The Arms Reach Bistro, established in 2004, in the heart of Deep Cove, offers a tasteful west coast style cuisine with a unique flare. Open at 11am seven days a week, we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Come down and join us, relax and relish in the spectacular waterfront view.
Usually I am not a fan of these types of restaurants. Near the ocean (quite expensive) but tonight a group of 10 of us had come up to Deep Cove, and there are not any other resturants here (except a Japanese Sushi place, and possibly one or two more maybe) Anyhow I was determined not to eat here, because I didn't find the menu to be appetizing, and I wasn't willing to spend that much money on an entree.
Anyhow, since the rest of the group had wanted to eat here, what could I do? I thought maybe I could just get a drink, and eat elsewhere later on on my way back home, however I had decided to ask if they had linguine alfredo and they said that it is not on the menu, but they could make it for me, so I decided to order that (with chicken)
I was really impressed. I paid $16 for the pasta, plus an additional $3 for the chicken. Maybe the price was a little too expensive (given that I had chicken on my pasta) but none the less it was a great meal and I enjoyed every single bite. My friend who sat next to me had reported to me, that she as well enjoyed her food, she gave me a bite and I found it to be tasty.
The waiter we had was exceptional, really friendly and nice. I can honestly say, that he is one of the best waiters that I have ever had at a restaurant. Out of 10 stars he get's 15.
This probably won't be a resturant that I will be visiting too often, because of the prices, but it definatly is worth visiting if you want to treat yourself to a good meal and I hope to return again.
It was okay but the entrees were very average and disappointing.
We had relatives in town and they wanted to go to a restaurant with a view. They had suggested a restaurant in town but we mentioned to them that the food there was overpriced and not very good. We settled on Arms Reach Bistro. It was really busy on a Wednesday night.
The setting is beautiful. The room overlooks the cove and it is casual elegant. It’s nicely decorated but not formal so that you would be perfectly comfortable if you’re dressed casually. The service from our server Erin was wonderful. She was very patient and explained the various dishes to us, she kept the water glasses and wine topped up. When pasta was ordered to share she had the dish split up in the kitchen. For an appetizer my husband and I shared the underground pasta. This is not on the menu but Erin said it was a pasta dish that is very popular with the regular patrons. It is a spicy red tomato sauce spaghetti dish with prawns and chorizo sausage. It was indeed very spicy and tasty. My brother-in-law and his wife decided to share the cheese platter and they were very pleased with the selection of cheeses and condiments that accompanied it. It came with crostinis and Erin said if they wanted more she would be more than happy to supply them with it. For main dishes I had the beef tenderloin and my husband had the roasted lamb shoulder. Both were decent but lacking in flavor and not very interesting. Our relatives had the pasta of the day – penne pasta with chorizo sausage and the ling cod. They left a fair bit of food on the plate and did not comment too much on it but I’m assuming that because there was so much left on the plate that they did not find it very good. The bread that was brought to the table was outstanding. It was a nice crusty bread with a soft centre. Erin was kind enough to supply us with 2 baskets. For dessert my husband and I shared a raspberry crème brulee. It was wonderful. The top was not too hard, the custard was creamy and not firm like some brulees have a tendency to be and the raspberries provided a nice tartness and contrast to the dish.
Prices are not outrageous considering the location. Appetizers range from $7.00 - $20.00 and entrees range from $16.00 for pasta to $31.00 for the beef tenderloin.
It is unlikely that I would return as the entrees really did not appeal to me.
Came here on a weekday and sat out in the small patio. Really nice views of the cove. Menu had some interesting dishes but mainly sandwiches and pastas. They did have a small selection of brunch items which was surprising for a weekday. Chose the pasta with shrimp and crab. Lots of shrimp and crab tossed with olive oil and fresh herbs. Nice and light for lunch. Portion was pretty good and good value for $17. Service was quick and efficient. Would return for a few drinks and dinner.
We live in the Cove and have been coming to Arms Reach for about 4 years on and off. We used to like sitting on the big leather couch in the corner and having a bottle of wine and appetizers and/or a light dinner. We usually spent about $100 and stay maybe a little over an hour.
A couple of months ago we went in around 5:30 and asked if we could sit at our usual spot. Just then the chef went and sat on the couch with a sales rep for a chat. The restaurant was completely empty but instead of asking the chef to have his chat at a table the hostess told us we couldn't sit there. Wow, employees take precedence over paying customers. On top of that this was about the 50th time we'd been in and the hostess treated us as though we were dirt under her shoe. We left and spent our $100 at the Raven that night.
