Dine with clients at these restaurants in downtown Vancouver

When a major deal is on the table, hashing out the details in a stuffy boardroom can feel stilted and unfriendly. And million-dollar decisions like these shouldn't be made on an empty stomach. Why not treat yourself and your client or business associate to an exquisite lunch or dinner at one of downtown Vancouver’s premier restaurants? The food and drink will make shaking on it all the more satisfying. [Image courtesy of Miku]

Hawksworth Restaurant

750-669 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B4

If you’re aiming to impress potential clients, look no further than the award-winning, highly praised Hawksworth Restaurant at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Using the best ingredients the season has to offer, you can expect nothing but fresh, innovative Pacific Northwest cuisine perfectly executed by the kitchen’s top-notch chefs. We’re talking $30 entrees at lunch, though, so be sure you’ve got access to a company expense account. And since you do, consider ordering a bottle of wine from their impressive cellar, suggested by 2015’s Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards sommelier of the year.

Yew Restaurant & Bar

791 Georgia St W, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4

For something slightly less extravagant but no less delicious, head to the Four Seasons’ Yew Restaurant + Bar. As with Hawksworth, their location in a hotel means that they’re accustomed to providing impeccable service to out-of-town guests, who in this case may be your clients or partners. Yew is all about seafood, so consider the spot prawn tacos for something on the smaller side or go all out with the Lobster Cobster, their take on the classic Cobb Salad, complete with whole lobster. Seal the deal over mouth-watering desserts and delicious coffee from the North Shore’s Moja roasters.

Miku Japanese Restaurant

70-200 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4

Take in the majestic Vancouver views at Miku near Canada Place while you analyze quarterly reports and discuss growth strategies. Keep things light, food-wise, with Miku’s signature Aburi-style sushi — lightly seared (and entirely sustainable) seafood that here is accompanied by stunningly creative maki and expertly steeped miso soup. Or leave it up to the competent chefs to choose for you so you can focus on the business at hand.

The Flying Pig

102 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2

Just slightly outside the downtown core in Gastown is the bustling The Flying Pig. The vibe is casual and laid back and the food is homey and comforting yet still manages to wow with both presentation and flavour. Calling themselves a “nouveau Canadian bistro,” you can expect upscale classics like pulled pork poutine and iceberg salad as well as wild seafood pappardelle and a chili-rubbed skirt steak sandwich. The lively atmosphere may be more conducive to a project-end celebration or employee promotion than brass-tacks business, so come prepared for a jovial meal.

Terminal City Club

100-837 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6C 1B6

If you or one of your colleagues happens to be a member at the Terminal City Club, enjoy the privacy and distinguished service at their Members’ Lounge where you can order lunch and conduct meetings — after your friendly game of squash. Or for more of a fine-dining experience, head to 1892 Bistro, their signature restaurant, for seared foie gras followed by steak-frites or whole roasted trout. Traditional and elegant, the Club aims to impress both its members and their guests and is the ideal spot to wow your business associates.

Le Crocodile Restaurant

909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2N2

Impress on your clients with your reliability and respect for tradition by bringing them to this classic and established Vancouver institution. Consistently voted best French restaurant in the city, Le Crocodile has been turning out exceptional escargots, duck confit and pan-fried Dover sole for over 30 years. Traditional, but with West Coast flair, Le Crocodile excels in both flavour and service, the latter allowing you to linger over your meal to finalize your business. The lunch is guaranteed to leave you satisfied and help to secure the desired result from your business meeting.

Tableau Bar Bistro

1181 Melville St, Vancouver, BC V6E 0A3

This casual but sophisticated French bistro on Melville Street just west of the financial district is a great option for conducting business over savoury, straightforward bistro fare. Roasted chicken breast or a burger and frites will conquer any midday stomach grumblings, while oysters and a seared tuna salade niçoise is perfect for the lighter eater. And who says the three martini lunch is a thing of the past? Let the expert bartender shake up something delicious for you and your client. Business needn’t be so serious.

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