Open and opening soon: 36 new Vancouver restaurants to try

Feb 2 2021, 11:54 am

New Vancouver restaurants? Those are our three favourite words.

We’ve gone and collected a list of all the new Vancouver restaurants you should look into trying this month.

There is always a lot of chowing down for us to do in our city, and these new eateries make our to-eat lists longer than ever.

Here are 36 new Vancouver restaurants for you to try right now, or in the near future.

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Slim’s BBQ

Slim's BBQ

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The 2301 Main Street address may seem familiar if you were a fan of the Rumpus Room, which occupied this space up until recently. Before that, vegetarian mainstay The Foundation operated at this corner. Now, Slim’s (which is the newest iteration of Dixie’s BBQ, by the way) is open and ready to feed you Texas-style BBQ.

Address: 2301 Main Street, Vancouver

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Donky Chicken

Donky Chicken is open, and that means it’s Vancouver’s newest spot to get authentic Korean fried chicken. The new crispy-fried eatery is open at 363 E Broadway in Mount Pleasant. This is the KFC brand’s first Canadian location “overseas” according to its Instagram account.

Address: 363 E Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: 778-318-1089

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Wurst of Us (takeout and delivery only)

 

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The wurst thing ever just happened…no really, a new spot for vegan hot dogs is here, and it’s called Wurst of Us. This plant-based concept is the new sister company of Aleph Middle Eastern Eatery (1889 Powell Street). Wurst of Us offers folks delicious vegan hot dogs, nachos, homemade root beer, and cheesecake for pickup and delivery only.

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Acquafarina

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Dished Vancouver was the first to give patrons a glimpse of this stunning new fine-dining Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown. The stunning 200-seat eatery, which features intricate woodwork, one-of-a-kind European antiques, copper details, and sky-high ceilings, is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of West Georgia Street and Homer Street downtown.

Address: 425 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-558-3099

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Good Pizza (takeaway only)

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Good Pizza offers a unique style of pizza that features a dense, crunchy, and chewy crust loaded with cheese and toppings, and we mean like, loaded with toppings. Pre-orders are very much required for this concept — and those open online on Wednesdays.

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Autostrada – Vancouver House (takeaway only)

Autostrada Vancouver House offers seating for 70 people in a comfortable and timeless room. This is the third location for this restaurant concept in the city. This outpost is open for takeaway only as it awaits its liquor licence.

Address: 1481 Continental Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-258-9988

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Jess’ Restaurant

 

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Jess’ Restaurant offers patrons a wide array of eats during dinner service, including charcuterie boards, soufflés, sliders, risotto, steak, salads, and even an intriguing “Confit KFC” dish.

Address: 2179 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-269-0103

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Hoshi Japanese Cuisine

Vancouver’s new destination for sushi just opened its doors: Hoshi Japanese Cuisine. The new waterfront restaurant has opened in the former location of M8 Bistro and boasts a front patio that soaks up those rays on a sunny day.

Address: Unit 3-1010 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-423-5950

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Bombay Kitchen + Bar — South Granville

Bombay Kitchen + Bar has officially opened its second location in South Granville. Located at 1480 West 11th Avenue, this concept has taken over the space formerly occupied by Vij’s Rangoli, which closed back in May 2020.

Address: 1480 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver

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Browns Crafthouse UBC

 

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The latest location from the chain of casual restaurants welcomed its first customers on Saturday, January 23. Browns Crafthouse also operates two other Vancouver outposts downtown and on Main Street.

Address: 101 – 6111 University Boulevard
Phone: 604-259-6885

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Juanita

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Kitsilano, you’re in for a treat. New all-day dining concept “Juanita” is gearing up to open, and pretty soon at that. Located at 1516 Yew Street, the eatery has taken over the space formerly occupied by shuttered jazz destination the Blue Martini Cafe, directly across the street from Nook and Local.

