Irish Heather
Irish Heather
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Irish Heather

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.irishheather.com/
  • Phone: 6046889779
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Alvin Pillay
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For catering information please contact Sean Heather at: sean@irishheather.com
  • Private Party Facilities: Located in the heart of historic Gastown, this GastroPub has garnered many accolades for its service, food, alcohol & ambiance.
  • Private Party Contact: Event Manager 8669453491
  • Entertainment: We have live Irish music on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm. However there is no dancing.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On Carrall St between Water St and Cordova St
  • Public Transit: Public Transit stops are located at the corner of Carrall St. and Cordova St. only a few meters from our front door. We are located a short distance from Waterfront Station. After exiting the station, turn left and walk down Water Street. We are very near to the intersection of Alexander, Carrall, and Water streets.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking: You can park on the street (the meters run till 10:00, 7 nights a week), or at the EasyPark on Water St. - it's a secure, patrolled lot with 600 spaces, just half a block away from our door. If you're not familiar with Gastown (or if you're a visitor to Vancouver), you can get directions to our location from Google Maps. Taxis: Taxis pick up and drop off right at our front door.
A word from Irish Heather
Located in the heart of historic Gastown, this GastroPub has garnered many accolades for its service, food, alcohol & ambiance. In a world filled with "Plastic Paddy" establishments, the Heather stands out as a beacon of authenticity. An Irish House that is owned by Irish people who actually work there...how refreshing!!
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Irish Heather reviews from OpenTable diners
  • A safe choice in Gastown
    phoebeKAT
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    It will not disappoint any one. There are beer, wine, cocktail, whiskey and more. We were sent to the long table in the next room and it was actually nice and quiet enough to have a conversation without yelling at each other.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited food menu, but very good
    AmandaMVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    We had a very good meal here. I would definitely go more for the drinking than the eating, but we enjoyed the food. The steak and ale pot pie was very good and quite large. The menu is a little small (I think about 6 entree selections), but the drink menu is very extensive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great to see some GF beers
    kaplant
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    Great to see some GF beers on the menu, but they need to work on adding more GF menu items to their existing menu.
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  • Loved the Vegan pot pie. Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Loved the Vegan pot pie. Good selection of beers. My new favourite spot in the Gastown area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not The Same!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    I have been a patron of the Irish Heather for many years. However, I have moved from Vancouver it has been a number of years since I visited and was very disappointed to find the Heather had moved location! You are not the same! Sorry.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the service, waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Loved the service, waitress was friendly and attentive without being over bearing. We were there during dinner hours and I found the noise level acceptable, we were still able to carry on a conversation! I'm a little picky about my guinness and found the stout to be fresh and the pours were traditionally perfect irish pours. I had the Guinness Steak Pie, the pastry and gravy were great however I found that the meat was mostly just fat which turned me off a little. My date had the bangers and mash and said it was fantastic. All in all, an enjoyable evening, my only recommendation would be to use some nicer cuts of meat in the pie.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I think we ordered the wrong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    I think we ordered the wrong thing. Who goes to an Irish restaurant and orders a steak??? We should have asked what is most popular. I think that was our fault. The steak wasn't very yummy. It tasted kind of burned but was all pink inside. We had ordered medium. It is obviously a very good restaurant, it was packed on a Sunday evening where most of the other restaurants around it were half empty.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of a party of four two
    JJpdxVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    Out of a party of four two people were happy with their meals and two of us were not. The one standout, and not in a good way, was the Vegan Pot Pie which was inedible. I have dined at the Irish Heather off and on for many years and I can honestly say that the food was better earlier on in their business, before the move to their current location, than that which I experienced last week. The Irish Heather is still a good place for a pint and some atmosphere but I won't be visiting again for a meal.
