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About forage

Forage connects diners to local fishers, foragers and farmers. Also featured? The handiwork of an eclectic crew of talented BC distillers, winemakers, and brewers. The menu is – first and foremost – delicious, but also reflective of Whittaker’s uncompromising commitment to local ingredients and building community through shared plates. Our service is designed for sharing many plates family style. So choose as many as you like, share some delicious food, and enjoy the best of what BC has to offer. Larger groups please contact the restaurant directly at 604-661-1400. Thank YOU!

1300 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Northwest, Contemporary Canadian

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday-Friday 630am-10am
Sat/Sun 7am-10am

Weekend Brunch: Sat/Sun 10am-2pm

Dinner from 5pm nightly


Cross Street:
Jervis St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 661-1400

Website:
http://www.foragevancouver.com/

Catering:
Forage Catering is manged by two lovely ladies, Forage Outside Catering Manager Allison Westbridge handles any catering done at any venue of your choosing 604-661-1416. Jacquie Bjorkes handles any bookings of our onsite private rooms 604-661-1419.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available for a fee.

Public Transit:
1/2 block east

Executive Chef:
Chris Whittaker

Private Party Facilities:
From dinner parties and barbeques to weddings and corporate lunches, Forage will deliver the quintessential Vancouver experience to you and your guests. Forage and Forage Catering are zero waste not only will you serve your guests delicious, beautiful food, but they will feel good knowing that their carbon footprint got a little fainter while they enjoyed it.
We can come to you, or you can enjoy your special occasion in one of our private spaces.

Private Party Contact:
Jacquie Bjorkes: (855) 625-8594

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
The Legendary Forage Meat Draw--Sundays through Wednesdays. Draw at 8:30 every night. Hair of The Dog Brunch Happy Hour 9-10am Sat/Sundays.

forage Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (81)
Local Ingredients (79)
Good for a Date (68)
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Creative Cuisine (58)
Special Occasion (46)
Healthy (42)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Seasonal (41)
Great for Brunch (40)
Casual (40)
Romantic (36)
Organic (32)
Cozy (30)
Good Vegetarian Options (30)
Authentic (28)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Comfort Food (22)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Bar Seating (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Business Meals (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Fun (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Tasting Menu (15)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Tapas (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Great Beer (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Vegan (10)
People Watching (9)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Happy Hour (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined a day ago

Food was very fresh and perfectly prepared. Super fresh oysters, seafood cooked perfectly, pasta al dente and tasty. Great service. The sable fish special was so perfect and delicate. Although the Humbolt squid was good, the strong fish sauce and spices over powered the other dishes so we saved it to the end.

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Great brunch! The special was really great.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 2 days ago

Our server, Ryan, was awesome!

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 (Toronto)·Dined 2 days ago

Had the opportunity to catch up with a friend in a relatively quiet environment around 1:30pm on Saturday. Service was friendly and the food options were flexible - can sub scone in lieu or some sides which is nice. Healthy lunch. Highly recommend

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic food and service. Great cocktail. Good wine selection. Can’t wait to go back!

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

Fantastic food and service! This was an extremely memorable meal and we would come back in a heartbeat!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Second time at Forage. I had an amazing time the first time there and had their halibut cheeks which were very lightly breaded and fried served with delicious picked radishes which perfectly complimented the taste palate. I raved so much about it that my colleagues wanted to go when I went again. Sadly they now prepare the halibut cheeks differently and they were no longer spectacular and tasted almost overdone and gone were the pickled radishes. This preparation did not do justice to such a wonderful delicacy like halibut cheeks. I hope they bring back the old preparation of these wonderful jewels. As disappointed as I was with the halibut cheeks, their preparation of the duck breast was perfect and amazing. The gnocchi were perfectly prepared little morsels of amazing flavors that made your mouth always wanting more. Both dishes are worth ordering again! We also tried the lamb neck and the pan bread. Both were decent, but nowhere near the caliber of the duck, gnocchi, or the old version of halibut cheeks.
The ambiance seemed more of a great "date night" location. We lucked out with the same great waiter as previous, too bad he seemed a bit over whelmed so this experience wasn't as memorable or personal as previous but still good.
Will definitely go again, but there is a part of me that is sad that I will have to find another place to get halibut cheeks.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 12, 2018

It was a great experience. Corey was a great server and enjoyable as well. Would come back.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Easy and great food

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Each dish was unique and delicious. We loved the sharing aspect so we could get a taste of everything - generous servings.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I really enjoyed it. It was my first time.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Incredible. Best dining experience in Vancouver in many years

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The "Award Winning" soup was pretty average and one the mains (fish with salmon roe) was awkward and jarring in flavors. Other than that the pork shoulder and Cheese Puff dessert was very memorable. It's hit and miss depending on what you order, but what you get is a menu that is trying new flavors and combinations and if you don't mind that, this is a good place to explore.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Everything was absolutely delicious. The kale salad is great, a little bit too sweet for me but if u like sweet you'll love it. The pork shoulder was so tender it just came apart with a fork, no need for a knife.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Fourth dining at Forage. The 2 Dine-out occasions resulted in truly spectacular food, the other 2 visits the food quality wasn't as even - nothing was bad, it's just that nothing equaled the level I'd experienced with the first Dine-out. I'm glad I just ate there again, with this second Dine-out meal, letting me know that it's still possible to have truly superb food there. Makes me nervous to bring visitors though, not knowing whether or not it will be the a) superb Forage of 2 of my visits, or b) the decent but not spectacular local restaurant of my other 2 visits.

The service is such that I only experience with a team sensibility - where everyone is on board with the overarching purpose of the restaurant. Nice to experience.

I truly hope that the consistency continues to grow. This restaurant/message/team deserves to flourish!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Two of us came for Dine Out on a Sunday evening. The seating area is not big so the tables were very close together.

