A brew pub part of the Mark James Group. A very large pub restaurant on one side and bar on the other.
Solid place in Yaletown for a quick beer and pizza - portions and prices are reasonable. A great location to catch up with old friends or just hang out in Yaletown. We tried a few pizzas including the BBQ Chicken, the Johnny Mac and the Altered Hawaii - all cooked well and yummy! My friend even enjoyed her Vegetarian Wild Mushroom Bolognese. I'd say a good solid alternative to the regular Cactus Club/Milestone's fare.
YBC fits into that curious niche of "upscale pub" which makes it hard for me to judge.
Normally, I evaluate pub food by a different standard than restaurant fare. But most of the MJG restaurants are upscale from standard pubs, but certainly don't fit into fine dining either. I guess I have to think of this as a casual restaurant with a really big drink selection. By that standard, it's decent food, well prepared.
I've sampled their pizza, burgers, chicken club sandwich, and some of the appetizers and all were quite good.
I think the location is probably one of the key selling points of this place, transplant it into a less trendy neighborhood and it wouldn't do half as well.
I have to agree with the previous post - the magician was the best part of our meal. I was there with a pretty big group and had to wait a long while before being escorted to our table, luckily we were able to kill some time in the pub section.
I had the spaghetti with meatballs. Although an okay price, I could make better at home. The restaurant was very crowded, but I did like that there was a lot of natural lighting. The magician did his rounds and he was very entertaining with his sponge ball routines.
I wouldn't recommend this place for a large gathering.
Too the family here a week or so ago. Seated on the family side as opposed to the Pub side and ordered for the kids from the children's menu. Crayons and paper were provided - so if potential diners would prefer to have a "child free" atmosphere - please ask to be seated on the pub side as families are welcome on the regular restaurant side.
Notwithstanding this - the children's menu needs some tweaking.
Ordered a burger for one kid (who specifically just wants a plain burger with nothing on the bun - he will add his own ketchup to his specifications). The burger was listed as exactly that and came with fries for $6. Unfortunately, the burger was made with tonnes of chopped onions mixed in the meat as well as parsley. My six year old son tried desparately to pick out the offending vegetable matter - but could not as it was so well mixed and so very prevalent.
He looked longingly over at his sisters chicken strips and fries (also ordered from the children's menu which was three small chicken strips and fries for $7.00)
When the waiter came back, I explained that my son would not eat the burger because of the onions and parslely mixed in. He asked if he could bring something else, and I suggested just bringing three chicken strips. He left the picked at burger on the table and returned later with a fresh chicken strips children's meal.
I also ordered each child a pop.
Meanwhile, my husband ate the picked at burger (just to not waste food) and we ordered two adult entrees and two beers.
The adult meals were well done and tasty.
When we got the bill, I noted:
1) They charged full price for THREE (3) children entrees! My son found the burger unedible. Who puts onions and parsley in a kid's burger anyway?? So a total of six (6) small chicken strips, a badly executed burger and a handful of fries came to $19 !!!!!! We could have ordered a much better, more balanced and tasty entree for the kids, had more food and it would have been better! The burger should have been struck from the bill;
2) The children's menu stated "children's pop $1.75" The waiter charged regular price for my kids pop ($2.95 EACH).
The service was otherwise friendly. The adult meals were good. The beer was also very good.
However, I was very unimpressed how we were price gouged for the children's items and that the children's burger was so very child unfriendly.
I would go again for the pizza (which is done nicely) and the other adult entrees - I would avoid the children's menu completely.
Went there before a Canucks game for a pre-dinner meal. Had the spicy squid as a appy and it was quite good. Shared a few mains which included Singapore Noodles. Was a bit hesitant on ordering an Asian dish from this brew pub but they do have a lot of Asian noodle dishes on the menu. The singapore noodles were very good with lots of meat and shrimp. Very surpirsed. Tried the Halibut which was just OK and a pizza. Pizza was very good with lots of toppings and ample sauce. Service was good and they got us out and to the game in plenty of time. Value is just decent for a brew pub. Would go again for a pre-game meal.
I was shocked to see the other reviews because I experienced the total opposite. I went to the YBC three times. Once I went w/ bf 3 yrs ago and had the "famous" pizza and it was nice but not the best. I was afraid that the server may judge me b/c I was wearing scrubs that day. Good thing she treated us like any body else.
