Bistro Pastis
Bistro Pastis

Bistro Pastis

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistropastis.com/
  • Phone: (604) 731-5020
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, French
  • Executive Chef: Brad Miller
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for details.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bistro Pastis
A convivial atmosphere, enhanced by the cozy fire place, invites diners to linger a while. Dinner tables are set with crisp linens, making you feel like a welcome guest at a friend’s home. If meeting a friend for a drink or appies, have a seat along the bar, where there’s great people-watching. Pastis is as close as you can get to Paris without a plane ticket. It has one of the city’s largest wine selections by the glass. Very romantic.

DON’T-MISS DISHES

. Traditional Coq au Vin

. Steak Tartare

. Moules et Frites – a bistro favourite.

Bistro Pastis strives to present traditional French bistro fare in an environ- ment that pays homage to its French roots. The menu changes seasonally to reflect available ingredients at their peak. Classic dishes and wines are offered at affordable prices. Traditional plats du jour are offered daily. Bistro Pastis was voted best Bistro by the Vanc. Magazine and Vanc. Sun for 2004 and 2005
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Bistro Pastis reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (61)fit for foodies (53)special occasion (44)romantic (37)great for lunch (19)good for groups (19)notable wine list (17)great for brunch (12)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Quiet intimate lunch or brunch
    Karen
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Too many restaurants these days blast out inappropriate and loud music. We were a party of three looking for a place to have a meal with conversation. The first question our charming and attentive server asked was "Would you like the music turned down?" The music wasn't even terribly loud but the question was appreciated and the level turned lower to facilitate conversation. Two people had the bennies, one with salmon and one with eggplant. Both were very delicious and beautifully plated. The third person chose the crab cakes and frites. The crab cake was an appetizer but certainly sufficient to satisfy as a main. The frites were done to perfection. A perfect setting for people of all ages. Keep that music turned down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An old favourite
    ThomVancouver
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We love Pastis. Food is perfectly French! Service amazing, wine list is great and they are happy with corkage. It is in our neighbourhood so perfect for walking to. Does not get better than this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was lovely
    BCR77
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was very very good. Four people and we all had different appetizers and main courses. We were all very happy. I would go back for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place.
    Diner
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    It was an awesome restaurant but had a very loud patron at the table behind us could not concentrate. Very rude man.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best in the City
    Nancy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Bistro Pastis has done what so few restaurants can do - consistently offer delicious classic (yet interesting) French food at the top fine dining levels, perfect (or near perfect service), and at the same time, offering a charming, warm and comfortable atmosphere (not stuffy at all - great for conversation). All three components are stellar. I highly recommend them for both special occasion and other dinners. This meal was perfect. They went the extra step to recognize our birthdays with our desserts. I also enjoyed the flambé at the table for the Baked Alaska, which is so rare these days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great
    DiscerningVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The service, the food and the fireplace always leave me with a warm feeling. What a lovely way to spend a wet, cold Vancouver autumn evening. One is always made to feel special and never rushed. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pastis is Wonderful
    Artifax57
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Wonderful food, service, and romantic! A gem in Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A warm spot for dinner and lunch
    RagoutVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Consistently good. Great Thanksgiving menu and delicious food. Always a treat to be here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oct.12, 6:30 p.m. party of five.
    disappointed
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    For the first time Bistro Pastis was disappointing. (my) liver was stringy (whereas, and I will be quick to add, in the past it has been superb.) Either through a misunderstanding (my) coffee was undrinkable. I ordered a 'noisette' expecting something like an espresso macchiato - possibly my misunderstanding - and received a large cup of coffee. The replacement which resembled an espresso macchiato was overly sweetened - why sweetened at all? Maybe it was just a busy night. I will return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious birthday celebration
    Namita
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our group of 6 (celebrating 2 birthdays) enjoyed a warm, delightful evening with superb food and polished service. The birthday girls were even treated to a gorgeous serenade by a very talented server who, we hope, will soon be singing with the Vancouver Opera! This writer tried the smoked salmon appetizer followed by the Coquille St. Jacques, accompanied by a refreshing New Zealand sauvignon blanc. Both dishes were delicious and the other diners were equally appreciative of their choices. The service throughout was excellent. Altogether, a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendly
    taneda
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Two of the three meals were served luke warm. Manager was friendly and apologized and provided complimentary dessert and coffees, which was appreciated. A friend's brother says it is his favorite place so perhaps I will give it another try sometime. Waiter was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    auntie2
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Delicious and excellent service as always. Our go-to restaurant for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A French Gem!
    AlfredVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    A real find in an unassuming neighbourhood. This will be a place I shall be returning to over and over again. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    panmic
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Good food, good service, only escargot got a little too much sand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fran
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Lovely French bistro - food, service & atmosphere are very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    asiantravellerVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I had lunch with a friend in early September at Bistro Pastis and the consistency of food quality and the service are what definitely keep me coming back. I love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a bad choice!
    CharlesVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Consistently excellent! Regardless of the occasion Bistro Pastis is a great choice and very reasonable. Fantastic list of Pastis!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food taste great
    panmic
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The owner took away our phone makes me forget to carry my left over food home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Nancy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Cosy, yet animated. Both main and dessert outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ICBDV
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Very satisfied - Host John looked after us exceptionally well and my guests and I were very pleased with the food quality and presentation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good experience
    Pleinjeu
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went there because of Travelzoo's 4-course meal deal. The appetizer, salad and dessert were excellent, and we really liked the escargots. The steak, however, reminded me of my college dorm days. The outside was overcooked to an extent that it tasted bitter. The accompanied fries were too salty. Service was excellent. The owner went to every table to talk to the customers.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Niike
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food and presentation were excellent. My wife had the foie gras and the pork. She was very impress. I had the tartar and the beef bourgeois. It was wonderful. Good prices. Great friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incroyable Pastis
    Montrachet
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Pastis is a fabulous restaurant-The owner John Blakeley is easily the greatest restaurant host in Vancouver, moving beyond the standard bearer of this designation-John Bishop. He will bend over backwards to make your restaurant experience far and above anything you will get in the rarefied Parisian Bistro scene-his pomme frites and sweetbreads are in a class by themselves, easily surpassing any fare from L'ami Louis at about 1/5 the price. How do you spell great time and great bargain. No wonder the Burgundy and Bordeaux wine clubs are frequent travellers to Pastis, as indeed John just hosted 8 of us for one of the great dining experiences of the year. Kudos to John and his fantastic Pastis restaurant!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost There...
    MrsDuck
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Bistro Pastis is a chic little neighbourhood restaurant featuring friendly servers with authentic french accents. The food is good but maybe could be great with a bit more attention - a little more subtle touch with the salad dressings - more generous helpings of veg in the salad nicoise, or more care in baking the pastry (my companion's quiche was burned at the edges). Service was excellent to start with but we had to flag down the waitress to order coffee and get a dessert menu - then find someone to actually take our order for desert. We would really like to recommend this place but will try dinner one time in future before doing so.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 809 reviews are from the Bistro Pastis reviews archive.
  • always great
    bestliverinvancouverVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    food service location all 100% Bend there dozens of times always good. The liver is the best in Vancouver!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We love Pastis, our Vancouver favorite. John, the proprietor, is on top of everything and makes everyone feel so welcome with a personal touch and great personality!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • latenight
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Strongly recommend this for dinner, food great and so is service and wine selection.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favourite Brunch place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We love Pastis and we are never disappointed when we bring our guests there. Service is always first rate and the food is superb. highly recommend for brunch, lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French traditional done with style
    SmokedMeat1
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    A favourite of ours as it is quiet, lovely service, a strong wine list and best of all food that is done, not over done. Love the duck dishes here as they do them right. The frites for the table are a must and frankly every dish was worthy of ordering again. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sensual transportation
