Best Restaurants (Casual) in Vancouver

Vancouver‘s restaurant scene has come a long way over the past 15 years. Average restaurants no longer survive in this town, and new, exciting restaurants concepts are constantly on the horizon. Here’s a list of our favourite casual restaurants in Vancouver.

Best Restaurants (Casual) in Downtown Vancouver

Looking for Downtown Vancouver's best dining options? There are many to choose from, but here's where the locals love to go.

Hapa Izakaya (Robson)

1479 Robson St | 604-689-4272 $$ | Japanese

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Voted a “Top Five Izakaya In North America” by Bon Appétit Magazine, Hapa is a local mini-chain that offers a combination of Japanese cuisine, fun and culture. Each location has a slightly different personality and the Robson dining room is the largest and most lively location, with plenty of booths perfect for big groups. On the menu, you’ll find Japanese-style pub food like Ebi Mayo and the best marinated edamame you've ever had. Along with a permanent menu, each location has its own “fresh sheet” that highlights local, seasonal and Ocean Wise ingredients.

Guu (Robson)

1698 Robson St | 604-685-8678 $$ | Japanese

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Guu is one of the pioneers of the izakaya trend in Vancouver boasting multiple locations around the city. Its second location on Robson Street is known as “Guu With Garlic” for its selection of highly aromatic dishes with a garlic punch. Alongside standard pub fare, you’ll find interesting dishes that offer a contemporary twist on the classics, such as kabocha croquettes and rice served in a hot stone bowl.

Guu (Thurlow)

838 Thurlow St | 604-685-8817 $$ | Japanese

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Guu on Thurlow was the very first izakaya to open in Vancouver, which launched the the trend in the city. This Japanese company offers the most authentic pub-style experience this side of the Pacific with its busy and boisterous atmosphere. Winner of "Best Casual Japanese" at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, Guu serves traditional dishes like oden, udon and tempura, in addition to a rotating fresh sheet and a plentiful selection of sake.


70 - 200 Granville St | 604-568-3900 $$$ | Japanese

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Miku is known for introducing the Aburi (flame-seared) style of sushi to Canada. This innovation carries over to the rest of Miku’s menu, which features French and Italian touches that result in dishes like kaisen soba pepperoncino and a Japanese take on the standard bouillabaisse recipe. With an emphasis on sustainable seafood, Miku is a longtime member of the Ocean Wise program. Located directly up from the waterfront in Coal Harbour, you'll enjoy one of the city's most stunning views of the North Shore Mountains.

Tableau Bar Bistro

1181 Melville St | 604-639-869 $$$ | Casual French

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Inside Coal Harbour’s trendy Loden Hotel lies Tableau, a handsome, high-ceilinged French bistro boasting numerous accolades, including multiple “Best Casual French” gold medals at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Using West Coast ingredients, Chef Marc André Choquette serves traditional bistro fare like French onion soup and Nicoise Salad. The menu showstopper is the mushrooms on brioche toast (it's listed on all of their menus, including brunch, for a reason). Open for weekday breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch and dinner, Tableau is ideal for business lunches and private parties, too.

Latab Food

983 Helmcken St | 604-428-7004 $$ | Small Plates

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Latab is an oasis for good food in the desert-like area near St Paul's Hospital. Chef Kris Barnholden makes his own vinegars and flours. He forages, pickles and cures, too. Small plates and natural wines are the focus here at Latab.

Best Restaurants (Casual) in Gastown and Railtown

Looking for Gastown or Railtown's best dinner options? These two neighborhoods are chock-full of restaurants, but here are your best bet for a memorable, delicious experience.


217 Carrall St | 604-568-1701 $$$ | French

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At L'Abattoir, French-influenced West Coast fare is paired with its famous eclectic wine program and innovative cocktail list to offer a truly unique dining experience.