Appetizers: the bison shank was cold and dry. The grilled squid didn’t seem grilled at all - it was cold, slippery, and barely cooked. This dish would’ve worked as a calamari salad but not grilled squid. We added an extra seafood chowder, which was flavorful with a hint of smokiness. It was more of a creamy style, whereas I would’ve preferred more chunky bits of seafood in my chowder.

Entrees: the grilled duck leg seemed overcooked, the outer layer of meat hard and dry. The crispy halibut was nicely done, the batter freshly fried and the fish moist inside.

Desserts: the elderflower puff was a bit stale by the time it reached our table, and the ice cream too soft and melting. The chocolate cherry cake was very good.

Service was efficient, short on pleasantries but never rude. We were never rushed, 1 ½ hours was enough, but with the tables turning over 4 times each night the pervasive atmosphere didn’t make you feel like lingering, especially when you see the next group of diners waiting to come in.

Overall we loved the depth of flavors in each dish, with an interesting fusion of elements and techniques. The food really could’ve been a 5, but inconsistent execution (particularly the main proteins) and lack of attention to detail brought it down a notch. Portion sizes were a bit on the small side, but acceptable at the $30 price point.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Food was tasty and the staff made us feel at home. Highly recommended checking out this place.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My first visit to Forage and even with Dine Out Vancouver happening, this has become one of my favourite restaurants! Here on a date night, from the moment we entered the doors until we left, the service was outstanding. Promptly seated for our reservation, the menu was quickly explained to us and water was poured. Our food choices for the night: Appetizers - "Vietnamese Style" Bison Shank Salad and Grilled Humboldt Squid; Entrees - Harissa Grilled Duck Leg and Crispy Halibut Cheeks; Desserts - Elderflower Cheese Puff and Chocolate Cherry Bar. We loved each dish, especially the fall-off-the-bone tender duck leg, and the elderflower cheese puff which was a delight even for my not-so-much-of-a-dessert-person partner. A lovely evening all in all, would definitely return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Birthday celebration

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Top 3 brunch spots in Vancity! We love this place!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Hot Spot, Organic, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My favourite brunch place, it is always amazing!

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Amazing as per usual. This restaurant never disappoints!

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was delicious and our server was very personable and hospitable. Would definitely dine here again when visiting this city.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Fabulously assembled meal from local ingredients. Wonderful dining experience

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We came here during Dine Out as they offered an interesting 3 course menu for $30. Our server was friendly and the food was tasty and beautifully plated. As it was Dine Out we were limited to a 90 min seating which was fine. While 3 courses was enough food, the portions are small. If you have a large appetite you may have to order more.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We went for birthday dinner but the birthday person’s food was very disappointing..she spoke to the manager a few days before and was reassured that everything would be fine regarding her food allergies..nothing was arranged and her choice was very limited. If we’d known this before we would have gone somewhere else..she didn’t follow through.. our food was okay.. nothing to write home about

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Fantastic service, good was great

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Server messed up our order and sent the wrong appetizer out. No apology, nothing. Appetizers were small during the DOV 2018 season. Entrees were mediocre at best and felt like it was mass produced from the kitchen. The chocolate dessert was ok, but the creme puff was soggy and didn’t taste that great. Was a complete disappointment of a dinner.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I went for Dine Out Vancouver with my fiancé. My fianceé has gone before when it was not Dine Out and said the food was pretty good but he described the elderflower puff as an amazing dessert. Unfortunately, the elderflower puff this time was not as well executed. There was 1/5 of the ice cream they normally serve with it and it was all melted. The puff itself was good and the cream inside but we were disappointed that is was not the same as before. The rest of the food was ok with the duck leg being the best of the dishes but all of them were missing one or two extra things to make them pop. Overall the food was good but not outstanding and I probably wouldn't come back. If the elderflower puff had been well executed, I would have considered coming back just for that but I felt disappointed and betrayed that I did not have the same experience as when my fianceé first went

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I was expecting a bit more from the food - the vietnamese salad was okay - my dad really enjoyed it but I thought it was lacking in some ways - was anticipating a larger portion and warmer bison. The crispy halibut cheeks was tasty but a bit on the drier side - kinda like a chicken nugget! The cherry chocolate bar was fantastic, but the elderflower cheese puff was mediocre - our ice cream was unfortunately melted. The server was quite good, and helpful with wine choices. Portions are relatively small - so keep this in mind when you're dining. Not sure if I would call this bang for your buck.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Service was good but Dineout food was not special at all.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 29, 2018

This was my first visit to Forage. It won't be my last. The food was delicious. The service was just as attentive as you need. The range of on-tap beers was impressive. Enjoyed every minute.

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We went with our kids for brunch and it worked out great. I am really glad we booked a table though. Food was good. My wife found it too noisy but it didn’t bother me too much.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, People Watching
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Come here from out of town several times a year . Friendly efficient service ,great food from a reasonably innovative menu. Will be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Consistently awesome. Amazing menu and the staff are exceptional.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing staff and even though it was a set menu, all options were very satisfyingly!

We will be sure to return on our next trip to Vancouver!

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food, service, and overall experience was good. Dinner felt rushed. We were reminded we had 90 minutes when we were being seated. We ordered our starter and asked to wait on the main, was asked that when they come back to clear the plays we place our main order. We were in and out in just under an hour which for three courses is to fast.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My wife and I shared a great meal with our friends from Germany on Saturday night. Dine out Vancouver was in full swing. The restuarant was very busy, but the staff remained friendly and helpful. Our meals were outstanding. A bit noisy, but that is to be expected with a very full house. Great meal, great service and a very reasonable price for food of this exceptional quality. Will definitely be back as soon as we can!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful experience for brunch.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great as always

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