Tap & Barrel is a Vancouver born and bred restaurant group with three locations, all situated in the vibrant waterfront neighbourhoods of Olympic Village, Coal Harbour and Lower Lonsdale. The restaurants offer innovative on-tap beverage programs exclusive to craft beer and premium wine made in British Columbia along with seasonally inspired food menus
So much potential but they kind of blow it with the management style. They run this place like the Roxbury where the line outside is deliberately long to make it look busier but then you get inside and more than half the patio is closed. Worse yet the sections that are open are jam packed elbow to elbow. I could accept that it’s a staffing issue if it happened only once yet this is a consistent theme over the past 5-10 times I have gone on a nice sunny day. I think I have made the decision not to give it any more chances, there’s plenty of options in Vancouver for good patios and while this one has so much potential - I think they are blowing it.
in the last week
I loved the baked pretzels!! So soft and warm, and the sauce was a nice addition to the plate. I also had the Sangria Rosé, not bad. Nice patio with great view. A good choice for a quick bite/happy hour.
in the last week
I have been here a few times now, and it’s always consistently great. The staff are really friendly and welcoming and always go out of their way to ensure you have a nice time. Views of downtown, False Creek, mountains and has awesome patios and balconies. On a sunny day, it’s the best. Of course it gets busy but we’ve never had a long wait, if any. I haven’t had food at this location, but have at others and they’ve always been of a good standard
2 weeks ago
Good food, good drinks. But so freaking expensive outside of happy hour and brunch hour.
I came back here to try the cheaper brunch specials. The food was good. However, we had to wait to be seated in an empty restaurant. The bar and several tables were empty and we were told there was a ten minute wait at opening. Tons of staff standing around, some eating and some drinking coffee...we were told that $5 dollar Caesars were on special and we ordered them and the server brought us doubles which cost more...and then my partner ordered a second Caesar around 1130 or so and when we got our bill at 12, he had charged full price for that second Caesar. (The cheap prices are from 11-12).
TL;DR - Poorly run. Make sure you read your bill.
a month ago
Atmosphere check. Service check. Amazing beer selection check. Delicious food check. You're missing out if you don't go to this place. Definitely a second home when I'm in Vancouver