The fare at Bishop's is regional and seasonal. In restaurateur John Bishop's view, it makes sense to showcase British Columbia's lush bounty of seafood, organic produce and meats. His exquisite West Side restaurant blends classic and modern flavours with a casual elegance that keeps clients coming back for a truly exceptional dining experience.
Hours of Operation:
Open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday from 5:30 till closing time.
Closed December 24th, 25th and 26th
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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We are located along major bus routes, or fifteen minutes from Downtown Vancouver via taxi.
Full Bar, Wine
Bishop's Ratings and Reviews
Great attention to details. Delicious f ...
Great attention to details. Delicious flavours and great looking dishes. Service is excellent.
Elegant, exquisite! Great food and ambi ...
Elegant, exquisite! Great food and ambiance.
Just amazing. It's been a while since I ...
Just amazing. It's been a while since I felt that I got my money's worth at a fine dining restaurant. The food, service, and ambiance were perfect. Going back there for sure! Mr. John Bishop himself greeted us and explained a lot of things. There's a reason the business is still going strong after 31 years (the number of years in business according to Mr. Bishop).
Outstanding food and great service. A Va ...
Outstanding food and great service. A Vancouver institution!
From the time we stepped out of our taxi ...
From the time we stepped out of our taxi to the moment we left, everything here was amazing. The staff were amazingly attentive and the food was gorgeous. The atmosphere felt warm and inviting. The Bishop's cocktail is a must to begin your night. We enjoyed asparagus with prawn, smoked cod, lamb and halibut, all of which were done to perfection and with an imaginative twist. I like that. Thank you to everyone who made our night so special.
Service was exquisite and genuinely char ...
Service was exquisite and genuinely charming. Not over- or under-done. Felt like we were being spoiled in the comfort of our own home. Food was perfectly cooked and nicely payed tribute to local and in-season ingredients. Recently, the halibut, lamb, and strip loin entrees were to die for, as were simple yet still delicious accompaniments (in-season ingredients such as sautéed morel mushrooms and asparagus). The wine list had something interesting and tasteful for every budget, be it modest or unlimited. Not an inexpensive evening overall, but it was worth every penny and more!
We had an early reservation so the restaurant was quiet, however we were pleased to see John greeting his guests at the door. The whole atmosphere was relaxing and perfect for conversation. From the bread plate & amuse bouche to the entree, it was an enjoyable experience that we will repeat.
Bishop's Still Great After All These Years
Bishops has consistently been, and remains, one of the best fine dining restaurants in Vancouver in all respects.
A gem in Kitsilano - Bishop's
Our party of 7 was seated at the front table of Bishop's. A great table for group conversation. The service was impeccable including the recommendations for the wines. The menu may surprise you...just a few choices. However, this is Bishop's winning formula...the quality and presentation of those choices is outstanding! If you're looking for a great evening of conversation with those you care about accompanied by wonderful food, wine and attentive service reserve your table at Bishop's. I know I'll be back!
Another Stunning Evening at Bishop's
The staff and food never disappoint. The quiet attention to every detail, by every staff member is simply impeccable. The wine staff, led by Abel Jacinto, are more than knowledgeable...never intimidating, always accommodating. While the wine list is deep and wide, don't miss looking at the "bin ends". There is always something interesting to try. Ok, so there's that....but the evening always starts with a small amuse bouche that never fails, along with bread and butter...not just any bread, but 2 choices, made in-house and accompanied by butter that might better be described as delicious mild cheese. It's that good! Desserts are terrific and seasonal menu offerings never fail to provide a delightful surprise. May John Bishop live long and prosper!
Amazing find, amazing food!
What an amazing find. I Made a last minute booking based on information found online. We received a friendly welcome to this charming, elegant restaurant. We were not rushed, and the wonderfully attentive service made for a relaxed enjoyable evening. The food was flawless, the highlights being the halibut, the beef strip loin and the quince and pear mille-feuille. We will definitely return on future visits to Vancouver.
Best in town
Wonderful evening. such good attention. Only issue, the wines were a little expensive and we went through the first bottle too quickly!
Awesome food ? Yes.
I love going to Bishops. I haven't had a bad meal there. The serving staff are super attentive and quick to respond. I love the look of the place too. I think Bishops should be promoted to Archbishops. Bam!
Great service and food
Service was excellent and above&beyond. The food delicious. Each plate was memorable and unique. The food was prepared with great detail and care. The ambiance was especially romantic- the sun early on setting with the candles to illuminate the room to create a classy atmosphere. A most memorable night with good food and service in Vancouver.
