DIN­ING TOURS & ClaSSeS

Where Vancouver - - Dining -

QUINCE Roll up your sleeves and learn cook­ing tech­niques from pasta mak­ing to knife work and how to throw a clas­sic din­ner party. Most classes have a wine or cock­tail pair­ing (year-round). Reser­va­tions re­quired. $32-$132. 1780 W. 3rd Ave. 604-731-4645. www. quince.ca/stu­dio-classes Map 1: E3

VAN­COU­VER BREW­ERY TOURS Get be­hind-the-scenes ac­cess to Van­cou­ver’s craft-beer cul­ture while you taste your way through three city brew­eries. Beer afi­ciona­dos can choose from walk­ing tours or tours by van, in­clud­ing an op­tion that pro­vides a full meal. Pri­vate tours avail­able on re­quest. $69-$89. Tu-Su. Meets at Wa­ter­front Sta­tion, 601 W. Cor­dova St. 604-318-2280. www.van­cou­ver­brew­ery­tours.com Map 1: B6

VAN­COU­VER FOODIE TOURS Learn about food his­tory and sam­ple award­win­ning Van­cou­ver cui­sine on walk­ing tours that ex­plore the best of Granville Is­land Pub­lic Mar­ket, Gas­town, food carts and gourmet desti­na­tions. $50-$80. 604-295-8844 or toll-free 1-877-804-9220. www.food­i­e­tours.ca X Map 1: B5

SPe­CIal eVeNTS

ARAXI LONGTABLE DIN­ING SE­RIES Dine at this al­fresco event with a four-course tast­ing menu by chef James Walt and his team from Araxi, while en­joy­ing view of beau­ti­ful Mount Cur­rie (Aug 20). $2 25. North Arm Farm, Pem­ber­ton. 604-932-4540. www.araxi.com

DÎNER EN BLANC This el­e­gant al­fresco spec­ta­cle is at­tended by 6,000 din­ers dressed all in white. At­ten­dees sup­ply their own white plates, table­cloths, chairs and ta­bles. Catered pic­nic bas­ket op­tion avail­able. The two lo­ca­tions are kept se­cret un­til mere min­utes be­fore the din­ner

(Aug 24). $40 plus $9 mem­ber­ship fee. Takes place rain or shine. www.dineren­blanc.info X

FiN to tAiL Learn to pre­pare sus­tain­able seafood with cook­ing demon­stra­tions by some of Van­cou­ver’s top chefs while en­joy­ing beer, wine and Ocean Wise bites. Then ex­plore the aquar­ium’s gal­leries with wine in hand. Take-home recipe cards in­cluded (Aug

3). $90. 7 pm. Van­cou­ver Aquar­ium, 845 Avi­son Way in Stan­ley Park. 604-659-3585. www.vanaqua.org X Map 5: C5

No. 1 GAoLER’s MEws Once a month, this restau­rant-within-a-restau­rant of­fers an ex­clu­sive chef’s ta­ble ex­pe­ri­ence for eight guests. The multi-course tast­ing menu is pre­pared by cel­e­brated chefs and som­me­liers from neigh­bour L’Abat­toir. Reser­va­tions re­quired (Aug

18). $195. 1 Gaoler’s Mews. 604568-1701. www.gaol­ersmews.com Map 1: C7

PRiDE CRAwL FUNDRAisER This in­au­gu­ral self-guided cock­tail tour of the city presents fes­tive Pride­themed drinks at more than 40 bars and restau­rants, in­clud­ing Beach Bay Café, H2 Ro­tis­serie & Bar, and Notch8. Par­tial pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Dr. Peter AIDS Foun­da­tion (to Aug 6). www.dr­peter.org/cock­tail sUMMERDiNE This prov­ince-wide din­ing cel­e­bra­tion fea­tures spe­cial multi-course menus and wine pair­ings at more than 30 culi­nary venues. High­lights in­clude hard-to-find seats at Ask for Luigi, and a longtable din­ner aboard Pa­cific Yacht Char­ters. Pro­ceeds sup­port Les Dames d’Es­coffier BC Chap­ter’s schol­ar­ship and outreach pro­grams (Aug 16). $79. www.les­dames.ca

wiLD sALMoN CEL­E­BRA­tioN An al­fresco din­ner pre­pared by top lo­cal chefs, alon­side spe­cial guest chefs from across the coun­try. Dishes fea­ture wild BC salmon and cer­ti­fied Salmon-Safe wine sam­ples. Marine set­ting, live mu­sic (Aug 26). $49. 6-9 pm. False Creek Fish­er­man’s Wharf near Granville Is­land. www.chef­sta­ble­so­ci­ety.com X Map 1: E3

Food CartS & SEa­Sonal

Check street­foodapp.com/van­cou­ver for hours and lo­ca­tions.

JoE’s BBQ BoAt Cap­tain your own party while cruis­ing around False Creek in these eco-friendly BBQ boats. Bring your favourite food to grill

(Apr-Oct). Daily. No boat­ing li­cense re­quired. 100-1676 Du­ran­leau St. 604720-5141. www.joes­b­bqboat.com Map 6: C2

PiCNiX Dine al­fresco with­out the fuss. This zero-waste pic­nic ser­vice pro­vides a wooden bas­ket on wheels packed with a six-course tapas-style meal. Fresh, hand­made of­fer­ings in­clude sea­sonal sal­ads, char­cu­terie and cheese­cake. Veg­e­tar­ian op­tion. Blan­kets, sun um­brella and out­door games in­cluded. Pick up in Stan­ley Park (May-Oct). 778-889-7706. www.picnix.ca

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seafood JoE FoRtEs sEAFooD & CHoP HoUsE San Fran­cisco-style restau­rant fea­tures an oys­ter bar. Daily chef’s cre­ations, plus 50 kinds of fresh fish and pre­mium oys­ters and over 300 wines on the award-win­ning wine list. Heated Rooftop Sports Gar­den, open in sum­mer. Live en­ter­tain­ment daily. Reser­va­tions sug­gested. Valet park­ing evenings and week­days. $$$. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 777 Thur­low St. 604-669-1940. www.joe­fortes.ca Par­tial X Map 1: B5

Chi­nese KIRIN RESTAU­RANT Chi­nese, Where to Dine Awards 2017. In this ven­er­a­ble spot with el­e­gant decor, fresh-from-the-tank seafood is a spe­cialty, and the dim sum de­lights. $$$. L/D (daily). 1172 Al­berni St. 604-6828833. X Map 1: B5 201-555 W. 12th Ave. 604-879-8038. X Map 2: D2 7900 West­min­ster Hwy., Rich­mond. 604-303-8833. X Map 3: C3 350 Gif­ford St., New West­min­ster. 604528-8833. www.kir­in­restau­rant.com X Map 2: E4

Re­gional: Up­scale MAR­KET BY JEANGEORGES Four dis­tinct ar­eas: the Ge­or­gia Room, heated ter­race, lounge bar and din­ing room com­plete with pri­vate rooms. Menu fo­cuses on re­gional and sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents, along with plenty of lo­cal seafood. $$-$$$. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). Shangri-La Ho­tel, 1128 W. Ge­or­gia St. 604-6891120. www.mar­ket­byJG­van­cou­ver.com X Map 1: B5

