30 awesome new must-try restaurants in Vancouver

Sep 20 2018, 12:59 am

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

Just opened, opening soon, or newly re-opened, here are 28 new delicious Vancouver restaurants to try this month.

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Hunnybee Bruncheonette


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After a successful ‘pop-up’ the Birds and the Beets team who put together this new Chinatown brunch destination has opened the Gore Avenue eatery up as a full-time spot. Find it open from 8 am to 5 pm daily.

Address: 789 Gore Avenue, Vancouver


Pizza Pizza – New West


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This Toronto-based Pizza Pizza has expanded into British Columbia with their first location in New Westminster at 527 Sixth Street in New Westminster, and six more spots in late 2018 and early 2019.

Address: 527 Sixth Street, New Westminster

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La Taqueria – Yukon

La Taqueria Yukon

La Taqueria Yukon (Photo: Leila Kwok)

The new 2,000-sq-ft location will feature two patios, a new cocktail program, live music, and a “different ambience” than the other locations. One that promotes a sit-and-stay vibe rather than a grab-and-go.

Address: 2450 Yukon Street, Vancouver

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Elephant Garden Creamery


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It’s been a long wait, but highly-anticipated Vancouver ice cream spot Elephant Garden Creamery is open.  The new sweet spot is located at 2080 Commercial Drive, just steps away from Sushi Ville, the Tangent Cafe, and a Prado Cafe location.

Address: 2080 Commercial Drive

Little Juke

Little Juke

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Located at 1074 Davie Street, Juke Fried Chicken’s second location will be fully licensed (in about a week-or-so) and offers the eatery’s signature selection of drool-worthy southern-inspired eats like ribs, slaw, chicken, and veggie dishes. And while the counter service-only Little Juke is smaller in size compared to the OG Chinatown location (it has 22 seats), the selection of eats are actually bigger at the new West End spot.

Address: 1074 Davie Street, Vancouver

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The Sauce


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The new eatery specializes in high-end pasta, but at a take-out price. The Sauce offers pasta for those on the go in functional food containers, without compromising on quality or taste. This gourmet pasta bar is open seven days a week, which means you will have tons of time to stop in and try their secret traditional marinara recipe.

Address: 861 Denman Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-951-1140

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Uno Gelato – Coal Harbour


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Situated at Canada Place at the Mahony & Sons Coal Harbour location at Burrard Landing, the final gelato shop is now in service just weeks after the Kitsilano and Stamps Landing spots opened.

Address: Mahony & Sons at the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building – 1055 Canada Pl #36, Vancouver

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OneZo Tapioca


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OneZo Tapioca has officially opened at 4929 Kingsway in Burnaby and their opening deals caused four days of hour-long lines for bubble tea deals.

Address: 4929 Kingsway, Burnaby
Phone: 778-953-6392

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Seorae Korean BBQ


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Located at 115-5668 Hollybridge Way, this wildly popular chain is known for having the number one skirt meat BBQ in Korea, aka ‘Galmaegisal.’ Seorae describes their meat as the perfect combination of tenderness and juiciness from a part of the animal that contains a minimal amount of fat, and people go nuts for it. 

Address: 115-5668 Hollybridge Way, Richmond

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Colony Northwoods


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This will be the third location for the Colony brand, adding to the existing Kitsilano and Main Street spots. The 4,000-sq-ft Colony Northwoods will feature a chalet-inspired look with natural food architectural elements, 130 seats inside, 130 seats outside, and 20 rotating beer taps.

Address: 2100 Dollarton Highway in Northwoods Village, North Vancouver


Purebread – Mount Pleasant

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Located at 5 E 5th Avenue in Mount Pleasant, the new sweet spot has a storefront and also serves as the Vancouver production kitchen too. The Mount Pleasant store is the fourth bakery for the chain, including the two in Whistler and one location in Gastown.

Address: 5 E 5th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-336-9001

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Kyoto Takenoko


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There’s a new spot in Metro Vancouver for teishoku, aka Japanese home cooking. Located at #16-8671 No.1 Road in Richmond, Kyoto Takenoko offers traditional healthy Japanese comfort food like hot pot-style udon noodles, pork katsu set, and ramen to name a few.

Address: #16-8671 No.1 Road Richmond
Phone: 604-370-5589

Scratch Kitchen

Scratch Kitchen

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A new spot for brunch, pizza, and more is about open in Deep Cove, and it’s called Scratch Kitchen. Opening September 21, at 437 N Dollarton Highway (formerly Village Table), the soon-to-be-open North Vancouver restaurant is 1,200-sq-ft and has 40 seats along with a garage door at the front of the space for those mild and sunny days.

Address: 437 N Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver


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Downlow Burgers Pop-up

Downlow Burgers

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This new pop-up will go down every Monday at Downlow Chicken on Commercial Drive.  There will be over six different kinds of burgers up for order, ranging in price anywhere from $10 to $13, along with add-ons like fries and cold smoked onion rings – aka the best onion rings you’ve had in your life.

