About La Cigale French Bistro

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.

1961 W. 4th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, French / Canadian

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 732-0004

Website:
http://www.lacigalebistro.ca/

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Wine

La Cigale French Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.3

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (8)
Cozy (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
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Good for Anniversaries (5)
Casual (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Authentic (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Business Meals (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We came in for a Sunday brunch.
We arrived early and there were only two other tables at the time, service was friendly and attentive. Only 1 guy in the kitchen at the time, and we were told it may take a bit longer to get the food.
Food was delicious when it did arrive, and portion was ample.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a fantastic brunch, the service was great and the food was delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food was great
There were flies in the restaurant & they landed on the food.
The bread was not warm and it was burnt

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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vip
·Dined on September 16, 2017

My friend and I had a very nice meal together at La Cigale. I had Moules Frites and she had tomato soup and onion tarte.
Our food was relatively simple but tasty and filling. The service was friendly and the restaurant has a casual atmosphere. It was a nice place for two friends to catch up over classic food and a glass of wine.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 13, 2017

This is a wonderful traditional French bistro with an excellent chef so we never tire of going there. Always superb for a reasonable price given the quality.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Three of us went here for lunch. We shared the Onion Tart which we all fought over after the first bite. We ordered amd shared the burger, the croque monsieur and the la cigale sandwich. The burger was hands down our favorite but the other two sandwiches were both superb. The fries were good but none of us cated for the aioli. Our server was very sweet and efficient. Would come back again and again! Don't miss out.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 6, 2017

The one server was not adequate for the approximate 20 patrons, as she also did the bussing, drinks, and payments.
She was very nice and good at her job, but it caused everything to be slow. We would not return.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Spectacular!!

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent food, attentive and friendly service. The filet mignon and bone marrow were great, but we particularly relished the ginger-and-carrot soup. The French waiter (from Montpellier) added more authenticity to a French bistro!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 31, 2017

I've been to la Cigale 3-4 times now, for dinner and lunch. Food and service have been consistently excellent. Lunch in particular we have found to be a treat given how quiet and uncrowded the restaurant has been on multiple occasions. Very highly recommended.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Always love La Cigale for great food and attentive service. Their omelettes, among their many great offerings, are superb!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 28, 2017

All the dishes were phenomenal and service was spectacular as usual. Compliments to the chef. Beet salad was my favourite.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Our group of 6 had a great brunch, food was most enjoyable and they made a lovely lemon cake for the birthday boy! Both the food and service were outstanding.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Wonderful food and excellent service. Server even highlighted food events the restaurant has on other nights. Recommend this place highly.

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Excellent everything. Will bring my buddies for lunch/dinner next time...

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Organic
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Wonderful house-made sorbets. Cassoulet every bit as good as in Paris! Excellent & friendly service. We'll be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Organic, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 21, 2017

There was only one server so the service was avatar as she couldn't keep up with all the guests

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Loved the place for brunch. Will definitely go again.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Very good service. Great special. Delicious! Now one of our favourite spots to go.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Montreal)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Clearly the chef loves to cook and the waitress loves to make it as hospitable a place as you can find. Full course meal with everything a high note. Merci!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The brunch is a great value. For the same price as brunches at other restaurants you get a well executed meal with generous portions. I liked the omelette, which came with mustard roasted potatoes and even a bit of salad. The baked eggs Florentine were very creamy and served with a generous portion of fries.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Everything was ok but it took a long long time for our food to come out.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The ambiance, service and food were very authentically French in flavour. Our starters were delicious - the chicken livers were intensely flavourful and attractively presented and the cauliflower cheese was just excellent. The main courses (filet mignon, duck confit and beef cheeks were also well presented and full flavoured. The meat in all dishes were well cooked - moist and tender. Good sized portions all round and satisfying in every way.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We had the filet and ling cod. Both were excellent with nice presentation. Street noise is a bit loud at times.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 11, 2017

We came here for my mother-in-law's birthday and brought our own cake. To our surprise, they waived the cake fee. The service was very attentive, the food excellent. Great value for your money. Very authentic. You can actually have a conversation at your normal level of voice without having to speak over loud music, which we liked very much.

I would happily come again.

Tags: Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Delicious French food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Had a fantastic anniversary brunch! The pain perdu was to die for!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 27, 2017

I've been to La Cigale twice so far, and anticipate many more visits! While a little pricey, the food is worth it! Keep in mind that the wait time for your food to arrive will probably be slightly longer than you're used to. Nonetheless, great service, lovely ambiance, and authentic French cuisine. A table by their open bay window is the place to be this summer.

Tags: Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Always a pleasure going there!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 12, 2017

The restaurant was smokey and the waitress had to leave the door open which made it cold!

Tags: Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 11, 2017

The Prix Fixe Menu (available Sunday through Thursday) provided excellent choices, especially this evenings available pasta, Pates aux fruits de mer, the seafood pasta.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Very slow service even though the restaurant was less than 50% occupied

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Outstanding cozy Bistro. Delicious homestyle cooking with knowledgeable professional friendly servers.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Celebrated a friend's birthday at this restaurant, we were very happy with the experience. The food was excellent and our server was great. She was very helpful with questions about the menu, and didn't rush us at all, even though we sat chatting for quite a while after our meal. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The fixed menu is far too fixed; the ambience is getting on the crowded side; compounded by the absent service, and I can no longer recommend the joint.

Tags: Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentines evening with a fixed menu, so very busy, but the food was great. Service was a bit slow to start, but once things calmed down everything was excellent. Will go again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Good wine small but great menu, good classic authentic French dining

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Authentic
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