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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Edible Canada Bistro

    $$$ | Granville Island | Canadian

    At this contemporary bistro with a patio for people-watching, you can sample foods from BC and across Canada. Smaller appetites might gravitate...Read More

  • 6. Fable

    $$$ | Kitsilano | Canadian

    The name doesn't have to do with fairy tales: it's about "farm to table," which encapsulates the philosophy of this bustling Kitsilano bistro...Read More

  • 7. Hapa Izakaya

    $$ | Downtown | Japanese

    Serving small plates designed for sharing, this spirited Japanese tapas bar is known for the mackerel dish, seared table-side with a blowtorch...Read More

  • 8. Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House

    $$$$ | Downtown | Seafood

    Named for a much-loved English Bay bartender and lifeguard from the city's early days (he arrived in Vancouver in 1885), this lively brasserie...Read More

  • 9. Kingyo

    $$ | West End | Japanese

    Behind its ornate wooden door, this izakaya occupies the stylish end of the spectrum, with a carved wood bar, lots of greenery, and sexy mood...Read More

  • 10. Kirin Restaurant Downtown

    $$$ | Downtown | Chinese

    A striking silver mural of a kirin (a mythical dragonlike creature) presides over this elegant two-tier restaurant, one of the best choices...Read More

  • 11. Kirin Restaurant West

    $$$ | Cambie | Chinese

    You can take in the city skyline and the surrounding mountains from the giant windows at this spacious dining room, where the focus is on Cantonese...Read More

  • 12. Osteria Savio Volpe

    $$ | Mt. Pleasant | Italian

    About a 10-minute walk from Main Street, this bright, high-ceilinged take on a classic osteria fills up with neighborhood families and fashionable...Read More

  • 13. Provence Marinaside

    $$$$ | Yaletown | Mediterranean

    You can imagine yourself on the Provençal seaside at this airy, modern, Mediterranean-style bistro on Yaletown's waterfront, where the focus...Read More

  • 14. Salmon House on the Hill

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Perched halfway up a mountain, this restaurant has stunning water and city views by day and expansive vistas of city lights by night. It's best...Read More

  • 15. Shanghai River Restaurant

    $ | Chinese

    A brigade of chefs is at work in the open kitchen of this popular restaurant that specializes in Shanghai-style fare, which is richer and slightly...Read More

  • 16. Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant

    $$ | Mt. Pleasant | Chinese

    This bustling Cantonese restaurant is best known for its excellent dim sum (served 10:30 to 3 weekdays and 10 to 3 weekends), which ranges from...Read More

  • 17. The Beach House at Dundarave Pier

    $$$ | Canadian

    It's worth the drive over the Lions Gate Bridge to West Vancouver for a lunch or dinner at this 1912 seaside house. Whether inside the terraced...Read More

  • 18. The Teahouse in Stanley Park

    $$$$ | Stanley Park | Canadian

    The former officers' mess at Ferguson Point in Stanley Park is a prime location for water views by day, and for watching sunsets at dusk. The...Read More

  • 19. The Fish House in Stanley Park

    $$$$ | Stanley Park | Seafood

    Surrounded by gardens, this 1930s former sports pavilion turned fish restaurant, with a fireplace and two verandas, is an institution in the...Read More

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