Restaurant-industry insiders pick the best eats in Vancouver for 2013

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      A team of Georgia Straight staffers called up over 100 local restaurateurs, chefs, and managers, and asked them to name the best restaurants in Vancouver in 12 categories. Here are the results.

      Chef

      1. Hamid Salimian
      2. Lee Cooper (tie)
      3. Pino Posteraro (tie)
      4. David Hawksworth (tie)
      5. Quang Dang (tie)

      New

      1. Wildebeest
        120 West Hastings Street, 604-687-6880
      2. The Acorn
        3995 Main Street, 604-566-9001
      3. España
        1118 Denman Street, 604-558-4040

      West Coast

      1. Raincity Grill
        1193 Denman Street, 604-685-7337
      2. Bishop’s Restaurant (tie)
        2183 West 4th Avenue, 604-738-2025
      3. Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar (tie)
        1095 Hamilton Street, 604-688-8078
      4. L’Abattoir (tie)
        217 Carrall Street, 604-568-1701
      5. West
        2881 Granville Street, 604-738-8938

      French

      1. Le Crocodile
        909 Burrard Street, 604-669-4298
      2. Les Faux Bourgeois
        663 East 15th Avenue, 604-873-9733
      3. Tableau Bar Bistro
        1181 Melville Street, 604-639-8692

      Italian

      1. La Quercia
        3689 West 4th Avenue, 604-676-1007
      2. Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca
        1133 Hamilton Street, 604-688-7466
      3. Campagnolo (tie)
        1020 Main Street, 604-484-6018
      4. Nook (tie)
        781 Denman Street, 604-568-4554

      Japanese

      1. Tojo’s (tie)
        777 West Broadway, 604-876-8050
      2. Hapa Izakaya (tie)
        Various locations
      3. Guu Izakaya
        various locations
      4. Toshi Sushi
        181 East 16th Avenue, 604-874-5173

      Chinese

      1. Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie
        163 Keefer Street, 604-688-0876
      2. Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant
        3888 Main Street, 604-872-8822
        102 4940 No. 3 Road, Richmond, 604-273-8208
      3. Kirin Restaurant
        Various locations

      Other Asian

      1. Maenam
        1938 West 4th Avenue, 604-730-5579
      2. Phnom Penh
        244 East Georgia Street, 604-682-5777
      3. Banana Leaf (tie)
        Various locations
      4. SalaThai Thai Restaurant on Burrard (tie)
        102-888 Burrard Street, 604-683-7999
      5. Sawasdee Thai Restaurant (tie)
        4250 Main Street, 604-876-4030

      Indian

      1. Vij’s
        1480 West 11th Avenue, 604-736-6664
      2. Rangoli
        1488 West 11th Avenue, 604-736-5711
      3. Chutney Villa
        147 East Broadway, 604-872-2228

      Latin american

      1. La Taqueria
        2549 Cambie Street, 604-558-2549
        322 West Hastings, 604-568-4406
      2. Baru Latino (tie)
        2535 Alma Street, 604-222-9171
      3. Tacofino (tie)
        2327 East Hastings Street, 604-253-8226
        Robson Square Burrard and Dunsmuir streets
      4. Lolita’s South of the Border Cantina
        1326 Davie Street, 604-696-9996

      Cheap Eats

      1. La Taqueria (tie)
        2549 Cambie Street, 604-558-2549
        322 West Hastings, 604-568-4406
      2. Peaceful Restaurant (tie)
        532 West Broadway, 604-879-9879
      3. Meat & Bread (tie)
        370 Cambie Street
        1033 West Pender
      4. Phnom Penh (tie)
        244 East Georgia Street, 604-682-5777
      5. Red Wagon
        2296 East Hastings Street, 604-568-4565

      Underrated

      1. Diva at the Met
        645 Howe Street, 604-602-7788
      2. The Pear Tree
        4120 East Hastings, Burnaby, 604-299-2772
      3. Le Parisien (tie)
        751 Denman Street, 604-687-1418
      4. Lupo Restaurant and Vinoteca (tie)
        869 Hamilton Street, 604-569-2535
      5. Tableau Bar Bistro (tie)
        1181 Melville Street, 604-639-8692

      Comments

      2 Comments

      Pete

      Mar 17, 2013 at 11:33am

      Kudos to The Pear Tree. The great food, service and charming ambience has long made this a go to when we lived in Vancouver and now travel for visits. In my opinion this is a must dine here as are Tojos, le Crocodile, and Vij's.

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      cathryn abato

      Feb 28, 2014 at 4:13pm

      I am new to Vancouver. please indicate which restaurant the best chefs are affiliated with, ie, Hamid xx, restaurant x. thanks

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