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La Bretagne Creperie

795 Jervis Street
Vancouver, BC V6E2B1
Tel: (604) 688-5989
Neighbourhood: West End
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Crepes, French
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • La Bretagne Creperie is an authentic creperie that uses only top-notch fillings and careful technique to perfect their creations.

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Don't do it! Changed Ownership
By Gidge of Vancouver (93 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 5, 2011 - 10:07am [Dine in]

Sad to see the french couple formerly from Brittany (Bretagne) had sold their operations to the current owner (possibly of Vietnamese descent) with no passion for food, culinary know-how nor customer service skills to successfully operate a restaurant. Upon entering, I knew that something was off as there were no customers in the restaurant and only one other couple sitting outside the terrace. I ordered a mixed fruit crepe and sugar crepe for my friend. They arrived sloppily made and very gummy to the palate. The crepe lacked a fresh eggy taste and the fruit, well, it was sliced strawberries and bananas. Value wise, the pricing is a bit higher than Cafe Crepe's. Ambiance is exactly how the former owners left it, pretty tasteful artwork on the yellow hued walls. Service is incredibly surly; we arrived and the owner-cook didn't even bother to greet us and simply said, "sit anywhere". We ordered at the counter and food was delivered at the table. Not knowing if this is a full-service or cafeteria service, I asked whether I should pay at the counter or after our meal. He quickly said, "you pay now". I left over a 15% "pre-tip", insuring against spit in my food or inedible food. Obviously the my generosity made no difference to the food quality; tip or no tip, the food was equally gross.

Overall, I was disappointed that something that used to be good and unique in Vancouver, is no longer here.Do yourself a favour and eat elsewhere, anywhere but here.

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adequate for snacks
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 9:59pm [Dine in]

I went to LBC with some friends and the lovely Mrs. C because we had great crepes when we lived in Paris, and I was told I could get something similar here. Long review short, you can't.

I had a crepe with ham, mushroom and Béchamel sauce. It actually tasted more like Mornay sauce. I also tried the strawberry crepe with a little icing sugar on it. I accompanied it with a good cup of drip coffee. The crepes here are small, taste fine, and are not at all authentic. There is nothing wrong with them per se, but French they are not.

The ambiance is somewhat cramped, and the w/c cold have been cleaner. Service was fine. If snacks are what you are after, and you don't care if they are the real deal, then this is a place to go. If you want real French crepes, they can't help you.

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Quality Crepes
By teddyandturtle of Vancouver - Kingsway (84 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 12, 2010 - 8:56am [Dine in]

Came by three days ago for a quick crepe with the bf. I've been meaning to try it out as I go past out sometimes and by recommendation from a coworker.

The place is kind of.. classy? fancy? unsure.. for a crepe place. It's around the corner from a Starbucks and off Robson, so it's a bit more quiet. They play some soft music in the background, nicely lit place. I think it would look better if the server had a more formal attire instead of the store t-shirt, it would complete the look of the place better. It's fairly clean, but do check your utensils before using cause they just have them set out already all day until someone uses them.

Reason why I gave a two for service was because the server had a very snooty attitude, like she's too good to serve me? But she was polite I guess. No smiles eiither. Just did not like her attitude. And I had to wait to order.. she kept going back to all the other tables to check, again and again, but not ours. Don't know what her problem is.

The menu is a bit pricier than Cafe Crepe, but I think it's worth it. The crepes range from 5-15 dollars, and I think the savoury crepes seem to be larger in size. They also have a few specialty ones, which I'll try the next time I go. They also offer wines and beers here.

We ordered sweet crepes, one is the Belgian chocolate with strawberries and another apple and cinnamon (no alcohol, no time). The crepe itself tastes much better than the one at Cafe Crepe, the chocolate was absolutely delicious, and fresh strawberries. The cinnamon and apple was okay, but I think the moistness from the apples tampered with the overall taste. Both dishes were presented nicely as well. You can definitely taste the difference that quality makes.

Anyways, I'll be back to try some of their other items. If you have an hour to spare and want a high quality crepe, La Bretagne is definitely recommended.

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Way better than Cafe Crepe
By imonaplain of Richmond (39 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 5, 2011 - 12:08am [Dine in]

So I was a little skeptical at first after reading some ambiguous reviews about this place, but I had bought a SocialShopper voucher which expired soon and figured today was a good day to use them (after catching the Santa Clause Parade). My boyfriend and I walked in around 3pm the place was surprisingly packed but we were lucky enough to get a table right away as the others who came in after us had a bit of a wait. Ventilation is clearly an issue there - though the atmosphere is nice and cozy it was way too muggy. They periodically opened/closed the door to let the steam out which made things hot and cold, not the most pleasant experience for diners and the table next to us actually complained.

