The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://theoakwood.ca/
  • Phone: (604) 558-1965
  • 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: Ryan Murphy
  • 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 Ryan Murphy's 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
146 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (125)neighborhood gem (109)special occasion (64)good for groups (58)romantic (50)hot spot (49)late-night find (23)great for brunch (20)notable wine list (19)great for outdoor dining (17)vibrant bar scene (14)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • Excellent!
    Anon123456
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    One word - excellent. If it is your first time, get the seared tuna with sesame snow and duck breast. These 2 dishes really shows how good the chefs are.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch but expect to wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We had a fantastic brunch at the Oakwood. Great food and our server was awesome. However I had made a reservation for 11:00am and when we arrived we were told there would be a short wait . After about 10 minutes of waiting the same hostess asked me my name again and looked confused when I told her and mentioned I had a reservation. She then told me they didn't take reservations for brunch and there must have been some glitch in the system when we booked it through open table but that they would honour it. We were seated shortly after. It wasn't a big deal to wait 10-15 minutes but as good as brunch was I wouldn't go there without a reservation. The table of 4 next to us said they had waited 45 minutes. So if you're ok with a wait I'd recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Slimlizzy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Went for an early dinner before an event. Hostess and service made note of this and ensured food and drinks were bright out in a timely manner. Great recommendations and very friendly service. Will absolutely return. The scallops were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service, hit and miss on the dishes ordered
    TasteeFreeze
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Ambience and service were good and 2 of the four dishes we ordered were delcious; however, the kale and something salad tasted like burnt oil and the dessert was only okay. We remarked on the bad taste of the kale salad and the dish was removed, but we were charged for it anyway. We are not likely to return based on this experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • this place cares
    cecile
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We had excellent service and creative delicious food here - our second time of enjoying this spot. We particularly enjoyed the tuna and scallop dishes but everything - including the fries were really well prepared. The servers definitely were interested in us having a good dining experience and we did! The kitchen is way better than you would expect for a small neighbourhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kits gem
    tekgurl
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The Oakwood doesn't look like much for the outside but inside it's lovely- intimate and cozy. The food is delicious with a surprising blend of flavors and the service is friendly and conscientious. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food experience!
    Flavcraz
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Amazing Canadian cuisine with the unique experience of sharing. Each course was fabulous. Combinations of ingredients and flavours made us wanting more. All 4 dishes oredered were so delicious - pulled pork pancake, warm kale salad, halibut and the incredible duck breast. Service was excellent! Ambiance great. This is a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful tastes
    worktraveler
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We went with a group of 4. We ordered 5 dishes to share. Each dish was presented and all ingredients re-identified. As we tasted each dish, everything was wonderful and the flavors all complimented everything else within the dish. The burning barrel cocktail was a nice table show being assembled as well a great tasting cocktail. This was my 2nd visit and every cocktail and dish has been an awesome experience. Desserts have all been excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
    Justamorsel
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The Oakwood Bistro has some great flavours. The servers are friendly and helpful. The food portions were on the smaller side and not enough for sharing which is what their concept sells. But all in all, food was decent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • West side foodie
    ColetteC
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    My wife and I love to find a little gem and Oakwood is one of them. Essentially a tapas resto with a distinctly Canadian flavour. Warm kale salad was fantastic, as were the pulled pork crepes and mussels in a Thai inspired sauce. Don't drink much from the terrific wine selection and a meal for two can be had for $100 or so
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just right.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The only challenge with doing a review of this great little foodie restaurant is that it's already difficult to get in - yet another good review will make it that much harder! Small but sufficient, sequential, shareable, creative dishes prepared with great care and served with a smile. An Owner who is very present but not intrusive and happy to share his passion for the locally sourced everything (including the decor). Vancouver at it's best - unpretentious, happy, local and simply great food and promoting the best of BC wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One week makes a difference
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I visited the Oakwood twice in a 10 day period, i was disappointed on the first visit, the food was good but not as stellar as it had been in previous occasions. Well i guess they may have just had an off night because the food we had on our most recent visit was fabulous. We shared the balsamic, pork fat olives, bison carpaccio, halibut, warm kale salad, pork meat balls and the seasonal pumpkin mousse dessert, all were delicious and worth ordering a second time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best meals I've had...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Everything was stellar, each course was an adventure of flavours that left our entire group wanting more. The desserts were fabulous, a great way to cap off an amazing experience. Loved the ambiance - decor, light, music...everything had a tasteful Canadian flare. Will definitely be back and would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • table of 4
