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Looking for high-end restaurants in Vancouver that can accomodate a group of 40 on a Sunday night (I'm booking for June). Restaurants near the Hyatt Regency are a plus, but we can go out of our way for something truly great.

I'm finding that most of the high-end restaurants lean toward Italian (that I can find), suggestions for non-Italian restaurants would be much appreciated.

Here's what I've checked out so far:

reFuel - not formal enough
Market - doesn't look like they'd have space for 40
La Buca
Campagnolo
Chambar - a possibility
Lumiere / db Bistro - my favorite of the choices so far
L'altro Buca
Salt - will have to go to, but not a fit for this event
Cibo - a possibility
Cioppinos - a possibility
Boneta

Thanks for the help!

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  1. To add to your list, Five Sails, Le Crocodile, Diva at the Met. Mistral is also good, a little less formal but the chef does come from a michelin star background before making Vancouver his home. From the OP's list, I would consider Cioppinos, Market, Lumiere/db Bistro. Market does have a private room, I'm not sure how big it is.

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    1. re: gourmet wife

      Not Campognolo-bare cement/stripped wood aren't what you're looking for.

    2. Market has 2 private rooms one for 10 and the other to 14. They have banquet rooms but it won't be the same menu as what is offered in dining area however does come from the same kitchen.

      Another prospect you may want to add to your list: Coast, a seafood restaurant also on Alberni.

      1. Chambar uses Medina for private functions and can sit 24 max (but 40 in cocktail party mode)....I don't know know if they do buyouts at Chambar itself. The hotel restos are your best bet for a group that size (Cibo, Market, Diva, etc).

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        1. re: fmed

          For non-Italian, what about Bishop's? Not sure they could fit 40 of you in the back room but it would be great.

          Not specifically with large groups in mind but check out this link too for other ideas: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/562282

        2. My first choice for a group that size would definitely be Blue Water Cafe. I would also consider Gotham - i've had wonderful meals at both restaurants, both of them routinely handle large groups and have larger private dining rooms. C might be a possibility as well. As someone else mentioned, hotels are usually a good bet - my somewhat ordered list would be Yew (Four Seasons), Five Sails (Pan Pacific), Cibo (Moda), VOYA (Loden), Fleuri (Sutton Place), Diva (the Metropolitan) and Bacchus (Wedgewood).

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          Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
          1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5T4, CA

          Five Sails Restaurant
          Located on R level Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1, CA

          Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar
          615 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2K3, CA

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

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

          C Restaurant
          2-1600 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L9, CA

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

          Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge
          845 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1V1, CA

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

          Fleuri Restaurant
          845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2K6, CA

          1. Update:

            We ended up at Joe Fortes with a party of 34 for our dinner. Not as high-end as we were initially planning, but service and food were excellent. The head waiter assigned to our group was exceptional.

            For our cocktail party, we had a rooftop party catered by Copper Alley Events. Again, food and service were exceptional. Monica was a pleasure to work with. She came highly recommended in the area and was a great find.

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            Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
            777 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E3V5, CA