Vancouver is home to many good brunch spots. Those listed below are in a different category: they are outstanding. Determining who makes the list is easy. I’m either blown away or I’m not.
Each restaurant is to die for in its own way, though each offers 1) incredible, mainly local, quality food 2) great, friendly, timely service 3) a sense of aesthetic and/or ambiance.
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Twisted Fork Bistro | 1147 Granville St. | 604-568-0749 | $ | Casual French | Menu
A cozy, bustling brunch joint serving fantastic homemade-style dishes, often paired with their own freshly baked bread. Expect a line-up.
Yew | 791 West Georgia St. | 604-692-4939 | $$$ | Seafood | Menu | @fsvancouver
The perfect seafood-centric special occasion spot (large groups welcome) offering a varied menu of rich and healthy options. Set within the Four Seasons.
Gastown | Crosstown
Cafe Medina | 556 Beatty St. | 604-681-2551 | $$ | Belgian | Menu | @cafemedina
Perhaps the busiest (and most popular) brunch spot in Vancouver. Expect a line, killer lavender lattes and Belgian waffles.
Secret Location | 1 Water St. | 604-685-0090 | $$ | European | Menu | @slocation
An impeccably luxurious room fit for the queen – perfect for brunch with the girls. Try any dessert by Pastry Chef Kira Desmond.
Yolks Breakfast (Food Cart) | Dunsmuir & Beatty, etc. | $ | Canadian | Menu | @yolksbreakfast
An egg-cellent grab ‘n go brunch option specializing in messy-delicious free-range egg sandwiches. Find the brunch experts at their usual spot and at local markets (check Twitter for updates).
Kitsilano | Point Grey
Café Régalade | 2836 W. 4th Ave. | 604-733-2213 | $ | French | Menu | Full write-up
Sister restaurant to award-winning La Regalade, serving fantastic French breakfasts. Try a saucy skillet with runny eggs, house-baked bread and a blueberry beet muffin.
Jethro’s Fine Grub | 3420 Dunbar St. | 604-569-3441 | $ | Brunch ’til 4pm daily | Menu | Full write-up
Wonderfully outrageous menu and portion sizes, as featured on Diner’s Drive-ins & Dives. Try the Chocolate Banana Bread French Toast.
The Oakwood | 2741 W. 4th Ave. | 604-558-1965 | $ | Canadian Gastropub | Menu | On TV
Cozy cabin-style feel complete with an oversized fireplace – seafood is Ocean Wise, meat is local and hormone-free.
Edible Canada | 1597 Johnston St. | 604-682-6681 | $$ | Local | Menu
The perfect destination for your out-of-town guests. The eight-item menu is rich with Canadian classics and local ingredients. Try the Wild Mushroom Eggs Benny and sit on the patio.
The Birds Nest | Underground Dining – Location TBA | Reserve here | $$
A most charming, off-the-radar brunch destination perfect for private occasions. This is real home-cooking (complete with fantastic home-made bread) set within an eclectic French-style apartment. Still hungry? Seconds available!
*NEW* The Farmer’s Apprentice | 1535 W. 6th Ave. | 604-620-2070 | $$
Proof that a seriously good dinner restaurant can also be an excellent brunch spot. Expect feel-good music, a cozy room and real fresh-squeezed orange juice set out on the counter beside the breakfast pies. Menu changes weekly. Open for brunch onSaturdays only.
Heirloom Vegetarian | 1509 W. 12th Ave. | 604-733-2301 | $$
A spacious, well-lit room designed as beautiful as its locally sourced vegetarian food. Try the chia bowl with vanilla cashew cream or an ‘Eggs Benedictish’ with whole grain tempeh instead of eggs.
West Restaurant | 2881 Granville St. | 604-738-8938 | $$$
An exquisite fine dining brunch experience featuring a small menu of high end, local ingredients. The kind of spot where ‘fresh squeezed orange juice’ actually means ‘fresh squeezed orange juice’ (done before your eyes at the bar).
El Camino | 3250 Main St. | 604-875-6246 | $ | Latin American | Menu
A fun, casual, trendy spot with Latin American dishes and large portions, made with ethical ingredients.
The Rumpus Room | 2689 Main St. | 604-839-5780 | $ | Comfort Food | Menu
The definition of a hangover brunch spot. Despite the ultra casual, young vibe, expect seriously delicious, made-from-scratch everything, fresh ingredients and hormone-free meats.
Little Nest | 1716 Charles St. | 604-251-9994 | $ | Menu
Ultra kid-friendly spot (expect slews of them) offering a peanut-free environment, fresh homemade baking daily and Ethical Bean Coffee.
The Red Wagon | 2296 E. Hastings St. | 604-568-4565 | $ | Diner | Menu | Full write-up
Diner-style joint famous for its large portions, Pulled Pork Pancakes with Jack Daniels maple syrup and an appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives - expect a line-up.
Roundel Cafe | 2465 E. Hastings St. | 604-253-2522 | $
Super friendly neighborhood spot serving great coffee (JJ Bean) and big-messy-delicious portions ’til 5pm on weekends (4pm on weekdays).