La Cigale French Bistro

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CAN$30 and under
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French
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  • Cozy
  • Comfort Food
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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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An outstanding restaurant which consistently delivers an outstanding cuisine at reasonable prices. I’ve eaten here several times and have never been disappointed.

T
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The set menu was great, awesome duck confit

DN
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food with great prices

V
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed 2 lunches and wanted to try dinner. Food is tasty. No complaints about the penne from the menu and clams from the daily special were all fresh and cooked to the right doneness. Garden salad was large enough to share between 2 people; the greens were crisp and the dressing very pleasing. Service is very efficient, and courteous.

s
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My first time here, me and my friend went for the brunch. Nice place nice ambiance, had the Pain Perdu it was very delicious, oh so fluffy french toast, loved it. Server was friendly, will definitely be back.:)))

DW
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

Great value.
Food is good for the price.
Service was not quite there though. Missed one of our entree order and asked our party who happened to order that same dish to start sharing first while wait for the missed order to come.....
Ordered our desert at the very beginning of dinner service, only to inform us of a item running out when it's time to bring up the desert...
We have a bottle of wine and server never ever topped up any of our party's wine for the entire night....
Service was slow as well...

D
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

While the food at this bistro never disappoints, special mention should be made of the service received on a particularly busy Tuesday summer evening. The restaurant was a bumping 3/4's full, and had but a single server working the room. Despite the apparent imbalance, attention and service were delivered to each table evenly, effectively, and with aplomb. The meal was, as always, exquisitely prepared and presented. The accompanying attention to detail and individual needs was particularly appreciated.

P
Vancouver
66 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

3 course prix fixe - braised beef and chocolate mousse were excellent. Onion tart had too much goat cheese and was more like a pancake than tart. Not enough onions. Onion soup too salty.

DF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The atmosphere was very good, the food excellent, making the reservation was easy, a wonderful meal all around. The only drawback is that it took some 45 minutes to arrive, so give yourself time, we were almost late to our later errand, as we didn't expect this huge of a delay in producing an omelette.

SE
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great restaurant in a lively neighbourhood. We had the fixed priced dinners on a Sunday, and chose duck, braised beef and mushroom penne for our main course. All nicely done. As for the appetizer, we particularly liked the French onion soup.
The only down side to dining here is the parking but with a bit of patience and allowing for extra time, it is possible to find free on street parking.

p
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my second time dining there ! Great experience feels like eating in Paris with best value food and good customer service!!
Definitely go back!!

CF
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had the 3-course meal and it was very worth the money. Food was great, and service was awesome too. Would definitely return!

CX
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent service. Duck and beef checks were outstanding, but mussels were not fresh at all. Overall, a good place.

KR
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely, intimate restaurant with the BEST French onion soup and bruschetta I have ever had. The service was wonderful and the prices were extremely reasonable. I will definitely be back then next time I am in Vancouver.

AM
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I highly recommend the Duck and the French Onion Soup. The salad is enough for 3 or 4 people to share as a starter!
Definitely will go back!

c
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my family here for early Mother’s Day dinner on a Thursday, we had the 3 course set menu for $32 per person. French onion soup was yummy, the duck confit and beef cheeks were amazing, the creme brûlée’s and cheesecake were impressive! Everything was delicious, we will return!

GD
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Actually we enjoyed our meal. Our main issue was the parking!

L
Vancouver
3 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.

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

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

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
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!

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

E
Vancouver
3 reviews
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.

D
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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,

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.

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

TJ
Vancouver
41 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.

SP
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!

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

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.

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.

s
Vancouver
16 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.

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

OT
Miami
7 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.

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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