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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The

1121 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1V8
Neighbourhood: West End
  • Cuisine: Bar, Seafood, Steaks
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late night
  • Features: Wheelchair accessible
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30AM - 1AM, Fri: 11:30AM - 1:30AM, Sat: 3:30PM - 1:30AM, Sun: 3:30PM - 12AM
  • Great steaks, a casual ambiance and friendly, very knowledgeable staff are the proud and reliable trademarks of The Keg Steakhouse & Bar. Opening up for business Summer 2014.

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HIT and MISS, Usually MISS
By foodcritic1000 of Vancouver (Kerrisdale) (19 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 19, 2013 - 2:45am [Dine in]

What can I say, had tenderloin steak that was undercooked from how I wanted it - medium, and it had a weird taste, and ordered lobster on the side... I think the lobster must have sat in a lot of chlorine water prior to cooking because literally within 3 minutes my bottom lip swelled up from some kind of reaction

I ordered vegetables on the side, where were they??? all mushrooms almost

Its a nice atmosphere, to bad they can supervise and train their cooks, because cooking these basic meals is so easy

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hmmmm this chain is inconsistent
By rodriguez_ramon of Richmond Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

This is a downtown location but you wouldn't know it. From the outside it looks like a urban Keg location (it is actually kinda on the second floor), but inside the staff is dressed like, I don't know, Tim Horton's maybe? Some Kegs have women that are dressed up and attractive but here none of that. Maybe it's a franchise/corporate store thing?
Food wise it is all good. The prices are Keg high but the steak and potatos are standard good marinated meat. The NY steak is not my first choice but I had t and it was done exactly as I ordered it. At least she paidf attention to my order if not to the attractiveness of her dress. It might be a management thing.
Kinda disappointment and so didn't have wine but a look at the menu confirms they have all the standard Keg wine selections here too.
Keg is never cheap so please give us full value.

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Dine out allstars!
By FoodMan99 of Surrey , B.C. (66 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 3, 2012 - 6:24pm [Dine in]

When you go to the Keg for Dine Out, you're getting your money's value. Although Dine Out is coming to a close, no doubt you'll be swamped with options again next year. Take a night and choose the Keg. Normally, this place offers their decent steaks for decent prices. During Dine Out however, they'll offer a 10oz as part of a three course menu for only $28. You're also getting choice of potato, a HUGE dessert (I went with their chocolate ice cream pie, scrumptious) and a starter. The steak's a pretty darn good steak. The dessert was lovely, although fair too large. Everything else was a bit ehh. For starter, I chose the shrimp. Overly buttery, very average. The potatoes, no matter what you choose, are going to range between good and very good. In fact, that's a good way to describe the entire meal. It's solid. There are high points and other points that don't go that high.

Besides food, you probably know what the Keg looks like. It's a classy establishment, with a sometimes unfortunately noisy clientele and a generic but intimate, clean setting. I like it in there. The waitress I got was pretty average, clearly reading from a mental script she had recited countless times before. It was a while between courses. It'll also be a while before I come back... I don't think regular Keg prices justify the value. It's pretty close to Joey or Cactus with inflated pricing. Dine out is a different story! Definitely make it a stop next year!

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The Keg standard upheld
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 2:41pm [Dine in]

We know the Keg chain to be one of the front runners in consistency in town, so next on the list was to tackle the Thurlow location for a belated, last-minute birthday meal for a friend. This location is always busy, the atmosphere is always alive as is the decor but even for our walk-in, the wait was barely 10 minutes long.

We dabbled around with the shrimp cocktail, crab cakes and cheese bread before going into our entrees, my gf the sirloin, our friend the sirloin and crab combo and me the prime rib. The steaks were all cooked well, but all of our meat lacked some flavour and was not quite as tender as one could hope for. My prime rib was memorable of Keg's house special and I would be tempted to say to stick to that only.

We were quite happy with the service besides the one blip where our waiter was too quick in clearing our plates when some of us were not quite done yet.

Beyond the atrocious parking I would come back here.

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Invisible
By Norman of Vancouver East (71 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 6:14pm [Dine in]

I guess I must have been wearing my cloak of invisiblity and didn't know it. Usually I only have it on when I'm trying to get service in department stores. I went to The Keg on Thurlow at 5:30PM July 20 for an early dinner. I don't usually eat so early, but I was hungry and I felt like a nice meal. I went in and there was no-one at the desk, so I waited. A young woman came to the area and wrote something on a blackboard(?) near the desk, walked around to the desk, but said absolutely nothing. What am I supposed to do, wave at her? It wasn't as if I wasn't dressed appropriately or hadn't bathed. I waited to be acknowledged, but nothing. I was the only person there, so it couldn't be that I didn't stand out from the crowd. So I left. Maybe they should put a bell on the counter. I'm not going to beg for attention so I can buy a thirty dollar steak, people.

