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Kingston Taphouse & Grille

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333 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Located in the heart of downtown, the Kingston is the place for all downtown events. Let the Kingston start your night off right before the game or show, or catch all the action on one of the many HD big screens.

On any hot summer day head to the patio and enjoy the best kept secret in the city, The Kingston's two level patio in the middle of the busy city, truly is an urban oasis.

The Kingston is an ideal location for group events. Six unique rooms allow for multiple experiences, from intimate sit down dinners to lively cocktail and appetizer receptions.
Mingle in the Taphouse, the heart of the Kingston. Dine in our contemporary, 110-seat restaurant, with its comfortable private booths, inviting fireplace, exposed brick walls and display kitchen. Or come downstairs and party in our Wrec Room. Guests can lounge by the fire,or enjoy one of our signature drinks over a game of pool. For small intimate functions, consider The Wine Library.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday 11:30am - Late

Saturday - Sunday Brunch 10am - Late
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Phone number
(604) 681-7011
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Simon Mcleod
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
West Georgia and Robson
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Parking details
We are within walking distance of 3 public parking lots. Street parking available.
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Public transit
We are within walking distance to Granville Street Skytrain Station.
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Entertainment
NFL Sunday ticket.
Canucks PPV.
Three giant projection screens.
DJ capabilities.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 333 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.4
service
4.0
ambience
4.2
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great service, typical pub food

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

We arrived early but were seated immediately. Service was great. A great place for a casual get together!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was delicious, and served hot! Staff was very friendly and the service was attentive. The only challenge was getting from the Telus parkade to the restaurant, because even short distances can be challenging for those with physical disabilities. The drop off area out front addressed this problem, except in our case where both of us have mobility issues! One solution MIGHT be is to have one permanent handi-capped stall out front in case drop off is not a viable option. Kudos for the efforts made to accommodate those with disabilities! Overall, the dining experience was great, the food was fantastic, and the ambiance is welcoming and comfortable.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Will be back, a nice little spot, very good food and excellent prices. The staff was super as well.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Good food and service. Really miss the beer cheddar soup - you need to bring it back!

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

A venerable favorite slips a notch. Friday night for dinner out -- hardly a sole. The kitchen staff and servers resembled crows lined up on a power line -- staring out at the handful of guests -- a little bit eerie. Burgers (and even the bacon topping) was very bland (and overdone). Server was cheery, helpful and pleasant. We'll have a good hard think before coming back to the Kingston. Too bad...

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

We enjoyed our brunch. The server, Jessica, was very pleasant and attentive. The food is a great price and filling. Some more options would be nice though.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

The Health Salad is fabulous but I really missed the Beer Cheddar Soup!

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

I've been to the Kingston many times and was underwhelmed by the service which made the meal just average for me. We certainly didn't need to reserve as the restaurant was quite empty. When shown to our table we were in a two seater that had pub chairs. I was with a friend who has back issues and felt more comfortable in a booth. When asking for a booth ( there were many around us ..again, not busy ) the hostess took us to the back of the restaurant right beside the server / kitchen / bathroom area...felt like a bit of a punishment for asking for a booth however I thanked her and she just walked away abruptly like we were an inconvenience. Having a bad day??? Secondly, we waited over 10 minutes for a server to approach us - remember, we were right beside the server area and kitchen. They seemed to not have time for us until my friend finally called over to see if we could be served. Once our server arrived he provided the service I was accustomed to at the Kingston..friendly! All in all, the food was good..it's a great area close to shopping and the Orpheum / Commodore so I would still recommend...just sad to see people having a bad day...if your unhappy in your job, find another...the Kingston will thank you!!

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Great atmosphere although a bit noisy. Our waiter was fantastic (forgot his name).

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3.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Server completely ignored us for first 20 minutes, like we weren't there and let all the glasses get empty. When I called to increase my reservation a week in advance from 6-10, the person on the phone gave the impression I was asking something unreasonable, should have been a simple yes or no and positive but was not.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Good place to go for a bite to eat before a game. Favourite stop before a BC Lions game

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent service from Jackie. More Happy Hour options and a few additions to the menu would be appreciated.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

All good. Great friendly service and good eats

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

I had the BLT, which sounds simple enough but it was heavenly!!! Great atmosphere! Will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Great restaurant! Had reso’s for 5:30 but due to lots of traffic got there late but they still the reservation 😀 which was great because restaurant was full , service excellent and food outstanding ✅the best Calamari in town

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Nice casual place to meet for lunch or dinner ... or before a game. There's is a small enclosed patio, which is perfect for the summer.

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3.0Dined on August 21, 2017

It's been a while since we've been here. We almost turned around and left after such a cold greeting. I think the hostess either needs a vacation or a new job. People need to be greeted much more professionally and definitely with more enthusiasm. No hello, no smile, and barely a grunt all the way to the table. Sorry but that was bad.

Our server saved the experience and any chance we'd come back. We'd give her 5 stars! She was prompt, efficient, and explained when the bar got backed up. The food was pretty good as usual. I had the dry ribs to start and the angus burger for my meal. No complaints.

Not sure if we'll return but if we do I hope we'll be greeted professionally.

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Visiting Vancouver and looked to Open Table for assistance in finding a spot for lunch in unfamiliar territory.

Proved to be a wise move- the food, service, and atmosphere fit the bill!

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Comfortable place to go for quick meal...our dinners arrived very quickly. Good for pre or post game dinner. The menu is limited, but the food is good, our sandwiches were fresh, and the portions are good.

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2017

I had a reservation for 5:30. for some reason the hostess wanted to sit us in the pub rather than the dining room.
Maybe I misunderstood? everything else was fine.

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1.0Dined on July 3, 2017

They closed and didn't tell us they would be closed so we arrived for dinner and nothing. Luckily our hotel found us on short notice another option.

