Dinner & Dancing At Stonegrill

Stonegrill is a waterfront restaurant located directly under the north side of the Granville Street bridge in downtown Vancouver. The upscale location offers a unique interactive dining experience where meals are served cooking at the table on super-heated natural volcanic stones that are heated to 400°C.

The unique “dry cooking” method, uses no added fats or oils and sears the food without burning. This method also eliminates product shrinkage, taste transfer from cooking compounds and carbonization of the cooking surface. Stonegrill claims their stonegrilling ensures a clean, and completely natural food flavor, not achievable with conventional cooking methods. The result is a freshly grilled, healthy and nutritious meal.

The restaurant is something to behold. The ceiling is a good 18 foot high with an equally tall wall of glass windows offering a spectacular view of False Creek and Granville Island. Unfortunately, the food doesn’t quite match up to the view. This may have more to do with my ability to cook vs. my ability to eat – I definitely eat better than I cook. However, for something to try just because it’s there, Stonegrill is a pretty good choice.

Dinner for five came in at $265 with tax, tips and drinks. That’s quite a bit to pay for cooking my own dinner. Stonegrill is a restaurant and not a club. Dancing is generally not allowed but they made an exception for Sally. Watch the video and you’ll see why.

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64 thoughts on “Dinner & Dancing At Stonegrill”

  1. Food is looking yummy but I am vegetarian

    1. Ryan McLean says:

      I don’t understand how that can look yummy to a vegetarian…?


      My wife is a vegetarian and she hates the touch and smell of meat. Lucky there is not smell option online.

      1. Harish says:

        ha ha great joke Ryan. If that option would come into net later then there wont be any one to smell the food prepared in their home ha ha 🙂

      2. Ryan I don’t know what I would do if I married a veg – I love meat way too much hehehe

      3. Ben Pei says:

        Lol thats true huh..

    2. Yeah about that cake looking item and that veggie is looking good but that meat is really looking row and that should be cooked more or you shoot the photo when they just delivered.

      But Sally was shaking her waist really great with proper hand movement. Is she taking any dance class ?

      1. I love the dessert, it looks so damn tasty.

        *Mouth watering, rushing to kitchen*

        1. Ben Pei says:

          Ya man.. Dessert looks really good. Or is it because its posted on john chow?

    3. Ben Pei says:

      Well you could take the first salad dish tho..

    4. It indeed looks yummy, I am not certainly a vegetarian. I can eat that anytime.

  2. Ryan McLean says:

    That steak looks so uncooked I would vomit if I tried to eat it.
    You really do have a taste for epensive cuisine don’t you?

    I guess I might get a taste for it when I can afford it. My blog is going way better now. My free ebook giveaway has brought my subscribers over 800.
    If I keep going at this rate I will be rich like you in no time

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      You can cook it however much you’d like. It comes to your table raw and then you slowly cook it over the stone slab.

    2. Michael Kwan says:

      On a side note, rare beef can be very good. That’s what beef tartare and beef sashimi are, essentially.

      1. Ben Pei says:

        I like it with egg.. I think its the korean style..

      2. I hope there is no bacteria living in there since it is not fully cooked .

    3. Reyn Aria says:

      Yeah, it’s too raw for my taste as well. I like salmon sashimi, but beef sashimi… I’ll pass.

  3. I love the Stonegrill restaurant (I live really close to Granville Bridge). I haven’t been for awhile now. Thanks for the reminder that I need to go back soon! The food you had there looks both tasty AND healthy!

    – Dave

  4. Akmal says:

    Wait a minute…. is that steak cooked… or is it raw??? i don’t understand.!!

    1. John Chow says:

      It’s cooking on the rock.

        1. So now they are saving cook salary as well and with that they are making this awesome.

          In many restaurant there are option of Barb Q at your table and you can cook your meat according to your choice. A chef will be there for you to guide you and assit you.

          1. That seems like spend saving to me formthe restaurant, lol. Good marketing I guess, putting you to cook and beside that you paid them, awesome.lol.

  5. Michael Kwan says:

    Did you go as part of Dine Out? The better deal is to go with the coupon from the Entertainment Book, because it’s buy one, get one free. For four people (two coupons) with drinks, you’d only be looking at $150 or so, give or take.

    It’s obvious that Stonegrill sells the sizzle and not the steak. The meat does not warrant the regular price. For another view on the cooking process, you can check out the video I took two years ago. Same thing.

  6. wow that looks like a really cool restaurant

    1. Yeah cool with their own style which you wont find anywhere in this world. Uniqueness always pay and this one is the hot example of it.

      Its sounding like we are in the old stone age … lollz

  7. Michael Kwan says:

    Just watched the video. Sally’s dancing is getting pretty advanced!

    1. Yeah she is looking pretty as well … her whole body is moving according to the music and rhythm. Looking very cute … no doubt about it.

  8. Daniel says:

    Looks so damn good. Especially as I lay at home trying to go to sleep and feeling kind of hungry.

