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Stonegrill

1661 Granville St
Vancouver, BC V6Z1N3
Tel: (604) 637-0388 Reserve Online
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steaks
  • Price: $$$$ ($45 or more)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: View
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30AM - 9:30PM, Fri - Sun: 11:30AM - 10:30PM
  • A steak and seafood restaurant where you cook your own food upon a slab of dense molten rock heated at precisely 400 degrees Celsius. Entrees are cooked in their own natural juices and nutrients, so you'll be in store for a healthy meal.

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Who knew a hot stone could make such tasty food!
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 12:35am [Dine in]

Food: I came in having such low expectations, esp when I would've had to cook my own food but I was pleasantly surprised. I had the salmon fillet set dinner while my dining compadre had the petit fillet set dinner and they were both great. The thing about the stone is that it keeps the food warm throught the meal and it actually tastes great since there's no grease used. The salad, soup and sorbet were great additions to the dinner while the chocolate mousse was fantastic. The only qualms I had was with the side of veggies and potatoes that came with the mains - they were rock hard and cold and even when heated on the stone was still only edible.

Service: Started out a little smothering but as other diners trickled in, it became much more relaxed but still attentive. We were done with the days events earlier so came in an hour earlier which the restaurant was happy to accomodate.

Ambiance: Great view of the river and was quite nice with the abundance of windows. Would have been much nicer if there had been some light but still quite nice. The only thing that bothered me a bit was the smoke that permeated the place once everyone got started on their plates in the restaurant. You also end up smelling like bbq afterwards as well.

Overall, I would come again just to try other dishes, but perhaps on the entertainment coupon or during dineout vancouver to save myself a buck or two. Bring your wallets since it'll take a hit.

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Not so great on a hot day
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - 9:49am [Dine in]

I went to Stonegrill on Saturday for my friend's birthday dinner. I have waited a long time to give this place a try and was excited to finally be able to do so. Of course we picked the hottest day to go eat in front of a sizzling hot stone. What surprised me was hot a nice place like this wouldn't have air conditioning. All three of us were sweating like crazy which didn't really impress me since we sort of dressed up for the occasion. Maybe the air conditioning would cool down the stone too fast. Still, it made for a very uncomfortable dining experience.
We all opted for the "set dinner" which included starter, palate cleanser, entree, dessert and coffee or tea. For under $45, I thought it was a pretty good deal. We all thought they could have spared a little more veggies with the meal though.
I think I would definitely return since the whole cooking on a stone concept was really neat, but I would probably wait until the weather cools down. They also have a coupon in the entertainment book.

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By hungryfordinner of Vancouver (125 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 2:01pm [Dine in]

The food was well...plain. There wasn't any seasoning on it, and I just didn't find it a very memorable experience. It was very expensive, and I didn't find the experience better than barbecuing on a sunny day by the waterside. Save your money and go somewhere else!

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Healthy eating can be tasty too
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 12:50am [Dine in]

I have been here several times over a number of years, and the overall experience is quite consistent.

There is a page of the menu that contains cooked food (i.e., cooked in the kitchen), but I have never seen anybody order from that page, because we come here to experience the do-it-yourself cooking on the volcanic stone, not the chef's cooking!

The fish or meat -- whatever you order -- is always superb in quality, fully comparable with the very best, and you'll be amazed how good it tastes without any oil, msg, or sometimes, even without any sauce (although they always give you a sauce to dip your food into). Yes, the price is pretty high, but part of it is your paying for the location and the setting. There is not much decor, but who needs decor when the whole False Creek is in front of your eyes through these massive windows?

Service is fine, and there is a good selection of wine -- a good choice but not all of them as high in quality as the food prices may lead you to think, with prices that are commensurate with the quality.

The only drawback is that you sometimes have to eat with haste, because if you eat too slowly, your food will become overcooked (you can't adjust the heat coming from the volcanic rock as you can adjust a stove top). To avoid overcooking, you may have to remove your food from the stone and put it on the side, in which case it will get cold. It is a hard juggling act. The trick is either to order a fish dish, which still tastes good even if you overcook it, or order a thick piece of meat, like the lamb or the beef tenderloin. The rib-eye is a much thinner piece of meat, and it will become more than well done by the time you are 2/3 of the way through it.

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Wow what a concept...
By LordofFoods of Vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

Get a great location(use to be Riley's and Anderson's c/o the Kettle of Fish) overlooking the Burrard Inlet. Orders and prep some raw foods, Get the guest to cook their own meals. Charge them lots for that priviledge.
Actually I dont mind cooking my own food. I actually love it. I can live with the smell as I can launder my clothes after. The view is great for sunsets. But overall, what a lousy value for your money.
Our meal for four was over $300++. Not that the money was the problem but for the $$, I'd like a dining experience where the meals are going to be better than one which depended on your own abilities.
Similar exp to Hot Pots, AYCE Sukiyaki, where you DIY. I prefer Teppanyaki's where the meal is prepared for you to your specification. That is one reason I dine out. Stonegrill is abit to gimmicky for me personally. We did enjoy our meal and the owner seems like he is passionate. Better service training would help too.
P/S hard to rate the food as you cook it yourself... .!

