Tasty networking: Great power-lunch hotspots in Vancouver

When you’re looking for a restaurant to meet a networking contact for lunch, there’s nothing worse than wasting time trying to come up with the right spot. To make that decision easier, here's a list of great venues for your next power lunch.

Aki Restaurant

1368 Pender St W, Vancouver, BC V6E 4S9

Tucked away in Coal Harbour, Aki Restaurant is a trendy downtown hotspot for Japanese cuisine. The beautiful traditional Japanese décor and friendly atmosphere makes Aki Restaurant an ideal location for both business lunches and casual power lunches with friends. The menu includes classic bento boxes with expertly-prepared meat and vegetables, sushi rolls and salmon sashimi, and lunch dishes like the Beef Butter – tender slices of beef cooked in Aki’s butter sauce.

Cactus Club Cafe

1085 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3

A Coal Harbor hotspot, Cactus Club Café is a popular destination thanks to both its panoramic view of the North Shore Mountains and Stanley Park, and its fun, lively atmosphere. The heaping portions of their delicious entrees will surely satisfy no matter how large your midday appetite happens to be. Appetizer favourites include the yam fries, prawn trio and calamari, all great options to get the conversation flowing.

Yew Restaurant & Bar

791 Georgia St W, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4

Located at treetop level in the illustrious Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, YEW seafood + bar is one of the best seafood restaurants in Vancouver and a great spot to grab an upscale power lunch downtown. The atmosphere is exceptionally social and warm, with a modern, unpretentious vibe that’s perfect for entertaining business associates. The service will wow you and the staff is always happy to help navigate their extensive menu.

JOEY Burrard

820 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1X9

JOEY bills itself as one of the best upscale-casual dining spots in the city and promises a unique experience every time. You’ll find all your favourite classic items on their menu. The burgers are juicy and cooked to perfection, and the mouth-watering rotisserie chicken is certain to be an instant favourite. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting and sure to impress whichever colleagues you bring along for lunch.

Pourhouse Restaurant

162 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2

Pourhouse Restaurant is a Vancouver institution in the heart of Gastown. The bustling but laid-back atmosphere and fun, outgoing regulars make it a great spot to take groups of friends and co-workers for lunch and a chat. The service is spot-on and you’ll get your food quickly, so it’s the place to be if you’re short on time. There’s usually a lunch special too, so you can dine their regularly without breaking the bank.

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