It seems like we’ve been celebrating the opening of food establishments a lot lately, but our stomachs are certainly not complaining.
While we’ve been keeping you updated on what’s opening and closing, we feel like it’s time to let you know the must-try spots – the ones you’d regret not trying at least once.
These are the hottest restaurants in Vancouver right now, so get reserving and get hungry folks!
Still on top of their game after an incredibly successful October opening, Bells and Whistles is the place to be if you haven’t been yet. Whether you’re heading there for the first time for the ever-changing selection of local craft brews and collaborations, the nachos and breakfast burgers or you’re returning for round two (or four), Bells and Whistles still tops people’s lists of must-hit stops.
Address: 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11:30 am to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 am to 1 am
If you know Vancouver food then you know Boulevard is one of the best in the fine dining game. The reason it’s on this list is not because it’s new, but because both Executive Chef Alex Chen and Chef De Partie Connor Sperling have been given prestigious awards for their creations in recent national competitions. So you can dine here knowing you’re tasting dishes from some of Canada’s finest culinary talent. Chef Chen won at the 12th annual Gold Medal Plates competition in Victoria, and Sperling came out on top at the Hawksworth Young Chef national finals. Chef Chen will go on to compete at the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna in February 2018.
Address: 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Hours: Breakfast from 6:30 am to 11 am, lunch 11 am to 3 pm, dinner from 5 pm to 11 pm, weekend brunch 11 am to 3 pm
Located on the water’s edge inside the The Westin Bayshore in Coal Harbour, HJU:Z Lounge has been taking its guests to cloud nine since it opened on November 18. Inspired by record-setting American pilot, Howard Hughes, this spot will offer patrons the chance to step back in time, soak in the breezy surroundings, and sip on some cocktails crafted as an ode to Hughes’ many flights around the globe.
Address: 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Hours: Sunday to Wednesday from 11 am to 1 am, Thursday to Saturday from 11 am to 2 am
This restaurant relocated and rebranded, so you can bet the foodie community is interested in trying the classic Glowbal eatery, complete with a fresh new look and new digs. Italian Kitchen took over the space of Francesco’s Ristorante Italia, which closed after 15 years of operation last summer.
Address: 860 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Hours: Open daily from 11:30 am to 11:00 pm
Not new but noteworthy, this Kitsilano restaurant was recently chosen as one of Canada’s top new restaurants for 2017 by enRoute magazine. The French-Japanese eatery was fourth on the annual list, and it was also the only restaurant in BC that made the top 10. Known for its upscale tasting menus by chefs Makoto Ono and Amanda Cheng, this Kitsilano spot opened in December 2016, but if you haven’t tried it yet, this prestigious nod from enRoute will definitely convince you to go.
Address: 1629 Yew Street, Vancouver
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 5 pm to close
Spade, a new concept from Prado Cafe owner Sammy Piccolo has officially opened its doors on Commercial Drive in mid-November. Located at 1858 Commercial Drive, this spot offers patrons coffee, spirits, treats, and small plates during its opening hours (open early, closing late) seven days a week. These hours will allow Spade to transform from a bustling coffee shop in the day, to a cozy restaurant for evening and late night service. If Instagram is any indication, this is a popular and must-try spot.
Address: 1858 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Hours: Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday to Wednesday from 8 am to 10 am, and Thursday to Saturday from 8 am to midnight
It may be a bit outside of our everyday grub budget, but there’s no denying that St. Lawrence is a Vancouver must-try. This spot opened back in July, but the foodie community is still riding high on the buzz the restaurant has received, people clearly love the classic French cuisine with Quebecois inspiration. Be sure to get to this Powell Street eatery when you can.
Address: 269 Powell Street, Vancouver
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 5:30 pm to 11 pm (holiday hours may vary)
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