Stepping inside, this 1912 heritage building is both comfortable and artistic. High ceilings and exposed brick & beam in the wine bar, vintage woods, crystal stemware, crisp linens and local art exhibits in the dining room. The sounds of a busy dining room greet you with the crunch of textures and comfortable conversations. The seasonally changing, Modern Canadian Cuisine* present local ingredients prepared with classic techniques borrowed from around the world.
This was a very disappointing evening.
There is seating downstairs and upstairs as well as patios on both levels. We were seated on the upstairs level. The upstairs is the more formal of the two with white linen tablecloths and a more formal atmosphere. They have a couple of tables on the outside patio upstairs and they looked very nice. It is a beautiful room and the menu prices are not unreasonable if the food is good (it was not) and the service is good (absolutely one of the worst experiences I’ve had service wise in a restaurant.)
Water was brought to our table reasonably quickly but after that it was a good 20 minutes before anyone asked if we would like a drink. Dinner took over 2 hours and we had l glass of wine each, 1 entrée each and a shared dessert. A table of 2 ladies beside us had appetizer, entrees and dessert and were finished their dinner and we still had not received our entrée. They sat down 20 minutes after we did. I guess if you’re 2 attractive ladies you can expect better service. For entrees my husband had the lamb shank that he said was very good. I had a ½ Cornish game hen that was overcooked and came with very bitter kale and potato rosti. We waited well over ½ an hour from the time we ordered dessert until it was brought to the table. We shared a pecan tart. I’ve had better pecan tart from Safeway. I told my husband that I should give them my recipe for pie crust as their crust was lacking any flavor and slightly on the tough side.
It is really unfortunate because it is a beautiful room and the prices are reasonable for the Yaletown area but the food was not good and the service is a joke. My husband is generally a very generous tipper but I told him that the service was so bad that he needed to adjust his tipping accordingly.
We would not return. There are too many really good restaurants to give this one another try.
Upon entering, I immediately wanted to sit outside in their patio area. It was nicely warmed and exuded a nice conversational atmosphere. There wasn't any room outside so we were seated inside and assured that once there was a table free, they would come to get us. I was skeptical that they would remember but 15 minutes in, they moved us out onto the patio. This place has some of the best service I've ever received and I wasn't even eating a meal!
I tried ahi tuna for the first time and just fell in love with it and I have a feeling its because of the way it was prepared here. Spring rolls were also a delight - comes with 3 different yummy sauces. The only qualms I had with the food was it was very overpriced for the portions received. We basically had 3 martinis and 2 appies and it was already hitting the $60 mark. Def. not for the light wallets.
I would highly recommend this place for dates and small intimate get togethers but make sure you bring your wallet cuz it's gonna take a heavy hit!
Went there last night with my friend for Dine Out Vancouver. The ambiance was great, you have to enter through a set of curtains into a courtyard before you go into the main dining area, which I though was quite unique.
Both my friend and I decided on the sockeye salmon for our entree, he had the carpacio appy while I ordered the prosciutto wrapped scallop. The presentation was great for the appy and the entree, but I found both to be slightly over-seasoned, a little too salty for my taste. I really liked the bed of fried risotto, the texture was a nice contrast to the scallop. The salmon was cooked to perfection, though slightly over-seasoned, it had a nice crispy skin on the outside, and medium rare on the inside.
It was a good experience, a place to go for Dine-Out for sure!
my lovely gf took me here for my birthday dinner and im glad she did because the food here was amazing (and i stress the word amazing).
to start, we ordered this scallops and prawn/pork dish and all i have to say about the scallops are WOW.. it came with risotto and peking duck which was heavenly. one of the best i have ever ordered, i could have just come for this particular appetizer and ordered 4 of these to eat without anything else. for entrees, i had their seasonal fresh fish special which was also very tasty, the salmon was cooked perfectly which came with this potatoe and shrimp combo that could not have made the dish taste any better. my gf loved her pasta dish as well which was also very yummy since i got to try some of it.
our waitress was friendly and polite to us throughout the entire evening.. a sweetheart just made the dining experience that much better.
relative to other restaurants like this, the value of the food was reasonable given the proportions that were provided. the type of food is comparable to a place like seasons in the park minus the view (we did get a window seat here though) so you are getting food without sky high prices.
the place has a cozy feeling to it and a 'historic' atmosphere: dimly lit with chandeliers and mirrors that look like they would belong in a castle... different yet creative. i liked it.
i will be back here again for sure and i really hope the food will be just as good as the first time... hard to find a restaurant that consistently serves the same quality food but if this place does that, ill definitely be a regular customer here.
