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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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Foodtastic
By Tony88 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 5:48pm [Dine in]

This place is for you if you like "Pure" flavours and enjoy cooking.

Im only 18 so my pallete has not evolved as much as the other reviewers out there.

The stone grill has relaxing feel to the whole experience. The aquatic and dim lights are wonderful with the waterview.

I selected the course menu of steak with appy salad and a cheesecake to finish. The salad was a bueatiful mix green wraped in a cucumber slice drizzled with Balsamic vinegar. Followed by a strawberry gelato to clense the pallete. After siting chating abit with friends the steaks came out. While eating the pure steak you could ask for some kind of steak sauce to accomedate the meat. Careful! its one Hawt hawt rock. cut the peice you wish to eat, while the steak is need to be placed raw side down. while waiting this gives opportunity to speak instead of mowing down a meal. Steak was moist, perfect every slice. The cheese cake as finisher was not the best but good.

Service great, speed could have been better.

Lingering Aroma, I would not suggest wearing the best clothes here. People complaining about stinky hair, you don't shower after a night out?

Food A
Service C+
Feel A
Creative A+

From the words of the Manager himself.
"No nothing is good, Its AWE SOME!

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A Good Experience!
By rizandnellie of Langley (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 10:56am [Dine in]

A Good Experience!
I took Nellie to the Stonegrill for her birthday as it was a place she had always wanted to try. I was reluctant because I had heard mixed reviews but this was her night so that was where we went. Also, the fact that our Entertainment Book had a coupon with an excellent value, our decision was made.

We arrived for our reservation and were quickly seated. Menus were passed to us and we were left to contemplate our decisions. The owner or the restaurant came up and introduced himself, welcomed us and gave us a quick lesson on the concept. He asked us how we had heard of the venue and we told him that we were curious and had heard of it through our Entertainment Book. He was pleased with this, thanked us for attending and left us to our choices.

Our waiter arrived shortly after and recommended the Surf & Turf which is what we both decided on. We also had the stuffed calamari which sounded quite interesting. It was an interesting dish but neither of us would go for that one again.

I was a little leery having a large hunk of raw meat and a raw lobster tail set in front of me but the waiter and the owner's lessons had paid off well.

We found the meal to be excellent and enjoyed our experience immensely. The vegetables were tasty and the au jous and garlic butter served with the steak and lobster accented the flavours of the entree. After the meal, the owner once again came to speak with us to hear of our experience. We let him know that we greatly enjoyed it and would definately do our best to attend again!

To wind down, we both enjoyed a couple drinks and then called it a night. It was an excellent experience and I truly enjoyed not only the meal but also walking out with a smiling, content, beautiful lady on my arm.

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Scammed: They could do so much more but in the end you just feel dissapointed.
By SeaAsparagus of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

A few of my friends got some coupons to go to this classy high end restaurant. They get full points for creativity, you cook your meat on a slab of granite BUT, you come out smelling like cooked blood, they don't marinate the meats at all so it's really tasteless (I'm a sous chef and a few fresh organic herbs or lemon juice marinade would make a vast gustatory improvement, instead of slapping raw meat on a slab of rock and serving it to you). Service was heinous. We asked for a cup of coffee and the waitress had to refer us to the classy Caucasian waiter, and when more people came in for dinner our waiter promptly forgot about us. Dinner took 2 hours to serve up and when dessert arrived the chocolate pyramid was blissfully good, but the apple pie with the chocolate ice cream was crap. You could taste that it was a frost bitten 4 L bucket of President's choice crappulance. Don't get me wrong, I eat that brand at home, but at least the bucket sitting in my freezer isn't all frosty and I get a whopping 4L for under 10$. It's a pretty place to sit and sip old soured coffee, but I would definitely never go there again.

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Just a gimmick
By libbyo of vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

I took my team from the office here for Friday lunch after a job well done. We were startled that we were the only customers there on a sunny August afternoon, and I was also surprised by the decor which does not appeal; my napkin was badly stained as was the table cloth. Most of us had the meat/fish combination where you get a piece of steak with a piece of fish and get to cook them yourselves. This was pleasant and, as the review below says, it was very healthy, however extraordinarily over-priced. You could pop over to Granville island market and get the same for $10 and save yourself $30. Worth going once for the gimmick of cooking your own food with your friends, but the novelty soon wears off.

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Go for the Prime Beef Tenderloin
By irongoddesstea of Vancouver, Canada (29 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 17, 2007 - 10:51am [Dine in]

If you visit Stone Grill, you just have to try the Albertan AAA Prime Beef Tenderloin, their signature dish. Although my friend did have the sea bass and that was delicious as well.

