We enjoyed the prix fixe dinner
We enjoyed the prix fixe dinner featuring a lovely onion soup and bacon-wrapped rabbit saddle. Overall, an enjoyable experience!
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
nice birthday meal
Food was tasty and hot, loved the beef tartar appetizer and lovely cheese plate. Main was good as well although the plate was lacking a bit in colour and presentation. Quiet weeknights but I think it is busier on weekends. Service attentive and polite, perhaps a bit too formal for bistro but not over the top.
would definitely go again.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
I was very impress buy the
I was very impress buy the chef presentation and details of the plates . Wonderfull combination of textures ! from the front of the house to the freindly french server our experience is to be repeated ! Bravo ...
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
An underrated gem. Haven't
An underrated gem. Haven't been for long time... since change of ownership. Food was outstanding and very reasonably priced. Service was excellent. Was very quiet the evening we were there for such good food. However, server says it is unpredictable... some nights are busy, others not. Tried two different salads (iceberg and beetroot) and entrees were strip loin and portobello risotto... all were very good and beautifully presented.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a great location in
This is a great location in Kits. The food is excellent. Neil served us and his service was excellent! Would go there again and again.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chef accomodated personal
Chef accomodated personal requests and the service was unbeatable.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Arms Reach would be a perfect
Arms Reach would be a perfect spot to bring visitors from out of town. The service is excellent and very friendly. And, you can't beat the beautiful location overlooking Deep Cove!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Smoking Dog Bistro =yummy!
We had been told about The Smoking Dog Bistro for many months by a friend. We were delighted to check it out and will definitely go back. The chef brought us a surprise appetizer( we were a group of six) we each got a tuna tartar appy compliments of the restaurant. The See Ya Later White Wine was a perfect pairing with my steak and frites. Yummy!!! There were about 7 more couples in the entire restaurant but since we were the largest group we were the noisiest but I felt if we weren't there it would have been too quiet!
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Creative fresh local food
A new team and chef with a really good menu. The service was great, food absolutely fantastic and the wine, great value as they were clearing out the existing stock. My trout was cooked perfectly and my husband and son loved their choices. Worth a visit.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great romantic evening. The restaurant is under new management. The food is delicious, new staff is fantastic. Restaurant was quiet on a Saturday evening 9pm reservation. It was raining that night and the streets and other venues in the area were very quiet. This was to our advantage as it seemed more romantic to have that time together with my husband. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and will definitely be returning. The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
New chef, new management and new menu. The food was well prepared and the wine list was marked down to clear stock (a bottle of 2010 Mercurey for $44) Food was french themed in general but did offer 3 risotto options. I could be wrong but I didn't think the rice used was arborio or carnaroli as it seemed to me to have a longer finer grain and less starch. Vegetarian options available. The plan is to rebrand in the fall so the Smoking Dog will be no more. The frisee with lardons and poached egg was classic. The frisee was incredibly fresh and lightly dressed. The halibut with fennel and fingerling potatoes was cooked to perfection.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Was there few years ago and
Was there few years ago and it was mediocre. This time th food changed for the best. Great service by a nice French girl who is a lot of fun
Will go back!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice neighbourhood bistro
Having lunched enjoyably at the Smoking Dog several times, we decided to give the dinner menu a try. Although not extensive, the menu offers a nice selection of appetisers and mains. The food is well prepared and presented and the pacing of the courses was excellent. I had a lovely green salad, followed by scallops, both dishes were very tasty. My husband opted for the Dungeness crab starter and ling cod main course. He enjoyed both, but felt the crab was a bit overwhelmed. We had to rush off for the theatre, so we did not get to enjoy dessert this time around, but I'm sure we'll be back for dinner again sometime soon.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Definitely a hidden gem
Management had changed in last 2 months and the food is spectacular. Service was great and food was surprisingly better than hoped. Hope they do well as it was very quiet when we were there at 6PM on a Tuesday night but it seemed to get a little busier when we left. Appetizer to meal was outstanding; dessert wasn't too bad but not as good as the meal. Definitely recommended.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I had a fantastic meal at the Smoking Dog. The presentation of the food was outstanding and we enjoyed the wonderful combinations of flavours.
It was just a shame that on a Thursday evening we were the only people dining at the restaurant as it impacted the ambience and feel of the restaurant. We will definitely be back soon.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great meal with visiting
We had a great meal with visiting family. So pleased with the new chef. It was quiet, but expect it to be very busy when the word gets out about the food. Delicious!
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and very nicely
Excellent food and very nicely presented. Was very busy so service was a bit slow but I would certainly recommend.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Smoking Dog has the best patio
Smoking Dog has the best patio in the city. It's in the sun and relaxed. You can also be entertained by the contention between the cyclists (who almost always run the 4-way stop signs) and the pedestiran and automobile traffic (who obey the traffic rules).
The brunch food and service are very good.
7/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was our first visit. My wife and I will be going again and we will and have recommended it to our friends. I believe that is enough said.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Dungeness Crab appetizer
The Dungeness Crab appetizer with celeriac remoulade, green apples, mustard seed, and roast lemon was fantastic. The patio is a great place to hang out.
8/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
Inexpensive, but good
Smoking Dog Bistro, now known as "SD Bistro" was chosen for its proximity to Granville Island, where we had theatre tickets. The atmosphere on the patio is casual, the service friendly, and the food tasty. We two both had fish - steelhead for my wife and halibut for me - with a Stag's Hollow Viognier which, while not terribly viognier-like to our palates, was acceptable.
The same dinner at some Vancouver restaurants could have cost twice as much!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food, Great Location
The Smoking Dog is a great little restaurant in Kitsilano. My wife and I made our second visit last Saturday and like our first time on Valentines Day a couple of years ago, we enjoyed it very much. The food is excellent and the ambience is a kind of comfortable-cool. Our French waitress (from France!) was very interesting to talk to and she did a great job, although it was clear they were a little short-staffed. We were outside on the patio and it was a lot of fun watching the folks of the neighbourhood slowly go about their business while we enjoyed a nice meal. We'll be back!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a lovely dinner at
We had a lovely dinner at the Smoking Dog, the pace of service was perfect, the food amazing and when I put my head into the kitchen to compliment the Chef, he brought us a lovely dessert on the house. We opted to sit just inside near the patio doors as I get cold, but the patio was packed and everyone seemed to be loving their food and the outdoors.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
New chef with new fall menu
New chef with new fall menu and some wine changes, and still great food. Some old standbys have gone for the fall (Salad Nicoise), but the new Marinated Ahi Tuna starter is one of the best in the city (we've tried a lot of them!). The mains are great, and the prix fixe is a daily special for chef to play with (instead of just an assemblage of regulars like at some places). Deserts have become more seasonal as well. The current grilled peach in pinot gris sauce is recommended, if you get there in time. All in all they've stepped up nicely. If you haven't been by in a while I'd suggest you go back to try the changes. Well done.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to this restaurant twice and both times were really pleased with this place. It is a great little find! Delicious food and excellent wines. It is a perfect pre-show dinner location. We will be back!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Smoking Dog bistro (now
The Smoking Dog bistro (now called SD Bistro) has undergone a few changes in management over the years, but it is still a lovely bistro. The ambience is welcoming and warm, with its spaciousness, patio which is perfect in the summer, and a nice bar. We enjoyed our starters and mains: a beetroot salad, attractively presented, a hearty carrot soup with rabbit rillette; a very tasty striploin steak, and pheasant with a beautiful sauce and figs. The dessert selection was, however, underwhelming. Overall, a good neighbourhood establishment that we would come back to.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
An enjoyable French evening in Kits
When Smoking Dog first opened we went there but found it too noisy, with more peoplearound the bar than diners. We hadn't been back until this visit, with some family members (adults of varying ages). We all enjoyed it very much. The noise level was comfortable for conversation and we had a very pleasant reunion with good food and wine at a reasonable price.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very attentive to our needs
We were on a time constraint (movie tickets for 8:00pm). We got there at 6:30pm, told the server and she was able to give us efficient and prompt service so we could still enjoy our meal.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have been there before and will go again and again! The service was super and the music in the restaurant was really nice!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We'll be back!
Every dish we had was top-notch, from the pate and fois gras appies, through the steelhead and ling cod mains, to the citrus meringue and chocolate pot de creme desserts. The wine list is quite modest. The service was earnest. Come here for the kitchen, it's worth it.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM