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“Great food and atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Refinery

The Refinery
Ranked #645 of 3,507 Restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $4 - $12
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: West End
Cross street: 1115 Granville Street
Transit: Granville and Yaletown skytrain stations within 5 minute walk.
Description: Refinery is a market style eatery and cocktail lounge focusing on fresh, local and wild ingredients with a focus on French and Spanish inspired tapas cuisine. Our menu uses local product whenever available to help reduce our carbon footprint, while also ensuring marine sustainability by adhering to the OceanWise Program. To further reduce waste, the Kitchen and Bar work closely together and share extra ingredients, so that they can be used in the accoutrements for our charcuterie board, as well as the bitters, tinctures and preserves used in our cocktails. Over the past few years, the Refinery has become known for our unique, seasonal cocktail program which focuses heavily on our in house made syrups, liqueurs and bitters. Our staff is well versed in classic cocktails, and our bartenders are excellent at creating personalized cocktails that fit any customer’s taste and mood. We are truly the only spot to get a great drink on Granville Street. Our staff is knowledgeable and quick to help guests with any questions or concerns. Being ambassadors to our city we are always happy to point travelers, tourists, and new Vancouverites towards all the amazing things our city has to offer. We provide a laid back, comfortable atmosphere to our diners through our music, dimly lit room, and elegant decor. The Refinery is nestled in the heart of downtown, but tucked a little out of the way of the hustle and bustle of the Granville Entertainment District, we are upstairs at 1115 Granville Street, between Helmcken and Davie. We are conveniently located within walking distance to many movie theatres, concert halls, and sports stadiums which makes us a great venue for food and drinks before or after the show. ~ The Refined Ones
Vancouver, Canada
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Definitely a place to take your friends for a casual night out for good food, drinks and atmosphere. Our server was very knowledgeable of their menu which wasn't too overwhelming. I recommend ordering the tiger prawns and the meatballs. We will absolutely try the other items on the menu next time.

  • Visited August 2012
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Honolulu
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Excellent tapa style restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Food was tasty, service was attentive. The restaurant is on the second floor and we initially walked past the restaurant, as the only signage was a billboard on the sidewalk

Visited June 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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346 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“Cool, beautiful place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

beautiful.

italian european cousine.

2 rooms of different feel.

enjoyed looking at walls with great photos.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Valux01
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Melbourne
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfectly balanced”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

Great combination of flavours and textures. Wonderful range of thoughtful ingredients.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Roslyn K
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Vancouver, Canada
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Surprisingly Good!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

I had a credit with Living Social and decided to purchase dinner for two at the Refinery. The food was delicious! Each dish was properly cooked and seasoned and really flavorful. I thought the portions might be on the small side (because they are mostly tapas) but they were very filling. The Living Social included 2 drinks, 2 small tapas, 2 large tapas and 2 desserts. A steal really! I will definitely be back!

Reservations recommended - we had to book a week in advance to secure a spot.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank sneaknsmiles
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