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.
Celebrity chef Jean Georges has expanded his Michelin-starred restaurant empire in Vancouver’s highest building, the Shangri-La Hotel, situated in the heart of downtown.
Rob Feenie, who worked for both Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, puts a French spin on the Anglo-Americanisms of Canadian cuisine at Lumière, the nation's first freestanding Relais Gourmand restaurant.
Chef Bill Jones is a passionate forager, and wild mushrooms are often the highlight of his tasting menus, served in his cozy farmhouse.
Known for its homemade pastas and pizza baked in a wood-fired oven, Il Terrazzo Ristorante is located in an out-of-the-way alley behind the province's oldest bakery, Willie’s.
Back in 1989, three University of British Columbia students banded together to bring oversized 24-inch pizzas to Vancouver’s hungry masses. This location, one of more than a dozen now in operation, is located in the International Terminal of the Vancouver Airport.
The Friday-night crowd, jockeying for cocktails and microbrews at the illuminated marble bar of Lift, looks like any well-heeled cosmopolitan set.
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.
Located just around the corner from Pacific Theatre, West is often lauded as one of the best fine-dining restaurants in the city.