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hmkschultz Jan 27, 2012 12:35 AM

Hi there! My boyfriend and I are going to be staying in Downtown Vancouver for Valentine's Day and we want to know where to eat! We have a decent budget for our trip, but don't want to spend 100 for a dinner for two. (The Gotham steakhouse is near our hotel, for example, and I've decided it's too expensive).

Any suggestions for some good food on the cheap in Downtown Vancouver?

  1. waylman Jan 27, 2012 06:45 AM

    I like Nuba on Hastings and Cambie. Wherever you decide to go make sure you make a res. Valentine's Day is a very busy night for the restaurants.

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      brokentelephone Jan 27, 2012 04:39 PM

      Romantic or don't care?

      Somewhere like Guu is fun

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      1. re: brokentelephone
        hmkschultz Jan 28, 2012 01:26 AM

        I don't really care! What I forgot to mention was that I have an incredibly picky eater for a boyfriend. While Nuba and Guu sound tasty to me, he wouldn't go near them!

        1. re: hmkschultz
          fmed Jan 28, 2012 01:57 AM

          What else won't he go near? That will help narrow it down. Since you had considered Gotham - maybe another steakhouse might work: Hamilton Street Grill in Yaletown.

          1. re: fmed
            hmkschultz Jan 28, 2012 01:18 PM

            He actually won't go near a lot haha. It's really unfortunate for me because I like to branch out and try new things. I've done a little research on where to eat and I've come across Hamilton Street Grill before. Thank you! I just made a reservation!

            1. re: hmkschultz
              ck1234 Jan 28, 2012 06:46 PM

              This is not valid on Valentine's day but it is a good deal. Don't know if your dinner "has" to be Valentines or not. It is a good deal though and makes it in your price range. http://www.travelzoo.com/ca/local-dea...

      2. LotusRapper Jan 28, 2012 10:08 AM

        Assuming your $100 budget includes drinks (if you drink), taxes and tip, you can squeak by at places like Hamilton Street Grill and others similar but you won't be eating filet mignons and such ;-)

        A place like La Brasserie might appeal to your BF, as it's Franco-German continental cuisine. It's "romantic" ambiance too.


        But like Waylman said, make sure you get a reservation well ahead of time no matter where you choose to go.

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        1. re: LotusRapper
          hmkschultz Jan 28, 2012 01:20 PM

          Their menu looks absolutely delicious...to me! I don't think you can comprehend how really picky he is. I'll definitely give it a try, when I go back to Vancouver with my sister later this year!

          1. re: hmkschultz
            Florentine Jan 28, 2012 02:21 PM

            Can you elaborate about how picky he is? Can you list 3 dishes he's willing to eat? It'll help us out.

          2. re: LotusRapper
            kinnickinnik Jan 28, 2012 04:45 PM

            Note that La Brasserie doesn't take reservations. Getting there really early, or late usually gets you a table right away but on Valentine's - who knows.

            1. re: kinnickinnik
              LotusRapper Jan 28, 2012 11:16 PM

              Good point ! We've never made resos when we went there because it was always by 5:30pm at the latest, so we can be done and back home by 7:30pm and relieve the babysitter.

              HMKSchultz, seeing you'll be near Gotham, there's other choices you may consider, these ones veering into Gastown & Railtown

              - Boneta
              - The Greedy Pig
              - L'Abattoir
              - Revel Room
              - Terracotta Modern Chinese Lounge
              - Alibi Room
              - Cobre

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