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Aug 23, 2010 05:27 PM

Meeting boyfriend's parents for the first time (Vancouver)

I'm looking for a nice restaurant (moderately priced) in downtown Vancouver where I can take my boyfriend's parents. I'm meeting them for the first time and they are flying in from NY so I would like to pick a place that's not too loud but not overly pretentious or expensive either.

I'm open to all cuisines but would like to try to stay within the downtown area. Any suggestions? It's their first time in Vancouver.

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  1. Well, if it's their first time I'd want a nice setting. As for less noisy that will always be a problem in any busy restaurants but a couple that might fit your not too expensive or pretentious would be Carderos in Coal Harbour (great setting). A short cab ride away is Fish House in Stanley Park.
    Another, although not sure what you consider expensive, might be Provence (on the water in Yaletown).
    That should get the ball rolling. I'm sure there are lots of other ideas the brain trust can come up with ......

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    1. re: eatrustic

      I'm on the same wavelength as eatrustic: I'd would go with a place that has a nice setting and view. Good recs above already.

      1. re: fmed

        Teahouse in Stanley Park has a beautiful setting and might be suitable for meeting boyfriend's parents.

    2. I actually went to Ciba at the Moda hotel on Granville recently and loved the food. I didn't think the room was too loud or too expensive and I had some delicious pasta. Yew at the Four Seasons is also a really nice room, with a great sophisticated west coast vibe. The drinks are delicious which may help you relax, but it is a bit pricier.

      If they're coming from New York, though, you should really try for something fish related. Blue Water Cafe is, of course, unbelievably great, but also very expensive.

      1. I know it's not in downtown, but Refuel could work.

        Otherwise, L'Abattoir in Gastown is quite nice, now too pricey (no entrees +$22) and not too loud. I haven't been in some time, but L'Altro Buca could work too.

        L'Altro Buca Restaurant
        1906 Haro Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 1H7, CA

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        1. re: JEheartbreak

          JE, L'Altro Buca was sold some time ago and reopened as Adesso.

          1. re: grayelf

            Salmon House on the Hill, Take advantage of the views

            The Salmon House
            2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver, BC V75 2V6, CA

          2. The Mill Marine Bistro in Coal Harbour is very scenic (but casual if that's ok):


            Other options may include (depending on your definition of expensive):




            Joe Forte's

            Tapastree Restaurant
            1829 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1E4, CA