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Rugby Beach Club Grille

950 W Broadway, #201
Vancouver, BC V5Z1K7
Tel: (604) 736-2438
Fax: (604) 736-4222
Neighbourhood: Broadway
  • Cuisine: Pacific northwest, Seafood, Steaks
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • • Wine Bar - 40 bottles by the glass and 40 more by the bottle
    • Monday Lobster Nights $1.99
    • D.J. music Wednesday thru Saturday
    • Seafood Sunday - a seafood menu starting at $9.95
    • Large Screen T.V.
    • Great People Watching!
    • Juice Bar - fresh squeezed juices

    UPSCALE SPORT CASUAL Ambience

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Great food! Great prices!
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2005 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

One of the better priced places for your alcoholic needs! Even for fresh fruit juices--what can beat $2.xx a glass?? Excellent appetizers and superb desserts. Entrees are alright. The sides are delicious! It's great that they're served tapa style, so you can order just appetizer(s) and side dish(es) carbs or no carb combination! And what can beat $2.50 for a adequately sized caramelized banana with grand marnier raisin ice cream? Not banana-split sized, but delicately sized to not over stuff yourself with. Absolutely perfect!

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cheap drinks but thats it
By alpha_dog of richmond (61 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 3, 2009 - 11:26am [Dine in]

ate here for a group event and thought the food was okay.. ordered the chicken breast with a caesar salad and it tasted like the usual bar food, nothing special.
the service could have been much better... waiter was forgetful and was not very outgoing. it felt like he just wanted to do his job without having to put much effort into it and get out of there when his shift ended. not too impressive.
place has good prices for drinks and they have all these weekly specials which sound tempting to try... overall, their prices are fair.
its a loud environment. of course you would expect that at a place like this.. nice setting to kick back with friends and drink the night away.

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A bar that pretends to be a restaurant
By pickyjerk of kitsilano vancouver (67 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 1:20am [Dine in]

This place is where you come to party

The food is not good and the portions are laughably small. i have been three times and gotten several of the dishes and cannot really remember many of them (a bad bad sign for me). I do
remember a trio of hummus (what can you say about hummus?), a steak (miniature) and green beans (again, what can you say?)

The drinks are cheap, so thats great. Not much booze in there though, you will wish you brought a flask or something to distract from the crap food and because how much juice can you drink?

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Not that great...
By MBAK of Vancouver (80 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 6, 2007 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

Rugby Beach Club Grille is a good place to go to if you don't care about the service or the food.

The ambiance is okay, but certainly doesn't compensate for the lack of service. The food is only mediocre (over priced for the variety and quality of the food they serve).

If you're thinking of going to this restaurant, I have only one suggestion: DON'T. There are SOO many other restaurants in Vancouver (on West Broadway alone) that you could go to.

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Cheaps drink but with less alcohol in them...
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 11, 2005 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

The food may be cheap but it doesn't taste the great and the portions are small. If you want to get filled up, you have to get the largest portion which costs much more. Food was disappointing overall. Appetizers were not bad but small portions once again.

Drinks were cheap but you can't even taste the alcohol in them! The beer seems kind of flat too even tho it came out of bottles... :(

Went there on a Fri night and we were being served with several different people at once so we didn't know who to ask for when we needed things and it took a really long time to get our food/drinks.

Ehn. Wouldn't go back unless someone had already decided to go there, and in that case, I would only order appies and ice tea.

Atmosphere is great. Nice place to hang out.

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Cheap drinks & Good eats!
By cakone of Richmond (52 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

I really enjoyed this place! Went there with a few friends for the first time. Drinks (mainly beer) were so reasonably priced it was ridiculous! Imported bottles of beer for less than $4. I thought maybe it was like their menu...you purchase everything separately...wondered if I'd have to pay $2 for glass to put the beer in, but Noooooo! I think that was the best thing on the menu! The food was good, although wasn't aware that you pay for your carbs, veggies etc. separately. Still, not a bad deal! The wok seared veggies ROCK! Ambiance was good (BUSY). I'll be back.

