Yelp’s Top 25 Places to Eat is a list unlike any other “best of” out there. Sure, you’ll see your obvious local favorites on the list, but it’s also chock full of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path joints like Hot and Toasty Cafe tucked away on Salt Lane in Langley. From fine dining to fried chicken sandos — find them all in Yelp’s Top 25 Places to Eat in Vancouver.
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Topping this year’s best eats list is The Northern Cafe and Grill, a family-run greasy spoon offering comfort food with fresh ingredients and focus on a service culture where they treat everyone like family!
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- The Northern Cafe and Grill (Vancouver)
Cuisine: American (Traditional)
What they’re known for: comfort foods
Yelpers say: “What a gem in the city! If you need a hearty breakfast or lunch at a great price and served with a smile… go to The Northern Cafe & Grill. Tucked away in an industrial area and on top of a building supplies shop, Jimmy (the friendly chef & owner) will take care of you!” –Henry A.
- Manoush’eh (Vancouver)
What they’re known for: manousheh
Yelpers say: “Small space that packs a big punch. They have a selection of authentic Lebanese flatbreads which they bake fresh in front of you. The staff is very nice and the shop has a homey, cozy feel… The zaatar side was definitely my favourite with the combination of powerful spices and crunchy sesame” –Dana S.
- Incognito Coffee (Vancouver)
Cuisine: Coffee & tea, sandwiches
What they’re known for: local craft roasted coffee
Yelpers say: “Located right inside the VSO atrium, Incognito offers a wide variety of beverages and cafe fare all at reasonable prices. Everything is prepared fresh and the quality is top-notch.” –Tasha C.
- Tom Sushi (Vancouver)
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi bars
What they’re known for: premium sushi at an affordable price
Yelpers say: “This was way better than I thought, not just the food but the service and the speed. From the moment we walked in until the end we got amazing service, not from one person in particular but we were taken care of by everyone that worked there.” –Sangeetha M.
- Number e food (Vancouver)
Cuisine: Sandwiches, coffee & tea
What they’re known for: artisanal sandwiches on handmade Tuscan bread
Yelpers say: “I don’t know what to comment on first. Everything from the sandwich to the cookies to the pizza was amazing. Everything was fresh and tasted like it was made from scratch. To top it all off the service there was top notch. If I lived here this would be my new go to spot. If I ever return to Vancouver this will be a must go to spot.” –Joyce W.
- L’atelier Patisserie (Vancouver)
Cuisine: Bakeries, French
What they’re known for: croissant, pain au chocolat
Yelpers say: “I’ve died and gone to French pastry heaven. This hidden gem is churning out fresh and flakey croissants, desserts and breads that transported me to my trip to Paris years ago. –Colene C.
- Banh Mi Bar Restaurant (New Westminster)
Cuisine: Sandwiches, Vietnamese
What they’re known for: house special banh mi
Yelpers say: “This is a hidden gem for sure!!! I have had authentic banh mi sandwiches and these were phenomenal! The bread was perfectly crisped on the outside, soft on the inside and was packed full of flavor.” –Lindsay S
- Pawans Indian Kitchen (North Vancouver)
Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani
What they’re known for: paneer, butter chicken, tandoori
Yelpers say: “One of the best dishes of palak paneer I have ever had in the 22 years I have been eating this dish. The paneer is so fresh that it squeaks when you bite into it. Such depth of flavor from the spices.” –Amy C.
- Lamajoun (Richmond)
What they’re known for: Lamajoun, pide
Yelpers say: “If this is the gold standard for Armenian food, I should pack my bags and move right away. Lamajoun prepares and bakes all of their food with the utmost care, and it really shines through.” –Allison Y.
- Workshop Vegetarian Cafe (North Vancouver)
Cuisine: Japanese, vegetarian, vegan
What they’re known for: Spicy tan tan ramen
Yelpers say: “This is THE only go to place for tasty ramen noodles on the North Shore. You can’t go wrong eating yummy organic ramen at reasonable prices. I always have the spicy tan tan ramen. It’s served either cold or hot in their signature creamy organic butternut squash broth & rayu chilli oil.” –Melanie E.
- Absinthe Bistro (Vancouver)
- AnnaLena (Vancouver)
- Afghan Kitchen South Surrey (Surrey)
- Anar Persian Cuisine (Richmond)
- Hot & Toasty Cafe (Langley)
- The PokéMan (Vancouver)
- Wild Thyme (New Westminster)
- Chewie’s Chicken & Biscuits (Vancouver)
- The Only Cafe (Vancouver)
- Tour De Feast (North Vancouver)
- Tavola (Vancouver)
- Superbaba (Vancouver)
- Everbean Cafe (Surrey)
- Four Winds Brewing (Delta)
- Sushi Jin (Vancouver)
Methodology: This is an all-time list of the Top Places to Eat in the Vancouver area according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurant category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews. This list looked at businesses in and around the Vancouver area. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of June 15, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of June 15, 2022.