Feenie's is a casual, Canadian bistro built on the reputation of the owner of Lumiere, its next door neighbour. Feenies offers high quality bistro fare for reasonable prices. In March 2004, it was voted by Georgia Straight Readers as Best New Restaurant. Similarly, the title was given by Vancouver Magazine editors in the same year.
Owner and chef Rob Feenie describes his vision for Feenies: "My vision is to offer the people the same exquisite ingredients we use in Lumière in a more relaxed, casual menu. A menu for all moods. Full of whimsy and cutting edge style that reflects the food that I eat at home. Approachable dining for everyone..."
Feenies can seat 90 guests total and features a bar, patio, private room and complimentary valet.
Food: caesar was typical. my b/f had the soup and he said it was very good. veal cheeks were soo good, but soo small!! there were 2 pieces the size of a butter clam on a bed of mash potatoes...as the filler of course. my b/f had the pasta which he said was tasty and was a bit more filling. my banana cupcake had waaaay too much cream...kind of tasted like carrot cake too. lemon tart was too sour for my liking. i came in expecting portions to be small b/c i heard their reg menu is small to begin with, but very tasty! my b/f likes the burger b/c it's very lean and the fries non greasy.
Service: our server was a little clumsy w/ the cutlery. for fine dining i thought they wouldve known who ordered what when food was brought out instead of making us put up our hands when they announced the dish.
Ambiance: very cozy and comfortable. we were seated in what looked like could convert to a private room, therefore, it was not as loud as the general floor which we appreciated. great for intimate dates.
Overall: despite the small portions i wouldnt mind giving the regular menu a try still based in other rave reviews. i'll just have to remember not to skip lunch that day!
Our second DOV this year was Feenie's and it was very comforting to know that there was a nice place for food that wasn't pretentious like the "other place" next door.
When you walk into Feenie's you are immediately taken in by the nice and cozy decor and atmosphere. We were greeted right away and seated by the window in a little corner which was nice because it was away from the music but too close to the kitchen - where at certain points in the night, you could hear them screaming out "Salmon on level 1..." or "Caesar Salad upstairs" Other than that being a little weird, I give them top points for the excellent service and atmosphere overall.
Going early today when they opened was nice because we got a glimpse of what it's like when the music starts up and people slowly trickle in. Within 30 minutes of our arrival the restaurant is full and you don't feel rushed or uncomfortable in this urban little setting.
I started off with the salmon appetizer with the citrus fruit...yum, just made the whole plate quite zesty. My husband had the butternut squash soup, that was yummy, although a bit heavy but not creamy.
He had the Artic Char and I had the Braised Short Ribs for our mains which was advertised originally as Veal Cheeks. (Sigh, the ongoing battle with veal shortage in bc..) Each dish was cooked very nicely and complemented well with its various veggie sides. Just the right amount of taste to bring out the texture. Everything just seemed to melt in your mouth.
Finally to end our experience at Feenie's, the lemon tart with ice cream was really tasty. The sourness of the lemon was offset by the cold ice cream and just warmed up your mouth. The chocolate brownie my husband had was also very good.
We also ordered the mini mac and cheese for $10 extra, but totally worth it cuz that is some good mac & cheese!
Overall Feenie's is a great DOV, we quite enjoyed our dinner there. =)
Very reasonable pricing for west end dining. Portions are even a little more generous than some other places I have been to, so it all depends on what you're used to.
Service was always friendly and pleasant for me and even fairly accomodating for some diet-related restrictions for my dining party. The drinks are usually quick to arrive though the food consistently seems to take a while longer... probably less than half an hour in most days, though it feels possible that long. So go on a nice bright day & not too hungry then you might not notice the slower than expected kitchen.
