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“Welcome break from browsing the gallery”

The Gallery Cafe @ the VAG
Ranked #234 of 3,706 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, Canadian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Neighborhood: Downtown
Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada
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61 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Welcome break from browsing the gallery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

We've eaten here numerous times over the years, and have had good experiences with the ambience and especially the creative food choices. Cafeteria-style service - you line up with a tray, pick your beverage, request your meal from the prepped dishes on display, and by the time you make it to the cashier the food is heated & ready to go.

The space is beautiful, especially the flower-filled outside patio. Gorgeous fresh flower arrangements inside are a nice touch. Live music in the evenings if you hit the timing right, otherwise piped in classical is the theme, just right for sitting back and people-watching, either those passing below or your fellow diners - many of whom are "art student" types - very decorative in dress and demeanour!

Reasonable prices - this last visit the four of us had an entree with salad each, plus a beverage (non alcoholic, though wine is available), and a dessert each - came to just under $80 including tip and felt like a good deal for what we received. Food quality is very good - I believe that it is prepared by culinary program students(?).

Recommended, with or without a gallery visit.

  • Visited September 2012
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Columbus, GA
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140 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Unwind with wine!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

We did not eat here, but had wine and listened to the live music.
We sat outdoors on the patio on top of the stairs. The weather was lovely, music soothing, wine fine, and service superb. It is a wonderful way to unwind and people watch!

Visited September 2012
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Vancouver, BC
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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“Oasis in the City”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

I happened to notice pictures of the Gallery Cafe when looking up information on the Vancouver Art Gallery and I am so pleased I did. It is a wonderful place to stop after a walk through the gallery (or even if you're just visiting the downtown area). The outdoor patio area is filled with gorgeous flowers and trees, and has classical music playing in the background. If you walk through and sit at the far end, you can also have a people-watching view of the goings-on of Robson Square below. We just stopped for a glass of wine, but there were lite fare options available too (paninis etc.). We stopped in on Saturday and it was self-serve, but from reading the signs it looks like other evenings there is sit-down service, and more snack and food options (cheese plates, etc). This would be a good option for anyone travelling through downtown Vancouver to stop, for shoppers to catch a breather, for friends to meet, or as a romantic way to end a date at the art gallery. Will add this destination to the list for future visits to the city.

  • Visited August 2012
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San Francisco, California
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84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good breakfast spot if you sit on the terrace”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

The food was good cafe style breakfast food, but what made this place great, is their flower cover terrace. Check it out if you're staying downtown, you won't regret it.

  • Visited August 2012
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Chatham, Canada
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39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lovely way to spend an afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

The selection was plentiful, the food was excellent. Loved the decor (who knew astro turf could look so good!). A great place to do lunch even if you don't visit the art gallery. (but you really should)

Visited June 2012
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