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Central Bistro
Central Bistro
  • Address:
    1072 Denman Street
    Vancouver, BC V6G 2M8
    Neighborhood:
    English Bay
  • Cuisine:
    Global, International
    Price: CAN$30 and under

Central Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.centralbistro.com
  • Email: thegang@centralbistro.com
  • Phone: (604) 689-4527
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Global, International, Continental, European
  • Executive Chef: Nick Gazdag
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz every Sunday begining at 8:00 pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Comox
  • Parking: No
A word from Central Bistro
Central Bistro offers freshly made "comfort food' and we advertise the fact that it's 'where the locals eat'. And they do — because the food is reasonably priced and the quality is reliable. In fact, our menu is made with fresh ingredients, from scratch, every day. We have a casual atmosphere and we make sure you'll get good service so that you can enjoy your time in our restaurant.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGlobal, International
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "We have been there 3 times, and every time, it's never been a disappointment. We really like this restaurant!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My partner and I have been to Central Bistro about ten times now and every meal has been outstanding. Martinis, Mussels, salads, braised ribs,salmon, chicken all excellent choices. We definitely will be back and bring our out of town friends. Thank You CEntral. RicknEarl Vancouver"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The service was great - attentive but not intrusive. Food was delicious and plated attractively. The mussels in white wine broth were plump and the broth very tasty. The charcuterie platter was a tasty appetizer. Our main courses were the steak, the salmon and the short ribs - all delicious with raves from all - especially the short ribs! Great people watching! Music was a little loud. Prices were reasonable. We plan to return."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We bought coupons through social shopper and booked for my birthday. It is a small place but very cozy, impressed with our salmon dinner. The martinis were great, we were seated at the back but close to the bathroom which was not a very good choice. They had to leave the door open and I was closer to the bathroom so it had it's downside. Choose a table in the middle or front. Good experience overall."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Central is a fantastic place for dining and or even getting a beer or wine with friends. There is a chill vibe to the place complete with a fireplace in the back. Melissa and Colin are both unpretentious waiters that take care of you and offer helpful tips on dining choices. I went there during Dining Out and unlike a lot of places, there was the same amount of portions as their normal menu, and the service was fantastic as usual. I ordered the steak and frites and the portions are enough to share, although if you do, I would recommend a side of fries because they are so good you won't want to share! The desserts are house made and better than mom's, but shhh don't tell mom!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and consistently great food with stellar service. Had Heather serve us this time and it was an unforgettable dining experience for her engaging service, knowledge and fun personality. Always a pleasure! Will return very soon"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We had so much fun at this restaurant . It is cozy right downtown. A little gem. The food was excellent. Service was fast helpful and very polite. We would return for drinks and mussels !, so delicious."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Best yam fries I have ever had! Great pecan pie also! Quality food, nicely prepared!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed our first visit to the Central for the most part. The service was very pleasant, and the food was very nicely presented and quite delicious with some nice original touches. We both had their salmon entree and I would not hesitate to recommend it. The one drawback was the loud disco music being played; something a little more subtle would have been more appropriate to create a more relaxed and pleasurable dining experience."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Despite being in the neighbourhood, it's usually higher price point drives many West-Enders to other sources of dine out experiences. But it was surprisingly pleasant, especially with the Dine Out menu of $28. Great menu and staff in a quaint little setting. I highly encourage that they continue to participate in the Dine Out event next year."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Went here in Valentine's Day with great expectations but the food did not deliver. The best part of the meal was the crispy cauliflower appetizer. The pulled pork was dry and the short ribs were bitter and very dry. Drinks were quite nice and the service was really good. Would I go back? No."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "There were only three other couples there on a Saturday night. We were seated by a window with a terrible draft. We asked for 9-oz glasses of wine, and the waitress said they only have 5.5-oz glasses. I had the feeling that they try to cut corners wherever they can. The atmosphere was more of a low to mid end bar, with tables that don't seem all that clean. We ordered the backhand of god spareribs. We were told it is an amazing dish. I finished my first glass of wine and it sat empty for a good 20 minutes before the waitress offered to get me another. When we tasted our food, we thought the sauce was too sweet for the dish. All in all, the waitresses are not very professional, and I didn't enjoy the experience. Would not go back."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We're delighted to find this special restaurant -- delicious mussel, veggies, wine, martinis and a comfy atmosphere = happiness."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "We tried Central Bistro for the first time during dine out Vancouver and we were pleasantly surprised. We thought it was going to be good, but we didn't realize how good!! The service was great - we never had an empty drink (including water!), the food was delicious, and the ambience was wonderful - cozy and romantic, but energetic and fun as well. We would definitely go here again!! It's a perfect place for both a romantic dinner for two or a fun get-together with friends! A+"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Celebrated my daughters birthday (20 something) two people had the burger and raved, one had the steak and was very pleased, I had the salmon and other than a tad overcooked, very nice indeed. This place has a great; neighborhood, relaxed, friendly, artsy vibe that is really appealing.Our waitress was brilliant with just the right level of attentiveness. I'm not even close to being a foodie, so take my food comments with a grain of salt, but I did have each person text me the next day to thank me for choosing such a special place. Hope this helps."