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Jan 18, 2012 10:27 AM

Dinner Recommendations Downtown YVR

I was looking for some dinner recommendations near the Four Seasons on W Georgia and Howe for next week. Anything within a 5-10 minute cab ride or a short walk would be ideal.

After reading some reviews I was leaning towards Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill, Chambar, or Market by Jean-Georges, but am definitely open to any other suggestions in the area. I'm not too familiar with restaurants in Vancouver and the number of options is a bit intimidating! Looking for something in the $30/entree range. I know Dine Out Vancouver is happening right now, so maybe it'd be possible to take advantage of that?


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  1. If you're feeling lazy after checking in, just head downstairs from your room to Yew :-)

    Chambar is worth it. Both Yew and Chambar squeaks under the $30/entree threshold for the most part. Are you eating alone or with companions ?

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    1. re: LotusRapper

      Ha! I was so focused on restaurants in the surrounding area that I didn't bother checking downstairs! Thanks for that suggestion.

      The $30 isn't at all the limit, just a ballpark. I'll be with three coworkers so I was hoping to find a place with a bit of selection since not everyone is a huge seafood fan.

      1. re: RobS174

        La Brasserie is a small, cozy and casual spot, with a small & simple menu offering something for everyone:

        You can walk it from Four Seasons, prolly just over 1 km.

        Or Provence Marinaside (north side of False Creek) where you'd get a view. They participate in DOV annually.

        1. re: LotusRapper

          Thanks, LotusRapper, those are some great suggestions. We have one night for dinner for sure, possibly a second, so I think we'll aim for Chambar and then try to squeeze in Provence Marinaside if we have the second night.

          1. re: RobS174

            Depending on you and your group's inclinations, there are many Japanese izakayas (Denman St, Robson St, Alberni St) and other good Asian options within the downtown peninsula, as well as more casual and "happening" venues slightly east of downtown in districts of Gastown and Railtown.

    2. At $30-ish per entree, you're options in Vancouver is fairly extensive. Even Hawksworth has entrees in the mid-20s to mid-30s. It's also very close to your hotel. I love Miku for excellent sushi and smaller dishes.

      I've never been impressed by Chambar (and it's not exactly a short walk from your hotel) but I'm in the minority on that. The shortest walk is definitely Yew and they have a wonderful Chef and excellent cocktails.

      Cioppino's is one of the most expensive restaurants in the city. Unless you're planning to only order pasta, you're looking at $40+ per entree. The food is really, really good, but the price point makes it a hard sell for regular folks. For amazing Italian, my partner and I usually opt for Lupo.

      Villa Del Lupo Restaurant Ltd
      869 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R7, CA

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

      801 W Georgia St, Woodruff, SC 29388

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      1. re: NoMoreSnuggles

        Wow, Miku looks fantastic. I've been craving aburi sushi since I was in Tokyo a few months ago! Thanks, I may have to check that out on another night without the coworkers.

        This is the problem I had in the first place, there are waayyy too many great options to narrow it down to just one....

        1. re: RobS174

          I hear ya, Rob. Even if you were here for a whole week, it'd be difficult to narrow down to one lunch and one dinner spot for each of the 7 days !

          What's great about Greater Vancouver also is that it's a metropolitan area that is easy to get around via public transit, and the urban landscape makes it fairly easy for most people to bus/cycle/walk to destinations. And for us CH-ers who LIVE here, that's a plus, cuz we *need* the exercise !!

          1. re: RobS174

            If this helps, I'd nab a seat at the bar and just stick to the aburi salmon at Miku. Then you could go to one of the other places for your main and dessert. Wasn't too impressed with the other offerings at Miku but that particular dish is excellent.

        2. Well, it turns out my decision was based more on availability than recommendations. I booked a table at Miku for Tuesday (I was selfish with this one, I want to try it even if my coworkers aren't the biggest sushi fans) and Market by Jean-Georges for Wednesday (a little more selfless, since there's plenty of selection for everyone). Some of the others that were suggested didn't have any tables available at the times we needed.

          Thanks to everyone for your help, it's greatly appreciated!