Restaurants Open Christmas Eve/Christmas in Vancouver
Will be visiting Vancouver over the holidays with wife and 3 kids(ages 9,5 and six months). Would appreciate any info as to what decent, moderately priced restaurants will be open on Christmas eve and Christmas day for dinner.
Thanks in advance for helping at this late date.
By the way, the kids are very well-behaved (although my wife is sometimes loud after a few drinks).
"By the way, the kids are very well-behaved (although my wife is sometimes loud after a few drinks)."
LOL! It would help if you could identify where in Vancouver you'll be (downtown, in the burbs?), if you have transportation and what your budget is. Hotel restaurants are always open Dec. 24 and 25. But what might constitute a "decent, moderately priced" meal for one family would be astronomical for another. If the kids like Japanese or Chinese food, you might have fun at one of the family-style places where you can order bowls of noodles and familiar sweet-sauced chicken dishes and deep-fried items (most kids go for those!). Check out previous threads on this board for specific suggestions. We've had good luck taking large family groups to the Pink Pearl and to Park Lock.
"We will be staying at the Westin Bayshore and have a rental car. I wanted to avoid eating dinner at a hotel on the dates in question but wanted a memorable family dining experience, in the $50-$60 (U.S.) range."
Okay, that's about $79 to $95 in Canuck bucks. You can go to Joe Fortes Seafood & Chophouse and try one of their fixed Xmas dinner menus -- those start at $35.95 per adult, and I imagine they would let you order off the menu for the kids. You'll find menus at www.joefortes.ca If you like what you see, you could contact them for details and to make special arrangements for the kids. It's a lovely space just off Robson St. downtown, maybe a 15-min. walk from the hotel? In West Van, across Lions Gate Bridge, a 15-minute drive away, you could try the Beachhouse Restaurant at Dundarave Pier. Lovely views of the water, it's right on the beach and it's surrounded by decorated Xmas trees. There are two little playgrounds on either side of the restaurant, one with swings and one with a slide. Go to www.beachhousewestvan.com Don't know if they're open on Xmas, tho.
We have a second home in Vancouver, but given that we will be arriving late on Christmas eve, have the same problem and maybe the more pressing issue of wondering where to find basics like milk and juice. As for restaurants, I did a little research last weekend while there and the good news is that the major (and generally fabulous) Chinese restaurants seem to be open. Try the San Sui Wah on Main Street or either of the Vancouver branches of the Kirin and you will dine very well indeed and without bursting your budget.
re: Peter R.
Thanks, Peter. I called around and found no non-Asian establishments open (not even Joe Forte's despite the Christmas menu on their website) outside of hotel restaurants. Diva had a very tempting menu but I couldn't justify the cost with kids in tow; we'd feel too rushed and couldn't savor the meal.
We have reservations at the Banana Leaf on Christmas Eve and Sun Sui Wah on Christmas. The wife and I will probably go to West on Saturday if I can convince her to trust the Westin staff with childcare.
Happy holidays to all,
Welcome to Vancouver! If you are looking for inexpensive and great meals, why don't you drive down kingsway to chong's chinese restaurant or Shining Garden on Victoria Drive.
You can ordered a 4 combo meal with free soup, rice, crab and dessert for around 50 dollars. 3 combo is around 40 but still include the freebies. I suggest you order ginger and green onion crab, salt and pepper prawns and other authentic chinese dishes, like crispy chicken. Be sure you ask for the combo menu. Shining garden's combo menu is also in english. Hope this helps ^^