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forage connects diners to local fishers, foragers and farmers. We offer the best in local craft distilleries, breweries and wineries. Our service is designed for sharing many plates family style. So choose as many as you like, share some delicious food, and enjoy the best of what BC has to offer.
PRICE RANGE
US$20 - US$39
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
CUISINES
Canadian, Contemporary
FEATURES
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Forage has quickly become a favorite. There are a few shortcomings, but overall this place rocks, especially in summer months when more fresh ingredients such as heirloom tomatoes are in season. The signature appetizer, Duck Chowder with Shrimp Toast shouldn't be missed, especially if you...love thick, creamy chowders along the lines of New England Clam Chowder. This is a completely, totally different taste experience, but the consistency and texture is quite similar. The main plates are all delicious. My one criticism would be that they don't change the menu nearly frequently enough to satisfy regulars like me who come often and would prefer more variety. Their other sin, and it was a big one, is that they used to have big TV screens showcasing the chef's PRIOR specials, which are not actually on offer. They had some really enticing dishes in those photos, but being teased by them and NOT being able to order them was a bit of an insult. They seem to have gotten the proverbial memo and changed their ways in this regard. My other criticism on the food front pertains to the bread appetizers (they change the specific recipe every few weeks but there's always a bread appy on the menu.) These are absolutely delicious, but they take a good solid 20 minutes to prepare! So if you're not in a hurry and plan to enjoy conversation and drinks before ordering dinner, the trick is to order the bread appy for the table soon as you sit down. But if you favor grabbing a quick meal and moving on, ordering the bread will make the whole experience take twice as long. You'd think EC Welbert Choi could figure out a way to pipeline the bread so that it could be timely served, at least during peak times. In my opinion, this is a restaurant you have to be willing to spend a few bucks at to really enjoy. The charcuterie platters are outstanding, but that's a $45 (shared) appetizer, so not exactly friendly to the low-budget crowd. Similarly, the "Market Priced" Bison Board is a sight to behold, but once again you need to be ready to pull out the Platinum card when the bill comes. If you're looking for cheap eats, this isn't the place. The front-of-house shines as well. Bar manager Peter is one of the most consummate food service professionals I've met in Vancouver. He's a veteran of food service, and really knows how to both deliver excellent service and train his fledgling staff to do so as well, even in post-COVID times when everyone is struggling to regain their prior standards of service excellence. Forage recently opened for breakfast 7 days, and I applaud them for the 7am opening time. I've become an even more regular breakfast-goer than I was a dinner guest before they added brekky to their offerings. If you want a decent Eggs Benny in this neighborhood, there are several truly excellent options such as the rooftop bar at Joe Forte's... But only if you're willing to wait till noon for them to open for "brunch"! In contrast, Forage offers three variations of Benny from 7am, 7 days a week. Nobody beats that in this neighborhood. The Bison Hash is the signature dish on the breakfast menu, and presents quite well. I just happen to be a Benny addict myself. At the end of the day, my only real complaint is that if they changed the already-delicious menu more often, I'd be able to dine there more frequently than I already do. Aside from that, and the bread taking forever, this place rocks, especially when EC Welbert Choi has really fresh ingredients to work from, i.e. in summer months.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With limited mobility after a long hospital stay, I opted for takeout from Forage for my birthday meal. It was a positive experience all around! The food was excellent, even with the extra travel and delay. I started with the bison carpaccio and the sablefish...octopus main. My partner enjoyed the duck chowder with shrimp toast, followed by the bison steak. The meal ended with the decadent toffee pudding with caramel whisky sauce and whipped cream. The entire meal justified the fine wines that we raided from our cellar. The restaurant looked very pleasant and the staff were helpful in organizing the take-out. We will definitely return for a meal on site when my mobility improves.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can’t comment on the food which based on other reviews must be wonderful. However, for me, the food couldn’t possibly make up for the atmosphere. We were seated at a table for two, inches from other tables. The couple beside us were shouting at...each other to be heard over the din of other diners. I’ve been to packed clubs that were quieter. Since we prefer not to shout over dinner, we chose to leave. Disappointing.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 13, 2022

Dined back in early March. I am a huge fan of farm-to-table dining and I love Forage's way of elegantly showcasing what that means to the Vancouver area. My wife and I both really enjoyed the flavors and presentation of everything we chose (absolutely loved...the sablefish) and we will be eager to try more when we next are in the area. Our service was adequate if not a little dismissive. I felt the waiter never gave me even a conversational opportunity to mention that we were sharing our first anniversary that night. Just Hello, welcome to forage, here are your menus, this is our concept, would you like a drink, are you ready to order. This only really stuck with me because the restaurant was slow at the time. It fell a little short of what I've become accustomed to in fine dining--that's to say, it just lowered our expectation from 'an experience' to 'a nice dinner'. Still, I would love to return and try more of the menu.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed April 5, 2022

