Cats Socialhouse is dedicated to the art of presenting exceptional cuisine in our own stylish and unique setting. We’d like to think we simplify the dining experience, integrating fresh food and cheerful service in a relaxed environment.
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.
Came here for a birthday dinner and it was through and through an exhaustive meal.
Reservations were made but we still had to loiter in the parking lot for a solid 40 minutes before our table cleared. It was packed that evening and we couldn't even maneuvre through people going sideways. Our table was horribly cramped and any space available to loosen the gap between us and the table was denied as we'd be bumped by people walking by. Need to step away from the table? Better play telephone with the diners in your row so they can clear a path for you to get out.
Our entire menu consisted of a mish mash of burgers, pastas, salads and a steak/fish entree or two. The food was good and of chain enterprise quality. Safe but nothing that screamed.
Service was especially slow. The completely bogged down kitchen slowed everything down the line but the servers themselves who seemed a stone's throw away took forever to fulfill requests. Their uniforms were more playboy bunny-like, with cute faces to match but that's about all the attraction. No service is no service, therefore no good.
The decor was, politely said, eclectic. It looked like a collage of castoffs from someone's attic, complete with dustmites.
Now with the merger to Browns, hopefully they'll clean up their act.
To my surprise the menu has changed and noticed that it looked the same as the Brown's restaurant menu. Apparently they have bought it but don't know if they will change the name. Had one of their rice bowls which was very good. Service was very attentive with drinks re-ordered promptly and bill separated correctly.
The DOV menu for $25 was extremely good value. Four of us shared the Yam fries (huge portion), baked brie with french bread and crab cakes. All were tasty. The mains were not quite as good, the chicken breast with mediterranean stuffing was ordinary and the rare sesame crusted ahi tuna was spoilt by a thick terriyaki sauce. The desserts were better, a light chocolate mouse or mango cheesecake that was smooth and satisfying. The portions were much better than some DOV menus that are like sampling menus. We went before the theatre and they let us return after the show to eat our desserts as we were running late. The waitress even gave us a complimentary coffee/tea which was a nice touch. My only real criticism is why the heck can't you have a meal out these days without the distraction of TVs on every corner. If I want to watch sports I'll go to a sports bar!
I've eaten here a half dozen times and have a fairly well rounded impression of the Cat's Meow. The first thing that strikes me everytime I go there is the beautiful wait staff. Not just the waitresses, but they have pretty boys for the ladies too. The food I've eaten here has been consistently good and, like the staff, with lots of eye appeal, Location is great i.e. on Granville Island, but away from the madness. Kind of a local restaurant in the midst of tourist Hell. Good consistent performance here.
I've been to this restaurant a couple of times and have been pleased with my experiences overall.
Food - Okay. The seafood pasta I ordered was fairly tasty, but pretty greasy and heavy. I could only finish about 2/3 of my meal before the thickness got to me. Also previously tried their burgers which were pretty good, but then again, its hard to mess up a burger and fries meal.
Service - Decent. Our server was friendly, though unattentive at times. It bugs me when I have to ask for a 2nd round of beers/drinks or water refills. As noted in other reviews, the staff is very young and attractive.
Ambiance - Great location on Granville Island, but that's about it. Not a fan of the wood tables and chairs. Made me feel like I was kid back at summer camp.
This place used to be hip and a great hangout during the weekdays for drinks. For some reason I find the staff quite snobby and arrogant. All around this place aint what it used to be like. Very dissapointing experience pre-Arts Club Theater. Should've went with the Keg which Im sure would've been more reliable. Thumbs Down.
Decided to drop by for lunch with a friend.
The restaurant was virtually empty when we arrived....but there was apparently going to be a party served here soon. We were seated, and it took a bit for us to order. I ordered the blackened salmon sandwich with fries and my friend ordered the cat's meow burger. the fries were very crisp and hot!!! impressive. the sandwich was flavourful, a bit salty, but not too bad. the main problem was that the sandwich was very messy to eat. my friend told me the burger was good as well.
the dessert was what blew me away. simple yet delicious. i had the bacio blanco, which was the white chocolate ice cream with raspberry filling with white chocolate shell, and my friend having the opposite; bacio nero..a chocolate ice cream with espresso filling covered with dark chocolate shell. If you like a lighter taste, go with the blanco. if you like a richer taste, nero is for you. the dessert was very affordable as well, all under 6 dollars.
i think i'd like to check this place out at night, where there would be more people and a nicer atmosphere to order drinks =) i liked it overall.
I like the Cat's Meow. The staff and crab cakes are great. It's one of the few places in town where the servers are attractive and nice. It's a great place for lunch, dinner or a late night snack or dessert. Summer on the patio is popular.
Had a great time here about 2-3 weeks ago. Service was approachable and friendly. I had their "Martha Stewart Living" martini (it was martini night on Friday) and it went down pretty my throat pretty well. Crab cakes there were big and had the right amount of sauce...however I have yet to find a crabcake that truly showed off the delicate flavor of crab. Highlight was the Quesadilla...damn, this thing was huge. Bigger than the ones you get in Earl's or Cactus club - it was packed with all the yummy tex-mex fillings and fixins. A solid experience. Will return again!
I'll say that since I am nearly on Granville island everyday due to both school and work, I see this place often. It's not packed except maybe during it's wednesdays where beer and pizza are on special (that's from what i remember the last time i visited but they change it often). on other days, cat's meow is modestly busy. dinner time is when this place normally shines especially the norm of fri-sunday.
first of, this place's food is nothing to rave about. simple dishes are offered at an above average price. i normally come here for their pizzas and beers because, economically speaking, those give me the best value. at $15 (including tip) i can have a full dinner of pizza and beer when i'm modestly hungry. although when i am actually hungry, it costs me at least 23$ and these are on specials night. so as you can see, this place's value is decent but not at the fair mark as i would like to put it - than again granville island's rents are expensive so i don't blame them.
service is your regular upscale western style racy and sexy waitresses in black. young and soft, most have no experience other than to show off their breasts alwmost falling out of their low v-curve top. as i would like to say again, most of us these days only care about sex hmmm? even when eating we need sex ya?...right
cleanliness, this place is not too bad - and i have nothing more to add to this part lol...
the location is cozy yet also serene. the restaurant is good for small parties of 4 or less and for those who like casualty. restaurant is quite big but the way they stack together the tables and exterior / interior seating arrangements, 4 or less is best for optimum comfort.
the best things here, in my opinion, are their desserts.
Once in awhile a bunch of us from work will head here for Friday night drinks. Since my review last year, things have really improved.
I like the new drink menu--shots can be ordered in 4's, mojitos by the pitcher, and the wine list is much better than it used to be. The beer is still overpriced by the pitcher, but it just tastes so darned good.
The interior is much more chic but still has the eclecticism of the original Cats, so hats off to Browns for not making this place too generic.
Appy menu isn't bad--I like the salt and pepper ribs. Meal-wise, the pizza offerings are exceptional and I love their linguine.
Servers are the same, minus some of the attitude. Sometimes it's hard to get someone's attention, but I've found this varies quite a bit from server to server.
Will be heading back soon.
Each time I’ve been here, they’ve left a progressively worse impression. After the last time, I won’t go back. I had reservations for 15, there was no table set up & we waited 15 for one. They seated half the party on the back patio & the other half on the front patio w/o telling anyone. We spent half the night waiting for everyone else to show up, as did the other table.
The waitress was unbelievably clueless. She couldn’t answer ANY questions about the menu. I asked what kind of tea they had & she said "calamine". The food was terrible. I had the halibut burger w. pineapple salsa. The salsa was CANNED pineapple chunks mixed w. relish. It's the middle of summer & they can't even use fresh pineapple?! CHEAP!
When I got home I had several messages on my phone from the other half of our party asking why we hadn't shown up. It was then I realized their screw-up. I phoned the manager to complain. Although she was apologetic, she asked me to hold several times & then passed me off to the clueless WAITRESS w/o telling me she was putting her on the phone. You know it's bad when the manager is too cowardly to take customer complaints & even shirks that basic responsibility. Absolutely dismal. I will never go back.
When this was the "Cats Meow" I took family, friends, dates, work colleagues from across the country, everybody, to this place and they loved it every time. With the change in ownership or whatever happened when it became a "social house" it went really down hill and does not deserve another visit. I've tried a few times, most recently this afternoon, hoping it still had some of its former value, but it's just another over-priced Vancouver "social house" with unremarkable food, average at best service, and really just a waste. $16 burgers, $12 appies that are barely enough to fill up a 3 year old, etc, etc. I'm sure the only reason people go there is because of there being so few restaurants on Granville Island. Tip: if going to Granville Island, either eat before you get there or get something cheap from the market. Cats Social House is a tourist trap at best.
The country may be in an economic downfall but it has not stopped me from dining out. The Cat's Social House was an excellent choice for a sunny afternoon lunch on Granville Island.
We had the option of eating inside or on the patio, seeing it was a beautiful day we chose the patio. Our server was a a friendly attractive girl named Sarah with a welcoming smile who seated us promptly. She had an excellent attention to detail as she asked us if we wanted the patio heater on as it was slightly breezy. It was a welcoming touch as most patio establishments do not turn it on for you. The general manager and Sarah made us feel at home making sure our stay was good as they were very attentive when needed.
The food selected was General Tao's chicken, chicken quesadilla, and hickory beef burger. General Tao was an admiral opponent as his food was delicious, think of the Boston Pizza Thai chicken bites but better!!!! Chunks of chicken beast in a sweet and spicy orange sause with crispy wanton pieces. Chicken quesadilla was also very flavourful and fresh with a nice blend of chicken breast, avacado, and greens. The hickory burger was nicely presented as it was wrapped in paper to keep it from spilling everywhere. Substitute crispy yam fries for $1.50. Only one small attention to detail, the kosher salt was a bit coarse on the fires, perhaps sea salt instead?
