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  • Ambiance3.5
  • Reviews55

Hy's Encore

637 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6C2G3
Tel: (604) 683-7671 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 683-1749
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Steaks
  • Price: $$$$ ($45 or more)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Service: Takeout, Banquet
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Wheelchair accessible, Fine dining
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30AM - 3PM & 5:30PM - 10PM, Fri - Sat: 11:30AM - 3PM & 5:30PM - 10:30PM, Sun: 5:30PM - 10PM
  • If you are thinking beef, Hy’s is the place. In the heart of downtown for over 30 years, this restaurant boasts a polished, elegant atmosphere with comfortable and solid chairs that envelop you for the evening. However, some people say the interior is so dark that they feel like a mole when they come out. But it’s the place for power suite lunches, romantic evenings or the choice to impress your father-in-law. Although there are plenty of other options, charcoal-broiled steaks are Hy’s raison d’être so why plump for anything more.

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Will be back, but for steak and wine only.
By booju of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 4:43am [Dine in]

Food - Great steaks, but that's about it. Started off with the cheese toast ($6) which was tasty but a little bit too greasy. Next was the caeser salad ($11) which was poorly presented but edible, though not very good. The french onion soup ($9) gets full marks for presentation but was way too salty and we had to send it back. With all hopes down, our entrees came and we were pleasantly surprised. The steak and lobster ($50) and 14oz "only" new york strip ($37) was worth every penny as both were cooked to perfection and one can actually taste the high quality of the meat, which were succulent, tender and flavorful. Only downside is that the strip that came with the lobster was a little on the thin side, and the "only" sauce is no more spectacular than any bbq steak sauce you can buy at the supermarket.

Wine - Hy's wine list is incredible. One of the best in the country I'm sure. Great selection of both New and Old World reds from BC to Napa to Australia to Bordeaux to Italy, etc... Price is fair and reasonable. Tonight we decided on Penfolds Bin 389 Cab-Shiraz 2006 ($77) which was quite enjoyable, and paired well with the meat.

Service - Very professional in every aspect of the dining experience. Our waiter was knowledgeable and accomodating and made sure that our glasses weren't empty throughout the night. Seemed to show some genuine interest in our opinion of the food and wine and didn't hesitate to send food back to the kitchen when something went wrong.

Value - I would have given a rating of 4 or better if the appies were on par with the rest of the menu. Great value for wine and steak, but not so much for the other items.

Ambiance - I loved it! Busy but not too crowdy or noisy. Decor was fitting with the medievel castle theme of the restaurant. I found the portraits were a nice touch and gave personality to the dining room. I think anybody who walks in here will be impressed!

I'll definitely be back to have more steak wine, but nothing more. Recommended!

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Glad I don't pay!
By ck1234 of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 8, 2008 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice for lunch, both on work reps client accounts and am very happy about that. The restaurant is nice, typical steakhouse. I have a fascination with Steak houses, trying always to find the best one! I can tell you, it's not Hy's in Vancouver.

Hy's in Oahu, is probably one of the best steaks, salad, etc. I've had, but I did pay dearly for it.

Cheesebread is yummy, but it is free in Hawaii, not here. The first lunch I had their NY strip & I was so underwhelmed, I decided to never return. A different rep @ Xmas picked Hy's so I went for another try...

I honestly can't even remember what steak I ordered. I know it wasn't the NY strip though. I ordered Caesar salad, bernaise, & I think a ribeye...I'm not a filet girl, so that's really the only thing left! Again, ugh! Caesar salad was crap!!! Steak & bernaise were both crap. Wine was good & so was our waitress & busboy, and water boy. I would NEVER pay for a meal here!

Thank goodness for expense accounts!!!!

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Disclaimer: this is a very OLD memory
By norvanne of North Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

The last time I went to Hy's, I was in a party of 4, with reservations. We asked for a table in Non-smoking. They sat us in the cigar lounge. When we complained they stuck us in the worse booth in the house, right next to the busy kitchen door. The food was only OK, and my best friend got food poisoning. Obviously, this experience was a very long time ago. I have forgotten enough to try again. For one thing, "non-smoking" is no longer an issue, and frankly, I admire an establishment that sticks to its roots, no matter how outdated. But thanks, chefdave, for the warning about the price. Over $80 per person for food alone?! I would have to be completely out of my mind to do that, especially considering my past experience. I wonder how they'd treat us if we asked to share a steak... Hmmm... uh, maybe not.

