One of the best parts of living where we do is the block of Lonsdale between Carrie Cates and Esplanade that we have nicknamed “restaurant row.” Whether it’s a special date night or a casual family meal, we have plenty of options within a short walk of our house.
Gusto di Quattro is located on the corner. It’s a little on the pricey side, so we usually only go there for special occasions or during Dine Out Vancouver. Their phenomenal Italian cuisine is worth every decadent penny, and no meal is complete without indulging in their incredible Tiramisu. The atmosphere is intimate and their service is impeccable. It is our favourite big budget date night spot.
Burgoo is next door to Quattro and is the perfect place for dinner on a rainy Vancouver night. The atmosphere is cozy (big stone fire place, dim lighting, big brown leather booths), and the menu is loaded with comfort food from around the world: soups, sandwiches, stews, macaroni and cheese, fondue and more. Burgoo is also one of the few places in North Vancouver that has a decent dessert menu (tip: save room for the hot chocolate chili pot). One of our favourite pre-baby spots for a casual meal, it is surprisingly family friendly. Their friendly staff is great with kids, and they are able to serve many of their dishes in kid-sized portions. There are even a couple of booths tucked in the corners that have plenty of room to park a stroller. So when you don’t feel like a Pirate Pak or a Happy Meal, we suggest you give Burgoo a try.
Anatoli Souvlaki is the next restaurant in the row and one of the many good Greek restaurants on the North Shore. Their restaurant is large so we hardly ever have to wait for a table, even if we’re dining with a large group. They are also a family friendly place with an extensive menu that is bound to have something that will appeal to even the pickiest eater. I love their spanakopita and Justin highly recommends their souvlaki.
The District is the newest addition to restaurant row and has already become a huge hit with trendy diners in our neighbourhood (they were so popular in their first year that they expanded into the storefront next door). It’s a very hip, modern place that takes its inspiration from Belgian braisseries. It is a great place for a more casual date night or to wine and dine with a small group of friends. The food is truly unique and the wine and beer list are so extensive your jaw will drop.
Raglan’s is the last restaurant in the row. It is decked out like a surf shack and known throughout the neighbourhood for its fishbowl-sized fruity drinks and its hamburgers the size of your face. They also do a great brunch on the weekends.