Dine Out Vancouver is Canada’s largest restaurant festival where in January hundreds of restaurants put on special 3-course menus at great prices.
Some of the region’s best and most popular restaurants participate, and full set meals range in price from just $25 to $45 or so, plus taxes and tips, and extra for wine pairings.
Vancouver’s Winter Restaurant Festival
In 2019 the Dine Out Vancouver Festival took place January 18th to February 3rd.
Some of the best restaurants to check out during the festival (or any time of the year) include those listed below. Details may vary, so check restaurant websites for exact information.
Below you’ll find information on the following topics:
Participating Dine Out Restaurants
Below is a list of restaurants that take part in the festival in 2019.
Note: Prices in 2019 are in most cases about $5 more per meal than they were last year.
Best Downtown Vancouver Restaurants
Great downtown Vancouver restaurants participating in the Dine Out Vancouver Festival in 2019 include the following:
- Arc – this fine dining restaurant at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel offers $45 menu option in 2019. Entre choices this year include duck, snapper and (vegetarian) cauliflower steaks. The restaurant is located at 900 Canada Place which is across the street from the Canada Place Convention Centre. (TIP: Show your Aeroplan membership card and get a complimentary amuse-bouche).
- Bacchus at the Wedgewood – a highly-rated French restaurant in the luxury Wedgewood Hotel at 845 Hornby Street. Their Dine Out Vancouver Festival menu costs $45 and features pan roasted trout, duck confit and vegetarian chili carbonara spaghettini.
- Cactus Club Bentall – offers great food and is usually very good with kids without being a “family” restaurant at 588 Burrard Street. They offer impressive lunch and dinner menus for just $35.
- Cactus Club Coal Harbour – at 1085 Canada Place next to the Vancouver Convention Centre, it boasts fabulous food, a great casual dining atmosphere and amazing views. Lunch and dinner menus here in 2019 cost $35, which is actually $5 less than last year.
- Copper Chimney Indian Grill & Bar – a very nice and popular East Indian establishment at the Executive Hotel Le Soleil at 567 Hornby Street. Their $45 2019 festival menu features a choice of 1) lamb, 2) kebabs with chicken, salmon and lamb, or 3) a coconut vegetable curry.
- Diva at the Met – at the Metropolitan Hotel at 645 Howe Street. 2019 3-course dinner entree options for $45 include Mediterranean seabass, pork belly with wild jumbo prawns or a vegetarian option of curried cauliflower steak. For $10 extra you can get a New York steak.
- Kobe Japanese Steakhouse – a fun place where they cook your meal in front of you at 1042 Alberni Street. The Dine Out Vancouver Festival dinner menu here in 2019 includes your choice of teriyaki chicken and steak, Teppan shrimp or Hibachi NY steak for $45.
- Mahony & Sons – on the perimeter of the Convention Centre at 1055 Canada Place. They offer both lunch and dinner options in 2019 for just $25.
- Notch8 Restaurant & Bar – an upscale place at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver at 900 West Georgia Street. Their special 3-course dinner menu this year features a couple of mixed seafood options or venison.
- Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant – located around the corner from Gastown one floor from the Harbour Centre’s Vancouver Lookout at 555 West Hastings Street. $45 dinner menu items here this year include barbequed pork ribs, New York steak (for $10 extra), Arctic char or pan-seared duck.
Click Downtown Festival Restaurants for a more complete list of Dine Out Vancouver Festival restaurants in the downtown core, Coal Harbour, Gastown, Yaletown, English Bay and Robson Street.
Other Vancouver Restaurants
Some of Vancouver’s best restaurants outside the city’s downtown core include the following great places:
- Bridges Restaurant – a nice pub-style restaurant on Granville Island at 1696 Duranleau Street with a fabulous patio (on warm days) overlooking False Creek and the Vancouver skyline. Dinner entree options include tuna, chicken, seafood tagliatelle and sirloin steak. The price in 2019 is $35 (which is actually $5 less than last year)
- The Boathouse Restaurant – in Kitsilano at 1305 Arbutus Street. Last year they offered both lunch and dinner 3-course special menus for $30. In 2019, however, there is only a dinner menu and the cost is $35. 2019 entrees include sirloin steak, coconut Pacific cod or shrimp and chorizo risotto.
- Seasons in the Park – the fancy restaurant at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park has $35 lunch and dinner options that include ling cod, New York peppercorn steak and butternut squash ravioli entrees. If going for lunch, be sure to check out the park while you’re there.
- The Teahouse – in Stanley Park at Ferguson Point by Third Beach. 2019 Dine Out Vancouver Festival menus are $35 for both lunch and dinner. Menu options include gnocchi & lamb meatballs, steelhead salmon and ratatouille tarte.
- The Cactus Club – at 1790 Beach Avenue in English Bay. For $35 here you can get lunch or dinner with the option of steak frites, hunter chicken or red Thai curry entrees.
- The Keg Steakhouse – at 1011 Mainland Street in Yaletown. Similar to other Keg locations, $45 3-course dinners include your choice of prime rib, sirloin steak (12 oz) or sirloin oscar (6 oz).
- Provence Marinaside – at 1177 Marinaside Crescent in Yaletown facing False Creek. Dinner menus during the festival in 2019 are $45 and include seafood bouillabaisse, mushroom ravioli with prawns, steelhead salmon and seared duck breast options. For $5 extra you can also get a beef filet.
Click The City of VANCOUVER‘s Best Restaurants for more.
Best North Shore Restaurants
- Arm’s Reach Bistro – at 4390 Gallant Avenue in Deep Cove offers great food in a beautiful part of town. Their 2019 Dine Out Vancouver Festival dinner menu costs $35 and includes a choice of organic beef bavette or vegetarian beet Vesuvio pasta.
