The Granville Island Keg is a large restaurant with a bar for having drinks while waiting for your table. Great steaks, a casual ambiance and friendly, very knowledgeable staff are the proud and reliable trademarks of The Keg Steakhouse & Bar.
I have been here a few times. The food is ok. I do find it to be expensive for what it is.
Last time I came with friends; I had the chicken and ribs combo and fries. It was ok, but no better than Swiss Chalet, and I can get it cheaper there. I do like the glaze that they put on their chicken and ribs....the fries seem to be portioned not so well, but thats the least of it really.
I can't really say much; but it really is a bit pricy for what it's worth I think. I'll probably come back if it's a friends or family function (Like I would have a choice to reign on someones parade....ha ha) but just coming for a casual night out with friends, I would probably advise against it
I like the Lounge side as it's much brighter than the restaurant side, full of glass windows and roof. Went there on a weekend and not that busy. Had the Prime Rib which was very good. Vegetable side ordered and seemed like an after thought. Prime Rib was cooked M/R as requested. It could of been a bit juicier as it looked like it was cut and left for a few minutes. Overall very good. Baseball sirlions ordered by some others and they looked very good. Nice and relaxed with very good service.
I would prefer the other locations (been to many) over this one. This location is more casual than the others. The food quality is there, but again, the portions have shrunk, especially on the garlic mashed potatoes. Great place for lunch on a visit to Granville Island, unless you've been snacking in the market!
I think my favourite steak is the sirloin oscar. At around 25 bucks, its pretty reasonably priced and includes buttery good sauce on your steak with more than half a dozen prawns and scallops. They do a pretty good martini as well which is poured at your table.
Were out and about on Granville Island on the weekend - I had wanted to pick up some goodies at the market, but tables were hard to acquire as people literally ran towards tables as they were vacated. Settled for the Keg.
I will say, I was impressed with the children's menu. We ordered mini burgers for the kids for $8.95. This came with fruit and veggies with dip, fries and two little burgers. It also came with a generous sized "child's" beverage (juice, pop or milk). It was actually a good children's menu with a balance of good stuff (fruit and veggies) with burger and fries.
Our server was friendly.
However, the classic burgers (which were suppose to be prime beef) had a weird texture. It was almost as if it was held together with "meat glue" or some fillers. I have had fresh ground beef and hand formed patties (both at home and at restaurants) - this stuff just wasn't genuine.
The toppings on the classic burger were good quality (nice tomatoes). We ordered mushrooms (extra $0.95) and bacon (extra $0.95). The burgers only came with the mushrooms. We flagged down a server to let her know. She offered to get us some bacon, but the kitchen was a bit slow with our entrees and we would have finished our burgers before we received our forgotten toppings. We opted to have the charge removed from our bill.
The bottled beer was good, it was served in a chilled glass. For a lager - this is okay. I ordered the Margarita and found it tasted strange. It was also the smallest margarita I had ever paid $9.95 for. It was served in a martini glass. I was expecting a tastier and a larger blended drink. $9.95 was waaaay overpriced for this thing.
Ambiance was nothing special. We were seated in the lounge area by a window which overlooked parked cars.
All in all - it was kind of a blah lunch for Granville Island and I don't think I would bother returning.
I have a friend that raves about how good the food is at the Keg on Granville Island. I've heard how fantastic the steak & prime roast beef, and wish I was with her on those nights.
I give 10 thumbs up to the waiter, who never gave up asking me how my Prime Rib meat turned out, and would return with it cooked more each time. I was impressed that he didn't try to avoid me, and offered other dishes to this meal that wasn't cooked very well. I started losing my appetite by the 3rd try, trying to get my beef to medium, and both my server & manager tried to make sure if they could do anything better. Thumbs up with customer service.
The Prime rib was disasterous from the get go, undercooked, almost raw It could crawl off my plate, and very fatty. When I asked my server if I could get it more cooked, it was no problem. Each time, my prime rib would come back a little more cooked, still very red inside, and didn't taste as it was cooked very well. When it came back again by the third try, I had lost my appetite, and chalked it up to off night for the kitchen staff. I've never been big on The Keg, other than West Van Location, but each time I eat Steak or red meat, I keep having the meat not cooked right. Tonight was one of those Keg experience with red meat not cooked properly.
I will have to try this location at another time, if anything, the staff is friendly towards customers and this particular server really cared how my meal turned out. Positive experience with the staff I will remember, not the food.
Came here for dinner on saturday. Choose this place because it is a gret place to meet, the location is accessible, the parking great and the ambiance friendly.
