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11 Stunning Vancouver Restaurants Offering Special Christmas Holiday Menus in 2019

Christmas is one of the most special and magical times of the year, when you are surrounded with your close circle of people, perhaps hosting a nice dinner at home or opting to dine out someplace downtown. If you are in the second group, a lot of restaurants around Vancouver are already preparing for some special Christmas events at their premises. Besides offering exquisite holiday menu options, some are also hosting live music or carol-singing.

To help you figure out where to book, our team has prepared a list of 11 restaurant recommendations where you can go for a Christmasy gather-up and have a real blast.

1.) Ristorante Di Beppe December Lunch Service

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Di Beppe is your go-to if you truly appreciate authentic Italian food. It normally functions as a coffee place during the day and as a restaurant by night. However, during the month of December, Di Beppe synchronizes with the holiday fever by holding a special weekday lunch service you can opt for in between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

Their special December daytime menu features an array of antipasti, pizza and pasta. The antipasti choices include mushroom bruschetta, burrata and agrodolce beets, kale salad with tuna conserva, and meatballs ‘di beppe’. The pizza options: anchovy and onion; fennel sausage, onion, provolone and rosemary; pepperoni and fungi; and margherita with fior di latte or mozzarella di bufala. Pasta varieties include pomodoro, amatriciana, carbonara, caco e pepe, and alici e burro. 

Saturdays through Sundays, Di Beppe also accepts private events bookings. Write an email to secure a spot. On New Year’s Eve the restaurant will remain open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with limited reservations available online. 

Booking: for private daytime events on weekend days throughout December write to info@dibeppe.com; limited reservations available online here
Location: 8 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C9, Canada

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2.) Miku Holiday Kaiseki 

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Miku is a treasured spot for both its decadent Aburi cuisine and charming view of Vancouver. It’s a point of fusion of both traditional Japanese and local West Coast flavours, and this holiday season Miku’s culinary team has forged a six-course special Kaiseki menu.

There is Zensai (Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with Asian pear, jalapeño ponzu, and Asian greens), Kaiseki Arita (with five seasonal items), Surf and Turf, and Sushi… a lot of sushi! Something sweet? A special Pistachio Paris-Breast with pistachio mousseline cream, chocolate glaze, passion fruit coulis and mango sorbet, a creation of Pastry Chef Miki Kaiju. You can also combine the courses with premium sake pairings. 

Miku’s Holiday Kaiseki menu is available from November 18 until December 30 -dinner time only. 

Menu: Holiday Kaiseki
Price: $150+$50
Booking: View details here
Location: 70-200 Granville Street, Granville Square, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 1S4

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3.) Minami Holiday Shokai

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Miku’s sister restaurant Minami is following suit with the holiday festivities too. At this vibrant Yaletown food extravaganza spot, you can check out the Minami Holiday Shokai menu, during the same time frame from November 18 until December 30. Dinner only. 

You can feast on four courses that feature Fraser Valley Chicken and Pork Terrine, a lavish holiday Aburi sushi selection, Surf and Turf, and Ruby Chocolate Strawberry Basil Mousse as per desert. 

Menu: Holiday Shokai
Price: $110+$40
Booking: View details here 
Location: 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 2T9

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4.) Yew Seafood + Bar Christmas Eve Dinner & Christmas Day Brunch + Dinner

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Yew Seafood + Bar is greatly praised for its always fresh and delectable seafood. What you get here comes straight from the ocean and it won’t be any different on Christmas. In fact, it could only get better.

On Christmas Eve, chefs Suraj Karmakar, Evan Morgan and Benjamin Kilford will be preparing a super-indulgent three-course. Opt-in between fresh caviar, Dungeness Crab Salad and Butter Poached Lobster. There is also five-spiced Roasted Duck Breast combined with honey glazed parsnips, ginger cranberries and pickled radish, as well as two extravagant dessert options. 

Seafood marvels will also be available on Yew’s Christmas Day Brunch Buffet, so you can grab something from the seafood raw bar, carvery station, spread of pastries or seasonal sweets. Save some space also for Christmas Day Dinner when alongside seafood you can also have some holiday classics such as a chestnut stuffed roasted turkey. 

