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Vancouver: 10 of the Best Gay-friendly Restaurants

Our Top 10 of the best and gay-friendly restaurants Vancouver – The West-Canadian Metropole is known for its multi-cultural lifestyle and, of course, for its culinary scene. Fresh seafood, traditional Canadian dishes and the fine art of the modern cuisine, Vancouver has it all, not to forget the best wines in Canada and tasty crafted beers of the west coast. And the Vancouverites know them all from highlights in Chinatown to the chic restaurants in Downtown, the Vancouver food scene offers variety for everyone. During our trip to British Columbia in January 2018, we had the chance to test some of the best and gay-friendly restaurants in town.

Therefore, the Dine Out Festival Vancouver offered us the keen opportunity to try the special three-course menus for a fixed price, if you will, a journey through the diverse restaurant scene of Vancouver without being it a costly affair. Together with our gay travel blogger buddies from the Nomadic Boys and the local gay couple Claus and his boyfriend Eamonn, we assembled seven of the best and gay-friendly restaurants in Vancouver from the award-winning vegetarian restaurant ‘Acorn’, the Chinese highlight restaurant ‘Mott 32 Vancouver’ to the local restaurant ‘Juniper’ in Chinatown. Enjoy our restaurant reviews of the best and gay-friendly restaurants in Vancouver through a couple of men‘s eyes.

Gay Travel Blogger testing restaurants in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada © Coupleofmen.com

Karl can’t get enough! Yummy! © Coupleofmen.com

Top Restaurants tested by Couple of Men

Vancouver as third biggest Canadian metropole is undoubtedly one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world. The staff of the listed restaurants below was friendly, openminded, respectful, courteous, and judicious, without exception. A kiss in between, a selfie moment arm in arm or holding hand while waiting for the food was not a problem at any time. So enjoy your next dinner in one of the gay-friendly restaurants and bars in Vancouver we assembled in our Top 10 list tested by three couple of men traveling and living in Vancouver, BC.

#1 Juniper Kitchen & Bar | Chinatown

185 Keefer Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1X3 | Open: daily 4:30 pm – late |  junipervancouver.com 

Located in the hip and vibrant neighborhood Vancouver Chinatown, the restaurant Juniper is known for its handcrafted cocktails and a cuisine featuring the best of Canada’s North West. We had dinner at Juniper on a Monday which is supposed to be a quieter day of the week. Modern interior, a great lighting catching the streetlights of Keefer Street and an extraordinary (gay) friendly staff created a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Highlights of the three-course menus: the braised bison short rib for Karl and the grilled Beetroot with farmhouse cheese for Daan. The cocktail menu is incredibly diverse. We had always the right drink with our dishes, tasty and supporting our meal. Bravo to the chef and bartender! Check reviews & make a reservation >

>> Recommended by Karl & Daan

 

 

#2 The Acorn | Mt Pleasant Vancouver

3995 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P3 | Open: Sun – Thu 5:30 pm – 10 pm Fri – Sat till 11 pm | theacornrestaurant.ca

Located at the Main Street 10 minutes south of Downtown, the award-winning Vegetarian restaurant Acorn does exactly what it says on the tin. The food is fantastic, diverse and the staff of this little green oasis super friendly. It was a last minute decision to pay one of the best restaurants in Vancouver a visit. Its no wonder, that there was no table left for us. But sitting at the bar and having the bartender for small talk had something to be said for it, too. Karl loved the Beer Battered Halloumi with Zucchini and Potato Pancake, Mint Yogurt and Acorn Garden Lemon Balm while Daan couldn’t get enough of the Hay Smoked Galeux d’Eysines Cavatelli Pasta with Pickled Knotroot. Tip: Don’t miss the homemade Acorn House Ginger Beer! Check reviews & make a reservation >

>> Recommended by Karl & Daan

 

 

#3 Mott 32 Vancouver | West End

1161 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C6 | Open: 5 pm to 10 pm | vancouver.mott32.com

Definitely one of the highlights of our food tour was the dinner at Mott 32. Named after the address of the first Chinese convenience store in New York, the Mott 32 in Hong Kong became one of the most rewarded restaurants in Hong Kong. The Mott 32 in Vancouver is following in the footsteps of the celebration of Hong Kong culture and cuisine. We cannot even recall the diversity and variety of dishes we tasted throughout the evening. But every single piece of meat, fish, and vegetable was just superb and memorable. And so was the staff always keeping an eye on our cocktail glasses offering nonstop the exact right drink composition to support the taste of the following course. Undoubtfully, one of the highlights was the Black Sesame Sphere with small kumquat bites & tofu ice cream and the Hot and Sour Shanghainese Soup Dumplings with minced pork in a spicy and sour soup base. Thumbs up! Check reviews & make a reservation >

