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Dine Out's Best $18 Menus

Top Picks for Dine Out Vancouver on a Budget


Want to dine out for this year's Dine Out Vancouver and mind the budget, too? Try these top picks for restaurants offering the least expensive Dine Out "set menus": three courses for $18 (excluding tax, tip and drinks).

Dine Out Vancouver 2014 runs from January 17 - February 2, 2014.

Hapa Izakaya

Hapa Izakaya Vancouver
Photo by Dana Lynch

There are four Hapa Izakaya restaurants in Vancouver--including Kitsilano and the West End--and they all serve unusual and flavourful Tokyo-inspired tapas. Their $18 Dine Out Menu is four courses and includes their popular Popcorn Pork and the fabulous Chipotle Beef Curry Ishiyaki.

Meinhardt Fine Foods

Meinhardt Fine Foods, Vancouver
Photo by Dana Lynch
Yes, the gourmet grocery on 14th and Granville is participating in Dine Out this year! Their $18 Dine Out menu--which features a choice of Steelhead Trout or pasta, plus lush Lava Cake for dessert--can be prepared as take out, so you can grab it and go!

Las Margaritas

las margaritas vancouver
Image Courtesyt of Las Margaritas

Bring your appetite to Kitsilano's Las Margaritas; it serves Mexican food by way of Southern California, which means it is rich. I'm not sure most people will be able to make it through all three courses of its $18 Dine Out menu (seriously, corn soup and enchiladas and dessert?!), but it will be a pleasure to try!

The Reef

The Reef on Main, Vancouver
Image Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver / Dine Out Vancouver

One of SoMa's Best Restaurants--it has a location on Commercial Drive, too--The Reef's award-winning Caribbean cuisine is a steal at three-courses-for-$18. Their $18 Dine Out Menu includes their popular Jerk Chicken, and has gluten-free options.

Trattoria Italian Kitchen

Trattoria Italian Kitchen
Image Courtesy of Trattoria Italian Kitchen / Glowbal Group

For Italian on a budget, Kitsilano's Trattoria Italian Kitchen is a good deal; its $18 Dine Out Menu offers a choice of Pollo Marsala, Risotto con Radicchio, Gorgonzola e Noci, or Braised Lamb Cheek Pappardelle, plus a first-course and dessert.

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