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1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery

4.3
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152 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary Canadian
1931 Gallery Bistro, located on the second floor of the Vancouver Art Gallery and boasting Vancouver's best patio, is a lush bistro featuring a menu inspired by Vancouver, its art and its peoples.

All proceeds from 1931 Gallery Bistro go to support the Vancouver Art Gallery and it's programming.

Support 1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 152 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TomR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

No longer for dine and dash and a little pricier than the old operation but good value considering the quality and service. They’re doing an excellent job in strange times.

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JaneA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Bbq mushroom eggs benedict was amazing! Great quality at a decent price.

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AngelaR
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The experience was great! Food was excellent; service and ambience were perfect. It’s a little oasis of tranquillity above the busy downtown streets.

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PrabhleenK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a very good experience. Recommended this place

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KayL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

Great patio, great vive. Food tastes great but a bit on overpriced side especially for lunch. Service was slow and not feeling very welcomed. Would like to try their happy hour though.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Artful menu - just as good as before if not better

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PattyN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful surroundings and excellent food. I have been twice in the last week. Once for lunch and once for brunch. I felt transported to Europe!

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YVan
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Staff were very nice and attentive. They included the tip on their end and not sure why the did it. Coz usually customers do it. Not sure they do it to everybody. The server told me that (he already added the tip) though.

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Coconutboy
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is AWESOME.
Great food, the best Croque Madam since Paris.
The service was good but the ambiance was outstanding.
We will be back.

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JeanK
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The tables are well spaced and the overall atmosphere is very pleasant. The food is creative, beautifully presented and of excellent quality.

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Summer
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

I’ve always got impressed how amazingly professional and kind servers are working in the bistro. Thank you for the great moments!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service, proper social distancing and safety protocols, delicious food, and an amazing view!

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oldfogey
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My wife and I sat outside despite the cool weather and the smoky atmosphere. But we were very impressed by the efficiency and friendliness of our waiter, and the smoked salmon benny that we ordered was by far the best ever for us.
Our only disappointment was the music - we would have much preferred classical, mainstream Jazz, or good-old-rock-and-roll.

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SylviaG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We really enjoyed ourselves in the outdoor patio under lovely umbrella on Saturday, 12 2020. The food was excellent, coffee was delicious the service was incredible we loved our waiter Craig I believe. Will definitely be back thank you very much.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great patio experience, delicious food and amazing service

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MaryamK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed the atmosphere and the beautiful setting of the outdoor patio very much. Definitely will visit again :)

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CarmenD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4Food1Service5Ambience4

Service and location was lovely - the food was very disappointing.

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Cathy
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had after dinner drinks and appies on the patio. The Bistro food, service and ambience was great.

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LizzieH
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Awesome spot in the middle of the city - beautiful terrace, still warm in the evenings. Great cocktails and lovely service, all in the surroundings of a beautiful old building.

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JuanM
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Enjoyed summer patio time with friends here. Very nice.

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vipemrang
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

It was a bit warm and a few more patio umbrellas would be great but overall it was a great experience for drinks and appies

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great Patio. Food portions are larger. Good wine list.

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DebraW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Delightful place for lunch or coffee. Lots of space and fresh air with variety of choices for food that was delicious. Service was solicitous without being intrusive. Ambience is one of the top outdoor cafes in the city. Also wonderful before or after a trip to the Gallery.

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vipJiffypop604
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great new place!

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NickolaTM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Need more patio umbrellas so more seating will be available

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Fun11
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sometimes the wait is long to get your food but it’s always delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food is so good there. I often go for Brunch or Happy Hour. You definitely want to try their Oyster and the charcuterie plate is tasty! but my last visit have been a bit rough. I did a first reservation for 3:45pm but had to modified it to add more people into the reservation and the only spot available was 3:15. the day of the reservation I thought my reservation was at 3:30pm. I like to be in advance so I was there at 3:25. I had to wait a bit for someone to come to me, It was 3:28 and The host, mad at me, told me that she has to cancel my reservation because I was 15min late and had to cancel my request to be outside. I apologize but told her that it was not 3:30yet, we are allowed of 15min window (specify when you book) and I actually requested to be inside. she letted us in with a mad face. I do understand that we can get mad at someone being late, but the place at this time was empty. only 1 table taken inside and I saw 6 tables free outside and no one occupied them until 4pm. maybe a bad day for her and I do understand but when you come often, you are late just one and you apologize for it... I was expected another « welcome » attitude. You have so many polite and nice way to make the client understand that being late can create an issue in your service without showing how mad you are to them.... but I still love the place, the waitress was excellent, the food too, just took me few minute to go back to a happy « hour » mood and I still recommend this place and please be on time 😜

