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  • Ambiance3.5
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Chill Winston

3 Alexander St.
Vancouver, BC V6A1B2
Tel: (604) 288-9575
Fax: (604) 288-9576
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Pacific northwest, Tapas
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late night, Weekend brunch
  • Features: Patio
  • Hours: Mon - Sat: 11AM - 1AM, Sun: 11AM - 12AM
  • Chill Winston is as the name suggests all about relaxing and sharing in their passion for good food and friends. The menu consists of small plates and entrees utilizing local ingredients. Be sure to check out their extensive wine, beer and cocktail menu. Open for lunch, dinner and late night.

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I been Foo Foo'd
By rob12151 of Salt Lake City, Utah (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

On pleasure trip in the Vancouver area 8/26 8/27/15.
Ate down the street the night before.
Went in around 2:00PM
Asked for outside seating in the shade, was seated in the sun. Asked if seating could be changed to shade, "Host said move over to the next table, almost completly sunny as well.
Finally took a seat inside.
I ordered the spicy bison pasta. Yikes. It had no flavor that my pallate liked. The bison was strange. Noodles were the High Point.
My wife ordered the chicken and waffle. The chicken was good. Waffle had an odd flavor.
The server was effective, noproblem there, but the hosts did not bring a warm feeling, too busy being cool. (Chillin).
For the money and overall experience I would pass the next time...
Cool Restroom arrangment!

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great patio worst service
By sebontario of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

beautiful evening in Vancouver. we looked for a great patio to eat outside and chill Winston is a natural choice. unfortunately the evening is ruined because of poor service and poor management. long line up outside even if many tables are available. waitress is rude to customers and management seems disorganized. sad.... such potential. after a few hours, we just had to leave and finish our beautiful evening at a nearbyJapanese restaurants that was happy to have customers.

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Trendy, innovative place without the attitude
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 20, 2009 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

Tried this place with my husband.

We were greeted promptly by a server, who advised us that there would be a 20 minute wait for an outside table, but could seat us right away inside. We choose inside and she found us a nice table by the window.

The menu was interesting. We decided to go for some poutine and a pizza. We each had a glass of red wine. When I couldn't decide what wine I wanted, the server offered to let me taste one. She also let my husband taste one that he was considering. I really appreciated this.

Our food was well presented, hot and good. The fries were hand cut (although could have been a tad crisper). The pizza was delicious. It had a thin, thin crust and wonderfully flavoured beef. I did not detect a trace of grease on the crust or on my hand after I had eaten it.

I will go again.

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Not as good as last time
By jennko of Vancouver (86 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

My bf and I came here for some late night snacks last night. Our first experience here was a couple of months back and we remembered that the food was awesome but this time we came the food was just alright. The first thing that we noticed as we walked in was it's crowded in a weeknight with a different crowd, more drinking than hungry customers. The menu was also changed, they serve brunch and lunch now. So, from the dinner menu we ordered:
1. truffle oil poutine: when it came out, it was so fragrant, we could smell the truffle right away, which was awesome. Taste wise was ok, too little cheese and the poutine used pepper demi which is a little different, not too apparent difference though.
2. scallop cheviche: the scallop was chopped into very tiny bits (1/4 cm cube if not smaller) and the squid was rubbery and too chewy. It was served on toasted sandwhich bread. Taste was alright, just like another dish I can get anywhere and though it came in 3's but definitely didn't worth $13.
3. bison duo: I thought it would come as half carpaccio and half braised but instead it was like 90% braised and only 10% carpaccio so we weren't happy with it. Te braised bison was soft but not to the point of falling off bones and taste wise was just alright, just like any other restaurant, not amazing.
4. beef pizza off their regular menu: was alright, lots of beef slices and cheese on thin crust dough. I find this dish to be better than the cheviche and the bison duo but my bf didn't like it.
The cocktails like the devil's fruit was a touch too sweet compared to last time and the cocktail above it (in the menu) was also too sweet.
Service was great and very attentive. Ambiance was also great, brick walls and candles on the tables. It feels like a good dating place or hangout place.
I think I'll come back again, maybe not order the food that we ordered last night and try other stuff.

