The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://theoakwood.ca/
  • Phone: 6045581965x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - Late
    Weekend Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:45pm (first come seating policy for brunch)

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Canadian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Robbins
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: MacDonald
  • Public Transit: Bus stops within a block
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free street parking
A word from The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
The Oakwood Canadian Bistro, a casual neighbourhood room specializing in down-to-earth Canadian fare. The Oakwood Canadian Bistro's food philosophy is focused on fresh, house-made dishes crafted from locally sourced products. The seasonally changing menu caters to market availability and the sustainability of the products. All meats are organic, local and free of hormones and antibiotics, while the seafood is sustainable, seasonal and Ocean Wise certified. From the breads and pastas to the butchery and sauces, all products are made in-house with quality and consistency.The Oakwood Canadian Bistro serves fresh, honest food in a casual neighbourhood environment. This modest Kitsilano room encourages diners to gather around the central communal table with old and new friends, sip wine and BC craft beers or one of their classic cocktails and linger over one of Chef Michael Robbins' seasonally driven dishes.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
The Oakwood Canadian Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (100)neighborhood gem (87)special occasion (54)good for groups (44)romantic (36)hot spot (35)great for brunch (24)great for outdoor dining (18)late-night find (15)vibrant bar scene (14)notable wine list (14)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Excellent food and drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was really good and so were the drinks. Service was friendly and attentive. Highly recommendable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's birthday
    ComfortableCam
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Took my mother here for her birthday, it was incredible. Everything was good, the halibut and duck confit were highlights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salad
    diner
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The kale salad was the best I have ever eaten. Flatiron steak was perfectly cooked and the presentation was creative visually.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service & ambiance
    Trixie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was good. The serving portions varied, some had good serving sizes, some not enough. The lobster serving was too small. Over all the ambiance and service was really good. The mussels have a great value for money
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    jolei
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    It was the first visit for our little group of three and we were pleasantly surprised. They've crammed a lot of tables into a little space (read: not much privacy) but the décor and lighting were great. Menu is a little limited if you're a vegetarian - good thing we're not. Between the three of us, we ordered six dishes: bison carpaccio, rabbit rillette, warm kale salad (amazing), halibut (wished the lentil base was creamier), duck thigh (OMG amazingly tender and flavourful) and Cdn poutine (the brisket on top, however fragrant it was, was a bit too sweet for me). Great BC wine list too. Only downside aside from noise and feeling a tad crowded, was that the server never introduced himself and was a bit ostentatious for our liking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Evening
    jjtucci
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We entertained good friends from London, England at The Oakwood and they were impressed by the atmosphere and the excellent food. We will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • inspired kitchen
    cecile
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We loved this place - a bit noisey and it was packed but a wonderful experience. The food is superb - really - for a place of this size and location - it is exceptional. Service was friendly and good - we enjoyed the beer selection and the food was terrific. Rigatoni in sorrel sauce, lobster tail, roast duck with chestnut ravioli - what a delicious meal. We'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'll be back
    Jules
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Love the food, décor and service. the poutine with brisket was lovely, kale salad outstanding ~ the rillette fantastic. The service was great, wine list adequate & cocktails different and deelish..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sharing the food
    Rolf
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We get a tip for this restaurant from an friend in germany. We like the way of eating an sharing the food together. The service was very friendly and the timing was good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    onecrazycupcake
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Loved the food, especially the warm kale salad and rigatoni. Good service. Overall a very pleasant experience. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • still a gem
    rationalNumber
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were so impressed the first time, we went back two days later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    rationalNumber
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great comfort food. Happy diners make a happy noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food but lukewarm temperature
    eateateat
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We really enjoyed this place and the food was very tasty, however, the food was also lukewarm.. We ordered the brisket poutine, confit duck, and the mussels, everything was delicious although it would've been better if the food was warmer. The price is reasonable, be both had a drink and three plates which came to $63 (tax in)!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Buzz
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Fantastic food and service - really enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impresses yet again
    FrankieB
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I've been here multiple times, and it's always good eats. That rabbit rillette... oh my goodness. Amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place to meet with friends
    MMVancouver
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    After a day of shopping with friends, we stopped at the Oakwood Bistro. Who doesn't love their warm kale salad? (So good.) I tried the Halibut as an entree and found it to be divine. Enjoyed the carrot cake afterward. Appreciated all the recommendations made by our server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite Vancouver eatery
    lindsayas
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Ever since discovering this fabulous place, I take all of my out of towner foodies here to enjoy the fantastic menu. All items are shared plates, some big some small, with great variety. Most have a slight spin on the norm so you're always delighted and never bored. I would highly recommend this place...be sure to make a reso to avoid disappointment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a true delight!
