Jules offers a menu of hearty, unpretentious French bistro fare in a room straight from Le Marais. Kronenbourg 1664 on tap and a daily three-course table d’hôte for $26 make it as affordable as it is authentic.
Arrived on a busy Friday night. We had no reservations and despite there being a small group of people waiting at the door for a table, we were seated at two empty seats at the bar. Had a glass of wine while we waited.
We were seated 15 minutes after by the window. Our waitress was very professional and friendly. We ordered a bottle of bordeaux and she always poured our glasses before we had the chance.
To start we shared the country style pate with a blend of balsamic vinegar/caramelized onion on the side. The only thing that was strange was they brought out a plate of fresh bread with butter about 2-3 minutes before bringing out the pate. So we started to eat the bread, not realizing that it was probably for the pate. Because of this, we had more pate on our plate than bread (and who eats pate on its own?). We didn't bother asking for more bread because there was only a tiny chunk of pate left. In the big picture, no big deal.
Food was outstanding though. The filet the boeuf with morel cream sauce, ratatouille and scalloped potato was "très speciale" as they'd say in French - a signature dish that I would not hesitate to recommend to anybody. In fact, this is the second time I have eaten it, and I'm the type that likes to try new things - it was that good.
For dessert, the gateau de riz, essentially rice pudding cake with rhubarb compote, was decadent. Rich vanilla flavour with tangy sweet rhubarb. Definitely not old fashioned rice pudding, that's for sure!
Finally, the ambiance makes you feel like you're in France or in Montreal. "Less is more". The ceilings, window frames are painted a shiny black. The red brick walls are exposed. There's a beautiful extravagant chandelier adding style to the space. Mirrors on the walls extend the room, and maps of Paris and wine-producing regions in France add French character. So does the black board menus over the bar.
One of my favourite restaurants and a wonderful addition to Gastown's new identity.
i read other ppl's reviews and saw that the 3 course special was a good deal so i order the salad, stake/fries, and dessert. It was good solid food. Can't complain about it for $21. The only better french bistro food with as good price was in Montreal. The fois gras was awesome and the cheese plate was also pretty good. I brought my own bottle of wine and paid $12 for bottle service. Not bad... if you have a nice bottle of wine, well worth it. Go try it out.....
The husband and I had dinner here last night and had a very enjoyable evening. Steak Frites were tasty as was my halibut. Creative wine list made up of BC and French reds. This place reminds me of many Paris bistro's with it ambiance and joie de vie.
My partner and I have been to Jules for dinner twice. The first time was last October and second time was last Saturday.
It's like walking into a bistro in Paris. The menu is very nice and the wine list also.
We have had excellent service both times. The food was so tasty. We really liked the escargo. The steak was well done but not over done. Some chefs have a problem with this.
The waiter and waitress come over to check on you from time to time.
I love the ambience here. It really is a lovely little bistro. We will be going again.
Everything in the room is perfect - from the chandeliers and black and white tiled floors, to the antique tea cup my americano came in, to the funny old post-card the bill came attached to... it's nice that the details matter to these guys, and they nail them.
The Maître d' is superb. Knows exactly when to be at the table with something witty to say, and when to hang back. He's perfect. It's like he was born for that restaurant.
The food is alright - it's nothing like le Crocodile or Pied-à-terre, but it's not priced like them either, and it's pretty good for what it is. I had a salad nicoise, which i enjoyed, but i was surprised to find tinned tuna in my salad. That's not something i go out to eat. That being said, the pear tart tatin was awesome. Light flakey pastry, french vanilla ice cream... Delicious.
All in all, I'll go back. Many times I'm sure.
To be honest, I've not been to many French restaurants other than Le Crocodile. I saw the fairly good reviews of Jules and decided to bring my girlfriend there for her birthday.
