The Hamilton Street Grill is a contemporary steakhouse featuring Certified Angus Beef along with a large selection of fresh seafood entrees. If it is something a little lighter you are looking for; there is a large Tapas style menu that is sure to fit the bill. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and you're sure to feel comfortable whether seated at one of the nicely spaced tables or in one of the cozy booths. The large patio is heated and great for people watching. You'll want to remember, being open late this is a great spot for dessert after events as well as dinner or appetizers before. Remember to ask about the private room, pool room and tasting room for your next party or business meeting.
It had been awhile since we have been to Hamilton Street Grill. They have a special promotion for the month of June - $20.00 for a Peppercorn Strip Loin with potatoes and vegetables. It is very good value. The steak is 8 – 10 oz. and was perfectly cooked and the vegetables were very good. The regular menu is a bit on the pricey side for the atmosphere. The restaurant is in Yaletown though so the rent in this area is pretty high. We shared an order of garlic butter shrimp with garlic toast and they were good. It was a very generous serving but as my husband said it was good but not great.
The service was good. The wine was topped up during the course of our meal but we just felt very rushed. The server also checked to see that our meals were satisfactory. We had just finished our appetizer and the steak was put on the table immediately. I felt it may have been sitting under a heat lamp waiting for us to finish our meal as my steak was lukewarm. We would just finish a dish and it would be taken away within a minute.
They charge fine dining prices but the setting is not really a fine dining venue. It is more of a casual dining ambiance. I would return and use my entertainment coupon or if they had a good promotion but I do feel that otherwise they are a bit overpriced for what they offer.
The evening we were dined there were only 6 tables occupied whereas the restaurant next door was packed with customers.
My friends wanted to try this place as they had bought a groupon. The service was good and food was also very good. I had the steak. Dessert was also very good. It's worth the money they charge as most yaletown places have small portions. This place was not bad. Lots of people at the restaurant and our server was very good.
Reasonable pricing in the heart of Yaletown. Service is always friendly. During one visit, the service, or, rather, a server, was working on alien logic. How is it that a highchair with a baby in it placed at one end of the booth seating situated across from the bar (as was initially suggested/placed by a staff) in the middle of the room is alright (except for the height of chair-to-elevated table difference), while w/o baby in it (inisisted on clinging to mommy for the night), but kept around for the "in-case" but, in the meantime, used as a cloak/bag storage is obtrusive to traffic and in need of an okay with the very hostess that placed it there to begin with. To me, there seems to be plenty of room in between the bar stools and the back of the highchair for servers & patrons to walk by carefully in pairs assuming their elbows are stretched out and they're each balancing a tray of dishes. If crowdedness was the issue, then having a pre-toddler seated there would have been a bigger safety concern against of plates of food spilling. Upon other visits, I've been spared the multiple "have to go ask" host(ess)/manager boy.
The steaks generally were made to perfection as per request. So far there has been only one & a half inconsistencies in the food preparation (re: hanger steak & ahi tuna main). Appetizers are all delicious. The yam fries are superb in spite of the limpness of its appearance with or without the wonderful dip! As a matter of fact, none of their dips/spreads seem to be lacking in flavour. The signature gingerbread pudding's a tad on the overtly sweet and rich side. The other desserts are preferable.
Overall, this is a great dining spot. Very accommodating for large parties of a dozen & upwards from what I have observed. On busy/wet nights, I would suggest you don't check in your coats as they tend to get squeezed in together with everyone else's--it does get packed rather tight in that little cloak/cage contraption.
We've been going to HSG for their Anniversary month for the past few years and I don't think we have ever had a bad experience ... or we would not be back!
The food is almost always cooked to our request and if not, is corrected to our liking. Larger portions. The best is the Gorgonzola Fondue Dip ... ahhhhhhh ... eat it as an appetizer and then whatever is left over, use on the steak. Can I say delicious??? I've gone four times this month for their steak special $13 with garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables and delicious, fresh bread!!
