Tap Restaurant

4.6
577 reviews
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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 booking private events and catering.
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Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the South Surrey area. Food is the draw. Excellent wine selection, positive staff

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DS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Stump the somm was absolutely entertaining / an added highlight to a delicious meal

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DJ
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Chef Alistair Veen and his team have created a thoroughly complete, fine dining restaurant that is worth the modest drive from the city. 'Hands-on' is the best way to describe Chef Veen - he's cooking in the open kitchen one moment, then serving, then decanting wine, then helping with a coat. It's a charming, intimate restaurant with a Euro-slanted menu of tempting dishes that taste as good as they sound. Impeccable culinary technique and unexpected creativity are the norm. Best ever French onion soup. Just as important is a sensational wine list (well priced and covering BC and the World with many, many offbeat gems), and Alistair and his staff are unfussed and unfussy about wine in a comforting way. No wine snobs there, but true and passionate knowledge.

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L
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome my favourite place. Al you and your staff are all 5 star thanks.

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D
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food , drinks and service are amazing. Tap Restaurant is a hidden gem.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Poor service on several levels. Food has definitely gone significantly down hill from a once very respectable restaurant in the area

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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AD
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

As always the food was amazing!! This was our first lunch experience. The serving staff was inadequate. There was only one server and a bus person. The server was also preparing all the beverages behind the bar. The service was slow. If this is common practice we may avoid having lunch at Tap.

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S
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were out celebrating the Christmas season and my retirement. The food and service were fabulous. We will definitely be back.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating another successful year. The food, wine and service were excellent. We will definitely be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and very knowledgeable on their products

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W
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff and I liked that the owner circulated around the tables and talked to everyone. The food was very good and innovative and I'll be back to try the Caesar salad with prawns that I saw many people eating!!! I had duck leg and my friends had sablefish and rack of lamb and all were very tasty. I was impressed with the wine list even though I don't drink (get headaches from any alcohol). My guests like the wine a lot. Parking was readily available there which is not always the case. I give TAP a two thumbs up!!!!

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s
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic wine food and service

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D
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fantastic spot. Food and service are always exceptional!

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S
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Very small restaurant, wasn’t aware that they would have 2 piece live music in such a tiny room, trying to outplay the open kitchen noise. We couldn’t hear/talk at all to our visitors while the musicians were playing, only between sets. (Apparently this occurs only on Wednesday nights). Wine list pretty expensive for a local restaurant, even with the 30% Wednesday night discount....only on bottles under $100, several of which they were out of stock. Perhaps bring purchased wine as corkage is $25 each bottle for limited 2 bottles per table. Very limited dining menu, promoted vegetarian meals mostly had egg in them so very restricted menu for a vegetarian friend. As we were waiting to order, we watched several plates (rack of lamb) go by....all were a funny grey colour (possibly sous vide w/o grilling finish?) and some were sent back (for finishing (?)). Chose NOT to order lamb because of this, instead ordered osso busso which was very bland, not tender (was given a steak knife to cut it with), gremolata topping was made of mostly large pieces of parsley, very little lemon zest and no discernible garlic. Risotto accompaniment was very salty. BUT two guests had outstanding, well prepared large pieces of sablefish......so maybe an off-night for the grilling/meat chef. Didn’t stay for dessert as musicians were still planning to play on. Probably won’t be back at the wine/meal prices w/limited selection.

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LM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was cold albeit they were quick and very professional in how they handled the situation. We really commend them for their service.

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J
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The atmosphere at the restaurant was nice and the food was very tasty.
However, I found it to be a little bit too crowded and what was bothering me the most was the smoke from cooking. There were times when you will see a cloud of smoke covering the entire place even though the range hood was working rigorously. Probably a better ventilation system in place and less tables can transform the place in a better place to go out for dinner.

