Atmosphere is everything—and in a city with a dining scene as rich and diverse as Vancouver’s, a well-designed space can be just the thing to help intrigue discerning customers. By partnering with savvy design studios (in particular, Ste. Marie, whose vision has informed many local favourites), the city’s restaurants are setting the bar high with thoughtfully composed dining rooms, bars, and kitchens that capture the essence of the place, sating guests with a visual feast long before their food arrives. Here, we share some of Vancouver’s most beautifully designed restaurants.
Botanist – The Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Botanist restaurant created quite the buzz when it opened last spring—not just for its sophisticated Pacific Northwestern dishes, but its lush and delicately pretty 5,000-square-foot space dreamed up by Ste. Marie design studio. Pastel pink and butterscotch benches play alongside boldly patterned upholstery, while sheer drapes cast a soft light over the dining room and its expanse of climbing vines, potted trees, and leafy ferns. A dining experience here is akin to eating in an ultra-refined conservatory.