There are several Keg Steakhouses in Vancouver and other parts of the Lower Mainland. The casual dining restaurants are famous for their steaks and prime rib.
There are eighteen Keg restaurants in British Columbia including four within the City of Vancouver. There are also two locations in Surrey and one in each of Abbotsford, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Langley, Maple Ridge, Richmond, West Vancouver and Whistler.
This article contains the following information about Keg restaurants:
Lower Mainland Keg Restaurants
The Keg Steakhouse is a Canadian-owned premium casual chain. The place is known for its classy decor and modern interiors as well as its steak and prime rib-focused menu. It’s also highly rated by websites such as TripAdvisor and Open Table where it receives about 4 stars on average.
The Keg’s menu focuses predominantly on their steak and prime rib dishes. Meat entrées include prime rib, top sirloin, striploin, rib steak and filet mignon. Folk can also add seafood like scallops, shrimp, crab or lobster to their dishes.
In addition to their steak options, the Keg offers other chain dining staple dishes. Burgers, pasta, salads, pork ribs and chicken are also on the menu. Being a more upscale chain restaurant, the place also offers several fancier options. Interesting dishes include an escargot appetizer, blue cheese filet mignon and lobster tails.
Included with most dinners (except maybe for takeout) is fresh bread, which is delicious!
Most menu items are geared towards adults; however, the Keg does offer a kids’ menu (which several of its competitors do not). Special items for children include things like chicken fingers, cheesy noodles (a.k.a. mac and cheese), kids’ burgers and child-sized steaks.
Takeout and Celebration Kits
Due to COVID-19, the Keg (along with most restaurants around the world) has had to focus more than ever on its takeout business. Almost all items from the menu can now be ordered online in advance and picked up at your closest Keg location. (Note: As of the last time we checked, Happy Hour prices are only available for dine-in customers.)
During the pandemic the Keg has also been offering what they call “Celebration Kits”. These take-home packages include all the raw ingredients needed to cook a 3-course dinner for two at home. Recent options are things like pork ribs, rib steaks, prime rib and New York steaks.
We ordered one of the New York Celebration Kits for two. The kits came with a good amount of food and our steaks were delicious on the barbecue! Our kits contained bread, two Caesar salads, a pair of twice-baked potatoes, a couple of steaks, asparagus, red pepper and cherry cheesecakes. The kits also provided butter for the bread, salt, pepper and after-dinner mints. It was all very tasty and COVID-friendly!
Lower Mainland Keg Locations
There are about a dozen Keg restaurants in the Lower Mainland. Surrey has two locations, with one on Scott Road and the other at Morgan Crossing. There is also one each in Burnaby (near Willingdon and Highway #1), Coquitlam (across from Coquitlam Centre), Richmond (in the strip mall on the Steveston Highway by Highway 99) and in West Vancouver (at Park Royal Mall).
The City of Vancouver has four locations. They are in Yaletown (at 1011 Mainland Street), Granville Island (at 1499 Anderson Street), Dunsmuir Street (at Granville), and Alberni Street (but also accessed via Granville Street near Thurlow).
The restaurant in Yaletown has a rooftop patio in warmer months. The one on Granville Island is located conveniently close to one of the city’s most interesting Shopping and theatre districts as well as the False Creek Seawall.
History of The Keg
The Keg was founded in 1971 by George Tidball. Today there are more than 150 locations across Canada and the United States.
Originally named “The Keg and Cleaver,” the first restaurant was in the Moodyville neighbourhood of North Vancouver (which is just east of the Shipyards and Lower Lonsdale District). Coincidentally, both the Cactus Club and Browns also started on the North Shore. Also interestingly, although originating in the city, apart from Delta, North Vancouver is the largest Metro Vancouver community that today has no Keg.
The chain was purchased in 2018 by CARA Operations. Renamed Recipe Unlimited shortly after, the parent company is a huge corporation that also owns Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, Montanas, Milestones, Original Joe’s, New York Fries, Elephant & Castle and a range of other restaurant brands. The corporation is based in Vaughan, Ontario. The Keg’s head office, however, is in Richmond, BC.
Years ago the Keg used to treat its customers to a free lunch or dinner entrée on their birthdays. Now, if you go to the restaurant on your birthday, you can get a complimentary dessert.
A restaurant created by former Keg employees in the Okanagan over 30 years ago is Kelly O’Bryan’s. Today the chain has locations in both Kitsilano and New Westminster. At Kelly O’Bryan’s you can still get a free entrée worth up to either $20 or $30 to help you celebrate your birthday. Kelly O’Bryan’s is like a Keg, especially the location in New West, but with an Irish theme.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your dining experience
TIP # 1: An exceptional time to visit the Keg is during the Dine Out Vancouver Festival in January or February (or early March in 2021). That’s when hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants offer special 3-course menus. The Keg entrées are usually things like steak & lobster, prime rib, salmon or New York striploin for around $50. You also get an appetizer and dessert which makes it an exceptional deal.
TIP # 2: If you’re on a tight budget but still want to spoil yourself, order one of the largest steak or prime rib dinners and ask to share it with your dinner partner (assuming you both like the same thing). The Keg will usually serve it on two separate plates. Doing this is cheaper than both people ordering the same dish but separately and in smaller serving sizes. The money you’ll save will cover the cost of your salad, appetizer or dessert.
TIP # 3: Only suggest the above idea to your dinner partner if you know them well and you think they’ll see value in the idea. Don’t suggest it on a first date or with someone you’re trying to impress! ?
TIP # 4: The Keg is a popular place. If hoping to eat there on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, during the Dine Out Vancouver Festival or some other special occasion, make your reservations well in advance.
TIP # 5: Like most of its competition, the Keg has a Happy Hour, but for dine-in only. Our favourite is the plate of prime rib sliders!
For more details visit the official Keg Steakhouse website.
Other comparable chain restaurants include Cactus Club, Milestones, Browns, JOEY and Earls. When you find one of these places you’ll often find one of the others not too far away. Another similar but much smaller chain is Kelly O’Bryan’s which has a location in an old train station in New Westminster.
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