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Tableau Bar Bistro
Tableau Bar Bistro
  • Address:
    1181 Melville Street
    Vancouver, BC V6E 0A3
    Neighborhood:
    Coal Harbour
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary French
    Price: CAN$30 and under

Tableau Bar Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tableaubarbistro.com
  • Phone: (604) 639-8692
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday thru Friday 11:30am-2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday thru Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Brunch: Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, French
  • Executive Chef: Marc-André Choquette
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For catering requests, please contact events@tableaubarbistro.com
  • Special Events & Promotions: For special events, please contact events@tableaubarbistro.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bute
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Tableau Bar Bistro
FRESH LOCAL MEETS BISTRO COOL.



A neighbourhood bar bistro – serving an updated take on traditional French bistro fare prepared by Executive Chef Marc-André Choquette and his talented team.
Discover a beautifully renovated interior that combines old world classic bistro elements with modern touches and a French-inspired menu that blends classic culinary flavours of Paris with the use of fresh west coast ingredients.
A dynamic bar scene serves seasonal in-house and classic cocktails and a great selection of local and draft beers on tap as well as an eclectic mix of approachable wines built from the regions of France.
The perfect place for a business lunch, meeting friends out on the patio, everyday dining, special celebrations or brunch with the family.

Come for the scene. Stay for the service. Return for the fare.Continued

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Diner Reviews
  • "Service was great...and the food was good. But our steak was cold. Will go back and try again."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Great service! The pasta I had was not too heavy, but was delicious. I only wish one thing- that the food presentation matched the quality of the food itself. But that's a minor thing- I definitely want to go back."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Food was delicious, waiter was well versed in menu, his timing impeccable and never once did we feel rushed or pushed into ordering alcohol. I would recommend this a a good spot for a lunch with a client, a romatic dinner with someone special or a late night patio with friends."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We had a very average to above average meal here. The onion soup is delicious, everything else was decent but no standouts. However, we had a very rude waiter and not great service. People next to us sat AFTER us, ordered AFTER us and got bread and drinks brought to them almost 10 minutes before we did! The space is beautiful though, great ambiance however, it did not make up for what ended up being a pretty average meal. Wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "this is, flat out, one of the best restaurants in Vancouver right now, from the cloth table napkins, soft blue and white, and spotless, through the rabbit terrine I had with olives and peanuts, delicious, inventive, their eggs Benedict with brisket rather than ham, yolks a van Gogh orange, obviously organic, to the Chenin Blanc that accompanied generous rivulets of my Hollandaise my companions were equally delighted with their choices an incident occurred, my mom sent a glass of red wine crashing to the floor perilously close to another table, glass flew under the party's chairs, the staff was utterly professional, not at all discomfited, offering even to replace my mom's spilt wine we were greatly impressed, we'll be back very soon"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I've eaten here before and always had great food . This time not so much...appetizers of salmon tartare and steak tartare were both good, although the beef was quite coarsely chopped Steak frites was ok but was undercooked for how it was ordered, that turned into a blessing in disguise.Main problem was the duck confit...described by the server as being served with a coleslaw salad, bit odd we thought so reconfirmed that. My wife ordered it, bad choice.We've had confit all over the world.The portion was exceptionally small, less than 4 ounces of meat, was covered in a mustard type sauce that was not included in the description and my wife couldn't eat that.The coleslaw was whole baby carrots with cabbage, my wife ate that and my steak.Sad!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • " Our server Julien was prompt, friendly and knowledgeable. We both had the heirloom tomato salad (a special) - it was excellent and the battered zuccini flower was fabulous! The steak frites, cooked exactly as ordered (take note Gotham) was nicely sliced and presented. The frites were HOT and delicious. The only minor disappointment was the watercress which I believe was spinach . . no dressing, overwhelmed by the nicely seasoned steak. The lobster and clam linguini. . .delicious. Our server was attentive and made sure the wine and water glasses were full throughout the meal. As I was driving I had limited myself to one glass of wine but found the server's offer of a top up at the end of the evening very thoughtful (declined!)."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Entrée was phenomenal! French food meets Paula deen...fried chicken like never before. Fish cakes were lacking the 'fish' element...and could've used a sauce of some sort."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Lobster bisque was excellent. Lamb shank melted in your mouth. Risotto was delicious. Pasta was awesome. Service was great."