Eating local means eating locally-sourced and locally-grown foods, including seafood. Almost all fine-dining restaurants in Vancouver will offer at least one seasonal, local dish. But there are some restaurants that demonstrate a greater commitment to locally-sourced foods than others
Use this guide to find Vancouver restaurants truly dedicated to local foods, as well as tips and resources for finding farm-to-table restaurants in your neighborhood. This list is not meant to be exhaustive--there are many restaurants in Vancouver serving locally-sourced foods--but it is a great starting point for those who want to dine out while eating local, too!
One of the best Vancouver seafood restaurants, the highly-acclaimed Blue Water Cafe maintains a year-round focus on fresh, sustainable coastal species, including local fin and shellfish. Every February, Executive Chef Frank Pabst introduces dishes based on " Unsung Heroes:" local seafood that is less well known or less popular, like Northwest geoducks.
One of the hipper farm to table restaurants in Vancouver, Forage--located on Robson Street in downtown Vancouver, inside the Listel Hotel--epitomizes the locavore movement. Chef Chris Whittaker uses seasonal, local produce and meats and locally-sourced seafood whenever possible, with delicious results.
Located on Granville Island, Edible Canada is a multifaceted culinary company dedicated to promoting local foods in its restaurant, shop (where you can find local artisanal foods), and culinary tours.
One of the newer farm to table restaurants in Vancouver is Fable Restaurant, on W 4th Ave in Kitsilano. Co-founded by Chef Trevor Bird (who competed on Top Chef Canada's second season), Fable partners with local growers and farmers for its fresh, seasonal ingredients.
A Kitsilano favorite, Aphrodite's serves some of the best local, organic food in Vancouver--including 14 delicious organic pies! They're also particular friends (and supporters) of Fresh Roots, the nonprofit that grows local foods at Vancouver school gardens. In addition to local foods, they provide lots of gluten-free options, too.
Finding Farm to Table Restaurants in Your Neighbourhood
There are many, many farm to table restaurants in Vancouver, as well as many restaurants that serve local foods. To find farm to table restaurants in your neighborhood, use these free resources: