Restaurants in British Columbia

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Regardless of which location you drop by—there are two cafes in Vancouver—you can expect Lucky's Doughnuts, made fresh daily, and the distinctive teal... Read More

Alta Bistro is a French restaurant known for bringing naturally-raised food to the table and fostering a good relationship with local farmers and... Read More

French cuisine made largely using produce grown within a 10-mile radius. Read More

Sleek, modern style defines the space, which has quirky accents like paint-splattered LEGO bear sculptures and actual Game Boy's embedded in the walls.... Read More

With a 1000-bottle wine list, Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar is the place to go if you want to try wines from around the world. Their executive chef... Read More

Aurora Restaurant looks out over Bedwell Harbour, and—fittingly—serves West Coast cuisine in a dining room decorated with blue tones and... Read More

If you’ve yet to try Malaysian cuisine, this snug, romantic, batik-decorated West End dining room is the place to do it. The vibrant, spicy dishes... Read More

Hipsters rejoice—Bao Down has opened in Gastown, and is attracting a young, cool crowd with its Asian street food (like open face steamed buns stuffed... Read More

Bauhaus isn't just the name of the resaturant: it's a project that sweeps from the graffiti in the bathrooms to the signature quail stew with potatoes,... Read More

During the summer, Beach Bay's patio is packed with people. Just steps away from English Bay Beach—a gorgeous site when the sun is shining—patrons can... Read More

The highlight of many Whistler experiences is Bearfoot Bistro's Ketel One Ice Room. It’s the world’s coldest vodka tasting room, and the only permanent... Read More

In 1985, John Bishop opened his namesake restaurant—and dressed his tables in white linens—despite a recession. Yet the space has only seen success,... Read More

Not exclusively seafood, but the sea is the primary focus here. A distinctly Japanese influence can be seen at the raw bar, which serves everything from... Read More

Located in a former warehouse, Blue Water Café serves fresh regional seafood in an industrial-chic dining room designed with exposed ceiling... Read More

A trio of Vancouver’s gastronomic hot shots runs this glammed-up Gastown eatery—where the mirrored ceiling makes fun sport of ogling the... Read More

Though the building is a former Chinese schoolhouse in the middle of Victoria’s historic Chinatown, Brasserie L'École serves a daily... Read More

Locally sourced seafood, a perfect patio, and white-linen service define this snappy spot on the seawall at False Creek. Views across the water to... Read More

Medina recently reopened at this new location with more seating, a spacious bar, and an open kitchen. Mismatched industrial-style lighting is a nice... Read More

Vancouverites are coffee connoisseurs, and they’ve been lining up for lattes (all made with a signature leaf pattern topping the steamed milk) at... Read More

At this cozy sanctuary of candlelight and stained glass, you can canoodle over ginger-glazed duck breast or herb-crusted local halibut. Read More

Cardero’s large harborside patio—with its unimpeded views of Stanley Park, the Coast Mountains, and seaplanes landing just offshore&mdash... Read More

Chambar uses only regional, seasonal, sustainable ingredients its its Belgian-influenced cuisine (think: moules frites and poutine​) and has achieved... Read More

The newly renovated Christine’s is located at the top of the Solar Coastal Express on Blackcomb mountain in the Rendezvous Lodge. The views are... Read More

Terra cotta floors, paintings of Tuscan vistas, and Roman-esque sculptures will transport you to Italy as quickly as the wine: or the lamb, grilled on... Read More

Chef/owner Giuseppe “Pino” Posteraro serves Mediterranean cuisine at Cioppino’s and its sister restaurant next door, Enoteca. Two... Read More

Inspired by the classic West Coast seafood restaurant, this downtown eatery serves the freshest daily catch in a spacious, two-story dining room.... Read More

Stop in for a pint at the convivial Craig Street Brew Pub, whose Shawnigan Irish Ale is the best of several house-made beers. Read More

Creekbread is hands down the best pizza joint in town. You’ll be surprised by their unusual pizzas, and the kids will enjoy watching as the dough is... Read More

