The Results: The 2016 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

Make your reservations quickly, as we have a feeling these rooms are about to get even busier

May 10, 2016

By Vancouver Magazine

See our 2017 Restaurant Awards Winners ▸▸▸

 

Democracy, broadly speaking, is a good thing. But when it comes to food? Well, let’s just say that’s not its most effective application. Yes, everyone with a smartphone and a spoon is free to express their opinion, but we still believe in the value of expertise—and the people who possess it, those whose palates can’t be swayed by PR or payola. Once again, those people have rendered their verdicts. Welcome to our enlightened dictatorship.

maenam

Restaurant of the Year

Maenam

threestars

When asked his age, Angus An says he’s 36. No, he corrects himself—35. “I feel 46, to be honest with you,” he says. It’s an understandable mix up. Age is an easy thing to forget for someone like An, who opened his first restaurant, Gastropod, when he was just 26. Maenam, his flagship restaurant, came three years later, and he’s since opened three casual eateries and won more awards for his work than most chefs twice his age. Indeed, 35 seems almost impossibly young considering the fact that, according to this year’s Restaurant Awards judges, An has been instrumental in not only putting out amazing food night after night but also transforming Vancouver’s dining scene in the process.

Read more about Maenam here >>>

 

royaldinette
Best New Restaurant

Royal Dinette

threestars
905 Dunsmuir St.

604-974-8077

It’s probably safe to say that “business as usual” is not a concept that David Gunawan looks upon favourably. After all, his career has been defined by a seemingly relentless need for change, both in the plates he puts out and the places in which they get served. That sensibility has found its fullest expression at Royal Dinette, where the food that he and head chef Jack Chen are creating is almost defiantly—and always unapologetically—creative.

Bauhaus
silverstar

1 W. Cordova St.604-974-1147

AnnaLena
onestar

1809 W. 1st Ave.604-379-4052

Honourable Mentions: La Tab, Ancora

Read more about Royal Dinette here >>>

hawksworth

Best Upscale

Hawksworth

threestars
801 W. Georgia St.604-673-7000

Bauhaus
silverstar

1 W. Cordova St., 604-974-1147

Cioppino’s
onestar

1133 Hamilton St.604-688-7466

Honourable Mentions: The Pear Tree, Blue Water Cafe

askforluigi

Best Casual

Ask for Luigi

threestars
305 Alexander St.
604-428-2544

Maenam
silverstar
1938 W. 4th Ave.604-730-5579

Bao Bei
onestar
163 Keefer St.604-688-0876

Honourable Mentions: AnnaLena, La Tab

Pino_LobsterLinguini 013

Best Upscale Italian

Cioppino’s

threestars
1133 Hamilton St.
604-688-7466

Giardino
silverstar
1328 Hornby St.604-669-2422

CinCin
onestar
1154 Robson St.604-688-7338

Honourable Mentions: Cinara, La Quercia

askforluigi2

Best Casual Italian

Ask for Luigi (tie)

threestars
305 Alexander St.
604-428-2544

L’ufficio (tie)

