'Hounds, I come to you hat in hand for help. Chowish Mum is looking for a place to dine out with her three female friends next Friday night. Nothing too out there as one is fairly middle of the road. Italian, French, Greek, or West Coast would fit the bill. Ambiance should be dignified but not stuffy, and ability to talk without howling is a big plus. By moderate I mean mains in the lowish $20s.
Ideally downtown, but a short jaunt from Granville and Georgia would work eg I thought of Bistro Bistrot as it is just over the bridge.
All ideas appreciated!