Watch the late afternoon sun slowly setting on the horizon on English Bay in Stanley Park. Voted the most romantic restaurant in Vancouver, its featured tea rooms are full of character, setting a serene dining mood. The West Coast menu includes delicious varieties of mushrooms for appetizers. The brunch, lunch and dinner menus feature some mouthwatering seafood, and desserts like the chocolate Milano cake and white chocolate cheese cake end the meal perfectly.
Formerly the Tapastree restaurant, Tavola is among the most popular Italian dining options in the city. This West End gem celebrates Italian traditions and customs by preparing large, family-style portions of house-made pastas and sauces, freshly made mozzarella, roast chicken and serving them at large communal tables. The sophisticated and elegant interiors coupled with the delicious variety of authentic Italian preparations makes it a perfect choice for a romantic date, a business meet or a private celebration.
Many decades ago, a large bartender named Joe Fortes became the first lifeguard at Vancouver's English Bay. Now this attractive seafood and chop house that bears his name is one of the top dining spots. Oysters are the specialty (the fresh shucked and pan-roasted varieties) at the upscale haunt. The dozen or so fresh fish entrees are also popular, with cedar-plank salmon topping the daily list. The wine list is award-winning. Reservations are recommended as this place is quite bustling everyday.
A refined and comfortable ambiance greets diners at Minami Restaurant. The decor has artistic motifs like Japanese murals on the walls and whimsical imagery throughout. The food reflects the same sensibility with innovative contemporary options. Some of the dishes to try out here are Kaisen Soba Pepperoncino, Spicy Pork and Local Oyster with Yuzu Sparkling Sake Foam. The private dining rooms and the patio are also excellently adorned to cater to varied sensibilities. Check website for more details.
Freshness being the motto, these guys collaborate with the local fishermen to get a grab of the day's best catch. Bite into some delicious Fish-n-Chips, in a unique Beer Batter with Tartar Sauce; they're apt to put some local burger chains to shame! The scrumptious Yucatan Fish Tacos with the local grilled fish is divine. A tasty, non-fussy meal here is guaranteed amid natural settings and lots of flowers and shrubbery. This is truly a fish lover's haven. Call ahead for further details or simply order a take away to avoid waiting!
There are plenty if Irish bars around the city but none of them provide as Irish an experience as Mahony & Sons does. Maybe it's the serene Burrard Landing location or the authentic Irish food they serve, Mahony & Sons stands out as a traditional Irish bar, with a personality of its own. The food menu comprises a variety of dishes like Irish Potato soup, Irish Sausage Bangers & Mash and other delectable treats. Quenching your thirst, the pub has a wide array of drinks, with wines and pints all ready to be poured. The wall-mounted television screen broadcasts live sporting action from all over. Regular live-music performances are hosted as well. Call ahead or check website to know more.
After a sight-seeing trip around Yaletown, drop by at Provence Marinaside for a quick bite. This restaurant specializes in seafood and Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant has a fresh seafood bar and features an extensive selection of fishes and shellfish. The ambiance is pleasant, the staff is friendly and attentive, and most importantly, the food is sumptuous. The great place to catch a fine evening dinner with friends and family.
The Main Street Community in Vancouver has a star seafood restaurant in The Fish Counter. Everything on the menu is made fresh, and all the seafood is high-quality and sustainable. The oysters, fish tacos and fish and chips are the most popular items with the locals. In fact, they are so good that the small eating space can be forgiven!
Food connoisseurs in the city are sure to love Edible Canada at the Market. The standard of modern Canadian cuisine in Vancouver, the bistro promotes the farm-to-fork dining philosophy. Located right across from the popular Granville Island Public Market, the menu is made from locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients that varies with the chef's whims and market-availability. The contemporary interiors, coupled with energetic vibes, make for a vibrant and inviting atmosphere. The space also plays host to wine tastings and private events.
This 20-year-old landmark on the water offers scenic views of the English Bay and the North Shore mountains. A large building with a classy interior, it includes a fine dining room, wine bar, pub and summertime dock patio. Try anything from the exquisite dining room menu and enjoy it relentlessly. The wine bistro and pub offer more casual and less expensive menus. The place is open everyday from 5:30p onwards.