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About The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

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.

2741 West 4 Ave
Vancouver, BC V6K 1P9
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Canadian, Contemporary American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Weekdays: 5:00pm - Late
Weekend Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:45pm (first come seating policy for brunch)

Cross Street:
MacDonald

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 558-1965

Website:
http://theoakwood.ca/

Parking Details:
Free street parking

Public Transit:
Bus stops within a block

Executive Chef:
Michael Love

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

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (26)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Fit for Foodies (17)
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Creative Cuisine (17)
Cozy (16)
Special Occasion (14)
Tapas (14)
Casual (13)
Romantic (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Authentic (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Great Beer (4)
Seasonal (4)
Organic (4)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great food but unchanging menu needs refresh. Unavailability of cappuccinos and lattes is baffling.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Good not great. Wouldn't recommend it but wouldn't turn down a happy hour invite here. Don't recommend the gnocchi. It's more like a tater tot. The service was good and removed it though. Overall, would say skip unless you need a decent bite while in the area.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Dishes were generally good. Food use to be better though. Service was excellent as usual.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Fantastic food, service, and atmosphere! We were a group of seven and had so much picking the plates with helpful/knowledgeable recommendations from our friendly server. The warm kale salad is delicious. Can't wait to go again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Every dish we had was sooo delicious, and great for sharing. One of the meals we've had in the city.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Excellent experience, they took our feedback on one of the dishes very seriously and the owner came out to talk to us. I am definitely going back. Some of my fav dishes there: the burger and the coconut desert.

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 20, 2017

This is our local spot and we dine here about once a month. It's warm, inviting, and the dishes are always creative. The service has been attentive and friendly for years. The *one* warning I would give to first-time diners is that this is Canadian comfort food; therefore, it suits the winter and cold weather more than the summer and warm weather. It's one of the coziest restaurants around!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 20, 2017

This is an excellent restaurant!! The local food was delicious, creative and offered a variety of options that met our vegetarian and fish loving family of six. From the poutine to the kale salad to the salmon, the food was delicious! The staff were attentive and personable. Two unique positive attributes: this was the first restaurant which designs a menu intended for sharing that gives you serving utensils for the sharing! This is also the first time that I have been presented with a bill in an artful piece of tree.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Quick and friendly service and the food was fantastic - one of the best burgers I've ever eaten!

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Some okay dishes. Brussels sprout salad is yummy, but also super unhealthy. I found their menu on the heavy side. Lots of fried items. Like high quality bar food.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We went as a party of 7. Firstly the positives, they were very helpful arranging our table as there was nothing available online, we had a good table and we were able to talk properly, the restaurant was not too loud. The food was delicious.

The negatives, it is not stated on the website that this is a tapas bar, it says that the meals are intended for sharing, you would think this would mean that they would be big plates, quite the opposite. We all went in expecting to pay for our own meals, but we were pushed into ordering 13 courses between 7 of us, and throughout the meal, I was asked repeatedly if we wanted more food, despite having plates yet to come and already being overwhelmed with the amount (not of the food, but of the cost). We repeatedly said no, and were asked again and again. Each plate is TINY, coupe of bites each for a 25 dollar plate is not good value. We kept telling the waitress that we were fine, we didn't need more dishes, or drinks for that matter (the wine was extortionate, 50 for a basic bottle). In the end the bill came to 350 dollars despite only havig 1 bottle of wine at the table. Unfortunately, we would not return or recommend.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 4, 2017

The food and the service was outstanding. We enjoyed our time there.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Food is amazing, can't go wrong with any choice. They don't allow dogs near the patio, not even tied up beside it.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Still glad to have the Oakwood in the neighbourhood as it continues to be reliable with good food and service. My friend had not been here before and enjoyed his meal very much.
The roasted kale/cauliflower/brussel sprout salad remains a favourite and both the burger and salmon entres were great. Pretty good wine list and the Poplar Grove merlot was a great additon to our meal. Sorry there was no room for dessert.....

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Seasonal
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Loved the tuna dish as well as the warm kale salad.
Prefer a little less dressing on each but both were delicious.
Not crazy about the crackling and dip or the dish with the dried beetroot[?] and cheese
Our servers were friendly and attentive.
Thanks for a lovely experience,my second and my daughter's umpteenth!
I will return soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Amazing food. Loved that you kept the gnocchi!