When we arrived, the owner/manager (I believe) was very courteous and offered to hang our coats up for us. He sat us down at a table for two near the entrance, which was a bit uncomfortable. I think he noticed this and assured us that he will move us to a window seat as soon as it became available. Definitely appreciated the attentiveness.
After about 15min, we were brought to the window seat. By this time we had read through the entire menu and wanted to order. However, our server did not realize this and made us wait another 10-15min. This was the only bad mark I'd give to their service. Other than that, the server was polite and friendly. He and the owner/manager always came by to check on how we're doing without being overly annoying.
On to the food...For the appetizer, I had the Escargot and my gf had the French Onion Soup. I didn't know what to expect of the Escargot, but it turned out really well. The butter and parsley overpowered any possible nasty taste of the snails. The French onion soup was a bit salty, but otherwise the combination of cheese, onions and bread was flavorful. As for the main course, I had the Beef Tenderloin and my gf had the Steamed Mussels in White Wine. I had requested the tenderloin to be medium rare and it came out perfect. I've not had such a great tenderloin in a long time! It was soft and juicy; the way beef is intended to be. The plate came with some veggies and a scallop potatos baked with cheese. The mussels were fresh and were blended nicely with garlic and butter. It also came with French Fries as a filler. There were plenty of mussels, which I think is well worth the money. As for dessert, we had the Pear Clafoutis and the Vanilla Crème Brulee. I absolutely loved the pear clafoutis... it had this fresh baked cake aroma to it and nicely diced fresh pears. The creme burlee tasted great; probably made with real vanilla beans (not vanilla extract).
Overall, the food was superb, service was exceptional and decor was great for a romantic dinner. I highly recommend this place if you want good portions of quality French foods made well for a reasonable price. I will definitely be back with friends or family.
Very pleasantly surprised. I walk by this place almost every day, and always has a great lunch crowd. A group from work went today for a birthday lunch.
When walked in, it just smelled great.
The prices are moderate for sure. $13-15 on average.
I had 3 course lunch menu, that included salad, steak/salmon, and dessert. Very impressed. Simple, tasty and great value. I had the steak which was good. But the dessert was fantastic. Others had the creme brule which was huge! My 3 course meal was $19 (I think it was supposed to be $23), but even so, for the extra $4 over the regular steak entree price of $19, I figured that would be a good deal. It was.
Very uncomplicated lunch, with surprisingly value.
I'm going back to try a few things that others had order. It all looked great!
I read the reviews on this restaurant before dining there last night. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food and service. The servers were unusually attentive and made sure that the water and wine glasses were kept filled at all times. The beef tenderloin entree was delicious and my partner's steak was cooked perfectly. We seem to be constantly disappointed when dining out lately and to find a restaurant that delivered in quality of food, service and value for money made for a very good dining experience.
I have been to Jules four times now and each time it gets better. My favorite dish on the menu is the tenderloin with red wine sauce, ratatouille, and scalloped potatoes. The bisque is also quite delicious, as well as the onion-bacon-blue cheese tart. I have really enjoyed everything I've ordered here. I find the atmosphere to be lovely and very authentic and warm. I am a very picky eater, and this place satisfied me and my entire family. I would definitely suggest this restaurant if you are in Vancouver and you're looking for an intimate space and well-priced, flavorful food.
Meeting with friends for a pre-Christmas dinner on a Friday night in December 2008, I had made a reservation for 8:00 p.m., however when we got there, we had to wait in line with another party ahead of us and all tables taken. So, they need to brush up on their reservation service. Once we were seated though, the ambience was great (for a French bistro in Vancouver!). There was a bit of a problem with getting the drinks we wanted; we had to settle for a lesser gin for our martinis. Still, the waitress was charming and we overcame that setback. The red wine was good. I had ordered onion soup but wasn't too impressed with it. However, my filet mignon was excellent! The others liked their food choices as well. We all loved the chandelier! Summary: We would like to give this eatery another try in the near future.
