Trafalgars Bistro is a neighbourhood bistro featuring a contemporary farm to table French menu that changes seasonally and is prepared using fresh and local ingredients.
I had review of this place earlier but it was taken down so here we go again...
Food: Avoid the tuna! It was either a weird piece or cut incorrectly cuz that piece of fish was the stringiest and chewiest piece I'd ever been served. It was hard to chew and cut and I felt as though I was ripping and tearing through it. Towards the end of the meal, I found a white piece about the size of dime that was either bone or plastic within the dish. Serious lack of quality control by the staff, especially when it wasn't busy on a Thursday night! The potato and sausage served underneath it was good but that fish ruined that dish (I rhymed!). Steelhead trout was good but the accompanying carrots and lentils were boring. Cauliflower puree was served too cold and the walnuts in it did nothing to add to the dish but the meatball starter was very good. Dessert (from next door) of flan and creme brulee was delish! If I could, I would give the food was 2.5 rating.
Service: delightful enough to begin with as we requested to move to another table and they were happy to oblige and the service for most of the meal was attentive but not overbearing but when I brought that piece of plastic/bone to their attention, all I got was a "meh, sorry" and a shoulder shrug. If I served that in someone's dish in my home, I would be MORTIFIED. I waited for the mortified reaction but instead, I got a hurried "sorry" and that was it. The server quickly moved on to dessert and avoided us for the rest of the evening until we paid. No additional apology, no complimentary nothing, no discount and I don't think it's up to me to demand it either. You want my return business, you work for it.
Value: pretty good at $28 per person but I was really irked that I paid an extra $3 for that terrible terrible piece of tuna.
Ambiance: nice and dark and good for groups or intimate dates but they forgot to put on the music until the end of the night when most of the patrons were already paying their bills.
Overall, I would not return as I absolutely believe there is a lack of quality control in the kitchen and aside from that, I felt the food lacked a theme or flow - they classify themselves are being "global" but I didn't get any flavors from around the world, except maybe perhaps Italy? I'd maybe return for dessert but I'd just go next door to where they get their dessert from. I also find that with the recent disappoints in DOV that I probably won't partake in it next year - it's a mass amount of food prepared too far in advance and pumped out at such an exponential rate that the dining experience is killed. There is an abundance of great restaurants in the Lower Mainland with a centralized cuisine that is both refined and delicious - why waste those hard earned bucks here where they don't care you get chewy fish? I say avoid this place just as I will for the furture. Au revoir Trafalgars!
For our 4th and last dine out this year, we arrived about 15 min early & was greeted by Andrea (super awesome gal by the way) who took our coats and offered us the bar seating while we waited for our dining table to be cleared. We opted for the the Spanish red wine and it was divine. We were then seated a cozy corner table and orders were promptly taken. Since this was our last dine out, I had already memorized the menu beforehand. The appetizers were good but a bit on the tiny side. Mussels were delicious and the yam samosa I wished there were more than 3 pieces. The sauce was really good. Each following dish came very quickly but we didn't feel rushed because tonight we were super hungry. My husband ordered the shortrib pie while I went for the chicken this time. 2 bites into it I had to switch the dish because he likes the more light chicken dish while the more flavorful shortrib was my all time favorite. It just melted instantly in your mouth & gave you a warm fuzzy feeling. Oh, the wine we had was excellent. Best red wine I've had so far. Very smooth. Dessert - omg the best ever! we had the chocolate torte & mango cheesecake. Mmm, so good! The restaurant itself isn't very large but excellent ambiance, service, wine and food. I've finally found a DOV that's managed to WOW me. Yay! Can't wait to go back for more. =)
This was one of 6 of my choices for Dine Out Vancouver this year. My friends and I were early for dinner, so we decided to have some tea at their joint bakery next door. If we didn't have dinner plans, I would have just gotten one of their gorgeous and delicious looking cakes!!! We each got a London Fog tea in a humungo mug. It was a little on the weak side, but the palmier cookie we bought to snack on was hands-down the best I've ever had.