You know you are going to enjoy an evening of exceptional flavours when you glance at the menu items. The food was fantastic and the service impeccable. Just the right blend of attentiveness and privacy.
A wonderful place
We loved the classy ambiance of Bishop's and its innovative menu. Everything was great: the food, the presentation, the service, the décor and the presence of the owner who delighted us with his great stories.
Bishops is a lovely restaurant, we had t ...
Bishops is a lovely restaurant, we had the set menu - starter and main were fairly average but the desert was fantastic (baked apple). Service fantastic. Slightly older clientele but nice for a romantic date night
We had heard that Bishop's was a very dependable, established dinner restaurant in Vancouver. It did not disappoint. The food was excellent, particularly the main course of black cod. We enjoyed the wine list with a good selection of wines from BC. The only disappointment was the cheese plate.
The food was absolutely fantastic. The ...
The food was absolutely fantastic. The ingredients were of extremely high quality, and the preparation was artful. I brought a number of international guests, in order to show off the wonderful foods of the Pacific Northwest, and it didn't disappoint. Gourmet meal, superb service and intimate ambiance. I'll be back for sure.
Impeccable as always. I entertained a v ...
Impeccable as always. I entertained a visiting international guest with local colleagues. The menu is broad enough to accommodate all, local sourcing and preparation are superlative, unobtrusively served. Wonderful place to converse. The West Coast native art adds a special local touch. A reliable gem.
Won't go back
Service and welcome was great. Unfortunately the cocktails and food were not. I ordered the cod and my husband ordered the duck and they were both completely bland. The starter (Walla Walla Onion Veloute) and dessert (Baked Okanagan Apple) was okay but nothing that wowed our experience.
My first time at Bishop's
From the moment you walk in the door you know you are going to have a lovely experience at Bishop's. A warm smile greeted us as the hostess took our soggy coats and then guided my Mom and I to our table in the corner. Throughout the evening the serving staff were very friendly and attentive without being intrusive. And the food...I enjoyed every bite. I wish I could have eaten the whole dinner twice! My Mom and I shared the greens, which although simple, had a delicious dressing. We both had the steak. It was grilled to perfection and oh, so tender. I devoured the root vegetables and potatoes...and I don't even like beets. To top off this amazing meal I had the baked Okanagan apple. Tangy and sweet and surrounded by strudel and a scoop of ice cream (made from goat's milk). I've prpbably walked by Bishop's hundreds of times and never really noticed it but now that I've eaten there I can't wait to go back!
appetizer: Winter Squash soup: Soup dish arrived with a garnish in the centre, including pumpkin seeds. The soup arrived in a jug and was poured into the soup bowl by the waiter. It was warm to start, and I expect a soup to be hot. I like to take my time when I dine, so the soup was cold long before I finished it. And it is too thick. And not very tasty. entrée: Strip Loin. Arrived on a bed of pureed sweet potato. Already sliced. I ordered it medium and it arrived medium rare at best. I had to send it back. For some reason, a lot of chefs find it offensive to cook meat any more well done than medium rare, and I was afraid of this even before I ordered it. The meat was not very tasty and fairly tough. I expect a cut of sirloin to not be tender, but a strip loin should be more tender than it was. The pureed sweet potato under the meat makes it very messy to eat. I am not one to put much salt if any on my meat, but I feel this meat needs some kind of seasoning. The servers are excellent. And many of them I recognized from my previous visit. I had a different glass of wine with each of the two courses. The timing of serving the wines was perfect. The lovely fresh bread and unsalted Fraser Valley butter is a wonderful touch. I love fresh bread and butter.
Great food and service!
The waitress was very nice and friendly. The food was spectacular!
Honestly can't recommend this resturant
Went to Bishops for their Valentines set menu. There were 3 different selections for each group of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. My date and I made sure to choose different items - that is, we sampled 6 of the 9 different dishes available. On a scale of 1-5, there was a single 2, and the rest were 1's. Reactions ranged from "ingredient/flavors didn't come together at all" to "salty salted salt with a fine dusting of salt". We left dissatisfied, and while we love the excitement of trying new restaurants together, we couldn't help but lament over the various excellent places we've been to in the past that we could've otherwise spent $300+ on instead. The staff was friendly, attentive, and very professional. The decor was cozy and romantic. Sadly the food just wasn't up to par.
Dishes are good. And they served complim ...
Dishes are good. And they served complimentary food while we wait for our food which is great. The ambience is amazing.
Still the best thirty years on.
Bishop's is justly acclaimed is a or the top dining experience in Vancouver. After 30 years nothing has changed! John Bishop has created an experience of infomal friendliness and dining excellence that is unsurpassable.
