It’s time to get resos for one of Vancouver’s favourite annual traditions: Dine Out Vancouver. This year’s fest, which kicks off January 17 and runs until February 2, is your chance to try out some of the best restaurants in Metro Vancouver at a discounted price. The 300+ participating restaurants are offering multi-course dinners at $15, $25, $35 and $45, and believe it or not, you can take your kids with you!
Here are some of our picks for family friendly Dine Out options.
Family friendly restaurants at Dine Out Vancouver
Brewhall ($15 lunch only)
Burger, fries and mini-donuts for $15. Sounds like kid (and well, ahem, parent) heaven. The Brewhall is offering walk-in (no reservation) lunches but wow do they ever look great. Try two of the 7 sliders (add a 3rd or $4.50) plus the aforementioned fries or salad and mini-donuts for dessert (because everyone needs dessert after a burger and fries). PS: Grownups may want to indulge in a craft beer.
97 East 2nd Avenue, Olympic Village
Popina Canteen ($15 lunch only)
Perfect for antsy picky kids with food made from mostly local, organic and sustainable ingredients, this super cool eatery’s Dine Out menu features Grass-Fed BBC Cheeseburger and fries, a Crispy Chicken Sandwich, or a house-made falafel sandwich and one of its signature Puffcreams for dessert. Noms!
Ferry dock on Granville Island, Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm, 604 428 7518
Rocky Mountain Flatbread ($25)
Kid friendly, farm fresh food to please picky, gluten-free, vegan and carnivorous palates, you can’t go wrong with a Dine Out lunch or dinner at Rocky Mountain Flatbread. Think tasty mocktails, nutritious salads, pasta and artisanal, wood-over-fired pizzas, and their famous deserts. Their popular kids play area make this a slam dunk for families.
At their Kits and Main St locations
Chutney Villa ($15)
Talk about a deal! Cutney Villa, located in the heart of Mount Pleasant, offers a mouth watering three-course South Indian meal (with veg, fish and meat options) – think dosas, curries, and lentil dumplings, gulab jamuns for dessert.
147 East Broadway, Vancouver
Hwaro Korean Steak House & Raw Food Bar ($15 lunch)
Korean everything is having a moment doncha know, and that includes the country’s unique and exceptionally healthy meals. Bring the kids for family friendly experience and dig into some wild mushroom japchae or classic Bulgogi.
#2048-1163 Pinetree Way, Coquiltam
Bells and Whistles ($25)
A newish fixture in the Fraser hood, this hipster friendly and always packed burger, beer and wine joint has long tables ideal for families. There’s also indoor stroller parking, fun colour-in / and build it origami sheets, Basketball and arcade games and a kid-palate-friendly menu.
3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Arms Reach Bistro ($35)
Dig into some West Coast fare overlooking the ocean in the North Shore’s picturesque Deep Cove. The cosy welcoming atmosphere at this family-owned restaurant makes it a hit with kids. The three-course meal is both hearty and innovative and even comes with suggestions for perfect VQA wine pairings for Mom and Dad.
107C – 4390 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver
Tap and Barrel ($25)
We love the Olympic Village location, which offers lots of opportunity for before or after dinner family walks along the seawall or climbs up the giant birds. This year’s three-course Dine Out menu, features tons of options to please all palates from lamb and ribs to seafood and deep fried pickles plus a brownie or apple tart for dessert. They also have colouring pages and have a great kids menu. At $25, this is a steal.
1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
The Old Spaghetti Factory ($25)
The Old Spaghetti Factory may not be the most adventurous choice for an evening out, but when it comes to kids, this venerable pasta institution knows what its doing. Book one of their three-course lunch and dinner pasta Dine Out menus and reserve a spot in the old electric trolley car in the restaurant’s dining room. The kids will love it.
53 Water Street, Gastown, Vancouver
If you’re looking for a true foodie experience in a relaxed atmosphere, you’ll love the warm, welcoming vibe at Campagnolo. Known for locally sourced ingredients and house made salumi and mustard, this rustic, laid back Northern Italian restaurant has been a hit ever since it opened about a decade ago. Their dishes are simple and authentic and will please the most ‘discerning’ (AKA picky) eaters. A major cut above the Spaghetti Factory!
1020 Main Street, Vancouver
Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival
January 17 to February 2, 2020
Which restaurants are you hoping to visit during Dine Out Vancouver?
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).