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

I did everything g I possibly could do to secure a seat outside on the couch . We checked in an hour and half before our reservation to make sure our reservation was ok . I had spent several hours over two days several days ahead of time to make the reservation . It was really not easy at all. Then we came up to the restaurant maybe 20 minutes before our scheduled time .we were sat down at a table to wait . We were told everything was fine . We ordered a drink . We were then told once we got our drink we had lost our reservation on the couch cause they can’t move us once we accepted a table and sat down . My friend was ready to explode . Eventually we were sat down at the couch but it really was an unpleasant experience . My friend wanted to leave our drinks , leave the nibbles we ordered and walk away and come back in 5 minutes when our scheduled reservation was due. However somehow we were moved to the couch .
I preordered a tray of 14 oysters 20 minutes in advance of our reservation . Nope didn’t get the 14 , got the 10 and the third person who came to our couch a little late ate most of them so I was pretty ticked that I didn’t get what I ordered considering I really tried to preorder and reserve and double check our reservation was good . The oysters were tiny tiny . I had them before so was expecting better . Also the sauce was served in plastic bottles that looked like chef equipment not serving equipment . The time before we had little sauce containers with a spoon .
The food was actually good but it was so hard to make the reservation and then go through that whole thing just to.visit with two friend and we ended up spending well over $ 150.00 . You would think the service could have been better .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious lunch, so glad the cafe has reopened!

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Preet
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Overall one of the worst dining experiences I’ve had in Vancouver. I have never needed to write a review before but had to for this one. Host at door was rude and unaccomadating. Server was wearing a mask but still stoold about 2 meters away and couldn’t hear our order after multiple attempts , finally brought us our alcoholic drinks which were so watered down all you could taste was Ice water. I wanted to get up and leave but server asked if they could remake the drinks.... second time around my Cesar was sooo spicy i again couldn’t drink it. Def would never go back again.

1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Responded on September 3, 2020

Hello Preet, Thank you for taking the time to share your comments and feedback; we sincerely appreciate it. I'm sorry that we weren’t able to deliver the experience you had expected, I'd be frustrated as well. I'd like the opportunity to discuss your experience in further detail, please contact me at aschuurman@vanartgallery.bc.ca should you wish. Sincerely, Ally Schuurman Assistant General Manager, 1931 Gallery Bistro

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PatriciaK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was wonderful to be back at the Bistro after all this time and they've certainly got the distancing and serving down to a fine art.

Kudos to them and I'll definitely be going back. Felt totally comfortable dining there.

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JasonD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Didn’t eat but had a nice bottle of veuve . Properly served .

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vipGwenE
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I took my granddaughter for her birthday. As usual service was excellent and we all enjoyed our lunch. They even put a candle in her dessert

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s such a lovely location and Daniel is an absolute delight. Impeccable service. The location is clean and the staff are friendly. The food was soooooo good. Highly recommend

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Katie
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was worried when the previous owners left, but things have only got better. Excellent place. Great food and drinks. Great service. Clean as a whistle. Fair prices. Attention to detail. Well done

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great birthday brunch!

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lovelytime
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My friend and I had a lovely evening at 1931 ~ Delish food and great service - He had the salmon, I had the beef and we both shared the Rum Baba - Yum!

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ayakay
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The place is beautiful, but the server got some attitude. Not so friendly and looks unhappy to working there.

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Lizzy
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

New patio looks fantastic. Service was outstanding and so was the food. We enjoyed our lunch in such a relaxed atmosphere.

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vipCleaA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

Salad took a long time but the server was nice.

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1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. 1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 662-4700.

1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery is rated 4.3 stars by 152 OpenTable diners.

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