Below are eight North Shore restaurants in particular that really stand out.
Best Dine Out Vancouver Restaurants on the North Shore
Dine Out Vancouver is a Metro Vancouver “festival” where over 250 restaurants throughout the region offer special discounted 3-course dinners for just $20, $30 or $40 a person. It’s a way to boost business in the food industry during a normally slow month, plus expose locals to great local culinary venues.
Details are subject to change, so check the Dine Out Vancouver Festival website or individual restaurant websites for exact details.
North Shore Restaurants
Ambleside and Dundarave Area
Ambleside is a beautiful part of West Vancouver with a seawall to walk along, sandy beaches and views of the Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park and English Bay. Dundarave is similar to Ambleside, at the west end of the same seawall. Enjoy a stroll in the area and then dine out at one of the following:
- Cactus Club Cafe – this popular and trendy restaurant can be found at 855 Main Street in West Vancouver by Park Royal mall, not far from the beach and seawall at Ambleside. It makes for a great place after some shopping or a walk in the park. Their Dine Out Vancouver menu is $30 for both lunch and dinner.
- Zen – located at #101 – 2232 Marine Drive, Zen is West Vancouver’s finest Japanese restaurant. Their Dine Out Vancouver menu is $40. Zen is fconveniently located near the West Vancouver Aquatic Centre, so a good place to go after a swim, and not far from Dundarave Village, so also good after a stroll along the seawall.
Lonsdale Quay Area
In Lower Lonsdale and around Lonsdale Quay you’ll find a concentration of some of the North Shore’s best restaurants. After a stroll along the waterfront around Shipbuilder’s Square, or after browsing through the Lonsdale Quay Public Market, check out the following for some great dining opportunities.
- The Lobby at the Pinnacle – located in the Pinnacle Hotel close to Lonsdale Quay at 138 Victory Ship Way, the restaurant specializes in West Coast cuisine. Entrees range from about $14 to $32 normally and its Dine Out Vancouver menu is $40 per person.
- Pier 7 – at 25 Wallace Mews Road near Shipbuilders’ Square just a short walk from Lonsdale Quay and the Seabus terminal, this restaurant is right on the water and boasts amazing views of the Vancouver skyline. They specialize in West Coast cuisine and their Dine Out Vancouver menu is $30 for both lunch and dinner. Their food sometimes gets mixed reviews, but generally it’s pretty good and their window views are some of the best in the region.
- Vaades – arguably the best Indian restaurant in North Vancouver, Vaades is located at 149 West 3rd Street, just a few blocks up from Lonsdale Quay and the Seabus. It’s not a fancy place, but if you like Indian food and you’re on the North Shore, then this is a good place to come. Their 3-course Dine Out Vancouver offering is just $20 a person for dinner and $9.75 for lunch. For dessert, the best choice is the chocolate cake.
Grouse Mountain is a great local ski hill, but also has snowshoe trails, a theatre and a couple of great restaurants. After enjoying a day on the slopes, or maybe simply just the gondola ride up, the following restaurant is one of Metro Vancouver’s most impressive.
- The Observatory – Grouse Mountain‘s premier restaurant features fine West Coast dining and overlooks the entire Lower Mainland below. Get a window seat and you’ll have one of the best views from any restaurant in the region. Dinner includes a free ride up in the gondola, provided that you make your reservation in advance. The restaurant is open daily from 5 to 10 pm. The Observatory’s Dine Out Vancouver menu is $40, which is an exceptional deal for the restaurant.
Cypress Mountain Area
Cypress is Metro Vancouver’s most advanced ski hill, and not far from the turn off to go up the hill is a well-known restaurant with great seafood and amazing views.
- Salmon House – located at 2229 Folkestone Way in West Vancouver, the highlight of this restaurant is the view. It’s a beautiful spot and the perfect place to finish off a great day of skiing, or just a day somewhere enjoying nature on the North Shore. Dinner entrees range from about $30 to $40 normally and their Dine Out Vancouver menu is $40.
Deep Cove is beautiful any time of the year. After a stroll along the waterfront, enjoy an early evening dinner at the Arms Reach Bistro, which is offering a great Dine Out Vancouver menu for just $30.
For other great restaurants participating in the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, both on the North Shore and elsewhere, check out the Dine Out Vancouver website. Don’t delay though – the festival and all the special menu pricing ends Sunday, January 31, 2016.
For a list of some of the best restaurants elsewhere, click Downtown Vancouver Dine Out Festival Restaurants.
While you’re on the North Shore, check out The Best of Vancouver’s North Shore to find amazing parks, trails and places to visit. The area has some of the most spectacular places and scenery in the world.