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Society Restaurant & Lounge

1257 Hamilton St
Vancouver, BC V6B6K3
Tel: (604) 629-8800 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Central

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Easy on the salt, please!
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 11:59pm [Dine in]

The first thought walking into Society was, wow, what a great space. Loved the chandeliers and the subdued opulence of the place. Lighting was just a tad too dark for me, but the booth we were seated in was very comfortable.

This restaurant serves comfort food with a gourmet twist. My friends and I tried the braised beef shepherd's pie, kurobata pork with lobster mash and the rack of lamb. Everything was done really well, but the only complaint from half of our group was that our entrees were really salty. Maybe it was an off day for the kitchen, as everything (except the rack of lamb) seemed to have triple the salt that it should have. The lobster mash was really good, and save for the salt, our dishes were very tasty. Our appies of onion rings were humongous (size of a donut) but unfortunately fried in old oil (they came out brown, not golden). The fries trio was ok, but nothing spectacular.

Service was good - we were served promptly, with lots of follow up and our server was friendly. The only complaint may be that it was a bit intrusive at times but better that we were taken care of than ignored, right? =) The restaurant also took one of the salty entrees off the bill (standard procedure) and sent a junk food platter as an apology (which I thought was a nice touch).

Might be back if I'm in the area and craving something heavy.

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Nice Patio, Mediocre Food
By nelliebobellie of Downtown (69 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 18, 2010 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

This was my second or third time going to Society, and I have to say of all the Glowbal Group restaurants I’ve tried, this is my least favourite. I still have to check out Trattoria, but I think based on what I’ve heard, Society is in no danger of losing its low ranking with me. It’s just not on the same level as the others.

Our server was friendly enough, but when she took our drink & appetizer orders… something went wrong. I have never before been to a restaurant where the food came out before the drinks. Perhaps the bartender left to go pick the mint leaves for the mojito - I don’t know. When the drinks arrived, they were pretty average. My last visits, I had wine with my meal, so this was my first time trying their cocktails. For $8.50 a shot, I was highly unimpressed. On to the food…

After much deliberation over the choices, we ordered a Caesar salad and calamari to start. We would’ve liked to try the mussels, but for $18, I was not intrigued enough to give them a try. The romaine lettuce was very yellow and slightly over-dressed. The calamari was pretty good, but the dipping sauce was mediocre. I would’ve preferred a more traditional tzatziki sauce with it.

For the mains, I had the truffled mac ‘n cheese and my friend had the forno roasted chicken. The macaroni was really good for the first couple of bites, but then the richness of the sauce was crying out for something to cut through all that cream sauce. I would’ve liked to see some grilled veggies on my plate, but all I got was a tiny serving of spring mix and a piece of garlic toast. It took a long time to get through the meal just because it was so rich. I would’ve even ordered a side of veggies, but they only had cauliflower gratin on the menu – and I certainly didn’t need any more cheese sauce for dinner.

My friend’s chicken was pretty good, and the portion was HUGE. I think she had half a chicken on her plate, served with a small mound of the same spring mix I had. Again, what happened to serving vegetables with a meal?

The dessert special was a Peanut Butter & Jelly cheesecake. Just the sound of that makes my stomach turn. I couldn’t even consider anything after that, and I still had the horrific memory of the “junk food platter” I shared with my friend the last time (for Dine Out). Just about everything on the plate tasted like it was bought from a gas station. The cookies, rice krispie squares and brownies were awful. The bread pudding and the donuts were decent enough, but horribly overshadowed by the taste of the other items.

I’m pretty sure I won’t go back to Society – certainly not by my own choice. There are enough choices for restaurants on the same street to keep me from going back. I think this place is targeted to a much younger crowd with all their juvenile menu selections and cotton candy drinks. But if you’re looking for really good food, keep walking.

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Fantastic
By dragondrea of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 5:23pm [Dine in]

When I eat here in the evening, I love the patio because it's quieter than the inside, which has a very luxe, lounge feel. The menu is full of modernized poshed-up comfort food, very appropriate to Yaletown.

