Ceili’s offers a combination of traditional Irish and North American cuisine as well as a variety of spirits and draught beers.
I came here yesterday with my boyfriend to try out their DOV menu at an excellent value of $15! I have heard good things about their food, and although I've been there, I have never dined there. BF was skeptical that any "pub food" would be good.
All I gotta say is, he totally changed his mind after the meal!
I felt the need to do a one-day-not-so-healthy meal, so I went for an all-fried menu. For starters, I had hot wings w/ blue cheese. Quite tasty little things. BF had the house salad with feta, crans, and almonds - he reported that it was amazing.
Mains, he surprisingly chose the southwest chicken salad - nothing spectacular. But what was spectacular was my fish and chips! WOW! Very lightly battered and meaty! The fries were addictive also.
The let-down of the evening, was unfortunately the dessert. The proclaimed "moist" brownie was so dry, it crumbled at the fork. My deep-fried ice cream was not only sitting in a drizzle of caramel and choco sauce, but also a pool of oil. You can imagine my surprise when I spooned the transparent fluid thinking it was honey...it wasn't.
The live performance was really loud - but I can expect that at a pub. So overall, great food - not so good dessert.
I would definitely go back for the fish and chips. I don't believe it's "world famous" as advertised, but it's pretty darn yummy!
My friend and I went to Ceili's for the Dine Out menu, only because it was cheap at $18. Typically, I would not go here for a meal - just drinks and maybe an appetizer after work or late at night. Even so, their beer is highly over-priced ($6.75 for a bottle of Sleemans!!) so I only go to Ceili's if there is a birthday party or similar going on there.
I started with the calamari, which was pretty good for pub fare. Not overcooked or rubbery at all... which is sort of what I expected. The flavour was good, but it was pretty greasy. It's served on a type of newsprint paper, but it wasn't absorbent enough to catch all the oil.
Next, I had the chicken boxty, which is basically asparagus, chicken breast, mushroom and peppers sauteed in a mushroom cream sauce and stuffed inside a potato pancake. Not bad, but not fantastic. Again, sort of what I was expecting, so it wasn't disappointing.
For dessert, I had Apple Brown Betty - a little too sweet for my liking, and the topping was a little chewy, but overall not bad. I was hoping for more of a traditional "crumble" type topping, as that's one of my favourite desserts.
Pretty fair meal for a pub, but considering the competition around Vancouver, I would not go back to Ceili's for dinner.
Hubby and our close friends wended our way here after our 6th annual attendance of the Parade (they are all Irish, I am a Scot so I spent the better part of this rotten snowy day in the Art Gallery!). Not often one stands in a pub in Vancouver but for this one day of the year and so is very reminiscent of pubbing in Ireland - of course, not so smoky, though. Three of us shared the natchos which were lovely and more than enough for two big appetited men and myself and, at $17 quite a steal. Eileen had the shepard's pie which looked delicious and was pronounced as so. There was non-stop entertainment including the British Legion Pipe Band and a most wonderful time was had by all. St. Patrick's appears to bring out the best in folk so everyone was friendly, warm and having an entirely
Still appalled at the horrible customer service here. When we first sat down to meet my brother there and all he had were complaints about the luke warm food and slow service we should have walked out right then and there, but no we tried to give the place another chance and stay for a drink. To our shock, my brother then also told us that he was one of the first people at the pub that night and there was literally 'crap' on the bathroom floor that hadn't been cleaned up from the night before. Ok, mental note to self, don't eat here.
Once we got home, we unfortunately realized we had forgotten my husband's bag at the restaurant underneath our table. We live 40 mins out from downtown so called the restaurant to see if they could just grab the bag and tuck it behind the bar before anybody else discovered it. To our shock, we were hung up on 3 times because they were simply too busy, to send somebody up for 5 mins to grab it or to even connect us to the phone at the top bar. Ok fine, so we sent a friend who lives nearby to grab the bag for us. He was rudely stopped by the bouncer at the door and chastized that his friend must be an idiot to send another guy to get his bag and actually wouldn't let him up to just go check for the bag!
