Metro Vancouver’s biggest annual restaurant festival returns on February 5, 2021, offering a belt-busting 31 days of tempting prix fixe deals at more than 330 local eateries, all of which will adhere to any public health orders in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the province. Launched in 2002, Dine Out Vancouver is one of the most anticipated events in BC’s foodie calendar—and restaurants throughout Richmond are once again enthusiastic participants.
How it works
Reputedly Canada’s biggest celebration of food and drink—with more than 100,000 hungry diners taking part every year—the festival’s foundation is its fixed price dining menus. Typically including three courses, restaurants offer special set menus priced from $15 to $54, as well as promotions and “a collection of virtual culinary experiences” including talks, cooking classes, exhibits and more.
There are usually several choices available for each course, often including vegetarian or even gluten-free dishes. Most are dinner-only menus, but some restaurants also offer great-value lunches as well. And if you’re a wine lover, many establishments include BC wine-pairing suggestions.
In Richmond, 24 restaurants are taking part in 2021’s Dine Out Vancouver event. Reservations are now open, and you are encouraged to book directly with each eatery as far ahead as possible to ensure you snag seats at your top choice restaurants (and on your desired days). Hungry? Read on to discover what’s on the menu in Richmond.
Richmond's Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ is participating in Dine Out Vancouver. | Photo: Gyu-Kaku
There are a wide array of Richmond options to consider in this culinary category. At the $45 - $55 price point (and remember: prices include three courses), entrée dinner choices at 75 West Coast Grill include braised short rib ragout, striploin, or a delicious-looking seafood hot pot seafood melange that includes mussels, prawns, salmon, cod, and more.
Seafood and more is also featured at Steveston’s Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant, where the $35 - $44 Dine Out special (served at both lunch and dinnertime) includes roasted sablefish with lobster & prawn risotto, sockeye salmon filo en croute, or—for hungry meat fans—red wine braised short rib. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available here.
Casual dining favourite Cactus Club is also on Richmond’s Dine Out menu. Their $35 lunch and dinner options include main course prawn spaghettini, jack daniel's ribs, or cheddar bacon burger and fries. But they also have a dedicated vegetarian menu with a zen roll appetizer, crispy tofu bowl entrée, and key lime pie finale. The $35 dinner menu on offer at Browns Socialhouse includes Butter Chicken Curry, potato crusted cod bowl, steak & pasta or butcher's block burger.
Over at family favourite The Old Spaghetti Factory the $30 lunch, dinner menu includes three entrée options: seafood linguine marinara, chicken alfredo with mushroom and mascarpone cheese Ravioli, or Manicotti. Save room for dessert, though—your options include chocolate layer cake or the ultimate cheesecake.
Vegetarian alternatives are also available at Steveston’s Catch Kitchen + Bar where a couple of firm favourites will also lure carnivores: surf & turf or blackened chicken & chorizo jambalaya . Options at the Freebird Table and Bar include Nashville fried chicken and blackened salmon jambalaya. Still hungry? Consider Moxie’s Grill & Bar, where the $35 - $44 dinner menu features steak frites, blackened chicken burger, chicken madeira rigatoni (anyone who purchases from Moxie's dine out menu will receive a '10 Dollar Come Back Card').
Harold’s Kitchen & Bar is offering Steak & Prawns entree, while nearby CAVU Kitchen Bar is offering their $44 dinner which includes Brome lake duck breast, aged striplion or a Kentucky fried cauliflower bowl—plus Mediterranean labneh or north African meatballs appetizer and tasty dessert (the ‘24 'karat' cake).
Steak & Seafood
In the $45 - $54 category, you’ll find an unusually large array of main course choices at Chop Steakhouse & Bar, where options include prime rib, top sirloin, hunter chicken, miso salmon, or blackened crab cake Oscar (top sirloin included).
Alternatively (and also in the $45 - $54 dinner range), the Keg Steakhouse + Bar offers delicious steak, rib or salmon choices. And in the $35 - $44 category, the Shoestring Café is offering pan roasted duck breast, grilled blackened steak, or miso black cod entrée options.
There’s also a tempting $42 menu to try at Steveston’s Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill, where main courses include a feast-like fisherman’s pot, halibut or spring salmon entrée and more—look for BC wine-pairing suggestions here, too.
Bars & Pubs
Many bars and pubs, of course, take their food menus very seriously. And several local favourites are participating in Dine Out this year. The three-course $24 dinner menu at the Flying Beaver Bar & Grill includes sirloin steak, seafood hot pot, and teriyaki pineapple chicken. And in the same price range, Milltown Bar & Grill is offering main course choices of braised short rib, blackberry halibut or chicken pesto penne—sweet fans will also love their blackberry panna cotta dessert option.
Over in Steveston, consider pairing your meal with some great craft beer at Britannia Brewing. They’re serving up $26 lunch and dinner menus: meat fans will love the Two Rivers grass fed beef burger, while veggie fans have a local mushroom, truffle cream entrée and more. Also in Steveston you'll find The Buck & Ear, their $23 lunch and dinner option includes crispy maple pork belly to start, calamari burger for main and then to finish a warm s’mores peanut butter brownie.
One of the vegetarian options from Britannia Brewing. | Photo: Britannia Brewing
Richmond, of course, also has a celebrated Asian dining scene. And there are several restaurants to discover during Dine Out. Along with its $35 three-course dinner menu (go for the masala halibut), there’s also a bargain $15 lunch at Ember Indian Kitchen.
At Yokohama Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar, the $39 lunch and dinner menu takes a multi-dish, feast-like approach, for example, includes lobster, scallop, basa fish chef selected sashimi, aburi salmon roll. And over at Hotpot Palace, the simmering $35 Dine Out dinner includes a choice of meat (including veal, lamb, pork), choice of broth, seafood of the day, and vegetable platters.
The lunch and dinner menu at Yuu Japanese Tapas offers selection of delicious appetizers, ramen - tonkotsu ramen, miso ramen, beef volcano ramen to name a few and all for $25 for the dinner menu and $15 for lunch.
At Gyu-Kaku, you'll find an authentic Japanese barbecue dining experience, the $35 lunch and dinner menu offers a delectable range of entrée options including their best-seller Harami Skirt Steak in Miso Marinade and Certified Angus.
Over at Kirin Seafood, the $45 dinner and lunch menu includes three highly tempting entrée options that make for a very difficult decision: lobster in cream & butter sauce, braised beef short rib & beef tenderloin, or deep fried fillet of fish & scallop.
The Dine Out Vancouver festival runs from February 5 - March 7, 2021. For more information, including restaurant menus and booking information, visit the festival’s dedicated website.