The concept is that they give you a really premium thick cut of meat, and you slice each bite and cook it as much or little as you prefer. Some people like to go to restaurants and all they can taste are the sauces and not the actual quality of the meat itself, and therefore if something is served too "plain", they automatically think that the restaurant is no good. Here, it is all about the quality of the meat - no fancy sauces to hide anything. It is a more expensive place because of the meat quality. Yes, you must grill it yourself. It is best to have the beef medium rare to rare. It was sooooooo good, melt in your mouth good.

Yes there is a bit of a grilling smell but nothing that is so overwhelming. Because you must grill the meat (very quickly) yourself on the provided hot stone, there is a bit of a casual feeling to the place. Service was excellent, attentive. They were very accomodating in helping out to serve a birthday cake we brought in for a friend.

One thing I didn't like was the lychee martini's. Couldn't taste much of the lychee, too much liquor, and too dry. I think the rest of the menu is more of an afterthought.

However, definitely, come here for the Albertan AAA Prime Beef Tenderloin. That is their signature dish. You really can't go wrong with that one.

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Something to talk about
By eyu1 of Yaletown, Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 22, 2006 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

Stonegrill is a great place for the experience. The restaurant is placed right near the ocean inlet and it's SO beatiful at night. Great place to bring the family or for a date. The restaurant is not so great if you don't like to cook the food yourself (although there's a cooked section, but where's the fun in that?).
The meat was really good and the combinations of what you can get is good.

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What a mistake
By CRSKNG of Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 7:32pm [Dine in]

This is my second time coming to this place. I knew that after my first time, I should have just left it at that and not have a go again. But because it was a friend's birthday and they wanted to come down to this place, I reluctantly decided to go.

First off, the "calamari" was the most disgusting thing I have ever had in my life. It was either grossly undercooked or grossly overcooked that caused it to be a very chewy and saugy texture. For the price, you would think that the squid could be good and just pop it in the deep fryer but it was just terrible.

The steak was alright. It was OKAY. Nothing more and nothing less. I personally do not see what is so special about cooking your own steak but after all said and done, I could have done better at home.

There was a ridiculous holding charge that the staff told us about for the cake we had made. It was $2/person for the cake. Since we had about 20 people, they expected us to pay $40 for them to hold and serve the cake. What a joke!

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It Was What it Was....
By bunni of Burnaby (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

Tonight was my first time trying the food at Stonegrill, and I was hoping that it would live up to all the hype that both the TV commercials and the word of mouth publicizing has gotten this particular restaurant. Overall, I was fairly surprised with the experience.
My friend and I made reservations in advance, of course, but ended up showing up a few minutes late. (The location is not a particularly good one on a foggy day, namely seeing as it is situated near water...you can figure it out.) However, the hostess at the front was very courteous and gave us the option of the Dine-Out Vancouver menu AND their regular menu. We took both, and were escorted to a nice seating area. (We had a window seat, but the fog made it a little difficult to see.) Our waiter was very polite, and, seeing as this had been our first time to Stonegrill, he briefly explained how the (literal) stonegrill worked. Once we were finished discussing the process, he left us in peace to order our food and figure out what we wanted. He came back promptly after we had decided what we wanted and decided to go with the Dine-Out Menu. I ordered the Soup Du Jour, (it was a Butternut Squash soup with a blend of vegetables) the Fish Trio and the New York Cheesecake, and my friend ordered the Caesar Salad, the Baseball Cut (AAA Sirloin, I believe) and the Tiramisu. The bread we were served was fresh and warm and we enjoyed that together with our starters. We also requested non-alcoholic beverages - I asked for a mocktail, but, since they didn't apparently have a specific "blend," our waiter offered us virgin margaritas. I had the Strawberry, and my friend had the lime. They were fantastic!
The food came about 15 minutes after we finished our appetizers, and the waitress gave us a good demonstration of how to cook our food. The fish was delicious, but I think I was a little less in favour of the tuna (the Fish Trio came with Salmon, Cod and Tuna) seeing as I enjoy tuna raw. The sides were baked season potatoes and assorted vegetables - and the potatoes were fabulous....can't say the same for the vegetables. My only dissatisfaction would have to be the fact that the portions are a little small. My friend's meat was good; I tried some and I regretted not ordering the baseball cut. I quickly finished my food but I was still a little famished. I could understand why as we ate our desserts. We were full, but not the "bloated" type you often get at certain restaurants. Our bill was delivered 10 minutes after we finished, and I had to say that I gasped a little at the price. Yes, it was Dine-Out Vancouver, but for the portion size....ehhh...I don't think it's worth it to come here unless it's 1) Once in a while, 2) Summertime, when there SHOULDN'T be any fog or other sight obstructions, and 3) Only if you're willing to drop a LOT of money. Overall, the food was good, the service was great, and the stone thing....kinda reminds me of something I could have done at Shabusen, except with a grill and some propane. But I'm content with the meal we had there. I'd go back, but not often.

