Prime pre-theatre dining in Vancouver's South Granville

Home to both the Pacific Theatre and the Arts Club’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, South Granville is a hotspot for Vancouver theatre buffs. Since there’s no evening more classic than dinner and a show, here are the prime places for a standing-ovation-worthy meal you can squeeze in before curtain time. If you’re headed to the Stanley, you’ll get a 15 percent discount at Siena, Ouisi, Jitlada Thai, Luke’s and the Marquis.

West Restaurant + Bar

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2881 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J4

This Vancouver classic serves up locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in a bright, welcoming room that may leave you wanting to stay longer than your tickets allow. Fortunately, guests can maximize their enjoyment of the space by eating their dinner in two rounds. The pre-theatre menu – available all night Sunday through Thursday, and for reservations between 5:30 and 6:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays – allows theatregoers to eat their first two courses before the show and return after curtain call for dessert.

Vij's

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3106 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W2

Vikram Vij has been serving inventive Indian fusion – including his famous lamb popsicles – to eager Vancouver foodies for more than 20 years. Pre-theatre diners should come with a backup plan, as Vij’s takes no reservations, and the line-ups can be long¬. Arrive at 5:00 pm for the best chance to secure a seat when the doors open at 5:30 pm. If that fails, sister restaurant Rangoli, located right next door, serves flavourful dishes from the same kitchen in a café-style setting.

Siena South Granville

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1485 12th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H 1M6

This cozy spot features French and Italian food and wine, and a staff who know their stuff when it comes to choosing a wine to match your meal. (Bonus: That entire wine list is half-price on Mondays.) The prix-fixe menu offers two or three selections for each course, is vegetarian-friendly, and features pasta that can be made gluten-free.

The Ouisi Bistro

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3014 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J8

With its copper-topped bar, high frescoed ceiling, and giant portraits of jazz legends adorning the walls, this New Orleans–style restaurant serving hearty Cajun and Creole dishes is especially welcoming on a dark and dreary day – and gets diners in the mood to enjoy the performing arts. The menu features dishes such as jambalaya and catfish, and is your best bet in Vancouver if you’re looking to taste alligator.

Portobello Ristorante

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1429 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6H 1H6

Nestled away in a cozy room just off Granville, Portobello offers a quiet, candle-lit space perfect for getting in some intimate conversation before heading to your no-talking-allowed seats at the theatre. The three-course prix fixe menu features classic Italian options like Caesar salad and tiramisu, or just tuck into some house-made pasta or antipasti for a quicker meal.

Jitlada Thai Restaurant

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1459 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1H6

For a spicier take on the pre-theatre meal, Jitlada Thai Restaurant offers all the Thai classics, from pad Thai to curries to tom yum soup. Using traditional ingredients like tamarind and Thai basil, Jitlada’s kitchen is focused on creating authentic South East Asian flavours, while the front-of-house staff welcome diners with traditional Thai hospitality.

The Marquis

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2666 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3H8

The Marquis serves a little bit of everything (from borscht to udon to hummus to nachos) on an extensive menu with vegetarian and gluten-free options clearly flagged. Add eight beers on tap, an impressive import list and a lengthy cocktail menu, and it’s clear there’s something for every taste at this neighbourhood restaurant located just a block away from the Stanley Theatre.

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