Best New Vancouver Restaurants in 2021

Zarak by Afghan Kitchen

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.

Vol-au-Vent

Alouette Restaurant  

567 Hornby Street, Vancouver

(604) 689-8862

Web: http://alouettevancouver.com/menus/

Instagram @alouetteyvr

Cuisine: French

Neighborhood: Downtown  

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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.

Seafood Platter

Bruno Restaurant

8499 Bridgeport Rd., Richmond.

604-242-2750

Web: https://clubversante.com/bruno/

Instagram: @bruno.yvr

Cuisine: Canadian

Neighborhood: Richmond

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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.

Aged Shima Aji Crudo

Cask Whisky Vault:

8400 West Rd., Richmond.

604-242-2767

Web: clubversante.com/cask

Instagram: @cask.yvr

Cuisine: Japanese inspired

Neighborhood: North Richmond

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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.

Roasted Coho Salmon

Delara Restaurant

2272 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver.

Tel: 604-730-4325

Web: https://delararestaurant.ca/

instagram @delararestaurant

Cuisine: Persian

Neighborhood: Kitsilano

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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.

Menagerie French Toast Brulée 

Food by Fanta

20542 Fraser Hwy, Langley

604.427.0166

Web: https://foodbyfanta.com/

instagram @foodbyfanta

Cuisine: Thai and French inspired

Neighborhood: Downtown Langley

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Featuring a selection of inspiring & delicious modern fusion cuisine with Thai inspiration for Brunch, Lunch & Dinner from award winning Chef Parinya (Fanta) Loptson.

Gnudi Caico e Pepe

Fiorino, Italian Street Food

212 E Georgia Street in Vancouver

Instagram @fiorino_isf 

Tel: (604) 568-0905

Web:https://www.fiorinovancouver.com/

Cuisine: Florentine

Neighborhood: Chinatown

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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.

 Nem-Cha Gio Spring Rolls

Linh Cafe

1428 Granville St., Vancouver.

604-564-9668

Web: https://linhcafe.com/

instagram @linhcafe_yvr 

Cuisine: French Vietnamese

Neighborhood: Beach District

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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.

Cacioepepe Pizza

L’onore Pizza  

28 E. Royal Ave in New Westminster.

Tel: (604) 553 0645

Web: https://www.lonorepizza.com/

Instagram @lonore_pizza

Cuisine: Italian  

Neighborhood: Sapperton

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Specializing in Italian inspired Pizza along with other dishes which includes salads, meatballs, Turkish Pide and more by Chef/Owner Abhiyan Rajhans.


Roasted Potato Rosti

Maxine’s Cafe and Bar

1325 Burrard St., Vancouver.

604-707-7224

Web: https://www.maxinescafebar.com/

instagram @maxines_cafebar

Cuisine: Modern French Bistro

Neighborhood: Westend

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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.

Pandan Chiffon Cake 

Nancy Go Ya Ya Eating House

265 East Pender St., Vancouver.

604-559-6181

Web: https://www.nancygoyaya.com/

instagram @nancygoyaya

Cuisine: Singaporean

Neighborhood: Chinatown

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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.

Har Gow Dumplings

Regal Mansion Cuisine Seafood Restaurant

555 W 12th Ave #201, Vancouver

(604) 879-8038

Web: https://regalmansioncuisine.com/

Instagram @regalmansion.yvr

Cuisine: Upscale Chinese

Neighbourhood: Cambie Village

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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.

Bolani

Zarak by Afghan Kitchen

2102 Main St., Vancouver.

604-318-3456

Web: https://www.zarakvancouver.com/

instagram @zarakvancouver 

Cuisine: Afghan  

Neighborhood: Olympic Village  

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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