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  • Food3.5
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Boneta

12 Water Street, #115
Vancouver, BC V6B1A5
Tel: (604) 684-1844 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Central

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Ok but probably not going back
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:54am [Dine in]

Came here on a weekend to try their new location. Nice setting in a courtyard and set back from Water St. Small signage so you would have to really know the area. Nice bare warehouse like decor. Tables are a bit cramped together and fairly loud inside. Had the pork terrine to start and it was just all right, but they never give you enough crackers to spread. Went ahead and ordered bread which was an additional charge which seemed like they nickel and dime the customer. Had the shortrib which was good but small portion for the price, sides were very small. Ordered an additional octopus chips which was the best thing tried that night. Service was just Ok, fellow diner had a problem with their salad which was not solved satisfactory. It was only a side salad and they would of just taken it off the bill. Portions are small for the price and would not return.

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After work drinks!
By KitsKid of Kitsilano (70 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

Some colleagues and I went to Boneta after work on a friday. We were greeted promptly and were seated right away. The food was delicious and the service was good. We shared a few plates between 4 of us, the poutine was a hit as was the duck confit. It was starting to get busy with the same after work crowd and by 630 pm the lounge was full.
I've been there after work before and have always had a lovely time. It's a great spot to go to if you're looking for a quick bite and a drink to unwind.

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Don't Be a Stranger
By burvan of Burnaby (30 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 29, 2007 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

1st visit to Boneta after reading rave reviews and was not disappointed . Greeting really made you feel welcome and the feel of this space is neat . The menu is limited and changes but had no problem sharing 3 dishes . started withe Scallop ceviche that was accompanied by a citrus vinaigrette > excellent dish . We the shared the Albacore Tuna with roasted Red peppers as well as the AAA Flatiron steak . Both dishes were beautifully presented and very tasty . Service was attentive and very professional . On the way out the floor manager not only thanked us but said " don't be strangers now " and we won't as we will be back soon and often

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A must visit for all food/wine enthusiasts
By Epicurious-er of Point Grey (17 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 6:15pm [Dine in]

My most spectacular night at Boneta was for my brithday recently. First off, the inside of the space has interesting art work and mirrors on the ceiling angled in such a way that you can't really spy on any of the other tables. The food blew my tastebuds away. I had buffalo carpaccio that melted in my mouth; the quails eggs and balsamic vinegarish sauce went along with it beautifully. I tried a dorado dish second which was just outright lovely - perfectly cooked fish and succulent risotto. I love the wine list, you can try most by the glass which is a nice option for a table of red, white, and non drinkers. The staff were the cherry on top of this evening; their talented rendition of happy birthday was brilliant to the point that I was too entertained to be embarrased. (And what a lovely glass of bubbly for me to sip on while they sang!) My favorite fine dining experience, hands down.

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Terrible Service
By Kim B of north vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 11:59pm [Dine in]

Dined here with 3 others. took about 15 minutes for us to get our menus. the server gave us terrible attitude! even the glass she served us water in had a crack and when i mentioned it to her she rolled her eyes at me as if i was at fault. our whole dining experience was not so great because of her attitude towards us

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Night out with a girlfriend
By somersky of WHITE ROCK BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 2:45am [Dine in]

The service was outstanding....we were re-seated in a more comfortable environment..the restaurant was very very careful of my nut and bean allergy!!!! They made sure that the meal was made without any cross-contaminaton.I had the sablefish and the toffee pudding..yummm... I enjoyed my meal and my company!!! Thanks .I will be back again! Thanks Bonita for a nice evening out with a wonderful friend!

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ummmmmmmmm
By lovefood1 of vancouver bc (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 20, 2009 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

So everyone is always raving about Boneta so i went...loved the ambiance and the menu ......I eat out at least 3 times a week so i'm not a cheapskate looking for a deal. I ordered the most expensive meal on the menu (a steak about 30 bucks).....its had more gristle then meat on the minuscule excuse for a steak. I was actually shocked at what i got. However I will give the restaurant another shot seeing as they had the best creaser i've ever had

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not worth the hype or the prices
By truegourmand of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

Although the place is lively and the decor attractive, the food and service don't justify the prices ($16 for an appetizer salad?). If you're going to charge $25 for a 6oz steak (that was only average at best), you should at least garnish it with more than one small fingerling potato (cut into four) and a few pieces of what tasted like cooked cucumber but went by the name of "lettuce marrow." Food aside, the service was terrible. Our server filled the water glasses once and then never returned with the jug; those of us who ordered wine by the glass got noticeably varying amounts; entrees took forever to arrive and when we asked how long they'd be we were told "they're just plating them" and yet they still didn't arrive. After serving us the entrees, the server vanished completely (apparently stacking glasses was more important than attending to her table) - I got up to retrieve a dessert menu and when she finally decided to reappear, she walked around the table taking the dessert orders as we passed one menu from person to person. It never occurred to her to get us more menus. The worst part though was when we realised that she'd poured one glass from a bottle of wine and then never brought the bottle back. When we asked what had happened to our wine she told us she thought that we'd finised it. However, when we insisted that she check, she sheepishly returned with the almost full bottle.
The overall impression was that she just didn't care. The bill was left on the table and we never saw her again. No goodbye or thank you. Maybe we should've left without paying? Can't say I'd rush to return. There are plenty of better restaurants where you don't leave with the uncomfortable feeling that you've just been hosed.

