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Pied-a-Terre

3369 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z2W6
Tel: (604) 873-3131
Neighbourhood: South Cambie
  • Cuisine: French
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 5PM - 9:30PM, Fri: 12PM - 2:30PM & 5PM - 10PM, Sat: 5PM - 10PM, Sun: 5PM - 9:30PM
  • At Pied-à-Terre, classic French dishes are anything but rustic. Enjoy a traditional pre fix bistro lunch or linger late into the evening over Coquilles St. Jaques and a Campari. This bijou restaurant is your new home away from home.

    A delightful neighbourhood bistro, Pied-à-Terre seats just 30 people. Free of formalities, classic French cuisine has all the room it needs to shine

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Good French Bistro
By pkwok of Shaughnessy, Vancouver (123 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 25, 2008 - 3:02am [Dine in]

As French bistro food goes, this is good.

However, with all the choices out there, particularly with restaurants offering creative dishes and/or exotic flavours (BIN 941 and 942 easily come to mind), the menu here is boring, particularly when choices are so limited. Flavours, too, are "too easily expected" and contain no 'Wow' factor.

If you want the usual, standard, French bistro food, this is a good place to go to, but I'd rather spend the same dollars elsewhere and get something more interesting and exciting.

Service, decor, and ambiance are as can be expected.

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Does it get any better than this?
By EatsFats of Vancouver (321 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 1:31pm [Dine in]

We were lucky. Popped in for lunch on a day that wasn't packed at all. Maybe only half full (usually this isn't a great sign). It's a tight little restaurant, but done up nicely.

The 3-course lunch was $25, and having time on our hands, we splurged. White bean soup, quail salad for appetizer, duck confit and trout for mains and ice cream, napoleon to finish off. Service from start to finish was absolutely fabulous. She was there when needed, gone when not. Very helpful, cheerful & friendly.
The food ... let's see. For the less finicky, I'll start with this. Saying the portions are generously sized might be an understatement. The quail salad appetizer might have passed as mains at some other places. The theme continued through the mains, right through to the dessert. The trout? My gosh, that might have been twice or thrice other places.
But let's get off the bang-for-the-buck argument now, because the food is really, really, really good. I mean, not too salty, not too sweet (desserts), it wasn't too greasy, every dish had just this perfect combination of various flavours. The cooking technique, spot on. Fish was done to perfection as were the vegetables.

I'm being a bit nitpicky ... I don't rate the duck confit the best in town (perhaps Salade de fruits was better at this), the quail might have been a touch too rare. At twice the price, I would've been satisfied. When you do your own cooking, you tend to know how much ingredients cost and how much effort goes into things. At this price? It's an absolute steal.

What can I say? The food was near perfect, I haven't been this impressed in a long time. The pricing and service are triple icing on the cake. I would definitely recommend you patronize this restaurant. Be absolutely sure to make a reservation, especially for dinner.
Hmm.... maybe I should rate this down a bit so it isn't so crowded....

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Prix Fix
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 9:40am [Dine in]

Went during the week to try their prix fix menu. For $45 you get an appy, main and choice of cheese or dessert plus wine. For the appy, you can chose soup, salad or special dish. Chose the sweat breads, first time having it and it was a bit different in texture and taste. Won't have it again, main was chicken in red wine sauce, very good and dessert was a lemon tart which was excellent. Had a taste of the roast chicken and it seem over salted as well as the fries which was too salty. Service was very good and attentive and the value for the prix fix was very good. I don't think the value for a la carte is that great.

Great little place like their sister restaurants, would return.

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super
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 10:32am [Dine in]

Made reservations for 4 at Pied a Terre for dinner on a Saturday evening. We were seated immediately (with us seated, the restaurant was full).

I ordered from the "TABLE D'HÔTE" menu, selecting the salade verte, the steak frites onglet (with roquefort & mustard sauce) and the chocolate mousse.

The salad was fresh and crisp with a sharp mustard vinegrette. The steak frite onglet was a medium rare hangar steak (done expertly and the roquefort mustard sauce was superb) served with creamed spinach, roasted tomato and pomme frites (all of which were excellent... the frites were fabulous).

The chocolate mousse was very good.

It's noteworthy that, by the standard of french restaurants, the serving portions here are quite generous.

The service was attentive and prompt without being obtrusive.

The room is very simple, white walls with black & white photos of Paris. varnished dark wood tables... not unlike the simplicity of the sister restaurant, La Buca. The room is somewhat small and a little cramped.