Chi­na­town/Rail­town

Ital­ian ASK FOR LUIGI Ital­ian, Where to Dine Awards 2017. The small, sim­ple menu at this Ital­ian haunt matches the small, cozy space. Made-in-house pasta and an­tipasti dishes are on the menu, served in a wood-pan­elled and checker-tiled room. Ro­tat­ing wine list. $$. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su), brunch (Sa-Su). 305 Alexan­der St. 604-428-2544. www.ask­for­luigi.com Map 1: C8

Dessert CRACKLE CREME This small dessert-only cafe serves up cre­ative crème brûlées and Bel­gian waf­fles. Try an or­ganic matcha, Ir­ish cream or black sesame brûlée. Waf­fles are baked to or­der and go per­fectly with fresh, es­presso-based drinks. $. Open W-Su. 245 Union St. 778-847-8533. www.crack­lecreme.com X Map 1: D8

Ca­sual MAMIE TAY­LOR’S Ad­ven­tur­ous twists on fa­mil­iar Amer­i­can cui­sine. High-ceil­ing her­itage build­ing has ex­posed brick and taxi­dermy hung on the walls to add a mas­cu­line aura to the space. $$. D (daily). 251 E. Ge­or­gia St. 604-620-8818. www.mami­etay­lors.ca X Map 1: D8

Viet­namese PHNOM PENH RESTAU­RANT Asian, Where to Dine Awards 2017. Cam­bo­dian and Viet­namese cui­sine in a ca­sual set­ting, of­fer­ing pop­u­lar dishes such as spicy gar­lic squid and deep-fried chicken wings served with lime-pep­per sauce. $. L/D (daily). 244 E. Ge­or­gia St. 604-6825777. Par­tial X Map 1: D8

Brew­ery POSTMARK BREW­ING Set­tle into this airy in­dus­trial space in Rail­town for tast­ing flights and pints, or top up your growler at the fill­ing sta­tion. Easy-drink­ing craft brews in­clude a stout, red IPA and pil­sner. A restau­rant and win­ery also share the space. Open daily. 55 Dun­levy Ave. 604-699-1988. www.post­mark­brew­ing.com Par­tial X Map 1: C8

Win­ery VAN­COU­VER UR­BAN WIN­ERY This win­ery man­u­fac­tures and dis­trib­utes wine for sev­eral brands, all from a her­itage build­ing in Rail­town. Uses the FreshTAP pack­ag­ing sys­tem to sell wine to restau­rants in stain­less-steel kegs. Wine tast­ing bar, restau­rant and brew­ery. Open daily. 55 Dun­levy Ave. 604-566-9463. www.van­cou­verur­ban­win­ery.com Par­tial X Map 1: C8

Veg­e­tar­ian VIRTUOUS PIE Plant­based pizza and ice cream served in a mod­ern ex­posed-brick space makes for an en­joy­able and, of course, virtuous ex­pe­ri­ence. In­dulge in cre­ative ve­gan op­tions like Stranger Wings, topped with spicy buf­falo cau­li­flower and nut cheese, fol­lowed by a sea­son­ally in­spired dairy-free scoop. $. L/D

(daily). 583 Main St. 604-620-0060. www.vir­tu­ous­pie.com X Map 1: C7

Coal Har­bour

Dessert BELLA GE­LA­TE­RIA Choose from more than 20 made-from­scratch gelato and sor­betto flavours crafted by James Co­leridge, win­ner of many in­ter­na­tional awards and ac­co­lades. Cus­tom gelato cakes avail­able. Yale­town lo­ca­tion also serves Neapoli­tan-style pizza, break­fast items and gelato mar­ti­nis. $. Open daily. 1001 W. Cor­dova St. 604-569-1010.

X Map 1: B5 1089 Mari­na­side Cr. 778737-7890. www.bel­lage­la­te­ria.com X Map 1: E5 Brunch DE DUTCH PANNEKOEK HOUSE Smiles are as gen­er­ous as the por­tions. Dig into omelettes, scram­bles and thicker-than-crepes pan­nekoeken. $. B/L (daily). Van­cou­ver Con­ven­tion Cen­tre West, 60-1055 Canada Place. 604-647-7530. X Map

1: B6 1-1725 Rob­son St. 604-6877065. Map 1: A4 410 W. 2nd Ave. 604-569-0477. Map 1: F6 3192 Oak St. 604-732-1915. www.de­dutch.com Map 4: E3

Cafe/Bistro GIOVANE CAFE +

WINEBAR Cafe by day, wine bar by night. Serves a de­li­cious se­lec­tion of freshly baked pas­tries and breads, cus­tom roasted java and Ital­ian-in­spired fare. Stump­town’s cel­e­brated cold brew cof­fee on tap. More than 60 Ital­ian wines avail­able. $-$$. B/L/D (daily). Fairmont Pa­cific Rim, 1038 Canada Place. 604-6955501. www.gio­vanecafe.com Map 1: B6

Re­gional/Ca­sual H2 RO­TIS­SERIE

& BAR Up­scale com­fort food meets breath­tak­ing scenery. Savour the best of BC, from lo­cally farmed ro­tis­serie chicken to for­aged cock­tail in­gre­di­ents and craft beer. A faux fire­place made of coloured mist de­lights guests. Bright gar­den pa­tio. Live mu­sic nightly in sum­mer. $$. B/L/D (daily). The Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Dr. 604691-6966. www.h2restau­rant.com X Map 1: A4

Re­gional: Up­scale LIFT BAR-GRILLVIEW Van­ish­ing glass walls re­veal spec­tac­u­lar views of the wa­ter and Stan­ley Park as you dine on the sig­na­ture West Coast plates. Other fea­tures in­clude an up­per-deck pa­tio and out­door fire­places. $$$. L/D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 333 Men­chions Mews, off Bayshore Dr. 604-689-LIFT (5438). www.lift­barand­grill.com X

Map 1: A4 Satel­lite lo­ca­tion at YVR fea­tures a a unique view into the air­port’s main aquar­ium. B/L/D (daily). YVR In­ter­na­tional Ter­mi­nal, near Gate D67. 604-278-2024. Map 3: B2 Juice MELU JUICE & HEALTH BAR This trendy eatery sat­is­fies health food crav­ings. En­joy cold-pressed juices, ve­gan nut mylks, nu­tri­tious smooth­ies, whole­some meals and guilt-free desserts in-house or on the run. $. Open daily. 1110 W. Pen­der St. 778-379-6358. www.melu­juice.com X Map 1: B5 Re­gional: Ca­sual NIGHTIN­GALE El­e­gant cathe­dral-like space of­fers a ca­sual take on chef David Hawksworth’s award-win­ning fare. The menu of Cana­dian cui­sine show­cases lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, and in­cludes fresh fish, char­cu­terie, piz­zas and house­made pas­tas. Ro­bust cock­tail pro­gram in­cludes gin and ton­ics on tap, plus lo­cal beer and wine. $-$$. L/D (daily). 1017 W. Hast­ings St. 604-695-9500. www.hawknightin­gale.com X Map 1: B6

Fu­sion SHOW­CASE RESTAU­RANT &

BAR El­e­gant, mod­ern room lo­cated in the Van­cou­ver Mar­riott Pin­na­cle Down­town. Try the but­ter chicken,

a sig­na­ture dish. $$. B/L/D (daily). 1128 W. Hast­ings St. 604-639-4040. www.show­caser­estau­rant.com X Map 1: B5

