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The Keg - I know, I know - not my fault:Gift Certificate & Kids

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todc1996 Jan 5, 2007 09:05 PM

we received a gift certificate to the keg. we thought we would take the so's offspring (girl 10 boy 7) for a 'big' saturday night out......their version of fine dining is cheesecake factory & fran's near the eaton center so the keg should feel like splendido to them.
given that, which keg do you think would be the most interesting atmosphere?
i was thinking either the keg mansion on jarvis or the keg on york (maybe then i can drown myself in maritinis before i actually have to eat the food).
it seems that jarvis doesn't take sat. night reservations but york does (do i really need them?).
opinions greatly appreciated.
thanks for you help!

  1. OnDaGo Jan 5, 2007 09:11 PM

    Keg is surprisingly busy and each is surprisigly different... York is very corporate and modern in a woody kinda way.. Reservations are a must during the week after work or lunch because it is a corporate hangout...

    Mansion is Old School feel which I think the kids will like better and with the multiple rooms and big spiral staircase you feel like you are dining in a mansion. Be careful parking there though... have heard stories that it is a favorite spot for smash and grbs from the local crack heads... look for the shattered window glass in the parking lot.

    There is also the Keg beside Jamie Kennedys which is a bit smaller and maybe easier to get into.

    1. orangewasabi Jan 5, 2007 09:43 PM

      I quite like the beefeater martinis at the Keg (I get them with 3 or 4 olives, they're the big ones)as an app

      I agree the kids'll probably like The Mansion better. But the York St one would feel more 'grownup'.

      Do you really hate the food at the Keg? I haven't eaten many dishes there but I do like the prime rib -- it's one of the better restaurant PRs in the city imho.

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        hungryabbey Jan 5, 2007 10:48 PM

        I really recommend the mansion, and definetly get the prime rib. Ive eaten alot of prime rib and this is surprisingly some of the best Ive had.

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          Pebbles Jan 6, 2007 12:35 AM

          I second the Mansion, if you want to impress the kids ask your server to tell them some ghost stories (the mansion is haunted!!).
          If you go early on a Saturday you may not need reservations but if you go later be prepared to wait.

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          Gary Jan 5, 2007 11:43 PM

          My wife and I are also often blessed/cursed with certificates to the Keg. We usually frequent the Church location near JKWB. My recommendation is to spend as much as you can on alcoholic beverages and the actual steak. Don't count on the sides to be more than edible, and avoid like the plague most of the appetizers and any dishes that are not strictly steakhouse specialties. In a fit of insanity we once braved an appetizer called "tempura snap peas and asparagus" and it was very, very bad, sopping with fryer grease and acrid tasting.

          However, in years past I've always found the Keg Mansion to be somewhat superior to the other locations, in terms of decor, food, and service.

          1. orangewasabi Jan 6, 2007 12:04 AM

            another Keg tip . . .

            the one on Church will substitute all the sides (the onions & potatoes) for asparagus at no extra charge.

            1. deelicious Jan 6, 2007 01:32 AM

              The mansion would be loads of fun and very impressive. But be prepared to wait probably 20-30 minutes if early! If you call and explain your situation I am certain they will recommend the best time for you to arrive. York St would be my only other choice and it too will impress. It is dramatic and darkly lit. I don't mind the food at The Keg. I think it has improved equally to the increase of prices over the years. It is no longer a cheap place.

              Enjoy!

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                fickle Jan 6, 2007 01:50 AM

                The wait is usually shorter upstairs in the lounge. Since they've renovated, it's quite nice upstairs. The last couple of times I've eaten there, the steaks didn't agree with my stomach so now I stick to my favourites the house salad and the sourdough bread. Mmm...bread...

