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Bishop's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bishopsonline.com/
  • Phone: (604) 738-2025
  • Hours of Operation: we will be closed for our annual holidays from January 1st until January 23rd
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Ron Shaw
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Yew Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We are located along major bus routes, or fifteen minutes from Downtown Vancouver via taxi.
A word from Bishop's
The fare at Bishop's is regional and seasonal. In restaurateur John Bishop's view, it makes sense to showcase British Columbia's lush bounty of seafood, organic produce and meats. His exquisite West Side restaurant blends classic and modern flavours with a casual elegance that keeps clients coming back for a truly exceptional dining experience.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We celebrated my husbands birthday at Bishops and what a treat it was. From the moment we walked in the staff ensured our every need was met. Service was excellent and the atmosphere was quiet. This allowed our party to visit and relax without competing over the noise of piped in music. The food was exquisite and our waiter was attentive and went out of his way to ensure that dietary needs were handled discretely and quickly. Appetizers and Entrees were exceptional. The wine list was extensive and the staff was very knowledgable when asked about the various wines we were interested in. We chose a wine which was suggested by the restaurant and guess what, it was great! Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "As we arrived John Bishop was at the door to greet us. This set the stage for a wonderful evening with American friends and for them a repeat occasion. The food was wonderful and the wine selection, suggested by our waitress was just right. This is not our first visit and it will not be our last."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Bishop's is hands-down our favorite restaurant in Vancouver. John Bishop is so welcoming and warm and the staff all make you feel as if you are the most important guests they have ever served, and not in a cloying or insincere manner. We do all our favorite special occasions here; Anniversary, Family birthdays, Valentine's... the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for 2 or a small group dinner as well. The food selections are always spot on according to the season, what's fresh and local. Great wine list and cocktails/bubblies as well. The homemade breads are to die for too. Had the most wonderful homemade charcuterie platter this last visit... fantastic evening!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Delightful evening! Their menu is small with a nicely balanced selection of proteins and a focus on fresh and seasonal. Featured starter was a charcuterie plate which was outstanding. My rack of lamb arrived a perfect medium rare and beautifully presented. My dining partners ordered the halibut, gorgeous on the plate and also prepared to perfection. The portions were generous but not overwhelming. Staff were friendly, attentive and professional and made us feel right at home. Decor is understated/elegant. The perfect, relaxing dining experience."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Last year I went to ireland on holiday and passed my time in Dublin eating at the Michelin star rated restaurants - Bishop's was a very welcomed reminder of all the things I loved about my European dining experience. The restaurant was beautiful and tastefully decorated - including candles and crisp white linens. The service was quick, polite, and very fun. We were able to joke around with everyone that came to our table and share a great laugh. The real gem was the food! VERY delicious! Everything was rich and luxurious. Definitely would go back."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • " I had chosen the restaurant based on web reviews, but Sunday my friend Donna had also mentioned it. Just my kind of small, intimate, QUIET place so difficult to find these days that gave you the feeling of being in someone’s private home. Even candles in silver candlesticks on the tables, something I rarely see in restaurants. Food and service were great as well!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I booked a table at Bishop's for the last evening of my trip in Vancouver, and the awesome people there made it a night to remember. Upper standards room and food, in a charming and however relax ambiance. Remarkable and friendly service, excellent food (I really *loved* the rabbit), and perfect wine choice from the crew. A noticeable choice of wines to-the-glass. If you go to Vancouver, this is a place to visit ! Reservation is highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "There's something about Bishop's which sets it apart from the other outstanding restaurants in Vancouver : It's like having a fabulous dinner at a friend's house. I go three or four times a year and I'm always impressed. The staff is amazing and embrace guests as part of their family. They have a way of perfectly pacing the dinner and making the evening memorable.. The menu and preparation are creative and contemporary. The chef sources the very best local ingredients and creates dishes which delight the palate.. John Bishop has created a true gem of a restaurant and deserves all the kudos received. This is fine dining at it's best."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed a fantastic dinner at Bishops for our 10th anniversary. We'd heard of Bishops, but oddly had never found our way there before. The menu features beautiful fresh local seafood and loc produce, exquisitely prepared. Two items I recommend are the warm asparagus salad and anything that includes octopus. The menu was backed by a very good wine list, again featuring many fantastic BC wines to complete the terroir. Service was perfect."