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The 38 Essential Vancouver Restaurants

House-made pasta at a Michelin-starred Japanese Italian stunner, an affordable Thai tasting menu with local twists, tons of fresh seafood from nearby waters, and more of the best meals in Vancouver

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Ringed by soaring mountains, with gleaming glass skyscrapers reflected in the still waters that surround its downtown core, Vancouver is easy to love. And as the thriving urban hub of British Columbia and a proudly immigrant city, there are plenty of people around to love it. Over 40 percent of Vancouver’s residents were born outside of Canada, and the city is home to robust Chinese, Indian, and Filipino communities, to name a few.

The city’s most beloved and vital dining experiences reflect this blend. Chefs from around the world apply culinary traditions to exceptional produce from the Lower Mainland and superb seafood from the cold, clean waters around Vancouver Island, creating a unique style of West Coast cuisine. Vancouver is especially spoiled for choice when it comes to Asian dining: pan-Asian flavors pair with French techniques at Pidgin and Patisserie Remi; Vietnamese and Cambodian culinary traditions joyfully collide at Phnom Penh; and neighboring Richmond boasts some of the very best Chinese food in the world outside of China. Meanwhile, the city’s signature plant-forward, locavore cuisine thrives at restaurants like Forage and Burdock & Co, and sustainable seafood shines at Sashimiya. Add in mushrooming brewery and distillery scenes, globally awarded, fresh fruit-forward wines from the nearby Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, and a creative cocktail culture that’s second to none, and you’ll see why Vancouver deserves its reputation as one of the world’s best places to eat and drink.

There truly isn’t anywhere like Vancouver as spring turns to summer: Plump pom-poms of pink and white cherry blossoms are still sprigging trees throughout the city. Newly opened patios overflow with overexcited locals drunk on sunshine (and happy hour rosé) after months of endless Pacific Northwest rain and slate-gray skies. Look out for the super-short seasonal bounty of spot prawns (a terrific ultra-sustainable local delicacy), juicy Haida Gwaii halibut, and the first of the sweet cherries from the nearby Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys.

After a commissary kitchen fire on March 25, several of the city’s most beloved food trucks are off the streets, including Eater favorite, Top Rope Birria. Check social media for pop-ups and a (hopeful) swift return from Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Modern Perogie, and Shorba Bone Broth.

We update this list quarterly to make sure it reflects the ever-changing Vancouver dining scene.

Nikki Bayley is an award-winning freelance travel, food, and wine writer whose work has appeared in The Daily Telegraph, BC Living, and Whistler Traveller.

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Don’t worry: The queues for this West End ramen favorite move fast, and it’s always worth the wait — especially if you’re a noodle fan. Each day this small ramen shop makes 500 4.4-ounce balls of noodles (you can watch the machine from the dining area), which rest for 24 hours before being cooked and slurped up. Hailing from Japan, Maruhachi favors a silky rich chicken broth over the heavier pork-based tonkotsu. Prepare to be enchanted — and don’t miss out on the egg. It’s consistently the best in the city.

Ramen at Maruhachi Ra-men
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Since opening in April 2017, Botanist at the Fairmont Pacific Rim has been consistently busy. The see-and-be-seen Champagne lounge bubbles over with excellent options, and the wine list features a raft of exclusive terroir-driven picks from B.C. and beyond. Stop for creative cocktails at the handsome bar before diving into the wildly photogenic food of chef Hector Laguna (formerly of Hawksworth), airy dishes with whisper-light but flavor-dense foams, made with locally sourced delights.

Dining Room at The Botanist

It would be easy to miss Bacaro, tucked away on the ground floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel behind Giovane café. But head to the back of the room and you’ll be rewarded with a thrilling menu of gloriously cheffy and surprisingly affordable aperitivo snacks. Drawing inspiration from Venice’s bacari and cicchetti bars, which serve wine and small plates, the restaurant offers several items for $4 and under, like anchovy and chive butter crostini or whipped salt cod and grilled polenta. There are also superb pastas (the flower-like sbocciare is both Instagrammable and unmissable), house-made and imported salumi, seafood, and a comprehensive vermouth menu, plus a spritz-heavy cocktail list. Plus it’s a stone’s throw from many of the city’s primo attractions and the waterfront, and open all day from 11:30 a.m.