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Surprisingly good
By lowawa of Kitsilano, Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 19, 2006 - 12:02pm [Dine in]

The service was excellent. The place has a good view of granville island but the decor are not great. The food is incredible! I didn't expect it to taste so good!!! Simple, healthy yet so yummy!!! I'll return when I can pay the price.

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Stonegrill...a new way of cooking
By SmilesandFlirts of East Side, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 30, 2006 - 6:30pm [Dine in]

When I heard of the concept of cooking your food on hot stones, it really intrigued me. Hot pot and bbq I have done, but on stone? What a trendy concept. Before going there, I had images in my head cooking on round stones that you find on the beach or something.

Stonegrill restaurant is an upbeat and upscale venue to go. The decor is very stylish with very clean lines. One of the things that I noticed since you are doing the cooking, is the food smell that tends to linger in the air, but to my surprise the place is well ventilated so that you don't get that and actually wear it since the food smell can permeate thru your clothes.

We ordered a set menu with includes your salad/soup, sorbet (we got raspberry, apparently served before your entree to clean your palate), entree (basically your main dish that you will be cooking), and choice of dessert.

Your main entree was your choice of meat/vegetarian/seafood that you wanted to cook that came with a side of vegetables. I have ordered the rack of lamb while my friend got the mix meat plate (pork, lamb, beef) that came on a stone plate. When the entrees came, the host who knew that this was our first experience carefully explained and demonstrated how to cook our food on these hot rectangular stone blocks.

Dessert was too die for as I enjoyed their cheesecake and Chocolate/white chocolate mousse pyramid.

Even though it's a trendy thing to do cooking on hot stone which is a healthy way to cook since no oil or sauce is used (hence low in fat calories for those who are watching your weight), I would go again to try their appetizers that you have also cook on the stone plates.

So if you really want to impress your date, this is one of the places to go for a new experience. If the food and the decor of the restaurant don't impress her, the view of False Creek with the sun setting will over a bottle of wine.

SMiLES+FLiRTS

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Great Food! Ambiance...and Service! Loved it!
By mbersamin of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

My coworker and I came to BC for business and we were looking for an awesome restaurant...We tried Stonegrill (which was referred to us by another business) and we loved it!!!!! The next day, we had the choice to eat anywhere else but after driving around...seeing other menus...prices...etc, we found ourselves back at Stonegrill again! The filet is definitely a hit! 12 oz or 6 oz....the prawns, mussells, and scallops were to die for!!!! We loved it there!

Service...excellent! Marco is awesome as well as everybody else there!

THANKS FOR THE GREAT SERVICE AND FOOD! THIS IS DEFINITELY A PLACE WE ARE COMING BACK TO!!!!

Advice: If you are ordering steak and seafood, ask for the seafood to come out first....then ask for the steak after you finish the seafood...in that way, you are not in a rush to cook both...

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Great Experience!
By hungry_hippo of Richmond, BC (24 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 5, 2010 - 10:48am [Dine in]

My bf and i had a completely different experience than what has been described by others here.

Food - The steak was aged well and very tender, the fish was so soft and heavenly and cooking it yourself on the lava stone was a fun experience and you were able to cook your food to your liking.

Service - our glass was ALWAYS full of water, we never had to ask for it. The server was courteous and very knowledgeable about the food and how to cook it.

Value - There was a good range of prices from $20 - $50 entrees, depending on your budget.

Ambiance - View of the water, Cambie & Granvill Bridge, and Granville Island.

Will definitely be back again and again! :)

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Nice View - terrible Food
By madame-butterfly of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

Like many other reviews for this restaurant I have to agree that the value here is just not there.

The food was just o.k. Nothing special at all. The novelty of cooking it yourself doesn't make up for the bland food. I really could have done a much better job at home.

The service was quite terrible. we seemed to have to flag our server or anyone we could find whenever we needed something.

The view in the restaurant is spectacular, but again this doesn't make up for the overpriced food.

Would not return and would not recommend.

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This restuarant should close down, or else hire Gordon Ramsey
By Ironchef88 of Downtown, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

I went here once for a friend's birthday dinner, and I have never gone back. Judging from the other reviews, I am not alone.

Ambiance:
Decent well lit ambiance, nothing special. great location, nice views and ample parking space. It does get a bit smokey in there when everyone is cooking their own meat.

