1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery

4.3
389 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 389 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.1
Value
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vip148jules
Vancouver
157 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

I was looking forward to dining at 1931 but I felt that I was in a cafeteria with the placement of tables all facing pretty much the same direction. Also pretty much everyone including staff had to squeeze down the main “aisle” between the bar stools, a HUGE plant and two occupied tables to enter or exit or go to the washroom. There is a wide wasted aisle which leads to the stairs (former main entrance) which some thought was the exit.
Please get someone to redesign the layout to make it more intimate and inviting with better placed dividers and tables. As you can tell I was not enamoured with the cold feeling room with poor lighting.
The food was good and the service friendly.

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DavidS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Service was a little slow and inattentive at times. Food was fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The oysters are so fresh. Real nice place to enjoy happy hour or dining.

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Liztaymac
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The avocado toast was delicious and beautiful.
Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Only one thing not satisfying: a waiter who wears glasses kept ignoring us. When we would like to add some hot water to our teapot and waved hand to catch his attention, he noticed and said “no” to us. That’s very upset and impolite. If he was not our waiter he could have passed our request to our waiter instead of saying no. All the other waiters and waitresses are very friendly.

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eunahappy
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First of all the we ordered the High Tea and each tier was incredible. Our server was super friendly and her service was on point. Lastly the atmosphere was semi-casual which we enjoyed very much.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the all day happy hour for oysters! Definitely came on a good day :-)

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sanvan
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Yes I would recommend for the food and service and perhaps add that one should should choose date and time carefully as the music was a bit louder so people were talking louder even if we did have hearing aids.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

WORST SERVICE AND FOOD AND ATTITUDE EVER

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SharonS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Enjoyed the experience immensely. Thank you for a lovely tea.

DB
DonB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Convenient quality and variety right next to wonderful art gallery.

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Kaye
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We were happily surprised at our dining experience. The room is nothing special but the big windows let in light and the green foliage outside enhanced the ambiance. The wait staff were attentive, young and friendly though perhaps somewhat inexperienced. The poke bowl was better than expected and actually one of the better poke bowls I’ve ever had. Lots of nice tender flavourful pieces of tuna. The eggs Benedict was also quite delicious. The eggs were nicely soft poached as ordered and the little potato squares were tasty. The decaf latte was disappointing. The coffee was too weak and yet somewhat bitter.

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Traveller
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

On the confirmation communications the restaurant should make clear where the entrances are that are open as there is major construction ongoing especially in the pouring rain.

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BecksW
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Happy hour is a must - the house wine and oysters are delicious

LG
LeeG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

too noisy, slow service, otherwise good.xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4Food1Service4Ambience4

Food is so bad, especially after changed menu

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Deebz
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Enjoyed the contemporary Growing Freedom high tea, a nice change from the traditional.

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WayneC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent service. Charcuterie board was delicious and Checkmate wine was amazing value.

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SarahN
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Love happy hour! Oysters were good and assortment of toppings were great.

CS
vipChristeneS
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a very nice relaxing event

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Rochele
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Definitely try the Imagine Freedom Tea, it was absolutely exquisite and very comparable to High Tea offerings at the Fairmont, but half the cost per person. I'm still thinking about the mango roll sponge cake.

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sanvan
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great attentive waiter staff and excellent Covid protocol and fine food. A delight.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Friendly service. Food was slightly slow but delicious

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JudithW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience3

I was served a “handheld” shrimp croissant and salad . It dried all over my hands and tasted like spicy canned salmon. The salad was very greasy. It was awful. I had something described as carrot cake and it was eatable but not that good. My latte was over strong. The waitress as charming. It cost $40.00.
The old cafe as just fine. The patio is the reason to go. And the gallery.

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Evem
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasty creative cuisine! Perfect spot just before the Gallery.

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Dianaomite
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience3

This place is a dud. Food was terrible. Poke with a huge side of stale potato chips and a mushy risotto dish. Yuck. We could not get out of there fast enough. We went somewhere else for Desert and coffee.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We saw two mice when were sitting and the staff didnt do anything about it. We left after that.

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vipKANj
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

They shrank the menu. My favourite dishes are not there anymore.

Also, the staff could have some training, like serving through the left and removing through the right, and never expect the clients to use the same cutlery between completely different dishes.

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vipLila
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We had the high tea set which was excellent, both in taste and presentation. The only disappointment to the experience was that the restaurant refused to accept the Open Table redemption cheque that I wanted to use. I was told they do not accept the cheque and when I asked for a reason I was given an “I don’t know, but we just can’t accept it”. Maybe the restaurant should find out the process to accept this cheque as it should be able to be used at any open table restaurant.

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Eatout
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good service and pleasant surroundings. Chairs are a little uncomfortable and wouldn’t want to sit too long

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review