They do not take reservations on the weekends, but we still got our seats immediately (upstairs). The waitress J was polite, attentive and helpful, always refilling water, clearing the table of used plates and recommending drinks, food and dessert.
THe w/c and the restaurant were very well kept - clean and uncluttered.
I ordered a drink (not bad) and cheese bread as an appetizer ... both were good. My main course was the chicken and ribs w/ BBQ sauce. Both the chicken and the ribs were a bit burnt and both were also very dry. Even applying the BBQ sauce on it could not save the meal, I would say the best part of the meal was the french fries 8-0... definitely not worth the value here. I know what you are going to say ... the Keg is about steaks/prime rib ... but I had that the last time I was here and wanted to try something different. I had the Apple crumble for dessert - it was sufficient, but not the best I have had.
Overall, the meal cost me 50 bucks ... the ribs and the chicken are better at the Cactus Club, the drinks are also larger there. But the location and ambiance is better at the Keg (Granville Island).
Dropped by Sunday night for a late meal. It was quiet inside but still took a minute or so for them to have us seated, right at the back corner of the room.
We skipped the entrees tonight and went straight for the appies and sides; the Ahi Tuna, Scallops and Bacon, Hot Crab Dip and a side of Sweet Potato Fries and finished off with a few desserts. This location also seems to have consistent inconsistencies in cooking their red meats, usually severely underdone, even for my liking. Overall the sides and appies were good as expected with a couple of small pickings - the tortilla chips for the hot dip was coated with oil, and the crostini for the Ahi Tuna was like a mash of powdery, dry breadcrumbs. The best part of the desserts was the gooey, dense type brownie, while the mousse and tartufo was mediocre at best (the tartufo missing the key element of the fruit filled centre).
Our server was fantastic and checked up on us frequently. Well mannered with excellent etiquette he didn't rush us out and lowered his service standard for only ordering starter items at a red meat restaurant.
Good location, but Keg might want to rethink using "steakhouse" in their title as it seems to be a misnomer of sorts, serving up beef sometimes so rare it still has a bell on it.
I don't have a whole lot to say about the Keg, they have a great value priced steak menu that we've been enjoying for years.
However, we went for dinner last night, everyone ordered steak or prime rib, it looked and tasted awesome but I decided to change it up a bit and try the Chicken Fajitas. They were okay, nothing had and special flavour, the chicken was plain grilled chicken, the onions/peppers tasting like they should.
I felt like everything tasted fine but once put together in the tort it didn't really come together at all, pretty bland.
If anything kids could share it - it was huge portion with 4 tortilla shells and a full breast of chicken with the fixings the flavours are "mild" enough.
My girlfriend told me to just stick with what they do best, if they're a steakhouse just stick with the steaks; next time I will.
Having been to a number of other Keg locations, I'd developed a certain level of expectation. Unfortunately wasn't met here. We were seated in a booth and it was very very dark. I guess they are going for mood lighting, but I thought it was a bit much. So much so, that when I first examined my steak, I had to verify with my party that it was well done since it was hard to see. Turns out it was, which was exactly how I didn't order it (I ordered medium rare), and I had to wait for the server to come back. I waited probably about 10 minutes when I finally flagged someone else over to let them know the problem. They were very apologetic and I got another steak which was cooked the way I wanted it. It was good, though my garlic mashed potatoes didn't seem as garlicy and buttery as I remember them in the past. It was nice that they ended up comping the steak, but I don't think I'd go to this location again, at least not until I forget this experience a little bit.
I think you are best to go with the sirloin classic dinner at the Keg, it comes with a huge pre entrée caesar salad for around $20. I also agree with thecritic, the sirloin oscar is wicked tasty. The prime rib has been hit and miss lately, but usually very flavorful. I must say though, I prefer the Thurlow location over GI. Oh ya, and slap the leftover steak in one of those sourdough loaves and wrap it up; Ideal for the late night slam.
I like the Keg. The food and service is consistantly good, but my problem is I always order too much steak. I have a soft spot in my heart for the baseball steak and it always beats me. Next time I visit the Keg I will explore the menu a little bit more.
The granville Island Keg Steakhouses is one of the better ones in the franchise because I seem to think that the food & service has a slight edge over the others. The service is quite attentive as the staff seem to be more patient with its customers. I basically had the specials explained to me very well and naturally without the memorization. The food isn't bad as there seems to be more consistency in its cooking. Value wise I believe its well worth the price. Again, moderately priced but not for people on a budget. The ambiance is solid with nice window views.