I feel that the menu is too small and somewhat limiting and would like to see even more options, but the food is very well-prepared and darned tasty. I had the meatballs and then the blackened salmon during my last visit and they were fabulous. The bread pudding is made with brioche and has a better texture than traditional bread pudding. The junk food platter is too sweet for my taste, but is an awesome idea nonetheless.

Service is consistently well-timed and very helpful without being pretentious or solicitous. I love it. The value is about on par with other restaurants in the area; we have a 15% off bracelet so we always get at least a small discount.

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Great new place to hang out for drinks and dinner!
By JooJoo of East Vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 12:50am [Dine in]

I decided to plan an early Xmas party here, as we entered the restaurant the hostess greeted us immediately. We had a reservation for a party on a Monday night, the place was pretty packed as we entered, loud music playing all night, and what really made our night was the food and how great our waitress was, she was amazingly experienced and attentive(very important as there are too many new restaurants that hire servers that are not qualify), she was wonderful from start to finish! For start we had the mac and cheese balls, perfectly crunchy and creamy, and calamari were quite delicious! The fries done 3 ways was a bit disappointing, the poutine and chili fries had little flavor. I especially loved the spiked chocolate mint milkshake!! The BBQ ribs is really tender, full of flavor and delicious! The rib steak was very good as well. I also tried a bit of the shake and bake chicken thigh, it was a bit salty I thought, but still very satisfying! Everything tasted delicious, I would definitely recommend Society for drinks and dinner! All of us got a pink bracelet at the end of our dinner, you may use it every time you go back and get 15% off with the pink bracelet. Really cool place, would come back very soon!

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Our first time here will be our last time here.
By LadyQ of Coquitlam (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 8, 2013 - 9:50am [Dine in]

My husband and I met another couple here the other night and I wish that we had taken the slew of negative reviews serisouly and gone somewhere else instead.

The two of us arrived first and as we were talking with the hostess a server came up and barged into the conversation to talk to her about somethign else. So we stood there awkwardly while they talked about something else. We were led inside and had to stand awkwardly in the doorway while another server accosted the hostess. This was a small area and we had other servers pushing past us rudely. We definitely felt like we were imposing! Anyhow we asked to sit in the heated patio instead because it was overly loud inside.

Our friends were running late so we orderd calamari to share and it was terrible. It was long rubbery strips of squid (think chicken strip size) with an oily breading that crumbled off and wasn't good. Our friends arrived and we waited ages to place drink orders. All of the drinks came pretty quickly save for my husband's. Apparently they forgot to make his. Our server came to take our dinner order and just as she was about to start, she ran off suddenly. She came back five minutes or so later appologizing that she "plays this game where she has to write things down as they come in to her head" and she had gone to write for a few minutes. Three of us ordered the truffle mac & cheese and my husband ordered the fisherman's fry even though the server couldn't really explain what was in it.

The mac & cheese was absolutely awful and completely inedible. It was basically oily pasta covered in a crunchy cheese crust. The sauce had sunk to the bottom of the ramekin and was a congealed mass of gross. I make this at home and the reason that it was so bad here is that it was premade and then allowed to sit for ages before it was baked. The right way to make it would have been to have the sauce premade and then cook the pasta fresh to order. Barely any time and a way better result - this was just laziness and poor execution on the kitchen's part.

So lousy service and horrible food aside, let's look at the atmosphere. The decor is your standard trendy Vancouver lounge - black and white damask with splashes of pink. Loud bass heavy music and nothing special. There was a birthday party a coupel of tables over and as the evening went on they got more and more obnoxious to the point that people were standing up shouting that "everyone had better take an effing shot". A guy who seemed to be part of the party snuck onto the patio through one of the curtains and got into a really loud shouting match with "shot girl" too. Tacky!

Anyhow this is definitely not a place that I would suggest for a meal. There is a decent (if grossly overpriced) drinks menu so I'd say this is more of a club without a dancefloor and I'd only suggest going here if people cannot decide between a loud bar or fast food . . . (and really a burger from McD's would have been better . . .)

