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Wilbur & Sabastians Bistro

2020 Oxford Connector, #203
Coquitlam, BC V3C0A4
Tel: (604) 554-0139
  • Cuisine: Barbeque, Bistro, International
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout, Catering
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon: Closed, Tue - Sat: 11AM - 9PM, Sun: 5PM - 8PM
  • Wilbur & Sabastian's is located in a new much bigger spot in Oxford Market Along with the new location the menu has been expanded but the focus is still on serving honest, homemade, contemporary slow food. Their BBQ'd meat are marinate in apple cider and a signature rub and slow cooked and smoked for hours.

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Hidden gem of a restaurant
By Huge of Surrey (139 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 11:58am [Dine in]

Was in the neighbourhood and found this restaurant. Checked out the other reviews and was glad that we stopped by for dinner. I had the special which consist of 3 different sauages with coleslaw, baked beans, cornbread and I had the barley soup (soup of the day) Better half ordered the vegie burger and the kidos had the mac and cheese with sauage slices to share. The food was very tasty and the bar-b-q sauce was to die for. I had both the bold classic and the sweet onion. very impressed as it was not too sweet or tart. The cornbread was flavourful and not too dry. The coleslaw was refreshing, the baked beans had a hint of smokiness to it. the 3 different sauages were moist and tasted very good. Better half stated that she loved the vegie burger especially when the burger was crispy on the outside. The kids mac and cheese was cheesy and tasty as well. The service was excellent. The owner/chef/hostess/waitress and her sister was very pleasant and helpful in ordering our dishes. They were very informative and polite. I was very impressed with the whole experience that I had at Wilbur and Sabastians. Will definitely come back again and try some more delightful dishes.

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Fantastic!!
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 7:54pm [Dine in]

Just the kind of place Poco needed. Too bad it's in a strip mall - the ambiance is ok - but sparse and looking over the parking lot is not inspiring. The waitress that we had was ok but not all that friendly. BUT, the food makes up for it all. The veggie burger was amazing and they make their own potato chips! Not often do you get hot potato chips. The stoups were fantastic as well and the desserts although we didn't try them looked great. We will be back to try the other menu items. Main Street quality funk hits Poco.

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Quite disappointed
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 9, 2010 - 4:16pm [Dine in]

After a long day of running errands and doing chores, I wanted to treat myself to a nice lil restaurant. Where to go, I thought. Then I remember that there was this lil bistro near Thrifty's. Not sure what to expect, I took a deep breath and went inside. The moment I stepped in, I saw the server. She was busy advising the customer on something, stood up, kinda rolled her eyes, straightened up, and greeted me. That type of attitude already made me feel abit nervous. I hope the food is good at least, I wished to myself. I sat down and was given water and menu. I was hungry so I was almost immediately knew what I wanted to try. They serve soup, salad, Italian food, etc ranging from $6-15. The server was no where in sight. I waited more than 5 mins and wondering if she'll ever show up. I was very close to leaving. I could easily go to Subway next door. I decided to be patient and give this place a try.
So finally I ordered the Hungarian Goulash w/ potato dumpling. I've never tried Hungarian food so I was kind of fascinated and excited to taste the dish. The food didn't take too long. The one thing that the server did right was to give me a newspaper to read. So when the food arrived, the dish was kinda small and didn't come with rice. For $12.50, I was expecting abit more. The dish reminds me of mini beef brisket in potato stew w/ potato dumpling. Kind of interesting but not delicious. I think all their foods are home-made. It seems like every time I needed something, I have search for my server. She's never around. I think the restaurant is short staffed so she's always in the kitchen. My dining experience feels like I have to use so much of my energy to get some decent service. I worked hard all day and all I wanted was to have a nice, relaxed dinner. When I need something packed up, I have to wait. When I needed the bill, I had to wait. I just wanted to walk out.

Not sure if I wanted to give this place another try. Maybe if I have amnesia.

