If you live in Vancouver, you're either food-obsessed or friends with a foodie who takes their pre-meal photo shoots pretty damn seriously. But with so many amazing restaurants in the city, how could you blame them?
This list is only a small fraction of the endless incredible restaurants we're lucky to dine at. Let's not waste any more time and get to the grub! In no particular order, here are 31 Vancouver restaurants that you have to try before you die. LET'S GO!
1. Miku, 200 Granville St. #70
Come here for beautifully plated Aburi Oshi Sushi and Aburi Chirashi Tart. If you're celebrating a special occasion or looking to impress your date, their chic setting and unbelievable ocean view are to DIE for!
2. Phnom Penh, 244 E Georgia St.
If you're not ready for commitment, enter this Vietnamese-Cambodian gem at your own risk! You absolutely cannot leave without falling in deep, deep love with their fried chicken and butter beef, among loads of other specialties that'll have to drooling in your dreams and coming back for more.
3. Jethro's Fine Grub, 3455 Fraser St.
Come hungry or hungover because Jethro's super-sized breakfast plates are the cure. Pancake fanatics rejoice! You can get huge, fluffy flaps of happiness stuffed with bacon, chocolate chips, or Frosted Flakes.
4. Yolks, 546 W Broadway / 1598 E Hastings
If all-day breakfast is your jam (why wouldn't it be?), you've gotta hit up either of the two Yolks locations. The flawlessly crafted eggs bennies here are beyond eggs-ellent, and their creative twists on bfast classics are always a hit.
5. Hawksworth, 801 W Georgia St.
Located in the iconic Rosewood Hotel Georgia and four-time winner of Best Upscale Restaurant in Vancouver, Hawksworth is where you go to feel fancy. Get classy in your pretty LBD and prepare to be wined and dined. (Seriously, their wine-menu binder is probably thicker than your class notes.)
6. Japadog, 530 Robson St.
The best thing to have ever happened to the hot dog: terimayo sauce and nori flakes. Japadog not only serves mind-blowing Japanese-style dogs, it also offers a variety of delicious shaked fries and loaded poutine-style options. Glazed deep-dried buns stuffed with ice cream, their Age Ice is the sweet treat you never knew you needed.
7. Tacofino, 2327 E Hastings St.
Looking at their menu, you'll feel the irresistible urge to order every kind of taco available. Meat fanatics can indulge in grilled wagyu steak and pork jowl, while veggie lovers can enjoy tasty cauliflower and brussels sprouts. Tacofino also offers burritos, loaded tator tots and nachos, plus so much more!
8. Finch's Tea and Coffee House, 353 W Pender St.
That pear, blue brie, prosciutto, and roasted walnut baguette is just... Excuse me, let me just wipe off my drool. Looking for a fresh, healthy choice? This quaint tearoom has an exquisite selection of sandwiches, salads, soups, and breakfast plates. Not to mention, organic coffee and loose-leaf brews to soothe your soul.
9. Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe, 2150 Fir St.
I live by the motto "Mo' Butta, Mo' Betta!" And this, my friends, is where Beaucoup Bakery's French croissants come in. The epitome of baked heavenly goodness, their crispy, flavourful viennoiseries will start your day off the ULTIMATE way.
10. Thomas Haas, 998 Harbourside Dr.
Speaking of croissants, Thomas Haas' almond croissants will make you wonder how it took you this long to discover these warm nuggets of gold. This beautiful cafe offers premium handcrafted chocolate, macarons, cakes, cookies, and beyond.
11. Jam Cafe, 556 Beatty St.
Don't let the name confuse you, this hip eatery does way more than just jam for breakfast - including awesome morning cocktails to get you going! Come here for a fun, tasty breakfast or lunch option all day long, and happily wash it all down with a signature Drink with a Kick.
12. Moderne Burger, 865 W Broadway
If you've got a serious hankering for a classic burger joint, no one's got your back quite like this old-school diner. This OG burger connoisseur has been doing it SO right since 2001. Come here for juicy, perfectly topped patties and golden fries, stay for the milkshakes and adorable retro vibes.
