Langdon’s Guide to Metro Vancouver Restaurants

Vancouver is a city with food from all over the world. It is always my interest to look for delicious food and new restaurants. Here is a list of all my recommended Metro Vancouver restaurants and dessert shops.

Vancouver Restaurants
Left: beef noodle soup from Ha Cafe; dessert and coffee from Thomas Haas. Right: fried rice from MYST, kamameshi from Nao Sushi, salad from Water Street Cafe

All the restaurants and shops listed below are operating normally at the time of writing. I will update this post from time to time to remove restaurants that are permanently closed.

There are three levels of recommendation: Highly, Yes, and OK. Most of the restaurants are under the “Yes” level, and I recommend everyone to try out once. Only a couple of them are under the “Highly” level, and they are my absolute favourites. The “OK” level means, well, OK.

Restaurants

Asian Cuisine

As a Taiwanese, I tend to go to Asian restaurants more often. One thing I didn’t realize before I completed this post is that I’ve been to 15 Japanese restaurants, the most among Asian restaurants. This is insane! I am pretty sure I leave out a few. Vancouver is, for sure, a paradise of Japanese cuisine in North America.

NameCityCuisineMenuCostGoogle RatingRecommendation
On On Wonton HouseBurnabyChineseMenu$3.7Yes
Empire Garden Chinese RestaurantLangleyChineseN/A$$3.8Yes
Kirin RestaurantNew WestminsterChineseN/A$$4.1Yes
Continental Seafood RestaurantRichmondChineseN/A$3.9Yes
Congee Noodle HouseVancouverChineseMenu$3.8Yes
Ho Yuen Kee RestaurantVancouverChineseN/A$3.9Yes
Western Lake Chinese Seafood RestaurantVancouverChineseMenu$4.2Yes
Aroma Indian Restaurant & LoungePort MoodyIndianMenu$$4.3Yes
Nao SushiBurnabyJapaneseN/A$3.8Yes
Sushi California ★CoquitlamJapaneseMenu$4.1Yes
Sushi Town ★CoquitlamJapaneseN/A$3.9Yes
Sushi Man RestaurantNorth VancouverJapaneseN/A$4.1Yes
Ichiro Japanese RestaurantRichmondJapaneseMenu$$4.3Yes
Yah-Yah-Ya Ramen ★RichmondJapaneseN/A$4.3Yes
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ ★VancouverJapaneseMenu$$4.4Yes
Hokkaido Ramen SantoukaVancouverJapaneseMenu$4.4Yes
Kingyo IzakayaVancouverJapaneseMenu$$4.6Yes
Marutama Ramen ★VancouverJapaneseMenu$4.4Yes
Momo Sushi ★VancouverJapaneseMenu$4.1Yes
Ramen Danbo ★VancouverJapaneseMenu$4.6Yes
Ramen GojiroVancouverJapaneseMenu$4.2Yes
Ramen Koika ★VancouverJapaneseMenu$3.8OK
Taishoken RamenVancouverJapaneseN/A$4.1Yes
Insadong RestaurantCoquitlamKoreanN/A$3.9Yes
Banana Leaf ★VancouverMalaysianMenu$$4.2Yes
Bubble WorldBurnabyTaiwaneseMenu$3.8Yes
Myst Asian Fusion RestaurantBurnabyTaiwaneseMenu$3.9Yes
No. 1 Beef NoodleBurnabyTaiwaneseMenu$4.0OK
Dinesty Dumpling House ★RichmondTaiwaneseMenu$4.1Yes
Pearl Castle CaféRichmondTaiwaneseMenu$3.8Yes
Corner 23VancouverTaiwaneseN/A$3.9Yes
iThaiBurnabyThaiMenu$4.0Yes
Ha CaféBurnabyVietnameseN/A$4.1Yes

Western Cuisine

I normally only go to restaurants serving Western cuisine with friends and colleagues. So far, I’ve been to 27 of them, which is also a surprise. Most restaurants here have higher prices, and I like to take advantage during the Dine Out Vancouver event every January. Although the food is super good, I can’t highly recommend some restaurants due to affordability.

