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Downtown Dine Out Vancouver Restaurants and Street Food City

Vancouver Lookout Sunset

The Dine Out Vancouver Festival ran from February 5 to March 7 in 2021. During that time dozens of downtown restaurants offered 3-course menu deals.

Whether you’re looking for a place in the Downtown Core, Yaletown, Gastown, Coal Harbour, Robson Street or around English Bay, below is a list of some the best restaurants to visit.

 


Also below is a video and information about the festival’s Vancouver Street Food City event where you can get food truck items in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery most years (although likely not in 2021). Click Street Food City Info & Video for details.

(Note: For participating restaurants in other parts of the Lower Mainland, see our main article about the Dine Out Vancouver Festival or click Festival Restaurants on the North Shore).


 

Best Downtown Restaurants in February

In addition to restaurant names and details, we’ve provided suggestions on what to see and do in the different areas while you’re there. Don’t just go out for a nice meal – explore the area and Vancouver’s top attractions while you’re at it! When you do head out though, be sure to wear a mask when needed and to hang out only with people from within your own household.

(Note: The information below is from the 2021 festival and is subject to change. Details are to be confirmed for the 2022 festival.)

 

Vancouver Ocean and Mountains Aerial View
False Creek and Downtown Vancouver

 

Downtown Dine Out Restaurants

Enjoy a stroll around the core of downtown or do some window shopping at Pacific Centre, along Granville Street or at shops along Robson. Other things to do in the area include checking out the Vancouver Art Gallery or Bill Reid Gallery.

And while you’re in the area, make a reservation for a fabulous dinner at one of the following establishments:

 

Restaurants in Hotels

  • Bacchus at the Wedgewood – a fancy restaurant at 845 Hornby Street in the Wedgewood Hotel. Dinner here is about $65 without wine normally, but it was just $49 with their Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2021 menu.
  • Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – a high-end seafood restaurant located at the Sutton Place Hotel at 845 Burrard Street. Their festival menu in 2021 included a choice of ling cod or sunchoke risotto for $54. The place also serves Ocean Wise Seafood.
  • Hawksworth Restaurant – a fancy and highly-rated Pacific Northwest-style restaurant at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia at 801 West Georgia Street. In 2021 they offered a $30 lunch menu and a $48 dinner menu. Entrée choices included salmon or tagliatelle al nero depending on the time of day.

 

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Black + Blue – one of Vancouver’s best steakhouses, located at 1032 Alberni Street. Their festival menu was $54 for dinner in 2021. (Note: This restaurant participates in the Ocean Wise Seafood program.)
  • Cactus Club Cafe – located at 588 Burrard Street, the Bentall 5 location of this popular chain offered a dinner menu for $35. This restaurant also participates in the Ocean Wise program.
  • Chambar – one of Vancouver’s top-rated casual dining restaurants, located at 568 Beatty Street. Chambar is a carbon -neutral Belgian restaurant that offers both lunch and dinner menus for $45 per person. The place also serves Ocean Wise seafood.
  • Gyu-Kaku – a popular Japanese chain with a downtown location at G3 – 888 Nelson Street not far from the Scotia Cineplex movie theatre. It’s a casual yakiniku Japanese-BBQ-style restaurant where you cook the food yourself at your table. Gyu-Kaku’s Dine Out Vancouver menu in 2021 was $35 for lunch and dinner.
  • JOEY – the chain has 5 locations in Metro Vancouver but just the two downtown Vancouver locations participated in the festival in 2021. The Burrard and Bentall One locations had menus with a choice of steak & sushi, salmon, chicken or spaghetti for $35.
  • The Keg – BC’s original and highly popular steakhouse chain has downtown locations at 1121 Alberni Street and 688 Dunsmuir Street, as well as in Yaletown and on Granville Island. Their $50 Dine Out Vancouver menu included a choice of sirloin steak, prime rib or salmon entrees.
  • Kobe – an entertaining Japanese teppanyaki-hibachi-style BBQ restaurant at 1042 Alberni Street. At this place the chef cooks the meal at your table. Open only evenings, it’s not inexpensive, but definitely worth the experience. Their 2021 Dine Out Vancouver menu cost $45 (which makes it a really good deal).