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The previous downtown location was better
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

Not sure why they moved (just a one minute walk away) but I really enjoyed the underground location much better. The ambiance is still great, but it has more of an executive feel to the place. I found the portion size to be smaller than what they served before. The were short on service staff when I was there last and she had to wait on 1/3 restaurant all on her own. Our service was unfortunately neglected. I also found the hostess here to be a little snobby with a "downtown" attitude.

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Lovely place
By hermanpinguelo83 of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

My wife and I always go to this place for dinner during the weekends. The new york steak is juicy and perfectly done the way I like it. I always get it with their baked potato which is fantastic! My wife also enjoys their fried calamari. The only thing negative thing is their french onion soup, or acutally the ONLY soup available in their menu. Would be nice if they changed up their menu once in a while or maybe just seasonally. Love this place!

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Delivers what you expect
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 5, 2009 - 8:55am [Dine in]

Haven't been to this location before but the decor and layout is very nice. Had to wait on a Sat but there is a large bar/lounge area where you can have a drink. After a 15 min wait, shown to a nice table. Tried their Keg Prime Rib Classic. Came medium rare as promised and very good and goes nice with the horseradish. Rice Pilaf side and veggies were very good. Nice portion and great service. Delivers what you expect. Overall a good value.

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Cant go wrong
By fella of Vancouver (72 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 10, 2005 - 11:34am [Dine in]

The keg rocks, plain and simple. If you enjoy a great steak, or super prime rib, you wont be disappointed. I always have a good meal at reasonable prices. Quality is high, and service is attentive and kind. Great ceasars!

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good restaurant
By hansu kim of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 1, 2013 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

menu is good. food are good. but they are just doing perfect.

nothing is wrong, they paid attention to details.

i respect that.

price is lil bit high but,,,

everything else is just awesome! keep it up guys

best decor, best quality steak in vancouver.

pride of vancouver

keep it up !! and good luck! hope u win 2014 best restaurant

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Lots of Thank Yous :)
By julcyj of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 11, 2013 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

We had a wonderful time just this weekend, this particular location offered amazing service and comical humor :)

Thank you for accommodating our lovely lady with a gluten allergy so well!

Food was great, service was timely and great!

Sitting next to the kitchen did make us drool early on before our food arrived :)

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Loving it!
By keith van of richmond (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 6:39pm [Dine in]

The pros....gorgeous delicious steak ,salad was house with Italian (I think) dressing..affordable..delicious,garlic bread yummy..
Cons...service ..not exceptional ..had to call a waiter to me after waiting more than 15 min..the salad with the Italian dressing..(like c'mon) ..can't substitute ..had to have roasted potatoe for extra..no chic women like the competition....but 3 Stars is enuff a good quick lunch ..

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Great place
By davecanadian of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 11:09am [Dine in]

All I can say great place, nice beer went in last week. fun night to much wine! Service was very good, Server was freindly and knolidgable.

Steak was awesome as always.

All in all I would recommend it.but be ready to pay, I would say it was well woth it!

Dave canadian

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first time experience
By moussy of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 10:32pm [Dine in]

I went to the Keg for the first time with my boyfriend. I'd say it was pretty good.

I didn't have any appetizers, but my bf had french onion soup. From other places, I didn't have a great experience with f.o soup but the keg's was pretty good. My brother told me it was good before as well. They give you free bread...and it's really yummy but it kind of fills you up before your meal, so eat sparingly!

I had no clue what to order, so my bf ordered a Rib Eye steak in medium for me and filet mignon for himself. I liked the Rib Eye better, because personally, I don't really like bacon. The side dish for the rib eye steak was good as well. I would have liked to see a bit more veggies though. The fried onions were crispy.

For dessert, we had the Billy Miner pie. Something everyone should definitely try if you love light desserts. It's not too sweet unless you eat the chocolate drizzles with it.

The atmosphere was nice! I really liked the coziness and the seats, and we could talk as long as we wanted to. Lights were dimmed and I like that, but that day it made me a bit sleepy.
Nice overall!

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Perfect veg
By WeekendChef of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 6:46pm [Dine in]

Now, the other half and I are fans of the Keg and have pretty much always been pleased with the steaks. The veg? Kind of hit and miss if you're not getting the baked potato. We stopped in a few minutes after 9pm recently on a Sunday night (the close at 10pm) and hoped to have some dinner. I asked if it was possible to pass on the potato and get a substitute instead. Our server just smiled and said "absolutely! How about some asparagus instead?". I agreed with some qualms. No one does asparagus correctly. It's always too overcooked and mushy. Oh well, I figured it's a veg and not a heavy starch. To my surprise, the asparagus was absolutely perfect! Perfectly blanched and had a good snap to it still. Not mushy at all! The prime rib was an excellent medium rare, even at that late time of the evening. Hubby's dinner was just as well constructed and tasted fantastic! too. All in all? A fantastic meal and a very pleasant evening.

