La Cigale French Bistro
La Cigale French Bistro

La Cigale French Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lacigalebistro.ca/
  • Phone: 6047320004
  • 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: 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
La Cigale French Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (51)fit for foodies (40)special occasion (27)great for brunch (22)great for lunch (18)romantic (17)notable wine list (9)good for groups (9)hot spot (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great find
    laura
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We found La Cigale on the internet and were a bit anxious that it would live up to its reputation, but the food was excellent, the wait staff very nice and the atmosphere welcoming. We enjoyed their fresh mushroom tart - the pastry flaky and the mushrooms cooked in a cream sauce with a bit of parsley and parmesan - as well as their green bean salad (with avocado, tomatoes, apples and basil), the moules et frites were wonderful and the seafood vol au vent was excellent. We had a Chablis that perfectly complimented the food. The blueberry clafoutis was also good. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • surprisingly good
    yummVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were totally smittened with our server. Great food, service and ambience!!! thank you for a perfect evening. will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great traditional bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Very well prepared, thoughtful bistro food. Outstanding value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love no corkage Tuesday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had a great time at (or second visit in a month. Wonderful food both times and no corkage night on Tuesday makes it an even better value!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rick
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Service was great! They was no Duck Confit that night.. so I had the Steak Frites, was a little over done BUT still quite tasty! :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as usual.
    borgergal
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great service. I didn't particularly like the rabbit fricasse, but everything else was great, including the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect, and modest
    Alexhutch
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    From the outside, it doesn't seem overly fancy of extravagant, however it is exactly that! A modest French restaurant, with genuine French owners, servers, and chefs, the food is a amazing add you would expect. The staff are amazingly focused, on task, yet not overwhelming and in your face, as many North American staff can be. The food is amazing, and is not overly expensive. Favourite restaurant in the area by far.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    Suzie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Small but comfortable. Good food. Just a great little restaurant with a casual atmosphere and a European feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Le Cigale C'est bon
    grubby
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The owner and staff of this local, (for us), Kitsilano bistro are excellent at accepting us into their family. we enjoy the menu, with their blackboard of rotating special dishes on a daily basis. On a summer day having the "garage" type glass doors open provides a feeling of dining al fresco.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighbourhood French Food Gem
    Joel
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We arrived at 6.30 for dinner and our table was waiting. We were greeted by the owner Brigitte. The service, the food and the evening overall was excellent. My wife had the duck confit and I the salmon and lentils. Both prepared superbly. The salad came in a martini glass - green beans, avocado, tomatoes marinated in a vinaigrette. Wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Always great- local spot but would go out of my way to go. Service is good, nice good and a great evening all around.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • veron
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Good appetizers; main courses are fair (selection & quality).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Five times excellent
    2critical
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    Leen
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. Consistent, fabulous food and great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    slam
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had another great lunch
    ontheroad
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Thank you Brigitte for another wonderful lunch experience!! We'll be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better French restaurants out there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little bistro
    LuvfoodVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good overall
    steveportmoodyVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Had a great time. Food was Excellent. Highly recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 121 reviews are from the La Cigale French Bistro reviews archive.
  • Great find
    ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro dining
    Bluey
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Four of us for dinner and everything ordered had positive reviews. I can absolutely recommend the halibut! A great comfort food menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely Disappointed
    UnimpressedGuest
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a lovely lunch that was!
    WealthCop
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    fg203VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent. Servers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Food was excellent. Servers tended to wander off for long periods. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit or Miss
    meatlover
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for Four
    Jayjay
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't handle the crowd
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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.
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  • Local French Bistro
    BurgundyboyVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Great, authentic French food, service and well priced wine list make this a wonderful place for friends to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lively place, delicious food!
    mtad
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Truly a pleasure to lunch here! Warm greeting by owner, fresh food in generous servings, delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very French and very nice.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    If you are looking a French bistro than look no further.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great value and so delicious
    Sliver9754
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicieux !
    KoalabearVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great authentic French restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful
    nappingVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.