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The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

4.3
897 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
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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 897 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
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4.4
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4.1
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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

We went here just for a quick meal and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. It was actually very good. Healthy, local ingredients. I will go back for sure and highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

DOV should be considered a good introduction to new customers eh? Well they failed.

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2018

We liked the ambiance, the service
And the decoration.
But we found the food a bit heavy, although the ingrediënts were nicely combined.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Fabulous - for our group of 8 we had an amazing culinary experience

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3.0Dined on January 3, 2018

This place is totally overrated online! It was very loud so much so that no conversation was possible at all. As far as the food goes I found every dish very strong flavors, e.g. pickled grapes and cheese with bacon fries. There were too many extreme flavors, nothing came as it tastes (e.g. potatoes or beets as everything had some type of coating). I found that the plates were very small to share. The place was trying to be something hip and special but it's not. I would definitely not recommend it for children, it's not child friendly at all.
The only positive point I can make is the staff who was friendly and smiling. The food took way too long to be prepared but that's also a sign that's fresh (although you could argue that on some of the dishes we had).

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4.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellent service food was great ambience with quiet relaxing music, no sports loud screens which is very important for conversation.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food as always! The NYE service was a spottier compared to the usual team and itfelt as though we were being rushed to leave. Several time our plates were cleared and replaced with the next course when were were barely done the previous course. However, food and drinks were delicious like always.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Came to Oakwood upon several recommendations from close friends and family. The food and experience lived up to the expectation: the food is innovative and gourmet, the service is very friendly and unassuming. Great wine selection. Overall, a fantastic night out with friends!

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was great. We liked that everybody working at the restaurant were personable & genuine. The menu was interesting and we literally wanted to order every dish. We’ll definitely be back again next time we are in town!

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3.0Dined on December 23, 2017

I have been here before and was really impressed by the food. However the second time around the food just wasn’t as good as I remembered. Warm kale salad was good but the poutine and the squid just had a bit too much going on. Maybe was just an off night will give it another go at some point as the vibe is good.

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2017

The Oakwood is a fun find in Kits. My wife and I went for dinner to celebrate our anniversary. The service was excellent. The food was good, though portion sizes left something to be desired. I realize these are meant to be share plates and, given our server's recommendation for 3-4 plates for two people, we opted for four. The flavours were generally great (the warm kale salad is phenomenal) but in some cases there was little more than a few bites for each of us. Relatedly, I also found the plating to be a bit deceptive. That is, there were times when it looked like there was more of the item ordered than there was (the burrata being the best example of this). Again, the food is excellent but we were certainly still hungry after these four small share plates. Will we return? Very likely. Great spot for tapas and an excellent drink list.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

Came here for a staff Christmas dinner, all the servers were super friendly and the food was really good (particularly the kale salad, and lamb belly > pork belly by far). It's a lovely warm spot to pop into, especially as it's freezing cold outside at the moment. Only knock is it is quite loud, so it's hard to carry a conversation. But super cozy, food is delish, and quite reasonably priced for sharing.

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Music too loud. We couldn’t hear each other well.
Food great!
Service great except had to keep asking for serving spoons.

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3.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Not kids friendly at all, i.e, no booster or high chair. Waiters/waitresses trying to rush people out without any patience. Won’t go there for any occasions again with the kids.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

It was my wife's birthday, and they did a special dessert for her. Nice touch!

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Outstanding food and service. Our favorite is the warm kale salad. Great selection of beer and wine.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

The Oakwood is one of mine and my boyfriend's favorite brunch spots. It was his Birthday this week and I decided to take him there for dinner. The food was so incredible--really unique flavors and delicious, good quality ingredients--and we loved their recommended style of sharing dishes so that we could both try a variety. The ambiance was very cozy, and the staff was super friendly and down-to-earth. We were gifted a free dessert which was such a nice and unexpected surprise, and it was soooo good (corncake with pear chunks and salted caramel sauce, seriously to die for). Will definitely be back again soon and would highly recommend!

