Subeez is a downtown cafe with industrial, artsy decor and relaxed service.
The service here is not good and the music is LOUD, so its not a good place if you wanna have a good conversation. The food is decent and the prices are fair. The location and atmosphere is very good if you know exactly the kind of place you are getting into.
We've been to Subeez for many parties and after the hockey game. The martini's are strong and beer is very good (and pretty cheap when ordered in pitchers).
If you need to eat... have the yam fries... and you'll find yourself craving them long after you leave. In general, all the food seems to finicky, 3 sauces for the fries, the sandwiches have too many ingredients. The food is all fine, but if you are going for dinner, i would look somewhere else.
The atmosphere is kinda ok if we like that particular style of funky art. Food is ok. I'd recommend you go with the cheaper dishes like salads and burgers and refrain from venturing out into the more expsensive entrees like the steaks and such because they are badly done and not worth it. The red wine by the glass selection is poor and the wine itself is not very good.
This place is cool. Lots of pretty people, eclectic wild instrumental music, stunning decor. Try the "Portini". Sometimes it takes awhile to get service, even sitting at the bar, but the people are not sullen, just casual. I've only eaten desserts here, however. It's a great place to stop when you're heading to a show, esp. in the fall when it's dark of an evening and the lights are dim and cozy.
My girlfriend and friend popped in for dinner and some drinks. My girlfriend ordered a Chicken Sandwich with Brie and my buddy had ribs while I had the Chorizo and Prawn Pasta. The Chicken sandwich was just mediocre and could have been made in a pub for a few dollars less, my buddy liked the ribs, and I loved the taste of the Pasta, except the portion was fairly small for pasta which costs almost nothing. This is the first time I have ordered pasta and actually was still hungry after finishing it. Our Hostess/Waitress was great and the service was fantastic, the portions were a bit too small for my liking and the price. The other huge disappointment was we ordered the Creme Brule and it was cold and runny, it didn't even set. They took it off the bill, but wouldn't heat it up and said that's how the Chef makes it, so don't order the crappy Creme Brule!!!!
I'm surprised by all the poor reviews for Subeez! It's been my favourite restaurant for years now, & my visit there a couple weeks ago was great as usual. The service is mediocre at best, but the food is great & the ambiance is even better. I had my favourite, the spinach cobb salad, which admittedly was not as good as it used to be - too much dressing & not enough gorgonzola cheese. However, my husband's meal more than made up for my choice - he had an asian honey glazed salmon that was THE BEST salmon I've ever tasted! We actually considered getting a second plate of it. Overall, it's a chic plate to take a date (100+ disc CD changer filled with eclectic music), the drink menu is pretty varied, & the food is great. I will definitely go back!
One of my favorite rooms in the city. Feels like a little bit of New York in Vancouver. Great ambiance, cool tunes and the food is much better than you'd think it would be. Had the maple soy wild salmon, which had a nice kick to it, although didn't think the sushi rice worked well with it. Tried the NY Cheesecake which was too bland for my liking, but decent enough. Service was first rate throughout the evening.
Subeez has long been a Vancouver favorite of mine. Friendly staff, consistently good food, good value, amazing atmosphere (the weekend DJs are really great). My favorite things about Subeez are brunch (they poach the egss perfectly, EVERY time), the yam fries, and one of the new drinks on the menu - lemon vodka with elderflower water, is outrageously good. This is and will remain a staple venue!
I go here a reasonable amount and the food while not necessarily the most interesting in Yaletown is always tasty and the atmosphere is nice and the servers are always pleasant and efficient without being in your face and bothering you all the time. I often go here with people from outside of town that aren't into anything too flashy but like to know Vancouver is a cool place.
Subeeze is my go-to place in the downtown for drinks and a light meal. Very large and a few blocks away from yaletown means you can usually find parking and a table, even on a busy Saturday night.
Best part about the restaurant is the decor. Modern, industrial, and a supporter of local artists, Subeeze stands apart from the run of the mill bar/lounge-type you find in downtown. Not a Balthazar's by any means.
Their bar is fully stocked with quite a good wine selection. Cocktails and martinis are original and decent. Their staple appi is their garlic mayo fries. It would be my first choice for a full dinner there, but drinks, desserts, and snacks late night with some friends, Subeez truly satisfies.
Finally made it to Subeez for a birthday party. First impression was that it was going to be a great night but I was sadly underwhelmed.
Appetizer: mussels in green curry and coconut milk to start. It was simply mussels in fragrant broth served with stale baguette slices. No garnish or anything else in the broth - absolutely not visually appealing. However it was tasty. Mussels were extremely small.
Main course: Maple Soy Wild Salmon served with shitake sushi PLUS another starch choice(?!) and seasonal vegetables. I chose butternut squash/mascarpone cheese risotto (the ingredients sounded delicious but the risotto was undercooked and not very good). The salmon was overcooked and dry. I was with 10 other friends so it may have been difficult to get the entrees out at the same time. But overcooked fish is a no-no.
Other dishes mostly pastas were not great and friends who had been to Subeez before said to just come for breakfast!
Didn't bother with dessert.
So as others have suggested ... stick to burgers and starters. Entrees were sadly disappointing. Obviously more of a place to drink than eat.
I've been here a few times in the past and it has been very consistant. We arrived as a party of 9. It took a few minutes to get a table set up for us and seated right away. We decided to split a Chicken and Brie sandwich. We amde a mistake. We should of ordered one plate each it was that good. The brie melted on a bed of chicken, fresh tomatoe, and romaine with a side salad and french fries. Their garlic mayo was awsome. Very attentive service also. I would recommend this place if your in the area.
