Café Bicyclette

3.9
111 reviews
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Café Bistro open for counter service during the day and table service at night. We also offer to Welcome spring this unique Sugar Shack dinners. Enjoy a seven-course meal (featuring maple toffee for dessert) will be hosted in wood-fire heated outfitter tents on the patio. Outdoor seating at 6 p.m on March 22nd, 23rd,29th, 30th & April 5th,6th,12th, 13th 2019.

Bistro reservations are available for dinner service Thursday through Saturday.
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OT
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went for the Sugar Shack dinner in the outside tent for a multicourse meal. It was a bit chilly out and we had to wait several courses in until the woodfire stoves that heated the tent were lit. After that, the ambience greatly improved. We were seated longtable style with other parties, and while we had originally seated ourselves at the end of one table, we moved in between two larger groups after the hostess strongly encouraged us to do so, to create a more authentic experience. We ended up having quite pleasant conversation with others during our meal, however I was not initially thrilled with the forced camaraderie. Service was adequate but not warm, and the dishes came out at a decent pace but slowed toward the end of the evening. Portions were generally quite small though the main course had a generous portion of meat. I found some of the flavours that were incorporated into the various dishes overpowered other elements, and some of the dishes were bland. For example, one of the first courses was a candied salmon dish, and I found the pea shoots overwhelmed the other delicate flavours. The pea soup had a nice punch of salt in my first bite, but after that, nary a seasoning to be found. Overall it was a pleasant enough experience, and a unique one! However given the price, I would have expected at least better crafted food, or a greater quantity of it, and slightly more pleasant service.

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I
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderfull evening; sun shine, the fire place, the service all wonderful. Needs more choice on the entrees.

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SI
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

A huge disappointment was food. We love French food and have experiences different levels of French cuisine in different parts of the world. For a Valentine's Day special menu , we expected something special (surprise!). However, according to Instagram photos and reviews, this cafe serves better food during regular hours. Out of 5-course meal, only main course and the last dessert were satisfactory. The first two courses were flavourless. The egg was overcooked, salad greens were not fresh, nuts were rancid. The rabbit for main course was well cooked but beans (most likely from the can) were bland. My wife had tartiflette which was very tasty. The second dessert was interesting and flavourful. I would order it again. Overall, the first three courses lacked even salt and pepper. A selection of wines was fair and coffee was good. We have mixed feelings about food at this place, so we cannot promise we would go back.

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F
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

This eatery seems to have the better staff working weekends. Staff were inattentive and the steak was super poor quality—served with cold fries. The waiter forgot steak knives as well. I would have highly recommended this eatery until my last experience. I’d be willing to give it one more chance on a weekend but avoid it during mid week.

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DM
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambiance, service and location are wonderful. I will be retuning as there are many dishes on the menu I want to try. The mussels were recommended by the waiter and delicious!

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BL
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

This place has served us well but this last visit was a challenge. A dog was allowed in the restaurant off leash which was disruptive because it wanted to say hi and jump on us. This didn’t seem to phase the staff (or dog owners).

Our server was captivated by her phone and at one point vanished for so long we thought she left. We had to go to the kitchen to ask for her whereabouts.

The food did not disappoint us and made the evening worthwhile.

Have always recommended this place in the past and will continue to go. Am hoping management reads this and clarifies policy about pets in the restaurant.

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KN
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent place
Would like the music to be quieter but that is my complaint about most small restaurants

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my first dinner here. The waiter was very friendly and helpful n making dining choices.

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CA
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Can’t complain on the service and food, it was great. Great to see familiar faces.

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AF
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Loved the restaurant on previous occasions, this time disappointed. Ordered Moules which were lukewarm and served with weird sausage (previously with bacon), Ratatouille was ok - but nothing special and not worth the value, the steak was good though. Despite the Saturday they din't have creme brule...... I took my sons out to celebrate the special occasion, but left disappointed to get the dessert elsewhere.

