February is almost here and so is the most romantically hyped day of the year... Whether you're dreading Valentine's Day or stoked to be spoiled by some seriously extra romantic gestures, you and/or your S/O will potentially want to celebrate.
Worried about living up to the potentially high expectations of Valentine's Day? We're here to help you plan easily and stress-free. No need to spend time scouring the web for the best V-day restaurant options, because we've done that for you!
Food is the way to the heart, so take your Valentine's Day Date on a food experience they won't forget. With so many restaurants in Vancouver and all types of cuisine, you have such a wide array of options that sometimes you don't even know where to start. We've narrowed the hundreds of restaurants in Vancouver to 40 that are suited for the occasion. Whether you want a low-key night at a fun bar or a bad and boujee fine dining experience, we have you covered with our guide to Valentine's Day restaurants in the city.
Happy Valentine's Day Vancouverites! Here's hoping you get showered with love in the way you best like to receive it.
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St. Lawrence Restaurant
Where: 269 Powell St // Railtown
Why you should go: St. Lawrence emerged onto the Vancouver food scene in 2017, so there's a higher chance your date has yet to try this relatively new restaurant. St. Lawrence has absolutely delicious Quebecois cuisine that will make for a memorable date.
Where: 1017 W Hastings St // Downtown
Why you should go: Embrace the simplicity of season Canadian cuisine at Nightingale, a tasteful restaurant with elegant decor. Nightingale is a part of the acclaimed Hawksworth group.
Where: 1038 Canada Pl // Coal Harbour
Type: West Coast
Why you should go: If your date is a fan of flora, bring them to this visually striking restaurant. Botanist features over 50 different plant species with a menu that reflects the botany of the Pacific Northwest.
Where: 1809 W 1st Ave // Kitsilano
Type: Contemporary, Canadian
Why you should go: Annalena made the list for Top 100 Restaurants in Canada and honestly it's not hard to understand why. The dishes here are to die for. It is a contemporary Canadian cuisine dream.
Where: 1047 Denman Street // West End
Type: Chocolate cafe
Why you should go: If your date is a sweet tooth, this place will be sure to satisfy. Treat a guy or gal to some mouthwatering chocolate fondue and chocolate pizza.
Where: 27 Blood Alley Square // Gastown
Why you should go: Not into the whole wine and dine deal? If you're looking for something more casual and fun, check out Gringo. This bar is known for it's deal worthy tacos and fun Thai bucket drinks.
Where: 350 Carrall St // Gastown
Why you should go: This fusion restaurant has unconventional dishes that will take you on a delicious journey that is out of this world. PiDGiN also has a Foie Gras Rice Bowl that will melt in your mouth.
The MacKenzie Room
Where: 415 Powell St // Downtown Eastside
Why you should go: For all those fans of change, you'll love the ever evolving menu of cozy restaurant The MacKenzie Room. Their delicious dishes change based on freshness and seasonality.
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Tuc Craft Kitchen + Bar
Where: 60 West Cordova St // Gastown
Type: Breakfast & Brunch
Why you should go: If you're opting for a daytime date this Valentine's Day, head on over to one of the most popular brunch spots in the city. Tuc Craft also have DIY mimosas during brunch, so you can add some bubbly to your meal.
Le Crocodile Restaurant
Where: 909 Burrard Street // Downtown
Why you should go: Treat the best to one of the best fine dining restaurants in town. Eat at Le Crocodile for a French cuisine experience that feels like you've escaped Vancouver to go to France.
Shameful Tiki Room
Where: 4362 Main Street // South Main
Type: Tiki Bar
Price: 💸 💸
Why you should go: For a more energetic, unique and low key date night filled with booze and fun vibes, go to the Shameful Tiki Room for all your alcoholic needs. This tiki bar has some of the biggest and best fish bowls in Vancouver.