We also went for the Taste of Yaletown. Looks a little under-stated on the outside, which is why we've never been. Inside is a good, inviting interior, right up to the usual Yaletown expectations.
Our waiter was quite good, not up to the best in Yaletown, but no complaints here, we were well taken care of.
Started with the mussels and onion soup. I concurr with the previous evaluation that the mussels were at best average, at least for this level of restaurant. The onion soup fared much better. It was loaded with a lot of bread and cheese, so that took up a lot of the liquid, but the taste was definitetly one of the better ones we've had.
Mains were the sablefish with risotto (very good, risotto done practically perfectly) and the steak which was really, really good. We did ask for medium rare, we'd say it edged a bit on medium, but close enough. Oh so tender and a perfectly done sauce. It lacked that strong "beef" flavour we would've preferred, but that is probably due to the specific cut that was used, can't do anything about that.
Finished off with the lemon creme brulee (slightly disappointed, couldn't taste the lemon, tasted more like a steamed egg custard) and the gingerbread pudding with gelato. Yes, this was really good and quite generously sized.
For $35, I say we got a pretty decent meal here, were were stuffed full at the end and it didn't feel like they skimped out on portion size for the special event. (I would say though, if you ordered regular stuff off the menu, I'd be willing to bet you could get similar pricing for the whole lot).
Not sure I would say I saw anything really innovative on the menu, but lots of classics well done. I would recommend a go here, you get a nice dining experience for not a lot of money.
I've always wanted to try this place - but now that I've gotten it out of my system, I can move on.
Service is extremely attentive from beginning to end-our waiter was top notch. The ambiance is nice - as expected in most Yaletown restaurants. I gather it would be quite hectic on a hockey night with it's bar and two large TV's. It's too bad we only got to watch curling the whole hour and a bit we were there.
It's too bad the food doesn't match the service & ambiance. We ordered the specials since we couldn't really decide from their meh boring menu. Nothing really said "order me" My hubby really enjoyed their Chicken Cordon Bleu, while my Steak & Crab fell flat. It wasn't very tasty- a bit dull and did not wow me at all. I guess for a steakhouse in Yaletown I expected a bit more amazingness but unfortunately they did not deliver. It's a good thing we had an ebook coupon - definitely wouldn't pay full price for our entrees. =(
Went on a weeknight for their DOV and the place was not as busy (50% full). Beet salad was very good and tried the other appie, soup which was nice. Salmon was fine and good sides. Lamb was a bit dry but nice flavours. Dessert was pretty standard. Overall I don't think for value it's a $35 DOV. Should be in the $25 range.
We heard about HSG's 12 year anniversary special and made reso's for a group of 6 for a Saturday evening. We each ordered an 8 oz sirloin with garlic mash and veggies for $12 with other sides and appies for sharing.
Food: Sirloin is not my favourite cut but they did a good job of making it taste flavourful and my steak came med-rare despite the uneven shape of the slab. Garlic mash was creamy and the side of veggies were brussel sprouts and carrots. Ordered a side of spotted prawns in garlic sauce which was pretty good, but nothing to write home about. The gorgonzola "fondue" is not really a fondue at all but a bowl of melted gorgonzola cheese as dip for crispy bread. Taste was a bit strong but I was mostly disappointed that it wasn't a true fondue.
Service: Our server was attentive and casual. He demonstrated good timing and brought out the necessary drinks, breads, plates at the appropriate time. From start to finish, our meal took about 1.5 hours and we lingered an additional 30 minutes without any hassle.
Value: $12 for a steak dinner in Yaletown is incredible value. However, their regular menu is only about average with dinner items ranging in the low $20's; appies in the $8-15 range, and limited but reasonably priced wine selection. Comparable to the Keg for their steaks.
Ambiance: Simply adorned with faux Toulouse-Lautrec prints along the walls; dark stained tables and chairs; banquettes along the middle and sides of the restaurant. Spacious enough seating. The crowd was mixed that night with mostly groups of friends in their 30-40's. I don't remember if music was playing so it was probably very muted and conducive to a dinner conversation.