Chef Bill Jones is a passionate forager, and wild mushrooms are often the highlight of his tasting menus, served in his cozy farmhouse. Working with a... Read More

This elegant oasis at the Metropolitan Hotel provides a Pacific Northwest take on international cuisine. Chef Hamid Salimian applies his talents to ... Read More

Marked by a massive, three-dimensional sign out front, Don Mee Seafood Restaurant has been in Victoria's Chinatown for more than 80 years. The... Read More

The view: A 15-minute gondola ride lifts diners 7,700 feet above sea level to the timber-framed Eagle’s Eye Restaurant at the Kicking Horse Resort... Read More

Walk into España on a weekday after 7 p.m., and you may not get a seat—even though it opened in late 2012, it's still that popular. This intimate place... Read More

Ingredients are delivered fresh daily to Chef David Gunawan, who transforms them into whimsical, delicious dishes, or rather they appear in unexpected... Read More

Pork isn't the only thing on the menu at this popular spot, where it's typical to see people lined up outside waiting for seats—though the signature... Read More

Back in 1989, three University of British Columbia students banded together to bring oversized 24-inch pizzas to Vancouver’s hungry masses. This... Read More

The inventive menu (smoked duck meatballs, braised octopus with spicy kelp, foraged mushrooms with Okanagan goat cheese) traverses the region from land... Read More

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... Read More

This unassuming seafood joint on False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf (just a short walk from the Granville Island market) doesn’t look like much... Read More

Known as one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Whistler, owner Nicolette Richer, a certified dietician and cancer/chronic disease consultant, has... Read More

Guu has six spots in the city, and Kobachi is one of the izakaya empire's newer iterations. The wood-clad space has a rustic-Japan vibe, and is ideal... Read More

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).... Read More

Conveniently located across the street from the main Village, this restaurant is a hit. Just like in Japan, the izakaya serves Japanese tapa style... Read More

You'll have to eat here at least four times to experience each uniquely designed dining space. The lustrous Pearl Room, for example, glimmers with a... Read More

You can assemble a great picnic lunch at Hilary’s Cheese & Deli, where the young, mushroomy goat’s-milk blue is the standout among... Read More

A no-frills, cafeteria-style joint may not have much in the way of style, but Hon's has been impressing locals and visitors with its authentic and tasty... Read More

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... Read More

Part of Glowbal Group’s ever-expanding empire (which also includes Sanafir and Coast) this downtown Italian restaurant is a popular choice for... Read More

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... Read More

Flavorful hot dogs with a Japanese twist are sold primarily from food trucks around Canada and California, but the Robson Street location in Vancouver... Read More

Travelers can make the most of a long layover or delayed flight at this Vancouver International Airport (YVR) lounge. Located just past the U.S.... Read More

A brightly-lit atrium, French patterned tiles, and bar shelves set askew are highlights in this industrial brick building. The French-influenced, West... Read More

Although guests can order off an à la carte menu, patrons often opt for La Quercia's seven- or 10-course tasting menu. The homey interior has... Read More

Meals are theatrical events at this Chinese noodle shop, where part of the fun is watching the chefs behind the counter whipping up fresh noodles.... Read More

The Friday-night crowd, jockeying for cocktails and microbrews at the illuminated marble bar of Lift, looks like any well-heeled cosmopolitan set. Open... Read More

Chef An’s dishes are based on traditional Thai recipes and focus on four flavor profiles – hot, sour, sweet, and salty. The chef’s... Read More

Celebrity chef Jean Georges has expanded his Michelin-starred restaurant empire in Vancouver’s highest building, the Shangri-La Hotel, situated in... Read More

Meat & Bread lives up to its name with a variety of daily sandwiches: like porchetta with salsa verde. For vegetarians, there's always grilled... Read More

Vancouver's vibrant Commercial Drive is known for ethnic diversity and culinary surprises, and Memphis Blues Barbecue House is no exception to that rule... Read More