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Wow...that was good!!!
By manager of commercial drive (24 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 4, 2007 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

From the people greeting us at the door to the valet person hailing us a cab on our way home...top notch!!!

I love how simple this place is. 5 whites wines, 5 reds, five appys, 5 mains...so perfect. Give me what I want and don't make it too complicated. Truly an excellent philosophy.

They (our server and the manager) paired our wines and food with the knowledge of a master of wine.

The food was great. The portions were perfect to keep to yourself our share with a loved one. I wish I could have tried everything. The ling cod with pork belly really stands out as a winner. The lentils were out of this world.

I wish I could say I'd be back every week. But in Vancouver...So many restaurants, so little time.

Tres bon!!!

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Just not what I thought.
By Fantasticfoodie of WHITE ROCK BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I were doing some restaurant hopping one night. A bartender at another restaurant suggested Boneta and we thought "Why not...we keep saying that we are going to go...let's give it a try".

I was expecting more I guess. The room looked huge...especially with such few tables in it and the food was horrible. Carpaccio was extremely chewy and the headcheese was far from what the server explained. I am always up for trying new things...and I would try headcheese again, just not here.

Wine selction was interesting but the by the glass did not suit me.

Server was just OK. She seemed knowledgeable enough.

Needless to say we hopped onto the next restuarnat really quickly.

Not sure that I would need to return.

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This Place is a Keeper!
By bijou_7 of burnaby (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 5:02pm [Dine in]

I had absolutely no expectations for this place, as I had never heard of it before.

BAM! Walk into the place, and you're greeted with a beautiful funky, modern interior that is styled more like a nightclub, with a raised loft type ceiling, open kitchen and chefs performing in place of DJ's. We sat at one of the raised section tables that's 3-4 feet off the ground, and the first thing I noticed was the menu projected onto a screen, as the room's centerpiece. The second thing I noticed was everyone really enjoying themselves. 5/5 for ambience!

Then, the food. I had the following:

Basil Punica - Tall, refreshing, slightly savory.
Middle Eastern pomegranate syrup, gomme, citrus, muddled basil & Appleton white rum. Served tall over rocks with soda.
--->Very pungent, and the basil and pomegranite definitely stand out

Smoked Bison Carpaccio, Sherry Vinaigrette, Walnuts, Roasted Tomato, Quail Egg
---> Tart, smokey tasting and very very good

House Made Charcuteries Platter, Pickled Vegetables, Mustard, Ficelle
---> Delicious! My favorite parts were the long strips of fat that you dip into the fleur de sel and the bread and butter. Lots of unique meat!

Loaf of in-house baked bread
----> Wow, delicious. Nice crispy top. Very hearty.

Poutine with Cheese Curds from Quebec
---> Until this one I'd never had an 'authentic' poutine before and I was expecting this to be a lot different from NY Fries poutines. I'd rank it about the same as a NY Fries poutine. The cheese curds are definitely better. I like more gravy, and saltier gravy though. The fries could be a bit crispier, like Chambar's fries. But it was still good and hit the spot.

Passion Fruit Mousse, Macha Chantilly, Passion Fruit & Macha Milk Shake
----> Very delectable and our table raved about the complexity and tartness of the matcha milkshake

Selection of House Made Ice Cream & Sorbet, Seasonal Fruit, Sable Cookies
----> Of the two, this was my favorite dessert. The passionfruit sorbet was the most intense passionfruit flavor I ever tasted, and the blackberry sorbet was the most intense blackberry. My boyfriend raved over the little butter cookie crumble bits strewn on the plate, and the homemade dark chocolate was also tasty.

My boyfriend didn't get his Bourbon sour exactly how he likes it (apparently it was missing something that it had the last time he was there) but I won't count that into the equation because he is fanatical about his drinks. 5/5 for food!

