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Barbara Restaurant - Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

Barbara Restaurant - Vancouver

5.0
5
109 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
European
Small and intimate restaurant with a three course tasting menu. Contemporary small plates, excellent for sharing. Custom cocktails and a selection of boutique wines by the bottle or glass.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    European, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Fri 5:30 am–10:00 am

  • Phone number

    (604) 000-0000

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Patrick Hennessy

  • Neighbourhood

    Chinatown

  • Cross Street

    Pender St. and Gore St.

  • Parking Details

    Metered parking in front of the restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    There are 3 different bus routs within one block of the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 109 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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5.0
5 based on recent ratings
  • 5Food
  • 5Service
  • 5Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SC

    ShawnC

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a surprising little gem in the Chinatown area. Great food, excellent wine selection, and lovely conversation with the chef. Worth a re-visit multiple times.
  2. KG

    KarriGS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to experience this ever evolving creative menu. Excellent service and wine pairings.
  3. BT

    BarbaraT

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food, great service and very cozy atmosphere!
  4. DF

    DFrench1975

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible dining experience!! Pat is a culinary genius.
  5. S

    Smiletron3000

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. Everything was so tasty. Intimate experience that was exactly what we were looking for. Can’t wait to come back. Pat sure can cook.
  6. BT

    BarbaraT

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, super friendly staff and amazing food and cocktails
  7. C

    Carol

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding - prepared with love and care. Service was very attentive. Overall, just a wonderful experience.
  8. B

    Boyd

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    just as excelente as expected / anticipated
  9. A

    Ankur

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great concept, amazing food, well priced. Perfect date night location.
  10. M

    Mpost

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! You have to go! The food is amazing, but it's also a show - watching the incredible skill & mutli-tasking of Brilliant Chef Pat. When we went, Wonderful Celia was there to make it all extra special! A Vancouver treasure! We only wish we lived there so we could have this unique, tasty experience all the time! We'll miss you! You made our trip. Thank you Pat.
  11. BM

    BobMcG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a very unique dining experience. We think the most interesting restaurant we have been to in Vancouver for sure. Very casual and welcoming. Food very experimental and all good. Drinks too. It is bar seating or high stool table seating. Quite unique decor. Music restrained and OK. It is very expensive but we will go again.
  12. LM

    LiamM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best menus I've had in Vancouver. Truly amazing food, and more food than expected, tasting menus often leave you hungry but this was great!
  13. JM

    JocelynM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a perfect date night at Barbara. The food was life changing, the service was kind and knowledgable, the ambience was perfect. I couldn't possibly recommend Barbara more highly, it might be the most delicious meal I've ever eaten in my life.
  14. JW

    JustinW

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Was a great meal! We will be back. Thank you chef and Claudia!
  15. KH

    KeithH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazingly intimate restaurant with a fun playlist and team providing quality service and food! “The Chocolate Orange” cocktail was definitely a great call for dessert!
  16. HG

    HuiniG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were amazing for the first time experience there!
  17. EG

    EffieG

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always. Best food experience in Vancouver. Intimate and personal. 7 stars
  18. AV

    AlexV

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience at Barbara's! Had no idea about it but got a gift voucher from a friend for it and it was a great experience to discover this "chef at home" dining experience. The room is small but very well organized so you actually see everything that is going on, from the solo waitress/barwoman crafting amazing cocktails to the chef cooking your dishes and serving them directly! Food, let me tell you, we need more restaurants like that in Vancouver! Everything tasted amazing with a savant mix of flavors and exotic ingredients! As you must know, it's a tasting menu with 3 choices for each tier, and it does change in a roll-over of one new dish per month. If you are looking for a different experience, to taste really great food, book your night at Barbara's, you won't regret it!
  19. CL

    ChloeL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the intimate surrounding of restaurant. Amazing food from the chef, delicious cocktail by the bartender, best of all is the great conversation and interaction with them. Will recommend anyone who's looking for a great evening out with good food and good chat.
  20. M

    Marshall

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal we’ve had in a long while in Vancouver. Highly recommend
  21. J

    Jayes

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great menu with an interactive duo behind the counter. Enjoyed our time there and would visit again.
  22. a

    anhourintheevening

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Friendly staff, sat at the bar and felt like we were part of the prep process which we enjoyed. Beautifully executed food, nice attention to detail and tasty.
  23. S

    Saysme14

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow…just, WOW! You walk in and immediately think, “10 seats? How do they make any money?” And then you experience the food, and the wine, and the service, and you realize, “Oh, THAT’S how…” The details aren’t really that important - I could wax eloquent about my wife’s beef tartare, or her scallops with cauliflower purée, or the pork neck…or my choices for the meal, which included poached oysters, chicken liver mousse, and a sunchoke tart…but the real test of a fantastic evening is the melding of all the elements, and as far as my wife and I are concerned, Barbara excels. Treat yourself - again and again. This was our first visit, and we’re already scheming for ways to get out good friends from Victoria over here to enjoy Barbara’s charm.
  24. JC

