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These are the best restaurants in Vancouver of 2023

According to a panel of Vancouver restaurant pros

After a succession of modified awards - both in scope and celebration - the 2023 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards returned to its more typical time of year, and a slightly closer-to-usual scope. The winners of the publication's 34th annual awards honouring the best of the city's always-vibrant dining scene were announced Monday afternoon at a ticketed ceremony held at the Italian Cultural Centre.

Award highlights: Range of top restaurants represented

Taking the spotlight with the most prestigious awards of the year were Kitsilano's now-veteran AnnaLena (at eight years old), which was named Restaurant of the Year, and its chef/owner Michael Robbins, dubbed Vancouver's Chef of the Year. The contemporary Pacific Northwest restaurant has really come into its own in the past year or so, shifting to a tasting menu model and consistently impressing diners with its delivery of high-calibre, delicious, and creative dishes. Further, AnnaLena took the gold for Best Contemporary restaurant of the year. 

Though AnnaLena as Best Restaurant reflects an overall achievement, many Vancouver (and visiting) diners look for the best of the new class, and for 2023, that's Suyo, the modern Peruvian restaurant in Mount Pleasant, which was named not only Best New Restaurant but also Best Latin American.

Among the gold-status bests in the categories are restaurants reflecting a range of Vancouver's dining out scene, from the approachable (i.e. Best Casual Chancho Tortilleria, Best Chain Cactus Club, and Best Indian Dosa Corner) to the more elevated (Best Japanese Masayoshi, Best French St. Lawrence, and Best Upscale Boulevard). Some hidden gems were also celebrated, with wins for Zoomak (Best Korean) and Kilimanjaro Snack House (Best Afro/Caribbean). 

Awards for behind-the-scenes excellence

A number of hospitality and purveyor awards were also handed out, including the front of house category, Premier Crew, which went to seven individuals who make the dining experience shine through their expertise: Chad Clark, Tara Davies, Steve Edwards, Brittany Hoorne, May Tai, Peter Van de Reep, and Stephen Whiteside. The Producer of the Year is Fanny Bay, known for its B.C.-harvested oysters and fresh local seafood, and the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Don Guthro, an accomplished executive chef, restaurateur, consultant, and culinary school director. 

The Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards are chosen by a panel of industry experts, predominantly food writers and critics (full disclosure: I served as a judge once again this year). You can read a detailed explanation of the judging process published earlier this year by Van Mag. 

Here are the top winners in each category and the finalists. You'll find a breakdown of where the finalists landed in terms of silver, bronze, and honourable mention on the Van Mag Restaurant Awards page.

2023 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

Restaurant of the Year


Chef of the Year

Michael Robbins

Premier Crew 

Chad Clark, Tara Davies, Steve Edwards, Brittany Hoorne, May Tai, Peter Van de Reep, Stephen Whiteside.

Producer of the Year

Fanny Bay

Lifetime Achievement 

Don Guthro

Best New Restaurant 


Finalists: Folke, Impostori Trattoria + Negroni Bar, Okeya Kyujiro, Sushi Hil

Best African and Caribbean 

Kilimanjaro Snack House & Catering

Finalists: Arike, Baby Dahl Roti Shop, Calabash Bistro, Fassil, Harambe

Best Casual

Chancho Tortilleria

Finalists: Banh Mi Saigon, Douce Diner, Fat Mao Noodles, HK BBQ Master, Mon Pitou Bistro & Bakery, Potluck Hawker Eatery

Best Chain

Cactus Club Café

Finalists: Guu Izakaya, La Taqueria, Nook, Nuba

Best Chinese

Chef’s Choice Chinese Cuisine

Finalists: Dynasty Seafood Restaurant, The Fish Man, The Jade Seafood Restaurant, Mott 32, Neptune Palace Seafood Restaurant, iDen & Quan Ju De Beijing Duck House

Best Contemporary


Finalists: Bar Susu, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Burdock & Co., Kissa Tanto, L’Abattoir, Published on Main, Ubuntu Canteen

Best French

St. Lawrence

Finalists: Au Comptoir, Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge, Collective Goods Bistro and Grocer, Provence Marinaside, Tableau Bar Bistro

Best Indian

Dosa Corner

Finalists: Ashiana Tandoori, Sachdeva Sweets & Restaurant, Sula Indian Restaurant, Swad Indian Kitchen, Vij’s, The Yellow Chilli

Best Italian

Oca Pastificio

Finalists: Autostrada, Caffe La Tana, Carlino, Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill and Enoteca, La Quercia, Savio Volpe

Best Japanese


Finalists: Kishimoto, Stem Japanese Eatery, Sushi Hil, Sushi Jin, Tetsu Sushi Bar, Yuwa Japanese Cuisine

Best Korean

Zoomak Korean Tavern

Finalists: Hanwoori Korean Restaurant, Joong Won, Kook Korean BBQ, Wang Ga Ma

Best Latin American

Suyo Modern Peruvian

Finalists: Chancho Tortilleria, Cuchillo, La Mezcaleria, La Taqueria, Monarca Cocina Mexicana, Ophelia

Best Middle Eastern


Finalists: Anatolia’s Gate, Delara, Shishlik Grill House, Superbaba, Wild Thyme, Zarak

Best Steakhouse


Finalists: Black & Blue, C-Prime, Gotham Steakhouse and Bar, Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar, The Victor

Best Thai


Finalists: Baan Lao Fine Thai Cuisine, Song by Kin Kao, Longtail Kitchen, Unchai

Best Upscale

Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar

Finalists: Baan Lao Fine Thai Cuisine, Bacchus, Blue Water Café, Published on Main, St. Lawrence, Yuwa Japanese Cuisine

Best B.C. Wine List

Water St. Café

Finalists: Belgard Kitchen, My Shanti, Stem Japanese Eatery, Wildlight Kitchen + Bar

Sommelier of the Year

Franco Michienzi, Elisa

Bartender of the Year

Dylan Riches, Published on Main