Paulies Kitchen

Paulies Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mjg.ca/
  • Phone: 6046692255x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday 11:30am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - Late
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Darren Watson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hemlcken
  • Public Transit: Just steps away from the Canada Line, Roundhouse Station terminal with the skytrain running until 1am.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Paulies Kitchen
The Distillery Bar + Kitchen opened in the Spring of 2013 serving up straight forward Italian-American style dishes and boozy handcrafted cocktails. The menu was developed with an emphasis on sourcing local ingredients, taking the time to make products from scratch and being inspired by the way that ‘Mama used to make it’.

The restaurant hosts a long 30 person communal table ideal for large groups, family-style dining or getting to know your neighbour. Guests can also pull up a stool at the restaurant bar which looks on to the fully open kitchen for an interactive experience, or sit outside on the heated patio to people-watch with a bottle of wine and flavourful pasta.

You may reserve seats online for a maximum of six guests. Please note that due to the style of our restaurant service parties of 4 or more may be sat at a communal dining table. Cheers!
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Paulies Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (3)great for lunch (2)neighborhood gem (2)vibrant bar scene (2)fit for foodies (1)good for groups (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Booking taken but not open
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I booked via this site but when I got there, they told me that they are not open for lunch although this site said my booking was accepted. This was a client lunch so I won't book through OpenTable again.
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  • Very, very good!
    notagourmetVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The two of us went to Paulies "craving Italian food." I had the chicken parmagiana special and my dining partner has a starter tomato salad followed by an individual pizza-looking dish. I don't recall what it was called. We both loved our meals --- they were simply delicious. And sitting outside on the patio was a nice treat as well. But what really made the mark on us was the service/server. I wish I could recall his name but can't - sorry --- but he was so spot in with his service. The right amount of attentiveness, courteous, smiled easily and eager to ensure we had a good meal. This was a very, very good experience at Paulies!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    No attention to details. Server served the wrong food to the wrong guests. No apology and no reflection on the bill. Penne alla vodka had too much garlic in the sauce. Bar and lounge is beautiful but food can be hit or miss.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice service and food..
    notagourmetVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We have eaten at Paulie's several times with inconsistent service but invariable good to great food. This meal the food was great and the service was amazing. There was a manager who was buzzing about really keeping things flowing and folks happy. We had a nice meal, on their patio, and quite enjoyed the attentive service. We will return and would recommend trying this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spaghetti delight
    notagourmetVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I needed a fast and light dinner before meeting up with some friends for a movie. I was craving spaghetti and so I popped into Paulie's and had their small spaghetti portion. It came with no sides but it was plenty enough to fill me up as it was. The taste was simply delicious. I'd certainly consider Paulie's again for some spaghetti!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 25 reviews are from the Paulies Kitchen reviews archive.
  • Didn't like it
    LauraFVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is not Paulies anymore. We used to go all the time, but the menu has changed and the name too. It's now the Distillery.
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  • Really good
    notagourmetVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I see that Paulies has been getting mixed reviews on open table and so I had no idea what to expect for a quick mid afternoon lunch. I was there between traditional meal hours so the place was quiet. Service was very attentive. I chose a small portion pasta dish that was freshly prepared in the open kitchen area near where i was seated. The only unappealing aspect of the meal was being able to hear the conversations in the open kitchen and finding out that the cook did not feel well at all the day before but was fortunately beginning to feel a little bit better today. Probably not the best kitchen talk for customers' ears. In the end though I was there for the food and it was delicious and fairly priced. I'd likely return.
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    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go
    RianVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food is average and the service is a joke. The waiter doesn't know how to pour wine and brought out the dishes half an hour apart. It's just not the kind of dining experience that you would expect given their pricing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and drinks!
    Catherine
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Four of us sat on the patio last Saturday evening. Really enjoyed the food and the drinks! Between us we ordered pasta, the boneless half chicken and the veal Parmesan. We all loved our meals!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt like a chain restaurant
    sbg12
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The restaurant was actually called The Distillery and was't Paulie's kitchen as advertised. The food was ok- standard "Italian" - felt like a chain restaurant. Would like to see a few healthier menu options. Maybe some more local fare.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh.
    MissVVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    The food wasn't spectacular or particularly good. We went on a Thursday night and it was absolutely dead - so I think there must be a reason for that… the server was great - she was very friendly & attentive. The wines were good/well priced.
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  • DJ
    Ty52
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We went on a Saturday night and we were seated right away. The food was very good and our server answered our questions professionally. I was very impressed with the music the DJ was playing including Sinatra, Bublė, and Sammy Davis Jr. but he made my night by including 60's Soul music. I would go back just for the music!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Godfather Approved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Go now for brunch before everyone else finds out about the broken meatball hash! The pastas are also fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service is across the board
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Service is across the board pretty poor at Paulies//distillery. The servers always have an attitude and aren't afraid to show it. Good thing food and drinks are good otherwise we wouldn't come so often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun with Fabulous Food!
    NVdinerVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Loved Paulies! This was my first visit, and I went for Dine Out. The restaurant had a fun, energetic vibe with a big, enthusiastic group sitting at the long table and lots of clamour from the kitchen. Our server was friendly and went out of her way to make sure we had a good experience. The food was awesome. We had a fried cheese & meatballs for our two appies and they were delicious. The pasta I had for my main was cooked perfectly and full of flavour. Lots of sausage and tomato with a rustic, authentic feel to it. There was no attempt to rush us through our meal (a frequent Dine Out complaint) and the portion sizes were great. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Nice place for dinner. I had the meatball as appetizer, a really good entree, and then I had the orquietta with Italian sauce, if you like spicy this is your plate. Really good service. The server was funny.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad but...
    notagourmetVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Not bad .... but plenty of room for improvement. The server (Lucy?) was superb. Fast, efficient, knowledgeable and pleasant. As good as they get. I had the pasta puttanesca and while the taste was fine the consistency was dry and a bit off-putting. On the plus side the kitchen had spiced it up just perfectly for me, as I had requested. My dining partner had a bruschetta which was overwhelmed with the toppings --- but not good enough that one might start craving these. He also had a shrimp starter which was nice. The place was quiet and the staff in the open kitchen got a bit rowdy and distracting (probably out of boredom). Nothing to do? Prep and clean! On the whole a good meal and great service. Will be back? Yes. Right away? No.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful evening
    Flamingo
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    excellent service from our waitress Lucy; delicious food; inventive cocktail menu; a great night out
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trending favourably
    notagourmetVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    I think this was our 7th meal at Paulie's since it opened. We had one "very off" experience but this meal and service was quite good, this time around. They dropped the "you write out your own order routine (we never minded, but apparently some folks did) and it is now a server takes your order from a printed menu. The food is quite good and our routine has now settled into sharing several appies followed by a large salad for two and we are just fine. Alcohol is pricey and so we don't always have that --- the house red wine was not to my liking last time around. The patio is a delight on a lovely day or evening. We will be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not really ready to be open -
    WanttoknowVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    more training in the kitchen and on service needed! The service was comically bad but the waiter was friendly and likeable and he warned us he was new and confused, so we didn't really mind the mix-ups. The chicken meatball flatbread was almost devoid of flavour, yikes I think they need to start over on that recipe. We ordered the beef/veal meatballs as a main course and they were good but the risotto they were served on was cold and mushy and the side of broccoli rabe was cold and limp, quite bitter and floating in butter and garlic. The patio is very nice and the prices are very good but until they get things together in the kitchen, I'd stick to drinks and appies!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I hope that this was a "one of"
    notagourmetVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    We have had 5 great meals since Paulie's opened. However, this evening they were really off of their game. The service staff were "just not with it." We had to ask for a beer glass twice, they cleared our utensils with our salad course and then brought our meals not noticing that we had no utensils. We had to ask - twice. Our drinks were never refilled without us asking and once they left with a glass but didn't return with a drink until we asked again. On the food side, the risotto was a clump of goo. And the meatballs were a bit pink on the insides for my preference. We will be back to try them again. After all --- we have had some great meals and service in these last 2 months. I hope that this was a "one of"!
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  • Nice new restaurant
    Dinermom
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    We eat out in Yaletown often with our 10 year old son. Tried out this new joint on a Saturday and sat at the patio. the waitress was very helpful in explaining how to order family style. The food was very good and portions are quite large. our ambassador came around and made sure we were taken care of. That was a nice touch. Paying the bill took a bit longer because you have to pay on your way out. there was a line up when we left. Overall, we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio, OK food, bad service
    foodandwineplease
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    Made a reservation and when we arrived were told we could sit right away or wait 15 minutes in the bar for a table outside. Gorgeous patio, seemed like a good call. Drinks in the bar were VERY slow to arrive and our table was ready before they even arrived. The staff weren't able to transfer the bar bill to the restaurant so we asked to pay right away. Half an hour later, still no bill and our restaurant table had been given away. Only ended up getting a table after pleading with some nicer restaurant servers. The French 75 cocktail was too sweet, the food was mediocre and we weren't offered any sympathy for the terrible service. Seriously beautiful patio is the only redeeming feature.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Their meatballs are really
    LizzieVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Their meatballs are really good and tasty, however I'm not too sure about their flatbread pizza that my friend had. It didn't look too appealing and it didn't seem to have that much ingredients on it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant new Yaletown restaurant
    vandinerVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Italian comfort food in a great atmosphere. It is a very new restaurant so still working out some kinks, but the ambiance is great, the food good, and service staff friendly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great music, food, ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Great music, food, ambiance and service. Paulies is a fabulous addition to Yaletown. It is pleasently and refreshingly different than any other place in the city and I look forward to many return visits. Thanks for a great evening!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new neighborhood favourite
    notagourmetVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    We decided to check out Paulies Kitchen for a dinner. They have a large patio area and we were seated quickly. The staff did a great job of explaining their service routines as well as the menu options. We asked for their recommendations and everything was spot on. The baked peppers (with meatballs) were amazing as a starter. We each had separate pasta dishes which were quite nice. We found the meatballs to be amazingly moist and flavourful. For desert we ventured into the vanilla gelato with olive oil --- sounds bizarre but it works. The venue is nice, the staff are hard working and eager to please and the food is a welcome change in our part of Yaletown. We will be back --- at least once a week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    Great food with really good service another great place by the yaletown brewering company would definitly keep coming back here specially when more people start coming around
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good
    Mellow
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    Cool space although the restaurant side is a little ho hum in comparison to the more lively bar half. Meatballs were a 7.5/10 for me. I've had better. Lasagna was great. Stuffed peppers were nice. Weird payment setup where you take your bill up to the hostess stand when you're done to pay. On a busy night/lunch hour this would be a slow nightmare.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great good and service. Would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Great good and service. Would definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic