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!
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.
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.
This restaurant offers a selection of menu items, both drinks and food. My friends tried the rabbit (quite flavourful), and seafood stew (lots of seafood, but would be nicer if it was warmer), and I tried the 3-course dinner set (nice texture on the arctic char, but the sauce could use some kick to it, but the chocolate mousse is very yummy). Overall a solid pick for a semi-casual type restaurant. Portion size is quite generous (and yes, the fries with the set dinner is enough for 3, same as the desert), even though you may not get wowed by the food presentation or the setting/decor.
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
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 husband and I went for dinner tonight.
We ordered a fillet mignon and were surprised. First they got the sauce we ordered it with wrong and the fillet mignon (which means pretty in french) looked like it was from the tip of the fillet. We asked about it and the owner came to let us know that they chef got the whole fillet and he would cut them so they do not always look round and perfect like they should be. I did not want to get into a fight and all but a fillet mignon should only come from the center of the fillet and should have no fat around it.
We talked to the server about the sauce and she apologized, asked whether we wanted another one but since I did not want to eat by myself while my husband was waiting we said it would be ok. Other than that no apology came. I would have expected a free coffee or dessert but I guess that is not their style.
As for dessert we were not much impressed either. The chocolate mousse was grainy which means they folded in the melted chocolate with the wipped cream when the chocolate was too cold and it set immediately ( I am a pastry chef) The main point is that the chef should have tried it before serving and should have noticed that it does not have the silky smooth consistency of a good mousse. The creme brule was not bad but the caramelized sugar on top was way thicker than necessary.
Athmosphere is nice and the portions are generous.
We had a wonderful night in Bistrot Bistro. It was a very last minute booking for a a wedding party of 14. Your friend were going to get married far from home low key, we didn't let it happen.
The staff were so friendly, fun and helpful. The food was lovely
and they have a great reasonable 3 course menu. We had a truly great night, and can't wait to return.
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!
I was looking forward to my first visit to this restaurant. We arrived to a fairly late seating and a fully packed restaurant.. it looked very promising.
Our party of six were seated at a very cozy table with incredibly hard chairs and a terrible draft. The decor was uninspiring and the room was deafening.
Our food was mediocre. The portions were ample and the food was well seasoned but nothing was inspiring. Highlights: the chicken, steak tar tar, brussel sprouts, waffle dessert and frites (but no better than your local chain restaurant.). Lowlights: the fillet mignons were undercooked, the lamb was overcooked and the carrots were bland.
The service was atrocious! Be forewarned, groups of 6+ have an automatic 18% gratuity. While I normally have no problem with auto gratuity for larger groups, I do believe that the service should still reflect that level of gratuity. I was first to arrive and was met by a frazzled and unfriendly host who basically shoed me out of the dining area as our table was not yet available. However, she was completely different when she seated our group. Our first server was okay but seemed to lack adequate training. The problem began when the server checked out. The replacement server was incredibly rude and lazy. She demanded that we write down the charge for each card so she wouldn't "screw it up" (a task she should be responsible for). We did as instructed and handed over the cards. She returned and asked if we had cash to make up the difference as the charges didn't add up. We asked if she did as instructed and she freaked out and said "I did it just like you wrote it!". We asked to see the list, and showed her that it was correct and she had made the mistake. She turns around, with the undercharged card, and stormed back to the til to charge one card the balance. One of our party went back to talk to her and the server tried to dismiss her. This all happened right in front of the owner who did NOTHING! No enquiry, no apology, nothing.
This was easily one of the worst dining experiences I've ever had. The auto gratuity is to accommodate slower service and longer wait times NOT excuse disrespectful and rude serving staff! We will never return to this restaurant even if it's the last on the planet.
This was my second visit and it didn't disappoint. The food was tasty and service was great. Had the pork chop with mango and cilantro salsa, my husband had the lamb shank and we shared the mussels. Everything tasted great and the prices were reasonable. During the week you can order a 3 course set menu at a special discounted price. The French sundae is yummy!!
The food is dull and the prices are not that reasonable if you count that everything is basically stews and you want extra sides. Maybe my harshness is skewed by the uncomfortable seating in a room that looks cheaply done over. That may not work for me, but clearly others thought otherwise. No linen, servers in Bistrot-bistro t-shirts--everything looks bottom line here, including the quality of the food.
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!!!
In a city with a lot of restaurants to choose from, this one is doing a solid job but could do better. The decor and general set up is very authentic of a French bistro, as is the menu. Some dishes deliver, others do not. The starters were all very good.
Of the mains we tried, the beef bourgignon was excellent, but the fish stew was disappointing: flavourless, and two of the three clams were inedible. Why not throw in a few mussels? The sole was unavailble, so my dining companion was offered ling cod, which she pronounced very good.
A word of warning, the serving sizes are generous, almost too big, even for the guys.
The wine list is small but with some really nice choices, and all of the wines are available by the glass. The service was attentive and pleasant, and in fact was the best thing about the restaurant.
We were so full, we did not really need dessert, but just had to try the creme brulee, which was excellent. Incredibly, they do not have an espresso machine and so the much looked-forward-to after dinner espesso was not to be. Not very French.
Over-all a fun place to eat, and the prices are not outrageous. Howver, it is still not cheap, and we have had much better food at much lower prices. If you are looking for excellence in an authentic French setting this does not quite achieve. We won't be back anytime soon, but only because there is too much else to choose from that does the same thing better.
First off, I'd have to admit I'm not the world's biggest fan of French cuisine, but after a few nights at Bistrot Bistro I'm a convert. The food is beautiful, and very reasonably priced, I'd recommend the steak. The setting is relaxed and the staff are very gracious and friendly. A good spot for a date where you want to impress, but not look like you're trying too hard.