Tap & Barrel • Convention Centre

4.3
290 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Comfort Food
We serve honest, regional food with local craft beer and premium BC wine on tap. Our beer and wine program is the most innovative draft menu program of its kind, comprised of a selection of premium BC products that features custom collaborations with local purveyors.

Our restaurant is located at the Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre West in downtown Vancouver's Coal Harbour district. Look for the Douglas Coupland Digital Orca sculpture and our vast patio with 300 waterfront patio seats and large red umbrellas. If you are interested in private dining, we have a spectacular private waterfront room, called the Barrel Room, overlooking the inlet. We look forward to serving you!
What 290 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.4
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4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ShannonC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Amazing view. Amazing service. LOVED this place! The burger was so good.

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vipMarkandCathy
Calgary
41 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Awesome location. Be sure to get a table on the patio.

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Hungryinportmoody
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience5

A friend and I arrived 20 minutes early for our reservation at 5;45. We were seated at an amazing table overlooking the water on the patio. We ordered their special rum cocktail which was lovely. Since we're two ladies, with lighter appetites we shared plates. We had the Lettuce Wrap with chicken as a starter. It was delightful, The chicken had a crunchy coating and the spice level was great! For dinner we ordered the Pesto Chicken Linguine and it was amazing. The almond in the pesto smoothed it out and made it creamy without taking over the flavour of the pesto. For dessert we selected an warm caramel apple tart with maple ice cream. This too did not disappoint. We will be back.

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RSmiley
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Host was cheerful, helpful, welcoming; table location was perfect, as requested in reservation; Server was good but wasn’t around enough and our order instructions weren’t followed eg: I asked for fries instead of mashed potatoes but got mashed (which were delicious, so I didn’t mind.) Patron who ordered pizza, asked for parmesan on top, but though the pizza was tasty, there was no parmesan; haloumi goddess bowl was good but had no dressing and no servers were around to tell until half the bowl was eaten-perhaps the dressing wasn’t vegan/gluten free but the customer should have been asked about a substitute dressing; salmon was delicious. Steak frites was not. My husband will not eat there again (he ordered the steak) though we all had a lovely time. The view was incredible.

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LoriD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Travelled from Ontario for vacation. Made the reservation a couple of weeks previously and we still weren’t able to get a waterside table even though some looked to be available. Service was somewhat confusing with multiple servers. People who came in after us got water before us. This place was recommended so I guess I expected more

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vipKevinH
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience5

Food not very good.

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AlanC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience4

Great view from the patio across the bay. Happy hour drinks and food very cheap, but takes ages to get served on the patio, which is a long way from the actual premises. A super long walk to the washrooms as well from the patio. Don't have enough servers on the patio, our server disappeared several times and we had to try and get the attention of several of her colleagues.

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TaylorP
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

Claims to be a pet friendly patio but discriminates against dogs above 10 pounds, forcing them to be tied up outside the patio. Small dogs however are welcome! Seems fair. Staff were giving mixed messages on whether or not we could bring our dog/have him on the patio and staff were incredibly rude. Overpriced and not worth your time.

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PhilL
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Overall food was good except for my Cajun steak.
Sent steak back because it was very rare. Had asked for med rare.
Came back still to rare.
Everyone else’s food was real good.

When I reserved I asked for a table closet to water side. I was told when we arrived none were available. They could have said that when I reserved.

A table was empty right where I had asked to be seated the whole time we were there. WTF.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

Poor service. Poor food quality compared to the other Tap and Barrels. Just feels like this is where the company sends the new staff to work before going to the other locations.

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Maeverella
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything was really great!
BUT we should have been told at the start that we only had our table till a certain time. Not 15 min before they had to prepare it for someone else.

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JohnP
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely great meal, service and the fabulous views of Coal Harbor are to die for. It was a spectacular evening and we are so fortunate that we can do this every day.

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MonaL
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience5

Spectacular view on waterfront patio forgives anything! Food pretty basic for gastro-pub fare. Service very iffy but appears to be because they have a large number of very young, hastily trained(?) people and a deluge of post-covid summer visitors eager to be there.

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GerryL
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

should have handrails on the patio steps
Green salad was a bit wilted

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FoodieK
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Beautiful views and delicious food!! Really enjoyed the mint & cucumber g&t!!! Waiter was friendly but hosts very unapproachable.