Com­mer­Cial Drive

Ca­sual FAL­CONETTI’S EAST SIDE

GRILL Choose a Yu­catan chicken, chicken Thai or Pol­ish sausage from the wide va­ri­ety. Also serves other ca­sual fare. $-$$. L/D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 1812 Com­mer­cial Dr. 604251-7287. www.fal­conet­tis.com X Map 4: D4

Mid­dle-Eastern JAM­JAR Every­thing is made from scratch at this fam­i­lyrun Le­banese restau­rant where the em­pha­sis is on shar­ing. Pick one of the jars-to-go for hum­mus and dips to take home. De­liv­ery avail­able. $. L/D (daily). 2280 Com­mer­cial Dr. 604252-3957. X Map 4: D4 1488 W. 11th Ave. 604-733-2211. www.jam-jar.ca Map 4: D3

Pizza MAR­CELLO RISTORANTE &

PIZZE­RIA Dom­i­nated by a fire­wood pizza oven in the shape of the sun god, this restau­rant pre­pares orig­i­nal Neapoli­tan-style pizza, home-made gnocchi and pasta such as lasagne, tagli­atelle and spaghetti. $$. L/D (daily). 1404 Com­mer­cial Dr. 604-2157760. www.mar­cel­lop­izze­ria.com X Map 4: D4 Dis­tillery ODD SO­CI­ETY DIS­TILLERY Unique small-batch dis­tillery for spir­it­lovers. Their East Van Vodka uses 100% BC malted bar­ley, tem­pered to crisp­ness by hand. Fur­ther de­lights in­clude Wallflower Gin and crème de cas­sis. Sip sig­na­ture cock­tails in the tast­ing lounge, take a tour or buy a bot­tle. Open Th-Su. 1725 Pow­ell St. 604716-6745. www.odd­so­ci­etyspir­its.com Map 2: C3

Davie vil­laGe

Tapas BIN 941 Diminu­tive dishes are packed with flavour at this trendy and pop­u­lar tapas and wine bar, where menu items change reg­u­larly. $$. D (daily). 941 Davie St. 604-683-1246. www.bin941.com X Map 1: D4

Brunch JOE’S GRILL Crush hunger crav­ings with a big break­fast at this pop­u­lar down­town diner. Or­der a hearty help­ing of eggs Bene­dict made with shrimp, or a stack of crispy French toast. $. B/L (daily). 1031 Davie St. 604-682-3683. Map 1: C4 948 Den­man St. 604-642-6588. X Map

1: B3 3048 Main St. 604-879-6586. www.joes-grill.ca X Map 4: D4

Euro­pean LA BRASSERIE This West End gem serves hearty Franco-Ger­man cui­sine in a re­laxed, in­ti­mate set­ting. In­dulge in bistro sta­ples such as ten­der chicken straight from the ro­tis­serie, moules frites or gen­er­ous serv­ings of schnitzel. $$. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 1091 Davie St. 778-3795400. www.labrasserievan­cou­ver.com X Map 1: C4

Greek STEPHO’S SOUVLAKI GREEK

TAVERNA One of the city’s best din­ing bar­gains and a neigh­bour­hood favourite. Menu fea­tures souvlaki, cala­mari and steamed clams. $. L/D (daily). 1124 Davie St. 604-683-2555. Par­tial X Map 1: C4 1359 Rob­son St. 604-685-9977. Map 1: B4

Ja­panese SUSHI BELLA This Ja­panese fu­sion restau­rant has dis­tinct French and West Coast in­flu­ences. En­joy clas­sics such as sashimi and ni­giri sushi, along with ex­otic cre­ations in­clud­ing sushi pizza and spe­cialty rolls. $$. L/D (daily). 1175 Davie St. 604-559-7707.

Map 1: C4 2059 W. 4th Ave. 604-7344990. X Map 4: D3 152 Lons­dale Ave., North Van­cou­ver. 604-987-8633. www.sushi­bella.com X Map 4: C4 Dessert TARTINE BREADS & PIES In ad­di­tion to pies like banana but­ter­scotch cream and choco­late pecan, grab a sand­wich—try brie with fig jam and arugula—served on house-baked bread. 1069 Davie St. 604-6857427. X Map 1: DC4 770 Beach Ave. 604-685-7437. www.tartine.ca X Map 1: D4

Den­man & Stan­ley Park

Ital­ian ADESSO BISTRO With a fo­cus on cui­sine from the re­gion of Lig­uria in Italy, this bistro serves tra­di­tional dishes, which may in­clude spaghet­tini with mixed seafood or fritto misto, ad­ven­tur­ous piz­zas and deca­dent desserts. $$. D (daily), brunch (Su). 1906 Haro St. 604-568-9975. www.adesso­bistro.net X Map 1: A3 Malaysian BANANA LEAF MALAYSIAN CUI­SINE Trop­i­cal decor sets the tone for Malaysian spe­cial­ties such as sam­bal tiger prawns, ro­tis and sa­tays. $$. L/D (daily). 1096 Den­man St. 604683-3333. Map 1: B3 1779 Rob­son St. 604-569-3363. Map 1: A4 1043 Davie St. 604-669-3389. Map 1: C4 820 W. Broad­way. 604-731-6333. Map 1: G5 3005 W. Broad­way. 604-734-3005. www.ba­nanaleaf-van­cou­ver.com Par­tial X Map 4: E3

Seafood THE BOATHOUSE RESTAU­RANT En­joy wa­ter­front views and fresh tastes from the sea in this ca­sual room with six lo­ca­tions. Menu in­cludes both surf and turf fare, such as black-pep­per scal­lops and cer­ti­fied An­gus sir­loin. $$$. L/D (daily). 1795 Beach Ave. 604-669-2225. Par­tial X Map 1: B3 1305 Ar­bu­tus St. 604-738-KITS (5487). X Map 1: D2 8331 River Rd., Rich­mond. 604-2737014. X Map 3: C3 14935 Marine Dr., White Rock. 604-536-7320. www. boathouse­r­estau­rants.ca X Map 2: G5

Ital­ian CIAO BELLA ITALIANO RISTORANTE AND PI­ANO BAR Choose from 120 pasta com­bi­na­tions, or veal, chicken, seafood and veg­e­tar­ian dish-

es. El­e­gant decor; pi­ano bar; heated pa­tio. In­dulge in the three-course din­ner op­tion, or come for live mu­sic W-Su evenings. $$. L/D (daily). 703 Den­man St. 604-688-5771. www. ciao­bella­van­cou­ver.ca X Map 1: B3

Mediter­ranean ESPANA Con­tem­po­rary restau­rant serves clas­sic Span­ish tapas and sig­na­ture dishes such as paella and patatas bravas. Pair your se­lec­tion with any of the rich Span­ish wines, beer or sher­ries. Open late. $-$$. D (daily). 1118 Den­man St. 604558-4040. www.es­panarestau­rant.ca Par­tial X Map 1: B3

Ital­ian NOOK Best West End, Van­cou­ver mag­a­zine 2017. Cozy pasta, pizza and an­tipasto restau­rant with lo­ca­tions in two trendy neigh­bour­hoods. $-$$. D (daily). 781 Den­man St. 604-5684554. X Map 1: A4 D (daily), L (W-F), brunch (Sa-Su). 1525 Yew St. 604734-3381. www.nookrestau­rant.ca X Map 1: E1 Ca­sual STAN­LEY’S BAR & GRILL Nes­tled in the trees in the charm­ing Stan­ley Park Pavil­ion, this rus­tic eatery serves com­fort foods such as burg­ers and fish and chips, along with BC draft beers and VQA wines. Dine in­doors or take in the view on the large pa­tio. $$. L (daily). 610 Pipe­line Rd. 604-6023088. www.stan­ley­park­pavil­ion.com X Map 1: A3

Con­ti­nen­tal THE TEAHOUSE IN STAN­LEY PARK Take in the mag­nif­i­cent view of English Bay and the moun­tains while din­ing in this his­toric restau­rant, just a short drive from down­town. En­joy seafood and cre­ative re­gional dishes and a ro­man­tic gar­den set­ting. Tapas lounge. $$-$$$. L/D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). Fer­gu­son Point in Stan­ley Park. 604669-3281. www.van­cou­ver­dine.com X Map 5: E2

Dessert TRUE CONFECTIONS This sweet spot of­fers 50 de­li­cious temp­ta­tions made fresh daily. Devil’s food cake and diplo­mat cake are peren­nial favourites. Dine in or take out. Whole cakes avail­able. Li­censed. $. Open late daily. 866 Den­man St. 604-682-1292.

