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Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
  • Address:
    1505 West 2nd Ave
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y4
    Granville Island
  • Cuisine:
    Global, International
    Price: CAN$30 and under

Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistro101.com
  • Email: info@picachef.com
  • Phone: (604) 734-0101
  • 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, International, Northwest
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGlobal, International
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Great appetizers and desserts. However the entrée was poor."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This is the second time we have visited and it wont be the last. For a group of students you get better service then some restaurants I have been to."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Not bad to go on Friday, the appetizer buffet is amazing."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Always a good experience if you are interested in good food, mostly local, in a very pleasant setting. The student servers are usually dry competent and eager to please, and willing to answer all questions about the food, their courses and their school experience. They are also well supervised to ensure a high standard of service. We also love the windows that let us watch the student preparing food in the three kitchens. It is much interesting than just a lunch...and you never feel rushed."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The choice of items for the three course lunch was very good. All the food was excellently presented and was of high quality. Fine dining at a great price. Fantastic experience and would recommend it. Looking forward to experiencing the dinner menu when we are next in Vancouver."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We went for the 3-course lunch on a Wednesday. It was great that they have free parking so that we could save on the parking fee but just need to remember to provide your license plate number at the counter. We were seated at a small table by the window, overseeing the yachts parked at Granville Island. There were a couple of items to choose from for each course. We were nicely surprised by a petite bonus treat at the beginning - small puffs filled with tuna tartare. For appetizers, we had eggplants with lamb sausage and seafood chowder. The chowder was tomato-based instead of cream based, and it also had a lot of nice flavors to it. I loved the roasted duck breast for entrée. The deconstructed tiramisu dessert was very tasty too."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Three course lunch for $20, who can complain? Menu changes every month, according to seasonal ingredients. Portions are generous, and food tastes very good. Complimentary bread was fresh and soft (loved the mini cornbread!!), pea soup was thick and creamy, salmon was perfectly cooked, chicken breast was well seasoned. Ceviche was a little too heavy with the acid, and desserts were good but didnt blow us away. Seating is spacious and comfortable. Service is by the school's students so keep in mind they are still in training. Nonetheless, they are extremely polite and willing to help. Interior is very sleek, classy, and clean. Looking forward to coming back soon!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Visiting from Washington State a couple of times a year, we have learned to love this restaurant. The servings are definitely gourmet quality, in flavor, inventiveness, and appearance."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Ok ok. I like good service just like the next guy, but the food was amazing! I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Student run. Our second time at this restaurant. The food has been wonderful both times. We will return."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Traditional gift from my sister and her husband. The seared tuna app was very good, and the rack of lamb exceptional. Great place to eat, extraordinary value for money."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "This is our third time to your restaurant. We have had wonderful food each time. In fact we have booked again for another birthday celebration on April 29th a luncheon."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "This was my first time at Bistro 101, and my boyfriend and I first discovered it just from passing by and seeing the sign. They basically take reservations only, so those looking to go should book ahead. I think I booked mine a good week ahead and only had 1 time slot to choose from. The service was friendly, but since it's a school then there were times they didn't appear to know what they were doing. I had asked a question regarding the menu and my server was apparently a pastry chef so she didn't know. The food was good, I have nothing bad to say, but I gave it a 3 because I wouldn't call it exceptional. There were a couple of items I did really enjoy though. Overall worth the time to check out."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We had a splendid dinner with friends at 101 Bistro. The food was excellent, we had also a good selection of wines at a reasonable (actually incomparable) price. The restaurant is very cosy and we enjoyed the whole experience to be a part of the culinary academy. Really a neighbourhood gem to be visited again and again! Thank you!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Our student Shannon, was delightful. Very pleasant & responsive without being intrusive. She was concerned about our reaction to each dish & apologized for taking a bit longer - we didn't feel it was as we were celebrating a friend's birthday and enjoyed the relaxed and leisurely atmosphere. No complaints other than the pea soup while wonderful flavour was not hot enough and Shannon immediately said she would let the kitchen know for future - we had chosen not to wait for Shannon to return to send it back and didn't tell her until after so was our own fault for not remarking earlier. The presentation of all 4 lunches was very attractive and all agreed excellent value. Really plan to return, soon. Thanks to all who prepared and served."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "This was truly one of the best meals we've had in the Vancouver area. Just walking in to be greeted by the delightful maitre d' set us up for a fantastic experience. The setting was elegant Vancouver, the tables spaced far enough apart that we were barely aware of the other diners. We were presented with edible works of art, that tasted delicious. Each of us ordered something different, all of the highest caliber. And the desserts -- ooh, the desserts! The student chefs really do themselves proud, and their teachers are to be truly commended on their fine efforts with these dedicated and enthusiastic young people."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We had a lovely birthday meal here. The starters and main courses were delicious. As ever the mixed breads were lovely."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Great dishes, one of them was overcook but well, they are learning. Overall great experience, especially for this price. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "The food and service was superb. The serving sizes are perfect. The vegetables were excellent and the dessert was so good"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The prawns were very salty and the desserts were to small. Not big enough to enjoy. Nothing stood out. Not worth the money for dinner. Lunch was much better"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "A wonderful dining experience, excellent food and great service. A dining experience that can hold its own against the wonderful premier restaurants Vancouver and its environs has to offer. Looking out the picture windows you have a wonderful view of Granville Island marina full of gorgeous yachts and sail boats tied up to the docks with lights twinkling across the water. Farther back you see the entrance to Granville Island and the robust footings of the Burrard Street Bridge that towers above you. Looking inward through the plate glass windows you look upon students hard at work honing their culinary talents in Bistro101 kitchen classrooms. A memorable culinary delight amongst a city of many. I will be back."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Amazing fresh food, creatively presented, thanks for a lovely evening!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Wonderful as always, server was very courteous and friendly. Food was in general great, inviting presentation"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Our group, the Five Angels, have lunch together approximately every two months. One of our group heard about Bistro 101 so we decided to try it. We were totally impressed with the whole experience and will definitely return. We have also decided that we will visit one evening for dinner to compare the menu. The wine selection had a good variety and price point."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I have been trying to make it to the school on one of my visits to Vancouver for years - I am so glad I finally made it in. It will now be a place I return to often as I am hooked! The food and experience was addictive. See you next time I am in town."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our 3-course lunch. Food was very well presented, menu was varied and the portions were appropriately sized (except we could have eaten more dessert, of course!). Would recommend - so nice to be able to see the students at work in the kitchen. Great bakery out front, too!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "God food, good wine, good ambience. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Great value - 3 course dinner for $26 as well as an amuse boche at the beginning - and half off for wine. The folks who are running this Culinary Institute are turning out some excellent chefs. Very pleased to call them "neighbours". We'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I thought the overall experience was as outstanding as always The food is presented like a work of art"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Bistro 101 has hints of 101, but mostly this is post graduate level cooking. The braised lamb shanks were a large, melt in your mouth burst of flavour. The venison (a special for the evening) was superb. The appetizers - a seared prawn special and the scallops - were good, though not outstanding. Desserts - Mocha Verrine for most of us and Black Forrest Cake - were interesting. The Verrine was served in a wide water glass, which meant reaching a long way down to scoop it out. Not a serious problem, just a curious choice for a serving dish. The Black Forrest Cake was superb and nicely served. We'd certainly go back, particularly when the days are longer and the view over the marina will be a real draw."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "It's a school, so because of this keep your expectations realistic. It was a nice experience. Food was well presented. Not perfection, but food definitely has potential."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Our server was Sean. He was knowledgable and very attentive. The lobster Thermidor was superb as was the oyster appetizer. The flour-less Black Forest cake was yummy. This is such a fantastic value for your dollar. Great friendly place with excellent food."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We (a group of 4) had lunch there, and each of us order different dishes on their market set menu. There are hit and misses, but is expected given the food is prepared by students, who also are servers themselves. Obviously they are not professionally trained in the service area, but they are still courteous. Hope they could receive more training in serving the clientele before hitting the floor. Best dishes are - Appetizer: Oyster Trio Main: Lobster or Tenderloin Dessert: Flourless Black Forest Cake. Overall, a great deal, and will go back there for lunch."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We were celebrating my friend's birthday at your restaurant on Monday, Feb. 3 and all of us thoroughly enjoyed the delicious lunch and the special touch of providing us with 3 truffles to celebrate her birthday. Hope to experience dinner in your restaurant one evening and, as a matter of fact, will be having lunch in your restaurant on Feb. 12th which I am looking forward to."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Enjoyed the Aquabus ride and the short walk to the bistro. Surprised to find a nice clean space. Staff was friendly and attentive. Food was good. Liked the variety of bread. The food was well presented. Loved the quiet and unobtrusive background sound. Watched live view of the kitchen scene. A good dining option on the south side of the creek. Will visit again and will bring friends."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "This is the second time I've taken a family member to the Bistro101 to celebrate a special occasion midday. Similar to our first visit, the food was delicious and the ambiance wonderful."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We were for lunch dine out. And, we were surprised by the price and food quality. Excellent food and reasonable price. Besides, the view is not too bad (can see the bridge/water view)"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "i enjoy our lunch very much. the servers were really friendly, but a little shy. the food was really good, right portion as well. my husband enjoyed the bread even. the pork dish was excellent!!!!! for 18 dollars, its really more than what u pay for. cant wait to come back!!!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I don't think that I'll ever go back to this restaurant. Even for dine-out standards, it was pretty bad. Service was alright, could've been better since it took a long time before we saw the server walk by and as you know, the restaurant is pretty small too but they were too busy getting ready for tomorrows lunch/dinner service. Food was horrendous, we ordered the DOV menu and an appetizer that wasn't on the DOV menu and everything came out bland, tasteless and heavily under-seasoned. We had to ask for the salt and pepper shakers just so we can finish our meal. It was very very bland. Desserts were bad as well. We tried all 3 desserts and the only one that was decent was the cheesecake."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Excellent food and service!! Bread is a bit cold but lots of variety."
    Dined on 1/28/2014