Menu: Christmas Eve Dinner; Christmas Day Brunch + Dinner
Price: $105-$115 per person; $55 for children under 12 for Christmas Eve Dinner
Booking: 604-692-4939; book online
Location: 791 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2T4 

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5.) Notch8 Pacific Ballroom Christmas Dinner 

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Looking for something extravagant and fancy? Notch8 is a lavish addition to Vancouver’s Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and your go-to place for good wines and distinctive cocktails. Both their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners have already been sold out. However, you can still opt in for a table at Notch8’s Pacific Ballroom Christmas Dinner, between 5pm and 9pm on Christmas Day. 

The menu features a special seafood bar, a special salad bar while some of their mouth-watering main dishes include Eggplant Basil Wrapped Salmon and Whisky Maple Crispy Pork Belly, or perhaps a Rosemary Honey Roasted Root Vegetables for vegetarians. Aside lavish dishes, expect also profuse Christmas decoration and live entertainment to bring on the spirit of the holiday. 

Menu: Pacific Ballroom Christmas Dinner 
Price: Adults $199, Children $99 for Pacific Ballroom Christmas Dinner; 
Booking: 604-647-0517, email: hvc.festivedesk@fairmont.com, online via this link
Location: 900 West Georgia, Vancouver V6C 2W6 

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6.) Botanist Christmas Eve Brunch & Dinner

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Botanist is famed for its fresh, organic and sustainable sourced food prepared by the magic hands of chef Hector Laguna and his culinary team. For the occasion of the holiday, the same team has prepared a delectable festive fête to which you can opt-in for either brunch or dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day both.

The Christmas Eve Brunch will be available from 10:00am until 2:00pm on Tuesday, December 24th and you can combine a glass of sparkling wine with a French toast and late risers such as Lobster Benedict or Mushroom Risotto. 

For the Christmas Eve Dinner feast on a six-course tasting menu with decadent dishes like Northern Divine Caviar, Ora King Salmon and Beef Fat Poached Lobster. The event will feature live music, too. Both the brunch and dinner menus will be available during the Christmas Day events, too.

Feeling thirsty? Don’t miss the Botanists’ special holiday cocktail menu with special features such as Spiked Eggnog or Hot Buttered Rum. Available from November 22 until December 31.

Menus: Holiday cocktails, Christmas Eve Brunch (same menu applies for Christmas Day Branch), Christmas Eve Dinner (same menu applies for Christmas Day Dinner); view all menus in one
Prices: 76$ for brunch menus; 135$ for dinner menus
Booking: For reservations for 10 or more, contact at 604-695-5557 or VPRdining@fairmont.com; online: Christmas Eve Brunch, Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Branch, Christmas Day Dinner
Location: 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 0B9

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7.) Hawksworth Holiday Brunch & Dinner 

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Hawksworth is another Vancouver restaurant to give you a brilliant fine dining experience. No exception will be their holiday menus as the restaurant’s talented team is bringing a Holiday Dinner on December 24, 25, 26 as well as a Holiday Brunch on December 25, 26 & January 1. Their seasonal a la carte menu and bc journey tasting menu are boosted with festive holiday menu features for those who stop by for a Holiday Dinner.

For the Holiday Brunch you can choose starters that are seafood or egg-based and mains such as cache creek natural beef burger, or perhaps a smoked sablefish salad with chicory and watercress. 

Menu: holiday menus
Booking: 604-673-7000
Location: 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC  V6C 1P7 Canada, located at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia

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8.) Teahouse Christmas Eve Dinner & Christmas Day Dinner 

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With over 40 years of history behind its name, The Teahouse in Stanley Park has is known for its exquisite dining experience and Vancouver’s scenic English Bay view. This holiday season promises new memories at the old venture as the restaurant will be hosting a pair of special Yuletide dinners.

Christmas Eve Dinner 

On Tuesday, December 24, Executive Chef Adam Meade along with his team will be catering a three-course Christmas Eve Menu ($55 per person)

that features a choice of slow-roasted prime rib, roasted turkey, BC salmon or vegetarian Bolognese as the main course options, alongside fresh seasonal appetizers and self-indulgent desserts. Live carol singers will additionally boost the Christmas spirit in the dining room. 

Christmas Day Dinner 

More food extravaganza will follow on Christmas Day when the five-course Christmas Day Menu (85$ per person) will dazzle guests with West-Coast-inspired holiday classics including slow-roasted prime rib, roasted turkey, sablefish, and vegetarian Bolognese. 

Menu: Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Dinner
Price: 55$-85$
Booking: 604-669-3281, online via this link
Location: Ferguson Point, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

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9.) Seasons in the Park Christmas Eve Dinner + Christmas Day Dinner

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Seasons in the Park certainly takes pride in its scenic location atop Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park, overlooking its marvelous gardens. And they’ll also cater a pair of dinners this Christmas.

Christmas Eve Dinner 

At Seasons in the Park you can book for Christmas Eve dinner ($55 per person) and enjoy their enticing three-course menu for the occasion which includes fresh appetizers, and highlights such as oven-roasted turkey or prime rib with traditional holiday fixings, West Coast grilled seafood dishes with wild rice, or vegetarian mushroom ravioli with cream and arugula. Finish that up with a Pumpkin Bread Pudding or a Black Forest Cake. 

Christmas Day Dinner 

The decadence continues on Christmas Day when the dinner menu (85$ per person) is boosted with additional two courses. Some of the starters include beef meatballs with tomato sauce and basil or crab cake with bean salsa and chipotle aioli. Prime rib, oven-roasted turkey, sablefish with wild rice and mushroom ravioli remain as the four main dishes options. 

Should you want to return at Seasons in the Park on December 31, the restaurant will ring in 2020 with a one-night-only New Year’s Eve feature sheet and party favours for all guests. 

Menu: Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Dinner 
Prices: 55$-85$
Booking: online via this link 
Location: W 33rd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 2M4

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10.) Water Street Cafe Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dinner 

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Water St. Cafe is a gem in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Gastown, where Fridays through Mondays you can end up enjoying nice live music gigs alongside their delicious meals. As per the holidays, Water St. Cafe’s culinary team has as well crafted an appealing menu and you can drop by either for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. 

Christmas Eve Dinner

On Christmas Eve, opt between Chef Alan’s $49 set menu or Water Street’s reduced A la Cart menu. Start with appetizers such as a Maple Butternut Squash Bisque or Burrata Caprese and continue with highlights such as roasted turkey dish with charred green beans and delectable fixings, pan roasted BC lingcod combined with manila clams or a veggie-friendly eggplant dish with orange, almonds, peppers, olives and chimichurri. Finish up with a dessert such as a classic Italian tiramisu or fresh fruit sorbet. 

Christmas Day Dinner 

On Christmas Day, the same dishes remain on the offer, but now boosted with an antipasto combining mixed olives, marinated artichoke, and hummus among other items or a Lobster Pappardelle highlight with garlic butter poached ½ lobster, heirloom tomato, fennel, saffron alfredo sauce. 

Menu: Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Dinner
Price: $49-$129
Booking: online here
Location: Water St. Cafe, 300 Water Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1B6

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11.) Boulevard Christmas Day Brunch and Dinner buffets 

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Under Executive Chef Alex Chen, Vancouver’s Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar has a flourishing seafood cuisine. In light of the holidays, their artisan offer is available for both the Boulevard’s Christmas Eve Dinner buffet and Christmas Day Brunch buffet. 

The branch buffet opens on December 25th, from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., and costs $88 for adults and half that price for children aged 12 or under. Prices remain the same also for the dinner buffet which begins at 5 p.m and finishes up at 9 p.m.

Menu: view here
Price: $88 for adults, $39 children 12 and under
Booking: 604-642-2900
Location: 845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K6

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Have we now caused you a headache? We know, all these 11 places are magnificent dining venues to embrace the Christmas spirit along with your nearest and dearest ones. But don’t waste too much time waiting. What’s available now will sell out quickly for sure. Whether you are also wondering what to do for Christmas gifts shopping for your loved ones, feel free to also check our handy Holiday Gift Guide 2019. There are some pretty cool ideas for what to give as a present. 

And finally, whether you choose a fine dining location downtown Vancouver, host a Christmas dinner at your place, or just wanna grab something quick on the go, we want to wish you a memorable and flavoursome Christmas with lots of fun and joy.