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "A great dinner out with good food and wine, excellent service and a small band providing good but not too loud music. We tried this bistro during dine out in Vancouver and will definitely return. We certainly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "We arrived at 7:30pm and left at 10:20pm. It seemed like each course took 45 minutes to prepare. At first we thought they were just not used to the crowd, but the crowd was gone by the time we started our main course. The mussels were very tasty. Salad and bacon spread were "fine". The steak was cooked right, but lacked taste. The chicken was overcooked and dry. The lava cake was not a lava cake, but just a normal chocolate cake - lava cakes usually have liquid-y chocolate oozing out of it. The pudding resembled a carrot cake more than a pudding. Both desserts "tasted fine" though. They just need to be true to their descriptions."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Came to celebrate a birthday, got the order wrong, and suggested unsatisfying options. Only after by company decided to switch meals with me and got through half the wrongly prep plate, did they offered reasonable solutions, but it was too late. In the end, I didnt eat anything and my company wasnt able to eat what he asked for. Would not come back. Terrible service"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The mussels are big and delicious. the veggies are beautifully flavored, and the wine is presented in an elegant glass. What an uplifiting experience."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Waited a long time for entree and 20 minutes for desserts. The chicken for the entree was dry and the food got cold fast. The mussels I had for app was better than the rest of the meal."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Visited Central Bistro during Dine Out Vancouver. The menu was excellent, the atmosphere was lovely and the server was friendly. There was only one vegetarian choice per course, but luckily all were delicious. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Daughter, wife and I had a nice evening meal at Central Bistro. Food was very good. Portions were generous - able to split 2 desserts 3 ways! Service was great and very accommodating. We asked to be moved more into the back area as it was a bit quieter than in the front near the stand-up table area."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I had only been to the Central Bistro for brunch in the past and wasn't overly-impressed (wasn't bad, just nothing special). However, a friend gave me a gift card to the restaurant and I and three friends went for dinner. The food was very good, the service was great and, on a cold, rainy, typically Vancouver winter evening. the rather dark interior was perfect. Would definitely recommend this place."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "We found this gem of a Restaurant some years ago. We have made this jewel our brunch and dinner destination for our trips into Vancouver. The service ..food..atmosphere have always made things special. The staff are knowledgable and tailor choices for my gf and I (we are vegetarian ) . Just had a special dinner w the help of open table and my girlfriend just raves About our experience."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We (my husband, my son and I) chose a Sunday night to dine out and Central Bistro was a good fit because had live Jazz music. We enjoyed the food, the service, and the atmosphere created by the live music. We didn't find anything to complain about."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "We really enjoyed our meal: shared the huge arugula salad, followed by entrees of pasta and salmon with delicious accompanying veggies. Great value in the West End!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Great little restaurant with outstanding food with good value. Highly recommend it."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Central Bistro is a cozy little place. Laid back and personable is how I would personally describe it. I've been to this restaurant several times over the years, more often for breakfast, and the service and food are always commendable. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "The service is great. The food is amazing and the band is definitely fantastic. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Firendly service. Genleman sorry did not get name. We wanted to sit by the fireplace but he steered us to another table because it was facing the washroom. Much appreciated. Good service without being intrusive. Had mussells appetizer for $12 with chiorizi, very tasty and plump and tender. Beef ribs were delicious and tender. Steak was medium rare very tasty Date Pudding Cake was awesome. Generous portion with ice cream on the side. used coupon $29 . Great value."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Very casual and comfortable dining experience. Food was fresh and tasted great. Very hospitable and attended our requests promptly"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "A great place is all I can say...Definitely know how to cook a steak :)"
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Central Bistro is a great place to dine in the West End. The food is great for brunch or dinner. The servers are always very friendly and helpful. I am gluten free and they are very aware of what I can or can't eat and their gluten free menu has lots of options."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "Central is my go to place to eat, because I know I will have a good meal and great service. There is something yummy for everyone; vegetarians, carnivores, and everyone else under the sun. Even hipster vampires will be happy. Melissa is a fun, friendly, personable waitress who makes you feel welcome. This bistro is a true neighbourhood gem, that makes you feel like Norm."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Central Bistro is an excellent place to enjoy a glass of wine and a meal. In electric English Bay, Central Bistro offers charm and simple elegance that's close to home. I enjoyed a Bistro Burger that was highly seasoned and very juicy. Good wine choices by the glass and the bottle. If you are meeting someone near home and you want to spend time in a place with a relaxed atmosphere, Bistro is a good choice."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "My daughter found her birthday dinner to be a memorable experience and that is all that matters to me."
    Dined on 10/14/2013