Guidebook for Vancouver

Sam
Guidebook for Vancouver

Food Scene

This great little spot is definitely a neighbourhood draw and is always buzzing with a diverse crowd. The Oakwood is known for its "all-Canadian" poutine, gourmet burgers and its décor - rustic Canadiana – wood, bleached antlers, lots of craft beer. Chef, Mike Robbins sources thoughtfully, he buys Ocean Wise seafood and local or Canadian meat and poultry. My recommendations are the burgers the warm kale salad and the poutine. If your looking for a cozy upscale casual spot in the neighbourhood I would check out Oakwood Canadian Bistro.
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The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
2741 W 4th Ave
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This great little spot is definitely a neighbourhood draw and is always buzzing with a diverse crowd. The Oakwood is known for its "all-Canadian" poutine, gourmet burgers and its décor - rustic Canadiana – wood, bleached antlers, lots of craft beer. Chef, Mike Robbins sources thoughtfully, he buys Ocean Wise seafood and local or Canadian meat and poultry. My recommendations are the burgers the warm kale salad and the poutine. If your looking for a cozy upscale casual spot in the neighbourhood I would check out Oakwood Canadian Bistro.
If you're looking for a tasty, quick lunch or take out, I highly recommend Thai Basil! If your going for lunch I recommend ordering the "combinations," which come with a choice of curry or entree, a salad, rice and egg roll. The best dish in the house is the Eggplants & Basil (Chicken, Beef, Tofu, or Pork) which is my favourite. Thai Basil is located right in front of Kits Beach.
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Thai Basil Restaurant
2184 Cornwall Ave
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If you're looking for a tasty, quick lunch or take out, I highly recommend Thai Basil! If your going for lunch I recommend ordering the "combinations," which come with a choice of curry or entree, a salad, rice and egg roll. The best dish in the house is the Eggplants & Basil (Chicken, Beef, Tofu, or Pork) which is my favourite. Thai Basil is located right in front of Kits Beach.
I have not been to Mak N Ming, however it was rated the 4th best new restaurant in Canada (2017) so its definitely worth mentioning. Very close to our property (walking distance). NOTE - Mak N Ming is a tasting-menu-only restaurant Kitsilano’s Mak N Ming (1629 Yew Street)—an upscale dining establishment serving tasting menus that focus on French and Japanese flavours—has been named Canada’s fourth best new restaurant, according to Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. Mak N Ming's co-owners and chefs Amanda Cheng and Makoto Ono wanted to bring a new type of cuisine to Vancouver. They aimed to elevate the city’s dining culture with Ono’s unique style of cooking. The husband-and-wife duo told
Mak N Ming
1629 Yew St
I have not been to Mak N Ming, however it was rated the 4th best new restaurant in Canada (2017) so its definitely worth mentioning. Very close to our property (walking distance). NOTE - Mak N Ming is a tasting-menu-only restaurant Kitsilano’s Mak N Ming (1629 Yew Street)—an upscale dining establishment serving tasting menus that focus on French and Japanese flavours—has been named Canada’s fourth best new restaurant, according to Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. Mak N Ming's co-owners and chefs Amanda Cheng and Makoto Ono wanted to bring a new type of cuisine to Vancouver. They aimed to elevate the city’s dining culture with Ono’s unique style of cooking. The husband-and-wife duo told
Named to honour Chef Michael Robbins’ two grandmothers for what they represent in his life, AnnaLena is about imagination, creativity and possibility. An artist, designer and fashion-lover, Robbins has created his own vision and artistic expression for the restaurant near Kits beach, and plans to stay true to his favourite food genre: modern Canadian cuisine. Described by Robbins as “food influenced by a melting-pot of cultures, flavour profiles and techniques, and one that uses largely Canadian ingredients.”
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AnnaLena
1809 W 1st Ave
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Named to honour Chef Michael Robbins’ two grandmothers for what they represent in his life, AnnaLena is about imagination, creativity and possibility. An artist, designer and fashion-lover, Robbins has created his own vision and artistic expression for the restaurant near Kits beach, and plans to stay true to his favourite food genre: modern Canadian cuisine. Described by Robbins as “food influenced by a melting-pot of cultures, flavour profiles and techniques, and one that uses largely Canadian ingredients.”
If you're looking for an authentic "Neapolitan Pizza" this is the place, the chef is Italian, the owner is Italian and even the waiters are Italian. "Bibo Pizzeria" is renowned for its true, thin crust ‘Neapolitan style pizza’ (the dough is hand-prepared by chefs).
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BiBo Pizzeria con Cucina
1835 W 4th Ave
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If you're looking for an authentic "Neapolitan Pizza" this is the place, the chef is Italian, the owner is Italian and even the waiters are Italian. "Bibo Pizzeria" is renowned for its true, thin crust ‘Neapolitan style pizza’ (the dough is hand-prepared by chefs).
