La Cigale French Bistro

4.4
444 reviews
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
La Cigale Bistro serves French cuisine and is located along West 4th Avenue, in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood. We focus on locally sourced, sustainable and seasonal ingredients that showcase the best of BC. We strive to offer an authentic dining experience while using modern and innovative plating techniques.
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L
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

There was a party of about 25 male adults and they were making a lot of loud conversation. Although we were seated at the opposite end of the restaurant, we still had to speak loudly to my party of four to be heard. The restaurant had close to 40 guests dining, and there was only one waiter. He was pleasant and attentive, although a bit rushed. The food was good, consistently so, I have been there a few times within the last year. Tuesday evenings, you can bring your own wine with no corkage fee. Most restaurants do not have the selection of wines I like, and I like bringing my own bottle of wine. Overall, we had a pleasant evening despite the noise, which, to be fair to La Cigale Bistro, the din was unusual. That party of revellers was going to attend a special event across the street and that I understand was a very special event. The other times I had been to La Cigale Bistro, the noise levels were manageable. The Prix Fixe menu for a three course dinner ia an exceptional menu. They had all the choices available despite the crowd, and they were all consistently good. I would rate the food 3.0 to 4.5 stars out of 5 depending on choice. It's not Bishop's, but for the money, the one of best deals around, particularly on Tuesday evenings.

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CF
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service. Great quaint casual French restaurant! Would go there again!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The fold was greater and overall experience good. Too bad we were there on a Saturday and couldn’t take advantage of the fixed price menu. My husband had the duck which was crispy and delicious. I had the steak frites which was huge! Portions are generous and wine great!

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal, soup was amazing, lots of flavor.
Ribs was very tasty and service was excellent

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E
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

I went for the $32 3 course meal on Sunday night and it delivered. The French onion soup hit the spot, the duck was crispy and delicious, and the chocolate mousse was a nice end to the meal.

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K
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Never disappoints!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I found the tart to have far too much cheese and not enough onions for a traditional onion tart. Excellent evening all round otherwise.

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BW
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect! One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Highly recommend the fixed menu from Sunday-to Thursday evening.

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BM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a family brunch last Sunday. Everyone enjoyed their meal very much. The Pain Perdue was popular and delicious. Everything is freshly made and a cut above the ordinary! The service is excellent and we lingered over coffee. On a sunny winter day, it was perfect.

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M
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The waiter provided impeccable service. The food was OK. Cigale Sandwich with the homemade fries was really good. The French Onion Soup was lacking in flavour, so that was a disappointment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was very good and portions was also very nice.

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SF
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible food and excellent service. Tuesday there is no corkage which is a bonus,

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M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came for Valentine's day and the fixed menu was reasonably priced, which was quite different from some of the downtown restaurants. The food was delicious and the service friendly and attentive.

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a
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent on a cold snowy Tues evening. Food & service very good price good and benefit of allowing us to bring own wine great. Will certainly come again and refer others

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TJ
Vancouver
39 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

What a great French restaurant in Kitsilano. Love their French onion soup!!!! Pre fix dinner is only $32.00.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had one of the best brunch meals we have had. The duck confit Benny's are a must and the unique French toast was devoured by our 9 year old. The omelette was excellent as well. Only thing better could be if that meal was in Paris!

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MK
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great lunch. Haven’t been here in a while but will be back soon now that I’ve rediscovered La Cigale

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious and well priced. The service was timely and helpful. The ambiance is cosy and welcoming. This restaurant is a neighbourhood gem.

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T
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

A limited menu with competently prepared dishes. All in all it doesn’t knock your socks off. More could be done to improve the decor.

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s
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

prix fixe menu available sunday-thursday is an excellent value. duck was outstanding. chocolate mousse was superb.

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CM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

certainly lived up to expectations and will be one of our 'go to' restaurants in the future

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

All was very pleasant.
Food and service plus doable noise level.
Very nice evening.

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MB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An excellent French restaurant with reasonable price. Good food, good service, and quiet. You can actually have a conversation in that place. The price is excellent for the quality. I warmly recommend the place.

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DD
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cigale was a fantastic surprise! The food and service were both amazing. A hidden gem!!