Our dinner was delicious. The dessert even better. We had a great server who constantly came by to check up on us eventhough it was one of their busier nights. At the end of the meal, when we thought nothing more would please us, we were given a little goodie-bag containing a note (offering their prix fixe regularly) and some cookies from their bake shop.
I would definitely go back.
Went there for brunch. Nothing surprising about the setup, standard little cafe place, but very clean and nicely done. Quite cozy.
Service is very friendly, absolutely no complaints there, but, of course, I cannot say it is mindblowing.
It's not cheap, (about $13-18 if I recall), but it is food WELL done and it is RIGHT sized. Had a grilled salmon open faced sandwich with tomato soup. Tomato soup was very competent, though not the best I've had. Sandwhich/salmon was very, very nicely done. Not over cooked. Very tasty and not greasy at all. It was perfect for a light lunch.
We also had a vegetable lasagna, done sort of "freestyle". Again, very nice, would be highly recommended dish. My only "complaint" is that it is slightly heavier that I would've liked for that day, but I would definitely be very happy with this for a more satisfying lunch or dinner.
For dessert, I'd say skip it and hop next door for exactly the same thing without the premium.
I'm not sure there's anything amazing or stunning about this place, but it seems to be a dependable place to go for a quality, nice light brunch.
We've really only been here for dessert and everyone knows they do that well but last night, us 3 braved the Dine Out Event here and I was expecting little but boy did they surpass my expectations! Everything from greeting us at the door to promptly seating us to the delicious food and decadant dessert was done very well. I had their steak and bistro fries entree and the fries were to die for. My friends had their spinach pasta with prawns and scallops and both of them raved it was one of the best linguine dishes they have tasted. Our server was personable, never imposing and overall they made the experience wonderful. I would go back to this restaurant in a heartbeat.
Trafalgar's was definitely our best dineout Vancouver experience this year. I haven't heard of the restaurant before, so my expectations weren't too high. Boy, was I surprised.
The restaurant is pretty small and has a very cozy atmosphere. Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait for about 15 min before the group before us left and they could clear the table. For appetizers we ordered scallops and mussels. The scallops were really frickin' delicious and cooked just right. It also came with mashed potatoes that were out of this world! I tried my friend's mussels and they were also abundant in flavor. Yum.
We ordered lamb shank and duck for our entrees. They were good but not as memorable as the appies. Dessert was chocolate obsession, but we discovered we could order creme brulee off of the menu (it was originally advertised on their online menu but wasn't in the actual menu). The creme brulee was reported to be very good, and the chocolate obsession above average as well.
The service was very friendly and courteous, but our waitress kept forgetting some things. It was a busy night so we shrugged it off.
Overall, totally recommended!! An amazing place to eat.
Whether you are looking for a nice, neighbourhood place for weekend brunch, business lunch or casual yet elegant dinner, Trafalgars is the place. I have had many meals here on all those occasions and the food and service is consistently good. The risotto is my favourite item on the menu. It's important to save room for dessert since that is really what this restaurant is known for. My brother's favourite is the chocolate triangle with extra raspberry coulis; my sister-in-law's the linzers. I don't have one - they're all amazing. If you want to skip right to dessert, you can pick them up next door too.
I'm a bit late in writing this review as its been a couple of months since I came here for DOV 2011. It was our first time coming to trafalgars and I found the restaurant to have very pretty decor. It was simple but the mirrors, chandeliers and glass windows made a very elegant ambiance.
The food was good, I like how they used local sources for their ingredients. However what stood out the most were the desserts. We tried the chocolate cake, creme brulee and this passion fruit cake. All three desserts were of great quality and detail. I was then told the desserts came from the bakery two stores down (and I have since been returning to the bakery for their cakes).
The most outstanding part of our evening was the service. Our server was very polite, attentive and professional. Our glasses of water were never empty. He was knowledgeable of the food and when he wasn't sure he took the time to go to the kitchen to find out. He was particularity pleased with how well he treated my mother, english is not her first language so she usually has troubles communicating but he still connected with her and made nice conversation with her.