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bad communication between staff
By rooatlas of vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 8:00pm [Dine in]

we were sat down at a table, 8 of us at 11p.m. took our drink orders - I ordered 2 and told her that would be it for the night. It was crystal clear we weren't eating.
Before the drinks came the waitress told us we had to move because we're not eating....and that was an issue.
I told them I was very thirsty and would wait for my drink and then leave at which point I was told there was more to it and I had to leave *now* upstairs.

I've never been there before and asked to be shown where to go. At the top of the stairs the bouncer told the waitress that he couldn't possibly let any more people in - the liquor inspector was coming...

Apparently not a compelling enough reason, we passed by him and entered the top floor. The waitress said she would bring up our drinks and switch our bill to the waitress upstairs. I asked her to point out our waitress, and she said she would bring her over.

I didn't see her until I had finished my drink and started on my friend's.

I had already made it clear I would pay for mine and my friend's but no one else in the group of 8. This was forgotten or whatever. So when the waitress came along asking if I wanted more and I asked for the bill, I ended up with another drink on my bill. I explained that it wasn't my responsibility and she took it upon herself to ask me who it belonged to..... As if it were my responsibility to know that. She dropped the revised bill down without making eye contact, oblivious to the fact I had a credit card in hand to give to her.

more time goes by and she comes around again with a payment machine.
I don't tip.
She looks at me like I'm the jerk. I look at her with no guilt. She looks at me like I'm a jerk, this time from across the room. I get looks from her for a while, and I keep my guiltless face, though were I not cognizant of who I was with I would have mirrored her facial expressions.

Someone came by to semi-apologize, realizing something went wrong but not sure what, exactly, it was.
I appreciated this.
She offered for me to fill out a comment card, but I told her a dinehere.ca response was more suitable.

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Would never go back
By esz of Coquitlam, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 11, 2011 - 9:40am [Dine in]

I went to Society for the first time this past weekend and was really looking forward to it because of the great things I had heard about the place. Unfortunately, my experience ended in GREAT disappointment.

Firstly, the server didn't greet us for a good 15 minutes and finally the host came over and asked if we had been helped out and took our drink order. Then the server dropped our drinks off without so much as a hello or apology for ignoring us for so long. I understand that they were very busy, but I have been working in the food service industry for a long time and at the very least would say "Hello, I'll be with you in a moment." Also, based on his demeanor and a few tell-tale signs, I'm fairly certain the server was on drugs.

Second, considering the cost of the meal and the size of the portions, I would have thought they would ensure a quality product delivered how it was ordered. I asked for my filet mignon (one of the most expensive items on the menu) to be grilled between rare and medium rare, which the server said could not be done (I understand this is kind of picky, but it's funny considering I've gone to local pubs in my area that could do it so it's funny that a higher end restaurant in Yaletown couldn't do it). When my steak came out closer to medium, I said that it was a little over cooked and the server actually argued with me and told me that "well you asked for it between rare and medium rare". The funny thing is when he said that could NOT be done, I said "ok I'll have it rare". I don't understand how his point made any sense, when I said I would take it rare how is that a justification for why it came out cooked medium. Either way, the point is that it was ridiculous that he would argue with me on the matter and try to reason with me for why the steak came out not as I had ordered it. After making me feel bad for saying something, he rudely said "fine do you want it redone?" By that point he had made me feel so guilty for complaining that I didn't even want to send the steak back. The host then came over and offered to have a new one cooked for me (he was MUCH more polite by the way), but by that point the server had made me feel so stupid and guilty that I just wanted to avoid the situation and said don't worry about it. (On a side note, the caramelized onions were amazing, I would almost contemplate going back there just for those, as long as I don't get served by the same guy again).

The atmosphere and decor of the restaurant was great, but other than that I felt like I was treated as a nuisance rather than a valued customer and it would take a lot for me to consider giving this place a second chance.

I'd also like to note that I have NEVER written a review of a restaurant before and I'm not one of those people that just wants to sit there and complain, but I was so appalled at the service that I wanted to put it out there.

