Whether you're seeking the cutest setting or top notch food, the rumor that there's "no good food" in the area from transplants has been crushed, by yours truly, a self-proclaimed foodie. In no particular order:
I came here solo, first for brunch, indulging in blueberry ricotta pancakes, and was not disappointed. But when I came back for dinner and had their crab and brie fondue I promptly went to heaven and vowed not to withhold Elements from myself for more than a month at a time. Reservations are necessary, as it’s just a little spot, but the food is wonderful. Check out their IG if you want to drool at some stunning and colorful dishes.
Acorn & Oak
I’m just going to say it, I think this is my favorite restaurant on this side of the river, even though I rarely have an excuse to dine in such fashion. It has the cutest shop of little handmade goods to browse before or after dinner, including a whole floral section to treat yourself to a fresh bouquet, and the menu, I believe is some of the most refined I’ve found since moving from California. It’s all seasonal, and seating is outdoors but enclosed and warm even on a cool day.
Specializing in floral gin and tonics and creating the *most* instagram worthy drinks, you’ll definitely need a reservation for dinner at Amaro’s, but you might be able to sneak into lunch without them. Their homemade ricotta and fig appetizer is a can’t miss item, but you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu–it’s all delicious but not too eccentric, for the less foodie-types.
This French patisserie kind of reminds me of a baby sister of Bottega Louie in LA. Breakfast and Brunch are their specialty, and you can’t leave without checking out their pastry counter loaded with super elegant, giftable desserts including colorful stacks of macarons. The wait on weekend mornings is a doozy, so either get there early or send a representative from your party to get your name on the list while you’re still rolling out of bed.
Hudson's Bar & Grill
For the less adventurous, Hudson’s has a classic but solid menu of farm-to-table steak, seafood, pasta and more with a full bar. I love the log-cabin winter lodge vibe and it’s a cozy place to dine on a rainy day in Vancouver. If you want to try before you jump right in, they have a great happy hour in their fireside lounge and out on their patio.