>> Recommended by Karl & Daan

 

 

#4 Honey Salt Parq Vancouver | Downtown

39 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 0R3 | Open: 6:30 pm to 22 pm | parqvancouver.com/honey-salt

The Honey Salt is the gorgeous restaurant part of the Douglas Hotel restaurant in downtown Vancouver. The interior is very classy, chic – definitely a place you want to dress up a bit for. The staff is incredibly welcoming and friendly. Honey Salt makes a variety of delicious international dishes with an Asian twist. We had a yummy seafood starter and steak for a main. The real highlight, however, is the enormous banana cake dessert, which they are so famous for. It’s huge – we recommend sharing it between 2/3 people. And it’s bloody goooood! Check reviews & make a reservation >

>> Recommended by Seby & Stefan

 

 

#5 Italian Kitchen | Downtown Vancouver

860 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1X9 | Open: daily 11:30 am – 11:00 pm | glowbalgroup.com/italiankitchen/

We had a delicious dinner at the Italian Kitchen located at 860 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver. This place is very popular and one of the highly rated restaurants in Vancouver, so it gets super busy. We recommend reserving a table beforehand. The interior is very sophisticated with dim lighting to create a romantic ambiance, which we love. The food is classic Italian dishes, including some delicious carpaccio starters, salads, and kinds of pasta. They do great wine pairings to match each dish, including some locally produced wines you probably didn’t know about – Canadian wine, it’s a thing! Check reviews & make a reservation >

>> Recommended by Seby & Stefan

 

 

#6 1886 – Chinese Fine Dining | Downtown

39 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0R3 | Open: daily 5 pm to 10 pm | parqvancouver.com/1886/

Together with our friends Steve Polyak from Gay Calgary and Superstar Daniel Newmann we tested the restaurant 1886 – Chinese Fine Dining in Downtown Vancouver. Conveniently, the restaurant 1886 is located at Parq Vancouver, home of our hotel The Douglas Vancouver. Good to know: Vancouver is home to the biggest Chinese community outside Asia. No wonder, that admirer of Asian cuisine will find a variety of the best Chinese restaurants in Northern America in Vancouver, like the 1886 restaurant. Starting with a Chinese Tea, the 1886 restaurant served up the best of the best of Chinese cuisine. The Shrimps and beef for the meat-eater and tofu for our vegetarians, every course of the three-course menu was delicious. But nothing compares to a freshly prepared Jasmin tea, truly a celebration together with the fresh, tasty food. 胃口好! Check reviews & make a reservation >

>> Recommended by Karl, Daan, Steve & Daniel

 

 

#7 Wildebeest | Gastown Vancouver

120 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8 | Open: daily 5 pm to midnight | wildebeest.ca

A Gastown institution, Wildebeest is known for its farm-to-table, seasonal cuisine served in an intimate, long-table setting with low lights and candlelight. On our latest visit to Dine Out Vancouver, we tried the tuna tartare with celeriac mayonnaise and a succulently smoked pork belly. For our main we enjoyed a delicious confit duck leg served with parsnips and handmade gnocchi, and for dessert, we had a refreshing pannacotta with blackberry compote and mint and sorrel granita. For this dinner, we opted for a wine pairing with each course in which we got to try three wines from the Okanagan region of BC, which faultlessly complimented each dish. Wildebeest also has a great selection of craft beers, including many Belgian and international options. Check reviews & make a reservation >

>> Recommended by Claus & Eamonn

 

 

#8 Notch 8 Restaurant & Bar | Downtown

900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6 | Open: 6:30 pm to 12 am | notch8-dining.com

The restaurant in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver was recently redesigned with a luxury 1930s travel-themed décor to pay homage to the hotel’s history in a relationship with the Canadian Pacific Railway. With a contemporary luxury feel, Notch 8 has become a favorite for locals for after work drinks – they have a fantastic cocktail list! – as well as a home base for guests of the hotel. As a starter, we had the woods-inspired venison and lingonberry tartare and the chargrilled octopus with sea asparagus and shellfish. As a main, we enjoyed the juicy porcini and scallion-crusted Angus beef served with BC mushrooms and a cedar-smoked BC coho salmon. The last course was a decadent maple chocolate cake with whiskey raisin ice cream. No meal is complete without a tipple of Notch 8’s Hickory-infused old fashioned! Check reviews & make a reservation >

