Here's the shortlist of this year's contenders for VanMag's 29th annual list of the best restaurants in the city.

In a city as delicious as ours, it's always near-impossible to narrow down our list of contenders for Vancouver Magazine's Restaurant Awards. Our judging panel—composed of Vancouver's top restaurant critics and culinary pros—works year 'round, hashing it out through late-night meetings and endless Slack debates and secret votes to put together a comprehensive list that reflects the city's food scene. And now that the dust has settled, we're ready to celebrate the amazing chefs, rooms and meals that made this such a hard decision: congratulations to our finalists for 2018, listed alphabetically below. The big winners will be revealed April 16 at our annual Restaurant Awards party (and, of course, in the next issue of the magazine), so stay tuned to be among the first to know who takes home the gold. #VanMagAwards

Vancouver Magazine's 2018 Restaurant Awards Finalists

BEST BAR Campagnolo Upstairs Grapes and Soda The Narrow The Shameful Tiki Room Uva BEST BRUNCH Au Comptoir Belgard Kitchen Burdock and Co. Café Medina Merchant’s Workshop BEST CHAIN Cactus Club Cafe Joey Nuba Tacofino The Flying Pig BEST CHINESE Dynasty Seafood Golden Paramount Hoitong Chinese Seafood The Jade Seafood Yue Delicacy BEST DESIGN Botanist Fayuca La Glace La Taqueria (Hornby Location) St. Lawrence BEST DIM SUM Kirin (Richmond) Dynasty Seafood Golden Paramount Red Star Seafood (Granville) Yue Delicacy BEST FRENCH Au Comptoir Bacchus L’Abattoir Le Crocodile St. Lawrence BEST INDIAN Apna Chaat House My Shanti Rangoli Sachdeva Sweets Swad BEST ITALIAN Ask for Luigi Cinara CinCin Cioppino’s Savio Volpe BEST JAPANESE Dosanko Kishimoto Masayoshi Sushi Bar Maumi Tetsu Sushi Bar BEST LATIN Cacao El Santo Fayuca Los Cuervos Molli Café BEST NEW RESTAURANT Botanist Fayuca Mak N Ming St. Lawrence Yuwa Japanese Cuisine BEST OKANAGAN Front Street Brasserie Miradoro Old Vines Raudz Waterfront Wines BEST PAN-ASIAN Fat Mao Noodles Kissa Tanto Laksa King Longtail Kitchen Torafuku BEST PATISSERIE Beaucoup Chez Christophe Temper Thierry Thomas Haas BEST PIZZA Bufala Corduroy Pie Co. Nicli Antica Pizzeria Pizzeria Farina Via Tevere BEST RAMEN Hokkaido Ramen Santouka Marutama Ra-men Motomachi Shokudo Ramen Danbo The Ramenman BEST SEAFOOD Ancora Blue Water Café Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar Landmark Hotpot House Oddfish BEST STEAKHOUSE Black and Blue Gotham Hy’s Joe Fortes The Roof BEST THAI Jitlada Kin Kao Maenam Sawasdee Thai Sen Pad Thai BEST UPSCALE Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar CinCin Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill Hawksworth The Pear Tree BEST VICTORIA Agrius Chorizo and Co. Fishhook Part and Parcel Pizzeria Prima Strada BEST VIETNAMESE Bánh Mì Très Bon Bun Cha Ca Hoang Yen Chau Veggie Express Hái Phong Mr. Red Café BEST WEST COAST Bows and Arrows Burdock and Co. Forage Mak N Ming Royal Dinette BEST WHISTLER Alta Bistro Araxi Bar Oso Bearfoot Bistro The Grill Room

Best Neighbourhood Spots: The Nominees

CHINATOWN Bao Bei Campagnolo at Upstairs Fat Mao Noodles Jade Dynasty Pizzeria Farina DOWNTOWN Café Medina Cinara Heritage Asian Eatery Royal Dinette Tableau Bar Bistro EAST SIDE Bistro Wagon Rouge Bows and Arrows Burdock and Co. Kishimoto Merchant’s Workshop GASTOWN Belgard Kitchen La Mezcaleria The Mackenzie Room Tuc Wildebeest BEST NORTH SHORE Feast Maru Korean Bistro Swad Terroir Kitchen Zen Japanese RICHMOND Britannia Brewing Cocoru Gudrun Lido Nine Dishes WEST END Amici Miei Damso Kingyo Marutama Nook WEST SIDE Au Comptoir Bufala Grapes and Soda L’Ufficio Oddfish YALETOWN Bistro Sakana Homer Street Café and Bar House Special Provence Marinaside WildTale

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