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2.0Dined on February 9, 2017

Great for a drink after work. Food is not good and service is minimal.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2017

As always, the Kingston was very accommodating when my reservation grew from 10 to 19 at the last minute. Everyone was happy with their meal.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2017

We booked this restaurant prior to a Canuck's game on Sat. Feb 4th. We started with beers but only a few were on the menu so we had to walk into the front of the restaurant to see what was available on the board. Kind of unusual, but we were able to talk to the bartender and requested a beer similar to another beer's taste profile and he was bang on with his recommendation. Calamari was good but not a large portion. The mains were one of the flatbreads, steak sandwiches and a pasta dish. The steaks were cooked perfectly and the gorgonzola butter on the bread was awesome. Fries also very good. The flatbread was a hit as well. Pasta dish was good but not as good as the other two selections. Food was delivered hot and fairly quickly which was great as we were trying to get to the game early. If there was a bit of a downside on this particular night, we had to ask for our second round of beers vs. being asked. Have eaten here many times before and continue to go back. A fairly solid choice when you are going to an event in the area.

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3.0Dined on February 4, 2017

I made a reservation for 8 called to extend the number to 10 and they told me because it was a game day they probably wouldnt honour it, so that put doubt in my group and only 5 of us came and the place was empty,kind of a shame they could have had 5 more customers

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2017

Great food, superior beers on tap and bottled. Food was delicious and prompt. Those hot wings were just right, as well as the calamari and nachos. Those were all I got to taste as my colleagues finished the rest before I could get to them. We met after work; parking was easy to find on the street. Our server was fantastic -- I wish I'd made a note of his name: he was courteous, friendly, fun, with just the right casual-formal balance. I would definitely recommend!

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4.0Dined on December 16, 2016

Solid food all around - seafood (linguine), steak, salads, and dessert (multi-fruit crumble) were all very tasty.

Drinks were a smidge bland/tasted watered down but still complemented the meals so not a major issue but probably the area with most room to improve.

Would recommend and would go again.

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2.0Dined on December 15, 2016

Our server was not very helpful and defensive. We ordered two glasses of the same wine and when our third guest arrived she wanted the same wine. We asked our server if we could get the bottle instead. She refused and said she already rang it through. She did not even make an attempt to accommodate us. The food was good but unfortunately the bad service is a reason I will not be returning anytime soon or even recommending.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2016

Generally really like this place but on almost every visit we have had to send at least one draft beer back as it was very flat.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2016

We went here pre Canucks game. Staying at hotel across the street. Casual but nice sports bar/restaurant with an open kitchen. Pork chop was great, soups were great and shrimp dish was great. Server was very helpful with my gluten free questions. Limited GF menu but food was great. Booths were cozy and you could hear each other when it got crowded.

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3.0Dined on October 15, 2016

The Kingston Taphouse has always been our 'go to' pre-game meal spot. For years the food was outstanding and the portions were plentiful. We have notice over the past couple of years that the portion size has shrunk and the overall quality of the food has diminished, become more processed tasting and has lost its uniqueness. The fantastic value for dollar spent is definately gone. The food isn't horrible, it tastes good but not spectacular like it use to. In comparison I might as well go to white spot for thier preface $10 special, not much difference in taste... Our days of choosing the Kingston over everywhere else is gone after Saturday's meal. It's time to find a pub or restaurant that is above average, as the kingstone use to be. We also noted that the kingstone was not nearly as busy as it use to be, perhaps others are feeling the same way. It's the end of a food experience era for us...

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2016

Prompt, efficient friendly service, decent beer selection, great food, comfortable, not too noisy, close to transit.

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1.0Dined on July 26, 2016

I usually do not like to give bad reviews but this was probably one of the worst experiences that I could remember. Our waiter was terribly rude, when I asked for my bacon well done he told me he had no control over what came out of the kitchen. When my order was wrong he argued with me saying it was my fault and that is what I ordered, he never did ask if he could fix my order. We could see that it was busy but he gave us this huge rant about all the tables he had, at one point it took us 25min to waive him down for a drink and another 20min to pay our bill. When my friend kindly confronted him about his attitude he said what should I become a stripper like my mom. I did not understand the comment but it was extremely inappropriate. To be honest I think we were all in a bit of shock with the poor service, In all honesty I have got better service at Tim Horton’s.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2016

Best server ever -wish I got her name -freckled auburn curly hair -perfection in her attention.

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2.0Dined on July 14, 2016

I was disappointed that they didn't have a few drinks on the menu as advertised. They also didn't seem to know how to make some of the drinks we ordered. I ended up just ordering a beer. The food was good for the price. Otherwise, great place to stop in for a bite to eat but that's really about it. Nothing special.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2016

Corn chowder and onion jam/bacon/gorgonzola were delish!

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2016

Reservation was made under my name for 2 people at 6:15. I arrived at 6:15 and was told that I was the first one in our party to arrive. I was seated at a table and waited until 6:35 when my husband showed up. He had also arrived around 6:15 and was told that HE was the first of the party to arrive. He was seated at a table on another floor of the restaurant. We were sitting for 20 minutes at two different tables before my husband did a "walk-around" the restaurant to see if I was there.
I had googled the restaurant menu prior to arriving at the restaurant. When I tried to order an appetizer I was told that the menu on the website was very outdated!! I then ordered an appetizer from the appetizer menu on the table I was seated at and was told that that too was an old menu.
So far - 3 strikes
My husband goes to the Kingston on CFL (BC Lions) game nights and said that the service, etc was normally much better, however I was not impressed.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2016

Great place to hang out with friends and have a good meal. It's a pub so it can get quite noisy but we were lucky it wasn't too busy that night. Great services as always.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2016

Great food at s wonderful price!

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