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  • Farm-to-table Cuisine,
  • Chalkboard Menu,
  • Craft Cocktails,
  • Seasonal Dishes,
  • Local Ingredients,
  • Craft Beer,
    • Punch Bowl Drinks,
  • more...
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Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
415 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1G7
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Filled With Neglect…Strait Chillin…The Root of all Evil. The puzzling menu items scrawled on the oversized chalkboard at The Mackenzie Room are a lot less straightforward than your typical bill of fare, and that’s all part of the fun. “Leaving the names a little a bit vague keeps the mystique until the dish arrives,” explains chef Sean Reeve. “What you read isn’t necessarily what you’re going to get.”

Pushing the envelope comes naturally to the talented chef, who takes a thoughtful approach to his roster of seasonal West Coast cuisine. “There are always two things I try and do with my cooking,” he explains. “I want to invoke a memory using flavours that take you back to a certain time in your life. Alternatively, I try to create a dish that makes you think – something that throws you for a loop and is a little bit exciting.”

It’s this unique experiential nature that sets The Mackenzie Room apart from many of the old standbys on the Vancouver dining scene. From its edgy locale on the Downtown Eastside to the enigmatic dishes and boozy punchbowl cocktails, the cozy dining room offers the perfect blend of surprise and familiarity.

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Hands down favourite restaurant in Vancouver.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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You must try their tasting menu of everything! Min. 4 people to order. Fresh, creative, complicated, delicious dishes to take you on a food experience. Excellent engaging service. Casual relaxed atmosphere in the railtown part of town where some very interesting restaurants are popping up here and there. Street parking is very accessible and they are located on the north side of Oppenheimer park.

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September 17, 2019

Interesting flavors with fresh ingredients in a casual setting with great service. Felt quintessentially Vancouver.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2019

Fish was quite dry & the duck was so tough that we couldn’t cut through half of it. Very disappointed by the quality of food.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

September 15, 2019

Best food EVER!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2019

Fabulous! The food was so fresh, the flavours unexpected. It was a taste explosion in the mouth!! Love, love, love this place! We will be back! Staff couldn’t be any better!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2019

💯 all of the above

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 16, 2019

In my top 3 restaurants in Vancouver. Unfailingly delicious and creative dishes.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 13, 2019

Excellent meal (quality ingredients, nice balance of flavors and textures, creative and impressive presentation). Friendly, attentive and helpful service. Was a wonderful way to celebrate our wedding anniversary.....thank you

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 13, 2019

Best meal I've eaten in Vancouver! Had the tasting menu - delicious, original dishes, we were all blown away. Excellent, informed, unobtrusive service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2019

One of the nicest culinary experiences we've ever had. Food was interesting and beautifully prepared/presented, server was just the right blend of discreet and informative, room was perfect for a pleasant quiet evening together. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 10, 2019

We had a fabulous anniversary dinner. The food was excellent and unique, and the staff made us feel very welcome.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 10, 2019

It was our first ever visit and we were there for our 24th wedding anniversary. There was a thoughtful handwritten card on our arrival at our table congratulating us on our anniversary, it was very sweet. I can see why people love this place :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 9, 2019

Love this place! Thanks for the great food, wine and service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 9, 2019

We had the 12 course tasting menu and it was outstanding! The only problem was that there was too much food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 8, 2019

Noise level can be an issue.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 8, 2019

The Mackenzie Room is a favourite of ours because the food is terrific and the service is excellent. The menu is always changing and the favourites remain such as vegetables from the garden and show stopper salad. We will definitely be back...... again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 7, 2019

One of my favorite restaurants of the city. Amazing food, amazing staff. We always try to go with 4+ people and order everything.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 7, 2019

Had a wonderful time. Great staff and service and food. We will be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 7, 2019

Thank for the warm and welcoming dinner.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

September 6, 2019

Thanks again for a delightfully refined meal!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 6, 2019

I did not want to rate the food because we did not eat here, but this application for me to select a score. To be fair, I picked 3. We were entirely disappointed with the menu, as it was basically all seafood except one option. For a restaurant that does not market itself as a seafood restaurant, we found that odd and very limiting. Ended up going elsewhere. That said, the place was very nice and the staff couldn't have been more understanding and helpful. If you're into the menu, I bet you would love this place...but not for me.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2019

We had an excellent time at the Mackenzie room! Even before the dinner, the communication with the restaurant is friendly and responsive. The meal we had (we chose the just between us) are just amazing. The flavor of each dish are so layered and defined! Everything is a surprise for us. I will recommend this place to anyone who loves good food and wanna have a chill place to enjoy them :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2019

Simply outstanding.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 2, 2019

3 of the 5 courses we're totally memorable. The squid ink brioche and sea urchin paté is worth the price of the price fixe menu by itself. Service was impeccable and warm. Would recommend to all of our friends travelling to Vancouver.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 2, 2019

Overall amazing dining experience, loved every moment and would highly recommend to friends and family. Only very minor downside Air conditioning could be a little stronger as it was quite warm inside

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 1, 2019

Had the Chef's Menu for 3. Food was fantastic. The way Chef presented each dish was exciting and creative. Service was great. Will definitely pass the word on and come back again. Thanks for a great evening

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 31, 2019

Amazing dishes that combine ingredients that you wouldn't expect to go together! Delicious!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 30, 2019

We did the “I’ll have it all” and tried everything on the menu. Definitely recommended!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 29, 2019

Outstanding. A dining sensory experience. Thank you. John Pocelovic

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 27, 2019

The service we got from Bailey and the staff at The MacKenzie Room was amazing. My husband and I were celebrating our second anniversary and at the table was a sweet note with well wishes. The staff is extremely knowable and have a passion for the food being served. The food was fantastic. Brilliant ingredients and flavour combinations that leave you wanting more. If you’re two people willing to share, their Leave It To Us dinner is wonderful and a great price. You get to try a wide variety of menu options and are fully satisfied. Most restaurants that provide set menus always leave you wanting more or left a little disappointed. Not the case here, the prefixed menu was well thought out. We enjoyed every minute and each course got better! Thank Mackenzie Room for a wonderful night!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 25, 2019

We had the kind of service I gladly tipped the highest rate for. Courteous, informative, attentive. I felt like an honored guest by all of the staff. Our waiter was lovely - and when he allowed our food to be delivered by one of the kitchen staff there was a seamless transfer of service - courteous, informative, attentive. The standard set is so high that I must now review when I will tip at the highest rate in other establishments. Thank you for a true dining experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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An unexpected gem on a somewhat-seedy strip in Railtown, The Mackenzie Room will surprise and delight, while making you feel right at home. Boozy punch bowls and shabby-chic furnishings give the restaurant a best-friend’s-dinner-party vibe, but chef Sean Reeve’s masterful cooking is anything but ordinary. Check out the chalkboard menu for the daily farm-to-table dishes on offer – although it might require some deciphering. With tongue-in-cheek names like Louisiana Tim Bits and Boar’n Supremacy, elevated dishes are as fun to order as they are to eat. Dining with a group? Ask for the multi-course tasting menu – you won’t regret it.

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I love this farmhouse-style restaurant on Powell; it’s relatively new and has quickly become one of my favourite spots in Strathcona. It’s got a great vibe and the wait staff are fantastic – I leave with new friends every time I visit. Everything is high quality and you can tell they really put thought into their ingredients. The chalkboard menu can sound a bit precious, but all of the items come out in super large portions and I always leave feeling stuffed. I love the garden vegetables and a dish called The Showstopper, which features legumes, farmer’s cheese and pistachios.

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