Best Spots to Dine Out in Town
Whether you’re going out for a romantic date night, or looking for somewhere fun to dine with friends, the biggest question always remains: Where should we go? The nice thing about the food scene in Vancouver is the diverse offerings, with new dining destinations opening up regularly, and ever-changing menus at some of the city’s staple spots. From a high-end Japanese-inspired omakase, to a Jamoneria that takes you on a tasting trip to Spain, to a tasty, award-winning spot that pays homage to Italy, these new restaurants and updated offerings will set the scene for a night to remember—with the promise of full bellies.
Tojo’s Restaurant (Vancouver)
If you’re celebrating a special occasion and you love Japanese cuisine, you’ll want to head to Tojo’s for the incomparable, seasonal omakase experience. A seat at the sushi bar means first-class service (often from Chef Tojo himself), where customized dishes made using the freshest of ingredients are sure to impress. Creator of the California roll, Chef Tojo has pushed culinary boundaries with his unique Japanese-inspired dishes since he first arrived in Canada 50 years ago. Celebrities, CEOs and chefs—from Bono to Bezos to Bourdain—have dined here, and for good reason. When it comes to Japanese food, Chef Tojo is the best of the best.
ARC Iberico Imports (Richmond)
Want a taste of Spain in your own backyard? Head to the newly-opened Jamoneria by ARC—the on-site wine and tapas bar found at Richmond’s ARC Iberico Imports. Spanish-style Sundays celebrate the tradition of gathering with friends and family over vermouth and jamon, with menu options such as Bocadillos (Spanish-style toasted sandwiches), and authentic tapas such as Galician Octopus with smoked paprika. Recognized as the producers of the best Spanish ham in the world, Cinco Jotas is the preferred ham of choice by top chefs around the world. ARC Iberico Imports is the only distributor of the world-famous ham in Canada—so tasty you’ll want to bring some home for later.
Tutto Restaurant & Bar (Vancouver)
Located in an historic brick building in Yaletown, this year-old dining spot brings a refined yet casual Italian dining experience to Vancouver’s culinary scene. With newly-appointed Chef Omar Hadi at the helm (formerly the Executive Chef at Black + Blue), guests can enjoy fresh oyster offerings, decadent pizza and pasta options, and family-style fare such as the must-try Alla Fiorentina (a 50oz Tomahawk steak cooked to perfection, sliced up and served with arugula salad, seasonal vegetables, roasted fingerling potatoes and red wine sauce). Catch up over a glass of Italian wine, selected from an expansive list of offerings and cheers to an unforgettable meal in a vibrant setting.