Top 5: Le Gavroche & Vancouver’s Best French Restaurants

Vancouver's Le Gavroche restaurant

Vancouver's Le Gavroche restaurant

Every year for the last four years, my partner and I celebrate his birthday at a fabulous French restaurant in Vancouver; it’s become our tradition. (His choice; he loves French cuisine.) This year, we went to Le Gavroche.

Even though Le Gavroche is one of Vancouver’s longest-standing fine dining restaurants—it opened in 1978—we had never been. And we loved it!

The location is utterly charming—and rather unusual for downtown Vancouver: the dining room is on the second floor of a Victorian house in the West End (within walking distance of the lively Denman Street); their award-winning wine cellar is on the first floor.

The menu is classic French cuisine, serving favourites like escargot and beef bordelaise. There are also dishes prepared table-side, including a dramatic flambé of shrimp and scallops and the beef tartar, which we tried.

Beef Tartar prepared table side at Le Gavroche

Beef Tartar prepared table side at Le Gavroche

Never had beef tartar? Neither had we. Here’s what it looked like:

Beef Tartar at Le Gavroche

Beef Tartar at Le Gavroche

For our mains, I had the halibut and my partner had the Smoked Duck Breast, Five Spice Marinated Duck Confit with Plum Jus, and it was amazing! Seriously the best duck we’ve had the city. My goodness, it was good. I’m drooling a little just thinking of it.

Divine! Smoked Duck Breast, Five Spice Marinated Duck Confit, Plum Jus at Le Gavroche

Divine! Smoked Duck Breast, Five Spice Marinated Duck Confit, Plum Jus at Le Gavroche

After indulging ourselves with this delicious feast, we took a stroll along the moon-lit seawall overlooking Coal Harbour. It was romantic and wonderful and one of those nights you’re just happy to live in such a perfect city.

Five Fabulous French Restaurants in Vancouver

  1. Le Gavroche – 1616 Alberni Street
  2. Le Crocodile – 100 – 909 Burrard Street
  3. Bacchus Restaurant in the Wedgewood Hotel – 845 Hornby Street
  4. Elixir @ Opus – 350 Davie Street
  5. Lumière – 2551 Broadway West
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