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Revel Room

238 Abbott Street
Vancouver, BC V6B2K8
Tel: (604) 687-4088 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Gastown
  • Cuisine: American, Pub, Southern, Tapas
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout, Banquet
  • Meals: Dinner, Late night
  • Features: Live entertainment
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 5PM - 1AM, Fri - Sat: 5PM - 2AM, Sun: 5PM - 1AM
  • The menu at Revel Room showcases the flavours of the American South from New Mexico to New Orleans. Menu highlights include Bayou gumbo, shrimp jambalaya, and buttermilk fried chicken. Extensive hand crafted cocktail list focusing on spirit forward and bourbon cocktails.

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Tasty Food, Nice Venue, Pricey
By jpcostales of Metrotown, Burnaby (70 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 1:23am [Dine in]

Checked out this place a couple nights ago for a friend's birthday. A trendy place in Gastown with a good atmosphere and convenient location. Unfortunately the food was too pricey, service was lacking, and the cocktails disappointing. I will not be coming back.

Food - Very tasty food, but unfortunately there wasn't much of it. The spring rolls were tiny, and the mini-burgers were finished in 1 bite. After a $50 bill I was still pretty hungry. Cocktails were notably strong but lacked taste.

Service - A busy Friday night + a large birthday group = very slow service. Our waitress was busy with our group and another few tables.

Ambiance - Great location in Gastown and nice decor.

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Great ambiance, but...
By Agenta of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

This place is very modern, yet cozy, and has a lovely ambiance to it. Definitely would go back there. The only complaint is the size of the portions... Tapas were tasty, but tiny, and so you have to order again and again if you are hungry (then it ends up costing $$$). Overall, very nice place though.

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For drinks okay, for dinner not
By k-eats of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

I came here for a birthday party. The space is funky, and we had excellent service from our two servers that evening. Ventilation upstairs needs to be fixed somehow -- it was really warm.

The food was hit and miss. The seared albacore tuna was overdone and the accompanying soba noodles were soggy and unflavourful. The flatbread with dips needs to be re-thought. The bread itself was fine -- quite nice in fact -- but blue cheese, roasted garlic, chutney, and olives as sides do NOT marry well. The shrimp fritters were tasty though, and others in our party were quite happy with the fried rice.

If you visit this place for drinks and some food on the side, I think you'll come out okay. But if dinner is the star for the evening, I'd go elsewhere.

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Lacks Consistency.
By Sister_Saffron of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

Drinks were good- but Yikes$$$$. One friend ordered the same drink twice and said the first was different from the second. Her Beet Salad, came with beans on it that were not mentioned on the menu and the beets were over cooked. I had the Chicken Burger: the pattie was chinzy and it felt like I was eatting a Ciabatta bun mostly (with no lettuce or tomato on the sandwhich although the fig dressing was nice) the salad was simply greens but bland and lacking. Rest of the food was average. The only person that left satisfied ordered the pulled pork. Service was attentive but thats a given when there are only one other party in the place( note that we were there in the late afternoon and I gather this is more of a night haunt). Ambiance was typical. All in all... Yawn...but then again these were $12 dollar light fares targeted for a drunk crowd, wadda ya expect!

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Classic cocktails - great small plates
By Barcelonaguy of Yaletown (48 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 10, 2009 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

Just started to rediscover this place with all the new buzz in Gastown. The new cocktail list is excellent with "H" the Brit bartender on the bar. Give his Nacional a try! Every Sunday night classic cocktails are featured. The beet salad and lamb dumplings are excellent appies and the crispy chicken with noodles and cilantro was a great summer night entree. Nice looking room, great music selection, and attentive service. We regulars much more often.

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How could we have missed this?
By gastrogirl of kitsalano (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 15, 2008 - 7:30am [Dine in]

Was out trolling in Gastown the other night with friends and had the opportunity to try out Revel. What a score - the menu is chock full of delectable tapas, definitely something for every taste! The highlights for us were the shrimp cakes (a special), the asparagus (roasted perfectly), and the carpaccio (beautiful on the plate and in the mouth!) We will definitely be going back to work our way down this amazing menu - Brave to the chefs, the waitstaff and the decorator - a real find.

