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Dine Out: Best for $38

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Canada's largest annual dining celebration launches its 13th year with a staggering 263 restaurants on board. Produced by Tourism Vancouver and presented by American Express, for two weeks between January 17 and February 2 you can dive into excellent value set menus at across the city - but where to even start?
Forget sifting through hundreds of menus Amy Watkins has already done that to bring you her pick of Dine Out's various value offerings. May we present, in no particular order, the best of the $38 group.

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Hey big spender! If you usually balk at the bill in fine dining restaurants, Dine Out's $38 menus are your chance to go upmarket at a marked-down price.

· Dine Out Vancouver [Official Site]


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bacchus Lounge

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845 Hornby St, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2E7, Canada
(604) 608-5319
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Echoing last year’s Dine Out offerings, Bacchus is sticking to what it knows best with chicken liver parfait and crispy confit of Fraser Valley duck, all served up with a side of plush velvet and tinkling ivories.

2. C Restaurant

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1600 Howe Street, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2L9, Canada
(604) 681-1164
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Tap into some tasting menu favourites such as roasted sunchoke veloute and go for the seafood options of rainbow trout or weathervane scallops and wild Chinook salmon. Service is top-notch even during Dine Out.

3. Chambar

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562 Beatty St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2L3, Canada
(604) 879-7119
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The moules frites are a no-brainer choice from Chef Nico Schuermans’ Dine Out menu and the olive oil poached scallops of the Saint Jacques et chorizo are a glorious taste of what classic Vancouver casual fine dining is all about.

4. CinCin

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1154 Robson St, Vancouver
BC V6E 1B2, Canada
(604) 688-7338
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Rotisserie cooked pork loin, rigatoni with chorizo and a mascarpone mousse smothered tiramisu are the fleshy bones of this lustfully gluttonous Dine Out menu.

5. Coast Restaurant

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1054 Alberni St., Vancouver
BC V6E 1A3, Canada
(604) 685-5010
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Seafood, such as salmon two ways and a sushi tile, served up in a place so dark you can barely see your food. A winter chopped salad and beef option are a nod towards keeping the hordes happy but you’re here for the fish, right?

6. PIER7 restaurant + bar

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25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
BC V7L 1A1, Canada
(604) 929-7437
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The North Shore’s best-kept secret has moved up a price bracket for this year’s Dine Out but the menu choices of New England clam chowder, braised pork cheek and grilled rockfish still represent a great value way to check out Pier 7.

7. Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

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777 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Canada V6E 3V5, Canada
(604) 669-1940
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Already a go-to for good-value deals, Joe Fortes’ Dine Out menu shows off its fresher-than-fresh seafood chops with shrimp ceviche, prawn and scallop ravioli and BC Steelhead on the list of options.

8. La Pentola Della Quercia

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350 Davie St., Vancouver
BC V6B 1R2, Canada
(604) 642-0557
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Chef Lucais Syme’s Northern Italian menu comes in two guises - a $28 lunch or $38 dinner option. Both feature a la carte favourites such as the parmesan souffle and mushroom risotto and meatier dishes like the braised beef short ribs or house-smoked salmon.

9. L'Abattoir

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217 Carrall St, Vancouver
BC V6B 2J2, Canada
(604) 568-1701
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Stab your fork anywhere on L'Abattoir's Dine Out menu and you’re onto a winner but the pork pate is a perennial favourite. Add one of Shaun Layton’s superb cocktails to the mix and you’ve got a Dine Out classic.

10. MARKET by Jean-Georges

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1128 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6E 0A8, Canada
(604) 695-1115
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A prime example of Dine Out putting ‘special occasion’ restaurants in the everyday price category, MARKET’s $38 menu includes a three-course meal of seared shrimp, soy lacquered pork cheek and buttermilk panna cotta for not much more than a standard entree.

11. Miku Restaurant

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200 Granville Street, Vancouver
BC V6E 2E9, Canada
(604) 568-3900
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Both Miku and Minami are taking part in Dine Out with the main draw being the chef’s selection of aburi, nigiri and oshi sushi. Newest to the party, Miku’s menu also includes the fan-favourite ebi fritter to get things started.

12. Minami Restaurant

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1118 Mainland St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2T9, Canada
(604) 685-8080
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Both Miku and Minami are taking part in Dine Out with the main draw being the chef’s selection of aburi, nigiri and oshi sushi. Newest to the party, Miku’s menu also includes the fan-favourite ebi fritter to get things started.

13. Wildebeest

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120 W Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1G8, Canada
(604) 687-6880
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Book early - Wildebeest has been topping wishlists for a while now and the Dine Out deal will see diners clamouring to get a taste of the hangar steak and line-caught lingcod. An awesome beet salad and wheatberry risotto can introduce reluctant vegetarians to Wildebeest.