We went to Jules because we had read such good reviews of it. Unfortunately the reviews in our mind did not at all match up with the experience. The Manhattan martini was ok but nothing to write home about. The French wine we had was one of the best. The Bisque was fine but quite salty. My wife had the onion soup and she enjoyed it very much. I ordered the Duck Confit and it was very disappointing. It consisted of a somewhat scrawny Duck leg and thigh that had not been trimmed of fat along with diced potatoes and onions with bacon bits. The duck was not enough to satisfy the modest of appetites and the potatoes, onions, etc, were greasy and over salted. I felt somewhat ill halfway through eating them and had to stop. My wife's streak and frites were acceptable but not great. The extra order of spinach was over salted as well.
The service was acceptable although there was one waiter...she seemed to be somehow in charge of delivering the dishes...who was aloof and in one case rather defensive and sarcastic. When she asked us at the end, after our regular waiter had cleared our table, if the food tasted good, I replied: "Not really" to which she responded "yeah I know...it sucks, it tastes awful" It seemed over the top to us and entirely uncalled for. It suggested to us that that perhaps she had heard many others say the same thing and was defensive.
The ambience was very good but the value for our dollar was not worth it. It cost us $165.00 after tax and it should have been much less. Will we return? No...absolutely not!
Went there (foursome) Oct. 23/08. Wonderful place. Loved the atmosphere/ambience. All the staff, from receptionist to Chef, were outstanding. Our waitriess was pleasany, knowledgeable and very helpful - certainly knew her wines, and recommended an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Frac blend. I, and one of our companions, had the King Crab and Lobster Bisque = to die for - spicy, but wow! My wife had the superb Beef Tenderloin, done to perfection the way she wanted. I had the Duck confit = superb; our companions each chose the steak and fries = not a morsel left on the plate. For dessert, I had the Melting Chocolate Cake - it is what chocolate was made for. One of our companions had the Creme Brulee = heavenly. The final bill was most reasonable. We'll be back - often.
Came to this place for my bf's birthday, food was awesome! We shared the spot prawns, Escargot, lobster and crab bisque, mussels and a chocolate dessert.
Everything tasted good except for the lobster bisque which tasted bland... not really worth the money. Price is very resonable, considering the quality is outstanding.
This place is highly recommended!
When i go out to eat i am not there to be entertained by the server or I would eat at TGI fridays. My friend and i walked off the street into Jules on a Tuesday evening and were given a small table by the window. The server was attentive but I didn't notice if her personality shone. Who cares?! The food did. We both ordered the salad, steak and dessert special for $23. It was tasty and came to us at a perfect pace. The room was lovely also. i will return and suggest Jules to others. All in all an enjoyable evening! Yum!
Having been so disappointed by the higher-end restaurants in Vancouver I had set my expectation for Jules very low. I was pleasantly surprised.
Jules is quite popular so we decided to make reservations. At 8.30pm on a Saturday evening the place was hopping. What struck me on arrival was the great mix of diners, a very good sign.
Service was fast and at last a restaurant that gives you time to peruse the wine list. We both ordered the lobster and crab bisque to start and after a few spoonfuls we both agreed that we'd be happy to have a second helping and call it quits for the night, it was that good.
My better half ordered the beef tenderloin and I had the chicken shepherds pie. The only downside to the evening was that my dish came extremely hot and I nearly burned myself trying to eat it. Five minutes after being set down on the table it was still too hot to eat. The pie was flavoursome and light, the potatoes being extremely creamy, which I like. The tenderloin was the perfect size and well complemented by the ratatouille and scallop potatoes. The desserts were simple and delicious, creme brulee and the melting chocolate cake.
Jules has a great ambiance and is worth the visit for this alone.
I decided to invite my girlfriend for an authentic cuisine francaise the other night, here's our experience
Our waitress didn't know how to open a bottle properly.
I offered to help and heard her speak in French to another waiter while she was living our table. Their accent might sound 'cute', but what she said behind our back wasn't that pretty.
