I went to The Charlatan the other night with some friends for dinner and drinks.
The bar looks impressive when you first walk in, with lots of shiny taps on display. Unfortunately the beer and cocktail selection is terrible. The only decent beers on tap were Guiness (which can be found at most bars these days) and Grolcsh (which didn't taste as good as it does from the bottle). The cocktails were mostly uninspired (I don't know why they list drop shots on the menu) especially considering the obvious attempt to make this place look more like a bar than a restaurant.
The service was equally disappointing. Our waitress came off as a dumb blonde bimbo. She was unable to answer basic questions about the menu, and had a very snotty attitude (but maybe that was just her accent).
Then it got bad. The food took way too long considering it was not that busy and almost all of our dishes were cold, except a salad which was warm and wilted from sitting under heat lamps. The fries were ok, but everything else was mediocre at best.
The worst part came when I had finished my food and went to use the bathroom. On the way to the bathroom I walked by the kitchen, and it looked very run down. The bathroom wreaked of stale urine so badly that I gagged. I encourage anyone reading this review to do some research on this subject, since dinehere.ca has rules against posting anything specific in a review.
I would recommend ANY restaurant on the Commercial Drive over this one, and there are lots.