Red Card Sports Bar in Yaletown is an Italian owned restaurant and bar at on Smithe between Seymour and Richards. Inside Red Card you find a ginormous bar (by Yaletown standards) with high ceilings, two levels and two separate dining areas.
This is probably one of the nicest sports bars that we've been to. Big screen TV's are everywhere so it is easy to see just about any sports event that is on. When we were there last night, the Canucks game, world series baseball and Sunday night football were all on. The ambiance is very nice for a sports bar. It's not dirty, dark and grungy like so many sports bars are.
We found the service to be truly amazing. We were seated promptly. The staff were all very friendly and cheerful. After we had ordered we were asked by at least 3 of the staff if everything was okay and if we were enjoying our meal.
We ordered the Hat Trick pizza. It was very good pizza but we've had better. We also shared a pasta. The serving size is very small. We are not big eaters. The pasta came in a large bowl and was stacked in the middle of the bowl. Our waitress had bought 2 small plates maybe 6" in diameter and we did not have enough pasta for 1 small plate each. For $15.00 it is very poor value.
We had an enjoyable evening. The staff were great, the food was tasty enough but there is way better pizza and pasta to be had elsewhere. For the prices that are charged we just did not feel it was good value for the money. We would not return.
Went here during the week, a bit after lunch time and it was pretty dead. Lots of TV's, great seats and overall a nice alternative to your normally dark, sticky floor sports bar. Menu is italian with many specialized ingredients in italian. Tried the pizzas and they were good. Really thin crust with slim toppings, what I would expect in Italy. Wood burning oven makes the crust chewy. Tried the calamari and mussels and they were pretty average. Didn't try the mains or pastas, but they looked very good. Overall a bit higher price than your normal sports bar but would return. Lots of selection for beers and cocktails. Service was quick and friendly.
I came here for a beer and quick bite to eat before a hockey game last week. I wasn't expecting much from the food but I was pretty impressed with the pork shoulder sandwich that I ordered. It had a pretty big slab of juicy pork in it and is on a tasty bun. I think I would come back here just for this sandwich. I would like to give 4 stars for the food but unfortunately my salad on the side was an undressed pile of mixed Organix: fail. I will return for the sandwich, however.
Red Card is a sports bar and offers what you would expect, lots of finger food, sandwiches and pizzas. They have a good selection of beers on tap. The beer prices are a little high for the kind of place it is but the food prices aren't out of line. Service on our last visit was a little disorganised but not otherwise objectionable. The food has clearly gone downhill since they opened. Calamari could be smelt from ten feet away, not a good sign. The pizza dough on the Margherita was tough. The calzone was a better choice. Go for games you can't watch anywhere else but save your food money for Uva or Cibo next door.
Had lunch here on a very quiet Thursday. Decent pizza and nice selection of on tap beers. My wife was not impressed by the mediocre wine selection compared to Uva next door. Service was non existent we waited several minutes by the door in full view of the bartender. Almost ten minutes with an empty beer and wine glass is too much. 2 or 3 waitresses working but no one checked on us until we asked for the bill. What is a European sports bar by the way = lack of friendly service.
This is definitely one of the best places to have a drink and watch sports, as it is nice, clean and comfortable. BUT, the food is such poor value, I wouldn't go back there again if I was hungry.
There also seems to be an identity crisis to this place. It has a ton of TVs, comfy chairs, but the decor is more like a lounge than a sports bar. Then you add a pretentious italian-food menu to the mix that is way overpriced, and it just seems completely out of place.
They have some appies, salads, burgers and entrees on the 2-page menu, yet I still had a realy tough time picking out something to eat. I wanted a more "healthy" dinner, so I ordered the tuna salad ("Tonno").. It sounded like it would be a good entree size since it was priced at $16, with smoked tuna and a lot of veggies. When I asked the server if it would be filling, she said it was actually quite small and wouldn't be enough for a dinner. Are you kidding me? At $16? For a starter size, at a sports bar, I can't swallow paying over $10... So I ended up with a burger which was mediocre, for $16...
My suggestion for this place is to completely re-do the menu - don't try to be something you're not. Add more food options, don't try to be too fancy, and drop the prices by about 1/3...
Mediocre pizza tonight compared to Incendio or Campagnolo. Fun to watch hockey but food is a big let down. According our server Red Card is a European bar because of its design, Champagne cocktails,and restaurant style service??? Draft bee selection is good as is the bottled Craft USA bees. Go for beer and appies. Not a Sex in the city kind of place for the girls.
We've been waiting for this place to open for months and finally got a chance to check it out. The beer selection was amazing and we were really impressed with the unique cocktail list and all the TV's playing any game you could think of! We loved the food, but we'll definitely be coming back on a regular basis for the service! Our server was fantastic and really made us feel at home, and the manager even made special consideration to make sure that we were having a good time. Would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a good meal while they watch the game.