I guess it must've been an extremely busy day for them because they were out of SO many ingredients (ie: no chicken, no spinach or asparagus, no salmon, no shrimp) so basically I wasn't left with many choices. I got the savoury ham, swiss cheese and egg crepe while my healthy boyfriend got the sweet strawberry crepe with nutella and icecream add-ons. I thought that service was swift and attentive considering the volume and the fact that it was really only one girl working the floor and cash. Anyway, my first bite into the crepe and I was blown away by how tasty it was, I mean after all it's just ham and eggs on a super buttery/cheesy crepe but boy that was probably one of the best crepes I've ever had and I've been to Paris too! My usually picky bf was ecstatic about his crepe and basically inhaled it. Portions were HUGE! I desperately wanted to finish mine but just couldn't and didn't want to take it to-go cause it just wouldn't be the same so next time I'll know to go there on an empty stomach first. Two crepes with a small OJ (which is just Tropicana and not "freshly squeezed") came to around $27, a little steeper than usual but with the voucher it was fantastic value. I hope this is a place with consistency rather than just good/bad days like so many small restaurants because I'd love to go back and try some other flavours next time I'm in the area.

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Increpeable
By blairmartin92 of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 21, 2011 - 11:40am [Dine in]

Went to La Bretagne today for breakfast and had a wonderful experience. I ordered cinnamon sugar Crepes and an espresso and both were delectable. Great value at under 8 dollars including a sufficient tip. The establishment seemed authentic with the employees speaking french, the french music and the decor. I will definitely be back to try some of their savoury options. Overall a great spot to go for a quick taste of France if you are in the West End area.

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good for what it is... crepes
By Bill.matthew of Vancouver suburbs (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

My wife, her friend and I came here while cruising. We had been to a Portuguese restaurant the night before, but wanted to try something new...we love crepes, and we wanted a lounge and somewhere hip to impress the ladies I was escorting. The atmosphere was okay, pretty fun, but a bit too loud. The drinks were great, I have to say, but the crepes were just mediocre. Fun overall, just don't expect a marvelous culinary experience.

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really enjoyable place for crepes
By mangoguava of downtown (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

I came here with a friend for lunch, and it was a great place inside. We split one savory and one sweet crepe. The savory was nice, it was a special buckwheat crepe with I think ham and brie cheese and mushrooms.

The dessert was my favorite, It had pears, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate sauce. I don't eat a lot of desserts, but this was great. I wish we had time for coffee but we had to get back to work.

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Really Enjoyed my Meals
By Rapunzel of Gabriola Island (25 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

I live on Gabriola Island and don't eat out much. Also, my husband is an excellent cook (who doesn't like going to restaurants) and I have found I have become somewhat spoiled now when it comes to food. I no longer have any interest in fast food, greasy food, etc. Since I was going to be in Vancouver for two nights on my own, I wanted to make the most of my meals out.

I found La Bretagne Creperie while searching the "Dine Here" site looking for Cafe Crepe on Robson, which I had seen a couple years ago in both Vancouver and Toronto but had never tried. I've had crepes in Quimper in Brittany and was looking to reminisce. I decided from the Dine Here reviews of Cafe Crepe to eat at La Bretagne instead, which people made reference to in their reviews. As well, the first evening I passed by Cafe Crepe on Robson and neither the restaurant nor the menu really looked all that appetizing.

I showed up Tuesday evening last week for dinner but La Bretagne Creperie closes Tuesdays at 3:00, so I went somewhere else for dinner that night.

For dinner Wednesday night I had the black forest ham and asparagus with bechamel, au gratin, in a buckwheat galette. It was delicious. The waitress brought me a lovely, tall cold glass of icewater, my preferred beverage when dining alone. I had actually not even asked for a beverage as I'd brought a water bottle filled with ice and water from my hotel as it was fairly warm out and I wanted to walk around the city afterwards. Bread was offered to me, but I declined. I had been concerned that one crepe would not be enough for a meal, but I was stuffed.

I enjoyed my meal so much that the next day I hurried over for lunch. The restaurant was crowded compared to the night before, but I was still in and out in time to get back to my meeting at UBC Robson Square. This time I had the seafood white flour crepe, with white wine sauce, again au gratin. It was even more delicious than my meal the night before! I was seated right by where the chef was making the crepes, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I craned my neck to watch him do his stuff. Once again I had a lovely unasked-for glass of ice water, and this time I accepted the offer of bread. I would have like to try the peach melba dessert crepe, but I didn't have time and I was so full anyway that it would have been too much to eat.

I would definitely go back to this restaurant.