Address: 1516 Yew Street, Vancouver

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Luigi & Sons

Luigi & Sons

Luigi & Sons

Calling all steak lovers, the Toptable Group is gearing up to open a brand new quality provisions spot and butcher shop: Luigi & Sons. This new destination is brought to us by the team behind Elisa steakhouse, so you know it’s going to be good (and John Cena approved).

Address: Yaletown

Linh Cafe

 

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Ça Marche isn’t the only concept that’s planning to bring some French flair to Vancouver House, as local favourite Linh Cafe is opening a new location at the development also. Linh Cafe’s team confirmed to Dished Vancouver that an outpost would be opening at 1428 Granville Street (exact unit to-be-revealed).

Address: 1428 Granville Street, Vancouver

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iSETTA

 

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This new counter-service destination will have indoor seating for about 42 people, as well as additional outdoor patio space for folks looking to enjoy everything from brunch eats to Italian-style paninis al fresco.

Address: 4360 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

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Breka Bakery & Cafe

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Breka Bakery & Cafe is set to be “coming soon” to Main Street, according to signage at the new location. The popular destination is known for offering up delicious baked goods and savoury eats 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Breka’s logo is plastered on the windows and door at 4554 Main Street, which is located just a few blocks from Sula’s newly opened restaurant.

Address: 4554 Main Street, Vancouver

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Alouette

 

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Vancouver’s Hotel Le Soleil is getting a new concept this summer, a French bistro called Alouette. A representative from the new Hornby Street eatery told Dished Vancouver patrons can expect a French-meets-West Coast food program complete with comfort foods, French classics, oysters, and fresh salads and mains.

Address: 567 Hornby Street, Vancouver

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L’Onore Pizza

L'Onore Pizza

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A new must-try Italian restaurant, L’Onore Pizza, is slated to open in Metro Vancouver this winter. Set to open on East Royal Avenue in New Westminster, L’Onore will offer hand-crafted, wholesome, Italian-inspired cuisine.

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Grab N Go

Grab N Go Sushi

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With no visible online presence just yet, there are not too many details on Grab N Go at this point, but the eatery is advertising dine-in, takeout, and delivery options for its grub once it opens.

Address: 883 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Saola

 

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A new modern Asian restaurant called “Saola” is set to open in Vancouver. Slated to open at 2415 Main Street in early 2021, the folks behind this project include Do Chay’s Patrick Do, seasoned hospitality veteran Kevin Lin, and actor-producer and actor-writer Osric Chau and Nicholas Carey, respectively.

Address: 2415 Main Street, Vancouver

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Popeyes Chicken – Burnaby

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Popeyes Chicken is opening yet another Metro Vancouver location — this time, in Burnaby. This news was confirmed to Dished Vancouver just over a week after we posted about a new Richmond location from the brand.

Address: 7855 Kingsway, Burnaby

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Hello Nori

 

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This new Japanese hand roll eatery is officially opening its first location downtown on Robson Street, and Daily Hive chatted with the team to find out more about what we can expect from it. The space itself is 1,500 sq ft and is slated to feature seats for 24 as well as a U-shaped bar, where patrons can enjoy 11 varieties of warm and crispy hand rolls made right before their eyes.

Address: 1165 Robson Street, Vancouver

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Sneaky Pete’s Pool Cafe

Sneaky Pete’s Pool Cafe is gearing up to open its doors in Vancouver. Located at 424 Mclean Drive, just a stone’s throw from Yolk’s and Timbertrain’s Depot, this new spot appears to be opening very soon.

Address: 424 Mclean Drive, Vancouver

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Cream Pony

 

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For those of you who can’t ever decide between sweet or salty, Cream Pony is going to be the ultimate spot for you. This new concept is set to be serving up handmade brioche donuts and buttermilk fried chicken on the North Shore soon.

Address: 111 1st Street E Unit B2, North Vancouver

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Tendon Kohaku

 

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Tendon Kohaku is set to open a location in downtown Vancouver. The Japanese chain of tempura eateries will be going into a large space at Howe and Smithe, just across the street from the Law Courts.

