Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistro101.com/
  • Phone: 6047340101
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

    Please note: Our Restaurant is available for private bookings on Saturdays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Northwest, International
  • Executive Chef: Julian Bond
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Custom-designed catering available in the metro Vancouver area.
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private facilities available for breakfast, lunch, or dinner functions. Kitchens available for corporate or custom cooking classes.
  • Private Party Contact: Giulia Vendramin (604)734-4488

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Anderson
  • Public Transit: From downtown Vancouver, the #50 (False Creek) bus will take you right to our building at the corner of West 2nd and Anderson.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in Granville Island (3 hour limit) or on second Avenue. Restaurant parking is available after 6:00pm at 1515 West Second Avenue.
A word from Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts offers gourmet cuisine, in an elegant setting, prepared by the next generation of talented cooks. Our marina-view restaurant serves lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday. Choose from a variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts prepared by our talented Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts students under the watchful eye of our European-trained chef instructors.

Monday through Thursday - Join us for 'Market Menus' and enjoy a three-course fixed priced menu with choice of appetizer, entree and dessert for just $20 for lunch and $26 for dinner per person.

Fridays - Feast on our 'West Coast Buffet'. Lunch is $22 and Dinner is $33 per person.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (90)great for lunch (79)special occasion (73)neighborhood gem (60)good for groups (45)scenic view (38)romantic (37)great for brunch (23)notable wine list (20)hot spot (15)kid-friendly (12)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (4)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Bistro101 gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food was excellent and the price is very reasonable. The portions were sufficient for me. I personally didn't enjoy the creamed spinach and would like to see more vegetables included, and more of the yummy potatoes. I'm glad we discovered this gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chin
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Although the food is a little bit salty , the taste is good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by the Bistro. The food was excellent and little touches like a surprise halibut spoon and the wonderful bread basket were a real delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a leisurely lunch
    Ovwing
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The new lunch format is great - a bite-sized serving of every menu item for each person. Fortunately we were in no hurry and it was perfect for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High tea lunch
    Rubaba
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    First time trying its quarterly high tea lunch. The service is so so. The food looks good on the plates, but the taste is average. You get what you pay for the price. $25 is fair, but could be better on food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food with a good price.
    cl3228
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Very nice environment. The appetizers and deserts are great but the entree is slightly disappointment. The salmon was overcooked and the cod is on the bland side. The service is good but can be more attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Good Food at Great Price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Very affordable 3-course meal. I went for lunch and was seated immediately. The dining experience did take a lot longer than I expected at a full 1.5 hours, but was well worth the wait. My waitress was a very nervous student. I am aware that it is a culinary school and they're here to learn so I was patient, polite and appreciative of her service. About halfway through dining I inquired about whether I was missing the amuse bouche (which I had received the last time I was here). She did not know the term nor knew what I was asking about. I had to talk to another person on the floor in order to confirm that yes, it should have arrived. All in all it was a good dining experience. I had a lovely time and the food is very well put together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Sharijacs
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The menu items all sounded delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed my selection. We went Wednesday so wine bottles were half price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have licked the Plate
    JW4LB
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Excellent service and nice to hear the stories of the servers and what they are planning to do on graduation. Food was excellent and as I said to my waiter , if I was my granddaughter I would have licked the plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended
    2discerningdiners
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    As a former culinary arts student in Australia & hospitality provider I was interested to experience a similar establishment in Vancouver. We were not disappointed. The appetisers were all excellent and varied. The entrees good and the desserts too numerous to sample, although all we tried were delicious. In the 3 weeks we were travelling in Canada it was one of the better meals we ate and exceptionally good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Excellent overall and we will come again. The only drawback was that my pork was undercooked but the waiter politely had it cooked properly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Table by the window
    Ladieswholunch
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We may have had a student who was relatively new as he was unsure of some of the items we asked about, however he was very courteous and asked the other staff for the answers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem
    HumblePie
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Perfect setting for lunch with a dear friend. Lovely service and excellent food. Price, unbeatable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Alecan
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wanted to try Bistro 101 for a few years but never had the chance. Friday night buffet dinner was well worth the wait. I have a few food restrictions and the staff easily dealt with my issues and quickly made me a wonderful meal. Every thing I taste was WONDERFUL!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I look on line at the beginning of every month to check out their new menu and it never disappoints. Once again a great visit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeated dining
    Bistro101
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Enjoy the food and price, introduce to friends about the good venue.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • unique creationas
    LennyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Attended buffet of Friday. Food and service were outstanding. Aopettizers and desserts out they bring main entries with a story. Great evening and well done. Got to it a try. T hey encourage reservations. Greet greet food in nixecsetting. Staff very helpful about a school and food. A must visir
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    bayareadiner
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Beatiful, comfortable dining room. Very good food. Kind and solicitous service. Overall a terrific dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Understated luxury
    wellfed
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The bistro offered an exquisite dinning experience. My quest and I enjoyed a three course dinner. I started with the appetizer of Cornish hen with a salad and sauce. The entree I chose was veal loin. This was tender and seasoned with two sauces. The meal was completed with a ten layer chocolate cake. The food was very tasty. And the service was pleasant and attentive. I would recommend this for fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitty
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Always a treat to go to the Pacific Institute! The food is consistantly great. Love their desserts...the presentation is exquisite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Class Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We love our dining experiences at Bistro 101. We understand that the staff are culinary students with the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. They clearly have an excellent program as we dine here quite often and are always impressed with the excellent food both taste and wonderful presentation. The Maitre D' (an instructor as well?) manages an excellent front of the house that always creates a wonderful ambiance. The table settings, the room and that posh service makes this a great restaurant experience. Now we have to plan way ahead to enjoy the wonderful seafood buffet everyone is talking about. Highly recommend this establishment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    happyeaters
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This was our first time and we were both 100% satisfied. We were amazed at the how delicious the food was, the presentation was impeccable, the choice suited both of us who eat different types of food and we could find nothing at all wrong with the tastefulness, the presentation of the plates and the quality of the food. We are definitely going back again and will try dinner next time! The service was good and the food server was didn't speak English very well but she got the food choices correct. She was pleasant and we were most happy with your establishment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    TheTilouz
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Choice of food was good. Original presentation of plates. Comfortable seating with view on Grandvilke Usland harbour. Bistro 101 is part of The Pacific Culinary Institute, so most of personal are students.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charlan
    Charlan
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    On Jul 24, we booked Bistro 101 for my birthday @6.30.............about 7.15 class had special celebration; curtains were pulled the noise level was very very loud. I love your restaurant and go there several times a month, however, this was a very bad experience. If you are going to do an inhouse for staff/students, please do not take reservations near that time. It ruined my birthday celebration!!! Usually when I take someone for their birthday there is a special dessert this was not the case, it was an unfortunate experience for an otherwise fine restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it -again!
    felinediner
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food was wonderful - salmon, moist and topped with a creamy Hollandaise; lamb, juicy, tender and served with an amazingly tasy jus. Vegetables and accompaniments were lightly cooked, well-chosen and tasty. Seasoning was delicate and allowed the true flavour of the food to show through. Dessert was divine. Orange pistachio pave and chocolate roulade were both rich, beautiful and decadent. Another memorable meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food and presentation
    surreyfoodie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We have been there four times before and have always enjoyed it thoroughly. The same goes for this time unfortunately, it was the waiters second day and he forgot everything (cutlery, taking away plates, bringing coffee, checking back). He was so nervous that he couldn't even smile, and that made it uncomfortable. The saving grace was a gentleman who was obviously a senior staff member at the Bistro who kept on checking on us half way through and was charming and funny and made our day! I guess you have to realize that it is a Culinary School and staff is learning. We will definitely go back again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • What a treat!
    notagourmetVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Bistro 101 was a delight. The service was quite good - not perfect, perhaps - but this is a culinary school and many are clearly "in training." What was especially noteworthy for us, though, was the food. The presentation was stunning and the flavours were amazing. We simply savoured every single bite. For a $20 three course lunch this was a huge value. And this was perhaps the best meal we have ever had in many years of dining out in Vancouver. Reservations are a must - they turned away all "walk-ins" on the day we were there. Easy enough to reserve on Open Table. We will be back and have probably just become "regulars." Thanks to all at Bistro 101 for a superb lunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining experience
    Texasfoodies
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Dined here on a Monday evening while on vacation. What a treat! All of our food choices were prepared and plated to perfection. Will definitely recommend this site to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went on a friday for the West Coast buffet. The appys and deserts were great but the main was lacking.Sauces were bland and vegies were cold.
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  • Traveller's Treat
    Gbpdx
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    What can our new chefs of the world create for us? I learn that each visit to a culinary school, whether it us Bend, Oregon or here in Vancouver BC. We know the ingredients the cooks have to choose from, but the minds at a culinary school are willing to explore just a bit more than at most every other restaurant. This visit, our waiter, who is also a student gave a special recommendation for a desert that was available. And was he on target! Oh. And each of the other courses were great also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Glad I found this restaurant
    PickyPauline
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We come here at least twice a year and love their menus that change monthly. Both the service and food are excellent and a meal at Bistro101 is always a treat. When the plates are placed in front of you they are "a work of art".
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful surprise!
    restobesto
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Truly the best bread basket EVER. Of the six different dishes that we ate only the asperagas was well cooked but dull, all else was A+, pork cheek with coconut kaffir appy just fantastic. Half price wine bottles on wed, amazing white blend out of Cowichan Valley unfortunately not at BC liqour stores, we checked! We will definately return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice idea
    Suzie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    With a small but interesting menu, the bistro gives guests the chance to eat a meal created and prepared by students. The food is good and the presentation is excellent; you might have little hiccups in the service but these are minor and besides, how else are they to learn? Wines are half price on Wednesdays so the meal is excellent value for your money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Supporting new talent
    NiMoVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My friend and I decide to dine at Bistro 101 to support the local new talent from the Culinary School. The food exceeded our expectations. The presentation was fantastic. I will make this my go to restaurant to bring guests from out of town as the perfect ending to an afternoon in Granville Island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic dining experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I had lunch here this week with two friends and it was fabulous. The presentation of each course was unbelievable. Each appetizer was beautifully presented. The entrees were simply delicious. The chocolate tart was sublime. Definitely will be back
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • had a nice experience!
    SDN3
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We went there for their buffet. The food and the service was good and we enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I really liked the opportunity to order a flight of wines as offered on the menu. All courses were excellent and elegantly presented, although I found the serving sizes somewhat small. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Lunch
    Renlatte
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The menu, food and service were outstanding. The only comment is that the sweet waiter was hard to understand. I would highly recommend this for a different outing. I am returning in August with a group of 8 ladies for another delectable treat!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice alternative
    ruthenian
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This is a great place to dine and also a nice break from the generally overpriced fare in many Vancouver restaurants. Wednesdays are even better when you can enjoy a nice wine without spending a small fortune. We all enjoyed each of our courses and will definitely be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the Best!!!!
    Charlan
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Service was excellent, definitely a neighborhood gem..............food is excellent quality and presentation is superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate