Must-try restaurants for seafood in Vancouver

Vancouver is known and renowned for many things surrounding our fine and diverse dining scene. However, it’s hard to deny the wealth of delicious, fresh seafood the city and the talented chefs who offer discerning diners various culinary experiences to choose from. Here are a few of seaside highlights from the many restaurants in town.

Blue Water Cafe & Raw Bar

1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5T4

Known for its ritzy Yaletown location, Blue Water offers some of the freshest seafood in Vancouver in a variety of styles from raw to well cooked and even in sushi form. Their decadent seafood towers served on ice with all the fixings are a particularly indulgent treat. In addition to the stellar seafood, the ornate and beautiful dining area makes it a fine place for a special meal.

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

777 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5

An icon of Vancouver’s dining scene, Joe Fortes is just as good for its seafood as it is for its steakhouse offerings. Fresh oysters, sablefish and various other under-the-water delights are finely prepared and rather delicious. It’s also hard to deny its bustling downtown vibe and atmosphere where something is always happening.

Miku Japanese Restaurant

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

If you’re looking for the freshest sushi and Japanese food, look no further than the city’s aburi restaurants and their flagship spot, Miku. Overlooking the beautiful Vancouver waterfront, Miku offers some of the most delicious seafood dishes prepared in a variety of techniques, including its signature flame-seared sushi. The spacious and lovely open restaurant serves a perfect backdrop for all of its Japanese character.

Yew Seafood + Bar

791 Georgia St W, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4

Executive chef Ned Bell is well known for his impeccable taste and sterling menu of Ocean Wise seafood at Yew inside the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. Yew has all the seafood classics and even a “tackle box” of dishes apart from its signature lobster tank menu. With all of the sophisticated underwater offerings on the menu, Yew is certainly not your average hotel restaurant.

Rodney's Oyster House

405-1228 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6L2

A fixture of Yaletown’s after-work scene, Rodney’s is your go-to destination for a full oyster bar experience. Enjoy a Caesar with a dozen freshly shucked oysters and take in the restaurant’s laid-back feel. It’s an easy place to spend your time as it recreates the look and feel of a dockside coastal eatery down to a T.

Regal Masion

201-555 12Th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3X7

If you’re looking for upscale Chinese seafood, Kirin is your best choice. While authentic and full of all your expectations of any family-style Chinese restaurant, Kirin also serves your baser tastes for upscale western dining. Traditionally prepared seafood dishes are crisp and clean while still full of all the usual Eastern flavours. Get your Dungeness crab or ginger lobster on here.

Chewie's Steam & Oyster Bar

2201 1st Avenue W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1E9

Chewies is THE spot for Cajun-style dishes with a focus on oysters and all things seafood. Whether its fresh local oysters from around the Pacific or a po’ boy sandwich, the menu will whet your hankering for seaside eats. It’s also full of the character and charm you’d expect from a spot specializing in Southern hospitality and comfort food.

There are more than a few independent coffee shops – usually located in eclectic neighbourhoods – that are helping drive Vancouver’s growing coffee scene. Full of inspiration, minimalist decor, and aesthetically pleasing flourishes, these cafes are perfect for jump-starting your creative juices while getting your afternoon caffeine fix and some much needed work done. [Image of Matchstick Coffee courtesy of Rick Chung]
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