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Trafalgars Bistro
Trafalgars Bistro

Trafalgars Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.trafalgars.com
  • Email: info@trafalgars.com
  • Phone: (604) 739-0555 x1
  • Hours of Operation: DAYTIME HOURS
    Mon-Fri: 11am-4*
    Sat & Sun: 10am-4*

    Mon-Thurs: 5-10pm*
    Fri & Sat: 5-11pm*
    Sun: closed for dinner

    *Please place orders 1 hr before closing

    We are closed Sunday evenings, but the room is available for private bookings 7 nights a week.
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary French, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Paul Haldane
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Trafalgars Bistro caters everything from intimate dinner parties to buffets, backyard barbecues and formal cocktail parties. Canapé and hors d’oeuvres, salads, soup, casseroles and pot pies, quiches, and a variety of elegant platters are all available under the general and custom catering menus.
    The experienced team of servers, bartenders and bussing staff is also available to ensure events of various sizes run smoothly throughout.
    For copies of menus or to discuss your next catered event, give us a call.
  • Private Party Facilities: From parties of 2 to 42, TRAFALGARS BISTRO IS AN IDEAL VENUE. Dietary restrictions, allergies, and special menus are all handled with great consideration.
    From walking buffets, full service, cocktail party, or family style events, we strive to make your event the talk of the town.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephen Greenham (604) 739-0555
  • Entertainment: Our wine list offers many half bottles and 2 oz pours - we encourage you to play with your palate by choosing excellent wine pairings with each course.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join us every Autumn for our Taste Of The Harvest celebration which features Miles Smart's veggies from Cherry Lane Farms in Richmond.

    Visit our website to sign up for our monthly mailer that keeps you up to date on this, and other feature evenings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Trafalgar Street
  • Public Transit: We are located 2 blocks east of the #22 or #2 bus stops on Macdonald Street and West 16th Avenue.
    The #33 stops right outside of Trafalgars on 16th.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample street parking is available - always free, no meters or parkades.
A word from Trafalgars Bistro
Proudly voted the winner of Vancouver Magazine's Green Award!

"Definitely a friendly neighborhood gem with excellent food and service. Staff are professional and Westcoast-friendly, making you feel right at home."
-OT diner

