Friday Night @ Real Sports Bar (Entertainment District / Union Station)

Zomato sent me a gift card for $60 to use at Real Sports Bar, so I got a few friends together on a Friday night and made an evening out of it. It so happened that the Jay’s were playing well at the time and the place got packed, but sadly they got their asses whipped on this particular evening.

The voucher required that I contact Dana Levy for a reservation, and Dana was quick to set this up, and was even happy to change the reservation when more friends wanted to join us.  The evening of the reservation, several friends got their early and wanted a booth, and I expected the restaurant to make it difficult for them, but when I got there, my friends were happily seated at a booth and were eager to tell me that we were not given a deadline (they had heard that there was a 2 hour seating limit at the booths – don’t know where they got this from, but was happy to learn that we would not have to worry about that!)

As each of my guests arrived, our server Alex was ready to greet them and take their drink order. In fact, we got really lucky to get Alex more most of the night since he was incredibly attentive, but not overbearing, and was polite and friendly throughout the evening.

We stayed for about 3.5 hours and ordered food and drinks throughout the night. We started with appetizers, then we got mains, followed by dessert, and drinks in-between.

This is what we loved…

  • Great service
  • Food was tasty, and specially loved their sweet potato fries, the fish & chips (huge and delicious!) and their nachos
  • One friend ordered the pork chop and it was overcooked, but Alex quickly returned to the kitchen and came back with a juicy pork chop and newly plated
  • The portions were decent – though some items were larger than others (e.g., fish & chips was a good portion, but the bowls and pork chop not so much, but decent)
  • The venue was large but not overwhelming so, and the patrons all seemed to be having a good time
  • Plenty of TVs to watch the games and they are not all playing the same game or the same sport
  • Free pop refills

What I did not care for…

  • Alex asked if we wanted guacamole on our nachos and we said sure! He forgot to mention that it was an extra $6 or $7 extra (can’t remember which of the two it was)
  • I was drinking ginger ale and switched to a coke for my last refill and I was charged for two drinks – was not told that switching flavors would result in a new charge
  • The prices were quite high for the mains (most around $20). And for what you got, I did not think there was value for money.
  • The regular burger and salad did not look appealing at all and the friend that ordered it was not impressed
  • I had high hopes for the peanut butter pie, and for $9 I thought it was overpriced and did not deliver on the peanut butter flavor. I tried to share, but my friends were not really impressed by it either
  • We could only get one bill, which became very difficult for us to figure out and a lot of time was wasted on calculations when separate bills could have made the process more convenient

In Sum…

My friends and I had fun at Real Sports, and enjoyed most of the food as it was well-seasoned, with good ingredient combinations and were very well executed. We also enjoyed the vibe and excitement of the restaurant, and the service was on-point. However, with the prices being on the higher end and feeling misinformed (or having information omitted – though I am sure not intentionally), the night left me feeling a little disappointed. That said, I would not be opposed to returning for another game or two…but with so many bars and pubs in the city, I am just not sure how many of my friends were impressed enough to return. Hmm

Real Sports Bar & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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