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.
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.
I really enjoyed the steak which had a smoky flavour to it. Although it was not seasoned perfectly with some parts being salty and some parts under seasoned, the meat itself was well cooked and juicy.
Salmon was a bit overcooked the risotto was undercooked. It was undercooked than al dente in my opinion. It was very grainy and crunchy. Although they gladly redid it, it was just slightly better than the first time.
But because I enjoyed the appetizers, steak and dessert, I will definitely go back for a good steak.
Our waitress was very friendly and attentive.
I've eaten at the Hamilton Street Grill for a lunch a number of times and just last week had another great meal. The lightly battered and deep fried halibut, done to perfection with the best yam fries I've had, it was a generous portion with an excellent side salad with light tasty dressing. I ordered a martini which was delicious and the service was excellent. They were very busy and our order was promptly filled although there appeared to only be one cook at the time. I don't understand high end restaurants still serving regular potatoes or not offering yam fries as an option. The whole experience including the service was great and I'm looking forward to my next lunch.
Came here with two other friends and were promptly seated by a friendly hostess who gave us the option of moving to a livelier area though our reserved seats were in a solitary corner. Service was excellent and friendly and was patient enough to wait for friends to make up their minds. The food however was mediocre. The Creole seared Alabacore Tuna was a touch salty. My steak was definitely NOT the King of steaks. The fat was not properly trimmed off the cut and large sections of the steak were just fat, and the cut itself was not very tender. The steak was made just medium rare which is exactly what I orderede so no compains there. Not much to this entree itself with a side of mash and seasonal veggies. Solid but not spectacular specially for its price. The desert here however is excellent! Gingerbread pudding is one of the most popular items here and for good reason. Wine list by the glass is limited and cocktail list is short with nothing original. Enjoyed the night but was not blown away and probably would not venture in for dinner again.
I went yesterday with a friend. There was only a few people in the restaurant on a Sunday night around 7. I made reservations but really didn't need to. The ambiance was nice, warm and quiet. The service was really friendly which was possibly why someone would go.
I had the bacon wrapped filet Mignon that was done medium rare. I found it to be good for the first few bites, but as I ate more found the meat to be too chewy. The mashed potatoes were really good as were the vegetables.
My friend had the wild salmon which was very very bitter. To the point where you almost had to eat it with the other food for it to be bearable. Maybe that's just the way wild salmon tastes but it probably have used some lemon or something.
As for what I paid for the meal, I expected something a lot better.
Finally had the opprtunity to dine at Hamilton Street bar & grill and try their famous Hanger Steak that comes with a fantastic red wine sauce and steak frites . It was terrific .we also tried the Mussel appetizer special and the salmon special all nicely presented and very flavourful. Service was prompt , friendly and efficient . The decor is starting to look a little old but the room is very warm and comfortable. Will be back soon.
Had lunch here with a friend and had an entertainment coupon as well.
Food: Both of us ordered salads considering it was such a hot day. She had the pear salad, and I had the hamilton street cobb salad. We ordered yam fries on the side and i must say that these were the tastiest yam fries I've had. Like my friend said, most places over cook them. I can taste the yam well, and would rather not have the dip that came with it.
Service: Friendly staff, very talkative.
I'll probably re-visit again and try some hot plates next time. Avoid visiting on hot days, this place does not have air-conditioning.
Thank you Hamilton Street Grill for a perfect evening. My friends and I have all started new businesses and have been working insane hours since we opened. We chose HSG because it was recommended as a place for great food, honest prices and relaxed ambiance. Well, it went beyond that. You know that one boyfriend you've had in the past that made you feel so special and like the only girl in the world? Well, that's how I felt here - overly pampered by the staff and . . . my filet mignon was perrrrrfect - meow!!!! We sat on the heated deck and all agreed the garlickly caesar was reason enough to return. Lovely wines by the glass . . . had several - nice to have the choices. Ta ta - see you again soon, my lovelies.
We needed to find a quick place to eat before the victory ceremony and didn't want to eat outside so we decided to give them a try, they were able to fit us in so we thought it would be a good way to experience the energy of Yaletown.
First, we found a floatie in the drinking water and then when the appetizers arrived, the portions were smaller than expected with the grilled ahi tuna being refrigerator cold and the steamed mussels being overcooked.
Then, the scallop entree arrived and saw 3 average-sized pieces, my initial reaction was they must have missed one, but thought well this is the Olympics and just roll with it.
But Finally when we requested the bill the server came back with it and mentioned "the price is already factored with the tip because it's the Olympics". In terms of the service, it was acceptable given the large crowds.
With the lineups they must be making a killing hosing the Olympic visitors...This restaurant wil be crying the blues when the HST kicks it but I won't know cuz I don't think I will be coming back.
Attentive but not overbearing service from the moment we walked in. Our server was right on top of it through the whole meal.