14. YEW seafood + bar

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791 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6C 2T4, Canada
(604) 692-4939
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Home to a refreshingly bright and wide-open dining room, YEW’s Dine Out menu might not be as extensive as some but with solid choices of roasted trout or heritage chicken breast, Chef Ned Bell has taken the guesswork out of the experience.

15. Zen Japanese Restaurant

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101-2232 Marine Dr., West Vancouver
BC V7V 1K4, Canada
(604) 925-0667
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Downtowners! Use Dine Out as a way to explore the North Shore and check out West Vancouver’s Zen for an Ocean Wise edible art experience. The prawns three ways appie is your chance to try their signature rice-pearl coated Pop Up Prawns and ebi ‘D’ homemade dumplings.

16. Pourhouse

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162 Water St, Vancouver
British Columbia V6B 2M9, Canada
(604) 568-7022
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Already sold-out for the weekends, you’ll need to be quick if you want to catch Dine Out at the Pourhouse - steelhead trout with mussels, ramp and celeriac puree is what’s reeling everybody in.

17. Pidgin

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350 Carrall St, Vancouver
BC V6B 2J3, Canada
(604) 620-9400
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A seven-course feast for two at PiDGiN includes some of Chef Makoto Ono's signature dishes such as sake-steamed clams, smoked almonds and chicken wing - plus a decadent black sesame meringue, kalamansi curd, coconut and lime white chocolate for dessert.

18. Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar

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1138 Homer St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2G2, Canada
(604) 915-9463
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Anyone hoping to harness the power of Dine Out to improve their lovelife should head to Brix and get a table in the romantic covered courtyard. Order a 24-hour brined pork chop and a chocolate mud cake and you’re good to go.

19. ORU Cuisine

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1038 Canada Pl., Vancouver
BC V6C 0B9, Canada
(604) 695-5300
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Lobster alert! ORU’s seafood is sublime and the Cape Breton whole broiled lobster with paprika lime butter and warm brussel sprout salad makes the Dine Out $38 menu an extra special deal.

20. West Restaurant + Bar

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2881 Granville St, Vancouver
BC V6H 3J4, Canada
(604) 738-8938
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Chef Quang Dang’s artfully executed fusion cuisine is best represented by an appie of golden beet and orange soup with bacon panko and tarragon creme fraiche, which sets the tone for a stand-out meal that includes Pacific Provider wild pink salmon and braised veal breast.

21. Diva at the Met

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645 Howe Street, Vancouver
BC V6C 2Y9, Canada
(604) 602-7788
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Diva at the Met offers a pretty thrifty group menu already but the Dine Out option is good for a duo with fresh but flavourful dishes such as ricotta gnudi and lamb belly & loin with butter soaked carrots making an appearance.

1. Bacchus Lounge

845 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2E7, Canada
Echoing last year’s Dine Out offerings, Bacchus is sticking to what it knows best with chicken liver parfait and crispy confit of Fraser Valley duck, all served up with a side of plush velvet and tinkling ivories.
845 Hornby St, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2E7, Canada

2. C Restaurant

1600 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L9, Canada
Tap into some tasting menu favourites such as roasted sunchoke veloute and go for the seafood options of rainbow trout or weathervane scallops and wild Chinook salmon. Service is top-notch even during Dine Out.
1600 Howe Street, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2L9, Canada

3. Chambar

562 Beatty St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3, Canada
The moules frites are a no-brainer choice from Chef Nico Schuermans’ Dine Out menu and the olive oil poached scallops of the Saint Jacques et chorizo are a glorious taste of what classic Vancouver casual fine dining is all about.
562 Beatty St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2L3, Canada

4. CinCin

1154 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1B2, Canada
Rotisserie cooked pork loin, rigatoni with chorizo and a mascarpone mousse smothered tiramisu are the fleshy bones of this lustfully gluttonous Dine Out menu.
1154 Robson St, Vancouver
BC V6E 1B2, Canada

5. Coast Restaurant

1054 Alberni St., Vancouver, BC V6E 1A3, Canada
Seafood, such as salmon two ways and a sushi tile, served up in a place so dark you can barely see your food. A winter chopped salad and beef option are a nod towards keeping the hordes happy but you’re here for the fish, right?
1054 Alberni St., Vancouver
BC V6E 1A3, Canada

6. PIER7 restaurant + bar

25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver, BC V7L 1A1, Canada
The North Shore’s best-kept secret has moved up a price bracket for this year’s Dine Out but the menu choices of New England clam chowder, braised pork cheek and grilled rockfish still represent a great value way to check out Pier 7.
25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
BC V7L 1A1, Canada

7. Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

777 Thurlow St, Vancouver, Canada V6E 3V5, Canada
Already a go-to for good-value deals, Joe Fortes’ Dine Out menu shows off its fresher-than-fresh seafood chops with shrimp ceviche, prawn and scallop ravioli and BC Steelhead on the list of options.
777 Thurlow St, Vancouver
Canada V6E 3V5, Canada

