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.
I had arrived with a group of 5 2 weeks ago around 530 on a weekday so it wasn't busy and we were seated promptly.
Food - A friend and I ordered medium steak. It came medium rare. The sauce that the waiter suggested was way too salty, some cheese gravy sauce. I had previously ate at this restaurant a year ago and don't remember the quality of food being as poor as this.
Service - The waiter sort of forgot about us at one point as I had to go up to the counter personally to get his attention.
Ambiance - The only positive thing I have to say about this experience. Maybe because it wasn't busy so the atmosphere wasn't loud and it was enjoyable.
Overall impression - I had some expectations having eaten here before but I was quite disappointed by this. Don't think I'll be returning anytime soon.
I went to Hamilton Street Grill for Dine Out Vancouver last year (2008), but never wrote a review and it was such a great meal that I felt I should.
First off, they didn't skimp on portions AT ALL. I started off with a soup, which I can't remember what it was, but whatever it was, it was delicious and huge. My entree was a steak with mashed potatoes. I expected a mini "Dine Out" portion of steak, but it was definitely a good size (8 oz) and NOT overcooked (a common pet peeve)! Medium rare and juicy, just how I like it. The potatoes were tasty too. To top it all off, I had the gingergread pudding, which, as others have mentioned, was AMAZING. It was also a massive portion, warm, gooey and oh so yummy. The gelato was a nice contrasting accompaniment and came in pumpkin and ginger. I kept eating it even though I felt like I was going to pop and/or be sick. Overall, really really pleased with the taste and portions of the food.
The server was really friendly, and attentive, very nice guy. We sat in a nice booth in the middle of the restaurant. I think I'd have to steal the words of another reviewer and say it was sophisticated casual. I haven't been back yet (unfortunately), but have thought about it quite a few times, so hopefully it'll soon.
The restaurant has a really cool feel to it, the wait staff was quite prompt and friendly.
Four of us went for Dine Out - we had mixed reviews in the end..
Starters: The carpaccio was fantastic, and the beet salad was really tasty.
Main: The steak wasn't as good as I'd expect. If I had paid normal price for it, I would have been extremely disappointed. It was flat, tough and over-cooked.
The braised Lamb shanks were tasty but the accompanying polenta while good, was a little lumpy.
The Salmon was enjoyable, but tasted a bit too fishy.. perhaps not as fresh as one would hope.
Dessert: The gingerbread pudding was to die for. The accompanying pumpkin gelato was delicious, but the ginger gelato was a bit much (really really gingery). The chocolate mousse was extremely rich and thick. But still delicious for all you dark chocolate lovers.
All in all a pretty good night - the starters and dessert were the winners, while the main courses fell a little flat. Some of us felt the $35 price tag was steep.. maybe more of a $25 meal.
I have been going here for years and have enjoyed it each and every time.
Nice, friendly staff that remember me and make me feel at home.
I find the food consistantly good, and I always enjoy the steak.
We had booked for 7pm and arrived on time. After a promise from the waitress that "the table would be ready in 5 minutes", we waited half an hour at the bar. After finally being shown our table, we ordered our meal and wine (by the glass). When the wine arrived, it was a small carafe, not in a bottle, and was unceremoniously dumped into our glasses. At $9 a glass, a bit of style would have been appreciated. After our meal arrived (I ordered a filet mignon) - cooked medium - and my partner ordered a lamb shank. The lamb shank was delicious, unfortunately the tiny filet mignon ($24) was charred on the outside and essentially raw in the center. Then the waiter came and asked if we would like ground pepper, and proceeded to lean right across the table from the other side and spray pepper all over the food and sauces!
By this time our appetite was well and truly gone and we quickly got the bill ($76 for a lamb shank, uncooked steak, and two tiny glasses of red wine), paid the bill (no tip) and left.
A memorable evening, unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. Perhaps it was that particular night, but we won't be back. Definitely not recommended.
Finally had my dineout dinner yesterday with my girlfriends. Although it took awhile to find parking, I guess it was worth the trouble! I already reserved a weekday at 8 but I guess since it's dineout period, a lot of people would be in yaletown ! The place was quieter than i thought it would be, and the overall setting was quite nice. The bread we were served with was really yummy too
I had the lobster bisque, which was pretty good :) but the albacore tuna my friend had was even better. The organic greens were pretty typical but not bad. But the albacore tuna also came with greens, so that's my reccomendation !
I had the Angus beef striploin. Since this place is known for the beef, the striploin was pretty good ! Although I asked for medium, it looked more like it was cooked medium well. I still liked it a lot. The salmon my friend had was alright, the taste was light but that's how she likes it!
