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Reviewed September 18, 2019

Dropped into G&S one evening for pre-dinner drinks based on its rep as being named Van's favorite bar. It is small, it is loud(ish) but it is wonderfully unique in it's cocktail program and it's food offerings. We did not eat so I cannot comment...on the food (other than it looked good) but the drinks were simply original. The combination of ingredients is like no other, anywhere. And delicious to boot. Because this was in walking distance of where we stayed in Kits, we were back a couple of nights later for another pre-dinner cocktail. Good spot.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 25, 2019

By far the most imaginative cocktails and best selection of spirits we experienced on our trip to Vancouver. My girlfriend and I made the mission to grapes and soda upon many recommendations and were richly rewarded by getting a seat at the bar (go early...it fills up quick!) and watching the owner and bartender Sitoshi practice his craft. Everything was perfectly executed and balanced with flavours and ingredients I had never tried before. A+More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed June 5, 2019 via mobile

My wife and I have developed a great liking of cocktails. Hong Kong, Bangkok, Taipei, we have had some well-thought well developed ones, and some very ordinary ones. Grapes and Soda certainly belongs on my well respected cocktail bar list. The space is operated by...the owner, who takes pride in running a well organized and well trained establishment. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the bartender working behind the neat little bar. The cocktail list is not large but most of the recipes were surprisingly well developed. Refreshing yuzu Campari bubbly and a hint of spruce and IPA, kaffir lime cachaça coconut mint and cilantro creamed with kefir, and finished with a black berry coffee frothed with egg white, that was one of the best three course cocktails we have had for a while. In addition to these delicious drinks, they also serves small plate that looked interesting. I was too intrigued by Farmer's Apprentice next door, so we have to try the food here next time. Thank you very much for your team's sincerity in offering us such a enjoyable time. Keep up the good work and we will be back.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed December 8, 2018 via mobile

The seasonal menu means fresh local ingredients and this restaurant knows how to please and tantalize my taste expectations... you only need to enter the restaurant to know you made a very good choice..the staff are so warm and friendly and the food met my...every expectation.. the mixed board of cheese and charcuterie, followed by the fried octopus was a hit with us and the poached rhubarb was the dessert we finished our meal with.. we will be back to this gem of a restaurantMore

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed August 29, 2018

This is why Vancouver is starting to get onto the "cool" map. This place is intimate, with exceptional service, and really interesting dishes that maximize the use of local ingredients to produce really outstanding plates. I go for happy hour here at least twice a...month to see what the chef has created, and to enjoy the always outstanding cocktail of the day created by one of Vancouver's best bartenders. Grapes and Soda is associated to Farmer's Apprentice next door, so if you can't get a seat at that restaurant this is the place to be. Alternatively, hit the happy hour at G&S before heading next door....More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful place for amazing cocktails, vast wine list, craft beer AND delicious fresh Pacific Northwest cuisine. Comfortable and cozy setting with outstanding customer service. If only happy hour started earlier....

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed September 9, 2017

I've had the privilege of eating here twice - one with four people and once with six. The wait was tolerable both times, but not that there isn't a lot of options of places to go or stand if your table isn't immediately available. Both...times the food was incredible: beautifully plated dishes with bright and innovative flavors. They draw their influences from a variety of cultures and cuisines and no two dishes or nights are the same - a great representation of "farm to table" cuisine in Vancouver (sister restaurant to the Farmer's Apprentice). The wine list is lovely and a good, albeit small, representation of Canada's wine country. My only beef is that the plates are small (it's a tapas place, I know) - so if you're going there for a full meal, you will need to order a number of plates. Also, popular dishes run out so make sure to ask your server when you get there. In sum - take a girl, take a guy, take Mom and Dad, you could even take a recent grad. Just bring your big credit card and maybe throw a couple almonds in your pocket before you go.More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed May 20, 2017 via mobile

