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Trafalgars Bistro

2603 West 16th Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6K3C2
Tel: (604) 739-0555 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 739-0557
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano

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Dessert gets A grade, Food gets B grade, Service gets C grade.
By jazuresky of vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

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Went with a large group on my birthday and it was my first time to dine at Trafalgars. We wanted to get the pre-theatre menu so all of us rushed in before 6 to have our order sent. However, when we made the reservation we mentioned that we will be getting the pre-theatre menu, but somehow this was not communicated to the server and upon arrival, we was told that we cannot get the pre-theatre menu because we had a large group. So after negotiation they agreed to let 6 ppl in the group to get the special menu while rest of the group orders from regular menu, and I believe I shouldn't have negotiated because 1) they did not specify that on their website (yet), 2) they should have offered it to us before I asked, and 3) it was my birthday and the birthday girl has to negotiate to have half of the group happy? At the moment I was quite disappointed because from the reviews and friends' recommendation I thought that Trafalgars would be good.

Food:
I got the Portobello Mushroom as the appetizer, risotto as the entree and saint horoure and the dessert. The Mushroom was VERY different from what I expected. It was thin, flat, and tasted sour!! But I didn't say anything to the waitress since there wasn't anything that appeals to me in the appetizer menu. However, the entree was VERY good. I love love love risotto and this mushroom risotto was very rich and flavourful and did not fail my expectation! The mushroom flavour was overpowered by the truffle oil though, however. In the beginning I hesitated about getting mushroom for appetizer and entree but I did not regret my entree choice.

Dessert:
They put a long candle on my St. Honore pastry. The presentation is nice, but the quality is lacking. The pastry was a thin, flaky and dry pie and the puff was dry as well. I would not get this dessert again although the picture looks great. However I tried my friend's hedgehog, zuccotto and concorde and those were excellent.
I will not come back to this restaurant but I will definitely make a visit to Sweet Obsession for its heavenly desserts.

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Great food, great value
By k-eats of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

A solid restaurant with great food, cozy ambiance, and superb value. Portions are generous -- I don't know how they make money at this place!!

Only minor item: service was friendly but a bit on the slow side. That said, sometimes it's nice to laze over a 2.5 hour meal.

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Romantic little bistro
By twcjen of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 5:38pm [Dine in]

First time to this restaurant, found it based on others review on dinehere website. I was very impressed with both the service and the food. The portions are large and the price was good. They are currently serving set dinners for $35 each and you can choose from a wide range of desserts. I hopped on over next door to sweet obsessions to take a peek at their desserts before ordering! I highly recommend the chocolate hazelnut zuccoto. I also ordered their tomato brides beef with bistro fries. You must try that!!! It has herbs, truffle oil, Parmesan and bacon bits on it. Yummy!! Reservaions are highly recommended as it's a small place near residential area. Parking is great too unlike downtown.

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Nice, cozy place.
By hbelle of vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 9, 2006 - 1:15am [Dine in]

i was here for dinner with my bf, and we sat outside. i had the Lamb burger with fries, and he had the striploin. both were very tasty... i'd go back and order the same thing! service was good, our server was sweet and friendly, although she did disappear for some time at times. but my favorite is the Triple chocolate mousse next door at Sweet obsessions.... to die for!

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DOV experience
By djeat of Burnaby (7 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 7, 2011 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

I am almost embarrassed to write this review because Trafalgar's has a very strong consistency in its revviews. I was expecting just a little bit more as far as the food which turned out to be a BIG hit in some things and ok to bad in others.

For DOV with a table of 4 we had for starters, 3 scallops and 1 meatballs. I did not try the meatballs, but my wife who, strangely, doesn't like pork very much, decided to order it anyway. I can't really say good or bad about the meatballs especially considering her bias against pork in general.

The scallops though were NOT good. It's my fault that I did not say anything to the staff, but the scallops were most definitely undercooked. The portion size is 2 scallops on a cauliflower puree I think. My scallops were seared like you would tuna, but raw inside. Mother in law had the same issue and I presume without knowing that they might prepare these in larger quantities than normal because of DOV. Maybe it was intentional, but I've never had scallops rawish (rubbery and translucent color and texture inside) unless it was at a sushi restaurant.