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2.0Dined on November 19, 2017

Food is good and value is pretty good.
However, the waitress who served us is very bad. Very rude when we have questions about the dinner menu. Very impatient server when the restaurant is not even busy. She was eating in the kitchen for over 5 minutes while we are waiting for her to take our orders. Very horrible service and I will not return to this place ever again.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Exceptional service with unique and tasty dishes.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

I find it very hard to find fault with this restaurant. Delicious, creative west coast cuisine, warm and welcoming ambiance and great service. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2017

A nice restaurant with good food. Shared plates only.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Great place to meet with friends. Service was excellent and fun food combinations

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3.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Great wine list; food quality and innovation has declined.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

Simple but delicious food and on spot drinks, probably one of the best places to eat in Vancouver. Ambience is good but tables are really small and placed very close together ; you almost feel like you are in someone’s lap. Food and service spot on though.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

The poutine with brisket was amazing, as was the pork belly plate. We decided to try an usual dessert and were happily surprised by the sweet corn cake with buttermilk anglaise!

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Honestly amazing! My boyfriend and I went for our first Oakwood dinner date (as we had done brunch together, but he had never been to dinner there), and everything from the service to the food was bar none for the price point. We had the burrata, kale, spaghetti, and salmon in October 2017 (which is a relevant detail considering that the menu is seasonal). Everything and anything on the menu is fantastic, but I would highly recommend the warm kale salad, which is probably my favourite item on the menu regardless of the season, any of their home-made pastas, and short ribs. You will not regret visiting this gem in the city of a myriad of delicious food!

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

excellent food and waitress was absolutely the best, great experience...we will be back

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2017

It is always delicious at the Oakwood. I dream about the warm kale salad!!

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

The only thing that was off was the timing on the service. Two of three meals came out well before the third. This meant that the first two meals were almost finished by the time the third meal came out. Timing could have been better. Great restaurant however, with very good food.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Happy place with a low key decor.
Good, happy, professional waiters, prompt and unobstrussive.
Exquisit dishes, each one more than the other, different flavours and aromas, beautifully presented. Great Chef. It was a very nice experience for us. Perhaps music a bit lower....

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4.0Dined on September 23, 2017

We have been to this restaurant a few times and have always been impressed but I must admit the food was not as good as previously.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Went with another couple..ordered two each of three dishes which worked really well for us. Food came out with perfect timing and the helpings were well sized. Old world wine list short but adequate. We had great service, water glasses always full, never had to pour wine but never felt hovered over. A great evening! Easy to recommend and easy to return.
See you again.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

So happy to eat here every time! Really tasty, fresh, local ingredients that are sumptuously prepared. For any Fable fans out there, the meal & atmosphere is comparable. The meal is expensive, but the quality is outstanding and from what I've heard from both waiters and kitchen staff is that the folks working at The Oakwood are paid and treated well, which is really important to me beyond just amazing food. Perhaps that's WHY the food is amazing! ;)

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4.0Dined on September 12, 2017

This was our second visit. Had to go back and have that Kale and Brussel Sprout salad.
So delicious. Chantelle was our server. She was so helpful and really good at doing her job. She took the time to describe the various dishes. We appreciated her postive attitude and attention to our requests. I have to say the staff at the Oakwood really make the experience a success.
The dishes, though small, are well prepared and tasty. They have a good selection of wine and the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. Great restaurant to have in our neighbourhood!

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4.0Dined on September 6, 2017

I enjoyed our experience there - good flavours and great service. I would go back.

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2017

Awesome food, good and friendly waitresses, great cozy atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Amazing food and great service. We went here for my boyfriend's birthday and it was the perfect choice!

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Just amazing food every time I go. Servers are very friendly as well - it's easy to be when they know they get to bring out such delicious dishes. One of Vancouver's best restaurants.

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4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Marvellous cocktails and an interesting menu. I go there for a drink and inspiration for my own amateur mixology attempts.
Burger is hard to beat and there are always great seafood choices.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Great service from the start. Friendly staff. Our favorite was the gnocchi and scallop chips.
Nice and quiet when we got there for 6pm but was starting to fill up and get lively on our way out.
We were celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary, the wood anniversary, get it??!! A nice touch from the restaurant was a complimentary dessert to share.
Thank you!

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