August 2019: Fresh air and outdoor activities make you want to eat well, and the best restaurants in Vancouver come through with a full spectrum of offerings featuring fresh ingredients and exceptional flavors. The city’s best chefs are constantly innovating, serving up new takes on the classics. Check out the homey Québecois cuisine at St. Lawrence (#4) or veggie-centric dishes that will blow you away at The Acorn (#5). The botanically-inspired Botanist (#1) will tempt your tastebuds and your Instagram feed. Of course, given Vancouver’s multicultural makeup, hot spots (and longtime favorites) like Kissa Tanto (#8), Bao Bei (#19), Tojo's (#6), and Vij’s (#7) are always a good choice. Pining for the classics? Revisit Hy’s (#10) for an old-school steakhouse experience.
Vancouver’s location and climate result in a wealth of produce and fresh seafood, so it makes perfect sense that the best restaurants in Vancouver feature primarily the best of what’s in season, with a focus on sustainability. Active lifestyles—many of the best things to do in Vancouver are outdoors—pair well with thoughtful, fresh eating. Vancouver’s multicultural population has resulted in a range of culinary influences, producing amazing Indian, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants, among others. The French influence is strong as well. Whether it’s brunch, lunch, or dinner, seek out what’s fresh and local at the best restaurants in Vancouver and you won’t be disappointed.
Time Out’s local experts scour the city every day for great eats, great value and insider info. We value fun, flavor, freshness—and value at every price point. We update the EAT list regularly, plus whenever there’s a truly spectacular new opening. It could be a mega-hyped destination restaurant or a humble neighborhood newcomer: If it’s on the list we think it’s awesome and reckon you will too. Eaten somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutEatList
Here are the best restaurants in Vancouver—find out more about how we make the list, and start making your reservations.