Linh Café, a small bistro that comes with glowing recommendations. "Best Vietnamese in Vancouver – but not really Vietnamese." "Mind blowing," "Like nothing I've had before." The concept – a classic French bistro that also serves a few North Vietnamese specialties – certainly seemed interesting. Vietnamese cuisine has been so heavily influenced by French colonialism; it makes sense to combine both on one menu. Owner chef Tai Nguyen moved to Vancouver from North Vietnam in 2001. He has worked with some of the best French chefs in the city: Jean-Yves Benoit (L'Emotion and Mistral); Alain Rayé (La Régalade) and his son Steeve cct Rayé (Café Régalade); Thierry Busset (Thierry). But when ope
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Linh Café
2836 W 4th Ave
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Linh Café, a small bistro that comes with glowing recommendations. "Best Vietnamese in Vancouver – but not really Vietnamese." "Mind blowing," "Like nothing I've had before." The concept – a classic French bistro that also serves a few North Vietnamese specialties – certainly seemed interesting. Vietnamese cuisine has been so heavily influenced by French colonialism; it makes sense to combine both on one menu. Owner chef Tai Nguyen moved to Vancouver from North Vietnam in 2001. He has worked with some of the best French chefs in the city: Jean-Yves Benoit (L'Emotion and Mistral); Alain Rayé (La Régalade) and his son Steeve cct Rayé (Café Régalade); Thierry Busset (Thierry). But when ope
Cactus Club (local) - is another Canadian chain restaurant specializing in premium casual dining. Cactus Club like Joeys and Earls started in Vancouver and now has locations all across Canada and the US. The food is great and there is always something on the menu that will satisfy. They get high marks for unique décor and great atmosphere. This is a family restaurant and my kids love it and always find something on the menu they like but it doesn’t have a kid menu. My local pro tips: Parking – they have an underground parking lot and there is also street parking Wait – they don’t have a huge wait but there is some wait during busy times. Starters – You can’t go wrong with Rob’s flatbread
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Cactus Club Cafe West Broadway
1530 West Broadway
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Cactus Club (local) - is another Canadian chain restaurant specializing in premium casual dining. Cactus Club like Joeys and Earls started in Vancouver and now has locations all across Canada and the US. The food is great and there is always something on the menu that will satisfy. They get high marks for unique décor and great atmosphere. This is a family restaurant and my kids love it and always find something on the menu they like but it doesn’t have a kid menu. My local pro tips: Parking – they have an underground parking lot and there is also street parking Wait – they don’t have a huge wait but there is some wait during busy times. Starters – You can’t go wrong with Rob’s flatbread
Earls (local) - is another Canadian chain restaurant specializing in premium casual dining. Earls like Joeys and Cactus Club started in Vancouver and now has locations all across Canada and the US. The food is great and there is always something on the menu that will satisfy. This is a family restaurant and my kids love it and always find something on the menu they like but it doesn’t have a kid menu. My local pro tips: Parking – they have a parking lot and there is also street parking. Wait – they don’t have a huge wait but there is some wait during busy times. Patio – they have a great covered patio. Starters – Earls Menu is always evolving but my kids and I love the wings, specifically t
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Earls Kitchen + Bar
1601 W Broadway
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Earls (local) - is another Canadian chain restaurant specializing in premium casual dining. Earls like Joeys and Cactus Club started in Vancouver and now has locations all across Canada and the US. The food is great and there is always something on the menu that will satisfy. This is a family restaurant and my kids love it and always find something on the menu they like but it doesn’t have a kid menu. My local pro tips: Parking – they have a parking lot and there is also street parking. Wait – they don’t have a huge wait but there is some wait during busy times. Patio – they have a great covered patio. Starters – Earls Menu is always evolving but my kids and I love the wings, specifically t
Double DD’s Pizza (Local) – Don’t let the name fool you, Double D’s Pizza has much more than just pizza. if you’re in the mood for some great comfort in a casual family friendly atmosphere try Double D’s Pizza. They have great pasta’s, pizza and Greek food. It’s a local neighborhood mom and pop restaurant that’s been around for 40 years. Its run by two Greek brothers and they make their food with love. It’s newly renovated with a open overhead garage door style dinning and rustic brick interiors. There’s no line ups and parking is readily available. My local recommendations: Pizza – My kids love the pizzas at Double DD’s. We like to order a medium or large pizza for the kids and the adu
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Double DD Pizza
3510 W 4th Ave
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Double DD’s Pizza (Local) – Don’t let the name fool you, Double D’s Pizza has much more than just pizza. if you’re in the mood for some great comfort in a casual family friendly atmosphere try Double D’s Pizza. They have great pasta’s, pizza and Greek food. It’s a local neighborhood mom and pop restaurant that’s been around for 40 years. Its run by two Greek brothers and they make their food with love. It’s newly renovated with a open overhead garage door style dinning and rustic brick interiors. There’s no line ups and parking is readily available. My local recommendations: Pizza – My kids love the pizzas at Double DD’s. We like to order a medium or large pizza for the kids and the adu
The Keg Steakhoue + Bar (Local) – is another legendary local chain that now has location spread across the US. It a premium casual dining restaurant that has a very kid friendly menu, with great options for kids, my kids love it. It’s located close by our property on Granville Island. The Keg specializes in steaks and seafood but there signature dish and what they are famous for is their prime rib. This is a family restaurant and although they serve great steaks it’s not what I would consider a high-end steak house on the scale of Morton’s or Ruth Chris. My local pro tips: Parking – Parking comes at a premium on Granville Island but I always find available free parking behind the restaurant
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The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
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The Keg Steakhoue + Bar (Local) – is another legendary local chain that now has location spread across the US. It a premium casual dining restaurant that has a very kid friendly menu, with great options for kids, my kids love it. It’s located close by our property on Granville Island. The Keg specializes in steaks and seafood but there signature dish and what they are famous for is their prime rib. This is a family restaurant and although they serve great steaks it’s not what I would consider a high-end steak house on the scale of Morton’s or Ruth Chris. My local pro tips: Parking – Parking comes at a premium on Granville Island but I always find available free parking behind the restaurant
Vij's has taken Indian cuisine and totally redesigned it for a classy, upscale, and diverse audience. Be prepared to have your mind blown away here, from the initial seating to the service to the food. A+ experience. The menu is very carefully thought out and caters to a diversity of palates. Everyone in your group will find something on the menu they love. They recommend ordering family style, so ordering a bunch of dishes to share across the table. Entrees can be ordered in regular size portions (~$30) or half size portions for $18. The serving sizes here are not ginormous as expected, but it's nice to get a flavor of multiple dishes in family style sharing.
