La Cigale French Bistro

4.3
533 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
French / Canadian

Prix Fixe Menu $35
Appetizer
French Onion Soup, Salade du Jardin, Tarte a L’oignon
Main Course
Canard Confit et Cassoulet, Boeuf Braise et Pomme de Terre
Pate aux Fruits de Mer, Penne Champignon
Dessert
Crème Brûlée, Gateau au Fromage, Mousse auc Chocolate

La Cigale Bistro serves French cuisine and is located along West 4th Avenue, in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighborhood. We focus on locally sourced, sustainable and seasonal ingredients that showcase the best of BC. We strive to offer an authentic dining experience while using modern and innovative plating techniques.


Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 533 people are saying
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4.2
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3.8
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipperfecto
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The restaurant wasn't terribly busy but only one waiter, he try his best but too busy to be attentive

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vipALMH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Definitely a hidden gem, worth a visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Maybe one of my best dining experiences in Vancouver. The menu is small but varied enough to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Eric’s service was impeccable. It definitely has a bistro vibe. The pricing is very reasonable, and the portions are generous. You won’t be leaving hungry.

I am trying to compare it to other restaurants in the city but can’t quite do it. If you are tired of the franchises and are looking for a new place to try, go here!

I have to add, I am, and my party were, really hard to please. We are those people who are full of soft whispers of how it could have been better. Or how we would do it better at home. Not this time. Well…. Maybe the demi glace on the beef cheeks was a little over seasoned… but, besides that, not a criticism to be made.

Bravo Chef.

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vipCeline
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely tasty at good value of money. We have tired the 3 course menu and they were all good. Big thank you to Eric and staff for clearing the mess made by my child. Eric was so nice and caring and let me felt less embarrassed. Definitely give 2 thumbs up for the service.
Thank you so much .

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PaulL
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our favourite French restaurant. We go there for the taste, food quality and value. Our server was excellent, he clearly explains the menu, checked with us several times during our courses. Wonderful.

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CarinaStar
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Sunday night dinner at La Cigale was worth getting wet by the rain during our walk there. I had a delicious onion tart and my husband a tasty cauliflower au gratin as starters. My braised beef was good but a bit salty. My husband had the steak and fries and found it perfectly cooked. Nice portions. The chocolate mousse is worth every calorie. Ambiance needs a bit of work....elevator music took away from the experience. Jason our server was very attentive, would definitely recommend this neighborhood restaurant!

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vipDaniel
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They charged for hot water, is that normal?

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vipFranJ
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We haven’t gone out much this past year s it was a treat, food and flavour were good - very small place but Covid protocols in place! Price/ quality actually good

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Winediner
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic little neighbour hood bistro. Great food and wine for an unbeatable price. Will definitely be back.

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Lc88
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat it was to dine at La Cigale ! From the moment we sat down, our wonderful server (forgot her name but she is a teacher as well), provided us with top notch service. If we had questions, instead of guessing or not caring, she went and would check in with the chef to make sure our dining experience was what we wanted.
I can’t believe I have never visited this place before but we sure will back!
We ordered , mussels & frites, French onion soup to start and beef cheeks and seafood linguine for mains. Everything was to die for, even the fries !!!
Huge compliments to the chef ! We will definitely
Be back

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Chris
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, generous portions, great service and good place for a date.

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vipAlysonS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unacceptable. Entrees were limited to one seafood, one vegetarian and one meat.

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JadeH
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot that isn’t crazy over priced. Food is fresh and service is always pleasant. Love it in the summer when the windows are open as well

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Flobie
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Service and ambience was perfect! Their 3 course menu was worthy!

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Arthur
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The appetizers very good.
Steak outside over cooked.
Made steak hard to vut

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Lorenzo
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent quality food. Dense flavourful French onion soup was eclipsed by the duck confit and cassoulet. Chocolate mousse floated into the palate to caress it.
Thoughtful service

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RiannaW
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and unbelievable food. Cant wait to go back!

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BrigitteW
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Cigale is one of our favourite restaurants. The quality is always consistent & delicious food. Especially liked the cauliflower & gruyere appetizer. Yum! We live close enough to walk so always easy for us to get too.

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ym10
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant place to go eat / drink and have a nice time. This visit was definitely one of the highlights on my partner's birthday.

