Romantic restaurants Vancouver: 9 of the best in 2017
Love romantic restaurants? Vancouver can provide
If you love romantic restaurants, Vancouver is the place to be. Not only is the Metro Vancouver restaurant scene full of some immensely talented people, Vancouver itself is naturally romantic: this part of the Pacific Northwest boasts so many stunning views and is a fantastic place to source the freshest ingredients. It’s the perfect recipe for romantic meal success!
All this means that Vancouver is full of top-shelf eateries, from the classically elegant (think French and Italian) to the bastions of modern romance (hello, brunch date!). But, with so many to choose from, how do you pick the romantic restaurant that’s right for you and your partner?
At EliteSingles, we like to make these things a bit easier, and so we’ve hunted high and low throughout the city to find Vancouver’s 9 most romantic restaurants. From tranquil beauty spots in Deep Cove and Little Mountain to more bustling joints in Gastown and Coal Harbour, wherever you feel comfortable, we’ve picked something to suit you – click through the slideshow to find our top recommendations (in no particular order).
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9 of the best romantic restaurants in Vancouver
Romantic restaurant #1: Seasons in the Park
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The second you set foot inside Seasons in the Park, you’ll understand its romantic reputation. Their Queen Elizabeth Park location means they're up on Little Mountain (one of the highest spots in Vancouver), and the result is stunning, sweeping views that flow down across the park and over the Vancouver skyline to the North Shore Mountains. Combine this with a patio that boasts both a chandelier and a fireplace, and you know you’ve found a good thing – and that’s before you discover the comprehensive wine bar! Seasons tops it all off with a menu featuring traditional ‘date-night’ dishes like steak and lobster alongside more casually romantic dishes like wood-fired pizza, making it ideal for a romantic night out, no matter what the occasion.
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Romantic restaurant #2: Jam Cafe
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Dinner date not your thing? Then why not meet for brunch? Vancouver boasts a number of fantastic brunch spots (many of which are surprisingly romantic), and one of the crowning jewels has to be Jam Cafe. For years, day-tripping Vancouverites have been making it a point to visit the original Jam in Victoria – but now VanCity has its very own outpost on Beatty, and it is glorious, with a super-cosy ambience that makes it perfect for leisurely weekend-morning dates. With a legendary all-day brunch menu that boasts pulled pork pancakes (think pancakes with pork, jalapeño, and maple glaze) alongside sweet treats like red velvet pancakes (yes, there’s cream cheese drizzle), there’s usually a queue for this place – but it’s utterly worth it.
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Romantic restaurant #3: Arms Reach Bistro
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Although it’s just 20 mins out of Downtown Vancouver, Arms Reach Bistro feels like you’ve escaped to some tranquil, far-off hideaway. This North Vancouver gem sits right by the bay in Deep Cove, meaning that your dinner comes with a jaw-droppingly beautiful view out over the marina and the mountains. Try to snag a table at the big bayside windows or, for a summertime date, aim for the patio – its cheery yellow awning, bright rhododendrons, and beautiful water views will make any occasion romantic! Along with waterfront views to swoon over, the food here is also outstanding, with the pasta being a real highlight. And, pro-tip, the prix fixe menu on Monday and Tuesday nights (three courses, plus wine) makes for an A+ date night.
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Romantic restaurant #4: Brix & Mortar
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Yaletown’s Brix & Mortar is truly beautiful. Their space - a heritage building from 1912 - mixes warm exposed brick, green vines, glass-covered patios, and glittering chandeliers to create an ambience that feels incredibly glamorous and yet also incredibly cozy. Then there’s the fresh, delicious menu that showcases gorgeous local ingredients, and the cocktail list, which is the perfect mix of creativity and humour (one cocktail, Big Flavours in Little China, is described as a ‘’tribute to the greatest movie ever filmed in Vancouver or anywhere else.’’). Finally, there’s the wine list, featuring top-shelf picks from around the world and from BC: if you love the idea of a wine flight featuring nothing but local labels, then this is the romantic restaurant for you!
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Romantic restaurant #5: The Acorn
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It can be hard to find veggie-friendly yet romantic restaurants. Vancouver, however, is lucky in that regard: it’s home to The Acorn, a vegetarian restaurant that has won global renown for its utterly beautiful food and inviting ambience. Although staunch meat-lovers might initially be wary about the fact that everything here is vegetarian (and that many of the dishes are vegan, gluten-free, or raw), to dismiss The Acorn as a place where you’ll miss meat would be doing it a disservice. There’s no focus on denial here, nor on replacing meat: instead it’s all about celebrating just how incredible BC’s produce can be. With a cocktail list that complements the creativity of the food, this is an ideal date-night spot for veggies and meat eaters alike.
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Romantic restaurant #6: Five Sails Restaurant
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With huge picture windows that look out over Stanley Park and the Inner Harbour, Five Sails really is a special place for a romantic meal in Vancouver. The view alone is so spectacular that you’ll remember it long after you leave but, thankfully, it doesn’t have to stand alone: the menu is equally exquisite. Fittingly enough for a restaurant with such access to the Pacific, the seafood here is outstanding: fresh, delicious, and presented in such a way that it really has a chance to shine. For a truly great date night however, the Chef’s Tasting Menu is a must-try, especially when you opt to match it with the superbly curated wine list – think Okanagan and international vintages handpicked to be paired with each dish.
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Romantic restaurant #7: Hawksworth Restaurant
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The 2017 list of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants saw Hawksworth voted into 6th place overall (the highest placing restaurant in British Columbia). Therefore, it’s official: Hawksworth is one of the best places to eat in the country. Eating here is a master class in fine dining, with the granite and leather bar/lounge area setting the scene underneath a genuine Damien Hirst (Big Love Diamond Dust), and the Pearl Room welcoming dinner guests with its magnificent chandelier. Hawksworth’s beauty is much more than skin deep however, for the menu is equally enchanting. Fresh, local ingredients liven up classically romantic dishes, meaning that dinner here always feels special, never stuffy – it’s the ideal place to celebrate with your date.
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Romantic restaurant #8: Lupo
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In 2015, EliteSingles members voted Italian as the most romantic cuisine for a date night. Happily, when it comes to Italian romantic restaurants, Vancouver certainly has its fair share. But how do you pick the best one? If you think a great date should leave you feeling cozy, mellow, and glowing all over, then Lupo is a great place to start. Nestled into a 160-year-old heritage home, Lupo is full of charming features: an open fireplace and an enclosed front porch combine with fresh white walls and modern art to create warmth and intimacy that never feels staid. The menu is equally romantic, full of delicious homemade pasta, fresh baked bread, and dishes to linger over like pillowy ricotta gnocchi and tender lamb ossobuco.
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Romantic restaurant #9: Tableau Bar and Bistro
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Along with Italian, French cuisine is often touted as the world’s most romantic. How great then, that it's a cuisine easily found in Canada! In Vancouver, there’s nowhere better to embrace it than Tableau, a cozy eatery where French sophistication meets British Columbian charm to create a romantic restaurant that’s easy to love rather than intimidating. As befits a French-inspired bistro on the West Coast, the seafood here is amazing (the moules frites in particular), and pairs perfectly with some of the more comforting offerings (the mushrooms on toast are quickly becoming world famous in Vancouver). The dining room caps off the easy, romantic ambience, surrounding diners with gleaming brass, leather, and warm wood.
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