14 Vancouver Restaurants Perfect for Celebrating Special Occasions

Vancouver restaurants are ready to help you celebrate, whether it’s a vaccination or a once-in-a-lifetime momentous occasion. Choose from fancy to fun and everything in between to make a toast to the fabulous food at these Vancouver restaurants, even if you opt to bring it home to celebrate.

And don’t worry about matching your cocktail dress with your COVID mask. High fashion isn’t ever the norm in Rain City anyway, and if you’re eating outside on a patio — even those that are heated — you’ll want to dress warmly.

Here’s where to book in Vancouver for something special.

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Restaurants:Botanist, Farmer's Apprentice, Gotham Steakhouse and Bar
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary Canadian, Farm-to-table, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Coal Harbour, Kitsilano, Downtown
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Botanist

$$$$·Contemporary Canadian·
Coal Harbour
1,603 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

Executive Chef Hector Laguna creates magic with BC ingredients at Botanist. Come for theatrical signature drinks in the cocktail laboratory and exquisite dishes made from sustainably sourced local ing...

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Contemporary Canadian in Vancouver / British Columbia
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Farmer's Apprentice

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Kitsilano
180 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine

Next door to neighbourhood gem Grapes & Soda is the award-winning Farmer’s Apprentice, with constantly-changing menus based on whatever’s been delivered from the region’s organic and ethical farms. Ma...

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Healthy in Vancouver / British Columbia
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Gotham Steakhouse and Bar

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,587 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
  • Business Meals

Gotham’s sophisticated Art Deco dining room connects to its sunny patio via glass doors, and musicians entertain in the lounge Thursday to Saturday evenings, where lower-priced small plates are availa...

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Steakhouse in Vancouver / British Columbia
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Honey Salt - Parq Vancouver

$$$$·Canadian·
Stadium District
1,058 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
  • Group Bookings

Just off the lobby at the JW Marriott Parq is comfortable-yet-sophisticated Honey Salt, wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla work with local farmers, fishermen, and growers to sou...

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Brunch in Vancouver / British Columbia

Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant

$$$$·Moroccan·
Gastown
420 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Decorated with lavish textiles, beautiful mosaic tilework, and patterned lanterns, Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant’s design evokes the same authentic sense of place as its menu. The menu centres around ta...

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Best Overall in Vancouver / British Columbia
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L'Abattoir Restaurant

$$$$·French·
Gastown
3,255 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance

L’Abattoir is in a 19th-century heritage building at the site of Vancouver’s first jail, with a seasonal patio, plus a 1,200-square-foot private dining area for special events. The French-influenced m...

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Notable Wine List in Vancouver
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Osteria Savio Volpe

$$$$·Italian·
Mount Pleasant
2,910 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem

With its convivial atmosphere and modern design, Osteria Savio Volpe puts a contemporary spin on the classic neighborhood osteria. Fresh, unfussy flavours are the name of the game here, with much of t...

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Italian in Vancouver / British Columbia
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LIFT Bar Grill View

$$$$·Regional American (Northwest)·
Vancouver / British Columbia
1,555 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Special Occasion

It’s hard to beat LIFT’s waterfront views of Stanley Park, the north shore, and Coal Harbour, whether from the rooftop deck or through the floor-to-ceiling windows. LIFT’s menus feature lots of seafoo...

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Miku Restaurant - Vancouver

$$$$·Japanese·
Coal Harbour
4,336 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

Miku’s Seigo Nakamura introduced Vancouver to flame-seared pressed aburi sushi back in 2008, combining Japanese and Canadian flavours into melt-in-your-mouth bites. Miku also offers à la carte Japanes...

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Japanese in Vancouver / British Columbia
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Notch8

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
893 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance

Afternoon tea at any of Canada’s Fairmont hotels is always a treat. At the Hotel Vancouver, one lucky twosome per day gets to have their tea and tier of elegant pastries and sandwiches framed in the h...

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Calabash Bistro

$$$$·Caribbean·
Gastown
264 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fun

This welcoming Gastown restaurant takes its name from the calabash, a gourd known for its many functions. Much like its namesake, which can be used for everything from eating to playing music, Calabas...

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Best Food in Vancouver / British Columbia

Torafuku

$$$$·Pan-Asian·
Chinatown
345 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine

Steve Kuan’s Torafuku grew out of his pan-Asian Le Tigre food truck. Torafuku’s menu is pan-Asian too, featuring local ingredients in innovative dishes such as rice bowls featuring rice prepared with ...

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Best Overall in Vancouver
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Tutto Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Yaletown
449 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List

Brand new as of August 2020, spacious Tutto serves modern Italian from an open kitchen inside a 100-plus-year-old Yaletown building. Tutto — “all” or “everything” in Italian — features dishes from acr...

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Italian in Vancouver
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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
1,444 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance

This stylish restaurant located in the Sutton Place Hotel is helmed by executive chef Roger Ma, who trained under culinary heavyweight chef Daniel Boulud and recently took home the title of National C...

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Seafood in Vancouver / British Columbia
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