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "It was great that the waiter took charge of a vegetarian option for one of our guests; however, it would be great if there were more options for guests with truly alternate diets."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Bishops was beyond what I imagined. I am a vegetarian, and took my boyfriend here for his birthday. I told the maitre d that I do not eat meat, and he had the chef make the most amazing past I have ever had. It was made with fresh vegetables, and it had a hint of cinnamon and olive oil. The wine list was spectacular. And of course dessert was to die for. We shared two dishes. The Creme Brule - amazing, and the three ice creams - delicious! I would recommend Bishops to everyone I meet."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had such a lovely dinner at Bishop's on Sunday night. Warm and welcoming staff and perfectly prepared dishes from the best possible ingredients! Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Vancouver is so lucky to have Bishop's! The care taken to provide fresh and inventive dishes has stood the test of time."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "From the welcome on you are made to feel special and the food is outstanding."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Bishhop's has been serving great food in a great atmosphere for as long as I can remember, and nothing has changed. This is a small, intimate restaurant with a well chosen menu and consistently great food. I would recommend it to anyone."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful evening!! Outstanding food and service!! John and his staff are the best there is !!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Excellent food, service, atmosphere. A great place for a special or intimate occasion."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "From the moment we entered the restaurant, we were treated in a personable and respectful manner that was consistent throughout the meal. The food was unique and delicate with a wide range of options and lots of extras. The corn bread and rye breads were deliciously flavoured and textured. The salad, main course, and dessert were all superbly flavoured and cooked to perfection. This restaurant deserves the reputation it has sustained."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We dine at Bishop's roughly once a quarter and it's always a pleasure to return. Quite simply, the delectable food, complete yet subtle service, just-engaging-enough staff, and simple, stylish ambience are consistently first-rate. While trendy, big-name restaurants may come and go, Bishop's endures at a level of refreshingly predictable excellence. For us, it is THE restaurant in Vancouver."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "If you have not been to Bishops, you simply need to give it a try. Consistently one of the very best restaurants that Vancouver has to offer, and there are a lot of great choices in this city. We have been going to Bishops on special occasions for over 20 years and the service, food and atmosphere is just as good today as it was back then."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The menu is small, but everything on it is appealing--hard to choose! We were perfectly happy with our choices for all three courses. The flavours were exhilarating, and the presentation imaginative and artistic. The service was perfect, too. All of the servers stopped by and chatted, rather than one waiter being "in charge" of us for the evening. This somehow created a homelike atmosphere and made us feel very comfortable. All of the servers were able to provide detailed information when required, but none were pushy and intrusive. We were celebrating a wedding anniversary, and a hand-decorated edible (and delicious!) scroll saying "Happy Anniversary", mounted in real whipped cream, was a fitting capstone for the evening. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Owner/host John Bishop offers his own personal greeting to customers - a personal touch which adds to the warmth of the evening. Bishop is also able to well supervise the food offerings having a wealth of experience in this field. Rather expensive but the food is worth it. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Bishop's for dinner while visiting Vancouver from the states. I often look to opentable for restaurants in cities I am visiting. I typically opt for the highest rated venue in the location and cuisine category I am looking for. That's how we chose Bishops and words cannot describe just how excellent our experience here was. The establishment is small and intimate which I really enjoy. The waitstaff was very attentive and the owner was on site greeting all guests. The food was absolutely amazing and beautifully prepared. I highly recommend the duck, which my husband had, and the salmon, which was my dish. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I just spent 10 days in Vancouver and ate in as many good restaurants as I could. But Bishop's was the highlight. Compared to the others, Bishop's credo seems to be simpler. The execution is excellent at Hawksworth but the dishes are on the complicated side. Ditto Blue Water. At Diva each plate is full of blobs and not much substance. At Bishop's the emphasis seems to be on provenance and season. Yet it's hardly home cooking. I was enormously privileged to have several chats with Mr Bishop himself. To my great surprise and joy he cooked me a little interlude between courses (a chip butty!). I was very touched. In two years, when I have forgotten the details of the other meals in Vancouver, I will remember this meal. Just brilliant."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This restaurant is not inexpensive, but is worth every dollar. The service is outstanding and so is the cuisine. I've visited this restaurant over 30 years and the quality is also the same - the best. Bishop's is perfect for an intimate dinner for two or a sophisticated meal for a group."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Another wonderful meal at Bishop's! John and his associates always deliver a wonderful experience. We haven't been back to Bishop's for a number of years as Vancouver has so many good restaurants, but decided to return for a special occasion. It was brilliant, my wife had the salmon, I had the rack of lamb and both were exquisitely prepared, and flavourful. Thanks again for a spectacular evening."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed the evening, very attentive staff, and appreciated the explanation of each course that came out. Presentation was good, and particularly enjoyed the spot prawn appetizer. My rack of lamb was underwhelming, lacking in flavour, and the presentation was poor, lots of very mashed potatoes, and chewy veggie. On the other hand my husband's rock cod is delicious, wish I had that. Desserts were good."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "For around 30 years, Bishops has lit up the Vancouver restaurant scene, and continues to do so"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The attention to local produce and enhancing the flavors of the food is outstanding! The raw oysters on the half shell "Little Wings" from Okeover Inlet were particularly sweet with three choices of dipping including raw horseradish - excellent! Will be going back for more! The beet salad a taste extravaganza and the lamb perfectly done!! The service is impeccable - attentive but not intrusive and thank goodness for the tasteful background music - soft enough to allow for conversation!! My new/old latest favourite place for fine dining!!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We had a fantastic dinner on the 11th of May. Sadly, the service was not equivalent- our main course was over 30+ minutes arriving and not once during that time was a reason given nor an apology! The group that came in after was served before us. As the restaurant was far from full we do not understand what happened. We showed our disappointment by leaving a 12% tip instead of our usual 20+ %. This was unfortunate, as all it took to correct this entire situation was communication."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Have always seen great reviews for Bishop's but their menu seemed a little limited so was hesitant to try. Can't believe I waited so long! The oysters were absolutely amazing...and I'm seldom a fan of them. My partner, who's dairy sensitive, is very choosy of any cheese made from cow's milk, but could not stop raving about the 3 year aged cheese he ordered as dessert. My personal favorite was the beet salad. I love beets and often order them and I can easily say that not only was theirs a very healthy serving, but it was definitely within the top 3 beet salads I've ever had. Their staff were all very friendly and provided just the right amount of service without being too under or overly attentive. Absolutely wonderful place."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The best food we've had in Vancouver BC. Food was delicious. the corn bread and the gluten free bread were so good we had two servings"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Bishop's is consistently outstanding. The fresh, locally-sourced food is creatively prepared and presented. The artful plating, combined with the artistic setting of the restaurant combine to make a night at Bishop's truly memorable. The house made desserts are the "icing on the cake." Service is attentive, knowledgeable, and professional from the time you enter the restaurant to the time you leave. Bishop's thinks of everything! "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our evening at Bishops. The waitstaff were attentive and personable, though not intrusive. They anticipated most of our desires. I don't live in Vancouver and rarely am in the area, but I will put this on my list of places to revisit. We were 5 min. late for our 6 pm reservation. Glad we weren't any later, it filled up fast afterwards."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Small, quaint, and romantic. White linen table cloths with simple beautiful single stem flower in vases. Very elegantly appointed. And to have the food match the ambience was perfection. Thank you, Bishop's for giving these out of town Americans a taste of Canadian culinary brilliance! :)"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "What else can you say... It's Bishops! John Bishop still comes by each and every table to say hi. It was a perfect evening... great place, excellent food and I was with the most beautiful woman in the place... my wife in her pretty little "Lady in Red" dress!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Small, cozy with wonderful food and service. The owner visited every table and seemed to know everyone very well. I think the in-the-know locals come here regularly. We visited from out of town and it was everything we could have wanted. Probably more of a special occasion place as the prices were more than average Vancouver restaurants. Worth every penny."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The restaurant seems to take pride in the quality and the source of its food, along with the warmth of its hospitality. These values are mine, too, so I rate it the highest of any dining experience in the Lower Mainland."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "First time here. Food was superb and nicely presented with good variety on the menu. Service was friendly but unobtrusive. Had the crab risotto, kale caesar, and duck. All outstanding. So too the creme brûlée. Loved the intimacy of the restaurant. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We are from Los Angeles and have eaten at Bishop's several times over the years when we visit Vancouver. It remains an excellent experience: from John Bishop's personal greeting to the excellent food and terrific, reasonably priced wines (we usually order various glasses), it is a first-rate fine dining restaurant in an excellent restaurant city! We recommend it to all of our friends. And the creme brulee (on our last visit, vanilla/apricot) is etherial!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014