Listen, it’s no secret that Vancouver has some beautiful restaurants. It seems like every new spot opening up has a wall dedicated to selfie-taking or a neon sign bouncing the glow of a line like “catch food, not feelings” off of the exposed brick behind it. But hey, we aren’t complaining! Sometimes, great interiors are just as important as great food. It’s all about the atmosphere nowadays, and let us tell you, Vancouver’s most beautiful restaurants sure know a few things about looking good.
Here are our picks for 10 of Vancouver’s most beautiful restaurants.
Inspired by the principles of botany, Botanist Dining is the perfect spot for that feeling of a garden escape. The neutral tones and rich greenery are not only calming but absolutely picture-perfect. the restaurant’s bright and airy feel was designed by award-winning agencies Ste Marie Design and Glasfurd & Walker, creating the most majestic and serene getaway experience. Each and every list of Vancouver’s most beautiful restaurants has to include the Botanist, so we figured we’d knock it off of ours early.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 6:30-10:30AM/11:30AM-2PM/5-10PM and Saturday/Sunday, 7AM-2PM/5-10PM
Where: 1038 Canada Place
The goal for the unique space at Olive and Ruby was to create a sense of community for everyone. With the space providing peace and company amongst the community, the cafe’s interior design is radiant and refreshing. With hanging rattan chairs and plant pots painted white to match the rest of the space, Olive and Ruby’s unique design proves that simplicity can be done well and we are oh so into it.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8AM-6PM and Saturday/Sunday, 9AM-6PM
Where: 2839 West Broadway
Boulevard is a modernist’s dream. The dark walls, gold hardware, and elegant booths tie the restaurant together in a state-of-the-art way. The classic, European style bistro and contemporary bespoke style, the décor embraces natural stone, imported Italian marble, refurbished antique chandeliers, white oak floors, and violin veneer panelling. From the stylish dining room to the vintage lounge, to the expansive wrap-around patio – Boulevard offers guests a wide range of atmospheres while dining
Hours: Daily, 6:30AM-1AM (so sayeth Google)
Where: 845 Burrard Street
This luxuriously rustic brick-and-mortar spot is located in the heart of Gastown. Built in the 19th century, L’Abattoir is the site of Vancouver’s first jail. Who knew prison would have such a perfect aesthetic? The 1,200 square foot facility features historical architectural elements complemented by a contemporary design. The second-floor room retains an intimate ambience and a noise-reducing barrier to block out the hustle and bustle below. L’Abattoir is a seriously cool spot to check out.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 5PM-12AM, and Saturday/Sunday, 10AM-2:30PM/5:30PM-12AM
Where: 217 Carrall Street
Kokomo is a Kitsilano favourite, but you can also find yourself a location in Chinatown. Known for its delicious plant-focused cafe items, Kokomo is more than just incredible food. Everything about this spot is on point: from their dishes & drinks to their branding, to the interior design and floral decor. The modern, clean, and neutral space is a safe bet for a totally Instagram-worthy snapshot, perfect for anyone’s feed. From their vintage-inspired terracotta wall tiles, towering leafy greens, and classic black & white checkered floors, Kokomo is a definite for the prettiest interiors that Vancouver restaurants/cafes have to offer.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8AM-7PM and Saturday/Sunday, 10AM-4PM
Where: 2028 Vine St
Known as the little Italian joint on the corner of Alexander and Gore, Ask For Luigi’s interior is full of big ideas. The rustic, mid-century feel of this delicious Italian spot hosts tables, chairs, and walls made of deep teak woods that goes on throughout the restaurant, tying the black and white checkered floors in the most photogenic and seamless way. You will instantly feel like you have entered a second home the moment you walk through the doors, only with much, much better cooking (no offense, of course).
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11:30AM-2:30PM/5:30-10:30PM and Saturday/Sunday, 9:30AM-2:30PM/5:30-11PM
Where: 305 Alexander St
Bao Bei, a unique Chinatown restaurant, cultivates simple intimate dining experiences through small, shareable plates. The cherry blossom filled bathroom walls make for the perfect private selfie-sessions, and the olive green leather booths serve for more than just comfort as they tie in perfectly to the rustic-themed shiplap and wall art. Bao Bei ties in the fresh expectations of a modern-day Instagram-worthy joint and ties in traditional Chinese themes perfectly.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 5:30 PM-12 AM and Sunday, 5:30-11 PM
Where: 163 Keefer St
Honestly, just based on artwork alone, Autostrada makes our list of Vancouver’s most beautiful restaurants any day of the week. Inspired by the casual osterie of Italy, Autostrada keeps things cool, calm and collected. Emphasis on the cool. With a vintage-inspired derby theme, the Main Street location’s walls hint at a modern take on racing. Throw in the light oaks, clean lines, and bright white dining tables, and the sleek style of the restaurant’s interior ties together beautifully.
Hours: Daily, 5-10PM
Where: 4811 Main St
Miku Waterfront continues to deliver gourmet Aburi cuisine paired with its well known, energetic ambience throughout the restaurant. Although the dishes are some of the most beautiful we have ever seen, and you should definitely be taking photos of them, the interior decor is just as stunning. The restaurant is extremely bright, with tall, white walls and incredible paintings of traditional Japanese fish in blues and reds that tie into the colours of the leather seating. The views of the ocean outside of the large windows that wrap around the restaurant are unbelievable. Dining at Miku is an experience all on its own!
Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 11:30AM-10PM, Thursday, 11:30AM-10:30PM and Friday/Saturday, 11:30AM-11PM
Where: 70-200 Granville Street
This young Italian restaurant has an old soul, and you can feel it in the best way possible. The white exposed brick, deep red leather cushions, black and white features, and rich mahogany communicate with each other in unison creating a comfortable and unique atmosphere.
Hours: Daily, 5-10PM
Where: 8 W Cordova Street
That’s our list, people! We’re sure we missed a few of Vancouver’s most beautiful restaurants, but we guess that means we’ll just have to keep an eye out for more!