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Your Number-One Guide to Restaurants in Vancouver, British Columbia

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My Picks for the Top Restaurants in Vancouver , BC.

In This Culinary Article You Will Discover:

  • Where the Best Restaurants Are In Vancouver, BC
  • Directions & Culinary Picks
  • What To Expect at Each Eatery

To the Vancouver local, the city’s abundant eateries are almost blasé. It’s taken for granted that on any given day, one can choose between Afghani, Greek, Russian, Japanese or Indian food — all in the same neighbourhood. But to the tourist, Vancouver is a shining beacon of all things gastronomy. One could plan a vacation to Van City based on the restaurant selection alone. To help you along the way, here are a 10 top picks of Vancouver-based restaurants:

Vij’s

Located in the South Granville District, Vij’s is considered to be one of the best restaurants in the world! Vikram Vij, the owner and head chef, touts his cuisine as Indian Fusion — traditional Indian with West Coast flair. (My favourite are the Lamp Popsicles!) Seating is first come, first served, but you can pass the time by trying appys in the lounge. In a hurry? Stop by the next-door Vij’s Rangoli, for pre-packaged Indian Fusion food to go. 1480 West 11th Ave. www.vijs.ca

Szechuan Chili Restaurant

This is a serious locals-only joint. Szechuan Chili will never make it on an international 10 Best List, but this unpretentious, bare-bones Szechuan restaurant cooks up some of the finest Chinese cookery you’re ever likely to have. Try the Szechuan Green Beans and the Dry Ginger Beef. Dine-in, take out or delivery is all available. 804 W. 6th Ave.; 604.874.3737

Capones

Located in Yaletown, Capones has a split personality. During the day, it is an affordable, quick spot to grab a lunchtime pizza or calzone — with a glass of wine if you like! Prices hover around the $10 mark for a daytime meal. When the sun goes down, the jazz heats up: Capones features live jazz and gourmet Italian dining. Truly a hot spot, day or night. 1141 Hamilton Street; www.caponesrestaurant.net

Afghan Horsemen Restaurant

And now for something completely different! Try Afghani food — at Vancouver’s Afghan Horseman. After serving the city for years on Broadway and Cambie Street, the Horsemen has moved to Granville Island. However, they continue to serve of fine Afghani cuisine – spicy grilled lamb, vegetarian cuisine and more — in a wonderful environment. Come and see why this restaurant has garnered so much acclaim. 202 – 1833 Anderson St; www.afghanhorsemen.com

The Sandbar

No trip to Vancouver would be complete without seafood! And for a great mix of ambience, location and delicious food — head to the Sandbar Restaurant, on Granville Island.  Enjoy fresh dungeoness crab, Atlantic lobster, Seafood Hot Pot or the signature Cedar Plank West Coast Salmon: baked on cedar with soy, lemon and brown sugar. 1535 Johnston Street, Granville Island; 604.669.9030

Tojo’s

Picking a sushi restaurant in Vancouver is not easy — they outnumber coffee houses! Broadway and Granville Streets are great places to start any sushi-walk, with Tojo’s on Broadway being the piece de resistance. One of the finest sushi restaurants in the world, Chef Tojo has garnered international acclaim with his masterful works of culinary art. 1133 West Broadway; www.tojos.com

Vera’s Burger Shack

You haven’t had a hamburger until you’ve had one from Vera’s. A Vancouver staple, Vera’s Burgers has locations all over the city — casual diners for a quick bite in a lively atmosphere. Vera’s uses fresh beef to make their huge patties, and has burger variations to suit every taste, from the enormous G-Money to the funky Baja Burger to the “so good it’s baaa-d,” Lamb Burger. 11 locations in the Greater Vancouver Regional District. www.verasburgershack.com

Yaletown Brewing Company

Whether you choose the lively 160-seat restaurant or the casual pub, the Yaletown Brewing Company takes casual dining and micro-brewed beer to the next level. Famous for their pizzas and beer, this pub/restaurant, set in a revitalized warehouse, is a bustling place seven days a week. Having just undergone renovations, this Yaletown staple is even better than before! Try their famous Red Truck Lager, or celebrate your birthday there for a special surprise (do you like confetti?). 1111 Mainland Street; www.markjamesgroup.com

West

West is known for its outstanding regional cuisine and fantastic service — which has garnered the restaurant four consecutive wins as Restaurant of the Year in the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. From Chef de Cuisine David Gunawan’s gourmet entrees, to Pastry Chef Rhonda Viani’s compelling desserts, to Maitre ’D Brian Hopkins’ gracefully choreographed service team to the temperature-controlled wall of wine, West offers a dining experience that is second-to-none. 2881 Granville Street; www.westrestaurant.com

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

2 comments… add one
  • Cookery Classes Dubai Mar 22, 2011

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  • Erin Apr 7, 2010

    Wow I have never heard of a few of these and I have lived in Vancouver for months!! I can’t wait to try Szechuan Chili it sounds awesome. Thanks for the tip, this is the first time I’ve been on across and abroad but i will be back!

    Erin

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