About Arms Reach Bistro

4390 Gallant Avenue
North Vancouver, BC V7G 1L2
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"Deep Cove is a crowd of discerning, food loving folks in flip flops" The Georgia Strait "This Bistro is one of those local gems that foodies like me dream of discovering but dread revealing for fear of exposing its virtuous flavours" Cathy Bullen "Simply Devine" The North Shore News

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Northwest, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Daily: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Cross Street:
Banbury Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 929-7442

Website:
http://www.armsreachbistro.com/

Parking Details:
Free Parking

Executive Chef:
Erick Kauko

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience3
service4
value4

Fantastic Alaskan Cod and Tomato Risotto

Dined 5 days ago

The new menu offered so many fabulous choices - I went with the Alaskan Cod served with a tomato risotto and eggplant puree . It was delicious, melt in your mouth fish and very flavourful risotto with just the right amount of puree swirl - all the flavours blended into a delightful taste experience, washed down by a local Pino Grigio. The service was attentive and pleasant. Arms Reach gets better and better each time I visit - so thankful for this little local gem

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

Over rated!

Dined 6 days ago

Great location, good service but food disappointed

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

always enjoyable

Dined on April 24, 2016

we've been patrons of AR since it opened and have enjoyed many dinners there - including a few NYEves. very nice neighbourhood bistro with good food, a nice wine list and friendly helpful servers.

Tags: scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Spot

Dined on April 19, 2016

Lovely scenic location. Great food. Great service. Cosy bistro atmosphere.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience4
service4
value2

What happened to The Arm?

Dined on April 17, 2016

Not the quality I remember. It seems that the recipes have changed though the names have stayed the same. I hope it was just a fluke that the food was so different. I drove up from Bellingham for lunch and was very disappointed.

Tags: scenic view
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

So Good

Dined on April 16, 2016

The best restaurant meal we have had in years! Fantastic food, and attentive friendly service. Go here... Just don't take our table! G&T Heyes

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

overall good, but overpriced

Dined on April 10, 2016

It was overall a good experience, but we found it overpriced, and they were missing a drink ingredient on a Saturday night for many drinks. We were attending a play at the local theater down the block, this restaurant has a monopoly as on of only 2 restaurants in this area, the other being a casual Japanese restaurant.

Tags: special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A Great Deep Cove Facility

Dined on April 9, 2016

The Arms Reach is a perfect restaurant for the Deep Cove village. Beautiful location and excellent food and a great wine list. Beautifully romantic. One of our favourite restaurants in Vancouver.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5

Amazing as usual. This is our neighbourh ...

Dined on April 5, 2016

Amazing as usual. This is our neighbourhood gem, and it is always on point. Our server tonight was so great, he totally went above and beyond. You can never go wrong at Arms Reach.

food3
ambience3
service3
value3

Neighbourgood Gem

Dined on April 3, 2016

Now and then, if we feel like going to Deep Cove, we also visit the Arms Reach Bistro for a snack or for brunch as we did this time. Given the limited capacity at Deep Cove, this is one of the best places to enjoy a fun brunch after enjoying the Cove and the surrounding park.

Tags: great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great place, keeps getting better

Dined on March 26, 2016

First class across the board, had a great evening. The food was excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Consistently the best

Dined on March 15, 2016

Consistently excellent food and service, after many years of dining here. Innovative menus using fresh ingredients. If you see the blueberry bread pudding on the menu - order it! For a dessert without chocolate it is truly amazing.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Wehada nice time celebrating my husband' ...

Dined on March 15, 2016

Wehada nice time celebrating my husband's birthday there. Nice place for a special occasion.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food3
ambience3
service1
value1

Deep Cove's Bistro

Dined on March 14, 2016

The food was satisfactory for the menu prices. But what stood out the most was that we were kicked out after only 1.5 hours because apparently another couple was waiting for our table when there was clearly empty tables elsewhere in the dining room and we were not informed of a seating time limit at any point of our visit.

Tags: scenic view
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Overall, excellent

Dined on March 13, 2016

Overall, excellent food, great service, great ambiance, amazing views. Food was very good, though my dish was too salty for my taste (I tend to use less salt than other people). Love the Arm's Reach, definitely recommend.

