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“Perfect Mix of Casual and Elegant!”
Review of Arms Reach Bistro

Arms Reach Bistro
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Price range: $11 - $26
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Banbury Road
Description: The Arms Reach Bistro, established in 2004, in the heart of Deep Cove, offers a tasteful west coast style cuisine with a unique flare. Open at 11am seven days a week, we serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Come down and join us, relax and relish in the spectacular waterfront view.
North Vancouver, Canada
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190 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“Perfect Mix of Casual and Elegant!”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

The Arms Reach deserves its spot near the top of the North Van restaurant list on Tripadvisor. This bistro looks and feels casual, with patio seating, lots of locals, and a lovely water/ mountain view - but it offers a fine dining experience. The menu is varied and includes many interesting and creative "foodie" options. For example, they have an expansive wine and cocktail menu. I tried a "Shaketown" cocktail (named after the old shake cedar shingle mills in Lynn Valley). It had cedar infused whisky along with lemon thyme syrup and soda. It was unique and refreshing. The menu also includes a number of before and after dinner drinks with maple syrup.
My wife and I shared a tasty cheese plate and a tomato and cheese salad. My wife had a pasta dish (with lots of fresh basil and tomato). She asked for the pasta without the sausage; the kitchen responded by adding extra prawns. I had a melt in your mouth grilled beef tenderloin. It came with perfectly roasted cauliflower, crispy pomme frites (fries) and a black truffle aiole for dipping. My only quibble was that the fries were oversalted for my taste. However, given the very accomodating vibe in the bistro, I am confident that I could simply request no salt on the fries next time.
Our server, Gina, was one of the better waitresses we have had in any establishment. She was pleasant, informed, helpful - and was able to stike a perfect balance between attentive and unobtrusive. In response to my questions, she described how the bartender uses cedar chips to infuse the whisky. She was able to list the ingredients in the truffle aiole (made in house). This information was not shared with the pompus self-importance that defines many foodie restaurants - instead it was almost as if a friend or neighbour was answering a question about a dish they served at a dinner party.
Given the drink and small plates menu - this is definately a place where you could drop in for a light snack on the patio while visiting Deep Cove. However, I heartily recommend this bistro as a dinner option for north shore residents and visitors.

  • Visited June 2014
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Santa Clarita, California
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“Great Location”
Reviewed June 6, 2014

The location of this restaurant is in such a beautiful community. I will return for the ambiance and the nice walk that we took after dinner.

  • Visited April 2014
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North Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The ocean, an intimate dining room, a great view and wine”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Arms Reach Bistro is a popular destination on the North Shore, that's code for you might very well need reservations. Well known stars from time to time have been known to haunt this smaller eating establishment as they rent homes in the Deep Cove area while filming.

I'm prejudice to the view since I live in Deep Cove, but I've been here since 1981 and I never get tired of a scenery of mountains, ocean, boats, kayaks and canoes and lots of tourists excited over their first time visit.

This smaller restaurant has a well rounded wine list, hitting above its league, and a reasonably varied menu with ample selections from the ocean, what we on the Wet West Coast have come to enjoy. There are non-seafood choices as well. I would give the menu and quality of food a B+ rating, Vancouver has so many excellent restaurants that its not easy to achieve an "A."

I've only eaten at the Bistro five times but the service has been good. The atmosphere is intimate and the noise level is reasonable, not too intrusive. There is an outside eating area I have never experienced but it is full in good weather so its obviously popular. I notice the Bistro is a dating destination and visitors come from all over the mainland, not just North Vancouver to experience it.

Well worth a trip over the bridge, good food, decent service, excellent wine and a wonderful view round out your dining experience. And oh yes, don't forget to go for a walk along the beach looking for seals, heron, and other ocean residences both human and other wise.

  • Visited March 2014
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“Great restaurant!!”
Reviewed May 19, 2014

Out of the way but worth the trip. Great food, view and friendly efficient staff. Plan for time to walk around Deep Cove. No nicer place on a nice day!!

Visited September 2013
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Thank Donna S
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North Vancouver, Canada
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“Our favourite restaurant in Deep Cove”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

This place is a hidden gem! The food is always great. Their wine and beer menu is impressive. The view from the patio is breathtaking!

  • Visited April 2014
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