Bambudda Gastown Exterior

99 Powell St | 604-428-0301 $$ | Modern Chinese

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Bambudda serves contemporary Chinese food in a modern setting. Inspiration is taken from Hong Kong and southern Chinese cuisine. Modern interpretations of Dim sum are also represented on the menu.

Belgard Kitchen

Belgard Kitchen Seating

55 Dunlevy Ave | 604-566-1989 $$ | Fusion

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261 Powell St | 604-559-7585 $$ | Modern Pan-Latin Tapas

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Modern Pan-Latin tapas and craft cocktails.

Nicli Antica Pizzeria

Nicli Pizzeria Dining Room

62 E. Cordova St. | 604-669-6985 $$ | Pizzeria

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Vancouver's first 'Vera Pizza Napoletana' certified restaurant serves up award-winning Neapolitan Pizza.


Pourhouse Gastown

162 Water St | 604-568-7022 $$ | Canadian

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Situated in the original structure of a 100-year old building, Pourhouse is born of century-old styles of drinking and dining. Fare is seasonal, and the Cauliflower Steak with lentils, cucumber & mint raita is one of their must-try menu items.

Calabash Bistro

Calabash Bistro Sam Cullin

428 Carrall St | 604-568-5882 $$ | Caribbean

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From 24-hour marinated jerk chicken to fried coconut dumplings, Chef Cullin David holds high standards for his house-made Caribbean food, often inspired by his Guyanese grandma. Downstairs in their intimate lounge (complete with dance floor) expect live music every weekend.

Ask For Luigi

Ask For Luigi

305 Alexander St | 604-428-2544 $$ | Italian

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A super small simple space where you can rest assured the food will be bang-on fantastic every time. If you're going to pasta splurge, this is undoubtedly one of the best spots in the city to do so.

Meet on Main (Gastown)

12 Water St | 604-877-1292 $$ | Vegetarian & Vegan

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Nuba (Gastown)

Nuba Falafel

207 W. Hastings St. | 604-688-1655 $$$ | Lebanese

@nubatown | Visit website

Nuba offers authentic lebanese cuisine using the freshest ingredients. All meats are halal, non-medicated, hormone free and a large portion of the menu is vegan.

Taco Bar by Tacofino

15 W Cordova St | $$ | Mexican

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This is Tacofino’s second brick-and-mortar where Mexican-inspired cuisine is the specialty. Their brick-walled, 3000 sq ft space (located in a restored heritage building off Blood Alley Square) emits the laid-back vibe of Tofino, Baja or SoCal. Beyond their famous Baja-style tacos, new items like the Spicy Kabocha Squash and Pickled Cauliflower Tostada and Salmon Ceviche grace the menu. Antibiotic-free, hormone-free and locally-raised proteins are also featured. From the bar, expect lots of tequila and mezcal.

Best Restaurants (Casual) in East Vancouver

Tacofino Commissary

Tacofino Baja Style Taco

2327 E Hastings St | 604-253-TACO $$ | Mexican

@tacofinocantina | Visit website

Tacofino Commissary's menu focuses on Californian Baja-style cooking with international influences. Everything is made from scratch and with love, but without the wait.

The Red Wagon

Red Wagon Cafe East Van

2296 E Hastings St | 604-568-4565 $$ | Breakfast/Brunch

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Bistro Wagon Rouge

1869 Powell St | 604-251-4070 $$$ | Casual French

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A "democratic" or "blue collar" bistro, with very French dishes: cassoulet, terrine, pâté, tongue, duck confit, pork belly, and classic onion soup.

Campagnolo Roma

Campagnolo Roma Pizza

2297 E Hastings St | 604-569-0456 $$ | Italian

@camproma | Visit website

The cuisine of Rome can be found at Campagnolo Roma, featuring classic antipasti, pastas and pizzas using local, fresh ingredients served in a casual atmosphere.

Via Tevere Pizzeria

1190 Victoria Dr. | 604-336-1803 $$ | Pizzeria

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Authentic Neapolitan pizzeria in the heart of East Vancouver.