A closeup on a boiled egg topped with sardine, a small fried patty topped with herb butter and another fish, and a third dish served on a skewer, sitting on a marble countertop.
Cicchetti at Bacaro.
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Few walk the sustainable walk like chef Welbert Choi and his team, who conjure up menus full of locally farmed, seasonal, and foraged ingredients paired with all-B.C. wine, beer, and cocktails. The kitchen’s energy-efficient gizmos and zero-waste practices are impressive, but so are eco-friendly, locavore treats such as duck breast smoked with foraged grand fir tree needles or the bison board (available in limited quantities from Friday to Sunday) featuring anything from cured bison to braised bison risotto and bison heart tartare. There’s also a killer weekend brunch with house-made preserves and a fantastic take on Nutella.

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

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Old-school white linens, fresh, local, and sustainable Ocean Wise ingredients, and top-notch friendly service from white-jacketed servers add up to outstanding value at Joe’s. An unpretentious choice for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch, the restaurant treats guests to freshly shucked B.C. oysters, bowls piled high with crispy fried calamari, and buttery, miso-marinated sablefish. Join the locals for afternoon happy hour oysters and sliders at the gleaming brass horseshoe bar, or come for early afternoon cocktails on the suntrap rooftop patio that’s one of the most lively in the city.

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Odd Society Spirits

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Distilling is still something of a new art in B.C. thanks to its antiquated, post-prohibition booze laws, which only got a refresh in 2013. Odd Society joined the first wave of new distilleries, and it has remained a must-visit and one of the most consistent producers of craft spirits, including gin, vodka, vermouth, and whisky. Check out the cute cocktail lounge at their East Van distillery, located in a converted motorbike garage, and road-test a few spirits before heading out to explore the many neighboring breweries of “Yeast Van.”

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Odd Society Spirits Barrel Art Project
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Juice Bar

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By day, the Birds and the Beets operates as a serviceable snack, coffee, and sandwich spot with a tight menu and notable ricotta toast. But by night, from Tuesday to Saturday, it transforms into Juice Bar, the city’s coolest spot for natty wine warriors to gather over unfined, unfiltered, and wild-fermented wines from B.C. and beyond. Blessed with a superbly knowledgeable and friendly staff, the bar offers a small snack menu (try the aged manchego with lavender honey or the piled-high salmon rillette) to pair with the excitingly large wine selection. Bottles range from French skin-contact whites to Similkameen Valley amphora-aged reds, but if you don’t see anything you like among the options already open, the amiable crew is happy to pop the cork on something fresh.

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Inside the darkened interior of Juice Bar.
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Hawksworth Bar

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Truly one of the best deals in the city, cocktail hour (daily from 4 to 6 p.m.) at Hawksworth’s bar is a chance to dip into the pricey experience of the restaurant at a fraction of usual prices. It’s first come, first served, so head there early to bag a seat under Damien Hurst’s “Big Love with Diamond Dust.” Negronis, martinis, Aperol spritzes, and other classic cocktails are available for $7, and a half dozen oysters or Hawksworth’s legendary KFC (Korean fried cauliflower) go for just $12. But the steal of a deal is the B&B: the Hawksworth classic burger (largely regarded as one of the best in Vancouver) with either a beer or an Old Fashioned for $22.

A burger, Negroni, and tin of fries.
The B&B deal at the Hawksworth Bar.

St Lawrence Restaurant

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Since opening in summer 2017 under the experienced hand of chef J.C. Poirier, an alum of Montreal’s Toqué, St Lawrence in Japantown has been one of the city’s toughest reservations to score, and it’s only become more difficult since the restaurant received a Michelin star. Stepping through the velvet curtain into the small dining room, you leave behind Vancouver and its passion for clean, fresh, lean cuisine, and dive into a delicious butter-hosed world where old-school French technique meets Québecois cuisine. The music, wine list, and staff are (mostly) French, and the $125 tasting menu (now the only option) groans with decadent treats. You’ll need to prepay in order to secure a reservation, but even with the upfront outlay, add any possible delicious extras once you’re seated and hang the consequences. Just be sure to save room for the exquisite salted caramel rice pudding.

Caille en sarcophage at St Lawrence
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The Mackenzie Room

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The gritty Powell block in Railtown may not seem like the place to find some of the city’s most exciting, globally inspired food, but it has been since 2015 with the arrival of the Mackenzie Room. In a small dining room decked out with hipstery brass chandeliers, distressed walls, and an ever-changing chalkboard menu, chef Sean Reeve and team use ingredients from the Pacific Northwest to reimagine classic dishes and create bold new creations with witty names like “Corn Porn” and “A Tripe Called Quest.” Opt for “I Want It All” to eat your way around the whole menu and definitely check out the off-menu selection of natural wines. 

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

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There are hotel restaurants and there are restaurants in hotels, and Boulevard is definitely the latter. Pedigreed chef Alex Chen and team’s inventive take on West Coast seafood brings diners into some excitingly experimental territory, but never strays far from harmony and balance. It’s a bright, beautiful room to enjoy crowd-pleasing seafood towers or steak frites, while the service, cocktails, and wine list are all on point. There’s also a great daily happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. with cocktails on tap, oysters, and crispy chicken wings with fish sauce caramel and sambal chili.

Seafood platters at Boulevard Kitchen
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Top Rope Birria

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Top Rope serves the gooiest, meatiest, cheesiest Jalisco-style quesabirria tacos in town, with a consomé that speaks of hours and hours of low and slow braising. Hunt down the taco truck (or check Instagram for the latest location) for handmade corn tortillas, beef cooked to melting perfection, and Oaxaca cheese that’s stringy beyond belief. Pick up a pack of the spicy house-made candy to chew while you wait for your order, ask for the off-menu longboi (an extra-long taco), and always order your tacos with the cheese skirt. Following a fire in its commissary kitchen, Top Rope is currently doing pop-ups while looking for a new base of operations; check social media for the latest developments.

Pidgin Restaurant

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Pidgin seamlessly blends the bounty of the Pacific Northwest with French techniques and Asian influences. Although the place is perfect for bar snacks — the gochujang chicken wings are the best in the city — and genuinely thrilling for creative cocktails with ingredients such as toasted rice rum and gunpowder tea gomme, go with the prix fixe, which offers exceptional value with seven inventive mini courses 89 Canadian dollars (about $66) per person. Whisky and sake fans will love the selection, and the wine list offers global gems too.

A dish at Pidgin
Pidgin Restaurant

Grab a cab to Hastings-Sunrise to find joyful hospitality, fun low-intervention wines, and sake at Dachi, along with thoughtful, seasonal small plates featuring ingredients ranging from fresh (kale buds) to luxurious (tonkatsu-fried pork cutlets). In the summertime, the restaurant shifts operations out to the buzzing patio on East Hastings Street, which is perfect for people watching with endless glasses of whatever the team pops open. Dachi is a true neighborhood spot, and the door is always swinging open to locals dropping in to buy something from the ever-changing bottle shop. The team also operates Mucker Next Door — literally next door — which sells covetable homewares, artsy wine magazines and books, aromatic beef fat from sister-restaurant Elephant, and rose gold cake servers.  

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Dinner and drinks at Dachi.

Kissa Tanto

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Kissa Tanto scored a Michelin star in Vancouver’s inaugural awards. The pitch-perfect pairing of Japanese and Italian cuisines comes together in a funky, second-storey space in Chinatown, a few steps away from the restaurant’s sister crowd-pleaser, Bao Bei. The menu is small enough to make you want to order everything: the exquisite pasta made in-house; the showstopping whole fish served fins and all, which arrives puffed, hot, and crisp from the fryer along with a daikon-soy dipping sauce; a deceptively simple salad seamlessly fusing kombu dashi and pecorino. Reservations are essential.

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A booth at Kissa Tanto.
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Bao Bei

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Chambar alumna Tannis Ling combined forces with chef Joël Watanabe, who brings his Corsican-Japanese heritage to this popular Chinatown restaurant. It may look like a hipster take on a Chinese brasserie, but the sound of woks crashing in the kitchen speaks to its traditional techniques. Sharing plates are pleasingly well-sized and the cocktails thoughtfully crafted, and — because it’s Vancouver — all meat is local and ethically raised, hormone- and chemical-free. Don’t miss local legend Helen’s delicate hand-made potstickers and dumplings — she makes hundreds of perfect dumplings each day — and the appropriately named Kick Ass House-Fried Rice.

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A dinner spread at Bao Bei
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Caffé La Tana

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You’ll find some of the city’s very best pasta at this wildly tempting wine bar/cafe/grocery on Commercial Drive, in a neighborhood that’s enjoying something of a renaissance, partly thanks to a strong pandemic-era patio culture. There are a trio of menus to take you from brunch through aperitivo hour and dinner. The overstuffed muffuletta sandwich is a must-order, as is the superb agnolotti stuffed with chicken and pork in glossy, buttery roasting juices, topped with crispy sage. Italian wines, spritzes, and amari (try a flight) round out the full experience. Pick up house-made sauces, breads, sauces, and pastas to prepare at home from the grocery section, where you can also browse imported olive oils, bottled cocktails, amarena cherries, and other enticing pantry items.

