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Keg Caesars

595 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6C1A4
Tel: (604) 687-4044
Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Cuisine: Pub, Seafood, Steaks
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Great steaks, a casual ambiance and friendly, very knowledgeable staff are the proud and reliable trademarks of The Keg Steakhouse & Bar. You'll find a truly comfortable and satisfying dining atmosphere accompanied by a fun and casual bar setting. Each is a welcoming destination on its own, and together they create an energetic and inviting, uniquely gratifying restaurant experience

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Overrated
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2005 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

The service is sometimes, server-dependent, snubbish, and the food is standard to bland. Steak isn't cooked to perfection as requested, and though they will redo it to your liking if you complain, but it's too much of a hassle especially when you started off hungry to begin with. There are plenty of other places to get tastier, juicier steaks. Keg is now just like a McD's for steak, although, I'll have to be the first to admit, there is something addictive about the aroma and taste of those McD buns and fries! And even their tap water in the tasty wax cup! Even their wax is addictive... So I guess there must be something about Keg that appeals to the masses... Like maybe their free rounds of bread?

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Speedy Lunch Service
By MBAK of Vancouver (80 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

I went here with my co-workers for lunch this past Friday and had a pleasant time. Although we were a large party with no reservations, we were able to get a table within a reasonable amount of time (unlike Joey's that stated a 2 hour wait).

Food: Pretty solid considering they're known mostly for their steaks. They had a wide variety of menu items that were suitable for our diverse group.

Service: Outstanding. Our waiter was very attentive and polite. He made sure our order was expedited so that we would not run late for our upcoming meetings after lunch.

Value: Solid for what we had.

Ambiance: Nice for a lunch. Not too noisy but still felt lively.

I would highly recommend coming here if you get "wait-listed" at Joey's or Cactus Club down the street!

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What a boring lunch...
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 10:08pm [Dine in]

Came here with some coworkers today expecting to have steak since this is a steak house after all... But to my surprise, I found the lunch menu on a sheet only had a very small section for steaks but included almost half a page of salads, plus several burgers and sandwiches. Ok, I get that it's lunch and maybe not everyone wants a large steak so I tried their beef dip.

It was not good. The roast beef was dry and bland and dipping it into the au jus didn't help because that was also flavorless. The side coleslaw was warm... On a better note, my fries were AWESOME. Really, really good fries.

Service and ambiance were ok... there are definitely nicer looking spots to dine downtown but this place was just across from my work =)

Value: beef dip + juice for $18 including tip. Other than the fries, I don't think the quality of food justified the price.

Probably wouldn't come back.

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A great time
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 11, 2008 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

I have to disagree with the other reviewers about this location.
I was here to celebrate my SO's birthday with a few friends last Friday and we all had a great time. 2 in our party were almost an hour late, but we were never once rushed at all. Unlike the other locations, this one still has an old school charm to it - not all modernly reno'd like the other locations.

We were seated upstairs in a corner (aside from the huge 30-something people party in the middle of the room) where we could still hear each other's conversations.

The food was great. I normally order the chicken since I'm not a steak fan. The portion here was slightly larger than the other locations I've visited.

The service was excellent. Our server never once forgotten anything, kept our waters full, and even delivered a finicky billing request without hesitation and flaw.

This location is quieter than the others, and I would definitely recommend it for a busy weekend night.

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The (usual) KEG
By Bobeater of East Vancouver (58 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 12:16am [Dine in]

I came here with a few friends and had a expensive time.

Food: My two friends had the Prime Ribs and they said that it was pretty much the best ribs they ever had. I had the steak and lobster "combo": My steak was small and over too charded on the outside, my lobster tails were over cooked and dry. I liiterally had to douce my potatoe with the butter because of it over dryness.

