Top 10 Restaurants in Vancouver

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Majestically situated where the mountains meet the sea, Vancouver is a beautiful city bordering the Pacific Ocean and is the third-largest city in Canada in terms of population.

People of different nationalities, linguistic backgrounds, religions, and orientations live here, and the mountains, the ocean, and the beaches are all nearby.

Aside from the beautiful nature, Vancouver also offers some lovely restaurants with unique and innovative tastes, so your tummy should also enjoy it while you enjoy this city.

Doughnuts are as iconic as the mountains in Vancouver, and with Vancouver’s huge Japanese influence, fusion hot dogs are a speciality. Also, some of the best oysters in the world are from right here! Already drooling…? Let us present to you the 10 best restaurants in Vancouver-

1. L’Abattoir

Screenshot from L'Abttoir
Screenshot from L’Abttoir

French-influenced West Coast fare in the heart of Vancouver’s Gastown, L’Abattoir, shares a rich history. The restaurant is a renovated 19th-century building based on Vancouver’s first jail site. It is an inspiration because of the location, first and foremost based on the historical value behind Blood Alley.

L’Abttoir is perfect in terms of both exterior and interior experience. Their interior is bright and trendy, with beautiful mosaic tiles and bricks, while the body looks classy. The main dining room adds more to the restaurant.

They offer a nice variety of delicious food, top quality with tasty French culinary delight, beautifully refined dishes in an elegant setting, an electric wine program, an innovative cocktail list, and distinctive and persistent feeding expertise.

Parfait of beetroot and sturgeon caviar, Steak tartare and bluefin Orton, Terrine of duck foie gras, baked pacific oyster, steamed fillet of wild pacific halibut, barbecued quail and grilled foie gras, Slice of roast peace country lamb rack, caramelized apple sorbet, tropézienne, millionaire’s shortbread are most liked dishes.

2. Blue Water Cafe

Screenshot from Blue Water Cafe
Screenshot from Blue Water Cafe

Blue Water Cafe, this beautiful restaurant, is all about serenity, freshness, & lights. They have added classic furniture to contrast this place’s character.

They offer the finest and freshest seafood available on the West Coast. This restaurant is a beautifully converted warehouse with lots of brick and beams, so it has a wonderful warm feeling. Best defined as a cosy restaurant, it serves everything family-style.

The split menu makes it unique; on one side, the restaurant has a raw bar serving a sushi-style menu. On the other side, they have more Western-influenced kitchens. It isn’t just a namesake restaurant but one of the finest restaurants in Vancouver.

It is always cool to see because of the chefs working, pouring into the one out of this cool-looking scientific beaker. Walking through the narrow, crooked, colourful streets and enjoying good food is all that experience you need.

Baked Pacific oysters are the best. The beer-battered halloumi blows your mind, so you must try it. And British Columbia seafood is the best dinner.

Seafood Platter-

And here is the star of the show: fresh ingredients, fresh oysters, and chopped house-made pasta! The seafood platter you get will be so good. Marinated butter beef is special.

If you like seafood or raw oysters, I highly recommend this dish. I just thought the decor was cute because it mimics the shells of the oysters and gives off the vibe of the seafood they serve.

3. Bao Bei


Bao Bei serves classic dishes, which are best for a casual dinner. This modern Chinese restaurant uniquely serves its menu with sharing plates. Their dining rooms are elegant and complete. Their meaty fillings are so damn good, and the Chinese food is a must-try here.

They tried to scalp yellow chive but put a few native plants in it, so they have a bit of stinging nettle. It had a great vibe to enjoy in it. Their food shares origins with the traditional cooking practices followed in East Asia.

Fat Mao Noodles by Chef Angus An tastes delicious. It is counted among the most stylish restaurants in Vancouver. Chef Joël Watanabe’s roots are half Japanese and half Corsican-Italian and Quebecois.

Shan tofu– this dish was born out of the idea that the chef wanted to put something vegetarian out. So, he tried to put something together that was, of course, Asian but simultaneously fun and different for people. They were going into more of the spring soft, the radishes, the little chutes, the lettuces. So, this is a new rendition that is not vegetarian.

The evolution of food is tied directly to the freedom to cook whatever we want. The more I read about food history or, you know, what I like to call the anthropology of food, the more that kind of allows you to have an excuse to say.

4. Hawksworth Restaurant

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, it is one of the most expensive and fanciest restaurants. David Hawksworth’s contemporary Canadian cuisine is well-presented, delicious, and exuberant.

Screenshot from Hawksworth restaurant
Screenshot from Hawksworth restaurant

More oriented to the Contemporary side, The Hawksworth Restaurant offers an amazing menu.

