Putting in extra effort to come up with new and interesting Valentine’s Day plans can be a crucial part of making the day special, and is one way to show you care.
If a romantic meal is what you have in mind, here are some new restaurants in Vancouver that were not around for last year’s Valentine’s Day. Be sure to call ahead for a reservation, and don’t forget the flowers!
Blacktail Restaurant + Lounge
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The beautiful and welcoming restaurant interior is one part of what makes Blacktail great, while the menu featuring a cornucopia of fresh, local ingredients is the truly delicious part. With favourites such as the Farmcrest Farms Chicken, Steelhead Trout, and the Yarrow Meadows Duck Breast, Blacktail deliverssavoury delight, under the guidance of Chef Geoff Rogers.
Address: #200 – 332 Water St Vancouver BC
Restaurant: Monday-Friday Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Dinner 5 p.m.-late; Saturday – Sunday Dinner 5 p.m.-late
Lounge: Friday-Saturday 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Bursting on to Vancouver’s culinary scene to much critical acclaim, Cinara has continued to improve since opening. An intimate setting, coupled with favourites such as the Branzino and Rabbit help make Cinara a stand-out, and an ideal place for a Valentine’s Day dinner.
Address: 350 West Pender St
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 5-10 p.m.
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Focusing on plant-forward foods and ethical sensibility, Exile Bistro is an artisan restaurant and bar offering a truly omnivorous menu. Featuring vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menu options, their dishes are organically sourced, and definitely embody our wild west coast lifestyle. Noteworthy dishes include their Forager’s Bowl and Late Winter Harvest dishes.
Address: 1220 Bute Street
Hours: Monday – Saturday 5 p.m. – Midnight; Sunday 5-10 p.m.
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Abbey Gastown
Stepping well beyond their monastic name sake, The Abbey stands out for its down to earth menu that brings together locally sourced ingredients prepared with modern sensibility. The progressive tavern will be featuring a delicious Valentine’s Day shared five course dinner, featuring selections such as their Duck Platter and Sustainable Cioppino for $125 ($62.5 pp) for you and that special someone.
Address: 117 West Pender St Vancouver BC
Hours: Dinner from 5 p.m.; Happy Hour 5-6:30 p.m.
Photo via Belgard Kitchen
The Settlement Building is a feast for the eyes in and of itself, but when coupled with the collaboration of Belgrade Kitchen, Vancouver Urban Winery, Postmark Brewing and Roaring Twenties Wine Co. the site delivers a full sensory experience. The beautiful blend of the collective delivers the best that each has to offer in a stunning and truly unique setting, nestled right by Railtown in Vancouver. The addition of FreshTAP allows for patrons to take their favourite wines home with them at the end of the evening as well.
Address: 55 Dunlevy Avenue
Hours: Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
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Located centrally in the downtown core, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar is featuring a three course menu with dessert for Valentine’s Day. With popular dishes such as their Blvd Smoked Wild Salmon and Prime New York Steak a la plancha, the menu blends the savoury with the sweet, with desserts such as a Venezuela ‘Araguani’. Dinner is $99 per person, and is available when making the encouraged reservations.
Address: 845 Burrard Street
Hours: Breakfast 6:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., Lunch 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., and Dinner 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
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