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The Charlatan

$$ - $$$
Commercial Drive
Bar, Canadian, Brew Pub, Pub, Gastropub
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1447 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X8, Canada
+1 604-253-2777
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Fort McMurray, Canada
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75 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Second time here. Have been very happy with the service the food and the beers on tap. Had the Sunday prime rib special and it was incredible. Melt in your mouth medium rare was just perfect and the fixings were delicious. We had just about finished and the table beside us had a order of nachos that were unbelievable delivered... More 

Thank travelcamo
North Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
75 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

We were a party of 12 who arrived for Sunday brunch. As we were waiting for everyone to arrive we were served with scrumptious fresh hot donuts to share - what a great idea! Service was excellent and very friendly and the food came quickly despite being a large group. I ordered my favourite beer (on tap) and a pulled... More 

Thank 12Evelyn
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
100 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

As far as I'm concerned, any decent pub needs to pump out a consistently decent burger. Burger Biters tasted The Charlatan's Bacon Cheeseburger to see how this popular Commercial Drive spot stacks up. The thick hand-formed patty was nicely seasoned with a decent amount of caramelization on the outside, but it was a little on the well-done side (3.75/5). The... More 

Thank Beersnbites
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108 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Nice location for a few after work drinks. Service is good and great selection of beers, nice wine and out door seating to watch the world go by.

Thank mary999
Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Unexpectedly in area for lunch on a Monday. Great all round: beer, food, service. Will come again soon.

Thank 84FamilyTrip84
Vernon, Canada
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258 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Very loud on a Thursday night. Not easy to have a conversation. We were straining to talk and hear. The place was packed and had a good vibe, however. Cocktails were good and priced fairly. Food was good but on the lukewarm side. The pork belly was tasty but not hot and was disappointing. Classic lumbersexual bartenders. I think the... More 

1 Thank Aaron J
Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

Visited the Charlatan whilst in Vancouver on a short trip and were not disappointed. The cocktails were great and the wings had just the right amount of delicious hot sauce! Service was great too.

Thank redlocust
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49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2016

We sat outside - just off Commercial - close enough to see the action, but not on the busy road. Unique menu items, well prepared. Brunch menu offered a lot to pick from. Nice perks when you eat - complimentary donut holes!

Thank Mark S
Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2016

queue 'CHEERS' Theme song.... "where everybody knows your name do dodo do do do...."♪♪♪♪ Apparently some of the 'Best Guinness outside of Dublin' (quote from an actual Guinness aficionado) I visit quite regularly, the staff are always friendly, the beer cold, the food is decent. The patio is really nice during the summer, the decor inside is simple in a... More 

1 Thank kristy w
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 February 2016 via mobile

Found this place while wandering the drive in search of a late breakfast. Was so impressed with the service and food. My husband and I loved the original, creative omelettes and sides. Fresh and healthy food!

Thank JacknMom

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Bar, Canadian, Brew Pub, Pub, Gastropub
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1447 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Commercial Drive
  • Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
  • Phone Number: +1 604-253-2777
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!

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Commercial Drive

Neighbourhood Profile
Commercial Drive
Commercial Drive, also called "The Drive," comprises of twelve sauntering blocks of modest and unfussy counter-culture. Straddling the line between sophisticated and unadorned, it is favoured by students, artists, writers, designers, and start-ups, and suffused throughout with a healthy off-beat counter-culture. The kind of neighbourhood which well-springs thought-revolutions and has the odd bit of self-aware graffiti, Commercial Drive has resisted gentrification in favor of continuing to build a thriving den of affordable multiculturalism. Once known as Vancouver's "Little Italy," it has also been the immigration point for Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Portuguese to the city. The resulting hodgepodge makes for poetry readings in espresso cafes, social debates in early-open bakeries, and eco-activism posters pinned up in the many multi-ethnic markets in the area. Commercial Drive is where you go to feel like a local, and if you have them, bring the kids – The Drive has a number of bookshops, toy stores, and attractions to get them involved too.
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