Address: 190 Howe Street, Vancouver

Menya Itto Vancouver

 

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Popular Tokyo-born ramen shop Menya Itto is officially opening its first North American location in Vancouver. The brand’s first outpost on the continent will be opening at 1479 Robson Street, the former location of Ramen Koika.

Address: 1479 Robson Street, Vancouver

Saku – Robson Street

 

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Popular Japanese tonkatsu spot Saku is planning to change things up with one of its Vancouver locations, the team confirmed to Daily Hive. The eatery currently operates two outposts on W Broadway and in Vancouver’s West End, and the latter will be moving from 1773 Robson Street to a bigger location, just two blocks away at 1588 Robson Street.

Address: 1588 Robson Street, Vancouver

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The Very Good Butchers

Victoria-based vegan food phenomenon The Very Good Butchers is officially opening a huge flagship location in Vancouver. On a call with Dished Vancouver, the company’s CEO, Mitchell Scott, shared details about the plans for a new 10,000-sq-ft facility slated to open at the Nickel at 285 West 5th in Mount Pleasant.

Address: 285 West 5th, Vancouver

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Katsuya – Vancouver

 

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Katsuya is officially opening its first Vancouver location on Robson Street. The Toronto-based Japanese fusion tonkatsu chain opened a location in Coquitlam last fall, and now the brand is opening its second BC location at 1471 Robson Street.

Address: 1471 Robson Street, Vancouver

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Meltwich Surrey

 

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Artisan grilled cheese chain Meltwich has plans to open its first BC location in Metro Vancouver. The franchise has a Surrey outpost in the works, and according to the company’s website, it will be opening at the Grandview Corners Shopping Centre at F05 24 Avenue.

Address: F05, 24 Avenue, Surrey

BB.Q Chicken – Robson Street

BB.Q Chicken’s new Vancouver eatery will be opening at 1517 Robson Street, the former location of Thai Away Home.

Address: 1517 Robson Street, Vancouver

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Honeybrew Bar

 

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The sweet spot will take over the former location of Truffles Fine Foods at 785 Davie Street. Once it’s open, Honeybrew Bar aims to become a must-try destination for strudels, coffee, and cocktails for locals and visitors alike.

Address: 785 Davie Street, Vancouver

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CRAFT Beer Market – English Bay

CRAFT English Bay

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CRAFT Beer Market English Bay is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated restaurant openings coming up, so here’s your first glimpse of what we can expect from this concept in an oh-so-coveted waterfront location.

Address: 1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver

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Soon Coffee

 

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Soon Coffee will be opening in The Amazing Brentwood’s food court as an island to-go bar with 360-degree coffee service. Tentatively slated to open in February 2021, the Soon Coffee team told Dished that the idea behind this concept was all about inclusivity and accessibility.

Address: 4567 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby

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Jollibee Vancouver

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It was confirmed to Daily Hive that Jollibee’s first BC location is slated to take over 833 Granville Street, the former location of ShuRaku Sake Bar & Bistro, which closed in September 2018. Quite possibly the most highly anticipated “opening soon” eatery on this list of new Vancouver restaurants, we’ll be sure to keep you posted on this one.

Address: 833 Granville Street, Vancouver

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Robba da Matti – Gastown

 

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Robba da Matti will soon be opening its third Vancouver location in Gastown. The pasta joint has been serving patrons delicious fare out of its original Yaletown location and its one-year-old West End outpost too.

Address: 12 Powell Street, Vancouver

Blackball – Kingsway

 

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While an official opening date has not been revealed, Blackball Kingsway is opening “soon” according to the company’s website. We’ll keep you posted, but if you can’t wait for the new location, head to the Richmond branch at 1061 8300 Capstan Way.

Address: 1 – 3377 Kingsway, Vancouver

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