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Best Restaurants in Vancouver

Food might be Vancouver's best-kept secret. Not only is Vancouver incredibly multicultural, but it's one of Canada's most abundant, most multicultural regions and North America's most walkable city. 

Hokkaido Santouka Ramen

Vancouver has some hardcore ramen enthusiasm, so picking a favorite from the numerous styles is a matter of taste. Santouka is what we call gateway ramen- it's a simple menu that's easy to enjoy. Be prepared to wait 30-40 minutes during lunch and dinner to get your hands on a bowl of steaming pork broth and al dente squiggly noodles.

Notch 8

If you're someone who knows hotel restaurants as overpriced, sub-quality tourist traps, dining your way through downtown Vancouver will quickly change your opinion. Here, hotel dining rooms compete in the upper echelon of the restaurant scene. Not only is Notch 8 a destination for lavish high tea, cocktails, and seafood, it's housed inside the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver- one of Vancouver's most iconic buildings. The hauntingly ceilings and dramatic decor are from another time. From the street, you might never know Notch 8 exists, but it is a worthwhile escape from Vancouver's glassy cityscape. 

Momo Sushi

If you're looking for something not very fancy, good quality, and very fast, then you have to visit Momo Sushi! This is a small sushi place is located in the beautiful West End. All meals come with soup and salad for free! The food quality is amazing, the price is incredible and their staff very friendly.  

Joe Fortes

Joe Fortes has consistently earned and maintained a reputation as an award-winning  Vancouver Restaurant and "Vancouver's Best Oyster Bar". Guests from the world over have come to expect a dynamic culinary experience in this San Francisco styled seafood grill that always delivers more-more hospitality, more variety, and more buzz. 

Cardero's Restaurant

Cardero's Restaurant in Coal Harbour offers spectacular waterfront dining, from the main dining room, their casual Live Bait Marine Pub, to the stunning outdoor patio. Sitting atop the waters of Vancouver's Coal Harbour Marina, enjoy the non- stop urban activity while soaking in the peaceful waterfront views. Delight your palate with tasty wok dishes to share, fresh seafood, beer specials on tap, and an extensive wine list. Dine at the open kitchen bar and watch their talented kitchen team prepare your meal fresh, the night before your eyes. 


We first fell in love with Chambar at dinner over Moules Frites, Ossu Buco, and wine. Lots of wine. We solidified our long-lasting relationship over Belgian Waffles and Paella over many occasions at brunch. If you don't have a reservation, Chambar has a big enough space that wait isn't even too long, so it's always a great option to keep in tow. 

Cactus Club Cafe

Cactus Club Cafe is a leader in casual fine dining. They have earned a reputation by being innovative and staying focused on addictive food, outstanding service, and beautiful restaurants. They strive to ensure that every customer leaves happy. Their globally inspired menu, addictive flavours, and commitment to service will keep you coming back for more. Cactus Club’s culinary vision is lead by Canada’s only Iron Chef, Rob Feenie.

Kirin Restaurant

Dim Sum at Kirin is one of our favourite weekend traditions with the VFT Foodies. It' said that the dim sum at Kirin it's even better than the dim sum in Hong Kong. We gather around, order a mountain of dishes, and let loose at the bamboo steamers grace he table. There's no pushcart service- everything is made to order. 30 years of experience and thousands of Pork and Prawn Dumplings later, you'll find business people, old-timers, and local pulling up a seat. 

Nicli Pizzeria

There's pizza and there's Nicli. The guys are hard working the dough. The trimming their little boxes of basil with scissors. There's hint wood oven in the middle of the restaurant, stoked with wood until it's 800 degrees. When you don't have a plane ticket to Italy, but you do want an authentic Neapolitan pizza, head to Nicli. 

Hawksworth Beef Burger from Hawkswoth

This Hawksworth Beef Burger is a combination of applewood smoked bacon, aged cheddar, and thick, crispy fries. For $23 it's definitely not your everyday burger, but it's with the splurge. This dish is only available during lunchtime. 

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