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Need Downtown Area Dining Suggestions - Vancouver

Traveling to Vancover for three days in May 2011. Need good lunch and dinner spots hopefully within walking distance of our hotel. My bride and I (married 20 years and still my bride) will be staying at the St. Regis Hotel, 602 Dunsmuir St. We especially enjoy seafood and Italian. Your suggestions will be appreciated.

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  1. For Italian my fave is Lupo and it is in a cozy, romantic heritage home not too far from where you are staying. Depending on what you consider walkable, I would say you could get there in 10 min walking from your hotel. They do pasta and seafood especially well. Some of my favourites on the menu include: focaccia, raviolo, spaghetti pomodoro and sablefish. The specials are always outstanding, especially when they do halibut or shellfish stuffed pastas.

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    1. re: selena03

      Thanks for finding this one. Went online and it looks like a winner. It appears they are only open for dinner and I assume we should make reservations. Do they have any great desserts?

      1. re: rogernorma

        The desserts used to be spectacular. I would often order 2 just for myself. That pastry chef has unfortunately left. That said, the desserts are still delicious just not what they were before. I like their chocolate cake in particular. It has the perfect level of sweetness and the texture is melt in your mouth scrumptious. Make sure you request a table in the front of the house as I think it is quite romantic. They also serve a delicious prosecco on tap which might be a nice way to start your meal.

    2. If you are dont mind sifting through some weird stuff try Guu (Japanese fusion). There are items on the menu for all tastes. Some great seafood items. Very, very busy! Be prepared to wait. Not sure if they take reservations or not.

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      Guu
      838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

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      1. re: Yamchargers

        It has been a long time since we have had Japanese. Thanks. Checked some other reviews regarding Guu. Overall the food appears to be very good, but how loud is the loud yelling everyone keeps mentioning? Went online - they appear to take reservations for parties of 4 or more. Any suggested items to order?

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        Guu
        838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

        1. re: rogernorma

          Spicy Cod Roe if that have it.

          You should understand though that Guu is not a restaurant so much as a bar with great little plates of food and a friendly boisterous atmosphere.

          No better place IMO

          1. re: rogernorma

            If you don't want so "loud", there's always Hapa Izakaya on Robson. Or Kingyo on Denman.

            1. re: LotusRapper

              Thanks. Please tell me more about Hapa Izakaya.

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              Hapa Izakaya
              1516 Yew St, Vancouver, BC V6K3E4, CA

              1. re: rogernorma

                Ooops, I think I'm too lazy to type it all. How about you read 'em (just the blog reviews) here:

                http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/14/142283...

                And also search this board ;-)

                But trust me, you won't leave disappointed.

            2. re: rogernorma

              I seriously do alot of pointing at what other people are eating!

              Sure its loud but I have sat at the bar and the bigger problem is probably how cramped it was. The chefs are always yelling but its really not terrible, and I dont like it loud. There is a place called the Italian Kitchen that is really good.

              The Olympia (or something like that, Greek) on Denman is a little further away but really good. at a reasonable price.

          2. if your criteria is walking distance you are limited.

            Italian:
            Lupo is popular on this board. recomended as it is nice and more romantic.
            you may consider Don Francesco on Burrard. less popular on this board and i would consider it more tourist-y.
            strictly on food, i like a number of items on Cioppino's. they are world class.

            Seafood:
            C's though quite a bit of a walk.
            Coast more trendy. the food is good not great. but probably my fav place for oysters now because of the environment.
            maybe consider Market at the Shangrila. try the sous vide artic char.
            Joe Fortes is almost an institution. Not popular on this board partly because it has lose its value with better option opening. take a look it may be something that will suit you and your bride.

            Guu is not a romantic dining experience. you might want to consider lunch at Miku's for japanese.

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            Guu
            838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

            Miku Restaurant
            1055 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9, CA

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            1. re: betterthanbourdain

              Thanks for all the info. Would you elaborate on Cioppino's and C's and the items you enjoy at each?

              1. re: rogernorma

                I haven't been to C's since the menu changed
                but i really likes the scallop dishes and surprisingly the foie gras was really well done.

                Cioppino's have quite a few signature dishes. but really depends on your personal preference. i personally have never heard a complain about the food. Pino's is a Chef's Chef. considered pricey though. the lobster linguinni, papperdelle veal cheeks, risotto and sablefish are good.

            2. Miku. Japanese.
              Downtown business district.
              The food is outstanding and quiet (you can enjoy a
              nice conversation with your party).

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              Miku Restaurant
              1055 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9, CA

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              1. re: jrj830

                Miku is fabulous, but a little pricey. Anything aburi is fantastic there.

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                Miku Restaurant
                1055 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9, CA

                1. re: jrj830

                  I love Miku! The food is great and absolutely beautifully presented. I've only been for lunch, but I have to say it has been extremely loud and we could hardly hear the server or eachother. I'd be pleased to know if its quieter at dinner because that is what is preventing me from going for evening visit.

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                  Miku Restaurant
                  1055 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9, CA

                  1. re: waver

                    I was speaking to fellow Hounds about Miku this week. One reported it was so loud at lunch the party had to go to a local coffee house to conduct the business at hand afterward. The other though having enjoyed the food there very much was chagrined to learn that if you want omakase they are not willing to accommodate ANY requests, even dietary ones such as allergies, which was confirmed by the first Hound. I get that omakase is chef's choice but it seems a bit hidebound to refuse to entertain any such requests at all...

                    1. re: grayelf

                      Oh, I'm sorry to have the noise issue confirmed, as I do like it there otherwise but also a little relieved its not just me getting old or something....

                    2. re: waver

                      If you like Miku, then you'll also enjoy Tojo's.

                      Btw, grayelf, I recall, Tojo's can accommodate dietary needs, but check with them first.

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                      Miku Restaurant
                      1055 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9, CA