Dine Out Vancouver 2022: The critic’s picks

More than 300 restaurants have signed up for this annual event, running Jan. 14 to 31, that offers multi-course meals at value prices

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Dine Out Vancouver Festival

When: Jan. 14-31, across Metro Vancouver


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Dine Out Vancouver is one of the city’s greatest pleasures and in this 20th anniversary year, let’s enjoy it with caution, responsible behaviours, masks and proof of vaccinations. It runs from Jan. 14 to 31.

In normal times, the popular restaurants go nuts in the stampede for the multi-course meals at value prices, but these aren’t normal times so let’s be respectful and kind while supporting these stressed and struggling businesses.

Tommy Shorthouse, the talented chef at Fanny Bay Oyster Bar, remembers working at a super busy restaurant during one Dine Out mayhem when a food runner tripped while rushing up a long flight of stairs with a tray full of lobster bisques.

“It definitely caused a lot of commotion. It’s funny now,” he says, unconvincingly. But he’s put a smoked tomato prawn bisque with scallops and steelhead on his current Dine Out menu since there are no stairs to fall down at Fanny Bay Oyster Bar.


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Some 320 restaurants in Metro Vancouver are ready to go and their menus and prices were posted on Jan. 6 at Price ranges for the multi-course meals are $20 to $29, $30 to $39, $40 to $49 and $50 to $59. Other events run in tandem with the Dine Out Festival including  Street Food City with food trucks on the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza, Chinatown Walk, Talk and Dim Sum tour, Flights and Bites brewery tours, a master class on dumpling making and eating, two Indigenous dinners and more. As well, about 30 downtown hotels offer a $50 per night prepaid Mastercard gift card for up to three nights. 

Under provincial guidelines, guests must be vaccinated and masked when not seated and tables must be distanced with no more than six guests. Some will have plexiglass barriers between tables as well.


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For Shorthouse, Dine Out is more than a seat filler in the slowest month of the year. It’s a portal to showcase the stars of his restaurant: Seafood, including shellfish from the company’s own highly regarded farms that supply many of the city’s top restaurants. 

“With all the COVID restrictions, limited capacity and limited ability to source products, it’s important to us to stick to our guns and showcase fresh, local, sustainable B.C. seafood,” he says. “Our Dine Out menu hasn’t been diluted. It’s elevated food that anyone coming in anytime would experience. In my opinion, it’s an opportunity to express and showcase.”

And while he’s at it, he’d like to change the mindset that seafood isn’t filling.

Duck rillette is on the menu at Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge, 845 Hornby St. in Vancouver.
Duck rillette is on the menu at Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge, 845 Hornby St. in Vancouver. Photo by Bruce Law

At the haute Bacchus restaurant in the Wedgewood Hotel, managing director Elpie Marinakas says December was a testament to what restaurants mean to people.


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“It was the best month in the (37-year) history of the restaurant. People just needed to go out,” she says. Bacchus has been a Dine Out joiner since it began and every year it reaps new guests who return.

 “The past two or three years has seen a much younger demographic who become regulars,” she says. “I’m talking people in their twenties whom we didn’t see a lot of before.”

The Bacchus $59 Dine Out menu is a very tempting come-hither — the same would cost about $85 to $90 on the regular a la carte and no, they’re not cutting corners. It’s a balancing act between losing money and giving guests the Bacchus experience.

“It’s a matter of doing the research, being innovative,” says Marinakas. “It forces us to be creative and challenges all our team to be better. And yes, it’s quite a saving.”


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Another payoff is in gratitude. “Last year, a gentleman wrote me one of the most heartfelt letters I’ve ever received. When times are tough, it impacts people’s lives so much to have beautiful service. It’s therapeutic for all of us.”

Also during Dine Out, the Wedgewood Hotel offers “an almost unheard-of deal,” Marinakas says: A room and $100 dining credit package for $299.

Lucas Pavan of Destination Vancouver, which founded the event, has a few tips. Some restaurants will continue the Dine Out menu beyond Jan. 30 and Destination Vancouver will post those on social media where you’ll also find contests for restaurant gift certificates. And, he says, honour your reservation, otherwise the restaurant loses possible revenue — unless of course you’re sick. Then please cancel. Tip generously and be polite, he says.


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“People in the industry are stressed. There’s a shortage of workers and extra patience is required.”

If you can’t score the table where you want, Ian Tostenson of the B.C. Restaurants and Food Services Association suggests trying for “off days, not just Friday or Saturday at 7 p.m., and if you can’t book online, try calling the restaurant.”

He also calls for consideration for restaurant staff who have been through a lot.  “Restaurants have been amazing operations (through the pandemic). They’ve been piloting through storms, constantly making adjustments. If it’s not the labour situation, it’s been the supply chain and prices. Extra patience might be required.

“Dining out is so important and that’s been evident through the pandemic. There’s been no lack of demand and we saw during the holiday season people want to be pampered and served. So I encourage people to go and enjoy themselves and shake off the Christmas blues, but be safe and be kind.”


