Choosing a single meal in Vancouver is really difficult. There is no perfect place that has amazing view + awesome food. The "best-of" choices are: Grouse Mountain with the best view but moderate food and a bit of a drive; Connor Butler for best gourmet dining; Raincity Grill with a good view of English Bay and very good food, Bridges with a good view of False Creek and maybe a cool aquabus ride to get to, Feenies for moderate priced trendy good food, Tojo's for best upscale sushi, Vij's for best upscale Indian, Hapa Izakaya for very innovative Japanese and Korean, Coast/Blue Water/Glowbal for trendy and good eateries in Yaletown. Reviews ( hReview v0.3) are by David Orchard.
Akbar's Own - /5 - Our vote for best Indian dining in vancouver. $$$. West-side broadway. .
Banana Leaf - /5 - Malaysian cuisine that is exquisite. $$$. West-side broadway. .
Bearfoot Bistro - /5 - While the environment is a little cold, the food and wine list make up for it.The cariboo was memorable. $$$$. Whistler.
Grouse Mountain has the most amazing view of the city. Food is about 2.5/4, but that's not what you're here for. Takes about an hour from downtown to drive/cab and then take the tram up.
Nyala, - /5 - African$$$. West-side 4th.
Hapa Izakaya - /5 - New trendy and funky Japanese. Cooks have coloured hair, club music, very creative dishes. We had the Japanese Pumpkin spread, crab on endive, and 2 wonderful Korean hot bowl rice specials. $$. downtown robson across from Landmark..
Locus Cafe - /5 - One of my favourite hang-outs for any meal, best coffee in town, great electro-lounge music.Serves neat mixture of dishes like elk burgers, Cajun scramblers.. Main/King E.
Miko sushi - /5 - Our favourite downtown. Japanese place. Great quality and good prices.$$. downtown.
Minato sushi - /5 - Our regular Japanese place. Great quality and good prices.$$. Oak/Broadway
Moderne Burger - /5 - Best burger place in town $$. West-side Broadway.
Mondo Gelato - /5 - Best gelato in Vancouver. Best French Vanilla I've ever had. And they had an incredible "pumpkin pie" gelatto too! . downtown.
Steppho's - /5 - Simply the Best Greek food I've ever had. The Calamari is done awesomely with so much it overflows the plate. Always a line-up and for good reason. $$. downtown. /5 -
Tojos - /5 - Best Japanese in Vancouver. Great sushi and other Japanese foods. Very artistic food. Superior to more famous places like NYC's Nobu $$$$. West-side Broadway.
Winebar at Fiction - /5 - a great wine bar "casual high end dining". Really interesting modern interior. $$$. West-side Broadway.
Watermark - /5 - Our favourite water front restaurant in Vancouver. Great food, great wine list and markup, service a little suspect. $$$$ Kitsilano Beach.
Aurora Bistro - /5 - modern dining, voted top 10 new restaurant by Air Canada in 2004. Wine list is a little lacking. $$$ Main & broadway.
Bin 941/942 - /5 - Super yummy appetizers (called Tapatizers) like mountain of string french fries, lamb kebabs, shrimp, etc. Good wine menu. Easy to get pretty drunk as the wine flows faster than the food, so you've been warned :-) $$$. downtown and West-side Broadway.
Bluewater - /5 - Good seafood. $$$. Yaletown.
Brix - /5 - Decent food, tried at the dine-out
Bridges /5 - Great location and decent food. A great trip is taking the aquabus over. The pub is our favourite place
to watch playoff hockey. We're ecstatic that they carry Russell Cream Ale again.
Cafe Barney - /5 - A Good and regular hang-out, not too trendy. South Granville.
Chambar - /5 - Belgian restaurant. Has great beers and belgian food. We found it a little too trendy and the menu wasn't quite long enough. Detailed review available. $$$. downtown.
Chi - /5 - East side Fusion. Lots of potential, interesting drinks, great ideas. But the selection had too many fatty foods.
CinCin - /5 - Very good italian focused food and wine list. Wonderful service. $$$$. downtown/Robston. .
Le Crocodile - /5 - Great french and west coast food. downtown.
Diva at the Met - /5 - over-priced. Super good food in a great environment. $$$$. downtown.