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Great concept dining.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 18, 2006 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

To take the words of another reviewer for another restaurant, this place is definitely like a Chuck-E-Cheese for adults. It's a novel dining experience that should be tried at least once. I'll probably not be returning unless I have some visitors from out of town who's never tried cooking food on a hot stone before.

The beef, fish, and chicken are all very large in portion. The cuts are more than generous and allows for one to cook it as rare or well as one prefers. It's a brilliant way to have your steak as it will always be kept warm to hot! It doesn't cook through the thick cut too quickly so you have no fear of having a dry overcooked piece of steak or fish. You can slice it piece by piece to eat while it's extra red for the most part, if you want it well-done, you need only place that bite-sized piece at the end of your fork onto the stone grill for half a second and it's instantly grilled brown!

If you're worried about splashing oils shooting off the stonegrill onto your arms, clothes, etc., you should avoid ordering the sea bass as the natural oils from that easily causes an endless firework of dancing hot oils.

Even the "petite filet" is very thick in cut and large in portion as it's just a tiny bit smaller than the "Super Prime" piece they offer.

The soup is tasty, the salads are prettily plated, and the desserts are good--a few are just "okay".

The sorbet is fruity and tastes of sugus candy--I'd have prefered it to be a little lighter and more sour/citrus-y than sweet and thick like it was, but it's just a matter of personal preference.

Service is friendly and efficient for the most part.

The prices aren't as bad as they seem (except for the prawns & scallops combo--not really worth it, and the portion may leave some hungry still) since the portions are huge, the food fresh, and the view is superb.

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This place didn't 'rock'.
By KitsKid of Kitsilano (70 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 4, 2009 - 9:42pm [Dine in]

We came here for a friends birthday over the wknd, 7 people total. The room reminds me of a chinese restaurant mind you the view is great. We were sat in the middle of the room next to some water feature and a server station, I think that if you had a window seat your ambiance would be more pleasing. I've come here before and noticed that they have brought the prices down, but the value is not there. Their wine list is very poor and WAY over priced. They are offering a prix fix menu for $39, which was well received by those who ordered it. I opted to get the seafood teaser as my main course with a side of vegetables, overall good but not great. The scallops were the best, there was a small filet of cuddlefish, 2 prawns and 2 mussells for $15. The rest of the menu is overpriced in my opinion.
Our server was nice but a little forgetful at times and somewhat slow. I have to say that he did a great job explaining the menu to us and demonstrating the proper method to cook our meal.
I think this place has a great concept but needs some updating and a revamp of the pricing. For a lot of people, including myself, is a place to go and say that you've tried it. The last time I went was over a year ago and is usually with first time diners wanting to check it out for themselves. The great thing about this place is that every bite is hot. The food tastes good, the room is okay, enjoyable. I'm sure we'll be back eventually. A neat way of dining.

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By vancouverpiggie of burnaby (51 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 4:09pm [Dine in]

Went there last night with my girlfriend. We had the lobster and salmon order for two and it came....

to be honest, for the amount of money spent here....i dunno...just doesn't feel fair. it's like a cook it yourself thing with two super heated pieces of stone - quite uncreative in my opinion.

the ingredients are fresh but if you want to do your own cooking without seasonings or flavor, why not just buy your own fresh seafood and do it at home? or find a nice outdoor place with some friends. with the amount of money we spent last night - close to 100$ - i could have bought enough fresh seafood for a group of 4 or 5 people...and this will include desserts and everything else :).

over priced and over rated in my opinion.

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Extremely Disappointed
By nelliebobellie of Downtown (69 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

After our meals arrived, (steak & prawns with cuttlefish) the waiter gave us some helpful suggestions for cooking the meat - saying the stone would stay hot for up to an hour so we shouldn't feel rushed. What he neglected to consider is that all the food would be cooked in a matter of minutes and if you didn't eat quickly, it would dry out. As there was no seasoning on the fish or meat, it was actually quite bland. One of the sauces (for fish) was horrible and didn't pair well with the fish. In fact, it tasted like cocktail sauce mixed with mayonnaise.