Wanted to get into Bin 941 the other night and ended up walking the streets lloking for shelter and food. Saw Brix and headed for what I remembered was a courtyard restaurant with a decent menu. That was at least 10 years ago. I don't know if it was Brix back then, but its a Hell of a restaurant today.
The place was packed but the hostess arranged a table for us outside in the covered courtyard and offered us blankets. We had a small table under the moonlight and the dinner and service could not have been better. it was all teribally romantic, and I felt as though we were somwhere far away.
Even though we were, literally, on the outside, we were not forgotten and received atentive service all night. Everyone we saw leaving the restaurant looked equally pleased.
She had chicken and I had short rib pasta: comfort food washed down with a well chosen bottle of shiraz courtesy of our waitress.
Will become a regular haunt again.
Reliable place for cool and unique dishes. Martinis are strong with 3 ounces I think... Cool...
Cozy ambience with good service. Good place to go as a couple or with couples. Havent been to their new place George yet but will go there soon.
the patio was gorgeous. the heating was great, but i'd suggest dining in during the winter season.
we had for appetizers, the beef tenderloin pastry and yam frites. they were both really good, but the yam frites could have been a bit more crispy. the loaves with vinaigrette and butter were great as well.
for entrees, i had the stuffed fraser chicken with risotto. it was really good! they both tasted delicious. my boyfriend had the steak special and he seemed to like it a lot too.
then we had creme brulee with biscotti. I think this part was the best! it was blueberry and raspberry flavoured. very good texture and flavour. the blueberry was a bit sweeter but it was all good.
I'd go back again!!! but next time i'd dine in during the winter. =)
I came here after dinner to have some desserts and after dinner drinks with 3 other friends.
We only ordered desserts and drinks so I can't comment on the food. We ordered the vanilla creme brulee ($10), the s'more ($10) and chocolate fondue ($16).
The desserts were delicious. I especially loved the s'more as it's not a common dessert served in other restaurants.
I loved the ambiance. We sat in the , I guess you can call it an 'indoor patio' and it's surrounded by brick walls with a super high ceiling. The lighting was dim but not too dark so that you can still read the menu, and the music was at a volume that you can hear clearly enough, but at the same time, you don't have to yell to talk to your friend that's only across the table unlike other loungey restaurants in the area.
The hostess was very nice and our server was just awesome. He was very friendly, checking on us occasionally to chat with us, but also not intrusive.
Based on this experience, maybe I will come here and try dinner.
The first time I went to this restaurant I had a really good experience so I decided to go back, this time for the late night menu.
I was completely disappointed.
The ambiance was awful. They have a late night menu which we started at 9:30, yet they completely pack up the restaurant around you as you are eating. Why have a light night menu if you are going to pack up before 10?
The food was good but cold and soggy by the time we got it. So it didn't live up to its potential.
The service though, was the low point. I ordered a coke and half an hour later I had to get up and go to the bar to get it. By the way, despite the fact that the glass of coke is filled to the top with ice, refills here are not free. So be careful you could end up with a 15 dollar soda bill. This happened twice. The same thing happened with the mayonnaise that I asked for (note: they don't have mayonnaise at this restaurant??? weird huh?). They brought me aoli but only after I had hunted it down from the busser after asking the waitress twice.
I suppose I would go back to this restaurant to give it another try but definitely not based on the last experience that I had.
Two other reviews here state that Brix is pricey... I would have to disagree entirely. The food prices are below average for the quality that you get, compared to other similar type restaurants in the area. Remember, it is Yaletown. They have a great late night menu too that is very reasonably priced.
Their wine list is excellent, and also very well priced. They have MANY wines by the glass, starting from 5.95 all the way up to about 15, which is a great selection. The atmostphere is excellent, and although service may drag a little when it gets busy, the servers are always very pleasant and helpful.
