Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar is a located in Waterfront Station and offers a menu of Internationally inspired dishes and fun and creative cocktails. Also featuring an extensive menu of imported and domestic beer and daily drink specials.
Went to Rogue as I was meeting a friend for lunch. Had the Ruben sandwich and it was not good at all. Very greasy and meat was too fatty. My friend had the chicken burger and it was also very average. Service was decent but the food quality for not good for the prices that they charge. It was $17 for Ruben sandwich. There are much better places around town the one can go for lunch. I will not go back.. Décor was good at the restaurant.
We went to an event at Rogue this week which featured a 4 course meal paired with beers from Crannog brewery. If you haven't heard of Crannog, they are Canada's first certified organic, zero-waste, on-farm microbrewery based out of Sorrento, BC. The friendly folks from Crannog were there and talked a lot about the beers with an emphasis on sustainable brewing which was very interesting. Anyways, on with the food and beer!
Dinner started with a bonus beer called the Village Idiot which is a seasonal wheat ale. Then the courses started which couldn't have been too soon because I was starving.
Course 1: House cured arctic char with new potatoes, root veggies and dill mustard emulsion paired with Gael's Blood Potato Ale
Course 2: Braised poker belly with mashed sunchokes, butter braised radish and a curry foam paired with Red Branch Irish Ale
Course 3: Duo of lamb (sous vide lamb loin and braised lamb cannelloni) with spring pea puree paired with Insurrection IPA
Course 4: Black forest gateau with espresso gelato paired with Back Hand of God Stout
Overall the food and beer pairings were fantastic. My favourite course was the pork belly and as beer goes, the Back Hand of God is pretty hard to beat with the Insurrection IPA a close second. By the time the dessert course arrived, I was pretty fully full!
The event cost $35 which is a fantastic deal when you consider the great food and superb beers all while hosted by friendly and insightful brewers. If you get a chance to go to one of these events, do it!
Tried this place when it was the Transcontinental but first time at the revamped Rogue. Nice and more comfortable setting, less stuffy. Sat at the lounge which was very nice with high top tables and comfy chairs. Started with the calamari, pretty average with a smaller than expected portion size. Then went for the Grilled Tuna salad, very good with a soft boiled egg and nice caper dressing. A nice portion. Service was quick and friendly which is what you want during lunch. Great room with high ceilings and would come back to check out the dinner atmosphere.
Came here on an early Tuesday evening to catch up with an old friend. At first glance, I was quite impressed with the nice & cozy decor, but my good first impression stopped there. While I was waiting for my friend, no one came to greet me or offer me a beverage. It wasn't until about 10 minutes after my friend arrived that we received any service. The food options seemed nice and I tried their Vietnamese tacos, that tasted like a miniature version of a sandwich, with carrots, parsley and braised pork. Wasn't too bad, but not amazing. My friend had their penne which she enjoyed. During our meal a fly kept swarming our table, so that was kind of annoying, and as we finished both our dishes, the waitress was quick to collect our dishes and offer dessert. We eventually turned that down, but still managed to have a great catch-up session until the waitress brought our bill and kept coming back twice to try to ring it through. What was the rush? It didn't really make for a great dining experience, especially when the service was choppy and all they wanted to do was shoo us out of there. Great location, but nothing else to entice me to go back. =(
My friends and I were curious to check out Transcontinental's new design - now Rogue. At first glance, the hanging chandeliers, new colours and trendy opulence is definitely a welcome change. We were seated promptly for lunch in a fairly busy dining room.
One interesting promotion Rogue has going on right now is "pay what you think the meal is worth". If you believe the meal is not as good, or worth less than the menu price, you simply let the server know and fill out a form, paying them what you think it's worth. If you feel the menu price is too low and pay more for the meal, they will donate the difference to charity. It's a good gimmick, but unfortunately, this puts extreme pressure for the restaurant to deliver - and perhaps makes patrons a bit more critical on the quality of food they're receiving. I know I was swayed to really critique my lunch. Sadly, my halibut fish tacos didn't deliver. The concept and ingredients were good, but execution was poor. The tacos arrived cold, under seasoned, and tasteless while the side of fries were over salted and over fried (dry). My friends who ordered the same thing had similar comments. We ended up paying the full price for the tacos anyway, but hope that the restaurant will do better next time.
