The arrival of the holiday season means a ton of celebrating with friends and loved ones, and this year you may not feel up to the whole prepping, cooking, and cleaning thing.
Luckily, Vancouver has a huge selection of amazing restaurants in every pocket of the city where you can reserve private spaces or buyout the entire venue for the night.
Here are 30 spots where you can book your holiday party for any size and budget and leave the planning (and the dishes) to someone else.
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For those looking to share the AnnaLena experience for this year’s corporate holiday party, buy-outs are perfect for larger groups with a capacity of 70 guests for a cocktail style reception or 50 seated guests. AnnaLena will help created the perfect event for your group. The family-style tasting menu is a great option for a sit-down dinner.
Address: 1809 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Ancora offers multiple configurations to host your group requirements from 10 to 120 people including the choice between the Private Room with audio and visual set-up, the Mezzanine Level (semi-private), and the Main Dining Room (semi-private). Ancora provides delicious and creative group menus and offers buyouts that are available for exclusive privacy depending on the day of the week and the time of year.
Address: 1600 Howe Street, Vancouver
Located in picturesque English Bay in the heart of the West End, the Beach Bay Cafe and Patio is a great spot to host a holiday shindig. Beach Bay’s 2,000 sq. ft. dining space can be customized with specific event enhancements. This can accommodate up to 55 seated guests or a standing reception of up to 100. To request this space, fill out the digital form and you will be contacted within one business day.
Address: 1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
If you’re looking to celebrate the holidays with delicious seafood this year, look no further than the Blue Water Cafe. Executive Chef Frank Pabst crafts delicious and sustainable seafood dishes using only the freshest wild fish, combine that with the amazing selection of wine, and having a holiday party here is a no-brainer. The active wine cellar contains two multi-faceted private rooms that are easily combined to accommodate up to 80 seated guests or 120 standing. The Bluewater has four private dining areas including the Oceans, Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic rooms. There is also the option for a complete restaurant buyout. For more details about each space head here, and to make your reservation call 604-688-8078.
Address: 1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Botanist has a private dining room features customized menus your guests will rave about, a state of the art Rega RP1 record player and sound system, and a built in screen for all your presentation and AV needs.
Address: Fairmont Pacific Rim – 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar ‘s stunning private dining room is available for daytime, evening and late-night celebrations for up to 48 seated guests, or 80 guests reception-style. Additional adjoining spaces can accommodate up to 150 guests, and the chic downtown restaurant is also available for holiday party buyouts for a total capacity of 290 seated guests.
Address: 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
With two floors and two patios (a unique, glass-covered courtyard being the centerpiece of the upstairs dining area, while downstairs offers a second heated, outdoor terrace) a large dining hall and several semi-private nooks, Brix & Mortar is well equipped to host your next event. This spot can fit up to 95 guests for sit down and multi-course dinners, and up to 120 for an interactive stand-up cocktail type reception. The private rooms can seat up to 26 guests.
Address: 1138 Homer Street, Vancouver
Holiday parties can head to Burdock & Co’s compact space, designed to elicit conversation and dining exploration with a central communal table that brings diners together around arrays of delectable share plates. The entire restaurant can comfortably accommodate up to 34 guests for seated dinners or cocktail receptions. Parties with full buyouts enjoy a multicourse family-style dining experience while smaller parties can book the same experience as a half-buyout beginning at 8:30 pm. Private parties have the option of selecting thoughtful add-ons like pre-dinner sparkling wine and canapé service, edible gift bags, or a raw oyster bar. For private dining availability, pricing structures and additional information, contact Julie Sopuck at [email protected]
Address: 2702 Main Street, Vancouver
Café Medina offers a unique and instantly memorable setting for holiday parties for up to 65 guests seated or 90 reception-style guests. Whether it’s a cocktail-and-canapé mix and mingle or a multi-course dinner service, Chef Adam Perrier has designed an array of seasonal menu options featuring Cafe Medina’s signature rustic, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Canapé selections and appetizer platters, buffets and plated dinner menus can also be paired with a variety of custom cocktail creations, wine or beer.
Address: 780 Richards Street, Vancouver
Calabash Bistro, known for its live music and unique Caribbean brunch, is ready to host your holiday party this year too. The restaurant has a private room on its lowest level that is equipped with a bar and stage. Calabash also has set menu options that range in price from $30 to $80.
