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La Brasserie

1091 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1M5
Tel: (604) 568-6499
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: French, German
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Weekend brunch
  • Hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30AM - 2:30PM & 5PM - 11:30PM, Sat - Sun: 11AM - 3PM & 5PM - 11:30PM
  • This is a French/German brasserie, serving tasty dishes from those regions. Excellent wine and beer selection. On the small side, they've opened on the Davie strip and raised the bar for other restaurants in the area that cheap and plentiful are just not good enough.

    Tue. to Sun.: 5:00pm - 12:00am

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How the Mighty Have Fallen
By spdracer of surrey (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 1:58am [Dine in]

My family were regulars at this restaurant when it opened... and it was great. Crowded, small, and many times people would bump into the back of you while you were eating... but the great service, food and sense of authenticity were worth it. We dined there at least once a month. As times change our schedule took us to different neighbourhoods and we left La Brasserie for a couple of years. Tonight an unscheduled stop at St Paul's Hospital offered us an opportunity to visit an old friend.

Turns out, our old friend sold to an incompetent new proprietor. The menu was mostly the same but everything tasted like it was well past the best before date. Even the sauces tasted like they were out of a can! Actually, on a rare good note the chicken that I ordered for myself was moist and well cooked but on a bed of limp aged vegetables that with the sauce ruined the dish.

Out of 5 dishes ordered only the Duck was acceptable to my son. When we were asked how the food was I was honest.. thinking that a new chef was filling in on an odd night. During the conversation, with the waiter.. (which I think was the owner,) I learned that the restaurant was sold in August of 2013. The conversation was pleasant enough and I was assured that he would speak to the chef the next day about our experience. The thing that bothered me is that nothing other than that was offered. No opportunity to change dishes or an offer of re-plating new food. No bread or water was even offered.

The two other tables occupied should have tipped me off for a restaurant that was consistently full before.

When the bill came.. nothing was taken off and no apologies. This is the first time in 20 years that I have left without leaving a tip. I worked as a waiter for a time and know how you depend on tips to survive.. but this service was polite, but unapologetic and not attentive to our needs at all.

We left without eating the $100 worth of food that we paid for so we were hungry and went to another french restaurant that we know well. As luck would have it they screwed up a dish as well.. but they made a fresh replacement that was outstanding and refused to let me pay for it even though I insisted.

I hope that the owner of La Brasserie wakes up and learns customer service.. or hires a chef that can deliver. Gordon Ramsey was never so needed in Vancouver! Totally disappointed! Never will go back unless I see a real change in menu and attitude.

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A winner in my books!
By k-eats of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 8:23am [Dine in]

Food: We were seated at the bar so got to see the open kitchen in action. All the dishes looked amazing. When the chef came out from the back kitchen to plate a few dishes, you could see his care & attention to detail. I ordered a few oysters to start, and the mussels & fries (definitely on the salty side, but otherwise delicious), my partner ordered a halibut special. I will definitely be coming back to try other dishes.

Services: Very friendly and attentive

Value: Pretty decent value here

Ambiance: Great vibe, love the bar seating.

Overall, a great restaurant and I'll be coming back.

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Need More Bistros Like La Brasserie Downtown!!!!
By aaronalexander of Westend (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:21am [Dine in]

Popped in there at about 9:30pm on a Tuesday and most places would be at the end of their evening, and wouldnt have given the service or food we got........not at this place.
Went really simple and ordered a stine of german beer, mussells and frites.
Beer........mmm good!
Mussells and Frites, could not have been better!
So tastey, so good, and the service is so underrated!!!

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Great Additon to the West End
By P105 of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 5, 2010 - 2:41am [Dine in]

Came here on a week day with 3 others. Waited about 10 minutes for a table. Service was personable and attentive with a good sense of humor. Our starters included; endive salad, poutine, onion tart, & pâte de campagne which were all very tasty. I had the burger and it was delicious & came with pomme frites which were a bit over salted. Good wine list. Prices were reasonable. Cozy and intimate ambiance. Highly recommended.

