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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "As a part French, this restaurant is genuinely incredible! The food, the decor, the menu,... you name it, it's amazing!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We arrived 15mins early on a Saturday night and was pleasantly happy when we were able to be sat right away.Our server was a bit too energetic/persistent in taking our orders.It's a girls dinner and sometimes 3 of us are talking to much at first to really look through the menu.We order 2 of the nonalcoholic beverages but both were pretty bland.My other gfs beer seemed to be good.Starters were a board of cured meats and cheeses & the special of the night a pork hock terrine. Mains were a pan-seared halibut dish which was another special for the night it came on mash potatoes with a few morels which was sort of lacking but the tagliatelle with lobster and clams was delicious.One of the girls ended up booking the private room for fathers day."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I recall coming here five years ago, perhaps the restaurant was under a different name,I can't recall but the intimacy is no longer there. This place was a real gem, but now you are seated inches from another party who can hear every word you say and vice a versa. Great place for lone business travelers looking to strike up a conversation I suppose. Definitely choose something with more space for a special occasion, but come for the food which is outstanding."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Tableau. I enjoyed everything. The Kussi Oysters were divine! The Pinot Noir was an excellent wine. Light and fruity. My friend and I shared the flatbread of the day and I had the Steelhead Trout served over quinoa. Everything was delightful. Our server was very attentive. A great evening and I will go back there."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "and you will not be disappointed....the staff is also excellent ....we return very often"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I had the best duck in town. Our waiter was extremely charming, originally from France and very attentive to our table. Overall the food and service was outstanding."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I have experienced non-attentive servers and slow service in the past at Tableau. Recently I used my Tourism Challenge book at Tableau, and when we did not see the discount we were entitled to on the bill, we tried to bring it to the servers' attention. No one paid attention to us for a long time and when my husband walked up to a server, he was ignored. Then when the server finally came, she was extremely rude when she asked for my driver's license to verify the Tourism Pass, which I was perfectly happy to do but not when a server is being contemptuous and snarky. Even though the food is very good I will not return to this restaurant due to the negative experience and consistently rude service."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Food was decent but that's about it for this place. Service was pretty bad- my water was never refilled and I was there for almost 2 hours. Are you kidding me? The tables are extremely close to each other making it hard to get out of your seat. It was also ridiculously loud in there... definitely not a place to go to if you want to actually hold conversations."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The restaurant didn't official open until 10:30, which is when we had our reservation, so we were asked to sit in the lobby of the hotel, with back to the door of the restaurant. I was a little disappointed that no one announced that the restaurant was now ready. The seating was a little cozy, we felt a little close to the other tables (seating at the banquette), my latte took over 15 minutes to get to me after being ordered, but the taste and quality of the food made up for the initial frustration. My husband and I were enticed by the brunch specials; reasonably priced for the level of foodie experience for 16$ each. Crispy pork belly, boudin noir with morels, wild asparagus, egg and potatoes was AMAZING! He had the breakfast poutine."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Loved your restaurant! Great food, atmosphere, exciting place!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My dining guest was very picky about the table and the very patient hostess was very accommodating to his requests. The food arrived hot and was very well prepared. I would return to try once again."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I've been here several times and the food is always amazing as is the service. I will definitely be returning again!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I had the short rib (Saturday night special) and it was as good as I remember - easily the best I've had. The Pork Belly appy was amazing, and I tasted my hubby's spot prawn risotto - perfect. And the service was, as always, outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Le Tableau is a little gem on Melville Street and little also refers to the number of seats which make it necessary to have a reservation. Many items would be great to share, the portions are small, but very tasty. The atmosphere is casual but charming. We had the Halibut special and it was delicious. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "nice to see steak tartare still around, our son wolfed it down; the other meat portions were perfect and cooked well. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Food was excellent as usual. Casual yet classy - authentic bistro experience."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "My lunch consisted of a 1/2 head of iceberg lettuce and a few pieces of chicken. There was may $5.00 worth of food on the plate that cost over $17. In addition, my lunch companion's salmon was terribly under cooked. Not impressed whatsoever. We won't be back."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Our party arrived for mothers day, after having made a reservation several weeks prior. Upon arrival, the hostess could not find our reservation on their booking system. System failures do happen, so that was understandable. However, I did not appreciate her presumptuous excuse, that 'a lot of people book weeks or even months in advance' as a reason for her not being able to find us a table. No apologies were offered for the mix-up either. When finally seated, the food took over an hour to come. Our server was also very snappy and impatient, and did not check in with us at all. The food was mediocre at best - but it was really the poor service that left a sour taste in our mouths. Will not be returning, that's for sure."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "First time having brunch at Tableau and it was perfect. I prefer a simple clean meal with fresh ingredients that doesn't have you leaving needing to go back to bed! We had shared the Lobster salad with a poach egg, and Zucchini and Onion scones, both perfectly cooked and paired great with our mimosas! The best part was the featured grilled spot prawns and was happy we indulged in a 1/2lbs with breakfast. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my mom for Mother's Day Brunch the other week and we enjoyed it very much. The service was great and the ambience made me feel like I was in a different city other than Vancouver. The food was good - but nothing unique or outside of what Vancouver usually offers. My mother and I enjoy seafood very much, so we had the oysters, spot prawns and salmon eggs benny. All three were delicious, but again, not out of the ordinary. If you want to enjoy good food with ambience included, you should definitely try Tableau at least once. I think their dinner menu is a little more unique than their Brunch Menu. The service was great and our server was very attentive. They also have a nice patio to enjoy the sun! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014