These are Vancouver's best new restaurants of 2018

Dec 19 2018, 5:48 pm

Well, that was one heck of a year when it came to eating and drinking. Just looking back at the list of eateries and bars that opened in 2018 makes us feel full.

The year brought some serious game changers to the playing field for grub ā€“ both well-known chains and local creations like nothing else weā€™ve seen before. Some were groundbreaking and precedent-setting ā€“ likeĀ BCā€™s first-ever strictly-vegan cheese shopĀ and theĀ largest Indian buffet in North AmericaĀ ā€“ while others were just simply delicious.

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It’s always a hard choice to narrow down the best from the list, but someone’s got to do it in the name of food.

These are Vancouver’s best new restaurants of 2018.

Their There

Their There

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Who knew that a casual cafe and coffee spot would steal the hearts of some many locals. Their There is brought to us by the same folks behind ultra-cool eatery AnnaLena. Aside from having a killer atmosphere in the heart of Kits, the new spot offers a delicious selection of breakfast sandwiches, lunchtime eats, and baked goods along with coffee. Keep an eye out for Their There’s new after-hours sister concept, Hundy, set to open in the next few weeks.

Address:Ā 2042 West 4 Avenue, Vancouver
Phone:Ā 778-379-4052

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Aleph Eatery

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Nestled into the forefront of East Vanā€™s backdrop of train tracks, mountains, brick streets, and water is a re-creation of Palestine (aka home) through the eyes of the husband-wife team: Palestinian born Lebanese chef-owner Haitham El Khatib and his native Vancouverite wife, Fiona. Epic eats, and a stellar brunch menu too (available seven days a week). This awesome Lebanese spot was refreshing and welcomed in East Vancouver this year.

Address:Ā 1889 Powell Street, Vancouver
Phone:Ā 604-428-7975

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Tocador

 

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Tocador has continued to impress patrons since it opened its doors in February. A punch of colourĀ and Cuban flare in an often rainy Vancouver, this spot serves up some awesome cocktails and one delicious Cubano sandwich. This hideaway lands high on our list of unique new spots to eat and drink in the city.

Address:Ā 2610 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone:Ā 604-620-2433

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Elisa Steak

 

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In an era where Beyond Meat Burgers have never been in higher demand, it’s impressive that a new steakhouse in the heart of Yaletown created such a buzz (but with such an acclaimed team behind it, we’re not too surprised). Elisa’s flame-grilled premium cuts, seafood, and outstanding (and massive) wine collection had everyone asking, is the higher price point worth a visit? Our answer is a hard yes.

Address:Ā 1109 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-362-5443

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Moltaqa

 

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Get away without stepping out of Vancouver, Moltaqa was a nice surprise for adventurous foodies. Located in Gastown, the authentic Morrocan eatery serves upĀ traditional tagine cookingĀ using no oils, along with offerings like fresh bread, harissa, and prawn cocktails ā€“ with a side of belly dancing Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Address:Ā 51 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone:Ā 604-696-4055

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Downlow Chicken Shack

While it’s easy to generate buzz as a brand new Vancouver restaurant and concept, it’s tricky to maintain an air of excitement around the businessĀ for a longer period of time. Downlow Chicken has been able to do this will a stellar menu that revolves around Nashville Hot Chicken (Vancouver’s first foray into this specific style for a brick and mortar eatery). The delight we get from the staff, room, and food at this Commercial Drive concept is neverending, and the team keeps bringing us back for more with a weekly burger pop-up and revolving daily specials.

Address:Ā 905 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone:Ā 604-283-1385

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HonourableĀ mentions

We couldn’t leave out some epic eateries we love that haven’t been open that long. These spots are also must-tries and we look forward to seeing what comes out of the kitchens at these highly-anticipated new restaurants.

Como Taperia

Como Taperia

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Boasting a menu of eats that taste like theyā€™re straight fromĀ Spain, Como offers a selection of conservasĀ and delicious tapas dishes and plates like Patatas Bravos, Goat Cheese-stuffedĀ Peppers, Croquetas de JamĆ³n, and Chicken Livers to name a few.

Address:Ā 201 East 7 Avenue,Ā Vancouver
Phone: 604-879-3100

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Verre

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Verreā€™s space can seat 75 people, and those lucky folks will be able to enjoyĀ an inaugural fall/winter menu starting next week. The menu is easy to splitĀ around the table, meaning families and groups will love it here. The bar, however, is also a great spot to settle down solo to enjoy a drink and a bite.

Address:Ā 550 Denman Street, Vancouver
Phone:Ā 604-428-4843

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Ubuntu Canteen

Ubuntu Canteen

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Ubuntu Canteen has officially opened in the former location of much-loved Bows and Arrows on Fraser Street. The new Vancouver eatery will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while offering patrons service Tuesday to Sunday fromĀ 8 am to 3 pm andĀ 5 pm to close.

Address:Ā 4194 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Phone:Ā 604-336-9097

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Dachi

 

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Dachi, Vancouverā€™s newest culinary and cocktail destination, just officially opened its doors. The new spot is open daily at 5 pm for dinner service, where patrons can expect a stunning interior space, a charming bar serving up wine, beer, and cocktails, and an inspired menu of seasonal eats.

Address:Ā 2297 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone:Ā 604-569-0456

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