A brew pub part of the Mark James Group. A very large pub restaurant on one side and bar on the other.
I was at a birthday party last night at the yaletown brewery. I believe our server was James. He made my first experience here a horrible one. The atmosphere was nice...the food was mediocre...but our server seemed like he didn't even wanna be there. He yelled at one of my friends for trying to help him put some drinks on the table. Not only that, but he crumpled the original receipt which tells people the automatic gratuity included for parties...so that we could all tip him more...one of my friends caught him doing it, but by then most of us have already left. When we tried to inform the manager the next day about the service he did not even seem to care-which means nothing is done....just warning other ppl who are wanting to go there for dinner next time.
I am compelled to write about our completely seamless experience here. We celebrated a colleague leaving and another former colleague's birthday. Long story short everything was excellent. We did warn staff about the colleague leaving and the staff provided a t-shirt and dessert but we didn't warn ahead of time about the birthday. As soon as staff caught a whiff of it (it happened to be a biggie) a piece of cake came out and poof, some petals burst out from the ceiling. Totally cute. Wine was good, food was good. Really charmed by the extremely friendly fellow who seemed to be the greeter. Good work all, really good!
This is something I miss from Van since I moved to Calgary...I just woke up and dreamed about their beer!!!
I really enjoy their pizza and Special Wheat (my fave but they are all good). My first time there, there was a Canucks game, we asked to have the Flames game on and they sat us in the back with our own game...Thats what all great canadian pub should do, we all love hockey!!!
I might fly there during Christmas, first take Canada line, get off the train, have a Hills Special Wheat and then call my friends to come and join me!! Cheers!
was at Yaletown last week for dinner and it was really fun. It was a sunny day and the entire restaurant and pub was packed!
The beer and burger was awesome!!! Great service too. A couple of males but sexy waitresses. wow. Perfect location in the Yaletown for people watching. It's also on the west side, you so you get extra sun!
There is a renewed energy and buzs going on at Yaletown. I feel that they are popular because of the ambience. I can't wait to go back!!!!
After reading the reviews for the Yaletown, i was reluctant to go, bad food and poor service- not the best recommendations. The experience started off very badly, the hostess insisted we were past the 15 minute grace period and therefore late (we were told of the grace period during the reservation process and were, in fact about 8 minutes past our reservation time but not the 15 minute period). Several times she told me she had just about given up our reservations (waiting for me to grovel). As it turns out, her terminal did read later than the time on all of our watches, and minutes had accrued as we waited in line to get to her, so perhaps perhaps her condescending manner was unwarranted. She curtly told us, "she was very busy". However, she still did have our table. Once in the restaurant everything was very solid. Our server could not have been nicer and the food was all great. Everyone else we came in touch with, and the dinner, dessert, and drinks, were all better than our expectations. Walking in expecting bad, made me look for it, luckily we had a good experience and would go back.
I've had dreadful service in a few places in town, the Yaletown is up there with the very worst of them. Rude, slow, unsmiling, tiphungry, ignorant and lazy is how I'd describe the best of them.
I've had nothing but garbage food there, it's one step up from MacD's. The pizza barely has any cheese, but it's still the only thing on the menu worth eating. As with all the MJ pubs it's basically a youth club run for and by the staff.
Music - great if you like Sweet Home Alabama and other golden oldies. It's your basic wedding soundtrack - not my idea of a night out.
The seating is uncomfortable - and sometimes dangerous... like the garden furniture they bring in from time to time with nail and screws sticking out.
It's a decent party place though, good place to pick up and the beer is good brew pub quality - if you can get served at the bar by the gorillas.
I know some people swear by this place - but they clearly aren't choosey about food music or service.
...and a great place to watch a game. 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.
all new faces but still a good crowd and always fun. Mike the bald bartender is the bomb he always remembers my drink and makes me feel welcome and is the reason for my patronage. The food seems blahh but good pub selection. Hot hostesses and usually a nice crowd.
The low down. This place is good enough to see the Vancouver canucks eat there, probably because they get good service.
But if you aren't a famous hockey player, I suggest you only go to this resturant when you have more than 3 hours to kill. The majority of the waitresses there are hired for their looks and not for their abilities as a waitress as they have none. They arent worthy of Yaletown sized tips, it goes straight to their heads, where there obviously is ample space.
On many occasion while taking clients to lunch there (their choice) the waitresses simply forgot to put the order in for our salads, where we sat and waited an hour to get one. I also don't appreciate being lied to and being told she had just checked, while I was watching her for about a half hour chatting it up with her other waitress friend while they sat on their thumbs and rotated and starred at some hockey players.
Maybe I am wrong for expecting a little more than a waitress who would probably have to look at her nametag to tell you her name.
This business thrives on location only and needs a serious kick in the pants to up their reputation by hiring GOOD service. This won't be the first where I mention that their help is very poor.