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Prime Ribalicious
By pompey of Vancouver (41 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 1:21am [Dine in]

I'm pretty much predictable when it comes to the Keg, prime rib and beer! Tonight we ordered the crab cakes as the appetizer. It was delicate and tasty - very delicious. Then came the prime rib. I don't know why, but everytime I order the prime rib at the Keg, I always get the one with lots of fat. The other plates at our table had much less fat than mines. Oh well, it was nonetheless tasty. I'll always come back for more. The service was great. Overall very pleased with the evening.

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A nice evening out ...
By darrenkadish of Burnaby, B.C. (46 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 8:03pm [Dine in]

We had a gift card that was given to us by a couple of our employees for Christmas, so we thought we better use it. So we tried to hit the Keg in Burnaby, but it was a 45 minute wait. We decided to go downtown and try the Keg on Thurlow instead. What a pleasant surprise to be seated about 10 minutes later in a nice, quiet, quaint corner booth in the lounge - perfect ambiance. It was wonderful. We didn't have to wait long and we got a nice quiet table to enjoy our dinner.

I ordered the prime rib/lobster tail while my dinner companion ordered the steak. My prime rib was oh-so-good, but the lobster was a bit over-cooked. My dinner companion's steak was cooked to perfect, but was so big that we had to take a doggie bag for the balance. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. We had a great night and would definitely come back to the Keg Thurlow and ask to be sat at the same table again.

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Fun place to dine/lounge
By epicurian of Kerrisdale (42 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 6, 2006 - 11:45am [Dine in]

Grabbed a bite at their lounge and caught the game. I must say that for the price, their prime rib is worth every penny. I havent been able to find a place that is so comparable. Gotham, Hy's, & Mortons are a bit out of reach on a casual basis & can be at times a bit stuffy & pretentious. Medium rare prime rib w/ fried onion crisps & mushrooms was made perfectly. I must admit though I find the food a bit salty, but I suppose they want you to wash all that fatty food down with some beverages. The service was prompt & friendly. The atmosphere is always lively & fun

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Disgusting food
By revolting keg on thurlow of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 4:01pm [Take-out]

My boyfriend and I were given a gift card, and decided to dine out at the keg on thurlow. BIG MISTAKE.
1) The "hostess" ignored me, other than to give me a dirty look, and although the place was vacant other than people at the bar the waitresses walked right by me to chat with one another seeming impatient to leave, although it was 3 hours before they closed.
2) Nearly 10 minutes after a snobby conversation with a drunk chick the so called hostess tells me I can take a seat anywhere, and when I tell her I want to order to take out, she asks me if I want a menu which I consider to be obvious, yet I have to call her back to actually give me one when she tells me the busy bartender will take my order for 2 8 oz steaks & a ceaser salad
3) He gives me my card back with the receipt and tells me he to sign it. Confused, I enter the tip amount, yet he doesn't ask for the card, and tells me it will be about 15 minutes.
4) Half an hour later and after several obnoxious glares from the hostess as I wait by the door where I am asked if I had been helped by another waitress before the bartender finally gives me my food
5) I didn't check to see if I received everything, because I just wanted to get out of there, and I wound up bringing home 2 charred beyond belief steaks neither my boyfriend or I could eat, & no ceaser salad.

I assume this is because the tip was not received and they were more concerned with lowbrowing me than asking for me to wait until given a receipt before giving them my card.

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Olympic Feast
By Martini_Man of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 9:55am [Dine in]

We went to this location shortly after 5pm on Valentines Day during the Olympic mayhem, crazy, I know! There were 4 of us in total, 2 couples.

We were told there was a 30-45 minute wait, they offered us to go for a walk, or grab a drink by the bar, and we chose the latter. We were paged with a table 40 minutes later...

Given that this was a CRAZY night to be out for dinner, the experience was surprisingly good!

We ordered the spinich/crab dip for a starter and it was delicious!

Our friends ordered the ribeye, and the chicken with seafood, both got great reviews...

My wife ordered the King Crab dinner, and it was very good... Crab was cooked perfectly, and the garlic butter was tasty.

I ordered the baseball sirloin with a lobster tail. I asked if they can prepare it "Chicago style", the server said they could, but no more than medium rare... I agreed, however Chicago style is supposed to be charred on the outside and almost blue rare in the centre... I received a medium rare sirloin... It tasted great and I didn't complain...

My lobster tail was a little over cooked and slightly dry. But given that we were arriving on valentine's day during Olympic mayhem it was totally understandable.

The service was solid, my only complaint is when you order a nice bottle of wine, it should be re-poured when your glass is empty. Again, given when we were there also forgivable.

All in all it was a nice dinner... Solid, but didn't blow us away...

Given this location however they should be very used to be crazy busy... This is why they didn't get a perfect score on food or service...

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