A variety of seating, including central bar tables, gilded mirrors on the walls, stacked wood for the welcoming fireplace. The food is a more original, better prepared and more seriously conceived than in many such drinking spots.
Some friends and I roamed Downtown and decided we could use a cold one and some munchies. it was packed with a lineup outside but somehow we managed to score a table near the back.
A few rounds of beers quenched the thirst while the Poutine, Bruschetta, Tomato and Bocconcini Salad and the 3 Cheese Platter with Crostini tended to our appetites. The dishes were better than pub style fare and nearly on par with restaurant quality eats. It would be nice if they included a few more pub style items though I will digress, this is still primarily a place to drink.
Service was good so as long your alcoholic intake continues to be in consumption mode since that will get you the most attention from the staff. Even if you end up ordering soda, it's still good.
This is a great looking pub, with a mix of new and old world styling with the chandeliers and brick paired with the ebony tables and stools. The space isn't particularly small, but it is narrow, so if you're sitting in any of the tables in the middle of the room, it may feel claustrophobic as patrons and staff will likely brush up against your chair as they maneuvre their way through.
For a drink hangout, a top choice on this strip.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the Granville Room on the $18 menu this year, as I've eaten here a few times before and the food has always been fantastic.
I started out with the soy cured smoked salmon, and my friend had the carrot & roasted red pepper soup. The soup looked very thick, almost like a puree of veggies. He said the flavour was good and finished it in a matter of minutes, as the portion was very small. My salmon was good, but I was expecting more soy flavour. It was served over a dipping sauce with some mixed greens on top, almost giving the feel of a small salad.
For the entrees, we both ordered the duck leg "confit". In my experience, "confit" means to cure the meat in salt, then cook it slowly in its own fat. When the entrees were set down, one look at my duck leg told me this was dipped in the deep fryer. While it tasted okay, in comparison to other similar dishes, it was below average. The outside of the duck leg was extremely crispy, and the inside was only slightly moist. The sauce was nice, but the risotto was overcooked; however, I wasn't going to complain when the entire meal cost only $18. The wine pairing they offered was a good value at $7 a glass - especially compared to many in the $12-14 range.
The desserts were a choice of vanilla cheesecake (my selection) and a chocolate peanut butter cup (my friend's choice) they were both tasty, but I far preferred the cheesecake. It was light & fluffy, and the whipped cream was delicious - very lightly flavoured with vanilla and sweetened with a touch of powdered sugar. The peanut butter cup was good, although a small portion. Very similar to a Reese cup, only better.
I will definitely return to the Granville Room, despite my slight disappointment with the entree on this visit - I've had the duck breast here before and it was outstanding. They are always a good value, the ambiance is good and while the service has been slow at times, the servers are always friendly.
Spent NYE at the Granville Room with a few friends and had an excellent time.
The food: surprisingly good! There was a set menu priced at $50 that included an appetizer, entree and dessert. We all had a variety of the dishes and found them to be spectacularly good for a lounge-type restaurant! I had the grilled tenderloin and it was perfectly cooked and absolutely mouth-wateringly delicious. For dessert, I had a chocolate/cookie concoction that was tasty, but my friends all had their cheese cake w/red bull reduction. I wasn't adventurous enough to order the cheese cake but did taste it and the red bull reduction was really good (WHO KNEW!). They also have an excellent variety of cocktails and martini's.
The service: Wonderful. Our waitress was patient, polite and prompt.
The value: Excellent for a NYE celebration. Other establishments were charging upwards of $80, so dinner here was of great value. I found their drinks to be a bit pricey at first ($9 a beverage) BUT, after tasting them I could understand why. Their drinks have a significant amount of alcohol (not a whole lot of filler/ice etc.).
The ambiance: Perfect. It's a great little place to celebrate with a few friends or have a romantic dinner for a date.
I would highly HIGHLY recommend this place if you're looking for excellent food, tasty drinks, and a chic and romantic atmosphere.
I like the Granville room for it's location but man o man - make sure you're not in a rush to go anywhere.
The 2 for 1 dishes, dessert, fish and lamb are superb. The food is cooked well, but it takes a really long time for it to arrive.
The servers are ok, nice bit of banter at the start, but then you have to ask/remind them for drink orders etc. Perhaps they need an extra person to serve as well as a pen and paper.
The decor there is nice, but after a certain time, you need a head lamp or something to see people. It gets dark may be a good thing, i don't know. Personally i prefer to see what i'm eating.