Service: Friendly and Fast

Ambiance: our table was located next to a fireplace that was "pushed out" near the centre of the room. We litter had our backs to the fireplace as we ate our meal. On the other side, there was a group of tables that sat so close to our that it was pretty much impossible to make our way our. I asked if there was another table for us to moved to and they said that this is the only reserved table left. However, on the other side of the floor there were more EMPTY tables...

I may come back or may not...This is what I get at an usual KEG

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Better than it has been in a long time
By DawnTart of Burnaby (46 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

I have often gone to the Keg for lunch as it is convenient. Just opposite the office.

Problem though is when it is a group of us we can't seem to get lunch before 30 to 40 mins have passed. I don't know what it is. We have often booked lunch for 1:00 pm to make it easier but that has not always helped. Many a time I have had to bring lunch back to the office as I have run out of time to eat it. I still go there on occasion in a small group as getting lunch isn't such a huge problem.

Anyways went on a Monday which I generally don't do. Also arrived at 5 mins to 12 which helps. Seated promptly and got our food promptly. Service is still a little sketchy. You are often seated by one person, waited on by another and food is brought by yet another person. Continuity would be a nice touch but I guess they do what they do to make it work.

Anyways lunch was actually quite good. My entree was prepared properly and came within a reasonable time and it was hot. Some times in the past it was either under or over cooked or cool. I might just go back again.

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Expensive for mediocre steak
By whataview of yaletown (66 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 2:52am [Dine in]

I have been to every Keg in town and even Whistler at least a couple of times. It's never my idea but some guys love that place! The best things on the menu are the prime rib and the Caesar salad - very consistent at every location throughout the years. I find the prices high for the quality of the food, service and establishment. There are much better steakhouse alternatives.

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Great food spoiled by LAZY waitress
By Trevor of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

Whenever I'm craving prime rib, we usually head on over to the closest Keg location because we know we'll get consistently good food. This last experience, however, was marred by our extremely incompetent server.

But first, let me say that the food did not disappoint. Among the 9 of us, we all enjoyed our dishes. Appies of escargot, calamari, caesar salads were all tasty. All steaks and prime rib were cooked exactly as specified. Drinks were all satisfactory. Only slight glitch was that the fried onions that accompanied some of the prime rib entrees looked more like leftovers crumbs than a fresh batch of whole onion strips.

Our waitress was probably one of the LAZIEST servers I've ever had. She was unfriendly and clearly did not like her job. This short-haired blond probably thought that her low-cut lacy blouse was good enough substitute for providing attentive service. To start, she never introduced herself. Then she kept rushing us though we told her twice we were waiting for the rest of our group to arrive-- doesn't the empty chairs tell her that there's more people coming? Then when we did order drinks, she was slow to bring them and beer/wine glasses sat empty for over 20min because she didn't bother checking on us during dinner. Now here's the kicker: when taking our dinner order, she stood at the end of our long table and YELLED to EACH PERSON asking what they wanted. It was completely ridiculous. One person in our party had laryngitis but still had to yell out in a scratchy voice. The foodrunners, though, were very friendly and prompt with requests made when the waitress was nowhere to be found. The waitress should really try to learn a thing or two from them.

Value would have received a higher rating if the service that we received was of higher quality. I don't like paying $100 for a dinner where service is almost non-existent.

This particular Keg has the older interior of Keg restaurants. Lighter-coloured oak chairs and tables. Nicely lit. Lots of tv's everywhere together with background music make for a somewhat noisy dinner. Not a good place for a romantic dinner.

This location is NOT recommended. Go to the other ones. By the way, made a reservation, still had to wait at least 20 mins though where we were seated (upper floor) was quite empty.

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Not as good as....
By fella of Vancouver (72 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 7, 2005 - 11:42am [Dine in]

The Keg Caesars is most definitely not as good as the Thurlow location. I had lunch here the other day and was not impressed. The soup was bland, the beef melty thing that was on special was tasty, but mediocre, and the service was, well, ok. They seem to do allot of covers at lunch because of their location, but I think its a spot best saved for casual dinner outings.