When there's a thousand other restaurants and pubs in Vancouver that would actually have the courtesy to treat a paying customer with gratitude, you can bet I'll never set foot in this place again and I advise you don't either.
Nachos for 18 Dollars had no cheese asked for extra but get NONE
Burgers were cold and so were fries
asked if could have new fries they simply redeepfried them
The beer tasted watered down and was warm definatly the last time I ever go there again Do not waste your money there
well i have decided not to eat the food there, just due to the lack of service, but going in for a beer seemingly is faster. The staff this time seemed to be better as I got my drink right away told her i would not require the menus she has brought with her. It was quiet in there though, not alot of people in the pub.You could hear the staff talking back and forth so it didnt sound so quiet, I did get to see the manager this time and he did say hello. So for a quick in and out beer I think this is what it will have to remain. The atmosphere is nice though and did enjoy the music and the tv sets behind the bar are nice... if only I could have a good decent meal without a waitress being brain dead!
I went to Ceili's last weekend for my sister's 30th birthday party. Her best friend had gone to their website and emailed in a request for a reservation. When we got there (all 30 of us!) the hostess seemed confused and had no record of a reservation for us. It turns out the friend made a mistake and had emailed the Ceili's location in Calgary to make the reservation! It was our mistake but they immediately started making arrangements to accomodate us. They were already very very busy they started moving around tables and chairs and managed to create a space for us. We sat down and were served right away by a delightful young lady who kept us having fun all night. We shared appetizers, and the mussels were to die for! I had the fish and chips for an entree and it was delicious! We ended up staying there all night ... it has a great vibe and it's really cool how it transitions from being a pub/restaurant into being more of a club later at night. There was a live band that was awesome, they made a birthday announcement for us and some really cute male bartenders kept the fun rolling all night! A great evening!
My boyfriend and I live close by and thought we'd give it a try. Well it was a first and a last for us.
We sat on the top floor to enjoy the atmosphere. It's quite nice except for a few things. We noticed right away that there was quite a lot of bird droppings on the glass infront of some of the bar seating looking out onto Smithe. We're glad we didn't sit there - how appetizing is that? Staring at bird droppings while you're eating? The other thing we noticed right away was a stong bleach smell. It felt like we were at a pool or something. Again, not very appetizing.
After we sat down we were ignored by the staff for a solid 5 minutes before being told she'd be right there. After another 5 mintues we finally recieved some menus. This would have been more understandable if they were busy, which they weren't, or if they didn't pass by our table half a dozen times to see us waiting there.
My boyfriend ordered a beer ($7.25 for a pint) and I decided to go with a water after seeing the price for a cooler was over $6 and martinis started at $11. We ordered their nachos to share, figuring that pubs usually make good nachos and for $14 we should be getting something good.
Well, our expectations were shattered when we basically paid $14 for chips and salsa. There were tiny bits of cheese on less than 1/3 of the chips and about half a dozen each of tomato chuncks, olives, and jalepenos. We felt totally ripped off. They were by far the WORST NACHOS we've EVER had!
We decided not to waste any more of our money so we asked for the bill and planned to get some real food somewhere else. While we were waiting, it started to rain. The roof was open so everyone upstairs was getting rained on while trying to enjoy their food and drinks. A few people started shouting out that it was raining, but no staff members took any initiative to do something about it. A few people put up their umbrellas at their table. It was just embarassing!
When we finally got our bill, it was from another table. We had to flag down the waitress to get the right one.
We paid our bill and walked out vowing never to return again.
Our advice: don't waste your time or money! If you want a good Irish pub, go to Doolin's, the Lennox, or Johnny Fox's. They're golden compared to this place.
We've eaten at a lot of pubs in our day and this is the first one we've ever been disgusted with and vowed never to go back!