A contemporary urban pub and restaurant situated in the heart of Vancouver. Six unique rooms for multiple and varied experiences makes the Kingston the new hot place in town.
Food: I ordered from the Dineout menu - beef carpaccio, duck confit pasta, and a peach dessert. The appetizer and the entree was a bit too salty, but the dessert was good.
Service: The servers were friendly, but they didn't come around very often. My water was never refilled, which wasn't good because the food was a bit too salty. We didn't have a designated server.
Value: The portions were very large. The duck confit pasta came with a large salad that had baby tomatoes, artichokes, and sunflower seeds. It also came with two large wedges of foccacia bread. I could not finish the salad because there was so much food!
Ambiance: There are two sections in this establishment - half of it is a bar and the rest is a decent looking restaurant.
Overall, I enjoyed the experience here. The food was decent, but the service could have been a bit better. The value was outstanding.
Came here last night to watch the Canuck game with the pre-game Linden celebration with my girlfriend and a friend. I made reservations just in case it was busy.
We were seated promptly and slowly perused the menu, specifically titled "Event Night" menu. The lady and I ordered the mini-pitcher Margarita to start while we took some more time picking our entrees. Basic pub menu items with complimenting nuances. We ultimately ended up with snack food: the nachos, a caesar salad and the molten chocolate cake shared between us. My friend who arrived late ordered the Prime Rib Burger with fries and side caesar and double JD and coke. The nachos were a heaping mound nestled on top of a basket tray, easily shared between 4-6 people. It came with the usual guacamole and sour cream and a cajun style salsa with roasted corn niblets and red beans. Alas there was no ground beef. The caesar was standard but skimp on croutons. The molten cake was just chocolate cake with chocolate sauce poured in the centre. My friend's burger looked a bit overdone but was fine otherwise. Drinks were good.
I was surprised it was pretty tame for a game night, but most pub patrons who would otherwise be here were probably able to score tickets to the game for Linden's formal farewall. It's more upper echelon pub with the decor and would definitely be buzzing on a full house. Floor area is spacious. There's a lower level as well which I suppose were reserved for bigger groups that night. There's also a patio somewhere too for summer evenings.
Our server was all over the floor but he was easy to flag down and quick with orders. Casual but professional, pub inspired attitude. Perfect.
On a regular busy night, this would be the place to be for a game. Although the name is a bit of a misnomer, sounding more chain derived and executed, everything about it feels comfortable, as a pub should be.
A good place to grab a bite to eat before a hockey game. It gets busy by 5:30. Ordered their wings which are drummettes. Quite expensive at $1 each. The BBQ ones were very good. The Prime Rib Burger was a bit overcooked but was very tasty and good value at $11. Tried their hawaiian pizza and did not like the hot peppers nor the crust. Would not order that again. Service was very good and quick. Ambiance is very nice with an upstairs and downstairs.
I have eaten here 3 or 4 times and the food is decent. Its pub food with flair. Two people sent their meals back because they weren't cooked right such as the ahi tuna being well done, not seared. The service is good, they dealt with the mishaps quickly and efficiently. The atmosphere is cool downstairs, they have a couple pool tables and a bar. They also have a decent selection of booze including a few different types of scotch.
They are new and need to work out some food preparation kinks, but the experience was generally good. I miss the old Rose and Thorne though; somehow the dirty rat had a little more character and was a better place to get your drink on.
I come often to watch games. Recently they added steak to the menu and I tried it today. I do not usually do follow-up reviews, but the steak was good.
I regretted ordering it when the server asked if I wanted steak sauce.
Luckily, I did not change my order. The steak was surprisingly good. Very good in fact. Cooked perfectly to order. The croquette were pretty good too but the grilled vegetables were a little undercooked.
Service was good as usual, even though I see a lot of new faces.
Return? For sure. Will try the prime rib next time (weekends and Canucks home games only).
I used to come here when it was the Rose & Thorn....WOW, it's changed! I heard their outdoor courtyard patio is great on a summer day.
I had a gift card for here so we decided to try it out last weekend. It was pretty quiet as it was late afternoon on a Sunday. I didn't mind...you usually get faster service. The waiter/bartender was very friendly & helpful with the menu.
The food was good (I had the Hawaiian pizza with a twist)...I didn't bother asking what the twist was as I thought "how bad can it be?" Well it wasn't awful, but I'm not a big fan of banana peppers either. My partner ordered the Ham & Gouda sandwich & loved it.
