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1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery

4.2
4.2
508 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
1931 Gallery Bistro, located on the second floor of the Vancouver Art Gallery and boasting Vancouver's best patio, is a lush bistro featuring a menu inspired by Vancouver, its art and its peoples.

All proceeds from 1931 Gallery Bistro go to support the Vancouver Art Gallery and it's programming.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Pacific Rim

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 10:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 662-4831

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gleb Podshibyakin

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Robson/Howe

  • Parking details

    While the Gallery itself does not have public parking, your best bet is to use one of the many local parkades – Robson Square Complex (enter from Howe Street), Hotel Vancouver Parkade (enter from Hornby Street) and Pacific Centre Mall parkade (enter from Howe Street). There is also limited street parking on Hornby and the surrounding cross streets.

  • Public transit

    Skytrain Stations: Vancouver City Centre Station (Canada Line), Granville Station (Expo Line) Bus Routes: 4, 7, 10, 14, 16, 50 at Howe Street + West Georgia (Stop ID: 54830)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Reservation by Donation

    CA$5.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    1931 Gallery Bistro considers itself very fortunate to be able to welcome our guests to the beautiful space inside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Contributions are essential to the Art Gallery's continued success. Your donations help make art accessible to everyone by providing vital support for exhibitions, funding educational programs and preserving the collection for future generations to discover and enjoy. Vancouver Art Gallery is a non-profit organization reliant on community support. Charity Registration No. 11926 0958 RR0001

Popular dishes

What 508 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Great for Brunch

  • Vancouver

    Great for Brunch

  • Vancouver

    Great for Lunch

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  1. AA

    AshleyA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely lunch spot or for evening drinks. Food and cocktails are consistently good.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The special occasion wasn't acknowledged. Not sure why they asked. The rest was great
  3. M

    Michelle

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat on the patio and it was beautiful. Nice music and great food.
  4. M

    Mauve

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful outdoor location excellent food great friendly service.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Horrendously slow service! Food and waiter were good but kitchen was unacceptable.
  6. d

    deemc

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Like all other places over the planet the Bistro could use more staff. There seem to be more hosts than wait staff. Given it's a long walk from kitchen to outer end of patio it might be good idea to have stations holding cutlery, coffee, water and salt and pepper etc. in couple of locations outside? Also, it could use more vegetarian options.
  7. G

    Globotravo

    Vancouver

    42 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Excellent food but AWEFUL service. 1. Server did NOT come to ask for drink orders 2. Server did NOT come to ask for food orders 3. Service put bill on table without asking 4. And they dare to start with 18% gratuity I’ve been coming to the throughout covid to support the business. I understand wait staff may be difficult to come by but basic training or courtesy warrants more. She did not once smiled or offered to take orders. Every time we had to wave her down. Only thing done spontaneously is put the bill on the table. II understand service needs time to return to normal but the attitude was uncalled for. On top of all this, they have the audacity to start at 18% gratuity. This is NOT the US - we actually have healthcare and a social system. Extremely disappointed. Will not return until they sort out the service.
  8. GA

    GloriaA

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Sat outside and the ambiance was lovely. Our server was very friendly, attentive and efficient. Food was good.
  9. MM

    MaureenM

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent outdoor dining and fantastic rice bowl option.6
  10. MC

    MirandaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great experience! Really amazing food and vibes. Would go back!
  11. TT

    TonyT

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Food came out cold and soggy. Had to send it back. The eggs were cold and salmon was soggy.
  12. DH

    DavidH

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Minimalist environment giving just a step up from a cafeteria for the inside space. The outdoor space has much more atmosphere. Wait staff was superb.
  13. l

    lizw

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food itself was excellent, each dish memorable and delicious. We appreciated the fact that our server prepared our bills separately, without being asked. He was also very patient, we took ages to decide on our orders
  14. HK

    HKHK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, and ambiance! Members of our party tried the steak and eggs, salmon benny, and the bison burger. All were excellent!
  15. MT

    MTCA

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The service, food and location were great! Their fancy Caesars though need a bit more work. They look lovely but they don’t taste great. Brine or salt or something is missing that could make these Caesars excellent.
  16. DH

    DianneH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    April I had s fabulous meal of a Bidon burger and truffle potatoes on a toasted sesame Brioche bun. I returned to have again and was so disappointed. Amazing square potatoes were gone as was bun. It was not toasted and had thousand island dressing which made bun soggy. Wait time was very long. I will not ever be returning.
  17. M

    Marc

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Craig was an amazing server and the supervisor, Carol was an absolute delight.
  18. D

    Dave

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My server was fantastic. Very friendly and efficient. He really made me feel comfortable and not rushed at all. It was a perfect end after browsing the museum!
  19. CS

    ColleenS

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were six women who hadn't been all together for years. The service was excellent and we weren't rushed at all - we ended up staying for 2.5 hours. Such a pleasant change to be able to carry on a conversation in a quiet restaurant. The food was delicious, the setting is lovely.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely brunch. The ham Benedict was delicious as was my latte. Definitely will be back!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Been eyeing the food here for a while. Pics looks amazing. Finally made it and it was for our daughter's 19th bday. Very relaxed atmosphere as well as service. No pressure and super chill. Unfortunately the food was only 'ok'. Everything was cold and looked sad. Maybe bad lighting, who knows. The plus is that they gifted a cake for my daughter's bday which was unexpected and a pleasant surprise.
  22. RS