Food:
I've had better food (and quantity) at the sample stands at Costco. For the expensive price you pay, they give you a small slab of meat that you have to cook yourself in heated stones, only to find out that you have either overcooked or undercooked your meat that leaves it inedible. Taste is bland due to improper seasoning. Heated slabs are not consistent enough to sear and cook the meat properly.

Service:
The servers did not seem like they wanted to be there. Maybe due to the fact that they are ridiculously embarrassed by the quality of food their establishment serves.

Value:
Extremely high prices that ranged from $35 - $50 with a mandatory 15% tip as indicated on the menu. NO THANKS!

Pros: Location
Cons: Service, food, value

I would strongly recommend for anyone NOT to go to this restaurant.

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Disappointing!
By carbo of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch, the only good thing was my entree, Seabass on the stone. We ordered also two salads, one salad was called shrimp and avocado salad but we couldn't find the avocado, and the other one had tasteless and cold tomatoes. My glass of white wine was not fresh, and it was one of their recomendations. When I complained to the waiter, he didnt care at all and didn't even apologize. He told Ime should have choosen another wine!
The location and the view are beautiful but this restaurant is not well kept.
Overall it was a very disappoing experience!

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Slab of meat placed on a grill??
By cbs of langley, fraser valley (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

I was there just last night, and have to say HIGHLY OVERATED! The food was tastless!!! For a meal to start at $30+ I expected my 'slab' of meat and cold vegetables that you re cook yourself to at least taste like something of a delight. No marinade, no sauce....nothing! The waiter was (honestly) rude, explaining that it would be too complicated to put seperate bills (10 couples), when there were only 3 more tables in the restaurant the whole time I think next time there is another occasion at S.G I think i will just take a plain salmon steak out of the frezzer and slap it on the BBQ...it will probably tast a whole lot better anyhow

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A positive dining experience
By Olida of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 27, 2007 - 11:27am [Dine in]

Visited the Stonegrill on Aug 24th with some trepidations after reading some of the reviews here. I found all of the negative review claims to be unfounded. The service was prompt, the food came at a good time and the "lingering meat smell" that a lot of reviewers complained about was non-existent. If you've ever been to korean bbq before than this is nothing. Pricewise I do think you could do better elsewhere but if you use an Entertainment Book couple then it's all good. I would definitely go again but will wait for next years issue of the Entertainment Book to use the coupon again :P

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If you want to waste your money on bad food, this is the place to be
By traxi of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 8, 2007 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

Five reasons why you should never go back to this place:

1)Over priced raw meat that YOU are cooking yourself
2) You have to pay for your own bread which for one loaf costs 4 bucks for 6 slices!
3) The really gross smell from the meat (keeping in mind everyone is cooking during this time)
4) At first when we were at the restaurant it was pretty quite, and had a great atmosphere. About an hour later that changed and it felt like we were at McDonalds.
5) The manager came to our table three times to explain how to cook the meat, this became a bit annoying after awhile.

BUT...
There were 2 good things from this place.
1) Clean bathrooms.
2) View.. Absolutlely awesome!!

Overall after this experience I will not be going back, simply of the price we paid and for the service.

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Dine Out Vancouver Experience - Your Milage May Vary
By Cawdor of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 2, 2007 - 10:07am [Dine in]

Don't go to Stone Grill if you are hungry. First off, they stuck us i the darkest corner of the restraunt. the lights above us were either burnt out or just off. Our only real light was from a crappy dollar store tea light candle. I could barely read the menu. We also got fold out card table style chairs for some reason. We had a salad to start, which even for a salad was a bit light. Then for the main course we ordered steak. The Steak was MAYBE 6oz. The dishes all come with veggies and potatoes. No joke, the veggies consisted of about 1/8th of a red pepper, half a piece of broccoli, and 1 mushroom. The potato was 1 of those little yellow ones cut into 3 pieces. The dessert was nothing special either. We stopped for a burger on the way home because I was still starving. Most restraunts have more filling appies than Stone Grills entire meal.

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Good food, bad service, didn't know you had to pay for free drinks
By prince of Penticton (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 1:20am [Dine in]

Over all the food was amazing. I mean how could it get better, someone prepared the food and we cooked it. The prawns were huge and delicious. The rim eye was tender and easy to cut. I myself had the lamp, I loved it, very good portion of meat. The only issue we had was the service. The server himself was polite and well spoken, however we waited way to long for drinks to come, as well as for the dinner to arrive itself. We were suppose to have drinks put onto the house and somehow they forgot. Over all amazing food, they just need to pick up the service end. I would definitly recommend this restaurant to anyone, I myself will be going back

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