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Would recommend this fantastique restaurant without hesitation
By makeup_girly of Vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

There is nothing my husband and I would change about our dinner at this restaurant. It was our first time there though we have heard many good things about this restaurant.

Our delicious appetizers of steak tartare pour moi and seared scallops for hubbie were a comforting start. Our entrees were even better. We had the duck breast--perfectly cooked and the flavour of the duck was wonderful. Our skate wing was likewise perfectly cooked and came to our table so hot that they must have immediately plated and brought the plates to our table.

Dessert can sometimes be disappointing even at the best of restaurants, but not here. The apple beignets were heavenly, and the lemon tart divine (no flaccid crust here!)

I wish the ambiance had a warmer feel and the tables a little farther apart, but since this is such a tiny room it probably wouldn't work out...

I would love to come back to this restaurant again and again.

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Amazing Food, Amazing Service
By hungry_hippo of Richmond, BC (24 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

My fiance and I dined here for dinner last night and were both blown away by the food and the service and this cozy little restaurant.

FOOD:

Appetizers: Scallop salad with bacon and mushrooms and foie gras - both very good appetizers. We were surprised that the portion wasn't tiny (which is what you might get at a bigger fine dining restaurant). The scallops were nicely cooked and the combination of that with the bacon + mushrooms were delicious. The foie gras was a very generous serving and also very delicious.

Main: Rabbit and Brill which were both on special. Both very well made dishes, very delicious. Just the right portions.

Dessert: Creme Brule + Beignet that had cinnamon sugar drizzle, chocolate syrup dip and a frozen coffee spread. Both very good dishes but the beignet dessert was AMAZING. Sugar, chocolate, and coffee all in one dessert - it doesn't get better than that!

SERVICE:

We were really impressed with the service here. The staff all knew what they were talking about when it came to the menu. Our glasses were always filled with water, we were offered extra bread, the food came in a timely manner, and staff were very friendly.

VALUE:

We were shocked at the value we got for the money we paid. Again, we were expecting fine dining prices and portions but we definitely got our money's worth. To put it in perspective, the day before I went to Boston Pizza and had Potato Skins that were gross for $9 and then had FOIE GRAS at Pied-a-Terre for $12. If i'm not mistaken, all main dishes were under $30. Well worth it for the flavour and portion you get.

AMBIANCE:

It's a very small place so I would suggest making reservations in advance. Even though it was small, it had a very warm and cozy feeling to it, the place was nicely decorated and very clean.

WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK AGAIN & AGAIN!

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Good food but..
By haneke1 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2009 - 4:58pm [Dine in]

Dine here on a Sat night. Great food and love the onion soup and steak tartare. Only complaint is the rude server. There are few things, but I will just mention one. We prefer to order appetizer first and order the main course after finishing the appetizer. She insisted that we should order them at the same time. She may learned that rule from her training, but a smart server should be able to adjust the client request. I will recommend this restaurant to you if you love food and don't care about the uptight service.

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Already coasting
By incognito of downtown (32 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

After only around a year in business, this restaurant is already coasting on whatever reputation it still has. We've been here seven times in the last year but probably won't go back. The problem is not the limited menu. It is the lack of attention to detail and the lackadaisical service more than anything that have turned us off, more even than the outrageous wine pricing. One improvement over the past year has been with the fries, which are now cut in house. The steaks, whatever cut is chosen, always have a slightly off flavour. I don't know if this is from the meat itself or from the demi used in the sauces. The roast chicken special I had on the last visit was good but it was pan-fried not roasted. Do they think their customers can't tell the difference? There were only two tables occupied throughout our lunch and our server sat with the other table for 20 minutes, chatting with a buddy. Another recurrent problem is with the inadequate ventilation in the kitchen that results in smoke coming into the dining area.

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Simple but sophisticated
By interactbiz of North Van (34 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

This place has only 30 seats but they probably serve as many meals as larger restaurants. We reserved for 5pm and were asked if we could finish within 2 hours because other guests were reserved for 7pm. Seemed fair to me. A number of walk-up customers without reservations were turned away.
The room is plainly decorated but elegant in its simplicity. The wine list includes many excellent French wines but should provide more choices by the glass. That would enable guests to satisfy their personal tastes more easily and even switch wines with the courses. Our meals included roast chicken, veal cutlet and classic beef bourguignon, short ribs and lardons slow cooked in red wine and stock. This was almost as good as the ones I make at home. The secret is low heat, tenderizing meat without creating stringy texture. The PaT version creates a very intense sauce. Desserts included a wonderfully simple lemon napoleon, layers of lemon cream between sheets of puff pastry complemented with a sweet fruit sauce. The meals were executed precisely but with a cordial style. If this restaurant was in our neighborhood, we would be regulars.