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KellyF
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great view! Friendly staff and amazing craft beer menu.

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Bigcookie
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved the view. The server was great. Food was good.

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Saurabh
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

While this location is one of my favourites in Vancouver, their service the last couple of times has been disappointing. Servers seem disinterested and banal. The food is always good and their beverages excellent, but the service has certainly deteriorated!

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Vancity54
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

The restaurant was fine. The food was pretty meh, as was the service, although of course everyone's doing their best. We had made a reservation for 7pm, but came 45 minutes early, and were told that we could only have a seat at the back end of the patio, and if we wanted to be closer to the water we'd have to wait until 7pm, this despite the fact that there were many other tables open. My daughter is a hostess at a busy restaurant, and I know that there are lots of good reasons for this, so fair enough. We took the table, only to watch the other tables sit open for our the bulk of our stay. The waiter's section wasn't full, they weren't not being seated for covid safety, so it seemed a bit arbritrary and left a bad taste in our mouth, including our daughter's. Maybe being a bit clearer about the reasons might have helped. I wouldn't normally recommend the restaurant, except that the location was convenient (we were at the convention centre for an exhibit) and beautiful.

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Bossman
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Came by on a Sunday during Happy Hour. Tap and Barrel have definitely improved their Happy Hour menu since my last visit many years ago. Great to see an IPA on tap. I opted for the steak frites. The steak was cooked as ordered and I enjoyed the kale Caesar salad. There was no issue with the service.

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LaurieB
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The service was particularly slow this time around. Took a really long time to get our bill though we were done eating for 20 minutes. It was challenging as we were in the sun and couldn't find our server to help us settle the bill.

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Random
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

The table we sat on, had no lights. We couldn't see what we were eating. When we asked the server ti get a candle, she said they dint have any candle.
It was a friend’s bachelorette. We had unformed them about it a day ago and requested to get us a decent table. But the table they reserved for us had no lights on it or candles on it.

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DarciG
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service ! super friendly, great view on patio, lots of seating. My steak was cooked perfectly and the brownie dessert was delish and bigger than expected

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HoudaB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Slow service the staff don’t have any idea about the menu options

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
29 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

When it comes to a Downtown Happy Hour it’s always been Tap and Barrel for us. Good food, good service, good ambience and awesome drink choices. What made it great too is the Patio location. Drinking with the view of the sea and mountains behind you is always an awesome way to cap a busy day or week. We’ll be back that’s for sure!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The outdoor patio was a great experience. Loved the view, the food and the company.

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BobM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful day beautiful friends, wine and view. Awesome brunch bowl. Will be back.

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AudiM
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

Patio was nice! Food and cocktails were less than average. Hostess was unfriendly. Will not go back.

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kristyP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our server Kristi was a star, friendly, genuine and had us all laughing - thank you Kristi for a wonderful Canada Day afternoon!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved that you can actually reserve a patio table instead of first come first served. Great place, noisy with the float planes though.

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EricW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was fun, great view, great company! Ate outside great weather.

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KCon
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Service was horrible, we sat without anyone coming over for over 20 minutes. Even after we asked two different people to send over our server. Took forever to get drinks as apparently the bar got slammed but when you looked around no one was there. This is now the second time we've gone there and have had the exact same type of slow service, we will not be going back.

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vipLauraG
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance

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BevG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was great! Friendly ambiance! Will definitely come back.

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Larissa
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great view, service, and food! Our servers went out of the way to make our meal and experience awesome.

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vipfarley
Vancouver
125 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Service fair the appetizers came out with the main meal. I had informed the waitress to make sure the appies are served before the main entree. Did not listen as everything was delivered at the same time. No apology for their below standard service. Food and drinks were average. Will not return to this location again when there are much better restaurants.

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kris
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good was great. Service was pretty good. The view was great.

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vipJoAC
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience5

Scrumptious food and drinks. Fun atmosphere and gorgeous view!

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VanGogh33
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

ambience was nice, steak was way undercooked, very salty fries and a thin, low quality house wine. There are much better restaurants in the down town area.

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vipScottyv
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great location and great food. We had pizza and it was awesome.

FAQs

Tap & Barrel • Convention Centre does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats.

Tap & Barrel • Convention Centre is rated 4.3 stars by 290 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.