Overall a good experience but I don't think its differentiated enough to draw me back immediately. I would not protest if anyone suggested this as a dinner choice. However, with stiff competition literally at every corner, it may take another innovative promo to entice me back.
I went out with a few friends last night (my suggestion) to the Hamilton Street Grill. I'd been there before, but honestly could not remember my previous experience there. I was very disappointed with the level of service we received as well as the quality of food. A few of our friends ordered the 20 oz steak which they said was great...but the other friends who ordered seafood and duck were greatly disappointed. I had the salmon, and it was SO dry and inedible that I just stopped eating it. I also ordered their strawberry daiquiri which was bland and tasteless (blended strawberries with ice and a shot of rum). The service was definately mediocre....I firmly believe that I could have received better service at a Milestones or Cactus Club! If I plan on going to a restaurant that charges 20-30 dollars per entree, I'd much rather go to other similar restaurants like Griffins!
I made a reservation for my group of 5 tonight for 10:15pm after knowing that their kitchen closes at 10:30pm. Throughout the whole dinner, we were the only table in the restaurant which was surprising especially they are doing a June special for their sirloin. A whopping amount of 8 oz. Angus sirloin with veggies and mashed potatoes for only $12. Four of us had the special of $12 but my bf had the 20 oz. New York steak which they were out of so they exchanged it with 2 of 12 oz. New York steak (from the same beef) for the same price of $28 which was super cheap.
The food came around 20 mins after we ordered and during the wait times, we were served what I assume to be foccacia bread without the herbs and olive oil. The bread came with chipotle spread that was nice. We finished the bread within 10 mins and our server was nice enough to give us another plate of foccacia.
The sirloin was a tough for me eventhough it came out as medium rare, not like the sirloin at "Chop" restaurant in Richmond. And also, it was super lean, no marbling and no fat on the sides. I also ordered my sirloin with risotto on the side and it was not that great, mushy and I don't even think it's using aborio rice, very little cheese, but lots of asparagus though.
The new york steak was awesome, it was very tender and juicy and it was such a good deal, especially it's in Yaletown.
With awesome service and value, I will definitely come again but next time not for the $12 sirloin, probably for the New York. :D
A group of ten were here last night for the taste of yaletown. The $35 three course menu was a good selection of the tried and true and some lesser known dishes. I had the mussels in Chorizo sauce as a first, the sable fish and risotto main and their deservedly legendary warm ginger pudding and gelato dessert. The dishes were well prepared, the mussels were OK but the sable fish and dessert more than made up for it. Looking around the table I'd have to say that the main of choice would be the new york strip loin, beautiful cut and about 8 oz to boot! It alone is worth the price of the fixed menu (take that "Morons" steakhouse!) The service was professional and attentive, there was a slight order mix up (resulting in a delay of 5 min max ) and that person was immediately offered a comp (he took a cocktail). Other dishes of note were the Asian tenderloin salad starter and any of the accompanying risottos were excellent. The Ambiance is pure yaletown and this place in particular pulls of the casual sophistication that the area is know for. I would recommend.
I picked this from the list of "Taste of Yaletown" list. I thought the food was really good. I had the Onion Soup, the bread dried out the soup a little bit, but overall, it was very good French Onion Soup. The main course of pan seared scallops with the risotto was very tasty.
The dessert, gingerbread pudding with pumpkin and ginger gelato, was absolutely amazing (hands down). The waiter (very wonderful man) said it had been in a couple of articles in the paper, it is so fabulous!!!
We've been to Hamilton Street Grill twice. Once was during DOV and we liked it, so we decided to go back with the entertainment book coupon.
I must say they really do make a good steak. It's flavorful and juicy (I don't even eat rare). Their lobster bisque is also fantastic. But what you should try and then write home about is their signature gingerbread pudding. I don't even look at other desserts on the menu when I'm at Hamilton Street Grill! It's warm with the right amount of spice and comes with two scoops of ice cream (I think vanilla and ginger). This is the ultimate gourmet comfort food.