Tags: romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Perfect

Dined on March 12, 2016

Me and my friend had a very nice brunch at Arms Reach Bistro, everything was perfect I have nothing to complain about. I totally recommend this place and I am surely coming back for lunch.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

You need to eat here - one of the best k ...

vip
Dined on March 5, 2016

You need to eat here - one of the best kitchens in the lower mainland. Pro tip: Risotto

food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Awesome food and service as always

Dined on February 29, 2016

Been coming here for years. A great spot located in the heart of Deep Cove. The views are fantastic and the food is always a treat. Price wise it is on the more expensive side, but worth the $$. The staff are attentive and very accommodating. The trout I had was especially delicious as was my husbands baked spaghetti. My kids always love the pasta there and my Mom too enjoyed the trout.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Made our special night pretty special

Dined on February 19, 2016

We had reservations here for our 5th anniversary. After reading the reviews I figured it would be perfect for a romantic evening out. We started with the beef carpaccio, which was amazing. We shared but I know for next time to get my own because I wanted more 😉 I had a yummy Giggle Juice martini and my boyfriend had their house lemonade. My main course was the angry chicken, which was super delicious. And the vegetables were cooked perfectly. My boyfriend had the spicy spaghetti. I tried it and it was great but definitely spicy. I wouldn't be able to handle the whole dish, it made my boyfriend's nose run. We also had the Chai ginger creme Brule, and it was a great ending to our delicious meal. We will definitely be making a second visit, because my first choice the lamb shoulder was out by the time we ordered.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Prix Fixe Menu

Dined on February 17, 2016

The Arms Reach is one of our favourite restaurants. The location is great, with a nice view of Indian Arm from the patio or window tables. We finally made it on a Tuesday for the three course menu they offer on Monday and Tuesday and the food was excellent as well as the paired wines. The Chocolate Ganache Torte was a very memorable desert. Service was as always very friendly and attentive.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent meal

Dined on February 16, 2016

As always food was excellent. We have never had a bad meal at Arms Reach always tasty and reliable for great food.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

Beautiful location

Dined on February 15, 2016

My daughter took me here for my birthday brunch it was very good and the server was great, the only thing was my Benny was not very hot, wondering if it was sitting around for a bit? I would have re- ordered but we had my 8 month grand baby with us so we had a timing deadline.

Tags: great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service4
value3

Excellent Valentines dinner menu

Dined on February 14, 2016

The Seafood risotto included 3 very large spot prawns and large scallops.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Dinner at the Arm's Reach Bistro

Dined on February 13, 2016

We had a wonderful meal. The meal choices were very creative as well as delicious. Amy our server was friendly and attentive. Wouldn't change a thing for the evening. This is a neighbourhood gem.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Simply the best

Dined on February 7, 2016

Our dining experience was in one word--Outstanding!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

Another pleasant evening

Dined on February 6, 2016

We had some family in from out of town and decided to go out for dinner somewhere close. We were able to book a table at a reasonable time with reasonable notice. The menu was very similar as on previous occasions, I do not believe that it has changed much in the past few years, which is why we have not been here as often. The service was fair - we did have an infant with us and the staff were very respectful and accommodating of this - however we were checked on very infrequently (I wished to order another drink but that took almost 10 minutes before we were able to gain the attention of one of the service staff. The wine list is quite sufficient, however the bar is lacking - mostly just your regular drinks and mixes, nothing too fancy. The food was very good and we had no issues with any of it. However, we were told by the server who attended to us that there were no specials that evening, however when our food arrived, we overheard another table being told of a special that turned out to be something that at least two of our party would likely have ordered instead. Arms Reach is a great little neighborhood gem, close by and comfortable, however some moderate changes in the menu would be greatly appreciated.

Tags: late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Excellent service

Dined on January 31, 2016

We love Arms Reach as it is a local for us and don't have to travel for a great dining experience!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Great location with friendly staff and j ...

Dined on January 30, 2016

Great location with friendly staff and just the right selection of menu items. Provides lots of choice without overwhelming. Really enjoyed our evening out here.

food4
ambience5
service4

A great limited menu. Not a lot of optio ...

Dined on January 29, 2016

A great limited menu. Not a lot of options for big salads. Only one cab sauv on wines-by-the-glass and it's $12-13. Setting is lovely and ambience is relaxing.

food5
ambience5
service4
value5

A Neighbourhood Gem

Dined on January 25, 2016

On our most recent visit to Arm's Reach Bistro we enjoyed both the dine out menu and items off the regular menu. We live nearby some come fairly often and always enjoy, but for some reason this evening's food was particularly good. A very nice time!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Deep cove special

Dined on January 23, 2016

We enjoyed the delicious food and the ambience. My family enjoyed the night, we got plenty of the delicious bread and butter through out the night,

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious!

Dined on January 23, 2016

Enjoyed the evening at Arms Reach dining on dine out Vancouver menu. The pasta was superb and the lentil salad was a nice change from lettuce. Did not enjoy the desert as much so the waitress changed it up for a different desert. Always find this restaurant most accommodating. We have been to Arms Reach many times and never had a bad meal.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Excellent meal!

Dined on January 17, 2016

Dine out Vancouver is on, and the $30 menu special was very good. I had the salad to start, trout for the main course and a delicious lemon tart for dessert. All very good, and would recommend.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Our favourite spot on a cold, wet winter evening

Dined on January 11, 2016

Still our favourite spot on a cold, wet winter evening in the Cove. During the summer it's just too busy and hard to get a table but off-season it's a wonderful cozy spot we can walk to, and the food is consistently top quality. A bit noise at times, but still our go-to for special occasions and when company is visiting.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Thoroughly enjoyable experience

Dined on January 4, 2016

I wanted to take my wife to a good restaurant to celebrate her birthday, so googled "Best Restaurants in North Vancouver." The Arms Reach Bistro was rated highly, and even though we had not had a dinner there before, I made a reservation, and asked for a table for two by the window. This was ready for us on our arrival, although the restaurant was busy. The ambience can be described as friendly, warm and cosy. Our server was very attentive, and able to answer very knowledgeably the questions my wife had about various menu items. We both had the beef tenderloin, which was cooked to perfection. My wife likes Spanish Coffee, and even though it was not on the menu, the restaurant was happy to provide it. Although it was a bit pricey, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and would recommend Arms Reach Bistro to anyone looking for good food, service, and atmosphere.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Spectacular

Dined on January 3, 2016

The meal was spectacular, the scallops were on the menu as a special. The scallops have been my favorite dish for many years so I was very happy to indulge again. I have been to Arms Reach many time and always the food is fantastic.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

A perfect way to kick off 2016!

Dined on January 2, 2016

We enjoyed an early dinner on New Year's Day. The service was outstanding, the food amazing, and the staff was knowledgeable on both food and drinks. I had one of the evening's specials - Scallops with Lobster Risotto prepared perfectly. The other people in my party all raved about their dinner as well. I have also had business lunches here and always proud to bring business guests as it is a wonderful spot for great food and quiet enough to hold a business conversation. Thumbs up.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Maintains high quality

Dined on January 1, 2016

The ARB has been our favorite restaurant since it first opened. The food is always first rate with a few subtle changes every menu revision while keeping crowd pleasing favorites like the Calamari. Having said that the best thing about the ARB is that owners Ali' and Eric have maintained quality of service through the hiring and coaching of serving and kitchen staff. It's the staff that makes an evening there a great experience.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent restaurant in every way!!!

Dined on December 31, 2015

A sign on the door to t he kitchen reads "Heart and Soul." It exemplifies the extra effort that all the staff display in offering superb food and professional yet friendly service. My wife and I have been enjoying outstanding qualities of the Arms Reach for many years. We recommend it highly!!

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Dining Treasure in Deep Cove

Dined on December 31, 2015

Outstanding dining experience in a scenic setting that is hard to beat. A complete menu designed by caring, creative culinary geniuses. First rate appies, starters, mains and deserts, accompanied by an extensive wine list offering something for everyone. Serving staff is friendly and efficient ensuring your dining experience will be one you won't soon forget. A perfect example of good things coming in small packages.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list

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