The Dine Out Vancouver Festival runs from January 19 to February 4, 2018, and during that time dozens of downtown restaurants offer 3-course menu deals.
Whether you’re looking for a place in the Downtown Core, Yaletown, Gastown, Coal Harbour, Robson Street, English Bay or around False Creek, below is a list of some the best restaurants to visit. (Note: If looking for participating restaurants in other parts of the Lower Mainland instead, click Dine Out Vancouver Festival).
Best Downtown Restaurants in January 2018
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!
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 $40 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 $40 for either lunch or dinner.
- Cactus Club Cafe – located at 588 Burrard Street, the Bental 5 location of this popular chain offers Dine Out Vancouver lunch and dinner menus for $30.
- 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 $40 per person and a lunch menu for $30.
- 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 $40.
- Guu Garden – one of Vancouver’s most highly-rated casual Japanese izakaya-style chain restaurants. Guu’s location at M101-888 Nelson Street is offering a set menu at $30.
- 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 $30.
- 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 Dine Out Vancouver menu is $40.
- 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 include a choice of sirloin steak, prime rib or salmon entrees for $40.
- Yew – a popular and highly-rated seafood restaurant in downtown Vancouver at 791 West Georgia Street. Expect most dinner entrees to start at around $30, so it’s not cheap, but very good. Their Dine Out Festival menu is $40 including appetizer and dessert.
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 $30 to $40.
- 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 $30.
- Hapa Izakaya – a very successful and award-winning Japanese restaurant at 1193 Hamilton Street. Their Dine Out Vancouver menu is $30.
- 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 is $30 for lunch and $40 for dinner.
- The Keg – their Yaletown location is a great one at 1011 Mainland with 3-course dinner specials at $40. Their prime rib is exceptional!
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 $40.
- Pidgin – a popular, trendy and casual restaurant offering Pan Asian cuisine at 350 Carrall Street in Gastown. Pidgin’s Dine Out Festival menu is $40 and vegetarian options are available.
- 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 normally, and you get to enjoy your meal while admiring the amazing 360 degree views of the city. Their Dine Out Vancouver menu in 2018 is $40.
- 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 $40.
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 at one of Vancouver’s top-rated casual chain restaurants, Japanese establishments, best pubs or 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. Both their lunch and dinner Dine Out Vancouver menus are $40.
- Hapa Izakaya – another of the award-winning Japanese restaurant chain locations at 909 West Cordova Street (in the Waterfront Centre Office Tower). Their Dine Out Vancouver menu is $30.
- Mahoney & 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 $20 per person.
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, one of Vancouver’s best upper-end Italian restaurants, or one of the city’s most popular Japanese izakayas.
- 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 $30 until February 4th.
- Cincin – an upscale Italian ristorante open nightly from 5 pm to midnight and located at 1154 Robson Street. Average dinner cost is $75 normally, but just $40 with its Dine Out Vancouver set menu. 2018 menu options include petite filet, agnolotti and Arctic char.
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 is $30 for both lunch and dinner.
- The Boathouse – this popular Vancouver-originated steak and seafood chain is famous for its prime waterfront locations, including the one at English Bay at 1795 Beach Avenue not far from Denman and Davie. Their Dine Out Vancouver lunch and dinner menus are $30.
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 is $30.
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