Service is always exceptional and the waiters are knowledgeable and friendly. The ambience is great. Doesn't come off as too snobby due to the large TVs at the bar always showing sports. I will be back during hockey season!
Went to Hamilton Street Grill in Yaletown for dinner last night. They had a special on steaks $10 for a sirloin which was a good deal. The service was overall lousy, we made reservations and still had to wait 20 minutes for a table. The reason is the servers are so slow to get to your table to help you and serve you food. The beer we ordered took literally 20 mins to arrive. The food was not bad the sirloin steak was a little chewy and the caesad salad had a strong garlic taste to it. The Yam Fries were very tasty and I highly recommend them. Overall not a bad experience besides the slow service
Went here for dinner...and surprisingly there weren't many people. It was always packed when I passed by.
Our server was AWESOME. He gave small talks and brought water frequently. He was very courteous and warned us of which steaks would be hard when my friend wanted it well done. Very informative, polite and entertaining. This is when you give a 20% tip. He was very nice about the entertainment coupon thing as well! Not rude like some restaurants would handle it.
Started off with sweet potato fries. Hot and sweet. Sauce was yummy.
I got the grilled salmon with risotto....the salmon was good, but the risotto wasn't the best i've tasted. the prawns were delicious as well! Very good portion for its price. My friend ordered the tenderloin and it wasn't bad, but kinda salty for my liking....and too well done....i like medium.
Dessert was the gingerbread pudding cake with pumpkin and ginger ice cream...and creme brulee. the gingerbread cake was good! the ice creams...were different, and i can't say i liked them. the creme brulee was only good on the outside (the hard part)...and a bit thicker than usual inside, but i still liked it.
Definitely coming back and bringing more people to this place!
I've been here for lunch and dinner on someone else's pick and the food and service are alright but next time I would protest. It's not expensive but not cheap for what you're getting. There are many better options in Yaletown both casual and more upscale.
Tip top service, pretty good food. Their Steak is above par, but not overly exceptional. Though to be fair I was trying out someone else's steak which was prepared medium when I prefer rare. Bread and sweet potato fries are great. Portions are pretty big.
The HSG was the second of our two DOV dinners this year. aWe went on Saturday February 2nd, the second last day of the event. We were prepared for serevice to be somewhat below par by this point in DOV but that was far from the case. In fact the service was a stand out.
Thinking traffic and parking would be a nightmare (there was a concert at GM Place, a tractor pull at the dome and it was the last Saturday of Dine Out) we left the North Shore over an hour before our reso time. Found parking in a snap however, so were a half hour or more early. No problem, even though the HSG was full, Chef Wyles found us a table in 10 minutes or so.
Tuna starters were excellent, but, as mentioned below, the sauce was a little too salty. Steaks were excellent and the gingerbread pudding well deserves its reputation. Would go back for that alone.
Everything went very smoothly, timing was right on and our server was extremely friendly. Great job guys!
Knowing that we are heading to HSG I always know that I am in for a yummy meal. We typically go for dinner there every couple of months. I would discribe their food as home cooked though better. I ordered the halibut with beet rIsotto and my husband had the stuffed chicken with veggies. The halibut was cooked perfectly and had a light lemon creamy sauce over it. The beet risotto was delicious. The chicken was a good portion though the only complaint would be that the stuffing was not evenly distributed through-out the breast. We enjoyed some yummy craft brews. As always the waiter was friendly and attentive. If you ever visit leave room for the gingerbread pudding. We didn't and was sorry we hadn't.
Good choice for a relaxing uneventful evening. The Gingerbread Pudding was incredible and large enough to share amongst four people! Reasonably priced menu - the 6 oz tenderloin is only $30. Lots of affordable wine selections. I enjoyed a perfect Pisco Sour before dinner. The place has a great welcoming atmosphere and could easily become a regular hang-out.