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The Refinery

3.8
296 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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About

The Refinery is a market style eatery, located in downtown Vancouver. Recently, The Refinery was converted into a space to host events and offers a limited menu. The location can handle parties from 20 to 75 guests and offers a relaxing, comfortable space with music and elegant d�cor.

The menu offered at The Refinery uses local, fresh ingredients to prepare Spanish and French inspired canap�s. Some of the choices include steak tostada, roasted veggie slider, quiche squares, mini baked potato bites, beef sliders, coconut prawns, vegetarian flatbread, sushi station, stuffed mushrooms, steak and pear crostini, mini quiche squares and mozzarella meatballs.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, European
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Hours of operation
Wednesday - Sunday 5pm - 1am

Features:
Wednesday 30% of Bottles of Wine with Charcuterie for 2
Thursday: $4 off all Cocktails
Sunday: $6 Tiki Cocktails & $4 Tequila
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Phone number
(604) 687-8001
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Thomas Yau / Curtis Stanway / Jesse Price
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Private party facilities
Whether hosting an intimate celebration with family and friends or a larger corporate affair, The Refinery can be booked for a private event or, for smaller events, we have a rooms that seat between 20 and 30 for your event needs.
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Private party contact
Ray Stanicsia or Graham Racich: (888) 391-6712
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Catering
Executive luncheons and chef events can be arranged, please contact us for more information.
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Cross street
1115 Granville Street
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Parking details
Street parking can be found around the Granville area cross street Helmeken. There are also many pay lots in the area. Most major taxi companies are familiar with the location.
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Public transit
Granville and Yaletown skytrain stations within 5 minute walk.
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Entertainment
Live DJ Friday & Saturday Nights starting at 9pm
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Special events & promotions
Please visit our website for more info on special events, educational seminars, winemakers dinners and other functions.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.9
service
3.8
ambience
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on May 2, 2015

would recommend to anyone looking for multiple Tapas style choice, we had eight of them. Great cocktails, using Fresh squeezed juices
we will be back

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Winnie (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2015

Perfect for group gathering!
the dine out menu is tasty with decent price of $18. It highlights the muscle of the chef!
portion is enough. After finish the dessert, it make you feel just full. However,I still added an appetizer as a La cart. Awesome and I believe it will be perfect to pair up with a special drink .

Warm service

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vipyummyeats (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2015

Friendly service. Chic decor.
Good food. Creative cocktails.
Enjoyed a nice meal with friends.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 2015

The design of the restaurant is very nice. Cool devour and nice furniture. It is located on the second floor so there's a bit of a view and its nice and separated from the bustle of the street. Location is easy to get to.
The food was uninspiring. The pork belly which is typically juicy and flavourful was overcooked and bland. Both appetizers weren't very good either. None of the food was inedible, but it wasn't particularly good. The plating was nice. The desserts were great and the best part of the meal. The drinks were good and the selection was admirable.

Not a place I would probably go to dinner again, though I might go to hang out at the bar.

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Vegetakun (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2015

Service was spotty at times, soup came with bacon the first time when I requested without then Luke warm the second time I got it. Lamb was good but mostly bone.. Lemon cheesecake was good. Cute little place I like the decor a lot. Mostly banquettes which is my favorite. Good overall experience, I'd go back

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2015

Enjoyed the night thoroughly. Good food, with better presentation.
Very good service along with a great ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2015

Went here for Dine Out 2015. Service from the host and waitress were excellent, and the environment was warm and inviting. Had a sparkling cocktail that was well-muddled and had layers of flavour.
Starter - Octopus Carpaccio: A little plain, could have used a sauce or a touch of citrus, and had small, very bitter pieces of some vegetable that everyone at our table decided to pick out of the dish. The Octopus was sliced thin and fresh, but the dish was somewhat bland. The Main was Pork belly, and though it was cooked expertly, it needed more of the cherry syrup/sauce to contrast the savoury of the pork. Portions were small, which makes sense because it's a tapas-style resturant, but still left the restaurant hungry.

Biggest win of the night - the lemon goat cheese cake. I would go back for this one dish if they ever have it again. I love tart desserts, and this was a perfect balance of citrus/sour and sweet. Who knew a goat cheese cake would be SO delicious.

I probably would not go again unless we're in the area and feel like having a stellar cocktail, but it would very much appeal to people who live off Granville, or like a casual bar for the evening that is beautiful, but doesn't take itself too seriously.

