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vancouver restaurant recommendations for short trip close to Sheraton Wall centre?

Hi! My husband and I will be in town for our anniversary in a few weeks. We will be there from friday through Sunday and we love to eat. Overwhelmed by the choices and wondering what locals would recommend? We won't have a car so hope to find places easy to get to from the Sheraton Wall centre.

We love almost any kind of food and are willing to pay more for a unique experience but also don't want to deal with places might be difficult to get in to. Open to any food and would love to try something new. I keep trying to list my favorites and feel that the list just goes on and on...French, Spanish, Greek, Mexican, Chinese. My husband loves Indian but indian food does not love me so much. My husband loves sushi but I could pass on that cuisine.

i guess bottom-line is that i'd love to have a few memorable meals with some yummy food.

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  1. Hi lb -- it would help if you could list a few places you've found in your perusal of this board that sounded interesting. But in the meantime, let me warn you right off Mexican here. There is no place I could recommend unreservedly (or even reservedly, though others may disagree).

    French there are a couple of options dowtown but I'd say try La Brasserie on Davie, not a huge walk from the wall centre. No resos.

    You might also like to give Bin 941 a go. A little closer to you on Davie just east of Burrard. Tapas but not Spanish. Tiny, with no resos, so go early or wait.

    There are Greek places on Davie that are walkable and very popular but I can't recommend them.

    A couple of Spanish places nearish by but nothing mind blowing. I still like La Bodega the best but I am in the minority on that I think :-).

    Nothing stunning for Chinese near you, though maybe Kirin. I think you'd need a reso at prime time though. It is quite pricey for dinner I believe (I've only been for dim sum).

    I liked the Refinery and Shuraku on Granville which is fairly close to you. The first is drinks forward but the food is solid and it's a nice room. The second is Japanese, with both sushi and some reasonably interesting cooked options as well.

    Hope this helps a bit.

    1. The thing with the Wall Centre area is that the food in the neighbourhood is generally either hotel kitchens (which is not to say bad - I've always like Beyond) or so/so neighbourhood joints (many of which are on Davie). That being said, I agree with La Brasserie on Davie, for lunch or dinner. It's about 3 blocks away. Good food and good people watching. The Raincity Grill is an easy 10-15 minute walk away down Davie Street and it's probably the most highly recommended "local food" type restaurant in town. You can catch the #6 bus directly there or back to cut down on walking. Adesso Bistro is a bit more of a walk away (still on the #6 bus route) in the same neighbourhood but the food's great. Or...there's the Japadog hot dog stand almost across the street from you on Burrard. Hot, tasty hot dogs. What's not to like?

      Vancouver has an excellent downtown bus system, and if you're not adverse to a short ride (or cab ride), I'd extend your boundaries a little bit and try some of the places in Gastown: Cafe Medina for breakfast or lunch is my big recommendation. Their sister restaurant Chambar is great for dinner. Salt and the Irish Heather are also good choices in the same area.

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

      La Brasserie
      1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

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      1. re: schristensen

        I third La Brasserie. Had a great meal there this year.

        My $0.25:

        Diva at the Met (Howe St)
        Bin 941 (Davie)
        Lickerish (Davie)
        Le Crocodile (Burrard)
        Lolita's (Davie)
        Il Giardino (Hornby)

        No Japanese nor Indian rec's as per your personal preference. For Chinese I'd rec Lin on Broadway/Granville, a short bus ride from downtown peninsula. BTW, Bin 941's sister, Bin 942, is only a few doors east of Lin on the same side of Broadway. And once "uptown" on the south side of False Creek, you have many more options to you all along Broadway, and along that section of Granville between Broadway and 16 Ave (ie: West, at 13 Ave).

        And since we're here in the South Granville area I will violate your stated preference and must recommend Vij's on 11 Ave a few feet east of Granville :-D

      2. You have been give good recs already. Just to note that Vancouver does not have any good Spanish, Greek or Mexican to speak of. Not too far in Yaletown by is the very good but pricey Cioppino (Italian), and Lupo (Italian). La Brasserie serves Franco-German (Alsatian) cuisine...which is more "German" than "French" if you know what I mean.

        For something more "French" French (confused yet?) perhaps Le Gavroche. (I haven't been in years, so my rec might be a bit stale). A short cab-ride away is Bistro Pastis on 4th Ave for French Bistro cuisine.

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        La Brasserie
        1091 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E1M5, CA

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

        Bistro Pastis
        2153 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7, CA

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        1. re: fmed

          Interesting, two recs for places that I don't recall reading much about here. LR, can you expand on Lickerish? And fmed, Bistro Pastis, more please! Better than Bistro Bistrot?

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          Bistro Pastis
          2153 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7, CA

          1. re: grayelf

            Re: Lickerish ...... um, not really [blush], other than dropping off missus there once for their office function and I remember thinking: "Hmmm, I need to come back to investigate further" :-)

            1. re: LotusRapper

              I've always been curious about it (and mildly put off by the name). Anyone else been?

            2. re: grayelf

              Bistro Bistrot is good too. I don't have a preference between the two. (I think I do lean more to BB than BP).

              1. re: fmed

                Admit it, it's the chocolate mousse served "homestyle" that tips the balance, right? :-)