The Distillery Bar + Kitchen

4.5
157 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
The Distillery Bar + Kitchen opened in the Spring of 2013 serving up straight forward Italian-American style dishes and boozy handcrafted cocktails. The menu was developed with an emphasis on sourcing local ingredients, taking the time to make products from scratch and being inspired by the way that ‘Mama used to make it’.

The restaurant hosts a long 30 person communal table ideal for large groups, family-style dining or getting to know your neighbour. Guests can also pull up a stool at the restaurant bar which looks on to the fully open kitchen for an interactive experience, or sit outside on the heated patio to people-watch with a bottle of wine and flavourful pasta.

You may reserve seats online for a maximum of six guests. Please note that due to the style of our restaurant service parties of 4 or more may be sat at a communal dining table. Cheers!
What 157 People Are Saying
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A
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious exciting food and great atmosphere.

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N
Vancouver
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love coming to this restaurant. We ordered the ribeye to share and it was so good. The only thing we didn’t like was the broccoli rabe. Very strange taste so we sent it back and they were really good about it. We will be back xo

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

The server rarely came by to check on us even though we were the only table eating at 6pm on a Thursday.
The shrimp cocktail is not worth $16. They didn’t serve it with enough cocktail sauce as there was a bunch of shredded lettuce in the glass and a teaspoon of sauce sitting on the bed of lettuce.
Total disappointment.

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S
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great, fun service from the staff. The food and the drinks were amazing. We were very well taken care of. We'd definitely go back again and bring more friends along! 😊

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KT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food were really good. Sat on the enclosed patio which was heated from above, a bit cold from below but there we blankets you could put on your legs which were handy.

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S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service, he was sweet and always on top of things. The food was amazing, and the value of the drinks for brunch was so shocking for Yaletown. I was really impressed that such amazing quality of food and drinks were affordable! I will definitely be coming back 😊

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MA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and exceptional service. Thanks for the Valentine’s Day surprise!

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MH
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took the wife on a date and we both enjoyed the experience. It is not a quiet place, but we could still comfortably talk. The ambience makes up for the slightly higher noise level. The food was excellent and the service exactly what you would expect from this type of restaurant. The chef obviously loves his craft as our meal showed it. This is a good place for cocktails too. Will be going again and interested in trying out their breakfast sometime in the future as it looked good on the menu.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Our waitress was inattentive and we did not have a good experience with her. We literally had to chase her down to get service. She needs more training or if she hates people, she should find a job that doesn’t involve customer service ‘cause she sucks.

Everything else aside from her is good.

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M
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and excellent drinks.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The host originally put us in the restaurant at a table in an awkward spot. But then moved us into the lounge where we were more comfortable. It was a great night and the server was excellent. Always love this restaurant. Also appreciated the complimentary shots for my sister’s birthday. A great start to our night out.

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RR
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance, food and service! Hope their espresso infused Vodka will not be taken off the menu....

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food service ambiance and location!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance at the Distillery was very lively and reminiscent of a 1930s bar and restaurant.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Unfortunately, the restaurant didn’t have our reservation through open table on file so we had to be seated outside. There were heaters; however, it was still quite cold and we had to eat with our jackets on and blankets on our legs. The food and service was good but overall it was not a great experience.

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FH
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Great spot for brunch or any meal. Also fun place to grab drinks after work or late night. Overall, it's a awesome spot for food and drinks. Our service wasn't the best on our last trip this past Sunday but nothing serious. A one time blip. I would highly recommend for everyone and anyone.

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D
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I have been quite a few times but it found too loud this time because I had a hard time carrying on a conversation.

The server seemed slammed because it took a while for the simplest requests.

I found the eggs to greasy and the bacon was incredibly salty. I am inclined to go elsewhere next time.

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TK
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went there before a Canucks game. Food and wine was great. The Monday night wine special was a nice surprise. Free shuttle to the arena includes a free drink back at the bar after the game!

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KB
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The distillery is our standby. Consistently great meal and drinks. I always have the veal chop, which is always cooked perfectly to my taste. We have many special occasions here as a family or with friends or just a fun night out. You won't be disappointed for the value.