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DavidC
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Enjoyed lunch with the onion tart and mussels with fries. Too many fries, but better too many than too few!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good lunch spot on 4th

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BarbaraH
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I recently celebrated my birthday dinner with a couple of friends here. It was a Tuesday so we brought our own champagne and wine. Our server was very welcoming and professional, and the atmosphere was warm, quaint, and quiet which was perfect for catching up. The food was delicious! After 3.5 hrs of an absolutely lovely dining experience, we all left feeling completely satiated and happy. Thank you for providing a lovely space to gather in these interesting times. We will be back!

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RenateS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious food! Nice wine choice! Will definitively return!

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vipHibs
Vancouver
28 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

All bad & so sad. We had been regulars & then as owners/chefs changed we went less often & hadn't been in for a year. We booked a table for 6:30, arrived to find there were 4 tables of diners all spaced out for covid. We realized right away that the waiter was working alone & waited to have our drink order taken. When she arrived to take our order she mentioned 4 menu items that were no longer available, bit surprising when the menu is so short as it is. When she returned with our drinks, I ordered 2 appetizers instead of a main only to have her return to inform me that they were now out of 1 of my choices. I decided to have the duck cassoulet & we asked for the wine list to choose a couple of glasses of wine. We were informed of 4 wines by the glass they didn't have, however, we ordered our wine & watched the only waiter turn away 3 walk in groups of 4 ppl. She claimed they were fully booked. She delivered some food to us & I had to ask her back to confirm that my food was indeed what I had ordered. Cassoulet, French, slow cooked usually in a small dish, rich in flavour. Nope, apparently not. It was a skinny duck leg on a plate with a side of white beans & a "salad" of shaved veg. The farmers sausage, listed on the menu, nowhere to be seen. I mentioned it seemed to be missing when I told her I had never seen a cassoulet like this 1. She promised me it was "inside" the duck. Nope, so she went to the chef to get the sausage & returned to inform me they were out of sausage & he would send out some special bacon. Never happened, so she said she would take it off the bill. During our dinner no one else arrived, I asked if she had refused the walk-ins due to being out of food, no, she was too busy, she said. In the end I had the chocolate mousse for dinner, duck was never taken off the bill. I know times are tough but this place is sinking itself. 6 tables on a sat night. That is sad. We will now eat elsewhere each week to support local.

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CarmenF
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous, rich French food! What a delightful find for lunch. We'll be back!

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vipC00me
Atlantic Canada
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice place. Fusion food, French/Canadian.
The 35$ 3 courses menu offer is an absolute bargain. Everything was fresh and delicious.
Service was very good with a very nice waitress.
Small friendly place. Covod safe.
Will come back !

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vipFrancophile
Vancouver
98 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good and the service excellent

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jaceabcdefg123
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Very good service. Appetizers good but mains Very good

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Mons
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

C'était très bon! Nous avons bien mangé et rigolé!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, food, service, vibe... just amazing experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Waitress was not knowledgeable and sloppy.

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Andrero
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This small restaurant on W 4th is authentically French; the only thing it lacks is some floral or other decor at window level to make the view onto the pavement outside more attractive. Food and service are very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal with outstanding service

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RazaanahA
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very sweet server and the food was really good with a large portion. I was able to take half home. We went for brunch, and I ordered the mushroom omelette without bacon, and was happy they accommodated the request.

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PeterF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Croque monsieur was mmmtasty. I give it 3 thumbs up and 1 yum.

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DebraM
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely restaurant. We were nervous about dining out during Covid-19, but La Cigale handled the extra health needs perfectly, plenty of room between diners, and our server wore her mask and kept her distance. Our dinner was scrumptious, a great way to celebrate our anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Service and value was good, but the menu is not very well put together.

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Pacpost
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, rich and creamy in the best French tradition. Wonderful service.

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AnneH
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s the first time we’ve been out since Covid hit. The experience was absolutely amazing. We went for brunch on Father’s Day, and There was no problem at all with physical distancing. We had brunch for four people, and every mouthful was amazing! Eggs Benny, the French toast, the sandwich, and the omelet were perfection. I am definitely going to come back here again, particularly since it felt safe.

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vipSnake
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The duck confit and the beef cheeks were cooked perfectly.

FAQs

La Cigale French Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 732-0004.

La Cigale French Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 533 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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