Why is downtown Vancouver a world-class destination for dining? In a word: variety. With a seemingly endless range of cuisines, countries, styles, and price points, you’re spoiled for choice in our neck of the woods.
When You Want “Wow!”
From the stunning views of the North Shore Mountains to the lively open-concept kitchen, ORU is a treat for all your senses. With a focus on local ingredients, ORU enhances traditional Pacific Northwest cuisine with the flavours of the Pacific Rim for a dining experience you could only find in Vancouver.
Must-try menu item: The sablefish is a flawless expression of seafood done right, complemented with savory carrot agnolotti and an assortment of delicious vegetables.
2. Le Crocodile
Chef Michel Jacob takes traditional French cuisine and adds a West Coast sensibility for a true foodie paradise. An acclaimed Vancouver dining destination for three decades, Le Crocodile continues to impress thanks to their impeccable service and fine culinary traditions that offer a taste of Strasbourg in the downtown core.
Must-try menu item: The five-course tasting menu is an indulgent and enchanting affair for $85. It’s the best way to experience all the unique flavours and textures that this creative kitchen can dream up.
When You Want A Quick Bite
3. Five Guys Burgers & Fries
Serving up a slice of Americana for close to 30 years, Five Guys keeps it simple with classic burgers and fries done right. While their modest menu looks small at first glance, you can customize your meal to your heart’s content with different topping combinations – there are more than 250,000 ways to order your burger.
Must-try menu item: Build up an appetite for the bacon cheeseburger and Cajun fries. Ask for your fries to be cooked “well done” for extra crunch.
4. Mean Poutine
While it was the spot of Milan Lucic’s fisticuffs back in 2013, this family-run spot is as friendly as can be. They serve up indulgent and inventive poutine from 11 a.m. until 4 a.m. six days a week with toppings like fried chicken, meatballs, pulled pork and roast beef.
Must-try menu item: You’ll have to go off menu to order the Milan Lucic Special. This secret selection has all the protein a growing athlete needs with copious amounts of beef, chicken, and double-smoked bacon.
When You Want Great Value
There’s no shortage of Japanese food in Vancouver, but it can be tricky to find authentic specialties at an affordable price. Kyzock delivers with impeccable temaki cones, fresh sashimi, and flavourful udon bowls. There’s even a selection of hard-to-find Japanese candy and treats to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Must-try menu item: Switch up your usual sushi roll for a sushi bowl. There are more than a dozen options, from simple salmon sashimi to a smorgasbord of tuna, natto and kimchi.
6. Goldies Pizza & Beer Lounge
You could stop by the take out window or order deliver, but where’s the fun in that? Get comfortable in Goldie’s intimate lounge to enjoy their thin crust pizza with fresh, generous toppings and a pint of draft beer. They’ve got two sizes (meal + party) for two prices ($18 + $28) no matter the toppings, so it’s easy to split the cheque.
Must-try menu item: The mascarpone & greens pizza adds mascarpone and zesty arugula to your traditional mix of mozzarella and tomato sauce for a surprisingly tasty blend of authentic Italian flavours.
This story is part of a monthly series highlighting milestone events or evolutions in downtown Vancouver’s history over the past 25 years in recognition of the DVBIA’s silver anniversary. See all the stories to date.