For the 23rd year, the Straight’s Golden Plates competition will steer hungry readers to the best of the best restaurants in Metro Vancouver.
Golden Plate winners are determined by reader votes, revealing the top three restaurants in each of the categories created by the team at the Straight.
Need a little incentive to vote?
Dine Out Vancouver Festival is the sponsor of the 2020 Golden Plates competition. And it will provide a grand prize of $1,500 in dining certificates from various Metro Vancouver restaurants. Readers are entered to win the prize by voting in the contest, which goes live on November 28.
The 18th annual festival takes place from January 17 to February 2, 2020, and is all about community, collaboration, and sharing Vancouver’s culinary story with the world.
Restaurants participating in the 2020 Dine Out Vancouver Festival will be offering delicious fixed-menus to culinary enthusiasts, to showcase their unique cuisine and dining experiences. The festival features a full 17-day schedule of exciting food and drink-themed events.
The highly anticipated festival brings together more than 300 restaurants, plus wineries, craft breweries, and suppliers to display all that Vancouver’s vibrant food scene has to offer.
The Golden Plates include almost every category of food, like “Best Mexican” and “Best Lebanese”, as the restaurant scene in Vancouver is exceedingly diverse.
There are also specific categories such as “Best Desserts” (for those with a sweet tooth), “Best Juice Bar” (for those who overindulged during the holidays), and “Best Pizzeria” (for literally everyone).
Additionally, there are categories for foodies who enjoy a side of entertainment with their meal. They include “Best Restaurant for Watching the Game”, “Best Pre-Game Restaurant”, and the “Best Eatery with Live Music”.
Straight readers can also select the best places to eat in the various geographic areas of Vancouver, including Chinatown, Gastown, South Granville, and Yaletown.
When it comes to choosing where to eat, searching through all the suggestions on the Internet can be daunting, but the Straight makes it easier. After the contest closes, all winners can be conveniently found on the Straight website for future reference.
To vote in the Golden Plate Awards, click here.
There will be more than 300 highly praised restaurants creating fixed-menus for the 2020 Dine Out Festival.
The restaurants providing dining certificates for the Golden Plates prize are:
Provence Marinaside fuses together flavours from the South of France and the West Coast. Dishes like the rich “Wild Mushroom Ravioli” and the prawn-garnished Caesar are sure to impress all.
This Italian restaurant dazzles its guests with candle-lit ambiance and the smell of freshly cooked Spaghetti Alla Carbonara. Located on West Broadway near Hemlock Street, this charming eatery uses fresh ingredients to produce classic Italian dishes.
Diva restaurant and bar is located within the Metropolitan Hotel, and serves dishes that highlight local seafood and Cascadian cuisine. With its all-encompassing menu, Diva creates fare that can satiate everyone’s palate.
Who doesn’t love a good curry?
Copper Chimney serves perfectly spiced Indian dishes like classic butter chicken as guests take in the warm and cozy restaurant atmosphere.
The dining experience at Arc Restaurant is definitely something to write home about. With live music, local craft beers, world-class wines, and West Coast-inspired grub—guests will enjoy every aspect of their visit.
Located in the Georgian Court Hotel, Frankie’s Italian Kitchen steals hearts with its house-made Italian cuisine. Festivalgoers will be thankful for the fixed-menu, as ordering just one pizza or pasta dish is way too difficult.
This eatery certainly has Spanish flair as it serves traditional tapas, like chicharrones, with a twist. With a lavish selection of international wines, guests won’t have any trouble finding a bottle to enjoy.
P2B is located in the lobby of the beautiful Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, and offers upscale and casual dining to both hotel guests and those visiting for the delicious food. The restaurant relies on fresh and sustainable ingredients to construct memorable dishes.
Located in sunny Tsawwassen, this seafood and steakhouse serves classic dishes to voracious guests. Pat Quinn’s Restaurant prioritizes sourcing local and fresh ingredients to make meals more memorable.
Calling all beer lovers—a trip to the new Stanley Park Restaurant and Brewpub is nothing short of a great idea. The brewpub serves West Coast-inspired cuisine along with beers brewed on-site.
Guests will have a very charming dining experience when visiting Seasons in the Park. The restaurant is tucked into the lush forest surrounding Queen Elizabeth Park and serves fresh seafood, along with other appetizing fare.
The Teahouse Restaurant is located in Stanley Park and offers refined seafood, new Canadian cuisine, and an exceptional view.
Located in Chinatown, the Union serves up dishes that perfectly encompass the bold flavours found in Southeast Asia. If you are looking for Asian noodle bowls, this is the place to go.
The team at CAVU Kitchen is passionate about creating high-quality dishes coupled with great service. The restaurant features one-of-a-kind cocktails, tasty appetizers, and craft burgers.
Cardero’s sits along the Coal Harbour Marina, providing guests with fantastic ocean views. The restaurant serves casual eats and hearty portions of seafood.
Vancouverites hold Cactus Club very close to their hearts for a good reason. The restaurant consistently serves pub favourites, refreshing cocktails, and flavourful dishes with a West Coast twist.
Family-owned River House Restaurant presents guests with VIP service, incredible views, comfort food classics, and delicious seafood dishes.
Banana Leaf creates Malaysian dishes that can be shared between everyone at the table. With five different locations in Vancouver, it’s easy to get your fruity cocktail and curry fix.
For a chance to win gift cards to these participating restaurants, vote in the 2020 Golden Plates competition by clicking here.