Catch 122 Cafe & Bistro
Catch 122 Cafe & Bistro

Catch 122 Cafe & Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.catch122.ca/
  • Phone: (604) 731-3474
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, French / Canadian, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Ian Errington
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Office catering: sandwiches, pastries, coffee, etc.
  • Private Party Contact: Brent Kyle 604-731-3474x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Abbott Street
  • Public Transit: Hastings is a major bus route with stops immediately in front of Catch 122. Also, the Stadium Skytrain Station is a 5-minute walk away.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking, Tinseltown/International Village, Woodward's.
A word from Catch 122 Cafe & Bistro
Located in historic Gastown, Catch 122 serves up unpretentious, contemporary Canadian cuisine in a casual and comfortable setting. Brunch serves daily until 4pm, with a wicked coffee bar. Dinner serves Tuesday - Saturday after 4pm, when the wicked coffee bar transforms into a fresh seasonal cocktail bar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCanadian
Catch 122 Cafe & Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (31)good for groups (21)great for brunch (20)neighborhood gem (18)special occasion (8)great for lunch (8)late-night find (7)hot spot (7)romantic (6)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • jane21
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The warm atmosphere and smell from the in-house smoker welcome you as soon as you enter. The service is friendly, the food is delicious - I had the snapper and my husband had the steak. We were both very pleased with the meal. The portions are reasonable, and full of flavour! The drink menu features several creative house cocktails along with a dozen or so classics. The bar was out of the rosemary infused gin the night I was there, but the bartender was quick to suggest a substitute, which worked quite well. I'll definitely plan to dine here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Large Group
    Xirconium
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I booked a large group to have brunch here. The staff did a great job of taking everyone's orders, the food arrived in a timely matter and the manager was even able to find a few extra chairs when more of us showed up than the reservation was for. Also, everyone enjoyed their food and thought it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • misleading website
    Eatouter
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food at Catch 122 was good, and service was good also, but we were disappointed that their menu on their website had not been updated to match their menu at the restaurant. After looking online and choosing this restaurant based on their online menu, we were excited to try the wild boar and the arctic char. Both meals were not on the menu at the restaurant and we were told that one of them had not been for whole a month. If restaurants post their menu online they should ensure to keep those menus updated.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing for Brunch
    Nereid
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Brunch, at $12 a plate, is an absolute STEAL! The quality is incredible and the portions generous. For dinner, it's a little more *nouvelle cuisine*, and portions may not be what you expect for the price. Still amazing quality, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Risss
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Portions were just right for me. The food was tasty and interesting. Plating was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vancouver1234
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I found the food to be overly salty. However we did order the poutine and the muscles, which are generally on the salty side. I would have preferred the muscles in a cream sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great catch
    PurdsVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Good food combined with affordable pricing allows everyone to eat and drink well. Service was good and the atmosphere was energetic on the friday night I was there. Already a repeated customer and have recommeded to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Overall food and service great! Generally the food is a tad too salty for our table's taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A refined delight.
    yumminyyumminers
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The dishes are carefully prepared and are as delicious as they are striking in appearance; the decor is interesting and tasteful, the ambience a low brooding buzz -- perfect for getting into a dining mood. Definitely a place I'll come back to again and again. Only downside: the cloying guilt at being complicit in yet another Vancouver gentrification process.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The smokiness.... ah, the smokiness
    MrsO
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The moment we entered Catch 122, we started salivating: they have their own smoke house in the back and the aroma permeates everything. For us, in particular, it was a nostalgic smell as well: we grew up with grandfathers who butchered and smoked pork and beef for their families. The menu is made of numerous small plates that can be easily shared, so the four of us got to try a wide variety of dishes: from the "bites" section, the smoked mussels and corn bread with truffle butter were outstanding. The meat and cheese board was also delightful, but what all of us agreed was out of this world was their in-house made chorizo sausage. We ordered it twice because we could not get enough. Hell, we would have bought their entire stash if we could.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious brunch!!
    krgamboaVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Attentive server, water glasses were never left empty, scrumptious food. Amazing brunch items all for $12!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Catch-service could be Better
    BeensVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great find - Catch 122 was interesting, casual environment with foodie fare! The appetizers were small but intriguing; braised short rib appy was tiny with very little meat - but tasty and well plated. The chorizo salad was large enough for two to share with two whole chorizos - dressing was good, needed a little more acidic balance. The flat iron steak (flank steak?) was seasoned well and cooked perfectly at med-rare, however the beet puree overpowered all tastes on the plate - grilled asparagus and the steak - pretty, but too much. Service was spotty; sometimes attentive and then they forgot we were there…:( We would return and hope for better service. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place!
    EllendummVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This was a great spot for us - on the edge of Gastown - great conversation with the owner and perfect small plates!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent- PLEASE suceed
    CrosstownTraffic
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I really want this place to shine. I've been a couple times and it needs more people (possibly I go on off nights, so it's never going to be full, but...it wasn't even close). 2nd time here and the food was... good. Meat and cheese plate is great, great value, lots there, good flavours, good mix. I had the flat iron steak and it was just good. Medium rare - good, but a bit chewy. I think it's way to easy to serve great beef, so they should figure it out. Age it longer, spend a few $ on a better cut, whatever, just please me! And... why it's not getting more love in the neighborhood ! I walk by often and see the Wildebeast full and in my opinion, over priced and not so good. Why can't Catch 122 have this love? I send people here when I can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Bc80
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food and service was amazing! One of the best meals I've had recently. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    After reading about Catch 122 in a few different places, decided to try it out and we were really glad we did! Really solid food with everything on the breakfast menu priced at a fair $12. Service was attentive, although the sweat pants, ripped shorts and ratty t-shirt look for service staff are just not my thing. Room was very big with great wood furnishings. Stuffed together quite close keeps it from being 5 stars. All in all a very nice spot for brunch. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    NickVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This place is right by my house so I am here more often than not. The service is friendly and attentive and the food is delish!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a date
    omnomnom
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I went here with my boyfriend last week and we really enjoyed it. The moules frites and the bison are wonderful and the beer selection was decent. The ambiance was great...low key and casual. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great cocktails
    Mark
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This place had some good sandwiches, but really the drinks made it. Definitely try the botanique drink, it was very good
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 135 reviews are from the Catch 122 Cafe & Bistro reviews archive.
  • great food!
    eatout
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    catch 122 never disappoints, great food, great drinks & now happy hour specials.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    AbbytoVan
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Have been there twice now and the food is fantastic. Love the decor and the lattes are amazing. Am hoping to work my way through the menu items!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Decent food but music too loud
    Bunny
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    What is it with the loud music at restaurants? Do they not expect patrons to talk to their tablemates?
