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5 Cheapest Michelin Restaurants in Vancouver B.C.

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Vancouver, B.C., is world-famous for many things: its stunningly picturesque setting nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the North Shore Mountains, one of the highest standards of living in the world, and its cosmopolitan vibe and vibrant food scene.

It’s also well known for being one of the most expensive cities in Canada, with jaw-dropping real estate prices, so it was quite surprising to see Vancouver ranking as one of the world’s most affordable cities for fine dining.

The median price for dining out at one of Vancouver’s nine Michelin restaurants was just $155 CAD, which is substantially more affordable than other global fine dining destinations like San Francisco ($263 USD), Miami ($257 USD), or even Toronto ($220 CAD), the other Canadian city covered by the Michelin Guide.

This makes the city very attractive for gourmet enthusiasts seeking high-quality, Michelin-rated cuisine without the high prices. Now let’s take a look at the most affordable five Michelin restaurants in Vancouver B.C.

1. Barbara

Located in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood, Barbara offers an intimate dining experience led by Chef Patrick Hennessy. The cuisine is innovative and seasonal, reflecting Hennessy’s commitment to local ingredients and his background in fine dining. Signature dishes include Ancient Grain Risotto, Arctic Char, and Lamb Schnitzel.                                                                                                                                    

The restaurant features a cozy, minimalist atmosphere that enhances the focus on the food. Dinner here typically ranges from $80 to $120 per person and includes three to four courses.

2. St. Lawrence

In the heart of Vancouver’s Railtown district, St. Lawrence brings a touch of Quebec to the West Coast. Celebrated as one of Canada’s top dining destinations, St. Lawrence was awarded One Star by the Michelin Guide in 2022 and received numerous accolades, including Restaurant of the Year by Vancouver Magazine. 

Chef and owner J.C. Poirier’s French-Canadian cuisine is rich and hearty, featuring classic dishes like tourtière and cassoulet. The French spirits and wine list perfectly complement Chef Poirier’s rustic haute country cooking. 

St. Lawrence highlights time-honored traditions in a refined yet welcoming space, where food, drink, and atmosphere come together to create a uniquely immersive dining experience. The main menu consists of four courses and is priced at $125 plus tax and gratuity. 

Annalena, a tasting menu restaurant situated in Kitsilano, is owned by Chef Michael Robbins. Operating since 2015, AnnaLena was named one of En Route’s Top 10 New Restaurants in its opening year and consistently ranks among Canada’s Top 100 Restaurants.

In June 2020, the restaurant transitioned to exclusively offering a multi-course tasting menu featuring seasonal local farms and suppliers, accompanied by wine pairings and cocktails.

The relaxed yet chic atmosphere makes it perfect for both casual and special occasions. The tasting menu is priced at $148, and consists of three courses. Dishes change based on the seasons and products available to the kitchen team.

4. Burdock & Co

Burdock & Co is the brainchild of Chef Andrea Carlson, whose passion lies in offering charming and eco-conscious cuisine. Known for its farm-to-table approach, the restaurant emphasizes organic and locally sourced ingredients. 

The restaurant’s Moon Menu Series, now in its third year, is particularly popular with six distinct seasonal local botanical themes. Dishes include innovative creations such as Braised Burdock Stuffed Morel Mushroom, and Nettle & Ricotta Ravioli. The Moon Menu changes every two months and is priced at $150.

5. Kissa Tanto

Tucked into the upper story of a charmingly worn building in Chinatown, Kissa Tanto welcomes you to the House of Plenty. Here, Chef Joël Watanabe blends delicate Japanese flavors with the warmth of Italian cooking. Enjoy cool crudo, exotic salads, playful pastas, and rich meats, all paired with drinks like Singapore Slings, fine sake, and cold beer.  

The eclectic menu and retro-inspired décor is reminiscent of 1960s Tokyo jazz cafés. The atmosphere invites laughter, storytelling, and the cozy intimacy of great music. Dinner prices average at $150 with a choice between three or four courses.

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