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Vij's
3106 Cambie St
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Vij's has taken Indian cuisine and totally redesigned it for a classy, upscale, and diverse audience. Be prepared to have your mind blown away here, from the initial seating to the service to the food. A+ experience. The menu is very carefully thought out and caters to a diversity of palates. Everyone in your group will find something on the menu they love. They recommend ordering family style, so ordering a bunch of dishes to share across the table. Entrees can be ordered in regular size portions (~$30) or half size portions for $18. The serving sizes here are not ginormous as expected, but it's nice to get a flavor of multiple dishes in family style sharing.
White Spot Restaurant (Local) – No trip to Vancouver is complete without a trip to White Spot, a legendary British Colombian restaurant chain. The closet one is conveniently located very close to our property Although their menu has a wide variety of choices you can’t dine here with trying their legendary Triple O Burgers. My local pro tips: Adults – order the Legendary Burger Platter with bottomless fries, make sure you ask them to add lettuce and tomato to your burger. Ask for extra pickles on the side (free or charge), trust me they are good. Kids – order the Pirate Pack. Kids love the food and the awesome paper pirate boat the food comes in.
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White Spot Kitsilano
2518 W Broadway
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White Spot Restaurant (Local) – No trip to Vancouver is complete without a trip to White Spot, a legendary British Colombian restaurant chain. The closet one is conveniently located very close to our property Although their menu has a wide variety of choices you can’t dine here with trying their legendary Triple O Burgers. My local pro tips: Adults – order the Legendary Burger Platter with bottomless fries, make sure you ask them to add lettuce and tomato to your burger. Ask for extra pickles on the side (free or charge), trust me they are good. Kids – order the Pirate Pack. Kids love the food and the awesome paper pirate boat the food comes in.
Located on the western tip of Granville Island in the heart of Vancouver, Bridges has been a landmark restaurant operation since 1980. The views of the city skyline, north shore mountains and the marine activity of False Creek cannot be beat! Bridges has a stunning location, overlooking the fishing boats in False Creek and the mountains of the North Shore. The 2nd floor dining room features a vaulted ceiling highlighting the original beams and trusses of this 1920's building, with floor to ceiling windows capturing every part of the view. In a casually elegant atmosphere, the chef presents a menu featuring fresh seafood, rich meats and local produce. Bridges Patio: An Institution The patio
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Bridges Restaurant
1696 Duranleau St
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Located on the western tip of Granville Island in the heart of Vancouver, Bridges has been a landmark restaurant operation since 1980. The views of the city skyline, north shore mountains and the marine activity of False Creek cannot be beat! Bridges has a stunning location, overlooking the fishing boats in False Creek and the mountains of the North Shore. The 2nd floor dining room features a vaulted ceiling highlighting the original beams and trusses of this 1920's building, with floor to ceiling windows capturing every part of the view. In a casually elegant atmosphere, the chef presents a menu featuring fresh seafood, rich meats and local produce. Bridges Patio: An Institution The patio
Sushi and seafood from the city's best-known Japanese restaurant Repeat winner of the Vancouver magazine award for Best Formal Japanese, Hidekazu Tojo has recited his brand of Japanese seafood haiku at his eponymous restaurant for more than 25 years. At the dramatic (and quiet) premises on Broadway, signatures of albacore tuna tataki, baked sablefish, and sautéed halibut cheeks shine. A sake bar, omakase bar, and tatami rooms rim the room. Stars and moguls aboundÑbring money if you want to keep up. Sushi-bar stools are amongst the most coveted in town, and sushi is what Tojo is renowned for.
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Tojo's Restaurant
1133 W Broadway
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Sushi and seafood from the city's best-known Japanese restaurant Repeat winner of the Vancouver magazine award for Best Formal Japanese, Hidekazu Tojo has recited his brand of Japanese seafood haiku at his eponymous restaurant for more than 25 years. At the dramatic (and quiet) premises on Broadway, signatures of albacore tuna tataki, baked sablefish, and sautéed halibut cheeks shine. A sake bar, omakase bar, and tatami rooms rim the room. Stars and moguls aboundÑbring money if you want to keep up. Sushi-bar stools are amongst the most coveted in town, and sushi is what Tojo is renowned for.
