Casual Dining in Vancouver: Great for Get-Togethers and Date Nights

Should you be in the mood for something a little more low key, yet delicious, you won't have any trouble finding something that will hit the spot in Vancouver.

Espana Restaurant is a cozy tapas restaurant tucked away in Vancouver's West End. The space is small and lends itself well to romantic date nights (that won't break the bank) and intimate catch-ups with friends. The food here is fantastic and the menu changes often, so you're always in for a new treat.

Vij's is a well-known high-end Indian restaurant in Vancouver that often has long line-ups and is hard on the wallet. However, their sister restaurant Vij's Rangoli is right beside Vij's and has a much more casual atmosphere and just as delicious food.

Nuba is the perfect place to go if you're dining with different dietary restrictions. The menu boasts healthy options that are packed with flavor, and the prices are reasonable. If you want to try a few different dishes here, make sure to order one of their "feasts"–it's a great way to sample the menu. With a few different locations across the city, a tasty Lebanese meal is never far away.

There are many eateries in Vancouver that won't disappoint when you're after something casual and these ten restaurants offer a good place to start.

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

East Side

Before we get into the details, we have to warn you that you may become seriously addicted to Phnom Penh. The secret is out in Vancouver and locals and visitors alike are lining up for Phnom Penh's Cambodian and Vietnamese goods. This restaurant...  Read More

West Side
Vij's Rangoli
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South Granville is known for it's charming boutiques and calming neighborhoods, making it a fabulous area of town to walk, shop, and enjoy the scenery. There are also a handful of excellent restaurants in the area, Vij's Rangoli being one of...  Read More

Pizzeria Farina
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If you're a die-hard fan of Napolese style pizza, but wish you could enjoy it at home, Pizzeria Farina is for you. You can eat-in, or take-out, and either way is very delicious. The thin, chewy, yet pillow-like crust is the perfect bed for 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

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

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 Mezcaleria is a sister restaurant to Vancouver's much loved La Taqueria. The newest addition to the family boasts a fun atmosphere that's great for a dinner with friends. Located on Commercial Drive, the neighborhood atmosphere adds to the...  Read More

Like any good tapas joint, there's an array of dishes to choose from that can be enjoyed in the cozy room and washed down with some sherry. The room never fails to fill up with hungry diners, but the food comes out at a steady pace, so you're...  Read More


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