>> Recommended by Claus & Eamonn

 

Our Top 7 of the best gay-friendly Restaurants in Vancouver © Coupleofmen.com

Claus & Eamonn dining out in Vancouver | Gay-friendly Restaurants Vancouver © Coupleofmen.com

 

#9 L’Abattoir | Gastown

217 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2 | Open: daily 5:30 pm to 10 pm | labattoir.ca

Also located in the heart of historic Gastown, L’Abbatoir serves impressive French-inspired dishes, inventive cocktails and a wide section of local and international wines, in a relaxed setting. The restaurant is housed in the site of Vancouver’s first jail and its décor accentuates the original 19th Century structure with exposed brick walls and an addition of tiles, steel, wood and glass features. We started our dinner with L’Abattoir’s famed avocado gimlet to accompany our starters: a buttery foie gras and a crispy octopus soaked in lemongrass and fermented chili. For our main, we ordered a beautifully-cooked Beef Bavette with kale and brandy jus, paired with a BC Syrah, and ended the night with light and sweet desserts of deconstructed lemon meringue and yogurt pannacotta with beetroot mousse. Check reviews & make a reservation >

>> Recommended by Claus & Eamonn

 

Our Top 7 of the best gay-friendly Restaurants in Vancouver © Coupleofmen.com

L’Abattoir from the outside | Gay-friendly Restaurants Vancouver © Eamonn

#10 Bars 1181 and XYYVR | Davie Village

Drag Show Gay friendly Vancouver Dancing Drag Queen

Drag Queen Alma Bitches © Coupleofmen.com

Gay Bars & Drag Show Vancouver

Gay Travelers who are looking for the gay neighborhood of Vancouver for some drinks, drag shows, and dating opportunities, should keep an eye on the so-called “Davie Village”, the neighborhood in West End around Davie Street. Together with our good friend Barb Snelgrove, we had a great time during the Sunday drag show The Shequel at XY at 1181 and XYYVR hosted by Vancouver’s Drag Superstar Alma Bitches. Sunday became FUNday with those wonderful and unique Drag performances. Thank you to every single performer, we had a blast!

Annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival

The best way to explore the food scene in the cold and dark winter months is the annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival. Since the reasonable beginning in 2002, Dine Out Vancouver became the biggest food festival in Canada, today. More than 200 restaurants, bars, breweries and food-related events are offering the best creations gourmets and food lovers can find in Northern America. For 17 days in January and February, all participating restaurants offer three-course menus for a fixed price, 40 CAN $ in 2018. One of the worlds greatest food hubs makes dining out quite affordable, even in normally expensive restaurants. For an overview of all participating restaurants and the newest updates for Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2019, check the Dine Out Website! And then, Bon appétit!

Prost and eet smakelijk!

Vegetarian for Daan, a good biological burger for Karl combined with a local beer. We are looking for the best spots for breakfast, lunch, and dinner worldwide for you. Enjoy your food!

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Prost and eet smakelijk!

Vegetarian for Daan, a good biological burger for Karl combined with a local beer. We are looking for the best spots for breakfast, lunch, and dinner worldwide for you. Enjoy your food!

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Twitter @coupleofmen

Gay-friendly Restaurants Vancouver on a map

Gay-friendly Restaurants Vancouver for Dine Out

Official Websites:
Tourism Vancouver: tourismvancouver.com
Dine Out Vancouver Festival: dineoutvancouver.com

Good to know about dining out in Canada

Similar to the United States of America, you are paying the staff of a restaurant/ bar with your tip. Therefore, normally 15-20 % should be added to the amount stated on the bill. The only two circumstances when you are allowed to decline additional tip: if the service costs are already included on the bill (mostly when you are eating in groups) or if the service was seriously beneath contempt. If you are paying with (credit) card, a tip percentage option will show up right before you enter your pin code. Canadians, in general, like to go out for dinner. Especially during weekends, it is advisable to make a reservation well in advance. If you wanna consume alcoholic beverages, avoid driving a car a take a cap. Caps are easy to order from the hotel reception or on your way back from the bar by the waiter and are affordable. Check out all Restaurants in Vancouver >

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