Adesso Bistro

4.2
454 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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European
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighbourhood Gem
~ Please note patio seating is served on a first come, first served basis ~

ADESSO, reimagined. A modernist cuisine served in an intimate setting. A carefully considered wine list pairs with the diverse flavours presented throughout the menu.

~ Reservations are recommended but not necessary, see you soon! ~

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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Italian, Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(604) 568-9975
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Chef Pekka Tavela
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Gilford
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Parking Details
Street parkingThere's several free 2 hour parking spots on Haro Street, or paybyphone app stalls on the Haro side of ADESSO. 1906 Haro Street
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Public Transit
Ride your bike! We have a bike rack right in front of our garden patio. Take the #05 Robson bus to the Denman and Robson Street stop (approximately 10 minutes). Once you exit the bus, walk south on Denman Street for ½ block until you reach Haro Street. Turn right onto Haro Street and walk for 1 ½ blocks to reach the ADESSO.
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Special Events & Promotions
The perfect venue to host your corporate event, wedding, reception, or large group parties.

Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Adesso team loves hosting private events. We seat 60 inside and 40 on our heated garden level patio. We llok forward to hearing from you.

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454 reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
51%
Very Good
25%
Good
18%
Fair
4%
Poor
2%
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
3.7
Value
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GN
Vancouver
1 review
3.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

The new menu is disappointing. Prices high.....qualities of food very small. I loved going there....but, will not be going again in the future.

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AB
1 review
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Portions were small. My halibut combined with some sort of bacon bouillon did not taste good. Because of the menu limited my wife chose lamb chops, but needed to ask for some boiled potatoes on the side. We will not be going back.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
4.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Rigatoni was amazing. Game hen medallions were okay. Patio is nice.

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n
1 review
3.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

They have a nice wine selection. I had a cocktail, 'Elder and Young', and it was exquisite. The food was fine. We had the grilled roasted root vegetables, duck tortellini en brodo, tuna crudo, and the striploin. It was good.

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P
Vancouver
14 reviews
2.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Subpar service, not very knowledgeable servers...,very small portions. Food was very average.
Service was not smooth...

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S
Vancouver
1 review
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The only mark against was the server did not wait for all to have finished their meals before offering to clear. Could be just me!

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OT
Vancouver
14 reviews
4.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Overall we had a lovely evening. The food was excellent, and the wine choice are very thoughtful. So kudos to the restaurant for that!

The reservation process was great, and we received patio seating because we had a reservation. Excellent work on that front.

The wait staff were all super friendly, plenty of smiles and positive attitudes.

If I have to put something out for improvement it’s that the wait staff seemed to be disorganized during our visit. Some things arrived later than others and we weren’t sure which server was ours, as we spoke to 2-3 different people. I’d like to see this aspect tighter.

That said, I’d happily go back. For sure.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely afternoon and evening.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

A-mazing! Food is outstanding and the patio is so beautiful.

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GH
New York Area
1 review
4.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wine menu deficient as our initial 4 options were not available. New menu in prep may have caused changes to wine list but poor planning overall.

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G
1 review
3.0Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food as before but we noticed the portions are much smaller now.

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GH
1 review
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Friendly welcome, nice bar for cocktails, Angus is an excellent source of Scottish humour and cocktails, wine list OK, food excellent. We have dined there with current management team twice good ambiance and value. A lovely local spot, we live a few blocks away.

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BD
1 review
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice atmosphere and delicious food.
Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list.

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BP
Vancouver
1 review
3.0Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

while the food quality was "technically" excellent, the portions were minuscule - no rice, no bread offered. for the price, CAN$118 for two apps and and tow entres i anticipated to at least feel full!!

kind of bland in general actually, especially the roast veg starter and the tuna thing - no distinct flavors. i ordered the game hen and it was about the same amount of meat in a single sausage - i anticipated the equivalent of a half chicken diner! i am an active adult male and would anticipate min 400 calories for an evening meal. my partner is low blood sugar in general and we ended up going home and having a snack!

I miss the "old" Adeso very much!!

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b
Frankfurt Area
14 reviews
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

very good modern italien cuisine .... small portions but excellent executed ... not to expensive...very good patio ---- friendly crew, great chef

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S
1 review
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would definitely recommend Adesso. The food was unforgettable and the service was excellent. We have been there twice and both times Claire was our server. She is absolutely amazing. The patio is very ambient. The squash ricotta agnolotti is to die for. The fennel and pork rigatoni was perfection. For dessert, we had the chocolate ganache and it was exceptional.

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SI
Vancouver
1 review
2.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Disappointing experience for Mother's Day dinner. The service was very slow, for drinks and food. Any special requests (allergies) were brushed off with 'I'm sorry we're busy". Will not visit again.

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PB
1 review
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We came to Adesso because my friend had previously eaten here and had a very favourable evening.
The service, atmosphere was perfect for our evening, however my friend was disappointed in the serving sizes of the food. His previous visit was much better.
We ordered the charcuterie plate, which he said was at least 1/2 the size of his previous visit. Although everything was tasty, it would have been helpful to know that there was nothing on the menu that was of "sharing" size. We would have definitely ordered more food.

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BH
Seattle
2 reviews
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

THIS WAS TRULY AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. WE STARTED WITH HANDCRAFTED COCKTAILS REALLY LIKED THE W.E. G&T. HAD THE TUNA CRUDO FOR OUR SALAD . OUR GUIDE FOR ALL THIS WAS THE OUTSTANDING CLARE WHO KNEW ALL THE MENU AND WAS PERFECT IN WINE PAIRINGS. WE WERE CELEBRATING OUR ANNIVERSARY AND CLARE MADE THAT VERY SPECIAL. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ON ALL COUNTS.

