Quietly waiting in excitement for dinner and the other guests to arrive, I could not help but notice the sheer friendliness of the service, each greeted us with a smile and a kind word. Bishop’s is no doubt, a smaller “boutique” restaurant. The display of the Petrus and first growth wine’s makes an excellent first impression upon entering as a fine dining establishment. Candles lit the room, and as the night wore on, the ambience became slightly more vivacious with resonance. From the white table cloths and the silver de-crumber created a fabulous dining experience all in all. The service was attentive and friendly, I should say impeccable service, as everything was attended to promptly and appropriately, Abel was absolutely wonderful and my compliments to chef Andrea. Also, the wine list is incredible, having such wines as Chateau Margaux and Chateau D’Yquem, signifies an excellent consideration for their clientele. I had the raw oysters, which was not on the menu and tasted as fresh as the sea. Personally, I would immensely recommend the sea food at Bishop’s! I understand they use the most fresh ingredients and they try to keep the food as local as possible. The other guests had the sablefish which looked picture perfect. I had the muscovy duck, which was cooked very well, requiring no added spices, and I particularly enjoyed the duck leg confit tart, which was warm and elegant. For dessert, another guest had the vanilla creme brulee and I had the chocolate mousse cheesecake. The mousse was light and fluffy, and the creme brulee was perfectly thick and creamy, both were sweet, but not too sweet; the torched sugar on the top was crunchy and still sweet, while not being overly burnt. I must say that this is one of the best experiences for a restaurant, although it is rather expensive, the food is marvelous. Every presented menu item was simple, taking the flavor from the ingredients themselves rather than adding more spices unnecessary to the textures and flavors of the dishes. I must simply say, dine here.
we had a wonderful evening at bishops.. the food and service was outstanding. we were made to feel welcome and given fabulous service.. we ate the bison,the duck and the venison.. it was one of the best meals we all agreed we had eaten in a long time. thier bread was to die for.. the best popp seed bread i have ever eaten.. they gave us 3 helpings of it!!our wine and water glasses were immediately refilled. when i left i was given a box with the poppy seed bread as i had asked for the recipe.. will def go back again..
After going to a different restaurant last night just made me remember how great this restaurant is
I will say bishop has one of the best food in Vancouver.
the last time we went we end up ordering 4 different dishes and shared amount 4 of us
I remember that the crab leg salad was so amusing.
When I first saw it came out, I was thinking that it was a rip off for the price.. It was so small and just crab leg right..
but after tasting it than I know how amusing it is - it got this melon and lime juice mix favor, just so amusing
Cant remember all the dishes now i was there before xmas but everything was great and we all had a wonderful time
Service was excellent, we were all very happy with the meal.
The room is not the nicest but it has a warm cozy feeling. Really got that nice neighborhood restaurant feel to it.
Cant wait to try out their menu again.
Highly recommend this place for a romantic dinner or double date..
I celebrated a special occasion at Bishops the other night and it was an excellent overall dining experience. I frequent many restaurants of this caliber and I would say that Bishops is one of my favorites.
- The decor is simple, clean, and very West Coast.
- The service is not pretentious at all, very attentive.
- The atmosphere is very relaxed and comfortable.
- The wine list is extensive and reasonable. There is a nice selection of wines for all types of tastes from $40 to over $1,000.
- The food is fresh, simple, local, organic, perfectly seasoned and balanced, and of course delicious.
All of the food is organic and local, which makes for an interesting and dynamic dining experience every time you go to Bishops. The menu constantly changes and is very limited depending on the time of year, and for me that is the best part. If you are environmentally conscious and you want your food to come from local farms that are concerned with what goes into your food as much as how they produce it, then Bishops is for you.
The one "thing" that I really liked was the personalized service. Some other patrons seated near to us had some questions and the chef came out and spoke to them personally. I thought that was a nice touch. After dinner we were congratulated by John Bishop (as I mentioned before we were there for a special occasion). Later on in the evening the Maitre D spent time answering question in regards to the local farms they use and how the menu comes together week by week. I am a total foodie and I like to know as much about the ingredients as I do chef and their cooking style.
If you want a to host a small birthday party, celebrate an anniversary or a graduation or just have a fine organic dining experience then I highly recommend Bishops. I personally believe that there are restaurants in the city that I would rate equally, but (for me personally) having fresh, organic, local ingredients puts Bishops a half notch up on their competitors.
Went with my husband in December for my birthday and had a great time. The food was awesome which it should be.
We had 3 glasses of champagne, 4 glasses of wine, two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts for a total bill (with tip) of $330.00. which I thought was reasonable for the amount of alcohol we had.
The server was very attentive and friendly as was everyone in the restaurant. I agree with some of the other reviewers that maybe just a slight update of the decor is in order but it's still nice.
My only very tiny complaint is that they didn't comp my birthday dessert. Maybe that's stupid of me but every other restaurant I've been to on a special occasion has comped the dessert. Understand it's not about the $$$, it's about the principle of the issue. After dropping over $300 on dinner I'm not going to complain about an extra $15 but it just seemed kind of cheap on their part. Just a teeny tiny little complaint though... I'd definitely go back.
