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My 2020 Dine Out Vancouver Recommendations

It’s back – the ultimate foodie festival where restaurants all over the Lower Mainland from January 17, 2020 to February 2, 2020 will offer prix fixe meals for $15, $26, $35 and $45. I’m been attending this event since it started and here’s a few tips on how to get the best value and best experience plus my Dine Out Vancouver recommendations for this year’s DINE OUT VANCOUVER FESTIVAL.

  1. Weekends will fill up quickly for most restaurants, so the earlier you make a reservation, the better chance that you will be able to book the time that you want. I always secure all my reservations the first day Dine Out rolls out the restaurant menus.
  2. Look for restaurants that offer menus with choices that emphasize their unique cuisine.  Too many times I’ve seen menu items such as roasted chicken which to me indicates that the establishment is more concerned about the volume of food they send out rather than the quality.
  3. Some menus offer add ons such as some all-savoury menus that offer a dessert for just 5+.  Beware that if you have wine and selected quite a few of these additional menu selections, the price of your meal will increase quite substantially, but if you’ve only made one or two Dine Out reservations, then you can afford to splurge on the extra frills which can greatly enhance your meal..
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  4. If you have food sensitivities such as gluten or dairy, beware restaurants might not be so accommodating during this time due to the high volume of traffic they experience during Dine Out, so study the menu carefully before you make your reservation.
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  5. To get the best bang for your buck, choose the four star restaurants who usually don’t offer prix fixe menus.  These establishments usually have entrées starting at approximately $25, therefore a three course meal at $45 would be a great value.
  6. Dine Out Vancouver is an opportunity to go out of your comfort zone and try new or new cuisines without hurting your pocketbook.  To optimize this experience, reserve a table for three of your friends and have anyone order different entrées to share.

 

Dine OutFederico’s

The following are my Dine Out Vancouver recommendations for 2020 after perusing the menus.  Note unless otherwise specified, all Dine Out Vancouver restaurants below are only featuring dinner menus. You can peruse the complete Dine out Vancouver menus for the following suggestions by going to the  DINE OUT VANCOUVER FESTIVAL website.

Ultra Frugal

  • Afghan Horseman ($25):  offers lamb and belly dancing is free
  • Brewhall ($15): get two sliders (add a third for $4.50), your choice of side, and some donuts for dessert – available lunch/dinner
  • Chutney Village ($15):  if you love spicy Indian food, then this is a real bargain, also vegetarian options
  • Timber ($15): featuring bison stew or vegetarian shepherd’s pie.  Reservation accepted only for parties 6+
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La Pentola

 

Getting the Most Bang for your Buck

Getting the best value for your money doesn’t always mean the cheapest price. It means that you are getting good value for your money.  During the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, usually the best value is to score a three course meal at a four star establishment who usually doesn’t offer prix fix meals.  The cost of an entree at these establishments alone is between $25-$40.

  • Catch Kitchen + Bar ($35): Offers Surf and Turf as entree (AAA Angus Tenderloin) with prawns
  • Chop Steakhouse ($45): Has Prime Rib or Top Sirloin s choices for entree for dinner, lunch menu is $25 and offers Prime Rib or Steak Sandwich
  • Global ($45): Prime Striploin is an entree choice
  • Gramercy Grill ($25):  AAA Prime striploin is an entree choice
  • Gyu King Teppanyaki ($45): half lobster and Ribeye as entree
  • Keg ($45) – all locations: offers Prime Rib, Top Sirloin or Seafood Sirloin s entrees
  • Provence Marinaside ($45): features AAA Canadian Beef Filet or Bouillabaisse with wine pairing of $15 or  petite wine pairing of $25
  • Romer’s ($35):  features 10oz New York Peppercorn and Lobster Surf and Turf Burger
  • Seasons in the Park ($35): 6oz Prime New York Striploin is an entree selection
  • Shoestring Cafe ($35): Duck Breast, New York Steak, Lobster Tail are choices for appetizer/entrees
  • Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant ($45):  featuring Angus beef grilled New York steak and duck duo
  • Vancouver Fish Company ($45): has Atlantic Lobster and Surf & Turf as entree choice 
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Dine Out VancouverFederico’s Supper Club
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Dinner and Live Entertainment

  • Acqua Restaurant ($45):  Live piano Saturdays and Sundays, 5:30-9:30pm
  • Afghan Horsemen ($25): at night, there’s a belly dancer.
  • Blue Martini Jazz Cafe: ($45): live jazz bands, check Website for schedule, New York steak or Duck Breast as entree choice
  • Federico’s Supper Club, ($45), two seatings (5:30-7pm) and after 7:30 (which includes live music and dancing). Jan 19 navailable due to special event. verything is good on the menu as I’ve eaten here about 5-6 times. Click here to read my review, although the review was written in 2013 the quality of the food is still the same today
  • Frankie’s Italian Kitchen ($35): featuring Angus beef shortribs, has live jazz music, check the website for schedule.

Wake Me Up for Breakfast

  • Chickpea ($35): offers Mimosa or spiked coffee, French toast, pancake or sandwiches and all vegan
  • Hawksworth ($35): Available for lunch and weekend brunch:  3 courses featuring Sea bass and Duck and Pork Terrine
  • Trattoria – all locations ($25):  featuring Fried Gnocchi & Eggs or Baked Mortadella Sandwich with Mashed Pavlova for dessert
  • Victor ($35): featuring dim sum or Victor benedict (mac & cheese waffle, thick bacon, Gruyere cheese)
  • Water St. Cafe ($25): Featuring Pork Belly Benny or French toast.
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Kaya Malay Bistro

 

Sharing Plates

Most of the following Dine Out Vancouver menus are set out as sharing plates, but some aren’t but I it has been my experience that if everyone in your party orders a different menu item, you can share and try different items, as they do offer more than one choice for appetizers or entrees:

  • Afghan Horseman: as a separate sharing menu for two ($25 per person) featuring lamb
  • Chicha ($35): Our Dine Out Menu reflects our tapas style restaurant. Each guest may choose: one appetizer, two tapas choices from the entree section, one dessert. Cuchillo ($35): Latin tapas, four courses
  • Kitanoya Guu Garden ($25): 9 Japanese small plates, share with friends
  • Maeman ($45): offering a family style menu, choose ONE starter, ONE salad, ONE curry and ONE stir fry per 2 guests. Desserts are served individually as selected by each guest
  • Minami ($45):  A platter of sushi and appetizers.
  • Old Bejing Roast Duck ($70):  Dinner for two featuring Roast Duck – 6 items – available lunch/dinner
  • Pidgin ($45):  6 Pan-Asian courses served family style
    Tasty Indian Bistro ($45):  minimum of two people, 5 Indian dishes
  • Torafuku ($45 for dinner, $15 for lunch): The menu is designed to be shared between 2 people, you may pick 1 dish from course 2 throughout course 4 and pick 2 desserts, the odd # guest have a choice to pick a dish from course 2 or 3, 1 dish from course 4 and a dessert. The menu is designed to be shared between 2 people, you may pick 1 dish from course 2 throughout course 4 and pick 2 desserts, the odd # guest have a choice to pick a dish from course 2 or 3, 1 dish from course 4 and a dessert. $25 additional for pairing (beer, sake, wine, cocktail)..

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Something Different

If you’re looking for Dine Out Vancouver menus that are offering menus that aren’t like the rest, here’s my list:

  • Arike Restaurant ($25):  African style, featuring oxtail
  • JamJar ($35): traditional Lebanese food, a selection of 12 small plates and flavours
  • Pourhouse ($45):  Elk and Bison Terrine (appy) and Cornish Game Hen Roulade (entree) choices
  • Unwind Lounge ($25):  features duck breast smoked with Cherry wood for appetizer, and Crepes Suzette as dessert choice
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Dine Out Vancouver

Rocky Mountain Flatbread vegan and nut-free pizza

Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free

Most Dine Out Vancouver restaurants have gluten-free and vegetarian options, so I’ll only be listing those restaurants who have an actual vegetarian menu listed on the Dine Out Vancouver site or who offer vegan choices.

