Gallery Cafe is nestled inside the Vancouver Art Gallery and offers big salads, quiche, and sandwichs. It is a popular office crowd lunch spot.
If you want to enjoy lunch at the art gallery cafe, its a nice spot to eat in or have your meal out. I like their sandwiches, from turkey, chicken, roastbeef to their salads, all have been good. The bread is fresh, lots of flavour and their sandwiches go around$6.50.
The gallery cafe is a nice to relax, have soup, sandwiches to salad along with a coffee or beverage. Good spot when you're in the art gallery or just wanting to order food to go.
Possibly the most underrated cafe downtown. As someone who lives and works downtown, I don't know why I haven't bothered coming here sooner! I know... because out of sight is out of mind, and this little gem is hidden away above on the Art Gallery behind flowers and umbrella-covered tables.
You order from the counter, but everything on display looked good, it was hard to pick. Nicoise salads with ahi tuna, bean salads, fruit salad, quiche, paninis, gourmet soups, bottles of wine. We ordered paninis - mine had fresh and roasted tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese, and artichokes. The bread was certainly French bread, fresh from the bakery, and was cut into regular inch thick slices (which is refreshing - most paninis in this city are made with... 2-3 inch slices of foccacia!) Best part - it wasn't oily or greasy - also another typical feature if you order paninis in this city.
Servers are pleasant and very professional - not the typical bored-looking bitter folk you'd find at other establishments.
Music is pleasant - string quartets and symphonies. This bit hasn't changed as long as I can remember. The last time I came here was probably in the 80s.
Food was delicious, and the terrace on a nice (ie: not rainy) day made the experience the most enjoyable. It's the only patio in this city where you aren't cramped up against other people, where it's spread out, and you feel like you're in Montreal. Probably helps that the servers were speaking French to eachother.
All in all, best cafe experience in downtown in a long, long, time.
They have done a nice revamp on this place but the food is still a bit off as far as I am concerned. I'd a very odd mushroom soup and a delicious buttermilk lemon square. Their desserts have always been very nice but I've never found a first course that I have been particularly taken with; however, on a sunny Feb day that patio of their's is a really desirable place to be.
I love coming to the Art Gallery for lunch. It's usually quite busy, but we also get a table on the fantastic patio. The patio has white table clothes, classical music playing and a lovely feel of being in a garden oasis in the middle of the city.
The food is cafeteria style and one day I'll remember to get my tray before lining up! The food is always good and I am always tempted to get dessert (haven't broken down yet!). Today I had a samlon salad and it was very good. The prices are a bit steep, but the patio makes it worth it.
A place I will continue to go for lunch when I need a tranquil moment outside of the office.
Such a quiet patio spot given the downtown location on a cold December afternoon. If you don't mind the cold, there's plenty of outdoor tables but no patio heaters. Bonus is that you can hear each other speak because nobody else wants to sit outside!
The foam on my eggnog latte was mediocre since there were still large bubbles, but least there's foam. My friend's fruit salad was decent, probably fresh from the morning, but by the afternoon is a bit soggy rather than crisp. Other food items were decent enough for the price range of $7+ for most entrees.
I love coming here when I'm shopping down town. The food is good, but not always ecellent. Their nicoise salads with ahi tuna tasted great, but the letuce at the botom of the bowl was frozen. If you arrive before 12 on a sunny day it can be simply the best spot in Vancouver for a coffee and a late breakfast/early lunch (No Brunch here)
I like coming here for a drink, but I am not too impressed with their food. Food is basic Breadgarden type fare. There are some definite hits and misses. Most of the staff are pretty good, but there are definitely a few that are less than mediocre, or just look completely bored no matter how busy it is. The last time I was there, they were trying to figure out who had one of the dishes that they just finished heating up, and one of the employee's said, "it was some old lady" which I think is pretty unprofessional.. There's probably a few better ways to describe someone other than "old lady"
There are usually several people behind the counter, but only a couple are actually doing anything, meanwhile most of their cutlery and glasses are waterstained or not quite clean, I think they could be using the standing around time to fix this.
They have a good selection of drinks, plus they are also licensed, so you can enjoy a glass of wine in their outdoor seating.
Althought I don't have much nice to say about the food or service, I still do enjoy coming here as it's a great place in downtown to sit with a friend and have a coffee especially on a sunny day.
This is a great place to have a coffee or lunch when you're downtown. The Cafe has a nice ambiance and one can go there after a visit to the Gallery.
Unfortunately, the Cafe has a very rude Manager. I was ticked off by him recently when I asked if they had organic sugar. While one of the servers there was trying to be helpful and wanted to check if they had some, the Manager came and ticked me off, saying he knew they didnt have any, because "I am the Manager. I do the ordering around here!"
I was stunned because this is not the kind of behaviour one usually encounters in Vancouver.
This man should be given a few lessons in politeness.
Wow, this place was amazing. The prices are reasonable, the food is excellent and so is the selection.
The patio is gorgeous on a sunny day.
The service is quick and good.
One of the best hidden gems in Downtown Vancouver.