X Map 1: B4 3701 W. Broad­way. 604222-8489. www.true­con­fec­tions.ca X Map 4: D2

Down­town

Seafood AN­CORA Sil­ver Ser­vice Award, Where to Dine Awards 2017. Fresh West Coast fare is in­flu­enced by the cuisines of Ja­pan and Peru. The space is bright and mod­ern with spec­tac­u­lar wa­ter views and a large pa­tio. Ex­cel­lent raw bar. $$$. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Su). 1600 Howe St. 604681-1164. www.an­co­ra­din­ing.com X Map 1: D4

French BACCHUS RESTAU­RANT &

LOUNGE This four-di­a­mond restau­rant is in the Wedge­wood Ho­tel & Spa, the only Re­lais & Chateaux prop­erty in Van­cou­ver. The mod­ern French menu may in­clude pan-seared Qualicum Beach scal­lops or wild Bri­tish Columbia salmon. Af­ter­noon tea on week­ends. Reser­va­tions ad­vised. Valet park­ing. $$$. B/L/D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 845 Hornby St. 604-608-5319. www. wedge­wood­ho­tel.com X Map 1: C5

Pub THE BLACK­BIRD PUB­LIC HOUSE

& OYS­TER BAR A two-storey life­style hub with 70 la­bels of scotch, bil­liards, shuf­fle­board and a bar­ber­shop. Craft beers and house cock­tails com­ple-

ment home­style Pa­cific North­west cre­ations. Sip a Some­thing Wicked at the se­cond-floor bar in­spired by the bar in The Shin­ing. Live mu­sic af­ter work M-F. $$. L/D (daily). 905 Dun­smuir St. 604-899-4456. www.don­nel­ly­group.ca X Map 1: B5

Re­gional: Up­scale BOULE­VARD

KITCHEN & OYS­TER BAR Stylish retreat of­fers a seafood-for­ward menu fea­tur­ing lo­cally sourced Pa­cific North­west fare, and in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ences. Wrap-around pa­tio, oys­ter bar and el­e­gant pri­vate rooms. Wine list fea­tures or­ganic and bio­dy­namic sips. $$$. B/L/D (daily), brunch (SaSu). The Sut­ton Place Ho­tel, 845 Bur­rard St. 604-642-2900. www. boule­vard­van­cou­ver.ca X Map 1: C5 Re­gional: Ca­sual CAC­TUS CLUB CAfE West Coast and Pa­tio, Where to Dine Awards 2017. Best Chain, Van­cou­ver mag­a­zine 2017. Great vibe, mod decor and glob­ally in­spired dishes. Come for drinks or din­ner. $$. L/D (daily). 1085 Canada Place. 604-620-7410. X Map 1: B6 588 Bur­rard St. 604-682-0933. X Map 1: B5 1136 Rob­son St. 604687-3278. X Map 1: C5 357 Davie St. 604-685-8070. X Map 1: D5 1790 Beach Ave. 604-681-2582. X Map 1: B3 575 W. Broad­way. 604-714-6000.

X Map 1: F6 1530 W. Broad­way. 604733-0434. www.cac­tus­club­cafe.com X Map 1: F3 Dessert CARTEMS DONUTERIE In­dulge in fresh, hand­made dough­nuts with un­usual flavours such as earl grey and Cana­dian whiskey ba­con. In­gre­di­ents are lo­cally sourced and or­ganic. Ve­gan and gluten-free op­tions avail­able. Lo­cally roasted cof­fee, and milk on tap. $. Open daily. 534 W. Pen­der St. 778-708-0996. Map 1: C6 2190 Main St. 778-707-1114. Map 1: F7 3040 W. Broad­way. 604-428-6372. www.cartems.com Map 4: E3

Re­gional: Up­scale fIVE SAILS RESTAU­RANT Award-win­ning cui­sine and spec­tac­u­lar views. Mod­ern con­ti­nen­tal clas­sics in­spired by Europe and the West Coast. $$$. D (daily). Pan Pa­cific Van­cou­ver, 999 Canada Place Way. 604-844-2855. www.five­sails.ca X Map 1: B6

Re­gional: Up­scale GLOWBAL Flag­ship lo­ca­tion for the lo­cal restau­rant group. Lo­cal in­gre­di­ents are used when pos­si­ble, but the cui­sine spans the globe to in­clude pas­tas, steaks and a rare Ja­panese ro­bata grill. Pri­vate din­ing op­tions and a year-round pa­tio. $$-$$$. L/D (daily). Telus Gar­den, 590 W. Ge­or­gia St. 604-602-0835. www.glow­bal­group.com/glowbal X Map 1: C6

Ja­panese GYU-KAKU JA­PANESE

BBQ Take con­trol of your meal and grill meat, seafood or veg­eta­bles right at your ta­ble. This hands-on din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence makes for a fun, ca­sual date night. $$. L/D (daily). G3-888 Nel­son St. 604-558-3885. X Map 1: C5 201950 W. Broad­way. 604-558-3898.

Map 1: F5 120-7971 Alder­bridge Way. 604-558-3837. www.gyu-kaku.com Map 3: C3

Re­gional: Up­scale HAWKSWORTH

RESTAU­RANT Fine Din­ing, Where to Dine Awards 2017. Best Up­scale,

Van­cou­ver mag­a­zine since 2011. Con­tem­po­rary cui­sine pre­pared with the fresh­est lo­cal and Cana­dian in­gre­di­ents avail­able. Boasts four dis­tinc­tive din­ing rooms, in­clud­ing a bar, lounge and el­e­gant pri­vate room. $$$. B/L/D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). Rose­wood Ho­tel Ge­or­gia, 801 W. Ge­or­gia St. 604-673-7000. www.hawksworthrestau­rant.com X Map 1: C5

Steak­house HY’S STEAK­HOUSE &

COCK­TAIL BAR This wood-trimmed es­cape in the heart of down­town is pop­u­lar with Van­cou­ver’s af­ter-work set. Ex­ten­sive lunch and din­ner menus fea­ture Canada Prime beef, sal­ads tossed ta­ble­side and clas­sic cock­tails. Reser­va­tions ad­vised. $$$. L (M-F),

D (daily). 637 Hornby St. 604-6837671. www.hyssteak­house.com X Map 1: C5

Ca­sual JAPADOG In­no­va­tive hot dogs heaped with Ja­panese top­pings such as wasabi, sea­weed and teriyaki. Also serves reg­u­lar smok­ies and hot dogs for the less ad­ven­tur­ous. $. Open daily. 530 Rob­son St. 604-569-1158. Map

