Café Bicyclette

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CAN$30 and under
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
Café Bistro open for counter service during the day and table service at night. We also offer to Welcome spring this unique Sugar Shack dinners. Enjoy a seven-course meal (featuring maple toffee for dessert) will be hosted in wood-fire heated outfitter tents on the patio. Outdoor seating at 6 p.m on March 22nd, 23rd,29th, 30th & April 5th,6th,12th, 13th 2019.

Bistro reservations are available for dinner service Thursday through Saturday.
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DK
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

It was extremely busy that evening as it was the last night of the patio series. The staff are very friendly however they are very short staffed
We received our meal but that was it

A
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the ambience with the live music and the beautiful patio, the poutine, and the friendly wait staff. I loved the feeling of culture within Edmonton.

QD
Edmonton
9 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The patio is gorgeous and the live music a plus. The service was good particularly considering the storm and having to bring in all the tables and chairs.

The only slight disappointment was the menu. I was hoping it would have more french influence. Perhaps a crepe or souffle would be a nice addition.

E
Edmonton
22 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

While the food (when we got it) was very good, the service was a real miss. The restaurant was not busy at all but the waiter seemed too busy to take our order, to bring the salads that were meant to come as part of our meals, to check to see whether the drink I requested was available, and to give us our cheque. A couple of times he leaned across the bar and shouted to us, interrupting our conversation, rather than walking over to our table to speak to us (NOT an effective way to invent us to order dessert).
I like this little restaurant and the food is worth a drive but I don’t plan to go back as the service was so off-putting. It shouldn’t take over an hour to get some food to the table when the kitchen isn’t busy, or another half hour to get all the components of the plate to the table.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Patio seating was lovely. Fettuccini was delish paired with Diablo white was perfect. Great location for food wine, friends and conversation.

L
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Everything was great! Only one complaint is the service is very slow. Not enough staff attending to customers.

JW
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

It was pretty chaotic with the patio series and weather. Having to move inside was understandably disruptive. The service was slow. The preshow entertainment was really loud. Usually we love the food and some of it was very good, the ratatouille and frites were fine, but the steak was a disappointment...too much fat. We'll be back..I'm sure the kinks will get ironed out. Great idea!

KD
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Did not know you had to go up to counter to order the food, as our drinks were taken and given to us at the table. The food was good but overpriced for what you got. The side salad was very basic; spinach with 1/4 tomato and vinaigrette dressing. The drinks were expensive too. Some menus had the side dishes on them and some did not. We weren’t given cutlery in the beginning. On a positive note, the patio is dog friendly and big. Nice atmosphere.

O
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great. Servers were personable and funny. Super cute and cosy. I could stay there all day.

L
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Spent a lovely 2 - 1/4 hours enjoying a very leisurely dinner at an outside table in their delightful patio area; such a lovely atmosphere, especially on a nice summer evening (even got to enjoy some of the the live music concert that started up towards the end of our meal, which added to the evening's ambience!) Despite it being busy, the service - as usual - was excellent - friendly, and always helpful - and the various dishes arrived in good time. Even though the patio, in particular, filled up as the evening progressed, we were never hurried or pressured to finish eating and move along. French onion soup, to start, was very tasty and filling. Main courses - Steak Frites and Coq au Vin - nice size portions, very tasty, nicely presented, with delicious accompanying sides. And the dessert - peanut butter chocolate cheesecake - rich and very yummy! Had a nice bottle of white wine with dinner, and tea afterwards with the dessert. Love this restaurant and would highly recommend it.

OT
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We went for the Sugar Shack dinner in the outside tent for a multicourse meal. It was a bit chilly out and we had to wait several courses in until the woodfire stoves that heated the tent were lit. After that, the ambience greatly improved. We were seated longtable style with other parties, and while we had originally seated ourselves at the end of one table, we moved in between two larger groups after the hostess strongly encouraged us to do so, to create a more authentic experience. We ended up having quite pleasant conversation with others during our meal, however I was not initially thrilled with the forced camaraderie. Service was adequate but not warm, and the dishes came out at a decent pace but slowed toward the end of the evening. Portions were generally quite small though the main course had a generous portion of meat. I found some of the flavours that were incorporated into the various dishes overpowered other elements, and some of the dishes were bland. For example, one of the first courses was a candied salmon dish, and I found the pea shoots overwhelmed the other delicate flavours. The pea soup had a nice punch of salt in my first bite, but after that, nary a seasoning to be found. Overall it was a pleasant enough experience, and a unique one! However given the price, I would have expected at least better crafted food, or a greater quantity of it, and slightly more pleasant service.