Another great choice, very close to our property with amazing views of down town. The Sandbar serves up the freshest Seafood with offerings such as a fresh oyster bar, wood burning grill and very own in house Hoshi Sushi bar. Located in the heart of world-famous Granville Island, perched over the water front with views from every seat Seafood Ranking - #2 in the city
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The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant
1535 Johnston St
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Another great choice, very close to our property with amazing views of down town. The Sandbar serves up the freshest Seafood with offerings such as a fresh oyster bar, wood burning grill and very own in house Hoshi Sushi bar. Located in the heart of world-famous Granville Island, perched over the water front with views from every seat Seafood Ranking - #2 in the city
Coast Restaurant (10 minute drive) – If you want to experience some of the best seafood in the world and arguably Vancouver’s number one seafood restaurant I very highly recommend Coast Restaurant. You most likely will need reservations. Everything on the menu is amazing, ask your server about the Seafood Towers they never disappoint. Seafood Ranking - #1 in the city
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Coast
1054 Alberni St
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Coast Restaurant (10 minute drive) – If you want to experience some of the best seafood in the world and arguably Vancouver’s number one seafood restaurant I very highly recommend Coast Restaurant. You most likely will need reservations. Everything on the menu is amazing, ask your server about the Seafood Towers they never disappoint. Seafood Ranking - #1 in the city
Ideally located on the corner of West 4th and Vine Street in the heart of Kitsilano, this Social house is much more a great restaurant than a bar. Browns is the perfect spot for locals, travelers, shoppers, beach-goers and anyone who craves a great dining experience. Cozy up to the wrap around bar or booths and catch a game on one of their many big screen TVs or snag a seat on their lively patio in the warmer months.
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Browns Socialhouse Kitsilano
2296 W 4th Ave
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Ideally located on the corner of West 4th and Vine Street in the heart of Kitsilano, this Social house is much more a great restaurant than a bar. Browns is the perfect spot for locals, travelers, shoppers, beach-goers and anyone who craves a great dining experience. Cozy up to the wrap around bar or booths and catch a game on one of their many big screen TVs or snag a seat on their lively patio in the warmer months.
I love ice cream, especially the really rich, artisan kind that has become more popular these days. Focusing on local ingredients and hand made treats, the ice cream shop is certainly popular with summer and spring line ups out the door, don't worry the move quickly.
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Rain or Shine Ice Cream
1926 W 4th Ave
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I love ice cream, especially the really rich, artisan kind that has become more popular these days. Focusing on local ingredients and hand made treats, the ice cream shop is certainly popular with summer and spring line ups out the door, don't worry the move quickly.
This Farm-to-Table restaurant may be small but when it comes to food, they think big. Their lunch menu is unique with a mouthwatering dish for everyone to try. Seasonal changing menu. Amazingly fresh / organic ingredients. Unique dishes emphasizing true Western Canadian cuisine.
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Fable Kitchen
1944 W 4th Ave
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This Farm-to-Table restaurant may be small but when it comes to food, they think big. Their lunch menu is unique with a mouthwatering dish for everyone to try. Seasonal changing menu. Amazingly fresh / organic ingredients. Unique dishes emphasizing true Western Canadian cuisine.
Part of an excellent group of Japanese restaurants including Rajio and Suika, Raisu is well known for its superb sake list and Teishoku bento-style boxes. So, it’s no surprise that their sushi is fantastic also, with a choice of pressed sushi resembling works of edible art and the freshest possible sashimi plates. Their Deluxe Seafood Bowls are amazing too, and often include delicate, melt-in-your-mouth slices of tuna, salmon, sea urchin, snow crab, snapper, ikura, and prawn.
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Raisu
2340 W 4th Ave
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Part of an excellent group of Japanese restaurants including Rajio and Suika, Raisu is well known for its superb sake list and Teishoku bento-style boxes. So, it’s no surprise that their sushi is fantastic also, with a choice of pressed sushi resembling works of edible art and the freshest possible sashimi plates. Their Deluxe Seafood Bowls are amazing too, and often include delicate, melt-in-your-mouth slices of tuna, salmon, sea urchin, snow crab, snapper, ikura, and prawn.
Las Margaritas (Local) – Although this isn’t a chain it is a legendary local Mexican Restaurant. It always feels like a party at Las Margaritas, and especially so when it’s a sunny day out on their big patio. The beach is right down the street and their corner patio on 4th and Maple is great for people watching, tequila sipping and of course, sun-baking. It’s got a wide variety of Southern California & the Baja-style Mexican fare and kid friendly options. Las Margaritas is located very close to our property. This restaurant gets high marks for décor, atmosphere, service and food. They have a great website.
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Las Margaritas
1999 W 4th Ave
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Las Margaritas (Local) – Although this isn’t a chain it is a legendary local Mexican Restaurant. It always feels like a party at Las Margaritas, and especially so when it’s a sunny day out on their big patio. The beach is right down the street and their corner patio on 4th and Maple is great for people watching, tequila sipping and of course, sun-baking. It’s got a wide variety of Southern California & the Baja-style Mexican fare and kid friendly options. Las Margaritas is located very close to our property. This restaurant gets high marks for décor, atmosphere, service and food. They have a great website.
nexpensive sushi is easy to find in Vancouver. But inexpensive sushi that’s well made with fresh, quality seafood”¦ That’s another story. So when one of Vancouver’s top chefs compared the quality of Kitsilano’s Temaki Sushi to that of Tojo’s Restaurant at half the price, I practically hung up on him and put on my coat. I was surveying chefs for the Straight’s annual Golden Plates issue, asking them to name the best restaurants in Vancouver. To ensure that they would speak freely, we promised their responses would remain anonymous. I can’t say who voted for Temaki, but this celebrated chef called it the best Japanese restaurant in the city, citing its “unbelievable” quality of seafood.