More on that later. The food was ok. Nothing to write home about or make an interesting IG story. Not even really tapas. The plates were almost too small to share. We sat at the back near the kitchen and washroom and my clothes and...hair smelled like charbroiled smoke smell. I put on the same shirt that I wore that night and I smell like a smoky kitchen right now. Now I'm East Indian. If anyone knows what smelling like food is, it's me. And I'm not usually too bothered by it. But today in my smelly grapes and soda blouse, I'm not feelin it. If you like that smell, sit at the back. However, our server was super sweet and attentive, funny too with a personality. The washroom was cute. Gotta love a good washroom. The only reason I gave it a 4 was the server, and here's where the old cackling ladies come in. That was us. A table of 4 cackling old ladies who hadn't seen each other in a while, in a mood to drink some wine and dish about everyone who annoys us. Yup, the age ole pastime called gossiping. 😂😂😂 we were so so loud our probably obnoxious because we were really so excited to get a day pass from jail (that is, our houses filled with kids and dirty dishes). We had a really good time. And they didn't tell us to be quiet. They could have though. They probably should have. It looked like the other people there were also having a good time and I guess we didn't chase them away. So in summary, eat there. It's good. It's not amazing. But it's fun, lively and the happy hour red is really, really good.More

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed December 22, 2016

New York/Paris style restaurant with ten tables and seating at the bar. Its cozy, the staff is very nice and accommodating!! The food is fabulous! Great selection of drinks...their own creations? Loved the experience!

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed October 8, 2016

While the service is fantastic - the hospitality is un-matched! Grapes and Soda is a true west side Vancouver treasure. The food is delicious and the cocktails are creative, balanced and immaculately executed. If you have never been before make sure you stop by for...happy hour - small plates as well as the cheese and charcuterie are discounted and you'll want to try all of them. In addition to the food specials there is a daily cocktail and inexpensive by the glass wines. I often try to stop by for happy hour and then end up staying for dinner - in addition to smaller sharing plates there are always a number of larger options available; meat, fish and pastas. The food is local and seasonal with the menu changing as often as the Vancouver weather. This means you can go back week after week and try something different. Same goes for the cocktail list - there are plenty of original, playful cocktails on the menu but the bartender Satoshi is well versed in classics.. if you don't see something that jumps out you - ask and you shall receive. The staff are friendly and knowledgable about food and wine. The wine list draws heavily on low-intervention and bio-dynamic wine. I know this style of wine list isn't for everyone but if you're adventurous with wine - you will be rewarded!! The open kitchen and small staff means that you can observe the kitchen and in busier times you may even be fortunate enough to have one of the two kitchen staff bring the food over themselves! Stop by, grab a seat at the bar and talk to your neighbour. Grapes and Soda has a following of international residents of Vancouver and locals alike. Every time I pull up a seat I meet some one new! I'm sure you will too!More

Date of visit: August 2016
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Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

We went for happy hour and the prices were amazing and you have to try the smoked olives. Absolutely the best olives I've ever had in my entire life. And the other unbelievable thing that we had was the squid. It is also to die...for. The charcuterie and the cheese plate we thought were fantastic. The service was also excellent. We will be back soon!More

Date of visit: August 2016
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Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

I love this place and all our friends do too! We've been going here for several months and it never ceases to amaze! The food is delicious - part of the true "slow food" movement. They forage and source food locally, and the chefs in...the kitchen deliver every single time. And the cocktails are amazing! Seasonal and delicious, as well as the classics, I have spent many a night here with my boyfriend and with friends chatting and relaxing in their cozy, warm and super inviting little spot. It's the best place in Vancouver to hunker down and enjoy the vittles. Now that I no longer live in the city - I find myself missing Grapes' atmosphere and our great friends we've made there! I only hope more people will stumble across this little gem and discover what we already know is one of the highlight dining experiences Vancouver has to offer!More