Tags: Authentic, Tapas
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Amazing as always. Never had a bad meal here. Great food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Fantastic food and service. Would definitely recommend this to friends and plan on returning.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 13, 2017

It was good. I had heard great things but I guess my expectations were a bit high. Everything was good but I wouldn't say it was outstanding or blew my socks off.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 12, 2017

The food has gone down hill. The presentation needs to be addressed, looks very amateur.
The share plates should be smaller (price reduced)so they don't look like large mounds of goop. Less sauce, less mixing of flavors. The burger is good still, the old standby kale salad had too much dressing.
Our server was good until at the end of the meal, she just disappeared..... helloooooo

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 10, 2017

I could say many wonderful things about this restaurant, but I could say even more about the man who was sitting across from me.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Sever was attentive while every dish was outstanding and so flavourful!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Service was great and ambience was nice! Our server was very accommodating, and even offered beer tasting samples for my friend's who couldn't decide on a beverage based on the extended drinks' menu.

Now about the food..... Between a group of 4, we ordered 5 dishes, as the recommended number of dishes by our server. This was a decent size, and we were not overly full. We ordered the burrata, lamb, salmon, gnocchi, and poutine. All were decent, but sizes were incredibly small. The Burrata came in a small sized portion with some beets and tomato- I'm a huge fan of bread / crackers alongside my burrata, so this was a bit of a disappointment. The lamb was interestingly deep fried; came with two tasty sauces, that made this quite enjoyable. The gnocchi was fairly unique; I usually enjoy my gnocchi a bit more pan fried (ie crunchy outside), which is what I would have expected, given the description on the menu, but instead, I would describe the actual texture as more "roasted potatoes" -ish. It came in a super cheesy sauce, that was thick and filling- likely what made the gnocchi on the softer side. The poutine and salmon were standard and tasted fine. Overall food was decent. Would I go back to try the 5-or-so other items (sarcasm here, reflecting the fact that the menu is quite small!). Maybe.

Definitely would recommend people to try it out for themselves before judging the restaurant based on my comments!

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Really good food! Most of the menu items are designed to share and the portions are generous. I loved the kale salad and I'm not especially fond of kale; it's that good. I will go back-I want to try everything!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Really lovely restaurant, great food, excellent service. Aged beef was only average so we mentioned it and not charged. Everything else stunning.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 28, 2017

The service was excellent, the atmosphere was also good, but all three of us had our food arrive cold & look quite unappetizing.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Another great evening with friends at the Oakwood. Great food! Innovative drink menu - always fun to try new things there. Love the kale salad. Always the best .

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The food and service at the Oakwood is always great! The menu has many options and good to go with a group to try as many items on the menu as possible. The Kale salad is a must!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Calgary)·Dined on April 14, 2017

I went there with my family who was visiting the city. While some of the food was a bit too edgy for them, everyone found something that they really liked. Everyone had a great time!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 9, 2017

I've heard of this place so many times, finally I got a chance came to the neighborhood to try, and it all worth it! Very nice food and atmosphere to dine in! Service seemed so rush, we were sitting on the patio, it wasn't that busy but the server was like running away from us!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 7, 2017

We came to this restaurant to celebrate an engagement. I couldn't be happier. The place is amazing and the service is top notch. The servers were extremely knowledgeable about the food they're serving and recommended dishes to try as the place is all about sharing tapas. The place is amazing and the atmosphere is quite relaxing.

Tags: Disabled Access, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Flavours are AMAZING! It is our new 'go to' place for eats and drinks.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Absolutely the best burger in Vancouver I've had! Get it every time I visit!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Everything is good. This place is one of my favourites. However, you might feel a bit uncomfortable since you probably will seat on a tall stool if you are a group of two. And a table for two might seem a bit small.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Wonderfully inventive items in an energetic setting on a Thursday night. Wish I'd discovered this place sooner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 26, 2017

I had been here for brunch before & was keen to try dinner. Our server was excellent, the food was great value & delicious but dessert was the star. The menu isn't huge but there's a good selection & a fantastic drinks menu! It was pretty noisy when we first arrived with tables either side of us shouting their conversations.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Wonderful experience. A friend and I were in town for a night and wanted to go out for drinks and a bite to eat, and this was the perfect place to do so. Friendly service, AMAZING warm kale salad, and tasty drinks. We're both still talking about how great it was.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Fabulous warm kale salad - wonderful for sharing as a starter. Healthy and delicious. I also enjoyed the Humboldt squid very much. Service was prompt, warm and friendly although, I have to confess that I got a little tired of being asked by several different people several times how much was I enjoying my food - can get a tad intrusive when overdone unfortunately. Loved the welcoming fireplace at the back of the room. Nice ambience

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Great meal! Loved all the dishes. Kale salad was amazing and so was the short ribs!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Our server Alyssa was the best - personality plus and attentativeness.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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