For mains, we had steelhead, 2 mushroom risottos and 1 tuna. Steelhead was very good. The risotto was liked by everyone, but a bit too much of a sharp cheese taste that seemed to cover the mushroom flavor a bit. I ate mushroom risotto for lunch at cru the day before and, to my taste was better.

The tuna entree was not good. I don't turn back hardly ever, but the tuna had a bit too much of a fishy taste to it. Not quite fresh, so I did have it returned. i should say reluctantly, because the kale potato chorizo and tomato sauce was sooo good. I switched to the beef pappardelle (sic) and it was excellent. meat fell apart with a fork and good portion size.

For dessert, we had chocolate ganache cake, passion fruit flan and 2 creme brulees. The brulees were awesome. the ganache was very good if not excellent. The passion fruit flan was out of sight sublime and my sister in law, who ordered it, raved to the waitress and the man managing the floor (owner?) while leaving we were trying to figure out the logistics of driving to sweet obsessions just to order it again.

Service was very attentive. Water glasses refilled frequently, but not suffocating. They told us 1 hr 45 minutes to turn the table when I made reservation whereas the high top tables did not have this restriction. I think that is quite fine considering DOV and appreciated the forewarning with option to choose.

In summary, I can't wait to go back to try Trafalgar's again for non-DOV dining. I will make any due modification to my review then and I think it will improve.

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Awesome DOV
By heybarbara of kitsilano (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 26, 2010 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

We called at the last minute for a table here for Dine Out Vancouver and we're so glad we did. They had no openings online, but apparently are holding spots for phone-ins. We got a nice table in a bustling restaurant - sweet!
The atmosphere is great; a Hidden Gem through and through. The restaurant's nestled in a residential area in Kits. From the warm reception, to dim lights, cute french music & prompt service, this place has it all.
As for the value: it was DOV, so you can't go wrong. They are in the $28 category, and no one in my party could believe the portion sizes. We're all pretty sure they must be losing money they're so huge. We were surprised to learn that they do a $28 menu all year long (early bird), and their regular menu is only $35. Not much different, and looks awesome too.
The food was really comfortable - not fancy, or frilly. Good size, flavour pairings & quality. The DOV winners were their buttermilk fried chicken appetizer (oh.my.god. I could've eaten 5 plates!), and both the pork tenderloin & duck confit were huge hits. The 3 people in my party each had a different dessert (creme brulee, a fruity flan, and a chocolate mousse), and we all loved them.
Service was incredible. Not overbearing and over-the-top. She had confident & knowledgeable answers to all our questions, was patient with our decisions & made some great wine recommendations. They're pros, you can tell.
I will definitely be back, and am not going to wait till DOV 2011!

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A favorite neighbourhood place
By victual of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 5:12pm [Dine in]

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Service is as always,warm,attentive,and welcoming. Some favorites at trafalgars have included: the scallop appitizers which are not only always prettily plated but super flavourful, housemade gnocci(need I say more?)the savory and tenderjuicy duck breast which unlike many other places arrives with a perfectly well seasoned outside sear, and the entre specials that always take full advantage of the seasons,and finally, the amazing array of desserts...something for every taste.

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Great experience
By autumn of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

I took my mother out for a Mother's Day dinner tonight. We were greeted at the door and promptly seated. The food was great. I honestly haven't felt so stuffed in a long time. They have a good balance between the amount of food served and their quality (we ordered the set menu). I'm a slow eater, and I really appreciated how the staff took some time to actually let me finish eating before rushing in with the next course. I also liked their patience in explaining some unfamiliar terms on the menu to my mother. I would say their service is one of the best I've ever experienced in a restaurant. The servers came by often enough so that we felt looked after, but not so much that it became intrusive. The bistro is also located on a quiet street corner, so the atmosphere was laid back and quite pleasant.

This is a really good restaurant to try if you like having the overall experience.

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Absolutely Perfect
By timetodine449 of east van (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 12:16pm [Dine in]

My partner and I are still smiling from our time at Trafalgars Bistro. Every detail was exquisite! The service was flawless, professional but warm and attentive! I had the salmon & avocado tian to start, and the delicious striploin for my main - I'm still drooling! My partner had a caesar salad followed by the duck with home made pasta - fabulous! Our server must've picked up on our birthday 'cheers', because without us even mentioning it, there was a candle in my melt-in-my-mouth three chocolate mousse. The atmosphere was cozy, dim, but a little loud - understandable because it was packed. These guys are doing everything right, check it out.

