Restaurants in Vancouver


Restaurants in VancouverEating out in cosmopolitan Vancouver is an experience governed by a feast of international flavours. Expats expecting a lack of high-quality cuisine will certainly be pleasantly surprised.

The most common foods are British, French and Chinese, and the best restaurants tend to be in downtown Vancouver, West End, Yaletown and the Gastown areas.

Popular local specialities include salmon, halibut and Atlantic cod, while salt-cured beef, pork and fish are also favourites. The most tempting local dessert has to be Nanaimo, a bar of crumb-based wafer layered with custard or vanilla butter icing and covered in chocolate.

There is no service charge in Vancouver restaurants and it is customary to tip waiters between 15 and 20 percent of the total bill. Some restaurants may choose to charge a service charge only if the group is a fairly large one.

Popular restaurants in Vancouver

Absinthe Bistro

Address: 1260 Commercial Drive, Grandview
With the aim of bringing fresh and flavourful French food to Vancouver, this family-owned French restaurant is consistently ranked among the top eateries in the city. While the cuisine is a fusion between classic and contemporary styles of cooking, the owners are determined to present a welcoming and unpretentious atmosphere. The menu consists of three starters, three mains and three desserts. These change regularly.

Blue Water Café 

Address: 1095 Hamilton Street, Yaletown
Blue Water Café boasts a vast selection of seafood and is frequented by a number of local and international celebrities. Earning the reputation as one of Vancouver's premier seafood establishments, the Blue Water Café focuses on only the freshest and most sustainable products. A special menu is dedicated to fish traditionally not seen as gourmet delights while everything about the restaurant is aimed at conserving and not damaging ocean life.

Lupo Restaurant 

Address: 869 Hamilton Street, Yaletown
Lupo is a restaurant which draws inspiration from the sophistication and refinement of the 1930s. With cuisine that consists primarily of modern interpretations of classic Italian dishes, it is the ideal venue for a formal dining occasion. Because of the owners’ experiences in fine dining, they have crafted a seasonal menu which draws on only the freshest ingredients. They focus on making everything in-house, from their pasta dough to their ground sausage. The elegant décor is met with friendly service and a warm atmosphere, meaning a down to earth evening of the highest quality.

Seasons in the Park

Address: Queen Elizabeth Park, West 33rd Avenue
For locals and visitors alike, Seasons in the Park Restaurant is a favourite for all those who stay in Vancouver. Its large windows and patio open up onto a gorgeous world of lush lawns and great trees, the city skyline serving as the horizon. Its menu is a combination of culinary exploration and traditional Canadian staples. Enjoy a delicious halibut and chips, a playful charcuterie or the decadent Sunday Night Prime Rib Dinner before finishing off with a sunburnt lemon pie or rich tiramisu.


Address: 1809 West 1st Avenue, Kitsilano
Hidden away in the neighbourhood of Kitsilano, AnnaLena is a gourmet treat to delight the senses. Named after the head chef’s two grandmothers, this establishment is indeed a labour of love. The menu is short and to the point, a standout ingredient matched by a lovely assortment of fine dining combinations. There is also a wide selection of house and standard cocktails to with which to wash it all down.

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