threestars
3687 W. 4th Ave.
604-676-1007

Lupo
silverstar
869 Hamilton St.
604-569-2535

Honourable Mention: Campagnolo Roma

lecrocodile

Best Upscale French

Le Crocodile

threestars
100–909 Burrard St.
604-669-4298

L’Abattoir
silverstar
217 Carrall St., 604-568-1701

Bacchus
onestar
845 Hornby St., 604-608-5319

Honourable Mentions: Five Sails, Chambar

Au-Comptoir-(Hi-Res)-20

Best Casual French

Au Comptoir

threestars
2278 W. 4th Ave., 604-569-2278

Tableau
silverstar
1181 Melville St., 604-639-8692

Les Faux Bourgeois
onestar
663 E. 15th Ave. , 604-873-9733

Honourable Mentions: Bistro Wagon Rouge, Jules

Zest

Best Upscale Japanese

Zest

threestars
2775 W. 16th Ave., 604-731-9378

Tojo’s
silverstar
1133 W. Broadway, 604-872-8050

Masayoshi
onestar
4376 Fraser St., 604-428-6272

Honourable Mentions: Kiriri, Miku

kinome

Best Casual Japanese

Kinome

threestars
2511 W. Broadway, 778-379-1925

Kingyo
silverstar
871 Denman St., 604-608-1677

Rajio
onestar
3763 W. 10th Ave., 604-558-1679

Honourable Mentions: Kishimoto, Suika

DynastySeaFood

Best Upscale Chinese

Dynasty Seafood

threestars
108–777 W. Broadway, 604-876-8388

Chef Tony

silverstar
101–4600 No. 3 Rd., Richmond, 604-279-0083

The Jade

onestar
8511 Alexandra Rd., Richmond, 604-249-0082

Honourable Mentions: Hoitong, Chang’An

Dinesty Dumpling House

Best Casual Chinese

Dinesty

threestars
Various locations

Long’s

silverstar
4853 Main St., 604-879-7879

Ningtu

onestar
2130 Kingsway, 604-438-6669

Honourable Mentions: Old Xian Food, Kongee Dinesty

mrredcafe

Best Vietnamese

Mr. Red Cafe 

threestars
2234 E. Hastings St., 604-710-9515

Hai Phong

silverstar
1246 Kingsway, 604-872-3828

My Chau

onestar
1715 Kingsway. 604-874-6880

Honourable Mentions: Chau Veggie Express, Hoi An Cafe

royalseoulhouse

Best Korean

Royal Seoul House

threestars
1215 W. Broadway, 604-739-9001

Hanwoori

silverstar
5740 Imperial St., Burnaby, 604-439-0815

Damso

onestar
867 Denman St., 604-632-0022

Honourable Mentions: Seoul Doogbaegi, Ma Dang Goul

Maenam2

Best Thai

Maenam

threestars
1938 W. 4th Ave., 604-730-5579

Jitlada

silverstar
1459 W. Broadway, 604-738-9888

Longtail

onestar
116–810 Quayside Dr., New Westminster, 604-553-3855

Honourable Mentions: Thai Cuisine by Montri, SalaThai

MYSHANTI-7004

Best Indian

My Shanti

threestars
15869 Croydon Dr., Surrey, 604-560-4416

Dosa Corner

silverstar
8248 Fraser St., 604-324-3672

Sachdeva Sweets

onestar
118-7500 120 St., Surrey, 604-591-6788

Honourable Mentions: Rangoli, Apna Chaat

Phnom Penh

Best Other Asian

Phnom Penh 

threestars
244 E. Georgia St., 604-682-5777

Pidgin

silverstar
350 Carrall St., 604-620-9400

Torafuku

onestar
958 Main St., 778-903-2006

Honourable Mention: The Union

dinesty-pink

Best Dim Sum

Dynasty

threestars
108–777 W. Broadway, 604-876-8388

Chef Tony

silverstar
101–4600 No. 3 Rd., Richmond, 604-279-0083

Golden Paramount

onestar
8071 Park Rd., Richmond, 604-278-0873

Honourable Mentions: Kirin, Vivacity

Daniel.Go

Best Noodle House

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

threestars
1690 Robson St., Vancouver, 604-681-8121

Marutama Ra-men

silverstar
780 Bidwell St., 604-688-8837

Motomachi Shokudo

onestar
740 Denman St., 604-609-0310

Honourable Mentions: Congee Noodle House, Fat Mao

mollicafe

Best of the Americas

Molli Café

threestars
1225 Burrard St., 604-336-6554

D Roti Shak

silverstar
808 12th St., New Westminster, 604-544-5994

Las Tortas

onestar
3353 Cambie St., 604-569-1402

Honourable Mentions: The Mexican, Back Forty

`VM0416_CarloRicci_140320_VanMag_RestaurantAwards_5_428

Best Steakhouse

Hy’s Encore

threestars
637 Hornby St., 604-683-7671

Gotham

silverstar
615 Seymour St., 604-605-8282

Black+Blue

onestar
1032 Alberni St., 604-637-0777

Honourable Mentions: Joe Fortes, Hamilton Street Grill

bluewater1

Best Seafood

Blue Water Cafe

threestars
1095 Hamilton St., 604-688-8078

Tojo’s

silverstar
1133 W. Broadway, 604-872-8050

Ancora

onestar
2–1600 Howe St., 604-681-1164

Honourable Mentions: Boulevard, Landmark Hot Pot

VijRailwayExpress

Best Food Cart

Vij’s Railway Express

threestars
@vijsrailway

La Bohème
silverstar

Via Tevere
onestar
@ViaTeverePizza

Honourable Mentions: Le Tigre, Yolks

kingyo

Best Casual Chain

Kingyo 

threestars
Various locations

Cactus Club Cafe

silverstar
Various locations

La Taqueria
onestar
Various locations

Honourable Mentions: Guu, Earls

Revolver-2

Best Coffeehouse

Revolver

threestars
325 Cambie St.

Timbertrain
silverstar
311 W Cordova St.

Milano
onestar
156 W 8th Ave.

Honourable Mentions: The Birds & The Beets, Bump n Grind

pizzabufala

Best Pizzeria

Bufala

threestars
5395 West Blvd.

Via Tevere
silverstar
1190 Victoria Dr.

Pizzeria Farina
onestar
915 Main St.