Best Restaurants (Casual) Near Chinatown and Crosstown

Kissa Tanto

263 E Pender St | 778-379-8078 $$ | Japanese Italian

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Phnom Penh

244 E Georgia St | 604-682-5777 $ | Vietnamese Chinese

Bao Bei

Bao Bei Chinatown

162 Keefer St | 604-688-0876 $$ | Modern Chinese

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Bao Bei is a unique restaurant in Chinatown that serves dishes with a modern approach to Chinese cuisine. Influences are taken from Taiwan and Shanghai as well as the Sichuan province.


568 Beatty St | 604-879-7119 $$$ | Belgian

@chambar | Visit website

Chambar's philosophy is based on a commitment to fresh, innovative and incredible food.


105 E Pender St | 604-620-1175 $$ | German

@bestiewurst | Visit website

Inspired by German street food, Bestie serves up a selection of sausages, crispy fries, fresh baked pretzels and Chinatown’s finest currywurst. And yes, they offer a vegetarian sausage option!

Best Restaurants (Casual) near Kitsilano and South Granville

Edible Canada Bistro

Edible Canada Patio at Night

1597 Johnston St | 604-682-6681 $$ | West Coast

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Edible Canada at the Market is a full service bistro, focusing on new Canadian cuisine. It celebrates the best food, wine, beer and spirits from across Canada.

The Farmer's Apprentice

The Farmers Apprentice South Granville

1535 W 6th Ave | 604-620-2070 $$ | Local

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The menu changes daily for this farm-to-table restaurant that serves unique food in unexpected flavour combinations.


1485 W 12th Ave | 604-558-1485 $$$ | Italian

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Nestled in the heart of the bustling South Granville shopping district, Siena offers savoury Italian Mediterranean cuisine and a great selection of wines from Italy, Spain and Southern France.

Yuji's From Japan

2083 Alma St | 604-428-4688 $ | Casual Japanese

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Traditional Japanese restaurant using consistently fresh and flavourful ingredients.

Nuba (Kits)

Nuba Falafel

3116 W. Broadway | 604-336-1797 $$ | Lebanese

@nubatown | Visit website

Nuba offers authentic lebanese cuisine in harmony and rhythm with modern times. The freshest ingredients are used— organic and local when available—and handpick daily. All meats are halal, non-medicated, and hormone free and a large portion of the menu is vegan.

Best Restaurants (Casual) in the West End

Looking for a memorable meal in Vancouver's West End? This community-oriented neighbourhood boasts a high concentration of restaurants -- many of them ethnic, hole-in-the-wall style. Here's a list of our absolute favourite restaurants near English Bay.


867 Denman St | 604-632-0022 $$ | Korean

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Espana Restaurant Interior

1118 Denman St | 604-558-4040 $$ | Spanish Tapas

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Exile Bistro

1220 Bute St | 604-563-8633 $$ | Canadian

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Nook (Denman)

Nook Restaurant appetizer

781 Denman St. | 604-568-4554 $$ | Italian

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Best Restaurants (Casual) on the North Shore

Looking for great casual dining options on the North Shore? The scene has progressed in the past few years and there are now at least six super solid restaurants to choose from. Here are my favourite eateries for an easy-going meal on the town.

La Regalade

2232 Marine Dr | 604-921-2228 $$$ | French

@laregalade_bist | Visit website

Blue Eyed Mary's

Blue Eyed Marys West Van Dining Room

1735 Marine Dr | 604-921-2583 $$ | Canadian

@blueeyedmarys | Visit website

Blue Eyed Mary's food represents Carol and Kindy's efforts to be good stewards of the sources of food in this part of the world. From bread to ice cream - everything on the menu is made from scratch using local ingredients wherever possible.

