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“We Love Sitting at the Bar Here” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Black + Blue

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Ranked #53 of 3,680 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $37
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Burrard
Description: The magic of a classic steakhouse, but with a decidedly contemporary twist. In-house aged rare cuts of beef, tableside Caesar salads, flambes, flaming coffees, and more. While he may find it familiar, it's definitely not your Daddy's steak house!
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“We Love Sitting at the Bar Here”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

People watching is well worth the visit, and Ryan runs a great bar. The Portobello Mushroom is to die for. And the steak nachos so tasty (even when they forget the steak!). Service at the tables can be a bit hit and miss, so we avoid it now (therefore maybe it's sorted and we don't know). But we enjoy sitting around the bar so much it doesn't matter. The decor, with the aged steak meat locker in full view, takes a bit of getting used to even for carnivores - but does show what this restaurant is all about - meat. We had the best Porterhouse Steak of our lives here.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cameron777
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Tara A, Guest Relations Manager at Black + Blue, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review - we love Ryan at the bar too! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Vancouver, Canada
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133 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Beef Wellington good for lunch...yes pricey, get the company to pay for it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

Black and Blue, for you Vancouverties, is situated on the former site of Saltlik Restaurant. Saltlik went the way of the dinosaur due to the intense competition in the casual dining space from the likes of Cactus Club Cafe, The Keg and Earls. In its place is now Black and Blue, an upper scale steakhouse.

This place is excellent for business lunch as the food is top notch and the service is excellent. The service was prompt as most business lunches in Vancouver are short and to the point - say one hour at most.

People may say why have such a heavy red meat meal for a business lunch. My counterpoint is the beef is prepared so splendidly that it felt like a light meal as I was not slowed down afterwards at the office. My recommendation is go with the Beef Wellington. The combination of the beef with the pastry was amazing. Yes it is pricey but if the company or the person who invited you to lunch is paying, then go for it.

But if you are paying for your own lunch and don't want to spend a lot of money but enjoy a great meal, then I would suggest the beef burger and beer special on Fridays at Black and Blue. For $10, you get an amazing full on beef burger with a side of fries or onion rings and a bottle of beer. Can't go wrong with that.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tara A, Guest Relations Manager at Black + Blue, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Thank you for your review! Agreed - the Beef Wellington & the $10 Burger & Beer are great lunch choices. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Edmonton, Canada
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great food but pricy!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

Our large group was moved to a private room thank goodness! The Black and Blue is one of those trendy establishments that wants to deafen you and prevent conversation. In the private area we could turn the music down to an appropriate level and converse! The menu is about beef but my salmon was delicious. For an interesting evening, bring a fat wallet but enjoy!

Visited April 2013
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Thank jtlEdmontonAlberta
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Tara A, Guest Relations Manager at Black + Blue, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Glad to hear you enjoyed your private dining with us! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Exceptional Food, Great People”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

From the moment you enter, you are greeted with phenomenal service. Our table was amazing - we had a great view and our server was fantastic. If you ever get a chance - ask for a table in Tony's section - he is hands down one of the best servers I've encountered. The food was delectable - we enjoyed a very special evening. Definitey looking forward to going back for the best ambience and gorgeous view of the city. If you haven't been yet, you definitely must go!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Eva P
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Tara A, Guest Relations Manager at Black + Blue, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review - we have passed on your kind words to Tony & the restaurant team. We look forward to welcoming you back in again soon. Cheers!
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Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great service, food, and atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

I was in Vancouver for work and stopped by black and blue for happy hour with coworkers. We had such a great time that we ended up staying for dinner and after dinner drinks. Our waitress Alita was especially awesome. The fried macaroni and cheese sticks were delicious. The atmosphere was upscale and comfortable.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CI103
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Tara A, Guest Relations Manager at Black + Blue, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
That's what we like to hear! Thank you for making us a part of your visit to Vancouver!
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