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Temaki Sushi
2156 W Broadway
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nexpensive sushi is easy to find in Vancouver. But inexpensive sushi that’s well made with fresh, quality seafood”¦ That’s another story. So when one of Vancouver’s top chefs compared the quality of Kitsilano’s Temaki Sushi to that of Tojo’s Restaurant at half the price, I practically hung up on him and put on my coat. I was surveying chefs for the Straight’s annual Golden Plates issue, asking them to name the best restaurants in Vancouver. To ensure that they would speak freely, we promised their responses would remain anonymous. I can’t say who voted for Temaki, but this celebrated chef called it the best Japanese restaurant in the city, citing its “unbelievable” quality of seafood.
The cozy and intimate room is the perfect start to a wonderfully prepared meal. On the menu, there are a handful of dishes offered for each course; what they do, they do well. At La Quercia, diners enjoy classic dishes made with seasonal ingredients, and a changing menu. You can order from the a la carte menu or opt for a family-style experience. If you're with a couple of people, ordering family style is the best way to eat; it doesn't get better than enjoying the experience together. Complete your meal with a bottle of wine from their extensive wine list. La Quercia's family-style menu is worth the splurge and the best way to try a multitude of dishes.
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La Quercia
3689 W 4th Ave
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The cozy and intimate room is the perfect start to a wonderfully prepared meal. On the menu, there are a handful of dishes offered for each course; what they do, they do well. At La Quercia, diners enjoy classic dishes made with seasonal ingredients, and a changing menu. You can order from the a la carte menu or opt for a family-style experience. If you're with a couple of people, ordering family style is the best way to eat; it doesn't get better than enjoying the experience together. Complete your meal with a bottle of wine from their extensive wine list. La Quercia's family-style menu is worth the splurge and the best way to try a multitude of dishes.
Don't dress up -- this is a casual neighbourhood bakery restaurant frequented by the laid-back Kitsilano crowd. Brunch is served daily until 3pm and the menu is entirely organic (with prices to match the high food quality). Think stuffed French toast, roasted fennel tofu scramble and breakfast burritos. Portions are generous and many gluten free and vegan options are available. Save room for pie or cake -- dozens of flavours are on offer, including two gluten-free vegan cakes (available in full-size) and ten gluten-free vegan pies!
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Aphrodite's Organic Cafe
3605 W 4th Ave
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Don't dress up -- this is a casual neighbourhood bakery restaurant frequented by the laid-back Kitsilano crowd. Brunch is served daily until 3pm and the menu is entirely organic (with prices to match the high food quality). Think stuffed French toast, roasted fennel tofu scramble and breakfast burritos. Portions are generous and many gluten free and vegan options are available. Save room for pie or cake -- dozens of flavours are on offer, including two gluten-free vegan cakes (available in full-size) and ten gluten-free vegan pies!
Prime spot to satisfy a salad craving. Tractor offers loads of colorful vegetable and grain-based salads, along with soups, stews and sandwiches add Chicken and Tuna.
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Tractor Everyday Healthy Foods - Kitsilano
1903 W 4th Ave
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Prime spot to satisfy a salad craving. Tractor offers loads of colorful vegetable and grain-based salads, along with soups, stews and sandwiches add Chicken and Tuna.
This gym-cafe's main menu is all-vegan and filled with tempting options like Mushroom Cashew Cream Ricotta Toast and Forbidden Rice Power Porridge. A big must-try is their 'house' almond walnut mylk latte made with Moja espresso (make sure to request the 'good' almond milk, as opposed to the tetra-pack version which is also on offer).
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TurF
2041 W 4th Ave
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This gym-cafe's main menu is all-vegan and filled with tempting options like Mushroom Cashew Cream Ricotta Toast and Forbidden Rice Power Porridge. A big must-try is their 'house' almond walnut mylk latte made with Moja espresso (make sure to request the 'good' almond milk, as opposed to the tetra-pack version which is also on offer).
