In an effort to make good places easier to find for those who aren’t overly familiar with the dining scene in Vancouver, I am aiming to make a list of places that I recommend in each area of the city. My aim is to provide readers with a list of tried and true restaurants in different price brackets so that most of the guess-work is done. Here are my price definitions:
High End: Prices in this category are typically above $25 per main course. These are higher-end places so a bit of effort with dress is required, reservations are likely, and these restaurants can be relied on for a special occasion or to impress a date or family members. A little hoity-toity but not in a you-aren’t-good-enough-to-be-here kinda place.
Mid Range: Prices in this category are generally around the $15 to $20 mark for main courses. The atmosphere is welcoming and slightly more formal than the lower-end places so you could likely still get away with jeans, but not your Lululemons. Perfect for situations where you want a comfortable setting, like date-night, catch up with the girls, or just a good meal at a decent price.
Affordable: Prices in this category are around $10 to $15 for a main course. The atmosphere is usually more laid-back so there really isn’t a dress standard. Perfect for weekends, affordable alternative to cooking,
I will start with an area of the city that I know well, Kitsilano, and I hope to soon have a similar list for other areas of the city. Note: obviously I haven’t eaten at every single place in Kits so this list will continue to change.
High End Choices in Kitsilano:
- Bishop’s - A local high-end favourite, Bishop’s has been in business for 25 years doing what they do best; local, (mostly) organic food with a definite West Coast influence. Perfect for special occasions.
Mid Range Choices in Kitsilano:
- Maenam – A popular West 4th-based restaurant that offers well-executed, modern Thai food. Maenam is friendly on the wallet, without sacrificing quality or ambiance.
- La Quercia – A small, intimate restaurant located on the corner of Alma and West 4th. Offers exceptional Italian food and wine at reasonable prices. Book well in advance.
Rabbit Duo from La Quercia
Affordable in Kitsilano:
- La Ghianda – This modest deli provides hearty, simple Italian fare at affordable prices. Dine-in and take-out options available. Limited seating. Open from 11am to 6pm.
- Thomas Haas - A patisserie and chocolate store, owned and operated by renowned pastry chef, Thomas Haas. Delicious sandwiches are available for lunch. Not open in the evenings, Sundays or Mondays.
- Burgoo – Recently opened on 4th, Burgoo offers comfort food. Some of the dishes are bland but I can never say no to the Gooey Cheese Grillers – which I think are the best grilled cheese in town!
- The Eatery – There are so many things to dislike about The Eatery. It’s loud and dark, there is always a line-up, and the service is very hit-and-miss, but it is a fun place to go for not-your-typical sushi. Sushi connoisseurs likely hate this place but I think it has an appeal. Don’t pass up the Tuna Tempura.
Meatball and Gruyere Panini from La Ghianda
Gooey Cheese Grillers from Burgoo