Went here for a friends birthday dinner, and did not think to much about coming here. But the staff was friendly and the menu seem really well prepared, everything is almost made in house. Came here with about 10 people and first we started with drinks, they dealt with out big group well. It is a great laid back place if you don't want to go to a fine dining restaurant.
First started out with their salads, albacore tuna, sliders and various other items, which were prepared pretty well. Everyone enjoyed the starters while we were having a good time talking to each other, it is a great place to have a good time and have a nice dinner party. Then for entrees we had the burgers, steaks, sandwiches, and many others. The food was great, it reminds me of great places that do simple food well. Everything is made in the restaurant our server explained to us which is great. you do not see lots of places making a lot of there own breads and hamburgers and what not. IF you want to come somewhere that has a different atmosphere come to Subeez. I am sad that their other location is gone, was one of the favorite hang outs.
All in all a great night with great food, drinks and people.
Went with a group after a show for a late dinner. The server was attentive and helpful with suggestions - I ordered the falafel as a main course. On the menu, it said FALAFEL - $10 with the oprion of HUMMOUS - $2, TZATZIKI - $2. Falafel was on the menu as a share appetizer. I was asked if wanted the add-ons and I said yes. So I got was - 4 small falafel "meatballs" about 1 1/4 inch across, 7-8 small triangles of pita bread (approx 2" each side), approx 1/2 medium sized tomato cut into slices and the equivalent of english cucumber, and on a lettuce leaf in the centre of the plate, 3 blobs approx a rounded tablespoon size of hummous, tzatziki, and a ricey thing I don't remember exactly. So I paid $2 each for a very small amount of sauces. I would rather they had priced it at $15-$16 and given me a bit more sauce. It you are going to price something as an add-on, there should be a decent amount received. Everything else was fine. I will go back at least once more, but I will definitely watch my pricing and take issue if deceptive.
When in vancouver we usually go to waazubee for the extensive wine by the glass slelection. Tried this sister restaurant before the Springstein concert. Wine list pails in comparison to waazubee. Service is plesant. The food on the other hand needs alot of work. My partner had the pasta special and it was plain boring. We commented to server and low and behold the chef comes over. This man is pompous and in your face. If you comment on something expect the chef to show up and be condesending.
I go to Subeez once every 2 months or so, generally for brunch because it's one of the few restaurants in that area that actually serves brunch up until 4pm, and it generally suits our low key mood. Saturday nights at Subeez are a different scene all together, but generally weekend mornings and afternoons are fairly quiet and relaxing here.
Despite the many more interesting-sounding concoctions, I decided to have their simply-named "Beans and Rice" for brunch. It was a bowl divided into thirds with general portions of spiced rice, tomato beans (with melted cheddar), and a spicey marinated tomato salsa. On top of this was a poached egg. The poach egg was almost like a soft-boiled egg, which I loved... and the beans (though similar to a can of Heinz baked beans) were tasty, but not that hot. If you've spent time in Costa Rica and crave this type of meal, it's decent enough. However, the eggs bennies or the sandwiches are a lot more interesting to eat.
The soy chai latte was delicious, served on their signature silver tray with a glass of water and a spoon.
Service was friendly, efficient, and generally low-key. Artwork had the "art school project" look going, and the music... a blend between Four Tet and Radiohead.
Subeez is never mindblowing, but it's consistent, and a reliable place to spend a sleepy Saturday afternoon if you're craving brunch.
Its been around forever. could use a face lift. Love the candles. Had the chicken and Brie sando... Cant really fail with chicken and Brie. Funky place. would go back. If you are in the yaletown area I would recommend coming here for Brunch. Make sure you come early in the morning on the weekend. The busy times seem to be to much for the kitchen to handle.
Went here for a few drinks before going out around town. Didn't tell us there was a service charge already on the bill, so paid the service charge because we were in a rush and then realized afterwards. The waiter CLEARLY KNEW since the transaction was done via through a credit card handset terminal. A slight comment indicating the gratuity would have been sufficient as all other places do!
When passing it back he just had a sly smile and walked away (it was the one with a slight afro).
Though our bill was triple digits, paying that place another few bucks is ok since that's all it took to find out the integrity of the servers that work there.
NOT GOING BACK, not because of the food but because I don't like the feeling of possibly being ripped off.
I went to Subeez on a friday night for a birthday party. We were a party of 10 and they sat us at a table clearly made for 8 in the centre of the room. They were bench seats so we ended up uncomfortably squished in.
The service was a little slow. Drinks were good however. The bar custom made some cocktails when we told them how to make them.. I didn't know however that a key lime martini was so rare.
The food wasn't horrible but not great either. A little underseasoned and the pasta was overcooked and mushy. Not bad enough to send back though.
It was all reasonably priced.
The ambiance was ok. Very busy (maybe thats why we got stuck at such a horrible table.. although we had a reservation) The decor seems that it is trying a little too hard. Overcrowded with stuff.
I wouldn't advise people not to go here but I wont be recommending it to anyone either. And I wont be going back.
Regardless of its delicious food, I will think twice about going back to Subeez after the horrible service I just experienced.
The waitresses were impatient, snappy and down right RUDE,
The minute we walked in the door, my group was snapped at for not making reservations. The service was decent throughout the meal. While we went to pay, we stood by the counter for a good 10 minutes until we decided to wave a waitress over (who just avoided us). Then we were lectured about how we should have asked for separate bills if some of us wanted to pay by credit card. That is a reasonable request, but the type of treatment was uncalled for. The most unnerving thing was when the waitress barked at my friend for speaking while she was calculating the bills. "I can't do so many things at once, okay??" HORRIBLE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE.
I think they've just made an unregular out of this regular visitor.