Ring in 2017 with a New Year’s Day brunch in Vancouver

If Sunday brunch is the ultimate morning-after remedy, then New Year’s Day brunch is perhaps the most important daytime dining event of the year. If you’re going to be ringing in 2017 with plenty of bubbly, you’d better make some delicious recovery plans for January 1. Whether you’re in dire need of starchy carbs to soak up the booze or looking to down a few celebratory mimosas, these Vancouver restaurants have you sorted.

Sylvia Hotel

1154 Gilford St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2P6

If you’re planning on submerging into the icy waters at English Bay during Vancouver’s annual Polar Bear dip, warm up by the fire afterwards at the Sylvia Hotel. In a nod to the annual New Year’s Day tradition, Sylvia’s is hosting a special Polar Dip brunch: $28 gets you an entrée, coffee or tea, a mimosa, and pastries for the table. In keeping with the restaurant’s seaside locale, the menu features plenty of West Coast seafood, (salmon omelette, crab cake Benny, goat cheese frittata with shrimp) and a hearty bacon-and-egg-topped burger designed to thaw out freezing bones.

Hawksworth Restaurant

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

Exquisite dishes and exceptional service have made this notable spot a go-to dining destination for swish Vancouver foodies and out-of-towners alike. Celebrity chef David Hawksworth’s eponymous restaurant serves a divine a la carte brunch that’s definitely worth getting out of bed for. Smaller dishes such as steel-cut oats and a house-made granola will appeal to light eaters while meatier options include the signature beef burger, ancho braised pork shoulder tostada, and a proper English breakfast. A culinary jewel nestled within the historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Hawksworth will definitely help you start 2017 on an elegant note. Reservations are recommended.

Save On Meats

43 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G4

When you’ve partied hard the night before, sometimes the only thing you can manage the next morning is a big, greasy, starchy breakfast paired with a bottomless cup of drip coffee (and keep it coming). Thankfully, Save On Meats is unpretentious, dependable and always there for you when you need a big plate of something fried to cure your hangover. Roll in wearing your comfiest sweats and soak in the retro ambiance while you put away standard diner dishes: the lumberjack breakfast, steak and eggs, Bennies and breakfast skillets will help get you back on your feet.

Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge

845 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1V1

If you’re looking for greasy-spoon-style eggs and bacon then you’d better look elsewhere. Bacchus, the refined restaurant at the Wedgewood Hotel, is a seriously sophisticated spot to toast the first day of 2017 in style. Fresh flowers, sumptuous velvet seating, oversized oil paintings and a cozy fireplace make this elegant dining room feel like an exclusive member’s club. Naturally, the food is an equally refined experience. In addition to traditional sweet and savoury brunch fare, the menu also features a signature European brunch: a continental-style spread with breads, sliced meats and cheeses, and fresh fruit.


1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9

Got a healthy appetite and big bucks to spend on a decadent New Year’s Day brunch? Head on down to the Fairmont Pacific Rim and feast with friends and family on an elaborate all-you-can eat spread at ORU. The impressive New Year’s Day buffet ($78 per person) features colourful hangover smoothies, imported cheeses, gourmet salads, artisanal baked goods, a made-to-order omelette and Benny station, charcuterie platters, seafood towers, a carvery, hot buffet items, and a table-side mimosa cart. Make sure to leave room for dessert; you won’t want to miss the doughnut wall!

The Templeton Holdings Inc

1087 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L4

The tableside jukeboxes might be perpetually out of order, but there’s still plenty of retro charm on offer at this old school Granville Street diner. Hungry downtowners crowd at the booths and barstools at The Templeton throughout the week, so you can bet it’ll be a popular destination come New Year’s Day. The menu offers traditional breakfast fare – omelettes, Bennies, pancakes, French toast – along with lunch items and nostalgic desserts. Don’t worry if there’s a bit of a wait, the service here is usually pretty snappy.

Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

108-777 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4J7

When it comes to a late-morning meal, many Vancouverites favour dim sum over traditional egg dishes. If you’re hankering for bite-sized Asian delights in an upscale setting, Dynasty is your best bet. Chef Garley Leung’s much-hyped dim sum menu delivers all the classics plus a few original dishes. Enjoy plump pork buns, pan-fried noodles, steamed crab dumplings, crispy seafood rolls, deep-fried shrimp dumplings, and an array of Chinese pastries and desserts (the salted egg custard buns are a must-try). This family-friendly spot is great for crowds but fills up quickly so be sure to call ahead.

Tourism Vancouver’s annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival is back this winter from January 19th to February 4th. The 17-day culinary festival will see some of the city’s hottest restaurants serving an array of mouth-watering prix-fixe menus. If you want to take your significant other for a special meal, plan a date night at one of these romantic eateries. [Photo courtesy of Boulevard/Leila Kwok]
Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival is back this winter from January 19th to February 4th. The 17-day culinary event will see some of the city’s top restaurants serving mouth-watering prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner. If you’re looking for a kid-approved spot with a casual atmosphere and plenty of choices for picky eaters, book a table at these family-friendly restaurants. [Photo courtesy of Bufala]
Tourism Vancouver’s annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival is back this winter from January 19th to February 4th. The 17-day culinary event provides foodies with a great opportunity to eat at Vancouver’s most acclaimed restaurants for less. If you want an upscale meal in an elegant setting, these high-end spots deliver a great bang for your buck. [Photo courtesy of YEW Seafood + Bar]
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