The Distillery Bar + Kitchen

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165 reviews
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Italian
The Distillery Bar + Kitchen opened in the Spring of 2013 serving up straight forward Italian-American style dishes and boozy handcrafted cocktails. The menu was developed with an emphasis on sourcing local ingredients, taking the time to make products from scratch and being inspired by the way that ‘Mama used to make it’.

The restaurant hosts a long 30 person communal table ideal for large groups, family-style dining or getting to know your neighbour. Guests can also pull up a stool at the restaurant bar which looks on to the fully open kitchen for an interactive experience, or sit outside on the heated patio to people-watch with a bottle of wine and flavourful pasta.

You may reserve seats online for a maximum of six guests. Please note that due to the style of our restaurant service parties of 4 or more may be sat at a communal dining table. Cheers!
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OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brunch! Great service. Will definitely go back.

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LH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The outdoor seating area was super super hot from a number of the outdoor heaters, which I wasn’t entirely prepared for given the cooler weather. Thankfully it wasn’t just me, but the table next to me noticed it as well.

The beefsteak tomato salad seemed somewhat under seasoned, with the significant amount of blue cheese adding sweetness rather than much needed salt or acid (I was tempted to ask for balsamic).
The pasta dish I had was tasty, though I was way too full and decided to take it home with me.

The staff however are delightful and efficient.

I’d happily return.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very cool space with great drinks and bar. The food is so-so. Not great. Not awful. Portions were a little small. But the service was wonderful.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Made reservations expecting to be seated on the patio. Hostess not friendly or accommodating

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Sunday brunch with the girls

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great night out. It was our first time there. I would go again.

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NJ
Vancouver
34 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food

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CE
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and even better service. Enjoyed the pasta and wine options.

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A
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious exciting food and great atmosphere.

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N
Vancouver
55 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming to this restaurant. We ordered the ribeye to share and it was so good. The only thing we didn’t like was the broccoli rabe. Very strange taste so we sent it back and they were really good about it. We will be back xo

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The server rarely came by to check on us even though we were the only table eating at 6pm on a Thursday.
The shrimp cocktail is not worth $16. They didn’t serve it with enough cocktail sauce as there was a bunch of shredded lettuce in the glass and a teaspoon of sauce sitting on the bed of lettuce.
Total disappointment.

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S
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, fun service from the staff. The food and the drinks were amazing. We were very well taken care of. We'd definitely go back again and bring more friends along! 😊

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KT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were really good. Sat on the enclosed patio which was heated from above, a bit cold from below but there we blankets you could put on your legs which were handy.

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S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, he was sweet and always on top of things. The food was amazing, and the value of the drinks for brunch was so shocking for Yaletown. I was really impressed that such amazing quality of food and drinks were affordable! I will definitely be coming back 😊

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MA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and exceptional service. Thanks for the Valentine’s Day surprise!

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MH
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took the wife on a date and we both enjoyed the experience. It is not a quiet place, but we could still comfortably talk. The ambience makes up for the slightly higher noise level. The food was excellent and the service exactly what you would expect from this type of restaurant. The chef obviously loves his craft as our meal showed it. This is a good place for cocktails too. Will be going again and interested in trying out their breakfast sometime in the future as it looked good on the menu.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Our waitress was inattentive and we did not have a good experience with her. We literally had to chase her down to get service. She needs more training or if she hates people, she should find a job that doesn’t involve customer service ‘cause she sucks.

Everything else aside from her is good.

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M
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent drinks.

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

The host originally put us in the restaurant at a table in an awkward spot. But then moved us into the lounge where we were more comfortable. It was a great night and the server was excellent. Always love this restaurant. Also appreciated the complimentary shots for my sister’s birthday. A great start to our night out.

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RR
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food and service! Hope their espresso infused Vodka will not be taken off the menu....

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service ambiance and location!

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance at the Distillery was very lively and reminiscent of a 1930s bar and restaurant.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Unfortunately, the restaurant didn’t have our reservation through open table on file so we had to be seated outside. There were heaters; however, it was still quite cold and we had to eat with our jackets on and blankets on our legs. The food and service was good but overall it was not a great experience.

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FH
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great spot for brunch or any meal. Also fun place to grab drinks after work or late night. Overall, it's a awesome spot for food and drinks. Our service wasn't the best on our last trip this past Sunday but nothing serious. A one time blip. I would highly recommend for everyone and anyone.

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D
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have been quite a few times but it found too loud this time because I had a hard time carrying on a conversation.

The server seemed slammed because it took a while for the simplest requests.

I found the eggs to greasy and the bacon was incredibly salty. I am inclined to go elsewhere next time.

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TK
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there before a Canucks game. Food and wine was great. The Monday night wine special was a nice surprise. Free shuttle to the arena includes a free drink back at the bar after the game!

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KB
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The distillery is our standby. Consistently great meal and drinks. I always have the veal chop, which is always cooked perfectly to my taste. We have many special occasions here as a family or with friends or just a fun night out. You won't be disappointed for the value.

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CA
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came to the Distillery for a birthday dinner. We weren't sure what to expect, but we were very happy with the restaurant. All the food was excellent and the service was exceptional. We had a wonderful server who gave us wonderful suggestions for all the best choices. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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

Best place in Yaletown for value and ambiance

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GB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic!....overall pleased with the experience.

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c
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved brunching here !

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DC
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a really enjoyable meal with my family- tasty food, good drinks and attentive service. I would highly recommend this fun restaurant in Yaletown.

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PH
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food in a pleasant and interesting environment. There are lots of places to choose from in the area, and we were very happy with this one. Parking can be difficult, but there is a multi storey car park nearby.

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c
Minneapolis
64 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They made a good Old-Fashioned. Their calamari has moved to the top of our list! The entrees were good but nothing spectacular (flatbread and scampi). It happened to be quiet in the part where we sat, but I could see how it could get really loud when crowded, so a Monday night was just great for us.

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h
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Went for Saturday brunch with colleagues. The $10 jugs of mimosa were a hit!

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KS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Drinks were great, a bit pricey as were the apps, will come for Happy Hour next time. The meatball apps were small and not that tasty.

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GH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

The music was TOO loud and intrusive, we even asked them if they could turn the music down for a bit(my friends and I had to shout to be able to hear each other) but the DJ refused!!!

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MX
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening - food was excellent, service was fun, friendly and efficient— music was great, and there was a good atmosphere

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j
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

An overall disappointing experience. Took 15-20 minutes to order and receive drinks. Overall very slow service. I expect a 90 minute meal for upscale but not over pizza and a pasta dish. Food was enjoyable. Not sure to blame server or management as a small private party was in the bar but the rest of the restaurant was not crowded on a Tuesday evening. Up to the hostess to not seat in a section if servers are not readily available or communicate service may be slower if that particular section is requested.

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EE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious brunch options at great value ($10-$12). Can't reserve patio.

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