1: C5 McArthurGlen, 7899 Tem­ple­ton Sta­tion Rd., Rich­mond. 604-3226465. Map 3: B3 Three cart lo­ca­tions open daily if not rain­ing: cor­ner of Bur­rard St. and Smithe St.; cor­ner of Bur­rard St. and Pen­der St; and out­side Wa­ter­front Sta­tion. www.japadog.com X Map 1: C5/B5

Ca­sual JOEY RESTAU­RANTS Lively and con­tem­po­rary restau­rant and lounge of­fers mod­ern, clas­sic dishes in­clud­ing the curry bowl and lob­ster ravi­oli. Wine list is ex­ten­sive and un­pre­ten­tious. $$. L/D (daily). 820 Bur­rard St. 604-683-JOEY. X Map 1:

C5 Ben­tall One Cen­tre, 507 Bur­rard St. 604-915-5639. X Map 1: B5 1424 W. Broad­way. 604-732-5639. www.joeyrestau­rants.com X Map 1: F3

Steak­house THE KEG STEAK­HOUSE

+ BAR Grilled steaks, seafood and sal­ads in a friendly, ca­sual at­mos­phere. Spe­cial­ties in­clude prime rib and king crab. $$. L (M-F) at some lo­ca­tions, D (daily). 688 Dun­smuir St. 604-6857502. X Map 1: C6 1121 Al­berni St. 604-685-4388. X Map 1: B5 1011 Main­land St. 604-633-2534. X Map

1: D5 1499 An­der­son St. 604-6854735. www.keg­steak­house.com X Map 6: C3

Mex­i­can LA TAQUERIA In­spired by the au­then­tic taste of Mex­i­can street tacos, this colour­ful eatery uses tra­di­tional recipes and lo­cal, or­ganic and sus­tain­able prod­ucts when pos­si­ble. The menu in­cludes tacos, bur­ri­tos and que­sadil­las, along­side re­fresh­ing margaritas and hor­chata. $. L/D (M-Sa). 322 W. Hast­ings St. 604-568-4406. Map 1:

C6 L/D (daily). 586 Hornby St. 604565-0511. Map 1: B6 2549 Cambie St. 604-558-2549. Map 1: F6 1305 Welch St., North Van­cou­ver. 604-971-4744. www.lata­que­ria.com Map 4: C4 Pub LIONS PUB Cozy brass and dark-wood Bri­tish-style room fea­tures big screen TVs and serves tra­di­tional pub fare along with favourites such as fish and chips. Cre­ative cock­tails and beers on tap. Ad­di­tional pa­tio seat­ing. $-$$. L/D (daily). 888 W. Cor­dova St. 604-488-8602. www.li­on­spub.ca X Map 1: C6 Ja­panese MIKU RESTAU­RANT Sus­tain­able Seafood Award, Where to Dine Awards 2017. Sleek sushi eatery of­fers up in­no­va­tive and lo­cally sourced takes on beloved clas­sics such as sashimi and ni­giri. Spe­cial­ties in­clude lightly grilled Aburi sushi. Well-cho­sen wines and sake, too. $$. L/D (daily). 200 Granville St. 604568-3900. www.mikurestau­rant.com X Map 1: B6 Ca­sual MOOSE’S DOWN UN­DER Pub-style bar and grill serves ca­sual Aus­tralian and Cana­dian fare such as meat pies, burg­ers, steaks and salmon. All Aus­tralian hol­i­days are cel­e­brated, and TVs show ma­jor Aus­tralian sport­ing events. $-$$. B/L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 830 W. Pen­der St. in the base­ment. 604-683-3300. www.moos­es­dow­nun­der.com X Map 1: B6

Re­gional: Up­scale NOTCH8 RESTAU­RANT & BAR Named for a train’s top speed, this eatery is in­spired by the by­gone era of lux­ury rail travel. Com­fort food dishes with a West Coast twist in­clude of­fer­ings from the ro­tis­serie, Ocean Wise seafood and up­dated clas­sics such as oys­ters Rock­e­feller. Pre- and post-Pro­hi­bi­tion cock­tails. Daily af­ter­noon tea. B/L/D (daily). $$-$$$. Fairmont Ho­tel Van­cou­ver, 900 W. Ge­or­gia St. 604-662-1900. www.notch8-din­ing.com X Map 1: C5

Pan-Asian POKÉR­RITO Poke, the Hawai­ian raw-fish salad, gets a Ja­panese twist in this bustling eatery, with the ad­di­tion of flavours like wasabi-basil sauce and sea­weed salad. Build your own bowl, salad or sea­weed-wrapped bur­rito, or choose from the menu of pre-de­signed op­tions. $. L/D (M-Sa). 558 Dun­smuir St. 778-379-1115. www.pok­er­rito.ca X Map 1: C6

Thai SALATHAI Trop­i­cal at­mos­phere with healthy cui­sine, in­clud­ing veg­e­tar­ian vari­a­tions. Try the Pa-Naeng: roast duck sautéed in thick red curry, co­conut cream, ground peanuts and basil leaves. $$. L/D (daily). 102888 Bur­rard St. 604-683-7999. www.salathai.ca X Map 1: C4

Ja­panese SHURAKU SAKE BAR &

BISTRO This mod­ern, hop­ping room serves cre­ative Ja­panese cui­sine in a cen­tral down­town lo­ca­tion over­look­ing trendy Granville Street. Tapas-style plates for shar­ing, such as ten­der BBQ pork ribs or spe­cialty sushi rolls, are per­fect for pair­ing with sake from the ex­ten­sive list. $. L/D (daily). 833 Granville St. 604-687-6622. www.shuraku.net X Map 1: C5

Con­ti­nen­tal TOP OF VAN­COU­VER RE­VOLV­ING RESTAU­RANT Views come with the menu at the top of Har­bour Cen­tre, which is 169 m (553 ft) above the city. The menu fea­tures steak, seafood and poul­try dishes, in­clud­ing Pa­cific salmon, fresh lob­ster and roast duck. In­ter­na­tional wine se­lec­tion. $$$. L/D (daily). 555 W. Hast­ings St. 604669-2220. www.topof­van­cou­ver.com Par­tial X Map 1: B6 Con­ti­nen­tal TWG TEA Part restau­rant, part tea room, part shop (with more than 500 types of loose-leaf tea avail­able), this bright, wel­com­ing room serves mouth-wa­ter­ing dishes that use tea in in­ven­tive ways. Don’t miss the tea-in­fused cock­tails. $$. B/L/D (daily). 1070 W. Ge­or­gia St. 604-692-0071. www.vans­ingdg.com X Map 1: B5

Ca­sual WHITE SPOT Es­tab­lished in the 1920s by en­tre­pre­neur Nat Bai­ley, this lo­cal chain of restau­rants of­fers old-fash­ioned com­fort food as well as healthy al­ter­na­tives. The Triple-O burger is a favourite of gen­er­a­tions. Lo­ca­tions through­out the Lower Main­land. $. B/L/D (daily). 405 Dun­smuir St. 604-899-6072. X

Map 1: C6 1616 W. Ge­or­gia St. 604681-8034. X Map 1: A4 718 Drake St. 604-605-0045. X Map 1: D4 2518 W. Broad­way. 604-731-2434. X Map

