Choosing a restaurant for a first date is way more complex than you might think. It has to give off just the right vibe. It has to be cute, interesting and with just a hint of romanticism thrown in—but it can't be too overwhelming because you have to play it cool, too!
If you find yourself frantically googling "cute restaurants in Vancouver" or madly scrolling through your Instagram feed searching for the place with the perfect aesthetic to take your date, then this list is for you.
With so much that goes into a decision like this, we created a list that does all the heavy lifting for you. The restaurants in this list are just the right amount of cute for a first date. They'll set the right tone and the rest is up to you!
Here are Vancouver's 8 best first date restaurants that are sure to leave a great first impression:
Address: 8 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C9
Why you need to go: Coffee shop by day, restaurant by night. No date can resist a visit to this Gastown gem. Their interiors have just the right touch plus there's a new patio to check out!
Address: 152 E 11th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 2C2
Why you need to go: Impress your date with this hidden restaurant in Mount Pleasant. It's romantic and laid back all at once so it's easy to have a good time with your date!
Bob Likes Thai Food
Address: 1521 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 1W6 (this is the cuter location, although there is a second one at 3755 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N8)
Why you need to go: This funky spot has some of the best Thai food in Vancouver and their garage-door opens to give it a warehouse vibe. Sip colourful cocktails and split tasty plates with your date at this casual but delicious spot.
Cuisine: Upscale pub eats
Address: 162 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2
Why you need to go: Dim lighting, reclaimed wood and authentically vintage touches—this place has live music and unique menu that will make any foodie swoon.
Address: 2781 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4C5
Why you need to go: Take your vegetarian date to Bandidas to show them you know where all the hip spots for veggie eats! Split a plate of nachos under the string lights inside this laid-back Commercial Drive gem.
Address: Multiple locations around Vancouver
Why you need to go: No matter what neighbourhood your date prefers, there's probably a Nuba nearby. These cute and colourful restaurants serve up delicious sharable eats that are perfect for date night. Don't forget to bring gum because no one likes garlic breath!
Address: 39 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0R3
Why you need to go: One of the cutest spots in Vancouver, you can get amazing happy hour eats and brunch at Honey Salt. The airy and spacious interior is really comfortable and the service is impeccable—sure to impress the pickiest date!
Address: 151 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1W1
Why you need to go: This place is a cute twist on a classic diner! You and your date can have updated burgers, fries and shakes all in a contemporary corner of an old heritage building. It's perfect for a low-key date because you put thought (but not too much thought) into choosing this place!