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Good food. Creepy Service
By cityinthepark of burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 12, 2010 - 9:45pm [Dine in]

Came here the other evening for a "Girls night out" The inside was all booked up but luckily we got a seat on the heated patio. I did have a chance to have a peak inside. Just another trendy Yaletown restaurant. Nothing amazing though. Service was not up to par with other Glowbal establishments. I have always been impressed but not this time. The server was trying to pull the "cool guy" act and ended up creeping us all out. The busboys were also creepy. I understand this is a more casual joint but everyone we dealt with (not including the hostess) seemed to lack professionalism. Despite that the food was pretty good. I had the mac and cheese balls (delicious) and primerib burger (wish the server would have offered a side salad as an option though).

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Another cute yaletown restaurant
By jeanie85 of vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

I was so excited to hear that SOCIETY was going to open before december, because I always like to have my birthday dinners at newly opened restaurants. I tried to make reservation 5days in advance for a Saturday night for 5 people and they said they can't take any more reservations but we can just come down to see if there are any seats avail.

On a saturday night, at 6:30 me and my 3 girlfriends went to SOCIETY, there were SO MANY seats everywhere. It kind of ticked me off how they blew me off on the phone for the reservation, but since it was my birthday dinner, I decided to let it go. We got seated on the table near the entrance, and everytime the door opened, it was freezing cold! There were lots of other tables around us...I wonder why they specifically seated us there. This lady who brought us to our table told us about the cotton candy drink and it sounded interesting so we decided to order that. Except that our server didn't even know the special drink so I had to explain it to him which was....annoying. But he was overall very friendly and tried his best. He recommended few things off the menu, but it made me feel like he was pressuring me to get it, instead of recommending items that I might like and for what reason. The servers were all wearing jeans and a white shirt, I guess going for the casual look. Which I thought was interesting...but not very flattering. When I go out for dinners at yaletown, I like to see nicely dressed people! not people in jeans and...white shirt. It makes them look like they are working for home depot or something. Especially when lots of the girls who work there are pretty hot, but some of the guys had a belly..and with a white shirt on top, it was quite unattractive.

All of got the cotton candy drink, it is this lemony drink with cotton candy on top, it was super pretty and yummy...except it was SUPER messy all over the table. But I guess it was worth it. We ordered Truffle Mac and Cheese, Pesto Pizza, Spinach salad and lobster gnocchi to share. The servings are pretty small but the pizza is pretty big. I was excited about truffle Mac and Cheese, and the serving is quite small, but it has decent amount of truffle on it plus the flavor is awesome. Pesto Pizza was nothing special, Spinach salad was delicious with the thick cut bacon (it was chewy!) but the lobster gnocchi was just alright.

As we were reaching end of our dinner, we were taking breaks to chat and what not, these people kept on trying to take our plates away without asking! If we still have forks in our hands, you shouldnt take the plates away!!! or at least ask?? It made us feel like they wanted us out of there, it was making me feel really uncomfortable...One person tried to take the plate away and my friend told him how we weren't done, but he still took it away. AWKWARD I think they def need better training for people who takes away the plates!

Their decor is really cute, and so is there menu. I love the pink chandlier!! However, I was a little disappointed with the washroom. It is way too small and there is not enough room to move around. I usually think the washroom is the eyes of the restaurants...but it was disappointing.

I know I pointed out lots of faults for this review, but I am still planning to go back. Maybe I had higher expectations because it was my first time visiting and because it was my birthday dinner. But overall the service was decent and the food was yummy and the price range was awesome for a restaurant in yaletown. I will def try this place again and post another review. I think this restaurant has a lot of room to grow and am excited to see it happen =)