PS - Last time we were there, which was also a good experience, John Bishop served us himself which is kind of nice. He's quite often there and he actually interacts with his customers unlike Feenie who used to just walk around looking busy and important.
We'd definitely go back
really enjoyed the food and everything.
the service was just fine, and the ambience really good.
An excellent place to have a dinner.
This place has helped to reinvent the restaurant scene in the city since its inception in 1986. I've been going since its inception and even now, remains the top choice for special occasions/celebrations. It manages to minimize artifice while maintaining a very high degree of quality, freshness, consistency and comfort in realizing John Bishop's thoughts on what W.Coast cuisine should be.
Soups are a consistent highlight. The choices are relatively small allowing for maximum flexibility in menu items with all the little excellent extras that a really fine restaurant comfortable in its own skin offers. Its clientele continues to be relatively diverse and the sheer lack of Porsches, valet parking and attitude on top of the simple, calming white colours and brilliantly turned out dishes make this an absolute must for understanding Vancouver's improving food scene.
Best food and service I have ever had. I find this restaurant to be elegantly casual.
The service is top notch, everyone helps out and you never feel rushed.
We are not regulars, but have been here twice and both times were treated like regulars.
I like that the staff gets to keep some of their own look while still wearing the uniform.
The good is outstanding and amazing.
This is probably the best fine dining restaurant restaurant that I've been to that is consistant with their level of quality and service.
I've been to many others, almost all of them, but I keep coming back to Bishop's because I'm always impressed.
When I go somewhere where the prices are higher than an average place, I expect a higher lever of class and vice-versa. The severs are very attentive and polite. I feel like they enjoy working there.
The food is what you pay for. It's cooked with passion and a creative spirit that really shows.
Most of all, I go because each time when I see the owner I say aloud," Hey, it's the guy from the White Spot commercial!"
I used to love this place, as I loved Raincity grill. Yet the same chef came in and in my opinion killed the food. The premise behind the chef and the ideals are to be put on a petastal, but really at this level of dining, they are out of their league. I would love to see her open a neighborhood bistro with big glass doors that can be opened up for a natural flow with more friendly prices, because that is the type of food put out, I'd go their, often.
Bishop's has lost a bit in execution of its main driving force, the food. The seasoning is all over the map. The veg, which is marketed as the star is hit and miss at best, the proteins, well nary a thought seems to have gone into that. Sorry but a truly great ship has lost its way and I hope it comes back around.
Three of us dined at Bishop's last night, having made our reservations last week. We were seated in the upper eating area, close to the kitchen/bathroom hallway. That particular area was a bit too busy for what I would consider intimate dining. The ambiance was nice, but nothing to write home about.
Between the three of us, we ordered different appetizers, entrees and desserts and sharing bites of each. The duck and striploin were lovely, but my halibut failed to impress me. The halibut and mushrooms were almost bland. I had that remorse of, I wish I could ask for something else instead.
Dessert was nice, but again, nothing with a WOW! factor. I found their loose tea to be too strong and uncomplimentary to the spice cake I had.
Service - their staff was attentive, but I would advise them to be a little more concientious of congregating near patrons as they dine. I like my personal space.
The total bill came to $370, which included a $75 bottle of Sauv. Blanc which didn't really strike me as that much better than some $40 bottles I've had. We were using a $200 gift certificate, which made the price more reasonable, but for the price we paid, I have enjoyed more memorable meals complete with wine pairing at places such as Le Gavroche and Hermitage. I'd rather go to Tojo's or even Mosaic and go all out than pay that kind of money for something that is just above average.
I simply found my experience at Bishop's to be unmemorable and I would recommend other restaurants before I would recommend this one.
I went to Bishop's for the first (and certainly not the last) time this August for my husband and my anniversary. I can truly say that the whole experience was nothing short of outstanding! Along with the fabulous appetizer I had (steamed mussles cooked to perfection) we were given a small pastry of tomato chutney, and I can say with all honesty that it was one of the best things I've ever eaten. The fabulousness didn't stop there; our entrees were unbelievable. I enjoyed my pesto-crusted halibut on top of a fabulous veggie chowder, while my husband enjoyed his striploin (claiming it was without a doubt the best cut of meat he's ever eaten) and the dessert we had was equally amazing. The service was unbelievable and friendly. My husband is the type to empty his water glass numerous times during a meal and his glass was filled up before it could ever be empty, in his eyes that is the way to judge service and they certainly did that. Forget about the expense and go for it, it'll be worth every penny (and then some).
I went to Bishop's with 3 other girlfriends for a birthday dinner for one of them.
We had a great night. The food was amazing. I had the sable fish -just melted in my mouth.
The service was great. They were relaxed yet right on top of our needs. While we waited for our order they came around with samples of goodness (I can't remember what they were but they were good).
The ambiance was clean, simple, no clutter -classy.
I loved the west-coast flare on everything.
