Trafalgars Bistro
Trafalgars Bistro

Trafalgars Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.trafalgars.com/
  • Phone: 6047390555x1
  • Hours of Operation:
    DAYTIME HOURS
    Mon-Fri: 11am-4*
    Sat & Sun: 10am-4*

    EVENING HOURS
    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 6047390555x
  • 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: Join us every Autumn for our Taste Of The Harvest celebration which features Miles Smart's veggies from Cherry Lane Farms in Richmond.



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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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Trafalgars Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
49 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (45)great for brunch (25)special occasion (24)fit for foodies (22)great for lunch (19)romantic (13)great for outdoor dining (13)good for groups (6)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Dinner for 3
    kevvv
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I love this restaurant. The food and service is always spectacular here. We came here on a special occasion this time, celebrating my friend's birthday. The restaurant didn't have any special birthday offers but they did light a candle for me with my dessert. My favorite restaurant in Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and experience
    Png13
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I had a wonderful time trying out this restaurant and wished I had gone earlier. Food was superb and the service was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and Bad
    itsme
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The third time I have eaten here recently! The first thing to say is that the service is superb, whether inside or out. The wine selection, especially by the glass, is very good. What lets it it down is certain aspects of the food. For example on my last visit I have the all-Day Breakfast; nothing was freshly cooked! It had all been previously coked and served up. On the three occasions i have been there my guest has ordered there special fries for the table. Each time they have been kept warm rather than freshly cooked. This ought not to happen in a restaurant of this calibre, there's no excuse. A good restaurant, like so many others needing a little more attention to detail.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Neighbourhood Eatery
    Love2Dine
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Clean and quiet ambiance with above average food. Young waitress was prompt in seating me even though I was 15 minutes early for a 10:30am reservation for 5 people, and in offering menus & cold tap water. Once the other members of my party arrived (3 arrived on time) I appreciated that she let us settle in for about 10 minutes before offering to take our orders. Once our orders were placed however it took the kitchen quite a long time (20 minutes) before our meals arrived. Restaurant had 4 other tables with 2-4 people each to serve, so it wasn't exceptionally busy. Fortunately the bistro offers warm baguette slices and creamy butter before our fresh meals arrived.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MKVB
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Trafalgars Bistro is consistently good. When I tire of trying other places which prove to be disappointing, I come here. The food always tips its hat to current trends without going "over the top". There there are my favourites, the moules et frites, the lamb burger and the salad nicoise. I hope they stay on the menu forever.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seeing eye dog
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Everything thing was wonderful albeit a little noisy (chatter). The food choice was fabulous and everyone enjoyed their meal. The staff were especially accommodating with our friend and her seeing eye dog. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our waitress could not have been more helpful. The service was incredible. The food was amazing. Just a wonderful evening all-round.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Food was excellent as usual. My friend enjoyed it too. I had two of the daily specials, an appetizer of chickpea fritters with mango salsa and a main meal of pork belly with a sauce of maple Dijon on a piece of bread. Both were well made.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worthy of the praise garnered
    am67
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Everything made on the premises; seasonal menus; locally sourced ingredients.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always solid food
    Gloria
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I've only been here twice but the food is always good. Wish they'd do something about those fruit flies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New menu is great
    DR13th
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We have dined at Trafalgar's often but our experience on Saturday night was the best ever. The new menu offered some great options. The squid appy was delicious. The chicken and braised brisket , equally delicious. The servers are very professional, but approachable. Looking forward to going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    disappointing
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    My guests had been to the restaurant before, as had I, however, all three of us were disappointed with the food. Salade Nicoise did not taste fresh or crisp, somewhat on the wilted side, with a very mediocre presentation for the price and the dessert was terrible. A pasty chocolate tart that claimed to have caramel which we couldn't taste. A very expensive lunch for little return. Only the wine and cappuccinos were great..
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as expected
    2OldCrows
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    There was a large party in the restaurant, which caused us to move outside. They were very loud. The patio was actually quite lovely, but 3 of the 4 of us chose one of the specials. The meal was OK, but not as good as I would have expected (it was the cod on pasta). We have been to Trafalgar's many times, and this was not up to what they would typically serve. The service was also OK, but also not great also. We ordered some more wine when the first bottle was empty (about the time the main course was served), and it was not until dessert was being served that the server asked if we wanted it. Having wine with the main course seemed more appropriate than with dessert. We declined the wine. Could have/should have been better
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Father's Day feast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I took my parents, upon my Fathers request, to Trafalgars for lunch. We sat on the patio even though the black clouds circled over head. My family are staunch vancouverites - a chance of rain can't scare us. The restaurant was not overly busy and this sometimes is a bad sign. But not in this case. The servers were friendly and helpful and genuinely laughed at my fathers corny jokes. Our food came in a timely manner and was fresh and flavourful. I have been to the cafe but have not eaten in the restaurant. I would return in a heartbeat with friends. Excellent choice on Father's Day and it never rained.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Desserts to die for
    robbo
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    If you haven't found Trafalgar's, you've never had dessert!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect place to take mom
