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koshfoodie Jan 13, 2014 12:17 PM

Hey All,

I am looking to go for a nice dinner for 8 people. The original plan was to go to Les Faux Bourgeios but they can't accommodate 8 on the night we want.

We would like something around the same price range, but are not feeling like anything Asian.

Any suggestions?

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    Florentine Jan 13, 2014 02:54 PM

    Have you tried Jules Bistro in Gastown?

    You could also try Carthage Cafe on Commercial Drive:

    1. KarenDW Jan 13, 2014 05:51 PM


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        kinnickinnik Jan 13, 2014 08:49 PM

        How about Tuc in Gastown? Very reasonable, very tasty and group-friendly. http://tucrestaurant.com/

        Or for French bistro - Tableau http://tableaubarbistro.com

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        1. re: kinnickinnik
          LotusRapper Jan 13, 2014 11:27 PM

          Tableau is a good bet.

          There's also The French Table. Spacious, airy, could be a tad brighter inside but good 'nuff. Old-school menu:



          The elderly waiter (really hails from France) makes you feel like you're on a set and he was cast for the role.

          1. re: LotusRapper
            kinnickinnik Jan 13, 2014 11:59 PM

            One issue I've had with the French table and a large group (there were 10-11 of us) is the acoustics - it's one of those rooms that sound just bounces around in. I could barely hear the person next to me, never mind further down the table. Food was ok, but nothing special.

            1. re: kinnickinnik
              LotusRapper Jan 14, 2014 09:09 AM

              The night we were there, there were only 4 other tables occupied (Sunday), guess the reverberation wasn't an issue. But yes, for a larger group I can appreciate how that would be a challenge, as for me too as my hearing isn't 100% and high ambient noise levels force me to mimic Marlee Matlin with lip-reading others in conversation.

              Too bad Crave is gone, because that stretch of Main is now lacking a more 'classic' ambiance resto. I'm gettin' old !

              1. re: LotusRapper
                kinnickinnik Jan 14, 2014 09:27 AM

                I've got acute hearing and still had trouble. It was quite a while ago that we went - soon after Herve opened there (we band of Hermitage fans descended on his new digs :-) ) and it was busy.
                Sadly, Hermitage it ain't.

                1. re: kinnickinnik
                  LotusRapper Jan 14, 2014 09:30 AM

                  I even miss the William Tell ...... loved their synchronized removal of the silver platter domes beside you :-D

                  1. re: LotusRapper
                    kinnickinnik Jan 14, 2014 09:48 AM

                    For a comfortable, delicious and reasonably priced French bistro - I sure miss Mistral. That was a go-to for us both for SO and I and for group dinners. I hope the Benoits surface again.

                    ETA - I see Mina's now at Yew and he has the more important task of healing at hand

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