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14 romantic restaurants for any kind of date night in Vancouver

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by Johanna Read
Updated 03 February 2023

Whether it’s on February 14 and you’re toasting love with everyone else or it’s just the two of you marking an anniversary, ocean-flanked Vancouver has you covered for romantic restaurants.

A Silk Road-inspired spot with locations in Kits and Mount Pleasant regales couples with live music. In the Stadium District, a swanky hotel restaurant is a group hang hotspot thanks to extravagant, shareable desserts such as crème brûlée doughnuts and hot whiskey cake. In Fairview, a tiny but mighty bar with a solid tapas selection was made for no-pressure first dates.

At these top Vancouver restaurants, romance isn’t just about candlelight and wine. Here are 14 romantic restaurants designed for you and your sweetheart to adore.

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4.6
4.6 (181)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Farm-to-table
Fairview

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About the restaurant

This tiny, unpretentious bar with just 22 seats is tailor-made for a casual first date. Eat with your fingers while sharing cheese and charcuterie boards. Pair snacks such as cauliflower tempura and dry-aged beef tartare with BC and European wines, inventive cocktails, sake, mezcal, or whisky. Like its partner restaurant next door, Farmer’s Apprentice (which you can check out on your next date if the initial one goes well), Grapes & Soda has an evolving menu rooted in a farm-to-table philosophy.


Top review
ChristopherS
Dined 5 days ago
Great cocktails. Very tasty shareable menu. Cool atmosphere. Only complaint is that we were still hungry after sharing 2 small and 2 big plates…. We wanted more of that delicious food.
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4.5
4.5 (661)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Pan-Asian
Chinatown

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About the restaurant

Torafuku’s menu of ever-changing, pan-Asian dishes centres on shareable plates. You could warm up with roasted sweet potato or smoked BC sablefish with a dashi-flavoured melted butter sauce, or select the seven-course tasting menu for two to stretch out the evening. Torafuku is known for its original cocktails; the Passion Libre is made with mezcal, passionfruit, lime, and an oolong tea syrup. The lighting is dim and the booths are cozy. But if you want to drop the pressure for romance, opt for seats at the communal table.


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SCHM
Dined 6 days ago
Some of the best food I’ve ever had. Highly recommend and would love to go back and try more.
A photo of Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant) restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1216)
CAN$51 and over
Japanese
Kitsilano

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About the restaurant

At sophisticated Yuwa (included in MICHELIN’s Vancouver guide), you’re likely to find quiet jazz and dramatic white orchid arrangements that provide a great second-date backdrop. Choose a seat at the counter to watch the sushi chefs in action or ask for table 12, tucked in a corner, to focus on your partner. Chef and co-owner Masahiro Omori offers ever-changing à la carte Japanese dishes spotlighting what’s freshest, such as sockeye tartar with pine nuts and a bamboo culm. Learn your date’s flavour preferences by browsing through the sushi and sashimi menu together. Co-owner Iori Kataoka, a certified advanced sake professional, can recommend pairings from Yuwa’s award-winning artisan sake and wine collection.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 11 Feb 2024
Always great food and service. Thank you for a fun night.
A photo of East is East Silk n' Spice - West Broadway restaurant
4.7
4.7 (628)
CAN$30 and under
Mediterranean
Kitsilano

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About the restaurant

This trans-Himalayan spot is owned by Afghan siblings who immigrated to Canada via India. On the menu, expect regional favourites such as steamed Tibetan mantu dumplings and curries of chicken, lamb, and salmon, plus several vegan choices such as mango butternut squash. The rich cuisine captures the essence of the small dhaba eateries that dot the Silk Road in Turkey, Iran, Tibet, India, and Mongolia—and sets the stage for discussing potential getaways together. There’s often live music in the evenings, with sounds and instruments from all over the globe to accompany your conversation.


