Permanently Closed - Trafalgars Bistro

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CAN$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Proudly voted the winner of Vancouver Magazine's Green Award!
"Definitely a friendly neighborhood gem with excellent food and service. Staff are professional and Westcoast-friendly, making you feel right at home."
-OT diner

Elegant, but unpretentious, Trafalgars Bistro is the ideal neighbourhood gem offering the cozy informality & friendly ambiance of a French Bistro with a menu that is delicious, simple and affordable.
Fresh and local ingredients are the mainstays of their seasonally changing menu which draw inspiration from French cuisine. They achieve simplicity and substance in their dishes, believing that when you work from scratch with quality ingredients lots of the work is already done. Relax with a refreshing Martini, or dive straight into the carefully selected wine list highlighting beautiful wines from around the globe.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Northwest, French
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Hours of operation
Daytime Hours
Mon-Friday: 11am-3 (last orders taken)
Sat & Sun: 10am-3 (last orders taken)

EVENING HOURS
Mon-Thurs: 5-9 (last orders taken)
Fri & Sat: 5-10 (last orders taken)
Sun: closed for dinner

We are closed Sunday evenings, but the room is available for private bookings 7 nights a week.
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Phone number
(604) 739-0555 ext. 1
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
From parties of 2 to 42, we look forward to being your ideal venue. Dietary restrictions, allergies, and special menus are all handled with great consideration.
From walking buffets, full service, cocktail party, or family style events, we strive to make your event the talk of the town.
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Private party contact
Andrea Thorgilsson: (604) 739-0555 ext. 1
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Catering
Trafalgars Bistro caters everything from intimate dinner parties to buffets, backyard barbecues and formal cocktail parties. Canapé and hors d’oeuvres, salads, soup, casseroles and pot pies, quiches, and a variety of elegant platters are all available under the general and custom catering menus.
The experienced team of servers, bartenders and bussing staff is also available to ensure events of various sizes run smoothly throughout.
For copies of menus or to discuss your next catered event, give us a call.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Trafalgar Street
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Parking details
Ample street parking is available - always free, no meters or parkades.
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Public transit
We are located 2 blocks east of the #22 or #2 bus stops on Macdonald Street and West 16th Avenue.
The #33 stops right outside of Trafalgars on 16th.
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Entertainment
Our wine list offers many half bottles and 2 oz pours - we encourage you to play with your palate by choosing excellent wine pairings with each course.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.3
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RJ
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alas Trafalgars is no more. We were able to get in on the last Saturday and is was fun and sad and happy all at once. Will miss Trafalgars desperately

K
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We miss you already!! Thanks for everything. See you at sweet obsessions. <3

TL
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant so much and am so heartbroken that they are closing. The owners have done an amazing job of running this place for 20 years and are ending on the highest note. Have had many tasty dinners and brunches here. Service is always lovely. Am going to miss them very much. Cheers to the owners and staff, thank you for being such a gem to the neighbourhood!

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

All was good but as Trafalgars is closing for ever this weekend any review would be moot. It's a great shame as this was a long time favourite.

TF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful and wonderful neighbourhood venue. So, so sorry that it is closing. We are really going to miss it!!

OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We'll miss the lamb burger!

VJ
Vancouver
28 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love the food here and will be sad to see it close in a couple of weeks. I love finding anywhere with fresh ingredients where you can have a 3 course meals with drinks and not feel stuffed or heavy by the time you leave. The mushroom arancini was delicious, as was the pork tenderloin. There is an impressive 33 dessert choices plus specials and dessert wines and coffees to choose from also.

Service has always been very good and I hope to get back for brunch or lunch before they close the doors.

B
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Restaurant did not live up to our expectations based on previous reviews. Dishes generally bland and over-priced for what showed up on the plate. Waitress friendly and efficient. The host on the other hand - brusque and officious.

PA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had my wife's sister and brother-in-law to entertain before their return to Toronto the next morning. We had attended three separate wedding events in Vancouver over three days, so we were feeling a little worn out.
Trafalgar's exceeded expectations...the butternut squash soup and my pork tenderloin were excellent, my wife's sister's risotto ditto excellent...the only negative was that my brother-in-law's bison was lukewarm, and the kitchen had to wave a magic wand. We then went next door to Sweet Obsession for desserts and coffee. My guests went home very happy.

TR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner and the service was the best!
The food was delicious and we were able to talk to each
other and not have to compete with others.
Thanks for a wonderful evening!

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

First-time diners. Went for pre-Mother's Day Brunch. All four of us enjoyed our brunches and Champagne Cocktails. We weren't in a hurry so it didn't matter so much that our breakfasts took so long.... There was a large Birthday group being served while we were there, which also impacted the "noise level".

All in all, we do not regret going, and would go again. Good location. Nice staff!

S
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very friendly neighborhood restaurant. Delicious food and artistically presented.
Great for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner.

