Bistro Pastis

4.3
1328 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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French
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
A convivial atmosphere, enhanced by the cozy fire place, invites diners to
linger a while. Dinner tables are set with crisp linen, making you feel like a
welcome guest at a friend’s home. If meeting a friend for a drink or appies,
have a seat along the bar, where there’s great people-watching. Pastis is as
close as you can get to Paris without a plane ticket. It has one of the city’s
largest wine selections by the glass. Very romantic.


DON’T-MISS DISHES


. Steak Tartare


. Moules et Frites – a bistro favourite.


Bistro Pastis strives to present traditional French bistro fare in an environ-
ment that pays homage to its French roots. The menu changes seasonally to
reflect available ingredients at their peak. Classic dishes and wines
are offered at affordable prices. Traditional plats du jour are offered daily.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 2 pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Closed Monday for lunch only.
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Phone number
(604) 731-5020
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Michael Mikoda
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Between Arbutus Street and Yew Street on the north side of 4th Avenue.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Sun - Thu 5:30PM - 5:45PM
Fri 5:30PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 8:45PM
Sat 8:30PM - 8:45PM

Reviews from verified diners
1,328 reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
49%
Very Good
38%
Good
11%
Fair
3%
Poor
0%
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
4.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food! Absolutely no complaints about that. Tables were a little close together but oh well! Definitely would recommend!

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g
Vancouver
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service.
Nice authentic French cuisine.
Will definitely come back.

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R
Seattle
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

It was very quite and the servers seemed to not know what the left hand was doing

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IS
Vancouver
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pastis is our regular lunch venue. Corkage fee is reasonable so we always bring a vintage red. Witg Summer gere a table by the open window is very pleasant. Service is great

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IG
Vancouver
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had the menu prix and each course was amazing - both visually and taste. We started with the campagne pate with salad and pickled onions, then onto the most beautiful dish of scallops with butternut squash puree and risotto and then a fun and delicious chocolate dish. The servers were attentive and incredibly efficient. We will be back next time we go to the Arts Club theatre.

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CW
Vancouver
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Overall very pleasant experience and have returned many times for dinner.

Only interesting thing is my reservation thru Open Table never made it to the restaurant. But they were able to accommodate our large party.

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HP
Vancouver
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

wonderful brunch menu and great service. will go back for dinner for sure.

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R
Vancouver
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for a Saturday lunch and really enjoyed the service from our waitress, the food, of course, and the ambiance. We had just returned from France and our lunch happily prolonged our vacation a little while longer. We will return soon.

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OT
Vancouver
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very pleasant atmosphere. Excellent service & advice re wine pairing with our selected entrees. We’ll return

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M
Vancouver
3.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food and service were very good. We had difficulty booking a reservation through Open Table. There was very little availability. We settled on 5:45 p.m. which was far earlier than we wanted. To our surprise we had the restaurant to ourselves and were told the other reservation was coming in @ 6:30 p.m. Hard to imagine why the restaurant would hold back the reservations. As good as it was we would not do this again. Hopefully the system will be changed so reservations could be booked at the desired time especially when this meant the restaurant was empty.

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GG
Calgary
4.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

As always an enjoyable evening. Good menu with many choices.

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d
Vancouver
3.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Usually like this restaurant. Perhaps just a bad menu choice. Omelette was just a little bland. Capers were the only thing that saved it. A little runny also. I've had many French classics here & they're usually good. Last time I had the Duck confit and the duck was very stringy. Mussels are usually good & I've had salmon benedict for brunch & it was excellent. Different chefs at the helm perhaps?

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OT
Vancouver
3.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Came here for dinner with out-of-town visitors. I think this restaurant is overrated. The food was only so so . Our fish and mussels were over cooked.

Our waiter had an attitude and was not friendly at all. We were seated at a table by the entrance. When we asked for another table he put us next to the kitchen so we decided to stay put. The restaurant was not full so he could have given us another table. The other waitress who took our order was a lot more friendly, but we still don’t think we will eat here again.

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VL
2.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Drink and food are expensive. $40 for 6oz tenderloin steak with some fries, $40 for 5 scallops. Glass of wine for $12-$14. Not worth the money. Won’t come back again.

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RI
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect. And the server definitely blew the snooty French waiter stereotype out of the water. Aces.

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s
Vancouver
4.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

An upscale bistro that's become a Kitsilano classic.

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J
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our second visit for Sunday brunch, and we were not disappointed. Thanks to Stefen and his staff for providing a comfortable and relaxing dining experience with an excellent and varied menu.

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A
Vancouver
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrated a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch with my significant other. The food and the service was top notch.

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IT
Vancouver
5.0Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Time and time again this place makes my day, from the delicious food to the fantastic service. Worth the hour drive.

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RB
5.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday Dinner for our Daughter. She is still talking about it a week later. Excellent dining experiance in all ways.

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b
Portland
4.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice dinner at Bistro Pastis. Hadn't been there for a few years. Food was very good to excellent - Everyone was really delighted with their meals - I had liver, which some may say is a strange choice but it was very good, scallops were delicious, and steak and frites were really good. Remember it comes a little rarer than you might expect. Mussel appetizer was perhaps the best I have ever. The frisee and endive salads were thoroughly enjoyed. Only negative I thought was why not throw some vegetables on the steak frites - you are charging $42!