Second was a bday dinner 2 yrs ago, we took two full tables and we had no complaints. I don't remember what I ordered but I did finish the food.
Third time was few months ago where we tried the Taste of Yaletown menu. The hostess was friendly and our server was the best. I didn't get his name but he was awesome. We thought the Taste Menu will be tiny knowing that it was a $25 for a 3-course meal. We wanted to order a Mac N Cheese on the side but he suggested that we shouldn't b/c it's enough for 2 people. I didn't believe it at first cuz I eat a lot. But he did suggest us order a salmon salad to balance out the meal. When the food arrived, the food was HUGE and delicious. The entre was a beef burger and my mouth couldn't fit into it. I was so surprised. The salmon salad was better than I thought b/c I'm not too fond of salad or greens that look like my backyard. Even though the server was a little busy, he was still very attentive and constantly asking us if we're ok. At the end of the night, we were satisfied and very full.
This place is always busy and I do understand why. It's too bad that other people didn't get to experience what I had. Maybe give them another try.
We've been here twice now, both Sunday for the $7 pizza's. And that's about it.
Typical brewery-type restaurant, but nothing special. The pizza is okay for the $7, but I can't imagine anyone paying full-price for it. It's a decent thin-crust pizza, fresh and tasty, but the base feels like it is mass-produced, machine made frozen. (It's not bad, but I've tasted much better).
The other fare is decent, but not sure about the salad. We ordered one and the lettuce was already SOGGY! (Tasted like it was sitting overnight in the fridge?)
No problems with the service, it's quite decent.
I don't think we'll return unless some friends really get the hankering to drop by for "cheap" pizza's. There's nothing really special here.
A few of us ended up in Downtown merely just walking around and many turns later brought us here.
Like practically all Yaletown eateries, the ambiance is the focal point and once again it is exactly what you would expect. We beat the dinner rush but the music nearly overpowers any chance of normal conversation.
The menu is also as expected. There is something for everyone but we went with the average at best shortrib sandwich with side salad, their house "backyard" burger with bacon and cheese (middle of the road and lacked beefiness) with onion rings (greasy and bland) and what ended up being the best, my gf's portobello mushroom burger. Add a round of drinks and it made for an expensive early dinner.
I thought our server was fine, but the drop-bys were inconsistent except for those timely drink order checks.
Considering we passed by many better restaurants to dine in that day, we'll be walking past this one from now on.
Went to the Plaza of Nations for the Taste of Vancouver event. Saw the queue and decided on Plan B. Saw some roads in Yaletown closed off on the way and decided to try that instead. In Yaletown, the were lots of classic cars on display. Saw a Countach for the first time. Ok, back to the food.
Walking around, Yaletown Brewing Company was about the only place that can accomodate 2 screaming kids. Add to that, I had decent experience at their sister restaurants. So, in we go.
I had the Satay salad and Italian Sausage pizza. Wife had the Shrimp Melt sandwich and a soup.
The satay was disappointing, but the dip that they use to dress the underlying salad was great. The pizza was decent but diappointing in that the one I had at Big Ridge (their sister restaurant in Surrey) was A LOT better. My wife enjoyed the soup, but the sandwich was pathetically small.
Service was slow. Well, that can be expected for that day because of the unusually large crowd.
The menu was small and does not offer a lot of choices.
Ambience - it is a brew pub. But there was a stage with performing artists just outside the restaurant for that day's event. We definitely enjoyed that.
Return? Unlikely. Will try other restaurants if I'm the area without kids. With kids, will eat at Subway's.
Decent food, definitely nothing over the top. Staff are incredibly rude, especially when you call to make a reservation. They think they are doing you a HUGE favor by allowing you to eat at their establishment. The only reason this place is still in business is because of it's location. The ambiance in the restaurant is nice, but there are many more places in Vancouver that are much, much better. I won't be back!