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t
1 review
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great spot for a date night. Split a bottle of wine, a few dishes and a dessert with my wife. The food was excellent and paired well with the wine. We were originally planning on being seated on the patio to enjoy the Spring weather. When we arrived the weather was no longer inviting so the servers easily accommodated our reservation and moved us inside. The atmosphere was very cozy and intimate for a date night.

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DB
Vancouver
5 reviews
3.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Sadly, we are not fans of the new menu. There are not enough choices, no specials (other than one cocktail special). Judging by how sparse the crowd was on a Thursday night, I have a feeling that this restaurant will not be around for long.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely little place, very cozy. The food is outstanding, you have to try the agnolotti. Portions on the smaller side so order lots. Happy to have discovered this place.

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LC
Calgary
8 reviews
4.0Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Returned to experience the "new" restaurant. The evening was wonderful. Great conversations with the people of Adesso, wonderful food and a pleasant room to be in.

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m
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly, efficient service, interesting and delicious food options (can work as share plates or solo) and cozy ambience add up to great place to try!

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OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
5.0Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Having been a regular at adesso and its predecessor since 1982 I was dismayed at what had happened when i visited last summer. It seemed to have lost its way. Last week the owner sent an email announcing the new menu and staff changes. I chose to give them a second chance. What a worthwhile experience this was. The menu is brilliant. Every item, every flavour has been delectable selected. Front staff is charming and impeccable. I am back home. Can’t wait til the patio opens! Congratulations! Mille grazie!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
1.0Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 5

The atmosphere here is really beautiful. It's tucked away from the bustle. It's been nearly 20 years since I've been to this location, formerly a martini bar. Unfortunately, that's as good as it gets on this review. I investigated the menu in advance, as I'm a vegetarian with some food allergies. They dropped the menu item I had come for, but I felt relieved when the menu stated that vegetarians and celiacs could be accommodated. I asked the waiter if this was the case, and he said it wouldn't be a problem. He came back, suggesting the steak or the Cornish hen. I explained again that I was vegetarian. He told me only the starter salad would work for me. This was the beginning. I had to go through a manager who did not know the menu. He sent a second server, and I ate the salad in the end. It was a disappointing choice on a cold rainy day. I could really go on... The three others at the table were not wowed by their meals, either. Portions are small and lack creativity. It was a Saturday night, and we were wondering why it was so easy to get a table. Next time we visit Vancouver, we'll go a block North to Tavola for a delicious Italian meal with good service. Luckily, my company was amazing and the conversation carried the meal. Also of note was the waiter dropping off the machine at the table, then disappearing. Literally, running away. I've never had that happen before. I really wanted to love this place, based on the room. Too bad!

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IT
San Francisco
1 review
3.0Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I found the food creative and interesting, but busy. Given all the great tapas places, I would not return for the food. Still a great atmosphere and the service was friendly and efficient.

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BC
Vancouver
26 reviews
4.0Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

New chef who is very creative making amazingly delicious food. Glad Adesso is back!

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KC
1 review
5.0Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Adesso has always been a favourite, so were anticipating a good dining experience but were blown away by the new cuisine. Both the food and the service were absolutely outstanding, and we can't wait for an excuse to go back.

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A
1 review
5.0Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks, great atmosphere and exceptional service! We will be back for sure.

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J
Vancouver
1 review
4.0Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Dinner was a bit slow coming from the kitchen but because it was so good we forgave them!
Love the ambience and the neighbourhood. Well worth looking for a place to park.

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MA
1 review
5.0Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a fabulous meal we enjoyed at Adessa Bistro. We had a wheel chaired elderly person with us and she enjoyed the meal tremendously also. John the server was perfectly attentive yet un-intrusive. The food was great and the service superior! We will return for sure!

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LK
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this place. It gets better every time we go. Great food and really good value. We will be back for sure

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SC
1 review
5.0Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

So very delicious! Walking distance to our hotel in the west end. Quiet, tucked away location. Feels cozy inside and did I say the good was delicious!

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IK
1 review
3.0Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

I went to Adesso on Valentines Day, 2018. The ambience was reletively good, but the lights dimmed all of the sudden, rather than gradually, which threw me off a bit. The service was good for the most part, but the waiter changed three times, and got confused if we had had our meals yet or not, and almost brought them to a different table. While eating, we noticed the table across from us had the same problem. The food was really good, but the portions were tiny. At first I thought maybe they would slowly get bigger, but it wasn't the case. I left feeling hungry! When we got the bill, the machine didn't prompt for a tip, which was strange so I told the waiter. He didn't know why that happened, so maybe it was just a malfunction. All in all, the experience was pretty good, but not anything over the top awesome. probably wouldn't go back, even though the food was really good.

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j
Vancouver
1 review
4.0Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

Loved the restaurant, the food, the service. Might have been a one off with two large parties being there, but it was extremely loud.
Food was fantastic

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
5.0Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and lovely food! We had an amazing time!

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BP
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

birthday for my sweetie. Adesso was wonderful as always. yumm!!!!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
5.0Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love Adesso Bistro. I've been often and bring friends. I also take my 99 year old mother who has dietary restrictions and a walker - they accommodate both. They're always so nice. On top of which, I'm a vegetarian. It's so nice for me to be able to go to a restaurant and find not one, but a few vegetarian dishes, that aren't just pasta with tomato sauce. There's a cauliflower risotto that I love and even my meat eating friends have adopted!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
1.0Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

We came for cocktails and dessert at 8:45pm. Our server was clearly angry that we weren’t ordering dinner. The restaurant was NOT full and we told the hostess we weren’t having dinner before we sat down. Due to our servers clear disgust at our order of cocktails we decided to only have one cocktail and not order dessert. I would recommend everything except her service. Not friendly. Not welcoming. Not endearing me to return.

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