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The Oakwood Canadian Bistro - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
996 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Contemporary American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 558-1965

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Love

  • Private party facilities

    The Oakwood as a large community table that is available for large parties of up to 14ppl. We offer a multi course tasting menu that is decided at the time of booking. Please contact info@theoakwood.ca for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Kitsilano

  • Cross street

    MacDonald

  • Parking details

    Free street parking

  • Public transit

    Bus stops within a block

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 996 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. JD

    JessD

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hasn’t disappointed us yet and have been several times. Enjoyed the menu change since we went last.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Valentines. The waitres was great. +1 to the buttered old fashioned recommendation.
  3. EV

    EmilyV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful date night, we can't stop thinking about our valentines day meal it was so good.
  4. K

    Kitty

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food and great price!
  5. RK

    RKBee

    Vancouver

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, we were so impressed with our dining experience at the Oakwood. The poutine is phenomenal. The fried chicken skins are unusual and crunchingly satisfying. The warm kale salad is the best thing that ever happened to kale. Also? Great selection of BC wines. Loved our night there as always!
  6. AM

    AndreaM

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The sharing format worried me because my husband and I have different tastes. We ordered separately: problem solved. Our server was excellent, thoughtful and there when we wanted help. Food was tasty and well prepared. . . maybe a bit fancy for my husband who eats in a bygone era. I ordered the delicious boar and enjoyed that fact that it was not a huge portion. He enjoyed his fish.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was Dine Out so limited choices but there offerings were varied and all were delicious. Add on options were very reasonable. I think they used to have a screen but happily that wasn't in evidence. Televisions have no place in fine dining.
  8. TJ

    TonyJ

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oakwood always has good food, and it always had good service.
  9. N

    Nodun

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2019

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    We did the dine out Vancouver menu at this restaurant. We chose it based on the excellent reviews, and the proximity to our accommodations. The restaurant promptly seated us, and our table was acceptable, although very close to other diners. We had no complaints with the service..but we really came for the food. The first course I chose was the beet salad. As promised it was pretty well all beets.. but I expected something more done with it, considering the restaurants rating. I picked the lingcod as my main.. it was very good, but it was so small I could have eaten it in4 bites..and it was surrounded by a tomato based circle of baked beans.. be sure you like beans, as that was all there was... My dessert was a small cup with chocolate pudding and a few nuts, and at least an inch of what seemed to be uncooked meringue.. after removing most of the meringue,I ate the pudding. Now to be fair, my husband picked different selections, and he was mostly satisfied with the taste, but the portions were exceedingly small. We have been here in Vancouver for 2 weeks, and have tried at least 5 different dine out restaurants. This one is definitely at the bottom of our list. We were very disappointed.
  10. CW

    CarolineW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service from the time we were greeted at the door to the end of our meal, all the staff were attentive & friendly without being intrusive. Cozy atmosphere...maybe a little noisy as the restaurant got busy, but we were very happy to notice that music was not present drowning the ability to have a conversation. That is annoying in so many restaurants now. Our food was delicious from first course to dessert, & many compliments to the talented chef & accompanying kitchen staff. We will return, & thank you:)
  11. B

    Blue

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Two of our group (6) were delayed and arrived late, but the wait staff was very understanding and didn't rush us. We all had one drink and ordered from the dine out menu. The food came at very reasonable time and all dishes were tasty. No one had any complain about the quality of food and service, except one friend who always has really health appetite and felt the portion of his cod could be bigger. We all had a great time and agreed that we would return for the regular menu.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was just okay... nothing special about the dine out menu
  13. D

    Duncan

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Appetisers - The Smoked Beetroot salad was excellent as was the duck. Entree - I did not like the spicy beans that accompanied the ling cod - the flavour over-powered the fish. The spare ribs were very good. Dessert - Both tried were excellent - smaller portions would be better. Wines - Excellent choices and educated staff.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was a lot better than New Year dinner. I wish they can bring the spaghetti back to menu. Their spaghetti in old menu is so good.
  15. l

    leilei

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    always delicious. cozy atmosphere. Not much more to say!
  16. SA

    ShaunaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant never fails to please. Always innovative and delicious. The beef with the celeriac purée was fabulous. Terrific friendly staff as always!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Ambience was great Food has flavour but can be a bit salty in the meatier dishes Service is excellent Atmosphere was great Tables are a bit close together, would be nicer if it was spaced out a bit more Overall it was great and would come back
  18. A

    Anonymous

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    The service was extremely underwhelming. Nobody bothered refilling our water unless we asked 4 or 5 times during our meal. The courses were luke warm at best.
  19. C