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Had a great meal here. Tried their chicken and waffles. Was quite tasty!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Food is deliciously vibrant and fresh. Every mouth full is flavourful. Service is efficient and friendly. Enjoyed our birthday celebration dinner and would definitely come back."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Three of us enjoyed an outstanding lunch at Tableau. We ordered some of the daily specials and were very pleased with all our selections both in terms of presentation and taste. The service was excellent. I would not hesistate to recomment the restaurant, and look forwarrd to returning soon."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Had a wonderful meal and loved the service and room. We'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Tasty light food, great cocktails, great service. Try the mushroom on bread appy, and have them make you something at the bar."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This restaurant is consistently excellent. Great food, excellent staff and a nice setting. It is also a great value for downtown Vancouver."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We ate here on a Friday evening and had an excellent meal: the mussels and the lemon ravioli with a French Onion soup starter. The latter was by far the best I've had anywhere and our mains were fantastic--full of unique flavors and beautifully presented. The tables are a little close for an intimate experience though most of our meal was without neighbors. Lovely French bistro ambiance. Knowledgeable, unpretentious service. Good wine selection though a bottle is probably the better deal than glasses. Would definitely recommend Tableau."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Another excellent experience! Nice to see seasonal updates to the menu."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We book this restaurant off a review. From the time we arrived and waited 10 minutes for the hostess to acknowledge us I was worried, this continued through out the meal with bone shards in the rabbit terrine and even though I advised the waiter I was gluten free I was served crisps that were fried in oil. When enquiring weather they my have flour in them I was told they may or may not or the oily may have so don't eat them. Overall very disappointing."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Tableau has been consistently excellent on each of the three times I have been there. It is a great spot for a business lunch."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner here a couple of days ago after reading a description in a local magazine. Much as I wanted to love the place, I found it to be fairly run of the mill with no outstanding features. Everything was 'nice' in a fairly standard way, and service was good. I'd certainly go there for lunch if I was in the area and didn't feel like walking somewhere else. The one disappointment was the selection of wines by the glass which, though nice, was small and had some of the listed wines unavailable with no substitutions offered. Overall, I found Tableau nothing special."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Always good food, the wine list way over priced. Also the night we dined the staff very disorganized, at least 4 servers came in the space of an hour and a half, no one really looking after us though."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My husband and I completely enjoyed our lunch at Tableau. I had made our reservations through OpenTable and noted that we were celebrating our 10th anniversary. We were quite impressed that most of the staff were aware of this and very warmly and genuinely congratulated us. Our meals were delicious and the service was excellent. I can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Impeccable service. Nice to be left to rest between courses. Will certainly be returning once again."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Booked at short notice. Were able to accommodate a quieter corner. Service was efficient and food delivered promptly. Helpings well sized. Ambient noise a little load for a working lunch but will be back for the food."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Ambience was nice and although there was an inexplicable delay with our main courses, the servers handled it graciously in offering a complimentary round of drinks. They seemed genuinely concerned about our dining experience and I will not hesitate to go back because of the way they handled the situation. Their approach also prevented embarrassment for my partner and I who had brought guests with us from out of town..."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My only complaint is that all the staff wear shirts that say "Vote Tableau Bar Bistro." I'm sorry, but a "great" restaurants doesn't need to do this. Would I say it's the best… No, but it's good and the staff are friendly."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "It was a warm day at 29C and they opened the patio and all windows. The environment is too warm. Food was good. I had the duck breast and my friend had the trout. I was sweating heavily after I had the onion soup. Could be cooler if they have the a/c. Probably won't go again in the summer."