First dates are always a little bit intimidating. Whether you’ve known the person for years, or if you matched up on Bumble, there’s that pressure to make a lasting impression – at least one that will buy you a second date. Even more pressure if your date is a self-proclaimed foodie. Here’s our list of spots guaranteed to impress and satisfy any appetite:
For classic Tuscan-style cuisine
1328 Hornby St
Described by an online reviewer as a “gastronomic cathedral,” if your date has a penchant for Italian food, look no further than Il Giardino di Umberto.
From the bolognese, to the beef tenderloin carpaccio, the food is outstanding at this Tuscan-inspired restaurant and the value is great for what you get. The wine list is just as stunning as the restaurant itself.
For sushi and sustainable seafood
200 Granville St #70
Miku is the summit of the Vancouver sushi scene, offering guests a variety of unique, ocean wise approved Japanese and West Coast dishes. Overlooking the Burrard Inlet, Miku specializes in upscale, aburi-style cuisine. With a beautiful, waterfront view of and patio, private dining room, full sushi bar and impressive menu, Miku is consistently a great date night spot.
Check out our SUSHI FOB list!
For artisanal desserts
1059 Alberni St
Start (or end) your date on a sweet note at Thierry. This renowned cafe, recently named Best Dessert in the Westender’s Best of the City awards, is known for its delectable confections, and a total #vancouverfoodie hot-spot. Treats include specialty cakes, handcrafted seasonal tarts, sweet and savoury pastries, chocolates, and some of Vancouver’s best macarons.
Bonus: Open daily until midnight.
For farm-to-table share plates
905 Dunsmuir St
Fresh pasta, made in-house daily, locally sourced and sustainable eats, and classic cocktails created by award-winning Bar Manager, Kaitlyn Stewart, Royal Dinette has earned its merits as one of Vancouver’s best new restaurants. The always-changing menu is fresh and uncomplicated, but exceptionally innovative. Turquoise chairs and canned veggies add to the fun, retro vibe of the space. After work date? Take advantage of their great happy hour for local craft beer, wine and cocktails.
For more on Royal Dinette, watch our Best NEW Restaurants vid!
For Polynesian eats
4362 Main Street
If dates are all about the experience, an escape to The Shameful Tiki Room is an experience you won’t soon forget. Snack on yummy Polynesian bites like green curry with prawns, veggie samosas, and sticky ribs.
Pair your eats with exotic cocktails, available both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
Tip: This joint gets real busy. Call in advance to make a reservation.
For the FULL experience
1038 Canada Place
Newly open inside Fairmont Pacific Rim, Botanist is a beautiful showcase of the botany of British Columbia and the PNW. You, and your date, will be floored by Chef Hector Laguna’s menu, perfectly balanced libations from the Botanist Cocktail Lab, and the overall décor and vibe.
Dine on foi gras torchon on a savoury waffle with bacon syrup, charred octopus, grilled sturgeon, and hand-cut tagliatelle – to name a few.
Complete the evening with a glass of bubbly in the pink champagne lounge! Or continue the night at your place, and take with you a house-made fougasse bread.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Did we miss any? Let us know!