La Cigale French Bistro

4.1
402 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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French
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La Cigale Bistro serves French cuisine and is located along West 4th Avenue, in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, French / Canadian
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Hours of operation
Tuesday to Friday lunch 11:30am - 2:30pm
Tuesday to Sunday dinner 5:00pm till late
Sat & Sun Brunch 10:30am - 2:00pm
closed on Monday
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Phone number
(604) 732-0004
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Wine
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3.9
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4.1
service
3.9
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3.9
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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Surprisingly large portions for a french cuisine restaurant. Just an appetizer or a main will satisfy most people. We ordered an appetizer and a main each and none of us finished all the food.

The quality of the food was good but not great. The wait staff were very kind and accommodating.

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2.0Dined on June 20, 2018

The food was unfortunately not great. They came also late even if it was not a busy evening.

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3.0Dined on June 13, 2018

This was our third try at Cigale and, well, we won't be coming back. There are just too many more options that are better. Not that there was anything wrong, it was just -ok- compared to stuff across the street and up and down this great stretch of offering. Check out Maenam or Fable for example. Compared to how busy those places are to Cigale, we aren't the only ones who think so. 1 sever for the entire place on a Wednesday at dinner time and she had only a little trouble keeping up. Nothing popped out of the flavour of the mussels, the duck was, as I said - ok-, nothing too special. If you want something special, well this isn't the place

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

It’s fair French restaurant. Don’t have many choice. But fast is good.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great little place. I think it was reviewed by the Strait a couple of years ago. Still lives up to the good review. Delicious food and friendly service.

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1.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We were told to rush our order because there were others coming. The waitress really made a point of the need to order immediately even though we wanted to sit over a drink first. We had made a reservation and the restaurant was not crowded then or later in the evening while we were there.
My steak was completely cold and the cheese was a congealed mass on top. I mentioned this to the waitress who told me that she could tell the chef to cook it for 5 more minutes (I had ordered it very rare!!!) My frites were soggy. We got no bread and I understood later that we would have had to pay for it. That is churlish.
When we later tried to pay and leave we were ignored and had to yell a number of times to get the server's attention - same person who told us to "hurry up" and order.
I like French food and would not visit again.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Service was generally good, food was fairly decent.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Server was very pleasant. I didn’t find the food that amazing but it was ok if u like under seasoned . Had the mussels. Lots of bread, somewhat bland sauce. Croquet monsieur had very little flavour..despite the cheese and ham. Fries were ok but had to ask for salt. Coffee with a langue du chat cookie was lovely..

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Une excellente cuisine française internationale. Rapport qualité prix exceptionnel. La serveuse d'origine du Nouveau-Brunswick était compétente et attentionnée. Un rare restaurant permettant d'apporter sa bouteille de vin.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Wonderful food, service and ambience. Great find - we’ll be back!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We've been to La Cigale several times and it's always very good. It's a wonderful neighborhood spot.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Vancouver needs more spots like this! Reasonably priced, really good unpretentious french bistro fare. A simple casual room graced with friendly helpful service. If this place was within walking distance of my home, I wouldn't need a kitchen!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Delicious salmon on potato pancakes for brunch. Salmon tasted fresh and the potato pancakes were delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

It was absolutely wonderful.
Our first time in and the server was actually right! Everything did taste great!
Wonderful service great food! Can’t get any better

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Our meal was perfect, from our server to the kitchen being mindful of allergies.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

I've been to La Cigale several times for lunch and several for dinner. The food is authentic French bistro and very well executed. One of the things that distinguishes La Cigale from most restaurants is how quiet it is, which makes conversation (and dinner) so much more pleasant. Highly recommended for great food and service, and a lovely atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines dinner date night. Everything was delicious!!

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Service was not great-slow . The server mixed up the order but also didn’t understand English well. Food was overpriced for the quality. We have noticed a change on our last 2 visits

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Went in with a reserved booking for Dine Out. The portion for the set meals were just right and tasted good. One of the appetizers (cauliflower on baguette) was larger than expected and tasted nice. The onion soup was not salty at all so that was a good change. The dessert was nothing too special in terms of options but was not disappointed in terms of taste.

