Located on the west coast in British Columbia, Vancouver is a bustling and ethnically diverse city. The city is hugged by mountains and is a popular location for filming. There is also a thriving theatre, art, and music scene in the city. Museum lovers will appreciate the Museum of Anthropology with exhibits of First Nations Collections, while the Vancouver Art Gallery is known for artworks by regional artists. Vancouver Aquarium offers educational shows and aquatic exhibits and focuses on conservation. One of the best spots for shopping, seafood restaurants and art is Granville Island, a peninsula in the city across False Creek from Downtown Vancouver. Gastown is another popular spot known for its trendy eateries and souvenir shops, housed in Victorian buildings, as well as the iconic Steam Clock. While exploring the city, stop by at one of the best casual restaurants in Vancouver, Canada. See our top picks below.
1. Zefferelli's Spaghetti Joint
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Zefferelli’s terms itself a “dignified spaghetti joint.” The Italian restaurant’s menu includes a range of salads, starters, and antipasto, and entrees such as pizza and Eggplant Parmigiana. Main courses include spaghetti, linguini, tortellini, and penne. Dishes are served in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and there is an impressive choice of wines to accompany the meal. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes are available.
Address: 1136 Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 10pm; Sat - Sun: 5pm - 11pm
2. Nook Kitsilano
Great food and service from the team at Nook Kitsilano. The Mangalitsa pork and massive ribeyes were courtesy of our friends at Windsor Meat Co.Posted by La Grotta Wholesale on Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Nook in Vancouver’s West End was created in the spring of 2009 by owners Nicole and Mike who wanted to start a neighborhood restaurant serving good pasta, pizza, and antipasto, along with excellent wines in a friendly atmosphere. That restaurant was so successful, the Kitsilano and Olympic Village branches were opened. All three Nook restaurants are walk-in and casual with no reservations required.
Address: 1525 Yew St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Website: Nook Kitsilano
Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 10:30am - 11pm; Wed - Thu: 11:30am - 10pm; Fri: 11:30am - 11pm; Sat: 10:30am - 11pm; Sun 10:30am - 10pm
3. Tacofina Taco Bar
Located in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Gastown district, Tacofino Taco Bar started out as a food truck selling tasty tacos in the streets of Vancouver. It has grown to become a casual and contemporary restaurant serving classic Mexican food (including tacos of course!) with a West Coast inspiration and using fresh, quality and locally sourced ingredients. There is also a full bar serving cocktails, beer, and wines.
Tacofina Taco Bar
Address: W Cordova St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Website: Tacofina Taco Bar
Opening hours: Sun - Wed: 11:30am - 10pm; Thur - Sat: 11:30am - 12am
4. Ask For Luigi Restaurant
Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner, Ask for Luigi is an intimate and casual, Italian-inspired restaurant where all dishes are meant for sharing, family-style. As the pasta is homemade, it is placed in the center of the table for everyone to enjoy. The restaurant offers gluten-free options and all meals are available for dining in or taking out. The restaurant has a selection of wines, prosecco, Lambrusco, and local craft beer.
Ask For Luigi Restaurant
Address: 305 Alexander St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Website: Ask For Luigi Restaurant
Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 11:30am - 2:30pm; 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Fri: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 11pm; Sat: 9:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 11pm; Sun: 9:30am - 2:30pm, 5:30pm - 9:30pm (closed on Mon)
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This Kitsilano restaurant is owned by Michael Robbins and is named after his two grandmothers, Anna and Lena. Everything about the restaurant points to his past, including the bar with its Tetris motif and Lego sculptures, which recall the toys he took to his grandmothers’ homes. The unique menu is based on modern Canadian rood but is mixed with hints of China, Singapore, and the Philippines, where his neighbors came from, but also tends to lean towards Mediterranean-style food while the bar serves craft cocktails.
Address: 1809 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Opening hours: 5pm - 12am (daily)
6. Jules Bistro
Jules Bistro is a cozy and casual authentic French bistro in the heart of Gastown. The restaurant features a bar and a patio for outdoor dining, along with a quaint and traditional ambiance. Enjoy French food at affordable prices for lunch, happy hour, dinner, and Saturday and Sunday brunch. There is also a tempting dessert menu and selection of excellent wines. The bistro’s chef Emmanuel Joinville was born in Dijon, France and learned his skills in his mother’s kitchen.
Address: 216 Abbott St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Website: Jules Bistro
Opening hours: Sun & Tue - Thu: 11:30am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 9:30pm (closed on Mon)
7. The Mexican Antojitos y Cantina
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This cozy and colorful cantina serves traditional Mexican cooking in a relaxed atmosphere. There is also a variety of craft beers, Mexican beers, Latin cocktails, tequila, and other drinks and guests can enjoy live soccer on the TV in the cantina. Brunch, lunch, and dinner are on offer, including guacamole, enchiladas, tacos, nachos, and many more traditional Mexican treats.
The Mexican Antojitos y Cantina
Address: 1049 Granville St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Website: The Mexican Antojitos y Cantina
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11:30am - 10pm, Fri - Sat: 11.30am - 12am
L’Abattoir has an industrial-chic style and is set in the heart of Gastown between historic Gaoler’s Mews and Blood Alley. The restaurant serves Pacific Northwest dishes with a French touch accompanied by craft cocktails and excellent wines. The building dates from the 19th century when it was originally Vancouver’s main jail and was next to the butchery and meat packing district, hence the name. Eating and drinking here is informal, comfortable and enjoyable. Brunch, lunch, and dinner are all served.
Address: 217 Carrall St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 5:30pm - 12am; Sat - Sun: 10am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 12am
9. Bistro Wagon Rouge
Bistro Wagon Rouge describes itself as a “blue collar French bistro,” and is located in the Port District of East Vancouver. The menu in this casual hangout is ever-changing with new dishes based on classic French cuisine but the regular dishes include terrine, cassoulet, French onion soup, steak frites, and duck confit, among other items. There is a selection of fish, meat, and vegetable dishes to suit everyone. There is a bar where visitors can enjoy a drink and a light snack.
Bistro Wagon Rouge
Address: 1869 Powell St, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Website: Bistro Wagon Rouge
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 5pm - 10pm; (closed Sat - Mon)
10. Royal Dinette
Royal Dinette serves farm-to-table fare in a laid-back and informal atmosphere in Downtown Vancouver. The atmosphere is that of a diner from days gone by but the service and food are a combination of quality and creative cuisine in the form of large and small plates. All seasonal ingredients are sourced locally and the restaurant also serves a selection of craft cocktails, craft beer, and sparkling wine.
Address: 905 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Website: Royal Dinette
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 2pm, 5pm - 10pm; Sat: 5pm - 10pm (closed on Sun)
Experience Vancouver at its best
While exploring the historic districts, shops, art, museums and other attractions, stop off along the way and relax with a delicious meal or snack at one of the best casual restaurants in Vancouver, Canada.
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