|Cuisine Type |||Mediterranean, Tapas|
|Ambiance |||Bistro, Good For Groups, Patio Dining, Romantic Spot, Casual|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Brunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Full Bar, Great Wine List, Beer & Wine, Parking, Party Space, Tasting Menus, Wheelchair Accessible|
|Payment |||Diner's Club En Route, Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa, Cash|
|Cross Street |||2nd Avenue|
|Hours vary with season; call ahead to verify.|
Profile Last Updated: May 21, 2008
Situated in a charming house and splashed in warm saffron and cinnamon colours, Tapenade Bistro, across the street from Fisherman’s Wharf, brings urban sophistication to Steveston Village, which is usually more well-known for its greasy fish and chips than its fine dining options. Since opening its doors in January 2003, the restaurant has been voted “best restaurant ambiance” by the local Richmond paper, and placed second in “best other suburbs” in Vancouver magazine.
Tapping into the Menu
Start with the truffled mushroom soup, take a nibble of the sea salt crostini with puréed provencal olives in olive oil, and move onto the pan-roasted Pacific sablefish or the braised lamb shank with saffron rissoto, rosemary and garlic reduction. Desserts are equally dreamy and a lighter lunch menu is available. On weekends, Tapenade offers a delightful brunch. Start the weekend with a chorizo rustic omelette made with Gruyere, or perhaps a chevre and leek frittata, and toast the day with a glass of mimosa or kirk royale.
Date for Two or Party for 60
The beautifully decorated dining room would impress a date, but the efficient layout and generous space mean that it is also suitable for gorups, parties and private functions. The room can seat about 70 people: 60 in the main dining room and about 14 in a smaller, private alcove. The patio, which swings into high gear in the warm summer months, can hold another 70. Service here is impeccable – professional and friendly, and attentive without being fussy. Factor in a thoughtful wine list and you’ve got a winner!