Chipotle Vancouver: It’s Finally Open and We Ate Everything

Diana Chan December 13, 2012 Downtown, Fast Food, Mexican, Three Beakers

Chipotle Sign Vancouver

My last taste of Chipotle Mexican Grill was the past Summer in New York. I have been left Chipotle-less for 6 months and when I got word that Chipotle was coming to Vancouver, I jumped for joy and so did my friends. We are a bit nuts, so once, we actually drove to Seattle just for Chipotle. When Chipotle invited me for a preview of the restaurant the night before the December 13th, 2012 opening, I had to say yes!

Chipotle Vancouver is the 6th location in Canada. After a successful launch in Toronto with 5 restaurants, it was time for them to come to Vancouver. Even though this is the first location in Downtown Vancouver, there are plans to expand to bring in more locations. There is no word on when or where, but expect more Chipotle locations in the near future.

All their ingredients are local and organic, so it is not 100% the same as the other Chipotle locations around the world.

Chipotle Vancouver

The Vancouver location has huge windows so you can see everyone inside enjoying their meal.

Chipotle Vancouver

They have some funky seating in the front.

Chipotle Vancouver

The interior has lots of seating and each table is lit up with light overhead.

Chipotle Vancouver

The high tables have bag hooks! BAG HOOKS! As a woman with a purse, it’s very important to have those since it’s kinda gross putting your bag on the floor. Or if you have shopping bags, it works wonders too.

Chipotle Vancouver

You start by picking your type of item, then protein, and then all the filler to go inside. All basic items are $8.95. Guacamole is $2.21, which in my opinion is quite expansive…but it is real avocado.

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Line up on the right side of the restaurant and work your way down the line as you create your perfect meal. The staff is very friendly and can help if you have questions.

Chipotle Vancouver

Chipotle Vancouver

Depending on your item, you can choose white rice or brown rice, then pinto or black beans.

Chipotle Vancouver

The hard part is choosing the protein – chicken, steak, carnitas, or barbacoa.

Chipotle Vancouver

Then you can add a variety of salsa from mild, medium, and hot. Throw on some sour cream, cheese, and lettuce. Remember, the guacamole is extra.

Chipotle Vancouver

Depending on what you add-on after you build your burrito, it can cost you anywhere between $10 and $20. On the bright side they offer beer and margarita too. If you have kids, there is a kids menu too. I wish I was a kid sometimes.

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The drink fountain is on the side.

Chipotle Vancouver

If you are not in the mood for sugary pop, they have unsweetened tea. I keep thinking this is water, but it’s not.

Chipotle Vancouver

Don’t forget your napkins, it will come in handy! There are also variations of Tabasco sauce for you to add a kick to your meal.

Chipotle Vancouver

Chips ($1.20)

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You can also add guac or salsa dips for a small charge.

Chipotle Vancouver

Burrito ($8.95) cross-section looks like that. I couldn’t suggest you eat it like this unless you were sharing with a friend. It would definitely get messy.

Chipotle Vancouver

M made his burrito without any vegetables, just rice, pinto beans, hot salsa, and steak. Sometimes it good to forget about the vegetables and ask for more rice, beans and salsa. You really can make your burrito anyway you like!

Chipotle Vancouver

Soft Shell Tacos ($8.95) comes in 3 pieces. @Cruzpresso ordered his with all the same ingredients, but you can have different proteins in each taco if you preferred.

Chipotle Vancouver

Hard Shell Taco ($8.95) comes in 3 pieces too. It’s a bit hard to eat if you are a messy eater. Remember to grab some napkins.

Chipotle Vancouver

Salad ($8.95) has the lettuce underneath and all the toppings piled on top! The protein that came with this item was the steak. It’s chewy like a steak but it deliciously marinated.

Chipotle Vancouver

Bowl ($8.95) + Guacamole ($2.21) I added carnitas meat and everything except the cheese  into my bowl.

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Thats what the inside of the bowl looks like. It was delicious and oh so filling.

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Chicken Bowl ($8.95) minus the lettuce haha.

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The chicken is hiding under all the ingredients. The chicken was quite tasty and flavourful.

