Metro Vancouver’s biggest annual restaurant festival returns on January 17, 2020, offering a belt-busting 17 days of tempting prix fixe deals at more than 300 local eateries. 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 menus at $15, $25, $35 or $45 price points, with some offering menus in more than one price band.
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, 22 restaurants are taking part in 2020’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 Catch Kitchen + Bar is participating in Dine Out Vancouver. | Photo: Tourism Richmond
There are a wide array of Richmond options to consider in this culinary category. At the $45 price point (and remember: prices include three courses), entrée dinner choices at 75 West Coast Grill include duck breast, veal loin, or a delicious-looking seafood melange that includes sablefish, clams, mussels, and more.
Seafood and more is also featured at Steveston’s Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant, where the $35 Dine Out special (served at both lunch and dinnertime) includes citrus-crusted Arctic char, crispy sockeye salmon, or––for hungry meat fans––braised short rib. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available here.
Over at Tramonto, the $45 dinner menu includes three highly tempting entrée options that make for a very difficult decision: duck confit, albacore tuna, or red wine braised chuck flat. Save room for dessert, though—your options include crème brulee and dark chocolate mousse.
Casual dining favourite Cactus Club is also on Richmond’s Dine Out menu. Their $35 lunch and dinner options include main course steak frites, hunter chicken, or red Thai curry. But they also have a dedicated vegetarian menu with a ravioli appetizer, tofu bowl entrée, and chocolate peanut butter dessert bar finale.
Vegetarian alternatives are also available at Steveston’s Catch Kitchen + Bar where a couple of firm favourites will also lure carnivores: surf & turf or leek and asiago roast chicken. In contrast, options at the Deck Kitchen + Bar include grilled Atlantic salmon and pan-roasted duck breast. Still hungry? Consider Moxie’s Grill & Bar, where the $35 dinner menu features steak frites, blackened mahi mahi, or red Tahi chicken curry (plus a mini sticky toffee pudding dessert option).
Harold’s Bistro & Bar is offering a choice of a lamb curry entrée choice or shrimp Cavatini pasta, while nearby CAVU Kitchen & Bar is offering two separate menus. Their $35 dinner includes pork belly, lamb shank, and chimmichurri grilled chicken, while their $15 lunch offering includes a roast turkey club, avocado toast, or a BLT sandwich made with pork belly—plus a soup or salad appetizer and tasty dessert (the ‘no bake’ cheesecake is recommended).
Steak & seafood
In the $45 category, you’ll find an unusually large array of main course choices at Chop Steakhouse & Bar, where options include prime rib, top sirloin, roast chicken, miso salmon, or blackened crab cake Oscar (top sirloin included). They’re also offering a $25 lunch deal with even more options—veggie burger, Nashville chicken sandwich, and prime beef dip included.
Alternatively (and also in the $45 dinner range), the Keg Steakhouse + Bar offers delicious steak, rib or salmon choices. And in the $35 category, the Boathouse‘s diverse array includes sirloin, coconut cod, poke bowl or madras curry bowls. In the same price band, check out the Shoestring Café, which is offering pan roasted duck breast, grilled blackened steak, or miso black cod entrée options.
There’s also a tempting $35 menu to try at Steveston’s Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill, where main courses include a feast-like fisherman’s pot, a crisp-fried whole sea bass, 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 $25 lunch and dinner menu at the Flying Beaver Bar & Grill includes sirloin steak, chicken parmesan, and hoisin ginger sockeye salmon. And in the same price range, Milltown Bar & Grill is offering main course choices of sesame-crusted yellowfin tuna, Korean-style pork bulgogi, and succulent Kobe rigatoni—sweet fans will also love their cheesecake sampler dessert option.
Over in Steveston, consider pairing your meal with some great craft beer at Britannia Brewing. They’re serving up $25 lunch and dinner menus: meat fans will love the Two Rivers grass fed beef burger, while veggie fans have three tempting entrée choices: risotto, gnocchi, or the house-made veggie burger.
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, including tandoor chicken.
At Yokohama Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar, the $45 lunch and dinner menu takes a multi-dish, feast-like approach—their Teppanyaki Seafood Meal, for example, includes lobster, shrimp, chicken karaage, and more. There’s also a multiple dish approach over at Vitality Steam Seafood, where the $45 category includes options such as BBQ octopus, tiger shrimps, and scallop and shrimp congee.
And over at Hotpot Palace, the simmering $45 Dine Out dinner includes a choice of meat (including AAA Angus beef), choice of broth, seafood of the day, and vegetable platters.
The Dine Out Vancouver festival runs from January 17 - February 2, 2020. For more information, including restaurant menus and booking information, visit the festival’s dedicated website.