Left Bank
Left Bank

Left Bank

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.leparisien.ca/
  • Phone: (604) 687-1418
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Sunday-Saturday: 5.30pm- 10.00pm

    Brunch Sat-Sun: 10.30am- 2.30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Tobias Grignon
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Robson
  • Public Transit: Robson at Denman and Georgia at Denman
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking behind restaurant after 6PM, weekends, and holidays. Otherwise there is ample street parking near by.
A word from Left Bank
Left Bank in Vancouver's West End serves classic and inspired bistro fare.
Whether enjoying a leisurely lunch, lingering over dinner or catching up with friends over brunch, you’ll find yourself immediately transported to the Left Bank. With our authentic fare and atmosphere, you’ll experience your own Midnight in Paris moments.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Left Bank reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (53)fit for foodies (39)good for groups (18)special occasion (18)romantic (13)great for brunch (13)great for outdoor dining (11)great for lunch (9)hot spot (6)notable wine list (6)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Had a great time at Left Bank. The energy was amazing and the staff was extremely attentive. They let us know to get our order under the wire before a large group of 20 started their. That was much appreciated. Simple, good decor and amazing food. I would recommend this to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great West End Bistro
    mikrosca
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Have been 3 times. Patio brunch, and 2 for dinner. All meals were very good ... In fact all guests that I have taken have commented on how good their food was. The bar menu items also make excellent appetizers in addition to those listed for main meal. Good selection of wines. Servers very good although may be a bit slow when restaurant very busy ... Definitely will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Food and drinks were tasty, even accommodated our request for a funky non-alco beverage. I had the cod and was pleasantly surprised by the flavours and combination, my friend was very happy with her steak and frites as well. The maitre'd was great and his accent and humor added to the experience. The other staff were very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighbourhood Dining
    Foodluver
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This restaurant helps to fills a large gap in the Vancouver dining scene which suffers from a large number of mediocre restaurants. This bistro has very good, innovative food combinations and great informal service. The food is presented in a very nice way with wonderful attention to detail. Great flavours- loved the crab rolls and lamb tagine! A very welcome addition to the West End- Coal Harbour area! Look forward to the outdoor patio next summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is NOT a French Bistro
    donw
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The renovation transformed a cozy restaurant into a sterile, overly-lit space resembling a cafeteria, at best. The food was excellent --- except for charging for bread that was terrible -- soggy crust and pre-buttered. Waiters were obsequious. Extra DRY martini was 90% vermouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • French dinner
    vancouver2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Excellent restaurant, kind of a little piece of France in Vancouver, warm welcoming and good food/wine! Will definitely go back, want to try the brunch with my 21 months old.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit
    ChefSomm
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was my first time there and i quite liked it. Our server, who I think was the manager was great and very pleasant. The food fell pretty short. My guests both had the same thing, which was the quinoa health plate. It looked pretty basic, then I had the shakshouka..It was kind of strange. Dry like cubes of potato, with very dated raita cross hatch design on the dish. I had hoped for a way bigger WOW on the food side. too bad as it has great potential for a aweomse neighbourhood spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always leave with a smile
    YYZgVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Michael took excellent care of us. Once again, thanks :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for dinner with friends
    FoodDude
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our group of three enjoyed very good main courses. The fish dishes were excellent and the steak was cooked rare as requested (most Vancouver restaurants manage to overcook my steak). The desserts were not spectacular—the chocolate marquis was good but didn't have wow factor and the raspberry and goat cheese cake had an odd texture and bland flavour. Service was good, especially considering how busy it was. The acoustics are terrible and the restaurant is loud, making it hard to hear conversation. Left Bank wouldn't be a good spot for a romantic dinner but it's great for dinner out with friends.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New French Bistro!
    ManoloVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a really nice dinner at this restaurant. The food is very good! The chefs prepares very tasty & well presented dishes. The lamb is delicious. John Blakely has a winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • By Chance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My wife and I happened by Left Bank and stopped to check out then menu because it looked like an interesting place. We made a reservation with Open Table for that evening and we totally enjoyed every part of our evening. We do eat out often and this is one of the best all round restaurants we have been to in a while. Every bite from our meals were so tasty and we can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Westend Staple
    YYZgVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Lamb Tagine over and over again please. Thanks for all the service, the laughs, the warm welcome backs and the flavours that dance in our mouth! The mussels are a perfect starter with a glass of crisp white and I cannot stress how perfect the lamb tagine is. Such a neighbourhood gem! And of course Guillaume - he is pretty much a big deal and brings a human touch that is expected of the Westend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Non-descript
    chardonnaywine
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    New decor, menu and wine list could be described as spartan. There is no french atmosphere, nor traditional french dishes bistro. Apparently they may be offered as specials at times. Limited menu, very small wine list. The food itself was very well cooked and flavourful, although you need to ascertain spicing levels and ask for dishes to be more spiced (tagines), as they are geared for the 'average' palate (ie safe). Portions of fish were small, but reflect the reasonable prices. It was disappointing that you must ask for and pay extra for table bread, and when it arrived it was a small, dryish baguette. THe change from Le Parisienne to this style (same owner/manager/wait staff) is too bad..it is a mediocre experience overall.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining Experience
