Tasty Tapas: The Best Places in Vancouver to Enjoy Small Plates

Chicken or fish? Have both! Tapas are one of the best ways to enjoy a social meal with friends and to try a little bit of everything on the menu. While tapas are traditionally Spanish, there are many other cuisines that offer their own spin on these small plates. In Vancouver you can enjoy everything from Spanish tapas to Middle Eastern mezzes and small bites at a Japanese Izakaya. 

España restaurant in the West End is a local favorite where you'l enjoy things like patas bravas, chicken liver pate on toast, paella, anchovy stuffed olives and a few of their own creations. Spanish style tapas wouldn't be complete without a nice glass of sherry and España has a healthy selection to choose from.

Vancouver's izakaya scene is lively and there are quite a few to sample from. While many of them are delicious, Guu is a Vancouver original that must be enjoyed. Bring your appetite and come prepared to order a bunch of small dishes that are made to share while enjoying a cold beer.

For a cozy experience, head to Gastown's Sardine Can for an intimate meal that's perfect for sharing with friends or your date. The Sardine Can's menu brings a small taste of Spain to Vancouver's dining scene and is a lovely spot to check out when you're in the mood for tapas.



Inspired by New York City's wine and tapas bars, Bin 941 is one of the city's first restaurants to feature small plates and tapas as a form of dining and has been around for over ten years. The menu uses sustainable, local and seasonal...  Read More



Yaletown L'Antipasto is a quaint and unassuming restaurant in Yaletown that will blow you away. Though it may be bold to say, Yaletown L'Antipasto has some of the best fresh pasta in Vancouver. This family-run joint will make you feel warm and...  Read More



Provence Marinaside is a go-to restaurant when you're chasing the sun with a hungry belly. Open for breakfast, brunch (weekends), lunch and dinner, Provence Marinaside is there for you any time of the day. Breakfast and brunch has all of your...  Read More

Hapa Izakaya


Hapa Izakaya is a local favorite and the word has spread as they have opened locations in Calgary and Toronto, on top of the four locations in Vancouver. Enter the dining room in this West End location and enjoy the sleek black-on-black decor....  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



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



For decades, La Bodega on Howe Street in downtown Vancouver was a classic tapas joint that locals had a soft spot. When they had to vacate their old location due to property development, Vancouverites had high hopes that they'd come back. Moving...  Read More



In 1993 the first izakaya opened up in Vancouver. That izakaya is what we now as Guu. They offer tasty dishes that are affordable and ideal for sharing with friends. The Thurlow location is the original space that they opened up and due to their...  Read More



Step inside this cozy space and grab a seat at the bar and sink your teeth into some delicious Spanish tapas. Don't forget to wash it all down with a glass of sherry! Traditional Spanish tapas can be hard to come by in Vancouver, but there...  Read More



Espana Restaurant brings a taste of Spain to Vancouver's West End. 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...  Read More


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