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The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

4.3
899 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 Michael Love's seasonally driven dishes.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Canadian, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Weekdays: 5:00pm - Late
Weekend Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:45pm (first come seating policy for brunch)

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Phone number
(604) 558-1965
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Love
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Cross street
MacDonald
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Parking details
Free street parking
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Public transit
Bus stops within a block
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 899 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
service
4.4
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4.1
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

The Oakwood has been on my radar for quite some time as I live in the neighbourhood and was excited about some of the food options (e.g., kale salad!) There was unfortunately one significant problem: from the moment we arrived to the moment we left, were were rudely interrupted by our server who rushed us and constantly reminded us that we needed to "be out within the two hour dining limit." My friend and I were excited to catch up and instead, became distracted by the number of times (10+) our server came to the table to push us to order, remind us of the time and let us know there were guests waiting for our table (we left exactly two hours after arriving and did not have plans to linger). Despite the yummy food and cozy ambience, I would not return and would not recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a relaxing, enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

this was my first experience dining at the canadian oakwood bistro and it was absolutely enjoyable in every way! our server was exceptional, friendly, attentive and very helpful with offering suggestions off the menu.

we had the kale salad, grilled humboldt squid and lamb confit and scallop crackling. wow. i’d have them all over again in a heartbeat.
the flavours were so varied and delightful on the palate, and the presentation of the dishes was beautiful.
i will definitely be back and highly recommend this vancouver gem.

oh...and the atmosphere is cosy and warm. great design!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We ordered 3 dishes, squash, squid & steak (for 2 of us)
All beautifully presented & each was outstanding
Didn’t have any room for dessert but next time .....
Highly recommend this restaurant
PS when the first dish (squash) arrived we dived right into it &
forgot all about taking a pic

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Loved the food, especially the warm kale salad. Server moved us to quiet, intimate table at the back by the fireplace. Perfect for a date night!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I can’t recommend this restaurant highly enough! The service was phenomenal, as was the food. Was a perfect date spot, definitely plan on returning and I can’t wait!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The food was great although Tapas style so be prepared to share the small plates. They all taste great and look amazing. Some very interesting flavours but the small plates don't last long. It will keep your dining experience short and to the point but filled with great taste.

The restaurant is very noisy and it can be hard to hear the person across the table or even beside you but that was largely due to the music that was turned up far too loud. The closest visible speaker was not even near our table.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This was our first visit to the Oakwood. It’s a lovely funky little place with a smallish menu which we like. We shared the burrata beet dish which was delicious, and my hubby had the burger and I ordered the squid. The burger was good. The squid was fishier than I’ve had elsewhere and the pepperoni Ragu was a strange accompaniment. Sounded interesting on the menu but fell short on execution. We also felt rushed as the first dish arrived minutes after ordering and the mains immediately afterwards. We were there for a total of an hour.

Glad we tried the Oakwood but don’t know if we’d return.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Burger 2.0 is cooked well done now but still amazing. The poutine is crazy delicious, as always.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Amazing as slwsys

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

As usual the Warm Kale salad was beyond reproach .... service was excellent. Th only reason I am not giving a 5 Star is the gnocchi dish was not as good as past versions. Didn’t care for it at all. First time I have not been over the moon about dinner there. Will be back soon though. Management was very concerned and offered another dish instead but we just weren’t hungry enough.... too bad! They were great. Never fail to impress.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Menu was inviting but we were sadly disappointed. Doneness of the meat/seafood was very good (we had lamb, duck and squid), but the issue we had was too much oil (lamb), unnecessary sauce and not so crisp skin (duck) and way too much salt (squid).
On the plus side: service was friendly and atmosphere was lively.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Not my first time enjoying Oakwood but took 2 friends for their first visit. They are foodies and were totally impressed. Even claimed it was one of the best meals they have had in 5 years. Thanks Oakwood for allowing me to impress some foodie friends!!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great food, and service, food came out as was prepared (shared plates). Pace could have been a little slower so we had time to digest each plate a little more!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

very noisy
food was quickly served but too heavy i.e. deep fried or heavy sauces. Squid was too salty
wine list was fine

