Greater Vancouver Restaurants Scene

[ Downtown: Gastown | West End | Yaletown]
[The North Shore | Kitsilano & Granville Island | Around Town ]

For most of the year, eating out in Vancouver is as simple as picking a restaurant with a great location, food, and charm. And you CAN have all three! Being on the Coast, good seafood is standard fare, of course, but Vancouver 's multi-cultural flavor brings worldly cuisines to local tables. And where else can you enjoy good food while watching the sun set over Vancouver Island, while gazing at the North Shore mountains playing peek-a-boo with the clouds behind Stanley Park?

Downtown's West End
Rain City Grill on Denman Street

If you're in the mood for an "active" neighbourhood scene to go along with your dinner, then head to Denman Street or Robson Street. Both streets have a variety of restaurants, many with patios or terraces for diners to soak up the street scene and the view of the water. At the corner of Denman & Davie are a couple of quaint restaurants, including the Raincity Grill, offering great views of English Bay. Cincin Ristorante on Robson delivers popular Mediterranean cuisine, while Joe Forte's Seafood House on Thurlows St just off Robson is a local favorite for the suit & tie crowd. If you want to impress (or splurge) tryy the very nice Café-de Paris on Denman or Hermitage on Robson for great French cuisine. There's something for everyone, no matter what style of food you're hungry for.

Downtown's Gastown
Often, people eat downtown for dinner before (or after) a night out, whether at the movies on Granville, at a happening nightclub, or at one of several theatrical performances. Between Downtown & Gastown are several nice places to eat. Most of Vancouver 's top-notch hotels are also in the area; The Hotel Vancouver and the CP Vancouver have fabulous dining rooms. The Prow on Canada Place has an unsurpassed view of Burrard Inlet and fabulous cuisine (and prices) to match. For more casual dining, the Hard Rock Café is a great place to go (eat first and then pick up a t-shirt). Foghorns Barn Grill on Granville Street restaurant worth a visit, as is The Old Spaghetti Factory, one of Vancouver 's oldest eateries, in Gastown. You can also head into neighbouring Chinatown for some authentic Dim Sum (a buffet where each course comes to you on a cart)

Downtown's Yaletown
Steamworks Brewing

This little corner of Downtown has undergone a revitalization ever since Expo 86. Not just Expo, but with BC Place Stadium and the General Motors Place, the city's major hockey, basketball, and football events are right around the corner. There are a couple of great places to grab a bit or hang out. On Hamilton is a food critic's favourite, Villa del Lupo in an old house with fireplaces, serving great pasta dishes. For a brewpub fresh beer with your food, try the Yaletown Brewing. Its not a bad idea to wander around here…there's always new place with a fresh twist opening up here.

The North Shore
Boardwalk bistros between Ambleside and Dundarave offer great food (keep in mind the Beachhouse at Dunrave Pier). By day, watch rollerbladers and cyclists cruise by; by night, relax away from the fast pace of Vancouver 's Downtown. There are a number of restaurants along Marine Drive, as well as a small cluster around the Lonsdale Quay and up the slope of Lonsdale Avenue. Horseshoe Bay plays home to touristy fish & chips joints along the water, or eat upscale at the Boathouse and Ya-Ya's Oyster Bar. Deep Cove's seclusion on the easterly end of the North Shore hides a number of hidden restaurant treasures.

Kitsilano & Granville Island
Greek is the biggest word in Kitsilano food — people from all over drop in on this neighbourhood and sample a predominantly Mediterranean array of little bistros, cafes and mom-and-pop kitchens. Broadway, Fourth Avenue and Granville Island are all in the area. Quattro on Fourth is a good Italian choice, and Mulvaney's and Bridges on Granville Island are classy places where you can eat without selling the shirt off your back. The Keg on Granville Island is another popular choice, along with Sirloiners, and Fogg & Suds with their unsurpassed beer menu on Broadway is another tasty possibility. Like The North Shore and The West End, Kitsilano's restaurants are more spread out and less flashy; finding that elusive gem of a dining venue can be an adventure and a hunt.

Dining All Over the Place
In just about every neighbourhood across Metro Vancouver there is a restaurant worth checking out, and we can't describe them all. Certain areas will have pockets of trademark restaurants, You get the Italian cuisine centred on Commerical Drive, Asian cuisine in Surrey and in Richmond, seafood (both fine & as fish and chips) in Steveston. Surrey and Delta have some quaint out-of-the-way tea houses and country cafes. Worth a side trip in Burnaby is the RainForest Café in Metrotown, will its animatronic animals and hourly rainstorms.. Wherever you go, it's not too hard to find a place to pick up a knife & fork--or chopsticks—and enjoy a fine dinner.

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