Restaurant Awards 2024: Best Middle Eastern Restaurants in Vancouver

Here's where to find the best Middle Eastern cuisine in Vancouver.

The Best Middle Eastern Restaurants in Vancouver

Gold: Delara

Delara’s “breath of fresh air” in Kits takes home gold this year thanks to chef-owner Bardia Ilbeiggi’s modern take on Persian food. Go for the crispy saffron tahdeeg with spoon-tender grilled beef ghalieh: it’s stewed in a rich sauce of caramelized onions, herbs and tamarind. But save room for the “revelatory” chocolate halva cake, as one judge described it: “The sesame caramel lives in my dreams.”

2272 W 4th Ave.


Silver: Zarak

Zarak earns silver for its elevated take on mom’s recipes, an exciting and creative cocktail list (for kids, too: the zero-proof Bamyan comes with a submerged Melona mango popsicle) and its embodiment of Middle Eastern hospitality. The Main Street spot’s buttermilk fried chicken is a favourite for good reason: a crunchy cumin-laced crust and soulful Afghan barbecue sauce packs heat, coolly tempered with yogurt sauce.

2102 Main St.

Bronze: Tamam

Taking bronze is newcomer Tamam, a love letter to Palestinian cuisine on Hastings Street. Start with unctuous hummus finished with a healthy drizzle of olive oil, then opt for the gorgeous half-chicken stuffed with rice, beef, spices and herbs and glazed with a slick of pomegranate sauce.

2616 E Hastings St.

Honourable Mention

Moltaqa 1002 Mainland St.,

Find more of the best Vancouver restaurants on our list of 2024 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Award winners.