Northwestern US in Fairview & South Granville

This sleek but never snobbish fine-dining favorite is committed to superb West Coast meals with ultra-attentive service and a great wine selection. Ideal for a classy night out, its seasonally changing highlights often include duck breast or braised lamb shank, while the pastry chef delivers some of Vancouver's best desserts. Arrive early for a seat at the bar and sup some excellent cocktails.

Before you leave, ask to try the sliding ladder attached to the wine shelves: staff usually (okay, always) say 'no.' If you're looking for a romantic dinner destination – and maybe a place to pop the question – West is ideal: you likely won't be the first to propose here.