1480 W 11th Ave | 604-736-6664 $$$ | Indian@vijs_restaurant | Visit website
Without a doubt, Vij's is Vancouver's premier and most-celebrated Indian fine-dining restaurant. The dinner line-up begins forming around 4:30pm -- but if you do end up waiting, you have much to look forward to. Copious appetizers and sips are offered to wait-listed guests who mingle in the dim, bustling atmosphere -- this truly is part of the special experience. Dishes truly do exceed standard expectations of "delicious" here. To start, try the meaty Jackfruit in black cardamom and cumin curry, followed by Paneer and cashew “truffles” and fennel seed curry on sautéed zucchini, potatoes and yellow squash.
1485 W 12th Ave | 604-558-1485 $$$ | Italian@sienavancouver | Visit website
Hidden on a South Granville side street lies Siena, a Mediterranean eatery serving a blend of Italian and Spanish cuisine and AMAZING pasta dishes. Head here on a Monday and enjoy half-priced wine bottles to pair with dishes like the olive and caper-doused spaghettini puttanesca and pea and parmesan risotto. Or how about happy hour (8-10pm) after a show at the nearby Stanley Theatre? Drinks are on for $6. Siena is open every day of the week from 5 to 10pm.
The Farmer's Apprentice
1535 W 6th Ave | 604-620-2070 $$ | Local| Visit website
Tucked away on a quiet side street, Farmer’s Apprentice is a laid-back, farm-to-table eatery known for its ever-changing menu. Renowned Chef Dave Gunawan (named Vancouver Magazine's Chef of the Year 2014) crafts his dishes based on what the local farmers offer. The room itself is warm and inviting, adorned with floral bouquets, just like a real home. Reservations are recommended.
Grapes & Soda
1537 W 6th Ave | 604-620-2070 $$ | Wine Bar@gunawan_dave | Visit website
As Vancouver’s first 100% organic wine bar, Grapes and Soda builds their seasonal tapas-style menu around their ever-changing list of natural and biodynamic wines. Along with a variety of small plates, the intimate restaurant serves cheeses and the best smoky olives in town that pair perfectly with the many 'by the glass' options. One beer graces the menu, along with six artisanal cocktails. Try the Tucano with cachaca, guava, rosemary, orgeat and lime.