My boyfriend and I went here for our anniversary one night, and we were greeted right away. We were seated next to the window, but decided to move after a couple sat no less than a foot away. The restaurant was cozy inside but a bit noisy, so we decided to dine outside. The porch was nice, and we were the only one's out there so it was very private and romantic. The servers brought us both blankets in case we got cold- which is something I've never experienced before in a restaurant.
We ordered, the duck with orange reduction, and my bf ordered the lamb burger. Both were very good, but did not hold a candle to the desserts! We ordered the chocolate hazelnut zuccotto, and the chocolate peanut butter mousse cake, with Irish breakfast tea. The portions of these desserts were very generous, especially for the price. It was probably one of the best desserts I've ever had.
When we return we will probably try the lunch menu from Trafalgar's Bistro, and have dessert over at their sister store Sweet Obsessions.
Great venue for casual weekend or dress-up dinner. Good choices for 3-course menu, reasonably priced and generous portions. Delicious appetizers, very solid entrees. Extensive dessert selection. I had the steamed mussels - they were perfectly done and not overcooked. The striploin is very good, so is the duck breast. Cozy & romantic atmosphere. Will require reservation most of the time since it's a popular place.
While the menu at Trafalgars features some excellent soudning choices, the overall quality of the dining experience is very poor. The service is spotty and the management seems to view customers as nothing more than a hassle. It took a long time (despite the place being only having six other customers) to get a menu and then an even longer wait to get drinks. We went during a dining promotion however, once the meal had been ordered, the owner/manager sent the waitress over to tell us that the owner/manager had cancelled the promotion yesterday. Sounds like a classic bait and switch scam to me. The fact that he effectively hid behind the waitress to do so was not impressive.
There are a lot of good restaurants in Vancouver. Unfortunately this isn't one of them.
A friend took me to Trafalgar's a couple of years back, and I've been back quite a few times since. It has become one of my go-to restaurants and I'm always happy with the food.
It's nice to find a place that serves French/Bistro style food without typical French restaurant prices.
My one worry is that they have a new chef and the menu has changed.
Food: The best part of Trafalgar's is the food, including the Bistro-style french fries (in truffle oil, yum!). They are connected to a dessert place, so the dessert menu is much larger than the regular menu! The food is always well prepared and tasty, and of high quality. While the main menu isn't large, the variety is sufficient for pickier eaters.
Service: The service is generally good, although they seem a bit short-staffed when the restaurant is busy. The staff (especially the red-headed lady) are knowledgeable, personable, and will answer any questions you have. It's a refreshing change from a shallow place like Earl's, that's for sure.
Value: Again, French food without the exorbitant prices. It's a great value in this city.
Ambiance: Trafalgar's is tucked in quietly and is hard to notice if you are just driving by. It's a bit of an unusual place for a restaurant (16th Avenue). The restaurant is fairly small, not too dark, and never too noisy or loud. It's lively enough without too much noise, and the interior is simple and clean. It's a good place for a date or just out with friends.
Overall: If you want to go out for a more upscale meal, or like French food, I'd definitely recommend this place.
I've recently eaten at Trafalgar's and had another bad, substandard experience there with the service which sets the tone for the visit. The food was very small portions for the price. We had a snobby waiter who didn't do much for us to make it better than any other place. When we were paying, he had the nerve to count our money at the table because he "wanted to make sure we were leaving enough money". Then he announced out loud that we had left him $5 extra (tip). I know that I had calculated correctly and said that we had left him $15 and he still argued and came over to the table to count out the money again which he did in error. Then he barely appologized. We were well dressed and had ordered a substantial amount of food, dessert and coffees. We were leaving him 15% tip which we only did out of courtesy and not because of the service. I have been on a couple of other occasions where I had the same feeling and will never, never go back!
After other plans fell through, I tried calling at the last minute for a reso tonight. The reason I called is that I had heard from 3 *separate* people to check this place out - I've been working in Kits for years & never even knew it existed! The only place available was a bar spot at 8:45 - my wife & I hummed and hawed, but took it (a little late, but it's the holidays).