Address: 428 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Head to Chambar for your holiday party and you wont be disappointed. The private dining room is rustic with a long table and exposed wood, giving you an instantly cozy feeling as you settle in. Request your large party reservation here and choose from set menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that range in price from $25 to $75.
Address: 568 Beatty Street Crosstown, Vancouver
Chewies Oyster Bar in Coal Harbour and Kitsilano are the perfect venues for a variety of events from sit down dinners, to cocktails parties, and full buyouts. Order from our regular menus or have the talented team of Chefs create custom menus to fit your needs and budget. If you book your holiday party at Chewies you even receive a complimentary $100 gift card – that’s a lot of brunch service chicken and waffles, people.
Address: 2201 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
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The intimate ‘Madonna Room’ at Cibo Trattoria is an elegant private dining space that seats up to 12 guests. For those looking for a little more space, Cibo’s 40-seat main dining room also makes the perfect location for private parties, corporate events, or social gatherings. The space is also equipped with a hidden audio/visual projection system that features an oversized, retractable screen, making it an ideal venue for corporate presentations or special-event slideshows.
Address: 1020 Main Street, Vancouver
Whether you’re looking to host a family gathering or a corporate holiday dinner, CinCin offers a unique setting for any occasion. The Italian restaurant has a stunning private wine dining room surrounded by dozens of bottles of the good stuff. This spot also has a variety of semi-private spaces and a bar and lounge that is ideal for stand-up receptions of up to 180 people. When you plan your gathering at CinCin you can customize with audio-visual amenities and personalized menu options. Check out the private function details here, and to make a reservation or start planning your event call or email ([email protected]) the restaurant.
Address: 1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
Edible Canada is located on Granville Island and it offers menus that are filled with local and sustainable dishes. The open-kitchen style bistro features a bright private dining space perfect for group parties and gatherings. Edible offers three options for events including Private Room Dining, Full Restaurant Buyout Dining, and Non-Private Group Bookings. This restaurant has created a comprehensive flow chart to help you decide which route you should take with your party when it comes to food and drink.
Address: 1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver
The Emerald is located in Vancouver’s colourful Chinatown and the venue gives off charming old school Vegas vibes. This spot is very popular for large parties, as it offers four private and semi-private spaces: The Lounge, Dining Room, Main Stage, and the Back Cabaret. Special touches available for group functions include crystal vintage decanters filled with the spirit of the guests’ choosing, along with mix and big ball ice cubes as well as a candy bar station option featuring up to five sweet treats. Menu options include set and buffet-style with vegan and specialty diet alternatives available upon request.
Address: 555 Gore Avenue, Vancouver
Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s Financial District, Heritage Asian Eatery’s 1,600-sq-ft space offers a casual, communal atmosphere for mid-sized holiday parties. Available for holiday party buyouts on evenings and weekends, the industrial-chic space accommodates 45 sit-down guests or 65 reception-style. Chef Felix Zhou creates customized event menus that feature Far-East flavours created with locally sourced ingredients and modern techniques.
Address: 1108 West Pender Street, Vancouver
L’Abattoir’s chic 1,200-sq-ft private event facility is separate from the main dining room, but the décor is an extension of the Gastown restaurant’s celebrated brick and beam style, with sleek, industrial glass and steel accents. Overhead chandeliers provide illumination while large windows allow plenty of natural light and fresh air. The elegant private dining room can be divided into two separate spaces (each comfortably accommodating up to 24-seated guests), while the combined space provides seating for up to 50 guests or a reception area for up to 70 standing guests.
La Mezcaleria’s Gastown location is available for buyouts for groups from 40-60 people. Options for this include lunch from Monday to Sunday and dinner from Sunday to Wednesday (potentially Thursdays upon inquiry). The offerings for this are flexible and varied because they are customized for each event, sit-down or standing, most preferences can be accommodated. Prices vary depending on time of day and menu selection etc.
Address: Gastown – 68 E Cordova Street, Vancouver
This Kitsilano restaurant can be bought out for parties of 50 and under. From family-style dining to riffs on Thai street food, Chef Angus An’s menu balances intense fresh flavours with seasonal ingredients and locally sourced products. Maenam’s menu is served alongside an inspired cocktail card, informed beer list, and extensive selection of wines served by-the-glass or bottle.
