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Can't-Say-No Lunch Invite, Vancouver

Hi all,

If you were hosting a luncheon in Vancouver for a group of 15-20 and wanted everyone to say YES and clear their schedule, where would you host? Ideally centrally located, not overly formal and a can't-pass-up spot for in-the-know types. Budget not major concern...business lunch, but no need for formal...

Thanks! Can't wait to hear ideas!

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  1. West appears to be dinner only, what about Hermitage? Other ideas? Thanks in advance!

    1. Il Giardino or a private Luncheon in Cioppinos Private room

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      1. re: bangkok

        Perfect! Any other ideas? Ideally the place would be a local favorite, chef-driven, farm/local produce driven and maybe even (dreaming now?) Spanish or Mediterranean inspired cuisine? Slow Food? Thanks!

        1. re: HomeCookKirsten

          Those are both great recs for a group that size. Cioppino's fills your other aesthetic requirements well.

      2. Cioppino's is no longer open for lunch. How about the new Regional Tasting Room (rtl) in Yaletown? (Spanish, Middle Eastern AND a local BC menu). Of course, the two hottest new can't-pass-up spots for in-the-know types are Market by Jean-Georges at the Shangri-La Hotel and Daniel Boulud's DB Bistro in Kits. Both are definitely open for lunch.

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        1. re: jfharvey

          Fantastic, no hotel restaurants, so does that leave DB? Any local fav's not a chain or celeb chef affiliated?

          RTL could work, right?

          1. re: jfharvey

            I know, I'm very demanding, but am ideally seeking local, independent, hotel-free, celeb-chef-free, chain-free, MUST go to local restaurant. The one where you get an invite and clear your calendar if you can....does this exist?

            If not, what is the next best.?

            Thanks!

          2. It's very hard to find decent restaurants open for lunch... Voya (but that's a hotel too), Italian Kitchen.

            DB has a private room (although oddly enclosed in glass). If you're looking for farm-driven food, I think you might be pleasantly surprised.

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            1. re: jfharvey

              Thanks JFHarvey,

              Would you actually recommend an evening event, or just compromise on location? What is the dining/social scene like for very in-the-know locals? Meaning, do locals (on business) go out for lunch, cocktails, or just reschedule?

              1. re: HomeCookKirsten

                I would move it to the evening when the hot spots are open.

                1. re: HomeCookKirsten

                  A smaller place, even if not normally open at that time, may be willing to do your lunch if you call and arrange the menu and everything ahead of time. Esp. for that many people and the right budget/menu. Never hurts to ask.

                  1. re: HomeCookKirsten

                    Chow Restaurant (which is very good and reasonably priced) is open for lunch.

                2. sorry, rtl is only open for dinner...

                  We are pleased to announce, r.tl is open for dinner from 4pm, 7 days a week.

                  Currently featuring Spanish, Middle Eastern and Coastal British Columbian fare, r.tl brings you dishes and flavours from new regions of the world every quarter.

                  With small sharing plates, r.tl offers versatile tastes and flavours and a unique experience.

                  A solid wine program reflects the regional concept featuring 30 wines by the glass using state of the art automatic wine machines, selected by the house sommelier Alain Canuel.

                  A classic cocktail program features 40+ classics and twists at the bar, served with premium and top-shelf liquors and spirits.

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                  1. re: jfharvey

                    Too bad Cioppino's is off the list....I didn't realize they had stopped lunch service.

                    How about Campagnolo (run by the same guys as Fuel)- it is definitely open for lunch and I do believe they have a private room in the back. The neighbourhood is a bit sketchy.