My boyfriend and I went here, as I was craving some seared Ahi Tuna, and this place seemed to be the only place in Granville Island to serve it. Anyways, I ordered the appetizer Ahi Tuna with a wasabi mushroom reduction (Entree sized), and it was delicious! Though it was supposed to be an appetizer, I asked for it to be entree sized, and they definitely delivered- the portion size was huge, and they weren't stingy with the tuna. I did notice however, that it was a bit more cooked than I would have liked (rare), but certainly not overdone. My bf had the Creole Chicken which was very large, but was a bit stingy on the scallops and shrimp. It wasn't as spicy as we had expected however, which was a bit of a disappointment. The server was just okay- nothing special. The ambiance was blah. They played loud crappy 80s music the entire time, which I wouldn't have minded as much if it was dinner time, and the place was packed-- it just didn't go well over a mid-afternoon lunch. I felt as though this place was less nice as some of the other Kegs I've been to. Definitely more casual and outdated. Overall, food was good, but that's about it.
Well if you have been to the keg you know the keg. I love the bread so much that I tend to fill up on it before my meal comes. I am a Prime Rib Fan and while it can be a little hit and miss on the amount of fat per cut it is always tasty and pretty much always cooked to my liking.
The service is always semi casual but to be expected from a streak house like this. The server we had was a career "kegger" and did a decent job. The prices while reasonable are not inexpensive when you start drinking the Keg size ceasers etc.
I've been going to Keg 4 to 5 times a year for many years. The food there is solid! - good steak, sides, salads, deserts. The service is great, friendly and informative. Steak melted in my mouth. It's always cooked very well. It's soft and tasty. I am usually full after the Filet Mignon, but I have to finish it up. The atmosphere could certainly be considered loud, however it is a restaurant, a public setting. I highly recommend Keg if you want spend some good money on some good food!
Order ahi tuna appeitizer and prime rib, but the server informed me both were sold out, but offered a free entree of any choie. Which was a nice surprise. I had the rib eye, which was juicey and cooked to medium rare perfection. The dark ambiance was calming and soothing - fitting for something who just had a 9oz steak. Solid service and food.
First of all we did not make reservation because they did not take any. It was quiet and not busy at all but there was no one single table that could accommodate nine of hungry runners. We had to move two small round stool type tables together OURSELVES at a corner. Congested and not conducive to any intimate conversation. Inexperienced and inconsiderate waitress as we had to ask for water. Excuse me we came in our running shorts, tops and shoes!!! We ordered three sliders (miniature burgers), two Caesar salads, two pasta dishes, one chicken stripes and two Prime Ribs and few glasses of red wine. No room for all these dishes to be placed on two small table tops. Keg size (14 oz) prime rib was not up to par. Slightly larger than the small size and not worth the extra money really. Know all prime rib is pre-cooked and could not expect it to be piping hot but still both orders were Luke warm and looked exactly same doneness. Waitress needed to be asked many many times for water, coffee refills, bread and even the dessert menu. She was too way ‘busy’ chatting elsewhere. Nothing extra special about the food or ambience or service. Most of us gave less than 10% tips and frankly that was too much already.
I came here with people from my work and all expenses were paid for ..... wooo hoooo!!! I didn't abuse it though.
I've never had a "French Onion Soup" before so I tried that for an appetizer. I don't know how it's supposed to taste or even look like so I don't know how to rate that. It tasted just fine to me but I wouldn't order it again because it's not my thing but it didn't taste bad or anything.
The steak was great as always. "New York Peppercorn" - medium-well.
Service was good and we were placed right by the fireplace. I wasn't really paying attention to the decorations and ambiance but it seem fine to me.
I would come back here but I won't because this particular location is an inconvenience for me .... but it still gets 4 out of 5!!
Restaurant was very busy and we didn't have a reservation so we were seated in the pub section with dinner menu's. Waitress was very slow to take our drink order, took other tables who were seated after us first. After taking our order she did promptly bring it to the table and when we realized one glass of wine had gone bad she quickly replaced it with wine from a new bottle no questions asked.
Food was decent, pub food fair. The Lobster sauce on chicken was nice, although rich. We split a main dinner which was more then enough food for two people. We also shared the calamari for appi'. It was ok, your usual fried calamari. The dijon salad was also ok, but mainly a bunch of largely cut tomatoes on boxed lettuce.
Ambience, the decor was tasteful and quiet. We had a nice window seat which was great for quiet conversation.