Its location along the downtown waterfront in Canada's busiest harbor means diners at Miku are treated to spectacular views alongside their oyster... Read More

The perfect balance of tasty, affordable, and convenient, the menu at Milestone’s offers soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, and steak... Read More

Sustainable, regional, nose to tail: that's the literal quest of Mission in Kitsilano. Try the cocktails at the lounge, like the earthy Mission Mary ... Read More

There's nothing biting about this champagne and dessert bar; except, perhaps, for the dehydrated grapefruit on the madeleine sponge and olive and lemon... Read More

Serving Greek haute cuisine against the backdrop of a stellar view, this high-profile eatery tucked beneath the Granville Street bridge is up on stilts... Read More

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... Read More

For 16 years, this Vancouver classic with shamelessly romantic views over English Bay has stayed pretty much packed to capacity (reservations here are... Read More

Part Indian restaurant and part ethnic market, this popular stop-in in Fairview is a moderately priced alternative to Rangoli's next-door 'world... Read More

Popular with foodies and the neighborhood crowd alike, this "casual fine dining" establishment not far from Kits Beach is best known for its... Read More

Known around town for it’s service, no server at Rim Rock Café has been on staff less than 12 years. Each person loves working at the restaurant and it... Read More

At any given time, Rodney's has 8 to 12 varieties of oysters available, primarily originating from British Columbia and other parts of Canada. But this... Read More

Loosen your tie, as the restaurant—with grayscale tiles that are a smart nod to a linoleum-clad, 50's diner—ranges from sea urchin and foie gras at... Read More

The 26 seats in this cozy red bistro fill quickly, so make a reservation if you want to try Vancouver's only First Nations restaurant—a space dedicated... Read More

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... Read More

The dining room at this global-fusion restaurant is a stunner: downstairs, 40-foot ceilings soar above booths and tables; upstairs, diners pretend they... Read More

Secret Location is a concept store and restaurant that's quickly becoming anything but a secret, thanks in part to its glass exterior and flashy blue... Read More

The inn is best known—and deservedly so—for its restaurant, where chef Sam Benedetto works wonders using almost exclusively island... Read More

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... Read More

The waterfront gastropub Spinnakers serves creamy Fanny Bay oysters, rich seafood chowder, and the pub’s own ESB cask ale, served on a deck... Read More

The winery comes alive each summer with a sunset concert series and a restaurant serving game sausages and other wine-friendly food at lunch. But... Read More

A maritime-style tavern filled with acres of worn wood, flickering oil lamps, and a winningly retro vibe (tableside Caesar salad service; a pianist... Read More

Highlights at this mountain lodge-style bistro include the 48-hour lamb shoulder with Moroccan lentils and burrata, or a Cornish game hen with truffled... Read More

Don't be fooled by the name: The Teahouse is a proper restaurant with global fare like charcuterie and roasted Pacific sablefish. And the views from its... Read More

Located in the free admission area of the First Nations Cultural Centre, the Thunderbird Café is a best-kept secret, as not many people know about it.... Read More

This award-winning Japanese restaurant and sushi bar on West Broadway has an international reputation to uphold. Sushi enthusiasts from all corners of... Read More

An eco-friendly restaurant with an appropriately green awning, Trafalgars focuses on fresh, local, and sustainable offerings. On a balmy day, grab a... Read More

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... Read More

Regional cuisines from across India are found at Vij's, which has been serving Vancouver since owner Vikram opened his first location in 1994. This dim... Read More

West's menu features classic regional dishes, such as butter-braised Northern Ling cod, and Yarrow Meadows duck with kale, carrot, poached pears and... Read More

Located just around the corner from Pacific Theatre, West is often lauded as one of the best fine-dining restaurants in the city. A mirrored ceiling... Read More

Located at the Four Seasons Vancouver, this full-service restaurant serves globally influenced Pacific Northwest cuisine from executive chef Ned Bell,... Read More

Run by a brother and sister team, the restaurant is lauded for its simple Italian bistro fare. It moved from a strip-mall location to the energy... Read More

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