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Homemade done right!
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 20, 2009 - 12:47pm [Dine in]

A true neighborhood gem!! We've been to Wilbur & Sabastian's three times now in the past month and it never disappoints! We've tried the delicious braised lamb shank (a must order!), the Calabrata Stew, the chipotle chicken breast, the lasagna and a few delicious desserts! All excellent and warms up the soul! And you must try the four layered chocolate cake - heaven!!! We've also had the raspberry key lime pie and the mocha cream pie - all very yummy & filling. My favorite are their homemade soups and bread! Wonderful homemade food that won't break the bank. =)

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Worth the drive
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 12, 2008 - 12:12pm [Dine in]

Looking for a nice restaurant to eat at in Coquitlam is not very easy. I'm so thankful for this website. I found W&S on here, but without a website to check out, I relied only on the reviews posted here. I called the night before and asked to reserve a table. They told me they don't reserve for under 6 people (we were party of 4), but to call about 15 mins before going and they prepare a seat for us. I thought this was kinda strange - isn't that the same as reservations?? Anyway, no problem.

Called 20 minutes before going the next day, and they said they couldn't hold a table because they were very busy. But they could take us in 30 minutes. Again, I was a bit confused with their time comments. Got there and understood why they would be busy. It is a very cute little bistro in a fairly new plaza that seated only about 8-10 tables. However, only half of them were occupied when we got there. The layout is different - the entrance is right in the middle of the split between kitchen and dining area, so when you walk in, not only can you see what's going on in the kitchen, you smell everything too!

We were seated near the window and could catch some activities going on in the kitchen. This made for an unfortunate experience for one my friends at our table. She kept getting looks from one of the cooks - not-so-friendly ones. That was the only unfortunate part of our evening.

All of our dishes we ordered were great (with the exception of one "ok" salad). Everything was of excellent value also. The four of us shared 3 appies, an entree each and some drinks at only $66!

Our server was very nice. We brought in a cake for the birthday girl and they didn't charge a cutting fee. The service overall was wonderful except for the cook that gave the stinkeye.

Eventhough we brought desserts, we still couldn't help eyeing the wonderful sweets display by the kitchen. They were all made from scratch and each one looked incredible.
Overall, a very nice little bistro and definitely worth the drive there. I'll be sure to return soon to try out their desserts!

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Flavourful, fresh, great quality meals which use local produce and free-range meats. Great value too!
By noidy of Coquitlam (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 29, 2011 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

The restaurant has moved locations to Poco since we last went: 203 - 2020 Oxford Connector Port Coquitlam (same mall as Kin's Market, Taco del Mar and Meridian Meats). The restaurant is now called W&S's Smokehouse and Bistro.

My husband had the borscht which excellent flavour and a very good-size portion. (I don't like beets and found this soup very good too). He also had the pulled pork sandwich with yam fries (yum!) and coleslaw (fresh). I had two beef ribs which included a side (I picked yam fries) and coleslaw for $12. Excellent flavourful ribs. I also ordered a side salad for $3 more. The cornbread was light and not overly sweet or grainy. We were both quite full after this meal and the cost after taxes was under $36 (we didn't have any beverages or dessert). Service was very good and our water glasses were filled regularly.

The menu has a variety of items from appetizers, salads, smokehouse items (beef or pork ribs, chicken) and hearty meals like chicken korma and stews. We will definitely be back to try other items.

Everything is homemade and there's a consistent group of regular customers who have followed the owners to their new location. Quality wholesome food with good portions. Nice owner. They also do catering.

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W&S First Visit
By sumiln of North Burnaby (34 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 10:56am [Dine in]

My friend, her 14 year old daughter and myself dined at this lovely little bistro last night. My friend has been a number of times before (and raves about it!) so I was keen to check it out. Water and bread was served almost as soon as we arrived - bread was simply lovely and I am very fussy about bread. Must be homemade and with some depth and substance to it ie, not fluffy blow away stuff!! I ordered the Chickpea Marrakech which was delightful. My dining companions had ribs and chicken respectively both of which were pronounced tender and delicious. Ample glasses of wine are offered at $6.00 each with an interesting selection (understandably small but it is only a little restaurant) to choose from. As my friend and her daughter had been talking about dessert from the moment we walked in the door they opted to share an ENORMOUS piece of 4 or 5 layered chocolate cake. I begged off as I was quite satisified with what I'd already had UNTIL the choccie slice was placed in the middle of our table with THREE forks - I am not a huge chocolate cake fan but I would return numerous times if only to imbibe in this fabulous delicacy! I can only imagine how tasty all the other desserts must be. I recommend this sweet little bistro. I suspect before long they may move onto larger premises if the calibre and quality of the food continues in this vein!

