With the countdown on for Valentine’s Day, the search for that oh-so perfect spot is definitely upon us. In Vancouver, there is no shortage of great restaurants to pick from – but where do you head to when looking for the perfect spot to get cozy on this romantic occasion? We thought we’d come up with a little list of our top picks for Valentine’s Day that are guaranteed to deliver…
L’Abattoir is easily found in the heart of Gastown and is a seriously stylish place to land after a few cocktails. Housed in one of the area’s meticulously renovated heritage buildings, this French-inspired restaurant has garnered plenty of positive kudos. Simple, rustic-themed décor will have you and your date feeling transported to a French farmhouse that’s been perfectly blended with haute couture accents… and then there’s the menu. Featuring classic French cuisine influenced by the west coast, L’Abbatoir will have your taste buds dancing.
Gotham’s Steakhouse is a definite must if you’re looking for a spot to slip away to for a romantically charged dinner with your sweetheart. Tucked just off Seymour at Dunsmuir, this large-scale, multi level restaurant still manages to afford a sense of intimacy (not to mention one of the best wine lists in town). Whether you opt to keep it casual with a table in their lounge listening to live music, or prefer a table-a-deux in the main dining room, you’ll feel utterly spoiled by its art deco charm.
Tavola, located in the West End, is a great destination to head to for Valentine’s Day when in search of a place that offers great service, food and ambiance all rolled into one. A well-planned menu features plenty of delectable modern Italian options. Load up on charcuterie eats complete with a selection from their Mozza Bar, or go for the veg antipasto, house made pastas, or famous brick chicken. Our favorite seat in the house has to be a corner spot on their heated patio (yup, another perk that comes from living on the west coast).
Espana is our pick for hip spots to head to for a Valentine’s Day feast if you’re in a newer relationship. Always bustling with a lively crowd of regulars, this Spanish-inspired restaurant is a great option for date night given it’s conducive to getting cozy and noshing on plenty of share plates while sipping great cocktails and wine. Given its overall popularity, tables can be hard to come by so grab a seat at the bar and get ready to be entertained by lively conversation and great people watching coupled with a solid selection of tapas-style comfort foods.
Bacchus Lounge located within the Wedgewood Hotel is the perfect spot to head to when looking to up the romance factor. Rich colours, plenty of plush seating to tuck away in, live music and a central fireplace add to the coziness of the room. Be it cocktails and snacks or a full dinner you’re after, Bacchus has your back with impeccable service, attention to detail, and top-notch dishes guaranteed to satiate your appetite.