 

The Neighbourhoods categories are brought to you by YP Dine

dine-logo-en

kingyo2

Best West End

Kingyo

threestars
871 Denman St., 604-608-1677

Tavola
silverstar
1829 Robson St.604-606-4680

Espana
onestar
1118 Denman St., 604-558-4040

Honourable Mentions: Gyoza King, The Fat Badger

santouka

Best Yaletown

Bistro Sakana

threestars
1123 Mainland St., 604-633-1280

La Pentola
silverstar
350 Davie St., 604-642-0557

The Flying Pig
onestar
1168 Hamilton St., 604-568-1344

Honourable Mentions: Provence Marinaside, Rodney’s Oyster House

baobei

Best Gastown/Chinatown

Bao Bei

threestars
163 Keefer St., 604-688-0876

Ask for Luigi
silverstar
305 Alexander St., 604-428-2544

Bestie
onestar
105 E. Pender St., 604-620-1175

Honourable Mentions: Fat Mao

cinara

Best Downtown

Cinara

threestars
350 W. Pender St., 604-428-9694

Royal Dinette

silverstar
905 Dunsmuir St., 604-974-8077

Gyozo Bar (TIE)

onestar
622 W. Pender St., 604-336-5563

Ramen Jinya (TIE)
onestar
270 Robson St., 604-568-9711

Honourable Mention: BaoQi

lufficio

Best West Side

L’ufficio

threestars
3687 W. 4th Ave.. 604-676-1007

Au Comptoir
silverstar
2278 W. 4th Ave., 604-569-2278

Maenam
onestar
1938 W. 4th Ave., 604-730-5579

Honourable Mentions: Rajio, Farmer’s Apprentice

ViaTevere

Best East Side

Via Tevere

threestars
1190 Victoria Dr., 604-336-1803

Burdock & Co.
silverstar
2702 Main St., 604-879-0077

Kalvin’s
onestar
5225 Victoria Dr., 604-321-2888

Honourable Mentions: Mr. Red Cafe, Chau Veggie Express

canyon-restaurant

Best North Shore

Canyon

threestars
3135 Edgemont Blvd. , North Vancouver, 604-987-8812

Blue Eyed Marys
silverstar
1735 Marine Dr., West Vancouver, 604-921-2583

Feast
onestar
2423 Marine Dr., West Vancouver, 604-922-1155

Honourable Mentions: Trattoria Park Royal

kiriri

Best Richmond

Kiriri

threestars
190–8780 Blundell Rd., 778-297-4330

Sushi Hachi
silverstar
8888 Odlin Cres., 604-207-2882

Kongee Dinesty
onestar
165–9020 Capstan Way, 604-278-0077

Honourable Mentions: Top Shanghai, Cocoru

Araxi Food Day 1 161

Best Whistler

Araxi

threestars
4222 Village Sq., 604-932-4540

Alta Bistro
silverstar
104–4319 Main St., 604-932-2582

Bearfoot Bistro
onestar
4121 Village Green, 604-932-3433

Honourable Mentions: The Mexican Corner, Rim Rock Cafe

stagewinebar

Best Victoria

Stage

threestars
1307 Gladstone Ave., 250-388-4222

Brasserie L’école
silverstar
1715 Government St., 250-475-6260

Camille’s
onestar
45 Bastion Sq. , 250-381-3433

Honourable Mentions: Part and Parcel, Pizzeria Prima Strada

`SheloraSheldon-pilgrimme13

Best Island

Pilgrimme

threestars
2806 Montague Rd., Galiano Island, 250-539-5392

Wolf in the Fog
silverstar
150 4 St., Tofino, 250-725-9653

The Pointe
onestar
500 Osprey Ln., Tofino, 250-725-3106

Honourable Mentions: Sooke Harbour House, Sobo

waterfrontwines2

Best Okanagan

Waterfront Wines

threestars
1180 Sunset Dr., Kelowna, 250-979-1222

Raudz
silverstar
1560 Water St., Kelowna, 250-868-8805

Salted Brick

onestar
243 Bernard Ave., Kelowna, 778-484-3234

Honourable Mentions: Local, Central

tinhorn

Best Winery/Vineyard Dining

Miradoro

threestars
Tinhorn Creek Winery, 250-498-3742

The Vineyard Kitchen at Black Hills Estate Winery
silverstar
Black Hills Estate Winery, 250-493-8657

The Vanilla Pod
onestar
Poplar Grove Winery , 250-493-9463

Honourable Mentions: Unsworth Vineyards, Terrace (­Mission Hill)

See more Restaurant Awards 2016 winners >>>

  • Tags:

Get the Newsletter

Own your city with Vancouver’s thrice-weekly scoop on the latest restaurant news, must-shop hotspots and can’t miss events. Rest assured your email is safe with us.