I've been to YBC a couple times over the years for drinks but never eaten there. The menu is pretty similar to Taylor's Crossing in North Van as there appears to be a Mark James Group template. The difference is, Taylor's Crossing has quite reasonably priced daily specials. Obviously, the rent is likely higher in Yaletown but I can't help but feel ripped off. Most of our group ordered burgers as they're probably the cheapest entrees and they looked impressive. Not a tonne of flavour in the beef so adding cheese and bacon is probably recommended. The onion rings are enormous here but coated in a beer batter so thick, it ends up being a greasy mess and left one diner longing for A&W rings. Myself, I ordered the meatloaf with mushroom and potato hash as I was in the mood for some comfort food. Everyone on my end of the table remarked that my meatloaf portion was incredibly small. For $16.99 I either expect large portions or a high quality product and this was neither. I've had better meatloaf at the average greasy spoon diner.
The wandering magician that visits tables was entertaining and they did shoot some confetti over us for the members of our party who had a birthday so that was a nice touch.
I went for the taster trio to sample several of the beers including the Nut Brown, Stout and IPA. Decent brews and miles ahead of the swill the mega breweries have convinced us we like. However, I find that the beer here doesn't really differ much from any of the other BC craft brewers in terms of quality or adventurousness. If you want a really interesting beer experience, I suggest St. Augustine's or the Alibi Room. If you live in Yaletown, the proximity to your home may be the only advantage of going to YBC.
I came here with my partner and a couple of friends to try their menu for Taste of Yaletown, $25 for a 3-course meal. In hindsight. since we came on a Sunday, they had pizzas on sale for $8, which judging from 80% of the restaurant having it, looked very good. Nevertheless, we agreed to have the Dine Out menu...
Food: The curry soup and salad were both very average. The soup was like rice drenched in curry sauce. The salad was plain, but the veggies were nice and fresh. The main course was either a flatiron steak, or salmon. Both were tasty and comparable to more expensive restaurants. The desert was your standard raspberry or coffee cake, which I found overly sweet.
Service: Nothing to complain about. Water refilled all the time, plates cleaned. Pretty competent overall compared to other sports bar style restaurants.
Value: For $25, it's a bit steep, especially when compared to the $8 pizzas we could have eaten.
Ambiance: I like casual dining environments, and Yaletown is no different. Nice HD TV screen broadcast all games, EXCEPT the canucks game that night for some strange reason :( Otherwise, I felt comfortable.
I would definitely return on Sunday just to try the pizzas...
This is my local and only a two minute walk from my home and office. Outstanding beers, the best in Canada, and great pizza's. The young staff are efficient in the dining room but pretty bad in the pub. Great value for beers and food and always a fun meeting point for friends.
This was a restaurant which we frequented regularly in the past. I've noticed however that quality of both the food and service have deteriorated considerably over the course of the last year. Last night, we were greeted by a surly hostess, who's manners can only be characterized as displaying a not-too-subtle contempt for the patrons. She was rude, curt, and simply lacking the level of professionalism expected of someone in the service industry. We were seated by this gum-chewing staff, who led us to our seats with the friendly "follow me to your table", then dashing off at a pace which was impossible for my stilletto-healed guests to follow. Next, we were greeted by a friendly, if somewhat slow waitress, who seemed to have problems understanding that most civil patrons are unable to eat without cuttery. Apparently, hot sause was also in short supply, as it too three requests over the course of 20 minutes before it was forthcoming. The pizzas we ordered were mediocre at best. The "Wild BC Salmon Pizza" consisted of dry, tin can sourced "wild" salmon, bathed in ranch dressing. The saving grace appeared to have been the bear, which was fresh and quite good. However, this alone was not enough to salvage what can only be characterized as a poor excuse of a restaurant, even by the more lax Yaletown standards.
So today my girlfriend and I decided to give the Yaletown Brewing Co. a try. It was a bit windy but the sun was out. We decided on lunch in the restaurant section. It wasn't very busy, as most of the customers were on the bar side watching Hockey. I love the location and the feel of the restaurant. The decor is awesome with lots of exposed brick, very Yaletown like. Our server was Chris a long haired guy. He took our drink orders fairly quickly (hefeweizen) The beer came and was great, but with not that many tables it took forever for him to come back and take our food order. We ordered a bbq pulled beef rib pizza and the same type of sandwich with Walla Walla onion rings for an extra $3. We also ordered some water with the food. The waiter didn't write any of this down and we joked he'd probably forget something. Sure enough after several passes we had to ask for our water again and finally it came. He was very polite and seemed nice, just didn't seem to pay much attention to his customers or their needs. Another table was seated shortly after us and he didn't pick up it was windy and we all had our jackets on as a sign to trim closed the big patio doors that were open as wide as they could be. As far as the food went. The bbq sandwich I loved, my girlfriend hated it, because when it says bbq and it's then bbq as well as Currey, you'd think they'd mention that on the menu! The pizza was thin crust with almost no toppings. I've had better pizza frozen from Safeway. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME ORDERING PIZZA HERE! The onion rings were HUGE and some of the best I have ever had. The price was average and that's pretty much my take on this place.
