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Firehall Bistro, The

19237 122A Avenue, #104
Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y2T1
Tel: (604) 460-7779
Neighbourhood: Town Centre

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good job
By francesco of port coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 8:41pm [Dine in]

been a couple of times, and will go again with friends, the quality presentation and flavor has been vary good, it shows that there is a professional in the kitchen, the wines are very reasonaly priced and considering you don"t have to drive to vancouver this place is a jem and a bargain. The interior could be elivated to the quality of the food but otherwise, I'm a regular.

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What a great find!
By SmilingLady of Coquitlam, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 19, 2009 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

Four of us tried this restaurant out last night and were very impressed. The food was excellent, service attentive and friendly and wine list reasonably priced. There were some added touches such as a taste of the wine to ensure we made the right choice before ordering a bottle and a mini-appy served prior to our ordered salads and meals. Two of us had the chef's special lamb shank -- very tasty! We will definitely return. The quality and ambiance rival the significantly higher priced restaurants in downtown Vancouver.

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Our new favourite local restaurant
By Spinky of Maple Ridge (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 18, 2009 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

We were sad to see the previous restaurant leave, but it has been replaced by an excellent restaurant. We've been here several times and have never been disappointed. Service and food are excellent. The menu is small but the selection is more than adequate. The wine list is descent as well. Highly recommended.

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Well priced and delicious
By mojo of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

Had a nice Decmeber dinner here with a close friend. After a spot of trouble finding it because of the different signage outside we made our way in. Great ambiance and very warm and cozy. In the month of Dec. there was only one menu with three appies, mains and desserts to choose from. Was a little disappointed at first but not for long. Perfectly done. I had the lamb and she had the beef. All of the meals were just the right size and we left feeling staisfied but not stuffed. Good service and a decently priced although, small wine menu. Did not have to spend too much to get a really great dining experience. I would recomend this to anyone wanting a gourmet prepared meal without the heavy prices.

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A Great Discovery
By trapri of Anmore (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

Our group of 4 visited this Bistro last night for the first time after I found it through this website. I didn't tell the other 3 anything about it. After some difficulty in finding the location (signage reflects the previous restaurant), we settled in for our experience. And a great night it was......what a terrific find! It's a small, intimate restaurant with a comfortable ambiance and a small but very friendly staff. Chef Stephen has put together a flavourful menu that combines very effective and non-standard taste sensations. While smaller than most restaurant menus, (one page of Starters, one page of Entrees) it is understandable as he's the sole operator in the kitchen. What a talent! Our starters included the King Crab salad, Lobster Bisque, Carmelized Onion and Gruyere Cheese tart and the Gem Salad. Entrees were the Veal, Salmon, and Pork Belly. Absolutely no room for dessert! There was something for everyone and all agreed that the meals were amazing in terms of quality and just enough in terms of quantity. And the price? The most reasonable meal we've had in years. There are no entrees over $20. Yes, the winelist is small, but we appreciated that there were some lesser known wineries represented as well. The staff were very professional and let us take our time savouring our meal. While we didn't have dessert, we saw some being served and they were absolute works of art. Presentations we've never seen before. We eat out frequently. The Firehall Bistro is at the top of our list, and closer to home than venturing to Vancouver.

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Looking forward to next time!
By Kalbany of Pitt Meadows (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 26, 2008 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

My husband and I were looking for a nice local restaurant for our anniversary. We were very pleased with our experience at the Firehall Bistro. The food - Wow. We started with the special appitizer for that evening the King Crab salad and a regular menu choice the Onion Tart. Both were delicious. I had the Ribeye steak and my husband had the braised Pork Belly for our entrees. Both were very tender and tasty with nice accompaniments and presentation. To finish we had the apple tart and the "Still Life" the latter being a work of art, it was almost too pretty to eat. The service was very good with the pleasent servers checking back frequently to make sure we were enjoying the meals etc.
It would be nice if the Bistro had a full liquor license instead of the beer and wine option, although the selection of wines was fine and reasonable.