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Great place to chill
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 6:53am [Dine in]

I've come here a few times before (always during the dinner hour) and have likened each experience.

It's decorated like a lounge with large (and comfortable) low chairs. The washroom was an interesting layout and a bit unusual for its atmosphere. Toilets are cubicle sized and the sink is shared when you exit the stall.

The hostess and servers quickly seat you and run through some specials. They are friendly and pleasant to mingle with.

Dinner menu is kept simple but a little on the lean side. The theme of their menu seems a little misguided with pizza on it. Anyways my most recent trip with the girlfriend consisted of the Beef Tenderloin, Alaskan Scallops, Golden Beet Carpaccio, Tuna Tartar and Butter Poached Pancetta Potatoes accompanied with a couple of cocktails.

The tenderloin was delicious andthe balsamic reduction and bone marrow on top worked extremely well for flavour. The carpaccio was refreshing although unfortunate that it was the last dish that came. The tartar was an excellent appetizer with dungeness crab and a miso vinaigrette with an avocado spread. The scallops were seared perfectly and I especially like the butter poached potatoes with pancetta. It was so savoury and the best potatoes I've had.

The service is solid although I didn't quite like how they arranged our order when it came out. It's a small quibble but otherwise a great place to take it easy. The patio is inviting although always full. The menu doesn't blow you away but the dishes are prepared impeccably well. I will return to try out their brunch/lunch menus.

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Hot
By Okaliswan of New Westminster (75 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 4, 2007 - 12:28am [Dine in]

Sure it started Chill, but by 10 p.m the place was hot. Shrimp appie was OK, but the pan seared calamari was outstanding. A bottle of wine later... into the night. Great place to watch the Gastown street from. Decent service too.

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Great Dinner
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 10, 2009 - 9:55am [Dine in]

Went by on a weekday for dinner and had a great time. Enjoyed a seat just inside but by the big windows so you can see the sites of gastown walk by. Had the pizza to share and it was quite good, also tried the poutine with pulled pork. Just average as the fries were not crispy enough. For th main, had the ravaoli with duck. Very good and different as it's in a light broth versus a heavy sauce. Service was very good and casual which fits in with the restaurant. Would return.

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Chillin' at Chill Winston
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2007 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

I finally got a chance to visit CW and I had such a great time.

Food: a little bit on the expensive side and the portions were small. However, great flavor! The well-portioned side dishes are definitely worth it and I highly recommend the buttered pancetta potatoes - heavenly! My boyfriend and I also shared the marinated olives, tomato-avocado salad, the ahi tuna and the cured salmon. All were very delicious. The cocktails were also small and expensive, but packed a punch.

Service: We were seated immediately on a busy Saturday night and when we asked if we could move to another spot, they were very accommodating. Our server was very friendly and I would have given a 4 if it weren't for the long wait time. We waited at least 30-40 mins for the food. Eventhough I was dining with my boyfriend, there are only so many things we can talk about without drowning in awkward silence at some moments.

Ambiance: I absolutely love this restaurant. The huge outside patio provides an excellent view of Gastown. The patio is a real attention grabber if you're walking past. The inside is gorgeous. Brick walls, hardwood floors, huge draped windows, and all the different types of chairs and tables to match anyone's preference.
The washroom is also something else to talk about. It's the first communal washing area, I've seen. Mens' and ladies' stalls separated, but everyone shares the rounded sink. Definitely something different.

I would recommend this place to anyone, and will.
If you're looking for a quiet night out, this isn't the place. But if you're looking for a fun, and upbeat place to go with some friends, be sure to try CW out!

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Nice location for a drink
By djj_rome of Richmond (57 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

nice place where you can unwine for a drink at the end of a long day. I tried it for lunch and the food was average considering the prices. I tried the southern fried chicken sandwich which was good but nothing too special.

Neat atmosphere with couches and a lounge like feel. I would go back for a drink after work but not for their food.

