Vancouver Restaurants

From inventive neighborhood bistros to glamorous Downtown dining rooms to ethnic restaurants that rival those in the world capitals, Vancouver has a diverse array of gastronomic options. Many cutting-edge establishments are perfecting what we call Modern Canadian fare, which—at the western end of the country—incorporates regional seafood (notably salmon, halibut, and spot prawns) and locally grown produce. Vancouver is all about "localism," with many restaurants emphasizing the provenance of their ingredients and embracing products that hail from within a 100-mile-or-so radius of the city, or at least from within BC.

With at least 40% of the region's population of Asian heritage, it's no surprise that Asian eateries abound in Vancouver. From mom-and-pop noodle shops, curry houses, and corner sushi bars to elegant and upscale dining rooms, cuisine from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and India (and to a lesser extent, from Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia) can be found all over town.

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  • 1. Bishop's

    $$$$ | Kitsilano | Canadian

    Before "local" and "seasonal" were all the rage, this highly regarded restaurant was serving West Coast cuisine with an emphasis on organic...Read More

  • 2. Blue Water Cafe & Raw Bar

    $$$$ | Yaletown | Seafood

    Executive chef Frank Pabst focuses his menu on both popular and lesser-known local seafood (including frequently overlooked varieties like mackerel...Read More

  • 3. Farmer's Apprentice

    $$$$ | South Granville | Canadian

    Book ahead to nab one of the 30 or so seats in this cozy bistro, where chef-owner David Gunawan and his team in the open kitchen craft wildly...Read More

  • 4. Hawksworth Restaurant

    $$$$ | Downtown | Canadian

    With sleek white tables and sparkling chandeliers, chef David Hawksworth's stylish restaurant welcomes locals toasting new clients or celebrating...Read More

  • 5. Maenam

    $$ | Kitsilano | Thai

    Chef Angus An's modern Thai menu brings this Asian cuisine to a new level. Although some of his dishes may sound familiar—green papaya salad...Read More

  • 6. Tojo's

    $$$$ | Cambie | Japanese

    Hidekazu Tojo is a sushi-making legend in Vancouver, with thousands of special preparations stored in his creative mind. In this bright modern...Read More

  • 7. West

    $$$$ | South Granville | Canadian

    Contemporary regional cuisine is the theme at this chic restaurant, one of the city's most splurge-worthy dining rooms. The elaborate multicourse...Read More

  • 8. Ask For Luigi

    $$$ | Gastown | Italian

    Neighborhood residents queue before opening to secure one of the 30 seats in this cozy Italian bistro serving up house-made pasta and prosecco...Read More

  • 9. Bob Likes Thai Food

    $$ | Mt. Pleasant | Thai

    The staff at this no-frills storefront explains that Bob is just an average guy, and if he likes the authentically prepared Thai fare, then...Read More

  • 10. Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

    $$$$ | Downtown | Seafood

    Settle into a deep cream-toned banquette or nab a sidewalk table for a seafood-centric meal at this stylish spot in the Sutton Place Hotel that...Read More

  • 11. Burdock & Co

    $$ | Mt. Pleasant | Canadian

    Chef Andrea Carlson previously manned the stoves at locavore destinations Bishop's and Raincity Grill, and she's kept her focus on seasonal...Read More

  • 12. Bushuair Restaurant

    $$ | Chinese

    A portrait of Chairman Mao welcomes you to this modest but bright storefront in a strip mall—very appropriate, as the restaurant serves the...Read More

  • 13. Campagnolo

    $$ | Mt. Pleasant | Italian

    On a dark block near the Main St.–Science World SkyTrain station, this relaxed trattoria lights up the neighborhood with its welcoming vibe...Read More

  • 14. Chambar

    $$$ | Downtown | Belgian

    In this hip eatery, classic Belgian dishes are reinvented with flavors from North Africa and beyond. The moules (mussels) are justifiably...Read More

  • 15. Chicha

    $$ | Mt. Pleasant | Peruvian

    Ceviches, causas, and other classic Peruvian dishes get a West Coast spin at this lively, relaxed bistro just off Main Street. Your ceviche...Read More

  • 16. Cibo Trattoria

    $$$ | Downtown | Italian

    The space is fun and funky—a mix of early-1900s architectural details, modern furnishings, and oversize pop art—and the seasonally changing...Read More

  • 17. CinCin

    $$$$ | Downtown | Italian

    Gold walls, terra-cotta tiles, and a crowd-pleasing modern Italian menu make this Tuscan-inspired restaurant appropriate for a business meal...Read More

  • 18. Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca

    $$$$ | Yaletown | Italian

    Cioppino, the eponymous seafood stew, is the signature dish at this lofty candlelit room. Chef Pino Posteraro impresses with homemade pastas...Read More

  • 19. Coast Restaurant

    $$$$ | Downtown | Seafood

    If a fish house makes you think of lobster traps and buoys, you'll be pleasantly surprised when you come by this see-and-be-seen seafood palace...Read More

  • 20. Dinesty

    $$ | West End | Chinese

    Watch the dumpling makers at work in the open kitchen and you'll know what to order at this bustling Chinese eatery. From xiao long bao (delicate...Read More

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