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Rugby - An Earl's Style Restaurant and then Some!
By latelier of SE Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 7, 2005 - 1:22am [Dine in]

Calling this place an Earl's wannabe would not do it justice; Earl's just isn't as cool or suave as Rugby. Unlike Earl's, Rugby does not have burgers, fries, pastas, or Nacho platters; instead, you choose a grilled protein (fish, meat) and a more sophisticated then usual side dish (for example, potato 'latkes' or pesto rotini pasta). The food quality is above average, and sometimes, it can be a hit and miss. I tried their tuna steak once, and came away fully disappointed; the steak was chewy and filled with sinews - it was actually gross to eat and was worthy of sending back - but I didn't strangely enough. Otherwise, their other dishes seem to do well ( salmon and steaks) and they have a good and varied selection of appetizers.

The hostesses up front are always looking good and sexy; the waiters themselves I suppose aren't bad looking themselves. The crowd is definetely young and hip. No Ballcaps allowed apparently, which I find strange for an Earl's type place (lol). Then again, this place is trying not to be classified under the same category - the tasteful westcoast woodsy decor exemplifies this attitude.

But what I'm most impressed with is their large drink menu of CHEAP beers and cocktails. Drinking is most fun when the alcohol is cheap - I can totally see how driving away from this establishment can be trouble for the irresponsible. Anyhow, grab a designated driver, and just go.

Another crappy thing: NO reservations on weekends. This place is just packed all the time.

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Love the Concept....
By LordofFoods of Vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

But hate the execution. Liked the concept from when it first opened it's doors. But it has NEVER lived to it's potential. The drink concept of smaller sizing it and having healthier choice still is a great idea. Lower price point to mix and match drinks with food. Food served ala carte also great concept. But why does it fail?
Food not always as it should be. Quality control an issue. The service has always been dissapointing. Servers and not trained properly on the menu offerings. Needs new management to steer the boat right. Get it right guys!
Been here about ten times.

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Meh
By dragondrea of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 26, 2007 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here twice and both visits were unremarkable, with some notable exceptions:

Showed up at about 5pm with a friend for my first visit and asked to get a table for six people. The restaurant was almost empty. We we told by the hostess they had to see if anything was free. Now seldom is an entire restaurant fully reserved, and in an empty restaurant, such a statement is pretty pretentious.

About 10 minutes later we get to a crescent table (so it's not like they spent that 10 minutes putting our tables together) which can comfortably hold six small women. We were a mixed group of men and women, not all of us small, so I had us moved to a booth. No problem. We had a couple of drinks while waiting, met up with our party, had our dinner, all of it decent. A pretty good evening was had by all.

For my second visit we had another large party of 15 people. Now they add a mandatory gratuity at this restaurant, which really pissed me off. I hate that. It wasn't my reservation (I was someone else's guest) so I didn't make a fuss, but it still irritated me.

For a party of 15, I don't expect my server to be working on the other side of the restaurant. I don't know if they have a staffing problem here, but it took a very long time to order, get our food, get our server's attention when we needed anything... you get the idea. After all was said and done, I carried on with the rest of evening, only to have an unpleasant surprise a few hours later: food poisoning. From chicken.

That's right, folks, the chicken wasn't cooked properly or something was cross-contaminated, but there was some definite vomiting going on, and I didn't even drink that night.

That really did it for me--I'm not going back again.

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OK food with not so OK service
By styledish of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 15, 2008 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

There was a large group of us, approximately 30. We booked ahead of time and managed to get seats in the lounge area so we can get 'front row seats' to catch the BB game...so we were split in tables 5 to 7. We all ordered around the same time....as so our table thought. First we ordered some appy's: shrimp cocktail like dish, humus and pita, tuna tartar terrine, and spicy beans. They came pretty quickly and weren't too bad. I particularly liked the humus one because it was half humus and half pesto/jalapeno like dip. Now here's the main complaint....so it appeared that all the appy's came around the same time. Then we saw other tables starting to get their entrees...and our table waited...and waited and waited. Even the other tables had finished their meals, we still haven't received it yet. We inquired why it took so long and they claimed because our order was at the end of the queue and it takes 30 mins to cook the guys' sirloin...........by 30 mins I think any medium rare becomes leather. And I don't think a pan seared ahi tuna dish needs to be 30 mins on the grill. We became even more irritated when we saw the other tables receiving their desserts while we stared longingly at their ice creams and cakes, while we felt like forgotten starved orphan. It is very Glowbal Group wannabe, and originally advised against coming here...this last trip further confirms it.

