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20 Places to Eat Spot Prawns Right Now in Vancouver

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Sweet, juicy, sustainable and delicious, the BC spot prawn season launches on May 8 and for a few glorious weeks the city will feast on this seafood equivalent of cherry blossom season; beautiful, much-anticipated and over far too soon. Although frozen prawns are available year-round, there is nothing like sucking the head of a zingy ocean-fresh spot prawn or the fun of a fresh-off-the-boat spot prawn boil. Here now, and in no particular order, are 20 places across the city to enjoy the best of the season's sustainable, Ocean Wise catch.
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· Spot Prawn Festival [Official Site]
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. PIER7 restaurant + bar

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25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
BC V7L 1A1, Canada
(604) 929-7437
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Catch one of the best sunset views of the city at Pier7 with a friend so you can share spot prawns in two styles; pan-fried whole with either white wine and garlic butter, or in a spicy chipotle, lime coconut and tomato broth served with grilled focaccia bread.

2. forage

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120-1300 Robson, Vancouver
BC V6E 1C5, Canada
(604) 661-1400
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Chef Chris Whittaker will be serving up a range of spot prawn specials - including his award-winning chowder. Spot prawn fans should try the top-to-tail tasting which includes sashimi (tail), bisque, deep -fried prawns heads, and a prawn noodle dish.

3. RawBar

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1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver
BC V6C 0B9, Canada
(604) 695-5502
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Vancouver's only 100% sustainable Ocean Wise sushi restaurant, tucked away in the delicious-smelling lobby lounge of the Fairmont Pacific Rim, will be serving up kobujime spot prawn sashimi, Spot prawn arbori nigiri and a spicy spot prawn roll.

4. ORU Cuisine

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1038 Canada Pl., Vancouver
BC V6C 0B9, Canada
(604) 695-5300
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Chef Darren Brown and team will be whipping up orange and aji brulee’d spot prawns and spot prawn escabeche at the uber-swanky Oru restaurant.

5. Miku Restaurant

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200 Granville Street, Vancouver
BC V6E 2E9, Canada
(604) 568-3900
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Grab a seat near the windows to take advantage of the stunning Coal Harbour views and try a taste of spot prawn in-the-raw as sashimi.

6. YEW seafood + bar

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791 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6C 2T4, Canada
(604) 692-4939
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Bagging some of the precious first catch of the season - as delivered by Organic Ocean fisherman, Steve Johansson - YEW are hosting a special dinner for the launch of the season on Thursday May 8. After that spot prawns delivered straight from the docks of Granville Island will be featured in a variety of ways across the menu from innovative seafood-loving chef, Ned Bell.

7. Guu Garden

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M101 - 888 Nelson St, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2H2, Canada
(604) 899-0855
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Try spot prawns at their freshest - as sashimi at this hidden gem garden Izakaya in the heart of the city.

8. Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

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1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver
BC V6B 5T4, Canada
(604) 688-8078
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Chef Frank Pabst and team will be serving up daily spot prawn features at the raw bar as well as in the main dining room. See what bar whizz Evelyn Chick can mix up to pair with them.

9. Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca

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1133 Hamilton St., Vancouver
BC V6B 5P6, Canada
(604) 688-7466
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Letting the sweet flavours sing through, Pino Posteraro will be cooking spot prawns as simply as possible, prawn cocktail-style but with a gazpacho-like sauce with the head fried and the prawns cooked quickly in seawater with seaweed.

10. Minami Restaurant

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1118 Mainland St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2T9, Canada
(604) 685-8080
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Try BC Spot Prawn and Scallop Tartare in the secret garden patio at the back of this Yaletown favourite, served with wasabi-tartare sauce, pickled garden vegetables and organic petit greens croutons.

11. Provence Marinaside

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1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2Y3, Canada
(604) 681-4144
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Dive into a three course spot prawn feast with a water view for around $50 at Provence. Choices include Lois Lake Steelhead and BC Spot Prawns 
summer pea risotto and Yellow Tomato Gazpacho
 with avocado and spot prawn salsa.

12. Campagnolo

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1020 Main St, Vancouver
BC V6A 2W1, Canada
(604) 484-6018
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Campagnolo ROMA and Campagnolo are offering four-course family-style menus: a BC spot prawn boil of BC spot prawns with house-made sausage and seasonal vegetables, plus pizzas, pastas, and dessert for $49 pp plus tax and gratuity. Both restaurants are taking reservations for tables of four or more from May 13 through to the end of BC Spot Prawn season.