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Cute little place!
By buffysummers of East Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 23, 2010 - 3:11am [Dine in]

I go here one to two times a week and I usually have very good experiences. I agree that it's somewhat inconsistent -- the quality of my food varies wildly, from almost-raw burgers to well-done ones, and some days you can get what you want and others you can't. It depends entirely on whom you speak with and who's in the kitchen that night. However, their live music nights are fantastic and the staff is warm without being effusive or fake. The bartenders are frighteningly knowledgeable about cocktails and liquor in general, and so I highly recommend getting a little history lesson behind your drink if you get the opportunity!

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umm not for a group
By onegirl of vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 8:20pm [Dine in]

We came to Revel Room for a staggette...not sure if I would come again with a group.

The service was incredibly slow!! I know it was a Saturday night, but either hire more servers or get the food out quicker please!! Took a long time for food to come out... they were good at making sure the water was always refilled.. but drinks took a while (faster to go downstairs to the bartender to get them, then through the server)... Also, the drinks did not taste the same! One of us had the same drink as another in the group and they tasted differently??? Was told that different bartenders made each drink, so maybe they added their own flair?? UMM does consistency not mean anything???

anyways, food was not bad. .. not raving about it, but not to bad.

If I go again, i would go with a friend or two not a huge group -- also would not go on an empty stomach, just in case they take that long to get food out.

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Slow Service, Mediocre Food, but Great Friend Hangout
By hpratvfrk of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

The service was painfully slow, took 1hr+ to get food to our table. Their so-called fries were CHUNKS of potatoes, seriously, 4 pieces of these 'fries' is = one potato.

Ambience was fun, and a great hangout spot for friends, NOT family. Aside from that one positive aspect about this restaurant, the seats were also pretty cramped.

Wouldn't come here again though.

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Regular Diner
By ronjoe of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 8:23pm [Dine in]

I have been a regular for lunch for the best part of a year. I have been to many high end restaurants before. In comparison, this place stands out as it represents excellent value when it comes to the quality of food and service. The ambiance also gives the patron a sense of escape from a busy morning at work, providing a relaxing and private atmosphere.

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Try it out
By meloroast of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

I went here after work with a girlfriend and service was great...but we were pretty much the only people in there!!
Having said that, the appis were on the small side (duck spring rolls and tempura) but the main we split was really good (brick chicken). So while i liked the idea of all the tapas i think the entrees get a passover when in my opinion that was the best part! The room was REALLY cold when we there although it was the middle of the cold snap so not really their fault. The owner/manager gave us a free egg nog and my creme brulee was replaced when i realized the crusty sugar topping was an inedible chunk of gunk! They were really good about it.

All in all a funky little spot. Would be great as a first date.

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Nice lighting, terrible service
By always_hungry of Kitsilano, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 2:10am [Dine in]

A bunch of us headed out to the Revel Room for a friends birthday party with a reservation on the top floor. Knowing a rather large party was attending on a Friday night, there was only one server on shift at the time which made the service terrible. Most of our drinks never made it to the table because our server forgot them, and the ones that did arrive were mediocre and over priced. The ambiance was pleasing, but the lack of service and over priced food is enough to ensure I won't be returning.

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Unfullfilled
By evangeline of Gastown Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 31, 2010 - 11:31pm [Dine in]

I think this place has enough going on to stay busy consistently. The wings are really good but for the price there are far to few to even be a share plate. I was shopping around online for places in Gastown to fulfill my desire for Cheesecake tonight and between 4 restaurants this was the only place I found some on the menu. The going rate for deserts these days is about 8 to 10 $ so i figured it would be worth it. However I was left feeling unfulfilled by the lack of flavor and consistency in this dish and slightly perturbed having put that kind of effort into something I generally receive so much more pleasure from. End result? I will continue on my hunt for good Cheesecake in Gastown next time the desire takes place.
One thing I should mention though is the pleasing casual atmosphere and a pretty good place for Sunday night live entertainment.

