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.
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.
Easily identified by the black-and-white flying pig mural on the side of the building, this tiny neighborhood bistro serves traditional French fare from chef Andrey Durbach (also of La Boca and Cafeteria).
This award-winning Japanese restaurant and sushi bar on West Broadway has an international reputation to uphold. Sushi enthusiasts from all corners of the world find their way to Tojo's when in Vancouver.
This retro diner in Kitsilano channels a casual, welcoming vibe with its garage-sale decor and cozy red-vinyl booths. Wall art consists of framed album covers, vintage tin signs and ads, and collector trays.
Stop in for a pint at the convivial Craig Street Brew Pub, whose Shawnigan Irish Ale is the best of several house-made beers.
Tatami rooms and a revolving sushi bar add a bit of authenticity to this Japanese dining room (as much as you’ll find in an airport, anyway). Besides a full menu of sashimi and sushi rolls, you can try udon and yakisoba noodle dishes, dim sum (served every day from 9 a.m.
The dining room at this global-fusion restaurant is a stunner: downstairs, 40-foot ceilings soar above booths and tables; upstairs, diners pretend they’re sultans as they lounge on pillows around gauzy-draped tables.
This unusual eatery off historic Blood Alley is trendy even for Gastown, with a bare-bones constellation of menu items changed daily and displayed on a giant chalkboard.