Top ChoiceItalian in Gastown & Chinatown

Campagnolo

Eyebrows were raised when this contemporary, rustic-style Italian restaurant opened in a hitherto sketchy part of town. But Campagnolo has lured locals and inspired a miniwave of other restaurants in the...

Top ChoiceDiner in Gastown & Chinatown

Ovaltine Cafe

Like being inside Edward Hopper's Nighthawks diner painting, this time-capsule greasy spoon instantly transports you to the 1940s. Snag a booth alongside the hospital-green walls or, better yet, slide onto a...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Yaletown & Granville Island

Go Fish

A short stroll westward along the seawall from the Granville Island entrance, this almost-too-popular seafood stand is one of the city's fave fish-and-chip joints, offering halibut, salmon and cod encased in...

Top ChoiceNorthwestern US in Fairview & South Granville

Salmon n' Bannock

Vancouver's only First Nations restaurant is an utterly delightful art-lined little bistro on an unassuming strip of Broadway shops. It's worth the easy bus trip, though, for fresh-made indigenous-influenced...

Top ChoiceVietnamese in Main Street

Anh & Chi

You'll find warm and solicitous service at this delightful contemporary Vietnamese restaurant whose authentic, perfectly prepared dishes are a must for local foodies. Not sure what to order? Check out the menu's...

Top ChoiceIndian in Fairview & South Granville

Vij's

Vij's

Spicy aromas scent the air as you enter this warmly intimate dining space for Vancouver's finest Indian cuisine. Exemplary servers happily answer menu questions, while bringing over snacks and chai tea. There's a...

Top ChoiceBreakfast in Fairview & South Granville

Paul's Omelettery

You'll be jostling for space with chatty locals at this breakfast and lunch joint near the south side of Granville Bridge. But it's worth it: the cozy, super-friendly place is superior to most bacon-and-eggs...

Top ChoiceVegan in Downtown & West End

Indigo Age Cafe

The kind of woodsy subterranean cave a health-minded hobbit would enjoy, this small vegan and raw-food restaurant has legions of local fans. Snag a table (peak-time reservations recommended) and dive into hearty,...

Top ChoiceSandwiches in North Shore

Meat at O'Neill's

A top-quality sandwich emporium fueling the local takeout crowd with satisfying all-day breakfast sandwiches and a mouthwatering array of slow-roasted meat sandwiches (pork loin or Mexican meatloaf recommended)....

Top ChoiceCanadian in Downtown & West End

Forage

A popular farm-to-table eatery, this sustainability-focused restaurant is the perfect way to sample regional flavors. Brunch has become a firm local favorite (halibut eggs Benny recommended), and for dinner...

Top ChoiceDesserts in Downtown & West End

Vegan Pudding & Co

There's a cult-like following in Vancouver for this hole-in-the-wall counter serving utterly delicious custard-style puddings made from kabocha squash, coconut milk and flavors including strawberry, chocolate and...

Top ChoiceMexican in Downtown & West End

Chancho Tortilleria

Look for the pig-and-pineapple sign outside this authentic Mexican hole-in-the-wall, which has painted walls, plastic garden chairs and a super-friendly welcome. It's the food that'll keep you smiling, though;...

Top ChoiceIce Cream in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Uno Gelato

Globally feted Vancouver gelato maestro James Coleridge has reinvented his business with a cool new brand and an endlessly tempting array of perfectly executed flavors. The menu changes with the seasons but often...

Top ChoiceFrench in Gastown & Chinatown

St Lawrence Restaurant

Resembling a handsome wood-floored bistro that's been teleported straight from Montréal, this sparkling, country-chic dining room is a Railtown superstar. The Québecois approach carries over onto a small menu of...

Top ChoiceVegetarian in Main Street

Acorn

One of Vancouver's hottest vegetarian restaurants – hence the sometimes long wait for tables – the Acorn is ideal for those craving something more inventive than mung-bean soup. Consider seasonal, artfully...

Top ChoiceMexican in Downtown & West End

Molli Cafe

It's easy to dismiss this unassuming cafe while strolling along Burrard, but that would be a huge mistake. Instead, nip inside and check out a menu of home-style Mexican dishes such as tacos, tortas, mollete...

Top ChoiceItalian in Commercial Drive

Caffè La Tanna

Like a 1950s neighborhood cafe in Rome, this handsome little hidden gem looks like it's been here for decades. But it's a new addition to this quiet stretch of the Drive, luring delighted locals with its delicate...

Seafood in Yaletown & Granville Island

Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe

A chatty spot popular with both locals and visitors, this small, blue-checkered-tablecloth joint serves great fish-and-chips (cod, salmon or halibut), along with generous dollops of housemade coleslaw and tartar...

Vietnamese in Gastown & Chinatown

Phnom Penh

The dishes at this bustling, local-legend joint are split between Cambodian and Vietnamese soul-food classics. It's the highly addictive chicken wings and their lovely pepper sauce that keep regulars loyal. Once...

Canadian in Yaletown & Granville Island

Edible Canada

Granville Island's most popular bistro (book ahead) delivers a tempting menu of seasonal dishes. With ingredients from BC and across Canada, typical options include bison burgers, wild salmon or Québec-style duck...