    Connor

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the staff was helpful and efficient.
  20. JL

    JohnnyL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The 2 people table were a bit small, but the food were good and the atmosphere was great. Would definitely visit again.
  21. RB

    RayleneB

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The different courses were really unusual and quite tasty. The service was excellent.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Dineout menu peaked with the appetizers and got worse with each course. Mains were very salty and dessert was chocolate pudding... I’ve been during regular service and it is definitely higher quality and effort.
  23. A

    Alex

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always original and very tasty, we went there for Dineout and I greatly recommend The Oakwood.
  24. E

    Emtt

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Came here for Dine Out with some friends, and the food was alright. Honestly, been here before and had better food so don't think Dine Out really did them justice. Service was impeccable as always, super friendly servers who explained the dishes every time and never left a glass empty. Definitely would recommend, just maybe not for this year's Dine Out menu.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very nice place with good atmosphere and delicious food.
  26. B

    Bcarno

    Vancouver

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place for innovative food and excellent cocktails. Expect lively atmosphere and tables fairly close together so not really for quiet evening out. Brought a friend visiting from Germany and he loved the range of food (boar was amazing!!). Staff were wonderful and the close tables made for a more social experience in our case as we compared notes with the couples on either side. Every time I go here I am reminded that I should go more often!
  27. KH

    KathieH

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Creative, yummy good, friendly very helpful server and staff. Really enjoyed my first dining experience at Oakwood
  28. m

    mikes

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve with family
  29. D

    Dean

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great NYE tasting menu. Will come back to any place who serves food of good qlty that tasted excellent with presentation and friendly service to back it up.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I will always come back for that warm kale salad! Always a great ambiance and the mulled wine was fantastic.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The server told us the dinner experience is like tapas and to pick a selection. It’s nothing like tapas. They frustratingly just stagger your food. So the salad we order to have with a meat dish had to be eaten before we received the meat dish. Food was lovely, shame that the tables are so close that you are part of the next tables loud conversation. Would recommend going off-peak to avoid this.
  32. AM

    AndrewM

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The Warm Kale Salad never disappoints. Great variety of menu options for sharing and well rounded to suit a lot of different food preferences and tastes.
  33. BR

    BobR

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    There were six of us for dinner so that gave us a good opportunity to try many things on the menu – there's so much to like that you won't get anywhere else. We especially loved the warm kale salad, the burrata with bacon jam, the torched crudo, the potato dumplings. The server was extremely helpful and made sure that some dishes were topped up so that there were enough items for each of us to get one. This is the perfect spot to come to after an event at the Chan, so make your reservations ahead of time so you don't miss out. And bring enough people along so you will get to try out several share plates. Love it!
  34. BC

    BettyC

    Toronto

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I never expected that my absolutely favourite part of my meal would be the duck skin on the duck main. Not to take away from any of the other excellent courses, but the duck skin was perfectly crispy and aromatically spiced and oh so delicious.
  35. JR

    JRjozi

    Yosemite

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The oakwood never disappoints. They really have the right balance of casual, cozy atmosphere, delicious, innovative food, and attentive service
  36. h

    heatherd

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food. Love the warm kale salad. It is the best I have ever tried. Would be great if you could add a protein to it too
  37. C

    Coho

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all round, as usual 👍
  38. HP

    HinaP

    Vancouver

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the happy hour deals and unique eating options. Service was excellent- we shall return!
  39. A

    Adam

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my friend and her kids to the Oakwood for dinner on Friday night. Our server Carlene was fantastic, she was funny, knowledgeable and attentive, she also walked us through the menu and made some excellent suggestions. The wine list had some amazing B.C. wines by the glass which were very reasonably priced. The food was delicious and beautifully presented, it came out in a staggered fashion so we could all taste each dish, the kale salad and the poutine were table favourites but the rockfish crudo was my highlight, light cured fish with excellent accompaniments. Would highly recommend this neighbourhood favourite to anyone looking for a great experience.
  40. n

    nadipops

    Vancouver

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I frequent The Oakwood quite often and I’ve never been disappointed. Great food and just as equally, great service!

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The Oakwood Canadian Bistro - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 996 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    MacDonald

  • Neighborhood

    Kitsilano

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Canadian, Contemporary American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free street parking

  • Public transit

    Bus stops within a block

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Love

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (604) 558-1965

  • Private party facilities

    The Oakwood as a large community table that is available for large parties of up to 14ppl. We offer a multi course tasting menu that is decided at the time of booking. Please contact info@theoakwood.ca for more information.

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