The menu features classic bistro fare (coq au vin or steak frites for instance) served with a contemporary touch and extensive wine lists.
I read great reviews on this site for this restaurant and with Dine Out occurring, I thought it would be a great opportunity to try this place.
Food: I had the goat cheese vinaigrette salad and my partner had the warm calamari salad to start. My salad was bland and contained giant chunks of goat cheese about the size of roll of loonies, which I thought was overwhelming. The calamari salad was quite good. Coq au vin was good but my flank steak with frites was disappointing. I also didn't get very many frites on my plate, probably about 15 fries which looked quite pathetic as my plate was very empty with barely enough fries to cover it with a single layer. Crepe Suzette was disappointing but the chocolate mousse was divine. Overall, I was disappointed with the food as I expected better.
Service: It was a Tuesday night but Dine Out so it was very busy and as a result, I thought the service suffered. We were left to wait for long periods of time before ordering and in-between dishes and it was very very loud, to the point where we couldn't hear each other speaking. I sat back to back with another table as the tables were crammed together. They ran out of the alcohol of a drink I wanted to order.
Value: I guess it was ok at $28 per person.
Ambiance: Nothing much to it. Clean but nothing endearing. Nothing French about the place except for the food.
Overall, the Dine Out experience was disappointing and will not return for it here. I might try this place again with the regular menu but that will remain low on my priority list. No bon appetite from me!
Every time I walk by here, it's always packed so they had to be good and it was.
It was a last minute decision to eat here on a weekend, so we didn't make reservations. We were seated by the bar which wasn't too bad b/c we were starving. We were more happy to find out that they had Dine Out. For appys, we had the tomato soup and onion tart w/ salad. The soup was diluted but I think my partner liked it. I had the onion tart which was huge and tasty. I was almost full eating that. As for entrees, we had the beef flank and trout. The flank was small and very hard to cut but my partner loved it. My trout was buttery and heavenly. As for desserts, we had the mousse and apple tart w/ ice-cream. The mousse was thick and the taste was overwhelming. The tart was small and nice. So overall, the food was great. But the service was non-existent. They were just soooo busy. I know they were trying their best and doing everything they can. So I'll try not to complain about it.
I would have given it a higher rating for food and value if the prices were more reasonable for the appetizers and dessert. I felt the prices for the entrees were reasonable for the quality of food and the portions but the appetizers are way overpriced. We paid $13.50 for a very small serving of quiche as an appetizer and $11.00 for a small raspberry almond tart (my husband said this was the least interesting aspect of our meal.
The wines are also very highly marked up. We enjoy wine with our dinner and we understand that restaurants make a lot of money from their wine but my husband said that most of the wines are priced anywhere from $10.00 to $15.00 more than they are at other restaurants (this is comparing exactly the same wine). The prices are triple what the wine would cost you at the liquor store.
We were somewhat disappointed with the appetizer and dessert. For the prices charged the quality should be substantially better. The entrees however were outstanding. I had the salmon with mushrooms and spinach and my husband had a special of the day which was swordfish with agnoletti. The agnoletti that came with his fish was amazing.
The service was absolutely amazing. Our server arranged to have the appetizer served on 2 different plates. He suggested a second order of bread when he noticed how quickly we devoured the first basket. The wine was continuously topped up and our water glasses were never empty. He also did a quality check on each course during the evening. Absolutely superb service.
The ambiance is very nice. It would have been better if we didn't have some idiot sitting beside us who felt it was okay to have his cell phone on during dinner. How rude and disruptive.
I would recommend this restaurant but be sure you bring plenty of cash if you want a bottle of wine with dinner and appetizers and dessert.
My first time at Bistro Pastis was a lunch for two in a near empty restaurant. The meal was excellent and our server knew how to please these two customers. I think the owner, who was on the floor talking to his guests, should look at promoting the lunches. The image of an expensive French restaurant is not a good fit when two people can eat well for under $40, including tip.