    brillat4u
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Wonderful evening! Special of the Day was Pork Groin with Galantine on a bed of small and sweet green peas and wild mushrooms. The combination of tastes was wonderful and the crispy tasty crust surrounding tender juicy meat was just amazing. Beautiful innovation. The Endive Salad as starter is a must. Definitely my best dinner so far since I moved from Montreal 7 years ago. Congratulation to the new Chef!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had not been to Pastis for a few years and were delighted to see it had not changed. John continues to offer a wonderful dining experience with food that is fabulous. I loved the sweetbread starter and the ling cod could not have been better . Others in my group had the Osso Bucco and they enjoyed every bite. The strawberry tart was a disappointment . The meringue seemed to be old and too sweet. Service was adequate and although some may think it was slow I think that you can't expect that presentation and those flavors to be served in fast food time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even better than before!
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I like this restaurant a lot, so was pleasantly surprised by the recent changes to both the appetizer and main course lists. The new chef has added some interesting items, including a delicious sturgeon dish, and some beautiful new presentations. A black-battered cauliflower, sliced open to show the white within, was an especially appealing addition to the plate. A recent melon gazpacho was perfectly seasoned to emphasize the tension between the cool melon and mild spice. The sole, a carryover from the previous menu, was even tastier than before. It's hard to believe that this restaurant can, after 15 years, still offer up a dynamic kitchen and evolving menu. Kudos to John and his staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • irmvinVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Warm, friendly atmosphere, great food and service - makes you feel as though you are visiting a good friend (one who can cook).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My friend and I went here for a birthday brunch and we were so happy with our choice. The food and the service were excellent and I would highly recommend this restaurant. I can't wait to go back for dimmer.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brille Encore
    pengo1
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    It had been a while since we visited Pastis for dinner and we remembered the meal was one of the better ones we've had in Vancouver. It didn't disappoint. Our meal was excellent from le aperitif to le dessert. The special sea scallops with risotto was amazing and the duck was perfectly prepared. Our waiter's attention was pretty dispersed but he graciously gave us a port on the house with dessert. And even though the tables seem fairly close, we had plenty of room at out two top and wasn't disturbed at all by neighbouring diners. We would highly recommend Pastis for a romantic night out and un excellent reaps.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not at par this time around
    FromBCVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was a bad nite to dine here that day. Kitchen could not keep up with the service. We thought we would be smart to order before the big party at the other table ordered but we were wrong. We got out of the restaurant 3 1/2 hrs later. Most of the tables beside us got their food quite late including their appetizers. When the mains arrived, they arrived in parts--including the fish dishes. The elderly women beside us complained they were not hungry anymore when their mains arrived. The owner, nice guy he is, gave every table complimentary fries while they waited for their food. It was a disaster. It was suppose to be an early father's day dinner for my husband. Now, we have to take him out again to make up for it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Food4two
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Our meal was okay but not as good when compared to some other FRENCH restaurants! Prices are rather expensive for wines and appetizers are just okay!! Meals are not cheap and sauces are very rich !! The menu needs to be tweeked to provide a refreshed choice of main courses!! It is a nice venue with very good service but needs to improve choices for desert as well!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PF4Pastis
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary- John and staff were very attentive; food was great as were the wine recommendations. Excellent value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FlowerVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We enjoyed a very good meal with some exceptional wine. It was very busy and pretty loud, difficult for my husband who is hard-of- hearing. It is still one of our favourite places to eat locally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another memorable dinner
    Michael
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We have enjoyed Bistro Pastis as a wonderful restaurant to celebrate special occasions for many years. Last weekend marked another family event, and again, everything about the dinner, the presentation, the service, the wine, and the ambience was top notch. We had reserved early (5:30) as we were moving on to a concert later, and the tables filled while we were enjoying our dinner. It was therefore quiet on our arrival and even as it filled, the noise levels remained at acceptable levels. We particularly enjoy the dinner specials, and had difficulty choosing from amongst the three options that were offered on this evening. Delicious dinner, great wine, and a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet