9 restaurants in Burnaby worth waiting in line for

Aug 18 2023, 7:00 pm

It can be tedious to wait to get into a restaurant, especially if you’re incredibly hungry, but sometimes the wait is completely worth it.

Burnaby is home to a wide variety of incredible cuisine, hyped-up restaurants, and hole-in-the-wall spots that are so good that there’s nearly always a line of some kind.

From Japanese to Mediterranean, brunch to dinner, Burnaby is full of must-try dining destinations for all times of the day.

These Burnaby restaurants may be busy, but they are completely worth waiting in line to try – if you have the patience.

Hart House

This picturesque spot offers Mediterranean-style eats in the setting of a historic and charming house. It also has one of the best lawn patios in Burnaby, making it a highly sought-after dining destination – especially during the warmer months.

Address: 6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Phone: 604-298-4278

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Glenburn Soda Fountain

On a sunny summer day, this little gem is guaranteed to be packed with folks looking to cool off with a milkshake, sundae, or other cool treat. Glenburn is a long-time staple of the community and is both delicious and rightly popular.

Address: 4090 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Phone: 604- 565-0155


Kaneko Hannosuke


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Kaneko Hannosuke, the popular Japanese restaurant with a location on Robson Street, also has a spot in The Amazing Brentwood. The Tokyo-based restaurant is known for its bowls of Japanese tendon tempura and draws huge lines of people. Its offerings include a variety of seafood and vegetables prepared in its signature deep-fried batter and served with a secret sauce.

Address: F10-4567 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby


Green Leaf Cafe

This popular sushi spot also has a location in Vancouver, and both are absolutely worth the hype. With incredibly fresh seafood and some of the best salmon oshi in town, this sushi place is often busy, so very worth the wait.

Address: 9604 Cameron Street, Burnaby
Phone: 604-444-9802


OEB Breakfast Co. – Brentwood


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OEB has a few locations around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, and they’re all very popular for their plentiful and delicious breakfast and brunch options. Plan to get there early if you’re dining with a group!

Address: 4525 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby
Phone: 604-566-3447

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The Dolar Shop


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This hot pot restaurant operates in two locations in Burnaby, which makes sense as it’s extremely popular. Its Kingsway location has just recently rebranded to Chocho and now offers an all-day all-you-can-eat menu, too, which is even more reason to check it out.

Address: 4361 Kingsway #4A, Burnaby

Address: 2-6078 Silver Drive, Burnaby


Sooda Korean BBQ

Known for its Korean BBQ bites and fun drinks, this location of Sooda in Brentwood tends to get busy but is more than worth the wait. Head here for the restaurant’s iconic Sooda fries, bulgogi, and shots of soju for a guaranteed good time.

Address: 4455 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby


Sopra Sotto


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One of Burnaby’s most popular spots for Italian food, Sopra Sotto is busy for good reason. Think spaghetti alla carbonara, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, and frittura mista (deep-fried calamari and prawns) – we’re hungry just thinking about it.

Address: 4022 Hastings Street, Burnaby


Shanghai Dimsum House


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Located inside the Crystal Mall food court, this place is known especially for its xiao long bao and attracts some pretty long lines during lunch and other peak hours.

Address: 4500 Kingsway, Burnaby

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