I would definitely recommend Brix to any one looking for a nice dining experience in a beautiful setting.
I was a guest at a wedding held at Brix in the summer and decided to return for a private dinner with my boyfriend since the food had really impressed me. We sat in the heated courtyard despite the nasty winter weather outside! It really was great. Our server Graeme was attentive but not intruding and the entire dinner was delish! I fully reccommend the buffalo mozza salad for an appy, lamb for dinner and pear galette for dessert. Our wine was paired by our server and matched perfectly (they explained that we could take the remainder of the bottle home which I didn't know...with the new drinking and driving laws we enjoyed the rest of the at home...). I'll be back!
This was the second and last of my Dine Out restaurants for the year. I had high expectations because of the good reviews on this site.
The entrance is a bit confusing. They have a sign outside telling you to enter through the curtains (into the courtyard), but they really need a sign in the courtyard telling you to continue on into the restaurant. No big deal. The courtyard was beautiful and it'd be a nice place to reserve, though at the same time I thought it kind of lacked intimacy because that was where everyone walked through.
They hung up our coats when we entered which was nice since I always hate having it hanging on the back of my chair. We chose to order a wine by the bottle. Complimentary bread was served with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and butter. It was good but I was also very hungry at the time. For my main, I ordered the beef carpaccio. It was served with salad. The beef was very good and none of the flavours were overpowering. My boyfriend got the scallop and risotto for an appetizer. He also enjoyed it and thought the risotto was a nice textural contrast to the scallop. For mains, I got the salmon and he got the lamb. He loved the lamb and thought it paired perfectly with the bottle of Malbec we ordered. My salmon was perfectly done medium rare and I liked how the flavour of the salmon wasn't masked by too much sauce or spice.
Throughout the night, our wine and water glasses were refilled. Our desserts took a bit long to get to us, but our server was apologetic. We both ordered the toffee pudding which was served with ice cream. It was very rich tasting but very good. We were both very satisfied at the end of the meal.
Overall, it was very nice. The restaurant does a good job of mixing higher end food and ambiance with a trendy feel. Even though I liked it a lot, I felt something was missing in terms of value compared to our other $38 Dine Out experience this year, hence why the 3 stars there. I would still highly recommend it though.
I was excited to dine at Brix after hearing good things about it from friends. The ambiance was great with the nice courtyard. The food though - was a disaster for me. To start, I had an appetizer consisting of a salad with proscuitto. The prosciutto had a rubbery texture and smelled strange. I avoided it and just ate the lettuce. My main course was even worse. I had a dungeness crab encrusted swordfish that was just disgusting. The fish was not fresh at all and you could tell by the texture. There was a noticeable blood clot and there was no elasticity to the flesh, it was just powdery and loose. I couldn't finish it. Having waited quite a long time for our meal, I did not want to make a fuss and have the meal brought back and out again, plus I was already full from the bread. When a member of the staff came to take away my plate, noticing it was hardly eaten, asked if there was anything wrong. I told him about my fish and he said he would bring me a nice dessert wine compliments of the restaurant. That did not happen and never again did that waiter show up. All in all, not a fun or pleasant experience where I paid 60 dollars for a meal that was not fresh or tasty.
I went out with my friend to Brix for the Dine Out Vancouver 2007. And of the 3 restaurants I went to for Dine Out, Brix was by far the best one.