    Hotelier
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We dine out alot and decided to come back after our brunch experience was great, Dinner was just as good the selection of food on the menu was excellent too not much and too little to choose from. We are planning to host brunch there next month for our friends Bday brunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great addition to the neighbourhood
    RagoutVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    It was a treat to visit Left Bank in its new incarnation. Very interesting Mediterranean food, fresh young ambiance and charming service. Unlike last time we were there it was hopping. Definitely worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not great!!
    wanda
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Arrived & restaurant was probably a third full. Ordered drinks & dinner. Salad came quite quickly. Then waited an hour for the entrée. When it came it was lukewarm. Rather than send it back & wait another hour ate a small portion of it. There was very little flavor to the fish & when it came it had quite a "fishy" smell to it. My friend ordered the "chicken tagine". A smear of green curry sauce on the plate constituted chicken tagine!! Won't be back!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Spot!
    AJHO
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a lovely experience dining here as a family (teenaged kids). The space is charming and the food was very good. Both appetizers we had were outstanding (heirloom tomato salad with caramelized bocconcini, crispy crab roll with a black sesame crust), as were all our mains (5-spice duck confit tempura, sticky pork ribs, veggie tagine). The only slight miscues were the server too eagerly refilling our water glasses, thereby diluting our Perrier with still water, and giving us coffee with milk on the side when we ordered a cafe au lait. However, overall the service was attentive without being intrusive - a nice balance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New neighbourhood spot
    kwildhorse
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A lovely, minimalist decor, a bartender who knows what he's doing, and very good service don't make up for the rather average food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food and looks like they have great bar food too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A great new addition to the West End. The food is delicious, well priced and served by friendly and helpful staff. I was so pleased to get a chance to eat there. I will do so again soon because I enjoyed it so much. For a reasonably priced, casual place to dine I cannot recommend it more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent bistro
    dancingdog
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had been to the earlier incarnation of this place and were looking forward to trying the new version: The Left Bank. Nicely updated inside in a much more contemporary manner, the new place is impressive by that alone. The menu, limited as befits a proper bistro offers variety and flexibility. The four different mains our table ordered were all excellent, rich and tasty. The lamb tagine is especially worth ordering, though I would add more rice or couscous. The wine list is not extensive by any means but there is variety in price and quality, with some wonderful offerings from Burrowing Owl. Wait staff are attentive and charming and made the overall experience all the better. We will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French food and more
    Rudi
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Left Bank continues a tradition of excellent food available at this location on Denman, at the same time broadening menu options to include influences from other cuisines. For example, a basket of tempura green beans was an innovative and delicious appetizer. The wine list was interesting and offered some affordable options. The management and wait staff went the extra mile in making us feel welcome and making sure that everything was to our satisfaction. We look forward to returning on our next trip to Vancouver!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food
    trish
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Excellent food served in a casually elegant atmosphere. Rebooked for another date before we left the restaurant! 5 people in our party shared dishes from 3 courses and everyone loved every dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 5 reviews are from the Left Bank reviews archive.
  • French cuisine and flair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Le Parisienne was a great choice for Valentines day. The ambience in the interior was a bit surprising having more of a french, cafe-restaurant flair as opposed to what one would normally see. Our first table was not the most comfortable, being situated in the middle. But we were able to move to more of a booth situation. The waitress was great, friendly and personal but not obnoxious. The food and wine pairings were excellent. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood spot
    SFM1VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2012
    I am very happy that the owner of Bistro Pastis opened this longtime West End neighorhood restaurant, which was starting to fray around the edges. In it's new freshened up incarnation, it is now packing them in, with better quality cuisine. The menu is very "rustic" French, so hearty kind of food and not fine cuisine. I would not go there for a special occasion, but for a casual simple meal out yes. The service can be wonderful, depending on which server attends to your table. Manager Geraldine is always cheerful, charming, gracious and most attentive, overseeing that all goes well with her customers. Of the 2 restaurants however, Pastis is my top choice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty close to a Parisien
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2012
    Pretty close to a Parisien bistro experience. Service a bit uneven, but hopefully will improve with time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was mediocre, the
    alyshaha
    Dined on 7/6/2011
    The food was mediocre, the kitchen caught fire while we were there. It was unprofessional and despite their wednesday deals i wouldnt go back. didnt remind me of paris of at all.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Even though our server was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/4/2010
    Even though our server was new and wasn't too familiar with the menu, our dining experience was fairly good. It is a tucked on Denman street but has its own character. The tartar is a must try. Mash potatoes were a bit dry.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet