The good news? Dine the Couve has something for everyone when it comes to different cuisine, levels of fanciness, and location. The only bad news is that it can be hard to choose! Luckily for you, our guide below can point you in the right direction for a restaurant experience that aligns with your inner foodie.
While all restaurants participating in Dine the Couve feature three-item meals, some offer up options aplenty to pick from for each course. For a menu that's already lined up for you with no decisions needed, check out sister restaurants Farrar's Bistro and Sixth Avenue Bistro in north Vancouver, or Niche Wine Bar in downtown. Dining with a group, or just have a picky eater on your hands? Head to Beaches Restaurant along the waterfront for seafood choices like housemade clam chowder and a salmon salad, or go west on the Columbia River shore to Warehouse '23 to pick between a fancy flatbread, loaded burger, or home-cooked chicken and dumplings for your entrée. Say Ciao! Tap Room and Eatery has a list of 12 items for a mix-and-match menu approach, including wine and beer options.
Craft beverage lover:
Here for the beer? Ghost Runners and Trusty both offer up a set of tasters to go along with their meals. The newly-opened Barlows Public House pairs a seasonal beer of your choice with their Octoberfest-inspired menu. For local wine, find your way to Koi Pond Cellars’ downtown bistro—a signature glass or blend wine is on the menu to pair with a panini or pizza. On the waterfront, Maryhill Winery (of course) included a glass of their award-winning vino on their Dine the Couve menu. If beer and wine aren't your thing, head to The Grocery for two pours of Washington whiskey or Twigs Bistro for two signature martinis (date night anyone?).
It’s hard to pass up tasty (and high-quality) bar food for dinner! The Whiskey BBQ Burger stands out on Hopworks' menu, served with a pint and chocolate caramel bread pudding for dessert. Head underground to Vancouver's only speakeasy, UnderBar, for fancy deviled eggs and a gourmet grilled cheese. Get a taste of mozzarella sticks and a "cheeseburger with a kick" at downtown's country bar Renegades, or be transported to the cobblestone streets of Italy with Vinnie's piadina and a sicilian slice.
Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just looking to enjoy an upscale meal, try these places for classic favorites and elevated flavors. Elements Restaurant highlights fresh ingredients and supreme technique with offerings like beet, white chocolate, and chevre ravioli and pan-seared ruby red trout. Hudson’s Bar & Grill, located at The Heathman Lodge, features its renowned meatloaf and two choices of pasta alongside vanilla bean creme brulee or chocolate mousse cake. Embracing the season, Mt. Tabor Brewing shows off their butternut squash soup and creamy pappardelle pasta, with pumpkin caramel cake to round out an autumnal meal. Lastly, if you're looking for a juicy steak, Grays Restaurant located at the Hilton Vancouver, has you covered.
Let your taste buds travel the world! NOM NOM’s rich Vietnamese and Thai heritage comes through in its first-rate pho and wok specialty options. Escape to Europe’s boot at Little Italy’s Trattoria with a menu of bruschetta, bolognese, and a cannoli for dessert. Another ‘little’ that boasts big flavors, Little Conejo, has six authentic Oaxacan tacos on its Dine the Couve menu, with flan topped with caramel for dessert. Newcomer C'est La Vie brings french flair with a croque monsieur and a sweet apple cinnamon crepe.
This is just a sampling of the many options offered during the month of October. Find all the special menus on our Dine the Couve page. Bon appétit!