Arms Reach Bistro

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Regional American (Northwest)
*Please note that we do not take reservations for the patio*

In the heart of Deep Cove lies Arms Reach, a quaint, cozy, bistro next to the beautiful Burrard Inlet & North Shore mountains.

"Deep Cove is a crowd of discerning, food loving folks in flip flops" The Georgia Strait
"This Bistro is one of those local gems that foodies like me dream of discovering but dread revealing for fear of exposing its virtuous flavours" Cathy Bullen
"Simply Devine" The North Shore News

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What 1340 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s our special place in Vancouver and never fails to deliver a great night out.

MD
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went here for my boyfriend’s birthday. The servers and staff were super friendly and the food was fantastic with a pretty view

k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Arms Reach Bistro is a wonderful respite tucked away in the very scenic Deep Cove! The food and service is always outstanding and the wine menu never disappoints. I can't think of a better spot for an exceptional date night with pre and post dinner walks through the magical ocean-side village already lit with seasonal lighting. ENJOY!

LS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been coming here for years and it's always an amazing experience. It feels cozy and is beautiful. The service has never been less than outstanding. We will keep coming back ! Thank you!

SM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had my husbands dinner there with 11 other people and the service was quick and the food was very good!! Very well organized and the staff were amazing!
LOVE this restaurant!
BIG thanks to all the staff for a wonderful evening!

w
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner at this intimate neighborhood jewel. Great atmosphere, service, and the best salmon ever! Nice moderately priced wine selection too. Couldn’t have been better.

AS
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

I've gone to the Arms Reach Bistro often. I like that it is close so drinking and driving are not an issue, and that the service is usually great.
We went early at 5:30, so the noise level was fine, and the service, as usual was perfect. My issue was with my favourite dish: the mussels. They were tiny, not the usual plump ones. When I asked why they were so tiny, I was told it wasn't the season. I believe the restaurant now is buying its mussels from Cosco. I've tried the Cosco mussels and they were tiny if there at all. I will definitely not order the mussels any more.
I suggest you remove my favourite mussel plate off the menu if you plan on continuing to serve this brand of mussels.
The french fries on the side were as usual superb.

Arms Reach Bistro
Responded on October 8, 2019

Hi Azza, Sorry you didn't enjoy your mussels this time. Our seafood supplier sources mussels from different places depending on availability. They arrive fresh, never frozen and they sometimes come from PEI or Salt Spring Island. They vary in size depending on the source/season. We're happy to show you the current size of mussel we have next time you come in to check if it's to your preference. I assure you Costco isn't our seafood supplier as they don't delivery perishable items to restaurants.

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g
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Dining at the Arms Reach Bistro is always a great experience. Last night was no exception. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals, the ambience, views out of the window and the excellent service. We will be returning soon!

IH
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service, a great location with view, nice brunch selection.

DS
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, the food and service was excellent. As it was after 1 pm on a weekday, the noise level was very low. This was one of our best visits.

BB
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

I would still recommend but do not feel the value is there as in the past. Long term, local client who dines out a lot and used to love the Bistro. Now, i would qualify my recommendation as expensive and "downtown" instead of that local, bistro feel. Bistros typically feel like family and have a range in prices in wines and food that goes from reasonable and good to high end and great. Used to be that way here but no more! Now it seems only high end with pasta dishes at $24 each!

D
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the staff, the owner and the food.

ED
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a delightful find in Deep Cove. Weather was atrocious outside but it was inviting and warm inside on the day my friend and I went. Benny was delish and service was excellent - so well looked after by all servers. Lovely surprise to have my friend's dessert comped, as it was a belated birthday celebration. We will be back! Thank you again for making this a very enjoyable outing.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our supper club has been dining around the lower mainland for almost 15 years. Our dinner on Saturday was one of the best. An incredible experience!

J
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had the best meal ever: the lamb shoulder with pureed potato and many tiny tender green beans. My Calgary visitor had the Butter Chicken which he said was wonderful. I am coming out to a serious gastric issue and over time developed sensitivity to many food items. This meal restored my love of food.

NG
London
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant in a fab location. Service was impeccable

NS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was delicious, service was outstanding, and the ambiance was wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great! Food and service and such - all great!

BC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wednesday pasta night is a great value. Waitress was attentive and professional. As always, a great place for a lovely dinner.