1: F1 Park Royal, Tay­lor Way at Marine Dr., West Van­cou­ver. 604-922-8221. www.whitespot.ca X Map 4: B3

Seafood YEW SEAFOOD + BAR Ho­tel Din­ing, Where to Dine Awards 2017. Boasts high ceil­ings and of­fers an ex­ten­sive sea­son­ally chang­ing seafood

menu. Try the fresh shucked oys­ters paired with a hand­crafted cock­tail. $$-$$$. B/L/D (daily), brunch (SaSu). Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Van­cou­ver, 791 W. Ge­or­gia St. 604-692-4939. www.yewseafood.com X Map 1: C5

East Van­cou­VEr

Gluten-Free THE GLUTEN FREE EPI­CUREAN Bright, airy space with vin­tage decor and tiered trays of 100% gluten-free treats such as cook­ies, cakes, brown­ies and bars. Don’t have a sweet tooth? Don’t worry. Savoury items to sali­vate over in­clude piz­zas, pot pies and veg­gie rolls. $. B/L (daily). 633 E. 15th Ave. 604-8764114. www.gluten­freeep­i­curean.ca Map 2: D3

French LES FAUX BOUR­GEOIS En­joy gourmet dishes such as ca­nard con­fit and por­to­bello mush­room par­men­tier, fol­lowed by a sweet serv­ing of milk choco­late mousse. $$. D (daily). 663 E. 15th Ave. 604-873-9733. www. les­fauxbour­geois.com X Map 4: D4 Greek NAM­MOS ES­TIA­TO­RIO Cozy booths and long com­mu­nal ta­bles wel­come par­ties of all sizes to this au­then­tic Greek restau­rant. Share dishes like suc­cu­lent roast lamb shoul­der or mous­saka, and sneak a bite of baklava to sat­isfy a sweet tooth. $$. L/D (daily), Brunch (Sa-Su). 3980 Fraser St. 604-428-6850. www.nam­mos.ca X Map 4: E4

Chi­nese PINK PEARL CHI­NESE SEAFOOD RESTAU­RANT This clas­sic Chi­nese restau­rant of­fers an easy-to-read menu with dozens of se­lec­tions: dim sum, live seafood in tanks, chicken, duck and other fare. Am­ple seats and free park­ing. $. B/L/D (daily). 1132 E. Hast­ings St. 604-253-4316. www.pink­pearl.com X Map 2: D3

Ital­ian SAVIO VOLPE Best New Restau­rant, Van­cou­ver mag­a­zine 2017. This “tav­ern of the wise fox” de­liv­ers rus­tic Ital­ian fare, served with lit­tle fuss but plenty of flavour. Lo­cal in­gre­di­ents shine in hand­made pas­tas and dishes from the wood-fired oven, all meant to be en­joyed fam­ily-style. Wine list favours Ital­ian sips. $$. D (daily). 615 Kingsway. 604-428-0072. www.savio­volpe.com X Map 4: D4

FairViEw

Deli LES AMIS DU FRO­MAGE Van­cou­ver’s mecca for cheese lovers stocks be­tween 400 to 500 fine cheeses from BC and around the world. 1752 W. 2nd Ave. 604-7324218. X Map 1: E3 843 E. Hast­ings St. 604-253-4218. www.buy­cheese.com X Map 4: D4

Re­gional: Ca­sual SALMON N’ BAN­NOCK BISTRO Ca­sual din­ing room with dishes in­spired by First Na­tions culi­nary tra­di­tions, like the home­made ban­nock bread. Uses cer­ti­fied or­ganic meats and wild lo­cal fish. Try the salmon and ban­nock burger or the game sam­pler. $$. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 1128 W. Broad­way. 604-568-8971. www.salmo­nand­ban­nock.net X Map 1: F4

Ja­panese TOJO’S Tojo’s Great Cana­dian roll in­tro­duces fresh At­lantic lob­ster to house-smoked Pa­cific salmon. Other spe­cial­ties in­clude deep fried stuffed shi­itake mush­rooms and baked Cana­dian sable­fish. $$-$$$. D (M-Sa). 1133 W. Broad­way. 604-872-8050. www.to­jos.com X Map 1: F4

Gas­town

Ca­sual ALIBI ROOM Beer Ex­pe­ri­ence, Where to Dine Awards 2017. Trendy spot serves dishes in­spired by the mod­ern English tav­ern. Menu changes sea­son­ally, but the home-made beef burger is al­ways a favourite. En­joy a mar­tini or one of the 44 beers on tap ei­ther up­stairs or down. $-$$. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 157 Alexan­der St. 604623-3383. www.alibi.ca X Map 1: C7

Pan-Asian BAO DOWN Asian street food in a fun, funky en­vi­ron­ment. Spe­cial­izes in sev­eral types of bao, an Asian-style taco on a steamed bun. Try the Jaws, with co­conut-crusted cat­fish, kim­chi tar­tar sauce and Thai vinai­grette. Sand­wiches, kim­chi fries and sal­ads, too. Veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan op­tions. $. L/D (daily). 12 Pow­ell St. 778-379-3611. X Map 1: C7 Bao Down Gas­tropub + Raw Bar: 115 W. 2nd Ave. 604-620-5226. www.baodown.net Map 1: E7

Euro­pean BAUHAUS In­spired by the de­sign move­ment of the same name. Miche­lin-starred chef Ste­fan Hart­mann brings con­tem­po­rary Ger­man cui­sine to a sleek, spa­cious Gas­town room. Cut­ting-edge tech­niques and fresh flavours shine in dishes rang­ing from foie gras to schnitzel. $$$. L (M-F), D (daily). 1 W. Cor­dova St. 604-9741147. www.bauhaus-restau­rant.com X Map 1: C7

Caribbean CAL­ABASH BISTRO Treat your­self to sweet sal­ads, sa­vory cur­ries and orig­i­nal cock­tails at this Caribbean joint host­ing weekly live reg­gae, hip-hop and funk per­for­mances. $-$$. D (Tu-Su), brunch (Sa-Su). 428 Car­rall St. 604-568-5882. www.cal­abash­bistro.com X Map 1: C7

Tapas THE DI­A­MOND AT MAPLE

TREE SQUARE Over­look­ing Gas­town’s Gassy Jack statue, this restau­rant evokes a Pro­hi­bi­tion-era feel. Serves a small se­lec­tion of full-flavoured, Latin-in­spired small plates with orig­i­nal cock­tails to match. $. D (Tu-Su). 6 Pow­ell St. 604-568-8272. www.di6­mond.com Map 1: C7

Re­gional: Up­scale L’ABAT­TOIR Best Gas­town/Rail­town, Van­cou­ver mag­a­zine 2017. French-in­flu­enced West Coast fare is served in this rus­tic din­ing room, the site of Van­cou­ver’s first jail. Dishes may in­clude smoked duck breast with black­berry and cab­bage. Sip on cock­tails and in­dulge in deca­dent desserts at the bar. Pri­vate din­ing room avail­able. $$$. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 217 Car­rall St. 604-568-1701. www.la­bat­toir.ca X Map 1: C7

Veg­e­tar­ian MEET This wel­com­ing eatery of­fers a menu of ve­gan and veg­e­tar­ian com­fort foods, in­clud­ing fries with cashew gravy, house-smoked burg­ers and mac ’n’ cheese. Wash it all down with lo­cal ve­gan wines and draft beers. Plenty of gluten-free op­tions. $. L/D (daily). 12 Wa­ter St. 604-6683399. X Map 1: C7 4288 Main St. 604-877-1292. www.eat­meet.ca Par­tial X Map 4: E4

Dessert MOS­QUITO Fin­ish off the evening right, or skip din­ner and head straight here for beau­ti­ful desserts and cham­pagne. $-$$. Open late W-Su. 32 Wa­ter St. 604-398-3188. www.mosquitodessert.com Map 1: C7

Juice NEC­TAR JUICERY This stylish Gas­town juice bar of­fers sea­son­ally in­flu­enced cold-pressed juices and hy­dra­tors de­signed to cleanse and detox­ify the body. $. Open daily. 102 W. Hast­ings St. 778-379-7589.

