A brew pub part of the Mark James Group. A very large pub restaurant on one side and bar on the other.
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.
Three of us walked in on an early Sunday evening. The place was busy but not completely full, but eating was tight. There were at least a dozen of so empty seats, but when you would go to sit down, the people on the long bars or neighbouring table would say they were saving them for someone. We went to the bar there were three stools. One on one side of the self serve area and two on the other. We weren't blocking the self serve area. We waited for ten minutes to get served and the bartender comes over and says, "You can't sit there." Not what can I get you? Or, can I help you find seats? Or maybe can we seat you at the restaurant bar? It was just rude. Then I said to him that perhaps the staff could ensure people had a place to sit if others were not aloud to "reserve" whole sections for their friends who were not actually there. I was dismissed with a "Have a nice night." You know what, we did. At a bar not owned by the Mark James Group and the server got a 20 % tip because we received prompt and polite service. I'll never go to the Yaletown Brewing Company ever again. And I will tell eveyone I know not to go either.
Slow service and poor choice on menu. We ordered a burger from the lunch menu and wasn't all that great. The portion was small. The entre salad my friend ordered didn't look good for the price she paid. I think White Spot has better salads. The spaghetti wasn't tasty either. Overall, this place is over rated and we were disappointed. Just stick with beers here.
The food here is mediocre and expensive for what it is. I had a salad and a martini for about 30 bucks but its yaletown so what was i expecting. We went on a friday night and the atmosphere was great, music was great, and service was solid. Parking was horrific as expected.
I'm not sure how they got the "Best Brew Pub in Canada" award. Service was slow on a Sunday afternoon. The food was just OK. No pay by Debit. They wanted me to use an ATM that collected a service charge to pay cash. When I complained I got NO apology and when I said I would not be back they said "OK, no problem." Nice service - NOT!! I work in Yaletwon and also just moved there. I eat lunch and dinner out alot. YBC will not be on my lunch or dinner list again. I will also tell my coworkers about my experience.
It's a great place for the summer. Food is pretty good - decent prices. Service is usually good and the ambience is nice. It's a good place to people watch from the patio.
We've been to yaletown pub on and off for the last 10 years, its usually average fare nothing to win an award but nothing to complain about either. The sunday pizza and beer used to be a good deal and really homemade now its just shells out of a frozen box.
We had friends visiting from out of town, staying at downtown hotel so we met them at yaletown for dinner. The music was so loud we couldnt understand out server let alone speak to each other. the restaurant was less than half full but the night club next door was full. We asked if they could turn it down a bit and she said no that it was tied into the club next door. what a load of crap. I used my decibel meter on the iphone (actually really accurate +/- 3 db) and it was 90db in the restaurant! for comparison a chainsaw is 90db and standing next to jet taking off is 120db, it was really LOUD
So annoyed i looked up workers compesation board recommendations for noise and it was hearing protection for anything over 85db. W'e're not old crusty grey hairs, I have no problem going to a club or a loud rave but blaring music over dinner is just stupid. The food is just average , the brewery has lost its meeting place old wood feel and add the noise we wont be going back ever.... there's no point. loud, a bit overpriced and average food.
I had been to the pub a number of times but never actually eaten there before. The new extension/renovation on the patio has definitely improved the ambiance of the place. We arrived at around 10pm and while there was hardly anyone in the restaurant we still had to wait around 15 minutes for a table as they were yet to clean the tables from previous guests. We sat in the bar while we waited for a table (too busy and noisy to eat in pub). The servers were two of the best I have come across, they were amusing, professional and knew exactly how to respond to our friend who has a sense of humour not all servers can respond to with such a good sense of humour.
I just had an appertiser as I had already eaten but the prawns were really tasty and everyone enjoyed their meal. It isn't somewhere to go for a special occassion but definitely worth eating there if you're in the area and fancy a casual place with good food and drinks.
I've never been a fan of Yaletown Brewery however we had a team dinner there recently and it not as bad as I remember. Anyone who likes it suggests getting one of their many pizzas however I chose to go with the 10 oz. New York Steak with mashed potatos and garlic spinich sides. I requested medium rare and the cooking time was quite good. The New York cut is a much fattier cut then I'm used to however the steak I received was much better then I expected.
Before the steak our table ordered a bunch of appetizers which were quite standard: dry ribs, spinach and artichoke dip, spicy beans, edamame, vegetarian spring rolls. The spicy beans was head and shoulders above the rest of the appetizers. It was not overcooked and had the perfect amount of spices.
Since MJG brews its own beers I tried their wheat beer which is a hefeweizen and comes with a lemon wedge.
I have other favorites in Yaletown that I would prefer visiting however the Brewing Co. is a laid back atmosphere that is enjoyable during the weekdays.
I love the decor--the red, black, and cedar. It's one of the original cool places in Yaletown, and filled with "beautiful people" on a Friday or Saturday. The beer is really really good if you're an afficianado. There are some great food items, too--pub food with a classy touch. The service used to be quite poor in the pub, but of late it has improved somewhat. The only day for cheap beer is Sundays (also half price thin pizza) @ 3.75/pint, which is good.
