SoMa's Best Bars & Restaurants

Eating & Drinking in Vancouver's South Main (SoMA) District

Considered one of Vancouver's hottest up-and-coming areas, SoMa (South Main)--Main Street between E 2nd Avenue and E 33rd Avenue--is home to some of the city's best-loved restaurants, bars and neighbourhood nightspots.
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    The Cascade Room

    Cascade Room, Vancouver
    ••• Cascade Room. Photo by Dana Lynch
    One of the most popular nightspots in SoMa, the Cascade Room is a dark, urban bar and restaurant with a formidable array of beers and cocktails, a lively, grown-up bar scene, and a crowded game night on Mondays.
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    The Foundation, Vancouver
    ••• The Foundation, Vancouver. Photo by Dana Lynch

    Located at the farthest edges of SoMa--past Broadway on Main and 6th Ave--lives The Foundation, one of Vancouver's best vegetarian and vegan restaurants. One of the city's best cheap eats--two people can satisfyingly share the $13 "Katered Affair"--this is a local treasure for vegetarians and vegans looking for a fresh flavours.

  • 03 of 08
    A SoMa favourtie, The Main is both a cosy, family-owned Greek restaurant and one of the best spots for live music in Vancouver. Enjoy cheap pitchers, a fab patio and music from some of Vancouver's hottest folk, roots and alt music.
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    Crowded and vibrant on sports nights, this pub is another hot SoMa nightspot, with a more casual feel than the Cascade Room. Serves up typical pub fare along with a full bar and lots of cold beer choices.
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    With its award-winning Caribbean food, packed house, and kooky, party atmosphere, it's no wonder The Reef is a neighbourhood favourite! Perfect for big breakfasts, Jamaican cuisine, or having drinks with friends.
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    So popular for its inexpensive, tasty sushi that there are often hour-long lines just to get in, Toshi Sushi has become a local legend. Sushi lovers can get their fix of traditional favourites as well as hard-to-find Japanese specialties. Just be prepared to wait!
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    Nyala African Cuisine

    Nyala African Cuisine, Vancouver
    ••• Nyala African Cuisine. Photo by Dana Lynch
    Located on Main and King Edward, Nyala serves regional African cuisine from Ethiopia, Morocco and South Africa--made with fresh Vancouver ingredients--in a cosy, warm, neighbourhood-restaurant atmosphere.
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    vancouver soma restaurants: general public
    ••• Platter at The General Public. Photo by Dana Lynch

    The General Public (the sister restaurant to The Eatery in Kitsilano) offers lush platters and dozens of non-traditional fusion rolls that make sushi fun and vibrant.