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Secret Location
Secret Location

Secret Location Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.secretlocation.ca
  • Phone: (604) 685-0090
  • Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday - 11am–late
    Saturday and Sunday - 10am–late
    Holidays - 10am–late
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Jefferson Alvarez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carrall Street
  • Public Transit: Waterfront Station
    Chinatown Skytrain Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: To the right of the restaurant there is public parking after 6pm. Additionally access the parkade located one block west on Water Street.
A word from Secret Location
One part lifestyle boutique, one part restaurant, Secret Location is a concept store that offers deliciously fresh design and cuisine. Housed under one roof is a visually stimulating Tasting Room and carefully curated retail boutique.

Our Tasting Room offers European inspired cuisine in casually elegant surroundings. Enjoy multi-course meals, extensive selection of wines by the glass, Italian artisanal coffee and pastries made daily in-house.

Our boutique offers new, thought provoking pieces that embrace creative ingenuity, quality craftsmanship and bold thinking. Shop fashion, literature, novelty, gadgets and home accessories.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
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Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoyed an excellent meal with friends. Fabulous chic decor. Exquisite cocktails. Food was unique & delicious. Superb prompt service from hostess to servers. An incredible dining experience. Recommend to all foodies."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Very nicely paced courses, excellent wines. Staff makes it work well. Like the gastown area, this spot is a sort of modernist white on white decor I would normally pass by, but we enjoyed the evening very much."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This is one of best restaurants in town, I strongly recommend it."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "My 18-year-old daughter and I (from California) had been at Secret Location two years ago, probably very soon after it opened. When we were back in Vancouver this time, we wanted to see if it was still there. It was, and although the dinner menu was too expensive for us, one of the staff suggested we try Sunday brunch as an alternative. We did, and it was great. We sat outside on a beautiful day, which allowed us to enjoy the good food and see the Water Street passersby. The food and service were excellent."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Outstanding menu, courteous service and elegant atmosphere. I strongly recommend and will become a habitué."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had 5 course dinnner with wine pairing. Excellent food and service. Very nice and contemporary decor. Highly recommend !!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This a great restaurant and they had a really attractive cooking style. They provide 3 types testing menue for choosing. This is a typical European Fusion Resturant. Beautiful and fancy design about their decoration and food. I just could not understand why there is not so much customer come to here. It is little expensive, but acceptable, because their service and food is extremely great. It is so weird that do not have so much customer come to this restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My friend and I stumbled upon this restaurant and stopped in for a drink. Our waiter was very charming, and served us some very unique cocktails. I decided to return for lunch, and tried the "special" , the wild boar burger, very tasty. I hope to come back soon."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We came here on Father's Day for brunch. It's the first time we came here. My husband ordered Crepes and the presentation looked awesome. I ordered Bison and Eggs. The bison cooked to my liking and it tasted great. The eggs were a little charred on the edges. Harsh brown was on the oily side. My 6-year old son said the croissant was "yummy". I personally like the ambience and the service. I will go back in the future for dinner as this was what my friend recommended for. I wonder if the quality of food will be different between brunch and dinner."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Gorgeous décor and great location. Strange that we were seated near the back when the restaurant was almost empty and not even offered the patio when completely empty. The amuse-bouche was excellent as well as the coffee and cronut. The eggs were not for amateurs and when we requested them be re-cooked, the replacement was identical."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The Secret Location isn't for everyone. The food is very out there and different, creative. The food is like a painting produced by a skilled addict, it's completely out there yet beautiful and enjoyable. If you are looking to explore food, and try something very new and different, this is the place to go for brunch/lunch/dinner."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I was initially surprised because the dinner menu was prix fixe and pricier than I expected, but it was completely worth it. The food was very nicely presented and was super tasty. The service was also very good, I read some other reviews that weren't impressed with service, so maybe they have changed staff?"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This restaurant just misses. We were the only patrons at 12:30 pm on a Friday. JUST US! The service is... very strange. The music was loud with a heavy beat and though it was changed twice for us, it didn't get any better. Food was incredible so it really is too bad. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I had pretty high hopes for this place and it surpassed them by far. I'm not much of an elitist so maybe my standard isn't high but I was really happy taking my wife and little girl there for our mothers day brunch. The food was outstanding and the service was extremely pleasant and quick! Couldn't recommend it any more! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I had a good time here. The lobster hash was really yummy. Hashbrowns were nice and crispy. There were lots of choices for gelato/sorbet. The caramel one was delicious. The only downside was having a smaller table for a big group of people. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Awesome food, environment and service. Different and a credit to Vancouver for internstional visitors."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Soup Special and Dessert were amazing! Creative menu items!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I came here for Brunch with my girlfriend and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! I rarely give more tip than I have to, but I did this time because the waiter was so nice! The ambience was really nice for Brunch. The waiter gave us some Carrot Fritters to start with Vanilla Mascarpone. It was delicious! There was some hiccups however, as due to the construction next door, the fire alarm got set off. But the waiters were quick witted to use towels to "silence" the fire alarms and had at least two different waiters come and apologize for the noise. Oh and did I mention the receptionist was really nice when I came in. She took my jacket and smiled the whole time! After the Fritters I had the Steak and Eggs. It was really good."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Nothing to complain about. Brunch food was great and prices reasonable."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food is fantastic, service is great! Love the place. Serving portion is prefect! Love it!"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Two of us ordered the brussel sprout with pastrami hash. There were just a few brussel sprout leafs and the pastrami was like rubber. Our eggs still had some clear geltin on them. Were definately not cooked enough. They offered to order something else. My daughter did, I rejected offfer and just ordered some toast. Very disappointing. Had been there last Mother's Day for Brunch and it was great."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "unexpected ambiance in the heart of the gaslamp. a refreshing combination of substance, (great food) and style, (great design, aesthetics, details). highly recommended."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Love the decor, service, food and ambiance. Have been for brunch and cocktails and both great experiences."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The deco is unique with style. i like thelobster gnocchi best as it was light, full of flavor but not heavy at all. You can tell they put lot of effort preparing the dishes and making it artistic. Our server has good knowledge of the menu and is very friendly. Overall I would go back!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "we went for lunch and let Chef prepare our meal. It was incredible the in house prepared caviar and Fois Gras appetizer was like nothing I had before! This fwas followed by the Bison short rib done to absolute perfection. The palate cleanser was so good I could of had a dessert portion and the dessert itself left us wanting more. Always a unforgettable journey for your taste buds when you get to enjoy Chef Alvarez's cooking!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Our dinner was very good, we had the 10 course set menu that was the only option- although we only got 9 courses of food. It was 200 dollars including wine tasting and I think that was very over-priced for the amount of wine and food we actually received. The quality of the food and wine were very good, but the price was way too much. Would go there again to try food off their regular menu"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had a great dinner at Secret Location! Food and service were excellent. The restaurant even treated us complimentary dessert that made a memorable dinning experience with them. Highly recommend for friends and families...:)"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Great food: creative menu, beautiful presentation, small portion yet quite satisfying Excellent service: hard to get attention in the beginning, but very attentive once the place was less crowded Price: on the expensive side, but worth trying or for special occasions"
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "We (party of 7) had a great time at the restaurant. We were all served an "amuse-bouche" which got the night of to a wonderful start. I had the foie gras, and it was a completely different and interesting take on the dish, followed by the chef's creation, ostrich with an delectable sauce. There was a novel caviar and barnacle starter which my daughter quite liked, and the 2 fish dishes were done to perfection. Everyone loved their dishes, although the elk was not as tender as hoped. The portions were just the right size for us, in that we left the table feeling well fed but not stuffed. And the service was spot on. Will definitely come back to this "Secret Location"."