I enjoyed my time here for lunch as the service was excellent and reliable and the food was delicious. A bold move to changed names and menu items with a high risk high reward aspect. I will be making more visits out to The Cat's Social House again when I visit Granville Island.
I recently went to the Cats Socialhouse over the weekend with a few co-workers and was very impressed. Ive heard from word of mouth that the place has had some major renovations since the last time i went and that the food, managers and service had changed
We ended up having the Pad Thai, Carbonnara, Millionars Filet and the Potato crusted Halibut as well as a few appys to start. I must say that when I had these items at Browns, they were cooked the same way as it was done here at the Cats. I always find it hard to find a place that can serve the food CONSISTENTLY every time. So props to the kitchen/ New chef for making that happen.
As well as noticing the changes in the kitchen with the new chef, the speed of service and knowledge from the servers about the food has also improved. We actually were able to talk to the new general manager for bit and was very impressed with the way he handeled himself.
in my opinion, to compare what the cats socialhouse is now to what it was (cats meow) i think its come a long way. its totaly improved, but with still some areas that need some work.
totaly going back for more....
Planned for a 30 person birthday party at Cats Socialhouse. I had a great contact in the general manager, who was incredibly available and willing to answer my questions. They set up the upstairs loungey area for us, away from most of the hustle and bustle of the kitchen and main dining area, which was incredible.
We had two or three servers to ourselves, who were very nice. We weren't really there to eat food, but to drink and socialize, but I was not incredibly impressed with the food (which was also quite expensive, for what it was).
The drink special was pretty good. Would head there again, but for a drinks/socialize party, probably not for the food.
Terrible food, terrible ambiance, mediocre service. Yikes! I ordered a dish and asked them to go easy on the dressing and leave out one specific ingredient. When my food finally arrived, it had too much dressing (slimey), too much salt and lots of the ingredient I asked for them to leave out. This dish cost me $15 and was very small. The food took so long to come out that I was starving and ate it anyways, fearful that it could be much longer if I returned it. It was noisy and the decor looks like someone's garage / part of the house they didn't finish. Anyways, don't go there to really eat. Just go there to have drinks and snacks and you have no plans anywhere else. I definitely will not be going back there again.
Last night was my first Dine Out experience, and if they all turn our as well as the Cat's Meow, I will definitely become a devotee. After making a reservation for 30, which became 20, which became 10, the restaurant was really relaxed and understanding about the diminishing number of people. When we all arrived, we had a great table on the top floor, and were promptly served by the lovely wait staff. Some of us did the Dine Out menu, and others didn't. I felt the DO menu was a great deal for the amount and quality of food that we received. The yam fries were a huge portion, and perfectly cooked. The brie was FANTASTIC, and the sauce that it came with complemented it perfectly. The ahi tuna was good, but I felt the sauce was a bit heavy for the fish, but the chicken was great. Dessert was beautiful and tasty, and we got a free Apple shot at the end! All in all, I was throroughly impressed with the quality of food and service. The ambiance is nice, but I feel the TVs take away from it a bit.
Great 1st impression, I will be back!
Having read some reviews on this site I was a little apprehensive about our Dine Out reservations last night. But all in all we were pleasantly surprised with our evening!
The wait staff were prompt and friendly and the Dine Out menu wasn't half bad. There were four of us dining out so we got to see a range of dishes. The Baked Brie was pretty tasty, although it could have done without the sweet chili sauce drizzle (I'm pretty sure that wasn't sambal olek, but maybe I'm wrong). The yam fries were quite tasty and a huge portion. The crab cakes were quite greasy and a little cold, "meh". The tuna had way too much soy glaze on it, otherwise it would have been fine. Order it on the side so you can dip it if you want to, otherwise that meal was fine. The chicken was really tasty - the stuffing inside made all the difference and livened up the meal. Desserts were pretty decent, chocolate mousse was light and creamy, while the cheesecake was sweet and "fresh" tasting.
The drinks were good, the food was ok, the wait staff was ok, and the place was pretty busy for a Monday night.
I think it would be a good place for some drink specials and appies with friends.
Found Cats Meow in Early 2007 The Coconut Shrimp were to die for . Often when we were in the City we would make a special trip to soak up the ambiance of the patio, not to mention the eye candy servers , and have a couple of beers and taste some prawns . Went in on a sunny late afternoon in August and the menu was different, The prawns were there but not the same. different preperation and different sauce. The service this day was brutal . the servers had no idea what they were there to do . and when eventually we asked for the manager he was also not the sharpest knife in the drawer. All in all a bad experience. Haven't been back . Several other posters have mentioned the menu change in a negative way. Moral of the story "If it aint broken don't fix it!!
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