Where: 3995 Main St // South Main
Why you should go: If your date is vegetarian, they are sure to enjoy this sophisticated space and delectable dishes. The Acorn is one of the most popular vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver.
Where: 1944 West 4th Ave // Kitsilano
Why you should go: Famous head chef from Top Chef Canada Trevor Bird is bringing top notch Canadian cuisine to Vancouver. Fable Kitchen features incorporates the farm to table concept.
Where: 280 Carrall St // Gastown
Type: Spanish Tapas
Why you should go: Bring some Spanish spice into your life. Tempranillo's chef and owner William Robitaille is bringing you an authentic Spanish experience with delicious tapas that will transport you straight to the Mediterranean.
Where: 869 Hamilton St // Downtown
Why you should go: Italian restaurants usually equate to a romantic time and Lupo is no exception. One of the best Italian restaurants in the city, enjoy mouthwatering pasta in an intimate and quiet atmosphere.
Hy's Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar
Where: 637 Hornby St // Downtown
Why you should go: Enjoy juicy Prime Grade steaks at this upscale and sophisticated restaurant. Hy's makes for a classy place for date night. Make sure to try their iconic cheese toast!
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Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio
Where: #2-1600 Howe St // Downtown
Type: Seafood, Japanese and Peruvian
Price: 💸 💸 💸💸
Why you should go: Ancora has deletable seafood and sushi dishes, combining Japanese and Peruvian for an incredible end result. They also have beautiful waterfront views and an outdoor patio.
Where: 1300 Robson St // Downtown
Type: Casual, Comfort Food
Why you should go: If your Valentine's Day date will be brunch, Forage is a perfect spot to go to. This cozy restaurant has delicious comfort food that will satisfy your brunch and breakfast needs.
Where: 1 E Broadway // Mount Pleasant
Type: South East Asian
Why you should go: If you love Phnom Penh but want a more modern and formal atmosphere, try Indochine. It is still a low-key space, a combination of restaurant and bar with comfy couches. They even have board games for you to enjoy!
Tableau Bar Bistro
Where: 1181 Melville St // Coal Harbour
Type: French Bistro
Why you should go: Tableau Bar Bistro is features traditional French bistro elements with a contemporary spin, from it's fare to it's interior. Their seafood tower is spectacular.
Where: 1622 Commercial Dr // East Vancouver and 68 E Cordova St // Gastown
Why you should go: Love you some Mexican food? La Mezcaleria has delicious Mexican cuisine and a wide selection of tequila selection. Their interior is beautifully modern.
Where: 799 Robson St // Downtown
Why you should go: If you want different views and impressive cityscapes as the backdrop to your date, head up to Bistro Verde. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver inside Nordstrom, this restaurant serves seasonal dishes.
Where: 801 W Georgia St // Downtown
Why you should go: Only the best for the best right? Hawksworth has been named Vancouver's best upscale restaurant several times. The sophisticated and elegant restaurant is located in the iconic Rosewood Hotel Georgia. You can expect delectable Northwest Pacific dishes and an extensive wine list.
Where: 32786 Lougheed Hwy // Mission
Why you should go: If your date is a Riverdale fan, surprise them with a dinner at the real life Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe diner. Riverdale films the diner scenes at this old-fashioned diner. They're open 24 hours for all those late night cravings.
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Where: 1009 Hamilton St // Yaletown
Type: Pacific Northwest Mexican
Price: 💸💸 - 💸💸💸
Why you should go: Two delicious cuisines merge for a tasteful combination. Cue Fayuca, a restaurant that opened in 2017. Fayuca brings together Pacific Northwest and Mexican cuisine.
Where: 32 Water Street // Gastown
Type: Dessert, Champagne Bar
Why you should go: Picture a dimly lit lounge with views of brick buildings accompanied by champagne and desserts. How romantic does that sound though? Mosquito is precisely that. The champagne and dessert bar is located in Gastown.