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The all important patio mimosa
By champagnewednesdays of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 16, 2008 - 11:03am [Dine in]

See photos and more of this review at: www.champagnewednesdays.com

...The perfect place to indulge dreams of consistent patio weather and French cafe life. Trafalgars is a surprise pocket-of-life on the long stretch that is 16th avenue. The Avenue of not-in-your-Dreams. The small and intimate street-side patio is perfect groups of two surrounded by other groups of two equally engrossed in each others’ company. We ordered Mimosas, Roasted Chicken salad with pineapple relish and potato gnocchi croutons ($16), the Chicken and Brie panini with cranberry chutney and vindaloo mayonnaise ($15), and Creme Brulee for dessert ($ who cares, it was so good).

The pakoras were heaven (nearly better than Rangoli’s) and we both agreed that gnochhi croutons were a stroke of genius. The panini was, refreshingly, not the greasy-on-the-outside kind, though we think it could have used more punch. I dipped it in the pakora sauce which was my own stroke of genius.

In total, the bill came to about $70.00 with tip, but we accidentally ordered sparkling water (don’t you hate when that happens?) so that would have saved us a few dollars. Yes, it’s a splurge, but it offers more personality and escapism-dining than Earls ever can, and for nearly the same price. I loved it!

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Good Dine-Out experience
By foodhunter of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 7:55pm [Dine in]

I had tried several restaurants during previous Dine-Out promotions and found them to be hit-and-miss; mostly miss. So when my wife booked again for Dine-Out, I was totally ready for disappointment. I figured another poor rush-job at what would otherwise be considered a good establishment, just so they could get more seatings through the place.

To my surprise, I was not disappointed. True, the place was a bit noisy but it was a full house and in typical Dine-Out fashion, the menu was very abbreviated. The steamed mussel appetizer was done very well as was the bite-sized somosa appetizer. The main dishes were simple but well prepared...and of course, the desserts were fantastic. Actually, I think everyone there came for the desserts. Service was attentive and we did not feel rushed; something not typical of Dine-Out meals.

My understanding is that Dine-Out is a way for restaurants to fill the void during the slow winter period and also to promote themselves and gain new customers that will return in the future. In my estimation, Trafalgar's has been succesful at achieving both.

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Wasn't great...
By rmcleans of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 29, 2007 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant for lunch before and also next door for dessert. Almost all the times I've been to this restaurant were good experiences. However, this year's dine out wasn't great. The service was ok (we were given the minimal amount but that was alright). Then the food came and we noticed that it was fairly cold. It wasn't ice cold but cooled down enough that the food was rather bland.

All in all...it wasn't great.

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DOV - excellent!
By foodnme of Vancouver, BC (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 7:55pm [Dine in]

I have to say, this has been one of the most wonderful experiences I've had for Dine out and for regular service! The service and food has blown my expecations!

Food: I had the mussels for appy, other half had the scallops. The scallops were good, the mussels great, but the sauce was a little too salty. It must have been the bacon, but it was a little too salty for my taste. The halibut I had for entree was cooked to perfection with the frites... the roast lamb the other half had was cooked perfectly, fell off the bone, tasty. The desserts were great. We had the chocolate obsession and the vanilla bean creme brulee...It was delicious! I never eat dessert and this was the first time I ate my dessert and completed it. My bf was shocked!

Service: Excellent! Above exceptional! Our water was changed all the time and was always cold with ice cubes in it. My wine glass was never empty. It seemed there were only 2 waitresses working the night, and the place was packed, yet they did not skip a beat.

Value, we had the dine out menu, so the value was great

Ambiance, it was nice, romantic, cozy.... It was small, yet there was plenty of space between the tables.

I highly recommend this restaurant. The food was great and the service was excellent!

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Stick with desserts
Submitted Monday, August 27, 2012 - 1:30pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I studied the menu with regards to the $88 offer and decided that because we didn't want dessert, and a better wine, we would choose a couple of appetizers and entrees. Caesar Salad and Chick Pea fries, now the fries were very tasty but the Caesar Salad was a failure! It consisted of 2 giant green leaves and the rest was white Romaine stalks. The flavor of the dressing was under whelming and the entire salad looked like the chef didn't care. The waiter was asked "duck or trout", he said duck because I hate fish! The duck was hard to cut and lacking in flavour, and why the super sour rhubarb. I had the $30 Angus Ribeye, it was flat in flavor and look, and was cooked to a perfect chewable medium, yet medium rare was specified.

