Subeez is a downtown cafe with industrial, artsy decor and relaxed service.
I came here on Saturday night after a several year absence. My memory of the place was pretty consistent of my experience that night. I had a few pints from their wide selection of beers and ordered the ribs. The ribs were a good value for $18 with ample food on the plate.
The place is huge with lots of room for parties of all sizes so if you are looking for a place to hang out with a group of friends, this is a good choice. There are no TVs which is a nice change from most places. I will return when I want something different than the usual pub environment and looking for a casual place for drinks.
It was my first time at Subeez tonight and I liked it! The description says eclectic and eclectic is right -- decorated with a mish mash of modern art, a faux David statue (without the leaf, ladies btw lol), cafe tables and goth like candles, it certainly has atmosphere, whether you like it or hate it.
The food was good. In fact, better than what I expected (ok I admit I had lower expectations due to the cafeteria styled table... but who knew?) My chicken penne was AWESOME: fresh boccacini and quality bacon. Pasta cooked al dente. Burgers and yam fries were also yummy. I also really liked the fresh (real) juices.
For the quality of food, I think the value is worth 3 and a half stars.
No service complaints, although our server forgot to offer freshly ground pepper, but other than that.. smooth sailing (maybe because it was a not-so-busy Tuesday night?)
I would go back and bring friends too =)
Trendy, and fun. Hang out and chat. Meet up with friends before/after hitting a night club. Fun place, live DJ'ing. Always busy enough.
Went to Subeez on day after work for drinks and a few appetizers. We were not hungry enough for mains so we ordered about 4 appetizers:
- Goat Cheese Salad
- Mary's Little Lamb Rack
- Rissoto Fritter (not the actual name)
The Goat cheese salad was nice and the Lamb Rack was ok but the Calamari and Rissoto Fritter things were a bit disappointing.
However, the service was friendly and attentive and it is a funky place with a relaxed vibe.
We think perhaps their main dishes would be better so we will try again as we like the atmosphere and staff.
I've been to Subeez three times in the last year and I've enjoyed my experience each time. The owner is hilarious and has a huge passion for hockey. What a Canuck!
Food - Always tasty. Healthy portions. A bit on the pricey side, but to be expected, given superb location and eclectic decor.
Service - Good, solid, restaurant service. Friendly staff.
Ambiance - Incredible. Love the huge ceilings and funky paintings. Light fixtures are cool, and decor has been 'classed up' recently.
Went here for snacks and drinks as the on-line cocktails menu looked decent.
Ordered four drinks. Three of the four were not delivered as advertised...because they lacked the ingredients to make them as listed. Instead of asking us if this was OK, they were delivered with that explanation. No discount.
We ordered nachos with chicken (which are ludicrously overpriced, as is the side of guacamole that consists of about a tablespoonful of bland mush that tasted old).
The chicken was limp and microwaved. The nachos had maybe a handful of the advertised array of toppings and vegetables and scads of unmelted shredded cheese everywhere.
The waitress was nice and prompt, but clearly this place is being run on a shoestring by someone who could care less about the actual food or drinks - probably just looking to capitalize on the name. Well, don't patronise the place. It's terrible.
Also, it was hotter inside than it was outside. Didn't even have the ceiling fans on. Gross.
I've been here more than a few times & always leave happy!
Last time I went I ordered the Champagne Salmon entree....WOW, it just melted in my mouth. It was the best salmon I have tried. My friend ordered the Butternut Squash tortellini & said that it was excellent.
The best part about Subeez is in the summer when the patio is open.
I really liked the overall ambiance of the cafe. The service was great, and our appetizer was REALLY good (ahi tuna). We had steak? with risotto and pasta (something with artichokes)...the pasta was a bit too sweet for me but risotto was reallly good and creamy.
I can't really evaluate on the wine, because it was my first time having wine in a restaurant. But really really good!
