This location is on Georgia Street close to GM Place in downtown Vancouver. The Shark Club is a sports bar serving west coast cuisine in a casual atmosphere.
Having made scattered appearances here and there over the years it's nothing you'd expect from a chain restaurant.
The decor is excellent - upscale-esque sports bar with luxurious accents. Servers are easy on the eyes, however that's about all this place has going for them. Although the intent seems to have been to attract the power lunch crowd in Downtown, it pulls in a lot of younger, plainly dressed patrons instead.
Food has constantly been a miss for me. The Shark Wings, the Crab Dip, Fish & Chips and Roast Beef Dip offer nothing like their descriptions in the menu. The wings were engulfed in sauce (without it would be otherwise plain jane), the crab dip being a huge misnomer providing little canned meat crab and the beef dip comes deconstructed with an oily, garlic butter drenched bun.
Service has been adequate although for a place like this it's a step below the usual standard I've come to expect from chain restaurants. Certainly a pretty face doesn't go a long way if you have little else to tender.
They have the BC Lions cheerleaders come through during the lunch service every final Thursday at the end of the month. I find it tacky, even shrewd as I'd rather try to enjoy my meal without having to clap when each cheerleader is introduced. I feel bad for the cheerleaders.
With the exception of the decor, everything else passes as minimal offerings. Thanks but no thanks.
I completely agree with the previous reviewer. I've been to this & the Burnaby location on several occasions. Apparently I didn't learn the first couple times. Each and every time, service and food was horrible. Appies we ordered to share (e.g. spinach dip) come burnt, entrees are super salty (probably a tactic to get you to order more drinks, and they don't give you or refill your water glass very often). I often had to get up and search for my server or ask another server or busperson to find my server for me.
Have finally learned my lesson after having several nights ruined by this restaurant's poor standards.
Went here during a Canucks away game and had a good time. Ordered some calamari and it was really good. Had the Jambalaya and it was just average with not enough spice in it. Value would be pretty good for a sports bar. Service was good and fast with the waitresss coming around to check several times. Like the ambiance as there are a lot of TV's to watch several sporting events at the same time. Will go back.
I came here for a fundraising night last week and found this location to be somewhat "lacking". Our group had dinner before the night started. Everything looked yummy - my taco salad was especially delicious and I have to admit, I finished every last morsel on my plate (I even ate the taco bowl!).
The service was especially good considering we had one very attentive server for our entire group.
After dinner, the DJ arrived and I have to say, the place was never really booming! Only a few (3 or 4) small groups on the dance floor at all times. Kinda pathetic really, which is why we left the place in search of a better party elsewhere.
I have been here a few times, but neverly overly enjoyed myself due to how busy it can get. You must arrive early to get a table or you'll be standing all night! I usually only go for a few drinks, but the one time I ate there it was good. I had some sort of artichoke dip & it was tasty.
The service isn't that great especially when it's busy. If you don't have a table, expect to get your own drink at the bar.
I would only recommend this place for lunch or an early dinner unless you like the super young over-crowded party scene.
Despite its reputation, it just isn't a very good bar. At its very best the food is mediocre, and is more often just bad. Think fast-food chain restaurant bad. Service is slow, and generally comes with a fair bit of attitude. The taps are nothing special, heavily dominated by the usual Molson and Labatts products. Hockey nights are packed and loud, which makes the already slow service glacial. I've had a couple of above average experiences here having lunch on a mid-week day, but its generally a place to avoid in the evenings.
Ok, maybe trying the food at the Shark Club on a Hockey night wasnt the smartest thing to do. When I cant find anything intersting on a menu, I always end up getting a burger-cause foolishly I used to believe in a bad burger is good.
It was bone dry and charred to hell. The bun was soggy and cold, the fries greasy and chewy.
I know they're super busy, but surely they were expecting it?? I could understand if a crowd of people showed up unexpected, but give me a break...
Service, also was terrible, understaffed? Or are they trying to make more money during playoffs by not having to pay extra staff. Seems stupid to me, they easily could have gotten another $100 plus from our table alone if we were able to order more stuff.
My boyfriend and I went for the UFC fight recently. First of all, cover is $20/person, which seems a bit high. We showed up close to the start of the fight so seating was limited (our fault), and ended up being stuck in an area with tiny tvs. If you're going to charge $20 a head, shouldn't there be big screens everywhere? It gets worse. We ordered buffalo wings, pizza, beer, and diet pepsi - standard bar food. The pizza dough tasted stale and lacked cheese and the buffalo wings tasted like moldy lard, and my pepsi was flat. I could've bought frozen food from Costco that would have tasted 100x better. Also, there was no ventilation anywhere in the bar (in the summer, bar full of dudes, hello?!) and the seats (i tried a few) were uncomfortable. Even though the fights were awesome, we felt completely ripped off. As a restaurant/bar owner, if you're gonna rip people off, at least deliver some sort of value. Given the high volumn of customers that night, the food should've been fresh at least! Don't go there!
A friend and I lunched here on Saturday prior to attending "Toronto, Mississippi" at the Playhouse (excellent, by the way). This is an okay place to sit for a chat over a glass of wine but the food really isn't very good. I've been here a few times and tend to forget that I've never really enjoyed a meal here. Actually, the reason we went this date was because my chum had an Entertainment coupon. Anyway, the service was top notch, and our meals were served quickly but I can't really say that I would come here again. I suppose it is typical chain restaurant fare but doesn't really do much for my palate.
Yes. It's the only reason I'd go again. The girls, in provocative clothing. The food is not bad, but it's not what would attract me to this shark club. I think they know, and that's why they have bikini and lingerie contests with girls. Overall, it's something different to try, but again, don't go for the food, and make sure its a Thursday :P
Given the proximity to GM Place, I realize these guys will always be busy, but to the owners, do you really have to gouge people? $18 for a pound of chicken wings is absurd beyond belief. Check most bars/restaurants in town, and you'll see that a pound of wings hover around the $12 level, not $6 more! Was there with a friend from Manhattan who couldn't believe the prices in this city, and this took the cake. Yes, there's a great vibe in here when it's busy, but would love to hear from someone who works there that can justify that kind of price......karma is around the corner.....
Went here with friends to meet, chat and catch up and were stared at by white trashy men and they tried to pick us up and we didn't have a moment of rest and joy. The type of women that get picked up at bars (if they still exist) make me sick. The burger special on Saturdays, was not special at all. lame atmosphere, and too loud for us old folks (we are in our 20s).