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Where: 845 Burrard St // Downtown
Type: Upscale Restaurant, Seafood
Why you should go: For a fancy time filled with seafood and extravagant interiors, try the Boulevard. This fine dining experience consists of upscale West Coast dishes, locally sourced ingredients and elegant decor. Boulevard also has environmental initiatives, such as Ocean Wise and an eco friendly on-site water filtration system.
Market by Jean-Georges
Where: 1115 Alberni St // Downtown
Type: Farm-to-Table, Canadian
Why you should go: 3-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten delicious venture gifts us with the classy Market by Jean-Georges. Located inside the Shangri-La, this upscale and beautiful restaurant brings farm-to-table cuisine alongside west coast ingredients.
Hook Sea Bar
Where: 1210 Denman St // Downtown
Price: 💸💸 - 💸💸💸
Why you should go: If your date loves the ocean, bring them on a waterfront food experience. Hook has beautiful water views of English Bay and delicious seafood to match.
Brix & Mortar
Where: 1138 Homer St // Yaletown
Type: Canadian, Tapas Bar
Why you should go: If atmosphere is what you're aiming for, Brix & Mortar will do the trick. This one of a kind Vancouver courtyard will guaranteed impress your date with it's green vines, twinkling lights and brick. They also have an extensive drinks menu and offer Pacific Northwest cuisine.
Where: 3431 W Broadway // Kitsilano
Type: Japanese, Sushi Bar
Why you should go: If you or your date is all about those funky vibes, this eclectic sushi spot is the place for you. The Eatery offers fusion sushi as creative and unique as it's atmosphere. There are over 50 different rolls.
Where: 350 Davie St // Yaletown
Why you should go: Once home to that popular mural you always see on Instagram, La Pentola is a favourite for Italian cuisine in Vancouver. You can take cute pics at the outside mural after your date!
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Where: 263 E Pender St // Chinatown
Type: Italian-Japanese fusion
Why you should go: You may have never tried a fusion meal like this before. Kissa Tanto combines the east with the west through Japanese-Italian fusion dishes.
Where: 2183 West 4th Avenue // Kitsilano
Type: French, Canadian
Price: 💸💸💸 💸
Why you should go: Bishops has won several recognitions in the food scene. The small and intimate restaurant serves fine dining Canadian style.
Where: 217 Carrall St // Gastown
Type: French, Canadian
Why you should go: Located in Gastown, this sophisticated restaurant comes with a chic interior and high end dishes. L'Abattoir is run by Chef Lee Cooper and owner Paul Grunberg. Their cocktails are divine.
Where: 200 Granville St #70 // Downtown
Why you should go: Pretty much every Vancouverite loves sushi. Miku is a upscale restaurant that introduced Aburi-style sushi to Vancouver. There's even pretty waterfront views and a patio to set the romantic scene.
WildTale Coastal Grill
Where: 1079 Mainland St // Yaletown
Price: 💸💸 - 💸💸💸
Why you should go: WildTale delivers flavours of coastal living and the wild west coast. The restaurant is located in Yaletown and serves up wild and fresh seafood dishes.
Where: 162 Water St // Gastown
Type: Canadian Comfort Food, Cocktail-focused
Why you should go: Pourhouse is located in a century-old building and incorporates that element into it's atmosphere, dishes and drinks. This restaurant and lounge specializes in cocktails and comfort food.
Salt Tasting Room
Where: 45 Blood Alley Square // Gastown
Type: Tasting Room, Wine Bar
Price: 💸 💸
Why you should treat yourself: Spend the evening sampling artisan cheese and cured meats paired perfectly with wines, beers and cocktails. Salt Tasting Room is an award winning tasting room tucked away in Gastown.
Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionery
Where: 4090 Hastings St // North Burnaby
Why you should go: For a date filled with cute retro vibes, visit this ice cream shop in Burnaby. Sweet tooth's and non-sweet tooth's alike will appreciate the old-school style of this diner-like establishment.