The 17th annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival (January 18 to February 3) recently revealed this year’s list of participating dining spots, and reservations are already in full swing.
For food-lovers who aren’t sure of where to book a table, we've compiled a list of new restaurant additions to Canada’s largest food-and-drink celebration.
From a classic burger-and-beer joint to Japanese eatery to seafood establishment, here are eight newcomers to check out for Dine Out 2019.
Coquille (181 Carrall Street, $35 to $45)
Gastown’s newest seafood establishment made its debut in February 2018, sporting a chic design with a nautical theme. Sit in one of its pink clamshell booths and indulge in its Dine Out lunch or dinner menus, which feature items like fresh oysters, ceviche, Dungeness crab pierogies, and roast scallops. Finish off with a dessert such as baked rice pudding or soft-serve sundae.
Brewhall (97 East 2nd Avenue, $15)
At the location formerly occupied by Steel Toad Brewery, Brewhall opened to Vancouver’s craft-beer-loving crowd last summer. The massive space has since become a popular spot that offers food, drink, and arcade games. Its Dine Out dinner menu allows food lovers to choose a burger, from BBQ smokehouse to Korean fried chicken to crunchy Portobello. Pair it with a side of crinkle-cut, curly, or extra-dirty fries and finish off with your choice of cinnamon-sugar or pumpkin-spice mini doughnuts.
Lot185 Café + Wine Bar (1055 Canada Place, $35)
Located right next to the Jack Poole Plaza, this Vancouver Convention Centre food spot is a coffee bar by day, and wine bar at night. Its Dine Out dinner menu will showcase a variety of dishes made with local and seasonal ingredients, including classic lobster bisque, seared Fraser Valley duck breast, Cabernet-and-cane-sugar-braised Angus boneless short rib, and chocolate mousse, among others.
Popina Canteen (1691 Johnston Street, $15)
This Granville Island shipping-container eatery made many headlines when it first opened up last year, with a fast-casual menu that caters to local and international appetites in the tourist-heavy destination. Created by four of Vancouver’s biggest chefs, Popina will offer a lunch and dinner menu for Dine Out. Go for items like grass-fed B.C. beef cheeseburger or house-made falafel sandwich, shoestring fries or yam fries, and, for dessert, its popular "puffcream" of the day.
Restaurant Yugo (4265 Main Street, $45)
Tucked away in Mount Pleasant is this dining spot that specializes in Japanese cuisine with hints of French flavours. Its Dine Out dinner menu features appetizers like king-and-albacore crudo and beet-and-daikon roll salad, with main course options such as seafood risotto and omakase (chef’s choice) nigiri and aburi oshi (flame-seared pressed sushi). Desserts like deep-fried mantou (Chinese steamed bun) and mango cheesecake are also on offer.
Royal Dinette (905 Dunsmuir Street, $45)
Although this downtown Vancouver farm-to-table joint has been around for a few years, it took some time off from the annual food festival. It's making a return this year, and guests will find a uniquely curated dinner menu for its Dine-Out run: think beetroot with caramelized honey and buffalo-milk ricotta; smoked ham-hock gnocchi with leek, and Parmesan; and a chocolate torte with poached apple and crème fraiche sorbet.
Sopra Sotto Pizzeria (1510 Commercial Drive, $35)
If you enjoy fuss-free Italian fare, check out this relatively new Drive eatery with a simple and laidback interior. Highlights of its lunch and dinner Dine Out menus include antipasto served with freshly baked focaccia, tagliatelle with truffle sauce and mushrooms, and spaghetti pasta with mussels and clams. Desserts range from tiramisu to a flourless chocolate cake to tora della nonna (lemon-flavoured custrard with a shortbread crust).
Verre Restaurant (550 Denman Street, $45)
Coal Harbour’s new and sleek Verre Restaurant will be participating in Dine Out for the first time, and guests will enjoy its French-meets-Mediterranean menu inside a space that showcases a jewel-box design. Its festival offerings begin with a mushroom and black-truffle duxelles. Other featured items include fish soup, gnocchi arrabiata (spicy pasta sauce) and Parmesan, and lingcod with fingerling potatoes. Go for the key-lime tart or crème brulée to finish off your meal.