Vancouver is an amazing city to visit. Located in British Columbia, Canada (just north of Seattle), this metropolis has something for everyone. It's a mixture of cultures which gives way to several options for dining. Here you can venture out and try the cuisine of the region, explore a fantastic Chinatown or even visit Vancouver's Greektown! Here is a list of great options while you're there.
Dining with a View
Five Sails Restaurant
This stunning venue is located within the Pan Pacific Hotel and highlights West coast cuisine. The restaurant has floor to ceiling windows that offer views of the harbor with the mountain in the distance. This is truly a place to go if you want to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. The menu is just as spectacular as the views. You can chose between an a la carte menu or a tasting menu. Some of the dishes served include: smoke and pan-seared Alaskan sablefish, honey-glazed smoked duck breast or braised zabuton wagyu beef bourguignon-style.
Cactus Club Café
The Cactus Club is a prominent Canadian chain that began in north Vancouver. The Coal Harbor location offers unparalleled views of the water, with mountains as the backdrop. The massive wall of windows allows you to enjoy the sights, as the warm and sophisticated interior provides the perfect setting for a wonderful meal. The menu is inviting to all, as you can get fish tacos, mini burgers, chicken fingers, pasta steaks garden burgers, and much more.
The Boathouse Restaurant
The Boathouse Restaurants specializes in wild and sustainable seafood and CAB-certified aged steaks. The floor to ceiling windows allow you to take in expansive views of the beach and water. The Boathouse has five locations around town, and the following dishes are currently on the menu: braised lamb shank, mixed seafood grill, oyster bar, fish ‘n chips and a bacon cheddar burger. This would be a great option for the kids as well, as the kid’s menu offers a wide variety.
Seasons in the Park
As the name suggestions this dining option is located within a park, namely the Queen Elizabeth Park, located just outside of town. You can take in the views of the downtown area from the window-lined dining space or the outdoor patio. The menu is upscale and mouth-watering. Chose from a 16 oz bone-in ribeye, Fraser Valley chicken from the wood-fired grill or mushroom campanelle pasta.
Teahouse in Stanley Park
Located in Stanley Park, the Teahouse offers a relaxed setting to take in water views. The menu includes dishes like rack of lamb, roasted chicken and local salmon. If you want, the restaurant offers a tour and 4 course meal. The night starts with a 1 hour tour of the park in a town car, then you’ll sit for a 3 course meal, featuring dishes like 7 oz. grass fed tenderloin or a wild mushroom ravioli.
Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant
I’m a sucker for a revolving restaurant. It’s pretty much dinner and a show as the scenery keeps changing. At 553 feet high, you’ll be able to take in views of the water, the city and the mountains as the restaurant revolves (1 full rotation every 60 minutes.) The menu features a variety of options from the land and sea. You can order BBQ ribs, Cajun halibut and spaghetti Bolognese.
Osteria Savio Volpe
A family-friendly option that focuses on local-sourced Italian classics. Everything from the fresh pasta to the wood-fired options, it is a perfect way to end a day exploring. The restaurant features meals like albacore tuna, meatballs and ricotta gnocchi. The restaurant provides fox masks to kids to entertain them. This is a great spot of families!
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co
This is the spot if you’re looking for amazing pizza while in Vancouver. There are a couple locations in the City and it’s a great place for the family to get together. The restaurant serves many of the classics (and create your own), but also some unique creations such as: fig and brie, chorizo and cod or the beyond sausage vegan option.
A popular family option in the city serves classic Italian fare from its two locations. You can grab breakfast, lunch or dinner here, and there’s a variety of options on the menu. While they have several classics, they also have meals like Italian burgers and fish and chips.
I just can’t help myself, another city and another dinner cruise option. What better way to see the city skyline than from a dinner cruise. This 2.5 hour cruise features a buffet and live music.
Au comptoir serves French cuisine all day long. Dinner entrees include wild mushroom risotto, roasted pheasant breast, maple-glazed duck breast and ribeye steak.
This farm to table restaurant focuses on highlighting pacific northwest cuisine. The cozy and warm environment is a excellent choice for an intimate dining experience. Menu options include dry aged pork leg, monk fish and seared scallops.
Kingyo is a traditional izakaya restaurant, which is an establishment that serves small plates along with very robust drink menu. You can enjoy plates like stone-grilled kobe beef, uni miso udon or sushi.
Chamber serves Belgian inspired cuisine in this memorable setting. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating available and serves meals from breakfast to dinner. The dinner options include: braised lamb shank, spice rubbed duck breast and seared ahi tuna.
Blue Water Cafe
The Blue Water Café is highly regarded as the place to go for fresh seafood in Vancouver. The indoor dining room is accented with wood beams and warm lighting, while the outdoor space is bright and airy. The menu offers yellow fin tuna and whole fish preparations. For those not looking for seafood, the restaurant has options like wagyu beef, roasted chicken as well as carrot and pearl barley risotto.