The Distillery Bar + Kitchen

4.2
136 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • Fun
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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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 136 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GB
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

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

Loved brunching here !

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DC
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 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 26, 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
58 reviews
Dined on July 24, 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 15, 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 7, 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
15 reviews
Dined on June 30, 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
14 reviews
Dined on June 27, 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
14 reviews
Dined on June 24, 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 24, 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
41 reviews
Dined on June 17, 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
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 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
12 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 21, 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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SH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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RM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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JS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and cocktails. Fun dinner out with friends.

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CZ
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was very enjoyable.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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T
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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JH
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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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PW
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great service! Food was fantastic! Would recommend

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V
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

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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JM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

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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JM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

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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y
Vancouver
77 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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c
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good food and service. Love Happy hour deals!

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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B
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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VJ
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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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MK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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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