Posted March 3, 2011 by Matthew Toren in Top Ten

Top 10 Vancouver Restaurants

If you want to dazzle your taste buds then you should definitely visit one of these top 10 Vancouver restaurants. From seafood and sweet desserts to Italian, Indian and Thai food, these selected restaurants have it all. Sample fine cuisine created by acclaimed chefs from around the world. Whether you are looking for a romantic place to take a date, or a great place for a business meeting, you will find it here in Vancouver.

Salam Bombay

Vancouver is home to many ethnic communities and one of them serves up some of the world’s most sought after cuisines and straight from the most popular city in India hails Salam Bombay.  Located on the second floor, this restaurant has more than just great views of the downtown hustle and bustle but also some of the most authentic and new age Indian food dishes.  Professional chefs and servers make this location an experience that starts the second you walk in – delicious buffets, classic tastes like butter chicken and naan to more evolved fusion foods too.  Lunch buffets or to hold a party – this is one place you won’t leave hungry, bored or broke! Preview online at www.salambombay.ca

Blue Water Café

If you love fresh seafood—lobster, oysters, mussels, prawns and more—then this is the place! Located in the trendy neighborhood of Yaletown, this restaurant is close to the seawall for an after-dinner stroll. It may be a little expensive, but if you can afford it, this restaurant will take your breath away with its fancy dishes. It also has a variety of other dishes such as European Heritage chicken and beef tenderloin. Visitors can also choose from an extensive wine list and desserts like strawberry cheesecake and pistachio macaroons. Check out their menu at www.bluewatercafe.net or call them at 604-688-8078.

Goldfish Pacific Kitchen

Situated at 1118 Mainland Street, this very new restaurant is attracting the foodies more than ever. With its social atmosphere and colorful design, this place is great for a date or a business lunch. There is free wireless for people coming in for lunch and they offer West Coast cooking, seafood of all varieties, and Pacific Rim flavours. Find out more information at 604-689-8318 for hours of operation.

West Restaurant

Great for business meetings and fancy dining, West has won awards for being the best restaurant in Vancouver. Located at 2881 Granville Street, this restaurant has glorious main dishes, such as sablefish, lamb, lobster, salmon, pork and halibut. Visitors can try a tasting menu and early bird menus and choose from their extensive wine list. They also have a tasty cheese and dessert menu to share with your friends, colleagues or family. Visit their Web site at www.westrestaurant.com or call 604-738-8938 for menus and hours of operation.

Sophie’s Cosmic Café

Located at 2095 West 4th Street in Kitsilano, Sophie’s Cosmic Café is a great place to dine. Taking you back to the ’50s era, this restaurant offers an excellent breakfast. Try waffles, home fries, omeletes, French toast, pancakes and more. Take a trip back in time and pull up a chair at this fun place! Visit the Web site at www.sophiescosmiccafe.com or call 604-732-6810 for hours and menu.

The RainCity Grill

This restaurant takes the cake for views of English Bay and location. Located at 1193 Denman Street, the RainCity Grill offers fresh BC halibut, roasted beef rib eye, rare albacore tuna loin and much more. Its ambiance and perfect dining music make it great for a romantic date. You can then take a walk along the seawall after dinner and watch a sunset over English Bay. Visit the Web site at www.raincitygrill.com or call 604-685-7337 for hours of operation.

Diva at the Met

Located inside the famous Metropolitan Hotel at 645 Howe Street, this restaurant continues to dazzle patrons every day. They serve tasty Pacific Northwest food, oyster mushrooms, pan-roasted halibut, Canadian prime rib eye and much more. They are in a prime downtown location within walking distance of Yaletown, Coal Harbour, the West End and attractions. They also have over 500 wines to choose from. Visit the Web site at www.metropolitan.com or call the restaurant at 604-602-7788.

Sanafir Restaurant

Located at 1026 Granville Street, Sanafir is a split-level restaurant with menu selections such as tapas-style entrees and beef, chicken, prawn and squid dishes. You can share dishes with each other or have one all to yourself. There is a colourful cocktail list, as well as a good selection of red and white wines. It has 130 seats and a 12-seat bar that is designed with an Arabic touch. Visit the Web site at www.sanafir.ca or call 604-678-1049 for more information.

Simply Thai Restaurant

Located in fashionable Yaletown at 1211 Hamilton Street, this restaurant will spice up your life along with your tastebuds. You can order dishes mild or spicy and wash them down with an exotic cocktail. Try the sweet and sour pork or yummy egg roll and noodle dishes. This restaurant is close to the seawall and aquabus and is great for a business meeting or a date with someone you fancy. Visit the Web site at www.simplythairestaurant.com or call 604-642-0123.

Salade de Fruits Café

If you have ever thought of going to Paris, this might be somewhere to start. Located at 1551 West 7th Street, this restaurant boasts dishes like calamar frits, tarte pizza au four, N.Y steak and poisson du jour. Visitors should definitely try the crème brulee or baked Alaska for dessert. The staff is mostly French, so if you feel like brushing up on your skills en Francaise, give it a try! Visit the Web site at www.saladedefruits.com or call the restaurant at 604-714-5987 for reservations.

Matthew Toren

Matthew Toren
Matthew Toren is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, investor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com. He is co-author, with his brother Adam, of Kidpreneurs and Small Business, BIG Vision.