The 40 Most Important Restaurants, Bars, & Cafes In Vancouver Of 2017 - Narcity

The 40 Most Important Restaurants, Bars, & Cafes In Vancouver Of 2017

Celebrate some of the many accomplished restaurants in 2017!

2017 is nearing it's end, so why not look at all the things that made it a big year for Vancouver? There were many fun, crazy, bad, good things that happened in Vancouver this year and made it 2017. This article focuses on some of the good things to grace the city.  

Vancouver is known for it's diverse food, bar and cafe scene. For a small city, Vancouver can sure pack in a lot of different restaurants, cafes, clubs and bars. Every year the industry grows more and expands our tasting palates, and this year was no exception. 

From classic favourites continuing to impress to new kids on the block killing the game and catching up quickly, this year has been a great year for the food, bar and cafe scene in Vancouver. 

We're excited to celebrate all the accomplishments of the many restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs this year. Whether it's been through the way they make a difference in the community or how they've broadened our taste buds, we want to give some well deserved love to the many, many talented people who continue to make the food and drink scene in Vancouver one worth noting. There are so many talented people and noteworthy restaurants in Vancouver, and this represents just a small percentage. So please note that it is not possible to acknowledge every spot in Vancouver. 

P.S. 2017 isn't over yet! So why not try a new spot or re-visit a classic before the year's over and see firsthand why each restaurant made big strides in 2017.

The Most Important Bars/Clubs 

The Most Important Cafes

The Most Important Breakfast/Brunch Spots

The Most Important Cheap Eat Spots

The Most Important Restaurants 

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Where: 27 Blood Alley Square // Gastown

via @freepenguinm

via @foodventures_van

Type: Mexican

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Gringo helped bring Thai Buckets to Vancouver to transport you to the tropics. This lively, colourful bar in Gastown also offers tacos for a steal: 3 tacos for $8 or for $2.75 each.


Fortune Sound Club

Where: 147 E Pender St // Chinatown

via @fortunesound

via @fortunesound

Type: Nightclub

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: This popular Vancouver club continued to add to the nightlife scene in 2017, hosting several events, such as Happy Ending Fridays and Sup Fu? Saturdays, and having several talented artists grace it's stage. They also have a Funktion-One system. Fortune topped USA Today's 10 Best list as the number one club in Vancouver. 


Reflections: The Garden Terrace

Where: 801 W Georgia Street, Rosewood Hotel Georgia // Downtown

via @lwesanko

via @evelyneats

Type: Lounge

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: This beautiful lounge gave us the most beautiful winter patio pop-up in 2017. Decorated with dangling Christmas lights, snowflakes, Christmas trees and complete with festive cocktails, Reflections in Rosewood Hotel Georgia is a winter patio dream come true in Vancouver.  


The Pawn Shop

Where: 1117 Granville St // Downtown

via @kevinmheineman

via @leahgirvitz

Type: Taco and Tequila Bar

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ - ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: This popular downtown bar gave us the best happy hour taco deal in all of the city. 7 days of the week, The Pawn Shop offers Happy Hour $1 Tacos and $3 Tequila!!!


Banter Room

Where: 1039 Mainland St

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via @pureimagetechnology

Type: Lounge

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Banter Room in Yaletown has a Moรซt Champagne vending machine for all your bubbly needs! The space is also great for bigger parties. 


Shameful Tiki Room

Where: 4362 Main Street // South Main

via @thisispopulist

via @bbrego

Type: Tiki Bar

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Home to some of the biggest and next level fish bowls in Vancouver, this tiki bar has smoky fish bowls that are lit (literally).


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La Foret Bakery & Coffee

Where: 6848 Jubilee Ave // Burnaby

via @kirangrewal

via @dorringtonr

Type: Cafe

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: This new indoor tropical garden cafe has been a big hit in Vancouver in 2017. It gave us all a lot of new tropical vibes Instas. 