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worth a try
By paula of coquitlam (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2007 - 8:40pm [Dine in]

it is definately worth a try, the food is just okay, nothing special , but the employees are all very nice.and.it is very clean, i will not go out of my way to return in the near future.. but it is a great hangout for a few drinks after a hard day at work

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Home cooked goodness
By missy604 of UBC , Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 5:38am [Dine in]

Everytime I eat at this restuarant I know that I am getting quality food, nothing from a can. I love their pastas with their own in-house made roasted tomato sauce. They desserts are so fresh and delicious. The ambiance is warm and inviting and the service is friendly and attentive. I'd say it's a gem in Coquitlam.

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One of my favorites.
By spiker30 of Anmore, Port Moody (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 1:37am [Dine in]

Let me tell you why I've been here with my partner so many times! The food is true to it's nature. In other words, everything is made from scratch and free of engineered flavors and other fillers that should not even be considered as edible food. If you want flavored crap then go to East Side Mario's or any other cookie cutter restaurant.

This site should have two ratings for food. Food taste and food quality.
I'd give them 4/5 for taste and 5/5 for quality. Some of the dishes are a little simple but still very good. The dessert fridge is noisy but I would always go up to it to check out what fresh desserts are available for devouring. Desserts are home made and most are very rich. I would like to see some less rich desserts as well.

Interior reminds me of a simple but inviting European eatery.

We need more restaurants like this.

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Not bad
By redbarn of Victoria BC (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

Read the reviews and wanted to try for ourselves. I had the chicken panino with banana peppers and my partner had a frittata. Overall pretty good, but not outstanding. The food lacked a bit in flavour. A small green salad should accompany the sandwich (it did come with a choice of sides, just think green salad should be a given). We sat near the entrance and the fridge holding the desserts & wine was distractingly loud. If we go again we'll sit nearer the back. Oh and the picture frames and light fixtures had a thick layer of dust which was the first thing I noticed when I sat down, not sure why the staff haven't, or worse why they would ignore it.

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Will definitely go back
By Makulit of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 8:31pm [Dine in]

I ate at Wilbur and Sebastian's with my hubby for the first time today. The portions were good, the service was prompt and the food was fresh and delicious! My hubby had the Penne with Chorizo and every other spoonful he kept saying, "this is so good!" I asked the chef/owner about the sauce for the pasta and she told me she makes it in house from roasted tomatoes. I had the Chili which had just the perfect combination of meat, beans and spices. The fresh chopped cilantro on top added a fresh burst of flavour which really complimented the chili. For dessert we had the Hazelnut Chocolate Cheesecake which was creamy and rich and just had the right touch of sweetness.

It was a wonderful meal. I'm looking forward to going back so that I can try their Beef Short rib Mechado and the Braised Lamb Shank.

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Very good desserts!
By Binky of Coquitlam (32 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

We came here for dessert on a Saturday night after eating elsewhere. We got there at 8:50 pm and saw that they were closing at 9:00. We asked if we could come in for just desserts as we saw a large table was just starting their dinners and they said fine. We all ordered coffee and had a pecan pie, cheesecake with cherry topping and a peanut butter cheesecake. We all tasted all of them and were impressed with the very good taste and freshness of all three. The waiter was very pleasant and they actually stayed open till 10 pm to accommodate everyone. Great customer service. We took a look at the lunch and dinner menus while there and we think we will be back.

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OK Place
By pamazon of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

The menu choices are not bad and they offer a lot of gluten, soy, dairy choices as well as ribs. The prices were reasonable. In spite of this, we were not impressed. The ambiance was cold and not cozy at all, not helped by the temperature that was freezing. Every table had their coats on.