planned a party here a while back. food was alright, [typical pub fare, and then some pastas and such] and reasonably priced. their drinks are good, natch.
servers were quite courteous and many of our group were late. they told us that normally they'd have to get us to leave [only 3 out of 12 people had showed up] but they were letting us stay because they understood it was a surprise party. the only thing that miffed me [just a tad] was that neither during making the reservation or being seated was ever i told about a time contraint (there was a large group needing our table within two hours). so we had no idea until 45 minutes after we'd arrived. i was more mad at my friends than the restaurant though!
overall i think i'd be back for drinks with a small group but probably with a large group it would be hard to mingle for a party
big plus - they showered us with streamers during cake cutting - a nice touch ;)
We have had lunch at this restaurant many a times. However, on this last ocassion one of our servers (Sarah) showed what excellent customer service is all about.
As I had not been to the refurbished location yet since they changed their pizza menu I was not familiar with all the offerings yet. I decided to order the duck and cheese pizza which sounded interesting. However, it turned out not to my liking but I did not complain as this is what I ordered and would try and eat it. However, our very observant server could see I was struggling to try and enjoy my pizza and offered to exchange it for another kind. She cheerfully suggested other ones that I might like. That is what I call great customer service!
My spouse always orders the Johnny Mac which he really likes. However, we're not super pleased with new offerings in the pizza department. They've done away with some of the better ones. Also, the amount of topping seems a bit skimpy. Despite the fact it is thin crust sometimes it feels like that is all we are eating.
Will return as it is close by and the service is always good. Price point is average. Food is ok. Beer is good.
I've been here on many occasion and will say the following:
The service is always fine. Never outstanding and never horrible.
The beer is good. I like the yaletown lager and hills special wheat. I am not a fan of the food at all. To give some perspective...I made myself a stirfry for lunch and had one of their wok dishes for dinner. My stirfry was much, much better and I'm not much of a cook. For some reason they've got a ton of asian dishes on the dinner menu. I've had a couple of them: the beef and broccoli and chicken chow fun. Neither of them were good. This is one of my biggest petpeeves, pubs trying to be something they aren't and serving stuff they don't know how to make. I will say that the lunch menu is a bit better and more true to its pub roots. The sandwiches and burgers are great for the mostpart.
The ambiance is great, if not a little loud. One thing that I've noticed is they've had scaffolding on the north side of the restaurant for almost 2 years. I'm not sure what this business is about but it detracts from an otherwise great building.
You don't go to a plumber to fix your car, so don't go to a brewery to eat. Yeah, I know what you're gonna say. Anyhow, we went at noon on Saturday to sample the important stuff. Of the seven brewed on property, none were bad and three were superb and to my liking. The hefeweisen, Red Truck Ale and India Brown Ale were worth the trip. My beer maid was practically like family and the brewmaster was friendly yet very serious about his brews.
I did not even look at the food menu. Sorry. I did not care about the food. The beer was good enough, and I didn't drink so much that I had to eat anyway. Go here to casually enjoy great beer.
Please substitute 'beer' for 'food' in my rating.
Went there for a late weekday lunch. The place was pretty empty but somehow the food still takes a long time to come out. No wonder people are complaining about the poor service.
I ordered the ginger beef. It's quite good but nothing exceptional. The rice tasted like those microwaveable or old reheated rice. Whoever made the rice was very sloppy.
I would have to give a decent rating for the service as the food takes a while to come out.
Ambience is okay, nothing really special. Price is quite steep for pub food though. I ended up paying $15 for my lunch. Ouch.