Decided to return to the Granville Room after being there for a promotion that Granville Business Association had put on in conjunction with the Canada Line opening. Noticed that they advertised daily specials and also 2 for 1 small plates everyday from 4 to 7pm. I had the Thursday special of steamed mussels in white wine with fries. My partner had 4 small plates special and they were all very delicious. The crab cakes and prawns and scallops skewers were generous portions. From previous reviews it seems to be much busier at other times, however, we were the only diners in the establishment when we were there. Guess it is mainly a pub time clientele. Food was very good, service friendly. Really glad we decided to try again and will return.
I went to the Granville Room as a part of Dine-Out Vancouver in January of 2009. We had reservations for 8pm, and they didn't have our table ready right away and they made us wait outside the restaurant in the freezing cold (only for about 5 minutes but still I was kind of annoyed).
We were placed at a table (which was sticky) and they didn't bring us water. We ordered our cocktails and food together. We got our first course before our drinks (which is really weird) and didn't get our cocktails until the main course, and ended up drinking my wine with my dessert. But the food was quite good. I had a salmon appetizer , mushroom ravioli for an entree and brownie type thing for dessert. All were good except the portions were really really tiny! I'm not sure if it was because it was a set menu for only $18 (which is really cheap) but the portions were kid-sized. So overall the food was solid, but the service was all out of whack.
Stopped in here last night after all the juno festivities on Granville St for dinner with a girlfriend. Had the cheese plate for an appy instead of dessert, really really tasty. Our server was super friendly and recommended a great wine to go with it. My girlfriend had the tenderloin which she said was amazing and I had the steak frites special. Awesome sauce! Really creative cocktail list, our server convinced us to come back this weekend to try some and check out the DJ's. Over all it was a great experience and I will definately be back!
Hoping to go back this weekend to check out the DJ on Friday night!
Someone asked me the other day what my favorite place to go in town was. I am not one to pick favorites but without even thinking about it Granville Room was out of my mouth. I love this place. The room is sleek yet comfortable, I get fashion file on one TV and my boyfriend gets hockey on another. Great friendly servers and bartenders. Food is always great, nice light snacks. LOVE the wine list. This is definately my number one in Vancouver.
I have been here before for drinks. This is a simple lounge with ok food, and thankfully no cover charge to hang out and spend your money.
The ambiance is pretty good, as the music is not too loud - you can actually talk at a normal volume. It is a small place that seems larger than it is. The unisex bathrooms on the silly side though...especially for bars where control may be an issue later in the evening.
The service..... both times I have been here, the bartender has been good, and the waitresses.... well, a little selective and inconsistent.
Now for the food.... I had the steak and the wife had the chicken. Both decent enough, but a little pricey. The steak was slightly overdone, but the chicken was tender and juicy. Food was simply prepared, and very pleasant in appearance. The flavors did not fight each other. However, the mashed potatoes were way too salty.... it made the whole mean seem salty. Really salty. Fries ok, but keep the salt away from the other stuff. The chef cares about the food, but needs to lay off the salt.
The Entertainment Book coupon made the price "fair", but I would not have been happy paying full price as there are so many other eating options in the price range. Portions were suitable and left us satisfied. Food was prepared quickly enough so that we could relax during our meal and make our next engagement on time. I think you can trust the Granville Room not to interfere with you getting to your movie or concert.
The was a adequate selection of beer and wine, but it looks like they make up for the lack of cover charge by charging $7 for a glass of draught beer. Maybe that keeps the yahoo factor away.
I most likely will return to this place.
The Granville Room is a great downtown place to stop and get out of the rain and away from the street punks before a show or after work. It's a warm inviting room with an excellent scotch selection and a good wine list. Although the menu isn't very large, the food is excellent with above average presentation.
Service was so-so. We waited a long time before someone took our order. Then when they did, it took a very long time for us to get our food. Our drinks came quick though :)
My GF and I ordered some ahi tuna spring roll, yam fries, regular fries and some crab cake/shrimp with rice. There was a theme going there. Everything was salty! We had other people with us and they said their food was salty too. I mean salty! like our fries were deep fried it in salt. So we asked to get another batch with less salt and it came back just as salty. We gave up. I know it's not a restaurant, but if you wanna go there for food, forget it.
I try to avoid Granville Street as much as the next guy. Braved it the other night and went to Granville Room with the intent of moving on to a club after a bite. Stayed all night! Very sleek and comfortable room, beautiful bar! Our server was very friendly and tentative. Had the cheese plate and carpacio, both very tasty! Wine list was unpretentious and reasonably priced. The room got rockin right after we got there and stayed that way all night! Forget standing in line at a club. Will definately be back.