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                  hungryabbey Jan 6, 2007 01:54 AM

                  mmm their complimentary bread is really good. I always have to try really hard not to fill up on it (considering if you get a steak 'dinner' you get a huge steak with sides, and a huge salad to start as well)

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                  Aardvark Jan 8, 2007 05:21 PM

                  I agree with your comments on the Keg. I was at the Keg for the first time in many years about 6 months ago and I really enjoyed my meal. I have since gone back a few times for their mini burgers. Unfortunately, as you state, they have increased their price in line with the quality of their food.

                3. Googs Jan 6, 2007 05:35 PM

                  The Mansion location definitely has a more Disneyland feel for the kids. They will provide you with a pager that goes off once your table is ready. Go upstairs and seat yourselves in the very comfortable bar area to wait. There, you can order app's if you wish, watch hockey, & I encourage drinking the Keg-sized Caesar's. One of my guilty pleasures is the garlic-laced escargot they serve. Disgusting and pleasurable all at the same time, ergo the guilt. Service there tends to be professional and courteous.

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                    JennaL Jan 8, 2007 04:59 PM

                    I love it when the server asks "would you like to Keg-size your Gin and Tonic?" Hell ya!!!

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                    todc1996 Jan 6, 2007 09:32 PM

                    thanks all for the tips....we're heading out to the mansion soon....i'll be sure to report back......

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                      julesrules Jan 8, 2007 06:04 PM

                      Last time I went (November, in Newmarket) it seemed they had changed the menu items and/or the ordering structure - like salad did not come with the prime rib dinner anymore (as an example). And by default everything seemed to come with these horrible onion string things (maybe good in theory but limp with grease in reality, and not a good contrast to mashed potatoes and steak). I'm not a Keg regular but things seemed different than we remembered and not in a good way. Just something to be aware of as you order because our server was not forthcoming.
                      I agree the mansion is a fun choice for kids, and also agree that you might have quite the wait - even in the late afternoon.

                      1. icey Jan 8, 2007 07:37 PM

                        I went to the Keg in Woodbridge a few weeks ago and we were pleasantly surprised. Nice, hot bread, a beautifully cooked 8 oz steak, with baked potato (HUGE!). My bf had the ribs and chicken breast, decent, good taste but i have had better. Overall we had a lovely experience. I, for one, am not ashamed to say that I enjoy chain restaurant food once in a while...these are comfortable, you know what to expect, and I usually get a more than decent meal out of it. P.S. there are a lot of CHers that enjoy Chains. Just look at the Chains board!

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                          deelicious Jan 8, 2007 08:18 PM

                          Not to mention that Canyon Creek, without a doubt serves the best double pork chop in the city!

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                            julesrules Jan 9, 2007 03:12 PM

                            I think it can be okay (it's an inlaw favourite so I'm there once in a while) if you stick to the basics - steak and potatoes. Avoid their soups, attempts at things like short ribs, etc and you can have a decent meal.

                          2. Brain of J Jan 8, 2007 08:58 PM

                            "maybe then i can drown myself in maritinis before i actually have to eat the food)."

                            No need! The food at The Keg is very good. The service is friendly and efficient. You could do a heck of a lot worse than The Keg.

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                              curly Jan 10, 2007 05:33 PM

                              We ate at the Keg on Sunday evening. The Sheppard and Yonge one. Although it is not one of my favorite Keg's the meal was real good as usual. I didn't order any appetizers, but the bf had the shrimp cocktail and thought it was excellent. We both ordered the New York Classic which comes with baked potato and a few green beans and mushrooms. I cannot complain about the steak it was cooked perfectly. I have never had a bad meal at a Keg anywhere. I can say my least favorite Keg is the one out by the airport.

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                                starvin Jan 10, 2007 05:37 PM

                                Try the Caramel Apple Martini at the Keg...delicious!

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                                  rbc Jan 10, 2007 06:22 PM

                                  We eat at the SHeppard/Yonge Keg a few times a year - we've never had any major problems. Service is attentive (a little bit slow though) and the food is ok-good. The table we were sitting at (in the back) was freezing because of a draft, but they shut down the vent for us, which quickly warmed up the area.

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