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Jan 5, 2009 08:27 PM

Dine Out Vancouver recs

The Dine Out Vancouver menus have been out for almost twelve hours, and no one else has posted about it yet?! I'm surprised :)

There's a heck of a lot of restaurants on the list, and I need some help wading through and picking out the must-visits. (Does anyone else think they should be a bit discerning in what restaurants can participate? Seattle's version of Dine Out only has 30 restaurants, and they all seem to be excellent.)

What are your top 2 or 3 picks for Dine Out? My top 2 are DB Bistro Moderne and Gastropod.

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  1. I haven't participated in a few years, but I may try to this year. Top three: DB Bistro Moderne, Gastropod, Diva at the Met.

    Looking at the list, the other ones that look interesting to me are: Blue Water, Cobre, Hamilton Street Grill, Octopus' Garden, Osteria Napoli, Yew, Parkside, Salt. I've been to all of them, but the price point looks good.

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    1. re: fmed

      I've never been to Diva so I'd definitely try there. Octopus's Garden kicks serious ass as well and I haven't been for a long time.

      The ones Fmed has pointed out, will all be good too.

    2. Just got back from a trip home and had dinner at db and Octopus Garden. Definitely can recommend those two based on the experiences. The food was excellent and just checking the menus out (am rather jealous I can't be there), the prices are excellent given how much I spent on dinner.

      1. I'm going to WIld Rice is Gastown.
        ALways love that place and just can't pass up the price point!

        1. Parkside. I'm am most impressed with them during Dine Out and during regular meals. Atmosphere, service, food, all top notch.

          1. My only pick would be DB Bistro Moderne. Dine Out is a great way to sample new restuarants and DB is the choice this year.

            I agree that they should be more discerning on the restaurants they include. The list is getting longer but the quality is gettig lower. The inclusion of chain restaurants and sub par restaurants on the list in the last few years is kind of disappointing. The idea was a reducd price menu on fine dining restuarants that would generate business in one of the slowest periods. I do wonder if the overall quality of the restaurants is the reason why some of the finer establishments no longer particpate.

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            1. re: lunchslut

              Look out for alternative venues that will offer prix fixe a la Dine Out provided by restaurants that opted out. Hmmm...maybe they should call it "Opt Out." There are a number of them.

                1. re: vandan

                  I managed to get a table for DB Bistro. Unfortunately it's for a weekday and I can't seem to find anyone willing to go on a work day. I may end up cancelling, darn it !