Party of five went to Bistro Pastis last Wednesday evening to celebrate my son's graduation from UBC.
Reservations were for 6:30, but the ceremonies took longer than expected. A quick phone call, and "no problem".
I suspect that how people perceive service is partially influenced by how they approach a place. From the moment we walked in the door, the service was prompt, professional, unobtrusive and FRIENDLY.
All appies, mains and desserts were excellent. No complaints or criticisms at all. The extensive wine list defeated me, so we ordered 1/2 litres, and were happy with "house" choices.
Can't say enough about our server for the evening. She was friendly, efficient and helpful. She had a nice rapport with the two elderly women in our party, very patient. She was there when we needed her, and not there when we were involved with conversation and visiting. Perfect service.
As mentioned, the room is pleasant and clean. Very plain and uncluttered. I would think that, in the summer, when the front wall doors are open to the small patio, it would feel more open. There seemed to be a problem with the air conditioning and heat. Either too warm and stuff, or too cool. Our changeable weather might have been partially responsible. Several different days of weather were crammed into one that day, and it changed constantly.
It isn't cheap, but what you get isn't cheap quality either. Excellent evening. Perfect for what we wanted.
Went there for a girls get-together, brunch on Sunday. My smoked salmon eggs benedict was tasty. The smoked salmon was fresh and not too salty or smoky. I really liked the, rich, herby hollaindaise sauce. And the portion was so large that one friend took half of her eggs benny home, and the other couldn't finish hers. I hardly made a dent into my potato roesti, due to fullness! Service was friendly, attentive and professional. A beautiful, classy, sunny dining room with white table cloths. Perhaps air-conditioning should have been turned on, as it got increasingly warm in the dining room, but that was only a minor issue.
Recommended for brunch!
Came here for lunch around 2pm on a Tuesday. It wasn't full but it had about 6 other tables and for a smaller restaurant it was lively.
The server was attentive and informative, there were a variety of features a pasta, a quiche, an omellete, a main course and a soup. He romanced all of them and left us with the menu to decide. My client and I shared the salmon tartar which was delcioius, perfecly seasoned, flavourful, we also had the steak tartar aswell, same deal, done with parsely as opposed to the salmon one being done with dill. Both great. My main course were the chorizo mussels in the appy size, it was awesome, the dish came out nice and hot and the broth was so aromatic. He had braised lamb.. he enjoyed it thouroughly.
The food came out at an appropriate time for lunch ...and hot. We had great service and enjoyed sitting close to the window being wide open, I thought it'd be noisy from the street but it wasn't it was a nice treat, the light breeze filled the restaurant on a semi hot day.
Anyhow for the 2 courses and a bottle of pellegrino it was something aournd $65 which was a steal. We were told that the wine often goes on 30% off on certain days(I dont recall what day) they usually have a full house when ive gone on the wknds. One of my top french restaurants in my neighborhood. Check it out! Also, I think a lot of ppl think you need to get all gussied up to try it, albiet it makes for a lovely dinner and a night out but when we went there in the afternoon the majority of the diners where dressed semi-casually and looked like either ppl from the neighborhood or tourists.
Bistro Pastis looked like a good deal at only $28 for a three course menu at Dine Out. Unfortunately the food was not that great. For appetizers, I had the onion tart and my husband had the goat cheese salad. Both of us felt like our appetizers tasted okay, but too big and too strong/rich. When I was done I felt like I had finished brunch. Next came the mains. Coq a Vin and the gnooci were both fairly tasteless. "How does one make Coq au Vin that tastes like neither Coq nor Vin" I thought as I poured on the salt. Forget about finishing, I got through barely more than half. My creme caramel was very good but the apple dessert was poor. Overall out of 6 courses 3 were bad. I wish it had been better.
Saw that this place got good reviews on dinehere and decided to check it out last weekend. And overall I wasn't very impressed with the place...