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OT
Vancouver
4.0Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The Dover sole was spectacular as always. The steak Tatar was very disappointing and was the main reason I came to this restaurant. Either the chef or the owner changed but may not come back

Alex was lovely

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SA
New York Area
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappoints. Good food, lovely ambiance. No complaints.

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JT
4.0Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We were lucky and caught Bistro Pastis on a quiet night as it can usually get quite busy. This happened to be a cold, rainy night and made for a perfect date night out. There's a good selection of everything on the menu, so feel that most everyone could find something to their tastes. The restaurant is clean, cozy and feels like a fine French restaurant. Easy enough to find (Arbutus and West 4th Ave) and parking is available on the street. We both ordered the Bouillabaisse as we were craving seafood, Ample portion but would have liked to seen more seafood in this dish. Price is commensurate with Vancouver restaurant prices, so no real bargain but still worth the visit. All in all a great place to take a date or anniversary dinner with your special someone.

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IS
Vancouver
5.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been going to Pastis for primarily lunch for a long time. It is good to see that they have upgraded the lunch menu. The Fraser Valley lamb shank is excellent. Falls off the bone. We always bring our our own bottle of red as Pastis corkage charge is quite reasonable compared to its peers.

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L
Vancouver
4.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Totally enjoyed the French Onion Soup! The service was excellent. This a comfortable restaurant to eat and enjoy with friends and loved ones.

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C
Vancouver
2.0Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Both salads we had were tasty -- the endive salad and the Lyonaise

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OT
5.0Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

This is one of our favorite French restaurants in Vancouver. Our only suggestion, if possible , is to space the tables for two farther apart. You can hear the conversations of others. It was particularly busy on Saturday night and I have not noticed it so much on other occasions as we were with tables of three or four people.

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OT
4.0Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great!!! We were super full!

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OT
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's a great place to impress your date with authentic French cuisine.

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C
3.0Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Came here for a date night on a wednesday evening and the restaurant was empty, but the food was delicious and the service was great. The server asked us if we wanted still or sparkling and did not warn us about the $8.50 charge for the bottle of sparkling water, I guess I should have known.... overall though was a nice evening.

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JY
Vancouver
4.0Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Enjoyable meal. Had a table by the window. Nice ambience, good food, good service. Our server was a genuine Parisian. We used a Groupon so the value was great, but would have been good even without it.

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P
Vancouver
5.0Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very enjoyable lunch at Pastis. Staff were friendly and welcoming, and attentive. Food was very good - the lamb shank was done to perfection as were the root veggies. My wife had a salmon omelette which she loved. Delicious soup to start and coffee to finish. A nice treat and a nice atmosphere.

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PL
Vancouver
2.0Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Waiter not attentive at all. Two of the meals (mussels) underdone. Other dishes were very good.

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AC
Vancouver
4.0Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious French Bistro. Great service, good food.

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OT
Vancouver
4.0Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Overall a pleasant experience

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DB
San Francisco
5.0Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

a lovely meal with lovely wine and warm and leisurely service...a jewel of kitsilano...

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n
Vancouver
1.0Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We purchased a lunch travelzoo voucher for $39 which includes two appetizers up to $10 and two entrees up to $22 each.
The only appetizer under $10 on the entire menu is a mixed green salad.
(A very small handful of plain lettuce with some dressing) that’s it. Very very bland.
My husband ordered steak tartar for $16 which was also bland with no flavour.
The only two items on the entire menu that are under $22 are eggs which come with a salad which I don’t need as I just had a salad, or a mushroom dish.
My husband ordered a $17 ham and cheese sandwich. Awful and dry!
I ordered the sable fish for $27 as there is nothing really less than that price other than the two sandwiches.
My sable fish was on 3 kale leaves and was about 1x1 in size.
We used to go to this restaurant often.
Never ever again!
The waiter added 15% gratuity on the bill and we were a table of two.
I had one glass of wine, and my husband had two glasses.
We paid an extra $80.00 for lunch today,
So in total we paid $120 for a lunch for two.
No dessert.
We told the owner that this is not a deal at all, because they charged us extra for the appetizer and the entree.

He did not care at all.
He said the lunch menu is not the best for travelzoo as there is little selection.
He did not say sorry or anything.

Food is bland and owner does not care if you come back or not.

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C
Seattle
2.0Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Our previous meals were always soooo good, but this Valentine's Day evening with a set menu of a 6 course meal was basically a bit of a huge disappointment! Our beef tenderloin was barely warm and the desert came with half melted ice cream. When we asked for a fresh scoop the server looked at us like we swore???

I do not think they have the staff or coordination ability to handle such an event.

Go for a nice dinner during the week and it is fantastic!

Cheers.

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SJ
Vancouver
5.0Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently great experiences at Bistro Pastis. The mushroom veloute and braised beef cheeks were full of rich flavour, and the 2005 Bordeaux opened up beautifully. Pleasant visits with our server and our host, who is always so welcoming. Pastis continues to be at the top of our list of favourites in Vancouver!

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