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elbie518 May 22, 2010 09:23 AM

Hi friends-
The husband and I are spending our summer vacation in Vancouver and Victoria in July for 9 days. We are planning our itinerary now, and it is so far jam-packed! Each day is literally filled to the brim with touristy spots, and yummy food. My worry is that after a full day of touring in our casual clothes (shorts/t-shirts/sneakers/flip-flops) will we be able go go to nice dinners and still feel "appropriate"? Alternately, we could bring clothes to change into somewhere before dinner, but that's annoying!

Some places on our list include Aqua Riva, Salt, Raincity Grill, Vij's, and something Izakaya (I can't remember the name). Should I suck it up and pack nicer clothes? My sister-in-law says that Vancouver restaurants are pretty casual, but I'm worried that we are TOO casual. Help?

Raincity Grill
1193 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2N1, CA

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

Aqua Riva
, Vancouver, BC V5Y, CA

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    elbie518 May 23, 2010 04:40 PM

    " ....this is Vancouver. If you're dressed, you meet the code."

    Hilarious! I honestly can't wait to come! Thanks again for all the great suggestions!

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      smck0 May 23, 2010 11:17 AM

      I'm with others here on Aqua Riva. It used to be good, but that was long ago in a galaxy far away. I'd try Market if I were you - don't know the dress code there, but if any place on your list has a dress code it's Market. Make your reservations now. Place is likely to be jammed on July 1st weekend.

      As for dress codes in general, this is Vancouver. If you're dressed, you meet the code.

      Aqua Riva
      , Vancouver, BC V5Y, CA

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      1. re: smck0
        LotusRapper May 23, 2010 02:40 PM

        " ....this is Vancouver. If you're dressed, you meet the code."

        Thanks for the laugh ! :-D

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        elbie518 May 22, 2010 08:41 PM

        Thanks everyone for the advice! We will absolutely re-think Aqua Riva. Can anyone recommend someplace cool near Canada Place? (This is on Canada Day too, so any thoughts on that would be helpful also).

        Aqua Riva
        , Vancouver, BC V5Y, CA

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        1. re: elbie518
          vandan May 22, 2010 09:12 PM

          market is quite close, and gets great love here

          1. re: elbie518
            LotusRapper May 22, 2010 11:43 PM

            Others may disagree, but I've always liked Cardero's, Guu With Garlic, Water St. Cafe and Nuba, all well within walking distance of Canada Place. There's also La Casita and Cobre in Gastown.

            838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

            Nuba Cafe
            322 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B1K6, CA

            Water St Cafe
            300 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B1B6, CA

          2. grayelf May 22, 2010 01:39 PM

            I agree that you won't need to worry too much about dress "level" here but you might find you are chilly in the evening unless we get one of our more-frequent-than-they-used-to-be warmer spells. Otherwise you can count on the temperature to drop pretty significantly as soon as the sun goes down, which granted will be much later in July. Having said that the one place I would think I might feel a bit out of place on your list in shorts is Aqua Riva. But I also would not spend a precious dining night there, not that you asked for feedback on your list. Unless things have changed drastically (and it doesn't look like it based on the menu) you will be paying for the nice view and not good food.

            Aqua Riva
            , Vancouver, BC V5Y, CA

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            1. re: grayelf
              waylman May 22, 2010 02:17 PM

              Agreed on Aqua Riva! SKIP IT!!!

              Aqua Riva
              , Vancouver, BC V5Y, CA

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              ck1234 May 22, 2010 10:43 AM

              Your sister-in-law is correct. Wear what you will be comfortable in. No one will notice, care or bat an eye.

              1. c oliver May 22, 2010 09:49 AM

                Aren't you staying somewhere? I find it easy enough to travel in a skirt and top and decent looking flats, husband in Dockers, a collared shirt and slip-on leather shoes. They then go into the closet for the return trip and are also available if I feel I want to get out of the total casual attire.

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                  vandan May 22, 2010 09:29 AM

                  Van is notoriously casual, i'd say nice shorts will be fine and short-sleeved collared shirt will defo be fine, not out of place

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