10 best date-night restaurants in Kitsilano

Run out of date ideas? Why not grab your sweetie and head to Kitsilano, where a plethora of restaurants serve up a delectably diverse array of memorable experiences. From designing monster sushi rolls, to sharing authentic Italian pastas, to sipping margaritas on open-air patios, this beachfront Vancouver neighbourhood offers plenty of locales for romance. [Photo courtesy of The Oakwood]

The Boathouse Restaurant

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1305 Arbutus Street, Vancouver, BC V6J 5N2

The Boathouse’s Kitsilano location is situated right on Kits Beach, which means you and your loved one can enjoy a dip before your date at this seafood-savvy restaurant. An exciting Happy Hour offers $5 drafts and spirits, $6 glasses of wine, and $7 cocktails, which, when combined with the patio’s beautiful view (and possibly even a Festival of Lights showing in the summer) make for an accessible, memorable summer evening.

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

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2741 4th Avenue W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1P9

The Oakwood prides itself on being a quintessentially Canadian bistro, but what does that mean, exactly? Well, due to Canada’s diverse, multicultural cuisines, dinner guests will enjoy anything from poutine to panzanella (a robust Tuscan salad of bread and tomatoes) to poached salmon and honey-ginger-buttermilk lamb belly. Hanging antlers, massive stone fireplaces and wood tables all add a comforting, cabin-like feel this progressive, hip spot.

La Quercia Restaurant

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3689 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6R 1P2

This intimate, cozy and refined restaurant specializes in Italian fare served family style, which makes it ideal for couples who like to share. A chalkboard menu changes daily and with the seasons; past offerings have included antipasti plates like parmigiano sformato, light and juicy pastas such as maltagliati all'amatriciana, and meat-heavy main dishes including rabbit loin and stuffed squab, among others.

Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant

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1999 4th Avenue W, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7

For a date that’s as raucous as it is romantic, try Las Margaritas – a much-loved local hotspot with a 60-seat patio that has been voted the best in Vancouver. A cantina style menu takes inspiration from Northern Mexico and Southern California, offering towering nachos, quesedillas, spicy wings, tacos, burritos and stuffed peppers. The tequila tasting flight is a must-have, as is the classic margarita, hand-shaken and served with agave syrup and fresh-squeezed lime juice.

The Eatery

5
3431 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6R 2B4

This kitschy, eclectic restaurant offers some of the quirkiest, most inventive (and largest) sushi rolls in town. Don’t believe me? Take the sushi pizza bites, for instance, which are freshly made rice disks topped with spicy tuna and other tasty creations. Or, the Bob Marley, John Lennon, Devil’s Tail, and Captian Crunch rolls – for these, you’ll just have to visit to find out what’s inside.

Burgoo Kitsilano

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2272 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N8

Couples can warm their bellies (and their hearts) at this cozy neighbourhood bistro. Best for cold-weather dates, Burgoo pledges to offer “food for comfort” – no more, no less. Here, you and your date will relax into plush booths and choose from a menu that’s filled with seasonal favourites, such as gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken and bacon baguettes, shepherd’s pie, butter chicken curry and nearly 10 different kinds of homemade soups (seriously).

The Naam Office

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2724 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1R1

For a healthy, environmentally friendly date, look no further than this casual diner, which has offered Asian and South American inspired vegetarian and vegan fare for nearly three decades. Veggie couples can dine on a plethora of meat-free dishes, including handmade vegetarian burgers, hearty dragon bowls with tofu or falafel, and savoury soups and curries. Regular belly dancing and guitar performances add a side of romance to your miso gravy and fries.

Bishop's Restaurant

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2183 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7

No Kitsilano date night list would be complete without one of Vancouver’s oldest and most respected fine-dining establishments, Bishop’s Restaurant. The home of celebrity chef and celebrated cookbook author John Bishop, this elegant, white-tablecloth bistro never disappoints with its emphasis on quality, local ingredients, fresh seafood, and impeccable service. An award-winning fine-dining spot like no other, Bishop’s is best reserved for a special anniversary date night – or perhaps even a proposal dinner.

Nook Restaurant

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1525 Yew St, Vancouver, BC V6K 3E5

A relatively new addition to Kitsilano’s dining scene, this modern, youthful Italian restaurant is know for its delicious pizzas that are handmade and fired in massive ovens that are impressive in and of themselves. A range of pastas, antipasti and charcuterie plates, and salads are also available at this hip establishment, where you can enjoy your own date as much as check out the local dating scene.

Tojo's Restaurant

10
1133 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G1

Vancouver’s most acclaimed Japanese restaurant is founded and operated by world-renowned chef, Hidekazu Tojo. Formally trained in Osaka, at one of the country’s most prestigious restaurants, Tojo eventually came to Vancouver, where he continues to master the art of traditional Japanese cuisine. Treats like wild prawn tempura and West Coast albacore tuna rolls are on the pricier side, and ideal for special occasions.

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