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French gem on Davie
By chowdawg of vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 4, 2009 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

We really are blessed in this city with an excess of fine small restaurants. The missus and I just returned from eating here and I felt compelled to submit this review.
The food, although rich, is truly French. The pomme frites, accompanied by aoili, are the real thing and the burger is house made and fresh and not mass produced and frozen ahead of time as are so many in town. My wife ordered the steak onglet which was tender and perfectly cooked medium rare. The peppercorn au jus was excellent as were the mashed potatoes with garlic and thyme ( I'm guessing here ). The wine list has a number of well priced French wines by the glass and the service was attentive and friendly and not at all pretentious.
The seating was comfortable and not cramped as can be the case with many of the small restaurants in town.
We would, without hesitation, highly recommend this restaurant and we will be returning here often.

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Solid new addition
By AussieFoodiesInVan of Denman & Robson (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 10:53pm [Dine in]

We visited LB for dinner recently on a whim while walking towards 941.

The funky, small french and german combo had a great feel about it instantly and the service was spot on.

We shared the house-made pate to start and moved onto the Steak Onclet and the Mussels. The pate was very good, although not what you'd expect. It was a very large serving too, glad we shared. I had heard the Onion Tart is excellent, but our waitress sold us on the pate.

The mussels were very good, but heavy on the garlic, which is good if you're like us and dig the Big G. The Steak, which was highly recommended by our waitress, was unfortunately way too salty. Plus, if you like your meat dead then you're out of luck as they only do a very bloody med-rare at the most.

Both meals we paired with excellent French wines (a Pino Grio for the Mussels and a Cab Sav from Bordeaux for the Steak). Again, thanks to the knowledgable staff.

Finally, the decor and ambiance were very good, but spoilt by the fact the music was too loud. I dont want to sound like a old man at 27, but if i have to yell across a table for two in a restaurant then its a touch too loud.

Overall, its worth the visit for the vino and the staff alone.

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Service is good....everything else, not bad.
By Rocky_Vancouver of vancouver, westend (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

I've been here two time now and both times I would have to say: just not bad. Not Super. Honestly I expect a little better. Maybe b/c of other similar restaurants (Les Fax Bourgeious for example) opening recently and Jules a more long standiing option, I've come to expect too much.

Let's start out with the positives. The waitstaff are good and were quick to suggest wines and/or respond to requests.

Food was not overly memorable:
French Onion Soup - sort of lacked flavour, and was not that hot.

Steak Frites - Steak was on the tougher side and the fries were not as crispy as I would have hoped./ Roast Pork - Pretty good, but a little fatty. They serve this with a weird starch - sort of a gnochhi, potato thing which was very gluey.
The one desert I did have was the highlight if my meal...but not available the second time I went.

The way they price the wine is sort of expensive. Glass value x 5.

Ambiance is not bad, although because they have no sort of waiting area people end up standing in the middle of the restaurant looking at you in the hopes that you will speed up your exit.

It is nice to have this restaurant closer to home but I think if I was looking forward to a "brasserie-type' meal and I wasn't starving I would likely travel to a more solid choice.

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Awesome Experience
By FoodieFoodie of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

Went to La Brasserie for the first time for lunch last week after hearing about it here and there for awhile. Had the suckling pig sandwich and a $5 Boris beer. The service was outstanding (we were positively doted on), the food came out quickly and the sandwich was DELICIOUS (fries were meh, but then fries almost always are). A very good experience all in all. It's too bad the room is so tiny and lacks ambiance. I will definitely be coming here again.

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I Never leave disappointed from this place
By AmandaC of Yaletown (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 2:51am [Dine in]

I just adore the setting of this quaint little restaurant in the middle of Davie street. I have come here many times and it never gets boring and it never disappoints.

A few Mondays ago I went with a girlfriend to take advantage of the buck-a-shuck oysters. We had a half dozen and they were great. We then followed with a tomato salad to share. There was just enough goat cheese. I enjoyed the free range chicken and my girlfriend had the lemon cream mussels and fries. Both were excellent though I preferred my chicken as it was juicy and flavorful. We were each recommended a glass of wine to accompany our dinner and the server's choice was excellent. No desert as we were both quite full.

The service was knowledgeable and friendly yet professional and attentive. We never felt like we were being rushed out to accommodate a new table even though they were quite busy with people waiting outside. I was told to come before 6 or after 9 to avoid the rush as they don't take reservations.

The ambiance is perfectly set especially with the large mirrors that expand the room. The music is contemporary, European and upbeat without being intrusive or loud. Nice place!

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Very enjoyable
By aquachick of Burnaby (14 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 7, 2011 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

We dined on a Friday night and got there around 6:30PM. The front door was already packed full of people waiting, and the restaurant is very tiny so this was a bit awkward and uncomfortable, probably for the people already dining as well. They do not take reservations so you have to wait for a table.