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Great little steakhouse!
By javawzl of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 8:57am [Dine in]

It's just the kind of place that you want to eat a steak. It's like going back to the beginnings of Vancouver when you dine at Hy's (and it does have a lot of history - so check it out).

We had a client lunch which was very good - my strip-loin was very very tasty! Cheesy bread also good - but requires 5 laps around the block straight after lunch.

No complaints - Hy's is just over the road from our office and for a special steak craving lunch it is just the place to go (much better than its neighbouring Keg). Like another reviewer - not sure I would shell out the $ myself - I cook great steaks for $4 at home! Lunches are reasonable - between $12 and $30. It's probably even worth trying just for its burger or sirloin salad.

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it's alright
By liliput of burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 13, 2006 - 12:40am [Dine in]

I have to agree with the other reviewer, the cheese bread was awfully greasy. It was so greasy that the crust was soft. My boyfriend, who is a steaklover, dove into the huge porterhouse steak he ordered. I tried the filet mignon with a gorgonzola cheese topping. Not my cup of tea. Actually, I told the waiter that I don't like stinky cheese but he suggested it anyways. probably won't go back

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One of the Best Steak house!
By jeanie85 of vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 8:03pm [Dine in]

Ambiance: from outside, it doesn't look like anything special, it's very hard to miss because outside is so plain- but when you walk in, you are amazed by how different it looks inside. It doesnt feel like you are in vancouver anymore. This place has nice decor and lighting, nice spacing between tables; makes you feel comfortable.

Service: The moment I walked in, there was this chinese guy singing in the middle of the restaurant, I was thrown off for a second but he was quick and attentive in terms of filling up our water glasses and such. Our waiter was friendly and informative, although I went for a lunch so there were no complicated orders or wine listings required

Food: It is amazing! I heard so much about their cheese bread, so I was really looking forward to it. When I had first bite, i was sort of disappointed...but now i realized, that it's after you leave the restaurant, when you crave it..more and more!! you gotta try the cheese bread. I had new york steak, medium rare and it was perfectly cooked. It had texture, right amount of fat, seasoning...it was just really good. My friend had beef and prawn skewer, and that was really good too, although the sauce was a little too sour for me.

Overall, this place is awesome, i will def be back for dinner time to try their porter house...and obviously their cheese bread!!

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Pretty Good Steaks!
By AsianInvasion of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

I went here with my dad for dinner and it was really good. I had the garlic shrimp and the New York steak with shoestring fries. The price was very reasonable and the service was impeccable. I reccomend this place to anyone looking to sit down in a comfertable environment and just enjoy a good meal.

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Poor Response To Quality Of Food
By Dobie2 of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

Server had to re-fire the steak then it came back charred. I ate 4-5 bites then left it. Had to eat mushrooms to not be hungry. The server was aware and still charged for the steak. Our bill was over $350 and he still charged for the $34 steak I didn't eat because it wasn't up to standard. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Always a favorite
By zetafix of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 1:07am [Dine in]

Steak is done right in this place. Obviously they know what they;re doing after decades of operating. The desserts are heavenly, and special attention from the server is always nice. Interesting people come in the evening, it's a place to visit for any occasion, used as an excuse.

Make sure you try this place even if its the only steak place you'll be visiting.