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

We arrived just before the end of Happy Hour and ordered one of each, real bargains at $10 and $12 and the best we have had for a long while, irrespective of price. The wines are a bit different but eventually got to one I...liked. The draft beer was a choice of one, I suppose they don't want my husband's sort! Great place, started, I assume, to take the pressure off the Farmer's Apprentice next door, who, we are told have now moved to a tasting menu approach. Great addition to the neighborhood!More

Date of visit: October 2015
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Reviewed September 20, 2015

And when I say little, it is. 28 seats or so, but very well laid out where you aren't constantly being bumped into when seated at the bar. We only came for a couple nibbles and a glass of wine. The ambiance is cozy, kind...of French farm house like. The menu suggests pairings of wine with each of the small,plates, but we opted for a lovely barbera with our dishes. The first was the beef carpaccio, with a shaving of goat cheddar on top. We found the beef very good, but the cheese added a dryness to it, which could have been remedied with some olive oil. The boysenberry was insufficient in amount to add any juiciness to the dish. The herb salad underneath was nice, but a bit too many stems. The second dish was tomato salad, and we added the burrata to it. The vegetables (fruit) were very fresh, as was the burrata, very creamy. $16 was a bit steep for this dish, but it was very good. As we sat at the bar, we watched the tender crafting all kinds of interesting concoctions....the smell of the "cheeky tomato" was amazing, so we had to give it a try, and we weren't disappointed. Muddled tomato and fresh basil to which tequila was added, shaken heartily, and served with a few drops of basil oil on a salted rim glass. Delicious! 2 glasses wine, 1 cocktail, 2 plates, $80. And if you get the chance, do dinner next door (same owner) at Farmers Apprentice, one of Canada's best restaurants.More

Date of visit: September 2015
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Reviewed June 26, 2015

Grapes & Soda is Vancouver's first natural wine and cocktail bar. Opened by Chef David Gunawan and Dara Young at Farmer's Apprentice, Grapes and Soda which features natural, organic and biodynamic wines and artisanal cocktails paired with seasonally inspired small plates. Grapes and Soda is...located on West 6th, next to Farmer's Apprentice and Cadence Cycling Studio. The team is led by Farmer's Apprentice GM and Sommelier Hao-Yang Wang and Manager Paul McCluskey as well as Chef Ron Shaw (former Bishop's Executive Chef) and Bar Manager Satoshi Yonemori (formerly of Wildebeest and The Diamond). Being an extension to Farmer's Apprentice and the Farm-to-Table concept, the construction by Milltown Contracting focuses on plenty of reclaimed wood, a short bar and a long banquette. We spent an evening over natural fine wines and seasonal dishes that are fresh and farm-to-table focused. Smoked Sockeye Salmon Salad: with mizuna (Japanese mustard), ikura, strawberry, and rhubarb juice dressing. A fresh introduction to summer highlighted by salty salmon caviar and a single fermentation champagne with subtle carbonation. Puzelat-Bonhomme Petillant Naturel Rose '11, Loire, FR Marinated anchovy 10: with fennel, celery, olive oil croutons. Pairs nicely with a tart lemony glass of Verdicchio (pronounced like the Italian chicory vegetable, radicchio). Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matalica '13, Marche, IT Chicken Balantine 12: Anson mills grits siphoned and aerated for a whipping cream light texture, hazelnut crumbles, onion puree and morels. I have never been a fan of grits. This may very well change my mind, if all grits were as tasty as this! This is one of my favorite dishes of the night. Roagna Langhe Bianco '12, Piedmont, IT Organic Beef Tartare 11: A lighter take for the summer with beets, blueberries and raisins, cubeb pepper, watercress Noella Morantin 'Cot a Cot' '12, Loire, FR Stormy Flip 12: If you are a fan of Moscow Mule than you will love this! This summer in a glass contains rum, citrus marmalade curd, falernum, grapefruit, and ginger beer. Grapes and Soda by Farmers Apprentice Vancouver West 6 Instanomss Nomss Olive Oil Cake 7: this super moist cake is amazing with grand fir, grapefruit sorbet, citrus marmalade lemon curd and topped with crunchy zest.More

Date of visit: June 2015
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