The server was great - attentive, with quality checks and got us what we needed quickly. The only complaint is that it took a while for her to collect the money and process payment after we received the bills.
I figure I've been to this restaurant about a half dozen times in the past couple of years. Never have I had a bad experience. I find their food outstanding. Big burgers, tasty and juicey served on delicious and fresh pretzel buns. They accompany the burgers with some of the best fries I have had at any restaurant in the Lower Mainland. They also have an incredible side salad with pecans and goat cheese that is a real hit as well. I tend to order half and half to get the full experience.
Recently I have enjoyed their turkey sandwich. They use "real" turkey not the pressed stuff and serve it on delicious grilled raisin type bread. I highly recommend this.
This place is very consistent, a real plus in my book. I like to know that I can expect exactly the same thing cooked properly on each and every visit and The Rogue, at least this location, never get's it wrong.
No matter how busy they seem to get the service is always good. Food arrives at a decent amount of time, friendly and efficient.
They offer a nice seleciton of BC beers at a reasonable price and the ambiance is also outstanding.
Part of the old train station, it is beautiful with high ceilings, huge lights and plenty of room to move around in.
Can't wait for my next visit, in fact I have lunch plans there tomorrow.
I caught the Canucks game here on a Sunday night and was immediately impressed with the high ceilings, decor, large windows ( in the dining room ) and just natural beauty that Rogue is housed within Waterfront Station. Add in 3 big screens, and a projection screen behind the brightly lit bar and it's a hockey fans' dream. We were seated in an enclave just off the main bar area, and while there was a massive screen and a 40 (?) inch screen the sound was only audible for us from the screens by the bar. The fans were well-behaved, in a good mood, and in general nicely dressed and casually upscale. Ambiance = cool
We ordered calamari, natchos, and a halibut dinner item. You really can't screw-up calamari or natchos but you can make them outstanding, unfortunately they were both ordinary and typical bar standard. The halibut was described to me as tastless, but the curry sauce around it made it a bit more palatable. Food = boring
The server we had was great! She was very pleasant, smiling often, always around checking if we needed top ups on our drinks, more food. She handled a busy section with fantastic competence. Service = great
They've got 20 beers on tap so go here for the drinks and the Canucks' games, but you can definitely do better for dinner.
Went here to watch the tail end of a hockey game. It's an impressively decorated restaurant,as other reviewers have mentioned. The food, however, is WAY overpriced. $14 for a hamburger? $13 for a bowl of chili? I did order the hamburger, as it was 9 oz. and the least expensive "entree". It was quite good and filling, but not $14 good. The service was also good, but the waitress did refuse our request to turn up the volume (it was inaudible) on the TVs for the game, which we thought was a bit odd. Why bother installing large screen TVs showing sports all over the restaurant if you're not even going to turn "on" the volume? We also found the chairs quite uncomfortable...they are much too narrow for even average-sized people.
All-in-all, Rogue was worth the visit, but just barely.
Stopped by for a bite and a drink while waiting for the west coast express, because really, who wants to drive in this mess?
Had a glass of wine while reading the menu. It's an attractive space and everything started off just fine.
Ordered the fish tacos, and they came pretty quickly, but then the place was pretty empty. The tacos themselves were ok, two medium sized with fries for about $14, not a bargain, but they were ok, fresh, fish (Mahi Mahi) was cooked well, but they fries ... Brutal. COVERED in salt. And I mean kosher salt, so you can see it, it's everywhere. I dug under, thinking maybe the cook just over seasoned the top ... nope, everywhere. Ate about 5 of them then left them. When the barmaid finally came over to ask how everything was, I told her, heck, I told her to look for herself. Response ... "REALLY?". No, sorry about that, no, can I get you some fresh ones, just "really". so I asked for some pepper (wasnt brought earlier) in a half ass attempt to drown out the salt ... heck I was hungry. She brought me a pepper mill. Sigh.