Joe Fortes - is another amazing seafood & chop house restaurant. Its uses Old-school white linens, fresh, local ingredients and top-notch friendly service with outstanding value. An unpretentious choice for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch, you can dive into fresh-shucked B.C. oysters, piled-high bowls of fresh fried crisp calamari, and buttery miso-marinated sablefish. Joe Fortes has been an influential seafood restaurant in Vancouver longer than most Vancouver food influencers have been alive. For nearly three decades, the multi-level restaurant named for one of the city’s most iconic 20th century residents has been a staple for classic seafood dishes. "VANCOUVER IS AWESOME
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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
777 Thurlow St
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Joe Fortes - is another amazing seafood & chop house restaurant. Its uses Old-school white linens, fresh, local ingredients and top-notch friendly service with outstanding value. An unpretentious choice for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch, you can dive into fresh-shucked B.C. oysters, piled-high bowls of fresh fried crisp calamari, and buttery miso-marinated sablefish. Joe Fortes has been an influential seafood restaurant in Vancouver longer than most Vancouver food influencers have been alive. For nearly three decades, the multi-level restaurant named for one of the city’s most iconic 20th century residents has been a staple for classic seafood dishes. "VANCOUVER IS AWESOME
This is another local premium casual dining restaurant chain. Its very close to our property and located in Kitsilano Beach Park between to the playground and tennis courts. They specialize in seafood and have a huge variety of options and an extensive kids menu. This is not what I would consider a top rated high-end seafood restaurant but you will definitely enjoy their offerings and the amazing views. My local pro tips: No Line ups - They rarely have line up’s so you don’t have to make reservations. My favorites – Ahi Tuna tacos for starters and the Pacific king crab legs for main.
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The Boathouse Restaurant
1305 Arbutus St
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This is another local premium casual dining restaurant chain. Its very close to our property and located in Kitsilano Beach Park between to the playground and tennis courts. They specialize in seafood and have a huge variety of options and an extensive kids menu. This is not what I would consider a top rated high-end seafood restaurant but you will definitely enjoy their offerings and the amazing views. My local pro tips: No Line ups - They rarely have line up’s so you don’t have to make reservations. My favorites – Ahi Tuna tacos for starters and the Pacific king crab legs for main.
"You might say that Oddifish is a bit of an odd duck in the Vancouver dining scene. That’s because this Kitsilano restaurant is the kind of eclectic space that has a fresh menu daily, featuring fresh seafood and veggie dishes. Here they’ll get those fresh catches into bowls (like clams and pasta or mussels and coconut broth) or into creative mains, or cold appies like ceviche and poke." - Lindsay William-Ross VANCOUVER IS AWESOME Seafood Ranking - #4 in the city
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Oddfish Restaurant
1889 W 1st Ave
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"You might say that Oddifish is a bit of an odd duck in the Vancouver dining scene. That’s because this Kitsilano restaurant is the kind of eclectic space that has a fresh menu daily, featuring fresh seafood and veggie dishes. Here they’ll get those fresh catches into bowls (like clams and pasta or mussels and coconut broth) or into creative mains, or cold appies like ceviche and poke." - Lindsay William-Ross VANCOUVER IS AWESOME Seafood Ranking - #4 in the city
Whether we call it best pastry chef or best bakery, Thomas Haas remains on the top of the bread basket for all things baked. This is an extremely popular cafe/chocolatier in Kits famous for their double baked croissants, which many consider to be the best in all of Vancouver. After my latest trip to their shop, where I got their Double Baked Chocolate Almond Croissant, I have to say that I can't argue with those that think they're the best; the croissant was pure perfection. I also had their Hazelnut Praline cake, which was also splendid. Their prices are quite high unfortunately, but you're certainly paying for quality here.
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Thomas Haas
2539 W Broadway
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Whether we call it best pastry chef or best bakery, Thomas Haas remains on the top of the bread basket for all things baked. This is an extremely popular cafe/chocolatier in Kits famous for their double baked croissants, which many consider to be the best in all of Vancouver. After my latest trip to their shop, where I got their Double Baked Chocolate Almond Croissant, I have to say that I can't argue with those that think they're the best; the croissant was pure perfection. I also had their Hazelnut Praline cake, which was also splendid. Their prices are quite high unfortunately, but you're certainly paying for quality here.
BEST CHILL OUT SPOT IN KITS If your looking for great coffee, awesome Zen like ambience The Only Cafe has it. Service is always excellent and they bake their own pastries, fresh daily. Their siphon brewing method produced very good coffee and is definitely cool to watch if you've never seen it. Not busy on week days, plenty of space to work. The Only Cafe is my favourite coffee shop in the neighbourhood.
The Only Cafe
2678 W 4th Ave
BEST CHILL OUT SPOT IN KITS If your looking for great coffee, awesome Zen like ambience The Only Cafe has it. Service is always excellent and they bake their own pastries, fresh daily. Their siphon brewing method produced very good coffee and is definitely cool to watch if you've never seen it. Not busy on week days, plenty of space to work. The Only Cafe is my favourite coffee shop in the neighbourhood.
Our local Starbucks, great location and not too busy.
Starbucks
2270 W 4th Ave
Our local Starbucks, great location and not too busy.
Arguably the best donuts in town, made with local organic ingredients. Try the locals' favourite, an intense Earl Grey, available in vegan form. Creative flavours are always rotating and there are always several vegan options (gluten free, too). Cartem has also teamed up with Elysian coffee who motto is to provide people with the juiciest, most spectacularly delicious, and reliable coffees they can and they honestly come through.
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Cartems Donuts
3040 W Broadway
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Arguably the best donuts in town, made with local organic ingredients. Try the locals' favourite, an intense Earl Grey, available in vegan form. Creative flavours are always rotating and there are always several vegan options (gluten free, too). Cartem has also teamed up with Elysian coffee who motto is to provide people with the juiciest, most spectacularly delicious, and reliable coffees they can and they honestly come through.