- Cactus Club at Park Royal – in West Vancouver at 855 Main Street. 2019 menu options for both lunch and dinner include steak frites, hunter chicken or red Thai curry entrees options for $35.
- Earls Kitchen & Bar – a trendy place at 1375 Bellevue Avenue in West Vancouver. Their $35 3-course menus include a choice of salmon, Cajun chicken or crispy tofu zen bow.
- The Lobby – at the Pinnacle Hotel a block from Lonsdale Quay at 138 Victory Ship Way. 2019 entree options are chicken marsala, short rib pappardelle and seafood bouillabaisse for $35. (TIP: If you eat here during the festival as well as at the Lobby’s two sister restaurants – Pier 7 in North Vancouver and the P2B in downtown Vancouver – they’ll give you a $25 bonus gift certificate which you can use for a future visit!)
- The Observatory at Grouse Mountain – be sure to book in advance so you don’t have to pay for the gondola to get up there as admission is free to the resort with dinner reservations. 2019 3-course festival dinners here are $45 and include your choice of chicken panisse, ling cod with clams or a beef flat iron steak.
- Olive & Anchor – at 6418 Bay Street in Horseshoe Bay offers good hamburgers, fish & chips and other seafood. They say that their “menu is all about simple, home-made, un-fussy and delicious food using only fresh, local and sustainable produce.” The 2019 Dine Out Vancouver Festival menu here includes Thai shrimp curry, chicken pot pie and agedashi tofu for $35.
- The Salmon House – a fine fish restaurant with exceptional views at 2229 Folkestone Way, not far from the turn off to Cypress Mountain. The festival dinner option in 2019 is $45 and includes your choice of sockeye salmon, seafood linguine or beef tenderloin.
- Village Tap House – a good West Vancouver pub at 900 Main Street at the Park Royal Shopping Centre. Both lunch and dinner options this year are $25. Your entree choices here are cheeseburger and fries, forager pizza or macaroni and cheese, so fairly typical pub-style fare.
- Zen Japanese – at 101-2232 Marine Drive in West Vancouver. It’s a very good Japanese restaurant offering Dine Out Vancouver 3-course dinner options for $45. Menu entrees in 2019 include sushi, filet mignon and sashimi.
Best Restaurants in Burnaby
Some of the best restaurants participating in the 2019 Vancouver Dine Out Festival in Burnaby include the following:
- Cactus Club Cafe – at 4653 Kingsway, as well as at 4219 Lougheed Highway in North Burnaby and 7320 Market Crossing not far from New Westminster. 3-course lunch and dinner options this year cost $35.
- Hart House – at 6664 Deer Lake Avenue at Deer Lake Park. Dinner at this heritage building costs $45 and features a choice of braised lamb shank, roasted cauliflower cannelloni or sturgeon.
- Horizons Restaurant – located at the top of Burnaby Mountain at 100 Centennial Way, Horizons boasts some of the Lower Mainland’s finest views. The dinner menu costs $35 and includes salmon, duck and flat iron steak options. (Note: separate from the Vancouver Dine Out Festival, in 2019 Horizons is offering 50% off second dinner entrees between January 1st and February 11th.)
- The Keg Steakhouse – at 4510 Still Creek Avenue. The dinner menu here includes your choice of prime rib, sirloin steak (12 oz), sirloin oscar or pistachio-crusted salmon plus appetizer and dessert for $45.
Best Restaurants in Richmond
Great 2019 Dine Out Vancouver Restaurants in Richmond include the following:
- The Keg Steakhouse – the 11151 No. 5 Road location of this popular chain restaurant has 3-course dinners for $45. The place is located near SilverCity Riverport Cinemas and not far from the International Buddhist Temple. Our favourite option is the prime rib, but the salmon and steaks are also exceptional.
- Tramonto – at 8811 River Road at the River Rock Casino. For $45 in 2019 you get a choice of lamb, ling cod or fried chicken entrees.
- Yokohama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant – in Steveston Village at 12251 No. 1 Road. The lunch option in 2019 is $25 and the dinner is $35.
Click RICHMOND‘s Best Restaurants for more dining venues any time of the year.
Best Restaurants in Surrey
2019 Dine Out Vancouver Festival restaurants in Surrey include the following:
- Afghan Kitchen – a highly-rated restaurant at 16120 24th Avenue in Central Surrey near the Morgan Crossing shopping centre. The 3-course dinner specials here are just $25 in 2019 and include your choice of beef, chicken or lamb kebabs and naan. (TIP: Show your Aeroplan membership card and get a complimentary glass of wine.)
- The Keg – the popular steakhouse has Surrey locations at 15180 32nd Avenue Diversion and 7948 120th Street with both offering $45 dinner specials. Salmon, sirloin steak and prime rib are all on the menu.
If you are in town in late January or the first weekend in February, then you’ll definitely want to know about the Dine Out Vancouver Festival – there is no better time or way to enjoy all the culinary talent that Vancouver has to offer. Plus, this is also a great time of year to stay in the region, as not only are there exceptional restaurant deals on offer, but some hotels participate too, offering attractive packages at reduced rates.
The weather is far from its best in January, but the festival’s restaurants and hotels price specials make up for that.
Click Dine Out Vancouver Festival for the event’s official website to learn more. On the site you can search for restaurants by region and learn about some of the festival’s other special events.
For a list of special places to check out, click Dine Out Vancouver Restaurants with a View.
For other best places to eat and drink throughout the Lower Mainland, including those not participating in the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, check out 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