Just pushed it to the side, and the bus boy (what is with the bussing staff looking like high school kids that came right from school, can you not afford some kind of uniform?) came and took it away.
Had another glass of wine to get the taste out of my mouth, paid (full price) and left.
Won''t be back
A co-worker suggested this restaurant for a business lunch. Once again, I had a craving for fish tacos - pieces of Halibut dressed with pineapple salsa in two soft tacos, and fries. Finger foods may be messy, but certainly qualifies as comfort food on a fall day in Vancouver! So how did it taste? Well, it was really not as good as I expected and there wasn't enough fish in the fish tacos to make it worth the $14 plus tax and tips. I forgot to mention that they don't give you a side of their delicious pineapple salsa anymore. Overall, it just wasn't enough to keep me coming back for more anytime soon.
Great restaurant located at Waterfront station...easy to find for non locals! Our meals were excellent! Great selection of meal choices...we all had hand held items of the menu...the burger was huge, filling and delicious! The service was excellent..we waited for our food on this busy evening...the manager came around to apologize for the long wait...we didn't even notice! All the servers wear Converse sneakers....
Went here for lunch today, and I was very impressed.
Decor was great, a tad bare in the lounge, but still quite funky.
Service was good enough... but our food took way too long to get there. Waitresses were very casually dressed, and it reflected in their attitude, which I am okay with. However, our waitress did not appear to be the brightest, and really didn't have any opinion (or perhaps just the vocabulary) when asked about items on the menu. Having said that, she was very pleasant (attitude and looks).
All was forgotten when the food arrived, it was excellent. Very tasty, not overly oily, and lots of fresh ingredients.
I`m pretty excited to check out some of the other menu items, and will definitely be back... Oh the only other thing, is that parking in the area is expensive... take the skytrain in, its right at the station.
Last night I went to Rogue for the first time. I really liked the decor and had high expectations for it. I ordered the spicy shrimp pizza and it was pretty awful. The shrimp was so overcooked to the point that it was rubbery..actually beyond rubbery. It was also cold. Joeys shrimp pizza is 1000 times better. The crust was chewy and hurt my teeth to bite into it. The service was terrible, our server was nice but it was clear that they are way understaffed. We waited half an hour just for our bill. I dont think i would ever go back unless it was free.
This style of restaurant is much better suited to the area then the previous restaurant. The beer is cold and the food is good. If you follow their twitter account you will get key words that will get you free drinks. The outside patio is big but shaddy. The service has always been solid. Never left with an empty glass and even in the middle of the lunch hour rush food arrives within a reasonable time. I will be back again.
I ate here as a party of 5 for lunch on a week day. The place was packed inside and out with the business crowd. Very little tourists. I saw the oath sheet to pay only what I felt the meal was worth.
I had the Tuna Tataki which was seared in an ultra spicy cajun spice with edamame, and a mango coulis. Beautiful garnished with radishes, fried lotus, cucumber.
The disappointing thing was that we also ordered the Sushi Bombs, which are balls of rice with sushi toppings on them and they were garnished the EXACT SAME WAY!! WHY!?
So let me explain the sushi bombs. You put the sushi bomb into your mouth then you squeeze the little tubes of sauce into your mouth with it for a squirt of flavor. The bomb was DELICIOUS. The sauce was taste but there was too much of it so I only used a bit and it was fine. Overall kinda fun and something I'd like to try at a house party, but not at a restaurant again.
Meal was the crispy chicken burger with fries. The breaded chicken fillet was delicious, BUT a little bit dry. If it had been cooked a little less, it would have be perfect. The butter lettuce inside was wilted a little bit, but not enough for me to be concerned. Fries were disappointing. crisp throughout. I prefer fries that are crisp on the outside and soft in the inside.
It was about on the same level as Earls or Cactus club. I wasn't impressed but I wasn't put off. It certainly doesn't deserve the negative reviews its been receiving IMHO. I prefered the Transcontinental menu and decor.