My Favourite Vancouver Restaurants for Birthday Dinners

by Victoria on January 23, 2010

I have gotten asked this question quite a few times lately, so I figured it might make sense to create a post to answer this that I can just update regularly and point people to in future. Of course, it’s always best to still discuss each individual situation, since there are certain things that I need to know to better be able to make a suggestion (such as atmosphere, type of food, area of Vancouver, etc.), but this should at least be a good starting point.

Guu Garden – There is a seating area to the left when you enter the restaurant.  It looks like there is enough room for around 20 people, and the tables can be pushed around to accommodate the preferred set up.  This place is a lot of fun and besides great food, there’s a really lively atmosphere.

Lupo –   A cozy Italian restaurant in Yaletown.   Delicious food and a great price point for the quality that you’re getting.  They also have an upstairs area that can be sectioned off for a larger group of around 45 (and it has it’s own bar!), and somewhat separate smaller areas in the rest of the house downstairs.

Hapa Izakaya Yaletown – This is a new restaurant in Yaletown.  There is no private room that I know of in particular, but there are several areas that would work for a smaller group of 6-10 people, if arranged right.  There are two bars, lots of amazing dishes, and also a lot of energy in this room.

Chau – Vietnamese restaurant that’s  super modern and has a cool bar and lounge atmosphere. Excellent food and fun drinks list. On Robson Street at Nicola.  There are two dining areas on either sides of the bar, so these could easily be cordoned off for more privacy, should you want it.

Juno – Japanese bistro on Davie near Seymour. Love this place! It’s very small (probably seats up to 25 in the whole place), but great modern feel, and very friendly service.  Take up the whole restaurant for the evening, plus enjoy fresh local and wild ingredients!

Sanafir – upstairs beds on Granville Street.  It’s a cool concept to wine and dine while prostrate, plus the food is quite good – Middle Eastern Indian and Asian variety.  Make sure to reserve in advance!

Octopus Garden – a great sushi restaurant in the Kits area on Cornwall, near the Burrard Bridge.  There are sushi boat booths that probably hold from 8-10 people.  The omakase is a great way to go!

Alright, let’s start from here. As I collect more and more places that I really enjoy in terms of food and atmosphere, I will continue to update this post accordingly.

Bon apetit!

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mike January 23, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Also the upstairs room at players chop-house is sick.

Derek February 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Charm Modern Thai is a great place for any group

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