The Dine Out Vancouver Festival runs from February 5 to March 7, 2021, and during that time dozens of downtown restaurants offer 3-course menu deals.
Also below is a video and information about the festival’s Vancouver Street Food City event where you can get food truck items from in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Click Street Food City Info & Video for details.
(Note: For participating restaurants in other parts of the Lower Mainland, click Dine Out Vancouver Festival).
Best Downtown Restaurants in January
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!
(Note: Most information below is from the 2020 Festival. Details for 2021 are to be confirmed. Check restaurant websites for exact information.)
Downtown Dine Out Restaurants
Enjoy a stroll around the core of downtown, do some shopping at Pacific Centre, see a movie, or check out a bar or night club. 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 $45 with their Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2020 menu.
- Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – a high-end seafood restaurant located at the Sutton Place Hotel at 845 Burrard Street. Their festival menu last year included a choice of ling cod or sunchoke agnolotti for $45.
- Diva at the Met – one of Vancouver’s top high-end restaurants, featuring Pacific West Coast cuisine at 645 Howe Street in the Metropolitan Hotel. Their Dine Out menu was $45 (or, last year at least, you could pay $55 if you wanted the New York steak).
- Hawksworth Restaurant – a fancy and highly-rated Pacific Northwest-style restaurant at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia at 801 West Georgia Street. In 2019 they offered a $35 brunch menu, but only on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am until 2:00 pm. Entree choices were smoked trout coddled egg and croquette monsieur.
Other Nearby Restaurants
- Black + Blue – one of Vancouver’s best steakhouses, located at 1032 Alberni Street. Their festival menu was $45 for both lunch and dinner.
- Cactus Club Cafe – located at 588 Burrard Street, the Bentall 5 location of this popular chain offered lunch and dinner menus for $35.
- Chambar – one of Vancouver’s top-rated casual dining restaurants, located at 568 Beatty Street. Chambar is a carbon -neutral Belgian restaurant that offered a dinner menu at $45 per person and a lunch menu for $35.
- 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 2020 was $35 for lunch and dinner.
- Kobe – an entertaining Japanese teppanyaki-hibachi-style BBQ restaurant at 1042 Alberni Street where they cook the meal at your table. Open only evenings, it’s not inexpensive, but definitely worth the experience. Their 2020 Dine Out Vancouver menu cost $45.
- The Keg – BC’s original and still 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 $45 Dine Out Vancouver menu included a choice of sirloin steak, prime rib or salmon entrees.
Yaletown Dine Out Restaurants
Yaletown is where you’ll find some of Vancouver’s finest restaurants, and it’s close to False Creek, so a great place to walk around. Below are some great establishments where you could have had your January 3-course dinner for $35 to $45 in 2020.
- Cactus Club Cafe – located at 357 Davie Street in Yaletown, this fun casual restaurant’s Dine Out Vancouver menu for both lunch and dinner was $35.
- Minami – located at 1118 Mainland Street in Yaletown, this is one of Vancouver’s best high-end Japanese restaurants. Minami’s Dine Out Vancouver menu in 2020 was $45 for lunch.
- The Keg – their Yaletown location is a great one at 1011 Mainland with 3-course dinner specials that cost $45. Their prime rib is exceptional, as are their steaks!
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 housed Vancouver’s first jail. Their Dine Out Vancouver menu in 2020 was $45.
- La Mezcaleria – a popular Mexican restaurant at 68 East Cordova Street. Their 2019 menu featured your choice of pollo asado al pastor (chicken breast) or bacalao a la tumbada (ling cod) for $45.
- Pidgin – a popular, trendy and casual restaurant offering Pan Asian cuisine at 350 Carrall Street in Gastown. Pidgin’s Dine Out Festival menu was $45. (Note: the dinner in 2019 was served family-style, which meant you shared, with a 2 person minimum per party.)
- Silk Lounge & Restaurant – an exotic, organic, French and Indian-fusion restaurant at 132 Powell Street. Their 3-course menus last year cost $45 and included lamb chops, grilled chicken or mutka biryani.
- 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 2020 was $45.
- Wildebeest – at 120 West Hastings Street it’s a casual restaurant offering a somewhat out-of-the-ordinary “whole-animal cookery” style of menu. Their Dine Out Vancouver menu was $45 and last year it featured flat iron steak, sole, duck leg and wild mushroom rigatoni options.
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 Dine Out Vancouver dinner.
Restaurants in the area include some of Vancouver’s top-rated casual chain restaurants, Japanese establishments, best pubs and other award-winning fine-dining venues. Choose from the following:
- Cactus Club Cafe – located at 1085 Canada Place by the Olympic Cauldron at the Vancouver Convention Centre, this restaurant offers impressive views, exceptional food and a fun atmosphere. Their lunch and dinner Dine Out Vancouver menus were $35 in 2020.
- H2 Rotisserie & Bar – a casual-style restaurant at the Westin Bayshore Hotel at 1601 Bayshore Drive. Their festival dinner menu cost $45 and last year included a choice of beef brisket or arctic char.
- Ocean’s 999 – a fancy West Coast-style restaurant at the Pan Pacific Hotel at 999 Canada Place. Last year it offered 3-course lamb sirloin, ling cod and vegetarian dinners for $35.
- P2B Bistro & Bar – an upscale yet casual restaurant at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront at 1133 West Hastings Street. Their 2019 Dine Out Vancouver menu offered a choice of short ribs, salmon or butternut squash ravioli for $35. (TIP: If you eat here during the festival as well as at the P2B’s two North Vancouver sister restaurants – Pier 7 and the Lobby – they’ll give you a $25 bonus gift certificate which you can use for a future visit, or at least that is the case most years!)
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 one of the region’s most successful casual, trendy dining chains and one of Vancouver’s best upper-end Italian 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 and lunch offers were $35 from January 17th until February 2nd.
- Cincin – an upscale Italian ristorante open nightly from 5 pm to midnight and located at 1154 Robson Street. Average dinner cost is $75 or so normally, but just $45 with its Dine Out Vancouver set menu in 2020. Last year’s menu options included beef sirloin, arctic char, orecchiette al ragu or risotto.
- Forage – a farm-to-table-style restaurant at 1300 Robson Street. Their 2020 menu entrees cost $45 and featured a choice of salmon tataki, duck rillette or a fancy salad.
- Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House – at 777 Thurlow Street near Robson Street. Their 3-course $45 dinner menu in 2019 featured a choice of sockeye salmon, prawn & clam linguine or NY steak.
English Bay Dine Out Favourites
- 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 both lunch and dinner.
Street Food City Food Trucks
Street Food City is an event involving food trucks that’s part of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival. 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. Dates for the 2021 season are to be confirmed.
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. 2021 details are to be determined.
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.
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. There’s a nice selection of food trucks to choose from and an area under shelter to sit down 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!
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 a view, 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:
- BURNABY’s Best Restaurants
- The City of VANCOUVER‘s Best Bars & Restaurants
- NORTH VANCOUVER’s Best Bars & Restaurants
- RICHMOND‘s Best Bars & Restaurants
- SURREY‘s Best Restaurants
- WEST VANCOUVER’s Best Restaurants
For ideas on other things to do in Vancouver at various times of the year check out the following:
- Vancouver’s January Calendar
- Vancouver’s February Calendar
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Metro Vancouver’s Top 100 Attractions