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Cuisine type

  • Latin American,
  • Mexican,


  • Family,
  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Restaurant,
  • Tequila,
  • Tapas,
  • Fun,
  • Tequila,
  • Mescal,
    • Wine,
    • Ceviche,
    • Salads,
    • Seafood,
  • more...
  • less...

Languages Spoken

  • English,
261 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1G3
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday To Sunday: 5pm Until Late
Monday To Sunday: 5pm Until Late
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  • $26 To $60,

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Meet the owner

Stuart Irving admits he was a bit of a bad boy in high school. "I bounced around from school to school and I kind of became a Scarlett Letter with the principals," he quips. "But I always loved cooking classes because that's where the hot girls were." It seemed this rebellious charmer was a natural in the kitchen. "After high school, I started working as a dishwasher and really feel in love with the restaurant atmosphere,” he adds.

Deciding to get serious about the art of cooking, Stuart enrolled in the culinary program at Vancouver Community College. Like a long list of chefs before him, he paid his dues working up the food chain at some of the city's top restaurants – including Star Anise, Salmon House on the Hill and Raintree – before opening his own culinary venture.

Stuart launched his first restaurant, Spanish tapas bar Cobre, on Powell Street in 2007. When the landlord took over the Gastown building in 2012, Stuart reinvented himself and opened Cuchillo in a larger space just two blocks east.

Cuchillo’s dishes are more my personality, which is to say they are a little edgier,” Stuart explains. Drawing on his passion for Latin-inspired cuisine, Stuart's bold and savoury take on classic south-of-the-border dishes was influenced in part by his marriage to a Mexican woman. "We traveled through Central and South America and I just fell in love with Latino food," he says simply.

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Tired of your usual date-night routine? Look for the glowing purple neon skull to lead the way to an exciting culinary detour. Located on the eastern edge of Gastown, this hip Latin American tapas bar has developed a cult following thanks to its cool industrial vibe and south-of-the-border fare. Not your typical taco joint, Cuchillo serves zesty ceviche, fresh salads, and meat, seafood and vegetarian mains that are as flavourful as they are creative. The Dine Out dinner menu is sure to deliver a memorable date-night, especially if you opt to pair your food with a mescal tasting flight.

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For a little mystery, head to the dark, sexy room of Cuchillo on the edge of Gastown. Peruse their excellent menu of tequilas and mezcals for true tastes of Mexico. Or opt for one of their intriguing cocktails using these plant-based liquors with names like Mexican Firing Squad (tequila, lime, house made grenadine, bitters) and El Pelonchas (a bit of nasty Mexican slang, but translated here as whiskey, mezcal, ginger-infused agave syrup and lemon). Too much deliciousness to list here. See for yourself.

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