The service wasn't bad per se... but it certainly wasn't very good. Our waiter seemed kinda out of it and like he didn't really care. We saw a couple stand at the front of the restaurant for atleast five full minutes before the hostess or anyone at all even noticed them... and then when they finally did, the hostest just pointed them to a table.
The food fell short as well. I had the tomato tarte to start, which was probably the best dish we had here. It was good, except a little heavy on the goat cheese. My date had the foie gras, which seemed overcooked. It was served ontop of something else as well... which wasn't very good and drowned out the flavor of the foie gras. For my main course I had the lamb shank, which was too rich and saucy. My date had the orange duck... and it was nothing to write home about. I would rate them between a C+/B- level... I was staving and I only ate half of my dish.
With so many other choices in the city and even on West 4th alone, next time I'll be spending my money elsewhere.
Lovely,charming, and heart-warming space with an equally charming Owner who greeted us at the door with his heavy French accent. The menu is filled with familiar Bistro French dishes and at the time of our dinner visit, we chose the Steak Frites, French Onion Soup, Coq Au Vin, and Creme Caramel for dessert.
For this style of food and as a kid fresh out of University who just started working full-time, I felt it was a bit on the pricey side of the dollar spectrum (I believe their Lunch Menu is more affordable). But otherwise, the experience as a whole was great. Service was impeccable as our server was attentive and helpful, but more importantly, made us feel comfortable.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking an authentic French Bistro experience. And remember to bring cash!
My first time at this restaurant, initiated by a http://grooster.com voucher, and I was thoroughly impressed. Food quality and flavours were comparable to my favourite French restaurant in Vancouver: Le Crocodile. Bistro Pastis is a more relaxed restaurant, although the service is still stellar. The only thing I didn't like was that the tables are quite close together and I had a hard time blocking out the neighbouring conversation. Aside from that, the overall noise level was never too much even when the restaurant was full.
Every dish we tried was fantastic: les ris de veau to start, lamb and duck mains, a couple of cheeses (good cheese but the price was steep for such a small amount), and the chocolate mouse to finish. There were so many other menu options that I wanted to try, so I'll definitely have to visit again... escargots, coquilles st jacques, foie gras.....
I usually come here for brunch but have eaten dinner here a couple of times as well. It's a great place to go on the weekends because they accept reservations.
They have a well rounded brunch menu with the usual eggs benedict, croque monsieur, quiche of the day plus fish, pasta dishes as well.
I have ordered their eggs benedict, pasta and fish of the day dishes and have been very well satisfied each and every time. Food comes well seasoned, well portioned and very flavourful.
My favourite dish is the Sole Normandy.
Restaurant is well designed with good lighting. You don't feel cramped. I like sitting on the banquette side as it's very cushy and comfortable.
Service is always pleasant. The servers are trained very well here, they come by and make sure you are satisfied with your meal and top up your water/coffee frequently.
Steak Frites, perfect fluffy omelets, Croque Monsieur are all delicious. I want to try everything one day! My first visit here was late fall of 2006. It was my birthday and I was treated like a princess right down to chocolate writing on the plate my (complimentary!) sorbet was served on - I said I was going to forego dessert but the server surprised me nevertheless.
I have been back twice since then and have recommended this place to friends. There are bright, cheerful tables at the front with planters outside the window as if in France. In the back there is a cozier 'by the fireplace" atmosphere. The staff are bright and professional. Service is unobtrusive unless you try to strike up a conversation, in which case the servers respond accordingly. I feel as comfortable alone as with a table of four.
My only tiny gripe is the coffee, which I find OK but not as good as it could/should be IMHO. So... do yourself a favour. Go here for a lovely luncheon and then walk yourself across the street to 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters for a fabulous coffee to finish your experience.