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We love the Oakwood. We have been there a number of times and we were never disappointing. Unfortunately this time 2 of the 4 dishes were quite treasured a bit too salty.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Food was savory and presentation was great

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I have been there a few times. I remember the food being a bit more memorable than my most recent visit. But great service and a fun place.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My girlfriend and I enjoyed a nice dinner at the Oakwood. Kale salad was surprisingly tasty considering I'm not a fan of Kale. Everything else we ordered was very tasty and the service was fast and friendly. I would definitely recommend this place to my friends.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We enjoyed the sharing concept and ordered four dishes. The warm kale salad was excellent, the fried gnocci should be removed from the menu - is was very bland, the pork belly and duck were good.

The music was loud for my liking.

The wine focused on BC wines and we tried a number by the glass but none of them were good enough to order again.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I fell the food was odd. Not traditional which I prefer but the service and interest in me as a guest was very good.
Thank you

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Wonderful bistro with exceptional food, especially the lamb belly!! And great wine! Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The service was great at this place. Very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable staff.
The food was all beautifully presented and four dishes between the two of us left us stuffed to the brim. The duck was both of our favorites. It's not the quietest place but could still hold a conversation without yelling and the ambiance is nice and cosy.
We will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

It would be nice if the dining times were a little bit longer. We finished with about 5minutes or so to spare and weren’t rushed at all but I did find myself keeping an eye on the time quite a bit instead of paying 100% attention to the conversation.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent service and choice options on the menu. Personalised staff that had an in-depth knowledge of the menu and wine list.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great room. Great food. Great service. Definitely left a happy customer

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We had a great dinner. Wonderful service (our waitress Chantelle was great).

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

A wood burning fireplace! That was a treat on a snowy night. Everything was just fine ... but our group felt the music was a problem. Erratic volume level and incompatible with conversation.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was fantastic, specialty drinks were great and the service was top notch. Couldn't ask for a better experience.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was very tasty and unique flavors. Very loud to visit in restaurant....maybe outside might be quieter.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Top notch service. Food delicious - my favorite is the warm kale salad.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent food and very friendly staff. Natasha, our server, very pleasant.

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3.0Dined on February 4, 2018

When for dine-out but much of the food was cold and either over-seasoned or tasteless (cod). Service was slow but nice, atmosphere is warm and friendly but very noisy as well. I wouldn't recommend going unless there was a particular dish you wished to try.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Went for dine out Vancouver. Food and service was amazing but the portions were very small

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We were very disappointed with the Dine Out 2018 experience here at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro. I have been to The Oakwood Canadian Bistro twice for brunch and both times I had great experience; therefore, we had high expectation for dinner. The service and the quality of food were mediocre. The portion sizes were small and we left feeling hungry.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a great meal with happy hour drinks beforehand, can't go wrong with $13 pasta mains on Sunday - all servers recommendations were spot on!

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Great food great drink and beer selection. Always something new to try

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Came here for Dine Out 2018 and the evening exceeded all expectations. From being politely greeted at arrival, to our wonderful and helpful server, to the amazing food. Service was fantastic the entire evening; the perfect amount of attentiveness. We never had to ask for wine or water top ups. The menu was very creative and the food was delicious.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Many delicious and well created dishes.
Service was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

First time at the restaurant. The food was exceptional, the ling cod was delicious. Great selection of local beers and cocktails. Definitely would recommend for a date night restaurant.

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3.0Dined on January 23, 2018

I visited the restaurant during Dine Out. The Dine Out menu did not resemble the restaurant’s regular menu and the restaurant did not give diners the option of ordering from the regular menu. The server was great but the food did not do justice to what the kitchen is capable of doing. Also, portions were very small for the entrees. I think Dine Out works best when the menu includes items that the restaurant regularly offers. It was the first time that some of my friends who joined me for dinner had been to the Oakwood and based on their experience, they are unlikely to return to the restaurant.

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