Restaurant Awards 2023: The Best Upscale Restaurants in Vancouver

The best restaurants in Vancouver for a date night, birthday dinner or special occassion.

In 2022, Boulevard, Published and St. Lawrence were our top three, though in a very different order. All of which is to say: we’re a lucky bunch of diners here in Vancouver. Any would make the perfect spot for celebrating a promotion, proposing to your boyfriend or secretly eating the best solo meal of your life while your partner is at home with the kids.

Best Upscale Restaurants in Vancouver 2023

Gold: Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar

It’s Boulevard that rose to the top this year. Though the room inexplicably missed a Michelin star, perhaps that just fuelled chefs Roger Ma and Alex Chen to wow our judges with jaw-dropping dishes like soy-sake-glazed, charcoal-grilled sablefish and 50-oz bone-in tomahawk steaks. Maybe it’s a flex, but it’s a delicious one.

845 Burrard St., Vancouver

Boulevard. Photo: Leila Kwok

Silver: Published on Main

Published takes an elevated, farm-to-table approach and continues to impress with next-level service.

Published on Main
3593 Main St., Vancouver

Photo: Published on Main

Bronze: St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence embraces a deeply personal Québécois menu through its impeccably prepared dishes.

St. Lawrence
269 Powell St., Vancouver

Photo: St. Lawrence

Honourable Mentions: Blue Water Cafe and Yuwa Japanese Cuisine

Honourable mentions go to Blue Water Cafe (that fresh-seafood stalwart) and the inimitable Yuwa (silver in Best Japanese this year).

Blue Water Cafe: 1095 Hamilton St., Vancouver

Yuwa: 2775 W 16th Ave., Vancouver

Looking for more of the best restaurants in Vancouver? See all 70+ restaurants on the list.