AM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We wanted a restaurant in the neighbourhood, quiet enough so we can chat, and tables not too close together so we have privacy.

We had a very enjoyable evening, although the noise level could be a little quieter.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

lovely food, relaxed atmosphere, attentive staff, harmonious surroundings

GM
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent carbonara will be back
For that dish

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It wasn't that busy when we were there, but was nice to have a reservation. Food was very good. Not your typical greasy spoon place. Well thought out menu. Enjoyed the experience.

SJ
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, warm and friendly neighbourhood brasserie. Friendly staff who didn't rush us but provided good, relaxed service. Able to be flexible with the requests our children made. The food itself was delicious with an emphasis on local versions of brasserie favourites.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time, food was excellent.

MD
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the best halibut dish ever! The fresh ingredients and combination of flavors were incredible..can't wait to go back and have it again!

j
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience1

We really didn't have a good experience. The food was okay but nothing special, the room was cold, and the service was efficient but not warm and notable. Overall, this is probably an okay choice for locals, but I wouldn't drive out of my way to go there again.

PR
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Small neighborhood bistro, great food and atmosphere. Came for a birthday dinner with six people. All of us really enjoyed the meal and we would recommend this as a place to eat for anyone. One issue that bothered me was the relentlessly attempted to confirm the reservation, leaving 3 messages on my phone. When the finally got me, I was informed of a 18% mandatory gratuity for a larger party. In my opinion, 6 is not a large party, and I do not like being forced into an 18% tip with not opportunity to judge the service. The service was about the only thing I found lacking as it was slow and a little unattentive. they should really reconsider this policy, as the restaurant was not even full when we were seated at 8pm..

r
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food with a nice quiet atmosphere nice pacing of the service

H
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant!! It is a neighborhood gem!! We really should come more often. The food is always supremely delicious and the staff are ever-so welcoming and generous with their service. Great for casual dining or more formal. Love, love, love this place!

A
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my second time in three days, this time with the whole family. Exquisite food with fine attention to detail. Risotto with sunchokes and a scallop! Everyone loved their meals.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful belated valentines dinner.. Wonderful staff, excellent food, cosy setting. Will be coming back on our next visit to Vancouve..

A
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the prix fixe did not disappoint. The chicken pate, silk smooth and flavourful with compote, the pasta special (smoked octopus, mussels), the pear sorbet! Keep up the stellar quality!

S
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always wanted to dine here but living practically right next door it just never happened although I buy the cakes all the time. It was great to finally dine & did not disappoint. I would recommend this to anyone looking for moderate to dining for any occasion. The noise level was great -very easy to talk & food was awesome - highly recommend the bistro fries with truffle oil. Can't wait to go again -

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Trafalgars has long been a favourite. It has the feel of a friendly, neighbourhood bistro with innovative but comforting entrees and appetizers. Coffee is excellent but the desserts outstanding--rich and satisfying!

C
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday lunch

N
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little local restaurant. Easy to get to and to park. Great menu and wine list. Truffle fries with mussels excellent. They accommodated my lactose free request.

a
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I wanted to go back there and introduce my family to their bison steak. Though it wasn't available that night, the beef fillet was great. Scallop appetizer was delicious too.
Will definitely go back there again on special occasions.

G
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little gem for a fancy date without breaking too much of the bank. Our server was super friendly and knowledgeable!

S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2017
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We enjoyed our experience. In fact the restaurant made us feel as if we were transported us to a different city. The service is outstanding. The bread is excellent and fresh. The onion tarte very nice and risotto excellent. The mussels would have benefited from a bit more garlic for our tastes. The mussels were a little bland for our tastes . The desserts impeccable especially the fruit tart with chocolate mousse, which we felt was the best dessert. Their desserts appeared to use real butter and were fresh made by Sweet Obsession. We had earlier come for breakfast and for breakfast, I recommend the smoked salmon benny. We will go back for breakfast for sure.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice, consistently good neighbourhood option. Service was a bit slower than usual, but always friendly.

C
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I appreciate restaurants that are not too loud and do not have tv screens, so we can enjoy the meal and the company. I would recommend this place for dates and friend get-togethers.

OT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Vancouver from Seattle. Friends recommended the restaurant. We drove from downtown to visit. It was definitely worth the drive. Loved the small restaurant with the owner greeting you. Service couldn't be better. Food was fabulous. Would definitely go back again.

t
Vancouver
56 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Two of us dined at brunch. Both the duck confit hash and traditional breakfast were well prepared and tasty. The jam is extraordinary! We have dined here for dinner twice in the past and enjoyed those visits as well. I highly recommend.

TG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The starters were excellent. The main courses were good and the dessert menu very good. However, the wine selection for people drinking by the glass was poor and, relative to comparable restaurants on Vancouver's west side, overpriced. This brought the restaurant down on the criterion of value for money.

C
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I and all of my friends love this place. The food, service and decor are all wonderful.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed the Chicken pate and the Lamb stew, very favourful and amble amount.