12 Must-Visit Restaurants For Dine Out Vancouver

Better bring your eating pants.

It's Vancouver's favourite time of the year again. And sorry, I'm not talking about that 4-6 week period that we call Summer. I'm talking about Dine Out Vancouver! 

Dine Out Vancouver just released their list of participating restaurants and it's enormous! 307 different restaurants to be exact. But as much as we'd love to try out every single restaurant - we're all about efficiency here.

We've compiled a list of the 12 best restaurants on this list (in no particular order). So scroll on, take our picks, and get ready for some amazing food. 

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1. Mak N Ming // 1629 Yew St 

Makato Ono (head chef) has made a name for himself as one of the country's most skilled and creative chefs. With Asian cuisine that's anything but ordinary, this powerhouse in Kitsilano might just be my first pick. 


2. Fayuca // 1009 Hamilton St 

Fayuca offers a unique take on Mexican cuisine by giving it a very welcome BC flair. They were just nominated for Canada's Best New Restaurant 2017 by enRoute Magazine. 


3. Bishop's // 2183 West 4th Avenue 

John Bishop has been a powerhouse name in Vancouver's dining scene for nearly 30 years. If you're looking for the best in Pacific Northwest dining, Bishop's is a safe bet. 


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4. AnnaLena // 1809 West 1st St

It's not very often that you see a restaurant pushing "Canadian fare". But alas, the playful and charming dining experience of AnnaLena does a great job of that in both service and cuisine. 


5. Nicli Antica // 62 East Cordova St

Among an extensive list of awards, Nicli Antica reserves the title of the city's first VPN-certified restaurant - an award given straight from Naples for their truly authentic cuisine. 


6. Forage // 1300 Robson St

Forage reaches this rare middle-ground of achieving first-class taste while still keeping things cool and casual. They're offering West Coast cuisine and head chef Christ Whittaker rarely disappoints. 


7. CinCin // 1154 Robson St

Cincin makes a bold statement for one of Vancouver's poster boy children in upscale Italian dining. The menu hits all stops, and you'll be more than impressed by the award-winning wine selection. 


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8. Ancora // 2 - 1600 Howe St

Ancora offers perhaps the most unique flavours in Vancouver. A bold mix of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine is executed with finesse and grace in spacious and white-kissed aesthetics. 


9. L'Abattoir // 217 Carrall Street

The food presents a strong case as the city's best French cuisine, and there are a number of great things to say for their award-winning sommelier, Lisa Haley. 


10. Pidgin // 350 Carrall Street 

A strong contender in Vancouver for fantastic pan-Asian fare, you'd be amazed by how well the restaurant brings the best of both Japanese and French into their cuisine. 


11. Acorn // 3995 Main Street

Creativity and vegetable-forward taste come together in the best way at Acorn. If you're looking for Vancouver's best vegetarian/vegan cuisine, you'd be missing out if you didn't pay Acorn a visit. 


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12. MaeNam // 1938 4th Ave 

Chef Angus An has a pretty strong philosophy going on here. It's authentic The dishes, done simply, and done right. The cuisine here graces innovation without straying too far from it's traditional flavours. 


Honourable Mentions: Chickpea, Cuchillo, Torafuku, 1886, Chambar

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Vincent Plana Re-born Vancouverite with heavy East Coast influence. Enjoys puns, needs to eat sushi at least twice a week. Follow @vplana15