    happy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We went for an early meal at 6 PM because we were going to a show at the Chan Centre. The service was great - very attentive and kept an eye on the clock. We left at 7:30 tummies full and happy. The four of us shared all items along with a nice bottle of Italian wine. All plates were presented beautifully and tasted delightful. A great way to start our evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slipped a notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I have dined at Oakwood 4 times, the most recent was Oct 22. All previous meals i had there were over the top GREAT and everyone loved and raved about the food. The menu we had this week is new, and i think the kitchen has yet to perfect them. The warm kale salad, bison carpaccio and the desserts were fab, the other dishes were good (lobster, pulled pork, mussels) but not exceptional or memorable like meals i have had there in the past. I hope they step it up, i am supposed to dine there again next week.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    Scoob
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Hey Food Lovers, You have to go to The Oakwood Canadian Bistro. It's truly a gem. Fantastic food and great service. See you there. Bon appétit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and excellent service
    AdventurerLinda
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    My husband and I made a reservation before an evening out to the Theatre. We had to be out by a certain time. The restaurant and the staff were well awared and always made sure we were still on schedule. The food was better that I Had extected from a bistro and the decor very warm. We definitely would go back:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, easy environment
    crcyvr
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We just munched our way through the evening. Ask your server to surprise you with a cocktail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paul
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We made a reservation for 8pm on a Thursday, but weren't seated until almost 8:30pm. I wasn't impressed. The food was good and different. I took a girl here on a date and it was extremely awkward to stand in your tiny lounge area for 20 minutes. A waitress called us and took us in toward a table, but we were actually cut off by another waitress who took another two girls to a table-for-two. Our waitress apologized and moved us over to two seats at the bar where we waited another 5 minutes for a different table to open up. Once we were seated, things went smooth and food was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing dinner
    AKE1VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    A friend suggested this restaurant and she did not let us down. Food and drinks were amazing and the service was outstanding. We celebrated a family members birthday here and they made it extra special! Great way to start off our vacation in Vancouver
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continued casual charm
    winecountrywayfarer
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Three diners with discerning palates recently descended on the Oakwood Bistro - a first visit for one, but return visits for the others. The ever-evolving seasonal menu continues to be a delight; the complex interplay of diverse flavours is never jarring, even with the random arrival times of each dish. The warm kale salad was perfect for an autumn evening, as was the pulled pork on miso pancake. Nice crowded-restaurant vibe, with lots of noise and happy faces. Good wine list selection with not bad pricing. I really like the concept of share plates, and their price points are reasonable too. This restaurant remains on my list of "must go" neighbourhood spots for Vancouver visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
    Flowerboy
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to me by one of the cities top concierge as one of his favourites and I can see why. The produce and other ingredients are delivered fresh from the farm daily and on your plate that night. It was slightly nastalgic as we reminisced about how much fresher things tasted when picked ripe out of the garden.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday goodness
    kwoody1200
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent food, even better drinks, fantastic service. A great place to celebrate a birthday. The staff was very accommodating and helpful. This is one of the BEST places in Vancouver, hands down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Something special
    Vancouverfan
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food is fabulous, so are the waiters. I had my 50th birthday here with some good friends. I never regretted that I chose this spot. Highly recommended for a special occasion, when you want to eat special.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first experience but not my last
    bmarieVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I loved the Oakwood! I reserved a table for four. We started with some cocktails, followed by shared family style plates of food, and wine. The ambiance was great and the food and service were terrific. I'll definitely return!
    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.
  • Amazing but a touch pricy for size
    Indofoodie
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Pretty much my title says it all. Amazing food and incredible poutine! All I would say is that it's great to share multiple things but it does add up quite fast. Maybe if it was a touch more affordable I would go more often. But other than that it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighbourhood Gem
    love2eat
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of this restaurant and its inventive food in our neighbourhood. The service was excellent and the food and presentation were outstanding. This restaurant recommends sharing the dishes which makes it all the more fun. We had mussels in coconut broth, braised beef cheeks, pulled pork on miso pancakes, roast duck breast with sunchoke agnolotti and Canadian poutine with brisket. We also left room for two desserts that the four of us shared. Everything was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Been back many times and this place never disappoints! Their menus change with the season and everything is cooked to perfection. Highly recommended for dates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    iheartbutterandcream
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was incredible, our server Candice was so pro and lovely . Atmosphere was romantic and decor beautiful .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Gem
    UWStudent
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My BF and I traveled to Vancouver for the first time and found this restaurant on Yelp. Make sure to make reservations at least a day in advance if you're planning on a weekend because we made dinner plans day of and could only get 5PM or 9PM! One thing to note is that the dishes are meant to be shared and come as they are prepared. The restaurant was cute, clean and well decorated. It felt very comfortable and the music was perfect. Then the food was absolutely amazing, we had the halibut and lobster tail and they were prepared in unique and fresh ways. The dessert was wonderful as well and everything was portioned wonderfully. I would definitely recommend and will be returning next time I'm in Vancouver!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic again!
    Delaynomore
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our third time there and the food was fantastic. The service was better than many fine dining establishments and restaurants that costs 3 times as much. Have not disappointed us yet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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