About Bistro Pastis
A convivial atmosphere, enhanced by the cozy fire place, invites diners to
linger a while. Dinner tables are set with crisp linen, making you feel like a
welcome guest at a friend’s home. If meeting a friend for a drink or appies,
have a seat along the bar, where there’s great people-watching. Pastis is as
close as you can get to Paris without a plane ticket. It has one of the city’s
largest wine selections by the glass. Very romantic.
. Steak Tartare
. Moules et Frites – a bistro favourite.
Bistro Pastis strives to present traditional French bistro fare in an environ-
ment that pays homage to its French roots. The menu changes seasonally to
reflect available ingredients at their peak. Classic dishes and wines
are offered at affordable prices. Traditional plats du jour are offered daily.
Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7
French, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 2 pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Between Arbutus Street and Yew Street on the north side of 4th Avenue.
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bistro Pastis Ratings and Reviews
We decided to try this restaurant as it has an interesting menu. However, the staff seemed to be very overwhelmed during dinner time. And we expected better service for this place and price. The food was very good overall. So, I would not recommend this place to a friend.
We were there for brunch - excellent broad menu. Most enjoyed their choices, but one of had eggs that were rather on the cold side. The ambience was really nice - quiet which allowed a nice visit without anyone having to shout, and outstanding service. Very pleasant and I would return.
I like the "ambiance" very much but I have to say this was the second time I was disappointed. My previous visit I ordered the endive and poached pear salad ... which had almost no pear ... and even when I complained and they replaced the salad, still almost no pear. This time the Salad Lyonnaise was good, but my duck breast was very over-cooked. No restaurant in France would serve duck breast so over cooked. For the price, one expects to at least have properly cooked dishes. I'm sorry as I had hoped to find a French restaurant worthy of the name that I could frequent.
Another very fine meal at Bistro Pastis. Wild mushroom veloute was creamy with lots of satisfying mushroom flavour. French onion soup was classic, rich broth and tons of onions. Also tried the steak tartare, which they do very well here. Bouillabaisse was unexpectedly rich -- soup base was more of a bisque than broth -- but so delicious I wished I had more room in my stomach to eat it all. Tenderloin with roquefort butter was done perfectly, but the sauce was more roquefort than butter (which may or may not be a good thing, depending on taste), and there was plenty of it. Definitely recommend.
We have enjoyed Pastis for years! We live in the states and usually eat there twice a year. We have always loved it - pricey, but worth it....until now. We were so disappointed in our food. It was mediocre at best. And not very tasty! The service was fine, the ambience is lovely, but that was it for us. I doubt we will be back anytime soon. We really miss the previous owner.
Great food, great ambiance - nice, quiet, and cozy space to talk and enjoy a great meal. There service was good though I felt at times the server could've been a bit more attentive to filling water and making some recommendations some food recommendations on the menu.
Having dined here for special occasions in the past ( of which all were lovely) this time the service and experience was less than stellar. Our server hovered something terrible as we waited for our party members to arrive and spoke to us as if we were at the Whitespot rather than a higher end French restaurant. The cherry on top was when my mothers 70th birthday was honoured with a single candle on her friends dessert for her to blow out. There may have not been a dessert option she could eat but to put the candle on a friends dessert was rather silly and embarrassing. The experience won’t stop us from returning but we do hope our future dining experiences will be better.
Classic French cuisine in a classically designed but very dated place. Solid dishes but non of them made us say wow. Fois gras was nice but small and didn't have the bold flavors we expected, same for the classic French onion soup, which I myself make a better soup. I had a medium cooked 6oz Tenderloin, it was cooked perfectly but a bit small and again not very bold in flavors. My partner had Duck Confit, this was a delicious diah, crispy skin, duck fat, tender meat. Sides of mac & cheese ( is that French?! ) was good, and French Fries (cooked in duck fat) which were AMAZING but a bit too salty. That was a dish I would come back for, but it was only one. Creme Brulee was nice, not anything special. The service was very very very slow. Especially the wait between dishes, but also the server seemed to be really busy with all his tables. Would help to keep more servers and cooks on a shift, we payed allot of money and we expect a fast excellent service.