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not so sure..
By onegirl of vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 22, 2007 - 12:24pm [Dine in]

Been to Rugby Club.. but service declining..
Maybe its because every time I go it seems to be busy, but wait staff and hostesses seem to spend more time chatting each other up, then actually doing thier job??? did speak to one who said that most of the staff are "struggling actors".
Drinks are great, but food is hit or miss at times.

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Cheap Beer! .. bad eats
By DavidLee of Richmond, Vancouver (25 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 12, 2007 - 1:49am [Dine in]

About the only thing going for them here is the great selection of beers on tap, and all for some pretty low prices! Then that was about it ... I've been here many times.. ordered many different appy's .. none of them were good .. some were edible at best .. the entree's were ok, the steaks and fish .. but that's all you get, the entree, the sides you have to order, you actually have to ORDER some kind of veggies on the side of your steak .. and then the bill stacks up!

Service was subpar, given it was quite busy the night that I went, it's no excuse to have my beer glass empty for 5-10 minutes after EVERY glass. When I tried to flag down another server... even when I was waving my arms frantically 2 feet in front of them they just pretended I was invisible. Most likely because it's not their section. The least they could do is acknowledge that I exist and tell me they are going to get my server.. but nope.. just blew by me like I was a lamp post!

Ambiance was alright for a sports bar. The music was a tad too loud though, had to repeat myself many times to my friends before I got my message through and vice versa.

Final verdict is that I will return every now and then after dinner for some cheap drinks, but nothing more.

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Bang for your buck, you can't beat it...
By stomko of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

Just got back from a Mother's Day meal and for the first time have felt the need to post a review. First off, my Sister and Mom are incredibly hard people to please when it comes to dining out and I was a little nervous about this restaurant selection based on reviews I've read. However since my meal I realize that many of those negative reviews may be based on isolated experiences. I guess negative experiences are generally what may persuade someone to write a review on a site like this. Here's my breakdown for you...

Food- Our table of 9 had a variety of menu selections. Many of us shared and I enjoyed 3 different types of steak (Brazilian, Santa Fe and Peppercorn) all which were unreal. The sides were fantastic and were big enough to share with another person or more. The portobello mushrooms were extremely tasty as were the garlic mashed potatoes. I think the only thing we could have done without was the desert, just because the appetizer (caesar salad) and main course were more than enough.

Drinks- Pints for $3.50ish (glasses in the $2 range) are hard to come by in Vancouver. You won't find reasonable drink prices like this in most restaurants. Wine also affordable.

Service- The waitress was accommodating and friendly. They may have been understaffed so she was spread a little thin but still great. All the other staff was wonderful also.

Ambience- Not quite sure how to pinpoint the theme, but it is not a sports bar, although there are tv's showing games. The music was a little euro-tech, but easy to drown out with conversation. All in all it was comfortable and welcoming though. The youngest in our group was 3 and the oldest was 89 and everyone had a great time.

Overall Experience- For the cost, we saved a bundle compared to what you'd pay at an Earls, Keg , Cactus Club etc. The food was still far superior and more adventurous. The variety was fantastic and I will be going again...as will my hard to please Sister and Mom.

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A nice night out
By west14ther of Mount Pleasant, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

We go to the Rugby Club quite a bit and somehow ended up on this site when
we were looking to make some reservations for our group.
We heartily recommend the place as you can eat dinner, and be served,
very cheaply. Last week I had for the first time the salmon with lobster
sauce and mango something called a sidestripe for 7.95. Incredible. My
husband had a ribeye steak for 9.95. Again incredible, this is over $20 at
other places, $30 even. We split and order of butternut squash ravioli
that had scallops and a lovely sauce. Wine was about $5. The setting is
really nice, comfortable and suits us. A gem in our neighborhood. We go
early so the service always seems pretty good. Definitely a great place to
come with friends and in this economy it is perfect for our wallets!!
Definitely a must go!!

