The Firehall Bistro offers casual, bistro fine dining in Pitt Meadows.
This restaurant is absolutely amazing. From the moment we walked in the door. We were warmly greated by our waitress for the evening. One of the owners was behind the bar and he smiled warmly at us and welcomed us to his restaurant.
The restaurant is very warm and inviting with fine linens on the table and soft lighting casting a lovely glow. The tables are nicely spaced so you're not listening in on other people's conversation.
The food is absolutely amazing for the prices that are charged. Before we had our appetizer we were given an amuse bouche consisting of crostini - 2 were topped with a cream cheese and olive mixtere and the other 2 were topped with pickled beet root. Both were very good. We started off with one of the appetizer specials - a duo of prawns, jumbo and spot prawns in a lovely garlic butter sauce and served with a hot crusty homemade baguette. This was the most expensive appetizer at $17.99 but it was a very generous serving and very well prepared. Most appetizers seemed to be in the $9.00 - $12.00 range. The most expensive entree was the rib steak at $19.99 (I think that's what it was). For the entrees my husband had tarragon chicken that came with gruyere rissoto and asparagus and I had the oven roasted halibut with braised spinach and potato. Both entrees were very well prepared and they were decent sized servings. We were never rushed. My husband always finishes eating before I do and unlike many restaurants they did not clear his plate off the table until I was finished with my dinner. Kudos for that. Our waitress checked on us throughout and the owner came by also to ensure that everything was okay. The other owner is the chef. For dessert our lovely waitress recommended the pear fritters with homemade cinnamon ice cream. It was amazing.
Definitely recommended. We'll be back
Finally, we had to run errand in Pitt Meadows. Firehall Bistro was on my shortlist to visit based on its glaring review. At first, we had a little trouble finding the restaurant. It turns out the name shown on the windows is Season Bistro not Firehall which got us confused in the first place. Anyway, we were there for lunch and they only had 1 server. So we ordered calamari, salad, and lamb shank. The lamb shank was very tender and fall of the bone, the calamari was perfect and the salad was simple but good. To close we ordered the Russian White Chocolate dessert..which came out stunningly decorated like what you had in expensive restaurant. Everything tasted very good. To compare this place is like eating at CHOW in Granville with 50% more portion but half the price. Overall, we are very impressed with this place. The service could be better but we can't blamed the guy since he's the only one there. The waiter did a good job explaining the menu into great details...this is what every good restaurant need. We will definitely come back if we're in the area.
We came on a Saturday night. We were a group of five and when we got there at 6:15 (they open at 6) there were already two large groups seated, about 8-10 each group.
The first thing I noticed was the lack of servers. In fact, there was only one server, and another man working, who I presume to be the owner, given his pompous and patronizing attitude, and the giant gaudy bluetooth he had attached to his ear.
We were seated at our reserved table, and as we were still waiting for two more to arrive, we were no exaggeration, IGNORED, until I waved down the server to ask her for a drink.
At the time, the two parties were not being served - the owner and the server had stood behind the bar for ten minutes, probably discussing the amount of work they'd have to do, rather than doing it.
After the rest of our party arrived - about 15 minutes later - we were left with the menus for at least half an hour - by the time we had placed our orders, I checked the clock and it was 7:25 - we had been there for over an hour in order to get our orders taken.
Our server seemed frazzled, understandably, and recited the specials as if under extreme pressure for a language oral exam.
While I understand that she was trying her best, my main concern was why, if you knew there were going to be large groups AND it was a Saturday night, you wouldn't put more people on. As management, it is extremely important to ENABLE your employees to do a good job. If they are feeling overwhelmed because it is extremely short-staffed, it is management/the owner's fault, not that of the staff.
They had a young boy come on later to do the running/bussing, but the look on his face was that of pure misery. I didn't see him crack a smile once. It was painful to watch.
Near the end of the meal (paying/tipping time) the owner came over to systematically ask how everything was, without making eye contact or any attempt at rapport. The server came over and apologized for the lack of service, she said it was just crazy tonight. Again, not her fault.
