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“Awful food, okay cocktails, good beer, great atmosphere”
Review of The Charlatan

The Charlatan
Ranked #1,213 of 3,996 Restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: Bar, Gastropub, Brew Pub
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Breakfast
Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
Description: Centred in the heart of Commercial Drive, The Charlatan offers true west coast comfort food, 15 unique draught lines, and an easy sipping cocktail and wine list. The newly renovated interior offers a warm, comfortable atmosphere- perfect for relaxing and letting loose, while our 80 seat patio gives a full view of the diversity of Commercial drive. Prefer to lounge? The Den has a private bar, hidden big screen and spacious seating- it is the perfect location for your next party!
Reviewed 19 July 2013

SO hard to rate this one fairly! Absolutely do not go there for the food. Not ever. Just... don't. The cocktails are pleasant enough, but there are plenty of places on the Drive that'll serve them with considerably more kick for your money! The beers, by all accounts, are pretty good. But mainly people seem to head there for the atmosphere. If you want somewhere to just hang out with friends, where the music (inside) is always a little too loud, and the service is always friendly, this is well worth a visit.

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Thank Rhiarti
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

if you want to chill and relax and have a beer, this is as good as any. if you want a meal, then leave the kids at home. no kids menu and all they could do was a grilled chicken breast with herbs on it. we had no idea of this until it came, try presenting that to a seven year old with a straight face!!! the coup de grace was when after the meal we wanted to watch the hockey and we were pestered to pay up even though we were going nowhere. the waitress protested that she was finishing as 9.30pm and it was obvious that she wanted the tip. i did not want multiple bills but she insisted. i was not sure who was inconveniencing who. i paid to avoid complications. went there a couple of nights later with the brother and no hassles. your one was not working.......

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Thank tone1970
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

I come here often. Great atmosphere, great people to mingle with, great food. The staff is very friendly, but unfortunately in the past 6 months or so service has gone down hill. Often I end up with an empty drink and have to sit and wait a long time to be asked for another one, sometimes I just end up going up or stopping someone to ask for my bill and just go elsewhere. I keep going back because of the location (a lot of friends live in this area) and the atmosphere. I am hoping the service gets better again (it used to be great!).

Aside from that, the outside patio is great in the summer to relax on and have dinner and/or a drink with friends. It's also a great place to watch the game inside sitting at the bar by yourself or with friends all year round.

The food tastes great. Menu includes typical pub food (burgers, wings, yam fries...), pasta dishes, steak, meatloaf, chicken pot pie. There is a brunch menu, regular menu, and a late night menu.

They do have specials. Appies range from $6.95 to $14.95. Burgers range from $12.95 to $14.95. Main dishes range from $12.95 to $17.95.

The Charlatan Restaurant
1447 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC

Tel: (604) 253-2777

Hours of Operation
Monday 4:00pm to 1:00am
Tuesday 4:00pm to 1:00am
Wednesdays 4:00pm to 1:00am
Thursdays 4:00pm to 1:00am
Fridays 12:00pm to 2:00am
Saturday 11:00am to 2:00am, brunch until 3pm
Sundays 11:00am to 12:00am, brunch until 3pm

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Thank MissTravel32
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

Food- can't comment never got any after an hour and fifteen minutes. How difficult is it to prepare eggs, We didn't see one plate come out. "Kitchen is busy".....hardly! Absolutely disconcerned staff. Shame on them. Asked the waitress "How are you today?" Answer "Well I am here." The hostess was more concerned about how she looked to the point she just had to try a customer's hat too see how cute she looked.
Too bad one can't rate them lower than five. Negative ten and that is rating them high.

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Reviewed 16 April 2012

Lots of beers, great menu, always a game of some kind on the many screens. Fab for brunch at he weekend

Thank Jo H
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