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A step above
By JazzyCat of Cloverdale (30 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 12:01am [Dine in]

Tried Chill Winston on a rainy Wednesday. Great service, nice atmosphere and best of all we found the food to be a step above the average for the price. We tried a goat cheese and grape salad...tasty, with garden fresh lettuce leaves (not iceberg or spring mix). A friend had a thin crust pizza with asparagus and said it was very good. Another friend had the mussels with frites (they were excellent). We weren't too keen on the curry sauce though. I had the chicken stroganoff....very different...done as a deconstructed ravioli, with crunchy onion rings....very tasty. Very good selection of beer and wine. Great people viewing patio right in the heart of Gastown.....Jazz festival coming up. I'll be back.

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Great Surprise
By burvan of Burnaby (30 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 26, 2007 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

Spent a wonderful afternoon in the sunshine on Sunday downtown and was looking to go to one of the new restaurants in gastown but it was closed and ended up trying Chill Winston which totally exceeded our expectations . The room and chairs make for a very relaxed feel as you look out on the Gassy jack square that gives you almost a New york feel . Our bald waiter was laid back but very friendly and made you feel very special and welcome and unlike many places these day you were not treated like an inconvenience as he sincerely was concerned you knew they had some very unique specials of the day and being a first timer helped with menu suggestions . The yellow beet carpaccio with ceviche scallops was a very wow plate presentation that was only surpassed by the taste . We shared plates and the Calamari with tomatoes and capers was equally superb especially for those who prefer their calamari unbreaded . We finished with crab Cakes with a terrific dipping sauce and then the french fries ( will not spoil the plate presentation as it is totally represented what this restaurant is all about > great food , great beverages in a casual relaxed setting with waiters who care . we will be back and often .

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OK for a beer & to people-watch but if you want food & service go elsewhere
By Kelvin_Brown of North Vancouver, BC (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 19, 2013 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

Went with friends on a sunny Saturday & sat outside on the patio. It can be very busy when the cruise ships are in town, however we got straight in.

Service: They are quick to serve you drinks, but the waiter we had knew very little about the types of beer on offer & the location of the home breweries. The beer is good but the measures were under-sized (ie. you get less than the imperial pint you order. Service was extremely slow once we finally got round to ordering. It took 30-40mins for our food to come, probably because there seemed to be only 1 chef working in the kitchen. The waiting staff are somewhat surly.
Food: There's a decent selection of food on offer, but it is expensive for what you get. I was not impressed with a very plain, basic salad for $15. Someone else complained they had not been asked how they wanted their bison burger cooked & when it came it was under-done & gristly.
Value: Poor value for money.
Ambiance: Great for people-watching & 'chewing the fat'. Even saw an accident at this busy junction ! Go for drinks, but not for food, especially if you're in a hurry !

I get the impression the staff couldn't careless. The place is complacent - they don't have to try because they have a ready clientele of cruise ship holiday-makers, who will come here once & then never again.

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Good Brunch
By rmfont of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 8:59pm [Dine in]

Recently dropped in at Chill Winston for the first time while playing tour guide for a co-worker from Hong Kong. We were walking around Gastown and needed a brunch fix...I was aware of some of the negative reviews on here but thought we'd give it a try anyway. I'm glad we did, the service was actually really good, very friendly staff, attentive but not overbearing. The food was also good, I had an eggs benedict which came with roast potatoes and salad, my friend had the pancetta & wild mushroom skillet. His only comment was the meat was a bit salty, but he's also not used to Western food, and overall we both enjoyed our meals. And we had the perfect spot to enjoy the morning, sitting at the front by the window, taking in the views of the street and people passing by. It was a great intro for someone visiting Vancouver (and Canada) for the first time.

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Service is non existent
By gastropub of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

Had lunch here today. Great steak sandwich and soup on the patio. Long delay for food 40 minutes and no apology. Server was non professional and almost rude. The management seems non existent on the floor and it shows in the slow and mediocre service. Nice patio and good food marred by service and delays.

