New restaurants to try in Vancouver’s West End

A favourite old neighbourhood in Vancouver has recently seen a boost of new neighbours moving in, bringing a smorgasbord of fresh places for local residents and visitors to drink and dine. Here’s a round up of Davie and Denman’s new kids on the block, from underground bistros and beachside patios to new names and revamped restaurants. [Image courtesy of Beach Bay Cafe. Photo credit: Allison Kuhl Photography]

Beach Bay Cafe and Patio

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1193 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2N1

Beach Bay Café’s new addition to the team Chef Felix Zhou brings a fresh take on beach cuisine in a warm and welcoming space that boasts hard-to-beat beach views in English Bay’s most enviable sunset spot. Go for beautiful fish dishes, bottomless mimosas at Sunday brunch and inventive cocktails from Adrian Linder behind the bar.

Grotto

2
1725 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5

The team behind the popular meat-centric Buckstop on Denman recently opened this underground Italian joint hidden down some steps off Davie. Head here for late-night gnocchi or cool down with a sorbet martini cocktail at the bijou bar. Take out meals are also an option if you want to enjoy dinner on the beach in English Bay.

The Blind Sparrow

3
751 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L6

The Blind Sparrow gastrotavern recently took over the old LeftBank space and has quickly become a popular place to hang out on Denman. Live music, a wide range of craft beers and B.C. wines, plus plenty of share plates like boar ribs and spicy prawn tacos, make it a sociable spot to meet up with friends.

Village

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1143 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N2

The new venture in the former Lips Bistro space serves up comfort food classics such as popcorn chicken and crispy fried Humboldt squid. Check out the cocktail menu and have a taste of XFour vodka – a locally distilled spirit – in the Blueberry Smash.

The Ramenman

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841 Bidwell St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2J7

Choose one of three chicken-based broth options, or a vegetarian one, at Robson’s newest Japanese joint and slurp down a manageable sized portion of warming ramen. Chicken and clam broth is fast becoming a favourite with regulars who line up for lunch or a late-night bowl of noodles.

Relish Gourmet Burgers

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1708 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1W2

Canadian gourmet burger chain reLISH is long established, but is a new addition to Davie Street. Burger fans can chow down on Angus-certified beef patties dressed with some seriously inventive toppings. Customize your own meal or choose from a selection of signature burgers: LA is my Lady features avocado, pepper, basil pesto and goat cheese while the whopping Big Texas comes topped with smoky BBQ sauce, crispy onion frites, pepperjack cheese and crispy bacon.

Hapa Ramen

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1479 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C1

Converting a third of the original Hapa Izakaya into a ramen bar has given Robson another Japanese noodle option, and this one offers chicken-based broth with added authentic extras such as maa-yu, black-charred onion oil.

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