Get your reservations in now: here comes our annual list of the very best restaurants in Vancouver, each of which is a contender for one or more Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.

Each year, our esteemed judges look back on a year of epic eating, and then enter an epic debate before ultimately sending their secret ballots to the accountants to tabulate. (Yep: we editors take the Resto Awards more seriously than our own taxes.) And now, the results are in... and we're thrilled to share our 33rd annual list of nominations with you in advance of the final awards this September.

From Thai food to West Coast cuisine, below, you'll find the spots that our judges deemed the very best in the city — holes in the wall and white-tablecloth joint were considered with equal care. And among all the categories and all the nominees, one resto will ultimately reign supreme as the the one and only Restaurant of the Year.

We'll reveal the grand winners in our September issue and at a grand awards party this fall, but whether they take home the gold or an honourable mention, we're sending a heartfelt congratulations to all our nominees. Thanks for making this city a delicious place to live.

(Ed note: A couple of categories you won't see here: Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year—only revealed on the big day.)

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Best Afro-Caribbean Best Korean
Best Casual Best Latin American
Best Chain Best Steakhouse
Best Chinese Best Thai
Best French Best Upscale
Best Indian Best Vegetarian
Best Italian Best West Coast
Best Japanese Best New 

Best New Restaurants

Acquafarina
Bar Susu
Collective Goods
Elephant
Hānai
Yasma
Zarak

Best Afro-Caribbean Restaurants

Arike
Baby Dahl 
Fassil
Loft Lounge
Moltaqa Moroccan Restaurant 

Best Casual Restaurants

Banh Mi Saigon 
Chancho Tortilleria 
Downlow Chicken Shack 
HK BBQ Master
Oh Carolina 
Superbaba 

Best Chain Restaurants

Cactus Club
Guu 
Joey
Nook 
Tacofino 

Best Chinese Restaurants

Bao Bei
Chef Tony
Chef’s Choice 
Dynasty 
Fish Man 
Jade Seafood 

Best French Restaurants

Au Comptoir 
Collective Goods 
Five Sails 
St Lawrence 
Tableau 
Le Crocodile

Best Indian Restaurants

Ashiana Tandoori 
Dosa Corner 
Sachdeva Sweets 
Sula
Swad
Vij’s  
Yellow Chilli

Best Italian Restaurants

Autostrada Osteria
Caffè La Tana
CinCin
Giardino
La Quercia
Oca Pastificio 
Savio Volpe

 
Best Japanese Restaurants

Dosanko
Kishimoto 
Masayoshi 
Stem 
Tetsu 
Tojo’s
Yuwa 

Sushi Jin

Best Korean Restaurants

Hanwoori 
Isandong 
JoongWon 
Maru 
Royal Seoul 
Sura
Zoomak

Best Latin American Restaurants

Alimentaria Mexicana
Chancho Tortilleria 
Chupito 
Don Oso's 
La Taqueria 
Tacofino 

 
Best Steakhouses 

C Prime 
Elisa 
Gotham 
Hy’s  
The Victor 

Best Thai Restaurants

Baan Lao 
Bob Likes Thai Food
Kin Kao Song 
Maenam
Unchai
 

Best Upscale Restaurants

Blue Water Cafe
Boulevard 
Cioppino’s  
Hawksworth  
Mott 32 
Published on Main
St. Lawrence  

Best Vegetarian Restaurants

Acorn 
Mila 
Nightshade 
Do Chay 
Aleph 

Best West Coast Restaurants

AnnaLena
Burdock & Co
Boulevard
Farmer’s Apprentice 
Land and Sea 
Ubuntu Canteen