Bistrot Bistro's menu is drawn from the classic traditions of French country fare, where extended families would share comfort cuisine and fun around the table at a leisurely pace. The wine program focuses on food compatibility, diversity, and above all else, value. A state-of-the-art preservation system ensures that each and every wine featured on our list will be available to you by the glass, at any time.
I and my family went there the day before Valentine's Day. The place was packed. Little wonder. Dinner prices are like lunch prices elsewhere, but the food is delicious, with generous portions. The prix fix menu is particularly a good deal. I had the Fisherman Stew. While it can't compare to the one at Henry's Bistro (no one's can), it is still very tasty, with huge pieces of fish, scallops, etc. Very fresh ingredients. My kids had the steak frite. The fries came in a huge container, and while the steaks were not particularly big, they were very tasty, with a prominent charcoal flavour. My wife had the Coq au White Wine. This is the first time I have seen this dish prepared with white wine instead of red, but again, it was delicious. The creme caramel was huge. Service was fine, but because the place was so busy, it was a bit hectic. Also, tables are placed very close to each other, which makes the place feel a bit crowded. After all, it is a Bistro and not a fine dining restaurant, so you can't expect the roominess of an upscale restaurant. Along with that, the noise level is quite high, again fitting for a Bistro. All in all, unbeatable value.
A great neighborhood gem on W 4th! Service is friendly but not overpretentious. It gets super busy and packed so be sure to go early. The food is delicious and so is the wine. And hot french bread? Soo good!! Portions are good, but kind of pricey for my liking. Not bad, pretty good to try on a random night you feel like french food.
First and foremost, I love French food, they KNOW food, they make the best desserts and baked goods in the whole world. I love this place. My dining pal and I checked out their brunch over the weekend and tasted the best goat cheese omelet eva! The wine list was exhaustive and you can order a glass of any of their wines which is too awesome. I did enjoy my chocolate truffle cake but have to say the fruity dessert (can't remember the name) my friend had was best for this summer. The room has some renos that should be done. It was comfortable and not too showy which I like but I still felt some ambiance was missing to go with the splendid food I had. I cannot wait to return for dinner. Thank god for French food, I love them! Délicieux!
Four of us spent over $500 on a New Years meal and were surprised when the bill was closer to $600. We were told the unexpected $77 charge was for the 'entertainment' - a jazz duo that played some background music for parts of our meal. When we said this didn't seem right, the owners got upset with us and told us we were wrong. We paid and left, only to be chased down 4th Ave by the owner who threw three $20s at us and said he didn't want our money. We won't be back.
We made a reservation for 10 on a recent Friday night and despite the restaurant being busy at prime dinner time, I was pleased with being seated on time. The restaurant was clean, the decor modern but the seating was tight, amplifying the noise within the dining room. Unfortunately with being a Friday night, the Prix Fix menu was not available. We ordered our meals and were served a delicious garlicky olive tapenade with a baguette as we waited patiently. Our waiter was polite, attentive and very efficient. As we were catching up with one another in our group, I was passed a tablet to view digital photos. The owner quickly came by and placed her kitchen towel on top of the screen and asked me to remind her why we were all here tonight. I was taken by surprise with her inquiry (feelings of being questioned like a grade-school student by the school administrator rather than being treated like a guest were flowing through my mind), I replied we are here for food and company to which she responded please put away your electronic devices and proceeded to high five my friend for putting away her cell phone. To put some perspective on this, we are a group of office professionals in our 30's and 40's and most of us were in fact engaged in conversations. That pivotal moment was where the evening starting taking a nosedive, I did not realize it was offensive to view photos, whether they be in an electonic format or physical copy. My French onion soup arrived, the broth had a nice flavor but I found the cheese very thin, not worth the money they charge. The mac & cheese that came with the duck was bland, the duck was disappointing. Most of the entrees do not come with sides so we ordered a few sides to share. The au gratin potatoes, green salad, carrots and brussel sprouts were good. The ratatouille was ok. Portion sizes are reasonable but when you factor in the price you pay for sides, there are many other French restaurants within the Lower Mainland that offer a better dining experience for a similar price. I rated the service solid as a compromise because of our wonderful waiter and the ambiance solid as you could expect noise in a bistro setting. Being a large group, the automatic 15% gratuity was applied to our bill. After paying my $43 share of the bill (food only, no drinks), I was out the door. This was my first visit to BB and definitely my last, what a disappointment! I would not recommend.
I went with two others, we tried the rabbit, the filet mignon, the lamb shank, and the charcuterie platter, as well as the potato and brussels sprout side dishes.
I DO NOT recommend the charcuterie platter, the liver terrine was straight up awful, terribly disappointing. The rest of the platter was ok but you could definitely do better. Too bad because the ingredients were quality and the presentation was lovely.
The rabbit was insipid. Tasted like boiled chicken.
