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One of our favorite things to do when traveling is trying new restaurants. Vancouver has some of the best-tasting food and we pretty much enjoyed every restaurant we visited. We wanted to try out more restaurants but unfortunately, we ran out of time, so we will definitely be back for more! Here are our top 10 suggestions for restaurants and cafes you need to try in Vancouver:
This is by far the best Japanese izakaya we've experienced in North America. Their dishes are out-of-this-world delicious and we enjoyed every single plate that came out. Our favorite dishes were the Stone-Grilled Kobe Beef, Grilled Sake-Kasu Black Cod and Frozen Green Tea Brulee. We had fun cooking the beef on a hot stone instead of the usual propane grill. Make sure you make a reservation weeks in advance if you want to eat here at a reasonable time. Our friend, who lives in Vancouver, had to make multiple calls to reserve a table for us (a couple of weeks in advance) and we're so happy she made it happen.
LOCATION: 871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L9, Canada
As soon as you step inside Chambar, you will be blown away by the ambience and decor. Not only is their decor impressive but their food is outstanding as well. We had a lovely brunch here with the friendly staff and the standout dishes were the Bon Matin, Paella, Free Range Eggs and of course their signature waffles.
LOCATION: 568 Beatty Street Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3 Canada
3. Jam Cafe
Jam Cafe is probably the most popular breakfast cafe in Vancouver as there is always a long wait. Customers will wait at least 30 minutes outside to get in and they all say it's worth it. Everyone swears that it's the best breakfast in town and return for more. Try the famous Charlie Bowl or Chorizo Egg Benedict.
LOCATION: 556 Beatty Street Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3 Canada
We had spent the morning exploring Capilano Suspension Park and were planning on leaving when we saw this restaurant inside the park. Usually restaurants inside these type of places are pretty average so we weren't expecting much, but we are so glad we decided to eat here because everything was absolutely delicious. We love the cabin-like atmosphere of the restaurant and the service was friendly and attentive. Make sure to try their Beef Brisket or the Beef Burger.
5. Kaide Sushi
If you're looking for fresh seafood, this restaurant is highly recommended by our friend, Lust 'Till Dawn. They only serve wild sockeye salmon, wild albacore tuna, and for their specials, what’s caught and available for the day.
LOCATION: 1375 Richards Street Vancouver, BC V6B 3G7 Canada
If you want to splurge a little and have one of the greatest views of Vancouver with fine dining, then The Observatory is a must. Situated on top of Grouse Mountain, this fancy restaurant showcases the best seasonal ingredients of British Columbia.
LOCATION: Grouse Mountain Lodge, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9, Canada
If you have been reading some of our previous posts, then you know that we are avid ramen eaters. Our Japanese friend who lives in Vancouver recommended Santouka Ramen and the location was within walking distance from Stanley Park. We ordered the Shio Ramen, Shoyu Ramen, Spicy Miso Ramen and a side of gyoza and green onion rice. The gyoza and green onion rice was average but the ramen was amazing! The establishment is fairly small, so try to get there before the lunch or dinner rush to secure a seat.
LOCATION: 1690 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C7, Canada
Great place for brunch, lunch or dinner. We tried the chicken and waffles and the chicken was so moist and flavorful. Their portion is huge, so you can definitely share a plate with two people. Also try their Caesar - the bartender made several different kinds for us using different ingredients.
LOCATION: 60 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C9, Canada
Another seafood favorite from Lust 'Till Dawn. She recommends the oysters with their endless sauce choices, a Bloody Ceasar (made with clam juice and garnished with a succulent shrimp on top) and the raw scallops if they’re available.
LOCATION: 1228 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6L2, Canada
Cactus Club Cafe is a Canadian chain restaurant and they have a variety of delicious entrees and drinks. This location at Coal Harbour is one of the best locations with gorgeous views overlooking Vancouver Harbor. Try the Kobe Meatballs, Butternut Squash Soup or Yam Fries.
LOCATION: 1085 Canada Place Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3 Canada
Are you hungry yet?