The Dine Out Vancouver Festival ran from January 18 to February 3, 2019, and during that time dozens of downtown restaurants offered 3-course menu deals.
2020 dates and details will be similar.
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: If looking for participating restaurants in other parts of the Lower Mainland instead, click Dine Out Vancouver Festival).
Best Downtown Restaurants in January 2019
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: Details are subject to change. 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 great establishments:
- Bacchus at the Wedgewood – a fancy restaurant at 845 Hornby Street in the Four Diamond Wedgewood Hotel. Expect dinner to be around $65 without wine normally, but just $45 with their Dine Out Vancouver Festival menu.
- Black + Blue – one of Vancouver’s best steakhouses, located at 1032 Alberni Street. Their Dine Out Vancouver Menu is $45 for both lunch and dinner.
- Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – a high-end seafood restaurant located at the Sutton Place Hotel at 845 Burrard Street. Their 2019 Dine Out Vancouver menu includes a choice of ling cod or sunchoke agnolotti for $45. Or, for $5 extra, you can have wagyu beef cheek instead.
- Cactus Club Cafe – located at 588 Burrard Street, the Bentall 5 location of this popular chain offers Dine Out Vancouver 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 offering a Dine Out Vancouver dinner menu at $45 per person and a lunch menu for $35.
- Copper Chimney – an upscale East Indian restaurant at 567 Hornby Street (in the Hotel Le Soleil). In 2019, for $45, 3-course menu entrees include kebabs, lamb chops and curry.
- Diva at the Met – one of Vancouver’s top high-end restaurants, featuring Pacific West Coast cuisine at 645 Howe Street in the luxurious Metropolitan Hotel. Their Dine Out Vancouver menu is $45 (or $55 if you want the New York steak).
- Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ – this is a popular chain imported directly from Japan with a location downtown 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 is $35 for lunch and dinner.
- Hawksworth Restaurant – a fancy and highly-rated Pacific Northwest-style restaurant at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia at 801 West Georgia Street. In 2019 they are offering a $35 brunch menu, but only on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am until 2:00 pm. Entree choices are smoked trout coddled egg and croquette monsieur.
- 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 2019 Dine Out Vancouver menu costs $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 others in Yaletown and on Granville Island. Steaks and prime rib are some of their specialties, and their Dine Out Vancouver menus includes a choice of sirloin steak, prime rib or salmon entrees. 2019 prices are $45.
- Yew – a popular and highly-rated seafood restaurant in downtown Vancouver at 791 West Georgia Street. Expect most dinner entrees to normally start at around $30 or so. Their Dine Out Festival menu is $45 including appetizer and dessert in 2019.
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 can get your January 3-course dinner for $35 to $45.
- Cactus Club Cafe – located at 357 Davie Street in Yaletown, this fun casual restaurant’s Dine Out Vancouver menu for both lunch and dinner is $35.
- Fayuca – a North Pacific Mexican restaurant at 1009 Hamilton Street. Their 2019 $35 3-course dinner menu choices include grilled octopus with pork belly, albacore tune ceviche and oxtail fideo pasta.
- 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 2019 is $35 for lunch.
- The Keg – their Yaletown location is a great one at 1011 Mainland with 3-course dinner specials at $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 a number of great 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 is $45.
- La Mezcaleria – a popular Mexican restaurant at 68 East Cordova Street. Their 2019 menu features 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 is $45. (Note: the dinner this year is served family-style, which means you share, with a 2 person minimum per party.)
- Silk Dinner Lounge & Restaurant – an exotic, organic, French and Indian-fusion restaurant at 132 Powell Street (so a couple of blocks east of the main part of Gastown). Their 2019 3-course menus cost $45 and include lamb chops, grilled chicken or mutka biryani (with your choice of chicken, lamb or vegetarian options).
- Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant – located at 555 West Hastings Street in the Harbour Centre, just one floor away from the Vancouver Lookout. Entrees range from about $22 up to $60 or more normally, and you get to enjoy your meal while admiring the amazing 360 degree views of the city. Their Dine Out Vancouver menu last year is $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 is $45 and features more traditional options including flat iron steak, sole, duck leg and wild mushroom rigatoni.
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 are $35.
- H2 Rotisserie & Bar – a casual-style restaurant at the Westin Bayshore Hotel at 1601 Bayshore Drive. Their 2019 festival dinner menu costs $45 and includes a choice of beef brisket or arctic char.
- Mahony & Sons – a fantastic Irish pub overlooking the water at the Vancouver Convention Centre (#36-1055 Canada Place). The pub has a great outdoor patio facing Canada Place and serves typical pub-style food. Both their lunch and dinner Dine Out Vancouver menus are $25 per person this year.
- Ocean’s 999 – a fancy West Coast-style restaurant at the Pan Pacific Hotel at 999 Canada Place. In 2019 it’s offering 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 offers 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!)
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 are $35 until February 3rd.
- 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. This year’s menu options include beef sirloin, arctic char, orecchiette al ragu or risotto.
- Forage – a farm-to-table-style restaurant at 1300 Robson Street. Their 2019 menu entrees cost $45 and include 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 features a choice of sockeye salmon, prawn & clam linguine or NY steak.
English Bay Dine Out Favourites
- Bayside Lounge – at the Best Western Sands Hotel at 1755 Davie. The 2019 menu options here cost $25 and include your choice of ricotta ravioli, bacon-wrapped New York steak medallion or cod.
- 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 is $35 for both lunch and dinner.
- Centro Ristorante – a popular Italian restaurant at 1037 Denman Street, so just up the street from English Bay Beach. Their 2019 Dine Out Vancouver menu costs $35 and includes a choice of lamb ragu, bucatini cacio e pepe or seafood linguine with clams.
Science World End of False Creek Restaurants
- Campagnolo – a highly rated casual dining Italian restaurant at 1020 Main Street, not too far from Rogers Arena. The restaurant is known for its “nose-to-tail cooking,” so if you order fish don’t be surprised if you get a whole one! Conde Nast Traveler once rated Campagnolo one of the top 50 new restaurants in the world, so it comes with high expectations. Its Dine Out Vancouver menu for both lunch and dinner is $35.
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.
Celebrating its eighth year in 2019, Street Food City runs from January 21st until the 27th. A dozen or so food trucks are on site and available for business from around 11:00 am until 3:00 pm on the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Street Food City takes place in the north plaza (šxʷƛ̓ənəq 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, and 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