They were running their anniversary special; an 8oz sirloin with the trimmings for $11; at that price who could resist. The ceasar salad was good but it was curious that they served the lettuce leaves whole rather than cut up; it gave us something to do and got us into the eating mood. The steaks, all came done as ordered and had a nice flavour to it. The trimmings were a bit sparse; mashed potato with a couple each of: string beans, slices of red peppers and slices of carrots. I guess for $11 they had to hold the line somewhere. We also ordered the yam fries and some garlic mushrooms to share. The yam fries were delicious but the mushrooms were chopped up and a bit over cooked.
We're not drinkers but did not feel any "heat" to order any and we were definitely not ignored as is often the case when the waiter finds out we don't drink. Definitely warrants a return trip even if the $11 special is gone.
Two of us went for lunch and we both enjoyed the food so much that we ate everything on our plates, which happens rarely when we eat out. I ordered a chicken burger with salad and my friend ordered a pork burger with yam fries. The chicken was well cooked and seasoned, very flavourful, and the salad was elegant and refreshing. Even the buns were good. The restaurant was clean enough and comfortable to sit in, and the service was quick and friendly.
After wanting to try out the HSG for quite some time I finally got the chance on Jul 11. Our server seemed a bit indifferent, but it was a very hot night and like everyone, sometimes it's hard to be at the top of ones game at all times. Little did I suspect how much of an off night he was going to have.
We ordered crab cakes and a gorgonzola fondue as our appetizers, the fondue was quite good, the crab cakes, well not so much. Frankly we took one bite of the crab cake and didn't proceed any further, if something tastes off there is no way I'm going to chance it. Our waiter decided not to ask if there was something wrong with a dish that was barely eaten, good job waiter! After another 45 mins my main course arrived which was suppose to be a rib steak, the waiter walked up and said, "hey our kitchen made a mistake, instead of the regular rib eye, they did a blackened rib eye, will that be OK? If it is I will buy you a drink". I was thinking to myself how about you give me the steak, you know the one you guys screwed up and made me sit here 45 mins for, but by this time I just wanted my meal so I said yes, the steak was good but not what I ordered.
What was suppose to be a fun night out at a restaurant I was looking forward to trying turned into a shambolic event and I won't recommend or return to this establishment. I wrote a similar review on a local blog that the owner of the restaurant read and to his credit he asked me to contact him which I did. Over the phone he listened to what happened and explained his side of the story. He asked me for my address and said he would "do something for me". Well unfortunately he totally dropped the ball and never did anything so basically I'm not even sure why he asked me to call.
What he should have done is invited me down to the restaurant for a couple of on the house steaks and taken care of a customer that spent his hard earned money at his establisment and had a crappy experience.
I just came back from dinner at the Hamilton Street Grill. We had the Taste of Yaletown $35 menu, and it's really worth every penny. Had organic greens to start, organic beef hanger steak, and gingerbread pudding with caramel sauce, pumpkin and ginger gelato. It's a very satisfying dinner. The service was good, our sever was very polite and courteous. We had a wonderful time. I can't to go back and try other items on the menu.
When we got to Hamilton Street Grill, the place about half full and we were quickly seated by the hostess there. I ordered the beef carpaccio to start out with and my friend tried the soup. Both of these appetizers were quite well done, it was a good start to the night. For the mains, we ordered the lamb and the salmon. I felt that both of these dishes were really boring and kind of dull. It just didn't seem as if there was enough flavour in them even after the black pepper on top. Dessert was such a turn around, it made up most of the problems of the mains. The gingerbread pudding was just that good. It was a great contrast of the warm pudding with the cold gelato, which helped tone down the sweetness and balanced it quite well.
Good service. The waiter we had wasn't very pushy and trying to sell us tons of extras. He asked how was everything and refilled the water in good time. Well, the mood of the place is kind of split I guess with the bar and a TV, and the dining area. This was a good meal but not an outstanding one by far.
I went to the Hamilton Street Grill for a private function on a weekend. Interestingly only one server at the beginning and a second showed up? about halfway into the night, for over 20 diners.
It took over an hour from the start of the function, for our orders to be taken and at least an hour for our food to come. Everyone was there by 7:30 but food (dinner, not appetizers) was on the table at 10 pm. Steaks were good but the delay was unacceptable. I suspect they stretched it out so people would spend more money on drinks and appetizers. There was also a long delay for people who didn't order certain types of steaks to get their meals, probably fifteen or twenty minutes.
I would not recommend having any type of function there.
My fiance and I headed to Hamilton Street Grill on a recent Friday evening. The food was stellar, beginning with beef carpaccio which was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I had the salmon on a bed of red pepper and shrimp risotto. Needless to say, it was incredibly flavourful, and the portion was generous. My fiance had the New York steak topped with bearnaise sauce and crab meat which was also very nice, although it was a tad cold and my entree was very hot, so we figured that the steak may have been plated prior to my dish. Besides this small complaint, we were both very pleased with the service and the food and plan to return. A great place for "date night" in my view.
