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Celebrate your special occasions at these top 13 Vancouver restaurants

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by Johanna Read
Updated September 29, 2022

Vancouver’s breathtaking surroundings make it all the more exciting to go out for a celebratory meal. But beyond epic waterfront views, Vancouver’s thriving dining scene holds something for all kinds of celebrations. Whether it’s a top-notch Chinese meal in luxe interiors, eating flaky Moroccan pastries under a lantern-lit ceiling, or sharing a towering seafood platter in a city famous for its fresh catch, Vancouver offers plenty of options for a celebratory meal out.

Read on for 13 Vancouver restaurants to book when you’re looking to ring in something special.

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4.8
4.8 (392)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Farm-to-table
Kitsilano
About the restaurant

As its name suggests, the menu at Farmer’s Apprentice changes constantly based on what’s harvested at the nearby farms it works with. Some recent highlights on the family-style menu include a hazelnut miso eggplant with charred scallions, heirloom tomatoes with crispy shrimp, and yellowtail fish in a saffron sauce. The open kitchen offers views of the chefs dehydrating, smoking, and fermenting all kinds of ingredients, making for an action-packed evening at the restaurant.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
This restaurant is a gem of Vancouver and as always was an amazing experience. Thank you Elisa and Farmer’s Apprentice team!
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4.7
4.7 (577)
CAN$51 and over
Chinese
Coal Harbour
About the restaurant

Downtown’s Mott 32, which reopened in January, is the only Canadian outpost of the famed international restaurant with locations in Hong Kong, Dubai, and Las Vegas. Chef Lee Man Sing’s menu has Cantonese and Sichuan influences with highlights including the Peking duck, which requires a 48-hour preparation; barbecued Iberico pork; and dim sum such as a soft-boiled quail egg inside a pork siu mai. Designer Joyce Wang imagined Mott 32’s luxe interiors featuring leather banquets and gold accents on the wallpaper.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Michelin Star quality, consistent year after year.
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4.8
4.8 (3511)
CAN$51 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown
About the restaurant

For top-notch steakhouse fare paired with live music and a sophisticated Art Deco interior, look no further than Gotham. One of the highlights of the menu is a seafood tower featuring lobster tail, oysters, and scallop ceviche, among a host of other seafood selections. Musicians play in the lounge Wednesday through Saturday evenings for diners looking for a more lively night out.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Best steak I’ve ever had, and that’s not an exaggeration. Service was amazing, everyone was attentive and knowledgeable. Really enjoyed my experience.
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4.1
4.1 (1903)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Stadium District
About the restaurant

Husband-and-wife team Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau work with local farmers and fishermen to bring diners the freshest ingredients at Honey Salt in Parq Vancouver. Menu highlights include a mushroom pappardelle with a basil walnut pesto, truffle macaroni and cheese, and mussels cooked in a coconut curry broth. Finish off the meal with one of the decadent desserts such as the chocolate cake served tableside with caramelized bananas, a milk chocolate mousse, and a dark chocolate glaze.

Top review
RituA
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Great experience, the food was delicious. The couches however were not comfortable and pretty stained. Did not feel nice.
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4.7
4.7 (3839)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary French
Gastown
About the restaurant

At Gastown’s L’Abattoir, expect a French-influenced menu highlighting local ingredients such as steamed Pacific halibut and smoked trout salad with a poached egg. The space in a 19th-century building has several rooms, including a patio and private dining rooms, for all types of celebrations. For a splurge, opt for the Gaoler’s tasting menu, which features nine courses and an optional wine pairing.

Top review
RyanL
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
L’Abattoir is my favourite Vancouver restaurant. This was by far the best meal I’ve had in 2024. I found that the bread service in particular was exemplary. As well the portion sizes were fabulous. It was definitely worth the value I paid. I hope I will be able to come back again this year to try out more of the menu.
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4.6
4.6 (2450)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Regional American (Northwest)
Coal Harbour
About the restaurant

LIFT’s waterfront views of Stanley Park and the North Shore are its biggest draw, but its seafood-focussed menu is just as compelling with halibut cooked in a sage-infused brown butter sauce, scallop and prawn linguine, and crispy squid with Sichuan peppers. Going here for weekend brunch is a solid bet, too, with four kinds of eggs Benedict, among other savoury options.

