If you don’t remember what it’s like to eat in a restaurant that doesn’t bring crayons to the table, it’s time to plan a date night! Once in a while it’s good to remind yourself what it’s like to order what you want and actually enjoy your meal while it’s still hot. Head to East Van to find a huge selection of ethnically diverse restaurants with tons of ambience at all price points. Italian, French, Peruvian, Japanese, local delicacies and seasonal menus can all be found in abundance. Although there are many family friendly options in East Van, the restaurants listed below are great ideas for a night out with friends or the always coveted (and sometimes elusive) date night.
Just in case it’s not date night …
Date night in East Vancouver: 4 no-fail restaurant picks
The Mackenzie Room
Open nightly from 5:30 pm, the Mackenzie Room is the perfect for an adult night out. Their chalkboard menu of seasonal locally sourced products showcase the best of what BC has to offer. The entire menu is best enjoyed shared between friends, like a big family dinner without the dishes. They guarantee that their food is “exciting, playful and always thoughtful” and they take pride in everything they serve, from food to drink to conversation.
415 Powell Street, 604.253.0705
Named after a very popular drink in Peru, Chicha Restaurant specializes in Peruvian tapas, weekend brunch and pisco cocktails (drinks made with a Peruvian white brandy). Everything on the menu is made from scratch and with love. Chicha Restaurant is a place where friends can come together to have a good time and experience a bold-flavoured, colorful, modern interpretation of Peruvian food. The fun, casual atmosphere and creative share plates make it a great choice for date night.
136 East Broadway, (604) 620-3963
Kissa Tanto represents “a combination of the flavours of Japan and the warmth of Italian cooking.” This restaurant combines two culinary world powers to create crisp exotic salads, playful pastas and rich, tender meats, served along with Singapore Slings, sake and beer (among others!). Let the food, drink, music and conversation take you around the world. Their space in Chinatown is designed for small, intimate dining experience, in other words: the perfect date place!
263 East Pender Street, (778) 379-8078
Les Faux Bourgeois
Les Faux Bourgeois has made its mark on the Kingsway and Fraser nexus. From beef bourguignon and cassoulet to fresh halibut and spot prawns, the seasonal menu will impress anyone looking for the French experience. Food critics, bloggers, local magazines and publications have given it numerous accolades, including Best French destination in the city. Reservations are recommended though they do keep the dinner-bar unreserved for walk-in customers.
663 East 15th Ave, (604) 873-9733
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