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
We dined with another couple and again h ...
We dined with another couple and again had a great experience. Our server Abel was very engaging and friendly. The rest of the staff also made us feel as if we were "regulars". The food was delicious and everything exceeded our expectations. Dining at Bishop's has become a tradition for us and our friends.
We had a very special evening at Bishop' ...
We had a very special evening at Bishop's. The service was impeccable including being met at the door by John Bishop! We loved that the restaurant was quiet...decor is elegant and understated. The food was beautifully presented, delicious and local. Perhaps the portions could be a little more generous? I loved the vegetarian main course which was created for me! It was our anniversary and we were treated with thoughtful little extras including a complimentary after dinner drink which added to a lovely evening!
We were warmly welcomed from the moment ...
We were warmly welcomed from the moment we entered the restaurant all the way until we left.
Everyone was very attentive and courteous. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and it was appropriate that it was at Bishop's as it too came into existence in 1985 :)
The food was exquisite and even the bread was amazing.
Keep up the awesome work ladies and gentlemen of Bishop's!
We have recently returned to Bishops a f ...
We have recently returned to Bishops a few times, after many years, and we wonder why we stayed away so long. It is what fine, and gracious dining is all about, and rare to find. From the moment John Bishop greets you at the door with a warm handshake and welcome, you know you are in for a treat. great food, wine, ambience and service.
Sure, it's an expensive dining place but ...
Sure, it's an expensive dining place but the staff makes sure you're taken cared off. The portions might be considered small by most diners but the quality of food, from ingredients to presentation is top value. And with good quality and ingredients it is just the right amount. I'm satisfied and I'm full. (Side note: Fantastic desserts!) All that aside, one thing that stuck with me too was at one point while I was dining with a couple of friends, I had an "itchy throat episode" that sent me coughing a little. From out of nowhere a hand dropped a pack of tissue on our table. Discrete, unobtrusive, and caring. Nice touch. They took care of us all the way to the end, the staff asked if we needed a taxi on our way home and was more than happy to arrange this for us.
We reserved a table for our 5th annivers ...
We reserved a table for our 5th anniversary. Everything was perfect! The food was excellent. The service was professional and the entire staff worked very well as a team. We were very well treated throughout the whole evening. I had mentioned it was our anniversary when I made the booking, and they helped make it very special with a courtesy touch on our dessert.
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.
Upon arriving, the owner John Bishop was ...
Upon arriving, the owner John Bishop was out front in the restaurant and greeted us warmly with a "Hello, nice to see you". After we were seated two of our guests arrived and we greeted them by name and wished my brother a Happy Birthday. We were treated to a lovely complimentary tasting of a delightful cold soup along with a delicious cornbread/baguette basket. The starters we ordered were delicious and as well were the main courses. The plating was flawless! The service throughout was very attentive and friendly. The only small complaint I have is when we had all finished our main course our empty plates laid in front of us for at least 15 minutes. The wait staff was not busy and they attended to clearing empty tables and not for intended guests, as none had arrived within the next hour after. However, this seems like such a petty thing especially after the touching treatment we received after dinner. We had ordered a dessert to share amongst the four of us and when it arrived the plate had been decorated with a birthday greeting and the waiter continued to lead us into a Happy Birthday song to my brother. Later I had learned that none of us revealed to the restaurant that we were celebrating a birthday, I assume that the staff had overheard me greeting my brother with a "Happy Birthday". I was very, very impressed. At the end of our meal, a waiter had come bearing two takeout boxes each with a generous piece of delicious cornbread - "to be enjoyed for tomorrow's breakfast". And, before leaving we were treated to a few cold succulent local cherries! Yes, Mr Bishop has indeed trained his staff well and yes, the staff truly deserved their gratuity that evening. I would definitely come back!
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.
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