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A chef works his magic on a dish at Dine Out Vancouver.
A chef works his magic on a dish at Dine Out Vancouver. Photo by Mark Kinskofer/Vision Event Photography /Courtesy of Destination Vancouver

Critic’s picks

(Please visit for information on the restaurants, their Dine Out menu/s and to make reservations.)



Where: 1600 Howe St., Vancouver.

Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge

Where: 845 Hornby St., Vancouver.

Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar

Where: 845 Burrard St., Vancouver.


Where: 568 Beatty St., Vancouver.

Five Sails

Where: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver.

H Tasting Lounge

Where: 1601 Bayshore Dr., Vancouver.


Where: 801 West Georgia St., Vancouver


Where: 217 Carrall St., Vancouver.

Le Crocodile

Where: 909 Burrard St., Vancouver.


Where: 900 West Georgia St., Vancouver.

Teahouse in Stanley Park

Where: Ferguson Point, Stanley Park, Vancouver.


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Tutto Restaurant and Bar

Where: 901 Homer St., Vancouver.


Ask for Luigi

Where: 305 Alexander St., Vancouver.

Bibbo Pizzeria con Cucina

Where: 1835 West Fourth Ave., Vancouver.  

Bufala Kerrisdale

Where: 5395 West Blvd., Vancouver.

Gyoza Bar

Where: 622 West Pender St., Vancouver.  

Honey Salt

Where: 39 Smithe St., Vancouver.


Where: 162 Water St., Vancouver.  

Salmon n’ Bannock

Where: 1128 West Broadway, Vancouver.  



Where: 1054 Alberni St., Vancouver.

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar

Where: 762 Cambie St., Vancouver.

Joe Fortes

Where: 777 Thurlow St., Vancouver.


Black + Blue

Where: 1032 Alberni St., Vancouver.

The Victor

Where: 39 Smithe St., Vancouver.

C Prime Modern Italian Steak and Wine


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Where: 1015 Burrard St., Vancouver.


Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Where: 1876 West First Ave., Vancouver.

Where: 4186 Main Street, Vancouver.  

Cactus Club

Multiple locations in Metro Vancouver.

Marcello Ristorante and Pizzeria

Where: 1404 Commercial Dr., Vancouver.


The Acorn

Where: 3995 Main St., Vancouver.

The Arbor

Where: 3941 Main St., Vancouver.


Where: 4298 Main St., Vancouver.  


Where: 185 Keefer St., Vancouver.


Bar Gobo

Where: 237 Union St., Vancouver.  

Belgard Kitchen

Where: 55 Dunlevy Ave., Vancouver.

Collective Goods Bistro and Grocer

Where: 3532 Commercial St., Vancouver.

The Mackenzie Room

Where: 415 Powell St., Vancouver.  

Say Mercy!

Where: 4298 Fraser St., Vancouver.


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Tacofino Ocho

Where: 8 East Fifth Ave., Vancouver.


Alimentaria Mexicana

Where: 1596 Johnston St., Vancouver.

Arike Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

Where: 1725 Davie St., Vancouver.  

Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine

Where: 3005 West Broadway, Vancouver.

Where: 820 West Broadway, Vancouver.

Where: 1043 Davie St., Vancouver.

Where: 1779 Robson St., Vancouver.

Jamjar Canteen

Where: 2290 Commercial Dr., Vancouver.  


Where: 1938 West Fourth Ave., Vancouver.  


Where: 1118 Mainland St., Vancouver.

Sai Woo

Where: 158 East Pender St., Vancouver.

Sula Indian Restaurant

Where: 1128 Commercial Dr., Vancouver.

Where: 4172 Main St., Vancouver.


Where: 958 Main St., Vancouver.


Where: 3106 Cambie St., Vancouver.


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Zarak by Afghan Kitchen

Where: 2102 Main St., Vancouver.



Where: 97 East Second Ave., Vancouver.

Luppolo Brewing Company

Where: 1123 Venables St., Vancouver.

Sing Sing Beer Bar

Where: 2718 Main St., Vancouver.



Where: 1351 Bellevue Ave., West Vancouver.  

Atlas Steak + Fish

Where: 4331 Dominion St., Burnaby.

Where: 20393 Fraser Hwy., Langley.

Beach House

Where: 150 25th St., West Vancouver.

Britannia Brewing

Where: 4821 Delta St., Ladner.

Where: 12240 Second Ave., Steveston.


Where: 8499 Bridgeport Rd., Richmond.

Bufala Edgemont

Where: 3280 Edgemont Blvd., North Vancouver.

Cantina Norte

Where: 3246 Connaught Cres., North Vancouver.

El Santo

Where: 680 Columbia St., New Westminster.


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Farina a Legna

Where: 119 Second Ave. East, North Vancouver.  

Feast The Neighbourhood Table

Where: 2423 Marine Dr., West Vancouver.

Hart House

Where: 6664 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby.

Pizzeria Spacca Napoli

Where: 2801 St. Johns St., Port Moody.

S + L Kitchen and Bar

Where: 2070 Sumas Way, Abbotsford.

Where: 8399 – 200 St., Langley.

Where: 16051 – 24th Ave., South Surrey.

Trading Post Brewing

Where: 3058 Gladwin Rd., Abbotsford.

Where: 9143 Glover Rd., Fort Langley.

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