I have dined at a lot of new restaurants that have opened in 2021. These are the Best NEW Restaurants in metro 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.
Note: These are in alphabetical order.
567 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Specializing in French cuisine, serving up traditional French classics alongside wines, cocktails and more. The dining room features seating on two levels Make sure to make an advance reservation.
8499 Bridgeport Rd., Richmond.
Bruno is lead by creative Chef Will Lew and it’s focused on sustainable dishes, locally sourced produce, and incredible family-style dishes. Boasting an ever-evolving menu of dishes directly influenced by the farmers and artisans that provide their ingredients, Bruno offers approachable dishes served in an opulent and inventive way. From large family-style share plates to beautiful salads and bites, Bruno takes guests on a culinary journey through British Columbia.
Cask Whisky Vault:
8400 West Rd., Richmond.
Cuisine: Japanese inspired
Neighborhood: North Richmond
The resto-lounge features a spectacular Whiskey Vault surrounded by whiskeys from all over the world, paired up by Japanese inspired tasty snacks and dishes by Chef Brian Hoang and his team.
2272 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver.
Beautiful restaurant specializing in elevated Persian cuisine, owned and run by Chef Bardia Ilbeiggi. He is a creative chef who not only creates beautiful dishes but also tells a wonderful story on his instagram. Advance reservations suggested for dinner and weekend brunch.
Food by Fanta
20542 Fraser Hwy, Langley
Cuisine: Thai and French inspired
Neighborhood: Downtown Langley
Featuring a selection of inspiring & delicious modern fusion cuisine with Thai inspiration for Brunch, Lunch & Dinner from award winning Chef Parinya (Fanta) Loptson.
Fiorino, Italian Street Food
212 E Georgia Street in Vancouver
Tel: (604) 568-0905
Dining inspired by the streets of Florence with tasty Italian dishes, sandwiches and desserts by Chef Mario Ruiz. They feature an Appertivo in the afternoon offering $1 per oz for house wine along with snacks. Advance reservations suggested for both lunch and dinner.
1428 Granville St., Vancouver.
Cuisine: French Vietnamese
Neighborhood: Beach District
Specializing in French Vietnamese cuisine, owners Chef Tai Nguyen and his wife Linh have opened this beautiful restaurant at Vancouver House in the Beach District of downtown Vancouver. Join the waiting list for a table upon entering.
28 E. Royal Ave in New Westminster.
Tel: (604) 553 0645
Specializing in Italian inspired Pizza along with other dishes which includes salads, meatballs, Turkish Pide and more by Chef/Owner Abhiyan Rajhans.
Maxine’s Cafe and Bar
1325 Burrard St., Vancouver.
Cuisine: Modern French Bistro
Modern French bistro with a hint of Italian in this bright room with a beautiful outside patio, located on the edge of the Westend. They have a wonderful happy hour with tasty snacks and beautiful cocktails.
Nancy Go Ya Ya Eating House
265 East Pender St., Vancouver.
Beautiful restaurant specializing in Singaporean café delights, owned by Tannis Ling and Alain Chow who partnered with chef Jian Cheng. The décor is delightful reminiscing a Singaporean coffee shop; and the service is top notch. Join the waiting list for a table upon entering.
Regal Mansion Cuisine Seafood Restaurant
555 W 12th Ave #201, Vancouver
Cuisine: Upscale Chinese
Neighbourhood: Cambie Village
Beautiful restaurant specializes in quality authentic Cantonese and Mainland Chinese food, located on the 2nd floor of City Square. Dim Sum is top notch here as is the service.
Zarak by Afghan Kitchen
2102 Main St., Vancouver.
Neighborhood: Olympic Village
It’s all about elevated Afghan dishes and a beautiful dining room to match at this newly opened eatery on Main Street on the edge of Mount Pleasant. Advance reservations are a must here for dinner.
Curious which restaurants were on the last list, take a look at my Best New Vancouver Restaurants of 2019.
By: Richard Wolak