From Fine Dining to Hole-in-the-Walls: The Best of Downtown Vancouver Restaurants

Natasha John

By , Local Expert, Vancouver
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Vancouver is a foodie's dream! The city is full to the brim with delicious restaurants that range in price, cuisine and atmosphere, making it impossible to choose just one favorite. The best restaurants downtown aren't always the most expensive, nor are they the most trendy and we think you will be happy with a meal from any of these restaurants.

Hawksworth Restaurant and YEW seafood + bar are two solid choices if you're looking for fine dining while in Vancouver. Yew's atmosphere boasts tall ceilings and lots of space, while Hawksworth is slightly sexier in atmosphere; both are delicious options.

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    Hawksworth Restaurant

    Hawksworth Restaurant has a wonderful tasting menu when you're looking to splurge on fine dining.

    Local Expert Tip: "If your budget won't allow a full dinner, lunch is an excellent alternative."

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    Chambar's Congolaise mussels are fragrant, mouth-watering and a must order!

    Local Expert Tip: "It's best to make a reservation on weekends as the place fills up quickly."

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    YEW seafood + bar

    Chef Ned Bell is incredibly talented and you can taste the passion and knowledge in each bite.

    Local Expert Tip: "Breakfast starts at 6:30am and is perfect for you early birds."

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    Miku Restaurant

    Mikue Restaurant was the first to bring aburi style sushi to Vancouver.

    Local Expert Tip: "The new location is close to the old 1055 West Hastings street that closed in April 2013."

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    Nicli Antica Pizzeria

    Nicli Antica Pizzeria was the first VPN certified pizzeria in Vancouver and continues to serve drool worth pizzas.

    Local Expert Tip: "They do not take reservations, so be prepared to wait on a weekend. Or, get there before peak hours to avoid a wait. They're also open for lunch and it tends to be less busy."

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    La Taqueria

    La Taqueria serves authentic tacos for reasonable prices and caters to both vegetarians and meat eaters.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the beef tongue, it's delicious!"

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    Le Crocodile

    Le Crocodile is French fine dining at its best! The service is impeccable and the food is spot on.

    Local Expert Tip: "The tomato and gin soup is a must order appetizer."

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    Homer St. Cafe and Bar

    You will never look at roast chicken the same again after having it at the Homer St. Cafe and Bar.

    Local Expert Tip: "The features change daily, so you're always in for something new."

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    Cactus Club (Coal Harbour)

    The views from the Cactus Club Coal Harbour are simply stunning!

    Local Expert Tip: "It can get pretty busy on sunny days and off peak hours are the best times to go if you want to avoid a wait."

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    Phnom Penh

    Phnom Penh has the best chicken wings in Vancouver. Yes, we realize that's a bold statement.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go during off peak hours and avoid a wait."



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