ADVICE! Wait at the restaurant. The server/hostess told us it would be about 40-45 minutes so we walked to Vera's to have a drink. We came back within 30 minutes and found that she had already called our name, and we would have to be put back in the last (at the end of course). We waited about 30 more minutes inside to get our table.

The food was great. I had the mussels while my friend had the lamb cheeks. I'm not a fan of lamb but those were probably the most flavourful and tender lamb cheeks I've ever had. Wow. The mussels were decent, nothing special.

Service was alright. It could have been better (the server/hostess seemed annoyed when people complained about being taken off the list, but I don't know if I could have kept a friendly face if people kept complaining to me about wait time). We were clearly in one server's section but was served by another server. I kind of liked this because our original server got all the tables at once and it looked like they don't stress on sections whereas some restaurants you can tell how table distribution is way more important than service.

La Brasserie is a very cute place. The French & German beer selection looked great though I didn't have any at that time. I would come back!

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dry spices
By doald of westend vancouver (25 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 10:21am [Dine in]

why do they have dry spices and herbs in the window next to a bag of bread that sits on the floor? YUK for a place to showing of their dry hebs and spices is tacky and right next to the window where the absorb moistue. The foods ok been there three times prices not bad I wish Davie street had better restaurants to choose from as all there is is asian or greesy spoons.

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Great food but service leaves ALOT to be desired
By kidv of Delta BC (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 9:25am [Dine in]

We visited the Brasserie a few weekends ago to use the $40 Groupon my wife had purchased. The food was fantastic but the service from one server in particular was appallingly bad. We had seated ourselves and the server came to our table and just stood there not saying a word, seemingly expecting us to begin our order. She didn't even bother listing off the specials. Luckily we had already chosen what we wanted so we let her know our order. Not five minutes later another group was seated beside us and the same waitress walked over to the table, politely greeted them and listed the specials. The service for the rest of meal was okay only because we were served by three different people. When it came time for dessert the rude waitress came over and only gave us two of the three available desserts (Crème Brulée and Apple Crumble if I recall correctly). The group sitting next to us were offered Chocolate Mousse in addition to the other two options. When it came time to add the tip we had no choice but to give the 13% because the service provided the other two servers was great.

I can't see any reason what warrant such rudeness from another human being. I have never felt so uncomfortable eating in a restaurant as this server made us feel I really hesitate to bring up the fact that we were treated like this because we are ethnic minorities but really, I have no explanation to prove otherwise.

I'll let you guess if we were thanked like everyone else when it came time to leave.

Justification for my ratings:

Food: Outstanding
Service: Poor - See explanation above
Value: Outstanding - Reasonable price for good quality food
Ambiance: Poor - Completely ruined by the poor service

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Yum.
By libbyo of vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 27, 2010 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

Yum. Went here for late night buck-a-shuck (yes - really only $1 for an oyster and they were goodies) and grabbed seats at the bar so my chef-wannabe boyfriend could pick up some tips from watching the chefs. Great atmosphere and greeted immediately by professional friendly staff (but not chain restaurant friendly if you know what I mean). Great value for what you get, and if you can get seats at the bar to watch the professional and hard working chefs then take the opportunity - you won't regret! Only drawback is the size which means it can feel a bit cramped but generally adds to the vibe of the place.

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meh...not as good as everyone says
By cathyk of kerrisdale (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 10:06pm [Dine in]

Atmosphere is fantastic, the room is alive with all kinds of interesting people.
I went with two girlfriends, both are of German heritage, I've been to France several times.
All to say, they were dissapointed with the German fare...not as good as the real thing. As for me, the roast suckling pig (even writing that out sounds fattening) was crazy. Too much fat, not enough flavour but the one bite of crackling I did allow myself was really good. We all agreed that the onion tart was to die for.
I'll go back and have a go with the onion soup. My friends say they won't return.
Service was excellent. And price wise it wasn't over the top.
Choose wisely and trust your gut instincts with the menu.

