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Celebratory dinner in Vancouver

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I've lived in Toronto for the last two years and am coming back to Vancouver to defend my doctoral dissertation. I want to go out for a celebratory dinner after I (hopefully) officially become a Doctor. Cost is not an issue for this occasion for me. I am a pescetarian and miss Vancouver's seafood very much so fresh, local, seafood heavy would be great. I tend to enjoy creative/ethnic flavor profiles as well. I go to Montreal regularly so I think I'd like to steer clear from French food. I'd like for the restaurant to be a nice setting ideally. I used to enjoy West, Araxi, Blue Water Cafe a fair bit. Are there any suggestions? Any new contenders that I may not be aware of? I would greatly appreciate input and suggestions!

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  1. Yew produces some fine seafood and they have private dining options if you are celebrating with a group. http://www.yewseafood.com/

    1. You might want to consider C Restaurant. Excellent food, focused on fish and shellfish. Beautiful setting on False Creek.

      Another option might be Hawksworth. It gets some mixed reviews, but without a doubt David Hawksworth currently is Vancouver's premier chef and knows seafood as well as anyone. The restaurant is elegant (albeit somewhat noisy) and the no one can beat its wine list.

      1. Since money is no object maybe consider Bishops. I have still never been but it's on the bucket list for a future celebratory dinner for sure. While not a seafood place there are several seafood items on the menu.

        1. +1 on Bishop's.

          Congrats on your impending ascension and graduation. It's a once-in-a-lifetime achievement, so celebrate it in a one-of-a-kind restaurant. Which Bishop's certainly is.

          Like Islandgirl, I've not been there neither. But my 20th anniv. is coming up in 2014 ......

          1. Yew is my favourite fish and seafood restaurant in town. Good destination for a group and decor modern and airy w/o being cold. Can get loud when busy though.

            Will you have parents or other older folk with you. Bishop's would be my top pick then. Excellent hand with fish and seafood, classically west coast cuisine. We had my SO's PHD grad cerebration there with parents along and the service and ambiance here made everyone feel very special.

            L'abbatoir may fit the bill too. Quite relaxed but not overly casual. Definitely suited to a celebration. A bit French/Continental but also very west coast. Super cocktails to toast the day's successes with.

            Contrats and good luck.

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            1. re: kinnickinnik

              Not been myself, but Market by Jean-Georges might suit the occasion too:


            2. Thanks so much for the many wonderful suggestions and congratulations :) I think it's between Yew and C...it'll be just me and my partner and we're both adventurous eaters so there's no need for something more traditional. I might be wrong but whenever I walked past Bishop's it struck me as a pretty traditional restaurant? Im generally into more novel/creative stuff but stand to be corrected

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              1. re: natlo

                If you're a true pescatarian read the menu @ C closely-most dished are cooked with meat/meat juices-something that's always turned me off the place.

                1. re: natlo

                  If you plan your celebration for a Sunday, Yew offers a 50% discount on bottles of wine. Is it time for some bubbly to celebrate?
                  I've enjoyed our two occasions at Yew.

                  1. re: natlo

                    Yew>>C IMHO. My last couple of meals at C have been disappointments.

                    Yes, Bishops is fairly traditional but not stuffy, is quite elegant. Contemporary but not out there.

                    1. re: kinnickinnik

                      From reports of friends who go there, Bishop's managed to remain contemporary over time, not getting stale, stuffy nor trendy in an "out there" way.