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La Cigale French Bistro
La Cigale French Bistro

La Cigale French Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lacigalebistro.ca
  • Phone: (604) 732-0004
  • Hours of Operation: tuesday to friday lunch 11.30am - 2.30pm
    tuesday to sunday dinner 5.00pm til late
    Sat & Sun Brunch 10:30am - 2:00pm
    closed on monday
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Secret Science Cafe 4th Thursday Each Month, a lunch time event.

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from La Cigale French Bistro
La Cigale French Bistro, serves french cuisine and is located along 4th Avenue, in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood. Formerly Bistrot Bistro.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Always great- local spot but would go out of my way to go. Service is good, nice good and a great evening all around."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Good appetizers; main courses are fair (selection & quality)."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I eat at many restaurants and have thoroughly enjoyed La Cigale five times, both for lunch and dinner, for pleasure and business. If you are not into high-commercial glitz, and quiet, high-quality dining with attention to excellence is your priority, this charming, informal place is for you. The food has always been outstanding, in terms of unique flavours and presentation. The friendly service has been unprecedented and accommodating, with customization for specific tastes or even difficult food restrictions never being a problem. I will be back five more times."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Consistent, fabulous food and great ambiance."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "As always La Cigale "delivers" in both food & service. Brigette is always the gracious hostess & never had bad service in all the times I've been there. My very fav entree is the seafood vol-au-vent. A must try winner. Absolutely delicious!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Not bad. But not outstanding either. French onion soup had a great cheesy crust yet the broth could not compare to other French bistros in Vancouver.. Entrees were tasty but can't say they were memorable enough to entice me to return. Good service."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Thank you Brigitte for another wonderful lunch experience!! We'll be back again and again."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I rated the food as "good" since there were some dishes that were good and others that lacked or had an over-bearing taste. For example the tapenade and the tarte dessert were really good. The escargot lacked a bit of taste, while the white sauce for the rabbit entree was too strong. The service was ok, but be prepared to feel like they expect you to order more food or drinks. My baby bump was definitely showing and yet the owner commented on how our table was missing some wine."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "After enjoying a couple of excellent French wines by the glass we started with the Cigale salad and braised endives and went on to main dishes of boeuf Bourguignon and salmon a la Basquaise. My husband's dessert of rhubarb and strawberry crumble was extremely sweet but my intensely flavoured apricot tart was excellent. Service on a moderately busy Sunday evening was friendly and unpretentious."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We had been to this restaurant a couple of times and liked it. This time I went with two girlfriends and the service was not up to par. We found that the salmon portion was very tiny for the price but it was good. A bit expensive for what you get."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Went for lunch, place was empty so I guess good service was almost guaranteed. It was a Saturday brunch menu but we asked for a selection from their regular lunch menu and it was done. Excellent sauvignon blanc for $35. Food was good, white linen napkins nice, cutlery very ordinary and china a bit of a mis- match. Thought the prices were high for a brunch/lunch menu. $19 for moules and frites. $8 for a dessert. Total bill for 3 with the wine, 3 desserts, taxes and gratuity was $140."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Had a great time. Food was Excellent. Highly recommend to others."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "First time here. Busy but service was still excellent. Fair enough prices. Food quality excellent - some nice authentically French choices. Good choice of wines as well by glass or carafe. A little taste of Paris without the attitude. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I have eaten at La Cigale for lunch and this was my first time for dinner, both meals were excellent, the prix fixe is a very good deal and good value for money. It did get a little noisy but that was because the restaurant was full when we left. Overall I great dining experience and will certainly go back again!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Four of us for dinner and everything ordered had positive reviews. I can absolutely recommend the halibut! A great comfort food menu."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Had the French Onion soup which was very good. My duck confit however was terrible. The duck, potatoes and onions were far too overcooked as evidenced by my charred potatoes and onions. By far the worst duck confit I've ever had. Then, our incredibly rude waiter harassed us to order desert. I mean HARASSSED. He kept telling us that we didn't spend enough and that we shouldn't be so cheap. He went so far as to get another waiter to try and convince us. When that didn't work, he got the OWNER to try and tempt us. It was absolutely ridiculous and I was incensed. I'm never going back here ever again and if you do go, make sure you "spend enough money" there."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It's not often that I find more than one entree of interest on a restaurant menu, but at La Cigale, we were spoiled for choices between the regular lunch menu and the specials. But who can resist duck confit, served with a side salad and frites? And it was perfect. Even though the restaurant was very busy, service was prompt and attentive. Will be back!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This might not be the best restaurant in Vancouver but it probably has the best staff. A French restaurant with zero attitude, that's a find. Brigitte has to be the nicest host ever. By the way, their tenderloin is to die for!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Servers tended to wander off for long periods. Would recommend."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Very friendly and attentive staff. The food is excellent, although a little pricey, so was surprised to find bread on the menu as an extra charge."