Restaurant type

  • Bistro,

Cuisine type

  • Thai,


  • Sandwich,
  • Submarine,


  • Restaurant With Live Entertainment,

Products and Services

  • Live Entertainment,
  • Restaurant,
  • Bar,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
4470 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3R3
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $11 To $25,

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Meet the owner

For owner Eugene Dong, Cottage Bistro began as "a challenge."

“At first especially,” he notes with a smile. “Because my first language isn't English. I didn't have any Western culture when I came to Canada. I remember when we started: I didn't know how things worked. I'd mostly worked in the kitchen. And I had to learn a lot to be serving in the front, in another language. I was a chef. I'd never been the bartender, or the floor manager. There was so much I didn't know.”

Nonetheless, under his ownership, the restaurant has been a Cedar Cottage staple for nearly 20 years, first as a simple blues bar, and then evolving into a hub for Asian Fusion cuisine and live events of all kinds; everything from music to stand-up comedy to poetry and story readings. Today, Cottage Bistro has a live event virtually every night, with jazz every Monday, and its famous Roots and Blues Jam (which has been running for 16 years) every Saturday afternoon.

“At first, almost every night was blues,” Eugene recalls. “Then, later on, we added other types of music: rock n' roll, country, folk, original stuff, jazz. Now, we've got standup comedy, poetry, readings, storytellers... and it's all been very successful. I feel very lucky to be in Vancouver. People have supported our situation and helped to make it better.”

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I would not have thought to come here if it weren't to watch a band that was playing. I don't go down Main Street that often. Would I come here just for the food no but would eat and listen to music yes. Because it is managed by Asians I thought it must serve decent Chinese so tried their ginger beef, it was ok. Stick with the burgers I was later told.

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