From Hole-in-the-Walls to Charming Bistros, Find the Best Value in Vancouver

Value doesn't mean you have to compromise on taste or atmosphere. While some of the best deals can be found in little hole in the wall joints, there are a number of lovely restaurants that offer value and will impress your date, and your palate.

Looking for something cheap and cheerful that's under $5? Head to Vancouver's Chinatown and stuff your face with one of Ba Le Sandwich Shop's Vietnamese subs. The space itself is nothing fancy and you're better off to take it to go, but your stomach will thank you. They're fresh and filling.

There's one restaurant that consistently has line-ups on any given day of the week and keeps guests coming back for more, and that's Vij's. The long wait and higher price point may not be in the cards for you, but their sister restaurant, Rangoli, may be. Both restaurants share the same kitchen so you know the food is going to be good. The lower price and lack of long waits make this a winning combination.

Looking for a place that's romantic and won't break the bank? Bistro Wagon Rouge is a charming blue collar French restaurant that will delight. Most mains are under $20 with a few specials being a couple of dollars more. The quality, portion size and execution of each dish is worth every penny and they give fine dining restaurants in the city a run for their money.


Twisted Fork is an unlikely gem amongst the sea of bright lights along the Granville Street strip. This restaurant serves fabulous bistro fare at a bargain price, especially if you make their blue fence special. The Blue Fence special gives you...  Read More

Hawkers Delight may appear rough around the edges, but like any good dive, it's the Singaporean and Malaysian food that keeps people coming back on a regular basis. When you look at the prices, atmosphere may not even matter. You're going to get...  Read More

Nuba Restaurant
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Nuba is one of Vancouver's favorite gems that has built a strong following that has helped pave the way for its expansion across the city. Nuba specializes in Middle Eastern dishes and everything from the hummus and baba ghanouj to the...  Read More

East Side

This cozy and intimate Italian-inspired restaurant welcomes diners to enjoy a comforting meal in the downtown east side of Vancouver. It's a fabulous spot for your next date night. Though it's slightly off the beaten path, Ask for Luigi attracts...  Read More

This Japanese owned and operated sushi joint is a must visit for healthy and delicious appetites. In addition to making all of their rolls with brown rice they use organic and OceanWise ingredients. On the menu you will find traditional rolls...  Read More

West Side
Vij's Rangoli
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South Granville is known for it's charming boutiques and calming neighborhoods, but there's one place that sticks out more than any other business in the area, and that's Vij's two restaurants. Rangoli is a Vancouver favorite and right next door...  Read More

We're not going to lie, sometimes it rains in Vancouver and the best way to stay warm on a wet and grey day is to dig in to a big bowl of ramen. Erase any memories you have of ramen from your college years, this is the real deal. The West End's...  Read More

Bistro Wagon Rouge is the sister restaurant to Red Wagon, a popular brunch spot in Vancouver, but the only things they have in common are great food and reasonable prices. Bistro Wagon Rouge is a blue collar French restaurant in East...  Read More

La Taqueria
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Authentic Latin and Mexican fare is hard to come by in Vancouver, but La Taqueria does an excellent job of bringing the flavors of the South to the North. Choose from items like de cachete (tender beef cheeks), carnitas (pork confit), pollo con...  Read More

Dining around Vancouver can add up if you're eating out all the time and it's nice to find hidden gems that offer good eats at very affordable prices. Ba Le Sandwich Shop calls Chinatown home and is a favorite amongst Vancouverites looking for a...  Read More


Meet Natasha John

Natasha is not born and raised in Vancouver, but is pretty certain it's her spirit hometown. After jumping around Canada, Texas, Arkansas and the UK, she has her feet firmly planted in...  More About Natasha

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