Restaurants

Top Choice Vietnamese in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Mr Red Cafe

Serving authentic northern Vietnamese homestyle dishes that look and taste like there's a lovely old lady making them out back. Reservations are not accepted; dine off-peak to avoid waiting for the handful of tables…
Top Choice Indian in Fairview & South Granville

Vij's

A sparkling (and far larger) new location for Canada's favorite East Indian chef delivers a warmly sumptuous lounge coupled with a cavernous dining area and cool rooftop patio. The menu, a high-water mark of contemp…
Top Choice Canadian in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Fable

One of Vancouver's favorite farm-to-table restaurants is a lovely rustic-chic room of exposed brick, wood beams and prominently displayed red rooster logos. But looks are just part of the appeal. Expect perfectly pr…
Top Choice Lebanese in Commercial Drive

Jamjar

This super-friendly, cafe-style joint has a rustic-chic interior and a folky Lebanese menu of ethically sourced ingredients and lots of vegetarian options. You don't have to be a veggie to love the crispy falafel ba…
Top Choice Italian in Fairview & South Granville

Pronto

A delightful neighborhood eatery, this charming Cambie Village trattoria combines woodsy candlelit booths, perfectly prepared house-made pasta and the kind of welcoming service few restaurants manage to provide. Dro…
Top Choice Canadian in Yaletown & Granville Island

Bistro 101

Vancouver's best-value gourmet dining option, the training restaurant of the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is popular with in-the-know locals, especially at lunchtime, when $22 gets you a delicious three-course…
Top Choice Bakery in Gastown & Chinatown

Purebread

When Whistler's favorite bakery opened here, salivating Vancouverites began flocking in en masse. Expect to stand slack-jawed in front of the glass panels as you try to choose from a cornucopia of cakes, pastries an…
Top Choice International in Main Street

Dock Lunch

Like dining in a cool hippie's home, this utterly charming room in a side-street house serves a daily-changing menu of one or two soul-food mains (think spicy tacos or heaping weekend brunches). Arrive early and aim…
Top Choice Mexican in Gastown & Chinatown

Tacofino

Food-truck favorite Tacofino made an instant splash with this huge, handsome dining room (think stylish geometric-patterned floors and hive-like lampshades). The simple menu focuses on a handful of taco options (six…
Top Choice Japanese in Downtown & West End

Guu with Garlic

One of Vancouver's best izakayas (Japanese pubs), this welcoming, wood-lined joint is a cultural immersion. Hotpots and noodle bowls are available but it's best to experiment with some Japanese bar tapas, including …