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MarcS
Dined on 20 Feb 2024
East is East has long been a favourite of ours. With it's great food and lovely atmosphere, East is East is a wonderful place to dine out.
A photo of East is East Chai Lounge - Main Street restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1385)
CAN$30 and under
Mediterranean
Mount Pleasant

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About the restaurant

This trans-Himalayan spot is owned by Afghan siblings who immigrated to Canada via India. On the menu, expect regional favourites such as steamed Tibetan mantu dumplings and curries of chicken, lamb, and salmon, plus several vegan choices such as mango butternut squash. The rich cuisine captures the essence of the small dhaba eateries that dot the Silk Road in Turkey, Iran, Tibet, India, and Mongolia—and sets the stage for discussing potential getaways together. There’s often live music in the evenings, with sounds and instruments from all over the globe to accompany your conversation.


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Ayumin
Dined 1 day ago
Good food and vibes! All the staff are nice and good service. Especially, I love their chai♡
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4.6
4.6 (651)
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Chinatown

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About the restaurant

Japanese-Italian Kissa Tanto is the perfect spot to mark the beginnings of your marriage or celebrate years of togetherness. The place received its first MICHELIN star in Vancouver’s inaugural guide to best restaurants in 2022. While kissa has nothing to do with smooches (it’s the name for a Japanese jazz café, and, yes, this spot spins a mean vinyl collection), tanto means “so much” or “a lot” in Italian. The latter could describe how much you adore your dinner companion—or executive chef Joël Watanabe’s exquisite fusion plates, such as dandelion pappardelle and pressed rice with mushrooms and Parmesan.


Top review
DrewKirschvip
Dined 3 days ago
I came from LA to Vancouver, and Kissa Tanto wowed me with impeccable service, stunning design, and culinary excellence. The chef's warm greeting and attention, alongside the unforgettable Japanese truffle omelette, made it an A+ experience.
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4.7
4.7 (2683)
CAN$30 and under
Unspecified
Coal Harbour

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About the restaurant

Helmed by executive chef Hector Laguna, Botanist’s kitchen transforms ingredients that are “hooked, hunted, and harvested” from British Columbia into beautifully plated creations. This is one of Vancouver’s most proposal-worthy restaurants, thanks to dreamy interiors featuring a white baby grand piano and a 180-foot-long origami light structure. The duo of lamb belly and rack of lamb served with foraged mushrooms, cauliflower, and chickpea panisse is ideal for couples, as are desserts such as buckwheat honey cake with riesling-poached pears. If you want to be wined, dined, and surprised, opt for the We’ll Take it From Here tasting menu, a way to raise the bar on any proposal.


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MarissaA
Dined on 21 Feb 2024
Exceptional food and service. The drinks are amazing. Thanks
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4.7
4.7 (530)
CAN$51 and over
Chinese
Coal Harbour

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About the restaurant

If you want to take full advantage of Mott 32, you’ll have to order several dishes, making it an ideal setting for a group date. You’ll likely be able to see the open kitchen from your table, so the chefs in action at the dim sum, barbeque, and wok stations can spur conversation if needed. Mott 32’s menu focuses on traditional Cantonese cuisine but takes detours to the Sichuan province and Beijing, plus Vancouver, featuring British Columbian bounty. Premium ingredients including lobster, Iberian pork, and truffles feature prominently. Plan ahead for the applewood roasted Peking duck served tableside—it takes 48 hours to prepare.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
One of the best dining experiences I've had in a long time. We were there for my brother's birthday, and he absolutely loved it. Michelle, our server, was amazing at her job, made sure to check in with us every time she passed by, and even surprised us with a special birthday cake. We will definitely come back here soon! If you are seeking an above-and-beyond dining experience in Vancouver, this place is the perfect spot. I would not only come back for the food but also for the service I received from the amazing team! A 10 out of 10 experience.
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4.4
4.4 (2891)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Steakhouse
Stadium District

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About the restaurant

Servers will grant all your dinner wishes at this steak and seafood paradise at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver hotel. Share the hot seafood pot for the table with king crab, lobster, scallops, jumbo prawns, and mussels. Or choose a steak cooked to perfection under the 1,200-degree broiler. Save room for outrageous desserts such as Sticky Fingers, a hot whiskey cake or crème brûlée doughnuts served with a cloud of housemade maple cotton candy. The Victor has live music on Wednesdays. Before or after dinner, take a romantic stroll around Parq Vancouver’s sixth-floor 30,000-square-foot park, complete with its own lake.