This is the first time I have ever written a bad review about a restaurant and I have had some not so great experiences. After frequenting Subeez throughout the years with friends and family and always having a great experience, for Christmas I bought my parents tickets to the White Caps and a gift card to Subeez. My husband and I ended up tagging along with them. The food took longer than I would have expected considering it wasn't very busy but we were enjoying our drinks so we didn't think anything of it. The food was very mediocre my husband's steamed veggies were raw, my Dad couldn't even get half way through his bacon cheeseburger (I'm not sure how you screw up a bacon cheeseburger) and my Mom's medium tuna was way over cooked. Again, we said nothing because we are not the types to complain. Here's the clincher. When we went to pay the waitress said she didn't think they were honouring gift cards because of the new management. We asked to speak to the manager and he couldn't have cared less about the whole situation. I asked him if he thought not taking the gift card was worth losing our business as well as anyone we told about the situation and all he said was he wouldn't take it and walked away. Not even a discount on something, he just walked away! I was pretty mortified considering I bought the gift card as a Christmas present expecting my parents to enjoy their evening. I then had to pay for a bad experience and crappy food as well as lost the gift card money and was now pitching in extra to make up for the gift card money, doubling the amount. Normally I wouldn't have tipped but the only upside was the waitress and I knew it would only hurt her in the end. Don't bother going to Subeez unless you want to deal with bad food and crappy management.
I'm always amazed how this place in a modern building on the edge of Yaletown is a poor cousin to waazubee on the drive. The drive location is dark and old but service is 3 to 4 stars, food 4 stars, and drinks 5 stars. If you want a great top shelf cocktail , gin, or rum, and a huge selection of wines, I think now over 40 by the glass, go to waazubee cafe and give this place a miss unless your off to the hockey game or a music event.
We've been to Subeez a number of times, mostly because its a great place to be ignored and have a meeting. On the flip side of that, the service is attrocious. It's very difficult to get their attention. If you're not ready when they come by, it could easily be another 10 minutes before you will see them again. They are very skilled at ignoring customers.
The food quality is equal to a low end pub at best. Very greasy and salty. But again, we really dont go there to eat. We will nibble on a few items and have a couple of drinks and thats about it.
So, if you need a spot for a meeting in Yaletown, its good. If you're looking for a good meal and service, stay away.
I had some salmon sandwich with a side of salad.
The salad was drenched in dressing, and the sandwich wasn't very fresh - salmon also drenched in a strong, way-too-salty sauce. I was suspicous that was to hide that it wasn't fresh. It was just edible and affordable ($8) but I wouldn't count much on food there.
Although menu is pretty typical, the atmosphere/decor is quite eccentric - loud (but not overly) music, high ceiling, abstract art pieces hanging, broken glass in the washroom.. feels very indie-eccentric-urban-artsy. I'd say it's a nice place for hanging out with a group of friends, but not for a fine dining experience.
Subeez is a great place to meet, hassle free and enjoy your company. Good selection on drinks, well made coffee and and a solid menu. Lots of cool kats hang out here, i felt like one. My last visit I had some vegetable gyoza and a few bourbon sours and chatted up a storm. No complaints at all. Nice tunes.
My boyfriend & I came with another couple to Subeez this past weekend (November, 2009) and were overall very pleased with the service, the food, and the atmosphere.
Upon getting a table, we all ordered drinks. The sangria was great (and good value - a huge pitcher for $15), the martinis were so so, and the different beers to choose from were great.
I've been to Subeez a few times in the past, in which the first visit was probably 4 years ago. The only thing I've found that's changed is some of the decoration - instead of having nice black comfy leather seats to sit in, as well as the regular tables and chairs, all the seating has changed to cheap looking diner style tables and booths. Not a big deal, but I do think it kind of takes away from the rest of the "look" of the place.
Our server was very attentive. I ordered the butternut squash tortellini and it was not nearly as good as it used to be. I'm not one to send food back, but I sent this dish back - there was hardly any sauce and the pasta was very dry. My order was replaced with the ribs and they were amazing - even my boyfriend, who hates pork, was digging in. The other people in our party ordered the steak and it, too, was delicious.
Overall, Subeez is just as good, in my opinion, as it was when I first visited, and I'll definitely be going back the next time I'm in Vancouver.
I have come here for lunch with 14 other people (work function) and it was pretty good. They seated us pretty quickly, as the place was quite empty.