Service: Unlike any other tapas restaurant I've been to, the servers will spend a few minutes explaining what every single thing on your plate is. Sometimes this can be 10 or more things per plate. I REALLY liked this as it added to the appreciation of the food, and all the detail that went into it. The servers were also really attentive and peeked at our table regularly without interrupting us, to see where we were at. When our first server quit for the night, she came over to say bye and make sure we had everything we needed, before she passed us on to another server. They were maybe a bit less jovial than servers at other establishments, but I liked how they seemed passionate and knowledgeable about the food, which is the more important thing. 5/5

Two tapas, a cocktail, and a dessert plus taxes, and tip is about $50 per person and I found it filling enough to call it my dinner (must have been the awesome homemade bread that filled me up). Can't wait to go back!

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almost perfect
By justgoodfood of main.st,vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 5:36pm [Dine in]

I love finding a restaurant, hearing so much about it, expectations are high and getting more than you expected.
Food was fantastic. Whether it was a simple, poutine, or their maple glazed pork belly, it was incredible. The texture, flavour, and the presentation, just perfection.
The service was friendly and attentive, great knowledge of the food and wine. Even entertained us a few jokes, it was a good time.
Really funky and cool room. it was a great night out. Prices are up there a little bit. i would probably be go there more often if i could afford it. But it was more than worth it. The quality and flavours is almost priceless. Will be back again.

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Perfect and flawless
By asianfusion of Seattle (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 11:12pm [Dine in]

Had a great dinner with my husband and our Vancouver wine friend who lives across the street and rants about this restaurant - he was right! Exceptional and very friendly service from the second we stepped in the door to sitting at the bar and then accompanied to our table. Wonderful and original cocktails, slightly overpriced wines, and perfect food in flavour, texture, and presentation. Loved the video projected menu and good looking people working and eating at Boneta. The perfect Vancouver restaurant. Highly recommended.

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Gastown Coolness
By gastropub of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 11:21pm [Dine in]

I came across this place last night and was thoroughly impressed. Service was perfect from the Valet service for our car to the cocktail details. Refreshing draft beer, all from Brooklyn, of New York. Small tapas plates with a French influence are expensive ($12 to $20) for Gastown but very tasty. Biggest compliant would be the expensive wine prices. $20 for a glass French Bandol and $34 for a non vintage glass of Champagne! Bring your credit card-you'll need it.

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Bon, bon, bon, Boneta!
By dlishusfood of Downtown, Vancouver (30 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 11:29am [Dine in]

Four of us decided to cancel our reservations at the Shore Club and come to Boneta's instead - what a good choice we made. I ordered the scallops to start with followed by the duck - we also ordered, as mains, the ling cod, the tuna and the rabbit. We all sampled each others and each one was as good as the last. I would have probably skipped on the desert as it was only pure decadent gluttony on my behalf - but mmmmm - all good. The service was a little slack but nothing worth getting in tizzy about. We ordered from the "projection" menu without the need for a paper menu unlike the previous reviewer. Wine list is quite limited and a bit pricey but overall a great place to eat out and it will be missed once its gone.

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Poor Service
By lovethatman of Kitsilano, Vacouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 25, 2012 - 11:46am [Dine in]

we came here for just for drinks... so not too sure about the food. but we were definitely not happy about the service. server forgot about our orders. i tried so hard to make eye contact to get her to come to us. she doesn't even look. all i needed was confirmation that she saw that i needed her, then i would have left it alone. but no eye contact. then she comes over a scolds me, saying that she was on her way. geez

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An Inconsistent Meh
By proteusprickle of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 30, 2012 - 2:13am [Dine in]

I heard a lot about this place and was disappointed overall. Service was strange and overbearing, the server kept topping out our wine (mixing wine that has had a chance to breathe in the glass with new wine from the bottle, ugh) in an obvious attempt to get us to finish a bottle quickly and get another one. The bread was good although it was an extra charge and really more brioche than bread. And a bit small.

Our starters: the duck consomme tasted not enough of duck and too much of bonito, the duck fritter that came with it was tasty with a right mix of duck and orange. Likewise, in the rabbit ravioli, there was no rabbit taste, the rabbit being completely overshadowed by the bacon. The tartare was solid and unexciting.

The mains: a letdown. The lamb was quite good, bordering on too salty but staying on the right side of the border. It was riding on top of kale which was just boiled kale, neither good nor bad, which was riding on top of squash (butternut?) puree which was too liquid, a bit too salty, and one dimensional. The onion confit and potato croquette on the side were forgettable and added nothing to the course. The risotto was a tad undercooked, almost but not quite "al dente" (which means cooked but still hard. Yes, it's hard to get there but yes, I do expect a decent restaurant not to miss this point). The accompanying mushrooms were cold. Was this intentional? If so, it flopped. The real miss was the pork. It was a dry, uninspired slab of meat, gloomily piled on top of Israeli couscous mixed with some boiled spinach and run of the mill goat cheese. The menu said "couscous", which is not the same thing as Israeli couscous, another let down. This dish was a failure in concept and in execution.

