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dflanz Nov 14, 2009 03:43 PM


my family are all meeting in Vancouver for Christmas. (Wife and I live in GA, sons live in Seattle and the Northeast) We are staying downtown, and are looking for advice for where to have dinner Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. I figured that ethnic restaurants might be the best bet, but the only great one I have heard about is Vij's, and they informed me that they are closed Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. I suppose we can find a decent restaurant at one of the more prominent hotels, but I thought I'd check with folks here for alternative suggestions.


- Dave

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

  1. fmed Nov 14, 2009 04:28 PM

    The big Chinese restaurants are usually open on Christmas and are often very busy. I'm assuming you are staying downtown? If so give Kirin (Alberni St location) or Imperial a call.

    Other options include Kirin (Cambie and 12th), and Sun Sui Wah (Main St).

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      foodkarma Nov 14, 2009 10:56 PM

      If you are interested in Ethnic - have you thought about Japanese Izakayas? Vancouver downtown is riddled with them and they are all pretty tasty - a couple to recommend: Guu (on Robson OR the location in Gastown), Hapa (on Robson OR in Kits), Kingyo.

      You could call Blue Water Cafe in Yaletown - amazing food - see if they are open.

      Cambodian at Phnom Penh in Chinatown (near downtown) - must have the chicken wings. Very casual restaurant. Not sure if you are looking for more upscale.

      838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

      871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA

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      1. re: foodkarma
        debmom Dec 22, 2010 03:55 AM

        I was just reading about these izakayas-- would it be appropriate to bring a teenager to one for lunch or snack or dinner? Thanks

        1. re: debmom
          grayelf Dec 22, 2010 08:16 AM

          Not a problem, debmom. Some may get a little raucous later in the evening but not at dinner.

          1. re: grayelf
            debmom Dec 22, 2010 01:53 PM

            Thanks, I think we will give it a try!

            1. re: debmom
              fmed Dec 22, 2010 09:03 PM

              Go for dinner instead of lunch. Most izakaya downtown only serve izakaya food at dinnertime.

              1. re: fmed
                grayelf Dec 22, 2010 09:15 PM

                Good point, fmed, I didn't notice that debmom asked about lunch!

              2. re: debmom
                debmom Jan 6, 2011 02:55 PM

                Loved it! We went early to Guu's and Gyosa! Loved your city:) loved your food :)

                838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

                1. re: debmom
                  fmed Jan 6, 2011 08:55 PM

                  Awesome. What did you have?

                  1. re: fmed
                    debmom Jan 7, 2011 03:48 AM

                    We actually went to Guu at lunchtime so we had lunch specials-- chicken teriyaki and kuage- both served over rice. Each came with miso soup. It was very good but even better was Gyosa at night where we had miso soup, green salad, chicken wings, and, of course, outstanding gyosa! My DH had sashimi that was also wonderful. All of the food was freshly prepared and delicious.

                    838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

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          foodkarma Nov 14, 2009 10:57 PM

          Oh - Tropika on Robson will probably be open to. Living in Calgary I would love to have some Tropika right now but in Vancouver, there are tons other comparable restaurants.

          1. d
            dflanz Nov 15, 2009 04:27 AM

            Thank you all for the suggestions. I have contacted Blue Water and Tropika, and will let you know what I hear.

            1. d
              dflanz Nov 16, 2009 03:23 PM

              Blue Water is closed Dec 24 & 25th. No word on Tropika.

              Appreciate opinions about hotel restaurants, like the William Tell in the Georgian Court.


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              1. re: dflanz
                fmed Nov 16, 2009 03:37 PM

                Yes - you will find that most restaurants will be closed. A good way to scope is to use OpenTable if they use it. If it looks like you can book on those days, then give the place a call to make sure.

                A short list of hotel restaurants that are good are: Market, Yew, Diva, Voya, Cibo. Otherwise, the Chinese places above (which are "high-end", BTW in case you are wondering) might be the ticket.

                Cibo Ristorante
                900 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L9, CA

                Voya Restaurant (closed for renovations)
                1177 Melville Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 0A3, CA

                Diva At The Met
                645 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6C2Y9, CA

                YEW restaurant + bar
                791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4, CA

                1. re: fmed
                  dflanz Nov 16, 2009 05:58 PM

                  thank you, fmed! We will check these out.

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                PeggysPlace Nov 25, 2010 02:46 PM

                I am a local also looking for Christmas Dinner in Vancouver this year. I have located two locations that are a little upper end. One at the Grouse Mountain Conservatory. They are serving their normal A La Carte menu. You can book on-line through Open Table. Also, the Tea House in Stanley Park is serving dinner - a fixed menu that includes Appy, Entree and Dessert for a fixed rate of $45.00 per person. I have been to the Tea House and it is lovely. They are taking reservations by call in. You will need your credit card to secure both.

                Hope you have a wonderful Christmas in Vancouver.

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                1. re: PeggysPlace
                  vancouverhoney Dec 21, 2010 02:52 PM

                  The Cornersuite Bistro De Luxe is a french restaurant right downtown open Dec 24, 25th and 26th. They are offering a 3 course turkey dinner for $29. Chic, romantic, yet casual as well. Check out their website www.thecornersuite.com

                  1. re: PeggysPlace
                    BCDébrouillard Dec 22, 2010 03:48 PM

                    Bacchus at the Wedgewood Hotel has Brunch, Lunch and Dinner menus for Christmas Day, as well as Christmas Eve and Boxing Day menus


                    I enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner there and am glad that this year I will be in town to spend Christmas at the Wedgewood

                  2. el_lobo_solo Dec 22, 2010 10:35 PM

                    Found this on the Straight's website, an article about dining out around the days the OP is searching :

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                      stubbs Dec 23, 2010 06:05 PM

                      Geoff, from Paprika, mentioned among the replies, says it will be closed 24-26. Sigh. Let us know if you find something moderate open for dinner on the 25th. We, too, are playing xmas refugees from Portland.

                      David & Laurie

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                      1. re: stubbs
                        grayelf Dec 23, 2010 08:54 PM

                        Not sure if this link was already posted but FWIW: http://vancouverfoodster.com/2010/12/...

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