Tap Restaurant
Tap Restaurant

Tap Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.taprestaurant.ca/
  • Phone: 6045361954x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open 11:30am-11:30pm Tuesday to Saturday
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest, International
  • Executive Chef: Alistair Veen
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our catering team specializes in on-site canapé creation, as well as private dinners. We bring a team into your house/venue and build all the canapés in front of your guests. We try to stay away from buffet style, preferring to do set menus. We do not do drop offs and pick-up is very limited due to the nature of our cuisine.
  • Private Party Facilities: Bookouts are available, but we have no private room. Our patio seats 35 and the intereiror seats 40. Cocktail style parties with amazing hors-d"oeuvres are our favorite style, but any bookout will be met with complete flexibility.
  • Private Party Contact: Alistair 6045361954x
  • Entertainment: Acoustic Groove plays live every Wednesday. Their contemporary music fits our room perfectly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rosemary Crescent
  • Public Transit: 5 minute walk away
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Tons. more parking than you have cars anyways....
A word from Tap Restaurant
Chef Alistair Veen strives to marry downtown class with neighbourhood comforts. Our intimate dining room features our open kitchen, perfect for a dinner with friends, business lunch or date night. We pride ourselves on sourcing local ingredients and building relationships with local producers; you will notice the difference. Please contact us for information about private events and catering packages.
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Tap Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (11)neighborhood gem (10)special occasion (9)notable wine list (6)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (5)great for lunch (4)good for groups (2)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Overall we had a good experience. The service and atmosphere were good. The food was mixed. The Caesar salad, mussels and the lobster bisque were really solid dishes. The steak was unique and very good. We were a little disappointed in the rissotto. Everything was cooked very well. We found it a little price but overall a good evening.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Trav
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We were recommended to try Tap restaurant for our anniversary. From the moment we sat down until dessert the service and food was outstanding. The chef greeted us and started us off with a round of martinis. I was torn between a few of the dishes because they all sounded so amazing. When I asked the server for her recommendation she gracefully described each dish in detail to assist me in making my decision. I went with the duck (I never order duck) and it was one of the most amazing dishes I have ever eaten. The leg was served on the bone, the skin crispy and the meat fell off the bone. It doesn't get better than that. My wife had the tenderloin and it was perfect. Tap is a hidden gem and I highly recommend this spot for anyone to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to great reviews
    umbrellaman
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our first time. Recommended by friends and read the reviews. Took a friend from California who likes fine dining. We were all impressed from the warm greeting at the door to our excellent waiter being at the door to wish us goodnight. Food and wine were excellent. Their Caesar salad is very unusual and best I have ever tasted. We shall certainly pass the recommendation on to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could have been in Europe
    DBdiners
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Absolute perfection from the delicious lobster bisque and gnocci starters to the beautifully prepared sockeye salmon followed by mouth-watering chocolate souffle and NY cheesecake. Servings are as they should be - enough to sate without having the diner feel overstuffed. The wine we chose was perfect with the meal, the service was beyond outstanding and we could not have had a better experience. As another reviewer has said, this restaurant could rival any of those we experienced last fall while in Paris.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A local Find
    EnjoyableVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Don't be telling the world about this hidden gem located in Rosemary Heights, South Surrey. Simply put, it's fantastic! Service is always first class, food fit for foodies and others and a wine list to suit all budgets. This local restaurant stands comparison to any in Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 198 reviews are from the Tap Restaurant reviews archive.
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    Musiclovesfood
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Appetizers a little disappointing. Wine list a bit obscure and expensive. Main courses outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible... Never to Return
    snips
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This was the worst meal I have had in many many years.... The steak was so chewy and I couldn't break it down enough to swallow. This is the second bad meal I have had there in a year. I will not recommend the Tap. The wine I asked for and that was on there Specials board was also out of Stock.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth trying again & again.
    Imaglutton
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Food was imaginatively prepared and outstanding. Service was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem!
