9 Vancouver restaurants serving special holiday lunches

Nov 10 2016, 2:42 am

December is a stellar month to lunch.

This is because some restaurants that are normally closed for the midday meal are open during this festive season, and ones that are usually open have special menu items that only come around once a year – just like Saint Nick!

You can think of this as an early Christmas present from local restaurateurs: Here are nine Vancouver restaurants serving holiday lunches.

1. CinCin Ristorante

CinCin Bar + Lounge. Photo Credit Steve Li.

CinCin Bar + Lounge (Photo by Steve Li)

Indulge in an à la carte lunch menu at CinCin this year, featuring dishes from Chef Andrew Richardson’s famed Grillworks Infierno, such as daily wood-fired roasts and fish. See a sample menu for CinCin’s holiday lunch here.

When: Monday to Friday starting Thursday, December 1 to Friday, December 23 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Address: 1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-688-7338
Instagram: @cincinristorante

2. Blue Water Cafe

Blue Water Cafe Dining Room. Photo Credit: Steve Li

Blue Water Cafe Dining Room. Photo: Steve Li.

Chef Frank Pabst’s à la carte lunch menu features classic dishes and seasonal specialties perfect for a festive lunch from the sea. See the spectacular dishes offered at this lunch here.

When: Monday to Friday starting Thursday, December 8 to Thursday, December 23 from noon to 2 pm

Address: 1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-688-8078
Instagram: @bluewatercafe

3. West Restaurant

Photo Courtesy of West Restaurant.

Photo Courtesy of West Restaurant.

Celebrate the holiday season with Chef Quang Dang’s three unique tasting menus during the month of December. West will also be offering a three-course prix fixe menu for $45. Check out the menu for West’s holiday lunch here.

When: Throughout the month of December from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Address: 2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-738-8938
Instagram: @westrestaurant

4. L’Abattoir

L'Abattoir Interior. Photo: Hamid Attie.

L’Abattoir Interior. Photo: Hamid Attie.

L’Abattoir’s exclusive winter lunch series is back this year. Guests can enjoy a festive three-course menu created by Executive Chef Lee Cooper. These holiday lunches fill up fast, so be sure to make reservations via OpenTable here.

When: Wednesday, December 7  to Friday December 9; Wednesday December 14 to Friday, December 16; and Wednesday December 21 to Friday, December 23 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Address: 217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-1701
Instagram: @

5. Bauhaus Restaurant

Head to Bauhaus to try Chef Stefan Hartmann’s holiday lunch menus. Guests can choose between a $75 three-course or a $85 four-course lunch. This holiday lunch is available weekdays for groups of six or more. Please call or email ahead of time to make a reservation.

When: Available now until January from Monday to Friday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm (no lunch service on the weekends)

Address: 1 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-974-1147
Instagram: @bauhausrestaurant

6. Forage

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Forage is offering a $40 four-course festive lunch during the month of December. Enjoy the products of local farmers, fishers, and foragers with a delicious midday meal throughout a 90-minute seating. Book your holiday lunch at Forage via OpenTable.

When: Wednesday, December 7 to Friday, December 23 from 11:30 am to 1 pm

Address: 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-661-1400
Instagram: @foragevancouver

7. Notch8 Restaurant & Bar

Head to the glamorous restaurant in the lobby at The Hotel Vancouver for a festive lunch buffet for $65 per person. This is great spot for an office celebration of group meal.

When: Friday, December 9, Friday, December 16 and Monday, December 19  to Friday, December 23 from noon to 2pm

Address: 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

8. Dockside Restaurant

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The Dockside is offering two different menus for its holiday lunch. The plated lunches are either $39.95 or $49.95 per person for a three-course meal with the restaurant’s famous panoramic view. These menus are great for group bookings and diner should reserve ahead of time.

When: Daily from now until Sunday, January 15

Address: 1253 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-7070
Instagram: @docksidevancouver

9. ORU Cuisine

Head to the second floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim to enjoy a holiday lunch with one of the city’s best downtown views. ORU is offering a prix fixe holiday menu for $49 per person and it is a can’t-miss. We recommend getting some epic sugar buns from Giovane Cafe on your way out.

Address: 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Phone: 604-695-5500
Facebook: Oru Cuisine at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel

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