Vancouver boasts more than spectacular ocean and mountain views, it’s also home to an epic food scene. Rich with a variety of cultural flavours, Van-city is a hub for some of the province’s (and country’s) best restaurants.
Whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, or live in the city and looking to explore some new places, check out our recommendations for drool-worthy restaurants in Vancouver.
In the mood for fresh and authentic Lebanese? Nuba can’t be beat. Recently named one of the
by the Food Network, the menu is stacked with healthy Lebanese staples for every diet, be it vegetarian, vegan or keto. My personal favourites are the falafel plate and Najib’s Special plate. With locations in Gastown, Mount Pleasant, Yaletown and Kitsilano, your next Lebanese dinner is closer than you think!
So good, this donut-stand easily tops my list of best restaurants in the city, if you stretch the definition of restaurant a bit. Baking donuts fresh daily, this mom and pop shop has been a Vancouver staple for more than 40 years. Kick it classic with staple flavours including chocolate iced, cinnamon, sugar or powdered or opt for a more unique flavor such as chocolate cake, lemon cheesecake, butter crunch or honeydew. But the best by far, after all these years, remains the classic honey-dip. Temporarily closed for renovations,
will be back offering their signature donuts in the Granville Island Public Market in April 2020.
Ranked the elusive number 1 of the 50 best vegan restaurants in the world by Big Seven Travel, there is no better destination in Vancouver for plant-based cuisine?
produces creative dishes made from locally sourced ingredients that satisfy vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, you’ll enjoy imaginative plates paired with beverages from local wineries, craft distillers and craft brewers.
If you like Chinese cuisine, heading to Vancouver’s Chinatown is a must on your next visit. For a modern approach to Chinese cuisine, visit
for dinner to share small plates paired with something from their well-curated wine list. For larger parties, reserve a seat at the family table, where you’ll enjoy a customized tasting menu of Bao Bei classics and specialty dishes combined.
Walking distance from Vancouver’s Stanley Park,
is the perfect destination for Japanese small plates after biking the seawall. Renowned for their kobe beef, tuna tataki, and famous tan-tan noodles, Kingyo Izakaya is not your average sushi and teriyaki joint. Open daily for lunch and dinner, if you’re in the mood for Japanese, this is the place to go!
Authentic Thai food with a twist, you’ll love the creative concoctions coming out of the kitchen at
This award-winning restaurant prides itself on creating dishes from locally-sourced, sustainably-harvested and organic ingredients. Located in Vancouver’s bustling Kitsilano neighbourhood, head to Maenam for a Thai cuisine experience unlike any other.
Proudly serving farm to table fare,
is the place to dine for locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients. Serving breakfast, brunch and dinner, Forage’s menu offers an exceptional selection of dishes for every appetite. And don’t miss their their drink menu that includes exceptional wines from British Columbia. Visit on Saturday to experience a Bison Board that pairs different cuts of bison with a bottle of B.C. wine.
Blue Water Café
The go-to restaurant in Vancouver for seafood,
serves up sustainable West Coast dishes in historic Yaletown. Frequent winner of
Blue Water Café has an impressive reputation for offering fresh and local seafood. Their seafood towers are second to none, with two tiers of oyster, prawns, seared tuna, salmon tartare, clams, mussels, crab and more!
is a sushi institution in Vancouver. Set your sights on spectacular mountain views, while indulging in Aburi-style sushi. From small bar bites, to full five-course tasting menu, the only thing more impressive than the fresh sushi served, is how your meal comes beautifully presented. Thirsty? You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better sake menu in B.C., so be sure to order a flight from their in-house sake specialist.