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“Neighbourly Perfection.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fable

Fable
1944 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6L1G6, Canada
+1 604-732-1322
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Ranked #32 of 2,788 restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $17 - $30
Cuisines: Contemporary, Canadian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: between Maple and Cypress
Description: Fresh food brought in daily and prepared fresh for service. Defining Canadian cuisine.
Queenstown, New Zealand
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Neighbourly Perfection.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Fable is the sort of neighbourhood restaurant we all wish was just around the corner. Simple food based on locally sourced ingredients and solid technic means the dishes not only satisfy but wow us. Try the "canned tuna" it's a go to dish. The rabbit special and fish dishes on offer when we dined were damn good too. Service is friendly and efficient but hey this is Canada, what do you expect? Sit at the bar and you can almost lend the chefs a hand. The desserts although tasty were a touch too tricky for the style of dining.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Calgary
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“One of the best food and dining experiences ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We waited for seats at the bar and were rewarded with a birds eye view of the happenings. The staff and owners went out of their way to talk to us, to joke, to tell us their stories about their journeys to the restaurant. The food was so well-prepared and works of art. The owner surprised us with a complimentary dessert to die for - non cheesecake-tasting cheesecake and ganouche.
The place was busy on the Saturday night but that didn't impact the care and attention we received. Owners Kathy and Don and the rest of the staff should be commended for the warm and inviting atmosphere and the wonderful food!
A definite stop on W. 4th Ave!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Third Time Not a Charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We ate there on Saturday night after having two fantastic dinners, one last August and once around New Years. The place was packed this time and we were a little late being seated but no big deal. They brought us complimentary corn bread with chipotle butter which was excellent. The bread was moist with a great crust and the butter had a nice smokiness and heat. We ordered the chickpea fritters and gnocchi, both of which were so good the first two times we had to have them again. This time they disappointed. The fritters were rock hard and the gnocchi had the texture of loose balls of mash potatoes. Perhaps our expectations were high but these were a far cry from the gnocchi we had the first two times which were the best we ever had. The mushroom sauce that accompanied the gnocchi was quite good.
Both times we ate here previously we had the flat iron steak. Cooked perfectly and the pepper jam was a great addition. This time we had the potato crusted chicken with fable stew and the halibut with chorizo bouillabaisse. The chicken was cooked perfectly, moist with a good crust but tasted bland. The stew was closer to sautéed vegetables and lacked any real sauce. The halibut was also cooked well but either the bouillabaisse or the polenta crouton tasted like the lid fell off the salt shaker while seasoning. I mentioned this to our server and they suggested the salt was from the chorizo (I didn’t taste it there) but he still removed it from the bill. After two fantastic meals we were disappointed this time. Interestingly, the first two times we dined at Fable Trevor Bird (head chef/owner) was in the kitchen but he was not there during this visit. Perhaps it was just an off night, but if Saturday had been our first time at Fable, we would not likely be going back. But, knowing how good they can be, we will give it another try. We based our ratings on all three visits.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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108 reviews 108 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Amazing! Great service and awesome food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

This might be my new favourite restaurant in Vancouver. Be warned, it is super busy and we tried two other times to get in so book a reservation! We sat at the bar and it was such a great experience watching the people prep and cook the food. We met Trevor, the head chef, super nice and Ron the owner (I think). Jordan, our waiter, was such a treat! It is a well oiled machine. There were four of us and I am sure we tried all the starters. Really, everything was awesome! Thanks so much and we will be back!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Canada
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105 restaurant reviews
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
“a weekday treat”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

we manage to get the 6pm seating with firm instructions that we must be done by 8. Service was prompt, impersonal with the definite goal to have you eat and go, like McDonalds with a bigger smile. Food was well made, good cuts of meat and product but small portions. Not particularly tasty or ground breaking. Just your standard weekday treat to yourself if you are tired of leftovers. By the time we got to the car, we forgot what we actually ate.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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