Last night we went in again and discovered that the couch had been altogether removed and replaced with a 4 top. Ok, I guess that's a business decision and fair enough. We sat at the bar and had a drink and while we were there we watched 3 servers doing their cash out at the bar. We felt uncomfortable and like we were sitting in the staff room. We left after 1 drink and on the way home we decided we will probably never return. Since we only went there about once a month that's only $1200 revenue they're losing, I'm sure that won't hurt them and we won't miss it now that theirs no couch to schnoodle on.
Goodbye Arm's Reach, you won't see us again but we know you won't really care.
Geographically speaking, the Arms Reach Bistro has the dining experience cornered. As one of, if not the only good restaurant east of Lonsdale, on the North Shore, the ARB serves up excellent food, service, value, and ambiance. Living almost my whole life in Deep Cove, and never dined before at this location, (minus the old Nut Shell) I have frequented this cozy little place several times this past summer. Food quality has always been top notch, service impeccable, value a bit pricey, and the ambiance on the patio during the summer outstanding. Having ordered different items off the menu every time I've visited, I've never had a bad meal. Regarding the prices on the entrees, if you live nearby, the money you would save on gas going elsewhere, is easily recovered with the quality ARB serves up. Weather you're visiting Deep Cove for the day, or are a local, the Arms Reach Bistro will not disappoint.
I used to live in North Vancouver, and on a regular basis I would go to this restaurant..even if it was just for a quick salad during lunchtime.
Their food is amazing, the location is great, and the owner will always take the time to check up on you even if you're not a regular.
It's not cheap, but not expensive either, and in my opinion worth every penny.
If you want to have a great dinner, go here.
It's a rare accomplishment for a restaurant to get things right in all aspects of the dining experience. The Arms Reach Bistro succeeds in this regard and does so consistently. I used to consider this cozy little place an undiscovered gem - not anymore. The secret is out and the evidence is needing a reservation several days in advance to get a table. They just do it right. The food is simply some of best in the city. The owner puts together an outstanding wine offering with great value to the customer. The servers are exceptional now. The location is ideal and the ambience inside is a combination of quaint cottage casual while being lively and energetic. The tunes are modern and funky and they even feature a trio of talented jazz musicians every once in a while. For quite a while now, this has been my favorite place to dine out.
Excellent food, excellent service, excellent value! If you haven't been here, go, go, go!!!
Try the chicken penne or curry on rice- fantastic. I have been here numerous times and it has been consistent every visit. Well worth the drive out to Deep Cove.
We've been to AR several times... breakfast, lunch, dinner. Just the two of us and with a whole gang, including teenagers and their friends. We've always been happy. The menu is inspired but not 'over the top' chichi. Interesting experimentation and combinations but at the same time grounded so that everyone can relate. The servers are fun, attentive, friendly and there to serve. Always a smile and 'I'm happy to do that for you' attitude. The wine list is remarkable for a bistro of this size (and location) and the staff are very knowledgeable about their wines. Deep Cove is a funky kind of place and the view to the cove is very restful. The decor is relaxed and there's always a nice buzz of conversation but not overwhelming. Weird bits... the washroom is in another, albeit, adjacent building. Its hard to get in (the restaurant, not the washrooms) so make sure you have a reservation.. even on weeknights
This place has gone through its fair share of ups and downs. The prices have slowly creeped up and up as they have decided to cater more towards tourists. In the past we were greeted by grim looking staff at the front door that acted as if we were a bother. We have lived on the North Shore for many years and this was not just our experience, it was the experience of many others. Today we were greeted by cheery staff with friendly smiles. We got good seats but that is about it. The lunch menu is very limited and pricey. As an example, a small bowl of mussles is now about 23 dollars not including tip. 3 small pieces of cheese and a few crackers is about 18 dollars without tip. If you don't believe, check the menu. The sandwiches have grown smaller over the years, although still tasty. The service was real slow. The best thing about today was the staff so that is an improvement. We will check back again in another few months and provide another update. I do not think they can last much longer with the smaller sized meals, the limited selection and the expensive price points. Will see.
I initially came for the weekend brunch based on positive reviews I had read online and wasn't disappointed. The eggs benny with smoked salmon is the best I've ever had. I recently went for lunch here over the May long weekend and despite crowds of tourists we managed to get a table right away and had a very pleasant lunch experience. I had the stinky burger with fries which was delicious. During both my visits, I got the impression that the chefs really pay attention to the food they make and that the ingredients they use, unlike the run-of-the-mill franchises.
Combined with a stroll around beautiful Deep Cove before and after the meal, it's totally worth driving to this place.