They charge you 2.99 if you want "house-made bread" - typically restaurants would just offer you bread for free at the beginning, especially if you're hungry and have been waiting close to two hours since sitting down to start getting your food. We expected that since they were charging and it was "house-made" we'd get an assortment of breads maybe in a basket? It was a TINY loaf, hastily warmed up, and honestly tasted like day old bread from Safeway.
The food was well-presented, quality was fresh, and you could tell that the chef was definitely up to par. Kudos to the kitchen. It's the only thing that's pulling up the star rating for this place. Was it good enough that I'd come back? Definitely not. The prices they charge are pretty steep, typical downtown prices. And I really wanted to give this place a good review, because I'm a huge supporter of local businesses, and hey! a fine-dining restaurant in the 'burbs, why not? But a dining experience consists of more than just the food, and the service, or lack thereof, simply left a bad taste in my mouth.
OK, so Im a downtown Vancouver Foodie and very spoilt for choice....so for me and the wife to drive out to, what seems to be the middle of nowhere (A.K.A Maple Ridge) it had better be good or the drive back would not be that pleasurable. It was a great drive back! To start with we had the Lobster Bisque and the Scallops and Bacon mmmmmmmm. Delicious, perfectly prepared and presented. The bacon was a slice of pancetta lodged into the scallop - very tasty. Our mains came..I had the Pork Belly and wifey had the crispy Lobster Pasta. Neither of us wanted to share - which really says it all. Perfect and I mean perfect. The pork was soooooo tender and the portion was more than ample - but I still did not want to share! The desserts was equally as tasty...if they can just tighten up the "English Style" service it really would be top notch. Well done and we hope to drive out to the boon docks again soon!
Food rating: My wife and I had the following dishes, Kalamari, tarragon chicken, oven roasted halibut. The highlight was actually the amuse bouche which was a crostini with a olive tapanade, mmmm.
The Tarragon chicken was bland, basically a chicken breast with salt and pepper roasted... couldn't taste the tarragon at all. The risotto was ok, but under cooked and I'm personally not a fan of gruyere cheese in place of parmasan... I dont mean to pick it apart, but hey this is a review site.
My wife's Halibut was a great dish, muuuuch better than mine.
The Kalamari was ok, nothing special.
We had a dessert that I can't recall the name but it was very very good and they make all the dessert in house.
The wine list was decent and the prices are incredible. I think it was $7 more expensive than a BCL which is unheard of for a restaurant.
The service was good, not great but no complaints here.
Ambiance was nice, good lighting, nice seating with decent sized tables. Not sure why they still haven't changed the banner out front but we knew this already so had no problems finding it.
Definately would go back as the value is incredible.
So nice to have such a lovely, independent restaurant in the Tri-City area. Such a treat compared to the usual chain restaurants in this area. No longer have to drive to Vancouver for a nice meal. Only suggestions... build a website and change the signage outside. Food is delicious, the owner/host is really personable and attentive, and the decor is warm and inviting.
Love this little gem in Pitt Meadows. The Chef knows his stuff and really goes the extra mile with details. Halibut to perfection everytime isn't easy but this Chef does it! I could go on and on listing the menu and how great its all done but anything you choose will be done as well as the finest high priced places in Yale Town.
The prices are not cheap but they are cheaper than most at this level of food. Really worth the trip but call ahead first to make reservations.
Its a nice small & dark but not to dark, decorated nice and warm. Never loud and it has a nice casual class about it.
The british waitress is exelent and just pray you get her at your table because your other option (the owner) will turn you off this great little place.
The head waiter/owner is an ass. He has very poor people skills and almost looks down his nose at customers. If you just show up with out a resevation he can be snotty as hell about it. They have a fantastic british girl waiting tables and she gets it but the owner doesn't.
They need a good host/manager up front and keep the owner in the office counting cash or something because he will be the one that kills this place.
