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Cats Socialhouse

1540 Old Bridge Street
Vancouver, BC V6H3S6
Tel: (604) 647-2287
Neighbourhood: West Side
  • Cuisine: Fusion, Pacific northwest
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Patio, Television, Wheelchair accessible
  • Hours: Mon - Tue: 11AM - 10PM, Wed - Thu: 11AM - 11PM, Fri: 11AM - 12AM, Sat: 10AM - 12AM, Sun: 10AM - 10PM
  • 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.

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Food ok, watery drinks, crap service, nice patio
By jspot of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 1, 2007 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

Had a reservation with a party of five on a sunny Thursday afternoon.

Food is ok: taste and presentation is good, ingredients are average and prices are above average - so there is limited value. A friend ordered a rye and 7 and had to send it back as it was too watered down.

Minor peeve: ordered a Snakebite which turned out to be Strongbow and Cassis; where's the lager? (The menu does indicate what's in a Cat's Meow Snakebite but it's the first time I've seen it served this way).

As for the service, sure, our waitresses was hot but not friendly and completely indifferent to her job - to the point of being rude.

The draw of this place is clearly the location and patio.

Won't be back.

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Worst Service Ever
By foodie921 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 9:20pm [Dine in]

I arrived at the restaurant and told the hostess that I had made a reservation, to which she replied, "it'll be a few minutes". 15 minutes later, I began to wonder what was taking so long considering that the place was half empty!! As I approached the hostess, she looked at me cluelessly as if she had never seen me before! When I told her I was waiting for a table, she told me that me and my party would have to sit on the couches off in the corner! When I told her I had a reservation, she coldly responded with, "OK. I didn't know!"

Our dining experience got worse from here. Water wasn't brought to the table, there were no knives for us, and our waitress was just as clueless as the hostess. We ordered the crab cakes, classic breakfast, and vegetarian fajita. The crab cakes were all brown and burned on the outside and contained a miniscule amount of crab! My friend's scrambled eggs were lukwarm, and my sauteed vegetables were so over-seasoned that I ended up eating my tortillas with jam.

If the service had been acceptable, maybe the food would've gone done a little better. But since I have never had worse service, the combination of atrocious service and amateur food will keep me away from this place.

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Love the Meow
By jimmyjamming of West End (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 3, 2005 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

This is a place I just love to come back to time and time again. It doesnt matter if it was during the summer to sit on one of their two huge patios or for a party........I always have a great time there. The staff is friendly, the owners are great and the ambience is just plain Funky! If you want to go to a place for brunch, lunch or dinner, this is a cool place to go. You can sit back and just enjoy a cocktail (they make sweet drinks there), a simple sandwich/burger or go over the top and grap a steak, its all great tasting. Also mention almost everytime I go, they have some crazy cheap drinks...........last time was on a monday and it was 1.99 hi balls. Add in the fact that there are tons of leather couches to sit back and watch the hockey game (big screen), it doesnt get any better then that! Ok ok, so i like the place, what can i say more except, its one of my favourites!

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Busy night = not so friendly waitresses
By omnibus of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

I went to the restaurant last night in a party of 25 or so people. Hockey was on so the place was REALLY packed. For being so busy, the food was good still - not over or undercooked so kudos to them for serving good food at busy times.

My only negative comment is the unfriendly and almost rude waitresses. Sure they may be attractive but with (nearly) bossy waitresses I didn't want to tip them as high as I normally do. Also, they didn't refill our water when clearly the water jugs were empty.

They got things done, but they should have kept a smile on their faces and they should be able to handle a full restaurant with a smile on their face and a polite attitude.

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Terrible pizza
By torok of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 11:33am [Dine in]

Went here with some friends a few nights ago and ordered a pizza - think grease, with extra cheese, and some oil. The service is ok, the ambiance is about what you'd expect, but I'd say it has poor value. The rest of the dishes looked to be about the same value - cactus club or earls does a much better job.

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Worst dining experience at Granville Island
By jmw4 of burnaby (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 12, 2010 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

A group of us went here after Theatresports and it was not busy at all. We were seated and got drinks. We ordered quickly and the server repeated our orders to us, asked us preferences etc. When the food came, they totally messed up on our orders and gave us things we didn't order and missed what we did. Then they took another twenty minutes or so to bring the right foods. Foods were either really dry or bland. Since a different person gave us our food, we didnt see the server again. No one came to check on us, not even once. We tried to flag down our server but she would glance at us and keep talking to her coworker.

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No Improvement
By JonJ of Kitsilano (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 13, 2008 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

Ok, when we heard that the Horrible Cats Meow, was now Cats Socialhouse, owned by the people behind browns, etc. We decided to give it another try.
Well, the room looks a hell of a lot better than before, before it looked like they went to a series of rummage sales to decorate the place. So, its nicer, but now it just looks like, Browns/Pinkys/Cactus Club. Total devoid of personality.
The service was a joke. Just trying to find out the type of beef they used, know one knew. They said they could phone the chef if I wanted....stupid.
Took forever to get drink orders, food, the bill. One point I watched what I suspected to be my next beer sit on the bar for 5 minutes, while our server chit chatted-it turned out it was my beer.
The sushi was mushy as hell...rice is supposed to be cooked, but still retain their individualness, this was one single lump. Also totally bland. I had the pad thai, which was ok, but more like something I would throw together at home, than a dish from a supposed higher end restaurant.
My wife had the Chicken Parmesan...can you say Dennys? Man that was awful, bland, over cooked pasta.
So, renos, name change, new chef, and it still sucks....won't try again.

