by, and was very nice and personable. Her attitude was not "forced" but rather like she'd been waitressing for years.
The drinks are a little on the pricey side ($8-10), but they're definitely worth it!
The room is decorated gorgeously and the atmosphere is very comfortable. You could stay there for hours. I also love the booths. Very comfy!
I hear the food is fantastic (especially the polenta fries) so I'll definitely try them next time we're in!
Just finished eating dinner with gal pals tonight. Great place. I think they should ditch the British pub descriptor...I wasn't going to try this place until I did an eyeball of the place. It's got a warm, funky atmosphere, really nice wine and beer choices, and a very solid menu. I had the vegetarian Wellington, very nice (a little to much side squash dish, but oh well...). Good spot for supper, good spot for drinks.
The only reason I'm writing this is I was the happiest man around when this place opened. Everything it had was exactly what Vancouver needed. Great space, best bartender in the city. The food was never very good. The head chef could never catch up to Nick the bartender but the food was acceptable and has been getting worse and worse. It's strange because the owners seemed to have such a good handle on the design and the drinks. Let's chalk it up to the British palate...
All that aside. The group of friends I drink with loved the place. Eat at Habit and drink at Cascade was a perfect formula. Sadly somewhere they lost the formula. Maybe when Nick the bartender switched out to supervising or maybe the staff have been there to long. You know how it is when there is an old guard that get into a rut where there is no enthusiasm for the work or weird interpersonal shit happens and the overall atmosphere is altered. Well that's where the place seems to be at. What started fresh and strong faded quite fast. From what I have seen I'm not alone in my opinion most nights Thurs to Sun it was next tom impossible to get a seat after 8:00 now you can walk in grab a chair and wait to be underwhelmed. I hope they turn it around because it was the best place in town for a pint after work.
If you want I can take apart the food and dissect how each bartender makes drinks or each item on the menu. But it's not necessary. It only takes a visit to see that now it's just your run of the mill average joint. So much potential
I frequent The Cascade Room a lot. I love the atmosphere. The food is also great and the service has always been fantastic. The location for a restaurant like this is great. I live in the area and like that I don't have to go downtown for the lounge-like ambience. There are very few places like this in Vancouver, outside of Gastown. I would highly recommend for Thursday night dinner and drinks. Their burgers (both beef and veggie) are fantastic.
I don't know about these other folks commenting here, but lots of people seem to be enjoying themselves when we drop by.
We have been to the Cascade Room several times, including New Year's Eve, and we have always had a good experience. The service has been attentive, even though it has been extremely busy on all the nights we have gone. The food has also been fantastic: duck, braised meats, polenta fries, smoked tuna, especially excellent at the price it is offered!
We don't go for the drinks but have always enjoyed the nice selection of wines by the glass.
A warm, inviting place as far as we're concerned. We will certainly be returning again and we don't live near the restaurant but have to bicycle there!
went here on friday for the 2nd time. luckily my bf and i didnt have to wait that long. 15-20 minutes which is pretty good for this place. last time we tried it was crazy long and ended up next door to Habit. I like this place because of its atmosphere. the music is abit too loud and alittle hot but has awesome drinks (Pimms cocktail, my fav!). the 1st time i went here, i went with about 6 friends and waited probably for an hour for a booth! anyway, foods not bad.. good prices and good drinks. i would go early if you have a big group. but if its 2 ppl it won't be as bad cuz theres lots of 2 seat tables. service was good. we had the calamari for starters .. way too much for 2 ppl! and had a tagiliatelle beef pasta for main.. very filling and my bf had the sausage pizza. not bad. i would go again just for the chill atmosphere but expect a wait!