X Map 1: C7 Food cart open daily in sum­mer: 692-698 Granville St. www.nec­tar­juicery.com X Map 1: C5

In­dian SITAR Spe­cial­ists since 1983 in meat and veg­e­tar­ian dishes of In­dia, such as tan­doori, vin­daloo, biriyani, ko­rma and but­ter chicken, in a set­ting of hand­some wood and brick with a large win­dow over­look­ing the

street. Drop in or re­serve. $$. L/D (daily). 8 Pow­ell St. 604-687-0049. www.sitar­restau­rant.net X Map 1: C7

Dessert SOFT PEAKS En­joy home­made soft-serve ice cream made from or­ganic milk and topped with Hi­malayan pink salt, maple syrup or a piece of lo­cal hon­ey­comb. The same ice cream also goes into the milk­shakes and ice milk bars, of­fered in flavours such as matcha. Hun­dreds of vin­tage milk caps dec­o­rate the walls. $. Open W-M. 25 Alexan­der St. 604-500-7060. www.soft­peaks.ca X Map 1: C7 Cafe/Bistro TUC CRAFT KITCHEN Se­lect one of the wines-on-tap or try an af­ford­ably priced bot­tle to com­ple­ment the Euro­pean-style bistro menu. Beer se­lec­tion high­lights BC brew­eries. The re­claimed in­dus­trial in­te­rior pro­vides a true Pa­cific North­west feel. $-$$. L (W-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 60 W. Cor­dova St. 604-559-8999. www.tu­crestau­rant.com X Map 1: C7

Granville is­land

Mid­dle-Eastern AFGHAN HORSE­MEN

RESTAU­RANT Take off your shoes and lounge on cushions while be­ing served au­then­tic Afghan meals rang­ing from veg­e­tar­ian dishes to ten­der, mar­i­nated shish ke­babs. $$. D (daily). 1833 An­der­son St., 2nd floor. 604-873-5923. www.afghan­horse­men.com Par­tial X Map 1: E3

Re­gional: Up­scale DOCKSIDE RESTAU­RANT The Granville Is­land Ho­tel’s lounge, bar, pa­tio and restau­rant each have a dis­tinc­tive flavour. The menu presents fresh seafood dishes along­side well-ex­e­cuted com­fort food. En­joy views of the city, wa­ter and moun­tains as well as a 15-m (50-ft) wrap­around aquar­ium. $$$. B/L/D (daily), brunch (Su). 1253 John­ston St. 604-6857070. www.dock­side­brew­ing.com X Map 6: B6

Cafe/Bistro ED­I­BLE CANADA AT THE

MAR­KET Full-ser­vice bistro cel­e­brates the best in BC and Cana­dian cui­sine, with fresh in­gre­di­ents and art­ful pre­sen­ta­tion. Take­out win­dow, pa­tio and demo kitchen. Also a re­tail space with ar­ti­sanal foods and unique kitchen wares. Sign up for a culi­nary tour. $$. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 1596 John­ston St. 604-682-6681. www.ed­i­ble­canada.com X Map 6: B3 Seafood GO FISH Lo­cal seafood at its fresh­est. Savour au­then­tic fish tacos, fish ’n’ chips and a chang­ing se­lec­tion of fresh seafood on the pa­tio at the Fish­er­man’s Wharf lo­ca­tion, or get take­out to en­joy at home. $$. L/D (TuSu). Fish­er­man’s Wharf, 1505 W. 1st Ave. 604-730-5040. X Map 1: E2

Pub GRANVILLE IS­LAND BREW­ING COM­PANy Restau­rant fea­tures in-house brewed beer on tap along with small bites. At­tached store of­fers a se­lec­tion of cold beer, glass­ware and cloth­ing. Tours of the brew­ery are avail­able and come com­plete with tast­ings. $. L/D (daily). 1441 Cartwright St. 604687-2739. www.gib.ca X Map 6: D4

Kit­si­lano

Cafe/Bistro APHRODITE’S OR­GANIC

CAFÉ & PIE SHOP Cozy bistro with a lo­cal, or­ganic and sea­son­ally chang­ing menu. Find hearty com­fort food and a se­lec­tion of home­made sweet and savoury pies. Gluten-free and ve­gan

op­tions avail­able. The monthly din­ner fresh sheet of­fers a three-course prix fixe. Or­ganic beer and wine, too. $-$$. Brunch/L (daily), D (W-M). 3605 W 4th Ave. 604-733-8308. www. or­gan­ic­cafe.ca Par­tial X Map 4: D2

French AU COMPTOIR Feel trans­ported to Paris at this quirky bistro. Try a croque—mon­sieur or madame—or a light leek and ri­cotta tart while sit­ting at ta­bles made from old sewing ma­chines. Sip a glass of wine at the tin bar made in France, and on Mon­days try Parisian sushi. No reser­va­tions. B/L/D (W-M), brunch (Sa-Su). 2278 W. 4th Ave. 604-569-2278. www.au­comp­toir.ca X Map 4: 3D

Latin BARU LATINO Latin, Where to Dine Awards 2017. Au­then­tic Latin Amer­i­can bistro where up­beat mu­sic matches lively flavours. Dishes in­clude moz­zarella-stuffed em­panadas and plan­tain-crusted hal­ibut. $$. D (daily). 2535 Alma St. 604-222-9171. www.baru­latino.com X Map 4: D2

Re­gional: Up­scale BISHOP’S John Bishop’s es­tab­lish­ment is con­sis­tently praised for im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice and the chang­ing menu fea­tur­ing re­gional and lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. The cel­lar is ex­ten­sive, with Pa­cific North­west wines at the fore. $$$. D (Tu-Su). 2183 W. 4th Ave. 604-738-2025. www.bish­op­son­line.com Map 1: F2

Ital­ian BLUE MAR­TINI JAZZ CAFE Live jazz and blue light­ing give this eatery a date-night am­bi­ence. Take in the re­laxed at­mos­phere with tra­di­tional Ital­ian tastes and jazz-in­spired fare like the Ca­jun-style black­ened salmon. Ex­ten­sive mar­tini, cock­tail and wine lists. $$. D (Tu-Su). 1516 Yew St. 604-4282691. www.blue­mar­tini­jaz­zcafe.com X Map 1: E1

Viet­namese CHI MOD­ERN VIET­NAMESE KITCHEN Pop­u­lar MasterChef Viet­nam run­ner-up Chi Le warms up this con­tem­po­rary space with fam­ilystyle shar­ing dishes that go be­yond the fa­mil­iar pho. The menu is sea­sonal and may in­clude spe­cial­ties like lemon­grass chicken in a clay pot. $$. L/D (W-Su). 1935 W. 4th Ave. 604-3363010. www.chirestau­rant­bar.com X Map 1: E2