Top review
AlyssaR
Dined 4 days ago
Great seafood, service & view! Would definitely go back?
A photo of Miku Restaurant - Vancouver restaurant
4.8
4.8 (6156)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Japanese
Coal Harbour
About the restaurant

Miku chef Seigo Nakamura is best known as the man who introduced Vancouver (and Canada) to the joys of flamed-seared aburi sushi, back in 2008 with the debut of his waterfront restaurant. Aside from the famed sushi, diners can opt for a multi-course kaiseki menu or choose from à la carte options such as lobster risotto. Show-stopping desserts including green tea opera cake are a must to end the meal. When weather permits, grab a seat on the patio, which overlooks the five sails of Canada Place.

Top review
Norb
Dined 4 days ago
Everything we had at Miku was perfectly prepared and presented. Our only complaint is that it's heard to hear when the server presents and explains the dish. Otherwise the lunch was perfect.
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4.4
4.4 (1664)
CAN$30 and under
Unspecified
Downtown
About the restaurant

Afternoon tea at any of Canada’s Fairmont hotels is always a treat, and it’s no different at the downtown outpost, where it’s served at the Notch8 restaurant. There are nearly a dozen tea selections to choose from, and the drinks come alongside a sumptuous spread of sandwiches including a smoked sablefish creation, cheddar and buttermilk scones, and a host of cakes. For a boozy afternoon, opt for one of the cocktails: the sunflower combines gin, elderflower liqueur, orange-flavoured liqueur, absinthe, and lemon. Diners can also opt to eat at the rooftop dining room with views of the city for weekend brunch.

Top review
RobertoBA
Dined 5 days ago
We had a good time at Notch8 , the food was great. The place was nice and quiet, good service and the price was reasonable. Our lunch reservation was at 1:30 pm and probably that’s why it was not so busy and not so noisy.
A photo of Torafuku restaurant
4.3
4.3 (678)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Pan-Asian
Chinatown
About the restaurant

Chef Steve Kuan’s Torafuku grew out of his pan-Asian Le Tigre food truck, and the restaurant is still going strong seven years after its debut. Highlights of the menu include a papaya salad with confit pork jowl plus stir-fried rice cakes with roasted mushrooms, napa cabbage, and crème fraîche. Cocktails also incorporate Asian ingredients with yuzu juice and tea-infused gin prominently featured on the menu. For parties of seven or more, the restaurant can customize the menu with advance notice.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Food was absolutely delicious and the service staff went out of their way to be helpful. Highly recommend!
A photo of Zarak by Afghan Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1287)
CAN$30 and under
Afghan
Mount Pleasant
About the restaurant

This Mount Pleasant restaurant honours the recipes of owner Hassib Sarwari’s mother, Zohra Parwani. Order plates to share—roasted Brussels sprouts or charbroiled kebabs served with rice—for the table. The new weekend brunch menu includes eggs Benedict served with a chutney hollandaise, as well as waffles with quimaq, the tea featuring clotted cream that’s made for special occasions in Afghanistan.

Top review
Hopy
Dined 1 day ago
The food was delicious! The fish curry we got was overly salty but our server took care of us and offered us another dish instead.
A photo of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2427)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Seafood
Downtown
About the restaurant

Chefs Alex Chen and Roger Ma head up this stylish Sutton Place Hotel restaurant. Their West Coast cuisine menu emphasizes seafood with constantly changing dishes. Recent highlights have included charcoal-grilled sablefish served with bull kelp seared Hokkaido scallops in a red curry sauce. For celebrations with big groups, opt for the caviar service or the two-pound Mediterranean sea bream. The elegant restaurant features Italian marble and white oak floors, antique chandeliers, and a heated, wrap-around patio for al fresco dining.

Top review
ChefDoc
Dined 7 days ago
Fantastic experience - our waiter Jeremiah surpassed expectations, knowledgable, witty, accomodating - if we lived in Vancouver we would make a point to be regulars. Food and wine were terrific. Highly recommend.
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