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My firs and last visit here
By sambo 6 of Vancouver BC Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 10:40am [Dine in]

Hi I been in this restaurant on Jan 22nd shortly before 7 PM with my daughter and two friends.ordered wiena schnicel.Cook in that restaurant probably newer see one ,because when waitress bring it over ,what I got was very thin dark brown something Shnicel suppose to be thin but golden brown coating.This was dark and it looks like hadn't have any coating on it (bread crams and so on.On the plate was only that strange meat and little bit dark brown boiled vegetables.I have to ask waitress for some mash potato's which I get two spoon.y friends they was in a harry to catch the movie so I was hungry and didn’t complain right there because I didn’t one to hold em up.Any way taste of shnichel was terrible and feel like was cook on old burned oil.I vent after that home and I felt taste of that burn old cooking oil,so when I get home I use mouthwash to get rid of that terrible taste.2 hours after I got upset stomach constipation and dearie all night till 7:30 Am.It was terrible pain.Next day I call manager of this restaurant.He told me that they change cooking oil every 20 minutes.Big ley so he told me to go to see my doctor and go to laboratory test ,which I did.it all took one week.Test come no food poisoning,but I didn’t thing so that was food poisoning,but that old bad burn cooking oil which costing me such a discomfort and pain all night.Well this is was first and definitely last visit to this restaurant that is for Shure.Service was good but food I eat there terrible,that was worst shnicel I ever eat in my whole life

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Great Food....EXTREMELY POOR SERVICE
By sexydrew82 of Westend, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

Walking into the restaurant, and having seen the inside being so busy on numerous occasions, we had high expectations on what type of experience we were going to have. Unfortunately, we expected a little too much from this French Bistro. We waited for 15 minutes to be seated (Which was reasonable) and sipped on fantastic wine. Our server put us in a section with very little seating space, but eventually moved us to the next available table with more room. After we had settled in, we ordered our "Froid" and "Chaud" appetizers as well as our main courses. First up, the steak tartare (0/5); it was not very good. It kind of tasted like over pickled tuna, and we just couldn't get into it . Second, was the French Onion soup(3/5). This was acceptable, but a little too sweet. They also provided us with bread and butter with chicken pate, and that was good. We ordered three main courses; pork belly with scallops, the free range rotisserie chicken, and the coq au vin. Starting off with the pork belly, the flavors combined with the spices created a very tender and savory dish (4/5). The free range chicken would be my highlight. It was tender and juicy and very tasteful (5/5). Finally, the wine sauce paired with the mushrooms and chicken in the coq au vin, was magnificent (5/5). Each of these dishes were paired with home french fries, which were very good. So I would give the food a solid rating, based on the flavors and presentation. The service was HORRIBLE. We waited over 45 minutes to get our main courses. Our server never checked up on us, and didn't even bother to ask us how we were doing once the meals had arrived. In fact, she paid more attention to the tables surrounding us. It was unacceptable for 3 tables that had arrived after us to get their meals within the first 20 minutes. AND, she didn't even take the time to come to our table to let us know that there would be a delay on our food. Numerous times, we had to ask the other servers for extras. The only time our server came over to our table was to ask if we wanted our bill. My friend was so angry with the service that he was going to cause a scene, but I took it upon myself to talk to our server at the end of the night to tell her how we felt. We knew she had sensed our disappointment with her. But here's the fun part, when I explained to her how we felt, she took no responsibility for her actions and started to argue with me. I did not in any way, explain myself in a rude manner either. And to be honest, if the service was acceptable in the first place, I wouldn't have needed to talk to her at the end of the experience. In terms of the value, it wasn't too bad. Since the main courses were all delicious, I would say it was worth it. The ambiance of the restaurant was attractive and had a pleasant atmosphere. Overall, I think my rating would've been a lot higher had the service been better. In my opinion, what makes a great restaurant so successful is the full package they present to their guests. I think that the service along with the food is the most important factors to making a restaurant consistent. And frankly, the food may be solid, but if I can get better service from another place with solid food, then I would much rather spend my money elsewhere.

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Taking Davie to the next level
By WestEndFoodRealist of West End, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

I am thrilled to have this restaurant in the neighbourhood. It certainly raises the bar for restaurants on Davie St. and it is about time. The small room is cozy but does not feel cramped; personal space factor was taken into consideration.

Alsace Onion Tart was spectacular - dare I say on par with Le Crocodile. Suckling pig was melt in your mouth heaven - comes with crackling (not everyone's taste but those who get it, love it).

A special of the night sablefish which was done to exquisite perfection.

Service was impeccable - not hovering or intrusive but always there at the right time and very knowledgeable about the food and wine list - she definitely had a 6th sense.

Decent selection of wines by the glass - fabulous atmosphere.

Well done La Brasserie - will definitely be back.

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