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Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

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French, International, Bistro
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1505 2nd Avenue West | Suite 101, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3Y4, Canada (Anderson)
From downtown Vancouver, the #50 (False Creek) bus will take you right to our building at the corner of West 2nd and Anderson.
604.734.0101
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts offers gourmet cuisine...
Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts offers gourmet cuisine, in an elegant setting, prepared by the next generation of talented cooks. Our marina-view restaurant serves lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday. Choose from a variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts prepared by our talented Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts students under the watchful eye of our European-trained chef instructors. Monday through Thursday - Join us for 'Market Menus' and enjoy a three-course fixed priced menu with choice of appetizer, entree and dessert. Fridays - Feast on our 'West Coast Buffet'. ***PLEASE NOTE: Please note that effective April 2, 2013, Bistro 101 prices will be as follows: 3 Course Lunch (Monday - Thursday): $203 Course Dinner (Monday - Thursday): $26Lunch (Friday - West Coast Buffet): $22Dinner (Friday - West Coast Buffet): $33Please note that the 12% HST will be replaced with the 5% GST at this time as well.
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  • 87
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
super menu but save room for desserts to die for

Found this super restaurant behind the bus stop leaving Granville Island. What a super find just by looking behind your back while waiting for a bus. They are a teaching restaurant and almost everyone is a student or teaching chef. Just a great menu that changes with the subject being taught... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
HENRY T
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
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148 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Found this super restaurant behind the bus stop leaving Granville Island. What a super find just by looking behind your back while waiting for a bus. They are a teaching restaurant and almost everyone is a student or teaching chef. Just a great menu that changes with the subject being taught when you visit. JUST SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERTS FROM... More 

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picachef, Manager at Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving your review of Bistro 101 Henry! We are also glad you happened to stumble upon our restaurant. The students really appreciate the feedback. If you like the desserts so much make sure to visit our Bakery 101 for fresh pastries! More 

Vancouver, Canada
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32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The food is delicious, and beautifully presented. Since it is chefs in training, the prices are excellent, yet the food and quality is that of a 5 star restaurant. The servers are very attentive and friendly. I would definitely go back! Overall it was a great experience.

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picachef, Manager at Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of Bistro 101. The students really strive for excellence in every detail, and it is great to hear how much you enjoyed your experience. We hope to serve you again soon! More 

Tempe, Arizona
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Exciting menu, prix fixe for lunch made it simple, serving sizes were moderate so the four courses was not too filling. We added a flight of wines to our meals and I recommend doing that. The presentation of the food beat any restaurant in recent memory. Our family group of four was very pleased with the menu selection and with... More 

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picachef, Manager at Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Jean. The students and Chefs will be pleased to hear you had such a great experience! Hope to see you again at Bistro 101 :) More 

New Rochelle, New York
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

My wife and I were walking around Granville Island Vancouver BC discussing what we were going to do for dinner, when we happened to walk by the Pacific Institute for Culinary Arts, and my wife recalled from her guide books that they served lunch and dinner. We walked in without a reservation, and fortunately they had one table left. The... More 

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picachef, Manager at Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of Bistro 101. The students always appreciate feedback of their hard work and we are happy to hear how much you enjoyed the buffet. Next time you visit Vancouver you will have to try our 3-Course Menu! More 

zurich
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Unlike getting your haircut by trainee stylists, this place is pretty good. The food was prepared well and for the price very good deal indeed. It's right at the beginning of Granville market, so if you can an an outing there after the meal.

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picachef, Manager at Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, we are very proud of the skill level our training students are at! Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Bistro 101, and please join us again. More 

Austin, Texas
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We visit Vancouver every summer and always include Bistro 101 in our itinerary. The student chefs (under supervision) provide the ambiance, fine dining, expected at a much more expensive restaurant. Don't miss it. .

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picachef, Manager at Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comment and for being a regular visitor to Bistro 101! More 

Sydney, Australia
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Had a really enjoyable meal here. The 3 course meal is the best value for money in Vancouver - and it was great quality ingredients and made very well. Was impressed by the delicious varied bread basket, amuse bouche and small handmade chocolates given with the bill. Was really interesting to be able to watch the training chefs cooking through... More 

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picachef, Manager at Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, responded to this review

Thanks for the fantastic review Poachedeggsontoast! Our students really appreciate receiving feedback for their hard work. We look forward to having you as a guest again in the near future. More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We dined here while spending a weekend in Vancouver following an Alaskan cruise. My wife found the reviews on line and we agreed we'd bring a small group of friends to try it. We were very pleasantly surprised. As a previous reviewer mentioned, some hiccups are to be expected with a staff learning the ropes. We too had minor service... More 

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picachef, Manager at Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of your visit to Bistro 101. Our students take pride in delivering great service and delicious food to our guests and it's great to see they did not disappoint. In spite of the small hiccups we're happy you still enjoyed our students' culinary creations, and we hope you will join us again during... More 

New Westminster, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We had a "Chopped Challenge" to start the evening off - this was excellent and a lot of fun. The food for dinner was way over seasoned with salt, some to the point it was not edible. The fish and rice was very bland with no spice used! The cheesecake was good if you still had an appetite after all... More 

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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115 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

My wife and I had been to this restaurant a few weeks back, and found it to be unique, and justifying the general reviews that i had read. However when we returned for a family event-celebration dinner, we were disappointed, and feel that we could have had a more special occasion elsewhere, hence I regret my decision to have chosen... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1505 2nd Avenue West | Suite 101, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3Y4, Canada
    (Anderson)
  • Public Transportation: From downtown Vancouver, the #50 (False Creek) bus will take you right to our building at the corner of West 2nd and Anderson.
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver
  • Phone Number: 604.734.0101

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 26
  • Cuisine: French, International, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

Description

Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts offers gourmet cuisine, in an elegant setting, prepared by the next generation of talented cooks. Our marina-view restaurant serves lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday. Choose from a variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts prepared by our talented Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts students under the watchful eye of our European-trained chef instructors. Monday through Thursday - Join us for 'Market Menus' and enjoy a three-course fixed priced menu with choice of appetizer, entree and dessert. Fridays - Feast on our 'West Coast Buffet'. ***PLEASE NOTE: Please note that effective April 2, 2013, Bistro 101 prices will be as follows: 3 Course Lunch (Monday - Thursday): $203 Course Dinner (Monday - Thursday): $26Lunch (Friday - West Coast Buffet): $22Dinner (Friday - West Coast Buffet): $33Please note that the 12% HST will be replaced with the 5% GST at this time as well.
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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