We walked in and this place was absolutely pulsing! I didn't even mind sitting at the bar because the main dining room was packed. We were immediately taken with the place because of the service - there seemed only to be 3 gals working the room (I'm used to sooo many more than that!), but they seemed so casual & at ease - floating from table to table laughing it up with guests & with each other. I almost wanted to apply for a job! Not pretentious at all - just welcoming & genuine.
We took a look at the menu & were taken with the lowball price for 3 courses - $35..? We anticipated tiiiiny portions & mediocre food. We asked the bartender lady (maybe she was the manager?) a few questions & the answers turned into a huge, impressive conversation. They have a new chef, he's been working there for a few years & just took over. Everything is from scratch, is organic, freerange, seasonal, local & sustainable. They even have a farmer in Richmond who grows veggies for just them. There is almost no staff turnover - they seem to be a little family.
We got our food (the wife: 12 hr braised pork shoulder, me: venison shank) and the portions were...HUGE!! Neither of us finished; maybe they were too big? The food itself was terrific - nothing fancy & frilly. Just good food. And then the dessert menu came - 35 choices?! The server talked us into the zuccotto (sp?) & the marble cheesecake - both were unbelievable.
After vising places like bistot bistro, salad de fruites & the faux bourgeois (reviews to follow), there's no comparison for affordable French food. Our bills were only pennies different there (or cheaper!), but the staff & experience were incomparable.
Simply put, you should go. You'll love every part of it.
that was my first time to have dinner in Trafalgars. i was very happy with the dinning experience. the waiters and waitress are pretty friendly and warmly. i went for the dine out vancouver event. the mussles(first course) were very juicy and tasty. Duck breast(second course) are tender . i was a little disappointed on the dessert. wat i orderes was lemon pie, all i can taste is sour... i cant even finish it.
Love this place! Great location, quiet and clean! Not chaep but not too much! They do have amazing deserts, but the Rizoto is to die for!!! Nice place to go to have good food and a nice chat! The mouse is also very good!!! Also the bread they bring you is fantastic and varied too! They do have a desert place next door, where you can get things to go and I think it is cheaper too!
My companion and I have been to Trafalgars Bistro a few times this year alone.
The food ... well I am working my way down the menu. The quality and portion size are superb. Prices a la carte are a bit expensive so I've often ordered the prix fixe menu (3 courses for $35 during the week only).
As mentioned by other reviewers do save room for dessert. The dessert menu is pages long! I am partial to the Lemon Dacquoise - light, tangy and yummy!!!
And the service is excellent. The server remembered us from over 4 months ago in the summer when they are usually busier so I was most impressed!
ok - disclaimer - I haven't eaten here for sometime, but I am fairly new to dinehere.ca and and I trying to get caught up with comments on some of my favourite restaurants. And this is one of my favourite places for brunch in Vancouver. At one point in my life (when I was in a relationship) Sunday brunch was a must - and Trafalgar's was always on top of our list -never once disappointed. Great french toast, great omelettes - great everything. Truly a Vancouver gem.
finally a place that serves great food, knows service and feels cozy.
there's not much to write about in fact... we had the prix fixe and the only problem is that it was a bit to much for us and we didnt really have room for dessert.
kicks on bistrot bistro or others in this class.
I've read all the reviews before I went DOV 09 at this place. So I had higher expectations even tho I always try not to have high expectations (cuz I usually get disappointed later on). But it didn't disappoint me at all. Just like other reviews, they have great service, great smiles, great food, great timing between dishes. I had BC mussels (didn't wanna try but some reviews said they're good) and indeed those mussels were GREAT! My partner had scallops and they were just as good! Esp the mashed potato was yummy too! My main was lamb, it was nicely done but a bit too rich for me but portion was great (i couldn't finish it, had to leave room for dessert). My partner had halibut and frites. The plum with halibut were awesome even tho I thot the plum tasted funny by itself and fish tasted so-so by itself. With those 2 combined in the mouth: yummy! However, i thoguht the fries were just above average common fries but nothing too special. desserts were okay too but not bad! chocolate obession for my partner was a bit disappointing but still :) We were very happy with our first restaurant of our DOV 09 experience. I will definitely recommend it to my friends!