    Catwhofoundthecream9
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food is consistently up to standard and the atmosphere quiet and elegant.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    My wife and I have enjoyed Tap many times and have taken guests there 4 or 5 times. This time, my favorite lobster bisque was nowhere near their usual high standard and the steak special was so- so; but the frites were GREAT! Perhaps the chef had an off day. I also recognize that restaurants mark up wine an average 50% or double the liquor store cost but this was well beyond that and, if repeated, will preclude our future attendance. As a businessman, profit is NOT a dirty word but usury is.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience at Tap
    FoodandVinoLover
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Once again we had a great meal and great service at Tap. The Risotto with truffle oil is to die for!! Thanks got another great experience :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always Taps was wonderful,
    Simon
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    As always Taps was wonderful, the steak was cooked to perfection, and the lobster special was a treat! It tasted like desert, sweet and moist.. Even tho the restaurant was busy, Bryanna and her team were attentive, we felt completely taken care of. I always recommend taps every chance I get.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where has all the service gone?
    ovrthetop
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Attentive upon arrival but as each course arrived delays between were longer & longer. After the dessert menu was presented we waited 15 minutes before our server arrived and asked if we were interested. My wife answered "too little too late"! The food was as ordered, fresh and good. The salads were very tasteful and hearty. From the food perspective this was a nice evening but the service eliminated this and put our overall stay into the fair zone. WE will try again with the hope of service improvements.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delight
    Foodfan
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Everything was great, especially the shared tapas. Bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tap Restaurant is a Great Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    This was our first time going to Tap. We were splendidly surprised on the ambiance and it's small cozy dining room area. If you don't want to sit in the dining room area there is a small Bar/Lounge you can get drinks and appetizers at. We were pleasantly surprised with our salads, (highly recommend the Caesar Salad) and the Main Course.We did have to wait a while between our salads, appetizers (which arrived together) and main course. A bread basket was not provided nor is it on the menu. If you order a appetizer, you get a small half toasted bread with your appetizer. That's it. That was the only draw back that I could see. I did find that the food prices are high but with the impeccable quality and taste, I think it was well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Surrey Favourite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Tap is a gem of a restaurant, tucked into a quiet neighbourhood in South Surrey. The ambiance is inviting, the service is excellent and the food, oh, the food, is exceptional! With a kitchen open to the restaurant, we can see the staff creating exquisite dishes, and enjoying the process too. I highly recommend Tap to my friends, family and business acquaintances, as a place to enjoy a beautiful meal in a beautiful and welcoming environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night to remember
    Tdoubleyou
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My partner and I had a fantastic night at Tap Restaurant, everything from the food, service, and ambiance all mashed together for an experience I've never witnessed before. Alistair Veen took us on a food journey that was nothing shy of amazing, each item that was brought to the table was paired beautifully with wines that took our experience to a whole different level. I highly recommend Tap for anyone that wants to experience flavors not typically found outside of Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine Surprise
    Valentine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was good, Our server was excellent, ambience was just ok. The only real issue I had was I was their on Valentines Day and when I went to use the washroom after dinner I returned to find the Owner talking to my girlfriend at the table. He immediately left when I got there. We then left to only learn once we got back into the car driving home that the Owner ( Allister ) was hitting on my girlfriend. How unbelievable unprofessional. Don't think I could ever recommend this place now to anyone. What a joke. He's lucky she waited or I would have snapped.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my review
    likesfood
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    It was a clean establishment and the wait staff were helpful. The only issue was they had two guys playing music (1 guitar and 1 drum)...and the mic they used was hooked up to the surround sound system. It is not a large place so when the band played it was really loud, and that interfered with being able to talk freely
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected great exxperience.
    Boeboe
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    This was the first time to this restaurant, recommended by a friend. It as a special occasion and took my adult children and son-in-law for a birthday celebration. Service was good. Servers knowledge about the food was great. The food was fabulous and you could see/hear the cooks calling out the dishes. Excellent martini's as well. If you tired of the usual eating spots in south Surrey, White Rock give this place a try. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday dinner. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Great birthday dinner. Food and service was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tap never fails. Ever.