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Going down......
By Apollocanada of Burnaby (31 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 12:21am [Dine in]

geez,they didn't even toast the bread for a clubhouse sandwich,and they used cheap processed meat.on the plus side,the tea was good.lol.ladyfreind had a mediocre steak..again,the bearnaise sauce they use at the keg nowadays that they have delivered ,is cheaply made and tastes so. Sad.Kegs used to be fun,decent food,gone so far downhill these last 5 years.

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Solid rating
By polska of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 29, 2008 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

Went last night for a quick casual dinner. Usually the Keg is a solid choice and this was no exception.

Food: standard keg fare. 2 people had prime rib beef dips, 1 had small cut of prime rib. Nothing wowed us but we had no complaints either. Also had a bottle of wine which was decent.

Service: i don't really understand all the complaints people have with service at the Keg. One of the reasons I go back is that the service (and food) is always dependable at this chain. Again nothing wowed us here but we were never lacking for anything, all the quality checks were done, no attitude or grumpiness from the server, all in all decent service.

Ambiance: i know what to expect at this location and as other reviewers have noted its totally like going back to the 80's. They definately need to renovate and redecorate this place. Its not totally hideous but its definately not modern looking by any stretch of the imagination.

Value: hate to say it but the Keg prices are starting to get a little ridiculous. Especially for a place that doesn't provide the atmosphere to go with it. Obviously still cheaper than gotham, mortons, hys, but not the deal it used to be. Wouldnt mind so much if they redecorated and i felt like i was actually going out for a nice dinner but when you go to the keg it just feels like a dennys or an old style moxies.

Overall: a solid meal with solid service. Interior of the restaurant could use redecorating. Price is getting up there but not so high as to keep me from coming back.

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This place is not very good
By Tuzio of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

I work next to the Keg Caesars and the food is sub par at best. I have ordered steak that was much too chewy and could not finish. The service is very poor and get our orders mixed up all the time. Our drinks are not prompt. I will give them one compliment, they have these yam fries that are quite unique and amazing.

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Great service... and nothing else
By sunface of Downtown, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 29, 2008 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

Keg Caesar's is, basically, a ripoff. It's got a great downtown location which means the owners evidently believe that they never have to update the decor, which is well below par in 2008. It's ugly and the ambiance does not trick you into believing you're anywhere nice. The other Keg downtown - at Alberni and Thurlow - is a much better option for this.

The food is substandard. Stay away from the steaks. I work downtown so end up here a couple of times a month, and frequently have stomach issues afterward. A lot of the food seems processed, and I suspect cheaper ingredients (especially oils) are used. This would be fine if the prices reflect the quality, but this is not a cheap restaurant.

The standout is the service. Don't believe the reviews that say the wait staff is inattentive - I have never had cause for complaint. The only issues for service are, (1) the restaurant for whatever reason won't take reservations between 12:01 and 1:09, and (2) you end up lining up downstairs for lunch, get to the front of the line only to be told to go upstairs and ask the host there for a table. A simple sign telling people to just go upstairs would be appreciated, rather than forcing people to wait twice for no reason.

This restaurant desperately needs to renovate, especially with a much lovlier Cactus Club just opening up next door. Ownership seems too cheap and focused on treating the restaurant as a cash cow, which is terrible to its customers. They also need to improve the overall quality of the food product. But the managers and the wait staff should be commended - they do an excellent job with a substandard product.

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What can I say - it's The Keg
By Rapunzel of Gabriola Island (25 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 10:21pm [Dine in]

Came here for dinner Sunday night with three coworkers. They all ordered steak but I hate Keg steaks. They are too thick. I also didn't want to spend that much money for a chain restaurant. I ordered chicken fajitas - something I've never ordered in a restaurant before.

Our food was really slow in coming. The waitress was nice, though. She did come back with extra water. My companions appeared to enjoy their meals, although the amount of food on their plates versus the size of the plates looked pretty sad.

My fajitas were fine though the wraps could have been warmer. The meat and veggies were a bit oily. There were four wraps. I ate two wraps with most of the filling, but really, there was twice the amount of food that I wanted to eat. Which isn't bad, but it's a waste. I'd rather have less and pay less. The sides were kind of sloppily dished out.

I could have used another top up of water toward the end. Plus, the water wasn't terribly cold.

It was draughty where we were sitting. People were wearing their coats.

I wish I'd ordered a couple appetisers instead.

It wasn't an awful experience, but I have no desire to go to a Keg. Ever. However, it was chosen by my companions.

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Solid
By javawzl of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

Only ever tried the Keg at lunch during rush hour - and for the 20 or more lunches I have had there, I give it an all round solid.

Some food is better than others. Prime rib sandwich is brilliant. Burgers are good. Sirloin salad is good. But stay away from chicken fingers. The lunch sirloins are nothing to write home about.

We continue to return because of convenience - as I believe most do.

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Terrible Prime Rib
By Dragonsign of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

Mrs. Dragon and I name to this location because the Burnaby location had a 3 hour wait fior dinner on valentine's day. Place was full and we were told we had an hour's wait. In actuality, we only waited for 10 minutes. Got seated and the waiter came by to tell us the specials. The special on that night was a 10 oz prime rib oscar which is the prime rib topped with prawns, scallops, asparagus and bernaise sauce. The waiter came back after a little while and we proceeded to order the escargot appy, the prime rib oscar special for me and the chicken creole for Mrs. Dragon. in the meantime, the waiter brought the fresh and warm sourdough bread which was very good. Shortly the appy came and it tasted pretty good, the escargot was baked with a indian-ish flavour to it. Then came the mains, Mrs. Dragon said the chicken creole was good. But my slice of prime rib seemed hard to cut. In fact it had a thick piece of fat all around the meat part of it and there was a thick tendon surrounding it also which made it very difficult to cut. I know that prime ribs do have marbleling but this was way too much fat and this thick piece of tendon was way too much. I've been there a few times and this is the first time the food has been this bad for me. Maybe it was an off night because of valentine's day.

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Worst Keg Experience Yet
By UsedCar of Burnaby (21 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 4:14pm [Dine in]

This Keg is old and dying, they really need to renovate it. And I dont think they use the same beef here as others. Our steaks were tough and grissly. There was 4 of us for dinner.
The service was competent, but the food was mediocre, and the room feels very old and dated, from the 70s.

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They missed the boat.
By tofinoguy of Island (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 9, 2006 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

This restaurant given its location near the triangle should have been renovated with the others ! Keg can do better than this and the overall level of ambience is that of a dimly lit Denny's. The seating is uncomfortable, the chairs at most tables haven't been updated since 1983, and the booth we asked to be moved to downstairs was so uncomfortable, the foam must have been broken down and we were sitting on plywood.
The service staff seemed uninterested in the general pace of the place, from the door staff/host to the servers although after a drink or two I was able to get them to smile.
I had the Prime Rib, it came as ordered but lacked the temperature and seemed like it might have been sitting for a bit before coming to the table. The other meals were so-so, if you want a great Prime Rib try the Keg up at Alberni and Thurlow, they have it in the bag and it's always served juicy and fresh.
I would not return to this Keg location.

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So disappointing
By beancounter of Vancouver, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 19, 2007 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

I'm a fan of the Keg in West Vancouver, which is probably why I have given the Keg Ceasars three chances, unfortunately it has been horrible every time. Once we left 20 minutes after being seated because we hadn't even placed drink orders. The last time the dip they provided with a dish had gone sour and again it was a half hour from the time of sitting to the time we got drinks. If you are looking for a good steak I suggest Hys... if you just want a meal then you might as well go to McDonalds.

Save your money, there are many better choices.

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