Bianca's
Bianca's

Bianca's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.biancas.net/
  • Phone: 7097269016
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Sunday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Peter LaPier
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining options abound at Bianca"s in areas such as The Cigar Room with harbourview deck, The Underground Wine Cellar where you can share dinner with some of the worlds finest vintages, the Baby Grand Room complete with the signature piano(entertainer list also can be provided), and Mezzanine Room on the second floor overlooking historic Water Street.
  • Private Party Contact: Bianca 7097269016

Getting there

  • Cross Street: The Elegant Pantry
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample free private parking in the rear for evening diners, and all day metered street parking locations also available.
A word from Bianca's
While the burgeoning restaurant scene in St. John's has witnessed epic change during the past two decades, the one constant of culinary perfection is Bianca's on Water Street. The top notch kitchen amazes every lunch and evening with tantalizing menu items and daily features pulled from the chef's penchant for turning fresh local ingredients to plated master pieces. The food style is best summed up by owner Bianca Tzanov as, "regional avant-garde style that has Mediterranean roots". Pair the kitchen magic with one of the most celebrated wine cellars in Eastern Canada (Perennially recognized by Wine Spectator), and you'll soon understand why Bianca's has become as iconic as icebergs and whales to the fabric of Newfoundland dining. Whether a visitor or local, all agree, Bianca's is a destination not to be missed.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Bianca's reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (21)special occasion (20)romantic (19)notable wine list (16)good for groups (9)neighborhood gem (7)great for lunch (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • A great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Myself and my wife thoroughly enjoyed a night out at Biancas to celebrate our anniversary. The food was amazing coupled with great service and a nice atmosphere. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for some great food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The standard
    Love2eat
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have eaten at many fine dining restaurants around St. John's, but this was my first time at one of the longest standing in the city. With this in mind, Bianca is obviously the restaurant that set the bar...high. Fantastic food and atmosphere. I will be back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    FisherLaw
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This has become a great favorite of mine and my employer. We will hope to continue to make this our spot for work functions. We each have also attended on a personal level with our significant others and it has been a wonderful experience for all parties.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was superb. We would highly recommend this restaurant. The scallops were better than the world famous scallops we had a week before in Digby, Nova Scotia. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Sofiefred
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The crabcakes the best we ever had and the delicious tomato puree on top. Bianca's desserts is worth a trip by itself. Very spacious room setting. Very hihgly recommended.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine Selection
    Alfredo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was good and well presented. Wine selection by the glass was very limited, would have liked to see more Canadian wines offered by the glass. Would prefer to select bottle wine from menu rather then the wall of wines.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Newfoundland.
    Dontheduck
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Couldn't get a reservation at Raymond's so this was our back up. Excellent choice! Great food and service. Low key atmosphere. Tables are set apart nicely. Good for conversation And you can't hear your neighbors. Excellent halibut special! Great selection of wine. Terrific deserts Wish it were closer to home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Service
    usaliened
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The restaurant staff seemed to be overextended on our visit. Our waitress mentioned a large group in the basement. Service was friendly but slow to present menus, take orders and deliver the food. Once presented, the food was good although one of the hot appetizers arrived warm. The atmosphere was pleasant with tables well spaced , carpeted floors and acoustic ceiling to control the noise level.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JGBDMB
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The halibut was amazing! The best meal at Bianca's ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Ozzy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had one of the best meals I have ever experienced. Outstanding meal. I would highly recommend this resturant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Pleasant and not overdone service with great seafood (halibut superb)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovely evening
    alwaysbusiness
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Bianca's doesn't have a wiine list they have a wine wall. Fun to wander around and choose your wine. There were 6 of us and the food was good. Some was great -- the halibut was very fresh and cooked to perfection. The service is what really sets this place apart. Not intrusive but just always there when needed. It is a very nice upscale but relaxed spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too efficient
    time2dine
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    For a fine dining establishment the efficiency of the service was little over the top ...detracted from the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot in St Johns
    garbob
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We really enjoyed Biancha's. I like the pick your own wine from the lineup, there are some great choices. Ate there twice and had the veal cheeks both times, they were awsome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A CONSISTANT FAVORITE
    partridgepegVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    It's been in St. John's for quite a while, and we have dined here before. The restaurant is classy without being stuffy, and the service is always above average. The food is well prepared and includes French and local cooking. A very nice night out, and a short walk to the shops and bars that all stay open late.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 128 reviews are from the Bianca's reviews archive.
  • Special dinner
    Fine4DandNme
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We did enjoy our dinner for our 49th wedding anniversary - just the two of us. It was mid week so the restaurant was quiet, so we received our server's detailed attendance. My husband has a background in fine dining and he was especially pleased that the word "entreé" was used correctly to denote an appetizer and not a main course. The food was absolutely delicious and quite copious, and served in a very appetizing manner. The wine seemed expensive but, actually, our server made an excellent choice for us and we were very pleased. We had some good conversation also and had a very relaxed, lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top marks on all fronts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Food quality, service and atmosphere was outstanding during our recent visit. I have dined at a number of the other top names downtown recently duing business functions but I take my Wife out to Bianca's. The food and atmosphere out-did all the others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Our visit to Bianca's was a positive one; the atmosphere and service were very good. However, for some of us, the food was disappointing. The beet soup was bland and the duck was not as flavourful as expected. The desserts too were underwhelming.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable, classic dining
    Otherwisestayhome
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    A very good, convenient, classy and unpretentious restaurant with a selection of entrees to suit all discerning diners. Both the beef tenderloin and the halibut were cooked to perfection and carefully presented. Happy to recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restauranc
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Excellent service, excellent food. Lives up to its good reputation. Accommodating for food intolerance and sensitivities such as dairy and gluten as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening Dinner
    foodie2
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Comparable to other "nice" dining establishments in St. John's. The food was very good. Service was slow but the staff were very nice. Seemed to be under staffed. Nice touch to pick your own wine from the "wine wall". Decor could use some updating. Overall nice evening but would not rush back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bianca's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The ambiance and wine list were both exceptional. However, the lamb was overcooked which was a disappointment. Still tender and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So much food!
    Noodles
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our overall evening was OK. Staff were friendly, well meaning but generally a bit lost, it seemed. The lighting was bright enough to cause you me squint. They were very accommodating in dimming them but it still seemed as though the after-meal "clean-up" lights were heavily used in the dining area vs what appeared to be more appropriate ambiance chandeliers. Personal wine preference, I would still prefer to have a printed wine list. I can peruse wines displayed on a wall at the liquor store... In terms of the food preparation and presentation, it was excellent! Fantastic flavours, perfectly cooked. There was just so much of it! I will admit that I have many friends who would be thrilled by this but for us, the servings seemed 2B doubled
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but...
    Fishfeeder
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I was surprised by the dining room...not quite up to fine dining standards (cheap curtains, stains on the institutional- like drop ceiling...) The wait staff were friendly but seemed new and not very polished. The appetizers came out after over an hour...an apology was offered and they were not charged to us. The food quality was very good, in particular the crab cakes. The mains were generous portions and similarly of high quality.
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  • Anesth
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had a great experience food was excellent and the service also. We recommend it again to anyone. It did meet my expectation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tickle your taste buds YUM!!😊
    Luv2Dine
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We booked our anniversary dinner here. We wanted something new& we SCORED!! We ordered 3appetizers to share the Scallops,Seared Foie Gras,& Rock Crab Cake. We've had scallops&crab cakes before but these were delicious like trying them for the first time and loved it. We tried the Seared Foie Gras for the first time&were DELIGHTED Very tasty!!! For dinner my husband had the Beef Tenderloin which was cooked perfectly he loves steak but this time he was very impressed. I ordered the Magret Duck I have never eaten duck before& it was Devine when I try duck again it will be compared to the Magret Duck we brought left overs & the children loved it they never had duck before& they wanted more 4 kids 2 love it you know it's good 5stars all the way
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual gourmet dining at its best
    JMMM
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Bianca's sets the standard in St. John's for gourmet dining. Food is ALWAYS top notch. Service is fantastic, but friendly and relaxed. Some gourmet restaurants go too far with formal service. Not Bianca's - the servers genuinely want you to enjoy the experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed!
    Bonv1vaintVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The steak and halibut were fantastic. Another great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • smiles
    sneaks
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was very well prepared and service was timely and friendly
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyed the evening there!
    Nesser
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Fantastic service and a wonderful meal. Lovely atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Anniversary Dinner
    Stjohnsgirl
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We had a fantastic meal at Bianca's last night. The food was top shelf. Service was attentive without being over the top. A wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Dinner
    darp123
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food, service, atmosphere, just everything made our dinner date wonderful. Look forward to returning the next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Tampa
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The food (lamb rack) we had was superbly prepared and presented. The waiter even though of asking out allergies when it wasn't even mentioned to him. The table spacing made it easy to carry-on a conversation without interfering with neighbours. An interesting wine presentation - no list but a bottle of each selection carefully arranged ( with pricing) on one wall.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for lunch
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I went to Bianca's for lunch with my daughter. It was my first visit. Everything was perfect!! The food and the service was exceptional! Will definitely be back and I recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice dinner
    f89k
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    I had a very nice dinner at Bianca's. The service was excellent (we had to wait a while for my dish, but only because I ordered well done lamb - and it takes a while to cook that!). Very nice meal!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A special occasion dinner
    luvtoeatout
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were really excited about eating at Bianca as they had excellent reviews. The decor seemed a bit dated and having just paper handed as menu cards did not fit well overall. (Although that could just be because their menu changes quite often.) The starters are fantastic. Most of the others did enjoy their main course. The rack of lamb was very bland. Not a fan of the beans (seemed canned?) served with the lamb. The fish was decent. Chicken a bit dry. Overall - I guess we just expected more and were a bit disappointed. Service was reasonable but not exceptional. Lighting was a bit disconcerting - two in our party had spotlights focused on them all through dinner. Dessert was average. Spacious hall. Exposed kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect
    LenClarke
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This restaurant has been perfect since the day it first opened. Staff are the best trained in the entire City. Food is always simply perfect.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • intimate night out
    welovegreatfood
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This was our second visit to this restaurant. The restaurant was not that busy (we dined early) so it was quiet with only two other tables. The staff from the moment you entered until you left tended to your every need and were very friendly and professional. The dining pace was relaxed and unrushed. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and will be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not pleased
    sandra
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    we were given lunch menu rather than dinner when I questioned the menu no change was made as they didnt even look just said oh some things are always different and sugfested it was still dinner menu. then we were advised, after placing our order, it was lunch menu but same items on it ( a burger at this type of restaurant , for dinner?) so we in fact never saw true prices, and never saw a complete menu what replaced the burger on lunch menu, on the dinner menu, had to be something food not cooked as ordered, medium well steak had blood in it yukk i ordered a chicken dish thinking it was 18 dollars as was on the menu, charged 30 dolalrs as the dinner menu which we never did receive would have shown 30 overpriced
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    Duane
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Excellent food and service for a very reasonable price. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.