I don't think the owner knows he's a bad waiter or is trying to be a donkey but he just doesnt have any skills in the hospitality department. I hope he gets off the floor and hides out of the public eye before the Chef leaves because of the owner pissing off the customers.
We have been to the firehall bistro about 5 or six times and every time we have been we have had amazing food, drink and service. No matter what we chose the pairings are second to none. We always have three courses and a bottle of wine and go with any selection advised because each time we do it more than exceeds expectations. Earls prices for waaaaaay better service, quality and overall experience. I would recommend to anyone.
Husband and I went for dinner after finding it on another review site. Wow we loved it. My husband had the cesar salad and paella, I had the buttermilk salad and roasted chicken. Salads were really well prepared and every thing was freshly prepared. My husband is a true cesar aficionado and he loved it. I enjoyed the buttermilk dressing with the bits of blue cheese on my crispy salad of lettuce and pear. The hot fresh bread was perfect for scooping up all the bits. Our entrees arrived hot and prefect as well. My husband truly enjoyed the really fresh seafood in the paella and I just loved the risotto along with the perfectly crispy skinned chicken breast. we finished up with coffee and a shared dessert of pear and apple strudel with butter ripple ice cream.
One of our servers really went out of his way to explain the menu and chat with us, but I felt was overshadowed by times we were just sitting waiting for things like the check which is why I would give them a solid for service but not outstanding.
Overall prices are completely reasonable for the level of food and service which is again solid. we have found a new favorite and I look forward to going back and finding some of the other specials mentioned in other reviews
Dined there May 31 for an early dinner, shared fresh prawn appitizer very good and fresh. then CocoVIn and Pamigian with noodles. If you are looking for big portions go to a buffet and stuff yourself. This place serves perfectly prepared food, hot and fresh in portions that satisfy not stuff you. You probably won't take home a "doggie" bag but you will have enough especially if you have desert.. The place is a family operation and we have always had great service every time we go there. As for some of the other reviews that found fault 1: the sign on the awning is changed,
2:they now serve cocktails
3: the wine list is small but well selected (we had a New Zealand Merlot that was very good
4: the specials are many and the prices were quoted during the listing. They are not specials price wise but freshness wise and are worth ordering.
The only thing lacking is a bit of ambiance but the owners are chefs and not tradesman. The stone work around the fire place is rough at best and the yellow wall needs painting and maybe a picture or two.The bones are there just not the finish. A minor detraction, when the food arrives the ambiance is soon forgotten.
Price wise it is not cheap. With wine, a shared appy and two entres the bill before tax was about $90 and with taxes and tip just under $120. Skip the bottle of wine ( get a glass instead) and it;'s a reasonable night out for about the price of a dinner at Boston Pizza but in a nice, quiet setting.
It was sad to see that the customers don't dress better these days to go to an upscale place
one chap in his plaid Mac didn't even bother to take his ball cap off during dinner I guess I am showing my age.
we came here last night (for our 2nd time) for an early V-Day Dinner.
The food is to die for. We had:
ribeye (him) & rabbit tagiletelle raggu (me)
warm chocolate cake with kirsch cherries and homemade mint icecream
and blackberry martinis.
Everything was amazing! The place was packed but we still had amazing service. Honnestly the best food and service in the area if you are looking for somewhere classy, romantic and cozy. A must try!
We made a reservation for our parents' combined birthday dinner on the recommendation of a friend. The restaurant is tucked away on a side street, and we almost missed it. We were greeted very warmly and professionally. The level of service remained that way the entire night, consistently across all of the staff. Some large chains could definitely take pointers from the relaxed, fine-dining spirit of the service. The menu was small and perfectly executed. The canapes to start were delicious and unexpected. The wines were tasty and reasonably priced. Our appetizers were perfect -- one person commented that the prawns were the best he had ever had. The entrees were beautiful, interesting and delicious. Nothing was rushed, the staff were very attentive, and the restaurant had the buzz of contented patrons. My sister had lived nearby for two years and said she'd wished she'd known it was there earlier, because she would have been a regular guest.
I can only fault them for a few typos and spelling mistakes on the menu. I was the only member of our party who cared!
Give it a try: it's worth the drive!
We had made a reservation in advance as we had been previously unable to get in a few weeks prior due to it being full at that time.This restaurant came recommended, so after reading some of this restaurants reviews before going, we were all very intrigued. We found this quaint restaurant to be very welcoming with a warm atmosphere. We were half expecting to find a grumpy male at the front of house..but he was no-where to be found..still not sure who 'he' is, as all the staff were extremely friendly and easy to talk to.
The menu had some great meals on it, and the 'chefs creations' sounded good. We were told that the menu changes regularly depending on the season, as the chef only likes to cook fresh food, this was good to hear.
Our expectations were quite high, and I am pleased to say we were all very impressed. Our food came in record time, which scared us slightly, however after tasting it, we had nothing but compliments to say. We all had fantastic food. The portions were perfect, not too big, but just enough. The desserts were just as impressive, as was their homemade ice-creams.
After a delightful evening we were also impressed by the bill, definitely not as expensive as we had anticipated.
A fantastic evening was had by all, and a restaurant we will definitely be returning to. I will definitely be recommending this restaurant to friends.
my better half and i have eaten here on several occasions. i have to say that each experience has been outstanding. the menu is continually changing as the chef only prepares food that is in season and fresh(we asked because some of our favorites disappeared from the menu). the wine list is adequate but not overloaded and the markup is nominal for a restaurant. the service has always been excellent and friendly. ive had everything from the rib eye to the pot of mussels and have yet to have an expectation not exceeded. i, unlike my wife, am not a desert person but every meal i have had here has been accompanied with a desert and they have been a little slice of heaven. even the ice cream is made fresh in house! i am amazed that this small family run restaurant out in the suburbs has this quality food. i cant say enough about this place, i have recommended it to friends in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
I think that your experience at this restaurant is directly related to whether you are comparing this restaurant to a downtown Vancouver place or a Pitt Meadows Place. My review is making ratings compared to what you'd find downtown, no extra brownie points simply because they are in the burbs.
Our evening started with a warm welcome, and being sat in a nice little two person booth. The ambience is quite nice.
Our server was nice, if not a little inexperienced. I think she did an adequate job for us. For example, if you are going to tell us the features (the younger chap that sat us told us the appetizer feature, then the waitress told us all the features, and not once did anyone bother telling us the price of them?)
We were hoping for a little apperitif, maybe some champagne. No champagne available by the glass you say as you look towards the kitchen? Not the end of the world. What other options would you suggest? You don't sell any hard liquor just beer and wine? THAT was a little weird. What kind of fine dining restaurant does not serve liquor? Anyway, we settled on some nice red wine. I agree with previous reviews that they mark-up on wine is quite fair. However, if you're looking for a developed wine program here, don't. Maybe 12 reds and 12 whites.
Time to eat. We'd like to chat and get caught up, so maybe just a little appetizer to share while we have some wine. You can't do that. You can't take our order without us deciding everything first? Hmmpphh. Alright, we'll adapt to your house rules, after all I guess this isn't a tapas bar.
The menu looks good, at least as good as a menu can look printed on a piece of paper. About 8 apppies and 8 entrees (2 already sold out early on a Saturday night?)
The appetizers were average. We shared a few, Smoked Salmon which was ok, a Scallop and Crayfish dish that we were not blown away by by any means and a nice Onion Tart. The amuse served to us was a tiny little cracker type things with a small spoon of Jelly. Probably the weakest amuse I've ever been served in a fine dining establishment.
We talk and have more wine while waiting for the mains. This is where the imperfections of the service show through, water glasses sitting empty for long periods, wine empty. Finally another chap came by and asked if we needed anything. Um, more wine maybe?
Mains were better than the entrees, Halibut was well cooked with nice potatoes, Chicken Leg that my companion had was also enjoyed.
Would I go again? Probably, there are only 2 or 3 nice restaurants in this area so the pickings are slim. But in my opinion it is certainly not worth the drive in from out of town.
Tonight, a friend treated me out for dinner. He chose this location from some newspaper ad. I never heard of it; so I checked it out on this "dinehere" website first. Hmmmm, sounds like good food but questionable service. Well, it was excellent food, and the service was perfectly splendid!
I am not a big fan of seafood, especially of the shellfish group, but I do enjoy fish. I was in the mood for "something different" so rather than jumping on the steak (my usual favorite), I went for a salmon appetizer and Halibut entree. Wow! I believe this is the most pleasant surprise I have had in food in years! Even the salad and spinach had a 'special' flavor of some wonderful dressing. Every bite... Excellent! My friend had the steak; his comment... MMMMmmmm!
There was only three desserts offered; but what a choice they were. I don't recall the name of what I had (Sticky something something). Delish!!!!
The hostess (Veronique??) is lovely and charming (and yet could handle my friends 'interesting' humor like a professional heckler), and the owner (sorry, forgot the name... Gord?) was extremely attentive to the details and our satisfaction.
The atmosphere is not ideal for children nor energized teens, but marvelous if you simply want an enjoyable evening of incredibly FINE dining! Decent portions, although my appetite was beckoning for second helpings of everything because it was so good. For the quality of the food (more so than the quantity), the price is extremely fair! I am eager to return. The steak DID look really good!
I'm from Richmond and we drove all the way to Pitt Meadows to try this place out because it was recommended by a friend. I really enjoyed my experience there. The food was great, the portions were great and the service was unbelievable. I guess there were some people missing in the kitchen so the Chef was on his own and our food came out a little late, but they took really good care of us while we waited. We really appreciated the way they compensated for us waiting. Only 2 negatives I have to say.. they should change their awning name because right now it still says "Seasons Bistro" and it was a little smoky when we walked in , but that doesn’t even touch the service we received. I would drive the distance to go there again.
I was really looking forward to the restaurant based on the reviews. it is great to see this area attracting a notable chef. Even better that he is the owner/operator.
The decor is done beautifully. A small space, done right. The colors, the table settings, the bar. The feeling was intimate, but not small town.
The food was good, but nothing great. Unfortunately, everything I had was so salty. We had Calamari, Fish & Chips & an Onion Tart. All were good, but left us wanting more water.
We will definately go back in a while. I would expect they will change their menu seasonally, which we love. And we will always support the smaller establishments.
I'd heard someone talk about this place so I decided to take my husband there for lunch. I was very pleasantly surprised. Loved the simple decor, loved the mucis playing in the background. The service was excellent. The portions were adequate. The presentation was excellent. I don't usually have dessert but I overheard another customer telling her friend that the dessert was to die for so I had to try. Awesome presentation and delightful experience. We had a wonderful time and we will be back for lunch and dinner and I will definetly tell my friends about this place. I would suggest along with some of the others that the sign be replaced as it is a little confusing.
My husband and I tried this new addition to the local dining scene a few weeks ago, and found it to be a decent experience for the most part.
After a beffudling 1/2 hour trying to find them (the sign out front is from an old restaurant) we were a little put off right off the bat. However, the reception was warm enough so we settled in for dinner.
We found the wine list, contrary to some other reviews, quite inadequate. Not even the best in Pitt Meadows, which is saying something right there. My husbands glass of wine had to be returned (twice) as it tasted like it had been open for a month!
Our server was quite hospitable, and the menu selections, although limited, looked good enough. Our shared Calamari appetizer was adequate, certainly not exceptional. My Lamb was VERY good, my husbands pasta a little too al dente for his liking, but they quite cheerfully re-did it.
Our biggest complaint was the attitude by the cook (we gave him a quick hello on the way out) who seemed to judge us with a equal mix of amusement and contempt. Maybe he was having a bad night? He should stay out of the way of paying customers with an attitude like that.
All in all, good enough, but probably not worth a repeat visit.