13. Campagnolo Roma

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2297 E Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V5L 1V3, Canada
(604) 569-0456
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Campagnolo ROMA and Campagnolo are offering four-course family-style menus: a BC spot prawn boil of BC spot prawns with house-made sausage and seasonal vegetables, plus pizzas, pastas, and dessert for $49 pp plus tax and gratuity. Both restaurants are taking reservations for tables of four or more from May 13 through to the end of BC Spot Prawn season.

14. The PearTree Restaurant

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4210 East Hastings Street, Burnaby
BC, Canada
(604) 299-2772
Chef Scott Jaeger will be serving his popular spot prawn cappuccino, a prawn bisque with butter poached spot prawns and dashi custard, as well as other daily inspired dishes.

15. Longtail Kitchen

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116 - 810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
BC, Canada
(604) 553-3855
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Celebrating their first anniversary with a spot prawn special, head out to New West for spot prawns poached with Thai aromatics and served on ice, prawn cocktail-style. Two beers and a 1lb bucket of prawns are $30. This spot prawn special will be available each Saturday starting May 17 to only 30 customers.

16. The Fish Counter

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3825 Main St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 876-3474
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No surprise that co-founders of the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise programme with be in full spot prawn flow. The team told us "We'll have live tank running and full of the freshest spot prawns every day and we'll be selling them in our poached prawn tacos. We will feature them in our signature seasonal salad, and probably have them in a ceviche, if the price of limes ever comes down!"

17. Les Faux Bourgeois

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663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
BC V5T 2R6, Canada
(604) 873-9733
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Combine two of the season's most delicious foods at the Faux-Bo. Spot prawns will be cooked live with their heads on and served with spring veg like ramps and peas and a new tomato Provençal.

18. Burdock & Co.

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2702 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5T 3E8, Canada
(604) 879-0077
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Locavore champion, chef Andrea Carlson, will have spot prawns on the menu in a raft of different ways, such as served in a smoked fir broth or as crispy fried prawns with a pickled fir needle tartar at this Mount Pleasant neighbourhood favourite.

19. Chicha

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136 E Broadway, Vancouver
BC V5T 1V9, Canada
(604) 620-3963
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Try a taste of spot prawns Peruvian-style with mango, avocado and crab aji causa with fresh poached spotted prawn and Rocoto aioli.

20. Fable

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1944 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 732-1322
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Chef Trevor Bird is planning to serve a spot prawn carpaccio with rooftop herbs from their garden, crispy shells and pickled fennel.

1. PIER7 restaurant + bar

25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver, BC V7L 1A1, Canada
Catch one of the best sunset views of the city at Pier7 with a friend so you can share spot prawns in two styles; pan-fried whole with either white wine and garlic butter, or in a spicy chipotle, lime coconut and tomato broth served with grilled focaccia bread.
25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
BC V7L 1A1, Canada

2. forage

120-1300 Robson, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5, Canada
Chef Chris Whittaker will be serving up a range of spot prawn specials - including his award-winning chowder. Spot prawn fans should try the top-to-tail tasting which includes sashimi (tail), bisque, deep -fried prawns heads, and a prawn noodle dish.
120-1300 Robson, Vancouver
BC V6E 1C5, Canada

3. RawBar

1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9, Canada
Vancouver's only 100% sustainable Ocean Wise sushi restaurant, tucked away in the delicious-smelling lobby lounge of the Fairmont Pacific Rim, will be serving up kobujime spot prawn sashimi, Spot prawn arbori nigiri and a spicy spot prawn roll.
1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver
BC V6C 0B9, Canada

4. ORU Cuisine

1038 Canada Pl., Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9, Canada
Chef Darren Brown and team will be whipping up orange and aji brulee’d spot prawns and spot prawn escabeche at the uber-swanky Oru restaurant.
1038 Canada Pl., Vancouver
BC V6C 0B9, Canada

5. Miku Restaurant

200 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9, Canada
Grab a seat near the windows to take advantage of the stunning Coal Harbour views and try a taste of spot prawn in-the-raw as sashimi.
200 Granville Street, Vancouver
BC V6E 2E9, Canada

6. YEW seafood + bar

791 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4, Canada
Bagging some of the precious first catch of the season - as delivered by Organic Ocean fisherman, Steve Johansson - YEW are hosting a special dinner for the launch of the season on Thursday May 8. After that spot prawns delivered straight from the docks of Granville Island will be featured in a variety of ways across the menu from innovative seafood-loving chef, Ned Bell.
791 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6C 2T4, Canada