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not as good as expected
By cristinachen of richmond,B.C (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 20, 2008 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

we come here last night to celebrate our anneversaries. My husband ordered a 16oz bone-in new york strip and I ordered a 8oz filet mignon. Both are of very very poor portion. My husband had always ordered the 16oz T-bone steak in Morton's and Ruth Chris' ,he could hardly finish them and had to share with me. But at HY'S he just ate it in 5 minutes and felt nothing. As to my filet, I really can not believe it's a 8oz portion. Meanwhile I have to return it for the first time, because it came like a charcoal ball while I ordered medium.
As to the taste. My husband's new york strip is good. My filet(the second one) was not good either, but I didn't return it again.
The servise is good, our waiter is nice and offered to help me to change my filet. The ambiance is old fashioned, very dark, but nice enough.
As a conclusion: the steaks and foods are not good as we expected. The filet mignon is VERY BAD, we do not recommend to nobody. DO NOT TRY IT. The food quality of HY's can not campare with what we had in Morton's (Hongkong) and Ruth Chirs (Hongkong), not in portion, not in taste. Next time when it comes to steak, we will try the Morton Vancouver. And so sorry that there isn't any Ruth Chris steak house here in Vancouver.

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High Expectations, diisapointment
By Lucioustummy of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 5, 2007 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

Many moons ago I used to eat at Hy's encore frequently. Until recently I used to reve to everybody how great the steaks were at this steakhouse. I love the fact that the place is cozy, warm, comfortable and very familar. I moved away and came back. Forgot about this place because of all the fantastic foods and variety everywhere. I recently went back for my 16th aniversary. What a dissapointment it was. The side orders came out cold. My steak was not cooked to what I expected it to be. And to top of the evening the place was very noisy. We waited for somebody to come around to ask us how our dinner was but nobody came. The only good part about this rest is they take reservations.

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has this restaurant gone downhill?
By rianna of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

I've been a customer at Hy's since the 1980's. Lately I've noticed that the food has slipped in quality. I ordered the fresh oyster's which were served warm, the lettuce for the caesar salad was wilted, my gorgonzola filet had none of the "blue" of the cheese on top, it could have been brie, and my partner had the rib eye, which he was not very impressed with - it was mostly fat. Both of our baked potatoes were cold. Besides the food, our server (an asian gentleman) was hardly around. We had empty drink glasses, could hardly get his attention. We also waited a very long time to order our food. The restaurant was not incredibly busy either. It was also quite cold in temperature. It felt damp and like they were trying to save money on heating bills. The best part of the meal was the cheese bread which was outstanding. For the price we payed, we felt that we had gotten much better quality food and service in past years. Quite disappointing.

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Great Traditional Steak House
By CalicoGirl of WestEnd (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 6, 2007 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

Have to admit it has been quite a while since we have dined here, purely due to our current finances, no reflection on the restaurant.

The cheese bread here is to die for, yes it is a little greasy but it sooo good. Just thinking about it I want to go back. I like the way the Caesar salads are prepared table side, and the steaks have always been juicy and tender in our experience.
We always found the waiter staff to be very knowledgeable and friendly, in particular Peter, we used to request him, and the bussers are very good at keeping your water topped up.
The decor there is a little old but that is part of the appeal, all that dark wood is quite sexy, makes you think of all the tradition and people that have dined there over the years.

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Overrated
By mhepburn of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 1:55pm [Dine in]

As expected, when I went to lunch there with my dad, the place was filled with businessmen. We were from out of town at the time, on vacation, and because we weren't dressed in business suits, they (waitresses) treated us with disrespect. I ordered steak and fries. The steak wasn't anything to rave about, and heck, the fries were horrible. The atmosphere is gloomy. Way too expensive. I wouldn't mind if the food lived up to the price but it didn't come close. The Keg's food, atmosphere, and service far surpasses the 'luxury' of this restaurant.

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PHENOMENAL!
By jjmac of coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, July 6, 2005 - 11:18am [Dine in]

My husband & I went to Hy's for our 1st wedding anniversary & at the end of our evening decided that Hy's would be the ideal restaurant to celebrate our anniversary at every year - July 7th will be our fourth anniversary dinner celebrated at Hy's!
From the time you enter until the time you leave Hy's your are made to feel as though you are a special guest rather than a customer.
Everything about Hy's is exquisite- the service, the ambience, the food & it's presentation, everything!
We ended our evening there with an unforgettable chocolate dessert - it's was so completely delectable...the consistency was so smooth that it should have been liquid chocolate!
Hy's is definitely a special place that helps you create special memories.

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