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Jul 20, 2009 08:15 AM

Dining with kids in Vancouver & Whistler

My wife and daughters (8, 5) will be in Vancouver and Whistler in August. Can anyone suggest good, local restaurants that are kid friendly? Our daughters are well behaved so they can hold their own in nicer restaurants as well.


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  1. I have taken my daughters when they were that age (they are 9 and 11 now) to a number of places which I think are kid friendly.

    I can personally recommend Chambar and Hapa for taking very good care of my kids with respectful, non-condescending service.

    Chambar Restaurant
    562 Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3, CA

    Hapa Izakaya
    1479 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G1C1, CA

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    1. re: fmed

      Thanks! We really appreciate it.

    2. I'd second Chambar and the Fish House in Stanley Park is great with kids.

      1. We recently took similarly aged kids to L'Altro Buca. We went early, sat on the patio and had a lovely evening. I think it was the kids' most upscale dinner so far, but they are pretty well-behaved, so perhaps we'll start branching out and try fmed's recs. Otherwise we take them to Zakkushi as they really like the food there (meat on skewers) and taking their shoes off (!?). We've also had a recent trip to the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company which they loved - it is much more kid-oriented than the others - and we enjoyed it for its totally laid back atmosphere, cheery service, decent pizza and nice salads. (note: we go to the 4th avenue one, i assume the others are similar?

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        1. re: waver

          Hey waver!

          I think the 4th ave Zakkushi is the best one for kids, although I haven't actually eaten at the Denman one yet, just looked in. The one on Main is quite dark and rabbit-warreny in a good way for certain dining experiences...

          1. re: grayelf

            Thanks for the heads-up Grayelf, we'll stick with what we know then.

            BTW, OP, for downtown lunch, the little lad and I sometimes hit Benkei Ramen on Robson which is quick and invigorating (if you like ramen and gyoza as they do little else) and there's a Japanese frozen yogurt place just along the way to sweeten the deal.

            1. re: waver

              What's the Japanese frozen yogurt place? Is that Blueberry (or something similar)? I haven't tried that yet.

              Another place for Japanese desserts is Chicco Cafe - I imagine kids would love the ice cream parfaits.

              1. re: twinkienic

                Yes, I think it is called Blueberry. Now I'm suddenly wondering why I think it was Japanese. Anyway, its pretty tangy, but I quite like it straight up (little man assures me gummy bears are the only appropriate topping). As a bonus, it pretty low cal.

                Where's Chicco Cafe? Ice cream parfait sounds good.

                1. re: waver

                  Chicco Cafe is next to Gyoza King.

                  The ice cream parfaits come in all kinds of ice cream flavours - black sesame, mango, green tea, etc... toppings include fruit, corn flakes, mochi, jelly, red bean...

                  I quite like the green tea mousse with mascarpone and red bean. They also usually have some kind of green tea chiffon cake and Japanese-style cheesecake.

        2. We took my boyfriend's little brother (8) and mother out for dinner when they were here last year, we went to Boneta, Rangoli, Kingyo and Cafe Medina with no problems.

          For Boneta we had a fairly early seating but the rest were during their peak hours and there were no problems.

          As above the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company is great for kids and the pizza is great!

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          1. re: foxyfreckles

            Rocky Mountain is also great for kids with allergies.