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Jun 27, 2005 07:27 PM

MUST eat places in Vancouver?

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What are some amazing must-try Vancouver restaurants to go to for dinner? Nice restaurants preferred (medium to medium-high price range)...


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  1. There's a small tapas place called Bin941 that has really good food. It's downtown on Davie St., by Burrard. There's also Bin942 on Broadway, just outside of downtown (by Granville). It's more in the medium price range, but you can spend lots if you order lots. [
    A personal favourite is Diva inside the Metropolitan Hotel downtown. [
    Lumiere (on Broadway, in Kits) is an excellent westcoast food experience. []

    You know, there are just too many to list! Check out this page, as most of the restaurants you'll find listed won't let you down:

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    1. re: orlapiggot

      I wouldn't exactly qualify Lumiere as "medium to medium-high" in price range. However, Cru certainly falls well within that category. An enormous selection of wines by the glass. You can order either small plates or a la carte meals; however, their three-course prix-fixe menu is an absolute steal at $36.


      1. re: Mooshiemouse

        Oops, I read "medium to high."

        1. re: orlapiggot

          I was just thinking about this again and I think it might be worthwhile for tourists to check out the Lumiere (and other) menus anyway and see the actual prices for themselves. While they might be on the upper end of the price scale for us, depending on what they're used to, they might be more "medium-high" or "medium" for them. We forget that we're a bit spoiled in Vancouver; when I travel, I find restaurant prices elsewhere to be much higher, especially if looking for quality. The exchange rate can help, too (though not as much lately for Americans!).

    2. Try Parkside restaurant on Haro Street.
      Great food, service, and ambience

      All appies are $11, Mains are $28, desserts $8.
      Three course dinner $45 ($54 with cheese course added)

      Wine list is Ok, though it is pricier than it use to be.

      Or you could try Lickerish over on Davie St. Simlar concept as above. Tapas $6-12, Mains $17-24, Dessert $7. 3 course for $38, though depending what you order, it can be cheaper to do it a la carte. Great service. Great cocktails (Recommend the Willy Wonka Martini for an after dinner drink.)

      Also, on Davie is Stepho's. Very popular Greek place, no reservations, lineups out the door for weekend dinner. But great lamb, calmari, saganaki (Cheese flambeed with brandy) and CHEAP. Last i was ther 2 years ago, appies were $4-, dinners $8-13. Low mark-up on the wine. 3 of us got stuffed with 2 appies, 3 lamb dinners and a good bottle of red.. $75 including tax AND tip. Any other greak place and you'd be at $110 for the same order

      1. West Restaurant on 2881 Granville Street @ 13th is our favorite restaurant in Vancouver. We planned a vacation to Vancouver around this restaurant. It is not cheap, but it is worth every penny. They have an early-bird pre-fixed menu that looks quite good.


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        1. re: Jon H

          i concur. i am a cook in nyc and on my recent visit to vancouver the highlight of the entire trip was West. better than the bike ride around Stanley Park.

          my wife and i ordered both tasting menus on the menu. she had the spring seasonal tasting while i had the West tasting with the wine paring. her's was a bit better than mine if we had to choose but both were out of this world. if you are familiar with nyc it was better than bouley, daniel, and jean george.

          the biggest disappointment in vancouver was Tojo. not worth the money. good food but you can eat just as well for 1/3 the price in numerous restaurants in LA.

          1. re: halo

            I would have to vehemently disagree with the asssement on Tojo's here.

            I think Tojo is one of those places where you either really LOVE or... think is over priced (which i never understood).

            I personally think he is one of the best sushi chefs i've ever been too (better then even Nobu, perhaps).

            While he certainly knows how to be bold and creative, i find that he excercises these traits with a discaplined restraint. His food is full of richness, subtlety, art, and all kinds of goodness. and maybe this is why some people think he is overpriced? because he doesn't do all the wild and crazy stuff all the time that people expect from japanese neauvaux now? i don't know...

            I would count tojo's as THE must eat place in vancouver above all others.

            just my 2 cents


            1. re: yutai

              no expert on vancouver but I also disagree strongly with the assessment of Tojo's. Just went this weekend and it was out of this world. And I've been to plenty of sushi restaurants in San Francisco, LA, NY, Tokyo. It's one of the best sushi meals I've had.

            2. re: halo

              I am 100% behind halo.

              West is one of most fabulous restaurant experiences in the hemisphere.

              Tojo is a total tool (regardless of how the sushi is) and not deserving of any 'hound's hard-earned coin.

          2. Commercial Drive (East Vancouver)

            1. Tio Pepe's - cuisine from the Yucutan
            2. Wazubee's (sp?) - hip, west coast, *great* coffee
            3. Havana Cafe - great patio & art - really cool vibe
            4. Cafe Duex Soleil (there's 2 of them) - great breakfasts. Carnivores beware: it's veggie although the selection/quality is so good you won't know it


              I'm from Florida and we're going to be in Vancouver in May, 2007. I just wanted to update this thread by posting a new link for the best of Vancouver restaurants. Thanks for all the suggestions - keep them coming! :


              Oh, btw, I love oysters, in case you weren't sure. Any best oyster house recommendations?


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              1. re: OysterHo

                If you can shuck your own oysters then go to "Lobster Man" at the Granvile Island Public Marlet ( They have the best selection in the city and prices....if they have them then try "Mary Point" medium sized oysters (especially in winter when the water is especially cold)....they are the best raw oysters in North America....period. Al the other places in the city that sell oysters on the half shell are fine but nothing above or beyond what you could not get anywhere else in the States....especially if you have the means....