First of all, I would like to support Neil. I had my birthday celebration at the Hami on Nov 19, and had excellent time/food.
If somebody wants to experience pretentious attitude, they should try making reservations at Wild Rice. Wild Rice doesn’t take reservations, but if you "talk to the manager" they might and only if you pluck down $400, just in case you don’t show up. Which is the biggest load of BS I have ever experienced in my dining adventures. If you are SO busy that you don’t take reservations, then you shouldn’t have a problem giving my table away in case I don’t show up, instead of fleecing me for $400.
But anyway, but to the Hami. My review is slightly skewed due to the amount of wine and liquor I consumed. I had the beef capriccio, which was good, and I had the hanger steak, which was delicious, very deeply flavored. And their sweet potato fries ROCK (even though they are a tad on the limp side). I believe some of the other dishes around the table were mussels, pasta, salmon, salad, and New-York steak. All of which were excellent. The wine/liquor list is reasonably priced. Most importantly, the portions were a GOOD size and nobody remained hungry at the end of the dinner.
I only have two pet peeves about my experience at the Hami. Even though the staff knew it was my birthday, I didn’t get a free birthday cake!! But then again, it aint Denny’s, so no big deal. However, what I really hated is that the gentleman who was serving us was riding my ass like we were dating. Being asked if I decided what to drink/eat every 2 seconds is not my idea of good service. However, he was prompt at bringing us our dishes/drinks. So the service was fine, albeit boring and a little pretentious.
I would definitely recommend the place. Keep up the good job Neil!
The Hamilton Street Grill has delivered on a number of occasions. After being to this restaurant a couple of times with nothing but great food and service I felt it was worthy of a top notch grade. I have had the papardelle, rissotto, and a steak and all have been spectacular. It really is unique for a great steakhouse to offer a variety of choices and still maintain quality throughout. The service has been great and the atmosphere is nice because it is calmer than other chain steakhouses I have experienced in the past. They have a bar area and televisions above it for the sports fan seeking a good meal and a beverage. Overall the HSG is an excellent restaurant in the Yaletown area and I wood highly recommend it.
This a a place tha defies logict . It opened to zero fanfare ad has just climbed since then. I have been there so many times, they are always accomodating, and committed to doing their food well. They do not try to be anything they are not. If you are going try their dessert, it is awesome. The gingerbread pudding to to die for.
My Wife and I were in town for our Anniversary and the first night in town we went to Hamilton Street Grill for our first dinner of the trip based on reviews read here. I should have followed the old rule of don't order anything not recommended but I have a weakness for Lamb Shanks and ordered those instead of a Steak, not a bad move but for the price, just not good enough. While perfectly cooked the Lamb lacked depth of flavor and the house made noodles were underdone to the point of still tasting of flour, the sauce on the other hand was outstanding, I just don't know how they missed on the Shanks. The Wife had the Tenderloin and it was cooked perfectly and was a great tasting cut with the Gorgonzola and Demi-Glace working well together. She had the Crab cakes and I had the Hanger steak Carpaccio. My carpaccio was decent although the squeeze bottled on Dijon Aioli was predominantly Mayo flavored as was the Preserved lemon Tartar with the Crab cakes, The flavor of the Crab cakes was excellent and my Carpaccio's flavor a tad overcome by too much black pepper, I really had to strain to taste the meat, I like the taste of raw meat so this was like they were trying to hide it, which they shouldn't because the meat was very fresh tasting and I liked the flavor of it. Another miss was the Asparagus that we ordered, it came cooked perfectly but the sauce they had on it I think was supposed to be Bearnaise but they missed the mark by a mile here, totally flat flavored, not enough vinegar or shallots, it tasted like ( surprise!) Mayo with a little tarragon. The big hit was the Gingerbread pudding with Ginger and Pumpkin Ice cream, this dish alone is worth the price of admission! It is so good that the next night after eating just down the street, we came back here for dessert, it is that good. The Ambiance was just OK, nothing great, another converted warehouse style joint with nice enough tables and booths but nothing special except the service, nice relaxed wait staff who did a great job. I had two Sapphire Tonics and in the first I could just taste the Gin, the second a little better but nothing like the pour at Bacchus. With Cocktails, 2, wine, 2 and one port and two desserts it was 169.00 before tip, it did not impress me as worth that, take off the booze and you are still into it for 125.00 with dessert, a little steep for this quality. Will I come Back? I will, I will stick with the Steak program and see if they can overcome their mayo madness. And then there is the Pudding, This is as good as a dessert as you will find anywhere, it is on the top of my list and for that alone I will come back.