Another year around the sun — birthdays come only once a year, so you’ve only got one chance to make it unforgettable. Which we know, is a lot of pressure. Cue this article. That’s why we’re helping you out and saving you some of that stress of planning the perfect birthday dinner surprise for your girl.
Maybe your girlfriend's birthday is coming up and you have no idea where to take her. Or you know which type of food or vibe is her favourite but can’t decide which restaurant best suits it. Well, no fear because we're here to help you out. From more budget-friendly spots to bad and boujee experiences, this list is filled with Vancouver restaurants that have different vibes, price points, and types of cuisine.
Let this be your unofficial guide to planning the best birthday dinner for your girl. Food is the way to a girl's heart so it's probs better to choose the right one for her special day. That's why we have selected some of the best restaurants in Vancouver. We also know how every birthday girl loves pictures — so bonus points for you for taking her to a place with amazing food and bomb photo ops.
Take your girlfriend for a day out of love, food and photos — the right ingredients for a birthday. Don’t forget to buy those big golden birthday number balloons and be the best insta boyfriend the whole night through.
$11 to $30
Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen
Where: 2054 Commercial Drive // Commercial-Broadway
Most popular item: Salmon Oshi
Why you should go: We live in Vancouver and (high) chances are your girlfriend loves sushi. Experience the melt in your mouth deliciousness of aburi oshi sushi at Kishimoto.
Where: 1047 Denman Street // West End
Most popular item: Chocolate Pizza
Why you should go: If your girlfriend has a sweet tooth, it'll definitely be satisfied at this cute chocolate cafe. The perfect place to go for dessert after dins.
Where: 568 Beatty Street // Crosstown
Type: Belgian, Breakfast & Brunch
Most popular item: Paella
Why you should go: Brunch is always a good go-to and Chambar offers an amazing one in a cozy, brick walled and beam interior.
Where: 162 Water Street // Gastown
Type: Lounge, Canadian
Most popular item: Scotch Eggs
Why you should go: Have a cozy, romantic night filled with cocktails and comfort food in this 100-year-old building.
For $31 to 60, click "Next".
$31 to $60
Where: 350 Carrall Street // Gastown
Type: Japanese, Korean, French
Most popular item: Foie Gras Bowl
Why you should go: If you can't decide between taking your girlfriend for Asian or Western food, get the best of both at this delicious fusion restaurant of Asian and Pacific Northwest ingredients.
Where: 1032 Alberni Street // Downtown
Type: Seafood, Steakhouse
Most popular item: Mac and Cheese Sticks
Why you should go: Every girl loves a rooftop patio and your girl will love you for taking her to one of the best ones in Vancouver.
Brix & Mortar
Where: 1138 Homer Street // Yaletown
Type: Wine Bar, Canadian
Most popular item: Cheese Plate
Why you should go: A beautiful, sophisticated, Insta-worthy courtyard, incredible wine, delicious contemporary Canadian cuisine — all the makings for the perfect, luxe dinner date in Yaletown.
Top of Vancouver
Where: 555 W Hastings St // Downtown
Most popular item: Duck Duo
Why you should go: Take your girl on a next level dinner date — 553 feet above the ground. If you want those #views during your dinner, check out Top of Vancouver for a romantic, panoramic view of the city.
Where: 869 Hamilton Street // Yaletown
Most popular item: Tagliarini
Why you should go: Italian food is always a good idea and the romantic atmosphere and fine dining Italian cuisine experience at Lupo is perfect for a birthday dinner date.
For $60+, click "Next".
Le Crocodile Restaurant
Where: 909 Burrard Street // Downtown
Most popular item: Foie Gras
Why you should go: If you want a delicious fine dining experience, Le Crocodile is the way to go. You might not be able to take your girlfriend to Paris for her birthday but you can treat her to delicious French food at Le Crocodile.
Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio
Where: #2-1600 Howe St // Downtown
Type: Seafood, Japanese and Peruvian
Most popular item: Sablefish
Price: 💸 💸 💸💸
Why you should go: Treat her to a luxurious dining experience with amazing seafood and sushi on a waterfront patio.
Blue Water Cafe
Where: 1095 Hamilton St // Yaletown
Most popular item: Sable Fish
Why you should go: Treat the best to the best — Blue Water Cafe has been awarded "Best Seafood Restaurant". Indulge in their West Coast dishes and sustainable seafood.