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beuatiful place, average food
By god_damn of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 27, 2010 - 2:32am [Dine in]

society on a friday night is LOUD. and i mean club loud. sitting across from someone at a table requires yelling to communicate and yelling to order from the server. tried the mango mojito, which was good the first time. the second round was a "double" but tasted less of alcohol and somehow sobered me up. tried the kobe lasagna, which came with a good sized portion. taste was just average though. friends had the gnocchi, which was small but reportedly quite good. the alcoholic milkshakes are a bit too rich and you can kind of feel the liquor + milk curdling in your stomach. for yaletown this place isn't too expensive. the service is okay, but i felt they really didn't come around very often. the place is lovely though with cool pink chandeliers and comfortable seats

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Don't bother lots of way better restaurants for the price
By jazzmin08 of Surrey (14 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 9:38am [Dine in]

I first went to Society on a Stagette. I orderd a spiked milkshake which was very delicious. I also had poutine which was wayyy to salty to even enjoy. Others got macn cheese way to creamy and not enough flavour. Also the portoin was pretty small, especially considering the price. Service wasn't amazing and the drink selection wasn't too exciting except for the 2 drinks with cotton candy.

My husband and I decided to return for a date as the vibe of the restaurant insdie seemed cool and I didnt' want to judge it just on poutine and mac n cheese. I had the kobe beef lasagna and it was not good. My own lasagna is so much better. There was an overly strong cheese taste and nothing else really. My husband tasted it and didnt' even want to eat any of it even though he was stil a little hungry after his dish. He got the lobster pasta. Didnt' have much of a lobster taste and was too creamy and lacking in other flavours.

It seems to be a constant from our experiences and other reviews that the food isn't what it should be for the price and location. Vancouver has so many fabulous restaurants that I dont' understand how restaurants like this stay in business.

Although the resturanant has a nice look inside the music was so loud that we couldn't really hear each other talk across the table. Drinks were very slow to come and the service was subpar for the price.

All in all take your money elsewhere and you'll be happier. We also didnt' appreciate the few creepy and cocky servers.

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Exceptional
By chowdawg of vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 2, 2009 - 3:02pm [Dine in]

Just returned from having lunch at Society in Yaletown (which used to be Coast restaurant, now on Alberni street and thriving ) and I believe this was their first opening for lunch which made my experience even more impressive. The menu could best be described as upscale comfort food. Their grilled caesar salad was excellent with home made croutons and what appeared to be pork belly cubes, well priced for a large helping, something I hesitate to mention to restaurateurs in case they start to reduce the quantity, which they assured me they would not! I then had their meatloaf which was wrapped in bacon and also exceptional with a side order of cauliflower gratin which they were happy to substitute for the mashed potatoes shown on the menu. .They were also happy to accommodate my request for a 1/2 litre of wine instead of by the glass which allows me to pour at my own pace without having to bother the server to continually bring me another glass.
The only reason I didn't give Society 5 stars across the board is because it was their first opening for lunch and I'm sure they will improve, although I'm not sure how that is possible. Oh and by the way I am not related in any way to the ownership group (they also own Sanafir, Glowball and Coast among others) or to any of the the staff. These folks have another winner here and that is no accident.
Glad to see them in Yaletown

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Bad Experience
By kyo13 of Vancouver (east) (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 9:16am [Dine in]

The food was alright and the ambience decor was good, but the service was absolutely terrible. Dinner was reserved at 7:30, but didn't get a table till 8. Food didn't come till 9pm. Also, water was never refilled till requested. Plus the volume of the music was extremely loud. I can barely hear my own voice and no chance of having a conversation with a friend sitting directly next to me. It was so loud that it was giving me a headache. The bill in the end took 30min to arrive, it was wrong charging us a drink we never had, I pointed out the mistake, the waiter supposely fixed it and it came back wrong again, corrected a second time but he walked away again for another 10min before we were able to pay to leave this hell hole. Also the cost of a typical drink is more than most places and the portion is small.
I do not recommend this place.

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Good times
By Olivia.O of Van area (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 23, 2010 - 7:23pm [Dine in]

Went to SOCIETY in Yaletown, food was great. Classic comfort food done better then momma use to make. I had the grilled caesar salad my wife the mac and cheese balls to start and they were both very good. Who would have thought macaroni and jalepeno's with cheese breaded and deepfried. Awesome!For Mains we had the beef ribs and Kobe Meatloaf both were really really good. The rib meat fell off the bone with this lovely smokey bbq sauce and the meatloaf was light and fluffy and had the best wild mushroom gravy.

