Web Directions North – Dining options

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

Restaurant Cuisine Address Price Point Notes
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

Restaurant Cuisine Address Price Point Notes
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 $-$$ Perennial local favorite. No reservations, first come first serve. Located a few blocks from the south side of the Granville Street Bridge.
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  • $$$ – Over $40

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