Although it cost a lot I didn't feel ripped off.
Going to Bishops has been an annual event ( at least once ) and every time the quality of food and service standard has kept up with time. My friends and I have tried almost everything on the menu and so far each dish has not disappointed. Good value. Kudos to John Bishop and his crew.
We went to Bishops to celebrate a birthday and we left happy. It was expensive but the the food was superb and the service was really professional. They were there when we needed them to be and always kept an eye on us without any intrusions. We were very impressed with the whole dining experience. They looked after you from the time you arrived to the time you left their restaurant. They called a taxi and even opened the taxi door for us. Very classy act.
Food - the food was delicious. For appetizer, I had dungeness crab. The crab was made into a sort of paste, one that would go perfect with crackers. It was delicious. It was smooth, and creamy, and well seasoned. For the main course, I had the Qualicum Bay scallops. They were placed on top of very creamy mashed potatoes. I suspect they were the most creamy mashed potatoes I have ever had. On the side, were to different sauces. Unfortunately, I am not sure what they were. The scallops themselves were very meaty, but a tad bland. The sauces made up for this though. Overall this dish was delicious.
For desert, I had a bread pudding. Seeing how it was Christmas time when I dined at Bishops, the pudding was quite appropriate. It was warm, and a bit gewy. It was not too sweet, and not too un-sweet (if that makes any sense).
Wether or not the service or ambiance of a restaurant is good, as long as they have good food, they can count me in as a customer.
Service - Incredible service. My father, who's birthday we were celebrating, sneezed during dinner. Immediately, a plate with a small box of clean-ex on it, appeared beside him immediately. It was one of the waitresses who had brought it. This had never happened to us before, so we were slightly confused. When it finally registered in our brains, we were amazed at the service.
Before desert, Mr. Bishop himself brought out a plate of pair slices stacked in a spiral. Delicious as it was, Mr. Bishop seemed quite nervous. He was slightly shaking too. Unless, my parents are part of a Russian gang that possesses nuclear weapons, I don't think Mr. Bishop had anything to be worried about.
Value and Ambiance - Solid
I just had a great first experience at Bishop's. Went with some friends to celebrate the holidays on a Sun. night. We got there at 6pm and it was steady all night, about 3/4 full. My first impression was that it would be pretentious, but that was not the case at all. The service may have been some of the best I've ever had. When I asked where the washroom was a server took me there. They took there time with us and they were very attentive. The bread with star anise was terrific, so was the french toast starter!! I had scallops as a main and others had the lamb loin. My friends said the lamb was cooked superbly. The scallops were prepared well, though I prefer them to be less seared. The food quality does not disappoint and the service is top notch. They have an extensive wine menu and serve some pretty good scotch.
The prices for the mains are in the mid to high $30 range, but the overall experience makes it worth it. The clientele seems to be mainly 50+ or at least on this night... our party was 30something. The ambiance is more suited to an older crowd and certainly doesn't have the energy or buzz of a place like Chambar, but for a special occasion and a quieter evening, it is well worth it. I can see why Bishop's has there reputation and why it is considered a salient feature of Vancouver's gastronomic landscape.
Local, fresh and unpretentious pretty much sums it up. I love this place. Although the price point makes this pretty much a special occasion-only destination, it is tops on my list.
First - the service. Delightful, friendly and inobtrusive. Very often, John Bishop himself will come over to ask you how things are or help serve the food. They always have little extras that absolutely make the meal - freshly baked bread, amuse bouche, a little liqueur. The service is not rushed at all, but at the same time you do not ever wonder if they have forgotten about you. There is also not an ounce of pretention. It doesn't matter who you are, what you drive or who you know - at this restaurant, all of the staff dote on you.
Ambiance - simple, unassuming and delightfully West Coast. This is the epitomy of the local dining experience in Vancouver - there is local art on the walls, candles and lots of fresh flowers. No loud music, no annoying lights.
And last, the food. Wonderful. The ingredients are local, the flavours are simple, but delicious. The salads are inventive and delicious, and the mains (I usually have the fish) are good sized portions. The desserts, however, are fabulous. I had a peanut butter-chocolate mousse that was absolutely incredible.
We ate at Bishop's last weekend, after having read about it in Vancouver Magazine. The food was excellent and the service second to none.
For an appetizer I had the salmon carpaccio and my wife had the risotto, both were fantastic. The risotto was a little on the bitter side as it had radicchio in it, but I have never had better salmon. For mains, we had the beef tenderloin and the duck breast... it was quite possibly one of the best meals I've had in a while. The dessert was the least impressive course but it was still solid.
The service was phenomenal. The maitre'd and waitress were friendly, interested, and made you feel relaxed.
The ambiance was OK, but compared to similar restaurants such as West, it was a little less opulent.
Overall, we loved it! Will definitely be back...
We were very impressed with the whole dining experience at Bishops restaurant. They looked after you from the time you arrived to the time you left their restaurant service was amazing and the food was perfect. They called a taxi and even opened the taxi door for us. Very very classy act