Attended with two friends for a special birthday. Had asked for a table in a quiet part of restaurant. Staff worked hard to find a quiet place given that a large party of 26 were dining at the same time. The 'cozy' quality places tables fairly close to each other as one would find in a European bistro. One needs to be aware of this and if increased noise level is an issue, perhaps reserve for a time outside the main dining hours.
Staff were attentive without being clingy. While portion sizes are smaller than North American tastes are used to, the quality of food preparation and ingredients make up for it. Calves liver was tender and cooked as it should be. Lemon tart was lovely with a fine, citrusy flavour and a tender crust. My salad was fresh and tasty. Three courses was enough to keep me sated.
At the price point, I would suggest this for a special occasion.
Since John sold this business, quality has slipped and prices increased. Much like most of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver over the past 14 years.
While the food is still very good, that extra special touch is missing that gave it that typical French-European flair. I understand property taxes are rising and that's part of the crux for many businesses, but as a regular consumer, I'm saddened by this change in character driven by big money that's come to this town. I guess John picked a good time to sell.
The Duck confit is still as good as ever, but the Appies are tiny and prohibitive in price.
In addition, various prices (especially drinks) printed on the Menus don't match the prices charged at the end. A dollar or 2 more is added here and there.
Service ranged from great to grumpy. The fun french waiter was offset by the I-dont-wanna-be-here big lady, that gives you dirty looks when you don't tip enough.
We used to have many great meals here in the past for around $150 (incl. a bottle of wine), now it's difficult to stay below $200 with 2 apples, 2 mains, 1 dessert, even with just a glass of wine for 2 people.
To the new owner: I guess there's enough new deep-pocket clientele to replace us long-timers that have moved out of crazy town and only visit occasionally now. Sad to say, this was my 20th or so visit and my last. Adieu.
I have dined at Bistro Pastis on numerous occasions. The service and food NEVER fail to please! Any of the appetizers or entrees are worth trying, which are delicious, with creative spins on classic dishes and elegant presentation. The chocolate ganache is my favorite dessert offering, but of the several I have enjoyed over the years, all are noteworthy.
I was taught not to say anything negative, so I'm really disappointed that Pastis has simply lost its eleganance. It was my go to restaurant to impress my clients and friends.
Our server was pleasant ,however, suggested red quinoa dish with scallops was the equivalent of risotto which two of my guests ordered and later regretted. I enjoyed the liver, again not what was served in the past (must be new chef ) and Lamb Navarin was good. All staff are friendly, yet our server was lacking a bit with formalities like tossing dessert plates and cutlery on the table. For the price, I'd rather venture down the street to Au Comptoir or downtown to Le Tableau.
Two problems. 1. Very expensive for lunch: $110 for two; very small steak, 5 oz (which was the perfect size for us), a small bucket of chips (fine also), and chocolate mousse, plus a bottle of water and two coffees. 2. Food was fine, but small steaks in very large cold plates result in very rapid cold meat. Plates should be served extremely hot.
It's one of my go-to French restaurants in the neighbourhood. One of diners found duck confit stringy. My gluten free salmon Benedict was lovely , but without the bun and the roasted potatoes I would have appreciated some warm wilted spinach and a slice of tomat to make a nice base for the poached eggs. I didn't receive either even though I did suggest. Not sure if server passed along this request. So, slightly less pleased with one of my favourite spots in Kits.
When we arrived the lighting was very bright and there was a large, loud group seated in the back of the resteraunt. The group got most of the servers attention and we got very little. Once the group left the lighting was turned down, I guess it was bright at the request of the group. The food was ok but for the price it should have been better. We used a Travelzoo voucher and were charged 15 percent " service " for using the voucher. I understand that a large table gets more attention than a table of 2 but to be charged 15 percent " service " for the food and service we got is unacceptable. We will not be back
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