Feenies - /5 - Great mid-range modern dining, next door to Lumiere. $$$. West-side Broadway.
Le Gavroche - /5 - Great french food, including great Beef Bourgogne and french wine list. . $$$$. downtown.
Glowbal - /5 - I really enjoy everything I've had there and they don't sacrifice quality of food or staff because they've got the "trendy" factor. Yaletown
Gotham - /5- A good steakhouse. Excellent cuts of meat, but the veggies were a little 'single-flavored'.downtown.
Green Lettuce - /5 - indian/chinese, kingsway.
Griffin's - /5.Good fine dining but the open seating is a bit noisy . $$$$. downtown.
Jupiter Lounge - /5 - Pretty cool lounge, awesome Martini list $$. downtown.
Lift - /5 - downtown/Coal Harbour. Funky ambience, great location, good food. Sablefish was magnificent. Bison special was poorly done and staff are a little ahead of themselves in being disdainful.
Lumiere - /5 - Used to be best fine dining in Vancouver. We are now boycotting because of how they ousted Rob Feenie.$$$$. West-side Broadway.
Provence, Marinaside - /5 - Good french food, nice weekend brunch. $$$. Yaletown.
Raincity Grill is a great location with great food. /5 - One of the first in BC to focus on local produce. It has a great location in English Bay. $$$. downtown. West-end.
Simply Thai - /5 - Another good thai place. $$. Yaletown.
Subeez - /5 - Good pre-show place for dinner and a drink. Very Hip crowd and good martini list $$$. Yaletown.
Thai house - /5 - Good prices and excellent values food. Nice spices and range $$$. downtown. , Cambie
Urban Thai - /5 - Classically great Thai. $$. Yaletown.
Vij's - /5 - Best modern Indian in town. Faded slightly over the past year. $$$$. Broadway/Granville.
Villa Del Lupo - /5 - One of our favourite upper end places in downtown. $$$$. Yaletown.
Wild Rice - /5 - Very New York style asian modern chinese. Food was really good. Tables and portions were too small. downtown. eastside.
Salmon House on the Hill - /5 - Great view, good salmon. The food is ok,
but you really go for the view. . $$$.
SandBar - /5 - Good food and great location on Granville Island.
Cardero's - /5 - over-priced. Martini's were too fruity, food came out at separate times and one was cold. $$$. downtown.
Fuel/Gastropod (Review) - /5 - Nothing redeeming. Over-priced, slow and shoddy service, poor selections for menu, horrible wine markup.. $$$. Kitsilano.
Incendio West - /5 - ok pizza and environment. Burrard/5th
Shiru-Bay - /5 - Poor service, disappointing food quantities. We felt perpetually hungry.
Smoking dog - /5 - Very disappointed in the food. Worst foie-gras I ever had. Way too many cougars/wannabees. Did you *really* have to move your 67 'stang from across the street to next to you while your buddy made a big deal about holding the parking spot? I guess so as the owner and staff complimented you a lot.
Vintropolis - /5 - a lacking winebar. Too many BC wines, overpriced menu items, not very knowledgable staff. $$$. Broadway
Relish, downtown. Cru
La Terazza, downtown.
Foundation - ? - Not a vegetarian so never even tried. main/7th.
Infinity, downtown. Review at http://www.vancourier.com/issues06/095206/dining.html
Tacos Mexico Rico, downtown. Gyoza King, downtown
Gyoza King, downtown.
Vera's burgers, downtown.
McKinnon's Baker for brownies
Pear Tree, Burnaby
Tapastree. downtown. The Templeton, downtown Senses Bakery
The Templeton, downtown.
Slocan Diner, east hastings, recommended by Cru owner
Guu with Garlic
La Salza, Burnaby
Sweet Tooth Cafe
Pane from Heavan Cypress st.
Seoul Dookbaegi, kingsway
Ashiana Tandoor, Kingsway
Tio Pepe, mexican, commercial
caspian, persian, west van
pondox, indonesian, commercial
Rossini's dinner and Jazz, gastown
House of Selassie, Ethiopean, Granville, http://www.vaneats.com/2004/06/02#a2792
Sage Bistro, UBC. Good wine list?