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
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We are located along major bus routes, or fifteen minutes from Downtown Vancouver via taxi.
Full Bar, Wine
Bishop's Ratings and Reviews
After a few years since our last dining ...
After a few years since our last dining experience at Bishop's we were so happy to see the quality of food and service still remain exceptional. Kudos to the amazing team at Bishop's!
Truly outstanding in every aspect; 1st C ...
Truly outstanding in every aspect; 1st Class in everyway. Service was excellent without ever being overbearing. The food was amazing - absolute top marks for a relatively small menu which means that every dish is perfection. I will definitely be returning and will absolutely recommend to my Friends.
The entire experience was superb! We hav ...
The entire experience was superb! We have wanted to try Bishop's for many years but there has always been a new restaurant on the horizon and now realize we missed a great opportunity to enjoy many meals there over the years. Wonderful of John Bishop to stop by our table and chat. We will be back!
As always, never fails to disappoint. G ...
As always, never fails to disappoint. Great food and service.
We were probably not the typical Bishop' ...
We were probably not the typical Bishop's clients: large group (party of 9), family, school aged child. But it was Father's Day and I was treating not only my husband, but also my 93 year old father. I must comment on the exceptional service, in the way the staff made many accommodations for our party. Their max table size is normally 8 but they accepted 9 for us. The feature soup was supposed to be served cold but they heated it up for my father as was his preference and it still tasted fantastic. French fries are obviously not on the menu, but the waitress cheerfully assured us they could "make that happen" for the 11 year old in our group. A gorgeous halibut filet was served with a side of fries and not one whit of pretention (and the child licked the plate clean). The rest of our food: perfect. Mr. Bishop himself still comes out to greet all the tables. This is a first class restaurant that always makes you feel welcome.
Several of us in from the U.S. for a bus ...
Several of us in from the U.S. for a business meeting were looking for a more 'established' restaurant to dine with our spouses. We had no particular idea of what to expect other than from online reviews (not always trustworthy) and the restaurant website. From the moment we arrived, we were treated like honored guests. We all like wine, and were pleased with the B.C. selection that our somm recommended to go with our fresh oysters, as well as other food choices that our server was happy to suggest. Pacing was great and we were allowed to chat and dine with no sense of being rushed, even when we were one of the last tables left in the restaurant (we had a late reservation). The six in our group managed to order nearly all of the items from the short menu, which focuses on local, fresh ingredients in season. We shared, and all of the food was expertly prepared and in just the right portions for a multi-course meal. What set this evening apart from other good meals in good restaurants, however, was the service. Two examples illustrate all you need to know: first, one from our group was having problem with her contact lenses but did not have her 'kit' to remedy it. The server sent someone to the local drugstore to buy one, thus rescuing her from a miserable evening. The second was wine related. After our first wine, the somm suggested another older vintage from a different winery. When it was brought to the table, however, we tasted and thought it was a bit off--perhaps corked. With no questions asked (or even a nasty look), the somm apologized, took the selection away and brought a different selection immediately. One should expect that type of service, but often we've experienced a very different reaction to trying to send wine back (especially an expensive one). In sum, our dinner at Bishop's was one of the best restaurant experiences we've had in a very long time.
As usual, John Bishop's continues to do ...
As usual, John Bishop's continues to do a very fine job. However, it remains one of the pricier places in which to eat In Vancouver.
Superb service (I accidentally under tip ...
Superb service (I accidentally under tipped. The hostess didn't say anything but very appreciative when I realized it after I settled my bill and returned and gave her more $$$. Sorry, Ms. and you were so honorable about it.
Impressive service, wonderful food
Loved the simple, stylish intimate setting. Attentive, friendly staff allowed our 3-hour dinner to unfold unhurriedly and memorably. Wonderful food beautifully prepared and presented. The grilled spot prawn appetizer was spectacularly good.
Simply a Classic Best
An iconic, classic restaurant with food and service which defy superlatives. Ever brilliant!!
Had an excellent meal on May 31st. Service was exceptional and Abel the maitre d' gave excellent wine advice. Strongly recommended.
Fancy little Restaurant
Reataurant looks great, seats are very comfortable, very nice, clean and cozy. Food looks great but taste could be better, service is good. A little over priced.
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!
Enjoyable Experience,Friendly Atmosphere.
Very enjoyable experience, great dishes, attentive staff. All of my dining group enjoyed Bishop's.
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.
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