    SaintCool
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    What a great little gem The Oakwood is! When I asked my friend where to eat in Kits, he said emphatically 'The Oakwood. My favourite place in the City'. I hadn't heard of it, so I checked it out online and from the first picture I was impressed. Safe to say, I was super excited to eat there and my anticipation was certainly rewarded! The room is cozy but cool and very inviting. I ordered a tuna dish to open, and the curry duck confit for a main. Both dishes were insanely good. Had a nice glass of Sea Star Siegrebbe that paired flawlessly with the spicy curry. After supper I had cocktail to finish off; the 'Angelica' made with Ungava Gin which was incredibly delicious too and bonus points for using Ungava. Can't wait to come back again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    realfoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband and I went to The Oakwood Bistro for my60th birthday dinner. I am a foodie, and this experience was amazing. The food choices, combinations of flavors and execution were truly some of the best I have tasted in years! So impressed. Our new favorite place hands down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth trying
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Brunch here is great!!! My feelings about dinner are mixed. Our server was fantastic!! Recommendations were spot on. Everything we tried was amazing. But for $300 including tip we all left hungry :( We had 4 appys and 4 mains between 4 people and 2 drinks each. We took to the sharing idea that they propose, but I have to say the only shareable item we all got more then a bite or two of was the mussels. The food was fantastic for what they put on the plate. Very very very pricy for what they give you. I felt embarrassed when the food came because I remcomeded the place to my friends. I suggest a light snack before you go. And a dessert spot for after dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flawless Experience
    Chrev117
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    After eating at the Oakwood, I was very impressed and the restaurant quickly became my favorite. The menu was ambitious as it was appealing. The food was outstanding, with the bison carpaccio blowing me away. Service from Jasmine was fantastic, she was very knowledgeable about the food which is very helpful when trying to decide on such an interesting menu. The feel of the restaurant was great; small, quiet, unique design, and with a menu made to share, I recommend this restaurant to any foodies or people who like to try interesting things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing desserts
    Blondie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We have been to the Oakwood a few times and have always loved the food, including the desserts. This visit, the desserts were so disappointing and ridiculously expensive for what you get. They used to have large "mason jar" desserts, a choice of three (3) amazing desserts. This night, we ordered the summer berry curd and it was teeny tiny. The taste was great, but the portion size was super disappointing for the price. We also ordered the fried octopus. Great flavour, tiny portion for what you get. We may have received 10 small strips of octopus. Again, portion size was lacking at this price point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WOW
    Aviko
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I am not one of those that eat and tell but in this case I had to. We had a reservation for my wife's birthday and waited for no more than 10 minutes before we got a table as our designated table wan't ready. We immediately got two glasses of sparkling wine for the wait which is very impressive as we didn't say anything to anyone.That right there was the first start of a great night.The waitress was great and professional and the food...oh the food. The warm kale salad was great,the burger was amazing and the roast duck breast with chestnut agnolotti(wow) was unbelievable. The Smokin' Barrel was one of the best drinks I had in a while. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Service was a bit slow but the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Fabulous food, great service. We had a very special meal, although marred by terrible acoustics. Really hard to hear each other speak. Simply too loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Yumyum
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Looking for a new spot. This one is good. Food is different, very tasty and fresh. Sharing plates was fun. Rib plate and the carrot cake desert was super
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Innovative menu for Foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I have dined 3 times at The Oakwood Bistro and each time has been fantastic. The chef really knows how to create and execute wonderful meals for foodies. The restaurant is very busy and you need to make a reservation well in advance. If you have a sophisticated palate and love to see a creative, innovative menu with dishes that are beautifully presented and absolutely delicious, this is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's an expensive Tapas restaurant!
