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.
I had to do a quick write up after the reviews below saying that the service here is bad.
I went to Jules a few weeks ago on a weeknight. I found the food, atmosphere and service was well above par. I had the goat cheese and roasted red pepper salad and the mussels and both were really solid. The salad wasn't really what I expected - I thought there would be more greens - but it was decently made and delicate. When I mentioned casually to the server that I was expecting more of a salad salad, he asked me right away if I would prefer something else. I didn't - what I got was fine - but I appreciated the gesture.
The mussels were also very good, and the fries were abundant and not greasy. My friend and I had a good glass of red at the recommendation of the server and my friend enjoyed her prix fix meal of salad, salmon and fries and a chocolate tarte.
The one thing that put this place above others is the service. I thought it was exceptional. It was quiet, attentive, welcoming. The owner seemed to run the place like a machine, and he popped by to say hello and ask us how our meal was going. I never had to ask for water, or for a refill, or pretty much anything. I'm sorry to hear that the previous diner had a bad time with the service, but our experience was the total opposite.
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.
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.
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.
This place is absolutely fantastic! It's everything a true bistro should be (including the noise - sorry guys!). The server was great - she could tell we wanted to be left alone, and was completely unobtrusive, but professional & attentive nonetheless. The portion sizes are terrifically big - I actually don't know how they're making a profit off some dishes! I started with a lobster bisque that was perfect after I added some of the ruille that comes on the side. My entree was a devilishly rich shepherd's pie (I'm drooling just thinking about it again!), and a perfect creme brulee to finish. A true winner!
We went to Jules for early dinner recently as recommended by a friend. It's not in a nice area, but the restaurant was packed with people on a week night. It's a cozy and nice restaurant. Steak was very good, and the melting chocolate cake was memorable... it was the best one I had!
I have been to Jules a few times.
The place is very cute and I like the brick walls and the piano.
The staff is very pleasant; I have nothing bad to say about the service.
The food is never “bad” but the quality is not consistent. I remember having the mushroom risotto and it was just okay. Another time I had the filet mignon and it is simply the best piece of meat I’ve had in my entire life. The texture and taste were perfect, the sauce was delicious, and we paired it with a great red wine, which made it even more enjoyable. I might note that a friend of mine had the bisque and he said it was delicious. It looked and smelled really good.
Value is so-so, it is a bit expensive for the size of the portions. But it’s a trendy place in a gentrified area so that is to be expected I suppose.
I will go back to Jules, I’m sure. I’ve never been disappointed, but I can’t afford to go there too often.
We had a reservation for a party of 5 for 7:30 on a thursday night. We show up on time and the restaurant is packed and we are told our table will be 15 minutes as the group currently seated there is just finishing their meals. Ok fine, its sucks but whatever. 15 minutes turned into an hour and 15 minutes. We didn't get sat until 845. I understand that you can't force people to leave but come on. Don't take reservations if you can't guarantee people a table. 30 minutes would have been bearable but over an hour when you have a reservation is ridiculous. They did bring us a round of wine and a round of kir royales on the house to appease us and were very apologetic. It was not a good start. However the rest of the experience was totally solid.
Service: Our server was wonderful. Very professional, nice but not overly fakey nice. Attentive but not hovering.
Ambience: Very cool little room. Noisy and packed. Very lively. Patrons were definately a mixed bag. Couples, groups, young, old, yuppies, cool kids, they were all there. Note: If you are looking for a romantic quiet type place this is definately not it.
Food: The food is truly what made up for our wait. I would have been so bitter if we had waited for over an hour and the food sucked. We started with the mussels and escargot. I have never had such tasty mussels. My mum and sister had the filet of beef and raved about it. My dad and boyfriend had the cassoulet. Also delicious. I had the salmon and it was perfect. It was actually medium rare! So tender and juicy. And the mashed potatoes it was served with were so creamy. We also ordered 3 desserts to share. Creme brulee, creme caramele, and an apple tarte dessert. All were superb.
Overall: I would have given this place a higher mark had it not been for the ridiculously long wait when we had a reservation. It was generally great but with a crap beginning.
Jules had been on my list of places to try for a long time. Co-workers raved about it and since I am a lover of all things French, especially good bistro fare my husband and I decided to try it with friends on Friday night. We arrived for our 7:30 reso on time and the girl at the front was quite rude after she couldn't find our reservation, not that she looked very hard. We were seated anyway, but waited about 10 minutes for our drink order to be taken. The room is lovely, very warm and inviting and the menu has good variety. We shared the pate and fries to start and my husband and I both had the duck confit for our mains. The food was very good and the portions were large. Our friends had salmon and a steak and also enjoyed their food. All in all, it was very good, but I don't feel the need to return. The waitress continued to be cold to us until it was time to pay our bill which tainted the experience for me. There are other bistro's in town offering similar food at similar prices and Jules doesn't stick out above any of them.
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.
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!
What can I say, I'm a tough customer. I think dinhere deleted the last review I posted on this site. With our visit to Jules however, all of my reasonable standards were met. Helpful, friendly, no-nonsense staff: certainly. Good, well executed food: you bet. Reasonable pricing and menu selection: uh huh. Lively, well-decorated room: indeed.
Some highlights of our meal: french onion soup was very nice, skirt steak with excellent scalloped potatoes, steak with crispy frites, and some tasty moules frites.
The name of this place makes a promise: Casual French Bistro. It delivers exactly that. There is little adventure in the menu, they just do French Casual Bistro very well. It's not perfect, but it never pretends to be and that honesty(in a city starved for it) is nearer to perfection than perfection itself.
I would highly recommend this place. See restaurant website for online menu.
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 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.
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!
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.