CJ
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

People at our table ordered Huevos Rancheros and Breakfast Hash Bowl. The two people in our party who ordered the Breakfast Hash Bowl found it tasty and large enough, though perhaps a little spicy for some tastes (not ours). The two who had Huevos Rancheros thought it just OK, not great. I found the quantity of food in the Huevos Rancheros too little and it arrived somewhat cold. From the foodie point of view, it was innovative in presentation but disappointing for those who know what real huevos rancheros typically is: a fairly generous quantity of beans or frijoles refritos, cheese, a smallish quantity of rice, some salsa (roja or verde, sometimes on the side), fried or poached egg on top, and soft corn tortillas on the side. The "real" stuff sometimes is served in a hot cast iron skillet on a wooden board. The Arms Reach Bistro version of huevos rancheros stuck me as an urban dieters' version, very light on beans and cheese, just one skimpy tortilla.

I like Arms Reach Bistro and have had many good meals there, but I cannot recommend their Huevos Rancheros.

c
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Disappointing presentation of traditional brunch Eggs Benny. Little colour, no garnish. Just a plate full of potatoes with OK bennies, but nothing to write home about. Very surprised as this hasn't been a past experience. And when mentioned, equally surprised that no small dish of sliced melon or tomatoes was offered.

SV
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Second time there - and the food is amazing, the service extremely professional and attentive. I will now be hosting our corporate event there! An awesome gem on the North Shore!

G
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My family love this restaurant, it never disappoints.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Unfortunately I’m writing a negative review for this restaurant. And with much regret. Discovered more than a year ago, this restaurant, which was a fascinating place in a wonderful corner of British Columbia, has lost all its potential.
I think something has changed. I think the owner is no longer the same.
I have always eaten very well in this place, but unfortunately not the other night.
Very poor menu (compared to the last time many proposals were removed) and what we took was poor.
Squid fry, heated in the microwave and soaked.
In the cabbage salad a hair.
Main course was the pasta, spaghetti with prawns. Uncooked spaghetti, too much garlic and few prawns.
At least the wine was good, Joie got up, even though the wine list had to be revised.
The service unfortunately is not up to par, but it is understandable, since our maid was very young: it will improve.
In summary, a collapse of quality. Unfortunately very bad.

JC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Chickpeas and halumi cheese were fantastic worth the trip to deep cove!

N
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So glad to see the Butter Chicken and the Spicy Spaghetti back on the menu. We had a large group, all ordering different mains and everyone was satisfied. Love the Rosé flights too. Our server was excellent. We had a great time.

CA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A fabulous spot with great food and an exceptional wine list.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as usual :)

KB
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful hidden hidden gem in Deep Cove. Great service, food and atmosphere. Highly recommend this for a quiet dinner for 2.

J
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were visiting Deep Cove and Vancouver from the states. We had a delicious meal - the pasta was phenomenal.

c
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We are locals and have been to Arm's Reach many times. I do not think the menu is as extensive as it once was. (We miss the Chad Salad, the Chosty Ceasar, the seafood linguine, and the ling cod!) Having said that, our dinner on Sunday was good and the location and service are the best! We did have one of the "natural" wines, and there was a lot of sediment...which was not appealing, so we won't do that again. But we always enjoy the view and the excellent service.

OT
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Service was great. Great location but the menu seemed not as inspiring as it has been on other visits we have had to Arms Reach.

AY
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I got sick from the RBC butter chicken. I used to be fine with it when it was CBC recipe. The new chef is adding chilli powder to it (I called to confirm). Although they made it mild for me, I had an upset stomach all night as I have sensitivities to chilli. Too bad because there aren’t many thing I like on your menu anymore. Also, why no Sauvignon Blancs by the glass???

KS
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

My friend and I had an excellent experience. We loved the carpaccio and enjoyed the pasta with chicken and goat cheese and the mussels. Our server was friendly and kind. My friend hadn't been to Arms Reach before and said she'd definitely be back. I will also return, for sure. Many thanks!

TN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

A must visit when in Deep Cove BC. No question about it.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Overall good, wish if the menu changes a bit, most of the main dishes were the same in years.

C
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently excellent in every category - the location can’t beat. The only difficulty is the parking - it’s extremely busy with tourists in Deep Cove and parking is mostly non-existent whatever the season. Nevertheless, it’s worth circling the block a few times to luck into the elusive space for your car and then celebrate your triumph with a glass from the very good wine list!

MM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great North Shore restaurant. Limited food options but good.

D
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed this lovely bistro for my partners birthday. The staff were exceptional and made us feel very special. Our sommelier waiter was fantastic at matching the wine we had, making sure it complimented each of our dishes! I highly recommend making a reservation!

OT
Acapulco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, great time, great service as always and why it’s still one of my favourites places to dine.

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