Address: 759 Yates St.
Phone: (250) 590 5253
Price: ~$15 for a main
Notes: Straddling the divide between a chain & a local restaurant.
The Yates Street Taphouse just opened in the space that the Office has occupied for the last few years, across from the Odeon Theatre. I was kind of excited to see the ramp up to the opening... they installed 40 taps, the majority of them local, and boasted a few harder-to-find on tap versions of import beers. While plenty of pubs in Victoria feature copious taps of beer, but the value/quality proposition on the food in the majority of those places make me disinclined to visit regularly. I have my fingers crossed the Taphouse can turn this around.
The decor is not too dissimilar from the former Office. There seem to be more booths, a larger bar and a little less of a feeling like you hadn't actually left work. The larger bar is beautiful, but the bar also sits between most of the room and the bathroom; they need to rethink a little where they seat people in order to ensure that after a few towers of beer it doesn't become too much of an obstacle course to pee.
The menu is solid, with plenty of delicious sounding appies, a great burger section, pizzas and a reasonable choice of pricier main courses. It definitely has hit a good cross-section of the market, appealing with at least one something for everyone at our table during our recent visits... even people who I would consider selective eaters.
I had my suspicions that the staff that tried (and failed) to turn the Macaroni Grill into the Lucinas Taphouse were trying again, and my sleuthing proves I am correct. This makes sense; the vibe does kind of straddle the divide between a chain restaurant and a local haunt in much the same way Sauce does. The clientele seem to be pretty mixed at this point, however, so time will tell which niche they settle into. I think they would do well to decide if they want to be known for their own thing or become overflow from the Cactus Club etc. Obviously (if you have read even one more blog post of mine) you know that this isn't my style. However... if they're going to maintain the faux-pretentiousness and blonde waitress schtick to pull away some of that clientele but Actually manage to serve good, cooked-from-scratch food, have excellent service and decent prices I can't actually complain. Keep your fingers crossed...!
December 2, 2012
November 30, 2012
December 2, 2012
Although this server didn't have as much spice and sparkle as the server a few days before we certainly had no complaints, and it was shockingly tight for how little time the restaurant has been open!
November 30, 2012
I have to say, our sever this evening set a whole new bar for 'best service.' She was friendly, funny, and remarkably finessed at the casual up-sell. When we asked about the towers of beer, she covered a gap in her knowledge about how many pints they served by joking "all I know is it's more than a pitcher for less money, which is all I think you need to know!" At the end of the meal, when she arrived with the bill to discover we were wavering about if we wanted to keep drinking she quickly snapped it back and returned with samplers of the bellini. I kind of wish I could hire her as my personal server to follow me around from restaurant to restaurant so I never have to have shitty service again...