The Oakwood Canadian Bistro closes in Kitsilano after eight years

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      A Canadian-themed neighbourhood dining spot has closed down in Kitsilano after an eight-year run.

      Although the restaurant had temporarily closed from February to March for renovations, this time the closure is permanent.

      The Oakwood Canadian Bistro owner Mike Shea (previously with the Donnelly Group) announced on social media on May 1 that the establishment, located at 2741 West 4th Avenue, has been sold off.

      The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

      With an emphasis on comfort, the restaurant’s rustic room featured reclaimed and wood materials and had a seating capacity of 85 patrons, which included a 16-seat communal table, in addition to a patio for 15 diners.

      Shea thanked executive chef Mike Robbins (formerly of the Glowbal Group), who helped the casual restaurant (which launched in 2011) to develop and who was succeeded by chef Ryan Murphy in 2014.

      The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

      The seasonal and locally sourced menus featured Canadiana fare influenced by French cooking techniques including items such as AAA burgers with buttermilk-fried onion and smoked cheddar, buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with pickled cabbage, brisket poutine, warm kale salad with cauliflower and brussel sprouts, Salt Spring mussels with gnocchi in a white wine and caraway broth, and grilled humboldt squid with pepperoni ragu and potato purée.

      Shea stated that the location will reopen with new owners after renovations.

      The Oakwood Canadian Bistro