The Yaletown brewing company I guess is one of the first of it's kind in my neck of the woods at least. If you catch it at the right time it can be a lot of fun although there beer is never on special. I have been on a number of occasions and mostly it is consistent both in service and food quality. I don't want to rate it outstanding but it is really a good place to eat and drink it you can afford it. During the old .Com days this was the place to meet and mingle with the up and comers in the industry....
A great place to watch any game and have a drink with freinds. We enjoy hanging out on the bar side opposed to the restaurant side. We've enjoyed many Friday evenings watching hockey and baseball on the many television sets. The beer is great, in particular the cask conditioned IPA. The calamari and edamame are our favorite snacks. The pizzas are very good as well.
Drinks: Overpriced. And beer served at a BREW PUB should not be served in glasses smaller than a pint!
Food: Overpriced. Green tea creme brulee came out warm and the top was burnt
Service: Slow & untrained. Host seemed annoyed having to seat a large group. Server came by three times, but didn't bring us water; got our drink orders mixed up, brought food without proper accompanying utensils.
Granted, the patio was great on a hot summer evening, but everything else was just utterly uninspiring.
It's a Brew Pub!
Just because it's in Yaletown and they've just newly renovated make it an upscale and overpriced venue.
Food is above average for pub grub and there's good variety to please all. Pizza, burgers, mains and lots of appies.
I cam in wanting something a bit finer for my taste buds... but Yelwtown Brew pub isn't trying to be something they're not. A GREAT beer list all made on site, a fun and awesome atmosphere geared more towards a guys or girls night out , acceptable service and a fun menu.
I like doing the Yaletown thing with my girlfriend so we usually pick a place and splurge so we love place like Blue Water Cafe or Cioppino's but this place will have my coming back when the boys and I wanna get out for some drinks and pub grub!
I walk past this restaurant every day on my way to and from work and tell that it's the place to be and be seen. I went there with my friends who are the type that want to sit outside and be seen...well it's a nice patio, but over priced food, not a great selection. Service a little indifferent but not bad. I won't suggest this one to my friends.
Went to this place with group to have a drink and appies. Noticed immediately that there seemed to be a general lack of servers on the 'Pub" side of this place. Our server was okay, noted that only 1 type of beer was on special (considering the name we thought there would be more of a selection to chose from). The thing that was mostly noticeable: The volume of music being played, we couldn't really tell that we were in a Pub, between 6pm onwards, the volume got so loud that you have to scream at the person across from you in order to have any conversation, and therefore we all agreed that this place was not a place in Yaletown that we would frequent again, if we wanted to be in a "nightclub" environment without the dance floor, we would have tried somewhere else. Appies are overpriced and average. Just overall poor ambiance.
This was one of the worst dining experiences I've had in a long time. Food took forever, all of our food was cold. We all got different items and neither of them had any flavour or creativity. Next time I will pass on by to the next place. Perhaps a new chef would do the trick.
My dad took a group of us here last December when he was in town for a belated birthday dinner for me. Arrived around 7pm with reservations and were seated promptly, I had to use the bathroom after the walk from the skytrain so I disappeared before I had a chance to order my drink while everyone else was. Came back and the server was setting down everybody's drink, looked at me and as I was about to order walked away! She then busied herself re-arranging cutlery at the table beside us almost like she was punishing me for not being ready when everyone else ordered. Finally she came back for my drink and we ordered appetizers. After a couple rounds of drinks and appetizers our server came back to tell us we had to leave as the hostess should have told us we could only stay for an hour. We said we were planning on ordering dinner still and she told us we could move to a different table if we wanted, which seemed strange as it was NOT busy and the party that came in was no bigger than ours and could have easily taken the open table we were moved to. I ordered some sort of tofu and eggplant stirfry and they completely left out the tofu! A different server ended up bringing it to me in a bowl, and everyone agreed that the food was pretty decent but the service was absolutely terrible. And my brother ended up not being able to finish his meal as the server shot a canon full of confetti all over the birthday table next to us and it got all over his food and in our drinks.... Overall not impressed, we ended up feeling so rushed and neglected that we left to carry on our evening elsewhere when we could have easily spent a lot more time and money there.
This place is totally unpredictable. I stay downtown late on Fridays and try to enjoy a beer on their patio (get there by 5 pm if you want a spot on a sunny day). I have come there with friends many times. I have some friends who swear they will never return because of the horrible attitude of the servers. I understand why, I have had good service there and then I have had really, really bad attitude and bad service too. There's one server that I have finally after 5 visits have actually got her to look me in the eye and smile! Then there's other people there that are really great. The food is pub food, the tables in the pub a really sticky, but the beer is really, really good and cheaper than any place else around the immediate area.
My thoughts. BS flows down hill and the attitude problem with the staff is a MANAGEMENT ISSUE. They recruit and train badly. Fix the attitude and the crappy service guys. Earls is coming.
This place has just a matter of time before it's dwarfed by Earl's new flagship restaurant.
YBC had better get their act together, SOON!
Their menu just doesn't cut it... YAWN!!!
Okay beer, mediocre food... Soon to become Yaletown's after thought.
C'mon, Mark adding two more floors of , I don't know what, is never gonna' compensate for the food that you serve in your yuppy pub!