Vancouver is fast becoming a foodie paradise, but did you know that some of the best eats can be found just outside of the city? The next time you find yourself New West, North Van, or even Surrey you can rest assured you’ll be able to find a decent meal.
New and emerging entrepreneurial chefs who find Vancouver’s rent untenable are flocking to the suburbs where they can afford to run their businesses. Restaurants have more room to pack the house full of hungry customers out in Burnaby or Richmond than they would in the Downtown core.
So, get out your Google Maps and find yourself at one of these best restaurants in Vancouver that are not quite in Vancouver. We promise it'll be well worth the trip!
Where: 680 Columbia Street, New Westminster
El Santo is an award-winning modern restaurant serving fresh West Coast ingredients with Mexican flavours. Their cocktail menu features Mexican classics like the paloma and margarita as well as creative drinks like their “El Hipster”. Head here for amazing tacos on house-made corn tortillas and an impressive cocktail selection.
Where: 2331 Clarke Street, Port Moody
Looking for sincere Italian comfort food? Rosa's Cucina Italiana in Port Moody serves homey Italian classics and, of course, massive portions of pasta. Definitely check out this low-key Italian restaurant next time you have a craving for carbs.
Where: 106 West 1st Street and 2120 - 102 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver
These twin restaurants in North Vancouver serve up colourful juices, smoothies, salads, wraps, bowls and treats—and everything is vegan! This is the place to go for the freshest and healthiest meal in North Vancouver. Inside, Buddha-Full is bright, natural, and super Instagramable. Head to their Dollarton location and sip a fresh juice in their in-house swing set and grab a buddha-bowl to satisfy your hunger.
Where: 2281 West Railway Street, Abbotsford
Check out the Canteen at Field House Brewing for yummy food to go with your craft beer. Their menu features share plates, mains, pizza and tacos all created to elevate the craft beer experience. Don't miss their Sunday Brunch where you can get beer mimosas with your eggs benny!
Where: 6418 Bay Street, Horseshoe Bay
Olive & Anchor is where you can fill up on the freshest seafood overlooking the sea at Horseshoe Bay. This cosy place is super romantic with an elegant European-style interior, yet the menu is relaxed and totally no-fuss. Next time you plan a trip via the Horseshoe Bay ferries, make time to eat here and try their fresh mussels, fish and chips, crab cakes and more!
Where: 15869 Croydon Drive, Surrey
The warm and whimsical interior of My Shanti is the perfect backdrop for the best Indian fusion in the province! This is Chef Vij’s Surrey restaurant and its menu is totally different from his Vancouver restaurants. My Shanti’s menu is inspired by the regional cuisines of small towns in India. You can share family-style dishes like paneer pakoras, vegetarian curries and slow-roasted meats served with fluffy naan and flavourful chutneys.
Where: 4190 Hastings Street, Burnaby
For the most comforting food outside of Vancouver, you must check out The Gray Olive Cafeteria. This breakfast, lunch and brunch spot serves familiar favourites with a twist. They have affordable and filling menu options like avocado toast, burgers, bennys, and the most calorific comfort food there is—chicken and waffle!
Where: Unit 200, London Plaza, 5951 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Dim Sum reigns supreme in Richmond, and nowhere is more iconic than Empire. Dig into traditional specialities like baked egg tarts and steamed shrimp dumplings and fill your table with as many delicious little dishes as you can!
Where: 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Some of the best Southern BBQ and fried chicken around can be found on the banks of the Fraser River in New Westminster. Satisfy your meat-tooth with pulled pork, brisket and ribs served with fixings like biscuits, coleslaw and sweet tea.
Where: 2801 Saint Johns Street, Port Moody
Head to Port Moody for a taste of real Italian pizza. This adorable shop is owned by two brothers who are natives of Naples, so you know you're getting an authentic slice! Their beautiful pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired brick oven and topped with ingredients like fior di latte, marinated zucchini and aged prosciutto.
Where: 4016 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Featuring filling French classics for breakfast and lunch, this baguette shop is a must-eat in Burnaby. Don't let their unassuming facade fool you! This bistro serves up mouth-watering baguette sandwiches, hearty stews and refreshing salads.
Where: 140-1169 Pacific Street, Coquitlam
This humble spot in Coquitlam serves incredible Northern and Sichuan Chinese food classics. They make handcrafted noodle dishes, xiao long bao soup dumplings, green onion pancakes and many more drool-worthy dishes. Order more than you can eat so you get to take home some delish Chinese!
Where: 5 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Find the best Greek food on the North Shore at Anatoli in Lower Lonsdale. You'll experience the rich flavours of Mediterranean cuisine infused with West Coast ingredients. Split their mezze platter with friends, order the calamari with extra tzatziki and wash it down with a Greek mojito!