I alternated between bites of the fish and prawns, which cooked quite quickly - then I tried my steak. It was already overcooked. I like my steak med. rare so after turning it once, it was cooked in about 2 minutes flat (small steak). I took it off the stone, but there wasn't really anywhere to put it except on my side (bread) plate. I tried the veggies and they were "stone" cold! Our waiter was nowhere to be seen. The gentleman who seated us (manager?) asked us how everything was, and I asked if the veggies were supposed to be cold - he said no. I told him they were, but he seemed indifferent and walked away. When our waiter finally came back (at the end of the meal) I showed him my overcooked little steak and told him I was unimpressed with the whole experience. He apologized and had my meal taken off the bill.

All in all, a very disappointing experience and not worth it. People say "try it for the novelty or experience" but I would suggest skipping it - go somewhere where you pay them to cook your food for you and they cook it right. Otherwise stay home and break out the BBQ. The view was great, but that's about it.

I won't go back.

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a good birthday
By WeekendChef of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

We did hubby's birthday here and loved it. A large group of friends joined us and we all had a great time. The appetizer of the portobello mushroom was really tasty and one of my favorites. Add in our orders of steaks, a couple of chicken orders, a couple of neptune feasts and some salmon and everyone had a nice meal. A yummy dessert and a great view of the sunset and it was a really great way to celebrate a milestone birthday for him.

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Very cool...
By cakone of Richmond (52 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 3:02am [Dine in]

Went here because I had an Entertainment coupon, otherwise, I probably would never have heard of this place!

The food was really good. I decided not to start with an appy as my appetitie is not big. Dinner rolls & whipped butter came free of charge, so I was more than happy to munch on that!

We receieved our 'semi' raw dinner, to cook (served on an EXTREMELY hot stone - - duh!!), so be CAREFUL!! But honestley it was a lot of fun to cook/heat up your food quickly, while casually chatting to your dinner partner. It was the best lobster I have had to date; but...I have never had 'fresh' lobster, so i can't technically compare ... I know, I know!! :(

Service was fantastic, ambiance was great! I will definitely be a returning customer!

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A novel dining experience
By madddskillz of Burnaby (57 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 24, 2005 - 3:46am [Dine in]

Stonegrill is situated below the Granville bridge and is right across from Granville island. The restaurant is bright compared to most other restaurants and we were seated in a table that barely fit between four pillars which wasn't too great and made it seem like we were on display.

You cook your own food, so you can make it to your own taste and what's great is everything is always hot.

Service wasn't too great as the place seems understaffed. Everything takes very long to come out despite not having to be cooked.

The restaurant is interesting enough to visit once for a unique dining experience, but not enough to come back.

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Great service, great food, and great ambiance
By jennko of Vancouver (86 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 2:38pm [Dine in]

As we all know this restaurant focuses on the customer cooking their piece of meat or fish on a very hot stone themselves. So, I came here with my mom and bro and we had the set dinner. I think I had the petite mignon and my brother had the regular sized one. Well, when it comes to this restaurant I think if you are a good cook then you'll do a good job. My steak turn out to be perfect as in med rare every bite, while my brother's turned out to be well done every bite. :P The meat itself was very fresh and tender, good piece of meat to simply put it. So, I would recommend this restaurant only if u actually know how to cook.

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Great meal but expensive
By mmmsteak of Richmond (74 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

We had entertainment coupons for stonegrill so decided to check it out. The waterfront view from the restaurant was amazing and I'm sure it's gorgeous during either day and evening. The menu is definitely pricey. We ordered the lamb with portobello mushroom and the t-bone steak. The waitress brought our orders fairly quickly and gave us some instructions on how to cook the meat properly. Then we started chowing down!

The lamb was a thick cut and really REALLY good. Tender, juicy, and I liked the sauces that went with it. You can use the sauces that come with the dish to either drizzle it on the meat as it's cooking, or for dipping. The T-bone steak was also really good, and HUGE. It covered the entire stone. I can see how it can be easy to overcook the meat and you can't eat too slowly if you order thin cuts, but lamb is tender even when fully cooked so it was a good choice for me. The portobello mushroom was also savory.

The place is definitely expensive though. I probably would not go there without the 2 for 1 entertainment coupon. But with it, what a great deal for high quality meat!

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Fun place, great atmosphere
By pompey of Vancouver (41 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 3, 2007 - 3:48am [Dine in]

It was my first time at the Stonegrill and I was quite impressed. It was a weeknight and the restaurant was 1/4 full which meant attentive service :)

The food was quite nice as I had a large steak. Actually thought it was quite fun! The waiter recommended a nice wine which went nicely with our meal. We actually ordered the set menus, a bit pricey though, but worth it.

It was a nice setting with a great view of false creek and some expensive yachts. And can't go wrong with the free parking out in the front :)

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Nice view of the water
By Lenaaa of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 11:45pm [Dine in]

I have eaten at this restaurant a few times and I have always enjoyed the atmosphere and friendly service. However, the price that you pay for the food is just not worth it.

