La Cigale French Bistro

4.3
420 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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French
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
What 420 People Are Saying
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4.4
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R
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to eat brunch or dinner. So far I have tried the French onion soup, baguette, duck, omelette and French toast. All tastes great with surprisingly large portions and arrives hot so it is clearly fresh out of the kitchen. Coffee tastes a little acidic with an after taste from what I am used to; perhaps suits a different pallette. Service was very attentive. My water never went empty. Wonderful French cuisine and there was no rush at this restaurant. We took our time eating and enjoying each other's company. A good find indeed and highly recommended.

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AD
Vancouver
31 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A delicious meal and great service. The only downside was the music. Please get more variety! The duck was particularly fabulous.

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LD
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice french bistro on the casual side. They have a very reasonably priced prix fixe menu. The food was very good for the price.

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PG
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We had escargot and liver for appetizers and for the main course we had the duck and beef cheeks. The food was very good and service excellent. Unfortunately there was a large party there and the noise was deafening. Could not even carry on a conversation due to the noise and left early.

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C
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good French comfort food - onion soup is delicious so is the onion tarte. For a main course have the beef cheeks or duck confit! Tuesdays are especially great as their is no wine corkage fee! Yeh! The service was excellent.

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F
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic French bistro food in kits . Best French onion soup , goat cheese tart & mussels & Frits. Super tasty house made ice cream sorbets. Very consistent

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GM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

La Cigale is a small and under-appreciated French Bistro in the Kitsilano neighborhood of Vancouver. Wonderful mussels and fries in an herb crème sauce, perfectly cooked filet mignon topped with a blue cheese crust, and a crispy skinned duck leg and thigh on a bed of cassoulet. The cassoulet was strangely sweet, but the rest of the meal was totally delicious. Have a bottle of a reasonably priced bottle of local Canadian or French wine. An excellent bargain for a French Bistro in Vancouver. A taxi from downtown will cost $10-$15.

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BM
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I started with the cauliflower grated, which was rich and delicious and definitely a dish to share. I tried some of my friends side salad, which was also delicious and a meal size, not really a starter. My husband had the escargot, which he enjoyed. I had the duck confit, which was very good. It was very flavourful and moist, which can be hard to do with duck. A very filling meal. Despite being very full, we all shared a crime brûlée, which we didn’t regret. The wine list had a good selection of nice wines. Our server was very knowledgeable and made great suggestions for our table. She did a great job. We were surprised it wasn’t busier, it’s a great place. It was our first time there, but we’ll be back.

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r
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully made French food, from casual to finest filet mignon... I love this place and always take my friends and family members from out of town here. It is a special place, lovely service and food. Tuesdays are 'bring your own wine' days. The ambience is casual, friendly, with lovely interior. Dropping by for brunch, lunch or afternoon charcuterie or a bowl of their fabulous onion soup and bread, or going for a special dinner, it's Kitsilano at its best!

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C
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Server was lovely and the fresh baked french bread was great, but the french onion soup was bland. The soup bowl looks like it is covered with real cheese, but it is actually three slices of bread topped with only a minuscule amount of flavourless cheese, floating on top of mushy boiled onions. I was so hoping for the delicious gooey cheese topped, tasty french onion soup I once had in Montreal and this unfortunately did not come anywhere close.

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TJ
Vancouver
34 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love!!! First time eating here and I can’t say enough. Best French Onion soup ever. Beef cheeks and mashed potatoes to die for!!!!!

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TM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing hidden gem of an authentic French restaurant. One of the best in Vancouver.

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AL
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The baguette is the best I have tasted. The French Onion soup is excellent. It is slightly salty for my taste. That is why the 4 stars. Otherwise, 5 stars.

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B
London
20 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Another great evening spent with good food, wine and friends. Wonderful neighbourhood location with authentic French Bistrot food.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time be here. So good! Merci

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Would recommend it for someone looking for french cuisine. Service was fast and very friendly. We showed up early and they seated us immediately! The only real downside was something that the restaurant could not control I think. It was hot where we sat nearer the kitchen. If I had a do over I would sit closer to the front, at least in the summer.

All in all, a very nice experience.

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I
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the fixed-price menus available from Sundays to Thursdays. The food was amazing, and the value was incredibly good! A good place to eat for all sorts of occasions.

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MK
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely wonderful dining experience! We had the fixed menu and thoroughly enjoyed our selections. Highly recommended. Our server, although we did not catch her name, was lovely

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AF
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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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R
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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

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RB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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f
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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JC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was generally good, food was fairly decent.

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C
Vancouver
34 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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PC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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PJ
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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ML
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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G
Vancouver
51 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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CT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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ED
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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EA
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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F
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines dinner date night. Everything was delicious!!

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F
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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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L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

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

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L
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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