Act I: Excellent pre-theatre restaurants in Vancouver

When the show is at 8, it can sometimes be a scramble to figure out dinner beforehand. Thankfully, some excellent restaurants have cropped up in the last few years that cater to the theatre-going crowd. All just steps from the venues, these will prevent any embarrassing stomach growling during the violin solo.

Chambar Restaurant

1
568 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3

Just two blocks from the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Chambar will elevate your already fancy evening at the opera into a full-blown Saturday night occasion. Start with a drink (we recommend the Blue Fig — fig-infused gin served with a side of blue cheese) in their lounge or at the beautifully appointed bar before tucking into Moroccan-inspired dishes bursting with flavour. The lively vibe, gorgeous surroundings and delicious food are all perfect preludes to the evening’s further entertainment.

Cibo Trattoria

2
900 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L9

Whether you opt for the modern opulence of the full dining room at Cibo or the more low-key wine bar at Uva, these two establishments in the Moda Hotel kitty-corner from the Orpheum provide front-row seats for seeing when the theatre doors open. Cibo even offers a specific pre-theatre three-course prix-fixe meal for $39 until 7 pm. Looking for a quick snack and a glass of wine instead? Pop into Uva for small bites and a killer wine list.

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