Good Food and Chill Vibes at Vancouver's Best Casual Dining Restaurants

After a long day, the line between staying in and ordering delivery or getting dressed and going out can feel rather thin. These casual Vancouver restaurants are perfect for when you want to get out of the sweats and into some jeans.

For a casual date night, Les Faux Bourgeois is where it's at. This charming neighbourhood bistro serves French cuisine at very reasonable prices, in a warm environment. Dishes include classics like steak frites, duck confit and coq au vin. Portions are filling so be sure to save room for the creme brûlée.

When you're craving something healthy and filling, make your way to CHAU Veggie Express for vegetarian and vegan Vietnamese food. This laid-back restaurant serves hot, steamy bowls of soup and noodles that will fill you up with the good stuff.

When you want some low-key cocktails and delicious food, get yourself to Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie in Chinatown. Amongst this list, it's definitely the fanciest of the bunch, but it's still a chill spot for a solid dinner and drinks. The dishes here are ideal for sharing, making for a more interactive meal.

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When it's comforting food you want, it's Burgoo that you need. This casual eatery offers four locations around Vancouver and North Vancouver, so a cozy meal is always within reach. Known for their soups, hearty stews and sandwiches (the gooey...  Read More

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Take a trip down the Silk Road and walk into East is East for a tasty meal that will leave you full and satisfied. When you walk into the restaurant, soothing music, dim lighting, rustic furnishings, and beautifully crafted rugs greet you. The...  Read More

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What was once a hidden gem in Chinatown is now one of the neighbourhood's busiest restaurants. Vancouverites and visitors alike just can't get enough of Phnom Penh's Cambodian and Vietnamese eats. The relaxed atmosphere, reasonably priced food...  Read More

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One look at The Acorn's dishes and you'd expect a pretty fancy place. However, while the dishes are stunning, they keep the atmosphere cozy, welcoming and warm. The Acorn suits a romantic date night or casual dinner with friends. While their...  Read More

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South Granville is known for it's charming boutiques and calming neighborhoods, making it a enjoyable area of town to walk around and do some shopping. There are also a handful of excellent restaurants in the area, Vij's Rangoli being one of...  Read More



Whether you're ordering in or going out, sometimes there's nothing better than pizza. At Nicli Antica Pizzeria, expect Neopolitan-style pizza and a relaxed space. The pizzas are served piping hot from the wood-fired oven that's made out of...  Read More



This family-run business serves vegetarian and vegan Vietnamese food. It's a local favorite because when it comes to taste, there's no shortage of delicious dishes to eat here. The vibe is super relaxed and food comes out pretty quickly. It's...  Read More



Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie offers a Western twist on Chinese classics. The atmosphere is lively and comfortable, and dishes are made to be shared. Their "schnacks" section has a number of small bites that are great to snack on while you enjoy a...  Read More

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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



Les Faux Bourgeois is a favorite among Vancouverites because the food is excellent, the atmosphere is casual and warm, and the price is right. You could spend a lot at other French restaurants, but the beauty of Les Faux (as locals call it) is...  Read More


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