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The space is beautiful. The waiter was friendly and pleasant. But it was a special occasion for a member of our party. He got her order wrong; he forgot my order; the special guest requested something simple that probably should have been included in her meal and that simple thing took time to arrive. And then we were charged for it. I'd notified in advance this was a birthday and thought given that, the service could have been a bit prompter and more "special." I also think there should be wheelchair-accessible parking close by for patrons like the birthday person, who can hardly walk. Also the acoustics are terrible in the place; you can hear every word of the guests beside you and the music is loud. But a lovely space."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "I would like to start off by thanking our wonderful server Stefano, knowledgeable and so pleasant. Hostess at the door was attentive, took our coats and it was a great first expression of the restaurant. We were sat at the front table and comfortable loveseat. My view was out, to the corner of Water and Carrall street filled with lights which added even more to the vibe of the place. Decor is beautiful, from the front door all the way to the washrooms, reminds me of European lounges/restaurants. The menu was outstanding, I had scallops and the rest of my family were having sturgeon, which was very delicious. I will definitely be back, I'm interested to try their brunch menu. Thank you for a wonderful time."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "I had a hash with in house made pastrami and brussel sproats. Very good. A special touch were the treats they brought before the meal like carrot cake fritters."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I took my bf to secret location! The food was expensive & small portion, but the flavour and service are amazing. He loved it and we both enjoyed the romantic atmosphere :)"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "This restaurant is a brilliant shining gem. The only thing that concerned us was that there were not enough other diners enjoying the incredible food and service. This is really interesting dining: a well edited menu (with some things I hadn't seen for a while - like perfectly cooked ostrich) and amusing and knowledgeable servers. It may look too bright and empty from outside but go through those doors; you won't be disappointed. And the rain soaked rustic cobblestones and Gassy Jack look great from inside!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "The decor is fabulous and I was not sure what to expect of the food. But it was truly fantastic - my ostrich carpaccio with truffle and nitro-horseradish was incredible and the pork tenderloin was perfectly cooked. Everything looked stunning. Not for those who want giant portions, it is the perfect meal which is perfectly sized."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Took some clients to the Tasting Room for brunch and had a lovely time! The decor was a bit too much white for my tastes but the large windows and casual style seating created a comfortable spot in Gastown. The brunch selections were good with something for everyone. We had some allergy concerns in our group but the servers were excellent and nothing was any challenge for them to accommodate. The service was very good and friendly and each person from our waiter thru to the hostess were knowledgeable and service focused. We enjoyed the Egg Special (3 egg omelet with mushrooms, grilled onions & red peppers), French Toast, Pulled Pork sandwich and none of us left a morsel. I'll definitely return in the future."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "We have followed Chef Jefferson Alvarez around the city for a few years. He is the most creative and adventurous chef we have met. The journey he takes you on is something you would never imagine. The creativity from the smallest of appetizers to the main course leaves your taste buds craving more! I would highly recommend you let Chef Alvarez create a meal plan and put the menu away! Virgine, Jackson and Allan are gracious hosts and make the whole experience unforgettable! This is definitely a Secret Location that needs to be uncovered!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Secret Location is different than anything else in Gastown, the bright, light, beautiful interior is amazing. We experienced some spectacular flavours - the amuse was delightful and our starters were interesting. The scallop dish was very good but the Heirloom Burrata fell flat in taste and texture. The pork dish was extremely good but the lobster risotto seemed dense and chewy. Desserts are the real standout here, creative and beautiful to look at, although may not be what you expect, so ask questions. The evening we were there, the restaurant was very quiet, uncomfortably so. (Just a side note, we were recorded as an Open Table no-show even though we gave the hostess our name.)"
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "I had read about this restaurant in the Globe and Mail (food reviews) and was immediately drawn to it. A party of 3 we ordered different main dishes; Fish, Roast Beef and Ostrich. All was perfectly prepared and tasty. Everyone was more than satisfied with the presentation, the service and the and the unique ambiance and decor of the restaurant. Before leaving we circled through the restaurant noting the unique seating arrangements that they have created to suit couples or larger groups in space that would maintain the elusion of privacy. We will definitely be back again for lunch and dinner .... Congratulations to the serving team and the management!"
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "Always enjoy dining here. Menu is brief and should be changed more frequently. However, food is always delicious and service is attentive. This is a top spot for lunch or brunch, but the place really shines at night Ladies will love the expensive shop attached to the restaurant... It's full of unique clothing and vintage Chanel accessories ( alas it closes at around 7 pm but the restaurant stays open.)"
    Dined on 9/14/2013