Five Dining Splurges

There’s a time for a burger and fries on a park bench, and then there are occasions that call for lobster crackers, white tablecloths and crystal stemware. When it’s time for an haute experience, Vancouver has numerous spots worth the splurge. Here are five that fit the bill.


Vancouver is known for its fresh-of-the-boat seafood, and many visitors make sure they get to enjoy a taste while they’re in the city. Seafood doesn’t have to be expensive in Vancouver (check out any number of delicious food trucks and wharf-side fish shacks), but such special ingredients are the focus of a good number of Vancouver’s best restaurants. Taking sustainably-sourced fish and shellfish, treating them with respect, and creating unforgettable, indulgent dishes is what these restaurants do best. 

Try: Yaletown’s Blue Water Café has long been widely recognized as one of the best places for seafood in the city. Splurge on a seafood tower: three tiers of fresh oysters, prawns, hand-rolled sushi and other delicacies from the ocean. And who does seafood better than the Japanese? Splurge on the Omakase menu at Tojo’s Restaurant and treat yourself to beautifully prepared dishes as chosen by the chef. 


With a local-bounty of ingredients brought together by chefs influenced by both European techniques and Asian flavours, Vancouver has its very own style of cuisine. You’ll find many upscale options that are in a league of their own, not tied to the ocean or land, or to a particular regional cuisine. You’ll find Italian-inspired pasta dishes, Indian spices, exquisitely sourced meats and wild Pacific salmon all on the same menu at these restaurants. 

Try: A multiple winner of Vancouver Magazine’s “Restaurant of the Year,” Hawksworth Restaurant is undoubtedly worth the splurge. The art-filled room provides a refined atmosphere for Chef David Hawksworth’s creative, ingredient-led food. For the ultimate indulgence, order the six-course tasting menu with expertly paired wines.   

Steak Houses

For many, a big night out means a big steak! Vancouver’s restaurants don’t disappoint, with the carnivores among us well catered to with plenty of high-end options for a splurge. Along with prime cuts of meat, most steak houses also bring in a West Coast influence, making a “surf and turf” dinner a local specialty. 

Try: For an old school steak experience, try Hy’s Encore. With its grand architecture and a room filled with dark wood and velvet, you know that the meal is going to be special even before you’re served your aged New York strip. For the modern take, head to Black + Blue where the contemporary room and rooftop patio offer a perfect complement to their selection of prime steak cuts from Canada, the US and Japan.