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12 more earn "Bib Gourmand" status, and a total of 60 Vancouver restaurant recognized in Michelin's 2022 selection.
It’s freak-out time: there are now eight Michelin-starred restaurants in Vancouver. Today, October 27, 2022, Michelin announced star status in our fair city for the first time. On top of the eight restaurants that have earned Michelin stars, 12 were recognized as Bib Gourmands (awesome eateries at an accessible price point) and an additional 40 were selected as recommended restaurants. That’s 60 restaurants total on Michelin’s list of selects.
If you’re a faithful Vanmag reader (you are, we can tell) you’ll likely recognize many of these restaurant names from our own Restaurant Awards list—what can we say, we have great taste. Read on to find all of the Vancouver restaurants now officially recommended by Michelin.
Drumroll, please: here are the spots that anonymous Michelin judges selected in 2022.
Michelin said: “Don’t be fooled by AnnaLena’s unassuming atmosphere, as dining at Chef Mike Robbins’ restaurant is a polished experience from top to bottom. Beginning with the graceful service and carrying through to the impeccably prepared dishes, this is a restaurant that aims to impress—sans the fuss.”
Read more about AnnaLena in Vanmag’s 2022 Restaurant Awards (it’s also the home base of our Sommelier of the Year, Christina Hartigan).
Michelin said: “Chef Patrick Hennessy spent time at many top spots, including Eleven Madison Park in New York, but he is clearly at home at Barbara. The kitchen feels like a stage, with guests perched at the L-shaped bar watching with bated breath as he performs culinary magic.”
Read more about Barbara.
Michelin said: “This Mount Pleasant charmer straddles a corner of Main Street in an area rich with top spots, but Burdock & Co stands out with its rustic appeal and Chef Andrea Carlson’s farm-to-table cooking. The concise menu highlights the best of the season.”
Read more about Burdock & Co and chef Andrea Carlson, Vanmag’s 2020 Chef of the Year.
Michelin said: “It has a pedigree that traces back to Beijing from 1864, but the latest outpost in Vancouver proves that QuanJuDe hasn’t lost any of its luster. It is best known for its superlatively crispy and juicy duck. Delicious as the signature fowl may be, there is plenty more from Chef Allen Ren: A bevy of other delicacies are on offer, including bird’s nest, sea cucumber and even a whole king crab if you’re up for a splurge.”
Read more about iDen & QuanJuDe Beijing Duck House.
Michelin said: “Inspired by the jazz cafes of 1960s Tokyo, Kissa Tanto seduces with a moody vibe complete with white mosaic floors, antique Japanese panels and steely colored walls loaded with artwork and photos. There is a definitive laid-back vibe here, but Chef Joël Watanabe’s ambitious kitchen pulls no punches with its mingling of Japanese and Italian cuisine.”
Read more about Kissa Tanto.
Michelin said: “Chef Masayoshi Baba brings Japan’s luxurious, jewel-box sushi counters to Vancouver with this eponymous restaurant. The best seats are always at the counter, and guests seated there are in for a treat as the chef ceremoniously crafts each course. Chef Baba lets British Columbia’s bounty guide this omakase, spotlighting locally sourced fish in his Edomae-style nigiri.”
Read more about Masayoshi in Vanmag’s 2022 Restaurant Awards.
Michelin said: “Timing is everything, but Chef Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson and his team have a preternatural ability for sensing when produce is at its peak. Whether showcasing it on the plate or pickling and preserving it (those jars even double as decor), they’re sourcing and foraging from local farms and forests. The contemporary fare bears the chef’s distinct imprimatur. This is food that is at once familiar and surprising.”
Read more about Published on Main and chef Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson, Vanmag’s 2022 Chef of the Year.
Michelin said: “A hit ever since opening, this charming Québécois bistro shares a true sense of place—it’s even named for the region’s mighty river. Sit close enough to Chef/owner Jean-Christophe Poirier’s kitchen to experience the heady aromas of his rustic and hearty French-Canadian cooking.”
Read more about St. Lawrence, Vanmag’s 2022 Restaurant of the Year and winner of Best Upscale.
According to Michelin, Bib Gourmands are “great food at a great value” (in other words, cheaper eats that are still awesome). Michelin defines this as restaurants were you can have two courses plus a glass of wine or dessert for less than $60. Here are the 2022 Bib Gourmand picks:
3388 Main St.
Anh and Chi also earned first place in the 2022 Made in Vancouver Awards for their chili fish sauce—read more here.
322 W. Hastings St.
Chupito also earned bronze in Latin American cuisine in Vanmag’s 2022 Restaurant awards—read more here.
1944 W. 4th Ave.
Read more about Fable Kitchen here.
212 E. Georgia St
Read Vanmag’s review of Fiorino here.
317 E. Broadway
Kin Kao Song also earned bronze in Thai cuisine in Vanmag’s 2022 Restaurant awards—read more here.
2958 W. 4th Ave.
Read more about Little Bird here.
1046 Commercial Dr.
Read more about Lunch Lady here.
1079 Mainland St.
Nightshade also earned bronze in vegetarian cuisine in Vanmag’s 2022 Restaurant awards—read more here.
1260 Commercial Dr.
Oca Pastificio also earned the title of Best New Restaurant in Vanmag’s 2021 Restaurant awards—read more here.
244 E. Georgia St.
Read more about Phnom Penh here.
4298 Fraser St.
Say Mercy also earned bronze in Best New Restaurant in Vanmag’s 2021 Restaurant awards—read more here.
3106 Cambie St.
Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s also earned Vanmag’s 2022 Lifetime Achievement award—read more about her here.
In addition to the food-focused awards, Michelin also announced three special awards:
The Michelin Service Award was given to GM Justin Isidro & the team Kissa Tanto
The Michelin Sommelier Award was given to wine director Jayton Paul of Published on Main, and
The Michelin Exceptional Cocktails Award was given to creative beverage director Grant Sceney and head bartender Jeff Savage of The Botanist (the latter won our 2022 Bartender of the Year, the former won the same in 2014.)
Finally, here is Michelin’s full list: all of the recommended restaurants in Vancouver in 2022.
201 E. 7th Ave.
425 W. Georgia St.
1725 Davie St.
Ask for Luigi
305 Alexander St.
1029 W. Cordova St.
845 Hornby St.
237 Union St.
209 E. 6th Ave.
Bonjour Vietnam Bistro
3944 Fraser St.
1038 Canada Pl.
780 Richards St.
1115 Alberni St.
1661 Granville St.
Chef’s Choice Chinese Cuisine
955 W. Broadway
1133 Hamilton St.
2272 W. 4th Ave.
108-777 W. Broadway
1879 Powell St.
Fanny Bay Oyster Bar
762 Cambie St.
801 W. Georgia St.
Homer St. Cafe
898 Homer St.
217 Carrall St.
Lobby Lounge & RawBar
1038 Canada Pl.
1938 W. 4th Ave.
200 Granville St., Ste. 70
3980 Fraser St.
Neptune Palace Seafood Restaurant
470 SW Marine Dr.
New Mandarin Seafood Restaurant
4650 Gladstone St.
1017 W. Hastings St.
165 W. 2nd Ave.
Osteria Savio Volpe
per se Social Corner
891 Homer St.
350 Carrall St.
Riley’s Fish & Steak
200 Burrard St.
Sushi Bar Maumi
1226 Bute St.
3995 Main St.
The Mackenzie Room
415 Powell St.
958 Main St.
4194 Fraser St.
2775 W. 16th Ave.