It suddenly occurred to me while I was checking out the Web Directions North site for the latest news, that I should at least mention some restaurants I’ve frequented in the downtown/Yaletown areas over the past couple of years and would be happy to recommend to out-of-towners for dinner options.
The Where to Eat page on the Web Directions North is a great starting point. I’d also like to add the Georgia Straight’s Dining Out Guide for Feb 1-8, 2007 as another handy resource to check out.
The restaurants listed below are separated into 2 tables. The first table are restaurants I’ve personally been to and highly recommend. The second are restaurants that I have had friends recommend to me.
If you are planning to go with a party of more than 4 people, I would strongly recommend calling ahead for reservations for all restaurants except Hon’s and Vij’s.
So without further adieu, here they are:
Personally recommended restaurants in Yaletown & Downtown area
|Cactus Club||West Coast||357 Davie St.||$$||Famous for their Bellini drinks. Attracts the post-work crowd for appetizers and drinks.|
|Capone’s Restaurant and Live Jazz||Italian||1141 Hamilton St.||$$||Live Jazz nightly.|
|Glowbal||West Coast / Asian Fusion||1079 Mainland St.||$-$$||Great satays.|
|Hon’s Wun-Tun House||Chinese / Vegetarian||1339 Robson St.||$||Fast, no-frills eating. Extensive vegetarian menu as well. Recommend their Potstickers.|
|The Keg||West Coast / Steakhouse||742 Thurlow St.||$$||Great place to satisfy your steak craving.|
|Milestone’s||West Coast / Pub||1109 Hamilton St.||$-$$||Great after-work place to have dinner and drinks.|
|Samba||Brazilian Steakhouse||1122 Alberni St.||$$||Servers come to your table with meat skewers and cut portions for you. A wide range of meats are available, such as beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and ostrich. They also have a nice salad bar if meat isn’t your thing.|
|Simply Thai||Thai||1211 Hamilton St.||$-$$||Great spring rolls and curry dishes.|
|Tropika||Malaysian / Thai||1128 Robson St.||$-$$||Tasty satays.|
|Tsunami Sushi||Japanese||#238-1025 Robson St.||$$||Floating sushi bar. Busy most nights.|
|Yaletown Brewing Company||West Coast / Brewpub||1111 Mainland St.||$-$$||Has a pub and restaurant side. Try their seasonal beer, brewed in-house.|
Recommended restaurants in Yaletown & Downtown area by friends
|Coast||West Coast||1257 Hamilton St.||$$$||High end West Coast cuisine. Teppanyaki-style seating, the menu is whatever ingredients the chef has chosen for that day. Excellent service. Expect a followup call from them asking you how your dining experience was.|
|Guu – Thurlow||Japanese Tapas||838 Thurlow St.||$-$$||Worth the lineup. Expect to be eating cheek by jowl with other patrons, it’s that popular a place. Reasonably priced.|
|Guu – Robson||Japanese Tapas||1698 Robson St.||$-$$||More tables available at this location.|
|Hapa Izakaya||Japanese Tapas||1479 Robson St.||$-$$||Always packed on Fridays. Great ambience.|
|Vij’s||Indian / Vegetarian||1480 West 11th Avenue||$-$$||Perennial local favorite. No reservations, first come first serve. Located a few blocks from the south side of the Granville Street Bridge.|
- $ – Under $20
- $$ – $20 – $40
- $$$ – Over $40