Restaurants in Vancouver
One of Canada's most cosmopolitan cities, eating out in Vancouver is something of an event and is a popular pastime for many local foodies. With eateries providing just about every kind of cuisine, you can be sure to find something to suit your taste while dining out in Vancouver. Many restaurants offer tapas-style tasting plates to share, so you can be adventurous.
With a strong emphasis on British, French, and Chinese cuisine, the food in Vancouver is generally quite international, with a few specialities waiting to be discovered. Fish like salmon, halibut, and Atlantic cod are popular, as well as wild game such as venison, which can be found on most menus.
Salt-cured fish, beef, and pork are also something to be experienced. Those with a sweet tooth should try the decadent Nanaimo bar, a local dessert which comprises a wafer crumb-based layer topped by a layer of custard or vanilla butter icing, covered in chocolate.
Most of Vancouver's best restaurants are situated around downtown, West End, Yaletown, and Gastown areas. Most restaurants require reservations and it is customary to tip waiters around 15 percent as no service charge is added to restaurant bills.
Brix & Mortar
Offering a warm ambiance and a diverse menu to complement its urban environment, patrons at Brix can sample anything from a Four Cheese Cannelloni to Quebec Wentzel Duck. Accommodating night owls, Brix also offers a gratifying late night menu comprising spring rolls, Seven Spice Seared Ahi Tuna, and oven-baked pizza with loads of fresh toppings. Brix is ideal for dinner with friends or a romantic date. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Address: 1138 Homer Street
Telephone: +1 604 915 9463
Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar
Situated in trendy Yaletown, the Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar serves inventive and delicious cuisine in a stylish yet sophisticated setting. With the option of formal fine dining on white linen tablecloths or more laid-back feasting, this restaurant caters to a variety of people. Try the Kobe meatballs with truffled spaghetti or the Seven-spiced rare Ahi tuna, and round off with the warm Brazilian chocolate coffee cake or the Maple Macadamia nut flan. Reservations are recommended.
Address: 1079 Mainland St.
Telephone: +1 604 602 0835
Blue Water Café
Serving the largest selection of oysters, lobsters and prawns as well as delicious steak, the Blue Water Café is frequented by local and international celebrities alike. With elegant décor and flawless service, this is the place to be when trying to impress a date or business associate. Try the White Sturgeon with red beet agro dolce, pumpernickel crust, chioggia beets and cauliflower puree, or the Beef Tenderloin served with porcini mushrooms, green chard and macaroni gratin with blue cheese. Reservations are recommended. The restaurant is open from 5pm till 11pm, with the Late Menu available till midnight.
Address: 1095 Hamilton St
Telephone: +1 604 688 8078
Nestled away in an old mansion located in downtown Vancouver's Yaletown district, this stylish Italian eatery evokes a 1930s charm and sophistication while serving delicious, inventive and expertly presented dishes. Try the ossobuco, filetto di salmone or the filetto di manzo con porcini. You won't be disappointed. Lupo is open daily for dinner. Reservations are recommended.
Address: 869 Hamilton St
Telephone: +1 604 569 2535
Seasons in the Park
Wraparound windows afford stunning views of downtown Vancouver and the surrounding mountains at this sophisticated Canadian restaurant in Queen Elizabeth Park. Serving up tasty food at reasonable prices, Seasons in the Park is a Vancouver gem for both locals and foreigners. Try the Miso Soy Marinated Black Cod drizzled with pineapple chive vinaigrette and served with jasmine rice, and for dessert the much-loved Sunburnt Lemon Tart is a must. Dinner reservations offer views of the twinkling city lights and at lunch you can admire the leafy park and snow-capped mountains from the circular patio.
Address: Queen Elizabeth Park. West 33rd Ave and Main Street
Telephone: +1 604 874 8008
A charming Greek restaurant serving good no-fuss Greek food, Pasparos Taverna is a great place to meet with family and friends. A family business operating since 1974, Pasparos offers a warm atmosphere and mouth-watering homemade Greek cuisine, just as you'd find in Greece. With warm fresh breads, dolmades, roast lamb, superb Tzatziki, Avgolemono soup and a selection of souvlakia (kebabs), patrons are spoilt for choice. Combine that with top-notch service and a good Greek winelist (wine by the glass included) and you have all the ingredients for a successful restaurant. Open Monday to Friday for lunch, and daily for dinner.
Address: 132 West 3rd Street
Telephone: +1 604 980 0331
Guu with Garlic
One of Vancouver's best dining experiences, Guu with Garlic is part of a unique Japanese tapas chain that is taking the city by storm. With a perfect ratio of small portioned dishes at affordable prices, patrons can sample a handful of different dishes without breaking the bank. The open kitchen and cheerful waiters add to the electric mood, as do the exotic cocktails and experimental drinks. Recommended dishes include the duck salad, assorted carpaccio, baked oysters, prawns and calamari, as well as its daily specials. Open daily for dinner, reservations are recommended.
Address: 1698 Robson Street
Telephone: +1 604 685 8678
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