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CA
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We came to the Distillery for a birthday dinner. We weren't sure what to expect, but we were very happy with the restaurant. All the food was excellent and the service was exceptional. We had a wonderful server who gave us wonderful suggestions for all the best choices. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best place in Yaletown for value and ambiance

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GB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was fantastic!....overall pleased with the experience.

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c
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved brunching here !

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DC
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a really enjoyable meal with my family- tasty food, good drinks and attentive service. I would highly recommend this fun restaurant in Yaletown.

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PH
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food in a pleasant and interesting environment. There are lots of places to choose from in the area, and we were very happy with this one. Parking can be difficult, but there is a multi storey car park nearby.

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c
Minneapolis
63 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

They made a good Old-Fashioned. Their calamari has moved to the top of our list! The entrees were good but nothing spectacular (flatbread and scampi). It happened to be quiet in the part where we sat, but I could see how it could get really loud when crowded, so a Monday night was just great for us.

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h
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Went for Saturday brunch with colleagues. The $10 jugs of mimosa were a hit!

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KS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Drinks were great, a bit pricey as were the apps, will come for Happy Hour next time. The meatball apps were small and not that tasty.

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GH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 1

The music was TOO loud and intrusive, we even asked them if they could turn the music down for a bit(my friends and I had to shout to be able to hear each other) but the DJ refused!!!

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MX
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely evening - food was excellent, service was fun, friendly and efficient— music was great, and there was a good atmosphere

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j
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

An overall disappointing experience. Took 15-20 minutes to order and receive drinks. Overall very slow service. I expect a 90 minute meal for upscale but not over pizza and a pasta dish. Food was enjoyable. Not sure to blame server or management as a small private party was in the bar but the rest of the restaurant was not crowded on a Tuesday evening. Up to the hostess to not seat in a section if servers are not readily available or communicate service may be slower if that particular section is requested.

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EE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Delicious brunch options at great value ($10-$12). Can't reserve patio.

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JP
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I fail to realize why establishments of this type feel they have to have the music so loud that you can't have a normal conversation.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

The food was pretty standard fair. We added cheese to compensate for the lack of salt. Ambience was good and the wait staff was very accommodating. Expect to pay for extras. Would go back and just ask to not sit directly under a speaker - that was on me.

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N
Vancouver
50 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have ordered the Prime Rib 28oz steak Florentine and it has been incredible both times.

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Happy hour get together with friends the seats were barstools so not super comfy but the food and drinks were good. The cheese bread is a must try.

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SC
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Server was excellent but kitchen attitude needs improvement being a open kitchen.

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A
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great brunch as always!

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ND
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

My husband and I have been here many many times, its one of our go-to's for sure. Unfortunately, we didn't have the best dining experience. We decided to take my in-laws there for dinner, because we've talked about so much. We understand that it was a long weekend and a Sunday, so slower than usual, but the service was crap. Our waitress was busy flirting / talking with the bartenders most of the time. The food was good as always. We were nearing the end of our appetizers when some of the staff started to bring out our Entrees, BEFORE we had finished and the plates were cleared. My mother-in-law was still eating and the waiter stood there awkwardly and then just threw the dish next to her and left, SO unprofessional. Then once we had our Entrees my husband and I were waiting for the fresh ground pepper before we started to eat, 5 minutes went by and nothing so we had to wave down the server, she didn't even bother to come over, another waitress came running over to ask what we wanted, then went back to our waitress to tell her. She awkwardly gave us the ground pepper and left. She never did a Quality Check asking us how our food was.

The overall experience was very disappointing, and I am not sure we will be bringing anyone else there again.

Will probably be some time before we return :(

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CQ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Our server was great! Took very good care of us. Unfortunately while enjoying brunch we saw a mouse run up the wall beside us, not a guest we preferred to see but it happens. Let our server know because thats something they should be aware of. Our server was very apologetic and sent over a cheesecake for us to share on the house. We were very shocked a manager didn't come over at all to speak with us considering the restaurant was not overly busy and we saw him walking around or rather standing around talking to his staff.

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