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R
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent place to eat brunch or dinner. So far I have tried the French onion soup, baguette, duck, omelette and French toast. All tastes great with surprisingly large portions and arrives hot so it is clearly fresh out of the kitchen. Coffee tastes a little acidic with an after taste from what I am used to; perhaps suits a different pallette. Service was very attentive. My water never went empty. Wonderful French cuisine and there was no rush at this restaurant. We took our time eating and enjoying each other's company. A good find indeed and highly recommended.

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AD
Vancouver
36 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

A delicious meal and great service. The only downside was the music. Please get more variety! The duck was particularly fabulous.

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LD
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice french bistro on the casual side. They have a very reasonably priced prix fixe menu. The food was very good for the price.

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PG
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

We had escargot and liver for appetizers and for the main course we had the duck and beef cheeks. The food was very good and service excellent. Unfortunately there was a large party there and the noise was deafening. Could not even carry on a conversation due to the noise and left early.

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C
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good French comfort food - onion soup is delicious so is the onion tarte. For a main course have the beef cheeks or duck confit! Tuesdays are especially great as their is no wine corkage fee! Yeh! The service was excellent.

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F
Vancouver
26 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Classic French bistro food in kits . Best French onion soup , goat cheese tart & mussels & Frits. Super tasty house made ice cream sorbets. Very consistent

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GM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

La Cigale is a small and under-appreciated French Bistro in the Kitsilano neighborhood of Vancouver. Wonderful mussels and fries in an herb crème sauce, perfectly cooked filet mignon topped with a blue cheese crust, and a crispy skinned duck leg and thigh on a bed of cassoulet. The cassoulet was strangely sweet, but the rest of the meal was totally delicious. Have a bottle of a reasonably priced bottle of local Canadian or French wine. An excellent bargain for a French Bistro in Vancouver. A taxi from downtown will cost $10-$15.

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BM
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I started with the cauliflower grated, which was rich and delicious and definitely a dish to share. I tried some of my friends side salad, which was also delicious and a meal size, not really a starter. My husband had the escargot, which he enjoyed. I had the duck confit, which was very good. It was very flavourful and moist, which can be hard to do with duck. A very filling meal. Despite being very full, we all shared a crime brûlée, which we didn’t regret. The wine list had a good selection of nice wines. Our server was very knowledgeable and made great suggestions for our table. She did a great job. We were surprised it wasn’t busier, it’s a great place. It was our first time there, but we’ll be back.

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r
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautifully made French food, from casual to finest filet mignon... I love this place and always take my friends and family members from out of town here. It is a special place, lovely service and food. Tuesdays are 'bring your own wine' days. The ambience is casual, friendly, with lovely interior. Dropping by for brunch, lunch or afternoon charcuterie or a bowl of their fabulous onion soup and bread, or going for a special dinner, it's Kitsilano at its best!

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C
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Server was lovely and the fresh baked french bread was great, but the french onion soup was bland. The soup bowl looks like it is covered with real cheese, but it is actually three slices of bread topped with only a minuscule amount of flavourless cheese, floating on top of mushy boiled onions. I was so hoping for the delicious gooey cheese topped, tasty french onion soup I once had in Montreal and this unfortunately did not come anywhere close.

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TJ
Vancouver
39 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love love love!!! First time eating here and I can’t say enough. Best French Onion soup ever. Beef cheeks and mashed potatoes to die for!!!!!

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TM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An amazing hidden gem of an authentic French restaurant. One of the best in Vancouver.

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AL
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The baguette is the best I have tasted. The French Onion soup is excellent. It is slightly salty for my taste. That is why the 4 stars. Otherwise, 5 stars.

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B
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Another great evening spent with good food, wine and friends. Wonderful neighbourhood location with authentic French Bistrot food.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Third time be here. So good! Merci

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Would recommend it for someone looking for french cuisine. Service was fast and very friendly. We showed up early and they seated us immediately! The only real downside was something that the restaurant could not control I think. It was hot where we sat nearer the kitchen. If I had a do over I would sit closer to the front, at least in the summer.

All in all, a very nice experience.

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