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My dad's coming to Vancouver soon and would like to take me out to dinner, he asked me to choose a restaurant. Any suggestions for nice restaurants (only in Vancouver proper please) fairly expensive is okay. No Japanese or Chinese restaurants please! I may be the only person in Vancouver who doesn't love sushi, and I grew up in China anyway so I tend to prefer something different. He really likes Italian food, so I was leaning towards Lupo which I've heard is good. True? Any other suggestions? It will be a Friday night if that makes any difference.

I know this is a pretty generic question but what can I say, I'm a poor student and don't go out to dinner very often, unless it's The Naam (ugh) and I want it to be a nice meal.

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  1. If Dad's treating, I'd go for La Buca. Nice neighbourhood vibe, great food and the added bonus of free parking, usually right outside the door. If the weather continues to be vile, go for something braised, or maybe the beefsteak Fiorentina for two (quite manly!).

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    La Buca Restaurant
    4025 MacDonald St, Vancouver, BC V6L2N8, CA

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    1. re: grayelf

      Seconded, loved loved loved my experience at La Buca and it wasn't over the top for pricing.

      If you want over the top pricing, Cioppino's in Yaletown would be your place.

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      La Buca Restaurant
      4025 MacDonald St, Vancouver, BC V6L2N8, CA

      Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill
      1133 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B5P6, CA

    2. Just to answer your question about Lupo, yes, it's really good. Full disclosure: I know the owner. BUT I truly enjoy the food every time I go. I have had everything from the lobster risotto to the grilled ribeye, and everything is delicious. I also like the atmosphere. A little less "old boys' club" than Cioppino's. I haven't been to La Buca though, so can't speak to that.

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      La Buca Restaurant
      4025 MacDonald St, Vancouver, BC V6L2N8, CA

      1. I'll chime in on our one visit to Lupo post reno/name change last September. Our experience was shaped by where we were sitting for the meal. The first part was in the centre of the restaurant (it is a remodeled heritage house). There was a very loud group across from us. I finally asked if we could move and we were much happier in the front room (where the fireplace was, not the porch that has been converted). The food wasn't as much to my taste as La Buca's but it was good quality.

        I also like Cioppino's but it really is splurgey for most people, I think. And you have to contend with the Yaletown parking situation (just go for valet, I'd suggest). The upside is if you are seated near the open kitchen you will often be treated to back-of-house goings on, if that floats your boat.

        1. Lupo's food is amazing, but it's more of a romantic place, not sure it is the father/son(or daughter) kind of atmosphere.

          Go for Cioppino's if he really likes Italian. A Vancouver landmark for sure. I've heard lots of good things about La Buca as well (I've never been), so I'm sure that would be great as well.

          Another option is Market in the Shangri-La. Not an Italian restaurant by any stretch of the imagination, but they do have a great black truffle pizza and some delicious seafood and braised meats! Market is my go-to for out of town guests in the downtown core. Impressive building, big name chef, local ingredients (somewhat), and very consistent execution. Can get boring if your a regular, but a great special occassion diner.

          Cheers!

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          La Buca Restaurant
          4025 MacDonald St, Vancouver, BC V6L2N8, CA

          1. Been to Lupo twice and it is very good, but not overwhelmingly so. I would actually recommend Cibo - a bit more interesting, a bit more innovative... Maybe less consistent, but on its best days it beats Lupo for me (but then I'm a nose-to-tail, offal kind of guy...).