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3.5 stars 23 reviews

Smoking Dog Bistro The

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1889 1st Ave W
Vancouver, BC  V6J 5B8

(604) 732-8811

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English
April 17, 2011

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The Smoking Dog Bistro is a French inspired neighborhood bistro in the heart of Kitsilano.
Our warm and inviting dining room has a lively barO and our heated outdoor patio is one of the best Vancouver has to offer and is a must after a day at the beach.
We offer a wide variety of French influenced dishes. The rustic, yet contemporary cuisine is sure to please everyone from... more

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Editorial Reviews from the web
English
April 12, 2014

New owners Darrell and Leslie Hannibal have transformed the once-formal bistro into a more cozy spot. They kept the service, cuisine, and wine list that the Smoking Dog's known for but relaxed the atmosphere. The result: a full house most nights for accessible French cooking, and lively patio action on sunny days. Witloof chicory salad ($12) and flatiron steak with fingerlings ($24) are always... more

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3.5 star rating
December 14, 2011

To date, the little Kitsilano neighborhood of Yorkville Mews has remained a local secret, perhaps because the few tourists who do venture into this delightful 1-block stretch are immediately confronted with a confusing variety of choices. This French bistro with international fusion overtones is generally a safe bet for a good meal. The menu features strip-loin steak with bordelaise sauce,... more

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October 08, 2009

Smartly, the Smoking Dog’s owners, Jean Séguin and Judith Andrews, have bolstered the wine list, kept the classics, but freshened the menu. The result: a full house most nights for accessible French cooking, and lively patio action on sunny days. Find the classic mimosa salad ($8), onion soup ($9), and very good steak frites ($15). And what’s this—some of the better pastas in town in a French... more

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English
3.5 star rating
So so
February 01, 2014

4 of us Went there for dine out, service was good, food was ok only, mine was snapper cooked with green bean,carrot in paper wrap. The green bean was not fully cook, so bland,not much taste,maybe because no other sauce besides lemon slices. Dessert was choc mouse,way too sweet and not using dark choc. But the ice cream was excellent.... more

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3.5 star rating
Mediocre at best
January 29, 2014

We went here for DIne out Vancouver 2014. Did no really want to go here as the menu was limited but booked with 6 other friends and this was one place which was able to accommodate. The service had it's ups and downs. They were pleasant and tried their best when they were chatting with us. They asked us if... more

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3.5 star rating
Quiet and friendly
January 19, 2014

A little bit off the beaten path of restaurants, the Smoking Dog was a delightful find. It had a fairly good wine list however wines could only be bought by the glass or bottle. No 1/2 liters here.
Overall a really nice experience.

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3.5 star rating
Great value for price
January 18, 2014

Six of us had dinner on a Saturday night and did the dine out Vancouver menu. It was fantastic. Portions were just right and very flavourful. Staff was hard working and the manager was terrific.

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3.5 star rating
Groupon brought us in
January 09, 2014

we had a groupon that was expiring so we had to use it or almost loose 50% of the value. we reluctantly went as we had been reading reviews on many sites. we actually were not that disappointed. we had a pleasant evening of food, attentive service and a pretty crowded place. perhaps others were using their groupons?
i had... more

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3.5 star rating
Star chef has left
December 05, 2013

Went on Dec 4 expecting chef Robbie Robinson, recently written up. However, he has left and I suggest a less than honest approach by management that they had taken their website down. The Fraser Valley pate appy was dreadful, mushy, small, institutional garnishes. I will say that the tenderloin was excellent but small and poor value for the price.

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3.5 star rating
New chef, great food
June 21, 2013

Ate there last night and enjoyed great food, great service, and great ambience. Not rushed. Sat and enjoyed the meal for 2.5 hours. Definitely on my list. I recommend a name change: Smiling Dog?

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3.5 star rating
With new owners, the Smoking Dog is Smoking Hot
June 21, 2013

Finding the Smoking Dog was pure serendipity, an unexpected pleasure and an absolute treat! The restaurant itself had great ambiance and a great location, a block or so off of the beach--perfect for Bard on the Beach! The service was friendly, accommodating, and efficient. Our server let us taste the wine we were considering, and offered great suggestions for those... more

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3.5 star rating
We recommend you try them out
March 16, 2013

We had a gift certificate for the Smoking Dog that we won through Dine Out Vancouver, so we decided to try it out tonight for the first time. We were greeted with news that it was a new menu and new chef, and our server admittted he was also new. We were not sure what to expect. We had a... more

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3.5 star rating
Great service but disappointing food
February 03, 2013

We went to the Smoking Dog for the Dine-out three course meal; we’d been meaning to try this Kitsilano French restaurant for awhile.
The service was excellent. Staff is friendly and service prompt. The French onion soup was average; lots of onions but nothing special. The coq au vin did not taste like a coq au vin; it would best... more

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3.5 star rating
Great food - but a little more next time, please
January 23, 2013

Went for lunch with colleagues. Good location, easy to find street parking. Menu had a good variety and atmosphere was great - cozy, warm and quiet. Ordered the mushroom ravioli and was shocked when the plate appeared - three small squares of pasta, beautifully arranged, but such a small portion. I was even more surprised when the rest of my... more

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3.5 star rating
Friendly neighbourhood bistro
October 05, 2012

Angelo de Meo and his team do a good job here: the bistro has been nicely revamped inside, the atmosphere is warm, the staff offer friendly and pleasant service. Summer seating outside is pleasant, and you feel like you're in a quiet side pocket of Kitsilano, away from the hustle of 4th Avenue, Burrard Street etc. And the food is... more

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3.5 star rating
Lively, tasty bistro food, engaged service
August 25, 2012

We went as a party of 4 to The Smoking Dog, a 'local' bistro in a residential neighbourhood, in June before a nearby Bard on the Beach performance. We had a reservation and although relatively early, their were a lot of other theatre diners there. On this rainy night the space felt warm and cozy and despite the crowd, service... more

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3.5 star rating
The Smoking dog is Smokin
August 23, 2012

This small out of the way resturant was one of the best things that happened our trip to the Great Northwest and Canada. Its in a residentual area with parking easily found out front and food and service second to none. Our meals were small but enough and very well prepared and presented and the deserts were larger than expected... more

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3.5 star rating
nice patio and good food
May 27, 2012

The outdoor patio is excellent in the summer. The street is not too busy, but there is enough activity for people watching. The food is also good. Try the spot prawns when they are in season (May and June).

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3.5 star rating
Left Disappointed
February 15, 2012

We decided to have French food after work. We ended up at The Smoking Dog. As it was Valentine's Day, they had a 3 course set menu available, but we chose to order from the menu. The selections were standard french bistro food. I started with French Onion Soup. The broth was very good, but the cheesy crouton on top... more

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3.5 star rating
So disappointing for our local
September 11, 2011

The Dog is our local, and so went over Friday evening for a drink and some food. We waited in the entrance for 10 minutes, while two waiting staff sat staring at their screen ignoring us, and everyone else in the restaurant who was obviously looking for service. The third waitress prattled on and on about her summer plans to... more

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3.5 star rating
The Dog has a new trick
August 07, 2011

We recently returned to this established neighbourhood favourite at 2nd & Cypress for a bowl of moules et frites on the patio. The bistro has "upped" the French fare on offer and we had an excellent late lunch with a lovely bottle of French rose suggested by our server. The goat cheese salad was wonderful and, in a cultural turn,... more

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3.5 star rating
March 27, 2011

Visited the dog only a few times. The food is good and I like the menu selections. This is also a place where you might see a celebrity hanging out.

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3.5 star rating
March 27, 2010

Expensive ($17 for pasta)

Poor Lighting - a light above the table, or on the table would've been great.

Loud music, hard to hear others at the table. The music was some sort of contemporary instrumental stuff.

Small portions - too small to make a guy feel full. Had to eat when I got home. Chicken Pasta contained about 3 small pieces of chicken.

Taste of pasta - bland, boring. French fries... more

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November 25, 2009

Love this place, great food you should check it out

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November 16, 2009

fantastic is all i can say.

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November 16, 2009

Great dining experience, fun atmosphere. See their website for evenings where there is live music.

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November 09, 2009

A hidden gem in Kits - great food, great atmosphere and live jazz on the weekends. Cheers!

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3.5 star rating
Too Bad
May 01, 2009

Realy Sad to say that it has gone down... WAaaaay down. The past few times we have been there our food took over 40 mins to arrive, but was still quite good.
We suggested it to some friends and we went there and was terribly disapointed. The appetizers took 40 mins to arrive (arrived cold). & then our mains took... more

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French
3.5 star rating
September 08, 2002

the smoking dog provides fine dining for the customer that prefers substance over style. attentive service, and the best patio in the city. if you appreciate quality, you will love the smoking dog.

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Business Description from the Web
English
July 19, 2014

A Kitsilano institution, this upscale casual bistro offers French Mediterranean-influenced food and a great people-watching patio. $-$$. L/D (Tu-Su).

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September 03, 2013

Smoking Dog The offers these services: restaurant.

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March 29, 2013

The Smoking Dog Bistro is a French inspired neighborhood bistro in the heart of Kitsilano.
Our warm and inviting dining room has a lively barO and our heated outdoor patio is one of the best Vancouver has to offer and is a must after a day at the beach.
We offer a wide variety of French influenced dishes. The rustic, yet contemporary cuisine is sure to please everyone from couples, families,... more

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February 25, 2013

This French bistro is known as the winner of Vancouver Magazine's bronze critic's award for best bistro. The cafe is a great place for a light lunch; the leek and onion tart is a great meal. There are a variety of meat and seafood dishes, such as the grilled lamb chops. Seafood lovers can enjoy the sautéed prawns with horseradish sauce. Be sure to check out the selection of cheeses and desserts.

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January 16, 2010

Contemporary and rustic, elegant flavors and a cozy neighborhood setting make the Dog a "must eat." Menu items are inspired by French and Mediterranean methods and ingredients and may include traditional French onion soup alongside insalata caprese with creamy mozzarella or scallops, lamb chops or escargot. Pasta and sandwiches are perfect for lunch, especially streetside if you can nab a table... more

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November 21, 2008

This French bistro is well known as a winner of Vancouver Magazine's bronze critic's award for best bistro. The cafe is a great place for a light lunch—the leek and onion tart (CAD8.95) is a gteat meal. There are a variety of meat and seafood dishes, such as the grilled lamb chops for CAD25.95. Seafood lovers can enjoy the sauteed prawns with horseradish sauce for CAD22.95. Be sure to check out... more

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