7. Guu Garden

M101 - 888 Nelson St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H2, Canada
Try spot prawns at their freshest - as sashimi at this hidden gem garden Izakaya in the heart of the city.
M101 - 888 Nelson St, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2H2, Canada

8. Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5T4, Canada
Chef Frank Pabst and team will be serving up daily spot prawn features at the raw bar as well as in the main dining room. See what bar whizz Evelyn Chick can mix up to pair with them.
1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver
BC V6B 5T4, Canada

9. Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca

1133 Hamilton St., Vancouver, BC V6B 5P6, Canada
Letting the sweet flavours sing through, Pino Posteraro will be cooking spot prawns as simply as possible, prawn cocktail-style but with a gazpacho-like sauce with the head fried and the prawns cooked quickly in seawater with seaweed.
1133 Hamilton St., Vancouver
BC V6B 5P6, Canada

10. Minami Restaurant

1118 Mainland St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2T9, Canada
Try BC Spot Prawn and Scallop Tartare in the secret garden patio at the back of this Yaletown favourite, served with wasabi-tartare sauce, pickled garden vegetables and organic petit greens croutons.
1118 Mainland St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2T9, Canada

11. Provence Marinaside

1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Y3, Canada
Dive into a three course spot prawn feast with a water view for around $50 at Provence. Choices include Lois Lake Steelhead and BC Spot Prawns 
summer pea risotto and Yellow Tomato Gazpacho
 with avocado and spot prawn salsa.
1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2Y3, Canada

12. Campagnolo

1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1, Canada
Campagnolo ROMA and Campagnolo are offering four-course family-style menus: a BC spot prawn boil of BC spot prawns with house-made sausage and seasonal vegetables, plus pizzas, pastas, and dessert for $49 pp plus tax and gratuity. Both restaurants are taking reservations for tables of four or more from May 13 through to the end of BC Spot Prawn season.
1020 Main St, Vancouver
BC V6A 2W1, Canada

13. Campagnolo Roma

2297 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1V3, Canada
Campagnolo ROMA and Campagnolo are offering four-course family-style menus: a BC spot prawn boil of BC spot prawns with house-made sausage and seasonal vegetables, plus pizzas, pastas, and dessert for $49 pp plus tax and gratuity. Both restaurants are taking reservations for tables of four or more from May 13 through to the end of BC Spot Prawn season.
2297 E Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V5L 1V3, Canada

14. The PearTree Restaurant

4210 East Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Chef Scott Jaeger will be serving his popular spot prawn cappuccino, a prawn bisque with butter poached spot prawns and dashi custard, as well as other daily inspired dishes.
4210 East Hastings Street, Burnaby
BC, Canada

15. Longtail Kitchen

116 - 810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, BC, Canada
Celebrating their first anniversary with a spot prawn special, head out to New West for spot prawns poached with Thai aromatics and served on ice, prawn cocktail-style. Two beers and a 1lb bucket of prawns are $30. This spot prawn special will be available each Saturday starting May 17 to only 30 customers.
116 - 810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster
BC, Canada

16. The Fish Counter

3825 Main St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
No surprise that co-founders of the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise programme with be in full spot prawn flow. The team told us "We'll have live tank running and full of the freshest spot prawns every day and we'll be selling them in our poached prawn tacos. We will feature them in our signature seasonal salad, and probably have them in a ceviche, if the price of limes ever comes down!"
3825 Main St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

17. Les Faux Bourgeois

663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 2R6, Canada
Combine two of the season's most delicious foods at the Faux-Bo. Spot prawns will be cooked live with their heads on and served with spring veg like ramps and peas and a new tomato Provençal.
663 E 15th Ave, Vancouver
BC V5T 2R6, Canada

18. Burdock & Co.

2702 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E8, Canada
Locavore champion, chef Andrea Carlson, will have spot prawns on the menu in a raft of different ways, such as served in a smoked fir broth or as crispy fried prawns with a pickled fir needle tartar at this Mount Pleasant neighbourhood favourite.
2702 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5T 3E8, Canada

19. Chicha

136 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1V9, Canada
Try a taste of spot prawns Peruvian-style with mango, avocado and crab aji causa with fresh poached spotted prawn and Rocoto aioli.
136 E Broadway, Vancouver
BC V5T 1V9, Canada

20. Fable

1944 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Chef Trevor Bird is planning to serve a spot prawn carpaccio with rooftop herbs from their garden, crispy shells and pickled fennel.
1944 W 4th Ave, Vancouver
BC, Canada