Winners of 22nd Annual Where to Dine Awards

I attended the Where Vancouver Magazine 22 Annual Where to Dine Awards on April 25, 2018, held at the D/6 Bar and Lounge  at the Douglas Hotel in Parq Vancouver. Prior to the awards ceremony there was a reception featuring delicious eats along with a stunning dessert buffet table. The awards were handed out to local restaurateurs during the afternoon event, hosted by man-about-town Fred Lee. Each year, Where magazine asks readers to name the best places to dine in Vancouver and Whistler, and 22 of the 29 awards were based on readers’ selections.


Patio: Cactus Club Cafe

Chinese: Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

Pub Fare: The Irish Heather

Indian: Vij’s Restaurant

Latin: Cuchillo

Beer Experience: Parallel 49 Brewing

Japanese: Miku Restaurant

Italian: Savio Volpe

Asian: Chi Modern Vietnamese Kitchen

Seafood: Blue Water Cafe

Food Cart: Japadog

West Coast: Coast

French: Le Crocodile

Steak: Gotham Steakhouse & Bar

European: Bauhaus

Brunch: Twisted Fork Bistro

Fine Dining: Hawksworth Restaurant

Dessert: Thierry

Hotel Dining: Notch8 Restaurant & Bar at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver


Casual Dining: Caramba! Restaurante

Après-Ski: Dusty’s Bar & BBQ

Fine Dining: Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar


Fanny Bay Oyster Bar received the Sustainable Seafood Award. It is presented to the restaurant that best exemplifies practices of sourcing, serving and promoting sustainable species outlined under the Ocean Wise Program, as determined by the BC Seafood Alliance, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and Where Vancouver.

Members of Les Clefs d’Or, the city’s premier hotel concierges, chose Five Sails Restaurant to receive the Silver Service Award, for consistently delivering the ultimate guest experience: an exceptional combination of food, service and hospitality.

The Leadership Award was presented to Frank Pabst of Blue Water Cafe for the impact he’s had on Vancouver’s dining scene. The Les Dames d’Escoffier Trailblazer Award went to Mary Mackay of Terra Breads to recognize her long-time commitment to excellence.

Where Vancouver food editor Tim Pawsey chose Botanist as Vancouver’s Best New Restaurant, and Hunter Gather as Whistler’s Best New Restaurant. The Salmon House on the Hill was honoured with the Editor’s Choice award.

Where is the world’s largest publisher of visitor magazines. Where Vancouver is published nine times a year, and is distributed in more than 12,000 hotel rooms in downtown Vancouver alone. Where’s editors, writers and photographers share what they see in the city they live in. That means Where readers get the best the city has to offer.

By: Richard Wolak

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