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3.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Really good food but the wait staff are pretty snobby and rude.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

La Cigale always excel in the quality and taste of their dishes. We had the dine-out last year, and came back this year for the good food. We have been coming for other occasions, and always have an enjoyable meal and evening whenever we come.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Lovely food but waitress told us a few things ( we had requested) were not available like Soupe du Jour and Onion Tarte because of Dine-out Vancouver, which we thought odd. We assumed all would be prepared fresh each day.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

i brought my family for a Sunday brunch. It took a long time before we got attended and order our lunch. The food take a long time to come. The food is good we all like it. Lunch service is slow for my liking.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

One of the best French restaurants that I've been to for a large group of people. Their French Onion Soup was delicious despite a bit on the salty side. The Duck Confit was good and paired well with the cranberry sauce. However, the skin was soft and not crispy, which was disappointing. The sweetness of my Creme Brûlée was parfait! There were also times where we had difficulty communicating with our server. Nonetheless, it was a good experience. I would come back again.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Enjoyed great food during the Dine Out Vancouver event. Everyone’s meals were delicious.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Went out for Vancouver dine out menu. Very impressed with the Boeuf braisé. Service was slow which was ok with me. They mixed up our order with another table but they offered us a 20% discount to make it up.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

We were there for Dine Out Vancouver 2018. The food had a home-made feeling to it, and it was good food. The service was pretty good even when the place was fairly full.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent dinner with friends. French onion soup yes. Roasted cauliflower on bread, cheesy good. Crispy skin on the duck confit, meat was fall off bone tender, good accompaniments. Braised beef, tender soft. Thick, milky crème brûlée. Blueberry crumble, sweet and fruity. French toast, moist light and fluffy. Friendly staff. French-speaking establishment. Would come again :)

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Great portions. Relaxed ambience. Nice staff

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1.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a poor experience. We waited 40mins before the first drink arrived at the table. One of our group did not receive his starter until the main course. We could not get the attention of our waiter for long periods. I waited 30mins to get a wine list which I asked for twice. They seemed to be out of almost one quarter of the menu. The food was fine, very basic stuff you could easily make at home. I liked this place a few years ago, seems it has gone downhill.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We are regulars here. And shall return. The waitress this evening was a little confused, but it was a lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

I made reservations thinking it would be busy but it wasn’t too bad. We got to sit anywhere that was empty. The restaurant was relatively half full. Our waitress was very sweet and I believe spoke French. The ambience was very nice, not too loud even though there was a large party there. We ordered the escargot and the waitress asked if we wanted to add half an order of bread for the sauce and we did. The sauce for the escargot was amazing! For entree we ordered duck and beef cheeks. They were very flavourful. Would definitely come back again to try the other items on the menu.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was delicious and the portions were generous. The quality and quantity of food was great for the price and the service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Pleasantly surprised by food quality and service at this unassuming place.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Delicious French food. The French onion soup is thick with a lot of onion, bread and cheese on the top. The soup is not salty compared to the onion soups I had in other restaurants.
Foie de Volaille et Champignon is tasty, and it is good to eat with red wine.
Enjoy more on the food than the services. The waitress is friendly.

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Limited menu, 7pm reservation, not busy, but sold out of 2 of the 5 items on the menu disappointing.
Service was very good, food we had was very good, but we ended up ordering other than what we had planned.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

Escargot is great. Tasty seafood linguini , beets salad is inspiring and great portion, chocolate mouse is smooth and not too sweet. Enjoyed it everytime.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Lovely neighbourhood restaurant for a quiet dinner out. My mussels and fries were delicious and my husband's seafood pasta was equally well done. Meals were nicely presented and wait staff were pleasant and prompt.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

Great service, a real gem! Food came out pretty quickly. There were a number of great specials to order from.

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4.0Dined on October 31, 2017

As usual, we had great food and service with authenticity and quality! Can’t wait to return.

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