  9. Dario Ganz says:

    Hi John !
    We are very happy with our “STONE fireplace”, we are cucking a lot of things in it ad here ( http://www.eganz.it/BLOG_LIBERO/POST/2006/09/060905_LIB_TULIKIVI_eganz/index_en.htm) you can see our dream, work in progres and finished !
    In North Italy we have a big old tradition for the cucking with ” PIETRA OLLARE ” : also a museum: http://www.pietraollare.com/ENGnewSite/index.html
    Ciao from the Dolomites !

  10. SEO Tips says:

    That place looks amazing! Thats an excellent idea for a resteraunt absolutely excellent, need to figure out if they have one of those in the UK

    1. I do not think that they have any branch anywhere in this world. They are unique because they are serving with volcano rock.

      1. Volcano rock! That is different, I need to vsist that restaurant. Shame I am a .lil too far away. Maybe someday.

  11. Youtube is acting crazy these days.. It says that the video is no longer available 🙁 But anyways.. I hope you ha fun John 🙂

    1. Just refresh it two or three times and you will be able to see the videos. Definitely You tube is now not able to handle the pressure and hence such kind of message.

      Just refresh it and you will be able to see it.

      1. Yeah I tried that and it works, seems oo mcuh people at the same time trying to use YouTube.

  12. Melissa says:

    I would try the steak cooking on the stone; as long as it actually cooked to at least a medium rare!

    1. I guess you will need to have those rocks almost melting to cook so high,lol.

  13. revenue says:

    Hmm it looks delicious, i would love to get one here lol ! 🙂

    1. As far as photos is concerned I like only Desserts and want to have it and enjoyed the way they would melt in my mouth.

  14. Mama BoK says:

    Ahhh..!! i missed stone grill .. back in Singapore.. ! we had stonegrill some 12 yrs ago.. at Clarke Quay in Singapore.. can’t remember the name of the waterfront restaurant.. but i did like the novelty then. Not a big deal back home now ..i guess.. 🙂

  15. I wish we had a restaurant like that around here…..Sally is getting really good at dancing. Her moves are awesome!

  16. Pheak Tol says:

    nice restaurant, the slice of cake looks good! the raw meat however could look better, but i guess you weren’t done cooking it yet?

    always have some nice places to eat, it’s not that much variety around my way tho.

  17. I must say it’s great that you’re from Canada…since all the restaurants you review are places I actually might visit some day. Course that the rate I’m going I’d like get away from the snow too.

  18. Mike B. says:

    Your meals always make my Ramen look like the 35 cent meals they are haha.

  19. Starreporter says:

    The Food are look very nice! Yummi 🙂

  20. Tyler Cruz says:

    Sally dances just like her dad 😉

  21. John,

    Enjoyed your story about failing at cooking your own meals! Before I was married, my refrigerator featured one carton of expired milk and an unused stick of butter. All meals were ‘eat out only’!

    As a successful engineer in Hollywood, the post house I worked for provided meals to clients, producers / directors / actors and the staff. Kept the clients working in the edit bays and the hourly rates of $500.00 to $700.00 hours producing revenue. We had a courdon-bleu trained chef who would make off-hours meals as well as full-course lunch and dinners.

    Nice video of Sally dancing, I would put her in the ‘Lobby’ to bring in more guests and barter for a free (!) meal?


    Nicholas Chase

  22. 100WordRants says:

    Based on your descripton, it reminds me of a place I had dinner at once in San Francisco. Nothing is better than huge windows with great views and tasty food! I may have to check this place out if I ever make it up to Vancouver again.

    1. Ben Pei says:

      I would.. If I were you

  23. Who knew Sally was into Techno…they start young nowadays…

  24. soares says:

    Too much money to cook my one dinner….but a nice time spend with family

  25. reflux says:

    good places to entertaint special guest….ehm, nyummmi……!

  26. game-girl says:

    I am a vegetarian and can not say I hate meat and don’t bear the way it smells, to say more I can look at it and bless the food on the table .Try to be tolerant to people of all nations,professions,races and tastes.

  27. wisdom says:

    is that meat actually cooked?

    1. Nope this one is not cooked. It will be cooked on a stone which have temperature of 400°C.

  28. I’ve heard of these “stone” type of restaurants before, but have never tried it out myself. I must say that your experience must have been great 😀


  29. Amazing I love it. Nice video btw she is so cute!

  30. Ben Pei says:

    OMG I love the steak john!!!

  31. Food is looking really great! Now I’m super hungry… Grrr!

  32. game-girl says:

    For today I’d rather order the dessert and dancing to enjoy.

    1. Yeah definitely Sally dance put smile on everyone face whoever saw this video. In fact my family members saw this video and really like Sally.

  33. game-girl says:

    Sally is so talented in dancing.Who teaches her dances.She is open and communicate with adults as well.

  34. Yes she is really cute, who knows maybe someday she will be like her father and will want to make money online too.

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