The Distillery Bar + Kitchen

4.2
123 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
  • Lunch
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Comfort Food
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday 4:00pm- Late
Friday - Sunday: 10:00am - Late *Now Serving $10 Breakfast!
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Phone number
(604) 669-2255
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Darren Watson
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Helmcken
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Public Transit
Just steps away from the Canada Line, Roundhouse Station terminal with the skytrain running until 1am.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 123 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

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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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great brunch as always!

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2.0Dined on May 21, 2018

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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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Good food good service . Always a good choice for brunch!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great brunch, the mimosa pitchers are so fun! Our server was friendly and funny! Would recommend to anyone looking for a funky spot for a meal

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great food and cocktails. Fun dinner out with friends.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great service! We arrived 1 minute before happy hour ended and they graciously gave us our drinks at happy hour prices. Service was quick and friendly. Ordered the flat bread and the toppings were a little sparse, but it still tasted delicious.

Everytime I go to a concert at either arena, The Yaletown Distillery is my go-to place for pre or post event drinks/meal.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

It was very enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Amazing experience! Always such a pleasure eating there and such amazing service!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

It was a great 1st time experience for me & fiancé at the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Excellent brunch! Great value and really decent food. The brunch is better than the dinner menu, surprisingly. Great jugs of mimosas.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great service! Food was fantastic! Would recommend

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1.0Dined on April 19, 2018

It is regrettable that we went to this restaurant/ lounge for a birthday dinner. Service was good, ambiance was good, but the food was terrible!
We ordered the veal parmesan and the veal chop. The Veal parmesan was like cardboard and the cop required a chain saw to slice. The cost of these items were at a premium level, (chop was $41.00) ... The worst part twas the next morning where my stomach was in agony .... it took me at least the morning to recover .... don't recommend this place for dining but suitable for drinks and light conversation

No so hungry in Vancouver to go there again

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The Distillery is surely great value for brunch! It's a cute spot with a heated patio. Decent, but not spectacular, food...but who's complaining for $10/plate and a sweet $3 mimosa!

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1.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The worst breakfast I’ve ever had. Food was greasy, tasteless, and lacking flavour. Too bad...the restaurant has a lot of character and seems like a good place to eat...maybe for dinner but brunch is terrible.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The atmosphere and service were good and food acceptable. Just suspicious and didn't think we got the full 750 ml of wine on tap that came in a carafe. 🍷

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Excellent thru and thru. Very cozy setting, friendly and professional service and delicious food.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We came here for brunch and was blown away by the service, food and overall atmosphere. So much so that we came back for dinner and it was like visiting old friends. Would definitely recommend and plan to come back again soon!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Good food and service. Love Happy hour deals!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Our Pre- Valentines dinner. No kids just the two of us. I love the pasta , mussels and the beer. The service is great❤️.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was absolutely delicious - great assortment of pastas. Great service as well. Love the old-timey music. Amazing experience.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Great happy hour & excellent service. Sunday night $13 pasta also a great deal, definitely worth trying. We went early so it was relatively quiet but can get pretty loud when it's busy. I've enjoyed dinner here a couple of times.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

The server did not impress me when my friend asked for a recommendation for drinks he did make an impression on me. The most interesting aspect was that I am being called about not showing up for my reservation when I am having dinner at your restaurant. So is this the how you check on people who make reservations. Also I had indicated that I was celebrating my birthday yet nothing.
The food was decent but your tiramisu needs work too much cocoa powder made it pretty grainy.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Beeeeeaaaautiful place. Food is deeeeelicious. Clean, open, efficient kitchen. Clean co-ed washrooms. Brunch is great value. Service is professional and friendly.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Always great. Personal service. Reliable food. Decent wine happy hour and cocktails. Great for my dinner out with my daughter.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

There was something for everyone in our family group, including our vegetarian. I loved the nostalgic background music and the shaded oil lamps on every table. The service was outstanding - attentive without being cloying. Well return when we come back to Vancouver.

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2018

Fairly quiet on a Tuesday. Excellent service and food was certainly worth the money.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

Fabulous Ambiance, delicious food and superb service. ( our waiter was very sweet and attentive)

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

It’s a great place. Drinks were good, food was awesome and the ambiance is perfect. Kind of a New York feel to it.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Please pass on a big thank you to Kieran for his excellent service. We met friends for a quick dinner and 5 hours later we finally left the restaurant! What a great time and definitley helped by the staff , music and overall vibe.

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Food and drinks were great, but so many TVs! Fine if sports specials are on,but do we need a movie playing that you can’t hear anyway? Brunch was better for the whole experience there.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

We went to the Distillery for brunch, and it was a fabulous experience. We tried the Bloodies with cucumber vodka and jalapeño vodka, had smashed meatball hash and bennies, and fell in love with the thick cut sliced bacon. This place is simultaneously elegant and casual, refined and comfortable. Not to mention affordable! We highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Awesome food! Great environment! Evryone really nice

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

This is one of my favorite places whether it’s for brunch or dinner they do a fantastic job

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

Great server, lovely staff, awesome brunch pasta! Will be back

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food, atmosphere, service. Will definitely be back

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2.0Dined on October 21, 2017

It's a great looking restaurant but the music was way too loud all night. Difficult to hear anyone.
The Puttanesca pasta dish had an insane amount of garlic in it and friends at the table commented that their pasta dishes also had too much garlic.
The bathrooms were awful and needed to be checked on and cleaned more often during the night.

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