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looking for just one; it has to be "the one"

rikk Jul 14, 2012 10:24 AM

flying in to vancouver tomorrow from New York.
Have opportunity for just one meal in vancouver.
Looking for something memorable and awesome, seafood/fish/pacific northwest.
Myself and 4 professional colleagues.
It has to be the one place to talk about in a positive way.
(had received suggestions of Joe Forte, raincity, boathouse, bridges).


  1. mopiepls Jul 14, 2012 12:20 PM

    for pure, sustainable, unadulterated, top quality seafood in vancouver, it doesn't get much better than Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar - in the heart of yaletown: http://www.bluewatercafe.net/menus/index.php?id=3

    but to be completely honest, my first choice would be newly opened, Fable. unpretentious, firm farm to table philosophy and a menu that is highly indicative of vancouver and west coast cuisine. one of the best pieces of salmon / meals i've had in the city: http://www.straight.com/article-71397...

    tough decisions ahead. best of luck!

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      Anne M Jul 14, 2012 01:32 PM

      Are you looking for views or food? I'd say the suggestions you've been given skews towards views/patios rather than food.

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      1. re: Anne M
        rikk Jul 14, 2012 02:04 PM

        Looking for food quality first.

      2. queueueuq Jul 14, 2012 08:50 PM

        The answer is probably Blue Water (I, personally, have never *really* loved it there but everyone else raves). C Restaurant also has nice seafood but for some reason it's not what I would call "the one." Bishop's is excellent and what I'd consider a Vancouver institution at this point; it's very Pacific Northwest but not specifically seafood-oriented.

        As for the places you mentioned, definitely NOT The Boathouse! As Anne M has noted, it's good for the view, not the food (same goes for Bridges). It would be a terrible shame if that were to be your one Vancouver experience.

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        1. re: queueueuq
          Sam Salmon Jul 14, 2012 09:14 PM

          No such place Sorry-time to blink the stars out of your eyes-or rent a place with a kitchen-or both.

        2. KarenDW Jul 14, 2012 11:08 PM

          I rather enjoyed RainCity last week. You could always... have a cocktails on the deck at Fortes, then take the 15 minute walk to RainCity for the food. Followed by a bit of time at the beach.

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            reiney Jul 14, 2012 11:29 PM

            Goodness the suggestions you received were pretty poor, I have to say. Bridges is terrible.

            Seafood: Blue Water Cafe or YEW at the Four Seasons (respectfully disagree about C Restaurant - went there last October and it was *woeful*). BWC is more of a Vancouver "scene", YEW is a bit more homey.

            Fine Dining: The Pear Tree in Burnaby or Fraiche in West Van - both are a bit of a hike but both have served me the best meals I've had in Vancouver. Fraiche also has a stunning view across the ocean & into downtown, and Chef Alvarez worked at Murgaritz in San Sebastian so he does a fair bit of the experimental molecular stuff.

            I would also highly highly recommend Bishops, though have only observed in their kitchen but never actually eaten a full meal there.

            1. fmed Jul 15, 2012 01:19 AM

              My pick these days would be L'Abattoir. Don't miss out on the cocktails.

              1. waylman Jul 16, 2012 08:57 AM

                Another vote for Blue Water Cafe.

                I'd have to disagree that BWC is a "Vancouver scene." I find it very comfortable and even though it's in Yaletown - they aren't trying hard to be cool. It's just a great time tested resto.

                Have fun in Van!

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                  hamsup Jul 17, 2012 10:10 AM

                  i also say blue water or Coast.

                  If you had a few more meals... i would definately say bridges for drinks on the patio.

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