13. Cafe Orso, 4316 Gallant Ave.
This European-inspired cafe's post-hike snacks will motivate you to go burn some calories at Quarry Rock. Check out their locally sourced fare, including delectably layered waffles, European breakfast, and daily lunch specials to spice things up.
14. The Red Wagon, 2296 E Hastings St.
All you need to know here are three words: Pulled Pork Pancakes. You're welcome. When it comes to flavour, this neighbourhood staple has it all on their extensive all-day breakfast/lunch/dinner menu full of creative comfort foods and cocktails.
15. Nuba, 207 W Hastings St.
Healthy organic and local Lebanese food to keep you living longer so you can get through the rest of this list. It's been voted Best Lebanese and Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in Vancouver for many reasons (aka top-notch falafel, tabbouleh, baba ghanooj, and pitas!).
16. Meat & Bread, 370 Cambie St.
Don't know how to pronounce "porchetta"? You will now. This cozy eatery is KILLING the sandwich game, so head on over and grab yourself one of these bad boys. You won't regret it.
17. Dockside Restaurant, 1253 Johnston St.
Tucked on the corner of Granville Island, Dockside boasts spectacular city views with its waterfront summer patio. Take your S/O there and prepare to wow them with fine dining in a unique, contemporary setting.
18. Rodney's Oyster House, 1228 Hamilton St.
Did you know that oysters are an aphrodisiac? Of course you did. Perfect date night - enough said.
19. Score on Davie, 1262 Davie St.
Score's fully loaded Caesars are the ultimate embodiment of awesomeness in a glass. You're awesome, they're awesome, let's drink (and eat!).
20. Vij's, 3106 Cambie St.
By far one of the best restaurants around if you're on the hunt for authentic Indian fare in a great atmosphere. Butter chicken, anyone?
21. The Parlour, 1011 Hamilton St.
Phenomenal pizza, weekend brunch, craft cocktails, and some of the biggest, bestest poke bowls in the city. How could you stay away?
22. Burdock & Co., 2702 Main St.
Local and organic ingredients crafted for sustainable eating. Enjoy amazing food and know that you're doing good for the environment. Plus, I mean, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Frittata and Soda Bread, Vegan Avocado Smash... Tell me you're not intrigued.
23. The Peaceful Restaurant, 2394 W 4th Ave.
If you watch Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Network, you already know why this is on the list. If not, please ask for their beef rolls.
24. Blue Water Cafe, 1095 Hamilton St.
Dedicated to using sustainable seafood and creating innovative dishes, Blue Water Cafe is truly an icon for all things seafood.
25. Troll's, 6408 Bay St.
If you don't live near Horseshoe Bay, you're gonna have to make a bit of a trip for this mom-and-pop fixture. But their world famous fish and chips are so worth it.
26. Joe Fortes, 777 Thurlow St.
Happy Hour, Surf and Turf, and that infinitely satisfying Lobster Oil. Oh my God, and those onion rings...
27. YEW Seafood + Bar, 791 W Georgia St.
On the West Coast, you can't possibly do Vancouver without indulging in a seafood night. Urban fine dining with the finest, freshest seafood, YEW cannot go wrong.
28. Tuc Craft Kitchen, 60 W Cordova St.
If you read us regularly, you already that we're obsessed with fried chicken and waffles. This is the spot. But, seriously, every creation here is magnificent and beyond aesthetically pleasing.
29. Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, 1788 W Broadway
Ain't no saucin' needed at Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot! Their soup base is so mouthwatering that adding extra sauce wouldn't just be pointless - it'd be a crime.
30. Santouka, 1690 Robson St.
Authentic and simple, but always satisfying, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka never stops brewing up the best shoyu broth for their always fresh ramen. Their specialty, ramen in pork-bone broth, is a must!
31. Sushi By Yuji, 2252 Kingsway
Don't be fooled by the low-key interior, Yuji's Guukan specialty, egg yolk on sushi, packs a smooth but unexpected punch.