    JaneC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A intimate restaurant with a tasting menu that was outstanding. I will definitely be returning.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My new favourite restaurant. The atmosphere is perfect and the ambiance is comfortable yet classy. The service is perfect and the FOOD … amazing.
  26. S

    Saurus

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great overall experience, due to the limited seating and weekday night it was essentially a private dinner served by and prepared by the chef right in front of us. Excellent food. I recommend for a smaller, intimate alternative experience.
  27. M

    Moneek

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food with great balance of flavours and textures. We enjoyed the oysters, beef tartare, and pork neck. The Arctic char was perfectly cooked, crispy skin and tender juicy flesh. Sweetbreads were surprisingly delicious. Definitely worth a visit. Their version of a Manhattan cocktail is also scrumptious. We preferred the cocktails over the wine. Good value but we would have liked even more courses and have gladly paid more for an even more extensive tasting menu. Lovely service, open kitchen and intimate setting.
  28. SB

    ScottB

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing flavours and great service in intimate surroundings has made this one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in Vancouver.
  29. KC

    KateC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service, food, wine, atmosphere were all incredible, as always.
  30. l

    leylandh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was over the top. Every dish was thoughtfully curated and delicious. Will return for the next tasting menu!
  31. a

    angelat

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    interesting choice of dishes for a three course dinner, tasty, and good selections of wine/cocktails. Very small place, but cozy.
  32. AC

    AngelaC

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just had the most fabulous meal here. It's a very intimate restaurant with seating for 12. There's only two people behind the counter & if you're lucky enough to be one of the eight people seated around the open kitchen you get to see the magic happen. Chef Pat is truly a magician in his kitchen. Every dish is well composed, beautifully plated & absolutely delicious! His partner (sorry we didn't get her name) works harmoniously next to him, making scrumptious cocktails, refilling water glasses & being his right hand person. He has the timing down perfectly. He knows just when to serve each course. Even when he's busy he is engaged with his diners & an overall wonderful host. If you are looking for an incredible dining experience look no further than Barbara's. It will be an evening to remember!
  33. v

    victort

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dear Chef Pat, We had a thoroughly enjoyable experience at your restaurant. The cuisine was delicious, well prepared and well presented. The menu was thoughtfully constructed and the balance of flavours and textures was a delight. Finally, it was mesmerizing to be able to watch you prepare all food while sitting at the bar. Wishing you every success in all your endeavours.
  34. M

    Meerschaum

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic little gem of a restaurant. The sweetbreads and tartare were particular standouts.
  35. P

    Patricia

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always. Great flavours that go well with each course, Pat has done a great job with the entire menu. Cocktails are boozy and very unique. Barbara is an amazing date night spot.
  36. KC

    KelseyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING! We were told to go here from a few different people and always seemed to miss out on making reservations in time. We decided to venture out on a rainy evening and scored a last minute reservation. It is a quaint restaurant that seats 12 around the bar. You are being served by the bartender and chef who are interacting with you throughout the whole dining experience. In fact, it is just the two of them that run the restaurant! It felt very intimate and special. The cocktails and food were outstanding! You could taste & feel the passion behind each item. I can not recommend this place enough!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious and the experience at Barbara is really wonderful. It’s cozy, personal and unique. The ambience is fantastic, we keep coming back and it never disappoints!
  38. B

    Biscuit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoughtful, seasonal, tasty food with an intimate ambience & personal service
  39. K

    Kayla

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Vancouver. With seasonal menu changes and well developed dishes, the focus here is on the food. It’s about flavour, balance and texture without all that over-complication. The deliciousness is in the details. It’s so difficult to pick a “favourite dish” from here but the Arctic Char had a slight edge. Imagine it’s cooked perfectly: think hot crispy skin with pine nuts, mint & dill. This is not your typical big-box, template copy + paste kind of spot. It’s special and unique. Allow them to cook for you and you won’t be disappointed.
  40. RM

    RandyM

    Vancouver

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great and very unique experience at Barbara Restaurant. The food was amazing...both in taste and presentation. The ability to watch and interact with Chef as he prepared your meal was awesome...so unique and really added to our experience....highly recommend!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Barbara Restaurant - Vancouver is rated 5 stars by 109 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Barbara Restaurant - Vancouver

305 E. Pender St Vancouver, BC V6A 0J3

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Pender St. and Gore St.

  • Neighbourhood

    Chinatown

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Fri 5:30 am–10:00 am

  • Cuisines

    European, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Metered parking in front of the restaurant.

  • Public Transit

    There are 3 different bus routs within one block of the restaurant.

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Patrick Hennessy

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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