I ordered the salmon burger, and it was awesome. It was not dry, but very very moist. It was not falling apart, or anything, and the salad that came with my meal had a really good dressing. Everyone enjoyed their meals, and we all had a good time.
The only drawback to this was that only half the table had received their food, while the other 7 still had to wait. I realize that a group of 14 is pretty big, but the restaurant was practically empty with only about 6 other people there for a 1:30PM lunch. We had already waited for nearly 40 minutes before half of our group received food, and had to wait even longer before the other group received theirs.
All in all, I think this place served decent food. The atmosphere is great, especially if you're into the gothic-industrial feel. I will probably return but in with less people. ha
This was my third time coming here with friends for dinner and drinks. We wanted to come back because of the tasty food and industrial atmosphere. Fortunately, the food did not disappoint. The tuna was grilled just right and the veggies were fresh although portions were a bit small. The fries were not anything special.
The ambience was on point. The music was loud and aggressive, but could potentially get annoying if you aren't in the mood for it.
Just a warning for you all: KEEP A CLOSE WATCH ON YOUR BELONGINGS! My bag mysterious disappeared while I was in the washroom for a minute and had my friends looking after it. This totally spoiled my entire evening as my bag contained irreplaceable belongings. I hope no one in future will have to experience this.
It used to be a great place for lunch or dinner. One of my favorite meal the Chicken and Brie and the skinny fries are not what they used to be. It is chicken all right but the Brie.... not so much, and the fries? Just your average McCain frozen skinny fries that you can have at home.
And then is the SERVICE, or the lack of it. I've been there few times and first I though that was just a on off night, all the restaurants have them... but no, that's not it. The service is very bad, not even average. It took them 1o minutes to come and ask for the drinks orders, and 15 minutes to bring the drinks (actually 5 beers and 3 martinis...) Food? Oh well, it took a while and when I order my second drink, a beer, I got it right before my last bite.... Slow is the word, very Slow. I know it's a laid back kind of place but there's a difference between that and purely slowness.
I won't go back again until things get back to what they used to be.
The food is really good, but I find the value a bit crappy. It depends on what you get - some of the portions are bigger and worth it, and some aren't. Brunch is delicious and a good price.
The problem I have is that the service is inconsistent. We ordered nachos with sour cream and guacamole, only to have the sides added onto our bill for like $3 each! I'm sorry but $6 for guacamole and sour cream is just ridiculous. We argued with the server, and finally just said fine and paid it out of her tip!
Another time a friend ordered a cocktail, it was totally the wrong thing, the server was arguing with her about what she'd ordered - I'm sorry but a rye and ginger ale is a lot different than a caesar, hello?
Anyways, I like this place for brunch when it's not too crowded, or for a drink on the weekend if you're feeling the party vibe, but if you want a quiet dinner of great value for your $$$, don't go here.
I usually go to Subeez for drinks, but never thought much of their food. Last week I ordered a pasta dish and asked for it with no onions, even though onions weren't listed in the ingredients. The waiter said "no problem" and when the pasta came and it was terrific. Last night I came back with friends and ordered the same dish. Ten minutes later, the waitress came back and said that the chef would not make it without onions. When I said that I got it last week, she told me that he said that that was "a one time thing." The waitress said that the dishes are pre-made, so they cannot do it. The dish is basically pasta with olive oil and tomatoes. If they cannot be bothered throwing that together fresh for a customer for $18, then they can go to hell.
Stopped by Subeez for a glass of wine and a bite before a show in the 'hood. I had been there once before and recalled the food being half decent. The space itself is fairly engaging - large enough to hang out with friends, etc.
My big gripe this time was the food which was hurtin'. They might also upgrade their wine list which shows little attention. The Chicken Quesadillas were lifeless - chicken must have been cooked earlier in the day and was completely dry. Salsa was tasteless. Even the tortillas were stale. The Ploughman's platter which consisted of 'cold' slices of grilled beef, a couple cherry tomotoes, a decent wedge of aged cheddar and some again stale slices of baguette was disappointing for $11 0r $12.
Subeez is a nice space - maybe Sunday is the wrong night to go. Maybe burgers and beers are the better route.