They have done their best part when it comes to contemporary interior design. The modern dining room is super cool, and each room differs in theme.

This menu’s concept is structured geographically, moving around different regions of Western Canada to showcase products grown nearby.

You must try the refreshing dish of Dungeness crab with hibiscus and elderflower, which is not too much to overpower the shellfish. And Dungeness crab is always down in Seattle, and one can enjoy the flavours from this presentation.

Next up, try an excellent dish for spring suckling pig served with radish, carrot, and Mead. The skin is artfully rendered here, and even though the garnish is sweet, there is enough fat and acid to ensure that the sweetness isn’t too overpowering.

Also, the Fish Bread Service, made of three kinds of bread with cultured butter and olive oil, hydration on this bread, in particular, was great.

5. Water St. Cafe

Screenshot from Water Street Cafe
Screenshot from Water Street Cafe

Water Street Cafe is commonly acknowledged as the best Mediterranean restaurant in Canada. The restaurant is perhaps most famous for its sumptuous pasta dishes.

It is a family-style restaurant in Vancouver. It has a lounge area, outdoor patio, private dining room, and full-service sushi bar. The restaurant serves traditional Italian food, and the chefs use French techniques.

They do not serve an overly complicated dish, but a delicious and excellent clean presentation.

I liked that it focused on flavours, was a simple presentation, and had a few pretences. It’s just simple, focused cooking that is just delightful and enough. The most popular dish is pork belly.

Crudos is a well-balanced dish: sweet, salty, a little crunchy, and with some perfection from this fish. This dish plays every note in the symphony.

6. Northern Cafe and Grill

This place has a chessboard-patterned floor and a really low ceiling, and once you get in, it is amazing. It has character, and the food is fantastic.

They make everything from scratch: no powders, mixers, prepackaged products, freezers, or microwaves. Everything is fresh.


7. Western Lake Chinese Seafood

Western Lake delivers solid cuisine expertise with tons on the menu. The prices are fair and affordable, and good quality food and giant portion sizes are served fresh, steaming hot.

Sustainable seafood is provided, and it is excellent. The buttermilk fried chicken is a must. Rice bowls and chicken wings are also recommended here.

8. Mr Red Cafe

Mr Red Cafe, a Vancouver restaurant, has red walls. This colour seems a staple, but several lush green tropical plants also contrast it.

The food here looks amazing. They started serving Authentic Vietnamese cuisine, hoping it would promote Vietnamese food culture and connect Hanoi and Vancouver.

The tasting menu in the excellent restaurant excites you the most. The meaty filling will turn you crazy. Many well-known Vietnamese foods, such as pho, Banh xeo, and banh cuon, are available.

Must Try Cuisines –

1. Jasmine’s Tea

Anytime you get a chance, ensure you get a shot of Jasmine’s tea. It’s a life-giving elixir that takes a look around in every direction. So let’s look forward to seeing it.

2. Bun Cha

Bun Cha is cooked with a Northern Vietnamese flavour. The pork belly and meatballs are soaked with secret ingredients, then grilled and dipped in a special sauce. The special sauce includes fish, sugar, lime, vinegar, water, minced garlic, and chilli. Adding a bit of another special sauce makes the little piece of fatty meat very juicy.

3. Banh Xeo

Banh Xeo, a signature dish in Vietnam, is also called the happy Vietnamese pancake. The thin rice batter poured into a warm skillet makes these pancakes so good, much like a French crepe.

Mr Red Cafe Vietnamese Restaurant in Vancouver for Vietnamese Food

9. Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio

Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio has a unique chandelier with an open kitchen, beautiful decor, and a bar underneath. Offering an unobstructed view of Granville Island, people walk past all the time, and the party is always available, even in the winter at sunny times. And the food’s delicious here.

Deep-fried chicken wings and the seafood tower are must-tries. They also serve creative cocktails, steak frites, French cuisine, and Italian cuisine. –

10. St. Lawrence Restaurant

One of the things people love about them is that they are always innovative, and every time you go back, it’s a different meal.

They have add-ons that you can order, and most add-on dishes are not bite-sized but well-proportioned. It’s nice that they’ve kept the price reasonable.

They also serve a dish called Ariel. It’s a cute, playful dish, and the pork grinds are great.

The place is exceptional, even for people not normally into pork grind rides. Another dish to try is the fracas custard. It’s quite heavy, but it’s beautiful, intense, and rich.


What is happiness? Watching kaleidoscopic sunsets and gorging on continental food in a good Vancouver restaurant with loved ones. Isn’t it? We only live once. Take vacations, and never miss out on the experiences, memories, and moments that define us. Explore, eat, enjoy, make memories, share your expertise, spread happiness, and hold your smile.

Last Updated on by Sathi Chakraborty

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