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G'day

I'll be in Vancouver for 3 nights mid-July and looking for some recommendations on the best cuisine Vancouver has to offer - hope you can help!

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  1. Hey tony, we need more info about you. Price range? Where you're staying? Own transport/public? Likes/dislikes? Help us help you find good tucker, mate!

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    1. re: grayelf

      Hi Grayelf

      Thanks for taking the time to reply. I've got 3 days in Vancouver before rafting for 12 days on the Tatshenshini - so I'm looking for some good food before "roughing it!" With respect to price range - I don't mind - I expect to pay for quality. I won't have transport and will stay somewhere central - possibly the Fairmont but am open to any suggestions. My favoured cuisine is French, Italian and Pacific Rim. As you might know we Aussies are fairly adaptable and easy to get along with so more than happy to hear of your favourite haunts!

      Thanks again....

      1. re: tony_brisbane

        My favourite Italian is La Buca, which is a bit of a schlep from your hotel. Next for me would be Cioppino's which is rather closer and rather dearer :-). I don't eat much French but have enjoyed both La Brasserie and Pied a Terre, both fairly casual and not too pricey.

        How do you feel about Japanese? We have some pretty decent sushi here, and our izakaya are a lot of fun and would be close to downtown if you stay there.

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

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

    2. I would second La Buca (20 min taxi from Fairmont properties in downtown/CBD Vancouver) and Pied a Terre (15 min taxi from downtown, or 15 minutes by transit). For French, I also like Bistrot Bistro, which is about 10-15 minutes taxi or 15-20 minutes by transit from downtown).

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

      1. another recent thread mentioned Bishops, which is on West 4th Avenue; easily accessible by transit from our CBD. John Bishop has long been considered the father of contemporary regional cuisine. From the philosophical and sourcing perspective, I know he's a cool guy; but I've never eaten at his restaurant.
        Raincity Grill has a very local-sourced philosophy; it's located near the beach at Denman and Davie Streets. The beach scene in July could be entertaining, too.

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

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        1. re: KarenDW

          Good call on Bishop's re the Pacific Rim request, Karen. I have eaten there and it is (dare I say) a bit like going to Chez Panisse in Berkeley in terms of seeing where a lot of these ideas originated here. A very grown up room too.

        2. My fav in town is Blue Water Cafe (seafood/sushi are specialties but their meat dishes are also fantastic). Very expensive!

          Cioppino's (Very expensive but top notch. La Buca is also good but not really in the same league)

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

          1. For French, I would recommend Le Crocodile. Here is some pix of the lunch I had there in Decemeber.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/754199

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            Le Crocodile Restaurant
            909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2N2, CA

            1. G'day Mate: I misspent several wonderful years of my youth in your country - great people and amazing landscapes; I remember Miracle Beach near Noosa Heads with great fondness The recommendations so far are excellent - I particularly like Bishop's, Le Crocodile and Cioppino's. I would add www.labattoir.ca www.cincin.net and nookrestaurant.ca to the list. The latter is more a quick snack place but good food at reasonable prices. The web sites should give you some basis for making choices. Also if you want to try Indian food, you can't go wrong at www.vijs.ca . The transit system can get you around the inner part of Vancouver without much pain; your hotel staff should be able to assist you with that and here is the transit web site. http://tripplanning.translink.bc.ca/

              Cheers
              Phil

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              Le Crocodile Restaurant
              909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2N2, CA

              1. You've got some good rec's here... I agree with Le Crocodile, Cioppino's and La Buca, but my vote would be for La Quercia. Pied a Terre seems to get good reviews but I thought it was just okay. If you just want a casual French bistro, I've always had good meals at Les Faux Bourgeois and the prices are very reasonable. Also if you can fit in Vij's (Indian fusion), do so! Make sure you get the lamb popsicles!! Our out-of-towners always crave it when they go back home... Most of them don't even like Indian food :)

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

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

                La Quercia
                3689 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6R1P2, CA

                Le Crocodile Restaurant
                909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2N2, CA

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                1. re: dmsalgado

                  Wow!! Thank you so much to you all for taking te time and offering these great suggestions and advice. My appette has been whet - well and truly! Do I need to reserve any of the suggestions very far in advance?

                  Thanks again

                  Tony

                  1. re: tony_brisbane

                    La Buca and Pied A Terre, resos a must (both are small). La Brasserie doesn't take resos so try to go at an off hour to avoid a possible wait. Bishop's, Cioppino's and Le Croc would all benefit from a reso. You know all the suggestions would, but you don't have to book weeks in advance.

                    I wonder if Hawksworth is worth a look for the OP? Anybody been... early days yet I know.

                    1. re: grayelf

                      Thank you all again for your responses and advice. While it's not germaine to the discussion can anyone advise a good hotel to stay in Vancouver? I've looked at the Fairmont Pacific Rim but would probably prefer something a little more "boutiquey" - would Opus Hotel fit the bill or should I look at a different area?

                      thanks again

                      1. re: tony_brisbane

                        For a smaller, more "boutiquey" hotel near Coal Harbour, check out The Loden. We have stayed there many times and have always been pleased with service and comfort. We love the Fairmont Pacific Rim, but it is larger and more expensive than the Loden. Both are very modern yet warm and inviting. We have enjoyed Oru Restaurant at the Fairmont for Pacific Rim food and breakfasts. The Loden has just overhauled its restaurant style and menu to a bistro. Haven't gotten to try it yet.

                        1. re: tony_brisbane

                          Have you looked at the tripadvisor reviews? L'Hermitage is top rated, and is a relatively new boutique hotel and convenient for a number of dining areas
                          http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g15...

                          1. re: tony_brisbane

                            The Keefer (http://www.thekeefer.com/) is pretty boutiquey and is in a hip neighbourhood. They also have an excellent bar. Oh, and the China Town night market will be happening on the weekends right in front of it!

                            1. re: tony_brisbane

                              Yes Opus would fit the bill esp if you are in a younger trendier age group.
                              Both Loden and L'Hermitage are good as well. Loden is vey capable of great food and drinks, unfortunately they dont have a consistent clientele. So the lower price point is prob a good move. The have made changes to the bar crew yet again. So not sure how the new bar program will be.
                              I think the keefer's location is not ideal to the OP as it is a little out of the DT core.
                              I was impressed with Oru and looking to return. I think they have done best yet with implementing subtle asian flavor profiles into classical french(definitely NOT fusion-y) .
                              Definitely consider Hawksworth too.