In the Heart of the City: Downtown Vancouver's Best Restaurants

Vancouver is a city that loves its food and each neighborhood has something different to offer. For this downtown Vancouver list, we're looking at restaurants East of Burrard Street and West of Carrall Street.

Whether it's a special occasion or 'just because', every now and then it's nice to splurge on a memorable meal. When the moment strikes, head to Botanist at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. From the space to the music to the drinks and food, this gorgeous restaurant pulls out all of the stops. Bonus? Head downstairs to the Lobby Lounge for music and cocktails.

For over a decade, Chambar restaurant has been serving tasty Belgian food that's complemented with Belgian beer, craft cocktails, and a juicy wine list. Whether you're meeting with friends, going on a date, or dining solo at the bar, this buzzing restaurant suits.

Deco-inspired decor, soaring ceilings, and flavorful steaks can be found at Gotham Steakhouse. This old-school steakhouse has a time-tested menu and an incredible wine list with rare bottles that can be enjoyed by the glass, or bottle.

Regardless of where you end up, you're in good hands at any of these downtown restaurants.



Japanese owned and operated, Shizen Ya is a downtown Vancouver favorite. Sure, there are many options to choose from when it comes to Japanese food, but Shizen Ya's quality and price point make it a popular spot, day or night. The menu...  Read More



When it comes to cravings, MeeT in Gastown brings out the best of both worlds-comfort classics and healthy bowls. With a few locations around the city, this vegan restaurant is a local favorite. If you're feeling healthy, The Lovely bowl is...  Read More



When you combine an incredible room, delicious food, hospitable service, and an envious wine list, you really can't go wrong. Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar checks all of these boxes, making it one of Vancouver's best steakhouses, and a...  Read More



Since 2007, Jules Bistro has been a local favorite for approachable French food. Born and raised in Dijon, France, owner and chef, Emmanuel Joinville, brings his skillful love of cooking to each dish he creates. After his apprenticeship and...  Read More



When it comes to fresh seafood and fine dining, Yaletown's Blue Water Cafe is another Vancouver institution that delivers the goods. Crisp white linens and attentive service prep you for a memorable meal. On the menu, choose from a beautiful...  Read More

Hawksworth Restaurant
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Chef David Hawksworth is well-known around the world for creating beautiful and delicious dishes. Through dedication, consistency and a love for food, each plate is a piece of culinary art that'll make for a meal to remember. The menu sources...  Read More



L'Abattoir is located in the centre of Gastown between historic Gaoler's Mews and Blood Alley. The restaurant was built in the 19th century and is the site of Vancouver's first jail. Originally buttressed to the city's main butchery and meat...  Read More



Chambar's one of the few restaurants that's open first thing and closes late in the evening. This bodes well for hungry diners in search of a delicious meal any time of day. Whether you're here for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, the...  Read More



After a day at the office, a cocktail and some good conversation is just the tonic you need to unwind. Set amongst Vancouver's financial district, Nightingale has a seat with your name on it. The downstairs lounge boasts soaring ceilings,...  Read More



If you want a restaurant that does it all, head to Botanist. From stunning dishes and mouth-watering flavor profiles to imaginative cocktails, a gorgeous room, and live music-they tick off all the boxes. Walking into this Fairmont Pacific Rim...  Read More


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