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Vancouver- dual purpose, great food-of course-but people watching and dressing up too

willow72 Aug 14, 2009 05:53 AM

Hello friends,
My wedding anniversary approaches and I am wondering how best to serve both of my loves-to dress up extravagantly while watching eye candy, and to sup on marvelous foods.
What are your top suggestions for this likely duo?

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  1. fmed RE: willow72 Aug 14, 2009 09:00 AM

    Lumiere, Diva, and West come to mind.

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      grayelf RE: fmed Aug 14, 2009 09:57 AM

      Maybe Conor Butler (though I walked by yesterday and was well put off by the dead flower boxes in front of it)? And maybe not enought people there to watch...paging ck1234...

      Vancouver is such a funny town for dressing up... I'm no fashion plate but I regularly see people in clothes I would garden in dining at relatively upscale restos.

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        ck1234 RE: grayelf Aug 14, 2009 10:24 AM

        Connor Butler's decor is not for everyone! Some find the Versace plates tacky. It is white table cloths, and the room is nice but nothing special. When we ate there we were the only ones in the entire restaurant for the whole 2 hours, so there was definitely no eye candy! Food did not blow me away either, but I do not like to deter people with my food thoughts as they're my feelings only.

        I agree with grayelf about the dressing up, even in the fanciest of places, a lot of people will be casual. It is something I personally like about Vancouver! I agree with Lumiere & I would add Cioppino's. That would be another good choice. Neither of these places would make you feel over-dressed etiher. Happy Anniversary!

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          fmed RE: ck1234 Aug 14, 2009 11:03 AM

          How about the Four Sails? Great view.

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            ck1234 RE: fmed Aug 14, 2009 02:03 PM

            Did you mean Five Sails, maybe? :-)

            They do have a summer promotion too, $45 pp tasting menu - 3 courses.


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              fmed RE: ck1234 Aug 14, 2009 02:42 PM

              Oops yes...FIVE Sails. Don't settle for any less.

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            grayelf RE: ck1234 Aug 14, 2009 11:46 AM

            Ooh yeah, +1 for Cioppino's -- you will get great food and eye candy at dinner and then you could stroll Yaletown afterward for more eye candy and maybe hit another venue (sorry, I'm a nerd and don't know any names).

      2. Cancuk RE: willow72 Aug 14, 2009 02:26 PM

        Cioppinos or Blue Water would be my choices.

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          selena03 RE: willow72 Aug 14, 2009 10:40 PM

          These are both my loves as well:)

          Market and Cioppino's for great food and eye candy and you can wear a a great cocktail dress to either and fit in perfectly.
          For drinks post-dinner some ideas include Opus Lounge, Glowbal bar area, and Coast Lounge. If your in the mood to dance, Bar None.

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            grayelf RE: selena03 Aug 15, 2009 08:56 AM

            Hey, I've actually heard of all your drink recs, selena -- feeling slightly less nerdy. I can't believe Bar None is still there. If it's the same place I'm thinking of, that's some staying power.

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              selena03 RE: grayelf Aug 15, 2009 09:53 AM

              Hey Grayelf-I think it's the only dance club catering to a 30's and even 40's crowd (20's too of course). I was surprised when a girlfriend took me there a few weeks ago and it was completely packed w/long line up outside. Not usually my thing but I hadn't been to a club in years so it was fun.

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