Fat Mao Noodles

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Part of legendary local chef Angus An’s innovative empire of superb eateries (including Thai standard Maenam), this casual pan-Asian spot takes inspiration from chef An’s travels and childhood. There are five different kinds of noodles (including gluten-free and vegan options), sourced from Tak Fung on nearby Victoria Drive, to mix and match with soups, broths, and curries, plus bright, aromatic salads and small plates. The $5 roti with curry sauce is the best deal in the city, especially if you lick your plate when you’re through.

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Hot and sour pork noodles
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Phnom Penh

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It was already a Vancouver tradition to join the queues outside this well-priced Vietnamese Cambodian spot in Chinatown — but then the restaurant scored a Michelin Bib Gourmand and the demand has only intensified. The menu is enormous, so save yourself from the agonies of choice and order the deep-fried crunchy chicken wings (with an amazing dipping sauce), the Instagram-ready platter of thit bò butter beef, and the beef lúc lắc with egg and rice. And yeah, okay, maybe some garlic squid too. Pro-tip: Wear comfy shoes for the line.

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Thit bò butter beef
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Maxine's Cafe & Bar

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Serving up excellent daily brunch, happy hour, and dinner menus, Maxine’s has been doing a roaring trade with locals since opening in 2021. The sister restaurant to Homer Street and Tableau has already established itself as part of the Westender dining canon, as the weekend queues attest. Crowds come for generously portioned smoked salmon rosti, a gloriously messy smash burger, and the on-point cocktail and wine list. Hang out on the sun-trap patio and watch the world race past on Burrard Street, or settle into a comfy booth and graze your way from day to night.

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Smoked salmon rosti.
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Harvest Community Foods

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Acclaimed chef Andrea Carlson (Burdock & Co.) and Gabriella Meyer’s community-based eatery/grocery in Chinatown is one of the best spots in the city to slurp down noodles, including the sake chicken ramen, a bowl that will banish any hangover. You can also pick up pantry essentials, such as frozen packs of Carlson’s superb pork and burdock dumplings, heirloom apple and vanilla bean sauce that makes an ideal ice cream topping, and picnic-ready local cheeses, dips, spreads, and vegan puddings.


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Sashimiya opened in 2020, tucked away on the bottom of Hornby Street. The ultra-casual, entirely sustainable, grab-and-go sushi and sashimi shop is sushi master chef Taka Omi’s first solo spot after leaving the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s RawBar. Fish can be sliced to order for sashimi from the chillers, and a host of Japanese grocery goodies are on offer too. There are no seats, so take your exquisitely made party trays, platters, and bentos down to the waterfront to enjoy picnic-style, or order for delivery.

Takeout containers of maki rolls, sashimi, and kimbap, along with packaged snacks like Pocky and Hi-Chew, on a textured background
Sushi and snacks
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Blue Water Cafe

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Raw from the sushi bar or cooked from the open kitchen, seafood is the star at this Yaletown institution. Widely acknowledged as one of Canada’s leaders in responsible seafood, chef Frank Pabst and team push the culinary envelope a little each February with their Unsung Heroes festival, which celebrates lesser-loved species with dishes such as poached periwinkles and red sea urchin trifle. Year-round, the service is superb, the wine list dizzying, and the signature three-tier seafood tower worth a splurge.

Seafood Tower at Blue Water Cafe

Granville Island Public Market

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Sure the aisles are packed with wide-eyed Instagrammers at this popular tourist destination, but there are some jewels to be found here to assemble a superb picnic for watching the boats and paddle boarders on False Creek. Take your pick from delights such as pickled headcheese, succulent mortadella, and punchy salami at the Oyama Sausage Co, then head to Terra Bread to pick up some focaccia or baguettes before stocking up on local Salt Spring Island cheeses at Benton Brothers and fresh doughnuts at Lee’s.