I liked my cremebrulee a lot, but I was so full from the striploin I only finished 1/2 of it. My friend's cheesecake was nice too.
great dinner ! Pretty nice for a $35 dineout !
I love steak, and I was told this was Vancouver's most underappreciated steak house. I went with my fiancee on a Thursday night with reservations. Ambience is unique and unpretentious, and I enjoyed the jazz soundtrack.
Our server was polite and cheerful, yet somewhat disorganized. A minor error on my fiancee's main course order was quickly corrected.
We started with sweet potato fries and the gorgonzola fondue. The fries were outstanding - I couldn't stop eating them. The fondue was runnier than the traditional Swiss dish, but it tasted good and came with nice toasted bread wedges.
For mains, I had the peppercorn New York, and my fiancee had the 9 oz filet. Both were cooked to order, though my steak was a bit thinner that I usually like. The peppercorn sauce was not what I expected, and was applied heavily. Next time I think I would prefer one of the specialty hanger steaks, or the larger New York. My fiancee enjoyed her steak.
We had the signature gingerbread pudding to finish, and I can't imagine a better way to end the meal. It was perfectly zesty, sweet, and warm, and the accompanying ice creams were a great match. Definitely the highlight of the meal.
Our bill came to $112 with tax (I had two Ceasars, my fiancee did not drink). For the money I think it's a good choice. It is worth a visit for the bread pudding alone. With a few small tweaks, it could be one of Vancouver's best.
After following the forum on eGullet.org for a while I finally decided to try out the Hamilton Street Grill for dinner with my girlfriend. Expectations were high as the consensus seemed to be that the Chef was some sort of underappreciated superstar.
We started with an order of the yam fries, and the ravioli with mushrooms and cheese. The ravioli was good, not incredible. I found the pasta itself to be a little thick and overly soft, seemingly not homemade, though the mushrooms had a very strong and appetizing flavour that really came through, even with the cheese sauce...quite nice. The yam fries, as stated in previous reviews, were very soft. My girlfriend enjoyed them, I did not. They were a bit oily for my liking, but really, it could be the nature of yam fries in general becuase they always seem to dissapoint me.
For the mains, I had the Hanger Steak (special order...eGullet 'must-try' item) with onion rings and the mashed potatoes, etc. The steak was quite tasty, though not at all what i was expecting. In Seattle there is a restaurant called Cafe Campagne which also makes a hanger steak, but is out of this world. I suppose after hearing all the reviews i thought it would've been tastier....was still good but not exceptional. My g/f had the platter w/hanger, filet, and scallops which she seemed to enjoy.
Finally, we had the very delicious Gingerbread pudding for desert. That was excellent and would return for desert definitely.
Small notes : Room is a bit dated but very comfortable with good music. Lacks a real steakhouse ambience, which is both good and bad i suppose. Doesn't seem really 'happening' in there, despite the fact taht the place was quite busy. I hate to give such a mediocre review of the place, but i am speaking honestly.
In any event, i would go back, if only for the dessert, and i really like the service. Definitely a solid restaurant, just exceptional.
This a a place that defies logic. It opened to zero fanfare ad has just climbed since then. I have been there several 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.
I hadn't been to Hamilton Street Grill ever, but knew "of" the owner / executive chef Neil Wyles, so Dine out Vancouver was a good chance to give it a try.
The decor is awesome - my S/O is European, and she felt it was very much in tune with a classic "comfort" European restaurant. The food is definitely meat eater / west coast style, but the decor screams Euro-comfort.
I had beef carpaccio / salmon / mousse. They didn't have a wine paring fixed price, though some great wine suggestions. I ended up ordering a bottle for the table based on the four mains we had. Food arrived in a timely manner, and while not mind blowing, was still extremely good - hence the 4 rating on food. Carpaccio was presented well, and I actually only ordered salmon because the rest of the guests (4 of us in total) ordered the other two mains - lamb and grilled striploin. Salmon's a hit and miss for me - at best, I *like it*, not love it, when it's cooked perfectly. Most times I just don't like it. At HSG, I liked the salmon, which meant it was cooked and paired with sides very well.
After our meal, the owner came over to have a chat, ask how our food was, and was incredibly kind and engaging. He obviously has great passion for food and service, and it shows.
We also got an amuse before the meal that everyone agreed really set the tone for the dinner to follow. The place also, while presenting some really fine dining, kind of bucks the trend for Yaletown. No prima donna princesses that I could see in the place - a good thing.