The Feenie burger is juicy and thick especially if you add the extra serving of bbq beef rib meat, it'll taste even better--though might get a little messy. The onion tart is delicious! Love the crust! The portion allows enough room for dessert if you are a semi-lighter lunch eater. The creamsicle and sorbets are mouth-watering delicious! It's easy to be tempted to make a meal out of all of the dessert offerings. The duck leg with hard-boiled egg on salad is so beautifully presented, I'd order that again and again just so that I can see such adorable plating work. And then there's the french toast... mmm.
For breakfast/brunch/lunch fare, Feenies is probably the way to go while for dinner, treat yourself to Lumiere.
Ambience varies depending on which section of the restaurant you get seated at. If it's the room by the patio then it will definitely be a brighter, noisier experience. If you want a classier, romantic one, get seated in the area at the back or anywhere in the room right in front once you enter the restaurant.
Food: I think small portions are the theme of this place. The smoked salmon consisted of 2 uber transparent sheets of salmon. Casear salads were very ordinary - only 3-4 croutons a serving though! Arctic char was tasty but so small I could finish it in 3 bites - wouldn't have been so bad if they had provided enough filler but I only received a few cubes of potatoes and 5 half sized string beans. Veal cheeks were by far the smallest portions I've ever seen - two smalls pieces concealed under a bunch of baby greens and on a scoop of mashed potato. My dining compadre finished it in under 5 minutes because it was so small. Taste was overall quite good but the portions were much too small - we ate again immediately afterwards at Angel Cafe (ha!). Overly large plates made the food appear even smaller. Drinks expensive for alcohol content.
Service: About the same as a BP. There was a tv in our section but the server said the manager didn't allow us to turn it on b/c it was only for presentation sakes. I was confused. Server dropped utensil on the table. A variety of servers helped us - no intimacy whatsoever.
Ambiance: Great looking restaurant - nice and earthy and a great place to chat. Loved the darker ambiance and candlelight.
Overall, I won't be returning to this restaurant for a normal meal if this is what they served for DOV - I thought DOV was used to attract diners to their normal menu but Feenie's failed miserably in this respect. Would warn others to stay away as well - there are so many other great restaurants that would give you the same quality of food but at greater quantities and/or lesser price.
Well Feenies truly lives up to its hype ! Amazing room that is sleek yet modern. And the Food ? Well, its truly delicious. Their menu is simple with Robs faves which includes a Hamburger that has sides offered such as Poutine for $3 more and can u beleive it, Foie Gras for $25 in your Burger ! Let me tell you ! Its was the most delicious burger I;ve tasted. Truly unique ! Their raviolli was also tasty although the 4 pieces were way too small. Thy the Negroni, campari and gin !
This place does very good business and often gets high ratings in magazines, but in my many visits here, I have found the food to be merely good but not memorable, certainly a BIG notch below what you can get next door -- at Lumiere or Lumiere's Tasting Bar, owned by the same owner, Robert Feenie. However, the price is not high, and the wine selection is good, so overall, you are still getting reasonable value for money.
Went here a while ago with a party of four. Took forever to get seated, even when it was pretty late at night and on a thursday. The food turned out pretty bad. Two people ordered the ravioli from the iron chef menu and there were large lumps of salt in both of them. I had a poutine which was really really bad. Don't really remember what else we ordered, but we had all agreed that it was bad.
Haven't been to lumiere, but hope that it's not too similar to our experience at feenies.
The food and service are not bad here though not memorable. It was not expensive considering it is Rob Feenie's. It is a unique and interesting place for lunch if you are looking for something different.
I went to Feenie's for a celebration dinner, party of 10. Once we sat down, the waiter didn't come for drinks for at least 30 minutes. Another 30 minutes before he came for our dinner orders. We were starving, and I think many people over ordered because we had been waiting so long. The bread didn't come until AFTER we had ordered. When it finally arrived we ravenously tore through it. My boyfriend and I split an order of the chick pea fries as a starter (excellent-- cheesy, creamy, crispy on the outside with an aioli on the side for dipping, a great buy for $5).
