Dine Out Vancouver is Canada’s largest restaurant festival where in January hundreds of restaurants put on fabulous 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 $20 to $40 or so, plus taxes and tips, and extra for wine pairings.
Winter Restaurant Festival
In 2019 the Dine Out Vancouver Festival takes 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:
2018 Participating Dine Out Restaurants
Below is a list of restaurants that took part in the festival in 2018. The list of 2019 establishments will be similar.
Best Downtown Vancouver Restaurants
Great downtown Vancouver restaurants participating in the Dine Out Vancouver Festival in 2018 include the following:
- Arc – this fine dining restaurant at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel offers a $40 menu option in 2018. Entre choices this year include braised beef cheeks, cod, and potato gnocchi. The restaurant is located at 900 Canada Place which is across the street from the Canada Place Convention Centre.
- Mahony & Sons – on the perimeter of the Convention Centre at 1055 Canada Place. They offer both lunch and dinner options in 2018 for just $20.
- Cactus Club Bentall – offers great food and is usually very good with kids without being a “family” restaurant at 588 Burrard Street. In 2018 they offer impressive lunch and dinner menus for just $30.
- 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 2018 cost $40, which is more than at other Cactus Club locations.
- Diva at the Met – at the Metropolitan Hotel at 645 Howe Street. 2018 3-course entree options for dinner include agnolotti pasta, Arctic char and petite filet for $40.
- 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 2018 includes your choice of teriyaki chicken and steak, Teppan shrimp or Hibachi NY steak.
- 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. Dinner menu items here in 2018 include Arctic char, BBQ ribs, New York steak, duck and a vegetarian option.
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 for 2018 include braised chuck flat, duck leg, cod, salmon or tortellini for $40.
- The Boathouse Restaurant – in Kitsilano at 1305 Arbutus Street as well as in English Bay at the corner of Denman and Beach Avenue across the street from the water. In 2018 they offer both lunch and dinner 3-course special menus for $30 and entrees include peppercorn sirloin steak, cod, fish and chips or prawn and chicken Thai curry.
- Seasons in the Park – the fancy restaurant at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park has $30 lunch and dinner options that include seafood Bouillabaisse, New York steak and mushroom 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. 2018 Dine Out Vancouver Festival menus are $30 for both lunch and dinner. Menu options include seafood cioppino, beef sirloin and roasted eggplant, or for $10 extra you can have Moroccan duck or swordfish.
- The Cactus Club – at 1790 Beach Avenue in English Bay. For $30 here you can get lunch or dinner with the option of prawn pasta, chicken or salmon entrees.
- The Keg Steakhouse – at 1011 Mainland Street in Yaletown. Similar to all the Keg’s locations, $40 3-course dinners include your choice of sirloin steak, prime rib or salmon.
- Provence Marinaside – at 1177 Marinaside Crescent in Yaletown facing False Creek. Lunch and dinner menus during the festival in 2018 are $40 and include seafood, duck, prawns, fish and steak options.
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 2018 Dine Out Vancouver Festival dinner menu costs $30 and includes a choice of pasta or pork tenderloin.
- Cactus Club at Park Royal – in West Vancouver at 855 Main Street. 2018 menu options for both lunch and dinner include chicken, salmon, spaghettini and vegetarian options for $30.
- The District Brasserie – a Belgian restaurant at #13 Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver. 2018 3-course dinners during the festival are just $20. Entrees include your choice of mushroom gnocchi or steak frites.
- The Lobby – at the Pinnacle Hotel a block from Lonsdale Quay at 138 Victory Ship Way. 2018 entree options are cod, short ribs and pork chops for $30. An extra good time to go is on Friday evenings when they have live music from 7 until 10 pm.
- 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. 2018 3-course festival dinners here are $40 and include your choice of edamame (bean) falafel, cod or braised beef cheeks. Caviar with you dinner costs $50 extra!
- 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 2018 Dine Out Vancouver Festival menu includes beef shank and yellow Thai curry for $30.
- 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 2018 is $40 and includes your choice of salmon, seafood pasta or beef tenderloin.
- Vaades – at 149 West 3rd Street it’s a popular East Indian restaurant in North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood. Dinner options here are just $20 in 2018 and include chicken, lamb and mushroom curries.
- 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 $20. Your entree choices here are burgers, pizza and fish tacos, 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 $40. Menu entrees in 2018 include tempura, sushi and sashimi.
Best Restaurants in Burnaby
Some of the best restaurants participating in the 2018 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 $30.
- Hart House – at 6664 Deer Lake Avenue at Deer Lake Park. Lunch at this heritage building costs $30 and dinner is $40. The lunch menu changes each week but the dinner features a choice of smoked Steelhead terrine (a kind of meatloaf), roasted sunchoke and cauliflower veloute (i.e., vegetables in white sauce) or duck croquettes.
- 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 in 2018 costs $30 and includes salmon, duck and flat iron steak options.
- The Keg Steakhouse – at 4510 Still Creek Avenue. The dinner menu here includes your choice of prime rib, sirloin steak or baked salmon plus appetizer and dessert for $40.
Best Restaurants in Richmond
Great 2018 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 $40. It’s located near SilverCity Riverport Cinemas and not far from the International Buddhist Temple. Our favourite option is the prime rib, but the salmon and sirloin are also exceptional.
- Tramonto – at 8811 River Road at the River Rock Casino. For $40 in 2018 you get a choice of mixed seafood, bison or pheasant entrees.
- Yokohama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant – in Steveston Village at 12251 No. 1 Road. The lunch option in 2018 is $20 and the dinner is $30.
Click RICHMOND‘s Best Restaurants for more dining venues any time of the year.
Best Restaurants in Surrey
2018 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 $20 in 2018 and include your choice of beef, chicken or lamb kebabs and naan.
- Fresh Restaurant & Lounge – at 15269-104th Avenue at the Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel in Surrey. 3-course dinners here during the festival in 2018 cost $30. Entree options include Indian paneer tikka, chicken and spinach ravioli.
- The Keg – the popular steakhouse has Surrey locations at 15180 32nd Avenue Diversion and 7948 120th Street with both offering $40 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 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