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Romantic / Special Occasion Dinner Vancouver this Saturday night

Vancouver Hounds,

I am a Seattle hound by way of Phoenix and me and my sweetie are coming up to Vancouver this weekend for a romantic getaway.

B&B on the water in Deep Cove: Check
Couples Pedicure at Spa Utopia: Check
Romantic Dinner Saturday night: Still need reservations.

After surfing this board, Jules French Bistro was leading the pack. Will this fit the bill? We love all kinds of food. Are there better suggestions?

Let me know what you think

Billy Bob

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  1. I would go with Le Crocodile or Lupo if you are looking for something romantic downtown. Here is a link to a review of Lupo I posted recently: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6993...

    I am not very tech savvy so I hope that works:)!

    Cioppino's would also be special spots to celebrate your anniversary......

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    Le Crocodile Restaurant
    909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2N2, CA

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    1. re: selena03

      Selena,

      You are savvier then you think and nice write up. Thanks for the leads.

      Billy Bob

    2. If you're looking for something akin to Jules, I would side with Pied a Terre on Cambie, which, in my opinion, has better food in an enviro that is equally intimate.

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      1. re: clutterer

        Thanks Clutterer. Appreciate it.

        Intimate is an important adjective for this evening.

        1. re: Billy Bob

          Just to mention, Pied a Terre is intimate but the tables are quite close together so if privacy is important I wouldn't recommend it. You'll definately catch yourself eavesdropping on the tables around you :)

          I haven't been but, if French is what you're looking for and you don't want to leave the North Shore, Le Regalade is supposed to be lovely for good bistro style French cooking.
          If you're looking for a casual option while in Deep Cove, the Arms Reach Bistro has surprisingly good casual food (sandwiches, pastas, salads, etc) in a lovely setting.

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          Arms Reach Bistro
          4390 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7G1L2, CA

          1. re: islandgirl

            Concur re PAT tables, islandgirl, per my post below. I'd still pick it over Jules for the food though.

            1. re: islandgirl

              Not so much set on any one type of cuisine. We are very adventurous eaters, but more looking for quality, service and intimate/romantic setting.

              1. re: Billy Bob

                I'd second the below recommendation for Bishop's. Service and food are impeccable and the room is quite lovely, warm and inviting. And afterwards, if you need to walk off dinner and the weather is nice, you could always stroll about 5 minutes and take a walk on Kitsilano Beach.

        2. all good choices Lupo, Le Croc, Pied a Terre.
          if you're still in the north shore at spa utopia and wanna stay there rather than cross the bridge.
          consider the beach house at dundarave pier. believe they changed chefs recently. fmed can confirm this... .
          not familiar with jules to comment, but Pied e Terre is good value/good review.

          my recent visit to ciooppino's was very good. but lupo is a better setting as per selena's suggestion.

          staying closer to B&B and the Spa, Le Gavroche is a romantic setting. But the food at Le Crocodile is better..

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          Le Gavroche Restaurant
          1616 Alberni St, Vancouver, BC V6G1A6, CA

          Le Crocodile Restaurant
          909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2N2, CA

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          1. re: betterthanbourdain

            I think the food at Pied a Terre is more romantic, if that makes any sense (we had our anniversary dinner there this year). The room at Jules is darker but it is quite cramped and does not lend itself to lingering, and the food feels more rustic than PAT's. Neither is super romantic, with the tables being a bit too close together for sweet nothings not to be overheard :-). And both book up quickly for weekend nights as they are small. PAT is not downtown and Jules is (Gastown, actually) if going out after is at all in the mix. Le Croc would be a good choice if you are okay paying that premium. I wish I had been to the new Lupo but it sure sounds like a good bet from selena's posts and the setting (a refurbished old house) is the quaintest of the places named so far.

            I love Cioppino's food but it is in no way romantic to my taste. Just a big room with an open kitchen, albeit with nice Mediterranean colours. Someone said it is more business-y which I sort of concur with -- like family businessy (good for special meals with the inlaws or a family group).

          2. If you're going for French and romantic, I think there are a couple of choices that are better than Jules:

            Le Gavroche
            Pied a Terre
            Le Crocodile
            The Corner Suite Bistro de Luxe

            If you want to spend more, Lumiere and West would definitely fit the bill.

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            Le Gavroche Restaurant
            1616 Alberni St, Vancouver, BC V6G1A6, CA

            Lumiere
            2551 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K2E9, CA

            West Restaurant + Bar
            2881 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J4, CA

            Le Crocodile Restaurant
            909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2N2, CA

            Le Crocodile Restaurant
            909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2N2, CA

            1. Just cause you asked for suggestions:

              Market by Jean George the food was very solid was there Friday night , the slow cooked artic char with truffle mash was great.
              Lumiere was there last night, service was excellent!!
              Lastly Latro Buca last week before new ownership and they extended their dine out menu till Sunday!!! so ur best value and best bet IMHO. $38 for a 3 course . Current owners also own Pied E terre..

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              Lumiere
              2551 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K2E9, CA