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Favorite French Bistro
By Ironchef88 of Downtown, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

I have visited Trafalgars a number of times for the past three years.

Ambiance: Ambient lighting, comfortable seating and tastefully decorated dining area. Street parking is ample and neighborhood is quiet.

Food: Duck confit with risotto is tasty and beautifully seasoned and prepared. Great selection of both wines and dessert wines. The desserts they offer are delectable and the portions are just right.

Value: Decent price for the food quality and service Service: Professional service expected from a French bistro

Pros: French food done right, ambiance, amazing service, location, dessert and wine selection
Cons: I couldn't think of any besides it being closed for Sunday dinner.

Highly recommended for anyone who is looking for a good French bistro at decent prices without being overly pretentious.

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Want Fast Food Service?
By foodiewannabe of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

For dine out this year, Trafalgars really wanted to take advantage of having as much seatings as possible and forgot about providing the customer a good dining experience. If I wanted fast food service I would have gone to McDs or Burger King. Right off the bat when we sat down, our server told us that we had to order right away because we only had 1.5 hours and we were 15-20 mins late for our reservation (heavy traffic). She came back in 2 mins to take everyone's order. The duck risotto appy was quite good. Most of the party ordered the Black Cod with Thai rice and it was an ackward attempt at fusion. The sauce was runny and tasted like orange juice with water. Not good at all! We were given our bill before our dessert even arrived. No offers of refills on our drinks (pop, wine, coffee, etc) After we all paid our bill, we were still chatting but getting ready to leave, the Manager came over and basically said that they needed to get our table cleared for the next set of patrons. I never felt like such a second class citizen. I understand dine out is to encourage locals to try your restaurant during low season but with service like that, I will definitely re-consider about going back to Trafalgars for dinner. Probably just for coffee and dessert.

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a little bit above average in my mind
By canucks of Bby & VanCity (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 21, 2010 - 11:53am [Dine in]

went there with girl friend on Friday evening. Crowded and the table is small.
the server is nice but apparently one server is not enough. later on, another girl server joined.
after salad, it takes more than half an hour to see my main course.
steak is good. but only fries on the side. nothing else.
after main course it takes another half hour to see my dessert. need more cook?
People surround me have the same waiting look.....:-)
dessert is a way too sweet. both of us can't eat them all.

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Glad to live in Kits
By j-j-j-jenga of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 9:22pm [Dine in]

This is an awesome neighborhood bistro. I went there for brunch with my mom a few months ago, and we really enjoyed ourselves. The wait staff were mature and friendly, and I love the classic look of the place. My husband and I regularly get cakes from Sweet Obsessions (the Bakery attatched) and we love it just as much.

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If you love soup....
By Muricanthus of Kitsilano, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 1:51am [Dine in]

I've only been to Trafalgars once (for brunch) but was very very surprised with the food, the service and the ambiance.

The food was not cheap but it was not expensive either (you do get what you pay for). I had the tomato & rosemary purée and a salad, and I loved both! Perfect seasoning, perfect portion, and delicious! I also loved their lemonade.
Oh, and the bread! it is so good, that ever since we ate there we became regular customers of Sweet Obsessions (next door, where you can buy the bread they serve you at the restaurant - try the fig/anissette or the dried fruit one).

The service was very very good. I can't remember the name of the girl who looked after us, but she was very attentive, friendly (but not à la Cactus Club) and she knew her stuff.

I recommend it for anybody who wants a good meal in a nice environment. Good for special occassions or for the regular diner.

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Excellent
By Ray of kitsilano,vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 9:21am [Dine in]

After last years great dinner at Trafalgars we had to return and were very impressed once again. The service was professional and the staff seems genuine. We started with the mussels and the goat cheese samosas. The mussels were outstanding, cooked perfectly and the broth was tremendous. The samosas were average due to the small serving size and lack of goat cheese. Then came the main course. We both had the short rib shepherd’s pie and are still talking about it. As we both enjoy braised dishes, this was truly excellent. The mango cheesecake was excellent and surprisingly light while the chocolate torte was possibly too rich, but it got finished anyways. Another excellent meal and great over all experience at Trafalgars.

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