This may be a confusing review - because right off the bat, I'll say we'll be going back to Brix for another try, probably very soon. I'll explain why below.
We did DOV at Brix. This was going to be our "romantic" Dine Out Vancouver meal, based on what we saw on their website about the restaurant ambiance. It looks romantic, intimate, quiet, and quality.
When we got there, it was a zoo. The place was literally packed, with extra tables put in what I believe is the wine bar area. We were put into a table area that later I found out was where stand up wine sampling / tasting customers go.
Service was kind of meh. Our server was quite friendly, but hard to spot or track down. They had both a $35 and $25 menu; I went for the $35. Food was okay - again, nothing great, nothing poor either. Standout for me was the off-menu pairing one of the owners did for me - I wasn't crazy about the 04 Tinhorn Creek Oldfields' Merlot (too young!) so the owner, also the sommelier, made another suggestion, and it was amazing, and went quite well with my main.
Late in our dinner, I asked the walking-by hostess if the restaurant was always like this - bizzzzy. She said "oh my, no!" and took a few moments to tell me about the non DOV Brix experience.
When we were done, she sensed we weren't thrilled - we were hoping for a quiet, candlelit kinda experience, and got a freight-cattle one. She asked if I had a card, and promised, if we tried again, she'd make sure we got the best table in the place, and a great experience. At that point, the other owner came up, and offered the same. It felt good that they recognized some dropped points (we didn't really indicate as such till asked), and really stepped up to offer something better. They also took the icewine glasses I ordered for dessert off the bill, as a sorry.
Huge props for that. We'll definitely try again. It's an amazing space, but was just too busy during DOV.