For $25, I had a salad, a chicken entree and a sorbet. I don't remember what was in the salad, but I think it tasted ok. As for the chicken, at first I was hesitant to order it because I find chicken is cheap compared to salmon or beef (maybe I'm bias). However, it turned out the chicken, stuffed with risotto and yam, was very flavourable and tender. As for the dessert, I had a pear sorbet, which had a strong pear smell and taste; it was almost as if I was eating a cold pear. =)
brix yaletown is gorgeous. the entrance is through an indoor courtyard-type-thing which is really cute. and the indoor seating is stylish and classy as well. the waitress we had was so friendly and not at all pretentious (considering it's yaletown). she explained the wines patiently and in detail when we asked. the appy's and entrees we had were less than stellar, but i guess maybe we just ordered the wrong things? everyone seemed to love the food at brix so we were expecting a lot more, but the food was pretty average. the flavours were not very complimentary of each other although the meat was cooked exquisitely. menu is pretty pricey (drinks $10 each) but i guess it's mostly for the ambience here
Dined on a Tuesday evening, early, around 5:30PM. I wasn't aware but they had a separtate menu called the "first seating menu" that you could order from up until 6:30PM. This was great as that menu was more appealing to me. I started with the spinach greens tossed in orange balsamic vinaigrette, wild mushroom & okanagan goat’s cheese which was outstanding, especially the mushrooms which burst with flavour. My main course was the grilled wild bc sockeye salmon, gherkin aioli, prosciutto wrapped nugget potatoes, radish sprout & chive salad and asparagus spears. The chef was happy to remove the prosciutto however, as I do not eat animal meat. And for dessert, chocolate bread pudding, caramelized banana, hot fudge & hazelnuts, dulce de leche ice cream. The food was really outstanding. And the ambience was really nice as well, we ate in the garden terrace courtyard which was beautiful. There were only a couple things I would suggest would make Brix that much more wonderful. It would be nice if they played some soft music to match the setting of the restaurant and I also would encourage them to provide more vegetarian options on their menu other than just salads. Above all really great experience, exceptional service and delicious food.
I've never eaten here before. Now I can't wait to go back. Had the sablefish -- excellently cooked, simply cooked, thoroughly enjoyable. This was followed by the sticky toffee pudding on a chocolate caramel sauce with a yummy ice-cream and thin shortbread cookie - ahhh! Very home-made, good ingredients. My husband had the molten pudding with caramelised bananas which was great too. This place has a terrific ambience - lovely room, quite unusual outdoor courtyard concept that will be great in the summer... And you can get a really decent glass of wine for $8.50. All in all, whether you want a trendy experience that's still a quality one, or a romantic night out, I'd pick here over a bunch of more 'in' restaurants around town.
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.
Went with 4 couples for a birthday dinner. Very poor service waiter seemed angry and distant and rude, table had to pour their own wine. Plates sat on table a long time through all 3 courses. Washrooms smelled of old urine and were dirty. I would have phoned the next day to explain to the manager our experience but did not because even if he had of offered us a complimentary dinner I would not go back there. It really bothered me the entire experience. The ambiance was beautiful but I could not enjoy it because of the waiter. The beet salad that I had tasted like dirt, my steak was great, cheesecake was stale. The value is hard for me to think about because I would pay any amount to enjoy being with good friends and having a nice experience and we did not I felt we wasted our money. Even the valet was a bad experince we had to wait for 15 minutes becasue the guy was downstairs..we had to ask three times before they went and got him? I have never written a review but I was hoping this would help me let go of this bad experience and move on as I think of it often! I even had to re submit this twice because it didn't go through the first time!!!!
An early dinner for two last night, before the opening night of the Vancouver opera. My companion and I arrived for our 5pm reservation, and were the first people there. After checking in, the staff began showing us to a table inside even though we had requested an outside table both when the reservation was made, and via phone call earlier in the day. Not a huge issue, but it would have been nice if they had made a note on the reservation.
Courtyard is beautiful, and the staff seemed genuinely interested in making sure the heaters were ensuring everyone was comfortable.
Service was solid, the young waitress explaining to us the specials without notes and without missing a beat. The only issues we had with her were small ... not telling us initially about their early ordering special (but remembering just in time), not telling us about a wine that was sold out until after we ordered it, making us wait a little too long for our bill (we eventually had to go inside and ask for her). Certainly nothing that put us off, she did a very nice job for us.
Value was great, especially with the early special. Cheap actually for the experience.
Food was very good. We shared an appetizer of spring rolls, hot and clearly homemade made served with a very nice trio of dipping sauces. My salmon was good quality, fresh and tasty, although a little undercooked I thought (and I usually find that restaurants over cook fish). My companion had the duck, and it was well received and the portion quite large. We shared a small desserts of some type of brownie with ice cream and a frozen banana, a perfect end to the meal.
When we were quickly trying to setlle up our bill as we were late for 'Norma', the manager (?) asked if we had already arranged transportation (he seemed to think that we were rushing for a flight) and seemed poised to arrange something for us. Thought that was a real nice gesture.