So…“that” day is coming up soon. Yes, Valentine’s Day. You know; the day where you are damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. I’m not here to add any more unnecessary drama to what is already (in my opinion) a day fraught with unnecessary pressure. However, if on Valentine’s Day (or any other day) you are looking for a place to wine and dine your sweetheart then I have made it easy for you.
Here are five of my favourite romantic Vancouver restaurants, in no particular order. Needless to say, there are certainly more in the city than just these five but these are ones that, regardless of price and pomp and circumstance, have left me feeling all warm and tingly.
My top 5 romantic restaurants (in no particular order):
1/ The courtyard at Brix – When making your reservation, ensure that you request a table in the outdoor courtyard. Twinkling fairy lights and rustic exposed brick create an ambience that is so romantic it hurts. In my experience, the food is a little on the average side but the atmosphere is what you really go for. This one will score high on the brownie point scale.
2/ Jules Bistro – Jules Bistro is a quintessential French bistro, right in the heart of Gastown. Looking out from the warmth of the restaurant to the cobbled-stone streets and listening to the tinkering of the sometimes live music, you would have to have a heart of stone not to be in the mood for amour. The food is good and the prices are not too damaging to the wallet. The 3 course set menu for $25 lessens the blow even more. Very French and very romantic.
3/ Les Faux Bourgeois – Nothing screams romance like flickering candles in a dimly lit restaurant, gentle French music humming in the background, and waiters purring the daily specials to you in thick French accents. The food is classic French and extremely good value for money, and whilst it is not the best in town, I certainly had no complaints. I would recommend Les Faux Bourgeois for the younger crowd who are looking to enjoy an intimate dinner without having to smash open the piggy-bank in order to do so.
4/ Bishop’s – This is high-end, indulgent romance and it comes at a price. Bishop’s, known as one of Vancouver’s finest restaurants, has been dishing up seasonal and local food for 25 years. The service is impeccable, the room is elegantly sophisticated, and the tables are far enough apart that conversation can be kept private. Be prepared to drop some serious coin but rest assured it is worth it.
5/ La Quercia – Sharing good food with a loved one (or a potential loved one) is considered to be a bonding experience. Some even say it is a sensual bonding experience. La Quercia makes sharing easy with their “Alla Famiglia” menu; the chef will make 5 or 9 courses (depending on your budget) intended for you and your companion to share. It is difficult to get a reservation at this small and intimate Italian restaurant in Kitsilano but if you manage to secure one, be prepared to be showered with praise.
Where do you take your special someone when you are planning a romantic dinner, or hoping to earn some extra brownie points? I would love to hear your suggestions!