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.
Chef/owner Giuseppe “Pino” Posteraro serves Mediterranean cuisine at Cioppino’s and its sister restaurant next door, Enoteca. Two large patios allow diners to watch Yaletown passerbys, while foodies sidle up to the two open show kitchens.
A trio of Vancouver’s gastronomic hot shots runs this glammed-up Gastown eatery—where the mirrored ceiling makes fun sport of ogling the good-looking staffers and patrons.
Popular with foodies and the neighborhood crowd alike, this "casual fine dining" establishment not far from Kits Beach is best known for its appreciation of flavor.
Cardero’s large harborside patio—with its unimpeded views of Stanley Park, the Coast Mountains, and seaplanes landing just offshore—may be Vancouver’s loveliest alfresco dining spot.
Chef An’s dishes are based on traditional Thai recipes and focus on four flavor profiles – hot, sour, sweet, and salty. The chef’s menu allows diners to try five or more savory dishes like steamed mussels with lemongrass and Thai basil or Fraser Valley duck curry.
Located in a former warehouse, Blue Water Café serves fresh regional seafood in an industrial-chic dining room designed with exposed ceiling ducts, large wooden pillars, and brick walls lined with original artwork.
The inn is best known—and deservedly so—for its restaurant, where chef Sam Benedetto works wonders using almost exclusively island ingredients: that means no olive oil, no citrus, no produce that can’t be grown in the inn’s expansive garden.
Vancouverites are coffee connoisseurs, and they’ve been lining up for lattes (all made with a signature leaf pattern topping the steamed milk) at this homegrown café since 2000.
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.