The Chef obviously knows exactly what to do with food here and although this is comfort food they can cook. For dessert the Junkfood platter has many little treats including rice crispy squares and cotton candy, my personal favorite!

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Nothing special
By canadianrider of Vancouver Area (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 2, 2010 - 6:17pm [Dine in]

The food was fine I suppose (I would say the salmon was average) but nothing special. The value was what you would expect from a Yaletown (wine and food) joint but the quality of the 'eye candy' was evidently below other restaurants in this area. There was a long haired waitress who was cute. I suggest she gets a promotion. She could improve the place. We paid $28 each (on average) and we each had a glass of wine.

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Terrible for Drinks, Not Worth the Trouble
By eatanddrink of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 12:10pm [Dine in]

Society comes across as a very hip upscale place and has a great ambience for the Yaletown crowd. The biggest issue isn't the pink plastic chandeliers or the overplayed top 40 beats blasted over and above everyone's voice, the issue is that Society does not deliver any value at all in its so-called upscale drinks and especially in its desserts.

The food is quite reasonable, especially the pizzas which come on wooden planks. The bacon and egg one is crisp and tasty. But the drinks are fraudulently priced. A "pint" of beer runs at $8 and was served in a warm glass. Cocktails taste water down, and the wine is outrageously priced. Not a place to come "for a drink." The desserts are just really immature also, basically comprised of rice krispies and Sara-Lee cupcakes served with cotton candy. For the price you're paying for these carnival snacks, it's just not worth the trouble.

Society is probably one of the last places to go when there are so many other better places in Yaletown. The restaurant tries to come across as upscale with upscale pricing, but delivers very low-end desserts and poor quality drinks.

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Good food but....
By ang9171 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

A few of us went for the 50% off lunch special. For the three of us it was only $22.47. Very reasonable! I had the Tuna melt and my friends had the BLT. It was very tasty but not all that healthy. My friend asked for no butter but they failed to tell her they fry the sandwich in butter. The restaurant was not super busy but the service was very slow. Our waitress was very pleasant to deal with but I am not sure what she was doing, as it was a challenge to place our order then get the bill at the end. I guess like any new place they need to learn how to give good customer service and maybe stop gossiping with their work mates.

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Another Yaletown hotspot
By clau_foodie of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 5:09pm [Dine in]

The ambiance was great, fun, loud, dark; it’s a lounge restaurant in Yaletown. The service was great. The food was kind of lacked inspiration; the dishes were seemed too similar to all the other menu’s in the global group restaurant chain. Like I said it is a new Yaletown hotspot so the drinks are good and the people are good looking.

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Meh
By oledawn of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 7, 2009 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

Tried this place with my girlfriends the other night. The room is beautiful (it IS in Yaletown) but really small and quite dark. I thought the food was unremarkable. I knew going into it that they served comfort food with a twist but it wasn't that special. I tried the meatloaf, the lobster shepard's pie, and the lingunie with prawns. I wouldn't go back for the food but might go back for drinks.

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Another Yaletown hot spot
By 16minniedinnie of Vancouver (downtown) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

Some girlfriends and I went to Society for drinks and appys. This is a busy place so make reservations, which we did, but still had to wait over 1/2 hr. We went upstairs to the lounge area. Very small, too crowded, but the atmosphere was great.
Downstairs in the dining area, the decor was fabulous from the black cutout motif walls to the pink chandelairs. We ended up sharing appys including the margareta pizza, fries 3 ways, deep fried mac & Cheese balls, the portions were pretty generous and the pricing was pretty cheap since most appys range from $8 - $15. the overall taste of the food was pretty good but nothing amazing. The only set back was the waitress kept coming to our table and trying to clear the dishes and kick us out even though we weren't finished yet.
I will definately come back and try more dinner items.

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