This has always been a tricky category. It blends great food, perfect ambiance and a vibe that speaks to its particular locale. It’s the restaurant that first comes to mind when someone mentions the neighbourhood it’s in, the place you imagine walking to once a week if you lived there. Sometimes they serve tacos, sometimes tuna tartare—but whatever they do, they kill it night in and night out, in a way that perfectly encapsulates their home turf.
Boulevard. Photo by Leila Kwok.Best Downtown
GOLD: Boulevard, 845 Burrard St.
SILVER: Botanist, 1038 Canada Place
BRONZE: Hawksworth, 801 W Georgia St.
GOLD: Torafuku, 958 Main St.
BRONZE: Kissa Tanto, 263 E Pender St.
Best North Shore
GOLD: Ancora, 1351 Bellevue Ave.
SILVER: Two Rivers, 180 Donaghy Ave., North Vancouver
BRONZE: Bufala, 3280 Edgemont Blvd.
St. Lawrence.Best Gastown
GOLD: St. Lawrence, 269 Powell St.
SILVER: L’Abattoir, 217 Carrall St.
BRONZE: Ask for Luigi, 305 Alexander St.
HONOURABLE MENTION Pidgin, Bauhaus (now closed)
Como Taperia. Photo by Marlon Soriano.Best Mount Pleasant
GOLD: Como Taperia, 201 E 7th Ave.
SILVER: Burdock and Co, 2702 Main St.
BRONZE: Osteria Savio Volpe, 615 Kingsway
Ugly Dumpling. Photo by Leila Kwok.Best East Side
GOLD: Ugly Dumpling, 1590 Commercial Dr.
SILVER: Kishimoto, 2054 Commercial Dr.
BRONZE: Dachi, 2297 East Hastings St.
La Quercia/L'UfficioBest West Side
SILVER: Yuwa, 2775 W 16th Ave.,
BRONZE: Maenam, 1938 W 4th Ave.