Desserts: not bad. Decent mignardises which I will quickly forget. Baba au rhum with too little rhum. A chocolate ganache-like thing with whipped cream. Yawn.

Then the small matter of settling the slightly too large bill, which had errors in it. They did get it right eventually, after no less than five tries. Oh well. I see no reason to return here or to go here in the first place. I would give the food three stars out of five EXCEPT that this site's verbal score for three stars is "solid", whereas the food here was highly inconsistent. There are quite a few similar places around town which do what Boneta is trying to do, but do it better.

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Deck The Halls With Boneta Dorado.
By JAdoreFood of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 24, 2010 - 12:02am [Dine in]

So, I just came back from Boneta for a Christmas dinner. I've been eyeing this place for a very long while, but today I finally went with family to try it out. I loved the restaurant layout and the feel to the place. It had a very unique, modern restaurant look while keeping a warm energy. If you're looking for a quiet place to enjoy dinner, this is not the place. There's a bar and the place is absolutely packed (which is why I can strongly agree with their sign on the door: Reservations are recommended), so it's quite loud. I was in a group of 6 and fortunately, we were seated in a kind of 'cubicle' at the side of the restaurant, making our seat quite private to the rest of the restaurant.

We waited around an hour for the food. The waitress was very nice and the servers all seemed to know the food as they pointed out each part of our dish carefully. Perhaps it was the number of people in the restaurant, but our server seemed a little on edge. It was also a little difficult to get the attention of the servers at time. Anyhow, it didn't affect the restaurant experience too much.

I ordered the dorado, which was excellent. Seafood lovers are bound to fall in love with this dish. I had a taste of the buttered lobster (Little round shells of lobster meat smothered in melted butter), veal cheeks (very tender but I'm not a fan of red meat, so I don't have much to say about it), duck breast (strongly recommend this dish), steelhead trout (delish, but nothing extraordinary) and the sablefish (Basically, cod in a soup-like base. Quite good). I think what blew me away the most were their desserts. It was one of the best desserts I've had a restaurant in a while. I don't actually like to eat desserts or anything sweet for that matter because of how rich and sweet the restaurants usually make them. However, Boneta's desserts were full of flavour but not sweet at all. It was the perfect amount. I had the apple pie, (A thin wafer-like crust on the bottom and stacked with apples in an apple sauce that was very good and just a tiny bit sour) banana leche (loved this!) and the chocolate bento box. My favourite out of the bento box was the dark chocolate. It was just the right amount of bitterness that there was virtually no sweetness to it. Loved that.

Overall, it's definitely a place I'd recommend. The serving sizes look tiny when it's front of you but after you've finished the dish, you'll be very full. It's generally not expensive for a downtown dinner, especially since it's in Vancouver.

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Good food but not much else
By jsmith of Downtown Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 12:07am [Dine in]

The food at Boneta was good, but not great for the value. Unfortunately the staff and manager's horrible attitude and service from the very beginning tainted the entire experience. I was there for a friend's surprise birthday dinner, there were 20 of us waiting in anticipation for her arrival, only to have one of the servers great her and ask if she was there for the "big surprise birthday dinner". Are you kidding me? The server completely ruined the surprise! That was not the worst of it.

We had a few more people than expected so I asked our server if it would be possible to pull another table up to accomodate them. With the look of disgust on her face, her reply word for word was "Look around. Do you SEE a table that will fit here? NO!".

Wow.

I have never been spoken to like that, especially by a server of all people. I guess you don't need to provide good service to a table when you know they will be getting charged an autogratuity.

Finally, they charged a $30 "cake cutting fee", we were told the day before it would be "minimal". It's not the money that i am annoyed about- what was most frustrating and disappointing was the attitude given to me by the manager when i went up to speak to him about this "minimal charge". For some reason, he seemed to treat us as though Bonetas is the only restaurant option in Vancouver. His response: "I don't know what kind of restaurants you eat at, but any half decent establishment has these same policies". The policy and the "cake cutting charge" were not the issue- due to the manager and server's attitudes alone I will never return to this restaurant and i will be sure to pass this experience along to everyone i know.

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Boneta Loves Me
By graham of the hood (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 12:22pm [Dine in]

I might already have written a review for this restaurant but I think it derserves another one. We came in for dinner around 5:30 on a wed night. Even though we were some of the fist patrons we still felt a great atmosphere and attitude in the restaurant.

We started with a cocktail. OMG...a grapefuit julip. Honestly one of my favourites of all time. We ate some cheeses, bison carpaccio and the lamb. Each course was masterfully paired by Neil Ingram, their in house wine guru. Every bite was an out-of-body experience. Each glug of wine brought me to another place.

This is what dining is all about.

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