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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
Monday To Sunday: 5pm Until Late
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Rates:

  • $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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November 19, 2019

Great overall experience. Would recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 17, 2019

Amazing food and our server was awesome!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 17, 2019

The food was very interesting and delicious. Friendly, helpful service. We had a lovely evening with our friends.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 17, 2019

Wonderful-as always! Thank you!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 17, 2019

Amazing, my second time there. food, service,music! F'ya! Everything was great thanks!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2019

Service was terrible. We were there early for a 6pm. We had to ask three waiters before we got water refills and the second half of our food came after a wait of 45 minutes. They were not equipped in the kitchen to handle the number of people there. Plus no waiter came and apologized. After a while we finally flagged someone down and was told it was coming but we still had to wait and no one came to check in on us. It was very disappointing. The food is very good but the experience was wrecked by the terrible service provided. I would not risk going again.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 1/5

November 11, 2019

I love Cuchillo. The food is so delicious! The service is the best! I recommend Cuchillo to everyone I know and many have tried it and go often. Will be back soon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2019

We are frequent visitors of Cuchillo but haven't been for a few months so when we had friends visiting from NE BC we chose Cuchillo! And yet again, the drinks, food and service were outstanding! Hats off to the owners, management and staff for maintaining incredibly good food and service and for keeping our favourites on the menu! Blair and Angela Yaletown

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 9, 2019

Excellent server. Very professional and delicious food!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 10, 2019

We had a great time all around. The food and service were excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 6, 2019

Love the environment and the food :)

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

November 5, 2019

Outstanding dinner - creative, delicious food. Attentive service, wonderful atmosphere. Our only regret was that we couldn't try everything on the menu. We will definitely be back! Highly recommended.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 2, 2019

We had the most amazing experience! Our waiter was awesome! He suggested to leave the menu up to him and be a little spontaneous! Everything was amazing and so tasty!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2019

Excellent, 4th time and I'll be back. Tuna Stack is brilliant , prawns flawless and service was perfect not overwhelming with perfect timing.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 26, 2019

Amazing food and service. Family style is the way to go at $35/person, you get a little of everything and much more value for money. The cocktails and the bartender are the best in town!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

October 27, 2019

Phenomenal night. Every aspect was amazing and the food was divine.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 24, 2019

We were very impressed with the food and service! There were many delicious options that appealed to all those in our large group and you did an excellent job in accommodating the dietary restrictions of one of our friends as well! Very happy to have chosen this place for our friends wedding celebration and they loved that Pisco was on the menu as well!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 22, 2019

We loved our visit to Cuchillo on Saturday night! My husband had a wonderful 40th birthday dinner with our friends and the food and drinks were great. All the dishes were delicious, although there were some comments that the last item, the cheese taco, wasn't as good. There was a bit of a lag between some courses and it took some time to place drink orders during the meal, but it was a busy Saturday night, so totally understandable! We really enjoyed the group menu however, and it was so nice not to have to place our own individual orders, then figure out who had what. Our server was great and even remembered our names! She did such a great job bringing out the heavy cake and having the candles nicely adorning it. My husband couldn't believe the playlist, as all the songs were his favourite bands! Haha, he said it was like he had hooked up his own iPod ;). We will definitely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

October 21, 2019

Amazing service, great atmosphere and best taco(lamb one) in the city

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 20, 2019

Absolutely fantastic food and atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 17, 2019

Great unusual fare.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

October 16, 2019

Great! Everyone loved it!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 12, 2019

We had a lot of fun.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

October 8, 2019

First time visit to this restaurant. Went for a birthday dinner with family. Monday night, fairly quiet. Staff were attentive, friendly but not invasive. Menu items explained by server, who made some suggestions and advised whether we had ordered sufficient for the number of diners. Timing of food delivery was spot on. We tried a mix of apetizers and tapas and all were well received. Presentation was good and quality of food was excellent. Finished with a dessert to share. Pricing was good and we felt that it was good value. Would definitely recommend to friends and would visit again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 8, 2019

Had the best time celebrating my birthday at Cuchillo. The service was amazing, Patty (our server) did everything possible to keep us happy and he did a great job. He served our food well and our drinks even better. Also being able to book the "boogie van" room downstairs last minute was a huge Bonus! Big thanks to Stu for setting that up, he even let us play our own music. I HIGHLY recommend hosting events here! Awesome location, easy parking since its not in the heart of downtown, food was incredible, drinks (tequila flights) were great, the list goes on! Thanks Cuchillo! cant wait to come back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 7, 2019

Great service and great food. Always consistent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 5, 2019

The atmosphere was cozy and inviting, food was delicious. Overall great experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 28, 2019

Cuchillo is a favourite of ours as the food is always fantastic and the service is terrific. We will be back... again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 29, 2019

Thx for the great service! Reco was OK and thus better for us to order on our own. Food was delicious especially the scallop ceviche,

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

September 26, 2019

Great food, amazing atmosphere and outstanding service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

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