Located by the inlet beach in Deep Cove, the restaurant always welcomes with gentle warmth every time I visit. It is not only because the surrounding high mountains protect the place from the din of the city, but it is about how the restaurant responds its interior atmosphere to the seasonal change of its natural environment; beautiful flowers in patio in summertime and cozy homey mood inside restaurant during the foggy winter. Foods are generally good here, but I always order calamari whenever I visit the restaurant...I think they make the best calamari in Vancouver area. I have walked around and tried out restaurants eating calamari in many cities since I was surprised with the quality of calamari in Arms Reach, but so far this restaurant makes the best calamari in my opinion. My favorite time to visit the restaurant is the early evening in the summer; things are starting to settle down, and I sit in the patio, order calamari and Chardonnay, and enjoy the view and the moment time quietly passing by...
I've eaten here a few times and every time I have had a great experience, last night was no exception. We shared the Chad salad, nicely balanced vinigrette and a good portion for the money. I had the duck with cassoulette and my date had the scallops and crab with saffron rissotto. Both were cooked to perfection, I have never had duck so perfectly cooked and tender and the scallops were perfectly seared and just cooked through. The desert was the chocolate torte which was dense and an explosion of chocolate. My only complaint is that the room is quite noisy and it can be hard to carry on a conversation. That said, the energy in the room was great and the service efficient without being overbearing. Definitely make a reservation on a weekend, there was a lineup of hopefulls out the door and some even braved the night to eat on the patio.
Other than the fact the Location is very hard to find, the experience is generally pleasant. About 15 minutes drive from the Center of North Van.
Friendly servers and upscale atmosphere.
The menu is priced slightly on the high side. The soup is delicious.
I had the Bombay butter chicken,tasty but not as spicy as I thought.
Will definitely try again if I ever go to North Van for dinner.
Went to this restaurant on a rainy night. sat down and immedietly noticed how cold it was inside,good thing I brought a sweater.
we had 6 people in our group. I had trouble hearing anyone talk as the place was extremely noisy considering there was no music playing. I think perhaps because the ceilings were so low. I ordered a linguine with crab and salmon.and a bottle of red wine.
The linguine was actually quite tasty and so was the wine. I was not pleased about being charged almost a dollar extra to have a sprinkle of parmesan cheese put on it! The prices for most entrees were high and portions were small. I think the taste of most dishes was nice. we all sampled each others dinners.
I think this would be a nice restaurant to go on a hot summer day, when you could actually see the water.
Had dinner here last week and was very impressed. I had heard very good things from friends and they were not wrong.
Our Server was just excellent, he was prompt, attentive, knowledgable and treated my five year old son like an adult. I think he has been there a while as he seemed to know several of the locals.
I had the carpaccio to start, then the duck with a small side order of seared scallops. All of the food was excellent. Finished with creme brulee for dessert
They have a great reserve wine list and it has very fair markups.
This is a great casual spot with the service and food quality of fine dining, and you can even bring the kids.
This place was a nice surprise. Hidden away in the Deep Cove, the Arms Reach Bistro is a true gem. It felt like we were away on a trip the whole night. The scenic views and the seclusion of this restaurant make it what it really is. The food and service was solid but not outstanding. We will return for the ambiance.
We went to Arms Reach for a family birthday and the restaurant was packed! We were originally told a 40 minute wait. It was a such a nice day out, definitely should have made a reservation even on a weeknight. We were about to leave to go to the Raven but we asked again and got seated a minute later. The decor in the restaurant is elegant with neutral colours and the view of the water was beautiful! The service was great and a few of us started off with salads. The mains are in the $20-35 range. I ordered the scallops and risotto and it was to die for! I'm still thinking about it! I also tried a bit of the seafood pasta with tomatoes, it was a bit plain but still good. Everyones food was really good and I don't think there was a single complaint. We also received complementary dessert for the birthday which was very nice. The service was great, the food is amazing, and the view of Deep Cove is lovely. Will be coming back again soon!
I recently ate at this restaurant. It was around 2 pm on a weekday afternoon. My wife and I were seated in the middle of the dining area and despite being in plain view were not approached by a waiter for over 10 minutes (I had checked my email after we had been there). While we were waiting a couple that came in after us and were seated right next to us were waited upon and the table next to them saw no less than 3 waiters approach them. When a waiter did arrive she stated that she had been 'busy in back with a table doing wine tastings'. However the modest crowd and number of staff I couldn't help feeling this was incredibly incompetent service or shake that impression that this was a subtle form of discrimination native indians sometimes encounter in small towns. Too bad...
This is one of the coolest restaurants in North Vancouver. The patio under the big umbrellas is fantastic -- even when the weather is questionable (they give you blankets). Although a bit pricey, it's a great restaurant to bring people to when they are visiting from out of town. The combination of a quality restaurant and Deep Cove turn the spot into one that everyone should visit at least once. It's kinda like that lays chip commercial, "I dare you to visit just once."
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