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
This was by far the worst food I have ev ...
This was by far the worst food I have ever encountered at a fine dining restaurant. My meal (the duck breast, which itself was tasteless & accompanied by dirty tasting turnips, grains mixed with cherries that tasted like mulched paper pulp & a sauce that tasted like brine, only without the delicious salty flavor that brine would at least have) was inedible - I sent it back with only a few bites taken from each item, but I did not complain as I was not paying for the meal and I didn't want to offend the person who had taken me to the restaurant. My companions also complained bitterly about the poor taste of their meals (my mother's lamb was dry & she was served two small, poor cuts of meat along with a ball-like-shape of dry, tasteless shredded meat that we could only imagine was some sort of off-cut. My partner's steak tasted distinctly like popcorn & was accompanied by soggy onions & watery vegetables). The portions were small, which turned out to be a blessing, because they were a strange combination of bland & ill-flavored. The bread we were served was nice, but the corn bread was too grainy (it had a nice flavor, but seemed to be made with some sort of chewy grain like quinoa). The mushroom ravioli that my partner ordered as an appetizer was the best item that we were served. However, it too was flawed. The sauce was watery and the pasta was incredibly thin and flavorless. Initially, we were all planning to eat dessert, but after sending back our dinner we all chose to skip it and go to our event hungry. The host spent around $200 on this meal (1 appetizer, 3 mains), which is outrageous for sub-par food.
My family had been on vacation for nearl ...
My family had been on vacation for nearly a month and we all wanted to have a great ambience, wonderful flavorful NW cuisine within an environment that felt warm and inviting. We all chose Bishop's as the place a family favorite each time we're in Vancouver. The staff is always so kind, welcoming making us feel as if we're sharing our meal with friends.
Always a delight to go there. John Bish ...
Always a delight to go there. John Bishop is a great host and a true gentleman. John and all his staff make everyone feel very special. Food is always delicious and there is great selection of wines. Favourite restaurant in Vancouver.
By far, having dinner at Bishop's was th ...
By far, having dinner at Bishop's was the best dining experience we had during our trip to Vancouver. It also ranks as one of the top dining experiences we have ever had (and we have traveled a fair amount). From start to finish, the entire staff was extremely welcoming, attentive, and helpful. The ambiance was sophisticated, yet relaxed. We were given ample time to enjoy each course and were not rushed in any way. We enjoyed fresh, seasonal appetizers, delicious entrees of local salmon and beef, and classic desserts of crème brûlée and chocolate terrine. The salmon was particularly good. Our meal ended with fresh cherries and a box of fresh corn bread to take home with us. Such a positive dining experience all around due to the amazing staff who created a perfect dining experience and the use of fresh, local ingredients in each dish. Highly recommend.
This was my first time dining at Bishop' ...
This was my first time dining at Bishop's, the second for my wife. Generally, we had a very nice time (we have already rated the specifics of our experience, above).
The lower rating for the food, compared to the other aspects, needs qualification. Our first course was superb: fresh oysters for one; soup for the other. For our main course we each chose the feature of the day: shoulder of lamb. This was a huge disappointment, especially for the high price. Each of us got a thick slab of fat with very little meat. The vegetables with it were very nice. My wife returned the serving and was politely given another, more meaty serving. I should have returned mine, though from the pile of fat left it should have been obvious that something was wrong. By this point the thought of complaining and then eating a substituted plate of meat was beyond my appetite. To this day, I cannot fathom why a chef at such a posh and expensive restaurant would dream that this cut of meat (fat) was acceptable.
Everything else was very nice and the service great. However, I would think twice about going there again. Where was the quality control for the cuts of meat?
Bishop's is always a good choice. It's a ...
Bishop's is always a good choice. It's a Vancouver icon after some 30 years and John Bishop is the perfect host. The food is seasonal, fresh and creative. The staff are pros, and the decor is simple and tasteful. You know you are somewhere special.
The food was great. Every single course ...
The food was great. Every single course was outstanding. We had wild mushroom ravioli as the first course. It was the best we have ever had. The porcini filling was amazing and the pasta was perfectly al-dante. The main course, duck confit, was also perfectly done. The skin was crispy and delicious. The last course was the Valhrona Chocolate Terrine and it was chocolate goodness with the hazelnut praline on the bottom.
We had a great time!
We came here to celebrate my husband's a ...
We came here to celebrate my husband's and mother's birthdays. I'd describe this as a fresh, modern take on French and Continental cuisine. The flavours were complex and delightful, yet clean and simply presented, letting the freshness of the "star" of each dish shine through. The duck confit, for example, was presented as a beautifully roasted and tastefully seasoned leg, not chopped up and mixed with an overly-rich brown sauce as so often is the case at other places. The wild mushroom ravioli appetizer was light, served with a sauce that was almost more a foam, letting the fresh and delicate mushroom flavours come through. The staff was attentive and efficient, but also fun and friendly without being obsequious or overly chummy, and they did great with my teenaged sons and our quirky sense of humour. We all very much enjoyed our dining experience, and my husband declared Bishop's his new favourite special occasion place.
While visiting Vancouver for a few days, ...
While visiting Vancouver for a few days, my wife and I decided to take a Vancouver friend to a restaurant we had long looked at, but somehow missed. What a miss. It was a memorable evening, with great food, service and hospitality. From being welcomed at the door by the owner, to departing for our restaurant-called cab, we were truly spoiled by a wide-ranging staff.
Note pds a great reminder to go back and the perfectly cut granny smith apple was a delightful conclusion.
From the moment you enter the restaurant ...
From the moment you enter the restaurant, they open the door for you and greet you. The staff was very friendly and the place is nice to celebrate a special occasion.
The food and service were very good. However, I have had the opportunity to eat in many restaurants around the world, including some with Michelin stars. Unfortunately, I still haven't found a restaurant in Vancouver that I can say that the food is amazing.
Overall, I was pleased and we would probably be back.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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