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LizJ
Dined 5 days ago
The staff were lovely and very accommodating with my Celiac disease!
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4.5
4.5 (570)
CAN$30 and under
Moroccan
Gastown

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About the restaurant

A meal at this transportive spot is the closest thing you’ll get to a Marrakech getaway in Yaletown (the Gastown location is currently closed for renovations). Bookend your Middle Eastern feast with Moroccan tea, served traditionally with a high pour from a delicate silver pot, and impress your dining companion by ordering the rack of lamb, flambéed tableside. The menu is halal with lots of vegan and gluten-free options. For more adventure, book a night when there’s a live belly dancer performing


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AshH
Dined on 2 Jan 2022
It is very nice place for family and friends for any gatherings and party With all special foods
A photo of Osteria Savio Volpe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4205)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Mount Pleasant

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About the restaurant

This classic osteria is the place to claim as your go-to date spot if everything works out (and you can bring any future kids, too). The restaurant makes an ideal romantic dinner choice when you’re craving a warm and convivial atmosphere. The kitchen churns out Italian comfort food such as wood-fired rosemary and lemon chicken and cappelletti with squash, brown butter, and pumpkin seed. If you just want to concentrate on each other, dine alla famiglia to remove the challenge of choosing from the menu.


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SimonW
Dined on 24 Aug 2023
Make this a destination when in Vancouver. Travelling from the UK we were given the place as a must go to, by a Canadian friend and it didn’t disappoint. Great staff, wine list carefully created and the sommelier helped us find the perfect match for our food, and the food was perfect, two of our group had a pasta dish which they raved about, my friend and I had the pork belly special that was cooked perfectly. The ambience is buzzy but not overbearing, people waxing lyrical about the food no doubt. Will return if ever back in Vancouver !
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4.5
4.5 (1878)
CAN$30 and under
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Coal Harbour

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About the restaurant

Harbour and mountain vistas from ARC’s two-storey windows set a sultry mood, particularly at sunset. Date-night tip: the best tables for views are near the gas fireplace. The restaurant offers West Coast-inspired cuisine such as oysters and Asian-flavoured sablefish in both its dining room and lounge at the Fairmount Waterfront Hotel. To make a night of it, zip up the elevator to one of the hotel’s luxe rooms after dinner, then return to ARC in the morning for the Bottomless Brunch Experience, bookable through OpenTable.


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viney
Dined 4 days ago
Thumbs up. A great experience
A photo of Frankie's Jazz Club restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1645)
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Stadium District

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About the restaurant

Live jazz and blues will have you grooving together at this buzzy club, which serves housemade dishes from neighboring Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar. Share arancini (Silician breaded risotto balls) or an antipasto platter, then go all Lady and the Tramp with the family-recipe spaghetti and meatballs. Save room for the especially decadent tiramisu, best devoured with two spoons.


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Laura
Dined 6 days ago
Great place! The staff was incredibly friendly, the food was amazing and came out fairly quick, the live music was even better! Definitely coming back
A photo of Bells & Whistles restaurant
4.4
4.4 (38)
CAN$30 and under
American
East Vancouver

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About the restaurant

Bells & Whistles—there are now two, one on Fraser and a newer Dunbar location—offers a low-key spin on romance. The casual burger joint goes beyond the usual pub grub menu, courtesy of a gluten-free fryer and options such as chicharrones and an arugula, quinoa, and chickpea salad. The playful dessert selection evokes a summer fair: choose from warm mini-donuts, soft-serve ice cream, or sundaes (and yes, there’s a boozy version). Add low-tech arcade games, and there are many opportunities to celebrate a high score with a hug or end-zone dance.


Top review
thegreatETtothemoon
Dined on 11 Feb 2024
Fantastic service, food, and drinks! Thanks for the great evening 😊
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