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“Excellent Food, Exceptional Service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fable

Fable
1944 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1M5, Canada
+1 604-732-1322
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Ranked #22 of 2,763 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $26
Cuisines: Contemporary, Canadian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: between Maple and Cypress
Description: Local food brought in daily and prepared fresh for service. Defining Canadian cuisine.
vancouver
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Excellent Food, Exceptional Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Make a reservation or arrive by 6:00 pm. I dine here approximately once a month. This month, it was three times. It is very rare that I am disappointed. The staff really want to know what you think and if there is an issue they will deal with it.

The food is nuanced, well put together and tasty. The menu is manageable but requested, Chef Trevor Bird will put together something special or will cater to diet restrictions. I have seen off-menu delights such as pork platters and veggie dishes.

The highlights: the Canned Tuna - tuna confit with preserved lemon and fondant potatoes; the Chickpea Fritters - can be over sauced but is tasty; the Salads - Brassica and now Beet Tartare; Lemon Meringue Parfait - pie in a glass; Macarons - innovative and unexpected combinations.

The staff are well trained and knowledgeable about the best wines to accompany the dishes selected.

The starters are around $9-13, mains are around $18-28 and desserts are around $8-12. It's not cheap but is good value for excellent food.

The room can get noisy. Acoustic panels have helped but not completely rectified the problem.

It's a well-run restaurant with attentive staff and hands on management and excellent food.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kathy S, Owner at Fable, responded to this review, March 15, 2014
Thank you so much for this great review!
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English first
Quebec City, Canada
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“West Coast Wonder”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We had heard of this place, as it had been written up as one of the best places in Vancouver to experience "farm to table" cuisine, hence the name. Coincidentally, my brother-in-law and his wife, who live in Vancouver, had also recommended it, so the four of us booked a table not so long ago, when we were visiting our daughter

The first impression is often the one that sticks, and we were truly impressed by the buzz the moment we walked in ( later on in the evening, we asked our waitress if she could turn the volume down a notch on the very pleasant music; turns out the staff had been having a pre-dinner dance party, and had had the volume a little higher than normal! )

The four of us shared two dynamite starters - chickpea fritters and "canned tuna", the last impossible to describe. This was followed by mains, consisting in slow cooked steelhead trout, weathervane scallops, and braised beef - all equally delicious

The white and red, a pinot gris and a cabernet franc, both from BC, were excellent!

The service throughout the evening was uniformly courteous and our waitress was most helpful with suggestions in both the food and wine departments

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kathy S, Owner at Fable, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
We're so glad all signs pointed to Fable and that you enjoyed your experience so much. Thanks for this lovely review!
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Langley, BC
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59 restaurant reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Definite WOW! Factor.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Enjoyed a fabulous 4 course dinner at Fable through Airmiles Rewards. What a fantastic evening. The wine pairings were by Liquidity. Chef Trevor Bird put on a sumptuous feast and we will be sure to return to try the regular menu. My only complaint about the evening was the dessert course should have had a dessert wine to accompany it rather than a Pinot Noir - however, Liquidity Winery apparently doesn't make a dessert wine! Too bad because their other offerings were great!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kathy S, Owner at Fable, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
We're so glad that you made it in for this very special dinner paired with Liquidity. They are a young winery, so perhaps they will eventually source out the grapes for a dessert wine! We'll be first in line to try it. Thank you and I hope we see you back to try out some of our Fable signature dishes soon as well! We have a delicious ice wine to pair with ;)
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
“Fable is the bomb!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

I was in Vancouver for a weekend business trip and I had a friend of mine recommend this place to take my clients. Wow was I impressed!! The chef Trevor Bird was a gentleman and explained the concept of farm to table concept with sustainability. Leading a culinary revolution, this place is the bomb and I can`t wait to visit Vancouver again and eat at this memorable establishment!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kathy S, Owner at Fable, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
It's great to hear how much you loved your experience with us. We can't take the credit for leading the growing popularity of farm to table food and focus on the food from sustainable farming, but we are happy to be part the important and growing wave. Look forward to seeing you back here on the next trip out from Toronto!
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Whitby, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Just Awesome!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Took my wife there for her birthday and she was blown away. The atmosphere was perfect, loved the intimite nature of this restaurant!! The staff was attentive and professional. We loved the canned tuna, chickpea fritters and mussels (we love our appys!) The slow cooked trout and kale salad was delicious!! Can't wait to go back!!

  • Visited December 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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Kathy S, Owner at Fable, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
And we can't wait to have you back! Thanks for this great review.
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