Good food, friendly service.....We'll be back!
I've been to the Kingston a few times for lunch, but this was the first time I had been in the evening. We went for the UFC fight and though we weren't initially going to go there cause of the $10 cover, when we found out Library Square was also charging cover, we decided to go anyways.
For the purposes of the UFC fight they showed it in the basement on a projector in a good sized room. I was very pleased as I've been to other pubs to watch ufc events and they don't have a section cordoned off, they just throw it on all the tv's while even people who don't want to see the fight are forced to.
The food was good, I had the salmon burger and I always like how they give you fries and salad with any burgers or sandwhiches. The food is definitely above average for a pub.
Service was great as well. I'd say Kingston is among the better places in Vancouver to watch a game but definitely the best place I've been to to see a fight.
I was looking for someplace in town that had a nice patio, but wasn't at street level and was on the casual side of casual fine dining. Kingston is basically a pub but it fit the bill. The split-level patio (see pics on their site) is actually fantastic - it's up off the street, and technically it's a courtyard. The water feature serves to dull the road noise and other conversations around you, which is a really nice bonus.
The food was another bonus, I expected "decent" but got "outstanding". The onion rings were perfect, and so was everything else we ordered. Possibly the best fries I've had in a long time, albeit a little salty.
The beer on tap is branded "Kingston" but it's really Granville Island. If there was one thing that disappointed, it would be the draught selection. The average pub anywhere in the city has more/better stuff on tap.
We came here on a early sunday afternoon (i think we were the only ones there) The place looks great and comfortable. we sat near the open kitchen with our 20 month old daughter. The Bartender/Waiter was very nice and accommadating with our daughter, bringing her crayons and some colouring pages. The food was fantastic! I highly recommend the cheddar and beer soup! great flavour and not greasy like most cheese soups (how did they do that?) also we ordered the calamari which was fried perfectly, very, very tender. things may be different when the place is busy in the eveinings, but I wanted to share a very great experience at this place.
People seem to like this place. It is good place to come in and “sit” if you prefer more of a pub atmosphere rather than Earl’s or Catus club, and want to avoid the Yaletown or Granville scene.
First off, the staff is great. For this particular evening, our server was attentive and fun… but not too fun… just good enough to know that you are being taken care of. Bartenders and kitchen staff seem to be in a good mood.
The first bit of beer we had was flat, but the company I was with was willing to ignore the “off” carbonation. After the second helping, we changed brands. Beer costs a lot, it better be good!
The food was a real let down. It looks like the kitchen staff is working with “standards” that ensure that the food could only be consistently average. Everything appeared formulatic, and I could have had a similar dining experience at a suburban pub somewhere in Alberta. The pizza was presented well, but did not have a memorable flavor. Our dining companions did not finish their Caesar salad or the hotwings. Nothing wrong with the food – just really bland, and expensive. It works out to over a dollar per wing! Not a super value, and nothing exciting to try. Give this menu a workover, and challenge your kitchen staff.
The ambiance depends on which room you are in. We were in a large room near the kitchen. It looked like a decor battle between a faux Irish Pub and an Italian chain restaurant with a Boston Pizza feel. Bleah. Sit near the entrance if you can. During the evening, the Canucks were on, but the volume was at a reasonable level so the game could be enjoyed along with conversation for those not into the game. Everyone was satisfied with this arrangement.
The service was good, and we were comfortable. We will be back.
Came here on Thanksgiving Sunday. We were practically the only ones there having a very late lunch. We had Thanksgiving dinner with family the night before, and this was our first meal since!
We walked into a vacant pub and the staff treated us in a friendly, playful matter. Our waitress kept calling us "my little sweetypies" which we thought was adorable. Very charming and sincere.
We shared the firecracker shrimp, which were more like large prawns sauteed in a chili garlic butter sauce with grilled bread. Very tasty! There were 10-12 "shrimp" in this appetizer.
Caesars were specials, and they make a solid one at that! Loved the spicy pickled asparagus.
I had the salmon teriyaki burger that comes with caesar salad and a mountain of fries. Excellent quality salmon - very generous portion of it too on a nicely toasted bun (with tomato, red onion and lettuce). I was absolutely stuffed after eating this. No room for dessert, although our waitress did her best to tempt us!
The ambiance is super nice here. Very cozy, yet taking up 2 floors. Brick walls, dark woods, candelabras hanging from the ceiling, local art on the walls. It's not pretentious and it's not trying to be pretentious. I like it. We sat in a booth upstairs - the first time I had been seated there.
