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14 romantic restaurants for any kind of date night in Vancouver

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by Johanna Read
Updated February 03, 2023

Whether it’s on February 14 and you’re toasting love with everyone else or it’s just the two of you marking an anniversary, ocean-flanked Vancouver has you covered for romantic restaurants.

A Silk Road-inspired spot with locations in Kits and Mount Pleasant regales couples with live music. In the Stadium District, a swanky hotel restaurant is a group hang hotspot thanks to extravagant, shareable desserts such as crème brûlée doughnuts and hot whiskey cake. In Fairview, a tiny but mighty bar with a solid tapas selection was made for no-pressure first dates.

At these top Vancouver restaurants, romance isn’t just about candlelight and wine. Here are 14 romantic restaurants designed for you and your sweetheart to adore.

A photo of Grapes & Soda restaurant
4.7
4.7 (186)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Cocktail Bar
Fairview
About the restaurant

This tiny, unpretentious bar with just 22 seats is tailor-made for a casual first date. Eat with your fingers while sharing cheese and charcuterie boards. Pair snacks such as cauliflower tempura and dry-aged beef tartare with BC and European wines, inventive cocktails, sake, mezcal, or whisky. Like its partner restaurant next door, Farmer’s Apprentice (which you can check out on your next date if the initial one goes well), Grapes & Soda has an evolving menu rooted in a farm-to-table philosophy.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Best food best staff! Will be back again and again!
A photo of Torafuku restaurant
4.3
4.3 (674)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Pan-Asian
Chinatown
About the restaurant

Torafuku’s menu of ever-changing, pan-Asian dishes centres on shareable plates. You could warm up with roasted sweet potato or smoked BC sablefish with a dashi-flavoured melted butter sauce, or select the seven-course tasting menu for two to stretch out the evening. Torafuku is known for its original cocktails; the Passion Libre is made with mezcal, passionfruit, lime, and an oolong tea syrup. The lighting is dim and the booths are cozy. But if you want to drop the pressure for romance, opt for seats at the communal table.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We had an enjoyable experience! Last time I went I noticed some seasonal changes to the menu so it’s nice to try something new!
A photo of Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant) restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1229)
CAN$51 and over
Japanese
Kitsilano
About the restaurant

At sophisticated Yuwa (included in MICHELIN’s Vancouver guide), you’re likely to find quiet jazz and dramatic white orchid arrangements that provide a great second-date backdrop. Choose a seat at the counter to watch the sushi chefs in action or ask for table 12, tucked in a corner, to focus on your partner. Chef and co-owner Masahiro Omori offers ever-changing à la carte Japanese dishes spotlighting what’s freshest, such as sockeye tartar with pine nuts and a bamboo culm. Learn your date’s flavour preferences by browsing through the sushi and sashimi menu together. Co-owner Iori Kataoka, a certified advanced sake professional, can recommend pairings from Yuwa’s award-winning artisan sake and wine collection.


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HolidayMel
Dined on May 10, 2024
Delicious with lovely, relaxed service. Our server helped us choose an appropriate amount of food that would introduce us to a variety of the specialties. Would definitely go again!
A photo of East is East Silk n' Spice - West Broadway restaurant
4.7
4.7 (640)
CAN$30 and under
Mediterranean
Kitsilano
About the restaurant

This trans-Himalayan spot is owned by Afghan siblings who immigrated to Canada via India. On the menu, expect regional favourites such as steamed Tibetan mantu dumplings and curries of chicken, lamb, and salmon, plus several vegan choices such as mango butternut squash. The rich cuisine captures the essence of the small dhaba eateries that dot the Silk Road in Turkey, Iran, Tibet, India, and Mongolia—and sets the stage for discussing potential getaways together. There’s often live music in the evenings, with sounds and instruments from all over the globe to accompany your conversation.