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Rotten skate wings! Horrible!
By foody_vanc of City Gate, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2008 - 12:43pm [Dine in]

After hearing a lot about Pied a Terre we went last night and we have been very disappointed. The restaurant looks very nice, it was not too noisy, even if the restaurant was packed.

We here 4, we order, 3 pastis, 1 kir for aperitif. I bottle of wine, 1 parfait of foie gras and a terrine to share, plus a main course each.

This is what we got:

• The foie gras parfait was a mousse; it was good but light of foie gras, a little bit salted • The terrine was nice but a little bit salted
• We order the 3 skates wings that were on special, and they were horrible. The fish was rotten and was tasting ammonium which is the typical characteristic of bad skate. I still have the taste this morning after my coffee. Yak!
• Our 4th friend orders the rabbit and was happy with it.
• We return our 3 skates plates and we got 3 different beef cuts.
• My wife took the Sirloin and found it difficult to eat it because it was full of nerves.
• I took an onglet to change my main and the meat was not good either.
The meat tasted bad, like old fridge taste. May be my taste buds where altered by the fish, but anyway I could not eat it.
• We share a chocolate mousse thinking that we couldn’t get wrong with chocolate. Hum the chocolate was delicious, but the mousse was not mousse, it had the texture of cream, no air, nu bubbles, and no lightness. The mousse has nothing to compare with the chocolate mousse of Bistro, Bistro which is excellent.
• All the foods where well presented, with the tendency to be slightly too salted.
• The service was great, even if we did not get offered a glass of water. They really try to make it up, which was nice. They serve us a cup of soup of the day, to make us waiting while changing the meat, and gives us a bottle of red wine on the house to mach our new main choice.
The situation has been very well handled by the waitress.
• It was no soap in the washrooms. How this can be?

There is plenty of reasons that can explain what happened to our main courses, and they are all inadmissible. I hope they will learn from this review, and make sure it never happened gain.

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A very nice dining experience
By yakkamut of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

We went for dinner on this past friday. It was a very pleasant dining experience overall. We had a nice corner table with our backs to the window, and we got to sit side by side rather than across from each other, which was a nice change.
The food was superb. The wait staff was on the ball the whole time we were there. They were friendly, stopped by the right number of times to show that they cared without being too imposing.
Try the steak tartar. It was delicious.
Would definitely consider coming back.

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Good Bistro Food
By foodiegal of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

Hubby and I have dined here twice, once when it first opened and
again a month ago. Its a beautifully decorated room, and the bustle of people and clinking wine glasses make you forget that you are on the ghost-town retail strip of Cambie Village. Reservations are a must, as we must have witnessed 3 or 4 parties that had to be turned away. In the two times we were there, we had the steak-frites, rabbit, lamb shank and duck, all delicious and executed perfectly. Wines by the glass are lovely and inexpensive. Both times we were too full for dessert, so a must-try next time. My only negative comment is on the pomme-frites - they taste and look like frozen supermarket fries! My suspicions increased as I walked by the kitchen on the way to the ladies room and saw a huge bag of frozen fries on the counter. I mean, c'mon, this is a french bistro - they don't necessarily have to be lovingly hand cut but they shouldn't taste like McCains either!!

However all in all, along with La Buca and Parkside, arguably the best food in Vancouver. Bon Apetit!

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inpressed by food, not by mgr
By diningd of vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 21, 2007 - 6:44pm [Dine in]

With all the write ups about this new restaurant I was expectng great things. It was all very good until a friend asked for a coffee refill and was told that we had to leave since our table was needed, this was 8:30.

This was a bad note to the end of a very nice meal. A little bit of warning at the 8:00 mark would have been nice. One of our friends told our waitress about this (she was wonderful and efficient) and came back to apologize. The other server/manager did not do this personally he told her to say he was stressed. Still the delivery of the message would not good.

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Should have tried this sooner
By clumsywaiter of Metro Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

Came here for our anniversary dinner. We were going to do the Table de Hote menu but decided to order a la carte instead.

Started with the onion pie, quite good and big enough to share for 2 people

For the mains we had duck breast (excellent dish) and steak frites (steak could have been better but over all still good)

We live in the area and should have tried this restaurant sooner! definitely come back another time. IMO the food is better here than Jules or Le Faux Bourgeaux.

