As we settle into autumn weather and our coziest sweaters, we’re eager to seek out the most comforting food Vancouver has to offer.
Since the holidays are just weeks away, we want something that checks the boxes for affordable, fresh fare, that allows us to support local, and, most importantly, that inspires us to get dressed and out of the house for a few hours.
Located on Commercial Drive, Harbour Oyster and Bar meets all of the above criteria. With reduced restaurant capacity and happy hour promotions, like $1.50 oysters, running from 11 am right through to 5 pm — every single day — it’s a no-brainer to visit.
Seafood aficionados — and anyone who wishes to discover the wonder of oysters for the very first time — can slurp to their heart’s content in between topping these tasty morsels with horseradish, lemon, and the spot’s signature sauces.
Oysters spawn in our Pacific waters during the summer, and the best time to get them is right now — when it’s officially oyster season. Plus, they’re a casual snack that can be enjoyed while catching up with a friend or two in your bubble.
The beauty of choosing Harbour for a low-key happy hour is that there’s something on the menu for every kind of seafood mood. Think clams, prawns, hearty lobster poutine, fried oysters, and mussels.
Pairing your eats with a beverage? You’ll find Harbour pale ale and lager listed for $6 per glass, happy hour white and red wine for $6.50, shots of tequila for $5 each, and the “shuck n’ shotty” for $7 (ask your server about this boozy option).
Harbour recently underwent an interior transformation, and the après-renovation space is cozier and more intimate than before (aka, it’s perfect for fall and winter dining). Escape the cold weather and retreat inside to fill your belly with brag-worthy bites.
All-day brunch is now available at the Commercial Drive eatery, too, meaning you can head on down on your break while working from home or on the weekend whenever you roll out of bed.
Choose between fried oysters and waffles topped with jalapeno syrup, a traditional benny with bacon and hash browns on an English muffin, a Harbour breakfast with two eggs, hash browns, bacon, and more, or a belt sandwich (yes, belt) loaded with bacon, eggs, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and hash browns.
If you’re looking for something beyond the brunch or happy hour eats at Harbour, there’s always the restaurant’s full menu. Why not warm up with a bowl of Manhattan or Boston chowder, order bacon-wrapped scallops seared in a soy-garlic glaze, or go all-out with a lobster prawn roll?
You could even surf and turf it up by ordering a prawn cocktail followed by the eight-ounce ribeye served with mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, and asparagus. There are also vegetarian options on the menu like shishito peppers with lemon mayo, the basket of fries, and the classic caesar salad.
While celebrating the holidays will be a little different this year, Harbour is taking the necessary health and safety precautions to host groups with a maximum of 40 people. Simply reach out to [email protected] to inquire about bookings.
For more information and to discover everything else on the menu at Harbour, head to harbouryvr.com. If you need more convincing to treat yourself to the fruits of the sea, just take a scroll through Harbour’s mouthwatering foodie photos on Instagram.
Address: 1408 Commercial Drive, Vancouver