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Started off great with attentive and friendly service. As the restaurant got busier, the service became disproportionately slower. We waited over 30 minutes for our desserts and another 20 minutes for our bill. This may have been because we used a LivingSocial coupon. Other tables got noticeably better service as they purchased more items and alcoholic drinks. The food was hit or miss. Fantastic French onion soup. Duck was on the dry side but flavourful. My date had the duck on a previous visit and said it was better before. Appetizers were piping hot but entrees were only warm when it came to our table. Lemon tart and crème brulé were yummy. Large and satisfying portions. Each dessert was big enough for 2 people."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "A few of the dishes were notably good; a few were unexceptional: the beet salad is a bit of a disappointment, although some may like it. LOVE the fact they have a No Corkage Tuesday. We all found the restaurant a (quite) bit too noisy for our liking but it shows that the place is well regarded; there wasn't a free table the whole time we were there."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Our dinner experience at La Cigale started off great, the wait staff were attentive and polite. However, within about 30 mins of us arriving (about the time our mains were ready) the restaurant had filled up and we were ignored, despite being in the center of the room. After getting their attention to bring us the bill we were told the waiter would come right back with the machine and did not return for ~20 mins, although we could see him the whole time. Unfortunately this poor showing at the end ruined it for us."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Great, authentic French food, service and well priced wine list make this a wonderful place for friends to dine."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Truly a pleasure to lunch here! Warm greeting by owner, fresh food in generous servings, delicious!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "If you are looking a French bistro than look no further."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Generous portions and very flavourful. Superb onion soup and tuna tartare, excellent chewy baguette and tapenade. Seating cramped but friendly service and not rushed, just right. Overall great experience."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "A warm welcome and excellent service set the tone for a lovely meal. The shared beet salad was just right,the beef bourguignon with delicious fries and Moroccan lamb shank with couscous took us back to last October in Paris.The lamb wasn't quite as flavourful as our Moroccan restaurant (I loved their raisin,apricot laden lamb) but wonderful nevertheless.With generous servings we could not think about dessert.We snagged the last bottle of Chemin des Olivettes from the Langedoc,a syrah-grenache blend at $40 and it was the perfect accompaniment . The service was faultless despite a near full house on Sat.,Feb15th. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was our second visit and it did not disappoint once again. Great food and awesome service with an authentic French feel and atmosphere. My wife is from the South of France and can testify to the restaurant being a real French experience. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Best steak I have had in years and the sauce for it was unreal. Braised endives were tres bon and both the pea soup (of the day) and the quiche were great. Being Valentine's Day they were a bit too busy at lunch to do anything involving Chef Kevin's amazing pastry! Go there, order a bottle of wine and enjoy life as it should be!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We've been here a few times.the welcome by Brigitte, the owner, is always appreciated. The room is lovely, cosy in winter and fresh in summer. The typical French food is delicious and plentiful. The restaurant was full when we were there, which made for artful manoeuvres by servers as they carried the chalkboard easel menus between tables, but we love that detail! The noise level with a full house can also be high, but that too is part of the French experience. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Not having been to the bistro, the menu looked attractive with a lot of more traditional dishes. My first visit was actually great. The duck confit was really moist and flavorful. Service was great. The introduction of food, the extra choices, and the relaxing atmosphere that the servers presented was something to be bragged of. However, on my second visit, food was not as great. The same duck confit was dry and slightly smaller in portion. The overall food served were all lacking a bit of flare and slightly over cooked. But service remained great and very pleasant."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The food was good quality but very traditional French and I think somewhat pricey for what it was. The service was very friendly and very French (all servers spoke French)."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I guess I had too high expectation from them. However, as a often dine-out person, I have been to many french restaurant. I had the pre-fix 3 course. The Appy was a endive, it was bitter and way too much parsley were in my dish. I didn't like it at all. The entree was the Boeuf, it was way too salty I couldn't even finish half of it. The dessert was the Lemon tart, it was nothing spectacular. With the LivingSocial voucher, the price was fair. But I am certainly not going back again paying full price."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "The food is to die for. Really wonderful French bistro fare. We all had fantastic dishes! However for the second time hot beverages were not hot. French press coffee was tepid and another time the tea was lukewarm! At $4 a pot for a Lipton tea bag in a fancy teapot ... Well it is quite disappointing. A quick remedy is loose leaf tea and HOT water!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "2nd visit to this quaint place, nice birthday treat with my hubby & mother! Food was outstanding, service was good, attentive & not rushed. Super dinner all round & good wine selection. Best French restaurant tout side of Paris..."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "My husband’s boeuf bourgignon was excellent, and I really enjoyed my salmon a la Basquaise, which was perfectly cooked to medium rare and served on a bed of lentils. For dessert we shared the lemon tart (good, though the crust was a bit of a challenge) and the vanilla creme brule (excellent and definitely large enough to share on its own), The restaurant was fairly quiet when we arrived on a Monday evening but quite lively by the time we left."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Had brunch at La Cigale on a Sunday. Food was fair, not great, and expensive for what one gets. Service was glacial. Every time the door opened, a freezing cold breeze blew over our table. They provided blankets for your legs, but unless you like huddling under a blanket during your meal, it is a pretty weak solution. Won't be back and would not recommend this restaurant for lunch or brunch, particularly in the winter."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "I am from france, and it feels like home. authentic french restaurant !"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "The food was very disappointing. My steak what's tough and drowned in a greasy pepper sauce. I am sorry for the staff who try very hard to make the experience nice."
    Dined on 12/28/2013