    Beeafoodie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is a lovely neighbourhood spot. It's been here for years and now that my mom has moved into the area I selected Trafalgars. The ambiance is warm and welcoming and comfortable for my mom who is a senior. The vibe may change a bit later on but dining at 6pm with an 83 year old the server was so friendly and patient. We started with the special which was assorted fresh mushrooms on grilled bread with goats cheese, mom had the lamb burger which is the perfect size-not too large and I had the mussels in white wine accompanied by frites with parm and assorted herbs with aioli. A glass of sparkling wine to top it all off and the meal was perfect. Many amazing looking desserts on the menu but we were too full. Next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Leslie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I found the menu to be somewhat restricted to foods prepared very unconventionally. That being said, the shrimp with avocado mousse was very tasty especially with the frites which the restaurant does very well. The mussels were done in the standard wine broth with leeks which was also very good. Their forte is their desserts which were excellent. My only complaint is that the tables are quite close together and the noise level becomes quite loud. I would recommend dining outside if weather permits.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighbourhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Between the two of us we enjoyed the organic greens, the spring-like sweet pea, leek and mint risotto, the good and very filling lamb burger, and a shared banana and chocolate filled crepe. Service was good on Saturday evening in a room which was quiet when we arrived but almost full by the time we left, with noise rising to the "energetic" level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cconfortable
    newcomer
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The food at Trafalgar is simply outstanding. Tastes are sublime. Menu very good and presentation superb. It is a comfortable and welcoming decor with good use of oak trim and a layout that leaves many tables with a sense.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trafalgar Reconquered Again
    patl
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Back again given its clean environment, well suited for conversation and not overcrowded. The prix fixe menu was a great choice given the varied plates. The food was great and generous portion of pate was more than one usually gets at other restaurants and well appreciated by our guests. Service was great and timely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Seemed noisy
    Nickm007VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Really good food; but wooden floors made atmosphere really noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good local spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    WE had a nice brunch, soup and salad were both good
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite good, but a little pricey.
    crypticlover
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Their complete dinners were $35 or $45, (appy, main & dessert) but you could order each course individually. In the lower group was a burger & pasta, I recall. In both groups some dishes had surcharges. Dessert choices are many. All four of us had complete dinners. We agreed it was fine, but we likely wouldn't return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful local fare
    Diner87
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This restaurant had a unique and carefully crafted menu. The food was all local and conscientiously sourced. We thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the meal, and would recommend it to anyone seeking a refined and delicious experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!
    mdtsports
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    First timer - meals were good but my wife had the pork loin that was not up to snuff (I don't eat meat so can't comment). really loud and space bounces and enhances the sound. Will go back though!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 374 reviews are from the Trafalgars Bistro reviews archive.
  • Wonderful Night
    TASanJose
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    The short ride on transit from our downtown hotel into a lovely residential neighborhood. Stop in Sweet Obsessions bakery next door owned by Trafalgars to live vicariously as a preview to the dessert tray waiting at the end of the meal. Quiet Monday diners and a warm greeting. Perfect Manhattan and Rob Roy to start. Prix for two - Dungeness Crab Crepe n Sweet Breads for apps were delicious - local BC Wild Salmon was a memorable entrée. Local white BC wine by the glass made nice parings - Kettle Valley Viognier was particularly good. Salted Caramel Tart and Triple Chocolate Mousse were sublime with a roasted rich cappuccino. Service throughout was attentive, personable and knowledgeable. Ambience was cozy and warm. Great night out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lamb burger, always
    Frequentdiner
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Came here for an impromptu early lunch after a workout. The service is always warm and cheerful. I had the lamb burger -- I love how they service slightly pink -- so juicy and delicious. This place truly is a neighbourhood gem.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • still a real gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We love this place every time we go. It is great to see that this bistro and its genesis, Sweet Obsessions, are still there and still delivering great service and wonderful food. Great location, ambience, menu, and always an enjoyable experience - both lunch and dinner. I wish we could find a Sweet Obsessions dessert that was allergy safe (no egg, no nuts), but the sorbet and sponge toffee is a delicious option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service. High
    Dctennis
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Great food and service. High end quality without the price or attitude. Fantastic surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious birthday dinner
    Charlie
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Great
    Westcoast
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Imaginative menu and really great service, now a regular spot for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • creative and delicious dinner!
    rancouverVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the checkmarks.....
    PYTHON
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We both had the lamb burger.
    Lynnb
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local ingredients
    Cindylovestoeat
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Great local ingredients, I will be back! I love the small space of the restaurant. We ate the pommels frites with ruffle oil. It was to die for.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a first class time!
    Hungryhippo
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trafalgar's Is Back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suburb dining spot
    Rafiki
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Late Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Excellent restaurant, staff were very attentive and professional. We shared the scallops for an appetizer, best part of the meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy bistro with great food
    InfrequentDiner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.