I had ordered the Feenie's burger with the short ribs add-on for dinner. It seemed to be medium rare, more rare than I like it, but it was definitely good. I found the short ribs excellent, rich, meaty, with a hint of slow cooked red wine and onions, but they were swallowed up by the burger. I ended up picking them out and eating them separately. At the end of the meal, a waiter actually tried to take my plate away (I mean physically taking it out from under me without asking) TWO TIMES before I was done. Both times I had to tell them I wasn't finished yet. I felt rushed and that was very unpleasant after we had been waiting so long to eat.
Pricewise, Feenie's is sort of a tricky restaurant because they have what I call "traps" on the menu: items that are ridiculously small for the price (like the crab ravioli) or expensive up-sells (the short ribs added on to the burger for $7 -- consider the burger only costs $12 with fries, and the short rib portion added on is only a few bites). Because of this, and because everyone had ordered so much out of extreme hunger due to the long wait, the price for the dinner per person was much higher than it has ever been there for me in the past (about $50 a head including drinks).
Don't think I hate Feenies-- I only hate their service for large groups.
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Paid a lunch visit on 06.29.05 at around 1:30 pm with a friend. Their patio was still teeming with people; yuppy locals and professionals - having their lazy lunches and just chatting over their glasses of Chardonnay. We were seated at the bar area with the swanky faux red velvet walls; the banquettes were dead sexy and upon entry, we immediately knew that we wanted to sit THERE.
Given that prime lunch hour was over, we were the only diners in the bar area but that was fine. For an appetizer to share, we ordered their tantalizing tuna tartare - it was perhaps the most tasty tuna tartare dish I've ever had - lots of different Asian flavors and textures - from cilantro, tamarind, sesame oil to seaweed. For my entree, I had their Sheperd's Pie with Duck Confit filling. It was a luxurious version no doubt - a little on the small side portion wise, but otherwise it was quite satisfying. Loved the side gravy - rich and velvety. My friend had the Halibut dish - he commented how he could immediately tell the ingredients were of higher quality and loved it - presentation of that dish was uncompromising and exceeded both our expections. At only 15.00 per lunch entree, we thought it was a great deal for the experience.
Service was fine - I seemed to get a pretensious vibe from our server, but perhaps it was due to the glowing red walls in the bar messing with my head. I will be back indeed.
I have eaten here several times for lunch and the experience has always been terrific. That clubhouse sandwich is a solid meal.
So I decided to try Feenie's for for dinner on my birthday. What a disappointing evening.
The restaurant was way too loud and crowded. Service staff kept hitting the backs of our chairs all evening. When I pointed out this annoyance to the maitre'd, he snubbed his nose at me, shurgged his shoulders and walked away. Well la de da.
Out server didn't have the slightest hint of a clue about the wine menu or the food. Now the menu here is not extensive and it can't be that difficult to tell me what kind of fish is in the fish and chips, especially when they're on special.
Anyway, 5/6 of us ordered the fish and chips, and the other individual ordered the burger. The burger arrived, and the rest of us waited, and waited, and waited. Then waited some more.
When our food came and we dove in, we all found the fish and chips rubbery and undercooked. Gross. Fries were limp and dry. My friend's burger was "just okay"; he's had better at White Spot. Not worth the $16 price tag. We called our waitress over to tell her about the fries and her response was "Oh." We probably should have insisted they go back for re-frying, but didn't bother.
On our way out, we spoke with the maitre'd about the quality of the food and his response was to giggle. Yes, giggle.
So with the memory of chair-hitting, bad service, badly prepared food, and a bad atmosphere ripe in my mind, I will definitely not be going back here.
We've been to Feenies three times, twice for brunch, once for dinner. The food is good to very good depending on what you order. Nicely done, well presented, the recipes are creative and enjoyable.
However what killed the experience was the smoke in the dining area that was drafting from the kitchen. It smelt like a thoroughly charcoaled piece of bread. We were seated in the area to the left from the entrance and they had patio doors open. You could literally see the haze looking across the room. And I would not complain in length about this if it did not last for 15-20 minutes and it did not happen both times we were having brunch.
Dinner visit was unspoiled though :)
Overall impression of the restaurant is that it is quite cluttered. There too many tables for the space they have. Also furniture, especially chairs, starts to show noticeable signs of wear, which is probably not what I would expect from the restaurant in this price range.
The menu selection is very big and although the food is original, its very small portions are a pooper.
The service is good and the waiters are very knowledgable on what is what on the menu.
The restaurant is very nicely designed.
I went to Feenie's for Dine Out Vancouver - it was worth every penny for $25.
Appetizer - mussels in a tomato broth. The broth was sooooooo good, slightly spicy, very tomatoey. Mussels juicy, not overcooked.
Entree - Mission trout. WOW! Crispy skin, tender fish. WOW!
Dessert - 3 large scoops of sorbet. Soooooo yummy!
The food did it all for me! The service was excellent - waitress was careful to check on us once in a while, and the host was very friendly. I will definitely go again!
I went during DOV, group of 6. Service was great (although my friend complained that the server never smiled...and my response was...my water glass was never emptied, who cares if he didn't smile)...
Food was up to standard to what it should be. properly presented, nicely cooked, served at a timely fashion (great for DOV time), and although portions were small, i can't complain b/c it was only 25 bucks.
I've been coming to Feenies for years, but everytime I go the menu is exactly the same. That's pathetic. I don't want to eat the same food every season, so why would you serve the same food at all times of the year? This is basic restauranteur-y that needs to be addressed. Rob is asleep at the wheel. Everything else is great though. A little expensive considering they offer less variety than the local fast food joint. Even Wendy's comes up with new sandwiches every month or so. C'mon Rob! Wake up! Stop resting on your laurels before people forget you have them.
I had a great lunch at Feenies the other day.
I had just had a meeting next door and I hadn't eaten all day, so I walked into Feenies. This is my first time here. It was a little later in teh afternoon, definitley after the lunch rush so it was quite slow. I sat at the bar anyway because I was alone.
I ordered the Peking Duck clubhouse. Very, very good. I have just spent a good portion of time in China, specificially in Biejing, and I must say this Peking duck is pretty close to authentic. Tender, flavourful... delicous. It was serviced on a rye bread with fruits/nuts/grains in it. I was sceptical looking at it, but the sweetness of the fruit really went well with the duck. It kind of takes the place of the plumb sauce that is served with traditional peking duck. To top everything off, it was a great price espeically for a restuarant owned by our most famouse chef... it filled me up and was 12 dollars.
I also had a glass of wine, and the total bill was 24. For such a high profile place, I was pleasently surprised with the price.
The service was efficient and friendly, what I expected.
Overall: very good.
This is a fun place to go to for drinks and appetizers to share among friends. It's a stylish place especially on the bar side, it feels like a trendy bar in Manhattan. The food is good but not exceptional, but the presentation and atmosphere make up for that. There is maybe one or two waitstaff that I don't think is particularly attentive but there's definitely a few that shine. Will definitely keep going here.
Small place, good bread while we were waiting for our meal. I ordered the Sheperd's pie and it was a disaster. It was so heavy that I only finished 1/2. My friends ordered the Ahi tuna sandwich and mushroom appy. The portion was so small that I it was a total rip off! Why the so-called fancy restaurants always serve extremely small portion of food??
Unfortunately, since Rob Feenie left (or was pushed out as the media would say), this restaurant has gone down considerably in my opinion. Also, there is definitely not the same "buzz" around it. It is not very well frequented it would seem since Rob's demise and it is unfortunate as Feenie worked hard to establish that spot. Anyway, I feel we are so well supplied with wonderful restaurants in this City, that I feel Feenie's is overpriced for what one is getting nowadays. Too bad.