Group Dining in Vancouver: The City's Best Restaurants for Large Parties



There's nothing like getting a bunch of your most near and dear together to break bread, but sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge finding the right spot that fits your needs. Let this list take care of guess work for you when planning a meal out in Vancouver.

For a fun atmosphere, delicious food and solid cocktails, Chambar is a great choice. Depending on the size of your party, they offer both private and semi-private spaces. Their Belgian cuisine can be enjoyed as a group for brunch, lunch or dinner.

For a super casual sit-down dinner, check out Phnom Penh. Usually, this restaurant has a large line during peak hours, but for parties of 8 or more, you can make a reservation. This Chinatown eatery serves up tasty Vietnamese and Cambodian dishes that are easily enjoyed family style.

If you're celebrating something extra special and want something fancy, make a reso at Botanist in the Fairmont Pacific Rim. This stunning restaurant is a dreamy place to sit down to a delicious meal. An added bonus? When your meal is over, head downstairs to the Lobby Lounge for drinks and live music.



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With its truck stop theme, it's hard to miss Red Truck Beer Company. This neighborhood brewery combines freshly brewed beer, diner-style eats, and live music for a good time. They usually have over a half dozen of their Red Truck beers on tap to choose from and if you're not sure what to order, the friendly service will help guide you. When it comes to the food, it's all about comfort. From hot dogs and burgers to flavored fries and an all day egg-centric menu, you've got options. For groups, they offer set menus that can be ordered by the "truckload". Like the regular menu, the set menus are all about comfort. You'll find things like cheeseburgers, hot wings, french fries and Caesar salad on offer. They have two different rooms available for parties that range in size from 12 people to 50 people.


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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 it's perfect for group dining. You've got plenty to choose from at Gotham. The Club Room seats up to 30 people and has private bar. For smaller groups, the Board Room can seat 8-18 people. The Mezzanine is another great spot where the semi-private dining room overlooks the lounge. For something special, you can create a custom menu. However, a visit to Gotham isn't complete without one of their steaks. Mouthwatering cuts are cooked to perfection on an infrared grill that cooks at 1800 degrees. It doesn't get much better when you pair your steak with classic sides, like creamed spinach and mashed potatoes, and a glass of wine.


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The Flying Pig in Gastown is a "nouveau Canadian Bistro" where guests can enjoy a seasonally-driven menu. Choose from dishes like their wild seafood pappardelle with a spicy rose sauce or a 14 ounce ribeye steak with peppercorn sauce and handcut fries. Whatever you order, it's all about comfort and flavor. Both the menu and the space are approachable, making it a great spot for a casual (but tasty) place to dine with a group. The Gastown location has a private room that can accommodate up to 28 people. Whether you're looking to sit down and enjoy a multi-course meal or have appetizers and mingle, they're happy to help you plan your event.


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An experience at Minami will elevate your tastebuds and bring an entirely new experience of Japanese cuisine to your palate, and it's perfect for group dining. Minami's has two private dining rooms, the Blue Ocean Room and the Blue Wave Room. The Blue Ocean room can accommodate 15-40 seated guests. The Blue Wave Room is perfect for intimate dinners and it seats 14 people. Many know Minami for their aburi-style sushi, but there's also so much more to explore here. For large groups they offer a variety of different set menus that'll please the crowd. This high-end Japanese restaurant is wonderful for special occasions.


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Campagnolo has been a mainstay along the Main Street corridor for a number of years. Vancouverites love the rustic Italian dishes that are made with local and seasonal ingredients. Enjoy dishes like freshly made pastas, hand-tossed pizzas, and an excellent selection of cured meats that are done in-house. For groups 10 or larger, Campagnolo is awesome for those who enjoy eating family-style, or nibbling and mingling. Whether you've got 10 people or 100 people in your group, Campagnolo is a lovely choice. Depending on the size of your group, they offer private, semi-private and buyout options. Located by the Main Street Skytrain station, it's easy to get to by public transportation.


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Walking into Botanist is like a breath of fresh air, literally. Inspired by the principles of botany and the lush landscape of the Pacific Northwest, this vibrant restaurant, bar, lounge and terrace is a feast for the senses. The room's adorned with plenty of greenery, soft peach banquets, brushed gold, and other natural elements throughout. Adding to the ambiance are the melodic tunes coming from the pianist on the white piano. For groups, Botanist offers two- and three-course menus for lunch, and three- and four-course menus for dinner. Executive Chef Hector Laguna makes the most of the Pacific Northwest's bounty. Locally and seasonally driven, each dish is made to excite both the eye and the palate. Toast the occasion with something special. The cocktail program blends chemistry with a playful execution, while the wine list features wineries that practice sustainable, biodynamic or organic farming and winemaking.


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As you make your way up the terracotta stairs from Robson Street, let your senses take in the deliciously fragrant scent from the wood-fired oven. Once inside, let the warm and inviting space welcome you as you take your seat amongst the white linen-covered tables. Whatever the occasion, a meal at CinCin is one to remember. The menu tempts with seasonal dishes that use well-sourced ingredients, making each dish shine. First courses often feature soups, salads and small plates. The risotto and pasta section gives you the option to order as a main or smaller portion. For your main, be sure to check out what's happening on the wood-fired grill. CinCin's wine list is stocked full of beautiful options that cater to varying budgets. For groups, they have both private and semi-private spaces that can accommodate an intimate family dinner, or a large celebration with 250 guests.


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Before we get into the details, we have to warn you that you may become seriously obsessed with Phnom Penh. This mainstay in Chinatown has been attracting steady line-ups of both locals and visitors for years now. People just can't get enough of Phnom Penh's Cambodian and Vietnamese goods. The deep fried chicken wings are a favorite. The light and crispy batter keeps the wings juicy and the sauteed garlic and green onions add extra flavor. Dip them in the lemon and pepper sauce and we dare you to stop at just one. After a few bites, you'll understand the long lines during peak hours. What's great about the dishes here is that they're ideal for sharing. Phnom Penh takes reservations for groups of eight and more.


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Nuba specializes in Middle Eastern dishes that are perfect for sharing, making eating an interactive experience. For large groups, the Kitsilano location is ideal. With the ability to host anywhere from 8 to 150 guests, Nuba is great for birthdays to weddings. On the menu, they offer traditional Lebanese mezzes like hummus, baba ghanooj, mjadra, man'oushe and falafel, to name just a few. Heartier mains bring ingredients like eggplant, chicken and lamb to the table. For large groups, Nuba will help you figure out what would be best for your needs. Whether you want canpes and cocktails, a serve-yourself buffet, family-style sit-down dining, or a mix, they've got you covered. Dining with a large group often brings different dietary restrictions and one of the things that's great about Nuba is that many of the dishes are perfect for vegans and vegetarians, with meat options for those who wish.


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Getting your group together doesn't have to be limited to the evening, why not meet up for a tasty brunch or lunch? At Chambar, you can dine as a group from morning until night. The menu has a Belgian focus and features local ingredients; you really can't go wrong here. For groups of 12 people or more, they have a number of different set menus that you can choose from for brunch, lunch and dinner. They have two different private dining rooms. The first can seat 20 people and it includes your own sound system, a microphone, and a 60 inch television. The second room can fit 80 people and can accommodate either a seated service or a standing canapé gathering. In addition to the electronics, this room also offers your own bar. Non-private group dining can accommodate up to 30 people.


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