1931 Gallery Bistro at the Vancouver Art Gallery

4.5
238 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 238 people are saying
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Wasue
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the three course dine in menu and took advantage of half price bottle of wine as it was happy hour. Friendly member of staff served us and lockdown restrictions were in place and worked well.

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Gobbler
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s great to finally have a centrally located, moderately priced restaurant that serves good food in the downtown area. I’ve been before and I’ll go again. I’m looking forward to eating on their patio when summer comes.

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BrunoP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding is the word!!! Delicious food, great service and beautiful location!!!! Definitely recommend it!!!

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KyokoK
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food and services. Food presentation was amazing. I really enjoyed them.
Unfortunately, I would like to have ”Octopus” appetizer. therefore, it was not available.
I will come back for that. Thank you.

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CaitlinP
New Zealand
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food, truly some of the most delicious I have had in a long time and the vegan alternatives were TOP NOTCH!

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TangoBoy
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, good and oysters very good.

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EliseM
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every visit to the art galleries 1931 is truly lovely!! The flavours are unique, complex and presented beautifully on stoneware plates. The halloumi gallete is a must try and for those who are gluten free, the banana bread French toast and carrot cake are game changers. The caramelized onion hash browns had me stealing them from my husbands plate and the slow cooked beef Benedict had wonderful flavours. The smoked salmon was also the best we’ve ever had. So fresh and perfectly smoked. The patio in the summer is one of Vancouvers best. The price point is slightly less than surrounding brunch options that aren’t nearly as good in my opinion. This is a great spot for an afternoon coffee as well! They have the best chai latte. Hands down my new favourite spot. :)

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LLee
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I find the plates they used are very unattractive.

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vipKotori
Vancouver
44 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Expected better variety of food and atmosphere was too cafeteria like!

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DucksAMust
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I had chosen this restaurant because it had duck breast on it. When we arrived the lighting was very dim and it seems like our host knew more about the menu and had a louder voice than our own server did. we both ordered the duck breast because we both love it and unfortunately it wasn't very good at all. The duck skin looked burnt we don't even know what was in the brown sauce except for the mushrooms. There was an extra edamame sauce that was on the plate that wasn't even mentioned at all. If you're going to put extra sauces on the plate you might want to mention that prior to serving to people. How do you know I didn't have an allergy? My heirloom carrots were burnt, the asparagus was not hard, not to mention I don't think I ever remember hearing asparagus on the menu, the potato Croquettes that were fried in duck fat were tasteless. we almost wanted to ask for salt but my company thought that was rude. we decided not to finish our meals because they were not worth paying $36 for. I would suggest in future maybe you should actually put what's on the menu on our plates as opposed to adding extra things. I will not be referring anyone to your company and I hope that it gets better.

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Erika
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I went for brunch. Because the webpage, probably my expectation was higher.

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LuciafF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had eggs benny with wild mushrooms, one of the best eggs benny I've had in my life. The others had eggs benny with salmon and were also very pleased.

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GordonH
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were delighted with the service and especially the food at Bistro 1931. I had the BBQ mushroom benny and was amazed: sumptuous hollandaise over poached eggs perched on inoki, shiitake, and Crimini mushrooms sauteed to perfection in a sweet BBQ sauce over elegantly carmelized onions on an English muffin. Add curiously precise rectangles of greilled grated potatoes and mixed greens garnished with paper thin radish and vinaigrette and you have perfection. I'm not kidding, an unusual benny. George to the Peking duck benny and appeared just about as pleased. London Fog with lavender sugar and a gluten free vegan carrot cake with rum and raisin sauce, a great brunch!

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MereE
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for a dine out dinner. Food was excellent with good value. We really enjoyed our meal and will definitely be returning.

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ShannonJ
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice lighting and decor but its very small. A bit hard to find the first time as you have to go up the outside steps to get to the door at the back of the patio. Service was great but the seats are hard and a bit uncomfortable. The cocktails were tastey.

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Perturabo
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was some of the best I’ve had in a very long time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant dining experience. Food was delicious!

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VanGirl
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious high quality food and exceptional service!

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Ajpokie
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great buck a shuck and sauces. Yummy appetizers too

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DonB
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Appetizer was weak but meal was otherwise very good. Salmon and pineapple tartar was tasteless like it was made days in advance and all the flavours had blended together and neutralized each other no taste of pineapple at all.

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HelmiB
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great lunch. I love this place in the middle of downtown, part of the Art Gallery. The ambience is great, service was efficient and friendly, and the food looked and tasted great. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s was overall great

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tiffofficial
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very great place for happy hour! I tried their winter sangria which was delicious - not too sweet, and just the right amount of 'spices' for a bit of a mulled wine feel.

Made a reservation for the beginning of happy hour but was not needed on a rainy Saturday - lots of room and space inside for us to sit.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience given the times

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ClaudiaS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect place for brunch, great variety, food nicely plated, we had chia pudding, haloumi salad and croissants, Delicious.

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DarcyH
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Will be going again!

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YuriW
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent dining place. The only drawback is having to climb all the stairs to get there.
Also would be nice to have some light goodies like cookies or muffins.

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IsabellaC
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered the sablefish and duck and both were cooked perfectly - not over cooked and great flavours. Would love to come back in the summer as well. The patio looks like it would be lovely.

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Gitte
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined a few times at the 1931 Gallery Bistro and enjoyed both indoor and patio tables. The service was always pleasant and efficient, and the food and wine have always been of good quality and nicely presented. I will return often.

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FoodiePanda
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed dining at the bistro. Food was delicious and their service was on point!

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vipGlobotravo
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambience. Perfect for a romantic date or special occasion. Service was brilliant.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good representation ! Looks good and tastes yummy!

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SarahR
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little gem in the heart of the city. Excellent Happy Hour with the only true Buck-a-Shuck oysters I've found in the lower mainland. Will make this a monthly treat!

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CNDMaple
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small indoor space but large outdoor patio which is beautiful

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Mild
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the service. Thank you

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RayG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was exceptional. Really as good as anywhere in downtown Vancouver.

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LisaV
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great happy hour with buck a shuck right in the heart of Downtown Vancouver.

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Helen
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

It is the third time I have been to 1931 Gallery Bistro. The first two times were very good but this time around was very disappointing. The service was quite inexistent. We weren’t told that there was a happy hour on Tuesdays, which is usually something that is put forward. We asked for bread to eat with oysters but instead we got a butter croissant cut in pieces. Weird. This was charged $5 though. The salmon was undercooked. Then, just before 8pm we were told that it was last call to order. So I ordered a dessert for later but I got it right away, while I was still eating my entrée. We felt like we had to rush to finish off. It was a little bit pricey for the experience we had.

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TiffanyL
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great services, and great foods.
Thank you!
I will definitely visit again soon.

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Atinatina
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt safe in this environment amidst the pandemic. The only restaurant I frequented during this time

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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 4.5 stars by 238 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.