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OT
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was very slow

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KS
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Was expecting table service and more charming ambience like our last visit (over 1 year ago). Reservation not needed. This was for a special birthday so wouldn't book here for that again. As a small neighbourhood bistro it's fine. We were disappointed with the meal. Came 40 minutes after we ordered and was not the quality we expected from our last visit. Chicken Provencale was chicken pieces in a diced tomato base (suspiciously similar to the canned product). Did not stay for dessert.

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L
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. It has such a great, vibrant atmosphere - and naturally the lovely French vibe - and is bathed in wonderful sunlight, even in the depths of winter. Food is delicious and there a nice variety, along with delicious desserts, and a good selection of beverages - alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Service is always good and very friendly, even when they are busy! They have a lovely patio area and the location of the restaurant is in a leafy, lovely vibrant area; nice for dining inside or outside. They even have a winter patio!

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F
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I’m a frequent visitor of Café Bicyclette durong the week when the Cafés charm comes to life, but my evening experience was not as charming.

Upon arriving the gentlemen server didn’t seem to know why we sat down (it’s not clear whether they do table service at night or counter service like during the day). He also rudely wondered what we wanted (drinks and a poutine and maybe some water please?)

The female waitress however was very charming and she was busy tending to tables both indoor amd on the patio .

The Café could freshen up its staff with service training, especially during the evening summer nights.

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CF
Edmonton
20 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Our server was very friendly. It took over 40 minutes for some of our food to arrive. Some of it still hadn’t arrived and we had been sitting at our table for 1 hour and 50 minutes, so we cancelled the rest of our order, asked for the bill.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was Cafe Bicyclette’s special Sugar Shack event.

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T
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting was wonderful, food was delicious, servers were attentive, personable, and enthusiastic. We were here for the sugar shack meal which in itself was awesome. My one criticism would be that the event was supposed to start at 6pm so we arrived approximately 20 minutes early (5:40pm) but they waiting to start serving the meal until everyone had arrived and was seated with drinks. In theory this sounds reasonable and quite considerate but in practice it meant we sat until 7pm before we started to eat

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U
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We've previously been to Café Bicyclette about 7 or 8 times for both lunch and dinner sittings and have always enjoyed the food and service but this time was different.
I have to say the quality of food was poor. Also the main dish options for vegetarians was limited to about two dishes on the dinner menu.
I realise Café Bicyclette is a french restaurant but in Edmonton one would think that the servers would be fluent in both languages.
Oddly this time ordering was a bit of a chore due to language issues.
They gave us the wrong salad to start. They offered to fix it but we were under time constraints so we just ate what they brought. The mix up with the salad was because the servers seemed confused with the English language.
It might make it easier for both staff and customers if the menu was in both official languages.

On to the food.
My steak was under-cooked and of a very poor quality.
My wife who is a vegetarian said her food was just OK but far from the quality we we expecting.
All in all, our visit to Café Bicyclette was a disappointment this time.
Unlikely we'll return.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, amazing! Would recommend for everyday or something a little different

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful server, delicious meal, good value. We were in a hurry to make curtain and they made it happen.

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s
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent time at the Sugar Shack!!! The food was fantastic and it was a fun way to spend a Friday night.

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HC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Although the service was good and the food was tasty, it was incredibly over priced and the portions were tiny.

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r
Edmonton
53 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First visit here. We were very impressed with the food, service and cozy environment. Would definitely recommend....we will be back!

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HD
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Seemed understaffed and the staff weren’t good at sharing duties. Our waiter was kind and funny though. Food was good but could have been hotter. Overall, a unique restaurant in Edmonton and I’d recommend it.

And background music would have been a great addition.

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K
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The meal was lovely, has chicken with couscous and had great flavor. Had yule log dessert. My friend was celiac and enjoyed the steak frites without problem. I was disappointed that there were no dessert options for gluten free.

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l
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We very much enjoy coming here to eat, anyone we introduce to this restaurant enjoys it!