 

Yaletown Dine Out Restaurants

Yaletown is where you’ll find some of Vancouver’s finest restaurants. It’s also close to False Creek, so a great place to walk around. Below are some great establishments where you could have a 3-course meal for $35 to $55 in 2021.

  • Cactus Club Cafe – located at 357 Davie Street in Yaletown, this fun casual restaurant’s Dine Out Vancouver dinner menu was $35. (Note: This restaurant participates in the Ocean Wise Seafood program.)
  • Minami – located at 1118 Mainland Street, this is one of Vancouver’s best high-end Japanese restaurants. Minami’s Dine Out Vancouver menus in 2021 were $45 for lunch and $55 for dinner. This restaurant also serves Ocean Wise seafood.
  • The Keg – their Yaletown location is a great one at 1011 Mainland with 3-course dinner specials that cost $50. Their prime rib is exceptional, as are their steaks!

 

Gastown at Night
Gastown at Night in Winter

 

Gastown Festival Restaurants

Go for a stroll around Canada Place and the Convention Centre, or do some window shopping and people watching along Granville Street or in Gastown before enjoying a meal at any one of the following culinary venues:

  • L’Abattoir – one of the best casual restaurants in Gastown, located at 217 Carrall Street in a 19th-century brick building that once housed Vancouver’s first jail. Their 2021 Dine Out Vancouver special was the Gaoler’s Mews tasting menu which was available to guests from Thursdays to Sundays during the festival. Unlike other places, the cost for this offer was a whopping $140 per person!
  • Top of Vancouver – a revolving at 555 West Hastings Street at the top of the Harbour Centre. Entrees range from about $22 up to $60 or more on a regular day, and you get to enjoy your meal while admiring the amazing 360 degree views of the city. Their Dine Out Vancouver menu in 2021 was $54.

 

Vancouver Convention Centre
Convention Centre & Coal Harbour

 

Canada Place and Coal Harbour Restaurants

Enjoy a walk along the Coal Harbour waterfront while appreciating the city, ocean and North Shore Mountain views. Then continue your stroll around the Vancouver Convention Centre and Canada Place before sitting down to enjoy your 3-course festival dinner.

Restaurants in the area include some of Vancouver’s top-rated and most popular restaurants.

  • Five Sails – a fancy West Coast-style restaurant at the Pan Pacific Hotel right at Canada Place. Their 2021 lunch special cost $49 and their dinner cost $54. Both times include a choice of wild mushroom risotto or a filet of salmon. The special offering was available from Sundays to Thursdays, so not on Fridays or Saturdays (nor on February 14th).
  • H Tasting Lounge – at the Westin Bayshore Hotel at 1601 Bayshore Drive (so on the Coal Harbour waterfront, but a fair ways from Canada Place). Their $35 dinner special included a choice of salmon, pork belly or vegetarian linguine. For an extra charge you could have a ribeye steak as a main instead, or beef tartare as an appetizer.
  • Miku – an upscale Japanese restaurant at 200 Granville Street (so less than a block from Canada Place). The lunch special cost $45 and the dinner cost $55. Both feature a selection of Japanese seafood options. (Note: In January of 2021 a staff person at this venue tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the place closed temporarily. It was open again, however, in time for the Dine Out Vancouver Festival.) (Note: This restaurant participates in the Ocean Wise Seafood program.)
  • P2B Bistro & Bar – an upscale yet casual-style restaurant at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront at 1133 West Hastings Street. Their 2021 Dine Out Vancouver menu offered a choice of short ribs, salmon or butternut squash ravioli for $35.

 

Robson Street at Night
Robson Street at Night

 

Robson Dine Out Restaurants

Find yourself out on Robson Street enjoying the winter weather while doing a bit of shopping? Reward yourself with a delicious meal from some of the region’s most successful and well-known restaurants.