Where: 1118-3779 Sexsmith Road, Richmond
Ramen beer, anyone? This crazy Japanese Tapas place in Richmond is dishing out highly original eats. The menu features hot pots, ramen and your usual Japanese suspects like takoyaki and exciting fusion options like Japanese poutine. You'll need a big group of friends with you to tackle this tapas joint!
The Italian Osteria & Cheesebar // Langley
Where: 20330 88th Avenue, Langley
If I don't have you at 'cheesebar', then I don't know what's going to do it for you! This new place by the Joseph Richard Group in Langley serves quality Italian dishes and must-have desserts. Their extensive cheesebar menu has suggested wine pairings and features cheeses from B.C. and Italy.
Where: 2423 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Feast in West Vancouver serves hearty farm-to-table food in a cosy space with a neighbourhood vibe. Fancy, but totally down-to-earth, this is a great place to do brunch with the girls or to go on a casual weeknight date. Their menu features comfort food classics, West Coast specialities and vegetarian options.
Where: 114 -2922 Glen Drive, Coquitlam
Shying away from the typical Filipino style fast food that’s so ubiquitous in Vancouver, this Coquitlam spot serves traditional Pinoy food. Inspired by the dishes shared with family after church on Sundays, the food here is prepared with a lot of heart. Try their Kamayan-Style Boodle Fight dinner with no plates or utensils for a totally fun and authentic experience!
Where: 9080 Glover Road, Fort Langley
This darling shop and tea house in Fort Langley has a lovely pure white aesthetic. Little White House & Co sells housewares and accessories in addition to serving lunch and afternoon tea. This is the perfect place to visit if you want a fresh yet elegant spot to take your Mom or besties to tea!
Where: 12302 Beecher Street, Surrey
Situated on Crescent Beach in Surrey, The Cabin serves Pacific North West classics. This is a great place to take your parents to dinner or to just unwind after a long work week!
Where: 4088 Hastings Street, Burnaby
This Burnaby Heights spot serves Vietnamese that's meant to be shared, although, let's be honest—when it comes time to decide who gets the last spring roll, things can get a little ugly. Must-trys on the menu include papaya salad, the Saigon crepe and any one of their delicious noodle soups!
Where: 125 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver
This folk-inspired Korean restaurant serves unique dishes like kimchi and mozzarella stuffed grilled meat frisbee and miso and coffee cured soft pork belly. If you love innovative and spicy Korean cuisine, then this place is seriously worth a visit!
Where: 3550 Mount Lehman Road, Abbotsford
Ever had Montreal and New Orleans style food? Brodeur’s Bistro blends these two styles to create amazing flavours. You can mow down on Montreal smoked meat and po boy sandwiches at the same time!
Where: 4462 Beresford Street, Burnaby
This hidden gem in Burnaby is your go-to place for colourful Asian-inspired tea, pastries and light lunch fare. Bring your laptop and spend an afternoon working at this cute spot noshing on snacks and sipping your Instagram-worthy tea creation.
Where: 2551 Montrose Avenue, Abbotsford
The best place to slurp oysters in Abbotsford is at Bow & Stern, a splashy seafood pub serving craft beer and ocean-inspired foods. Get there early to take advantage of their sweet happy hour deals!
Where: 6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
This charming restaurant in Burnaby is ideal for date night! Hart House has an award-winning wine cellar and their Pacific Northwest menu is full of local and seasonal produce that their chef uses to create superb farm-to-table dishes. You won't find a heritage home dining experience like this in Vancouver.
26. Lido Restaurant
Where: 150-4231 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Transport yourself to a Hong Kong eatery when you step inside Richmond's Lido Restaurant. Sugar-crisped pineapple buns fresh from the oven are served alongside yin-yang tea and steaming bowls of congee fly out of the kitchen like hotcakes. We're so lucky that Richmond has the best Asian food outside of Asia!
27. The Pear Tree
Where: 4120 Hastings Street, Burnaby
The most surprising restaurant on our list to be found in the suburbs is The Pear Tree in Burnaby Heights. This chic and community-minded spot is run by an award-winning chef who creates beautiful seasonal dishes. If you're looking for a sophisticated meal east of Boundary Road, then check out The Pear Tree!
Where: 122-810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Informed by the Chinese cooking style passed down from their grandma, Wild Rice is serving amazing food and local beer right on the New Westminster Pier. Using thoughtfully sourced local ingredients, dishes like duck confit tacos and chicken adobo ramen really shine!
Where: 2232 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Routinely named the best restaurant in West Vancouver, Terroir serves an amazing brunch and dinner. They pride themselves in working with suppliers to ensure the freshest seasonal ingredients. This is the place to go for a birthday brunch with friends and promises an incredible view!
30. The Arm's Reach Bistro // North Vancouver
Where: 107C-4390 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver
This family-friendly bistro in Deep Cove serves weekend brunch—on discount! Bennys are half-off between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and they serve mimosas for $5 a pop. Also serving lunch and dinner, this is the best place to go for a meal in Deep Cove.