Bacchus Bistro is located at the Domaine De Chaberton winery and offers a menu of French classics to compliment the winery's offerings.
We were a group of 4 expecting a lot more from this bistro but were very disappointed. The food is bland and the service is slow. We ordered various dishes but nothing seemed to impress us. We reserved a table in advance and were promised a good spot with a candlelight. None of that happened. If you are a foodie, do not bother. Seriously tasteless food!
If you plan carefully, hit the right weather, arrive early and enjoy a bottle of wine on the front grass, and then move to the patio in the bistro, the visit can be quite enjoyable. However, my only complaint, is that the service can be quite indifferent and unaccommodating, both in the bistro and the wine shop. We arrived for a 75th birthday party (6 people) at 4:03pm, and when we inquired in the wine shop for the 4:00pm tour, we were told it was cancelled, due to no interest. We explained we were interested and we were 6 people, but the lady seemed very set on sticking to her guns. Nice touch! Prebooked the patio for 6pm 2 weeks in advance, but for some reason the server seating us seemed determined to move us inside. We insisted to be outside, and she still persevered to bring us in. We won out in the end, but I didn't appreciate the server trying to force her personal agenda. As for food, nothing special, but the ambience tends to improve the experience.
My wife and I recently visited for a Valentines night dinner. This was our second time, and we went back because the first time was special.
Unfortunately, this visit was very disappointing. Our table was close to the entrance and very drafty.
Our waitress was completely incompetent. We had to ask to order some wine. She brought our salads and couldn't remember who ordered what. There were only 2 choices to pick from. After waiting between courses for a half an hour, she came over and asked if we were waiting for our main course. We said, no, we were waiting for our soup. She brought the wrong ones. Again, there were only 2 to pick from. Then she brought us our main courses and again got the serving wrong.
I think our meal would have been ok, if not for the service. With the lack of service, we were just feeling like we had made a real mistake. Unfortunately a place we once enjoyed and looked forward to, is now a place we will never go to again.
Was here for lunch a few months ago and wanted to check it out for dinner. Chose the table d'hote option with escargot, bison rib-eye and halibut nicoise. Nice service, good bread, and the food was okay but compared to Tapenade in Steveston in a similar price range (and bacchus came out a little more expensive actually), the price and the meal (including the desserts) were not in the same league. Nice, pleasant, and would go back for lunch but not for dinner.
Yesterday, a friend and I decided to try the Bacchus Bistro at Domaine de Chaberton vineyard. We were the first customers to arrive that day for lunch, and without reservations, although I understand that usually reservations are required, especially in the summertime.
We were seated near the patio windows which gave us a view of the vineyard, although it was winter. The choice of music was very relaxing, and to my taste - jazz.
Our waiter was Bill and the service was excellent - attentive, polite, but not intrusive. As we were not overly hungry, and had never been there before, we tried the soup of the day which was roasted garlic. Very tasty with a firm garlic flavour. We followed this with the spinach and Oka quiche, served with a fresh salad with a variety of greens. Accompanying this, I tried a glass of the house white and my friend tried the house red. Excellent house wines. The overall cost was reasonable.
We very much enjoyed our lunch and intend to visit again, perhaps for dinner
We have been to the bistro many times (5 -6). I have mixed impressions for the bistro. On the positive, the food has always been top notch, well prepared and thoroughly enjoyable. The service has been good most times............. once or twice a little slow, but not horrible. The biggest complaint I have is similiar to other posts that I've seen here.............. reservations.............. we reserved a month and a half ahead of time for the patio (May) and when we arrived we were seated in the main part of the restaurant ..... way in the back........ not a great table. Many tables were available on the patio when we arrived and we AGAIN asked to be seated there, but were told it wasn't possible to be seated there. ?????? why???? not sure.. I complained about the problem on the comment card and left a phone number and email, yet no one returned my call.............. Not pleased with this. It was a SPECIAL occasion, and that is why we booked well in advance, and were thoroughly disappointed with their lack of willingness to seat us outside when I had booked the patio in the first place.
This was our third time for lunch and again, it did not disappoint. This time, my mother was visiting from out of town and we wanted to share this wonderful little Bistro with her. We arrived at noon and had our choice of patio or dining room seating. As it was a really hot day, we opted to sit in the air conditioned dining room. The patio doors do remain open, however, the air conditioning was still effective. We all ordered a la carte. For appetizers, we had the spinach salad (flavourful dressing with sharp blue cheese, caramelized onions), mussels (perfectly cooked in a savoury broth) and pork pate (fresh and not over spiced). For mains, we had double rack of pork (with asparagus and yukon gold roasted potatoes), baked salmon with prawns and mussels over fennel, and the three hour slow cooked moroccan lamb shank. What a feast! Everything was perfectly cooked, the flavours were thoughtfully blended, food was nicely presented and portions substantial. The rack of pork was exceptionally large and half of it came home with us. Very good value for money. Although we were very full, we couldn't leave without having the creme brule. We decided to share it between the three of us. Highly recommended. The wine choice - the prized Gerwertztraminer. The service was attentive and not intrusive. The ambiance was lovely and not prententious. We did not feel rushed. It was a very satisfying experience. We have recommended this wonderful place to family and friends and they too agree, its a great food experience.
I dined at Bacchus. Ordering from Table d'hote, I selected halibut. I am not sure there was any halibut in the mashed potato concoction I was given. I should have asked for the menu back to check if it matched what I thought I had ordered.
The cream sauce was runny and full of onion. I am not sure I was expecting so many olives in the sauce because I do not eat olives.
A disappointing anniversary lunch. I am not sure I will be going back there for a long time.
This used to be the loveliest place to lunch in Langley, however, service and value have diminished so badly it is not worth it.
I had tryed phoning and had left two messages for reservations without any responce and after dropping in we were seated at the last available table on the patio. I asked why there was no phone call back and all I recieved was a shrug.
We waited an eternity to place our order and again to accept our order. Perhaps, having contracts for busloads of tourists complicate the smaller orders but we weren't impressed.
My sister and I had one glass of wine and a soup and salad each bringing our lunch bill to 68 dollars.
My family and I decided to check this place out after having heard good things from a couple of friends. We were not disappointed! We decided to order from the table d'hote--my foie gras appy came with two sizable pieces, my halibut entree was perfectly cooked with a subtle but flavorful carrot sauce, and dessert was a frozen nougat with port-soaked fruit. My dad ordered the pork rack as a main, and it was huge! But big doesn't matter if the taste is mediocre; fortunately, that was not the case here--crispy pork skin on the outer layer, and tender meat underneath. For a top notch 3-course meal with more than generous servings, $30 is an amazing deal. We also added the suggested wine pairings--2 glasses of wine for $12. With delicious food and a wonderful atmosphere on the patio where you have a view of the vineyard, it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon. We'll definitely be going back again.
We had a wonderful celebration here on Saturday for lunch and were absolutely thrilled with the whole experience. Read more and see pictures at www.champagnewednesdays.com
We are still recovering from our feast!
First things first, order a glass (or bottle) of the buttery Bacchus Chardonnay. Then, ask yourself, do I like butter? Do I like cheese? Do I like bacon? If you answer yes to any or all of these, then you will understand our ordering dilemma. The wine will help lubricate whatever reluctance you might feel in ordering the entire menu. After all, it was a long drive. Who knows when you’ll be back?
We had: three perfectly puffed onion tarts, 3 cauldrons of French onion soup, 1 prawns andalouise, 1 crepes with ham, gruyere and mornay sauce, 2 spinach salads with blue goat cheese and candied walnuts, 1 quiche with tomato and okra, 2 lemon tarts, 3 chocolate mousse with prailine crusts and 3 bottles of wine.
I've been here 3 times and because the food has been quite good, I felt the decor and vineyard gave it a unique character. However. the food and service has really diminished.
This last visit, I took my mom for her 65th b-day lunch. The hostess led us to the patio past the room divider hiding the servers' cleaning station (large garbage cans full & smelly and trays of dirty dishes) rather than through the inside restaurant to our seat. I'm fairly tolerant but with the breeze the smell occasionally wafted over to us - not good.
Making the best of it, we chatted and waited, waited -- waited easily 20 minutes until I flagged bus gal and asked if we'd have better service if we were seated inside. She took the cue and said oh, I'll get your waiter. About 5 minutes later he showed and finally took our drink order - we thought it would be prudent to order food right then too.
The salad was good and the onion soup nice but we both agreed it was nothing to write home about. Then the server brought out 2 quiches but we'd only ordered one. He made it seem our fault for his not understanding our order. We tried to be laid back and said fine, fine just leave it. After he left we realized there was no way we could eat both, so we just shared the one and asked for the other one to be packed away. I somewhat expected the waiter would credit our bill for his mistake but no he did not - especially given our wait.
In summary, I'm not willing to drive all the way out there to receive such terrible service, have smells of garbage and have food that while good, I can get elsewhere equal or better. As it is a winery - they only serve wine as their alcoholic beverage. Their wines are the same as the food - good but I've had better elsewhere. It has so much potential but unfortunately the whole package makes it a place worth skipping.
We tried making a reservation several times and were greeted by really grumpy maitre' ds who seems like they had more important things to do. We have visited the restaurant twice and were disappointed both times. Our first visit was marred by the fact that the patio was booked by a function even though we were told that it was a first come first served basis when we made the booking. We told the maitre' d when we arrived that were disappointed that the patio was unavailable and she should inform customers when they enquire. More customers that arrived had the same complaint. This is because their dining room is very small and the chairs are very uncomfortable. It reminded me of grandmother's "proper" dining room. The patio is definitely more casual and less claustrophobic.
The restaurant is very far away from town and is situated in the middle of nowhere. The food is decent but service is so poor, it makes us reconsider driving one hour out of the way to get there. Waiters expect you to order wine, and we were judged when we declined wine with our lunch.
The food is quite expensive and the price has been steadily increasing. They have blocked the entrance to the bistro and wants customers to walk through the wine store instead. No doubt, wanting customers to buy wine enroute.
I would not recommend this restaurant at all.
Went there for lunch for a special occasion. I have never encountered such slow service in my life. Two of the guests were served their first course what seemed like hours before the others' entrees arrived. The waiter was not particularly warm and refused to make eye contact whenever I tried to catch his eye about how slow our meals were. I almost got up and chased him into the kitchen area but did not want to spoil our special occasion. The entrees finally arrived without a word of apology and from a different server.
The food was pricey for the quality.
Won't go again.