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DaveB
Dined 2 days ago
Food was very good and the service was outstanding.
A photo of East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1400)
CAN$30 and under
Mediterranean
Mount Pleasant
About the restaurant

This trans-Himalayan spot is owned by Afghan siblings who immigrated to Canada via India. On the menu, expect regional favourites such as steamed Tibetan mantu dumplings and curries of chicken, lamb, and salmon, plus several vegan choices such as mango butternut squash. The rich cuisine captures the essence of the small dhaba eateries that dot the Silk Road in Turkey, Iran, Tibet, India, and Mongolia—and sets the stage for discussing potential getaways together. There’s often live music in the evenings, with sounds and instruments from all over the globe to accompany your conversation.


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IzabelaD
Dined on May 20, 2024
Fantastic ambiance with live music daily. The food platter is a delicious choice as it allows you to sample pretty much everything. Oh and don’t forget to get a chai! It’s perfect. Love this restaurant.
A photo of Kissa Tanto restaurant
4.7
4.7 (677)
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Chinatown
About the restaurant

Japanese-Italian Kissa Tanto is the perfect spot to mark the beginnings of your marriage or celebrate years of togetherness. The place received its first MICHELIN star in Vancouver’s inaugural guide to best restaurants in 2022. While kissa has nothing to do with smooches (it’s the name for a Japanese jazz café, and, yes, this spot spins a mean vinyl collection), tanto means “so much” or “a lot” in Italian. The latter could describe how much you adore your dinner companion—or executive chef Joël Watanabe’s exquisite fusion plates, such as dandelion pappardelle and pressed rice with mushrooms and Parmesan.


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SabinaT
Dined on Apr 22, 2024
Worth the wait! Excellent ambiance and service. The menu had unique Italian-Japanese flavour fusions that was all delicious. The cocktails were great and beautifully presented as well. Can’t wait to come back and try the omakase experience!
A photo of Botanist restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2701)
CAN$30 and under
Regional American (Northwest)
Coal Harbour
About the restaurant

Helmed by executive chef Hector Laguna, Botanist’s kitchen transforms ingredients that are “hooked, hunted, and harvested” from British Columbia into beautifully plated creations. This is one of Vancouver’s most proposal-worthy restaurants, thanks to dreamy interiors featuring a white baby grand piano and a 180-foot-long origami light structure. The duo of lamb belly and rack of lamb served with foraged mushrooms, cauliflower, and chickpea panisse is ideal for couples, as are desserts such as buckwheat honey cake with riesling-poached pears. If you want to be wined, dined, and surprised, opt for the We’ll Take it From Here tasting menu, a way to raise the bar on any proposal.


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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 8, 2024
One of our most memorable dining experiences in memory
A photo of Mott 32 - Vancouver restaurant
4.7
4.7 (565)
CAN$51 and over
Chinese
Coal Harbour
About the restaurant

If you want to take full advantage of Mott 32, you’ll have to order several dishes, making it an ideal setting for a group date. You’ll likely be able to see the open kitchen from your table, so the chefs in action at the dim sum, barbeque, and wok stations can spur conversation if needed. Mott 32’s menu focuses on traditional Cantonese cuisine but takes detours to the Sichuan province and Beijing, plus Vancouver, featuring British Columbian bounty. Premium ingredients including lobster, Iberian pork, and truffles feature prominently. Plan ahead for the applewood roasted Peking duck served tableside—it takes 48 hours to prepare.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
As good as usual! Kids friendly and amazing food.Our family's favorite.
A photo of The Victor – Parq Vancouver restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2960)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Steakhouse
Stadium District
About the restaurant

Servers will grant all your dinner wishes at this steak and seafood paradise at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver hotel. Share the hot seafood pot for the table with king crab, lobster, scallops, jumbo prawns, and mussels. Or choose a steak cooked to perfection under the 1,200-degree broiler. Save room for outrageous desserts such as Sticky Fingers, a hot whiskey cake or crème brûlée doughnuts served with a cloud of housemade maple cotton candy. The Victor has live music on Wednesdays. Before or after dinner, take a romantic stroll around Parq Vancouver’s sixth-floor 30,000-square-foot park, complete with its own lake.