Chipotle Vancouver

We ate everything except for the kid’s meal or the vegetarian options. Burritos and bowls are quite popular! You can’t go wrong with any of the meats either. My person favorite item is the bowl with the barbacoa. It’s a good place to go if you are particular about your food. It’s very customizable to how you want it made.

If you are used to the Chipotle in the US, just know…the portions look smaller and you are paying about $2 more.

It’s great to have Chipotle in Vancouver, BC but it is quite similar to Red Burrito. In the end, the whole table agreed that Chipotle did taste better and they are dedicated to bring in good ingredients that are local, fresh, organic, and have no synthetic hormones.

Chipotle Mexican Grill is ready to start serving customers December 13th, 2012 at 11am!

We Rate Chipotle Mexican Grill:

818 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC


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About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.


  1. Curtis Ng December 13, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Omg that all looks so good… can’t wait to check it out 🙂

    • Dianachan8 December 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Let me know when you go! I’ll be reading your blog!

  2. Jennifer December 13, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Looks delicious. Looking forward to visiting ASAP!

    • Dianachan8 December 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Exciting stuff! Hopefully the lineups aren’t too bad

  3. Shyla December 13, 2012 at 7:49 am

    The food looks similar to what you would find at Chronic Taco…

    • Dianachan8 December 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      AH yes, Chronic Taco. Very very similar but Chipotle is slightly better. But no one can make better tacos than La Taqueria

  4. Catwoman December 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

    This looks all but IDENTICAL to Mucho Burrito, which is by far and large the best Mexican place in downtown vancouver.

    Also, I am fairly certain the guac is expensive, not expansive. Maybe if you own a blog, you should proof-read.

    • Dianachan8 December 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Sorry about that, my proof-reading skills tend to deteriorate after midnight. I haven’t been to Mucho Burrito yet, but I will. Thanks for the tip.

      • Kevin January 26, 2013 at 7:44 am

        Classier response than I would have given her. I would have not responded so kindly to such a b*@#$!

  5. franneh December 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Had this for the first time in LA this past Feb and loved it!

  6. ♥ Salina Siu December 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    What do you mean by this? How is it different? “All their ingredients are local and organic, so it is not 100% the same as the other Chipotle locations around the world.”

  7. NP December 13, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Really, a whole blog post dedicated to a boring US chain? C’mon. Chipotle is average at best. Why do people rave about “Mexican” food that’s not really even scratching the surface of what Mexican food really is? Let’s call Chipotle what it really is: a boring burrito joint for people who don’t really know anything about food.

    Additionally, how would guac be made without “real avocados?” I don’t get it. An entire avocado is $1-$1.50 at any given grocery store, so yeah, adding a dollop of guac to a burrito for $2.21 is definitely a rip.

  8. Bugloo December 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Nowhere on their website does it say that all their ingredients are organic, like you’ve said in your blog. They claim that they use organic ingredients ‘whenever possible’. Still better than many others, though.

  9. BobbieJoe November 7, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Love their food, hope they come to Ottawa soon 🙂

  10. EddieMarriage January 29, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I dunno. All fast-food restaurants are the same.

    Yeah sure, you can pretend and say, “oh no, but this is different, and it’s not fast-food”, and claim that it’s hip and urban and trendy.

    But let’s face it, it’s food service workers ladling out mass-produced food to customers. Sure, it might be “locally-sourced” (ooo, trendy lingo — why didn’t they also throw in the words “hand-crafted” or “artisan”?), but it’s still produced in large quantities.

    Get the inside dope from some of the front-line workers there. I see some in the photos. I’ll bet they might tell a different story than the glitz ‘n glamour stuff I’m reading here.

  11. EddieMarriage January 29, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    PS: I’m not saying it doesn’t taste good. In fact, the photos make the food look quite delicious. Certainly healthy looking. Just saying that all fast-food ’emporiums’ (read: corporations) seem to be really just replications of one another.

    Yes, they evolve. And new ones seem interesting. But ultimately, they revolve around blue-collar workers paid low wages to prepare large volumes of food for large numbers of customers. It all becomes so mind-numbing after a while.

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