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4 New Must-Try Restaurants in Vancouver

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by Johanna Read
Updated August 30, 2022

New restaurants have been opening at a pace faster than Vancouver has seen in recent years, making dining here more exciting than ever. Choose from additional locations of local favorites, an Alberta eatertainment import where you can eat and play at the same time, and an all-new concept serving ancient Peruvian fare in Mount Pleasant. Restaurants are also increasingly offering ways to give back, with one spot benefitting humanitarian relief in Ukraine and another folding gratuity into prices to provide fair salaries and benefits.

No matter the cuisine or reason, these are the four must-book new spots around Vancouver.

A photo of Tap & Barrel • Bridges restaurant
4.5 (1168)
CAN$30 and under
About the restaurant

The iconic yellow building on Granville Island’s waterfront is now part of the Tap & Barrel family, and it’s fresh off an eight-month renovation. Up to 800 people can now enjoy Tap & Barrel’s “next-level comfort food” in the two-floor building, both indoors and outdoors on the dock level patio and the newly extended (and now all-season) patio on the second floor. Maple-dijon glazed salmon, crispy Humboldt squid, burgers, hand-stretched pizzas, BC brews and wines, and more are on offer at happy hour, weekend brunch, and daily lunch and dinner. Admire the boats out on False Creek, local paintings inside, and the wall of old buoys (among other nautical touches). The Soleri Room is available for a private meal for up to 12 people (optional: your fave HD sports channel on the flat screen). Take-out is also on offer. Keep your eye out for new menu items, as Bridges is now Tap & Barrel’s test kitchen, too.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We shared halibut cakes, prawns and squid to start and all three were delicious. Great flavour, portions, really exceeded my expectations. I had mussels for dinner also amazing. We sat on the covered patio and it was so comfortable, like being outside but not. Warm and we could see the water and the sun. Another amazing Tap Restaurant
A photo of GRETA Global Street Food & Arcade Bar restaurant
4.5 (24)
CAN$30 and under
About the restaurant

Expanding from Calgary and Edmonton, Vancouver now has its own GRETA. From mid-afternoon till the wee hours, load credits on an RFID card to play vintage and new arcade games while you snack on international street foods and sip beer, wine, and expertly crafted cocktails. Some nights, you can even dance to a DJ. Chef Tomoki Yamasaki uses locally sourced and never-frozen ingredients for his dishes, such as a Wagyu or vegetarian smash burger, Korean and Vietnamese wings, Baja fish tacos, and proper chip truck fries. Groups of eight to ten can pre-order sharing platters of DIY lettuce wraps stuffed with slow-roasted Berkshire pork shoulder or bao buns with red braised beef shank. Weekly discounted specials include Wednesdays’ all-day happy hour, Olé Thursdays, and ReGreta Sundays catering to Vancouver’s hospitality workers.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 4, 2024
Great overall experience. Went during happy hour and had an amazing time.
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