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Top Pacific Northwest Restaurants


When in Vancouver, eat as the locals do by dining on salmon, bannock, and other west coast dishes. Pacific Northwest cuisine is a bit elusive as there are few classic dishes (as French cuisine has, for example) or specific cooking techniques (like in Japanese sushi kitchens).

Instead, Pacific Northwest restaurants tend to focus on the quality, local ingredients that are prepared simply and with an emphasis on freshness.

1. Raincity Grill

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This West End restaurant delivers the locavore movement on a plate. Its 100-mile tasting menu has five courses of seasonal and regional dishes like duck proscuitto, steamed clams, and beets with hazelnuts.

Neighborhood: West End
Address: 1193 Denman St.
Phone: 604-685-7337
Price-range: Moderate to expensive

2. The Kaboom Box

The small red wagon smokes wild salmon on-site, fries up oysters for Po'boy sandwiches, and serves house-made salads. It's just one of Vancouver's many food trucks and an inexpensive way to sample Pacific Northwest cuisine.

Neighborhood: Downtown
Location: Parked on Granville Street at Robson
Price-range: Inexpensive

3. Fresh Local Wild

A second food truck with a similar local philosophy, Fresh Local Wild focuses on BC ingredients like chanterelle mushrooms, halibut, and spot prawns. There's also a tiny sit-down patio.

Neighborhood: Downtown
Location: Parked on W. Hastings Street near Burrard
Price-range: Inexpensive

4. West

This South Granville restaurant has polished service, an upscale atmosphere, and a fantastic bar menu. Pacific Northwest ingredients feature in dishes like the salmon tataki with sake, or the Dungeness crab salad with garden herbs.

Neighborhood: South Granville
Address: 2881 Granville St.
Phone: 604-738-8938
Price-range: Expensive

5. Salmon House on the Hill

Stunning views of Stanley Park and west coast dishes (such as wild salmon grilled over alder wood) are the primary temptations at this local-favorite restaurant.

Neighborhood: West Vancouver
Address: 2229 Folkestone Way
Phone: 604-926-3212
Price-range: Expensive

6. Salmon n' Bannock

It's rare to find a place specializing in aboriginal cuisine, and this restaurant serves everything from simple bannock breads to cedar jelly and bison carpaccio. Organic meats, game, and Pacific seafood feature in most dishes on the First Nations menu.

Neighborhood: Fairview
Address: 1128 W. Broadway
Phone: 604-568-8971
Price-range: Moderate

7. Edible Canada

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While the Pacific seafood and local vegetables lend themselves to Pacific Northwest cuisine, the Albertan elk and Atlantic lobster make the menu more Canadian overall. The casual but elegant bistro is a neighbor to the Granville Island Public Market.

Neighborhood: Granville Island
Address: 1596 Johnston St.
Phone: 604-682-6681
Price-range: Moderate to expensive

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