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A
Edmonton
23 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The service was friendly and pleasant, although not terribly efficient. The server forgot what wine we ordered, and brought us something completely different. I didn’t send it back because it was a wine I hadn’t tried, and I thought I’d sample it anyway. The food was mediocre at best. The steak et pomme frites was grossly over-seasoned, and was far too heavy on garlic and something else (sage?). My partner had the chicken, which was properly seasoned, but it was tepid by the time it was brought to the table. All in all, it was a passable dinner with friendly service, but the food and service were nothing special, and the whole meal was over-priced for the quality served. Would I go again? Unlikely, if I were to choose the place.

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YE
Edmonton
49 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a flawless experience. Their new cocktails are stunning and perfectly executed. Best patio in yeg.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely location on the patio. Such great atmosphere. The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly. Don't let a lack of the French language keep you from enjoying this gem of a restaurant.

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SO
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Arrived at the restaurant and was told to find any table we wanted and she would bring menus and table settings (a service they offer only at dinner). We found a quiet table away from a loud group whose children were running around and they were shouting at and speaking loudly.
After several minutes, the server brought us menus and place settings and told us she would be back. We waited. And waited. And waited. They brought food out for a table that was close to us. Never spoke to us. The table that received their food, FINISHED their food. Still no one came to our table.
The loud group moved beside us and continued to shout at their children across the patio.

We had had enough. So my husband and I left. It's too bad as we had looked forward to trying this place for dinner. Unfortunately, we will not be back and will not recommend to anyone we know that appreciated basic service and a reasonably quiet dining experience.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, service even better. The valentines experience was truly superb!

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SJ
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food and service was good. On the night we were in the restaurant, there was a reception next door and so there were people from the party who were coming back and forth into the restaurant, which was a bit distracting. There appeared to be only one server in the restaurant that night, and she was doing a good job of keeping up, but when we spoke to her, it felt rushed. Next time I go back, I will try the breakfast/lunch menu to see what they have.

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AC
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were there for dinner on a Saturday night. It was a very relaxed, quiet ambiance with nice French music. Our waitress was quite pleasant. I had the onion soup and risotto which was quite good. The Syrah I had from the French wine selection was quite good. My husband had the bone in pork with duchess potatoes which he thoroughly enjoyed. We also had deserts: carrot cake and a layered chocolate mousse. Perfect sizes and decadent. I would recommend that the Café have at least a few copies of English menus on hand. Although I could translate for my husband, he would have appreciated seeing an English menu. I have also been there for brunch in the past which was also an enjoyable culinary experience. Would certainly go back to Cafe bicyclette.

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C
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an awesome time! Great poutine and great ambiance..
Really awesome patio in the summer time too!!

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a
Edmonton
107 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Went to meet friends at this quiet establishment. Service, ambiance and our poutine appie were promising the rest of the food was mediocre. The main dishes seemed like they were prepared in advance then reheated and then fresh veggies were added to the side. I'll admit the fresh veggies were delicious. Unfortunately for those prices I was fresh everything.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I took my parents and brother to Cafe Bicyclette while they were visiting me in Edmonton. We live around the corner, so I've also been there for brunch. Our food was delicious. I think my parents didn't enjoy their starter salad as much, but everything else was perfect. Nice ambiance and very friendly servers!

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A
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We wanted to come for Saturday brunch, but Open Table said there were no bookings available within 2.5 hours of the 1 pm time I requested. We came for dinner on Friday evening instead, but when we arrived we learned that there are no reservations for petit dejeuner and dejeuner, only diner. So that was disappointing. The staff said they would make sure the Open Table information was clearer.

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

"Should" be sexy, it's cool venue, but isn't sexy. The servers seem to lack confidence; they all look like they just finished high school.
I like it there, but I'd like it better somehow if were grungier maybe. Seems to have an identity crisis.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the Merguez grillé and the Ratatouille en Tour. Both were delicious. Service was good, but servers were not familiar with the new wine selection for which there was no printed list. The old wine list was very good so we hope the new one doesn't disappoint.

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k
Edmonton
42 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, not spectacular but it was good overall

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