Thai MAENAM Best Thai, Van­cou­ver mag­a­zine since 2010. In­ven­tive Thai dishes use lo­cal in­gre­di­ents and nod to tra­di­tional recipes. Or­der a stir-fry

or curry and a well-crafted cock­tail to match. $$. L (Tu-Sa), D (daily). 1938 W. 4th Ave. 604-730-5579. www.maenam.ca X Map 1: E2

Dessert RAIN OR SHINE This home-made gluten- and egg-free ice cream shop makes fresh waf­fle cones in-house with all-nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents. These ice cream ar­ti­sans have 10 “keeper” flavours and five sea­sonal choices. Through af­fil­i­a­tions with lo­cal mi­cro­brew­eries, they also have a spe­cial craft-beer flavour on hand. $. Open daily. 102-1926 W. 4th Ave. 604-428-7246. X Map 1: E2 3382 Cambie St. 604-876-9986. www.rain­or­shine­ice­cream.com X Map 4: E4 Cafe/Bistro SO­PHIE’S COS­MIC CAFE A reg­u­lar Kit­si­lano hang-out since 1988. En­joy heart-smart veg­e­tar­ian fare, BC wild salmon, eggs Bene­dict, burg­ers, steak and shakes made with lo­cal creamy ice cream in a retro-style diner at­mos­phere. $-$$. B/L (daily), D (Tu-Su). 2095 W. 4th Ave. 604-7326810. www.so­phi­escos­mic­cafe.com X Map 1: E2

Dessert THOMAS HAAS CHO­CO­LATES & PATISSERIE Best Bak­ery, Van­cou­ver mag­a­zine 2017. We’ve heard it be­fore, but inside this cafe it’s true: life is like a box of cho­co­lates. The store is dec­o­rated to look like one. Re­lax with a cup of tea or cof­fee and savour a choco­late, truf­fle or pastry. $. Open Tu-Sa. 2539 W. Broad­way. 604-736-1848.

Map 4: D3 128-998 Har­bour­side Dr., North Van­cou­ver. 604-924-1847. www.thomashaas.com X Map 4: C4

Ca­sual TURF This gym-bou­tique-cafe hy­brid is a well­ness one-stop shop. Take a fit­ness class, fuel up in the cafe, and browse the bou­tique. The plant­based menu is packed with break­fast bowls, sal­ads, baked goods and more. Lo­cal roasts by Moja Cof­fee. Sit in­doors or on the pa­tio. $. B/L/D (daily). 2041 W. 4th Ave. 604-428-9970. www.our­turf.com Map 1: E2

Main Street

Pub THE AMER­I­CAN Set­tle into a com­mu­nal ta­ble to try the Monarch Burger, Robert Belcham’s fa­mous from-scratch cre­ation that’s con­sid­ered one of the city’s best burg­ers. The to-the-point menu fea­tures sev­eral burg­ers and sides, in­clud­ing a veg­gie op­tion. BC craft beer. Pin­ball and ar­cade games, too. Open late. $. D

(daily). 926 Main St. 604-398-4010. www.the­cobalt.ca/the-amer­i­can Map 1: D8

African CAFE D’AFRIQUE Dare to try some mit­mita—star­tlingly hot or­ange pep­per—at this hip African eatery or browse through tribal art­work while sip­ping a wine or beer from South Africa. $$. L/D (daily). 363 E. Broad­way. 604-876-9919. www.cafedafrique.com X Map 4: D4

Ital­ian CAMPAGNOLO Rus­tic, min­i­mal­ist decor puts the fo­cus on sea­son­ally-chang­ing dishes with a taste of North­ern Italy. Try the crispy ceci (sea­soned chick­peas) or a house-made pasta. Reser­va­tions only for 8 or more. $$. L/D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 1020 Main St. 604-4846018. www.cam­pag­nolorestau­rant.ca X Map 1: D8

Re­gional: Ca­sual FABLE DINER Top

Chef Canada run­ner-up Trevor Bird serves farm-to-ta­ble fare with a ca­sual twist to the his­toric Lee Build­ing. Pe­ruse the menu of up­scale diner dishes like burg­ers and shakes, or skip straight to the house-made desserts. $-$$. L/D (M-Sa), brunch (Sa-Su). 151 E. Broad­way. 604-563-3463. www.fa­blediner.com X Map 1: F7

Ca­sual LUCY’S EAST­SIDE DINER This 1950s-style diner serves clas­sics such as burg­ers, eggs Bene­dict, mac and cheese and meat­loaf. Com­plete your meal with a peanut but­ter milk­shake. Veg­e­tar­ian op­tions. Open 24 hours. $. B/L/D (daily). 2708 Main St. 604-5681550. www.lucy­seast­sidediner.com X Map 2: D2 Ca­sual SPLITZ GRILL Cre­ative burger menu in­cludes a teriyaki salmon filet, a Bi­son patty and a spicy lentil burger, plus a large se­lec­tion of top­pings and home­made sauces. Fin­ish the meal with a caramelized banana split. $. L/D (daily). 4242 Main St. 604-875-9711. www.splitz­grill.com X Map 4: D4

North Shore

Brew­ery DEEP COVE BREW­ERS AND

DISTILLERS This rus­tic yet pol­ished space of­fers sip­pers such as Smooth Crim­i­nal Nitro Stout and Loud Mouth Pale Ale, all wrapped up in smart pack­ag­ing. Tast­ing bar and tours. Open daily. 170-2270 Dol­lar­ton Hwy., North Van­cou­ver. 604-770-1136. www.deep­cov­ecraft.com Map 4: C5

Ital­ian GUSTO DI QUATTRO This cosy Ital­ian restau­rant serves up high-qual­ity ver­sions of beloved clas­sics, from an­tipasto to risotto. Soft can­dle­light and rich ma­hogany ta­bles keep the mood mel­low, even when the din­ing room is full. $$. L (M-F), D (daily). 1 Lons­dale Ave., North Van­cou­ver. 604-9244444. www.quat­trorestau­rants.com X Map 4: C4

Gluten-Free MOUN­TAIN TOP CAFÉ

AND BAK­ERY The proof is in the pud­ding at this ded­i­cated gluten-free bak­ery. Its bounty of cakes, cook­ies, savoury items and more has made it a Van­cou­ver main­stay for al­most a decade. A loyal clien­tele treks here from as far as Washington State. $. B/L (M-Sa). 103-1124 Lons­dale Ave., North Van­cou­ver. 604-960-9605. X Map 4: C4 Re­gional: Up­scale THE OB­SER­VA­TORY En­joy West Coast spe­cial­ties in this invit­ing room at Grouse Moun­tain’s chalet. The chefs use re­gional in­gre­di­ents and lo­cal sup­pli­ers to craft the menu, which fea­tures sus­tain­able seafood as part of the Ocean Wise pro­gram. Com­pli­men­tary Skyride and moun­tain ac­cess with ad­vance din­ner reser­va­tion. $$$. D (daily). 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Van­cou­ver. 604-9984402. www.ob­ser­va­to­ryrestau­rant.ca X Map 4: A4

Re­gional: Up­scale THE SALMON

HOUSE ON THE HILL Renowned for its ocean view, award-win­ning wine cel­lar and cui­sine fea­tur­ing fresh seafood cooked on an alder wood grill and a sea­son­ally chang­ing menu. $$$. D (daily),

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