The Red Lion Bar & Grill is located in Dundarave, West Vancouver. It offers several cozy fireplaces for the winter and a courtesy pool table. Bringing authentic pub food and experience from across the pond to West Vancouver.
Sitting on the patio in front of the Red Lion for lunch in 33 degree heat might not be everyone's idea of a good time but the food was tasty. The service was a little slow, which could have been that the inside was air-conditioned and only a few people were on the patio. The portabello mushroom salad with goats cheese was ideal for the weather conditions and my friend's toasted shrimp sandwich was also good. Best of all the drinks were cold!!!
I went to Red Lion to celebrate a friends birthday. It was a Saturday night, so it was a little difficult securing a large seating area for our ~10 person party.
There was live jazz music, which was enjoyed in this dark-oak, low lighting pub. I would say that this place has a sort of "gentleman's pub" feeling. The food was great, I had a shrimp sandwich and other people had fish and chips, chips & salsa, a burger, and a veggie burger. The side of vegetables was fantastic - they had a sweet/sour sauce over them and it was a great way to jazz up boring steamed vegetables.
I don't know if it was good value as the bill was taken care of by a friend, although I'm pretty sure it was the best value in the area as there were a couple younger people there that night (compared to the mostly 40+ crowd).
Have been there several times since it opened a few years ago. Hadn't been back for a year when I was there for dinner and had a chicken/pasta dish which was delicious and still on the menu.
We have always enjoyed the food, service, decor and ambiance of a neighbourhood pub.
However, for our most recent visit, we had lunch and the dining experience was not the same. For both of us, the food was merely so-so. I concur with the other reviewers that the Red Lion is inconsistent and the prices are too high.
I had the Chicken Pot Pie which was a staggering $16. It consisted of a French pastry with typical chicken pot pie filling, albeit small. The contents of the pie were a tad salty. The dish was served with a big chunk of broccoli, mashed potatoes and a vegetable medley (mostly corn). My lunch companion had a open faced sandwich trio of shrimp, turkey and salmon at $9.75.
We each had a sleeve of Strongbow at $7 a pop. And had Crème Caramel and Tiramisu for another $7 each. The desserts were ok. Not great. The Tiramisu was covered with shaved chocolate and not of very good quality.
Service - two young girls alternated serving us. They were prompt but not particularly friendly.
Because the Red Lion is so close to home, it's an obvious choice since there is a serious lack of eating establishments in West Van to choose from.
The ambiance is still pleasant, welcoming and cozy. However, the menu needs revamping for selection, quality and value.
The Red Lion is our favourite place to meet, but could we please have some consistency? Its hit and miss. We had some very good meals and some that I should have sent back. Often there is too much salt in the sauce, to the point where the salt kills the taste of all else. Richard - please hold back some of the Salt. If I want that much salt, I can add it myself. We loved the Bavarian month. The portion sizes are also inconsistent, ordering chicken breast - some days its OK for its size, but at times the portion is just a small snack. Can we have some consistency, please. The Service is outstanding, the staff is out of this world. We keep coming back because ALL the STAFF is so warm, pleasant, smiling and welcoming. Keep the staff smiling. Its the food that needs attention. Thank you, signed "Pubhopper".
We went here on a nice Monday afternoon and overall, we were not that impressed. The service was slow for the number of diners. We ordered several dishes and a couple of terrible tasting coca colas. The pop was way flat. The salad we ordered had slimey leafs of lettuce which is always a little disturbing, and gross. The order of clams came in a big bowl with tasty broth but they served a 16 dollar order of clams with the smallest tiniest piece of toasted bread. So small that we couldn't enjoy the broth. I think they are worried that if they give you too much bread you will not order another dish? Seems kind of short sighted on their part. How much does a little piece of bread cost anyways? Save money on other things but don't cheap out on the cheap things, like bread. All and alll...not fantastic. Words for the manager...when you screw customers over on the basics like bread, the customers will go elsewhere. Just saying.
Have eaten at the Red Lion many times but now they are charging an automatic 15% service charge on your bill. This is what I usually pay anyway however, now they are making it mandatory. You only know of this charge when presented with the bill as it is not written on the menu, advertised anywhere or mentioned by the server. This seems illegal, but I'm not sure. However it is a bad policy that will only infuriate customers as being a gouging unfriendly and untrustworthy policy. I shall not patronize this restaurant again until the policy changes.
I have been a patron of the red for many years now. It has become a social house for many people on the north shore, not just west van (thankfully) the all round experience in my opinion is fabulous. I would however like to point out that people have off days, and contrary to the previous reviewer "verily,"so do servers.And just to clarify, gren thomas ( of whom ive met and talked to many times) is the co-owner/silent partner with mario, who manages/owns the establishment with gren. Mr. Tomas has nothing to do with the day to day operations as it is mario with the restaurant resume. so with that being said and before you attempt to misinform people any further and slander a person on a website maybe you should know your facts. Personally i am glad you wont be returning, it leaves more space for the people who want to support a local business, meet new friends and enjoy some great atmosphere.
I have been a patron of The Red Lion numerous times.
The food is excellent, and as fan of Kilkenny, quite enjoy the pints they pull over at The Lion.
