Top Vancouver restaurants for holiday gift cards

Stumped on what to get your picky pal this year for the holidays? Why not treat your favourite foodie to a memorable dining experience at one of Vancouver’s top restaurants. From steak to sushi to spaghetti, restaurant gift certificates are a great gastronomic treat for friends, family and colleagues. Here are a few local culinary hotspots where you can pick up reloadable cards in various denominations.


1809 1st Avenue W, Vancouver, BC V6J 5B8

AnnaLena is a must-visit spot for any self-respecting Vancouver foodie. The Kitsilano eatery serves up plenty of eye candy: chef Michael Robbins’ elegantly plated dishes showcase innovative Canadian cuisine while the uber modern restaurant interior enchants diners with whimsical touches throughout the space – think Lego-brick sculptures and childhood toys turned into artwork. AnnaLena’s inventive cocktail program is another highlight. Gift certificates (available in $50 or $100 denominations) can be purchased online and are printed on beautiful floral cards.

Hawksworth Restaurant

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

Sometimes the best presents come in small packages, and we’re sure your friends and family would agree after receiving a gift card for this award-winning Vancouver restaurant nestled inside the historic Rosewood Georgia Hotel. Chef David Hawksworth has earned international acclaim for his masterful contemporary cuisine, which can be enjoyed at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dishes are pricy – and certainly well worth the expense – so it’s a great spot to treat someone to an exceptional meal. Gift cards can be ordered online and picked up at the restaurant or mailed directly to the recipient for an additional fee.

Le Crocodile

100-909 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2N2

For 22 years, legendary Vancouver chef Michel Jacob has maintained an unmatched level of service and gastronomic talent at his award-winning fine dining restaurant at Burrard and Smithe. Inspired by the Michelin-starred restaurant Au Crocodile in Strasboug, the menu at Le Crocodile features classically prepared French dishes such as grilled veal, slow-braised lamb shank, roasted duck and beef tenderloin. In keeping with the upmarket fare and ritzy ambiance, the prices here can be somewhat prohibitive for the average diner, which makes a meal here a nice holiday indulgence for a special someone.

Teahouse Restaurant

7501 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2

Instead of buying another disappointing pair of socks this year, why not treat your beloved to a meal at this iconic Stanley Park restaurant. Overlooking English Bay, The Teahouse attracts tourists and locals alike with its stunning views and elevated West Coast cuisine. Regionally focused dishes pay homage to B.C.’s bountiful landscape and local ingredients are highlighted in brunch, lunch and dinner offerings. The restaurant is part of the Sequoia Company, which means gift cards can also be used at Seasons in the Park in Queen Elizabeth Park, Cardero’s in Coal Harbour and The Sandbar on Granville Island.

White Spot

2518 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K 2G1

It might not be upscale, but White Spot’s crowd-pleasing menu and family-friendly vibe make it a well-liked spot with diners of all ages. This dependable West Coast chain has been in operation for more than 85 years – so you know they must be doing something right. The menu here features plenty of North American classics – baby-back ribs, chicken pot pie, macaroni and cheese – although the fresh-tasting burgers topped with secret Triple “O” Sauce are the highlight. Gift cards can be ordered online or on-site and can be used at all White Spot locations in B.C. and Alberta.

Miku Japanese Restaurant

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

If you treat your sushi-loving pal to a gift card for this acclaimed Japanese restaurant, you’re going to hope you’ll be invited to come along. Miku was one of the first places to bring aburi-style cuisine to Vancouver back in 2008, and today this waterfront spot is considered to be one of the city’s best dining destinations. Innovative chefs combine traditional Japanese culinary techniques with fresh West Coast ingredients to deliver an epicurean experience like no other. Bonus: gift cards for Miku are also valid at sister restaurant Minami in Yaletown and Gyoza Bar on West Pender.

Yew Seafood + Bar

791 Georgia St W, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4

Lobster lovers are sure to swoon over a gift certificate for this coastal dining room at the Four Seasons Hotel. The seafood-forward restaurant specializes in locally sourced fresh-water cuisine and the menu features a mouth-watering selection of fish dishes that range from casual comfort foods such as lobster mac and cheese to elegant sushi platters and entrée-sized fish dishes. Those who aren’t seafood fans will find a small selection of meaty alternatives (chicken, short-ribs, grilled rib-eye) and vegetarian options. Gift cards are available from $25 up to $500, which means diners will definitely leave feeling stuffed.

Bishop's Restaurant

2183 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7

A Vancouver institution since 1985, John Bishop’s namesake restaurant is known among locals as the go-to spot for a romantic date or celebratory diner. It’s a fine-dining restaurant that somehow manages to feel chic and sophisticated without an air of pretention. The farm-to-table menu features an ever-changing roster of sustainable local cuisine; dishes such as Fraser Valley duck breast, Berkshire pork belly and Cache Creek beef are all accompanied with seasonal root vegetables and thoughtful wine pairings. A gift card for this neighbourhood favourite is sure to delight, and the warm ambiance and attentive service will ensure everyone feels welcome.

Glowbal Collection

A gift card for Glowbal Restaurant Group is a no-brainer when you consider how many popular establishments are part of this ubiquitous Vancouver chain. The hospitality group owns nine restaurants across the city – COAST, Italian Kitchen, The Fish Shack and Nosh just to name a few – and Glowbal cards are redeemable at all of the venues. Picky eaters will appreciate the variety of dining options, which includes everything from Italian pasta to formal steakhouse fare to casual fish and chips. Plus you’ll receive a $25 bonus gift card with the purchase of every $100 card until December 23.

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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