    reviewer
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is a Tapas-style restaurant. The portions are tiny and expensive, and come when it is convenient for the restaurant to bring them, not when you want them. If you are sharing everything and you don't mind paying a lot for a little bit of food and you don't have any diet restrictions and the menu appeals to you, this is your place. But if you want a decent sized meal, served at the same time as the others at your table and/or you have diet restrictions, go somewhere else. My principal objection to the restaurant is that they do not make these things clear, either on their web site or on the phone.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    PamW
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Fun, unusual cocktails, great sharing dishes. Limited wine list. Try kale salad - fabulous - ribs overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice bistrot in Vancouver
    GringoGFoodie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The service was warming and professional. The food was ample, creative, with Canadian-riffs and absolutely delicious from the first to the last bite. Highly recommended and given the quality not that expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great local eatery
    smoothcriminal
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Took my date to this restaurant for and we both loved everything about the place. The food was amazing, the service was great, and the ambience was perfect for a romantic date night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • need a cancer diet
    vtak33
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Loved the food and was happy to see some items we could eat. Need a no sugar, only fish or chicken or vegetarian (cancer diet) and found enough to eat might be more difficut next time to find something new. also alchol free beer was appreciated. Dessert was difficult too much sugar....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Margoxoxo
    Margoxoxo
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    It was a big birthday for myself and a friend and four ladies had a wonderful boisterous time. Our waiter was perfect anticipating my second dirty martini and making us feel special and well looked after. The food as usual was wonderful and innovating. We had two kale salads and considered a third since it is the best ever. I have also had the steak every time I've been there ... So tender and tasty with that barley no one should miss. Halibut, seared tuna and a little sweet after was all just perfect for is to share. Of course we will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit
    foodquester
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I heard lots of positive reviews of this restaurant and I like to support local food, so I booked a table. Our server was down to earth and knowledgeable about the food. We were well cared for. Our first dish was the seared albacore tuna, which we both enjoyed, especially the asian flavoured accompaniment. The fried octopus dish that followed was good, but the octopus was very chewy and lacked flavour. The aioli was also a bit lost on the bottom of the dish. The next dish was the wilted kale salad. The lemony dressing was great and I loved the idea, but it was marred by finding a piece of cardboard it the last few bites. At least it was free! The poutine is nice, but a bit too rich. Our two desserts were plate-licking good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Service
    VCreviews
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Service was excellent! Our waitress was extremely knowledgable and proactive during our dinner. On the downside, I found portion size to be extremely small. Some of the choices they suggest to even share are so small in portion size. Although, food does taste great and they have built a very diverse and unique menu. Don't expect much if you're coming to eat here for a full dinner or hungry. You will still leave hungry. Nice decor and ambience in the restaurant, but very noisy. Overall it was ok, but I'd say there still improvement to be made for dinner service. Will have to come by and try brunch in the near future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RonWilsonVan
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I had heard great things about Oakwood from friends and industry people and finally got to enjoy their food. The poutine with brisket was superb. I've had brisket in Montreal where rue St. Laurent is the home of great brisket and Oakwood is easily their equal. My friend and I shared their hamburger and it too was a cut above any I've had in the city. Service was informed and friendly and made the evening complete. I am a wine guy so I judge every restaurant by its wine list. Oakwood has a good selection of B.C. and world wines that'll suit any taste. Well Done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bettyboop
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A first time for my good friend & I. We both love the food, service was very good. We would definately go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb
    Butterfly
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Outstanding food, creative, tasty and excellent value.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic meal at the Oakwood!
    Budgetfoodie
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    My fiance and I went for dinner at the Oakwood last Thursday, and everything was stellar. Our server was really helpful, suggesting foods and making sure each dish was gluten free for us. And the food itself was excellent. The ambience inside the restaurant is great - a beautiful bar, low lighting. I've already recommended it to friends, and I'll be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    Debs
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    All dishes were meant for sharing. The waitress advised us to order 1.5-2 dishes each to share. I didn't enjoy this concept that much, I just wanted to eat the dish that I ordered and not share. But out of the dishes we ordered, the poutine, duck breast and halibut were stand out. The flat iron steak, rabbit, duck confit, fried octopus and mussels were only ok. I don't think I would come back again, maybe just to try brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.