Tap & Barrel • Convention Centre

4.3
313 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

Featured special offers

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Ring in 2021 with us where you can eat, drink, and be merry with your bubble. ⁠ ⁠We'll be featuring a special 3-course New Year's Eve menu imagined by our incredible Head Chefs at each of our 3 locations, including a glass of bubbly. ⁠ ⁠

What 313 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Date night with no kids

Tap & Barrel • Convention Centre
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks so much for the awesome review. I am so glad you enjoyed your date night here. Please join us again soon! Cheers.

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DebbieG
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For craft beer lovers everywhere. Great food, delightful staff; a pleasure to dine there every time.

Tap & Barrel • Convention Centre
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Debbie! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such an amazing review! We appreciate the 5 star support. Please drop by again as we bring in new beers and menu items for the upcoming holiday season, Cheers!

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RailiM
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good casual spot with a creative menu and social atmosphere. Food and service was great.

Tap & Barrel • Convention Centre
Responded on October 12, 2021

Hello and thank you for the kind review! I'm glad you enjoyed the variety on our menu and I hope that you are able to come down and try us again for other new items coming soon. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience1

Rude waiter that made a snide comment about tips even though I tipped

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server Phil was great! Great food great drinks and I will keep coming back 😊

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Elle
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service! Tap & Barrel did an excellent job accommodating my special request and the warm, professional and personable staff made our dining experience a most enjoyable one. Thank you!

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mmmm
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent venue with patio outside overlooking water and mountains. Food was ok, nothing outstanding but also nothing to complain about. Good place for mingling with friends.

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NehaL
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server was incredible, beer tasted great and food was a little disappointing. The bottom of our pizza was a little soggy, flatbread and hummus was delicious and lettuce wraps were mediocre. That being said.. would I go back? 100% yes. Thank you for a great time.

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Mark
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience1

Made a reservation weeks ahead for the patio and when we arrived were told it would take 40 minutes to get a good table. Nice hostess found one in about 20...but it was next to a stag event so we were reseated on another part of the patio but it was right under a speaker and we couldn't hear each other. Finally decided to eat inside instead and had to wait again for a table with a nice view of people's feet walking past. Food was decent and our server was very good. Not the experience we expected at a waterfront restaurant. We could have been anywhere and had a better ambiance.

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DarleneL
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was very yummy and our server Ryan was awesome, will definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food amd service

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jagdeoll
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and our server was an absolute sweetheart!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All great. Perfect table overlooking the water. Great service, even let us linger as it wasn’t too busy. Delicious food. Will come back as often as possible. Thx.

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JohnD
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our regular Friday lunch spot for very good reason. This Friday was my birthday and they went above and beyond by giving me a free desert. And the Apple Tart was delicious. I don't usually have deserts but this was much appreciated.

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PaulE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Hosting Staff were so friendly and made possible a last minute request for a specific table. Our Server exceeded expectations and made the evening that much more enjoyable-or was it the Irish accent. All in all we are huge fans of Tap n Barrel

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MarjorieS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We were in a cute little alcove with other diners fairly close to us. I would have preferred greater distancing. The concrete floors made the noise by the small child echo.

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NathanJ
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

I booked patio one day before, when I arrived, was told no table available on patios, we were offered a table inside, a few minutes later, I came out and found more than 5 tables on patio available, I was no happy about that. If patio table is available when booking, customers should get it, I hate the face I was told with lie.

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Monica
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Good things:
- All of the staff were friendly and nice
- Most of the food was good

Not good things:
- Took 40 minutes for food to arrive after ordering
- Servers never refilled or offered water refill
- Side of tater tots had a pool of oil in the bottom of the container
- When trying to flag down somebody for the bill, we were told "be there in a minute" and then nobody ever came back. We had an appointment to be at so after 10-15 minutes of waiting, I had to get up and go to the till to ask to pay

I've been to this location once before and had an enjoyable experience. There was only a handful of tables inside and a handful of tables outside so I am not sure why the level of service was so poor or why everything took so long.

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GurpritG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service great food fantastic ambience . We will come back

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Tammy
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was super nice and enthusiastic. They were only doing only menus but accommodated us with physical ones upon request. And our seating had a great view! I got the cajun fried chicken burger which was better than I had expected.

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vip604XFR
Vancouver
69 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

Made reservation in advance for outdoor seating but we were offered a so-so outdoor (the 2nd patio area that is south of the main patio) with no umbrella covering. 2 of the Happy hour wines were “SOLD out” with 1 or 2 other items on the menu marked sold out. Overpriced for the other happy hour ‘bulk’ wine. The only good value was the sliders and good tasting on the IpA beer.

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Anon
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

It was a hot day and we didn’t get a water refill until we asked for the bill. Fries were cold, but the rest of the food was good. Water view on the patio is amazing.

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Kala76
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was delicious. I had Southern Fried Chicken burger and it was fabulous. We sat on the patio and the view was amazing. Service was a little slow and not overly friendly but otherwise great experience

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ShannonC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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vipMarkandCathy
Calgary
44 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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Hungryinportmoody
Vancouver
17 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
18 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
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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

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 313 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.