I
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderfull evening; sun shine, the fire place, the service all wonderful. Needs more choice on the entrees.

SI
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

A huge disappointment was food. We love French food and have experiences different levels of French cuisine in different parts of the world. For a Valentine's Day special menu , we expected something special (surprise!). However, according to Instagram photos and reviews, this cafe serves better food during regular hours. Out of 5-course meal, only main course and the last dessert were satisfactory. The first two courses were flavourless. The egg was overcooked, salad greens were not fresh, nuts were rancid. The rabbit for main course was well cooked but beans (most likely from the can) were bland. My wife had tartiflette which was very tasty. The second dessert was interesting and flavourful. I would order it again. Overall, the first three courses lacked even salt and pepper. A selection of wines was fair and coffee was good. We have mixed feelings about food at this place, so we cannot promise we would go back.

F
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

This eatery seems to have the better staff working weekends. Staff were inattentive and the steak was super poor quality—served with cold fries. The waiter forgot steak knives as well. I would have highly recommended this eatery until my last experience. I’d be willing to give it one more chance on a weekend but avoid it during mid week.

DM
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, ambiance, service and location are wonderful. I will be retuning as there are many dishes on the menu I want to try. The mussels were recommended by the waiter and delicious!

BL
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

This place has served us well but this last visit was a challenge. A dog was allowed in the restaurant off leash which was disruptive because it wanted to say hi and jump on us. This didn’t seem to phase the staff (or dog owners).

Our server was captivated by her phone and at one point vanished for so long we thought she left. We had to go to the kitchen to ask for her whereabouts.

The food did not disappoint us and made the evening worthwhile.

Have always recommended this place in the past and will continue to go. Am hoping management reads this and clarifies policy about pets in the restaurant.

KN
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent place
Would like the music to be quieter but that is my complaint about most small restaurants

SM
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed my first dinner here. The waiter was very friendly and helpful n making dining choices.

CA
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Can’t complain on the service and food, it was great. Great to see familiar faces.

AF
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Loved the restaurant on previous occasions, this time disappointed. Ordered Moules which were lukewarm and served with weird sausage (previously with bacon), Ratatouille was ok - but nothing special and not worth the value, the steak was good though. Despite the Saturday they din't have creme brule...... I took my sons out to celebrate the special occasion, but left disappointed to get the dessert elsewhere.

OT
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Service was very slow

KS
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Was expecting table service and more charming ambience like our last visit (over 1 year ago). Reservation not needed. This was for a special birthday so wouldn't book here for that again. As a small neighbourhood bistro it's fine. We were disappointed with the meal. Came 40 minutes after we ordered and was not the quality we expected from our last visit. Chicken Provencale was chicken pieces in a diced tomato base (suspiciously similar to the canned product). Did not stay for dessert.

L
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this restaurant. It has such a great, vibrant atmosphere - and naturally the lovely French vibe - and is bathed in wonderful sunlight, even in the depths of winter. Food is delicious and there a nice variety, along with delicious desserts, and a good selection of beverages - alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Service is always good and very friendly, even when they are busy! They have a lovely patio area and the location of the restaurant is in a leafy, lovely vibrant area; nice for dining inside or outside. They even have a winter patio!

F
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 5

I’m a frequent visitor of Café Bicyclette durong the week when the Cafés charm comes to life, but my evening experience was not as charming.

Upon arriving the gentlemen server didn’t seem to know why we sat down (it’s not clear whether they do table service at night or counter service like during the day). He also rudely wondered what we wanted (drinks and a poutine and maybe some water please?)

The female waitress however was very charming and she was busy tending to tables both indoor amd on the patio .

The Café could freshen up its staff with service training, especially during the evening summer nights.