Buddha-full Provisions

Where: 102-2120 Dollarton Hwy // North Vancouver

via @kvdenn

via @bitesofvancouver

Type: Cafe

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: In 2017, Buddha-full brought us the cutest indoor swing set to grace Vancouver ever. Vegans and non-vegans alike will love this healthy, good for you cafe.


Him & I Cafe

Where: 1153 The High Street

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Type: Cafe

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: This relatively unknown cafe in Coquitlam will give you those aesthetics that have yet to pop up on your Insta feed. 


Neverland Tea Salon

Where: 3066 W Broadway // Kitsilano

via @vanessa_chiang

via @tanyarishi

Type: High Tea

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ ๐Ÿ’ธ 

Why you should go: This high tea spot is one of the cutest in Vancouver. Giving you those Peter Pan and Neverland vibes, have a girl's date complete with unlimited tea, pastries, and Insta pics.



Where: 687 Main St // Chinatown

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via @clarissanuttall

Type: Cafe and Grocery Store

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: One of the cutest cafe patios in Vancouver, Dalina gave Vancouver an adorable atmosphere filled with fairy lights and marble.


Cacao 70

Where: 1047 Denman Street // West End

via @elizkozlova

Type: Chocolate cafe

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: This popular chocolate cafe opened up not one, but two new locations in Vancouver in 2017 and also gave out free dipped ice cream. The hype was real for Cacao 70. 


Republica Coffee Roasters

Where: 321 W Pender St // Near Gastown

via @carolynnlacasse

via @republicaroasters

Type: Cafe

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Home to an adorable private courtyard, this "secret" coffee shop is the perfect place for your next cafe date or study sesh.


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Where: 1038 Canada Pl // Coal Harbour

via @carlycraves

Type: West Coast

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Botanist, a beautiful and new restaurant in Vancouver, brought some lush indoor flora to the restaurant scene in 2017. 



Where: 774 Denman St

via @mrs.glukhov

via @604now

Type: Farm-to-Table, Comfort Food

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Not only does Ritual have delicious comfort food and an ever changing menu, this restaurant is also admirably committed to paying all of their staff a living wage. 


Tuc Craft Kitchen + Bar

Where: 60 West Cordova St // Gastown

via @bellas.h

via @glancepay

Type: Breakfast & Brunch

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: One of the most popular brunch spots in Vancouver in 2017, Tuc Craft Kitchen has continued to impress this year. They also have DIY mimosas during brunch, so let them upgrade you. 


Jam Cafe

Where: 556 Beatty St // Downtown

via @eatingavin

via @lmm_fashionacc

Type: Breakfast & Brunch

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: One of the most popular brunch spots in the city, Jam Cafe originally came from Vancouver Island with the one in Vancouver being a recently opened second location. It's known to have super long lines because their brunch is just that good. 


The Acorn

Where: 3995 Main St // South Main

via @acornvancouver

via @acornvancouver

Type: Vegetarian

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: The Acorn is an iconic vegetarian brunch restaurant with a great drink selection.


Fable Kitchen

Where: 1944 West 4th Ave // Kitsilano

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via @chef_rouge

Type: Canadian

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Head chef Trevor Bird competed on Top Chef Canada. Fable delivers delicious Canadian cuisine.


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Where: 1206 Seymour St // Yaletown

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via @michaelmann

Type: Tortilleria

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: This hidden pink gem will fill you up with their delicious carnitas tacos.


La Mezcaleria

Where: 1622 Commercial Dr // East Vancouver and 68 E Cordova St // Gastown

via @geeho_amie

via @seminjung

Type: Mexican

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: La Mezcaleria is known for their tasty Mexican cuisine and their unreal tequila selection. Even those these items are on the pricier end, they will not disappoint your taste buds.

Jinya Ramen Bar

Where: Various locations

via @chef_figliano

via @curiocityvancouver

Type: Japanese, Ramen

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: This tasty ramen joint opened up a new location in Burnaby and relocated their downtown location. JINYA has several different ramen flavours, like the Tonkotsu Black and the Spicy Creamy Vegan. 