The food was just ok. We ordered pork and beef ribs to share, but all the food was lukewarm and the sides had no flavor. I was excited to have their smokey molasses baked beans which they serve as a side. In addition to being cold, they were flavorless and watery. The coleslaw also had very little dressing, so it was dry. The ribs themselves were tasty, but not hot. On a good note, we thought the home-made tortilla chips were good and my husband said that the cornbread was good (although served cold), but be warned that it does have wheat in it.

I had intended to come back to try many other items on the menu because I am a gluten-free eater and I appreciated the effort in that area. However, I did not have a good experience and I will not be back.

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Tri-Cities - Hidden Gem!
By SuzyQ101 of coquiltam (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:17am [Dine in]

This place is new to Poco, they move from Central Coquitlam because they needed a bigger location. But this restaurant is wonderful family run Bistro, and everything is homemade with a focus on using local ingredients. I am a Vegetarian and my husband is a die hard Meat-Eater. It is so hard to find a location that we can both have multiple menu options. Not only does this place offer several Vegetarian meals it also has Wheat and Dairy Free options and several Vegan meals as well. But on the swing side, my husband says their ribs are amazing! He has had both the Pork and Beef Ribs and says they are equally delicious. My husband is determined to try all their BBQ sauce options as well. He has tried several BBQ flavors so far and claims the Tequila BBQ sauce is his favorite. If you enjoy home-cooked food, good quality and value for your money, give this place a try. You will not regret it!

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Worth coming to!
By Babybri311 of Surrey, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 12:58pm [Dine in]

Me and my family regularly go to Wilbur & Sebastians when we dine out. Even though we are not very close, it is always worth the drive!

The food is hearty, flavorful, and healthy. We have tried almost everything on the menu and have never been dissapointed!

The staff are very friendly and prompt and always remember those "little touches" that different people prefer.

The cheesecake that Christina, the owner makes is absolutely decadent! Very creamy and just the right amount of sweetness! Her desserts are worth the calories ... all real ingredients!

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So so
By tasty123 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

Prices are low and the portions are large. But i dont find the entrees to be spectacular. They were very salty! However, Desserts are great. Unfortunately they only make limited quantities and everything is first come first serve, and they chef Christine makes her own desserts. So its different everytime you visit. I guess that is a downside. If you like their keylime pie, and want another piece the next day you may be out of luck!!

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A taste of home! An explosion of flavours!
By greenlight of Coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 16, 2009 - 1:00am [Dine in]

Unbelievable home cooking with all the ingredients coming from scratch.

My wife and I have been to W&S easily a dozen times over the last year and a half. The food is always fantastic. Christina (chef & owner) does a great job with blending flavours together. Most of the food has a Mediterranean/European home cooked feel. From the appetizers to soups, to the entrees, you wont be disappointed. All of her dinner menu entrees are fantastic - doesn't matter if you choose vegetarian or meat dishes. The desserts are just as amazing! You can tell she puts a lot of care into her food and presentation.

The place is friendly and comfortable, but nothing fancy. Its almost has a little bit of a cafe style/casual atmosphere, but if you can look past this your taste buds will thank you for giving W&S a try.

We absolutely love it!

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Wow, what a find
By wingzbc of Port Moody (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

We happened upon this small Bistro when were were visiting the new Thrifty's on Austin. We decided to check it out.

The food was fantastic, even more amazing were the prices. $11-12 dollars for a dinner Entre that you would expect to be DOUBLE anywhere else.

All the deserts are home made, but the 3 we have tried were a little too sweet side I find.

CHECK IT OUT!

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A Very Happy Birthday Party
By Dave J Devitt of Langley, B. C. Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

The service was great water cold and sweet arrived as we sat down. The menu had meat used as a seasoning but the the sauces and graves were outstanding .I had the goulash with beef the taste was super, I would have liked more meat but it was great. The soup " Borsch" also fantastic . The salad with pumpkin seeds and Balsamic vinegar was interesting and very tasty . Dessert Carrot cake lovely not to sweet . The desert fridge we didn't even notice any noise maybe because we we were talking and tasting each others dishes . Out of the 5 other dishes they were all so flavourful and delicious this chef knows her sauces . The place was packed and as soon as people others came . If this Bistro was on the other side of the building over looking the Pt Man bridge , with a tinkling piano you could double the prices.

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