(6 North Sarah Street
) is a relative newcomer to the Central West End, located on the first floor of the 6 North apartment building. It’s a cute, trendy little place with a good-looking bar and two outdoor seating areas.
Retreat's website warns guests that there's very little seating for big parties - we can attest that the tables are not roomy, so it's not the ideal location for a big group dinner.
Also, they also have just one high chair, so keep that in mind if you’re planning to bring a little one with you.
But the cocktails are delicious (we recommend trying a shrub) and the craft beer options are plenty. The menu is split into cold and hot small plates, burgers and sandwiches, entrees and flatbreads. Read one for our picks for the best vegetarian, gluten-free and paleo options on Retreat’s menu.
For a gastropub, there’s a pleasantly surprising number of vegetarian options, including small plates such as vegetarian poutine, beet carpaccio, a cheese plate, Brussels sprouts, tomato basil bisque, mac and cheese, sweet potato fries, a house salad and a kale Caesar salad.
For larger plates, there’s a caprese sandwich or two burger options that can be served with a black bean patty for an additional dollar. Ordered vegetarian-style, the farmhouse burger actually comes served with two black bean patties and a fried egg on top. We bet it would fill up the hungriest herbivore, but if not, you could also try the ragout entree.
There are quite a few gluten-free options at Retreat, and the restaurant keeps one fryer designated as gluten-free to avoid any cross contamination.
Gluten-free small plates include the poutine, beet carpaccio, chicken wings, sweet potato fries, cedar smoked trout, grilled shrimp and Brussels sprouts. The house salad is gluten-free, and there are two styles of burgers, plus a caprese and a chicken sandwich, that can be served on gluten-free buns. The flatbreads (chicken alfredo or goat and pesto) can also be ordered on gluten-free crust. The gluten-free entrees are pepper steak, seared salmon, veggie ragout and grilled pork chop.
For small plates, there are chicken wings, sweet potato fries, cedar smoked trout and Brussels sprouts, plus the house salad. The seared salmon or the veggie ragout (to which you can add chicken confit) are your best bets for entrees.
As mentioned, there’s only one high chair, but the staff was very accommodating to our small guest and offered to make a kid’s grilled cheese even though there isn't a kids’ menu.
Lots of options and delicious cocktails make Retreat a great option for most diners — so long as they're not looking to eat dinner with five of their friends.