Elegant, but unpretentious, Trafalgars Bistro is the ideal neighbourhood gem offering the cozy informality & friendly ambiance of a French Bistro with a menu that is delicious, simple and affordable.
Fresh and local ingredients are the mainstays of Chef Paul Haldane's seasonally changing menu which draw inspiration from French cuisine. Chef Paul achieves simplicity and substance in his dishes, believing that when you work from scratch with quality ingredients lots of the work is already done. Relax with a refreshing Martini, or dive straight into the carefully selected wine list highlighting beautiful wines from around the globe.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food and service. High end quality without the price or attitude. Fantastic surprise."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Haven't been to a reataurants in North America will charge you $1 for the hot water, I mean pure hot water without lemon, which is not on the menu. Wait for the waitress to give us the table for 5mins, because she was chatting/joking with a guy in the kitchen. she was chatting by the bar area which is just by the entrance.i think customer is more important while she is on duty.Food is not bad, b. will not go back again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "They easily fit our larger group, and we had plenty of space. The service was great - didn't feel rushed at all. The food was fantastic. We all got different meals, and everyone was very pleased with their food. I recommend for a casual or special occasion night. We will definitely be returning :)"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Imaginative menu and really great service, now a regular spot for us."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Trafalgars has stepped up their culinary game. For dinner, they've gone to a mostly prix-fixe/3-course menu at two pricing levels, $35 and $45. Our starters (sweetbreads and wild greens) were delicious - creative preparation (loved the "parmesan cream egg") and beautiful plating. The entrees we had (pork and lamb) were also well-prepared and delicious. And of course, the desserts were fantastic (we opted to have one of them "to go" as the dinner portions were generous). Service was attentive without being obtrusive."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The checked items under the recommendation for this restaurant tell the tale, more or less. Open Table should add another " Will you return ?" Well, the answer is a resounding YES !!! The staff were extremely personable and non-intrusive, but always around. And we loved that they did not "pester" us. A great Dining out for Life luncheon experience."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We both had the lamb burger. Fabulous. As it's out of our local neighbourhood, we sometimes forget about this restaurant. We were reminded how terrific it was and put it back on the top of our list. Worth the extra few minutes drive, for sure."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "One of my favorites! Be casual, be fancy, this restaurant has some of the most genuine staff ever!! Food is great!! The place is wonderful!!!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Following a slump in food quality that kept us away from what used to be a local favourite, we gave Trafalgar's a second chance this weekend. The old Trafalgar's is back with a new menu and a new chef. Outstanding neighbourhood bistro fare with perfect service and a warm atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant, staff were very attentive and professional. We shared the scallops for an appetizer, best part of the meal."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Did not want to go into downtown and wanted good food. This was a perfect choice. Great food, good service and nice welcoming ambiance."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We love the warm ambience of this little restaurant, located in a nice quiet neighbourhood. The food is uniformly delicious and the wine pairings were perfect. The servers are very polite and attentive without hovering."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Went there for a birthday dinner and we found the place to be a great find. Food was well presented, imaginative and excellent quality. Service was superb. Is now on our list of places to go back to. Even though it is set up (by location) as a neighbourhood restaurant it is worth a drive to enjoy the food."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "This is a great high class restaurant with a wonderfully creative menu located in a good neighbourhood. Calling it a "neighbourhood" restaurant doesn't do it justice. Attentive service, calm ambience, lovely food - everything is super."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We had a great experience at this restaurant. The staff was really friendly and very attentive to our special requests (dietary restrictions). The food was great, I especially liked the lamb ragu with linguini (I believe it was the day's special)."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "husband really enjoyed his mushrooms on toast - my poor boy oyster sandwich was a not great. fries were excellent"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "This neighborhood gem never fails to impress. Great staff, Excellent food. Try the mushrooms on toast and the lamb burger (this is not a burger joint but this item is fantastic) and , of course, the great deserts from 'next' door. Lovely."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "For visitors or locals alike this restaurant performs and satisfies.... its a neighbourhood gem that you can rely on!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The food is always a delight to the tastebuds with every and any menu item ordered. The servers are exceptionally attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner at Trafalgar Bistro. This is truly a fine restaurant with creative, delicious menu options. We can't wait for the next special event to celebrate, as we definitely know we'll be coming back to the bistro. Thank you for the personal touch, friendly service and a dining experience to remember."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "This was a perfect spot to take my friends from Seattle for a holiday season brunch. They liked being at the greenest restaurant in Vancouver, knowing where the food was sourced, and the warm friendly service. Above all, we appreciated not having to scream across the table to engage in deep conversation. Unlike at so many restaurants these days where the music is so loud and successfully encourages eat and run, we enjoyed the pleasure of lingering after a good meal….what a civilized experience! Food quality was excellent, although I found the Hungarian goulash (special of the day) somewhat lacking in excitement."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "We have been several times before so are aware that this is a great place. The food is very good and the service excellent. It is a very popular restaurant and a favourite for lunch especially. The noise level is quite high (which is not the fault of the restaurant) but it is a cosy and welcoming place with a good selection on the menu."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Dinner was great. Only issue was there was a long wait between courses. Other than than fantastic."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I love this place, and it's a return-again-and-again restaurant for me. The service here is almost always superb and pleasant. However, this time our server had his head a bit in the clouds. He mistakenly thought we wanted our appetizer with our meals, even though we said to start with the appetizer. And he forgot to hold the dairy off one of our dishes when one person at our table is lactose-intolerant, and therefore had to remake our dish.... But hey, we all make mistakes, he was very apologetic, because that aside, we still had a great time."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Potato latkes with poached eggs will have me come back for sure!"
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "We really enjoyed our experience at Trafalgars. We had been there once for lunch on Valentine's day which was lovely and then again for dinner. We were pleased they were open later as we were able to put our baby down for bed before heading out. My favourite part is that the dessert menu is extensive! If you are a dessert lover, this is a great place to go."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I booked a staff dinner here for Christmas and I really commend the restaurant for the service it provides. It is a cozy, delightful atmosphere and the staff was professional and attentive. We arrived there early and it is quite quiet and lovely - better than other places where music is pounding and you cannot hear one another talk. The intensity level of noise increased as more people came in later for dinner. The food was good. Love the truffle oil french fries appetizer. The Prix fix menu is a good deal but it could have an additional choice on the main side just to provide variety. The rissotto on the main list was good but not especially memorable. The cakes here are divine! One of my key reasons to come! Give it a try."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Our server was exceptional as was the frood. We did find it difficult to hear each other as the noise level was very high - but realize that is something you cannot control. This is the one thing that would hesitate to bring us back,"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "We were looking for a restaurant on a rainy weekend afternoon. I had never been to Trafalgar's and decided to give it a try. It was just what we were looking for - fast service, good food, nice ambiance and good value for the money."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "This restaurant is cozy and the food was good. The nasty surprise came at the end with the bill. We had ordered some sparkling water, 3 bottles in total. I think they are 1.75 at Costco a bottle. They charged us 8 dollars a bottle. I know they need to make money but that is just a rip off. Not even in Roma or Paris have I paid that much for sparkling water. Left a bad taste in our mouths."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We had brunch at Trafalgars Bistro. The was surprisingly good. It would have been nice if the waiter was more attentive. It took a while before we could get our bill to pay."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Lunch at the Bistro was excellent. Service was superb. The mushroom soup was thick and creamy with lots of flavor. Poached eggs and smoked salmon were perfect. I did not particularly like the potato cake base as it seemed very heavy for the rest of the dish. The tables are quite close together so there was a bit of noise from the conversations around us, but it was not overwhelming, I would return and recommend this restaurant to others."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "I met 3 friends for brunch. We were all happy with our food and service."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I have been here several times and the food etc. is consistently good. It was very crowded and as it's not a large space it was quite noisy. This had not been my experience in past visits. Perhaps the Saturday evening crowd is more boisterous than midweek."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The food is great - local organic ingredients, good variety on the menu. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The desserts are remarkable. We needed to have a business conversation and found the dining room very noisy."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "While there was no turkey on the menu, what we did enjoy were deliciously prepared specials that only made us more thankful for the opportunity to dine there and make this establishment a special part of a special day. Service was attentive but not disruptive. Thank you for a wonderful Thanksgiving."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "I had forgotten how noisy T.B. can be. Had I remembered, we would not have booked there. The noise level makes it well nigh impossible to converse. Otherwise, no complaints. Very reliable."
    Dined on 9/20/2013