Address: 1938 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
With floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing stunning downtown vistas, Market by Jean-Georges offers a memorable dining experience for any celebration. This Downtown Vancouver restaurant has three private dining rooms, a heated and covered outdoor terrace with city views, an enticing bar, and an elegant dining room perfect for a mid-size holiday party.
Address: 1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver
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Right in the heart of Chinatown, Sai Woo has a spacious dining area with a view of the “East meets West” kitchen, along with an intimate downstairs lounge serving casual Asian cuisine in a relaxed and elegant space. Enjoy Sai Woo’s flavourful food prepared with local ingredients in either the upstairs dining room, which seats 113, or the Woo Bar downstairs which can seat 75.
Address: 158 East Pender, Vancouver
Tableau offers some amazing private spaces and restaurant buyout options for holiday parties. The rooms that can be rented out include the Petit Salon which seats 18, the Grand Salon which seats 24, or for a larger group both salons can be booked to accommodate 60 guests in total. If you’d like to do a complete Tableau buyout, the venue seats 75.
Address: 1181 Melville Street, Vancouver
Tacofino’s four Vancouver locations offer a variety of different buy-out options for holiday party planners. Each venue offers its own distinct interior design with laid-back vibes. Event menus are customized to meet your needs while evoking Tacofino’s signature surf-inspired West Coast fare. Buyout capacity: Gastown (116), Oasis (60), Hastings Commissary (51), Yaletown (50). Tacofino can also come to you, they offer corporate catering and food truck rentals too.
Whether you opt for Canucks Group Tickets in the arena, or you rent out a private suite, Rogers Arena has everything you need for a memorable holiday party. Suite guests enjoy a range of premium in-suite food and beverage options and can accommodate groups of 12-70 people. The Sportsbar LIVE! at Rogers Arena is also available for private breakfast, lunch and dinner event bookings on non-game days. Customize your event in this dynamic and upscale space, with a diverse range of culinary options made with fresh, local ingredients.
Address: 99 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Vij’s is ready to host your private holiday dining events for your business, community, friends, and family. This spot has a selection of personalized menus, fixed menus, and private rooms available. Sit back and enjoy the ambiance of Vij’s Indian Jewelry Box with dancing elephant lights and creative Indian cuisine. To book this space give Vij’s a call or fill out the form online.
Address: 3106 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Host your holiday party at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, offering over 71,000 square feet of flexible event space. Allow our catering and events team to help you plan an exceptional holiday soiree for groups of all sizes. Guests can choose from a holiday buffet menu for $78 or a holiday plated menu for $69 per person.
Address: 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Vancouver Aquarium is one of the most unique party venues you could book your private event. This private event experience is elevated during the holidays when the galleries are adorned with festive decor, including an electric eel-powered Christmas tree (Vancouver’s most ‘shocking’ holiday display) and an impressive marine debris tree created by Tofino-based artist Pete Clarkson using found ocean plastics. Event guests can cherish their magical holiday memories forever when they snap a photo in front of the new jelly snow globe display in the Tropics Gallery or under the mistle-toad hanging by the Frogs Forever? Gallery.
Address: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Set in a beautifully refurbished 19th century building, Wildebeest’s multi-level space offers an open concept kitchen complete with an inviting dining room, banquette seating, cocktail lounge, fourteen seats and the bar, and an intimate lower-level private dining room called The Underbelly (capacity for 40-55 people). The main floor dining room is a large capacity space featuring a full service bar with additional amenities available upon request: live music or DJ, photo booth, floral arrangements, and valet services. Total seated capacity for this space is 91 (including bar seating) and seated capacity is 110.
Address: 120 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Sophistication awaits those who wish to dine privately at YEW this holiday season. With a selection of creative cocktails and a menu of quality cuisine, you can’t go wrong when booking a private function here. There are three group dining options at YEW: The Communal Table (seats up to 14 guests at the heart of the restaurant in front of the fireplace), The Wine Room (a glass-enclosed area offers sky-lit dining for up to 10 guests), and The Inlet (customizable private room ideal for groups from 20 to 65).
Address: 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
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