Market Interior
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One of the city’s hardest working chefs, Angus An has three other spots dotted across the city, including Fat Mao, which serves blissful noodles, and Freebird Chicken Shack, which excels in Asian-style rotisserie. But if you only have time to visit one of his restaurants, go for Maenam, where you can drool over An’s deft balancing act of sweet, aromatic, citrusy, hot, and spicy flavors in great Thai dishes with B.C. twists. Walk-ins are welcome in the lounge for an a la carte dinner, but it’s worth it to book the chef’s menu, a bargain at $88 ($65 USD) per person for 11 dishes served family style. Lunch sets are also a terrific value, with a choice of main, soup, salad, and rice for $24-28 ($18-21 USD).

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Inside Maenam.
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R&B Ale & Pizza House

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The eternal Vancouver conundrum: Do you want great views and mediocre beers, or great beers and mediocre views? For the latter, head to the ever-popular R&B Brewing in the heart of “Yeast” Van’s Brewery Creek district. Celebrating 25 years, R&B is one of the city’s original microbreweries known for their cool can art, witty beer names, and reliably delicious brews. Come for the Stolen Bike Lager and Dude Chilling Pale Ale, then stay for the roadside patio and excellent music. Weekend brunch features sourdough made using spent grains from the brewing process, while the weekday menu brings chewy sourdough pizza, burgers, pretzels, and more.

Elephant Garden Creamery

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This popular Commercial Drive ice cream cafe specializes in pan-Asian flavors such as Hong Kong milk tea, Vietnamese coffee, and matcha honeycomb nugget. The most popular is the mango coconut sticky rice, which is fragrant with pandan, rippled with a sweet mango sauce, and creamy as hell. Sadly, no samples are offered, so order a flight of four to make a dent in the menu. If you’re seeking an extra sugar rush, there’s a weekend special consisting of salted cheese foam and brown sugar boba on toasted shokupan with whipped cream, black tea butter cookie crumbles, condensed milk, and brown sugar drizzle; it’ll rattle your teeth in a wonderful way. 

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Mango ice cream.
Elephant Garden Creamery

Bar Susu

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This casual wine bar, sister to the multi-award winning Published on Main, began as a pop-up but is now permanently one of the city’s low-key favorites. Chef Marc Marayag has created a playful menu with items like dinosaur kale salad featuring 3D-printed radish dinosaurs and chicken liver rosettes (a nod to the bar’s inclusion on the new Michelin Guide). The food comes alongside an ever-changing array of low-intervention wines, amari, cocktails, and vermouth for the city’s cork dorks. The late-night weekend menu ensures a regular crowd of off-work hospitality staffers, who come for the latest wine imports and local releases procured by dialed-in wine director Brittany Hoorne.

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Inside Bar Susu.
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Remi Patisserie

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Born in French Guiana and raised in a Chinese family, chef Remi Ho’s business began as a pop-up in 2019 and has blossomed through enthusiastic industry word-of-mouth to a sleekly stylish tiny Asian-French patisserie just a few steps from the bustle of Cambie Street. Make sure you arrive early or order online for pick-up to ensure you secure popular treats, such as the to-die-for, buttery, crispy salted egg yolk financier and the pillow-soft black sesame-stuffed mochi.

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Strawberry shortcake.
Remi Patisserie

 ¿Cómo? Taperia

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Industry veterans opened this much-anticipated, neighborhood tapas bar to rave reviews in late 2018, bagging the coveted No. 2 spot on Air Canada enRoute’s Best New Restaurant of the Year list in 2019, along with every local award going. It’s no wonder, given Cómo delivers a truly delicious experience including on-tap vermouth and bone-dry fino sherry, free tapas at the bar during happy hour with a drink purchase (4-5 p.m.), superb hard cheeses, and crisp patatas bravas striped with mayo and spicy tomato sauce. The room is loud and friendly, with efficient cheery service, and although you can make reservations for the rest of the room, the patio is open first come, first served. Enjoy a brief trip to Spain at the handsome bar before heading back out to Vancouver.

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Spanish poutine with iberico, romesco, manchego, cheese curds, and peppers
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Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

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Dynasty boasts twinkling chandeliers, views over the city from its first-floor perch on West Broadway, and, thanks to chef Sam Leung, some of the city’s best modern Chinese food. Open daily from 10 a.m. for dim sum, its standouts are the buttery barbecue pork cha siu bao with baked lemon, and the silky, wafer-thin dumplings stuffed with fresh shrimp, scallops, and black truffles. Dinner features a “24-hours notice” menu, with Cantonese delights such as mushroom-braised duck. Service skews more efficient than hospitable, but the food easily makes up for it.

