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“Good food but could not serve alcohol”
Review of Browns Socialhouse

Browns Socialhouse
Ranked #41 of 321 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $16
Cuisines: American, Bar, Canadian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Welcome to the Island's favourite new hot spot. Located in North Nanaimo (off the Island Highway in Metral Station) Browns Nanaimo North is the perfect place to socialize with family and friends. Whether you are joining us for a business lunch, an after work cocktail, or watching the game with friends, this is the place to be.
beachbeauty69
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81 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Good food but could not serve alcohol”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

Always consistent with their food. A similar style to Earls and Cactus club restaurants. Tasty food, good atmosphere, but could not get alcohol as some 50 year old cougars got too inebriated and took a swing a couple of cops. Quite funny.

Visited July 2014
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Thank Sandytoebeaches
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AdamDukoff, Owner at Browns Socialhouse, responded to this review, September 18, 2014
Ok we have to admit that this review gave us a chuckle at the Socialhouse! We appreciate your review and patronage and do apologize that we couldn't serve alcohol during your visit. That was an unfortunate event but we are glad that we are back to normal business.

Hope to pour you a frosty pint in the future.


Kind Regards,

Adam
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English first
Nanaimo,BC
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53 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great value for money and nice atmosphere”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

We first experienced Brown's in Bellingham airport and loved the choice of food and setting. When the one opened in Nanaimo we gave it a try and we were not disappointed. Yes they have your basic pub food but a lot more besides and it is all tasty.

Worth the visit. My husband's favourite is the Dragon Bowl and I love the Street Tacos. Wings special 3 - 6pm and drink specials every day.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Cathy1979
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AdamDukoff, Owner at Browns Socialhouse, responded to this review, September 18, 2014
High praise from you on Trip Advisor! Thank you very much for giving our business such a generous review. The Dragon Bowl will be here forever and it has been a favourite amongst Nanaimo's patrons.


Kind Regards,

Adam
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Nanaimo, Canada
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Meh, nothing special”
Reviewed July 19, 2014

Heard such good things about this restaurant and finally went and was a little disappointed.
First off, there's no regular drinks listed on their menu so I had to ask what they had and the waitress started listing off virgin margarita, virgin caesar, etc (they had a liquor ban so she must have assumed I wanted something close to alcohol) but all I wanted to know was what they had for pop and juice. Settled with a shirley temple and it was terrible. No grenadine in it at all and I guess they used real orange juice as there were multiple seeds in the drink; couldn't finish it.
My boyfriend got a burger and fries, which he enjoyed and I tried some of his fries and gravy and they were delicious. I had the chicken tacos and they were just alright, no flavour really. I had a caesar salad with it and that was really good.
But all in all, not a place to rave about.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank ThatChica
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AdamDukoff, Owner at Browns Socialhouse, responded to this review, September 18, 2014
Thank you for taking time to give us your feedback and write a review. We apologize that we didn't blow you away with fresh food and honest service as that is what we strive for.
We appreciate the kind sentiments but we can do better to give you a true Browns experience. Hopefully you and your boyfriend will return to give us another chance.


Kind Regards,

Adam
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Nanaimo, Canada
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

Great food always! Service is great and food is consistent and appealing. Happy this restaurant is here!

Visited July 2014
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1 Thank ikc_11
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AdamDukoff, Owner at Browns Socialhouse, responded to this review, September 18, 2014
Amazing review!

Thank you for your patronage and for taking time out of your day to give us such a warm review. We are very proud of our food program and we are overjoyed you feel the same.

Kind Regards,

Adam
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Port Alberni, Canada
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207 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant in Nanaimo”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

I enjoyed the shrimp tacos. The salsa and guacamole are fresh and wonderful. Most food is made in house and it delicous. The staff are friendly and attentive. Prices are very average, atmosphere is nice. If you want a nice dinner out in Nanaimo this is the place to go.

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank Dorothy B
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AdamDukoff, Owner at Browns Socialhouse, responded to this review, September 18, 2014
Amazing review!

Thank you for your patronage and for taking time out of your day to give us such a warm review. We are very proud of our food program and we are overjoyed you feel the same.

Kind Regards,

Adam
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