From pizza joints to beer parlours, here are the restaurants to add to your summer bucket list.
While the city and its residents were hibernating this winter, its culinary creatives were hard at work creating restaurants, bars and concept shops that are finally ready to throw open their doors.
In fact, a few already have, which means now is the perfect time to explore these eclectic eateries (before everyone and their grandma has heard of them). Whether you’re looking for the next big thing in the city or simply searching for a place to relax with friends this season, here are the top spots on our radar this summer.
Tapas and shareables are all the rage in our fair city, and Stock & Supply (550 W Hastings St.) is the newest champion of this friendly food craze. Located at the Delta Hotel, right near Waterfront Station, this restaurant is sure to become a must-brunch destination (we’re coining that term) with its custom charcuterie boards, locally-sourced fare and casual, modern design. The extensive list of signature cocktails isn’t anything to sneeze at, either. Stock and Supply will be opening its doors later this summer with an official date to be confirmed.
The airy rooftop space above Dublin Calling has gotten a verjüngungskur (that’s German for makeover, we’re pretty sure). Prost Haus (900 Granville St.) opened on May 3 and will likely stay busy all summer, considering it’s one of the only rooftop bars in our city. The long tables are perfect for birthday parties or post-softball pitchers, and you can toast the birthday girl (or your team’s win) with a pretzel and a schnitzel. Prost!
Does slurping down a sweet, briny oyster instantly make you feel like you’re on vacation? If not, the specials at Harbour Oyster and Bar (1408 Commercial Dr.) will certainly do the trick. This newly opened seafood spot in the heart of Vancouver’s Italian district has incredible deals on mussels, clams, prawns, oysters and even a lobster poutine during their 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. happy hour. Pair these with a glass of white wine or a golden ale and we’ve found our new fave summer afternoon hideout.
Summer is the perfect time of year to visit Granville Island; it’s also when we can expect The Tuck Shoppe’s newest location to open. This sandwich concept shop, which has an existing location in Strathcona, is known for serving up elevated staples like the pork belly cubano and french onion beef dip. You’ll find it in the Net Loft Building (1666 Johnston St.) as early as late May. Plan to grab a sandwich, a pint and spend the afternoon by the water.
This aptly named restaurant has been attracting diners and beer-lovers since it opened in late April. Like its sister restaurants, the Alibi Room and Brassneck Brewery, Magnet (309 West Pender) is a beer-centric venue featuring a constantly rotating selection of taps. The space itself is cozy and inviting, with a colourful geometric mural, brick walls and high ceilings that throw back to the early 20th century. Order the chicken liver parfait if you’re feeling fancy, or opt for the fries and house ketchup if you’re not. There’s no shortage of options here.
Newly unveiled upscale Mediterranean restaurant Hydra (475 Howe St.) features dishes like tender grilled octopus and vine-ripened tomato salad, whose presentation is only outdone by the impressive decor in the space itself. It's sure to cause some buzz this summer, so why not be the first one to pop it on the ‘gram?
Finfolk (1600 Franklin St.) opened its gorgeously minimalist, nautical-inspired space earlier this season, marking a new addition to East Van’s growing brewery district. The space is split between a brightly-lit sunroom, accessed through the restaurant’s distinctive blue door, and a larger main space where you can order pizza, oysters on the half shell and a small selection of Scandinavian goodies (smoked olives and cornichons, we’re looking at you).
Who said meat-eaters had to have all the fun? Definitely not the team at the plant-forward New West eatery, Amaranthus (112-810 Quayside Dr.). From chickpea fritters, to wild mushroom risotto, the menu is bursting with flavourful dishes that celebrate vegetarian ingredients. Pro tip: stop by on a weekend morning and order their candied beetroot benny. It’s the only thing on the brunch menu, so you know it’s going to be good.
We’ve chased the Disco Cheetah food truck around Vancouver for five years now, but the quick-service Korean street food establishment has finally parked itself in a permanent location on Davie Street. The restaurant (1183 Davie St.) will continue to pump out crowd pleasers like rice bowls and KFC (that’s Korean fried chicken for the uninitiated) all summer long. You’ll still be able to find their signature yellow truck around town, though, if you miss the thrill of the hunt.
Of all the ramen joints in the world (or at least, Vancouver), you should probably walk into this one. Brooke Campbell and her brother, Stephen Naito, started Hachiro Ramen Bar (140-16th Street W.) because of their love and care for hospitality and their passion for food. The menu puts forward a unique take on traditional ramen, combining traditional Japanese flavours with a Pacific Northwest twist. This spot will offer 40 seats (and a 12-seat patio) to hungry North Vancouverites, though it’s probably worth the hop, skip and a SeaBus for residents of Vancouver proper, too. Expected opening June 1.