18 much-loved Vancouver restaurants that closed in 2019

Dec 24 2019, 6:00 pm

The restaurant industry is a fickle one, so while we know that some eateries inevitably need to close their doors, we never want to see them shut for good.

Some of these spots are simply getting a new concept, while others have closed permanently.

Here are the top much-loved Vancouver restaurants that closed in 2019.

Dockers Family Restaurant


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Dockers Family Restaurant, located at 6094 Fraser Street (45th & Fraser), posted a notice on its door recently to let customers know that its last day of business would be December 8, 2019.



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The 646 Kingsway Street restaurant was right across the street from the ever-buzzworthy Savio Volpe. Crowbar itself garnered attention and praise for its fantastic cocktail list and creative menu of share plates and mains like the legendary off-menu burger.

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro


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The former owners of The Oakwood Canadian Bistro, located at 2741 W 4th Avenue in Kitsilano, announced in June that they sold the eatery. In a statement posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page, The Oakwood team thanked customers for eight years of fun.

Rhinofish Noodle Bar


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Chinatown’s Rhinofish Noodle Bar revealed its last day of operation would be on July 29, 2019. The Taiwanese beef noodle hotspot opened back in Summer 2017 at 550 Main Street. It has not announced any plans to reopen at another location.

Aer CafĂŠ


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The 2263 E Hastings Street sweet spot had been operating for almost three years, providing customers with fresh bread, decadent pastries, and caffeinated beverages, to name a few.

Cacao Vancouver


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One of Vancouver’s best under-the-radar eateries has closed its doors permanently. Cacao Vancouver, a progressive Latin American spot tucked into Kitsilano at 1898 W 1st Avenue, has officially shuttered. The business made the announcement via social media, noting that this wasn’t the outcome they had wanted, but that it was time for them to “move on.”

Dixie’s BBQ


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Earlier this year, Dixie’s owners decided “to concentrate on third-party delivery systems as well as commissary operations.” You can still get these epic eats via DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Foodora.

Don’t Argue Pizzeria


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One of Vancouver’s favourite local pizza spots, Don’t Argue Pizzeria! officially closed its doors this past May.

Nomad Restaurant


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Nomad Restaurant, located at 3950 Main Street, cooked up its last brunch service on October 27 before shuttering.

Nice Cafe

Closed and closing soon Oct 2019

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Nice Cafe, located at 154 E 8th Avenue, quietly closed its doors, and signage for what’s replacing it – Melo Patisserie, a spot for cakes, pastries, and late-night desserts – is already up. This spot was known as a local favourite for its cheap all-day brunch and breakfast.

Ouisi Bistro

Ouisi Bistro closing

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Ouisi Bistro had been operating at 3014 Granville Street for decades before closing this year. It was known for its New Orleans vibes and delicious brunch, lunch, and dinner service.

The Spot Cafe

This 805 Denman Street joint was known for serving up breakfast and lunch offerings in Vancouver’s West End.

Bistro Wagon Rouge


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Known for serving up classic French cuisine, this “blue-collar” bistro’s menu centred around fresh seasonal ingredients alongside staples like Cassoulet, Terrine, and Steak Frites.


Trattoria in Whistler sold

Trattoria in Whistler (Giardino Restaurant/Facebook)

Long-time Whistler restaurant Trattoria closed after 30 years of operation. The 4417 Sundial Place eatery was the more casual sister restaurant to Il Caminetto and was in the Umberto Group’s portfolio of eateries, which includes downtown Vancouver’s Giardino Restaurant.

Tsui Hang Village

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Infamous old-school Chinese restaurant Tsui Hang Village, commonly known as Tsui Hang’s, has permanently shut its doors. The downtown restaurant was a fixture on the Granville Strip. Known for its cheap and cheerful Chinese grub, “cold tea,” and super late hours, this spot was one of a handful of joints still operating late enough to sit down and unwind after a night out.

West Restaurant


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Much-loved Vancouver eatery West Restaurant + Bar is closing after two decades of operation. The South Granville staple has been serving up elegant fare and amazing service for 20 years, and it will be shuttering at the end of December.

YEW seafood + bar


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Luxury hotel Four Seasons Vancouver, which is connected to CF Pacific Centre, is set to close on January 31, 2020. The hotel houses YEW seafood + bar, which will also shutter in the new year.

MARKET by Jean-Georges


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The third-floor eatery has operated inside the upscale downtown Vancouver hotel for a decade, and it will be offering patrons its last-ever service on New Year’s Eve before closing on January 1, 2020.

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