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Great location & interior - but so-so food
By lomimu of Lower Mainland (32 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 10, 2011 - 11:50am [Dine in]

Cat's Social House is in a terrific setting near the pond on Granville Island, and has nice Cactus Club-type decor and ambiance. I've been there a couple of times recently with a Groupon-type coupon, so have had several experiences there.

They really need to step it up in the food department. Burger with bacon etc was very average, not a great meat taste at all (subbed yam fries were delish!). Dynamite rolls only had deep fried prawns as the filling - no veg of any kind. And the Cowgirl Salad sounded great, and at about $15 for an entree salad I was expecting great....but it was really quite small for an entree salad (especially at that price!), and the add-ins were skimpy.

I'll stick to Browns Social House, their parent company, as I've had much more enjoyable meals there.

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Similaar food as Brown's
By David H. of Seattle WA (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

Went with the family and found the menu was similar to that of Brown Social House.

We were not particularly impressed with the choice of food. The ambience was quite nice.

Perhaps if only they could revise the menu and have more options.

Parking is easy at night but in the day especially during weekends could be challenging.

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My Last Meal would be here
By Living for the road of New west (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 25, 2011 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

Best burgers in Vancouver, hands down. The place has a reputation as kind of a bistro restaurant, and it is, but it isn't that expensive either. The bathrooms are that good, but the place itself is a typical scenic resto and I actually like the darkened quality the dark ceiling brings to the place.
They have a vast wine selection but I had a beer. Could be an exception, but watch out for it. The food was excellent and included our change requests. Regardless, I would consider the cute blonde waitress as worthy of a death row last sight.

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A vegetarian's haven when eating with a bunch of meat eaters :)
By KylaK of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 9:27am [Dine in]

I and my boyfriend recently went to Cat's Social House (entrance to Granville Island) with my boss and his wife to watch a game because they promised me there were a ton of veg*n options....and there are! Almost every meat dish can be substituted with tofu and they were incredibly accommodating when it came to adding things/removing items. They do a veggie burger and a beer for under $12 bucks on game nights, and it was one of the best veggie burgers I've ever had (and I've had a few). They also do house bottles of wine for $16, which is tough to find in ANY restaurant. Overall - very impressed and I'll DEFINITELY be back.
Also, considering it was a game night, the servers were ON THE BALL.

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Gone Upscale
By annakay of North Vancouver, B.C. (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 10, 2011 - 8:04am [Dine in]

Hello! When did this restaurant go upscale? Not sure but absed on our alst visit this is a great choice here on the island or anywhere in the city. First, they are five minutes walk from the big parking lot. Second the satff look hot. Very impressive. i dont mind saying that when the staff are so confident and so hand picked I come back more, tip more and drink more. Speaking of which, good drinks menu with a reasonable price list. Speaking of which the food is rather inexpensive. Granville or not the steak is great and well done and cheaper than the competitors. Very cool.

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Striving for low food cost to make money?
By valueeater of kerrisdale , vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 10, 2010 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

Disappointed with our first (and last) visit. Eager to eat near the Fringe activity, but Cats delivered no value in portion size or effort. The $10 specialty salad had so few ingredients and limited quantity it might as well have been a side green salad. Yam fry order was a sampler, not an order. One charge on our bill did not match the menu -- more of course. Too bad such a great location is wasted with this mediocre kitchen.

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Best Place So Far In Vancouver - I am digging Vancouver
By Rob_linch of Coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

We ate at Cats Socialhouse during the weekend. I am new here but I am really digging it already. Way better than anything back in Australia. Service was quick and friendly. Our waitress was cute and perky, with a short black dress (this establishment seems like a place where businessmen hang out for dinner and might appreciate an attractive staff). We asked to see the menu, which we had viewed on the web. This was not given to us along with the wine menu, and the waitress was happy to bring it over and explain it. We started with the noodles. I had the steak and my girl had Shrimp. For dessert, pie. We were quite pleased with our selections, and the price ($69 for two, including starter and dessert) made our dining experience even more enjoyable. Great staff. Worth it.

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Too much salt on the flatbread
By devonius of East Side Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 12:22pm [Dine in]

Went to the Browns Test Kitchen Restaurant(Cats Socialhouse) for lunch. The service was decent and the waitress seemed fairly new to the trade but I give her points for trying. The food was typical of the overpriced plate of art that you get these days(I have a few places that I can go where the $16.00 lunch plate I had would give me 3 filling meals) and what I really thought was a ripoff was the $4 extra I paid for 4 triangles of cooked tofu on the salad. The meal was tasty enough until I took a bite of the flatbread(pita) on the side. It was so salty it totally killed what I had just eaten. I literally scraped off 1/4 teaspoon of salt on the pieces that were left. Now being a test kitchen I would give them marks if they are trying to get people to drink more, but seriously do these so-called chefs read about health and what society really needs and wants in their diet.
One other small point when I asked for a refill of my non-alcoholic drink which I came with a lime first time, another plate carrier(could not call her a waitress) brought a ungarnished drink and plunked it down like I was insulting the place by not ordering an alcoholic drink.
When are some of these places going to stop hiring these attitude girls who are too high on themselves.

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A nice lunch
By sweety of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 7:47pm [Dine in]

Had lunch at this Granville Island restaurant and were pleasantly surprised. The food was ok, nothing spectacular but no disappointments either. We were a party of 3 and enjoyed the Won Ton soup, Crispy Chicken burger and one of the house pizzas. Not rocket science. The service was good, our server was very nice, helpful with the menu and was always smiling. We'd go back.

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I hope you're not in a hurry
By Van_Food_Critic of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 10:49pm [Dine in]

Working close to Granville Island, we oftene nd up here for work functions. About 6 months ago, to our demise, this company (Brown's) decided to get fancy and change their menu. What they once had right has now gone terribly awry. The favourites on their menu we used to have are no more. They have been replaced by over-priced, small portions.

I'm a bit of a stickler for service and if you expect anything half decent, do not come here. I've been here a few times but most notably with a party of 10 and a party of 25. Party of 10 outing was disappointing. Not one person enjoyed their food. It took forever and our waitress was just ok. Not too bad but then came the party of 25 outing. What a nightmare. We had a reservation so they knew we were coming but we were only given 1 server. She could not keep up. I asked for a drink refill, and after about 25 minutes and almost choking/ having a dry mouth and requiring a beverage, I kindly reminded her again about it. She snapped, "it's coming, I'm doing the best I can". I was jus shocked. A simple lunch was almost a 3 hour ordeal and the food wasn't that great. The terrible service and wait time is enough for me to never go back.

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What a JOKE!
By jujubean of Westend, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

This place has changed to "Cat's Social House" after being bought out by the same owners of Browns/Pinkys. They copied the exact same menu as Brown's.... how boring. But the worst part is... this place is a complete RIP OFF!!!!!!!! I went in with a gf... and we sat in the lounge. The only reason we went there was due to the fact that we knew a stsff member. Otherwise, I'd never set foot in any of those chains (browns/pinkys). To my surprise, I was even MORE let down when I dined here than previous exp at Brown's. We ordered "wicked mushrooms" priced at about $6 (side dish) but the portion was SO tiny and just a few button shroom tops covered/hid the mass pile of STEMS!! $6 for mushroom stems? HIDEOUS!!!!!! Every thing else was JUST as bad and between two girls that don't have a giant appetite, we ordered 2 main, 2 appies and STILL felt hungry. Over half the menu is of "asian influence". Seriously, if I wanted asian food, I would go to an AUTHENTIC place. Chicken wonton soup? That doesn't even EXIST. Traditional wontons are made of pork & shrimp. The other soup is some Thai Curry soup...why would anyone want to drink a BOWL of curry as SOUP???? I also somebody order a side of "scalloped potatoes" which is a comfort dish that I really enjoy. However, at $5/plate and only about the amount of half a baby potatoes worth of food...??! No wonder they are managing to get by considering the lack of actual business.
What a disappointment and embarrasment to the Granville Island tourist scene that represents Vancouver.

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Skip it.
By LeCollectif of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

A lot of the reviews here are very hit and miss. That more or less sums up my experience at the Cat's Meow. It boasts an incredible location and a very cool dim-but-not-dark decor. In writing, the menu looks very tempting, but that's where the experience comes to a grinding halt.

Despite the restaurant being nearly empty upon arrival, the service was sluggish. We first ordered a water and a beer, were served, and didn't see the waitress again for another 15 minutes. We then ordered appetizers, which were served about 20 minutes after that, and our entrees did not arrive for another hour afterwards.

The quality of the food wasn't what I would call poor, but it certainly wasn't outstanding by any stretch. The calamari was straight from the frozen food section of Safeway, and the Thai curried stirfry tasted like they used minute rice while being remarkably void of much curry or coconut milk flavour. For the time it took to prepare our dishes, I was expecting something much, much better. Even more-so when I received the bill.

To their credit, the service, while slow, was friendly - and as others have said - easy on the eyes.

Given its location, decor, and attractive menu, the Cat's Meow had a real opportunity to wow me. It's unfortunate that those qualities couldn't substitute for just-ok food and slow service.

If you're looking for an over-priced mediocre meal at a faux-fancy restaurant, I recommend Joey's or Earl's. At least there disappointment is diminished by knowing what to expect.

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Good restaurant at Granville Island
By Fionamm of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 6:32pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Cat's Meow a number of times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and have always been quite pleased. The ambiance is nice, but it can be cold in winter if you are seated anywhere near the door. Plus the large screen tvs take things down a notch or two in my view, but all in all it's a nice, comfortable place with good food.

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