Firstly, although the appetizers are quite tasty, the portions are tiny. I had one appetizer that consisted of only four prawns and costed around $14. Another appetizer I had, was delicious smoked salmon with capers, but also costed around the same price for four small portions.

Secondly, the entrees are just not up to par in terms of value for your money. A $30-$50 entree which is not cooked nor seasoned does not satisfy my appetite. The seasonal vegetables and the potato wedges are also surprisingly not seasoned, which is very disappointing.

Overall, if you want a dining experience with a nice view of False Creek, excellent service and the healthy food, this is the perfect place. On the other hand, if you don't mind paying $30-$50 for uncooked and unseasoned small portions of food, this is also a place for you.

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The Day After Boxing Day
By betacopy of Seattle, Washington (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 1:16am [Dine in]

I wanted to try this place since I heard good things about it and I had a coupon. I went there on Boxing Day, but they said I could not use the coupon because it was a holiday, yet the place was nearly empty. We made a reservation for 3 people, but when we showed up, they said the reservation was for 2 people. We were not seated near the window even though there were open tables near the window. We requested to sit near the window.

The male server who took our order did not seem too friendly. The lady who brought our food gave a speedy explanation of how to cook the food. The server never came to check on us during the whole dinner. The food was great except for small portion size. The view was nice, even though it was night time. We had dessert and it was good.

The food was great, but the service was lousy. I expect more than that from a high end restaurant, so I left 5% tip. As the server walked away with my credit card, he turned around and came back and asked if I was local. I said I am not. He said in Vancouver, you are required to pay 15% tip. I said tip is an option, not a requirement. He said he will have to pay out of his own pocket for the difference to the rest of the staff. I said I wanted to speak to the manager, and he quickly changed his mind and removed the whole tip. I explained to him why I tipped what I did.

I might go back once in awhile for the food and view, but if the service like that keeps up, this place won't stay in business for long.

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It's mostly about the gimmick...
By nogami of Coquitlam (39 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 1, 2008 - 4:52am [Dine in]

Other reviews have said it, and I'll echo the same here - it's about the gimmick - cooking your own food on a searing hot stone. It's interesting, and with a few tweaks, it could be outstanding. The location is right on the water under the Granville St. bridge (opposite Granville Island).

Caesar salad was pretty good, but more or less what I expected. I quite enjoyed the prime steak - high quality meat - but I would've liked to have some additional sauce/seasoning choices with it. I found the sides with the steak very lacking. Hard chunks of potatoes (pan-fried I think), and some overcooked standard veggies (broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, etc). Dessert was pretty good though.

They need to improve the quality of their side dishes and starters to make this a better dinner experience. As it stands, for the prices they charge, the food just isn't worth it.

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There are so many better places than this for the price...
By kaykat of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 16, 2007 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

Not awful, but not great. The concept is kind of interesting and maybe warrants a visit just for that reason alone, but you have to wonder what you're paying for when you prepare the food yourself. Of course I knew that was the idea when I went, but I was expecting something more than some boiled veggies and a raw piece of unseasoned steak that I had to try to time and cook myself. It ended up tasting OK and not being that difficult to get right, but again, nothing fantastic that I couldn't do at home.

The view is pretty amazing so the ambiance is nice; however my friend's chair had a big nasty stain on it and they didn't seem pleased when she asked to exchange it for another one. The martinis were pretty sub-standard. Overall, it was an experience, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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Wow factor just not there.
By NLaura73 of Delta (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

If it hadn't been for the great company I was keeping, the night would have been a total disappointment. We went for my friend's birthday and the only reason I walked away with no remorse about the evening was because I had read all these reviews and was prepared for nothing special. And Nothing Special, it was.
The service was friendly but very slow--especially considering we were one of 3 tables seated at the time. It took about 15 minutes for the server to bring our one bottle of wine and one bottle of beer to the table. The main courses took an extremely long time to arrive. While we were waiting, the owner came around, handed out his business card to everyone, asked how we heard about his restaurant, and explained the way to cook the food. He was a little arrogant. I couldn't justify spending *that* much money on raw meat, so I had a mediocre caesar salad and "Neptune's Feast," which consisted of 2 prawns, 2 little scallops, and 2 mussels. If that's what Neptune feasts on, he must be seriously watching his calories.
The rest of the table had the stonegrill meals. Although watching them cook their own food was entertaining for a few minutes, the overall feeling was that the service, ambience, and entrees were not worth the prices. Nobody at my table will return; and I would also never even consider taking an out-of-town guest there. Go to Vij's or Ouisi instead.
Oh, and the lingering smell of cooked blood in your clothing once you get home is disgusting.

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