    Only4diamonds
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    I have enjoyed many a lovely meal at Tap Restaurant and having it within our neighbourhood was a definite plus. We recently moved out of the area and last night I made the 30 minute drive to go back. So worth it. The server was amazing, knowledgeable and friendly (thank you Bryanna). The service was quick when needed but also respectful of our privacy. The good was truly spectacular, as I knew it would be. I have never been disappointed, always pleased and will continue to visit this perfect restaurant whenever I am in need of fantastic food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the evening. We were all (4) very impressed with the presentation of all courses. Food was excellent and had never seen a Caesar salad served the way it was. The duck was outstanding. We most definitely will return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live Music Wed Night
    Chris
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Food was excellent, service was attentive, 2-piece band was perfect. Definitely will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing to write home about
    Finedine
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    We take my Mum out for her birthday every year and have done so at Tap a few times This year we found ourselves not overly impressed. For the amount of food and quality of the food it is very pricey. Perhaps we are just spoiled. Nothing special done for her birthday, and they had been informed it was her big 60th. We will not be going there again. Except for lunch. Lunch has always been enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Jaguarlady
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Food was excellent, service was okay. They had live music which was a little too loud we found ourselves having to talk very loudly. The music is nice, but should be background music. They didn't have my favorite dessert so I was very disappointed at that. We eat there quite often and would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Dining
    hideaway
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    I like to go to Tap Restaurant with out of town guests and close friends with whom I like to visit and catch up with news. Tap is an ideal place for this as it is small, never overcrowded, and the noise level is low which all enhance the ability to converse without raising one's voice. The menu is great and the entrees are flavorful and tastefully presented. The portions are smaller which I appreciate. The restaurant is in my area of residence so I am able to arrive in five minutes. I do not dine out very often but when I do have an invitation to suggest a place to eat, I have recommended Tap Restaurant. Thank you,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected
    Michael
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Food was exceptionally good. One could not call it a romantic or scenic location, but for a nice quiet dinner, it hits the spot. Wine list surprisingly expensive, beer selections not great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be back!
    WineLover
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    A friend recommended this hidden gem to us and we have heard other rave reviews so we were happy to finally had the chance to check it out tonight. The room is quaint and cozy with an open style kitchen. Our server was very knowledgeable and was able to make excellent recommendations. We started with a gin cocktail called the French 75; it was fabulous. For appetizers we had a unique Caesar Salad and the prawns and scallops; both very tasty. The owner helped us choose a wine that would pair nicely with our entrees, the ribeye and the lamb. It was nice not to have to travel downtown for a great dining experience! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem in South Surrey
    Fizzyo
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Looking for a restaurant in SouthSurrey /Whiterock and found one that had good reviews on Trip Advisor. Was not disappointed! Excellent find and will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary!
    majorkey
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Excellent food! Chef Alistair greets you personally! Staff is incredible! Dining room is cozy and romantic!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thursday Night Out
    dinner42
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    We had an early dinner (4:30pm) becasue we had another activity early in the evening. How nice to find a good resturant open at this time of day and it is tucked away right in our neighbourhood. The food was great however the menu is limited. The wine was very good and the service was good as well. I would definately go again. Really good food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Try
    Secondchance
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We had been before and had been somewhat disappointed...a bit pricey...BUT gave it a second chance and were pleasantly surprised!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice neighbourhood restaur
    Davek
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Staff was very friendly and food was good. This restaurant has a great neighbourhood feel. Will be back again, as I live in the neighbourhood.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The lobster brisk was delicious,
    Rico
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    The lobster brisk was delicious, the salad was acceptable....... Rack of lamb was only three ribs, more fat than meat...ended up being about 5 mouthfuls...it should have been trimmed .....though it was very tasty. We have had some good meals there in the past, but this one was very disappointing. It will be a while before we go back for a meal, though we will probably drop in for a drink and apps.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Loui
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Entrees were very pricy and I was still hungry afterwards.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent find!
    dublinhall
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    We found this establishment via the web and cannot tell how much we enjoyed the total experience. The food was amazing and the wine list hit the spot. Excellent service and the chef/ proprietor was without a doubt a craftsman of his craft in the food arena. We just did the tapas but if that is any indication of what to expect in the mains section we cannot wait. The scallops and prawns were saviory with a sence of The Caribbean . Cannot wait till our next visit. Great local find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best patio dining
    Winedanddined
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    The Outdoor patio was fantastic. We were entertained by the very impressive Tony, and Diane playing the keyboard while singing soulful jazz music. They really made it a special evening. Hubby's beef Surloin was cooked exactly as requested at medium rare, and my chicken dish was super moist with a mushroom reduction adding even more flavour. The meal was complete with an amazing strawberry rhubarb cheesecake. Summer patio dining at its best.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliable!!
    MaggieJaneVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    We went to Tap for out anniversary dinner. It was a Tuesday night and quiet. It is one of our favourite local spots. The baked Brie is a great starter to share, and then we shared chili prawns, gnocchi and Risotto . We tend to just graze on tapas because we can never make up out mind so it is just easier to pick! Service is always great and the owner is very knowledgeable about wine! Really worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Please note
    54lv50
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    I don't think I would use Open Table for this restaurant again. When I did there was two times available. 6:00 and 7:45. When we walked in the restaurant at 6:00 it was empty. We would have preferred 7:00 and probably could have had this time if we had called. However we had a lovely drink on the patio and all was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.