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.
I went to Hy's and reserved the morning of the day for 7:30pm on the phone. When I asked for 7:30, the woman who I recall when I saw her was an elderly woman, told me to come at 7 but I couldn't because I was catching a movie with my family. I told her 7:30pm because if I reserve for 7, I will be late. To me, people from the restaurant are not suppose to tell me when to come but I am doing them a favour by telling them I will have a party of 10 so they can prepare and so I can get a table when I come. I ignored her remark to me because I thought it was just an inexperienced person on the other side of the call but when I got there at 7:30, SHE told me that I was suppose to be there at 7. Excuse me? I told you that I was going to be here at 7:30 and I was. Please do not tell me when to come when I told you 7:30. I didn't say that to her but I was tempted to. I was turned off by her comment. A restaurant like Hy's should have a young, sophisticated woman as a hostess, not an elderly woman. As I sat down, everyone else at the table was wondering why the woman was so rude. We were all dressed appropriately and I did not feel out of place.
The food was not spectacular as I have heard many good reviews from friends. I can get better service and better food for my money at The Keg. If I do go there next time, which will not be soon, it will not be because of my recommendation but someone else's and maybe next time I will go with a postive attitude and their reputation will be right.
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.
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
The moment I stepped into this restaurant, I knew I would be spending at least $100. I was walking by hungry and decided to give this place a try. I would say that I was very satisfied with the yummy steaks and the bread that they had. The cheese bread was like a drug, once you eat one, you won't be able to stop. I had the tenderloin afterwards and it was indeed very tender. The dinner was so good and filling, that I couldn't finish the dessert afterwards, even though it was one of the best I had ever had. I gave the value a 2 however because i couldn't choose 2.5. Overall, this place was great and I would be coming here for special occasions.
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.
Imagine ordering a medium rare 16 oz Cajun Ribeye and having the cut of steak served so thin that it curled up on your plate. Imagine cutting into the steak - cooked unevenly and full of gristle, and nowhere near a 16 oz portion. Imagine ordering a side of grilled beefsteak tomatoes and having four slices of plain cold non-grilled cardboard tomatoes arrive. And now imagine paying $35 for the steak and $6 extra for the tomatoes.
It gets better.
Another steak went back, totally under-cooked. A spinach side-order was forgotten completely. One meal arrived so late the other diners had to start eating in order to avoid eating cold food.
Now imagine indifferent service, no one asking 'How is everything'. (The server probably knew full well it was awful).
Give Hy's Encore a miss. It is obvious the abilities of the chef, staff, and management are nowhere worth the top-end dollar this restaurant charges.
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.
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.
the service was exceptional. the server would top up our wine glasses every 10 minutes i wish he did the same with the water. the cheese bread was over done and over priced.
we found it was way too dark in the restaurant. i like to see what i am eating. usually every restaurant have something vegetarian but nothing here. this was second time. some of our guest really enjoyed the steak and lobster dinner.
Was taken to Hy's for a lunch meeting. Was in love with the room especially the glassed in grill area. The room has a great vibe to it and lots of energy. Unfortunately that is where the good ended. The ribeye was thin and as a result hard to get to the desired temperature of medium rare. The potatoes and peppers that i had to accompany it were worse than I had back in my college cafeteria. Was unimpressed by this classic steakhouse. The service was attentive and knew when to leave us alone so that we could discuss business. May try it for dinner but would rather go to the Keg.
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.
I took my boyfriend to Hy's for his birthday. He'd been there once before but I didn't know what to expect. As per the title of this review, our experience was amazing! The service was very attentive but not overly so and the food (oyster's rockefeller and cheese bread to start and then ceasar salad, and porterhouse steak for my boyfriend and filet mignon neptune for myself) was delicious. As an earlier reviewer had stated, the hostess is slightly older than average, however we found her to be charming and friendly. I can only guess that when she tried to help said reviewer by giving him an earlier time, it was because they were all booked-up at the time he requested and she was attempting to ensure that he and his party got a table. We, on the otherhand, had no such problem making a reservation. In regards to the price, yes the place is a little pricey but as for any high-end restaurant, that is to be expected.
First I would like to start off saying I have been a loyal customer of Hy's for over 20 years now. In fact my Mom used to drink with Hy in Calgary around the piano bar there. It's a shame that Hy's is not what it used to be. My steak came out medium rare when I asked for medium well .. my mother's steak was tough and full of grissle. My suggestion to you fill up on the cheesebread it's the best deal on the menu. I was disappointed in my dining experience and I don't think I will be going back for awhile.
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.
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.