Commercial Drive: Eat and Drink during 2010 Olympics

For locals and visitors alike eating in Vancouver during the Olympics and Para-Olympics will have it’s challenges. Obviously being downtown or close to any of the Olympic venues will see lots of people and most of the restaurants, bars, lounges are going to be busy. Vancouver has wonderful neighborhoods and if you’re a local this is an ideal time to explore your neighborhood or other neighborhoods outside of the downtown core.

Here is a compilation of the best places to eat and drink in some of the neighborhoods outside of downtown.

Commercial Drive Neighborhood

** All locations within 1 mile radius of the Commercial Drive/Broadway Skytrain Station

Bandidas Taqueria

2781 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takeout

Tel: 604-568-8224

— Vegetarian Mexican for lunch and dinner, great tacos.

JJ Bean

2206 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takeout

Tel: 604-254-3723

Coffee house day into the night.

Café du Soleil

2096 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takeout

Tel: 604-254-1195

— Vegetarian eatery for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night daily. Live music venue.

Timbre Restaurant

2068 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takes Reservations

Tel: 604-215-7515

— Comfort food with beer and live music nightly.

Clove

2054 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takes Reservations

Tel: 604-255-5550

— Indian and Asian comfort food for dinner nightly.

Me & Julio

2095 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takeout

Tel: 604-696-9997

— Mexican fusion dishes for dinner and weekend brunch.

Memphis Blues

1342 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takeout

Tel: 604-215-2599

— Southern Barbq, best in the city for lunch and dinner.

Bump & Grind

916 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takeout

Tel: 604-569-3362

— Espresso, Tea and baked goods all day long.

Sweet Cherubim

1105 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takeout

Tel: 604-253-0969

— Vegetarian Indian food for lunch and dinner.

Marcello pizza

1404 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takeout

Tel: 604-215-7760

— Pizza, Pasta for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Little Nest

1716 Charles Street

Eat-in | Takeout

Tel: 604-251-9994

— baked goods and breakfast specialties, child friendly.

Abruzzo Cappuccino Bar

1321 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takeout

Tel: (604) 254-264

— An Italian sports bar with Italian espresso.

Stella’s

1191 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takeout

Tel: 604-254-2437

– Featuring a large selection of Belgian beers, great place to escape for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch

Lime Japanese Cuisine

1130 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takes reservations

Tel: 604-215-1130

— Japanese dishes and sushi for dinner and late night. Live music venue.

The Reef

1018 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takeout

Tel: 604-568-5375

– Caribbean dishes for lunch, dinner and brunch

St. Augustines

2360 Commercial Drive

Eat In

Tel: 604-569-1911

— Eats and brews with 24 beers on tap

Charlatan

1447 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takes Reservations

Tel: (604) 253-2777

— Pub fare for lunch and dinner

Falconetti’s

1812 Commercial Drive

Eat-in | Takes Reservations

Tel: 604-251-7287

— Famous for sausage, other menu items as well for lunch and dinner.

Compiled by: Richard Wolak