Escobar - Vancouver

4.3
34 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Latin / Spanish
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
We’re Escobar. A new restaurant with an old-school aim – to invite you into our home and feed you. But this isn’t your abuelita’s kitchen – we do things a bit differently here. Join us and you’ll find out soon enough. Expect: Inspired Latin fare, an unrivaled G&T menu and atmosphere that will make you say “gracias.” Don’t expect: Bad hombres, bushy moustaches, or a bad time.
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1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff, ambience and service!

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NL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I would recommend Escobar as a spot for pre-dinner or late night cocktails (drinks were great!!). Noise level was very loud for a dinner spot and food was decent but not amazing.

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HA
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was great, love My flavours, the pork cheek was amazing. Its tapas style so you get whatever is made first which was a bit weird as we got our hot mains first because the table next to ys had that order cooking at the sand time... So we then had amour cold appie style dishes and it kind of threw off the flavours.
It was a Sat night during Dine Out and was very busy and so LOUD! People were shouting to be heard over each other, the music was too loud for the space it was more lije s ckub and the live saxophonist who was actually really good tried to fight to be heard so everything was competing. And its all modern and minimal so painted walls and ceiling and tiled floor. We were so ready to leave as it gave you a headache. Because of that alone I would not go back on a weekend. Maybe better in the week?

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YV
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great tapas. fabulous bar, excellent selection. food was tasty but overpriced. service was excellent. music was suddenly turned up so loud you couldn't hear your conversation. Jazz sax on Saturday night -lovely

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Delicious food and a nice cocktail/gin tonic menu. Tried the Bouquet of flowers, which was similar to an Aviation but with more things. The garnish plate for the gin and tonic was an interesting add on. The dine out menu was great value, and the sharing bone marrow with housemade bread was delicious.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and amazing food! The cocktails are incredible too, highly recommend.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

I must say that the food was good, however, didn’t expect the portions to be very small for a very high price. I knew that the style is set as a sharing plate, but didn’t expect it to be very simple and very small. The music and ambiance is great, love the decor and lighting, the drinks are good. However it seems that they may be understaffed and waiters took awhile to attend to us. They didn’t talk or go over the menu with us.
Music was a little loud and hard to talk over, but they played good Latin music. Overall I would have to say that the website photos of the food looks a lot better then what you’ll be getting.

It’s great for a tapas night out with some friends especially for drinks, I don’t recommend it for dinner.

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DD
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Overall, the experience was satisfactory. The service was great and all of the food tasted good. However, the Dine Out menu items could have been more flavourful/spicy. The regular menu items appeared to be quite large, but the Dine Out appetizer and entree were very small given the $35 price. Also, the music was extremely loud for a 6 pm dinner reservation.

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OT
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Overall I loved this place. The food was full of nuance and flavour and everything blended seamlessly. Everything down to the garnish on the plate had flavour. The reason this only got 4 stars instead of 5 are easily fixed yet still very important. First, the plates to are too small not the portions the PLATES this made it very awkward to eat the portions. Second, the desserts missed the mark entirely. Other than that the place is great. And BEST Gin and Tonic. Period.

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OT
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The dine out menu was very decent. The letdown was the desserts actually - maybe we had too much expectations from reading others' reviews. Enjoyed the overall dinner experience.

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M
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I came for DineOut but was won over with the menu. Excellent food, great service, superb drink menu. I will be back.

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BF
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Original, inventive, and delicious. Service is always warm, caring and ingenious with recommendations. 10/10 would (and have) recommended this spot to any and all.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really great experience! Everything was superb. Tight spaces at communal tables, but nothing outrageous.

The food was absolutely stunning. Every bite was so rich, but had flavours that paired nicely to keep everything like and fresh.

Servers were great and absolutely helpful.

Cocktails were unique and had great balance.

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SC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Tried Escobar Friday night with the hubby. Food was delicious/ dine out menu - will go back to try regular menu. Drinks we good.

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k
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic drinks, lovely ambience and the service was great - friendly and engaging. Did I mention the drinks were fantastic?

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food and services

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C
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was great, cocktail even better! Service was not super attentive though. I'm pretty sure our waitress forgot one of our dishes and had to remind our her about it twice... she could have at least come back to us and tell us it's on its way after the first time we asked - we were just wondering if we should just cancel the dish if it was simply forgotten since we were quite full already!

P.S. music is quite loud so it's not a place for intimate conversations.

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CK
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

What can I say about this place? Given its proximity to our home, I really wanted to like it. And like the COCKTAILS I did - the Cohiba was excellent (although $25), as was my wife's Tall, Dark and Handsome (basically liquid tiramisu). But the food...was horrible. We ordered olives (good), anchovy toast (flavourless roasted red pepper on razor-sharp toasted bread, topped with a basil leaf and a SINGLE anchovy - you read that right), "Spanish braised octopus" (5 freezer-burned baby octopus in sauce for $28, in the same tiny bowl the olives come in), and the piece de resistance, a single canoe-cut roasted marrow bone - only the "roasted" marrow was chalk-white, cold to the touch and BLEEDING. The latter had to be returned and refunded, which I have to say is a first for any roasted bone marrow dish I've ever ordered. Bottom line, this place has an excellent cocktail program and a horrible food program that has no right to liken itself to Spanish tapas. I'm not being picky here, and I'm not the sort to complain (or even review)...it was just plain overpriced, poorly executed, hipster BAD.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed a very good meal and service but felt a couple of dishes were overpriced. Overall, great food and drinks and an enjoyable night out!

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were there with friends for the first time and were very impressed from the minute we walked in. The food was outstanding and the service was great. Can’t wait to go back

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KW
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience, we’ll definitely be back. Food was really good but the staff and atmosphere makes it special

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a
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Escobar is excellent!

Great casual dining food, quality cocktails, very attentive staff and the atmosphere builds really nicely through the night with cool vibes from the DJ...who's speciality is dropping in the odd dance classic, accompanied by live sax! So much fun...highly recommend, we had a blast!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing staff and vibe

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S
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Unfortunately we had very poor service from the kitchen and a bad experience with our server. I can say though their appetizers were good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were knowledgeable and friendly. Overall fantastic food and s great experience. Such a cool fusion of different Latin and Spanish foods.

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M
Vancouver
26 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Portions were Very small!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Enjoyed the experience, very minor foibles which is why this was not a 5 star sweep.

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FE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had so much fun at Escobar for a recent fam jam birthday. The creative cocktails and the tapas plates were delicious. The live music was a cool surprise, the staff was very amenable, and the decor is very current and stylish.

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DS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Escobar had a very nice selection of tapas style dishes. The food was tremendous. Alex and Bobby’s service was superb and suitably attentive. The cocktails are outstanding with very unique and delicious takes on some standards. Will definitely return.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Christmas party

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ML
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

This was my third time at Escobar but I’m not sure I’ll go again. The menu has recently changed and while the food is still good, the portion sizes are smaller and seemingly more expensive. The noise level was also ramped up quite a bit. It was hard to have a conversation.

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H
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our server was super nice, very down to earth and genuine. No attitude what so ever. She was very helpful with our questions on the menu. The food overall was good , everything is tapas style so portions weren’t huge which is good for me who likes to try everything on the menu! Lol! The spanish pasta was a little too salty for me, we did let our waiter know that when she asked about the food. She ended up taking that dish off our bill which was completely unexpected. Overall experience was great! I would definitely come back! 😃

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JB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place was awesome! Amazing cocktails, great decor, yummy food and cool atmosphere.

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DC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! Cocktails are unique and delicious. Atmosphere is great!

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