CF
Edmonton
20 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Our server was very friendly. It took over 40 minutes for some of our food to arrive. Some of it still hadn’t arrived and we had been sitting at our table for 1 hour and 50 minutes, so we cancelled the rest of our order, asked for the bill.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was Cafe Bicyclette’s special Sugar Shack event.

T
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The setting was wonderful, food was delicious, servers were attentive, personable, and enthusiastic. We were here for the sugar shack meal which in itself was awesome. My one criticism would be that the event was supposed to start at 6pm so we arrived approximately 20 minutes early (5:40pm) but they waiting to start serving the meal until everyone had arrived and was seated with drinks. In theory this sounds reasonable and quite considerate but in practice it meant we sat until 7pm before we started to eat

U
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

We've previously been to Café Bicyclette about 7 or 8 times for both lunch and dinner sittings and have always enjoyed the food and service but this time was different.
I have to say the quality of food was poor. Also the main dish options for vegetarians was limited to about two dishes on the dinner menu.
I realise Café Bicyclette is a french restaurant but in Edmonton one would think that the servers would be fluent in both languages.
Oddly this time ordering was a bit of a chore due to language issues.
They gave us the wrong salad to start. They offered to fix it but we were under time constraints so we just ate what they brought. The mix up with the salad was because the servers seemed confused with the English language.
It might make it easier for both staff and customers if the menu was in both official languages.

On to the food.
My steak was under-cooked and of a very poor quality.
My wife who is a vegetarian said her food was just OK but far from the quality we we expecting.
All in all, our visit to Café Bicyclette was a disappointment this time.
Unlikely we'll return.

SB
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always, amazing! Would recommend for everyday or something a little different

JR
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delightful server, delicious meal, good value. We were in a hurry to make curtain and they made it happen.

s
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an excellent time at the Sugar Shack!!! The food was fantastic and it was a fun way to spend a Friday night.

HC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Although the service was good and the food was tasty, it was incredibly over priced and the portions were tiny.

r
Edmonton
57 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

First visit here. We were very impressed with the food, service and cozy environment. Would definitely recommend....we will be back!

HD
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Seemed understaffed and the staff weren’t good at sharing duties. Our waiter was kind and funny though. Food was good but could have been hotter. Overall, a unique restaurant in Edmonton and I’d recommend it.

And background music would have been a great addition.

K
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The meal was lovely, has chicken with couscous and had great flavor. Had yule log dessert. My friend was celiac and enjoyed the steak frites without problem. I was disappointed that there were no dessert options for gluten free.

l
Edmonton
16 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We very much enjoy coming here to eat, anyone we introduce to this restaurant enjoys it!

A
Edmonton
25 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The service was friendly and pleasant, although not terribly efficient. The server forgot what wine we ordered, and brought us something completely different. I didn’t send it back because it was a wine I hadn’t tried, and I thought I’d sample it anyway. The food was mediocre at best. The steak et pomme frites was grossly over-seasoned, and was far too heavy on garlic and something else (sage?). My partner had the chicken, which was properly seasoned, but it was tepid by the time it was brought to the table. All in all, it was a passable dinner with friendly service, but the food and service were nothing special, and the whole meal was over-priced for the quality served. Would I go again? Unlikely, if I were to choose the place.

YE
Edmonton
50 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a flawless experience. Their new cocktails are stunning and perfectly executed. Best patio in yeg.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely location on the patio. Such great atmosphere. The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly. Don't let a lack of the French language keep you from enjoying this gem of a restaurant.

SO
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Arrived at the restaurant and was told to find any table we wanted and she would bring menus and table settings (a service they offer only at dinner). We found a quiet table away from a loud group whose children were running around and they were shouting at and speaking loudly.
After several minutes, the server brought us menus and place settings and told us she would be back. We waited. And waited. And waited. They brought food out for a table that was close to us. Never spoke to us. The table that received their food, FINISHED their food. Still no one came to our table.
The loud group moved beside us and continued to shout at their children across the patio.

We had had enough. So my husband and I left. It's too bad as we had looked forward to trying this place for dinner. Unfortunately, we will not be back and will not recommend to anyone we know that appreciated basic service and a reasonably quiet dining experience.

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