La Taqueria (North Van)

COMING SOON | $ | Taco Shop

@lataqueriayvr | Visit website

Il Castello (North Van)

119 E 2nd St | 604-987-4992 $$ | Pizzeria

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Best Restaurants (Casual) in Kensington-Cedar Cottage

Amay's House

5076 Victoria Dr | 604-327-2629 $ | Burmese

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CHAU veggiexpress

5052 Victoria Dr | 604-568-9508 $$ | Vegetarian

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Inspired by their Vietnamese roots in family and culture, CHAU is a vegetarian eatery serving primarily vegan dishes.

House of Dosas

House of Dosas Kingsway

1391 Kingsway | 604-875-1283 $ | Indian

@houseofdosas | Visit website

Where you will gawk at the two-foot-long dosas and want to kiss the chef after one bite. Hoppers (bowl-shaped pancakes) filled with vegetable curry are also delightful.



136 E Broadway St | 604-620-3963 $ | Modern Peruvian

@chichavancouver | Visit website

Must tries: Tuna with cilantro-whipped potato, Verduras with beetroot-whipped potato and brunch...oh, the brunch!

Pizzeria Farina

Pizzeria Farina Interior

915 Main St. | 604-681-9334 $$ |

Campagnolo (Main St)

1020 Main St. | 604-484-6018 $$ | Italian

@campagnolomain | Visit website

Campagnolo serves affordable, rustic Italian dishes made with integrity, from seasonal ingredients in a warm and welcoming space.

Camp Upstairs

Campagnolo Upstairs Brunch

1020 Main St | 604-484-6018 $ | Bar / Snacks

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Upstairs at Campagnolo offers a traditional approach to spirits, wine and beer in an unpretentious room complemented by an ever-evolving bar snacks menu.

The Acorn

The Acorn Vegetarian Restaurant

3995 Main St | 604-566-9001 $$$ | Vegetarian

@acornvancouver | Visit website

Stylish eatery offering ambitious vegetarian/vegan fare with signature cocktails and local beer/wine. Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw, Gluten Free options abound.

Burdock & Co

Burdock and Co Interior

2702 Main St | 604-879-0077 $$ | Local

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Burdock & Co. serves refined dishes crafted from organic ingredients. Only the best arrives at the table, whether sourced from one of Vancouver’s nearby farms or a downtown urban garden.

Los Cuervos

Los Cuervos Taqueria

603 Kingsway | 604-558-1518 $$ | Mexican

@loscuervostacos | Visit website

Fresh made-to-order tacos inspired by the street food, taquerias and cantinas of Mexico City.

Les Faux Bourgeois

663 E 15th Ave | 604-873-9733 $$$ | Casual French

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Nuba (Mount Pleasant)

146 E 3rd Ave | 604-568-6727 $$ | Lebanese

@nubatown | Visit website

Nuba offers authentic lebanese cuisine in harmony and rhythm with modern times. The freshest ingredients are used— organic and local when available—and handpick daily. All meats are halal, non-medicated, and hormone free and a large portion of the menu is vegan.

Savio Volpe

615 Kingsway | 604-428-0072 $$$ | Italian

@savio_volpe | Visit website

Best Restaurants (Casual) in Yaletown

Yaletown comes to life on the weekends. If you're looking for the neighbourhood's best casual restaurants, here are my picks...

Bella Gelateria (Yaletown)

1089 Marinaside Cres | 778-737-7890 $$ | Italian

@bellayaletown | Visit website

Provence Marinaside

1177 Marinaside Cres | 604-681-4144 $$$ | French

@provencevancity | Visit website

The Greek by Anatoli

1043 Mainland St | 604-979-0700 $$ | Greek

@thegreekyt | Visit website


1118 Mainland St | 604-685-8080 $$$ | Japanese

@minamiyaletown | Visit website

ZEND Conscious Lounge

1130 Mainland St | 778-588-6688 $$$ | Vegan

@zendlounge | Visit website

Tacofino (Yaletown)

1025 Mainland St | 778-379-8226 $$ | Mexican Fusion

@tacofinovan | Visit website