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eatout
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The restaurant meal was a nice change. Shared 4 appies to make the meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underrated for brunch
    kidsomething
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    First time here - booked a table of 8 for brunch. Nice ambience, music wasn't too loud, table was ready when we arrived. They also provided us with 2 high chairs for the kids. Great unique selection on the menu (ex: duck prosciutto). I had the "catch 122" - croissant with smoked salmon and 2 poached eggs in a crème fraiche dill sauce. It was good but the yolk was cold when I bit in. My dad had the eggs Benedict which he said were good as well but he also complained about cold eggs.. And he started eating as soon as he was served. Great experience overall - perhaps ask the waiter to ensure food is served piping hot if it matters to you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, well priced
    MichaelG
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Pluses: Crab cakes - really just lots of dungeness crab with a breading - tasty. Dessert - chocolate & cherries - really good torte & black cherry ice cream; friendly staff Minuses: asparagus was overcooked; beet puree was tasty but the texture was off-puting. meat was a bit undercooked, but fine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cocktails and Small Plates
    nstaj
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Excellent, creative Gin Cocktail to complete well balance meat and cheese starter tray. Wild boar was excellent with a multitude of flavours. Our server (AO) was excellent and we enjoyed attentive service without a hover. It was early (pre-concert) but we would definitely consider a later dinner or after event drinks/small bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    They were able to accommodate our large group which was the first plus. The menu was incredible, many great options. Our group was thoroughly impressed with the food, price, portion sizes, and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    49n123w
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I went here with my fiance and family for my birthday dinner. None of us had been to Catch 122 before and we were very happy with the food and the service. The menu is not huge, but we all found something we loved! The cheese plate was an awesome appetizer, the hen was amazing and was prepared so you don't have to pick through bones, the pickled vegetables in the meals were divine, and I highly suggest the dessert menu :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise on wrong side Cambie
    LucyLikes2EatOut
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Don't be put off by the location of this charming restaurant. It's truly a hidden gem. Waitress Emily & her hubby Chef Ian ensured our table of 10 had a great evening of beer cocktails & tasty reasonably sized portions of food. Would come here again for an "away from the madding crowds" Friday night dinner venue.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small plates!
    foodangi
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Ordered the poutine, crispy pork, tortelloni, a truffle mushroom plate and more! Finished it all, oh yes the meat and cheese plate also great. Would go back regularly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow! Amazing!!
    mcr1
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We had the poutine platter (we just couldn't help ourselves) and a salad to try to balance things out. Delicious! The other menu items looked delicious too, so we'll have to go back! The wine was good too, though I would like to see more local options by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Who Knew?
    mmichiela
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We spun the Open Table wheel of fortune, and booked a last minute brunch reservation at Catch 122. I think we've found our new favourite bistro. Delicious takes on classic brunch fare, genuine and friendly service, and an eclectic decor will bring us back. Awesome experience!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Catch 122 - Long Time Fans
    Martin
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We have been fans of the owners of Catch 122 for a long time (even back to their Indishpensible days). This time we invited a larger party (8 people), and they were all blown away by the fantastic food and awesome ambience. Although they had never been there before (didn't even know about it), they all became fast fans and will all return with their friends. I'm just happy we were able to show off Catch-122's exceptional food and service. Great Job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality food.
    Palmy
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    I went here with my husband and our 7 month old baby. The food was delicious and the coffee was amazing! I had the duck confit poutine which was yummy. I love the decor and it is very spacious. There is a change table for baby too which is fantastic. I will definately be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Rick
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Food wasn't good and the open kitchen is not an asset. It looks unfinished. For example the fries are coming out of s bag and the smoky cheese in the poutine is very bad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cute place
    lola
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Interesting menu, nice shared plates, needs more greens (like a basic salad!) Crab cakes were delicious. Only has 4 main courses and could do with a few more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice group brunch
    MyFlightpath
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The staff were friendly and the setting was urban fun. Overall the food was tasty and nicely presented. I'd recommend this for brunch or lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere, good prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Ordered the poutine platter to share and everyone at the table quite enjoyed it. Crab cakes were under-seasoned, so a bit disappointed - not enough sauce given how thick the crab cakes were! Pork belly was not very crispy. Dessert was good. Had the pear tarte tatin; fellow diner had the bread and butter pudding - too dry at the top and too much of the sauce sitting at the base of the jar. The service here is very good. However, don't get the table by the window for four, though - we kept getting hit by the draft every time the door opened. Would still go back again - it's worth another visit and another look.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was good atomospher, lock
    Jessica
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    It was good atomospher, lock of wine selection. Food tasted great; wish the main courses have more selection or have special main course on that day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A soon not to be hidden gem
    Easzeedrive
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I took a big group to brunch for my birthday and although many of them had walked by this restaurant, none of us had ever eaten there. We will be back! It has a great ambiance but more importantly, great food and service. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.