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Nov 6, 2009 12:35 PM

Casual restaurant to take parents-Vancouver

I am new to Vancouver and my parents are visiting me and my fiance this weekend. They'd like to take us out to dinner but I know they don't want to spend to much. I suggested Vij's since it's in our neigborhood (Fairview/South Granville) but my mom didn't like the website's menu... I think it was too expensive for her. Where would be a good, fun, dinner place that has entrees under $20? Pretty much anywhere in the city would work, although the West side is preferable.

Vij's Restaurant
1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA

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  1. How about Rangoli's next door? It's the more affordable younger sister of Vij's.

    Otherwise how about...
    La Brasserie (Franco-German fare)
    Cafe Salade de Fruits (French bistro)
    Maenam (modern Thai)
    Campagnolo (rustic(?) Italian)

    1938 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, CA

    Salade de Fruits
    1545 7th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J1S1, CA

    1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A, CA

    La Brasserie
    1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

    Vij's Rangoli
    1488 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA

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    1. re: twinkienic

      I second Salade des Fruits-we had a family dinner there over a month ago and it was so delicious.

    2. If you are willing to go that way, there are quite a few good chain restaurants in your neighborhood that would fit the bill:
      Cactus Club (Granville and Broadway), Earls (Broadway and Fir) and Joey's (On Broadway between Hemlock and Granville). All are dead consistent, offer a nice ambiance, and offer variety of choices under $20.

      A tiny bit further afield is Trattoria Italian Kitchen on West 4th. It offers decent Italian food for a very reasonable price with a nice lively busy atmosphere.

      Trattoria Italian Kitchen
      1850 4th Avenue West, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M3, CA

      Cactus Club Cafe
      1530W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6J5K9, CA

      1. A friend of mine (and her parents) insist on going to Grub on Main for dinner when they come into town. Looks like a good, funky spot.

        My two top choices would be the Pourhouse and Campagnolo though. Both can be done for under $20, but they're in Gastown and Chinatown/Strathcona respectively.

        1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A, CA

        1. I wonder about Les Faux Bourgeois? I actually haven't been as I'm always too late to get a reservation, but the menu looks good and the price seems right. Maybe someone else has a recent experience?

          1. While the food is not spectacular .. Stellas on Cambie may be an option.. offers fairly decent entrees / tapas for under $20. Great beer selection / casual fun atmosphere.