Just got back from a wonderful dining experience at Bistro Pastis. I have often walked by this restaurant but was only tempted to go in after being offered a discount through TeamBuy. I'm so glad I did because the food was excellent and the service was outstanding. My duck breast with duck rillette and cherry sauce was as good as anything I had in France. My husband is very particular about his fish and likes it cooked only until it is opaque. Thomas, our waiter, noticed my husband was a bit hesitant about eating his halibut and immediately offered to replace it with another entree cooked exactly to his liking. At the end of the meal, Thomas surprised us by deducting our cappuccino and creme brulee (silky smooth caramel) off of our bill as the halibut was originally not cooked to my husband's liking. Merci Thomas for the unexpected surprise! We will definitely be back!
It's a tiny little restaurant that is quite reminiscent of a Parisian Bistro. I had to take advantage of the meter parking. I was lucky enough to snag one of the few spots available near the restaurant. That was the high point of the evening!
The food was so greasy that it actually made my fiance physically sick. She didn't get to enjoy her meal.
The restaurant was so overbooked that customers were jamming in the door to try and get away from the cold February weather. This meant there was a constant breeze of arctic wind blowing at me. (I exaggerate but only a little. It was freezing.)
The acoustics in the place were terrible. I needed to yell to be heard.
To top it all off the food was slooooooooooowww. It took them over two hours to serve our meal. I know because I needed to run out and feed the meter. I suspect they forgot about our order (although the owner claimed they didn't.) When the meal finally arrived, the fish was undercooked. It was basically sushi. I wonder if this was the real reason my fiance didn't feel well during dinner. Upon looking at the food inspection website, I see they had multiple sanitary issues which also could have been the cause. I wish I checked this site before booking my meal.
Overall, I would never recommend this place to ANYONE! If you have already booked it, I highly recommend you book another restaurant.
I have been a fan of not just bistro Pastis, but of its genial host John Blakely for many years. To his and the credit of his team, he has never let me down. Consistent quality of ingredients, accompanied by a terrific kitchen team, allow the front of the house to attend to the needs of the guests with confidence. My version of "Fish & Chips" is a perfectly cooked Dover Sole, deboned at table accompanied by some of the best Frites in town. And at a much better price than anywhere else I have eaten it. The comments by guests who visit during DineOut should be disregarded. No true diner goes to restaurants during that mayhem.
There are a lot of french restuarants Vancouver these days and this one has a recession special on for January.
Had to go try it out. This is a good promotion. Went on Friday night. The food is good but I think the kitchen got bogged down. We had 6:30 reservations and did not get out till about 8:30. The 3 of us only ordered the 2 course meal with no dessert or coffee.
We had a number of servers which was confusing. Had 2 ask us about drinks, then the same 2 about the daily specials, and then 1 for the meal ordering. Service was prompt otherwise.
Our table was kind of in the middle of the room past the bar. So my chair kept being kicked by the servers as they walked by. By the end of the meal I had moved my chair so many times, I was on the otherside from where I originally sat.
The food was very tasty with traditional french dishes and the portions was a good size.
I will try to go again but not on a Friday night.
Eggs Benedict with basil hollandaise, goat cheese, tomato and avocado was different than the usual and extremely good as were the home fries. Friends had the French Toast and the Croque Monsieur and were very pleased. Bloody Mary hit the spot. Finished off with a delicious Crepe Suzette. The service was friendly and unobtrusive. Will definitely go back.
I love Pastis!!! Whether is for dinner (steak, fish, or rabbit) or for lunch (salad and frites), I always have an amazing meal at Pastis. It's so comfortable, that you can sit at the bar and chow down on some frites with a nice glass of wine/beer if you wanted to. I think that they make the best fries! Let's not forget about their dessert though. Their chocolate molten cake (my favourite dessert) is the best I have ever had and I've had it in Paris, Geneva, and London! But the best thing about Pastis is that the restaurant is so comfortable and the staff is so inviting. They are not pretentious at all. Wonderful each and every time I go. Thanks Pastis!
Eating at Pastis was a wonderful experince. The food is amazing and each dish has an original flavor which is unique. The mood in the bistro is very nice, because the feeling of the room is comforting and the service is great.