NameCityCuisineMenuCostGoogle RatingRecommendation
The Yale SaloonVancouverAmericanMenu$$3.8Yes
Chambar RestaurantVancouverBelgianMenu$$4.4Yes
The Old Bavaria Haus RestaurantNew WestminsterGermanMenu$$4.2Yes
Stepho's Souvlaki Greek Taverna ★VancouverGreekN/A$$3.9Yes
Mahony & Sons ★VancouverIrishMenu$$3.9Yes
Jimoco Café & PastaCoquitlamItalianMenu$4.2Yes
Rosa's Cucina ItalianaPort MoodyItalianMenu$$4.4Yes
CinCin Ristrorante + BarVancouverItalianMenu$$$4.4Yes
Earls Kitchen + Bar ★ChilliwackPacific NWMenu$$4.2OK
Cactus Club CaféCoquitlamPacific NWMenu$$4.2Yes
Brix & MortarVancouverPacific NWMenu$$$4.3Yes
ForageVancouverPacific NWMenu$$$4.4Yes
Rodney's Oyster House ★VancouverPacific NWWebsite$$4.3Yes
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar ★VancouverPacific NWMenu$$$4.3Yes
Tuc Craft KitchenVancouverPacific NWMenu$$4.3Yes
Water Street CaféVancouverPacific NWMenu$$$4.1Yes
YEW seafood + barVancouverPacific NWMenu$$$4.2Yes
The ParlourVancouverPizzaMenu$$4.1Yes
Browns CrafthouseVancouverPub & BarMenu$$4.2OK
Moose's Down UnderVancouverPub & BarMenu$$4.2Yes
Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar ★VancouverPub & BarMenu$$3.8Yes
SteamworksVancouverPub & BarMenu$$4.2Yes
The DiamondVancouverPub & BarMenu$$4.4Yes
The Greedy PigVancouverPub & BarMenu$4.2Yes
The Pint Public HouseVancouverPub & BarMenu$3.9Yes
Yagger's Restaurant & Sports Bar ★VancouverPub & BarMenu$$4.2Yes
The Sardine CanVancouverSpanishMenu$$4.5Yes

Fast-Casual Restaurants & Food Trucks

During lunch times, I like to go to the below fast-casual restaurants for simple meals. Instead of fast food chains, I like to go to places that serve gourmet sandwiches and shawarma. There are only 8 places so far, but I plan to go to more fast-casual restaurants near my office.

NameCityTypeWebsiteCostGoogle RatingRecommendation
The Poke GuyVancouverPokeMenu$4.6Highly!
Barcelo’s Flame-Grilled Chicken ★North VancouverPortugueseMenu$4.5Yes
Bagel Coffee HouseBurnabySandwichN/A$4.4Yes
Fat Duck Mobile EateryVancouverSandwichN/A$4.5Yes
Finch's ★VancouverSandwichMenu$4.5Yes
Meat & BreadVancouverSandwichMenu$4.6Highly!
Baghdad CaféVancouverShawarmaN/A$4.3Yes
PholiciousVancouverVietnameseMenu$4.7Yes

Dessert

When looking for delicious food, it is impossible to skip desserts. So far, I’ve only been to the following 15 dessert shops and bakeries, which is only a small portion in the region. Unfortunately, many good ones are only in downtown Vancouver or the City of Vancouver. I guess I will have to drive to Vancouver more often.

NameCityTypeWebsiteGoogle RatingRecommendation
Breka Bakery & CaféVancouverBakeryWebsite4.3Yes
Purebread ★VancouverBakeryWebsite4.7Yes
Fondway CaféBurnabyDessertN/A4.1Yes
Mon Paris PatisserieBurnabyDessertWebsite4.4Yes
Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates & PatisserieNorth VancouverDessertWebsite4.5Highly!
3 Quarters Full CaféVancouverDessertN/A4.1Yes
Bonchaz Bakery Café ★VancouverDessertWebsite4.1Yes
Cartems Donuts ★VancouverDessertWebsite4.4Yes
49th Parallel Café & Lucky's Doughnuts ★VancouverDessertWebsite4.5Yes
ThierryVancouverDessertWebsite4.3Yes
TrafiqVancouverDessertWebsite4.5Yes
Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House ★VancouverDessertWebsite4.2Yes
Rocky Point Ice CreamPort MoodyIce CreamWebsite4.6Yes
Bella GelateriaVancouverIce CreamWebsite4.4Yes
Earnest Ice Cream ★VancouverIce CreamWebsite4.6Yes

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