The eco-friendly Listel boutique hotel is glammed up with wonderful art and sculptures throughout the hotel. The spiffy lobby weighs in as a museum graced by graciously hospitable staffers. The Listel has a super location within a stones-throw of exciting restaurants, shopping venues and art...galleries. The Forage restaurant is the mainstay eatery of the Listel. Forage is the resident restaurant of the Listel and offers a tasty and innovative menu and is wildly popular with the locals and guests. It serves 3 meals a day along with a stand-out brunch (super brioche French Toast or Bacon & Eggs benedict and those Blueberry Pancakes are wonderful). In keeping with the eco-mantra of the hotel's commitment to sustainability, the Forage emphasis zero-waste, reduction of energy consumption and support of local farming and fishing communities. The menu offers delicious takes on Pacific Northwest cuisine that ranges from Bison steaks to Sablefish and Octopus. Ass I flew over the menu, my appetite zeroed in on the BBQ Duck Chowder with shrimp, crab and shrimp toast. This was a delicious, hearty chowder.As an appetizer, I couldn't resist the Bison Carpaccio with sweet soy, hazelnut and cilantro. Not only does Bison, instead of Beef, reduce the carbon footprint.......it is a super tasting alterative. For the entre, I decided to try the Smoked Duck Breast accompanied by a lush parfait, berry and pear. I paired this dish with an Okanagan Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The Smoked Duck was an outstanding dish. Finally to satisfy my sweet tooth, I selected the cheese puffs with ice cream, blueberries and cordial.........a terrific sweet highlighted by a fluffy cheese filling. In addition to their wonderful menu, the Forage has some fantastic cocktails. To end the evening, I treated myself to a Forage 75 (an effervescent sparkling wine, gin and lemon)......an inspiring concoction. if you crave an eatery with a seasonal West Coast twist that places an importance on locally-produced ingredients and sustainable eating..........then try the...Forage .........a Wildly Popular Restaurant.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 12, 2022

I don't know why I didn't expect much from Forage, because I'd never really heard much about it. Perhaps it's underrated or just not as talked about as some other restaurants. Anyways I came here for Dine out and had the albacore tuna, duck confit...leg & toffee pudding. I really enjoyed everything and the portions were great and the duck tasted really good. My friend was also super impressed by the food. Our server was also really friendly and funny and nice. The atmosphere was nice, the lighting was good and the seating was comfortable, so overall I was pleased.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed January 29, 2022 via mobile

Every course was amazing ! The value of the choices was great and wine pairings excellent . Best meal we had over last 3 days of dine out

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 22, 2021

Three of us just had the fixed price 4 course menu at forage and it was exquisite. The restaurant is very attractive, nice layout, with felted walls and baffling on the ceiling to dampen noise. The seating is comfortable and the lighting good - neither...too bright nor too dim. Our server was Matt and the service was first rate. My knife and fork were cleared with the second course dishes and I figured there was a 95% chance that the next course would be delivered without their replacement and I would have to ask to have them replaced. But Matt knew he had taken them and replaced them before the third course arrived. You know how rare that is these days? Matt was very attentive, made good recommendations and took very good care of us. Kudos, Matt. And the food...oh, the food!! Nothing short of outstanding! The potato gnocchi was simply to die for - not a hint of starchiness and with a fabulous sauce. We had bison, pork belly, duck chowder, oysters, desserts and more. Everything was flawlessly executed. Even the green salad was the best I've had in ages. It is rare that a kitchen does everything perfectly - sauces, meats, vegetables, desserts. You know how restaurants these days so often make a tasty dish, then toss in some weird ingredient that clangs like a cow bell and diminishes the dish? Not here. Every single flavour was pure and perfectly balanced. I know I am gushing but, wow, this place is GREAT!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 3, 2021 via mobile

Forage is a must visit. I think what this place is about is sophisticated enhancements to regular breakfast/brunch choices and that’s what makes it different. Service was friendly and attentive. Tables were well spaced. The quality of the food here was exceptional and highly recommended

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 30, 2021

Heard this was a great place … NOT. Please explain why restaurants ask “how do you want your eggs “ and the eggs still come out over cooked why bother…then when they come and ask “how is it” you tell them “not great” nothing. Please...stop asking if you can’t deliver.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Since their menu items come from local sustainable suppliers, it is always changing. I recommend that you Call them @ (604) 661-1400 for menu questions.
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Forage is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4