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improved
By luigi of richmond (26 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 10:34am [Dine in]

Went to have dinner last week with my daughter. This was my third visit, I must say that the food was much better then my other two visits. I am a big fan of La Buca, the simple style but with a creative edge.Pied-a-Terre almost seems too simple, classic bistro food but no wow factor. The Steak Tartare was great but the classic Endive salad had chunks of very firm Blue cheese vs. Roquefort as the menu had stated. The Foie Gras parfait was very good.The baked Mussels were flavourful but oily.The server was very attentive and friendly even after we came in later in the evening and only wanted to shares four starters. The room is small but very comfortable with a nice buzz when busy.

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Was It Outstanding?
By dinnerguests of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 16, 2008 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

Colleagues and I met for lunch and ordered the table d'hote. Among us, we ordered everything on their table d'hote to sample because we have heard so much about their good food. Upon reaching the main entrance, we opened the door and we were met with a chair with a fan on it; we paused and wondered if it was open. We squeezed by the chair and were motioned to our table. The first server described the flank steak as being less tender because it is a major muscle and will be cut across the grain to tenderize it after marinating it overnight, and that the steak is near the kidneys and would have a stronger flavor as well--he sounded very knowledgeable and it also made 3 of us wonder if we should have not ordered it. The server who took our order told us the marchand du vin sauce as a white wine sauce when asked, and our chef colleague politely told us after that it is usually made with red wine. When I sampled the steak, it had that rare rubberry look and feel and it was bleeding on my side plate; I was glad I didn't order that--one of our friends did not finish her steak. I must say the Also restaurant made a more tender and tasty steak with a similar sauce. I ordered the soup with clams which smelled very strong and fishy from the table. The Duck Confit was served with sausages and beans. The dish was delicious except for the sausages which tasted like smokies with the snappy skin. I have had this similiar dish at Mistral and Parkside restaurants; both had sausages that did not taste like hot dogs. The desserts were lovely and typical, but I could not enjoy tea with it because they do not serve any--I stuck with water. Our friend who came late and only had coffee and dessert was told she could not have a separate cheque. Overall we were happy, but I am in no hurry to return.

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So worth it!
By LovesCupcakes of Downtown, Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

If you haven't tried this lovely little French bistro yet then you should do so as fast as you can! Their set menu (3 courses + wine for $42) is quite possibly the best value in town. The steak tartare is out of this world, the servers are incredibly friendly and when you walk in, you feel as if you've stepped out of Vancouver, and right into the heart of Paris.

My husband and I will be going back for sure!

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Nicely Surprised
By RichmondFoodie of Richmond (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 19, 2009 - 9:54pm [Dine in]

First time visiting this restaurant over the weekend, and we were very pleasantly surprised by what a good meal we had. Not a huge variety on the menu, but very focused on basic French Bistro fare. I would say that without a doubt the table d’hôte menu is one of the best values around.

Started with an outstanding Chanterelle and Fava bean salad. Simple but very tasty. Others at the table had the stuffed Zucchini blossoms (why don't we see this more in North America?) and all had great things to say. For my main I had a very nice Tarragon Chicken dish ... just the right size and flavoured perfectly. The other comments at the table were equally good. And finally dessert, one of the best Crème Carmels I've had in quite awhile - nothing fancy but very well executed.

Service was good, our waiter made some excellent recommendations and was quite friendly.

Tables are a little close together and it is a small restaurant, but if you're looking for simple French Bistro food that's done well it's an excellent choice. It's certainly not West, but at just north of $40 for the 3 course table d’hôte it doesn't need to be - great value.

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outstanding!
By Gkii of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

Thought we'd impress some overseas guests and booked a table for 6 - we got wedged in at 8:30pm; and luckily at that. With a group that big, they do "family-style" cooking - no menu, they serve you whatever the kitchen is making that night, and boy oh boy was it worth every penny. We counted 17 different items hitting our table, and special requests (1 non-meat eater and the but-if-we-don't-have-foie-gras-we'll-just-die contingent) were dealt with aplomb. We couldn't have asked for a better meal; and we're still raving about it a week later...Utterly superb!

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A Night Out With Friends!
By yummyyum of richmond (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 16, 2008 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

We decided to join our friends for a Night. Our friend chose Pied a Terre as a place to meet for dinner. Although it took a very coordinated effort on our part to get reservations for more than 4 people, we were all able to eat relatively together.

The staff was extremely friendly and helpful and always seemed to come at the moment we needed them. They respected our time and didn’t push the bill on us like other restaurants do.

We ended up sitting next to a couple who frequent the restaurant often. They gave some excellent food suggestions. One suggestion was the Onion Pie… boy were they right! It was delicious. Everything was delicious, right down to my yummy dessert.

I will definitely be going back to Pied a Terre.

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