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  • Tried the vegan pie and mashed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Tried the vegan pie and mashed potatoes. PIie was ok, rather dry so could be improved drastically with a vegetable gravy on the side. Even though I ordered vegan pie server brought side of meat gravy. It was only when I questioned gravy that server realized .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good! Would have like
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Very good! Would have like Whiskey pairing with the food :)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and pleasant service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Good food and pleasant service. However, apparently making a reservation for the Irish Heather doesn't mean that you'll have a spot reserved in the Irish Heather. When we arrived the hostess greeted us and led us through the Irish Heather to the back of the room, took a right past the washrooms and through another door which led to the Salty Tongue. It was here that she asked us to sit at that establishment's long table. I explained that there must be a misunderstanding since I had reserved for the Irish Heather. "This is the Irish Heather!" she responded. Um, no it is not. We went back to the bar, thankfully found four bar stools and perched against the wall. Not the best start to the evening, but at least there were seats for us
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  • Beverage menu great. Whiskey
    RpfreezeVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    Beverage menu great. Whiskey flights a great idea. Food was pretty good. Appies better than main course. Would head back for drinks and apps.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was amazing! The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    The food was amazing! The staff was friendly and the snakebite was a dangerously delicious drink! It was a perfect place to start off our girls night out! I would go back again for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little gastropub.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    The scotch list was amazing. It had a great selection of scotches at a reasonable price too. Their "mixed beer" list was pretty good as well that showcased a bunch of mixed beer drinks I haven't seen since I was younger. The only downside was the food menu wasn't as extensive as I thought it could've been. Being an Irish pub, it did have your standard fare such as Steak & Guiness Pie and Bangers & Mash, but I was surprised they didn't carry Shepherd's Pie. Overall, a good time was had by all in our group.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Irish Pub with a touch of class.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    We were looking for an Irish Pub that had a good menu and we found it Couple that with a terrific server and we had a very enjoyable evening. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not great
    NVdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2012
    I thought the Irish Heather was okay. I ordered the fish & chips and it would have been tastier had it been warmer; unfortunately it arrived lukewarm. However, the batter of the fish was flavourful and crisp. My friend ordered the pasta special, a gnocci, but the texture was strange. They had a good selection of beers on tap, and I had an Orchard Hill Cider which they had on tap for quite a reasonable price. Our server was attentive and had no problem splitting the bill for our party. I can't say the experience was bad, but it wasn't overly exciting either.
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  • Great selection of beers and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2012
    Great selection of beers and whiskeys, but only OK pub food. I have had better elsewhere. I was surprised, since it bills itself as a gastropub, that the food was not better.
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  • I have been to the Irish Heather
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    I have been to the Irish Heather now a few times, each time i go it never dissapoints. Excellent Beer and Whisky list. The food and service is also Excellent. I would advise booking in advance as previosuly i had went on spec and could not get in due to its popularity. But if you book, its the best Pub in town.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went only for drinks. They
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Went only for drinks. They have every brand of whiskey that your heart desires. Wonderful friendly staff. Had a specialty cocktail that had bacon; it was interesting but was not to my liking. My bf sampled several whiskeys and was happy with all of them. Would recommend to the whiskey lover.
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  • It was a lovely place but
    phoebeKAT
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    It was a lovely place but the noise level was very high and the table(we were a group of 5) was so small, we did not feel comfortable. We ended up leaving much earlier than planned and went to a different place for more drinks and food. I will try to visit when it is less busy next time!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Arrived early, was seated
    Wendyme66
    Dined on 7/4/2012
    Arrived early, was seated immediately. Treated very well, food great, would reccomend!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we appreciated what we got
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/1/2012
    Great UK pub feel. Love the brick walls and the relaxed, convivial atmosphere. The food we had was tasty and portions were reasonably large. However, there were many things on the menu that we wanted that happened to not be available, which was only told to us after we tried to order it. Speaking of service, it was painfully slow. Our server would completely disappear at times, leaving us hungry or thirsty; luckily she was affable and cute. I also know it is an Irish pub, but there was an overall lack of choices for non-whisky/non-beer drinkers. Overall, a good space that I'd give another chance because we liked what we got (best Shandy's in town) which helped us overlook the down sides to the evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food; friendly and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2012
    Fantastic food; friendly and helpful staff. It was fun to dine at the communal table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good to head back to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/19/2012
    Always good to head back to the Irish Heather. Great food, good beers and a great venue. Really appreciate a Gastown bar/restaurant having specific vegan items on the menu and the vegan pot pie is so tasty even carnivores can enjoy! The long table can get noisy so go there prepared to raise your voice, turn up your hearing aid or just soak in the atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great selection of food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/1/2012
    Great selection of food and drinks, and an even better selection of drinks. Warm service. Another enjoyable visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    My experience at Irish Heather was satisfactory. I had been once before and enjoyed myself so I had recommended we try the place again. My second experience was not as exceptional. The service was fair (they seemed to be forgetting our table often) and the food was a bit over priced considering the quantity and quality. I may not return for a third visit.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic beer list, wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/9/2012
    Fantastic beer list, wonderful staff (jane, randy, all seem awesome). Highly recommend the lively ambience, neat nooks and crannies to sit in and delectable food pairings.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go for the drink; revel in the food
    DoctorJ
    Dined on 5/1/2012
    Pleasantly surprised to find a diverse food menu for what we expected to be "just bar food." Our party of 7 included 4 satisfied vegetarians. E-X-T-E-N-S-I-V-E beer and whiskey selection, reasonably priced. No-nonsense service-- a pleasure to order food without having to put up with a performance. Will definitely go again when travels take us to Vancouver.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great. Service a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/20/2012
    Food was great. Service a bit slow and disorganised. Took a long time once we finally ordered drinks for them to arrive. The drink selection was great though, as was the food. Delicious fries, burger and soda bread. Loved the authenticity of the place. It was cozy, and had great atmosphere. I would definitely reccommend it and go back again sometime myself.