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slow slow slow
By soprano of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 30, 2009 - 10:38am [Dine in]

Got seated and was not offered drinks. Waiter came by about 10 minutes later and took drink order. 15 minutes later drinks arrived. Rest of party arrived (10 total) did not take drink order. Another 10-15 minutes went by server finally came to take rest of drink order. Waiter joked "you might want to order two drinks at the same time." haha!! Had to flag waiter down for further drink orders. After sitting at table for an hour (not kidding) without being asked if we were ready to order, waiter came to the table and said, "If you guys want to order do it now because we are getting busy and the service is going to get slower." Because of the inattentive and slow service, our entire meal took over 3 hours!! Food wasnt even that great. Oh ya, since I dont drink alcohol, I ordered water when I first sat down. It came 15 minutes later with the rest of the drinks and I was NEVER offered a re-fill. I believe in tipping an appropriate amount for service received and I am usually very generous. In this case I left $4 for a $61 bill. When I paid, I wrote on the bill, "worst service ever" and handed it to the waiter. I told him if he was dissapointed with his tip to read the bill and I left. After we left he approached the remaining people at the table and said, "give this to your friend so he can add it to his scrapbook" implying I do it all the time. I dont do it all the time. Just when it is deserved. I will never go back.

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upscale whitespot maybe
By leucosiaminerva of Fairview, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

I came here on a Wednesday night with my boyfriend. For a place that calls itself upscale, it is decidedly casual. The menu is boring in having to choose a protein and then pick miscellaneous side dishes. The food then arrived on scratched up plates with a tired piece of lettuce for a garnish. The server was adequately friendly, but the overall service was extremely slow from start to finish even when we mentioned we were in a hurry to pay the bill. I have to admit the decor is solid, but it needs an overhaul. It hasn't changed at all for a more than a few years. This place is fine if you want to just hang out and eat some appies.

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so-so experience-watch out for the salty salmon skin!
By fructophile of Kerrisdale (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2008 - 12:27am [Dine in]

Tonight, I ordered the grilled salmon with lemon and the skin was extremely salty. When I mentioned this to the waiter, he informed that this is the way they come and that the chef doesn't add anything to it. I am not sure if I totally believe that. Also, I ordered the apple gallette (which I've had before numerous times and is rather good although the pastry seems a little underdone) without the caramel sauce and it arrived with the sauce anyway. When I wanted to send it back, the waiter again tried to convince me that it was baked this way when the sauce was clearly added.

Each time I go there, the service is always slow-have to wait to get more water, the bill etc. but the ambiance is not bad and there is a lot of space if you have a bigger group. Just be careful about booking a large banquette because they squish 10 people in it and the people in the middle get trapped all night.

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Update of the online menu long overdue
By negrebleu of Vancouver, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 10:43am [Dine in]

This is an above average restaurant with a good quality/price ratio. I think it is time they update their online menu. In summer 2007, I complained about the excellent Chateaubriand For Two and the Pheiffel Tower of Filet no longer being available at the restaurant while still being listed on the online menu. A year later (2008), nothing has changed.

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Under Estimated! This place is a gem!
By alb26 of Vancouver, BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 3, 2008 - 10:19pm [Dine in]

This is a huge restaurant, tucked away upstairs amongst some shops off of Broadway/Oak St. The restaurant is quite huge, nice dim lights create a cozy atmosphere, food selection isn't huge but there is a neat option to pick between 'Feather, Fin, Earth...' all representing your protein selection (ie: Tofu, Steak..), which also includes a selection of how it is prepared. Then you choose your sides. 'Carbs' (variations of potato & rice choices) and 'Veg' (variation of vegetable choices)... and these come on a small serving dish that is plenty for two.

So.. if you are a couple going for dinner.. you each pick a protein then you can share one or two of each dish to get a variety. It is fun this way and nice to try a few dishes. The food is reasonably priced (Meat - $6.50-15 & Carbs/Veg - $5-7).

The best thing is that the drinks are cheap!!! Martini's for $3.99!
(everyday)

This place has really yummy food, cheap drinks and a nice ambiance (but quiet because people don't really seem to know about it). I highly recommend it!!

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Cheap drinks, that's it.
By trenzy of Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

Okay, go for cheap drinks, but that's all. There is no good food (with the exception perhaps of one good salad). The service is very annoying... they are very proud of their "drink tents"... "have you checked out our drink tent?"... argh.

We came here at 9:30 one night for a late night snack... but guess what... they were closed for the day. What kind of restaurant closes at 9:30 on a Friday night?? That's right... one that we won't be returning too.. the cheap drinks aren't worth the rest of the poor experience.

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