☕ CAFE (Coffee) - Bel Cafe VISIT WEBSITE Ranked as one of Vancouver's best coffee cafe The sister cafe to renown award winning Hawksworth Restaurant, Bel Cafe serves 49th parallel espresso, house-baked pastries (croissants, Valrhona cookies etc.) and gourmet sandwiches (try the Roasted Eggplant with spiced chickpea, almond and gouda) and more. Full table service is in effect, alongside a slew of to-go items. Bel Cafe interiors feature a sleek modern look combining industrial features with warm and lively botanicals with sixteen indoor seats as well as outdoor patio seating.
Bel Cafe
1780 W 3rd Ave
☕ CAFE (Coffee) - Bel Cafe VISIT WEBSITE Ranked as one of Vancouver's best coffee cafe The sister cafe to renown award winning Hawksworth Restaurant, Bel Cafe serves 49th parallel espresso, house-baked pastries (croissants, Valrhona cookies etc.) and gourmet sandwiches (try the Roasted Eggplant with spiced chickpea, almond and gouda) and more. Full table service is in effect, alongside a slew of to-go items. Bel Cafe interiors feature a sleek modern look combining industrial features with warm and lively botanicals with sixteen indoor seats as well as outdoor patio seating.
This is considered the king of Coffee Cafes in Kitsilano its busy, but worth it. The doughnuts are terrific, and the coffee is pretty tasty too. The seating area outside is nice for chilling out and people-watching. They are a staple in the Vancouver coffee + cafe scene. There are a good portion of coffee shops and even restaurants in the city that carry their coffee, so you know they're doing something right.
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49th Parallel Café & Lucky's Doughnuts - WEST 4TH
2198 W 4th Ave
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This is considered the king of Coffee Cafes in Kitsilano its busy, but worth it. The doughnuts are terrific, and the coffee is pretty tasty too. The seating area outside is nice for chilling out and people-watching. They are a staple in the Vancouver coffee + cafe scene. There are a good portion of coffee shops and even restaurants in the city that carry their coffee, so you know they're doing something right.
Maenam (which translates as “mother water”) dishes some of the most authentic Thai food Vancouver has yet seen. Chef Angus An, who trained under chef David Thompson at the world’s only Michelin-starred Thai restaurant (Nahm in London), applies his affections for locally sourced and seasonal ingredients to the traditions of the Thai royal house. Beyond the real-deal pad Thai, aim for the grilled Thai sausage with crispy rice, followed by whichever curry is currently being served (cross your fingers for duck). The city’s best Thai restaurant, right in our own neighbourhood! Maenam is an award wining Thai Fusion Restaurant voted Vancouver Magazines Restaurant of the year in 2016.
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Maenam
1938 W 4th Ave
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Maenam (which translates as “mother water”) dishes some of the most authentic Thai food Vancouver has yet seen. Chef Angus An, who trained under chef David Thompson at the world’s only Michelin-starred Thai restaurant (Nahm in London), applies his affections for locally sourced and seasonal ingredients to the traditions of the Thai royal house. Beyond the real-deal pad Thai, aim for the grilled Thai sausage with crispy rice, followed by whichever curry is currently being served (cross your fingers for duck). The city’s best Thai restaurant, right in our own neighbourhood! Maenam is an award wining Thai Fusion Restaurant voted Vancouver Magazines Restaurant of the year in 2016.
Established in 1990, family-run Siegel’s Bagels has gained legendary status in Vancouver as a go-to spot for authentic Montreal-style bagels. Siegel’s Bagels offers round rings of doughy goodness that are kettle boiled and then baked in a custom 25-tonne wood burning oven in 22 unique varieties and four kinds of rugolach, but its calling card remains the wildly popular Montreal smoked-meat sandwich: sliced thin, steamed, and stacked high. The Cornwall location is open 24/7, so stumble by for a late-night munch or a sunrise breakfast. LOCAL PRO TIP - Great for a quick and down right amazing breakfast or lunch option!
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Siegel's Bagels
1883 Cornwall Ave
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Established in 1990, family-run Siegel’s Bagels has gained legendary status in Vancouver as a go-to spot for authentic Montreal-style bagels. Siegel’s Bagels offers round rings of doughy goodness that are kettle boiled and then baked in a custom 25-tonne wood burning oven in 22 unique varieties and four kinds of rugolach, but its calling card remains the wildly popular Montreal smoked-meat sandwich: sliced thin, steamed, and stacked high. The Cornwall location is open 24/7, so stumble by for a late-night munch or a sunrise breakfast. LOCAL PRO TIP - Great for a quick and down right amazing breakfast or lunch option!
This comfy, eclectic coffee shop on Fourth Avenue has the warmest buzz in the city. It has become a favourite of so many Kitsilano locals. Opened in 2017 by partners Zoran & Sarah Cafe Lokal is a great addition to the neighbourhood. I’m certain that they know every regular by name and his/her favourite coffee, which Is consistently good and ready soon after stepping through the door. Pastries are made fresh every morning on site. I'm told the flax muffin, is delicious, so tasty it sell out quickly. Cafe Lokal is undoubtedly a Kitsilano gem, appropriate for singles, couples, friends or families. And for people who are keen on good Italian style espresso ☕️, look no further.
