Toren's Resto Rants vol 7: Tap & Barrel

They have so many beers here! Are the beers good? I’ll never know because I don’t drink beer.

Photo taken from the Tap & Barrel website
Photo taken from the Tap & Barrel website

“The Original” Tap & Barrel

Their blurb: “Our commitment to creating our food from scratch is also paramount to our food philosophy. From the tartar sauce to the craft beer cheddar sauce, to the red wine and onion gravy our cooks make these ingredients daily to help us create dishes that taste authentic and not out of the box.”


Address: 1 Athletes Way, Olympic Village, Vancouver
Phone: 604.685.2223
Open 7 days a week 11am to “Late”
Weekend & Holiday Brunch: 10am – 3pm
When I visited: weekday lunch
Booths? No
Noisy? Yes but mostly human noise rather than music.
Lives up to its name? Yes, our server tapped out and had us over a barrel.
Candies with your bill? Damn I forget.

They have two patios! Whoopee for them! They serve most of their food on those wooden pizza boards which I’m sure have a name but who cares? Are they more sanitary than ceramic plates? I’ll never know. I had the cobb salad and it was so-so. The chicken especially was chewy and lackluster. I’ve eaten other things here once or twice in the past – probably a burger – and don’t remember it being stellar so I have to say that the food is okay but slightly overpriced. Also the tables are a bit rickety.

Lastly, their website is a chore to navigate. Less is more “TO”T&B! Less is more.

Biggest Rave: They have some ocean wise seafood options and proper desserts.

Biggest Rant:  Of all the many tables open, the server seated us at a table that was half in the sun and half in the shade. As the sunlight began to consume the entire table and we had been left to our own devices for some time (it wasn’t busy so I had to wonder what he was up to) we tried to move a giant umbrella over our table ourselves. No luck with that so when the server finally came back he moved us to another table. Then we got to watch him and two other staff members try to move an umbrella over that previous table, with limited success, and obviously inconveniencing the neighboring table. Also – open 11am to “Late?” What the damn is “late?” Is it 11pm? is it 1am? Is it 3am? What happens if I try to schedule my life with actual numerical time? I guess I shouldn’t count on you.


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