This popular downtown brewpub is located on the outskirts of Gastown. It offers lunch, dinner and pub menus; the latter is sure to solve any ... More
Steamworks Brewing Co.
This popular downtown brewpub is located on the outskirts of Gastown. It offers lunch, dinner and pub menus; the latter is sure to solve any late-evening munchie problems. The Beer Soup features Roasted Chicken, vegetables and the brewery's own Lions Gate Lager, and it's perfect for a cold, rainy day. Those craving burgers can try the Steamworks Burger or check out the vegetarian Portobello Burger with Asiago Cheese and Basil Mayo. The beer list features several seasonal items along with mainstays like Nirvana Nut Brown Ale and Cascadia Cream Ale.
I am a local and have been to Steamworks many times. When a friend of mine suggested we go for dinner as part of the "Dine Out Vancouver" I was right on board. However, I ordered the Halibut which was overcooked and served with plain white rice and vegetables which were mostly red peppers for $25.00 I was not impressed. The portions were obviously smaller than what is normally offered and how much can white rice cost? My bill including tax and tip was $80.00 for two cocktails, a half litre of so-so wine and a poor meal.
As an aside, the downstairs portion of the restaurant is terrible.
We live in the area and typically go to the upstairs pub - the food is good - the patio is great too - but we have to say NEVER go downstairs without ear protection!
We just had a going away dinner for a colleague - there were 15 of us at a table in the dining room. We didn't expect to be inside a brewery at cleaning time! The fans around the brew tanks were running, the maintenance worker had everything going - we were lucky enough that not too much of the hosing down of the tanks sprayed over us! It was so hot it was like being inside a sauna!
The service was awful as well - we had to order a new round of drinks at least 20 minutes before we needed more - just to have it ready close to when we finished the first set! The food took ages to come - and we had to run around and almost literally capture the server to get the bill at the end! We were concerned when credit cards were given - would they ever come back?
Upstairs is good.
Downstairs is awful!
Eight of us went to Steamworks for a birthday one recent Friday night.
We were seated off in the cafe section of the restaurant, which made us feel kind of isolated. The rest of the restaurant seemed cozy and lively with nice comfy chairs and booths, this section was anything but! (We were later informed that they plan to put booths in to make it more comfortable!)
We ordered about 40 mins after arriving. We waited an hour for one appetizer to arrive. The bulk of the mains followed about 10 minutes later. We were still two mains short. One arrived in about 5 minutes. The remaining one arrived once everyone else had finished.
The chicken teriyaki and onion rings arrived cold. Their delux burger had absolutely no flavour to it. Their pizza and fries weren't too bad.
Every brewery I have been to in the past has had a beer that I have like. Tried four, and I couldn't recommend one!
Their service was okay, and understandably it was a busy night, but if their kitchen isn't able to cope with that many people, maybe they should open less tables. Maybe try the place on a quiet night, you may have better service. Stay away from their beers and burgers. McDonalds has more flavour!
We love this brewery and go whenever we visit Vancouver. Try the stuffed mushrooms--they're great! The beers are unique and wonderful, and a sampler rack is definitely the way to go. A++ atmosphere because it's on the water and reminds me of being inside an old-fashioned ship.
We really like Steamworks and went back three times out of our four days in Vancouver. It has a fantastiic view of not just the Mountains but also the busy Harbor. We were able to watch seaplanes, freighters, cruise ships and trains come and go while sipping on first rate beers.
We were also really surprised by how big the place was. At first it looks like just a relatively small pub in a library setting but when we went down the spiral staircase we discovered a whole other world, (obviously well known to the locals) which included a beautiful copper brewery room, a private wine grotto, another lounge with big couches and pool tables and also an oyster bar room for more subdued dining.
The waiters and waitresses were all very pleasant without being in our faces. They also were helpful with advice on what to do in Vancouver and some tips on where "real Vancouverites" go for leisure and entertainment. We kept going back to Steamworks to try more items on their menu and get more tips from the staff.
All in all, we thought Steamworks was excellent value, that was tourist friendly but still felt very much like a local hangout.
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