8. La Pentola Della Quercia

350 Davie St., Vancouver, BC V6B 1R2, Canada
Chef Lucais Syme’s Northern Italian menu comes in two guises - a $28 lunch or $38 dinner option. Both feature a la carte favourites such as the parmesan souffle and mushroom risotto and meatier dishes like the braised beef short ribs or house-smoked salmon.
350 Davie St., Vancouver
BC V6B 1R2, Canada

9. L'Abattoir

217 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2, Canada
Stab your fork anywhere on L'Abattoir's Dine Out menu and you’re onto a winner but the pork pate is a perennial favourite. Add one of Shaun Layton’s superb cocktails to the mix and you’ve got a Dine Out classic.
217 Carrall St, Vancouver
BC V6B 2J2, Canada

10. MARKET by Jean-Georges

1128 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC V6E 0A8, Canada
A prime example of Dine Out putting ‘special occasion’ restaurants in the everyday price category, MARKET’s $38 menu includes a three-course meal of seared shrimp, soy lacquered pork cheek and buttermilk panna cotta for not much more than a standard entree.
1128 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6E 0A8, Canada

11. Miku Restaurant

200 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9, Canada
Both Miku and Minami are taking part in Dine Out with the main draw being the chef’s selection of aburi, nigiri and oshi sushi. Newest to the party, Miku’s menu also includes the fan-favourite ebi fritter to get things started.
200 Granville Street, Vancouver
BC V6E 2E9, Canada

12. Minami Restaurant

1118 Mainland St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2T9, Canada
Both Miku and Minami are taking part in Dine Out with the main draw being the chef’s selection of aburi, nigiri and oshi sushi. Newest to the party, Miku’s menu also includes the fan-favourite ebi fritter to get things started.
1118 Mainland St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2T9, Canada

13. Wildebeest

120 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8, Canada
Book early - Wildebeest has been topping wishlists for a while now and the Dine Out deal will see diners clamouring to get a taste of the hangar steak and line-caught lingcod. An awesome beet salad and wheatberry risotto can introduce reluctant vegetarians to Wildebeest.
120 W Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1G8, Canada

14. YEW seafood + bar

791 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4, Canada
Home to a refreshingly bright and wide-open dining room, YEW’s Dine Out menu might not be as extensive as some but with solid choices of roasted trout or heritage chicken breast, Chef Ned Bell has taken the guesswork out of the experience.
791 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6C 2T4, Canada

15. Zen Japanese Restaurant

101-2232 Marine Dr., West Vancouver, BC V7V 1K4, Canada
Downtowners! Use Dine Out as a way to explore the North Shore and check out West Vancouver’s Zen for an Ocean Wise edible art experience. The prawns three ways appie is your chance to try their signature rice-pearl coated Pop Up Prawns and ebi ‘D’ homemade dumplings.
101-2232 Marine Dr., West Vancouver
BC V7V 1K4, Canada

16. Pourhouse

162 Water St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2M9, Canada
Already sold-out for the weekends, you’ll need to be quick if you want to catch Dine Out at the Pourhouse - steelhead trout with mussels, ramp and celeriac puree is what’s reeling everybody in.
162 Water St, Vancouver
British Columbia V6B 2M9, Canada

17. Pidgin

350 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J3, Canada
A seven-course feast for two at PiDGiN includes some of Chef Makoto Ono's signature dishes such as sake-steamed clams, smoked almonds and chicken wing - plus a decadent black sesame meringue, kalamansi curd, coconut and lime white chocolate for dessert.
350 Carrall St, Vancouver
BC V6B 2J3, Canada

18. Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar

1138 Homer St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2G2, Canada
Anyone hoping to harness the power of Dine Out to improve their lovelife should head to Brix and get a table in the romantic covered courtyard. Order a 24-hour brined pork chop and a chocolate mud cake and you’re good to go.
1138 Homer St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2G2, Canada

19. ORU Cuisine

1038 Canada Pl., Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9, Canada
Lobster alert! ORU’s seafood is sublime and the Cape Breton whole broiled lobster with paprika lime butter and warm brussel sprout salad makes the Dine Out $38 menu an extra special deal.
1038 Canada Pl., Vancouver
BC V6C 0B9, Canada

20. West Restaurant + Bar

2881 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J4, Canada
Chef Quang Dang’s artfully executed fusion cuisine is best represented by an appie of golden beet and orange soup with bacon panko and tarragon creme fraiche, which sets the tone for a stand-out meal that includes Pacific Provider wild pink salmon and braised veal breast.
2881 Granville St, Vancouver
BC V6H 3J4, Canada

21. Diva at the Met

645 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2Y9, Canada
Diva at the Met offers a pretty thrifty group menu already but the Dine Out option is good for a duo with fresh but flavourful dishes such as ricotta gnudi and lamb belly & loin with butter soaked carrots making an appearance.
645 Howe Street, Vancouver
BC V6C 2Y9, Canada