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Rxiayth (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2015

Went for the dine out menu.
Everything was good except for the proportions.

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Will (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2015

Its dine-out menu so maybe the regular time food are better?

Having said that,

The service was good. The waiter was fairly attentive to all the tables without being too imposing The food took awhile to come and mine pork belly was tough and burnt. Should have asked for another one but I didn't really want to let other in the group wait. The cocktail was interesting. We had the prince of yang and i really dig the salt on the lip of the cup but otherwise felt the drink was a little too herby and sweet for my liking.

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Foodinista (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2015

Service and ambience were nice but I was disappointed with the food. Portions were small, likely due to Dine Out. The pork belly and lamb were on the tough side. The lemon cheesecake did not actually have any lemon in there other than the curd on top and the chocolate mousse was more like whipped cream with chocolate flakes in it. I did like the raspberry coulis on the bottom of the mousse though. Perhaps the food quality is better when it is not during Dine Out.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2015

I've been to Refinery several years ago for an alcohol and food pairing event. Dine out 2015 was the first time I went there for food on the actual menu. My gf and I enjoyed every bite from start to finish. I would go there ago for a regular dinner or to try another alcohol pairing event

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foodiemama (Vancouver)
2.0  Dined on January 18, 2015

Went here for dine out with some girl friends. Service was good as were the drinks but that's where it ended. The portions were extremely small (like 2, 1inch squares of cheesecake). If the food had been very rich and flavourful I would be fine with small portions, however I was extremly disappointed. Oh well, won't be going back.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
1.0  Dined on January 18, 2015

Went for Dine Out 2015... Surprised by the tiny portion sizes. They were half the size of a 'tapa'/appetizer portion. My main course was 3 one-inch slices of pork belly. Delicious but way too small. My friend got the cheesecake and it was less than a quarter the size of a typical slice of cake. Disappointing. Should have increased the price of the menu if they couldn't create a decent dinner menu for that price. We shouldn't be hungry after 3 courses!

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AndrewToronto (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on January 10, 2015

I reserved a table for two about one month ahead for my Vancouver trip. As soon as we arrived and I they welcomed me by name and continued to use my name for the rest of the evening. The owner came over to great us and gave us a great corner table away from a large party that was going on. The food that we tried of their tapas menu was superb. Large portions as well compared to what we're used to in Toronto. The cocktail menu was large and the drinks we had were great. The music (DJ) played some great old school beats and the usual top charts stuff as well. It may have just been for the party.

The only negative I would say is that their wasn't a clear path to the washroom from the dinning room past people dancing. Not really a big deal.

I will be going back again my next time in Vancouver.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2015

When your evening is about the people, the mood and the discussion, as much as it is about the food, tapas is a great option. The excellent food gets woven into the experience. Three of us spent a couple of hours on a Friday evening catching up and enjoying a casual meal (and some nice wine). I'll be coming back.

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Andy (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2015

Service was excellent, very friendly staff. Food was delicious and the prices were very reasonable. I would definitely go there again.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
2.0  Dined on October 18, 2014

The ambience was good if a bit loud, I like the layout, look & the the service was great, but the food wasn't very good, which kind of kills it for me because you know, that's what restaurants are for. Tapas portions and prices but without the quality or flavour sophistication you expect from tapas. It was $130 to feed 4 of us. Items included lukewarm mixed olives & mushrooms in mediocre marinade to start, a cheese platter with some questionable/bland paste spreads, decent bruschetta (highlight of the meal I suppose--the honey was a nice touch), a veggie flatbread with way too much basil, and ravioli that tasted not much different than out of a can.

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GoodEats (Vancouver)
2.0  Dined on September 27, 2014

The server was attentive and great but the food was horrible!
Was there for a birthday dinner and was embarassed by the food.

Flank steak appy was cold and paper thin.
Bruschetta came on what looked like sliced toast (two triangles)
Prawn wrapped in proscuitto was very very salty
Ravioli was very very salty
Gnocchi was tasty but mushy

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Gonetothebeach (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on September 18, 2014

We looked for somewhere local to where we going. The reviews were good so we tried it and were not disappointed. Very interesting menu with lots sourced locally. Tapas style so you get to try a few different things. Will go there again.

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AnnaBanana (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on July 9, 2014

The Refinery came recommended by the folks we rented an apartment from and it was in walking distance. We had the Shrimp wrapped in Italian ham in braised in a tomato basil butter broth - Delicious! The Punky Brewster signature cocktail was devine and the wine list was great

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