Where: 2280 Commercial Dr // East Vancouver

via @chowtownvancouver

via @zr1100c3

Type: Lebanese

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: If you love hummus, check out JamJar, which has several locations in Vancouver. They opened up a location at UBC this year, making it a popular spot for students. 

La Belle Patate

Where: 1215 Davie Street // Vancouver

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via @beautybykat08

Type: Poutinerie

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: This poutine joint is home to the one and only AYCE poutine in Vancouver. La Belle Patate serves up authentic Quรฉbรฉcois style poutine on Davie Street.


Marulilu Cafe

Where: 451 W Broadway // Mount Pleasant

via @n.michi

via @parthenon_s

Type: Japanese

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: For a different take on brunch, try a traditional Japanese breakfast for just $7.99 at Marilulu Cafe. 


Sen Pad Thai

Where: Unit 7-1666 Johnston St // Granville Island

via @vanfoodietours

via @vancouverfoodie

Type: Thai

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: This Thai restaurant opened up in Vancouver this year and brings some bold flavours to the Thai scene. The owner is also the owner of Maenam. 


Save On Meats

Where: 43 W Hastings St // Gastown

via @mark.brand

via @mark.brand

Type: Diner

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: This local diner is making a difference in the community, and it's not just through their delicious yet affordable food. They have a token program which has provided 88,000 meals to residents in the Downtown Eastside. 


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Le Crocodile Restaurant

Where: 909 Burrard Street // Downtown

via @saki.naito

via @foodcouver

Type: French

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: One of the best fine dining meals in Vancouver, Le Crocodile continues to impress with it's impeccable French food. 


St. Lawrence Restaurant

Where: 269 Powell St // Railtown

via @the_wildbunch

via @ieremignon

Type: French/Quebecois

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: A new addition to the Vancouver food scene this year, it didn't take long for St. Lawrence to win over the hearts (and bellies) of Vancouverites. This boujee restaurant serves delicious French food. The head chef is also the owner of Ask For Luigi and Pizzeria Farina.


Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio

Where: #2-1600 Howe St // Downtown

via @crystalszeto

via @ancoradining

Type: Seafood, Japanese and Peruvian

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ ๐Ÿ’ธ ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Ancora consistently brings delicious seafood and sushi to Vancouver that does not disappoint. Their waterfront patio is also gorgeous and the perfect place to take in a memorable meal. 


Hook Sea Bar

Where: 1210 Denman St

via @hookseabar

via @hookseabar

Type: Seafood

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ - ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: A new addition to the seafood scene in the city, Hook brings you those waterfront views in the West End and yummy surf and turf.


Heritage Asian Eatery

Where: 1108 W Pender St // Downtown

via @eatheritage

via @kcdizonn

Type: Asian Fusion

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ - ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Heritage Asian Eatery opened in Vancouver this year and delivered delicious contemporary Asian food, combing traditional Chinese food with an everyday modern approach. 


Blue Water Cafe

Where: 1095 Hamilton St

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via @karenicecat

Type: Seafood, Raw Bar

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Blue Water Cafe & Raw Bar continued to be one of the city's top rated restaurants this year. Not surprising considering it's amazing seafood.



Where: 1017 W Hastings St // Downtown

via @edmondtc

via @lookmoolm

Type: Canadian

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ - ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Part of the famous Hawksworth group, Nightingale will give you all those boujee vibes combined with simple seasonal food that will be an experience to enjoy.



Where: 1009 Hamilton St

via @saraprestley

via @hungrylorna

Type: Pacific Northwest Mexican

Price: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ - ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Why you should go: Fayuca is a new restaurant on the block in Yaletown and is bringing it with their Pacific Northwest Mexican fusion meals. Looking for a unique tasting experience? Say hello to Fayuca.


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