SCOUT Magazine has released their Spring 2017 Scout 25.

It’s SCOUT’s list of Vancouver’s best, most consistent, most essential, and most representative restaurants.

It’s what you should feel confident giving to anyone who asks “Where should I eat in Vancouver?”

The Scout 25 is decided four times a year by an esteemed panel of local restaurant industry veterans and food experts who each submit a list. No politics. No bullshit.

SCOUT Magazine also wants you to have your say, so head over now to pick your three favorites from their list of 25 top eateries. And be sure to cast a vote for one from your home ‘hood.

AnnaLena | 1809 West 1st Avenue | 778-379-4052 |

Owner/chef Michael Robbins is quickly becoming a real star in BC’s culinary firmament. Here, with the confidence and patience of an established artist and the skill-set of a forward-thinking chef twice his age, he has carved out a niche that lets him interpret modern Canadian cuisine as he likes. The results are invariably as nice to look at as they are a pleasure to consume. Bright and breezy room with garage door frontage and playful motifs throughout.

La Quercia | 3689 West 4th Avenue | 604-676-1007 |

Far from the madding crowds of downtown, the West Side gem is worthy of the trek and the reservation (which you’ll most definitely need). Chef/owner Adam Pegg has a savant-like affinity for the cuisines of Northern Italy, so dishes here often have an ethereal, dream-like quality to them, especially in fall and winter. Tip: Pegg’s casual walk-in spot L’Ufficio is right next door (different room, same kitchen and chef).

Maenam | 1938 West 4th Avenue | 604-730-5579 |

Owner/chef Angus An’s modern, sophisticated takes on the cuisine of Thailand is one of the best things to happen to Vancouver’s culinary scene in the past 25 years. Dinner is always an impactful affair, with each dish – from the ling cod decked in a multitude of spices to the selection of aromatic curries – lingering like bold statements. Shockingly affordable tasting menus and uncommon wine pairing opportunities.

Mission | 2042 West 4th Avenue | 604-739-2042 |

Considering chef Curtis Luk’s exacting attention to detail, this West 4th eatery doesn’t even come close to getting the love it truly deserves. The concept is laboriously locavore with the small kitchen crew gussying up local, sustainable, seasonal products into tasting menu masterpieces in a casual, white-washed, bar-anchored environment. If food is the soaring strength of the restaurant, the serious cocktail program is its buttress.

Last modified: June 20, 2020

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