    RichardS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We had high hopes for this restaurant, and liked the ambience, but were disappointed by the undistinguished food.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  24. TV

    TeodoraV

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    We ordered but our order was lost and we had to reorder after waiting half an hour and then to wait some more for our food.
  25. C

    Charles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    The server was very condescending and wasn't friendly at all. It took us 45 minutes to get our food after ordering and by the time we got our food, it was cold. The server was also very pushy with us ordering more drinks even though it was clear we were not interested. I wouldn't come back.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    The service was slow, rude and incorrect.
  27. S

    Sandra

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Nice atmosphere, food was good but the food service was so poor.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Would have been nice to know ahead of time before seating that there would be an 18% gratuity charge. This would have been fine but service was not good. The waitress we had seemed like she really didn’t want to be there and did not have a friendly demeanour. When we were still thinking on items on the menu or dessert, it felt like she wanted us to hurry up. It would have been nice if she just asked if we need more time instead of being as pushy as was with a curt “is it a yes or a no?” I feel like it really would not hurt for her to just smile. Overall food was fine but the entire occasion was damped but the attitude of the server. I definitely did not want to tip 18% but didn’t have a choice, and wasn’t told ahead of time until it was time for the bill. I don’t really recommend this place because there are many others that have better service for the price.
  29. KW

    KellyW

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The outdoor patio is a ten! When it's warm and sunny, it's one of the best patio in the city. Feels like Europe with the art gallery columns as the background. Food is reasonably priced for this type of environment.
  30. e

    ellar

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We booked the growing Freedom High Tea as it showed up as an available option on OpenTable. When we got there, we were informed that the service was no longer available. I understand that this may not have been the Bistro's fault, but they didn't offer any kind words to acknowledge the inconvenience or our disappointment. My mother, whom I was treating for Mother's Day, was already hungry so we decided to stay and just order from the regular menu. After we have decided, we tried to catch the staff's' attention but no one would come to the table. The place was not terribly busy at that point (there was time for chit-chat from a couple people behind the counter near where we sat) and given that we were going to give the place a chance despite the slip-up, some effort would be made on the Bistro's part to be attentive. But we were ignored and it seems that they are keen not to meet my eye contact so we just left without ordering anything. It was such an appalling experience. I had the sense that the staff just wanted us to go away and didn't want to make an effort to give us an enjoyable experience even though we were determined to have a great time at that place. I didn't expect such a treatment from a place affiliated with an esteemed art gallery.
  31. AL

    ArtLibrarian

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    While I enjoyed this meal, I have a problem with the charges to reserve a table. I've had meals at the Vancouver Art Gallery often over the years, but the implementation of a $4/person charge for simply reserving a table is too much. I will not be returning, despite the good food and service.
  32. H

    Howard

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice brunch food. Delicious eggs Benedict!! Very good and polite service!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Our brunch came very late & almost cold!
  34. CB

    CarmenB

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    I ordered the Bison Bistro burger, it was very dry, ie. not enough sauce or condiments on the burger other than melted cheese. The dark burger bun could have been warm & a bit toasted, it was like taken out of a bag & a burger was put inside. The service was awful, we felt like the waiter was annoyed when we asked him questions. When he brought us the bill he just walked away, we both had our credit cards out & wanted to pay right then & there. I don’t think this waiter had worked as a waiter before, he had a bit of an attitude! Other than that, the atmosphere was great - liked the layout & location- right in the centre! I sat on the patio before and it was beautiful!
  35. D

    Ducchess

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had coffee with a curator and it was quite comfortable and convenient
  36. RS

    RebeccaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best patio in town and the best brunch around. It's perfect every time and I appreciate the consistency. We had a wonderful experience.
  37. AS

    AnaS

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food and location of this place is great. It's a hidden gem in Vancouver.
  38. BK

    BeatrizK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love the ambiance! They were very accommodating to my allergies. I am not a huge fan of French toasts but have a shot as it was gluten free and had dulce de leche, IT WAS AMAZING! Must try!
  39. J

    Jules

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Quiet and neat environment. Food is nice and well presentation.
  40. RH

    RuthH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a wonderful hidden gem and has a gorgeous patio for the summertime. The food is delicious and I haven't eaten something I didn't like so far.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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You can order delivery directly from 1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery using the Order Online button. 1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. 1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 662-4831.

1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery is rated 4.2 stars by 508 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for 1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery

750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Robson/Howe

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 10:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Pacific Rim

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    While the Gallery itself does not have public parking, your best bet is to use one of the many local parkades – Robson Square Complex (enter from Howe Street), Hotel Vancouver Parkade (enter from Hornby Street) and Pacific Centre Mall parkade (enter from Howe Street). There is also limited street parking on Hornby and the surrounding cross streets.

  • Public transit

    Skytrain Stations: Vancouver City Centre Station (Canada Line), Granville Station (Expo Line) Bus Routes: 4, 7, 10, 14, 16, 50 at Howe Street + West Georgia (Stop ID: 54830)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gleb Podshibyakin

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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