The filet was probably the best dish. Great big piece of meat with good sauce.
The lamb shank tasted like a standard lamb shank, the seasonings were really really mild and almost non-existent.
The side dishes were great.
In summary, this is a good place for a decent sized chunk of good protein for a reasonable price.
I would probably go again and try different things.
Really the food is just not very flavorful or complex - at least not the three meat dishes we had.
The prix fixe deal is worth checking out so I will do that since its right around the corner.
If you are looking to be blown away by excellent french cuisine, go elsewhere. If you want a sort of comfort food meal for a decent price in a really well-run establishment then go here.
We recently checked out this place on a quiet weeknight, lured in by our love of french food and the $26 prix-fixe three-course meal. The service was fantastic, hands down some of the best we have had in Vancouver. The food was good, large portions, and well priced. Unfortunately none of our dishes were outstanding. At this price maybe they don't have to be, but I was expecting a bit more in the way of food. I've had better Campagne Pate at other Vancouver French Bistros (recently, even) and also I think the roast chicken is better at Provence, here it was delicious on the outside but the actual chicken meat was on the bland side. Try brining the chicken! We had creme brulee for dessert and found it again, good, but not great with a too thick sugar layer on top. The ratatoullie and portabello mushroom dish were very good, and we will most likely try this restaurant again because of the great service, value, and great veggie options.
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who was disappointed with the fare last night. The food was tasteless, the place was extremely cramped, and the doorway where the made people wait became so cramped that people could not exit. Can't believe what they charged people for their absurd fixed menu that had no price on it. I would have walked out.
My date had the halibut and I had the steak, and it looks like the duck was no better. I will never go back after this awful experience.
Was excited to try the place after reading good reviews and checking out their website, but left extremely disappointed. The place was insanely crowded, once you sat down it was nearly impossible to get up without moving one of the tables beside you. Food choices were limited to three dishes, and frankly didn't taste great. The potatoes and desert were good, but the duck was quite horrible. Prices (fixed price, not included on the menu) were insane, with the tip already calculated in for a party of two so we couldn't even reflect our disappointment.
Overall bad experience with ridiculous prices, limited choices, and sub-par food. DON'T GO.
Read rave reviews here but was extremely disappointed. Restaurant was very cramped (had to move tables to go to the washroom), menu was sub-par (duck was chewy), vegetables were mushy and the bill was absurd. However, the service was at least helpful and polite. But that can't help a restaurant if the food can't speak for itself.
Bottom line: avoid, not worth it
Maybe this was a twist on traditional French cuisine but I didn't find it particularly French. There was nothing wrong with the main courses, they were just...ok...but not outstanding. We had Crepe Suzette for dessert and it wasn't great, the crepes were too thick and the sauce almost blew my head off, too sweet by European standards, maybe they were catering to the North American palate!
The service was good for us, the waitress seemed a little bit fed up though. We were asked three times whether we were enjoying the meal, and that was too many times. Other customers didn't get the same treatment as we did, much worse, particularly those who wanted two tables put together.
For those prices I would expect a better food experience. So value for money I marked as the worst.
Ambiance, the place was modern, clean and comfortable. None of the decor reflected a French experience. However these days I am happy for not sharing my table with a family of bugs.
I would not go to this place again mainly bases on the value rating. If the food reflects the price then maybe I will consider going again.
We don't do that well trying to make reservations as we don't like to plan our meals so far ahead of time. Consequently we have only been able to eat here once as it is always very busy.
I had reserved for a birthday dinner and was able to choose the table we wanted which was great. The service was excellent, just the right amount of attention, we were provided with great explanations of the various foods. The wine pairing advice was perfect, just the right wine with each dish.
The restaurant did get very full while we were there and the noise level was a bit high but it didn't really bother us-we were able to converse quite comfortably. The food portions are pretty hefty and we ended up taking some home with us as it was too delicious to leave behind.
We will be back as soon as we can motivate ourselves to make reservations.
My wife and I have been there twice in as many weeks. What you get is reasonably-priced food in a fun, casual atmosphere. Some of the naysayers may have been expecting West/Lumiere-style service which clearly this bistro does not provide but given the price difference, I believe it is an acceptable trade-off.
The food is homey, generous and tasty. The wine pairings are reasonable and there are some good finds in the list.
The place is LOUD and everytime the door is opened a draft blows through. The service, as noted earlier, is somewhat spotty but generally well-mannered and apologetic.
Summary: Good value and a great place to bring friends.
I had a reservation for a party of 3 on a week night.
We noticed right away that the table next to us was being ignored by the server, no drinks, no food and visibly agitated.
