A no messing around guide to the coolest things to eat, drink and do in Vancouver and beyond. Community. Not clickbait.


Neighbourhood: Chinatown
305 East Pender St.


Tuesday to Saturday, 5:30 – 11pm
Limited walk-ins | Dine-in only


  • IMG_88B5D6F852A1-1
  • Barbara
  • Barbara
  • IMG_6B1033616D1C-1
  • Barbara
  • Barbara
  • IMG_2EFFDA7B40B3-1

The People

Patrick Hennessy, Chef & Owner

About Barbara

Named after chef/owner Patrick Hennessy’s mother, who taught him how to cook and encouraged his love of food at a young age, Barbara is a casual, chef-driven small plates concept restaurant located in Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood. The 500 sqft space is located on the ground floor of the new Brixton Flats building at 305 East Pender Street. The design by Ply Architecture features a mural by local artist Sarah Delaney, millwork by Union Wood Co. and contracting by Harmony Pacific.

Patrick has been developing his talent in and outside of Vancouver for a long time. He has plenty of prime time experience, counting sous chef turns at Kissa Tanto and New York City’s acclaimed Eleven Madison Park on his resume, plus a five-year run as the sous chef at Chambar. With Barbara, which opened in June 2020, the chef is determined to support local farms, distilleries, wineries and breweries as much as he can.

If you consider yourself even a minor food enthusiast or hardcore restaurant zealot, Barbara needs to be on your radar.