Superb dining! A spiritually awakening experience!
Attention to detail by an excellent kitchen brings back long ago memories of feelings of well-being that a dining experience can provide. The ordinary is made extraordinary by the imaginative preparation of such simple items as squash soup, chicken roulade and a baked apple! Mr. Bishop's charming presence and attention to diners reveals how this establishment acquired its preeminent reputation.
Best resturant in Kits
With the most pleasant staff and a very gracious owner, Bishop,s is our favourite spot for a special occasion or a wonderful meal. John Bishop makes a point of greeting all his guests and has a tremendous memory of past diners. His specials and food are always very well presented and tasty
Amazing day in, day out!
John Bishop's attention to detail, from the kitchen to drink and service is unparalleled in the City. It is like going home to dinner.
I've been meaning to come here for a long time...
...and all I can say, is what was I waiting for !! Right from entering the restaurant the service was top notch and continued throughout the evening. The food was amazing - so delicious. Look forward to coming back again and having another romantic evening.
Elegant, quiet dinner
1 day before Valentine's Day weekend, we weren't sure we would get a prime-time table for our 44th anniversary. But the restaurant was half empty. Service was great, menu was a manageable size with adequate choices. There were many BC wines on the list, including a Foxtrot Wapiti Vineyards Viognier, which we both enjoyed with our scallops and our quail. Not inexpensive: more like a rare treat!
Outstanding fine dining experience.
My wife and I don't get out for many fine dining experiences much anymore, toddler at home and other priorities. Bishops is a Vancouver institution amongst all the noise of great new restaurants in a fickle market. John Bishop is one of only a few left that pioneered the fine dining experience in our city. There is tried and true experience under that roof and can be easily overlooked by the younger dining crowd of Vancouver amongst the over stimulating rooms and white noise of this city. The whole experience that evening reminded us why we love great food and rekindled our interest in fine dining. The layering and combination on every plate was music in our mouth's. I actually slowed down while eating because I didn't want the experience to end. The service, staff, room and most of all the food and wine pairing were spot on. If you eat for love and not just to sustain yourself, you must experience and evening at Bishops. It left me wanting for more. Cheers to John and his staff. A flawless experience for my wife and I.
We had an incredible evening at Bishops. ...
We had an incredible evening at Bishops. The food was excellent quality and service was very attentive. Highly recommend.
Surprised by low quality
We ordered the 3 course special. We were both surprised by the bland flavourless main course.
Classy restaurant, mediocre food
Let me just say, the service here is top notch. The wait staff are courteous, professional, and above all else, very detailed. John Bishop himself was seen amongst the diners, chatting people up, and at one point, even interrupted himself to fold up a napkin left crumpled on a table. As would be inappropriate to say in an establishment of this class, mad props. It's a shame the food couldn't keep up. Everything is executed technically perfect, but the actual recipe is stock standard. Everything was done right, but not done special. The pork terrine didn't feel like anything but standard issue terrine. The steak come out a medium instead of medium-rare, aka: ruined. Root vegetables and mash is pretty standard stuff. The pumpkin cake was thoroughly mediocre with insufficient pumpkin flavour to be of note. The quail was pretty good though. It's all a big shame though, because it all looked so good on the menu. Was the kitchen off that day? Am I being too picky? All I know is that I won't be coming back until I hear something has changed. Sorry Mr. Bishop.
Delicious, surprising and classy as ever ...
Delicious, surprising and classy as ever. We had the 3 course set menu. Highlight for me were the squash soup with toasted grains. Fantastic. The wine pairings were delightful.
Great place for New Years Eve!!
Booked a late table for New Years Eve, special four course menu but still with lots of choices. Staff was attentive, friendly, and fun. Food was delicious with attention to detail in presentation. Had wine by the glass and Champagne right before midnight. Lots of fun, will go back on a regular menu night.
Very Good New Year's Eve Menu
We decided to try the New Year's Eve menu and we were not disappointed. The four course meal was excellent and the special last minute addition of the Death by Chocolate dessert item was spectacular. Service, as always was outstanding. Servers are there when you need them and check periodically but are not obtrusive. Definitely recommended.
New Year Eve wonder! The staff was 5 stars++!!
The dinner was well thought out and exquisitely prepared. It was prix fixe and not inexpensive. 4 courses for $125/person. Drinks, wine, taxes and tip were on top of that. The wait staff was perfect: never too little. Never too much. The owner personally thanked us for being his guests, which stated how the wait staff acted toward us. The decorations and ambiance were celebratory, fitting the occasion. All in all absolutely lovely.
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