It almost looks like the 'bouchon' style restaurant you'd find in Lyon or Paris. The tables are small and thus intimate. It got a noisy and hot around 6:30 -7pm
We started with foie gras and it was delicious but was suggested a red wine (?! this should be paired with a nice fruity white like a sauterne, but not a red). And please don't call it 'pate', this is so much more than meat spread onbread, and you don't eat it with butter :)
The she ordered the moules frites and I got the cassoulet (coming from the south of France, I couldn't help it).
Her mussels were quite good, but the portion was rather small. The broth was okay, but she found it a bit too salty. She told the waitress, and we had a 'no one has ever complained on the mussels before'... nice and professional!!
My cassoulet was the worse. The beans were so dry and the sauce salty and dry, the pork was nice but the sausage was very plain. It tasted like it had been cooked 3 days before and reheated in the microwave. Horrible.
After all this, my girlfriend ordered the fondant au chocolat (myself couldn't eat anymore scared of what could happen next).
It came on a small plate (because the cake is small) and was so hot she almost burnt her tongue!!! that dessert ended our Jules' dining experience.
This place is overrated, the food is below average, the staff is pretentious. Go there for a drink or two, but don't expect the French experience.
each and every time i visit this wonderful restaurant, i am happy that i have.
the food is wonderful. the ambiance is so unique to vancouver. one is defintely transported into a different realm. the owner is so gracious and the girls are sweet. i recommend the beef tenderloin or the steak and frites. tres bon!
Twice this weekend I dined in Gastown. That's something I never thought I'd hear myself say. Both times were memorable and have changed my entire view of dining in Vancouver.
Being from London UK, I was disappointed in the restaurant scene in Vancouver; not because the fare wasn't good (it's world-class, in fact), but because there wasn't any variety. Every restaurant looks the same (over designed) and has the same sort of atmosphere. It just didn't seem very cosmopolitan.
But that's now changed.
Jules is like a piece of Paris in the middle of Vancouver. It was so charming ... a real little French bistro. Although it is entirely new, it looks like its been there forever.
The menu was bang-on (very French Bistro), the prices (I thought) weren't out of league, and the service was sweet (complete with French accents).
We started with the Salad Nicoise (nice but a tad bland). I then ordered the Confit de Canard - which at $20 seemed like a great value - and my date ordered the obligatory Moules Frites. It all tasted as it should have; the mussels were delectable.
There were many wines by-the-glass, most of which were perfectly bistro-esque (ie. old world) and very reasonable in price.
But honestly, as was the case with Chill Winston, it's the atmosphere that makes the experience so novel in Vancouver. I almost didn't care what the food tasted like or how I was served. A glass of wine at Jules is as close to Europe as a Vancouverite can get. I just wanted to drink it in and pretend I was six time-zones away.
Jules Bistro is a nice little jewel in Gastown. The food was good, had gaspatcho and Nicoise salad and both were very nicely made, the salad extremely fresh with top quality ingredients. We were a large party, and the service managed to be very attentive, cheerful, and quick. The bistro itself is fashionable with clean lines- very pleasant to be there. I felt 'cool.'
My only complaint is that in the online menu there is a single vegetarian option (Vegetarian Shepherds Pie), but the restaurant no longer serves it and wasn't willing to make me something without meat, so I was stuck with only appetizers. It's really important to update online info, especially if it involves the availability of meals for a restricted diet.
Had dinner here a couple of weeks ago. I had the $21 set menu (I chose steak with mushroom sauce) and it was pretty good for the price. The salad that came with the meal was fresh and nicely dressed. The bread and butter was really yummy and fresh also (the butter actually tastes like butter and not hard little lumps of lard) and the steak was cooked just the way I like it and the fries were really good as well.
My only complaint is that I substituted my dessert for the creme brulee which was a mistake as the creme brulee was not cooked properly (it was curddled). Next time, I'll probably stick with their set menu.