Address: Downlow Chicken Shack – 905 Commercial Drive, Vancouver


Tasty Indian Bistro – Yaletown

Tasty Indian Bistro

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Don’t be fooled by the construction zone-looking exterior look of Tasty Indian Bistro in Yaletown, the new location in Downtown Vancouver will be open sooner than you think. An institution when it comes to Indian cuisine in Metro Vancouver, the Delta restaurant first announced it was expanding with this second location last spring.

Address: 1261 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

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Francesco’s Ristorante


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That new Italian eatery opening in the former Hapa Izakaya Coal Harbour location (909 Cordova Street) is almost ready to welcome patrons inside. Francesco’s Ristorante, the new version of Don Francesco’s Ristorante which quietly shuttered in 2017, will be officially opening on Thursday, September 20.

Address: 909 Cordova Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-858-0026

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Johnny Rockets – Oak Street


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The new Johnny Rockets will be opening at 2538 Oak Street (in Bosa Developments’ latest project at 988 West Broadway), just steps away from Vancouver General Hospital. Patrons can expect a 2,600-sq-ft space with 50 seats that boasts the same “Diner 2.0” design as the Nelson street eatery when it opens on September 28.

Address: 2538 Oak Street, Vancouver

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Chewies Biscuit Company


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There’s a new eatery dedicated to biscuits opening soon in Vancouver. Chewies Biscuit Company will open at 2282 West 4th Avenue the former location of Raviolino gourmet pasta and food in Kitsilano.

Address: 2822 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

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Toptable Steakhouse


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Replacing the now-shuttered Milestones Bar & Grill at 1109 Hamilton Street, the farm-to-table steakhouse has been under construction for several months but plans to open its doors in Fall 2018.

Address: 1109 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Le Petit Belge


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Le Petit Belge has revealed that they will be opening a second Vancouver location, and soon at that. The popular brunch destination will be opening in late October at 1007 Main Street and the team tells Daily Hive they intend to “keep true to the current concept of our Robson location.”

Address: 1007 Main Street, Vancouver

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Bob Likes Thai Food – East Hastings


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Bob Likes Thai Food, one of Vancouver’s favourite places for home-style Thai food, is opening a new location this fall. The popular mini-chain, known for their fresh offerings like mango sticky rice and pad Thai, will be opening their third location at 987 East Hasting Street.

Address: 987 East Hasting Street, Vancouver

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The Bench Bakehouse


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A new spot for sweets treats is coming to Vancouver’s Commercial Drive. The Bench Bakehouse will be opening in late 2018 in Il Mercato, at 100-1641 Commercial Drive.

Address: 100-1641 Commercial Drive, Vancouver




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Located at 1066 Mainland Street location (the former location of Lime and Moon Pie Company), the new downtown sweet spot will offer decadent treats like croquant choux, Japanese cheese tarts, and double fromage cheesecake to name a few. This bakery is set to open end of September/early October.

Address: 1066 Mainland Street, Vancouver


Italian Tomato


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A Richmond favourite for ridiculous amounts of pasta has announced they are opening a Vancouver location. The Italian Tomato will be opening in Vancouver at 1047 Davie Street, formerly Priscilla’s Restaurant.

Address: 1047 Davie Street, Vancouver


Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio – West Vancouver


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The award-winning restaurant, with its unique blend of Peruvian and Japanese flavours, will be opening in West Vancouver’s Ambleside district on 1351 Bellevue Avenue.

Address: 1351 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver

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Sing Sing

Something exciting is coming from the same folks who brought you Back and Forth Bar, and it’s set to open in Vancouver this fall. A new concept called Sing Sing is taking over 2817 Main Street, the former location of Kiso Island Sushi Restaurant.

Address: 2817 Main Street, Vancouver

Jam Cafe – Kitsilano


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The new 2,200-sq-ft, 60-65 seat location will be replacing the soon-to-be-shuttered Bistro Pastis at 2153 West 4th Avenue. Patrons can expect the same charming vintage interior, relaxed vibe, outrageously drool-worthy eats, and hours (daily from 8 am to 3 pm) from the third location of the epic brunch spot from co-owners Jim and Candy Walmsley and Mike Deas-Dawlish.

Address: 2153 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

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Ugly Dumpling

There’s something brand new in the works for the soon-to-be-shuttered Merchant’s Workshop space, and it sounds like it’s going to be dope. Ugly Dumpling, a new concept from owner Chef Darren Gee (Le Crocodile, Farmers Apprentice, Kinome), is taking over the 1590 Commercial Drive spot and it will open as soon as September.

Address: 1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Jammer Café Motors

Jammer Café Motors

Jammer Café Motors (Rendering courtesy of Jammer Café Motors)

Jammer Café Motors is slated to open at 350 West 8 Avenue in the fall, and it’s going to be more than just a motor-themed spot to grab a hot cup of Joe.

Address: 350 West 8 Avenue, Vancouver


Meat and Bread – Robson


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Meat and Bread has confirmed to Daily Hive that they will be opening a new location late fall in Downtown Vancouver, this time on bustling Robson Street.

Address: 625 Robson Street, Vancouver

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