|Cuisine Type |||Eclectic|
|Ambiance |||Meet For Drink, Patio Dining, Casual, Dining At Bar|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Brunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Game In Season, Beer & Wine, Visible Kitchen|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa, Cash|
|Getting There |||Buses # 4, 7, and 44|
|Cross Street |||southeast corner of 4th Ave. and Vine St|
|11AM to 1AM weekdays, 10AM to 1AM Saturday and Sunday|
Profile Last Updated: April 30, 2008
The boxy one-storey building with an unfinished concrete façade on the corner of 4th Avenue and Vine looks a little out of place in the neighbourhood. But locals in-the-know have embraced the place with open arms and hungry tummies and brought all their friends along. Since most restaurants in Kitsilano shut their doors early, the Social House, open daily until 1 a.m.-ish, livens up the neighborhood night scene and is a welcome addition to the local dining landscape. Occupying the location of the old Vineyard diner, it now brings a sophisticated urban atmosphere to the low-key, dress-down neighbourhood, without sacrificing friendliness and accessibility.
The third restaurant in the rapidly expanding Browns chain (first in Yaletown, second in North Vancouver), Brown’s Social House is a smaller, more casual version of its uptown siblings. A mosaic skull and crossbones on the floor greets patrons as they walk through the doors. Wait for your table at the horseshoe-shaped bar hung with the requisite flat-screen televisions - four sets, projecting hockey games in four directions. One side of the wall has a gigantic mirror with whimsical etched flowers. Scarlet tile walls add colour, and a brassy “Eat” sign, all lit up, encourages diners to tuck in to their plates. Black leather banquette booths are raised and positioned for socializing. Tiny tables for two encourage instant intimacy. By the window, old-fashioned fuschia wing chairs at a table by the window draw curious looks from passersby. In the summer, lean back on the bright orange chairs at the sidewalk patio and enjoy the sunshine and prime people watching.
From the Kitchen
Sure, the place looks good – but more importantly, so is the food. Expect moderately-sized plates of ribs, steaks, angus beef, and burgers, as well as healthier fares of soups and salads. The Social House serves a line of Asian-inspired bowls, including the halibut rice bowl and penang curry bowl. Don’t forget about the drink menu. Especially scrumptious sounding are the Pom martinis and the Telly Savalas made with kiwi, peach vodka and bubbly. On tap are Strongbow, Stella and other imported beers. The wait staff, sleek in all-black, awaits your order.