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Cuisine type

  • Latin American,
  • Mexican,

Atmosphere

  • Family,
  • Casual,

Products and Services

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

Languages Spoken

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

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday To Sunday: 5pm Until Late

Rates:

  • $26 To $60,

Methods of Payment:

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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September 22, 2019

Fabulous on all accounts!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 22, 2019

First timers for my wife and I for our 1 year anniversary. Amazingly accommodating staff even given we were over 20 mins late for our reservation ! Thank you Anita for your help! Food was amazing, staff was excellent. Definitely spreading the word to many about this hidden gem of an establishment! Many many thanks you guys. We will be back! Our server was an awesome guy (sorry we didn’t catch his name) but he rocked Carly Rae Jensen socks (ya I noticed) 😂 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ESTABLISHMENT!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 22, 2019

Third time here and never disappointed! The food is so sooooooo gooooooood! Doesn’t matter what you order, it’s all delicious!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 22, 2019

Such a great spot! Food was fantastic! Loved the sharing concept and vibe of the restaurant. Great value for cost. Great for large and small groups. We will definitely becoming back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

September 22, 2019

Great service and great food! We will for sure be back!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 22, 2019

Delicious food and cocktails and spot on service. Thanks for a great dinner.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 23, 2019

Loved it. Delicious food and excellent service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 17, 2019

My friends and I have been talking about going to what we always referenced as the “purple skull” restaurant for years and let me tell you it did not disappoint! Our evening started off with Davis seating us at our table, he recommended a delicious shot that came with a green juice- it felt like we did a juice cleanse. He was full of personality and also very easy on the eyes. Whitney, our server, was an absolute dream! She was knowledgeable, personable and also very attentive! Aside from the great staff the atmosphere and decor is extremely cool! We ordered the blistered green chilies, house made guacamole, and brussel sprouts to start. For our mains my friends shared the cheese tacos, steak tacos and their feature mushroom tacos, while I ordered the roasted cauliflower tacos. The food was incredible and my dietary restrictions were easily accommodated. Would 15/10 recommend, we will definitely be returning and be bringing a big appetite!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2019

First time at the restaurant and was a fantastic night! Thank you very much!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2019

My favourite restaurant in town!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 12, 2019

Arrived early in advance of a play nearby, to find out, they had Happy Hour! Amazing deal, fabulous food, yummy drinks, with and without alcohol, great friendly service. Well done Cuchillo team!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 12, 2019

Always the best.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

September 11, 2019

Excellent food and atmosphere. Love the fresh lime margaritas!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 8, 2019

Food here is always a sweet surprise while service is topnotch.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 9, 2019

My favourite restaurant! Great food, friendly and knowledgeable staff, nice atmosphere inside. Service is usually pretty fast when it's busy too. Oh! and the house cocktails are out of this world good!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 5, 2019

First waitress was blondish taller in light Jean shorts and she was absolutely amazing. We had so much fun, we took our time and she was very engaging and made the night really enjoyable. Great food and we will definitely return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 5, 2019

exellent as usual

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 5, 2019

We returned to Cuchillo having had a great time before. This time we brought our adult kids. Service was great, drinks are funky, food is interesting. Our server helped make suggestions to round out the choices we had made and we increased the portions so each of us could try every dish. Pork Belly was a huge hit as were the Shrimp tostados. We’ve recommended this restaurant before and will continue. Thanks for a fun night!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 2, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, and service. Please consider getting an espresso machine. For me, a good cup of coffee should be part of the dining experience.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 2, 2019

We really enjoyed our dining experience — many thanks! Great food and great service.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 1, 2019

Flavours and textures are amazing. Brussel sprout frites with lemon and honey are extraordinary. I cannot say which taco is my favourite because each one is just perfect. Try everything!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 26, 2019

Love the variety of flavours. The trout ceviche was the favourite though

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 25, 2019

Guests from Calgary described food as best in Vancouver for flavours and creativity. Every dish was superb.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 24, 2019

Great place to chill, great food, nice people......... Just Whaouuuuu !!!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 25, 2019

Always a great meal at this restaurant. And top notch service as well.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 21, 2019

Had an amazing dinner and amazing service. Such a fun and cool way to have dinner!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 19, 2019

This was a very special dinner to celebrate my daughter's 19th birthday and i was very pleased with the service. I had noted that it was a special occasion when I made the reservation and i was pleased that the hostess and server made a point of wishing her a happy birthday and making her feel special. The food was absolutely fantastic! Very fresh and flavourful. I would definitely return!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2019

The service was good, The food was creative and flavorful. An all round culinary delight! It made my birthday a memorable one. Thanks Rory

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

August 10, 2019

Lamb tacos are still the best! the new Brussel sprouts dish was so tasty we ordered 2.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 9, 2019

Great, every time we go!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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