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Overall, the food was disappointing. To start: we ordered the lobster salad to share..and it was noticeably smaller then last time I had it. (We were charged reg price, not a starter price) The salad itself was good, though could have had a bit more lobster in it for almost $20. The mains; I had the double lamb chop. The meat itself was tasty and pink inside, the way I like it. BUT, disappointingly, the au jus and spinach & mushroom were WAY too salty. (I was starving so still ate it) My friends halibut was "okay"..a little dry. For a restaurant of their calibre I was quite shocked that they missed the mark on both main courses. Dessert: The strawberry dacquoise was far too sweet. Standout dish: the ginger lime creme brûlée was superb"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Delicious French bistro cuisine with utterly charming service; how lovely to eat well in a welcoming vibrant atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The restaurant charged after asking if we wanted a refill. Who knew it would be $16 for 2 Cran/Soda each???"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The mushrooms on toast are excellent. Great selection of beer and wine. The creme brulé was very good. Having spent some time in France I have found it difficult to find many restaurants here that describe themselves as French to actually capture the simplicity of real French cooking. Tableau does. The menu isn't cute or fussy, just a selection of dishes that are light on pretense and big on process... Just like France. A couple of wonderful beers from French Flanders and some wonderful French wines. The service was attentive but not intrusive. The roast duck was fork tender. A definite yes for those who love French food."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "While in a Seattle restaurant our group met a couple that recommended Tableau & Homer St restaurants as we mentioned we were visiting Vancouver soon. We first went to Homer St for lunch and were so impressed with the unique flavor & service from Rebecca & Matt that we had to go to Tableau. Tableau was just as amazing! Thanks for the recommendation Steven!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We were pretty excited about a first bite at Tableau as we've heard some good reviews and love the decor - intimate French Bistro. However the food was a disappointment. It was simply average. I had a shrimp & calamari dish to start which was just ok. The seafood was grilled nicely, but lacked any real flavour, so was rather unremarkable. As a main I ordered a classic salad nicoise and that was a true disappointment. The green beans were overcooked, the lettuce seemed less than fresh, and the seared, rare tuna didn't really have a fresh firm texture too it. The eggs in the salad were cooked beautifully, but other than that, I was quite underwhelmed. Don't see any reason to rush back since there are lots of wonderful choices in the Van!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We went on a Wednesday for the special "duck confit" - excellent - very similar to our duck in Paris! My husband has a huge bowl of mussels, my sister the seafood tagliatelli - both very good! My sister is in a wheelchair and they accomodated us beautifully."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Excellent all around for ambience, service, food, parking."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My wife and I had brunch wanting to try the Chicken n Waffles and the Shaved Brisket Benny. Very very happy with the flavors of both meals. The chicken stayed crispy to the last bite. The Montreal smoked brisket on the Benny was an awesome surprise. Our server, Ed, was excellent. Our only complaint was the extremely loud group of patrons sitting nearby."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I have been to Tableau twice now for lunch and had wonderful meals and experiences both times. The french bistro ambiance is welcoming. The menu options are great and I've been happy with all of my choices so far. The service has also been excellent. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We dined here most recently for Father's Day brunch and were not disappointed. As with other visits (brunch, lunch, dinner), we received good service (with French flair) and enjoyed delicious food. I had the smoked salmon benedict, my husband had a chorizo omelette, and our daughter had steak and frites (not on brunch menu but they made upon request). Orange juice and coffee were excellent. I love the decor here - elegant yet welcoming. It is a bustling bistro (does have TVs in the bar - noticed on this visit because World Cup was on). The adjacent lobby (Loden Hotel) is a very comfortable place to wait a few minutes for your table if that is necessary. Love this place. Wish I could stroll here from my house."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Three of us were given a table right beside the busing station and cash register, so there was constant activity right behind one of us, and a lot of traffic and clanking of dishes right close by. That was not promising. Fortunately, our waiter, Eric, was outstanding and made our evening. Perhaps he is that way with all customers, but it may have helped that there was an indirect personal connection. Whatever the reason, his service was charming, more than courteous, friendly, witty: he made us feel "at home" and put us at our ease. The food, of course, was superb, from the rabbit terrine all the way the the desserts. We would definitely go again, but hope for a better table next time."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here twice in the last three weeks, with two different sets of friends. The first time I had the trout, which was excellent. Others had the seafood pasta and french onion soup, all well received. The second time I had the halibut special, which was just average - on the dry side, no special flavour. My husband's steak was also overdone. We had such a good experience at the restaurant the first time that we did rush back. The atmosphere and service, as well as reasonable prices were great both times but the food didn't impress us this last time, so while we will go there again sometime, it won't be soon."
    Dined on 6/13/2014