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Wonderful dining experience
By Leigh08 of pitt meadows (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 13, 2008 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

I and two friends had the wonderful pleasure of dining at the Firehall Bistro this week. We enjoyed our whole evening and the warm ambiance thoroughly, and can't say enough about how absolutely delicious our dinners were. Two of us had the halibut dinner and it was the tastiest, most tender halibut we have ever had. Our other friend loved her salmon dinner as well. We also very much enjoyed the carmelized onion tart appetizer and the sticky toffee pudding with homemade ice cream. Everything is made fresh on the premises. Our congratulations to the talented and creative chef Stephen and to his helpful, personable and hard-working staff. The Firehall Bistro has every attribute to make it a great success and Pitt Meadows is very fortunate to finally have a reasonably priced restaurant that provides the finest in dining.

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second time not so lucky
By stevie of maple ridge (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 6:34pm [Dine in]

had a wonderful evening with a friend three weeks ago at the firehall bistro. as a treat decided to take my partner on the weekend only to be badly disappointed. food was a treat, service atrocious. had to ask three times for water and when we dared asked to have our candle lit on the table were told there were no matches in the place. i could understand if the place was busy but, there only four other tables.when it came time to place our order for appetizers and wine, were also told (in no uncertain terms) that if we could order our meal at the same time-'it made it easier on the kitchen'. overall the attitude of the serving staff was patronising at best. we had to again request our bill three times and it appeared that we were being avoided. on our way out we saw the chef in the parking lot. i thanked him for the great meal but mentioned the lack of service. his reply was 'perhaps we could go in and help serve the tables'. did not appreciate this comment as this was uncalled for and i felt unproffesional. hope this was just a glitch, unfortunately my partner has told me he won't return with me there.

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Great Food!....... but the worst head waiter.
By FLYH2O of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

THE GOOD:

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 BAD:

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.

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Best place for date night/ occasion/ celebration
By Charlottegrimshaw of coquitlam vancouver bc (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 11:27pm [Dine in]

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.

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A hidden treasure!
By Julesiepooh of Pitt Meadows BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 6:08pm [Dine in]

We heard about this restaurant from a couple friends and decided to try it out. A very small menu but the food was so well structured. My husband had the jambalaya and I had the dinner feature which was rabbit. Both were cooked to perfection. They have a decent wine list for selection and the prices are reasonable for fine dining. We will definitely return here.

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Five Star Food, Flawless Technique, Favorite Date Night Spot
By Talktoheidi of Vancouver (downtown) (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

Five Star Food, Flawless Technique, Favorite Date Night Spot

This restaurant has become a date night favorite, the place we sneak out to once the baby’s asleep & us time begins. Need to celebrate? Go to Firehall. Out of town guest? Firehall. Father’s Day for a Foodie Father – Firehall.

Firehall Bistro is that restaurant everyone wishes they had close to their home, but it never really exists. A candle on every table, gentle music, and sophisticated food on a shoestring budget.

Think first catch of the season halibut pan seared atop a crab & fresh English pea risotto. Or homemade linguini with local soft shell rock lobster tail. Onion & gruyere tart with a pear/nut salad. Or butternut squash bisque with crab vignettes. Their 28 day aged rib eye will certainly make your mouth water.

The food is refined, but honest. Each plate while complex, is sincere and rustic.

The Chef/Owner is gifted when it comes to pairing, creating, and giving you an experience you will return for again & again.

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Very Nice Restaurant in Pitt Meadow
By onlyforreview of van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 9:17am [Dine in]

Too bad this restaurant does not seem to have its own website; it was rather difficult to expect from this restaurant after reading good reviews online. This review is based on dinner service for two people.

Situated in business/downtown area of Pitt Meadow, it was quite easy to find the place, just off Harris Road, although the street sign says 122 Ave, not 122A Avenue.

Food: One of the best tasting French bistro style food in Greater Vancouver. First you get a complimentary small place of fried wonton and tapanade with a dip. While they are good, I would prefer regular bread service. Next, ceasar salad is served with slightly charred romaine lettuce, light dressing and some really high quality smoked bacon. They have other usual appetizers such as fried coconut prawns, house salad, cold cut platter, lobster bisque.. etc.. The entrees were equally nice, tarragon chicken breast with truffle risotto and vegetarian ravioli. The risotto was truly amazing in terms of texture of the rice and the aroma from truffle oil. The creamy sauce for the ravioli was decadent while being not too heavy. Other options are rib eye steak, chicken pasta, halibut, etc. Desserts are good (definitely above average), but not as good as the salads and entrees, which are 5 stars, It is very typical of small bistros who rarely have a pastry chef, although I am not sure if this place does. The menu seems to change quite frequently.Portions were reasonable, slightly small. Definitely not generous; I would definitely need all appy, entree and dessert to get full. I just wished there was 10~15% more food, couple more bites..

Ambiance: typical bistro setting: dim, simple, inviting, and warm. Can even be romantic if you sit right next to the fireplace. But there seems to be very limited space in the kitchen. Some corners of diningroom and bar area are used as cool and dry storage.

Value: Appetizers range from $8 to $11, entrees $17 to $27, and dessert $8 to $11. A la carte pricing is reasonable, although desserts are a bit aggresively priced. It would be very nice to see a three-course option in $29 to $34 price range, which I see a lot in Vancouver.

This would be a very nice restaurant for Pitt Meadow and Maple Ridge residents. During my visit, I spent $68 (for 1 app, 2 entree, 2 desserts) before taxes and tips. I thought that was a bit expensive, being spoiled by so many great deals in Vancouver due to competition. I can easily get a good quality three course dinner for $29 at a bistro setting in Vancouver. Sounds bad?? But at Firehall Bistro, you get a great quality (instead of good) three course dinner for $35~40 (that's why I wished there was 15% more food). In addition, the restaurant is clean, kitchen is clean, and all cooks and chefs are dressed properly. So pricing-wise, this restaurant sits somewhere between bistro and upcaled/fine dining with great quality food, rightfully and strongly. Will go back. The lunch menu seems to offer better deal.

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"Expect the Un-expected"
By mrs_chumster of maple ridge BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 8:31pm [Dine in]

We had heard of this restaurant and finally decided to give it a try. I won't lie when we saw the menu, we were a little bit surprised and taken aback at the prices but thought they were comparable to other larger restaurants in the area. When the food arrived we were stunningly amazed. The food was cooked to perfection and even my 10 year old was impressed. It was probably the best meal we've ever had! We all tried each others and there were no complaints from anyone. With a meal that good, we just had to have dessert! We were not disappointed. I have to recommend "The Cloud"! The quote on their flyer says it all, "expect the un-expected"! Will highly recommend this to friends and family. Thank you for a great night out!

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Rude waiter leaves bitter taste
By Pamago of Maple Ridge BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

Great food, but for the price I would have expected far better service. The condecending, rude, and snarky behaviour of the main waiter, spoils the wonderful food created by the chef and the cosey atmosphere of the restaurant. Unfortunately for the hardworking chef, my party and I will not be returning to this establishment.

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Best place in the lower mainland
By riaandbill of Pitt Meadow, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

We have been several times in this great restaurant. This is absolute one of the very best restaurants we have visited. We have visit lots of restaurants many very regular. The food and the presentation is great. We are very proud of our local restaurant and believe that everyone should try it.

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New Favorite
By mccoy of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

Very good local fine dining. Chef's Creations are amazing. The service was warm and friendly. One of the few places that I have gone to lately where I feel that I got value for my money. The restaurant was very clean and the ambiance was relaxing. It is a little unclear where to park.

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Great food, shame about the service. Make sure you ask the price of the specials!!!
By Barbara_Simpson of richmond bc (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 11:22pm [Dine in]

We went out for a special meal to celebrate a birthday the other evening. The food on the whole was good. I had the special, which was fine, not great, but made the mistake of NOT asking the price (which I assumed would be comparable to the other main courses). It was nearly twice the price! From reading the other reviews this seems to be a failing of this restaurant and I want to warn others to always make sure that they ask the price of the specials. This particular special had previously been on the menu for a regular price (according to my dining companion). I left feeling deceived and would not go back to this restuarant. When I complained I was told that I must have been told the price. I clearly wasn't.

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a cut above the rest
By sharvey of Maple Ridge BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

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.

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Looking forward to going back!!!
By food4enjoyment of Maple Ridge, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 11:16pm [Dine in]

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!

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