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Central Bistro

#291 of 2,831 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Downtown
French, International, Bistro, Canadian
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1072 Denman Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2M8, Canada (Comox)
(604) 689-4527
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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 46
    Very good
  • 7
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  • 6
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always good food, esp the arugula salad. Great burgers, too!

I love the arugula salad, it's one of the best salads I've had. I have always enjoyed the burgers. Tried quite a few things on their menu. Service is friendly. Can get busy. Fun to sit at the bar sometimes too for a glass of wine. Knowledgeable staff when it comes to food and drinks. More than the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
Karen H
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Nelson, Canada
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Central Bistro has been my go-to restaurant when visiting Vancouver. I always have the shortribs ....tender and delicious.....simmered for hours in a rich sauce and served with the lightest gnocci. Delicious and well worth $26. Well at least it used to be. Sadly, the chef has decided to change the dish which is now served with roast turnip, baby carrots... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I love the arugula salad, it's one of the best salads I've had. I have always enjoyed the burgers. Tried quite a few things on their menu. Service is friendly. Can get busy. Fun to sit at the bar sometimes too for a glass of wine. Knowledgeable staff when it comes to food and drinks. More than the norm. Sometimes... More 

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Cypress, Texas
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Stumbled upon this place after the obligatory sunset watch at English Bay. The food was great - I loved the Salt Spring Island Mussels, and my wife said the crab cake was very tasty! Beer choices were varied, and the people were super-friendly.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I had been to the Central Bistro for a business breakfast. I enjoyed the fresh food, so when we needed a quick early dinner, I decided to try Central for dinner. We arrived at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday since we had to attend a concert and had to leave at 6:45 p.m. We ordered the Vegetable Fritters as a shared... More 

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Schiedam, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

Looking for a 'normal' restaurant around this neighbourhood wasn't easy. The steak was perfect and the salad very tasty. The service good. We are still here so don't know what the damage is when the bill comes, but if you want a good meal you can't go wrong here.

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Cairns, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We had just arrived in Vancouver and were seeking out lunch when we came across this atmospheric and youthful bistro. The service and our meals were excellent and the draught beer icy cold. Beautifully fresh ingredients in our lunch selections and the accompanying soup was delicious. We plan to return for dinner during our stay as we suspect the evening... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Have been here several times over the years, and frankly have never had a disappointing visit. From brunch to lunch to dinner - each time service has been friendly, and dishes tasty. Steak perfectly cooked and nicely seasoned. Mussels very good - though sometimes can be slightly on the overlooked side. Some excellent souls as well. Only thing I cannot... More 

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Puslinch
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

We visited Central Bistro for the second time after loving our meal nearly a year ago. The food and service was consistent and we really enjoyed everything. The salmon scramble was fantastic.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Friendly, casual dining place. Walked in on a Saturday evening with no reservations...no problem. Great menu with something for everyone. The house salad was amazing, tuna was cooked perfectly, the braised ribs were delicious and the wine list, though short, was good. The front of house can be a bit boisterous. Seating towards the back is a bit more intimate.

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Stumbled across Centrl Bistro on a Sunday night for a business trip. Wow - live instrumental jazz, fab mussels and frites, warm friendly atmosphere and reasonable prices in one package! Great people watching - everyone coming and going at the bar were obviously regulars.

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Additional Information about Central Bistro

Address: 1072 Denman Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2M8, Canada
Phone Number: (604) 689-4527
Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: French, International, Bistro, Canadian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1072 Denman Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 2M8, Canada
    (Comox)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (604) 689-4527

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: French, International, Bistro, Canadian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?