Typhoon shelter crab with sticky rice at Dynasty Seafood Restaurant
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Burdock & Co

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Andrea Carlson’s resume reads like a rundown of every restaurant that helped shape Vancouver’s fresh, local, and sustainable style: C, Raincity Grill, Sooke Harbour House, Bishop’s — she’s worked at them all. You’ll find a shining example of British Columbia-based, casual fine dining at her Michelin-starred restaurant, Burdock & Co, which offers a tasting menu of locavore, ultra-seasonal dishes that pair perfectly with the tight, natural-leaning wine list. Favorites come and go on the five-course menu, but add on an order of the fan-favorite buttermilk fried chicken with dill pickle powder, or go big with sustainably sourced Northern Divine sturgeon caviar with tater tots and a shot of aquavit.

A dish at Burdock & Co
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Chef Vikram Vij is a huge star, with a stint as an investor on the reality show for aspiring entrepreneurs Dragon’s Den and a national range of prepackaged gourmet frozen curries to his name. In partnership with chef Meeru Dhalwala, Vij has created a fine dining Indian restaurant where you can feast on ambrosial curries utilizing local ingredients and hand-ground spices, paired with B.C. wines and funky cocktails. Pre-pandemic, the queue for a table might have included luminaries such as ex-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau or Harrison Ford, but now you can make a reservation and skip the wait. Don’t miss the lamb popsicles.

A dish at Vij’s

Anh and Chi

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For years, if you wanted to eat at this stylish, locals’ Vietnamese spot on Main, you’d have to queue. In a pandemic pivot, Anh and Chi began accepting reservations, bookable with a $10 charity donation that has now raised more than $126,000 for local causes (which should give you an idea just how popular they are). Everything on the menu is bursting with fresh flavors and perfectly balanced in terms of spice and heat. Portions are wildly generous, so order everything for the table. Must-orders include custardy bánh khot prawn cakes wrapped in crispy rice and the fun, finger-licking DIY platter of khay bánh hỏi lụi nướng. It’s worth considering takeout, which gives you access to the very good wine list at 50 percent off.

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Khay bánh hỏi lụi nướng.
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Suyo gathers the talents of Peruvian ex-Ancora chef Ricardo Valverde, award-winning ex-Botanist bartender Max Curzon-Price, and front of house veteran James Reynolds. The Main Street restaurant’s menu is a lot like its crack team: Exceptionally good ingredients add up to an even greater whole. Hotly anticipated — and immediately packed since opening in summer 2022 — Suyo’s modern take on Peruvian cuisine looks, tastes, and smells radically different from anything else in the city right now. That all comes at a cost, with mains around the $50-60 mark. Splurge if you can, or stop by the small bar to enjoy imaginative cocktails inspired by the peoples and landscapes of Peru, accompanied by sublime charred octopus and zingingly fresh ceviche.

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The bar area at Suyo.
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Published on Main

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Chef Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson and team are unstoppable juggernauts, scooping up every prize last year from a Michelin star in the city’s inaugural awards to the No. 1 spot in Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants. You’ll need to plan far in advance (reservations open 60 days ahead and sell out in a few hours) or eat at 5 p.m. to discover what alchemy is afoot here, but it would be churlish to leave Published off the list just because it’s challenging to get a seat. You can dive into the playfully experimental multi-course, ever-changing tasting menu, go a la carte, or try a snack at the bar. Just try not to fall in love with any menu items, as dishes switch up rapidly.

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Inside Published on Main.
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The Arbor Restaurant

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The sister restaurant to Acorn, which has won awards for its vegetarian and vegan fine dining, Arbor has neatly swooped in to cover another side of the market: vegetable-focused comfort food. Pretty much every item on the menu can be made gluten-free if it isn’t already, and there’s plenty for vegans to feast upon too. Check out the hidden patio garden at the back or drop by for a battered, Southern-fried artichoke sandwich with eggplant “bacon” for take-out. They’re open late every day and have a very cool wine list heavy on small B.C. producers.

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Classic veggie burger
The Arbor Restaurant

Golden Paramount Seafood Restaurant

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Take a 20-minute trip on the Skytrain from downtown to the neighboring city of Richmond, which Eater’s former roving critic, Bill Addison, called “one of the cultural marvels of North America” for having some of the finest Asian food in the world. At this award-winning favorite, the dim sum is handmade by chef-owner May Chau, who focuses on Hong Kong classics: steamed pork and crab dumplings, pan-fried pork buns, and deep-fried wontons — all must-orders.