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1 Year Later going downhill
By Barcelonaguy of Yaletown (48 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

We had not been here for just shy of a year. What a change! the food was still *** but service had dropped and the wine list looks like it has been shortened (too bad). Cocktails still pretty decent. Service was an issue 1 year ago and it seems to have got worse. Long waits for drinks and food. Brunch was tasty but once again 40 minutes for a benny is too much.

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Bad Attitude, Bad Event Support
By lowbeddaryl of Fraser Valley, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

September 4/2010 we hauled some equipment to Gastown for the Sixth Annual Steamworks Concours d’Elegance car show. The show was great and all of the local shops were quite accomidating to us for the fact we were there for over 12 hours for set up and tear down. I was blown away when after loading our trailers up and heading back to the Valley, I quickly asked one of the girls at "Chill Winston" if I could use the washroom and their reply after a glance towards eachother was, "Our water doesn`t work in the building!" WTF! How our you guys cooking? What are your customers doing? How to support a great event like this that brought customers to you! If it wasn`t for people like us getting up at 2am this event wouldn`t have happened! Go to "Vera`s Burger Shack" they were great all day for suppoert and I bet you`ll get a better bang for the buck! I liked their burgers we had.

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Trendy looking on the outside but not an enjoyable food or service experience
By jawa of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 11:03am [Dine in]

A really REALLY large patio. That's its only plus. Food, and service were poor and mediocre.
All the servers are dressed in the usual Gastown electic style with the 'meh-whatever' attitude. Our server never gave us eye-contact. Her eyes were always either looking at another table while talking to us or at the bill. Very odd. Can't blame her too much there are so many bodies on the patio the eyes can be easily distracted? (Trying to give her the benefit of the doubt. Still left a very generous tip which I'm kind of regretting but I hear servers need the tips.)

It looks trendy. Lots of young and old folks dressed in the usual Gastown eclectic style.
Food-wise I was extremely disappointed. Had the duck breast with yam and vegetables. Sounded good but it was very rare to the point of chewy and lacked really any flavour. The yam was ok. Tasted like pureed yam. The veggies were limp and extremely salty. Portion-wise it was tiny. All this for a whopping $21!

My friend didn't have much more luck with her dish. Perhaps she'll post her review, but it was tiny as well.

After enjoying food out in the sun one should be happy. At the very least have a satisfied belly. I wasn't satiated, the food was not a joy to eat, my wallet was emptied, and the service was a disappointment. It really felt like I was tricked and then robbed. The value here is one of the worst I've experienced downtown.

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Gastown embarassment
By fewview of Gastown (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

Here I stand waiting for a burger I called in over a half hour ago for pick up on the phone. As soon as I got here and told them of my order all 7 waiters (yes 7) ran around like chickens with their heads cut off, confused as to what I wanted. I immediately knew no one took down my order. When I called in over a half hour ago a waitress told me my order would be ready in 15 minutes. Low and behold I am without it over a half hour later. Every single time I have come in here there is always a staff of over 15 working but none of them seem to know what's going on. The food is never that great and everything is overpriced. Save your time and go to six acres across the street, unless you feel like being patronized by a bunch of pretentious 20 somethings who have no idea what they are doing.

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Good place if you have the time
By theleader of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

I really enjoy this place for lunches or a mid afternoon snack and drink, but you have to make SURE you have the time to sit and relax. It takes a long time to get your food, but when it comes you'll be relatively pleased. It is place to relax and take in the scenery of gastown-whether that be the random celebrities or the grubbies-not to go for a first class meal.

GREAT selection of interesting beers to choose from, and the mussels are always tasty!

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Highly recommend this place
By naya of Gatineau, Québec (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 6:14am [Dine in]

This was one of the best place I have been in Vancouver and we discovered it on our last day. The food was excellent (Ribs are awhsome!), portion was great (they didn't give me a 5 pound plate like other places) and service was great! Also great was the fact that all you order can be shared. So you can try many of their fabulous plate without getting a huge bill. Love the lounge relax ambiance.

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