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“Burger was so good!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
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Ranked #12 of 3,677 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $25
Cuisines: Bar, Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Kitsilano
Cross street: MacDonald
Transit: Bus stops within a block
Montreal, Canada
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Burger was so good!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

So we do go often to restaurants and do have a lot of good things to say about this restaurant. Service was good and they came to check on us enough and always in a timely manner. Place is nice and warm. Music is not too loud which is always nice when you dont feel like screaming to the person next to you... Octopus, burger, bread and the steak tartare were just so good. Absolutely nothing to complain about. Desserts were ok but not as good as the mains.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Michel J
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Vancouver, Canada
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Concept promising but execution off.. (unfortunately)”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

We wanted to like this place, we live in the 'hood and appreciate discovering new places to eat at and support. The staff is very friendly, and place is welcoming and comfortable, a cross between hipster kitsch & antler/woodcutter sheik which normally wouldn't interest us but they pull it off with a beautiful 'long table' to boot. The service is also very fine (the owner/host didn't charge for my meal because he forgot to ask for no hollandaise sauce on it). Unfortunately from the git-go things went awry with the food, the coffee was awful, thick and bitter, we got replacements and they were just as bad. Odd, because if they coffee was good we'd come back just for that - but there's no excuse for bad coffee nowadays. The smoked tuna and eggs in the nicoise were great but the corn bread underneath was dry and way over baked. The ribs were equally dry and tough and the potato pancakes oily and hard to chew. I could go on but this place had all the promises and not much of the follow-through. The guests on either side of us thought the same from what we could gather. Maybe try again in a year or so to see if they've improved but who knows how long they'll be around. I wish them luck and hope they improve.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank acej
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not just the best burger in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

The Oakwood opened in my neighborhood a little over a year ago and it didn't take long for me to become a regular. Very tough not to order the burger and poutine with house smoked beef cause they're amazing. But the rest of the menu is comparable to any fine dining in Vacouver with pretty much everything made in house. Nice beer list, small but fine wine list, cozy ambiance and incredibly friendly staff.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Bob K
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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food for a great price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

The service was great! And the food, oooh... It was a special mix of flavors, colors and textures. It seemed like we were eating in a high class restaurant, but for a reasonable price. I would certainly recommend it!

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Dieter V
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Gulf Islands, BC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Amazing Flavours!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

The decor is simple, woodsy yet artistic and inspiring. No pretension here. Just a comfy place to slide up to a wood slab table and prepare to eat some of the most unforgettable dishes ever.

There were 6 in our group and none of us could decide on just one dish. We wanted it all! The server suggested a tasting menu and we quickly agreed to her offer. They started us with the octopus. I'll admit I'm not the biggest squid fan and expected this dish to be the same. What a pleasant surprise to taste this flavour combo of pickled shallots and smoky bacon with lightly fried octopus. The chef here has perfected the art of combining just the right blends of sauces and emulsions with his dishes. Every single plate they presented was a feast for the eyes but more importantly, a symphony in the mouth.

The house-smoked brisket topping the poutine was amazing. Two people in our group had never tried poutine before and I believe they will be disappointed trying it anywhere else after having tasted this version. Incredible. Beet salad, steak tartar and the 3 duck combo were all delicious. The sirloin plate was equally divine with steak cooked to perfection. By the time the dessert trio arrived we were barely able to move. I had to wonder where I could possibly find room for even one more bite of food. I'm glad I made the effort because all 3 were heavenly.

The service was fantastic - attentive without smothering. Best of all, the bill was about half what you'd expect to pay. We all sat and reminisced about experiences at other "fine" dining establishments and commented on the value we received here over other restaurants. If you are looking for inventive and tasty food in a casual yet artistic environment where you don't need to spend a fortune, this is the place.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ilikeheat
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