Whether you’re with a group with varying tastes or on your own and just want to try ten things on the menu (we won’t judge), tapas are the way to go. Although tapas are originally from Spain, you can find some amazing ones here in Vancouver! Keep reading for our list of the best tapas in town.
13 Burdock & Co Restaurant
2702 Main St
Burdock & Co’s shareable plates are made with locally sourced ingredients and focus on items sourced locally from the Pacific Northwest. Open for dinners and weekend brunch too!
12 Bin 941
941 Davie St
If you love seafood, this is the tapas spot for you. This Davie Street spot has been serving up their “tapatizers” for years with lots of loyal fans. Try the green Thai curry mussels or crab cakes with local caviar.
2270 Commercial Drive
If you’re looking for traditional Spanish tapas, look no further than Cabrito on The Drive. In addition to a wide variety of sharing plates, they also feature an amazing selection of charcuterie and cheeses.
10 The Sardine Can
26 Powell St
Although this Gastown spot is small, the flavours are big. Lots of authentic Spanish tapas to choose from as well as an all-Spanish beer, wine, sherry and brandy list. Try them out for lunch too!
9 Homer St. Café and Bar
898 Homer St
This chic spot feels like stepping into a European café in the middle of Vancouver. Lots of small dishes to share, as well as their famous rotisserie chicken and feature roast. Check out their afternoon and late night happy hours for great snack plates as well.
For tapas with a Japanese flair, check out one of Vancouver’s Guu locations. They feature izakaya style dining, small plates to share over drinks. They offer classic dishes like yaki udon and oden.
7 Ten Ten Tapas
1010 Beach Ave
What goes well with the great view at Ten Ten Tapas? The great food obviously! Choose and 3 of their featured tapas for only $18, mix and match with some friends to try a bit of everything!
6 The Belgard Kitchen
55 Dunlevy Ave
Located in the Settlement Building along with Postmark Brewing and Vancouver Urban Winery, Belgard Kitchen is the perfect place to share tapas with friends. Their menu features a great variety of plates with locally sourced ingredients. Check out their happy hour dishes for under $10!
1118 Denman St
Incredible ambiance, amazing food, and delicious drinks…what more could you ask for? España features a great selection of authentic Spanish tapas, with something for everyone. Meats, cheeses, seafood, as well as vegetarian and vegan plates. Ask about their daily paella and make sure to save room for a churro for dessert!
4 The Diamond
6 Powell St
Visit The Diamond in Gastown for classic Japanese small plates with a modern twist. In addition to Japanese dishes, they also offer cheese and meat plates and super unique handcrafted cocktails. And of course, happy hour.
3 Salt Tasting Room
45 Blood Alley Square
Probably one of Vancouver’s best-known tapas style restaurants and for good reason. Constantly rotating selections of artisanal meats and cheese paired with unique condiments and incredible wines. Pick and choose your own or let Salt’s experts create the experience for you.
2 Kingyo Izakaya
871 Denman St
Kingyo Izakaya offers amazing tapas for even better prices. Order lots to try a bit of everything, but we definitely recommend their famous stone-grilled Kobe beef and deep fried fresh corn!
1 Bodega on Main
1014 Main St
Our number one pick mixes the old with the new. Classic Spanish tapas recipes upgraded with fresh, local ingredients. Don’t be intimidated by the Spanish on the menu, the warm atmosphere, authentic dishes, and quality cocktails will make you feel at home in Spain without even leaving Vancouver.
For more tapas, check out our TOP 5| TAPAS for Sharing (or not) video!
By: Dallas Carlson
When Dallas is not studying communications at SFU you can find her drinking an extra spicy caesar on a patio!
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