We sat without beverage for 10 minutes, and waited 20 until our wine arrived. The waiter was adding his two sense to our orders, finally telling us that we had "ordered enough food". We ordered mussels to share for the table, they took 40 minutes and were so bland they were not worth eating. Our entrees took 1 hour & 25 minutes to arrive. About 10 minutes before the meals arrived, the server brought out "HOT" plates for everyone. We then sat while the plates turned warm & then cold before the entrees came to the table. Every entree was lacking seasoning & innovation. The seafood was poorly cooked and tasteless. The server came to ask how the food was, we answered with "not great" and he walked away without inquiring further.
I then noticed the chef visiting a patron at his table. It happened to be a well known food critic who was receiving extra special treatment & seemed to be enjoying his dining experience.
We finally decided we had had enough and asked for the bill. We were ready to leave before any dishes were even cleared off our table. A server commented as we were leaving that we were "fast!" I'm not sure how many people have 2 hours to eat 1 course, but clearly I'm not one of them!
The food is lovingly prepared and portions are quite generous. The presentation is also wonderfully presented as though cooked in individual pots and pans. Side orders of vegetables were not only reasonably priced but enough for 2. It is home-style eating where it is possible to share many dishes which the two of us ended up doing.
Do order the lamb shank - the most tender and tastiest I've ever had (and I've actually been avoiding ordering it lately because of tough and chewy lamb shanks from other restaurants). The onion tart appetizer was good a bit overcooked as the top crust was quite dark and tasted burnt. The arugula salad accompaniment had a dressing with amazing depth ... simple ingredients with very complex flavours!
A 3 course prix fixe is offered Sun-Mon for $25 - an incredible value. The New York steak with peppercorn sauce was very good. The starter was the salad. And dessert was a couple of generous scoops from the chocolate mousse bowl.
One negative point to declare: this is Definitely NOT the place to go if you want a romantic French bistro meal. The space is not well designed to absorb sound - the noise level from both patrons talking and cooking sounds from the kitchen was incredibly loud. When in the furthest toilet it sounded like you were in a very busy subway station! You could honestly not hear yourself think!!!
Went to Bistrot Bistro for my girlfriend's birthday, it was our first time but it certainly won't be our last. Service was outstanding. Non existent were the usual pretentious servers sporting little personality. Our server was fast, friendly, and efficient, yet a pleasure to interact with; she actually had a personality and sense of humor; and still knew what she was doing!
The food never let us down either, I can simply say, great quality and quantity of food for the price . My Boeuf Bourguignon tasted like the one we had in France, the halibut was cooked to perfection. Just simple food well executed.
Desserts were fun, never had crepe suzette flambé table side around here.
Some nice finds on the wine list, out of the ordinary not the usual suspect.
Overall a pleasant evening, that didn’t break the bank.
Yes, I agree Bistrot bistro better stay!
Had dinner with a couple of girlfriends on a Friday night. It was my 3rd visit. The restaurant was full and what some would call noisy, I call good energy/vibe. We started off by sharing 1/2 baguette and tapenade, mussels in white wine, and escargots - all delicious. We also shared entrees - beef bourgignon, halibut in tomato broth, and chicken breate - and a couple of side: ratatouille and the best shoestring frites (they're addictive). The bourgignon was nicely robust in flavour, balanced intensity without being overpowering. I expected more of the halibut and chicken. Their flavour was more subtle than the bourgignon as expected but they also lacked that something special that would makes the flabour more interesting that couldn't be easily duplicated at home. These 2 dishes feel more pacific northwest cuisine than French. The wine list offers good options and the service is fine. The food overall is closer to a 3.5 than 3 and the frites are a 5/5.
Food: Had boeuf borgignon (sp?) and it was good but not great. Mash potatos were scandelously rich as noted by previous reviewer. Loved them.
Service: Went on a thursday night and did not have to wait long for a table. The place was packed. Service was solid but I'm glad I read the bill as server charged us for the wrong wine. She was very appologetic and corrected it right away.
Ambiance: As noted by previous reviewers this is a small space and to maximize it they really pack in the tables. Very crowded. If you are slightly larger in size you will not be able to fit in the space between tables to get to the banquette without moving your table to make some room. At most there is 10 inches between tables. At most but probably less, more like 8 inches.
Overall: Solid but not great or outstanding in any way. Would probably consider going back if only due to the price. Dinner for 2 with wine was 80 bucks with tip included.
Standard fare French food that in Paris would count as so-so, probably offered in some so-so cafe. The atmosphere is 'tinny' with barebones tables and decor. But, the food is perceived as moderately priced. But I found everything just a dull version of french classics. No matter this is not a restaurant for foodies as the room was packed and even a waiting lineup outside.
Came here for my gf's birthday. Food was excellent -- we had the halibut, lobster broth with seafood, and chicken mushroom in cream sauce. Sides are a extra - we had the fries, potato gratin, and couscous - all were very good. Portions are quite big! Service was excellent - despite the noise and bustling, our server was right there everytime. Nice bright lime green walls, comfortable seating. I'd definitely return!