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La Cigale French Bistro
1961 W. 4th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7
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La Cigale French Bistro Details
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
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.
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Fantastic and authentic French
dinning experience. Our server recommended a great wine and the food was delicious. We are going to return soon."
Dined on 12/27/2013
Great little French bistro. Lots
of daily variations on the French classics, very friendly staff, and a small but decent wine list."
Dined on 12/7/2013
Since summer time this year when
this new French restaurant was opened on busy 4th avenue. Unlucky, we were out on date for our anniversary and the restaurant was quiet busy with at least two large groups. The wine selection for the month was an incredible discover, le Cotes de Nimes is a "most to" try. The menu was promising, the daily special will be my recommendation. Unfortunately the "lapin a la mortared" was too salty and the choux farcie really did't have any specific taste but an excess of salt. The creme brule was a big disappointment, we only taste one spoon and decide to leave it. I am willing to give a try for the brunch or lunch but definitely won;t for a dinner and is a maybe for groups."
Dined on 12/3/2013
We were there for lunch and it
wasn't very crowded so after we ordered we were surprised at how long the food took to come. When it arrived we realized the delay was because everything seems to be made fresh. The food was piping hot and delicious. Best quiche Lorraine we have had. It was worth the wait!"
Dined on 11/29/2013
Onion soup broth was bland and
"thin". Mushroom tart was delicious. Seafood vol au vont was big and tasty. Lemon tart was great. So loud in the room we stopped talking to one another because we had to shout. Would make it a regular as I live in the neighbourhood but the noise level is too high to go with friends and chat while we eat."
Dined on 11/23/2013
We came in @ 7:30 for 6 and had
everyone settled and with a drink by 8:00 - a 7th person also joined us. The setup and start was handled very well. We left at 10:30 - the food took way too long to come out and we had no attention from our server acknowledging this obvious delay - my meal was only "warm" when it hit the table and that was a shame because it was so tasty! The water service was slow to bad - we had to request water on 2 occasions. The deserts were off the dial - a late night americano was super. I like this restaurant - we will come back. However, they can do a better job than we experienced that night. Sure would be nice if they could do something about that entranceway? Very distracting -"
Dined on 11/16/2013
Other commenters have suggested
this isn't a classic French bistro. Having been to France many times, I'm baffled as to what a French bistro then ought to look like. Either way, the food is very good and the wait staff enjoyed being there. We found the service just fine. The wine list is a bit light and without a cooler, the red wine was a bit warm. Much the same as La Regalade, the portions are huge - two appies would have done just fine or skip an appetiser and head straight to the main course. We'll be back."
Dined on 11/15/2013
This is my second time at La
Cigale and I was looking forward to a repeat of my first experience. Our waiter was friendly however once he took our order, he ignored us for the rest of the evening. We were friendly to him but he neglected to bring us bread, refill our water or clear away our dishes. The two tables on other side of us received much better attention from him. I don't know if this oversight can be put down to a busy night or being understaffed but it did put a damper on an otherwise pleasant evening."
Dined on 10/26/2013
An authentic taste of different
french region, nice french wine selection too, at reasonable price."
Dined on 10/26/2013
It was the first time at La Cigale
and my hubby and I loved i! First of all, the servors speak French! 100% French (they speak English too!!). It makes the restaurant authentic! The food was yummy. My hubby had his best halibut ever!! I really felt we were in France for the time of a dinner! L'Ambiance was good! We will be back for another date for sure (not a restaurant for kids I think) Merci!"
Dined on 10/19/2013
Great for a nice casual meal. Good
food at a good price."
Dined on 10/7/2013
Tarte Chanterelles to die for!!!
Rich, creamy and earthy ... just needs a small side of salad to cut the richness!"
Dined on 9/21/2013
They open the windows on W. 4th
Ave so that it feels like you are eating outdoors. Good food & service."
Dined on 9/13/2013
Great food, fun and friendly
staff. Definitely recommended!"
Dined on 9/14/2013
I loved it all. My meal was
delicious, and large! I had to take half of it home. Ainslie"
Dined on 9/4/2013
A vibrant atmosphere, no
background noise (i.e. "music") just the buzz of conversation - a welcome change! The staff are mostly French, adding to the bistro feel. The restaurant was full, but our attentive waiter indulged my desire to speak French while at the same time including my less fluent companion in our conversation. We split an endive salad - delicious with a perfectly balanced dressing - and the house pate, a true pate de compagne, accompanied by baguette, small green salad, cornichons & mustard. Our surprisingly large New York steaks were each cooked exactly as ordered, though swimming in a mediocre peppercorn sauce. A side of frites was perfection. Note vegetables are extra. Still good value, $116 for 2 inc.bottle of wine."
Dined on 8/25/2013
We went to La Cigale twice during
our stay in Vancouver. We really loved the prix-fixe menu and the no-corkage fee on Tuesday. Great find!"
Dined on 8/18/2013
We enjoyed the complementary
cheese straws, beet salad, pork tenderloin and duck confit with pommes de terre Salardaises (delicious, though I probably exceeded my fat requirement for at least a week). The atmosphere was welcoming and lively on a busy Sunday evening, and service was good."
Dined on 8/12/2013
Impressed with their dessrts
selection. Food has always never disappointed."
Dined on 8/7/2013
Friendly patrons, attentive
service, authentic menu items. The halibut was marvelous. The lapin's sauce was a bit too salty, otherwise the meal was perfection. A little crowded with the table spacing, but the atmosphere was pleasant."
Dined on 7/26/2013
Food is good. I went there for
lunch and asked for their $30 menu I saw on their website, but found out that the menu is only available for dinner. I was glad that the owner could accomodate me on my request. A very satisfying lunch."
Dined on 7/24/2013
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