Urban Diner's 30-best in Vancouver
Good list. I have not eaten at all that many of the places on the list, but the places I have eaten at I enjoyed.
RE: good vs. great restaurants in Vancouver, I think that Vancouver has great restaurants in the mid-price range but doesn't really have a showstopper high-end place a la the French Laundry in Napa, the Herb Farm outside Seattle, Alinea in Chicago, or any number of haute cuisine restaurants in New York (i.e. Le Bernardin, Per Se). I'm not quite sure why that is...I think the lower mainland would support a destination restaurant.