Best New Vancouver Restaurants in 2019

I have dined at a lot of new restaurants that have opened in 2019. These are the Best NEW Restaurants in greater Vancouver that newly define how we eat, drink and play. There are many elements to a restaurant being one of the best, it must excel in having not only delicious food, but also have consistent service that is on point, along with a great ambience. To make this annual list each of the restaurants must operate as a full service independent restaurant where customers are taken care of by servers in a sit-down environment. Also if a new restaurant is an additional location for the restaurant you won’t find it here on this list.

Note: These are not in any ranking order.

Banh Xeo Crepe

Do Chay Saigon Vegetarian

1392 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 225-8349

Web: https://www.restaurantji.com/bc/vancouver/do-chay-/

Instagram @eatdochay

Cuisine: Vietnamese

Neighborhood: Little Saigon

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Majority of the menu is plant-based which is the draw here for their delicious Vietnamese cooking, dumplings, potstickers, pho are all standouts it this family run spot in the Little Saigon neighborhood. They don’t take reservations, often there is a line-up but its well worth the wait.

 

Khao Soi

Unchai Restaurant

2351 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-6484

Web: https://unchairestaurant.com/

Instagram @unchairestaurant

Cuisine: Thai

Neighborhood: Kitsilano

It’s all about very good Thai here at this husband/wife run spot serving up notable bowls of curries, salads and more, it’s small so expect a possible wait.

 

Spicy Meatballs pizza

Sprezzatura Restaurant

265 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 876-6333

Web: https://sprezzatura.ca/

instagram @sprezzatura_van

Cuisine: Italian

Neighborhood: Mount Pleasant

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Casual Italian is the focus here at this beautiful eatery where it is all about pizza, roast dishes as well as salads, a couple pastas, desserts, wine and cocktails, it’s a large room so waits should be minimal and they do take reservations.

Braised Goat Spoons

Arike Restaurant

1725 Davie St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 336-9774

Web: https://arikerestaurant.ca/

Instagram: @arikerestaurant

Cuisine: West African

Neighborhood: West End

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Standout unique dishes with wonderful flavours from West Africa utilizing Canadian ingredients, location is hidden downstairs off of Davie near English Bay.

 

T.R.A. Burger

The Red Accordion

1616 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-6464

Web: https://www.theredaccordion.com/

Instagram @theredaccordion

Cuisine: Pacific Northwest

Neighborhood: Coal Harbour

Outstanding plates from creative Chef Mandy where almost everything is made from scratch in-house, elevated comfort food in a beautiful heritage home.

Dim Sum

Little Bird Dim Sum

2958 W 4th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 325-8132

Web: https://littlebirddimsum.com/

Instagram:@littlebirddimsum

Cuisine: Chinese

Neighborhood: Kitsilano

A modern take on traditional dim sum, along with local craft beer and wine; and it’s all very good and worth waiting for if you see a lineup.

The chicken

Elisa

1109 Hamilton St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 362-5443

Web: https://elisasteak.com/

Instagram: @elisasteak

Cuisine: Steakhouse

Neighborhood: Yaletown

A modern steak-house where the rotisserie chicken is the star, here you can splurge or you can share a few dishes with friends for a more affordable price. It’s a beautiful room with great people watching and quite the cocktail scene.

Spicy Laksa

Shiok Singaporean Cuisine

1716 Kingsway, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 423-3838

Web: https://shiok.ca/

Instagram: @shiok.ca

Cuisine: Singaporean

Neighborhood: Cedar Cottage

Family run serving up homestyle Singaporean food that’s affordable, small plates where sharing is encouraged.

Plum Franzipane Tart

Livia

1399 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 423-3869

Web: http://www.liviasweets.com/

Instagram: @liviasweets

Cuisine: Italian

Neighborhood: Commercial Drive

Claire Livia’s baking is exceptional from the breads, to the baking, to the larger plates, visit for breakfast and come back later for more sweets and coffee.

 

24 hour roasted beef chuck flat, Brussels sprouts, black garlic spaetzle

Dachi

2297 E Hastings St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 569-0456

Web: https://www.dachivancouver.com/

Instagram: @dachivancouver

Cuisine: Local, ingredient forward

Neighborhood: East Village

Attentive service offering up tasty small plates and inventive cocktails with a menu that changes often.

 

Aburi Sushi selection

Sushi Jin

750 Nelson St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 559-8834

Web: https://sushijin.business.site/

Instagram: @sushi_jin_vancouver

Cuisine: Japanese

Neighborhood: Downtown Vancouver

Korean owned fine dining Japanese fare and it’s top notch, it’s also quite expensive; you will want to order the aburi sushi, the nigiri or have one of the omakase.

 

French Onion Grilled Cheese

Douce Diner

1490 Pemberton Ave, North Vancouver

Tel: (604) 980-2510

Web: https://doucediner.com/

Instagram: @doucediner

Cuisine: Diner

Neighborhood: North Van

Diner food done very well, a bit of old school diner decor modernized Chef Dawn Doucette’s way, great grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers, fries, shakes and more.

 

Grilled Black Cod with turmeric

 

Wooden Fish

1403 Marine Dr, West Vancouver

Tel: (604) 926-6789

Web: http://www.thewoodenfish.ca/

Instagram: @thewoodenfish.ca

Cuisine: Vietnamese

Neighborhood: West Vancouver

Outstanding flavours from tasty salad rolls, to salads, and so much more.

 

Curious which restaurants were on last years list, take a look at my Best New Vancouver Restaurants of 2018.

By: Richard Wolak