Vancouver restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Fairview & South Granville

Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe

Vancouverites used to content themselves with humdrum croissants and lame French pastries that would be laughed off the counter in Paris – until this amazing bakery opened. Now, it's the pilgrimage spot of choice fo…
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 …
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 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 Burgers in Commercial Drive

Cannibal Café

This is a punk-tastic diner for fans of seriously real burgers. You'll find an inventive array, from classics to the recommended Korean-BBQ burger, all made with love. Top-notch ingredients will ensure you never sli…
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 Vietnamese in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Mr Red Cafe

Serves 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 Italian in Gastown & Chinatown

Ask for Luigi

Consider an off-peak lunch if you don't want to wait too long for a table at this white-clapboard, shack-look little charmer (reservations are not accepted). Inside, you'll find a checkerboard floor and teak-lined i…
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 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…