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“Cool Place, Cool Patio”
Review of Chill Winston

Chill Winston
Ranked #171 of 3,811 Restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Contemporary, International, Bar, Cafe, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Gastown
Calgary, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Cool Place, Cool Patio”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

Met some old work mates here on a Friday for lunch. Sun was shining and we sat on the patio. What a fantastic location as I love to people watch and I've always loved gastown. A cruise ship had come in and I think we made it before the rush.

Between the four of us there were fish tacos, bison burgers and turkey clubs on the table. Everything was deliciously presented and tasted very good. I had the fish tacos and delighted in how fresh tasting they were (I live in Alberta now). We were enjoying some drinks with our meal and the only con was sometimes the drinks were forgotten. The bathrooms are uber cool, kind of a communal in a way with a shared sink.

Our server was friendly and helpful. A great experience made better by friends and a sunny day!

Visited May 2013
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Farnborough, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A perfect mid afternoon stop”
Reviewed May 29, 2013 via mobile

We were very impressed by Chill Winston today. After getting utterly depressed by the relentless rain, we sought refuge in this bar which became a perfect haven for the afternoon. Firstly, our waitress was a revelation - warm, welcoming, knowledgeable, attentive and utterly personable. We watched her tending all tables equally and with care. The ambience was perfect and we were able to sit on the leather sofas watching the toing and froing of people in the trendy Gastown. The food was excellent - fresh and modern with a carefully planned menu catering for small to large appetites. We thoroughly recommend the bison rillette and the stunning chocolate truffles. We also loved the fact that you could order lcoal beer tasters before diving in to the big boys! Brilliant to see all age groups welcome in here - the younger bar set through to the older folk simply wanting a pot of tea. A really chilled afternoon in this classy gastro bar. Thank you for making this a great experience for us. A definite recommendation.

  • Visited May 2013
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vancouver
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great Patio,nice vibe”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

We ended up here after trying to go to the Vancouver Urban Winery which was closed on a saturday. I was very pleased it was! We had a great pre dinner antipasti board and great wine while the sun shone for the ]last couple hours. Dessert was also great.Nice laid paid atmosphere, under no pressure to hurry up and the menu was really good. Looking forward to going back

  • Visited May 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Spent a lovely afternoon in this Restaurant in Gastown . Great atmosphere . Excellent service and the food was yummy

  • Visited May 2013
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Toronto, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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“Nice patio & location - Boring Food”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Visited Chill Winston last week with friends. We were starving, when the server offered us the menu, I was disappointed. It was just too formal for what the atmosphere of the restaurant seemed to be. The restaurant seemed to be looking for a pub-style atmosphere, and on the menu they had duck and bone marrow? Just didn't add up.

We had a group of about 9 of us, and we were drinking quite a bit. Someone from our group went to the bar to order some shots, we were promptly told they don't do bar service. Looking around, I could see people at the other side of the bar sitting and ordering food there. So you do bar service or you don't?

It felt as though the servers were annoyed we were drunk, its a bar, you served us all the alcohol, what did you expect? We were a group of friends who hadn't seen each other in years looking to have a good time, and pay the money to do so, that didn't seem to thrill the servers.

I would return, maybe during the day and on the patio. I don't know if I would return for the bar scene.

  • Visited May 2013
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