I have never experienced bad service there, and enjoy the ambiance of the well decorated lounge.
I encourage any and all to patronize The Red Lion if they are looking for well priced, fine (well above average) pub fare. I suggest the burger, or the Spaghetti.
Great food, good beer, and awesome people. Good work!
Took my gf's parents that were here from Sheffield, England, and they said the food was better that the pubs back home.
The manager is same manager as the old Park Royal Hotel.
Mario is his name.
I had the organic burger fully loaded, my gf had the garlic prawns, and her patents had the chowder and the bangers and mash... everything was fenomenal !!!
We'll go back any time!
Boxing Day week took a friend and me over the bridge to the North Shore to shop and enjoy the beautiful sea, sun and snow peaked mountains. After spending time in North and West Vancouver, we decided to stop for lunch. Instead of the same old lunch-haunts though, I used my Blackberry and found described: The Red Lion Bar and Grill, “Bringing authentic pub food and experience from across the pond to West Vancouver.” We headed towards Dundarave.
The disappointment started when we entered the bar. Feeling that all too familiar sense of a place trying too hard to be an authentic type British Pub. (I should have known something was wrong as soon as I spotted "Cobb Salad with Teriyaki Chicken" on the menu..huh?)
The waitress came in a timely manner and told us one of the specials was Toad in the Hole. For those who don't know, it's Yorkshire pudding with bangers, and this particular entrée, she informed us, came with vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy.
We ordered. I had a hamburger with mushrooms and sautéed onions, my British friend decided on the Toad in the Hole.
The food arrived. My hamburger was mediocre at best but in fairness to the Brits, not one of their traditional staples. The Toad in the Hole was far less convincing. Two sprigs of asparagus, three slices of beetroot, accompanied by a pudding the size of a small muffin, two bangers, a scoop of mash, and watery gravy.
Have you ever seen “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation” when Chevy Chase carves into the turkey and dust billows out of it? This was the same with the Yorkshire pudding. Not only was it completely dried out, it was burnt black. The lump of coal we’d managed to dodge all Christmas had finally arrived. The bangers, I was told, were good. The rest of the meal was meager portions, perhaps to remind us of another British classic, Oliver Twist.
When I pointed out to the waitress the Yorkshire was inedible, she made no apologies, no suggestion of returning it to the kitchen for a suitable replacement, and no offer to reduce the price on our bill. She simply took the plate away and that was the end of the matter.
I debated bringing it up with the manager but in the end decided I didn’t want to bother as the whole experience was not worth repeating.
It was not only disappointing to be met with such unabashed indifference to food quality, but I can’t imagine a chef having much pride in their product to ever let something so black and vile leave the kitchen.
We won’t be returning.
After a day at Ambleside beach, my wife and I visited this quaint pub/retaurant in the charming upscale village of Dundarave. With its dark wooden panels, neighbourhood ambiance, and bagpipe music emanating from a wedding party at the back, the restaurant promised a pleasant dining experience. Unfortunately, our expectations were disappointed. We ordered fish and chips and calamari at $13 and $10 respectively. The fish and chips consisted of three small light-battered pieces of fish about the size of chicken fingers, while the calamari was cold, bland, and rubbery. I could not help but notice that a diner at a neighbouring table had been served three large pieces of dark-battered fish together with about double the fries as my meagre portion. When I pointed this out to Mario, he unconvincingly responded that the fish is gauged by weight, not size. However, he did graciously offer to reduce the bill without us asking, while the server explained that such anomalies occur when the kitchen is particulary busy. Greater consistency of portions and service is in order to make this a reliable eatery.
I took my son-in-law, visiting son and three grand children for a late afternoon beverage.
Had some wings, chips and brew.
We had an enjoyable time until the bill arrived. The beer was charged at more than stated on the menu. They said we had the old menu.
I mentioned it to the server and the manager over-ruled that the information was in the computer and couldn't be changed. I voiced my thoughts and felt it unfair.
The manager said that if I didn't pay the higher, new menu price that it would come out of the waitresses pay cheque. Nice place to work! I paid and left a ten dollar cash tip for the servers.
A few days later I called Mr. Corsi, the senior manager and explained the situation. He asked if we had the old menu and I said, apparently so! He more or less sluffed it off and made no attempt to remedy the event. It was a brief chat.
We had 6 Kilkenny's, 1 Buffalo Wings, and 1 small dish of chips for the kids. Total: all in: $63.86 plus the $10.00 Tip.
The whole scenario fell far short of our expectations.
I might look for a new manager. An unusual business climate for motivated staff.
Next time try Earl's or The Cactus Club! Without exception.
It's better than most and up there with some fine dining establishments as well. The Red Lion is a regular haunt for us as the food is always top notch, the service quick and the manager (I believe his name is Mario) seems to always know everyone in the place. Try the Sausage/Marscapone Crostini, the 2-minute Lifeguard Calamari, or the Seafood Crepe, they are all tasty.
I have eaten here several times and the only food I thought was worth the money was the Soup of the Day when it was Tomato - it was delicious. Otherwise, the food is average but the prices are not! Too expensive - we shouldn't have to pay for the $1.5M reno costs, should we? Check out the prices at the neighbouring pubs and you'll see what I mean. Not worth it. Sorry, Gren!