Where to Eat During the Vancouver Olympics

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Embrace the Games

Full. On. In addition to the Olympic-themed cocktail menu introduced last November, they’ve added themed menu items like the inconcievable one-pound Olympic Burger (Kobe and Alberta Beef, chanterelle mushrooms, double smoked Canadian bacon, tomato chili jam and local farmhouse cheddar). 791 W. Georgia St., 604-692-4939. Fourseasons.com

Opus Bar
Yaletown’s the unofficial “party zone,” so expect all rooms in that three-block radius to burst at the seams. Bonus points for the O-Bites menu with dishes like Carving Karage (chicken karage), Buffalo Bobsleigh (miso marinated buffalo sate) and Sockeye Slalom (salmon tempura roll).
350 Davie St., 604-642-0557. Opusbar.ca 

Red Card
They city’s newest, sleekest sports bar, attached to the Cibo restaurant in the Moda Hotel on Seymour and Nelson, offers plenty of big-screen action, killer thin-crust pizza, and a serious cocktail list. Perfectly situated between Yaletown and human zoo of Granville Street. 900 Seymour St., 604-689-4460. Redcardsportsbar.ca

db Bistro and Lumiere
Chef Daniel is coming to town—this is your chance to experience him cooking at his only Canadian outpost. Both rooms are 85% booked but management is holding a few seats at the bar and in the main room for locals.
db Bistro: 2563 W. Broadway, 604-739-7115. Dbbistro.ca; Lumiere: 2551 W. Broadway, 604-739-8185. Lumiere.ca 

Guilty by association. No Olympic edits to the menu, but its proximity—half a block down from Canada Hockey (GM) Place and kitty-corner to LiveCity Downtown—means this perpetually buzzy room will be a scene unlike any other. 562 Beatty St., 604-879-7119. Chambar.com

Flee the Madness

Winner of our Best Small Plates restaurant award, this cosy room just off Broadway and Granville delivers haute comfort food (look no further than the Syrah-braised beef short rib with sinfully rich macaroni and cheese) expertly paired with affordable by-the-glass wine. 1459 W. Broadway, 604-677-4111. Cru.ca

La Quercia
Low key and intimate, this is where in-the-know West Siders will congregate far from the madding crowds. Treat yourself to the made-to-order risotto for two. 3689 W. Fourth Ave., 604-676-1007. Laquercia.ca

Top-notch sushi on the Drive. Former Blue Water raw bar chef Masaki Kudo delivers expert dishes like the toro stack: a tower of tuna belly chunks, green onion, and nori topped with a quail’s egg. 1130 Commercial Dr., 604-215-1130. Limerestaurant.ca

Koon Bo Seafood
At 41st and Fraser, large families pack into this non-descript, mini-mall-set room for well-executed Cantonese comfort food. Go for stir-fried beef brightened with housemade pickles or hand-shredded chicken salad with jellyfish and crispy wonton skins. 5682 Fraser St., 604-323-1218

True, it’s just minutes away from the Athlete’s Village, but is it wrong to hold out for a downtown option that’ll stay under-the-radar? Campagnolo’s back bar has a large flat screen that will broadcast events, and if a Canuck wins a medal while you’re noshing on one of their Olympic specials (Bronze: margarita pizza paired with R&B Lager, $14.50; Silver: Salciccia Pizza paired with R&B Raven Cream Ale, $15.50; Gold: Funghi Pizza paired with a bottle of Menabrea Italian Lager, $16.50) the meal is on the house. 1020 Main St., 604-484-6018. Campagnolorestaurant.ca