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DW
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I have been to Tap before and enjoyed it very much. Was looking forward to this visit as I was treating friends. Not quite up to its usual standard. The service was often awkward with frequent efforts to remove plates that weren't done and at the same time ignoring plates that should be removed. i think that perhaps they had staff in training. The ongoing wiping of the table with a wet cloth was odd made me feel we were being ushered out of the restaurant before we ready.
Th scallops were superb.However the French Onion soup was disappointing - I think they forgot the cheese. My friends returned their mussels to have broth added to them as they were simply in water. The brussel sprouts were mostly potatoes. And the risotto was a bit watery. This is a popular neighbourhood restaurant with a stirling reputation however Friday night was a bit off for the restaurant and unfortunately for us as well .

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FF
Vancouver
60 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Small but interesting menu. We had the smoked pork terrine appetizer, my wife had the Osso Buco and I had the duck leg. We shared the daily special dessert.
It was truly a delicious meal.

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BB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tap is our favourite restaurant in South Surrey/Langley. Alister is an excellent chef with a creative menu and skilled team. As a sommelier, his knowledge and experience of wine is simply fun! We visit at least monthly. The service is simply outstanding.

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BK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food & presentation was very good, would recommend to others

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R
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We hadn't been for a few months but as usual, the food was excellent and the service, as well. It is a great treat to find this calibre of restaurant in a neighbourhood environment. We would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone in the area! (one of our party ordered the prawn pasta special but was delivered another dish - he was happy enough with what arrived, but they made the effort to bring him a side of prawns to add to the dish!)

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m
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food with top notch service - we are never disappointed at Tap.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Was pleasantly surprised how delicious dinner & dessert was. Absolutely delicious! Staff could be more polished & room configuration more private.

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NR
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely phenomenal food...…………………………………………………….
We will be back..

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BS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been there a few times over the years and it has been wonderful each time.

Thank you,
Bruce Shaver

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K
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I found the restaurant a little to warm. Food was good.

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TR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed yet another fine meal with some friends last week. The Seabass and rack of lamb were excellent.
The staff as always were excellent and attentive to our table.
We'll be back!

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M
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an awesome dinner. Great service and food. Highly recommended

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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MM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not a place for a "quick bite", but it is worth the time it takes. And: you can see it being done right in front of you -- no microwave! I was with a couple of real 'foodies' and I think Tap was an excellent choice for these demanding palates.
I had the risotto with morels and it was delicious.
Everyone was delighted with everything.

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DM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Outstanding food you cannot be in a hurry as food is cooked to order
My guest commented it's the first restaurant that we had been to that everything was perfect for me I must me fussy
Coming back. For business lunch next week and following week for dinner with my husband and another couple

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was attentive, food was very good, the restaurant was quiet but if the waitress asked one more time if our food was 'delicious' I was would have lost it. I understand the human nature slant to the question aimed at ascertaining how the guests are finding their food and that asking with a positive slant generally garners a positive response, but it is very presumptuous to use the word 'delicious '. The food was in fact was quite good, but I found the use of the word condescending. You have to earn your Michelin stars after all. It would have be better to just ask, 'how are your meals?'

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JL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The rillette was wonderful, as was the duck leg. Great wine selection, if on the pricey side. Wish they had half-litre carafes.

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ED
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I find Tap Restaurant to have good food, pleasing atmosphere good and knowledgeable service.

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CG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lunch menu - 3 out of 4 of our group had the halibut & risotto dish. We all raved about it. The halibut was cooked to perfection, the risotto was amazing too. Would highly recommend this intimate restaurant. Will be back.

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F
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Tap never disappoints.
Food and service both consistently great!

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s
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always, great restaurant. We forgot there was live music on wednesdays and it was a little loud for us, although nice music. Thanks for a nice evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing night at Tap. Alistair and his staff are top notch. Great food and fantastic service, as always. Downtown quality without the commute!

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GE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Appies, mains, drinks and dessert were all delicious for both of us. Will return on that basis alone. Ambiance was marginal, not a lot of character but was clean. Nothing wrong with the servers themselves but need more of them-had a Saturday 6pm-8pm meal and waited for everything. Need more staff at prime time!

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