For main courses, I order the Pacific Halibut ($26) and John orders the 16 oz Ribeye Steak ($34). The entrees arrive, and at first they look lovely. The portions are monstrous. We haven’t experienced such large plates in a long time. As we start to chow down, I have second thoughts about the halibut. It’s overcooked, and served with mashed potatoes that taste bland and out of a box. I don’t expect every meal I consume to knock my socks off, but the basics should be there. The dish has nothing special happening. The vegetables are usual backyard barbecue accompaniments; grilled zucchini and grilled bell peppers. It just seems so “80’s”. The plate is finished with freshly chopped parsley and olive oil. The amount of parsley was overkill. John’s steak was medium rare in some parts and rare in others. Ribeye steaks are difficult to keep the same colour because of different thicknesses throughout the steak. The steak was truly under-seasoned, and the Kennebec frites were over salted. John enjoyed his steak overall, he’ll never complain about a grilled ribeye and frites at a restaurant with “grill” in the title.
Overall, the service was great, no complaints there. The food was moderately enjoyable, but not very creative. This truly is a “grill”, so don’t expect to be blown away by baked, seared or poached items.
I don’t think I am picky, I just know what tastes great. I think all chefs should strive to create something special. It doesn’t always have to be surprise ingredients in a terrine du foie gras, but even a little bit of the chef’s passion will translate on to the plate, but we didn’t see it here.
Ordered the 8oz blackened sirloin and a lamb shank. The lamb is nicely done and the meat falls off the bone easily. The meat is very tender. It comes with caramalized onions and four cheese and sage polenta. Very creamy and very filling. I would recommend it during winter or rainy day. On the other hand, the sirloin need some work. Ordered it medium but it comes out medium rare. The steak is pretty thick, so the side is nicely cooked, but the center is still raw. The steak is also chewy caused by a few tender still left on the steak. Since the restaurant say it's a contemporary steakhouse, the steak should've been better. For both dishes, the best part are the grilled vegetable. They have a lot of favor in them and nicely charred.
The service is good. The server is pretty attentive. The beverage refill was brought to the table without the need to ask for one.
The ambiance is good. I enjoy them having the variety choice of tables: patios, booths, regular tables. Very cozy.
We made our visit here Sat night for Dine Out. The place was very busy, last weekend of Dine Out makes sens! The only challenge on the experience was the service. It wasnt bad, just they were slow, and I got the feeling the server was getting fed up.
We had the lobster and the tuna to start. Both exploding with flavour...the chef here obviously isnt afraid of seasoning, which I personally like as so many restaurants in Vancouver serve bland food. We both had the salmon which was absolutely stellar...I honestly have become quite bored with salmon in Vancouver, you get it everywhere and usually tastes the same everywhere you go, I was pleased to see someone do something different with it here.
We also both had the brownie. A scrumptious delight. Perfect comfort ending to a delicious meal.
Also, being a Saturday night it was crazy busy. I will return soon, but probably choose a quieter night. I'm sure the craziness caused to the service and the room was due mostly to the Dine Out madness. I look forward to experiencing this restaurant on a normal night.
We visited this restaurant yesterday evening for Dine out. I had the $38 menu, and my partner had the $28 menu. Both of our meals were outstanding. My steak was flavorful and perfectly cooked. The gingerbread dessert was incredible. The salad and short ribs my boyfriend had were also both incredible. Great service, well timed food, ok atmosphere.
Overall, I was impressed. I would consider returning, even though it is in Yaletown.
We went here for a nice lunch after a walk to see yaletown. We had crab cakes which were incrediable, and the chicken pasta with garlic bread. The pasta was excellent and we were both very impressed. The serivce was also very good with very informative and attentive staff. We also had several cocktails which were very good. Definatly should try this spot!!
I know I should have had a steak but I just wasn't in the mood for one and had the risotto instead. It was kindof odd having bak choi in risotto so I'd definitely choose a steak next time. The ahi tuna salad was tasty but was too salty. The portions are fairly large and everyone was full afterwards. We ordered the pumpkin gingerbread dessert but was too full to really enjoy it. I wouldn't recommend getting both a starter and dessert unless you're really hungry or want to share. The atmosphere is casual and fun; it's a great place for a nice relaxing night out.
this restaurant had a very nice ambiance to it and me and my girlfriend enjoyed it very much. the food was very good and filling and the price was not too bad for a yaletown restaurant. the service was verryyy nice and surprisingly fast. i will definitely come back here again. good job hamilton street grill!