  • Cactus Club Cafe – located at 1136 Robson Street, this is a great restaurant to enjoy dinner at while taking a break from the shopping. Their special 3-course dinner offers were $35 from February 5th to March 7th. (Note: This restaurant participates in the Ocean Wise Seafood program.)
  • Cincin – an upscale Italian ristorante open nightly from 5 pm to midnight at 1154 Robson Street. Their $49 Dine Out Vancouver menu in 2021 included a choice of steelhead trout, casarecce pasta, beef brasato or risotto. (Note: CinCin also offered a special $30 3-course menu for the month of January.) The restaurant also serves Ocean Wise Seafood.
  • Forage – a farm-to-table-style restaurant at 1300 Robson Street beside the Listel Hotel. Their 2021 menu cost $38 and featured a choice of albacore tuna, bison carpaccio or a fancy salad, all of which were paired with a wine. The place also participates in the Ocean Wise Seafood program.
  • Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House – at 777 Thurlow Street near Robson Street. Their 3-course $54 dinner menu in 2021 featured a choice of steelhead trout or New York steak. The restaurant also serves Ocean Wise Seafood.

 

Dine Out Vancouver Restaurants with a View

 

English Bay Dine Out Favourites

English Bay is Vancouver’s premier urban beach. Close by is trendy Denman Street, colourful Davie Street and the seawall connecting False Creek with Stanley Park.

  • Banana Leaf – a Malaysian restaurant at 1096 Denman Street (so a few blocks from English Bay). Their 2021 lunch and dinner specials cost $25 and included a choice of a prawns & fish curry, a green beans dish, and a beef curry. This place also has a second location at 1043 Davie Street (which is a little ways away between Thurlow and Burrard Street).
  • Cactus Club Cafe – this popular chain’s English Bay location is where you will find incredible food and some of the best sunset views in the city. Located at 1790 Beach Avenue, their Dine Out Vancouver menu was $35 for dinner. (Note: This restaurant participates in the Ocean Wise Seafood program.)
  • España – located at 1118 Denman Street, this place serves Spanish and Portuguese cuisine from Wednesdays to Sundays between 5 and 10 pm. Their 2021 festival menu cost $38 and included a choice of braised beef, rock cod and vegetarian entrees.
  • Sylvia Restaurant & Lounge – located in the Sylvia Hotel at 1154 Gilford Street, this West Coast-style restaurant had a $45 dinner menu in 2021 that included seafood, chicken and vegetarian lasagna options.

 

Street Food City in Downtown Vancouver
Street Food City

 

Street Food City Food Trucks

Street Food City is an event involving food trucks that’s part of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival most years (but not to our knowledge in 2021). See below for information about the event, or even further below for a brief video showing you what it looks like.

In 2019 Street Food City ran from January 17th until February 6th. The food trucks were on site on January 31st, plus the Saturday to Thursday of February 1st to 6th. It was also going to happen on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of January 17th, 18th and 19th as well, but those days got cancelled due to snow.

Hours of operation for the Street Food City event in 2020 were from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on weekdays and from 11:00 am to 5:00 on weekends. Dates and details for the 2022 season are to be confirmed.

In years when it does happen, Street Food City takes place in the north plaza (šx????n?q Xwtl’e7énk Square) outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street (between Howe and Hornby). A dozen or so restaurants participate each day, although 20 or so take part in total. In good years, as many as 20,000 people show up to try the foods over the course of the week.

For a list of other similar and even larger events at other times of the year click Lower Mainland Food Truck Festivals.

 

Stay Safe and Be Responsible

 

Street Food City Video

Below is a short video clip showing what the Street Food City event looks like in the morning just before lunch time. As you can see, it’s pretty quiet.

At the event there’s a nice selection of food trucks to choose from. There is also an area under shelter to sit down at and enjoy the fare. It’s far from being the Lower Mainland’s largest food truck event of the year, but it’s a nice opportunity to get some tasty grub!

 

 

Other Information

For a list of other Food Truck events at other times of the year click Lower Mainland Food Truck Festivals.

For a list of top festival restaurants in other parts of Metro Vancouver, click Dine Out Vancouver Restaurants.

For a list of festival restaurants with spectacular scenery, click Dine Out Vancouver Venues with a View.

For lists of some of the region’s best restaurants in general, click any of the following:

For ideas on other things to do in Vancouver at various times of the year check out the following: