The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

4.5
923 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Canadian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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Neighborhood
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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
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The waitresses were busy and did not listen to our special requests on two occasions. They need more attention to detail and only have one server per table.

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F
Vancouver
41 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a great experience. The food and service were excellent. Tristan looked after our every need and our server, Chantelle was charming and most attentive. The friendliness of the place was palpable and every dish we had was delicious. We shall definitely be returning.

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ET
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Loved the family dining style!

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JK
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We REALLY miss the lamb shanks, and sincerely hope they return as a staple to the menu. I understand there's a new chef, but this dish will bring us back for years. The beef entree dish was a bit underwhelming. The meat didn't taste deliver the nuanced flavours one can get with beef, and in fact the bok choi was the best part of this dish. Since the beef is served rare, there should be a sharp steak knife brought to the table (not old dull ones). Everything else was ACE, including the ambiance, service, food and wine. LOVE LOVE LOVE the chocolate ganache.

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LM
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was very questionable.
Salads we’re forgetten and steaks took more than an hour and a half to come out- no remuneration took place.

ThAt being said food was very good and am sure that they simply had an off day in terms of service.

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RM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always terrific. One of my favourites in the whole city.

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

Wonderful as per usual!

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W
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely service, staff was very friendly and went the extra mile. Received a drink from off the menu, they had a vegan item made that wasn’t listed on the menu and received a complimentary dessert for the birthday guest. Wouldn’t recommend for a very large group 6+ as the menu is designed for sharing and the 7 people in our reservation found it a tad difficult to sort out. Overall, great place and will definitely return!

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NF
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined here on a few occasions and always leave feeling full and very satisfied. The warm kale salad is one of my favourite dishes and I love that everything can be shared. We were served by the lovely Natasha on Saturday after a day at the beach and her service was outstanding with great recommendations. The cocktails are always on point and I love that they are always coming up with delicious concoctions. I tell everyone to dine here for exceptional service and incredible food and drinks!

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M
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We pass this place everyday and never thought to go in
So glad we did. Such an inviting atmosphere, amazing drink menu, creative and delicious food combinations and amazing service from Natasha!

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M
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was a little bit strange but it was good because we were there for a bachelorette party. Definitely wouldn't do this for a casual lunch. Also wouldn't recommend for vegetarians; Very, Very Meat heavy.

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D
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a friends recommendation (they frequent it) we went for our weekly dinner date. Outstanding food, service and decor. A very "Northern" experience, friendly/informative staff, with earthy food options and a woody interior.

New favorite in Vancouver.

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d
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was innovative, but heavily salted. Some dishes worked, some didn't. I would agree that portions are too small for table of 4 to share. Lamb dish was not good..We had to request a change of plates 3/4 of the way through our meal. Not good to mix too many flavors- meat/fish/sauces..etc.

One thing we were aware of (this is true in most places) was the loudness of the music. I pray every time we eat out this horrible trend goes away. People want to converse with each other, and be heard. I do not want to listen to music meant for the staff in the kitchen to keep them rocking along while cooking. I would not return for that reason alone.

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AM
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I love the Oakwood! I recommend it for date nights, brunch and family dinners.

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PN
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was unique and flavorful. Staff was friendly. Presentation was beautiful. Local BC wine selection had good choices for wine by the glass.

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K
Berlin
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ein wunderschönes Ambiente in Vancouver. Gemütlich und extrem freundliche Bedienung. Das Essen war sehr lecker und typisch kanadisch. Wärmer Grünkohl Salat oder Pommes mit Käse und Bratensauce hört sich zwar komisch an ist aber voll lecker. Die Speisekarte ist übersichtlich , die Portionen machen auch einen gestanden Mann satt und die Preise sind für Kanada sehr günstig.

A beautiful restaurant in Vancouver. Cozy and extremely friendly service. The food was delicious and typically Canadian. Warm kale Salad or fries with cheese and gravy sounds funny but is delicious. The menu is well laid out, the portions also make a man full and the prices are very cheap for Canada.

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t
Vancouver
47 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had an early dinner. Warm kale salad is consistently good. Spot prawn dish was outstanding. Potato dumplings are their take on perogies and were good.

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GM
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good service and a nice vibe, I liked the wooden, intimate decor inside. We sat outside in the glass area which was quiet, warm and cozy. The staff were very knowledgeable about the food, and the dishes were very tasty, the portions are very small though even for the mains. We ordered 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 desserts and only then were we full. I would visit again.

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my second time at The Oakwood, and once again the food and service were fantastic! It is a bit on the pricey side, but it is in Kits and the food is pretty special and delicious!

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A
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Limited small-plate menu of a little too trendy items. Food was average.

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MW
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourite places-- a combination of creative comfort food and interesting new creations, with very nice drinks menu.

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for Mother's Day - excellent variety of dishes, creative and well thought out.

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OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Oakwood was fabulous! They provided great service for our group of ten and they suggested multiple dishes family style which was super as we got to try many dishes. The wine was really great. It was a great venue for ten of us all from out of town/country.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Loved the menu. I wanted to try everything and couldnt decide. Our server really was helpful with suggestions.

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BD
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

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

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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TY
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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h
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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G
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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J
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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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TL
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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EV
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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F
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as slwsys

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

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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KM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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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LD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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S
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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R
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

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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TB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

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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YS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was savory and presentation was great

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