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.
Brix is a restaurant I've put off visiting until this year - and I'm very pleased to have finally experienced what they have to offer. Good food, excellent drinks and beyond excellent service made Brix stand out as an incredible dining experience. Staff repeatedly went out of their way to bring the highest level of service to our table and it did not go unnoticed. Highly recommend this beautifulvenue - the stone courtyard is absolutely stunning!
I have been to BRIX many times over the years. Honestly, this place has gone down hill just like "Wilson Steak House" on Beaty street did. After last weekend's experience, me and my friends will never go back again! The food was very mediocre (i think their late night kitchen is the key selling point, but i am sure they have a different chef cooking for the dinner hours!). We had "double" drinks that taste like salt water, our waitress never came back even once check on us, and we even asked the bar-tender to make the same "double" drink right infront of us and taste the difference himself, and he lied straight to our face that there is nothing wrong with our first drink...The place was empty, dingy, and feels depressing...All i can say is a place like that does not deserve to be in Yaletown. Just look at the difference between the recent reviews and old ones here, TRUST ME people, it is not "an off night"! Stay away!
My husband and I received a gift certifcate for Brix and went with 3 other people for his birthday last night. What started as a relaxing evening turned into an experince I have never ever encountered in ANY type of restaurant - good or bad.
5 of us ordered main dishes and 4 of the five dishes had to be sent back immediately. 3 of the meat dinners had mashed potato cakes and when you opened them up they were hard and cold in the centre. My sister who ordered pasta got a long pasta tube that was frozen in the center!!! When they brought back a second pasta (after many apologizes from the manager) we got another frozen pasta dish!!! My sister then decided on a salad instead and it was so salty she couldn't finish it.
Our waitress looked so embarrassed and was apoligizing throughout the evening to us. I think she was in shock like us.
The managment gave us all free desserts which were all very good but we were already so disapointed with the food it was hard to enjoy them.
This place is very nice inside/outside, the staff was great BUT THE FOOD was way below average, not fresh, is way too over priced for what you get and to have that kind of experience happen twice in an evening is just insane. The chef should be fired!
Come here for drinks, appetizers or dessert - Save your money for dinner at any other restaurant but this one! Vancouver has many other great restaurants then this and for less $$$
My third restaurant for Dine Out 2007. As I have never been here, we had a fun time locating the front door which as at the far end of the corridor/outdoor patio area. My friend and I both ordered the spring rolls as the appetizer. Unfortunately, they quite small and a bit oily. My main course was the wild coho salmon with dungenous crab mashed potatoes. The entree was a tad on the small side but still quite good, forcing me to fill up on bread part way though. My friend had the butternut squash and chedder stuffed chiken breast which was tender and quite flavourful. For dessert, I had the fruit sorbet which consisted of one scoop of raspberry and one of pear? (which tasted more like guava) but was a nice sweet icy treat. My friend had a warm apple and pear german butter cake which tasted like a large cinnamon bun to me. Overall it was pretty good.
Well not a lot. Brix is, in my opinion, one of the top restuarants in Vancouver, but yet still manages to be some what overlooked in favor of poorer quality and serviced "named" establishments.
The service is extrodinary at Brix and is matched by probably the best wine cellar in town. The food is prepared with style and the wonderful dishes change on the menu often enough to make repeat visits a regular affair. This is not an expensive place to dine. Not if you are a foody looking for something refreshingly different and very, very tasty.
This place has great ambience, good food - a little on the pricey side.
What happened to this place? I felt like I was babysitting (very young crowd), why import crab from China? (didn't even taste good) and the waiter was so pretentious he killed my appetite. Also - very expensive. The patio isn't worth it, it was my third and last time there.
Full disclosure: Brix is a favourite spot of mine that I've been coming to at least a couple of times a year for the past 8 years. I've never failed to be taken great care of by the excellent wait and bar staff. The food is delicious (lamb, tuna, sablefish, scallops), the martinis great (even the fruity ones!), and the wine list full of well-chosen gems. This is one of our top go-to places for entertaining guests from out of town, as well as family get togethers.
Special mention has to go to their amazing courtyard. The interior space is beautiful on its own, and I'm not sure how they pulled it off, but their "outside" courtyard is a place that lends itself to total relaxation and enlightened conversation between dinner guests. The only place in B.C. that reminds me of it even a bit is Il Terrazzo on Johnson Street in Victoria, which has a square inner patio with little "fireplaces" built into the walls.
Desserts are excellent here, too. Highly recommend Brix for a romantic dinner or casual business night out.
They do it right.
I read some of the reviews below and what can I say except must have been an off night. I eat regularly at Brix and can say I have always had a good food experience. On my last visit I started with a salad with goat cheese and proccuto ( or however it is spelled ). It was fresh, crisp and had great taste. No rubbery meat. I then had the steak. Wow. Cooked medium-rare to absolute perfection. It had a chipotle hollandais on the top with risotto and veggies on the side. This steak beat any I have had at the Keg or Gotham. I usually always try something new when I go there but the steak will always be in my mind. You also owe it to yourself to sit outside in their courtyard. Simply a perfect setting for good eats and company. I have really been enjoying their wine selection. Their list is deep and there is always something great in there to join you on your food adventure.
I had dinner here last Saturday and was nearly ready to cancel my reservation after reading some of the recent reviews. We started dinner at 7 pm and the food was good. The menu is interesting and has many good choices. I had the short rib pasta for main course and the bison spring rolls for appetiser. Both were very good. The venue inside is very noisy as it is a long narrow room with a brick wall on one side. We had a group next to us and they were deafening. Our service was not particularly good, we waited a long time before being greeted but once we had placed our order the timing was good. Our waiter was not particularly knowledgeable, came across as insincere, and just really seemed to want to get away from our table. Still I am willing to give it another chance. I think the lesson to learn here is not eat here late.