With so many projects filming around Vancouver – AKA Hollywood North – it’s no surprise that celebs are spotted out and about quite often. Ryan Reynolds, Shay Mitchell, and the cast of The Last of Us are just some of the bigger names. Though the list is always growing!

While the celebrity stamp of approval is not needed for a food scene as diverse as Vancouver’s, it certainly never hurts. So with that in mind, here are all the celebrity-approved restaurants, cafes, and bars to check out in Vancouver (so far).

Maizal

While production is still keeping things largely under wraps, Owen Wilson is in Metro Vancouver filming a new 10-episode ‘golf comedy’ for Apple TV+ – which means regular visits to local restaurants!

On Monday, July 8th, Mexican restaurant Maizal hosted Wilson, known for its delicious street food inspired by the flavours of Mexico City.

Where: 2815 Main Street

Pho Tan Restaurant

It turns out that Pho Tan in Kerrisdale has the “best soup in the world,” according to Vancouver-born artist and rapper bbno$. He has shouted out the Vietnamese eatery multiple times on Instagram, and we’re sure it won’t be long before he’s back (AKA – his next charity concert or tour in Vancouver).

Where: 3281 Kingsway (Kerrisdale location temporarily closed)

Zarak

The cast of The Last of Us was most recently spotted dining at Michelin-recognized Zarak on Main Street (minus Pedro Pascal), which serves up delicious modern Afghan dishes inspired by traditional recipes.

Where: 2102 Main Street

Vij’s

Even more recently, Mick Jagger himself dined at Vij’s rooftop patio, after performing alongside the rest of The Rolling Stones earlier that weekend. Known for its award-winning Indian fusion cuisine, we’re sure this won’t be the last time an iconic performing artist visits!

Where: 3106 Cambie Street

Phnom Penh, Kissa Tanto, Saku, Golden Paramount, Keefer Bar

Jimmy O Yang (Silicon Valley, Crazy Rich Asians) has a slew of restaurant recs from his time in Vancouver, so we’ll start with Phnom Penh, where the actor was filmed enjoying “amazing Cambodian, Hu Tieu.”

The Eastside gem serves up an array of tasty Cambodian-style noodles & traditional Vietnamese fare.

Next up in Yang’s food tour is Kissa Tanto’s “smokey mash potatoes on fish roe toast,” and the “incredible katsu” at Saku on Robson. The former serves mouthwatering Japanese-Italian fusion dishes & fancy cocktails, and the latter offers guests a taste of the city’s finest TonKatsu.

Finally, we’ve got Golden Paramount in Richmond – where Yang enjoyed the bounty of spot prawn season – and a round of mini golf at the Keefer. We can’t think of a better way to digest all that delicious food

Where: 244 East Georgia Street, 263 E Pender Street, multiple Saku locations, 8111 Anderson Road, Richmond, and 135 Keefer Street

Rodney’s Oyster House

Who better to keep the ball rolling with the food recs than Melissa Fumero? The Brooklyn 99 star and the show’s Director of Photography Rick Page were spotted at Rodney’s Oyster House in the spring of 2023:

“Enjoyed some amazing oysters, chowder, & lobster rolls with Rick Page today. That’s the post.”

Where: 1228 Hamilton Street

Bodega on Main

 

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No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Above is the cast of not one, not two…but FIVE different shows sitting together at one table at Bodega.

We’ve got cast members of Superman & Lois, The Flash, Batwoman, Supergirl, and A Million Little Things at one dinner party, in celebration of Azie Tesfai’s birthday in December 2021. Talk about a grand entrance!

Where: 1014 Main Street

A La Mode Pie Cafe, Cartems, Ask for Luigi, and Rain or Shine

A few years back, Blake Lively shared four of her “favourite things in the world,” naming Cartems Donuts, pie from A La Mode, Rain or Shine, and dessert from Ask for Luigi.

And as for Rain or Shine, she isn’t the only celeb to sing its praises. Who could forget Kiernan Shipka’s cryptic “goodnight” post at the local ice cream shop??

Where: 1689 Johnston Street #575, 2190 Main Street, 305 Alexander Street, and multiple Rain or Shine locations

Honey’s Doughnuts

It’s no secret that Honey’s is a popular choice to satisfy the sweet cravings of the stars. And for good reason – a good doughnut fix is everything.

Among the most recent celebrity visitors are Kate Winslet, who “pines for Honey’s Doughnuts in Deep Cove,” and Vancouver native Shay Mitchell.

Where: 4373 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver,

Lee’s Donuts

Another Vancouverite worth mentioning is comedic legend Seth Rogen (maybe you’ve heard of him?) and his love for Lee’s Donuts.

The Granville Island doughnut shop was the first food stop of the day for Rogen and celebrity Chef David Chang in their Netflix series, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. In 2019, Dave Franco and Alison Brie were also spotted there!

Where: Multiple Lee’s locations

Finch’s Tea and Coffee House

Cole Sprouse is pretty much an honourary Vancouverite, courtesy of the many years he spent filming Riverdale, and was definitely known to pop into Finch’s Tea for a cup of tea every now and again.

Where: 501 East Georgia Street

Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill and Marutama Ra-men

The good news: Jason Momoa has two standout Vancouver restaurant recs. The bad news? One of them is permanently closing at the end of the year, so now’s your chance to try the legendary Cioppino’s if you haven’t already!

The Aquaman and Game of Thrones star dined at Cioppino’s in full celebration mode in early 2023. Red wine, big smiles all around, and of course, a delicious meal prepared by world-renowned Chef Heinz Beck.

While it’s clear that he enjoyed his meal, it’s our city’s ramen that keeps him coming back again and again. He’s made several trips to Marutama Ra-men, documenting his “small addiction” on Instagram like the true foodie he is.

Where: 1133 Hamilton Street and multiple Marutama Ra-men locations 

The Belgian Chocolate Cafe

From Joe Fortes to the rooftop terrace at Black + Blue, John Cena is no stranger to Vancouver’s food and drink scene. The WWE star visited The Belgian Chocolate Cafe for some coffee and pastries a few years back. A decision we can certainly get behind.

Where: 30 Smithe Street

Minerva’s Restaurant 

Lucky for us, Ryan Reynolds’ favourite restaurant in the world is right here in Vancouver. He even recommended Minerva’s in a Twitter response to Sam Cook, who asked about his go-to spots in his hometown.

The Kerrisdale restaurant is a local favourite since opening in 1975, known for its hand-pressed pizzas, charbroiled steaks, and traditional Greek dishes like Moussaka. Might be time to check out Minerva’s for their happy hour if you haven’t already!

Where:  2411 West 41st Avenue

Gotham Steakhouse & Bar

Why not end this list with another celebrity hotspot, Gotham Steakhouse & Bar. Among the stars to visit include the cast of Twilight, George Clooney, and even The Rock. Now, if only we could guess how each of them likes their steak!

Where: 615 Seymour Street

So there you have it, foodies! Stay tuned for more celebrity-approved Vancouver restaurants as they come.