Restaurants in British Columbia
Because of its privileged location, British Columbia is a bountiful region, which means that you can sample excellent produce (try the locally-grown berries), dairy, baked goods and seafood when you visit. Restaurants in British Columbia also offer interesting beverages from the many breweries, wineries and cideries in the area.
Asian food is highly popular in Vancouver, and Zest Japanese Cuisine is one of the best options for upscale dishes like the duck breast carpaccio and spring salmon misozuke. Their award-winning wine list features varietals from all over the world, as well as from British Columbia wineries. Victoria has some of the best restaurants in British Columbia. A popular option is having afternoon tea at the Fairmont Express Hotel. Those looking for a heartier taste of England can try fish and chips at Garrick’s Head Pub or their homemade shepherd’s pie, a Victoria institution as old as Canada itself.
Among the dim sum temples, noodle huts, and Korean barbecue joints that make up suburban Richmond’s Asian culinary scene, this one remains a local favorite. Don’t miss the mushroom dumplings and clay-pot chicken.
You can assemble a great picnic lunch at Hilary’s Cheese & Deli, where the young, mushroomy goat’s-milk blue is the standout among nearly a dozen local varieties.
The Friday-night crowd, jockeying for cocktails and microbrews at the illuminated marble bar of Lift, looks like any well-heeled cosmopolitan set.
Located just around the corner from Pacific Theatre, West is often lauded as one of the best fine-dining restaurants in the city.
Aurora Restaurant looks out over Bedwell Harbour, and—fittingly—serves West Coast cuisine in a dining room decorated with blue tones and nautical touches like a deep-sea diving helmet.
A bowl of this restaurant’s hearty mascarpone-and-mushroom ravioli, along with a glass of B.C. Pinot (Noir or Gris), can make a layover here seem almost pleasurable.
A maritime-style tavern filled with acres of worn wood, flickering oil lamps, and a winningly retro vibe (tableside Caesar salad service; a pianist playing “Theme from St. Elsewhere”).
No matter who you are or whom you know, you’ll need to wait for a table at this celebrated 60-seat Indian restaurant (where no reservations are accepted).
Marked by a massive, three-dimensional sign out front, Don Mee Seafood Restaurant has been in Victoria's Chinatown for more than 80 years.