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Cafe Lokal
2610 W 4th Ave
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This comfy, eclectic coffee shop on Fourth Avenue has the warmest buzz in the city. It has become a favourite of so many Kitsilano locals. Opened in 2017 by partners Zoran & Sarah Cafe Lokal is a great addition to the neighbourhood. I’m certain that they know every regular by name and his/her favourite coffee, which Is consistently good and ready soon after stepping through the door. Pastries are made fresh every morning on site. I'm told the flax muffin, is delicious, so tasty it sell out quickly. Cafe Lokal is undoubtedly a Kitsilano gem, appropriate for singles, couples, friends or families. And for people who are keen on good Italian style espresso ☕️, look no further.
Nook is one of those great neighbourhood restaurants. Almost from the minute it opened the tiny pasta joint had lines out the door. The menu is a simple selection of top-notch antipasto, fire-roasted pizza and handmade pasta. The pizzas are not Neapolitan style, but they have thin crust, bubbly air pockets, golden spotting and traditional toppings. Think buratta, rapini, garlic, sausage and pancetta. The have some great appetizers, including a vegetable platter and the meatballs, moist and bathed in a bright, freshly crushed tomato sauce, are always delicious. The prices are not the cheapest around. But the high-quality ingredients and freshness of flavour are worthwhile.
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Nook
1525 Yew St
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Nook is one of those great neighbourhood restaurants. Almost from the minute it opened the tiny pasta joint had lines out the door. The menu is a simple selection of top-notch antipasto, fire-roasted pizza and handmade pasta. The pizzas are not Neapolitan style, but they have thin crust, bubbly air pockets, golden spotting and traditional toppings. Think buratta, rapini, garlic, sausage and pancetta. The have some great appetizers, including a vegetable platter and the meatballs, moist and bathed in a bright, freshly crushed tomato sauce, are always delicious. The prices are not the cheapest around. But the high-quality ingredients and freshness of flavour are worthwhile.

Drinks & Nightlife

Beach side patio and local hot spot, very close to our property. The casual beach side sports bar has a the most popular patio in kits, right across the road from Kits beach. It’s always packed, so be prepared to wait for a spot, and those fish tacos will taste even better. Local Pro Tips: Great place to watch a sporting event. Parking is tough to come by so try to walk, its close to our property. Know for their fish taco's
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Local Kitsilano
2210 Cornwall Ave
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Beach side patio and local hot spot, very close to our property. The casual beach side sports bar has a the most popular patio in kits, right across the road from Kits beach. It’s always packed, so be prepared to wait for a spot, and those fish tacos will taste even better. Local Pro Tips: Great place to watch a sporting event. Parking is tough to come by so try to walk, its close to our property. Know for their fish taco's
Named for a Bahamian island haven and supply point of prohibition-era rum runners, the Bimini is no stranger to a dark and stormy. There’s a real neighbourhood history between those wood-panelled walls, where local hippies and Greenpeacers used to hold court, and today it remains the locals’ local. A Vancouver icon, the Kitsilano neighbourhood pub augments its 24 draught taps with craft beer clubs and dinners, Tottenham supporters and this nations future from nearby UBC. Its strong cocktails, earnest wine list and locally sourced menu make The Bimini a resurrection to celebrate, and not just for a rum run. Hours: Sun – Thur & Holidays: 11:30am – 1am Fri & Sat: 11am – 2am
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Bimini's Public House
2010 W 4th Ave
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Named for a Bahamian island haven and supply point of prohibition-era rum runners, the Bimini is no stranger to a dark and stormy. There’s a real neighbourhood history between those wood-panelled walls, where local hippies and Greenpeacers used to hold court, and today it remains the locals’ local. A Vancouver icon, the Kitsilano neighbourhood pub augments its 24 draught taps with craft beer clubs and dinners, Tottenham supporters and this nations future from nearby UBC. Its strong cocktails, earnest wine list and locally sourced menu make The Bimini a resurrection to celebrate, and not just for a rum run. Hours: Sun – Thur & Holidays: 11:30am – 1am Fri & Sat: 11am – 2am
You simply can’t beat Darby’s rooftop patio during this nice sunny weather, and it’s even better with a refreshing beer. Darby’s has 32 craft, imported, and domestic beers on tap, so there’s plenty of choice. Enjoy the consistently good 33 Acres beer on special on Sunday nights, specifically the Echo beer – a seasonal blonde India Session Ale, with notes of citrus and pine, and a smooth finish. Surprisingly good place to grab a drink but also a bite. The food here is pretty much pub food - think burgers, fries, and wings. They have daily specials as well as after hours (10 pm) specials. Plenty of seats inside and on the patio. I would recommend the burgers.
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Darby's Public House
2001 Macdonald St
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You simply can’t beat Darby’s rooftop patio during this nice sunny weather, and it’s even better with a refreshing beer. Darby’s has 32 craft, imported, and domestic beers on tap, so there’s plenty of choice. Enjoy the consistently good 33 Acres beer on special on Sunday nights, specifically the Echo beer – a seasonal blonde India Session Ale, with notes of citrus and pine, and a smooth finish. Surprisingly good place to grab a drink but also a bite. The food here is pretty much pub food - think burgers, fries, and wings. They have daily specials as well as after hours (10 pm) specials. Plenty of seats inside and on the patio. I would recommend the burgers.