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quite good
By dwightcharles of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 13, 2007 - 11:09am [Dine in]

I found the food quite good. Pricing was was appropriate altho you don't feel like you're getting a bargain. Service was good. Ambience is too stark for my taste. It's fine enough as a quick midday stopover, but has the hard echoey feel of a bakery. The crepes themselves are well worth the look and like the other reviewers, I agree that they are superior to the competition.

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Fantastic Crepes! Much better than Cafe Crepe!
By forgamez of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 4, 2006 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

Went to this restaurant at lunch time. It is a tiny, but cozy little place off just off the side of Robson Street on Jervis. The menu had a variety of crepes, both savoury and sweet. I ordered the crepe with Duck Confit and my GF ordered a seafood crepe, baked with swiss cheese (Each crepe has a name in French, but I will more than likely butcher the French language if I tried to spell it out).

The first thing I noticed was how light the texture of the crepe actually was. It felt soft in the mouth when I bit into it and had a almost velvty feel. The ingredients within the crepe, the duck confit, potatoes and sauteed onions went fantastically with the white wine sauce on the outside. My GF's baked crepe came covered with gooey swiss cheese and inside was filled with lots of shrimps, scallops and spinach. I loved how the rich, creamy swiss cheese melded with the spinach and scallops perfectly.

For desert, we had crepe filled with fresh pear slices and vanilla ice cream drenched on the outside with dark chocolate and whipped cream. I am not gonna describe it because there is no way you can think that doesn't taste good. Let me say that choosing dessert was extremely hard, as there was at 4 other crepes which sounded amazing. (I think I will try the Crepe Suzette next time, which is a crepe doused in Grand Marnier and then lit on fire)

All in all, it was a great lunch. I ate almost two crepes and felt very full, but not in the "I feel sick" way. This is a great place to have a nice, relaxing place for a light lunch or brunch or to take a break after an afternoon of shpping on Robson. The only regret I had was I didn't notice what time it closes at night, as this would be a great dessert place to go to after dinner or a movie.

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What U Talking About? Willus.
By TheRock of burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 7, 2011 - 7:11pm [Dine in]

This crepe place "used" to be one of our favourite and was always packed on weekend mornings. This time there were plenty empty tables and the food has changed. Yes, things have changed with new owner.
We now go to the "other" crepe place on South Granville. You don't know how good something is until you don't habe it anymore. Move along...nothing to see here.

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Frustratingly Slow Service
By clau_foodie of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

Food
The breakfast crepes are good,. I always order the breakfast crepe, scrambled eggs, cheese, ham and apple. The apple gave it a hint of citric sweetness and the eggs, I know it's just eggs but it was so fluffy and moist.

Their daily soup creation at that time cream of cauliflower tasted homemade

Service

A year ago the breakfast and service was great, recently the last 3 times I was here the service was frustratingly slow. She forgot what we ordered and had to ask each person at our table what we ate. It took them 10 minutes just to get a refill coffee.

Customers were walking out frustrated that they have yet to receive any service since they sat down. Rumors have it management changed, if anyone can confirm that?

Recommendation
If you have at least 1.5 hours to burn and want great scrambled eggs this is your place otherwise, do yourself the favour and go elsewhere.

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Mediocre.
By yayfoodies of Burnaby B.C (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 25, 2011 - 2:57pm [Dine in]

We had high hopes for a delicious crepe experience when we were seated, given the cuteness of the restaurant and overhearing the staff talking in French. Unfortunately we were sorely disappointed. We ordered the onion, potato and swiss cheese galette made with buckwheat flour, the leek fondue and fresh tomato gratin, and a large green salad.

The galette was very dry and plain, and we wondered if they shouldn't have used only part buckwheat flour since they were too bitter and gritty. The cheese was nearly non-existent, and without bechamel or something else to give the dish some moisture, it was quite unappealing. The onions were a confused cross between fried and caramelized. Overall, dry and boring. My partner chose not to finish eating the actual crepe.

The crepe gratin was also a miss. The bechamel was not sweet enough and missing the warm nutmeg-ness that is such a part of classic bechamel. The raw tomatoes simply did not go with the dish, and the flavours were not good. Overall, a big miss.

We'd chosen to share a large plain salad. After seeing it, we were shocked that they'd even offer a small or large option, since the large was a joke. We'd hate to see a small; there might only be 3 lettuce leaves and a slice of cucumber at best, judging by the size of the large, which cost $5.95.

Such a disappointment. We would not go there again, especially because (a) there are SO many other decent creperies and restaurants in the Vancouver area, and (b) my partner could make them at home and blow them out of the water. We would not recommend this to anyone.

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