10 Restaurants in Vancouver: Big Dave Recommends

Looking for 10 restaurants to visit in Vancouver? We can help. Along with providing an exceptional classroom experience, and excellent IELTS preparation, many of our teachers are happy to offer their advice about where to go in this beautiful city and what to try. Downtown Vancouver is teeming with coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, bistros, eateries, pubs, and bars. Knowing where to begin can be a challenge, so let this list be your first step towards exploring the local cuisine. Our long-time teacher, and resident foodie, Dave, was kind enough to offer his list of local establishments worth checking out. Dave is a highly-rated instructor who works almost primarily with advanced learners; he also loves to talk about food. Here are Dave’s 10 restaurants in Vancouver.

Fried Chicken

DownLow Chicken Shack, located on Commercial Drive, boasts fresh chicken, handmade sandwiches, and all natural ingredients.

Juke Fried Chicken has locations in Chinatown and Davie Street. Try a Beach Box – a delicious meal for two people and a great option for an evening at the beach, the park, or just hanging out.


Moderne Burger on West Broadway is your go-to for classic burgers with handmade patties, fries made from local potatoes, milkshakes, and malts. Build your own burger at this 1950’s inspired eatery.


Kinkao is “authentically fresh” Thai cuisine on Commercial Drive. This restaurant offers a simple menu with big flavours and affordable prices.


The Ramen Butcher in Chinatown is a hidden gem and a welcome change from the lineups at Robson Street ramen spots. Classic, red spicy, and black bean are just some of the scrumptious choices.


Kingyo on Denman Street (also in Seattle and Toronto) is open for lunch and dinner and is currently scoring 4.6/5 on Google Reviews with more than 1200 reviews to date. Enjoy creative Japanese plates, bento, and classic izakaya cuisine.


Tasty Indian Bistro in Yaletown is within walking distance of Global Village Vancouver and a one-of-a-kind experience. This establishment offers up traditional Indian cuisine in a modern setting. For bold flavours and lots of heat, you can’t go wrong with this joint.

Chinese Fusion

Bao Bei on Keefer Street in Chinatown makes its mark by offering fusion dishes inspired by Shanghai, Taiwan, and Sichuan. It’s a smaller venue that doesn’t take reservations – first come first served only. It’s also one of the few restaurants in Vancouver to offer shared plates ideal for groups.


Alibi Room on Alexander Street in the east end of Gastown has been a kingpin in the craft beer industry since opening its doors in 2006. More than 50 beers on tap, and a quality menu using locally sourced meat and fish puts this modern tavern at the top of every beer lover’s list.


The Keefer Bar on, wait for it, Keefer Street brings its award-winning mixed drinks to Chinatown. Happy hour is 4pm to 6pm every day; stop by to sample some of their mouth-watering beverages.

Thanks again, Dave. We hope everyone has a chance to explore the wide array of restaurants available in this multi-cultural city. Cheers!

Written by Bryan Candy