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JoanneL
Dined 3 days ago
Food was amazing, service was great (other than slow arrival of bread). Made our son’s 19th birthday very special complete with a delicious dessert with a sparkler in. We visit The Victor relatively frequently and it never disappoints.
A photo of Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (569)
CAN$30 and under
Moroccan
Gastown
About the restaurant

A meal at this transportive spot is the closest thing you’ll get to a Marrakech getaway in Yaletown (the Gastown location is currently closed for renovations). Bookend your Middle Eastern feast with Moroccan tea, served traditionally with a high pour from a delicate silver pot, and impress your dining companion by ordering the rack of lamb, flambéed tableside. The menu is halal with lots of vegan and gluten-free options. For more adventure, book a night when there’s a live belly dancer performing


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MelodyH
Dined on Jan 3, 2022
great place for dining and taking your time and tables nicely spaced
A photo of Osteria Savio Volpe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4199)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Mount Pleasant
About the restaurant

This classic osteria is the place to claim as your go-to date spot if everything works out (and you can bring any future kids, too). The restaurant makes an ideal romantic dinner choice when you’re craving a warm and convivial atmosphere. The kitchen churns out Italian comfort food such as wood-fired rosemary and lemon chicken and cappelletti with squash, brown butter, and pumpkin seed. If you just want to concentrate on each other, dine alla famiglia to remove the challenge of choosing from the menu.


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SimonW
Dined on Aug 24, 2023
Make this a destination when in Vancouver. Travelling from the UK we were given the place as a must go to, by a Canadian friend and it didn’t disappoint. Great staff, wine list carefully created and the sommelier helped us find the perfect match for our food, and the food was perfect, two of our group had a pasta dish which they raved about, my friend and I had the pork belly special that was cooked perfectly. The ambience is buzzy but not overbearing, people waxing lyrical about the food no doubt. Will return if ever back in Vancouver !
A photo of ARC Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1906)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Unspecified
Coal Harbour
About the restaurant

Harbour and mountain vistas from ARC’s two-storey windows set a sultry mood, particularly at sunset. Date-night tip: the best tables for views are near the gas fireplace. The restaurant offers West Coast-inspired cuisine such as oysters and Asian-flavoured sablefish in both its dining room and lounge at the Fairmount Waterfront Hotel. To make a night of it, zip up the elevator to one of the hotel’s luxe rooms after dinner, then return to ARC in the morning for the Bottomless Brunch Experience, bookable through OpenTable.


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NicoleM
Dined 3 days ago
Went to endless brunch yesterday and it was awesome. All I can say is LOBSTER MAC AND CHEESE. Sure Ive had it before, but this had chucks of lobster in it. So delicious. Our server, Milan, was the absolute best. It was quite busy (cruise ship season in Vancouver) but she was so sweet and friendly, never forgetting any of her tables. She was very warm and welcoming, not something you see a lot of nowadays. We dined there before for bottomless brunch and a few menu items were changed, for the better! And now there is an option of bottomless juice rather than just coffee and tea. Will be back for sure, and will definitely ask to be in Milan’s section!
A photo of Frankie's Jazz Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1680)
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Stadium District
About the restaurant

Live jazz and blues will have you grooving together at this buzzy club, which serves housemade dishes from neighboring Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar. Share arancini (Silician breaded risotto balls) or an antipasto platter, then go all Lady and the Tramp with the family-recipe spaghetti and meatballs. Save room for the especially decadent tiramisu, best devoured with two spoons.


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June
Dined on Apr 28, 2024
A beautiful evening! Excellent live music, delicious food, friendly service 💗🎶💗
A photo of Bells & Whistles restaurant
4.8
4.8 (45)
CAN$30 and under
American
East Vancouver
About the restaurant

Bells & Whistles—there are now two, one on Fraser and a newer Dunbar location—offers a low-key spin on romance. The casual burger joint goes beyond the usual pub grub menu, courtesy of a gluten-free fryer and options such as chicharrones and an arugula, quinoa, and chickpea salad. The playful dessert selection evokes a summer fair: choose from warm mini-donuts, soft-serve ice cream, or sundaes (and yes, there’s a boozy version). Add low-tech arcade games, and there are many opportunities to celebrate a high score with a hug or end-zone dance.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Went during a Canucks playoff game. The servers were friendly and personable, despite the excitement in the restaurant. The food was outstanding and drinks were delicious. The ambience was electric; I had a great time. I will definitely be back!
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