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    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent selection of whisky.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/9/2012
    Excellent selection of whisky. Good, hearty food. Lively atmosphere in evening. A little pricey.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • clams were not great, fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/28/2012
    clams were not great, fish pie and salmon were very good. not sure about the glasses, a pint should be a pint!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my second time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    This was my second time at Irish Heather and this visit was outstanding! While I had some service issues the first time I dined at Irish Heather about a month ago, this time around was perfect. The food was reliably delicious: I got the slow cooked crisp pork belly with mashed potatoes and kale. The pork belly just fell apart beautifully at first touch, the kale was perfectly cooked-not chewy or bitter, and the mash was creamy and light. The service was assured, unobtrusive, and well-paced. I was really impressed with the Lunch menu (we went for Dinner the first time): there were a great range of options, yet small enough to keep the quality and freshness high. Thank you, Irish Heather!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Food has gone downhill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/9/2012
    6 friends meet for dinner and drinks. Drinks were good. Everyone's food was disappointing (except for the curry fries and the cheese plate). What happened Irish Heather? You use to be a great Gasto-pub. Go for the drinks. Skip the dinner.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great time, delicious food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/29/2012
    Great time, delicious food, great staff, fun time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There's better places in Gastown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/25/2012
    Beer is over priced, food was good but small portions, service very casual/unprofessional . I used to love the Irish HeAther but feel its gone down hill.
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  • Overall a nice experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/22/2012
    Overall a nice experience. Price point a little high for pub food, I would not become a regular here because of this. Dineout Vancouver menu was good value. Enjoyed the bangers and mash, but one of our party ordered this dish a la carte, which was supposed to come with onion rings according to the menu but did not. When we pointed this out to the friendly server, we were told that they were not included with the dish anymore. This was disappointing to hear, as perhaps we would have ordered something else if the menu had been updated.
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    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service are good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/21/2012
    Food and service are good but the seating arrangements are awkward.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Should not be in Dine Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/20/2012
    Should not be in Dine Out Vancouver. Uncomfortable seating at large bench style table or low-back plastic chairs. Good for if you just want to go drinking and maybe have some pub food of ordinary quality.
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  • While I enjoyed my dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/15/2012
    While I enjoyed my dining experience at the Irish Heather, there were a few notable disappointments. Namely, our entrees were brought to us well before our appetizers were finished and our server never brought our bill, even though our tables had been clear for some time. It was only once we got up and started putting our coats on and approached her that we were able to pay. It was not busy at all, so in my opinion, there were no excuses for these very basic mistakes. The food did not disappoint though. The Bangers & Mash were delicious and the Heather Fries were hot, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, with perfect seasoning and yummy ketchup and curry sauce to dip them in. I would go back, but with some hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Management lost my reservation
    LordInsidious
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    Management lost my reservation and put my party in the back of the restaurant next door even though there were tables in the Heather. To make matters worse the manager confronted me with his booking sheet to show me I wasn't in there, but promptly ran away when I pulled out my smart phone to show him the confirmation.
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