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Tap Restaurant
Tap Restaurant

Tap Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.taprestaurant.ca
  • Phone: (604) 536-1954
  • 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 (604) 536-1954
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Appetizers a little disappointing. Wine list a bit obscure and expensive. Main courses outstanding."
    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. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Food was imaginatively prepared and outstanding. Service was very friendly."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food is consistently up to standard and the atmosphere quiet and elegant."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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 :)"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Everything was great, especially the shared tapas. Bit pricey."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great birthday dinner. Food and service was excellent"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Food was excellent, service was attentive, 2-piece band was perfect. Definitely will return!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "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,"
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "Excellent food! Chef Alistair greets you personally! Staff is incredible! Dining room is cozy and romantic!"
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "We had been before and had been somewhat disappointed...a bit pricey...BUT gave it a second chance and were pleasantly surprised!"
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "Entrees were very pricy and I was still hungry afterwards."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "This is in a small shopping area of a housing area. From the outside, you don't even know it's a upscale restaurant. There aren't many selection in the menu, but the food they produced are very good. They use fresh ingredient. This is a nice alternative to other chain casual restaurant."
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "Some of the highest prices in the area. While food was ok, the small portions and high prices make this restaurant VERY POOR VALUE Ambiance is not there. Crowded tables and a bit noisy Item described ad a"soufle" is actually a cake, good, but not a soufle. Overall, don't waste your money. There are many other restaurants in the area with better food forr a much better price, and much better service"
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "food was good, but portions much smaller than we are use to when we go to a tapas restaurant - while we were comfortable when we left, about an hour later the "younger adults" were already hungry again. Have been here for lunch numerous times and food is always great - but different menu for lunch. Would recommend it, but not if you are looking for an inexpensive meal -"
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "Great food - was a little suprised at the ambience - there wasn't much."
    Dined on 6/1/2013
  • "Warm friendly ambience right from the chef's greetings to the knowledgeable and experienced wait staff to the enjoyment of some great tapas, great wine selection and very good entrees. Patio is large and if necessary guests are provided with blankets and overhead heaters."
    Dined on 5/31/2013