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Great Food, Great Service, Great Atmosphere
By spike of vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 12:25am [Dine in]

Just had a fabulous experience at Revel Room. The food was outstanding - the owner recommended we try the beet salad and duck spring rolls and mini burgers. We were not disappointed, all three appetizers were amazing - flavor, texture and taste! We would highly recommend all of them. The entrees were also great - the braised beef short ribs melted in our mouths...amazing!!!...scallops were packed with flavor and the spicy rouille (although not spicy) paired well with the scallops and the pork chop was grilled to perfection. We didn't stop there but had to have a taste of the bourbon chocolate pecan pie and were not disappointed. Again a great complement to a wonderful meal, not too sweet but packed with flavor. We had the luxury of being one of the few patrons there (because of the weather), but loved the atmosphere and music! Would highly recommend Revel Room and would definitely go back....wanting to try the late night to try the "Last Call Chocolate Chip Cookies"!

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Definitely will be back.
By social-light of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 9:09pm [Dine in]

We randomly stumbled across Revel the other evening, looking for a late night snack, and definitely were not disappointed. The share plates were packed full of flavor, and we had tons of fun trying various items off the menu. It also seemed like you couldn't take two steps without bumping into an owner, as we had not one, not two, but THREE introduce themselves to us. They were very accommodating and exceptionally personable. There are apparently six, we were old after commenting on this. The place is open until 2 a.m, and around 1 a.m a load of fresh baked chocolate chips cookies were handed out to guests, a special treat for everyone to enjoy on the house.

Seriously, how cool is that?

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Great place to revel with friends
By sublime_eater of New Westminster, B.C. (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 27, 2010 - 5:08pm [Dine in]

I decided to gather my gal pals for a night in a newish restaurant in Gastown and was not disappointed. The name enticed me to do further research, so I went online. The site was a good gateway.
We were pleasantly surprised that Revel was featuring a Jazz band a band that night.
The space has two levels, nicely planned out. Great exposure of brick, clean, dark lines, and an intimate, classy atmosphere. Bathroom’s clean and elegant.

The staff was attentive, professional and warm. You can tell the staff has a good comraderie. We were informed that they had a mixologist in house hailing from England (his buddies ended up going to the land of OZ and he decided to come here – good choice, although, I have a deep love for the land down unda ) and it took him a week to come up with the drink menu. Posh. You get the vibe of posh in this place, however without the pretentiousness.

After a few glasses of wine, I ordered the Filipino dish which was cooked by a Filipino. It tasted like an authentic Adobo dish (being a rice lover, I would have wanted more rice, ha) the tapas was flavourful (amusé ma bouche) and light and my friends enjoyed their dishes and drink menu, hiccup.
We ended up closing down the house and they offered baked fresh cookies for their patrons an hour before close. What a great way to send your guests home. OOhh how a glass of cold milk would have been the cherry on top. Overall, two thumbs up~would I send people there? YES!

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9$ for a bottle of Strongbow???
By K1009 of downtown, vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

I've been to the Revel Room a few times. At first I raved to friends. The lunch was delicious, the service was good. I thought it was unusual that they didn't have prices next to their drinks but I didn't give it too much thought. How expensive can it be right? Um, wrong. I was shocked this last time when our bill came and a bottle of strongbow was 9$ - more than the cost of the actual meal ordered. I know that alcohol is marked up a lot but this seems like it's gouging the customer and that leaves me with a bad impression of the place. I will not be going back anytime soon.

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self service?
By vancouver123 of downtown, vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 27, 2009 - 4:02am [Dine in]

I have heard good things about Revel from individuals in the past - mostly about the food being good and the fact that the kitchen is open late.
Being in the service industry, I've often recommended it to guests who are looking for a place to go for late night drinks/nibbles. Tonights experience will end the recommendations for the next while until proven otherwise.
Perhaps we hit them up on a bad night, but the service definitley needs improvement. Being greeted very late meant that the kitchen was closed less than 10 minutes prior and the response when asking to keep a menu for food was: "nope, closed" and a quick turn around and walk away with a snatch of the menus. Interested about the fact that a fellow server nearby was still taking food orders for her tables we checked the time. When the drinks arrived, the time was noted to be 15 minutes later?! To top it off, following the server downstairs was the only way to get more drinks as we were neglected.

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