  • 1931 Gallery Bistro ($45):  has a vegetarian menu featuring cauliflower steak as entree
  • Acorn ($45):  has a vegan/vegetarian menu plus a separate vegetarian menu for inner
  • Afghan Horseman: ($25 dinner) has a separate vegetarian menu
  • *Amaranthus ($25): features vegan/vegetarian for lunch and dinner
  • *Ampersand  ($25):  features a vegetarian menu featuring veggie dim sum
  • Arc ($45):  features sunchokes
  • Arike Restaurant ($25):  African style vegetarian menu
  • Baci (no price listed);  has a separate vegetarian menu for lunch/dinner
  • Blue Hat Bistro at PICA ($45):  has a separate vegetarian menu featuring cauliflower
  • Bombay Kitchen & Bar ($25):  most items seem to be gluten-free and dairy-free
  • Britannia Brewing Steveston ($25):  has a separate vegetarian menu featuring risotto or veggie burger – available lunch/dinner
  • Bufala Edgmont and Bufala Kerrisdale ($35):  has a separate vegetarian menu featuring pizza – available lunch/dinner
  • Cactus Club (all locations) ($35): has a separate vegetarian menu featuring pizza – available lunch/dinner
  • Cadero’s ($35):  has a separate vegetarian menu featuring mushroom ravioli – available lunch/dinner
  • Centro Bistro ($35): has a separate vegetarian menu featuring pasta items
  • Chickpea ($35): is entirely vegan and has many choices for the dine out menu for dinner which includes a cocktail. Also has a $25 brunch menu which includes coffee, mimosa or boozy coffee with breakfast entree, dessert
  • Chutney Village ($15):  if you love spicy Indian food, then this is a real bargain, also vegetarian options
  • Dunns Famous ($25): has a vegetarian menu with fried pickles, Latkes, Mac & Cheese, gluten-free bun is available for $2 extra – available lunch/dinner
  • East is East, both locations ($45): soup, salad and selection of two mains and dessert, has plenty of vegetarian/vegan options
  • Espana ($35): has vegetarian and vegan options featuring vegetarian paella for dinner, takes reservations
  • Gyoza Bar ($25);  vegetarian menu
  • Horizons ($35): featuring Tofu bowl as entree
  • House Special ($35): Vegetarian menu
  • Ingrain Pastifico ($25):  Vegetarian menu
  • Lobby Restaurant at Pinnacle Restaurant on the Pier ($35): have vegan options and even a Cashew Cheesecake for dessert
  • Old Spaghetti Factory ($25):  vegetarian menu – available lunch/dinner
  • Rocky Mountain Flatbread ($25):  features pizza or pasta, with vegan and gluten-free options
  • Sandbar ($35):  vegetarian menu available lunch/dinner
  • Seasons in the Park:  ($35) vegetarian menu featuring Mushroom Ravioli – available lunch/dinner
  • Sula Indian ($25): Indian food with a variety of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian choices
  • The Teahouse ($35):  vegetarian menu featuring Eggplant Lasagna – available lunch/dinner
  • Wildebeest ($45): vegetarian menu featuring  Heirloom Beets and Tomatoes

Wine Me Up

  • Chickpea ($35): is entirely vegan and has many choices for the dine out menu for dinner which includes a cocktail. Also has a $25 brunch menu which includes coffee, mimosa or boozy coffee with breakfast entree, dessert
  • Italian Tomato Restaurant ($25): Guests can also a limoncello shot instead of dessert
  • Provence Marinaside ($45): features AAA Canadian Beef Filet or Bouillabaisse with wine pairing of $15 or  petite wine pairing of $25
  • Tap N Barrel  – all locations ($25):  offers Coffee and Bailey as one of the dessert choices, available lunch/dinner*
  • Torafuku ($45 for dinner, $15 for lunch): The menu is designed to be shared between 2 people, you may pick 1 dish from course 2 throughout course 4 and pick 2 desserts, the odd # guest have a choice to pick a dish from course 2 or 3, 1 dish from course 4 and a dessert. The menu is designed to be shared between 2 people, you may pick 1 dish from course 2 throughout course 4 and pick 2 desserts, the odd # guest have a choice to pick a dish from course 2 or 3, 1 dish from course 4 and a dessert. $25 additional for pairing (beer, sake, wine, cocktail)..
  • The Union ($35):  features a Pina Cocktail as a dessert choice
  • Uva Wine Bar ($25): three savoury appetizers (includes cocktail pairing)..
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Dianne

Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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  1. Mya    

    This is sooooo helpful. Thank you!

    1. Dianne    

      I’m glad this helps.

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