Definitely will be back as this brewpub is more sincere, more friendly, more cozy, and more tasty than the others I usually frequent downtown!
I read quite a few glowing reviews like the previous one raving about the place and went with a group after a film for a bite. We all ordered the burger platters. The kitchen screwed up (and the restaurant was dead at the time) and we all got fully loaded burgers which we didn't want. That aside, the burger patty itself was kind of skimpy and a bit overcooked. It was just OK; definitely have had much better for the price. I don't think I'd bother rushing back.
I'm a rice lover and picky about rice as well. I ordered their Salmon entree with the rice. It was sooooooo yummy! I couldn't get enough of the rice. I wish they had given me more of that and I wouldn't have even minded if they gave me less fish just to have more rice! lol
Too bad they were out of their ribs because I wanted to try it. But their Ahi Tuna Spring Rolls were nice. They were a little too cooked for my liking, but I'm a big sashimi eater, so it's subjective.
Service was outstanding. The waitress didn't come over too much and would always come back to refill our waters and see how we were doing without smothering us. She was also uber friendly and helped me pick out a good cocktail to drink. :)
I hate going downtown but this is definitely a place I'd go back to if i ever have to go downtown to eat again.
Went there for lunch... overall, it was just ok.
Food - Large portions (had Roast Turkey Sandwich) but lacking in quality and taste. Sandwich was served on a baguette, with fries (old and flaccid), and a small casear salad (a few bits of lettuce with barely any dressing). The person I was with had pizza which looked pretty good. Oh yes, we shared Edame (never had it before)... that was so-so.
Service - Good (prompt) but not too friendly.
Ambiance - Nice but forgettable. It wasn't very busy so the room seemed big and vacant. The decor is pleasant (for a pub style restaurant).
This place is one of those "let's do a casual lunch"... not known for its food per se but at least it's better than a fast food lunch.
I've been to the Kingston Taphouse & Grille twice and both times were really good. The first time was before the Canucks game so we got there at 5pm. Even at 5pm it WAS PACKED!!
The place can get a little noisy but it is a great place to grab a pregame bite or even to watch the game there. They have TV screens practically everywhere. The front area is the buzzing bar/reception area the back is the more plush dining area w/ fireplace and open kitchen. They also have a downstairs with more bar-type seating and pool tables.
Food at this place is pretty good. The prices aren't insanely expensive so it's not too bad. The best dish by far is the Beer n' BBQ Pork Riblets. DAMN!! SO SO SO SO GOOD!!!! It is an appy so prepare to order lots of em! The rest of the food was pretty average fare for a pubstyle restaurant.
Service is really good considering the amount of volume of customers and the cramped quarters. They are always attentive and pretty quick with your orders (drinks and food).
The only knock is that it gets really crowded and the seats are quite close together. So a lot of the time you are sitting litterally a foot away from the person next to you (from another table).
I am what one might call a regular, that is to say I come here quite often, but I have never written a review so bare with me. I find people are more often likely to write a complaint that something nice so I thought I would write this.
I work very near and have been dining here for lunch and dinner for a number of years. I find that though I do have my favourites that serve me, I honestly can say I haven't had a server there that doesn’t makes me smile. I can say quite honestly that I have never felt that those ladies are purely after my money! I have come to the Kingston for business and dinner parties and to just watch the game and each time it's a new experience. The food I have never ever found bland or expensive, in fact the portion size is huge! A server we had joked with us saying that the chef has a fear of people leaving there hungry so he makes the portions large!
If I had one complaint...it would be that they are a 'tap house' but do not brew their own beer, but saying that its a small complaint. Also one of my favourite lunch servers seems to have vanished! Where is Irish Sara?!
Long story short, I do enjoy coming into the Kingston, it's a great place with good food! Nothing else I can say!
My girlfriend and I went to Kingston on a Wednesday night to try out their 28 dollar dineout menu. The drinks were average. The steak was flavourless. The salad was covered in dressing, too much for my taste. The desserts might have been the worst part. The bread pudding looked like coffee cake and was rock hard. My one complaint about the service is that when the waiter was putting fresh pepper on my plate, most of the pepper went into my lap. I won't be coming back here.
Went on a Sat night to watch the Canucks, in a group of 5. We were quickly seated and served. The food is awesome (some of the best nachos I've had, chilli chicken was great), with everyone at our table commenting "this is really good"! the wait staff was speedy and we were well taken care of. Will definitely come again!