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Restaurants in Vancouver: Gastronomy & Typical Cuisine

Restaurants in Vancouver

There are many dining alternatives in Vancouver, just like in any other cosmopolitan city in the world. It is worth mentioning that the infinite variety of venues, flavors and styles on offer here have helped rank this city as one of the top ten gastronomic destinations on Earth, according to Food and Wine Magazine.

In Vancouver there's a whole host of healthy organic food options, fusion restaurants and elegant bistros to choose from. There are many places where the decor and friendly ambiance spice up the quality of the restaurant's culinary creations. A large number of restaurants in Vancouver are located in Downtown, mostly within the old neighborhood of Gastown and also in the blocks that surround Canada Place. There are plenty of good eateries to be found in the West End and along Vancouver's impressive shoreline. Whether you're in the False Creek, around Granville Island, or looking out towards the large Burrard Inlet there'll always be a great restaurant close by.

The Origins of Vancouver's Gastronomy

Restaurants in Vancouver

While visiting the Pacific coast of Canada, don't miss out on the chance to visit the abundance of places that prepare and serve very traditional Asian food, using authentic methods and ingredients. Since the 1890s, migrants from all over the Far East have been emigrating to Vancouver, bringing with them original recipes and techniques and making a valuable contribution to the local culinary traditions.

In this multicultural Canadian port city it is easy to find delicious, traditional Japanese food everywhere. When you visit Vancouver, you have to stop in a Japanese restaurant to try the fantastic Nigiri Sushi, Teppanyaki or Sashimi, prepared with the freshest seafood and presented in a wonderfully artistic way. Thai food is also a very popular choice with the locals, because of the sublime and unmistakable flavors of the lemongrass, the coconut milk and the enticing spicy touch that leaves you asking for more.

Restaurants in Vancouver

Chinese cuisine is famous not only for its many delicious recipes, but also for the way it is served as well. Dim Sum, a real delicacy, is served in the large Cantonese restaurants, and the dishes just keep coming until you are fit to burst.

The local products used in Vancouver's traditional cuisine include royal salmon and the thick, delicious wild halibut that breed in the cold mix of water where the rivers, from the snow capped mountains, meet the salty Pacific Ocean. Both species of fish have been an important food source in this area since the time of the First Nations, when the original North American tribes lived in the Canadian province of British Columbia.


Restaurants in Vancouver

There is a large number of restaurants in Vancouver of all sizes, prices, styles, views and dress codes. Whether it's a la carte, smorgasbord, sushi or oyster bars you're looking for, you'll have no trouble finding one that suits your mood. Choose a restaurant from the following list according to its menu, location, your budget, or just because it's a charming place. Enjoy sampling all the fantastic cuisine on offer during your next trip to Vancouver, British Columbia.

882 Bakery and Dim Sum

Enjoy a feast of Cantonese dishes and jasmine tea.

A Kettle of Fish

Serves fresh seafood, especially the delicious BC salmon.


Enticing Chinese food and a fusion of Pan Asian specialties.

Blue Water Cafe and Raw Bar

The catch of the day from the cold Pacific waters.


Steaks, oysters and big chunks of salmon or halibut.

C Restaurant

Contemporary and organic delicacies, along with exquisite salads and seafood.

Canadian Maple Delights

The country's best recipes served with a good helping of maple syrup.


Italian inspired cuisine from a wood-fired oven.

Floata Seafood Restaurant

Canada's biggest Chinese restaurant.

Hell's Kitchen

A wide variety of cooking styles, including Cajun, Creole and Italian style pizza.


Gourmet Chinese food served in an elegant environment.


Grilled steaks and seafood, along with the ancient art of Teppanyaki.

Le Crocodile

French haute cuisine that attracts international celebrities.


An ocean front restaurant that serves classic Canadian cuisine.


Trendy urban fare, including burgers, salads, fish and steaks.

Monk McQueens

Waterfront Oyster Bar with a magnificent view.


Preserving the traditions of authentic Thai cuisine.


An exotic menu that features North African, Middle Eastern and Indian dishes.

Shabusen Yakiniku

Delicious Sushi and Japanese specialties from the grill.

Steamworks Brewing Company

Signature beers, ales and creative BC salmon dishes.

Thai House

Award-winning authentic Thai cuisine.

The Naam Restaurant

Only organic and vegetarian food. Open 24 hours a day.

Top of Vancouver

International fare and the best view of the Vancouver skyline.

Wild Rice

Avant-garde Chinese specialties prepared with organic ingredients.

Granville Island Public Market

Where to eat in Vancouver

In the food court, of this picturesque market, you can find a variety of multinational eateries, including Greek, Turkish, Mexican and Japanese, among many others. Don't miss out on a big plate of "Fish and Chips", an originally English dish prepared here with the delicious local halibut, and now a typical Vancouver specialty!

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