Why do the best restaurants always seem to require maxing out your credit card? Macleans has just released a list of the 50 best restaurants in Canada.

The eight B.C. restaurants that made the cut are all in Vancouver, and all are high-end (ahem, high-priced).

The usual suspects are there like modern Chinese brasserie Bao Bei. And not one but two of Toptable Group's restaurants make the list as well: Vancouver's Blue Water Cafe and Whistler's Araxi.

These restaurants create beautiful, delicious food, there's no denying that. But this list left us hungry for less expensive, underrated eats. Where are the affordable, hidden gems of B.C.?

So we started our own list. We hope you'll add to it by sharing your best B.C. restaurants, whatever your definition.

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  • RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna, B.C.

    It doesn't take a thorough Google search to figure out why this Kelowna institution is popular among locals. Seasonal ingredients are used as much as possible on their menu. It's fresh, it's local, it's comfortable... and affordable.

  • RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna, B.C.

    Beef plate.

  • RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna, B.C.

    RaDZ chef Rod Butters.

  • Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill, Victoria, B.C.

    Deceptively delicious cocktails, check. Affordable AND sizable tapas plates, check. Amazing Spanish-inspired seafood, check. Funky surroundings and a lovely staff, check and check.

  • Ferris Oyster Bar & Grill, Victoria, B.C.

    Assorted oysters.

  • The Black Forest Steak & Schnitzel Haus, Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.

    Pork schnitzel and rack of lamb. Perfectly crisp and meaty schnitzel come in satisfying portions at reasonable prices in this tourist-trap town.

  • Hakkasan, Richmond, B.C.

    Hakka free-range chicken baked in salt. What's modern Chinese dining? High-end service (no plate slamming or plastic tablecloths), sophisticated dishes (curried seafood-stuffed whelk, quail soup double-boiled IN a coconut), and unbelievable tasting menu prices. All enough to make you forget the industrial mall outside.

  • Hakkasan, Richmond, B.C.

    Tofu with preserved duck eggs and dried pork.

  • Hakkasan, Richmond, B.C.

    Chilled Dungeness crab, poached in white wine with spicy soy dipping sauce.

  • La Casa Ouzeria, Penticton, B.C.

    La Casa Ouzeria, this Penticton Greek dining hot spot is owned by the Portalakis family who hail from the island of Crete. It's a family-friendly restaurants (with family-friendly portions) that doesn't turn away large groups. The food is fresh, filling, and the hosts are fun. Opa!

  • La Casa Ouzeria, Penticton, B.C.

    Greek-rubbed ribs

  • La Casa Ouzeria, Penticton, B.C.

    The pastichio, Greek lasagna

  • Lido Restaurant, Richmond, B.C.

    The Lido restaurant serves some of the finest Hong Kong-style diner fare anywhere at killer inexpensive prices. Don't be afraid to ask for an English menu.

  • Lido Restaurant, Richmond, B.C.

    The Lido's signature, piping hot fresh pineapple buns. Add butter, it comes in a thick SLICE in the middle.

  • The Acorn, Vancouver, B.C.

    Even diehard meat eaters will be wooed by the Acorn's flavourful and gorgeous vegetarian offerings. With dishes like beer-battered hallumi with zucchini pancakes, it's no wonder people line up every night.

  • The Acorn, Vancouver, B.C.

    Zucchini Tagliatelle, Candied Olives, Blossoms, Cashew Rose Sauce, Pinenut & Tomato Salad

  • The Acorn, Vancouver, B.C.

    SOLEfood salad, buckwheat noodles, pickled shimeji mushrooms, braised daikon & carrot sesame dressing

  • Rehanah's Roti, Port Moody, B.C.

    Mouth-watering authentic Trini-style roti in B.C.? Yes friends, it is possible. No stiff tumeric flatbread here, Rehanah's uses a dhalpuri shell for all its roti. The shell keeps soft and warm while it hugs a generous portion of hot flavourful goat, shrimp, or chicken curry. So good. So filling. Big thumbs up.

  • Rehanah's Roti, Port Moody, B.C.

    Shrimp roti.

  • Soban Korean Bistro, Kelowna, B.C.

    Kelowna has a real gem in Soban. The Soban tacos have earnedan almost viral reputation among locals as the must-try dish on the menu. We were not disappointed. Pictured: Sampler Special Bowl: B-bop Pancakes: Seafood (Pajon) and Mungbean (Binday Tok) (sauce for Pancakes) Noodles: Jopchae *sweet potatoe noodles

  • Pizzeria Barbarella, Vancouver, B.C.

    Oh mama mia, you have to try East Van's go-to pizzeria. Terry Deane, Pizzeria Barbarella's owner is a former saxophone musician who lived in NYC once upon a time ago. While in the Big Apple, he ate as much pizza as he could. When he returned to B.C., he perfected his own recipe and opened up a pizza place in Abbotsford (Ah-Beetz, now closed). Don't let the 70's basement decor fool you, Pizzeria Barbarella's pizzas are a <strong>must eat</strong>.

  • Pizzeria Barbarella, Vancouver, B.C.

    Filetti pizza.

  • Pizzeria Barbarella, Vancouver, B.C.

    Margherita pizza with hot capocollo.

  • Local Lounge | Grille, Summerland, B.C.

    We'll forgive the extra E on grill because of the Okanagan cherry spareribs and ground chuck steak burger with pickled beet. Pickled beets!

  • Local Lounge | Grille, Summerland, B.C.

  • The Teahouse In Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.

    Recommended by HuffPost B.C. reader Kelly Lough, this Vancouver landmark restaurant is nestled into Stanely Park, The Teahouse offers beautiful unobstructed views of English Bay (and the food is pretty good too). The name of the restaurant dates back to when it originally opened in the 1950's as a summer tearoom. Today, pre-dinner rush diners can flock here Monday to Friday, 3 PM -6 PM for mussels, fries, and a pint of beer for $12. Cha-ching!

  • The Teahouse In Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.

  • The Teahouse In Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C.

    Fresh B.C. salmon main course.

  • Toshi Sushi, Vancouver, B.C.

    Toshi Sushi makes my heart skip a beat. Locals know that this nondescript restaurant is THE place to enjoy high quality sushi for an inexpensive price. The sashimi is consistently fresh and buttery and almost too beautiful to eat. Almost. The avocados used are always ripe, rich, and smooth. Big thumbs up for service too. Even while trying to navigate through a tiny space crammed with seated and unseated hungry diners, the nice Japanese women who serve as hosts are always warm and hospitable. <strong>Warning</strong>: prepare for a line up during dinner rush. Get there early.

  • Toshi Sushi, Vancouver, B.C.

    Uni nigiri and assorted sushi rolls.

  • Toshi Sushi, Vancouver, B.C.

    Must try: The grilled eggplant.

  • Hong Kong B.B.Q. Master, Richmond, B.C.

    The 'Master' part of the signage may make some giggle, but locals know this hole-in-the-wall restaurant serves up some mean Hong Kong B.B.Q. Located in the parking garage of a Real Canadian Superstore, this restaurant offers take-out and a tiny sit-down area. Leave your diet at home and try the B.B.Q. pork, it's sweet, fatty, and delicious. Prepare for a line up of Chinese locals during peak hours. Cash only.

  • Hong Kong B.B.Q. Master, Richmond, B.C.

  • Hong Kong B.B.Q. Master, Richmond, B.C.

  • Hong Kong B.B.Q. Master, Richmond, B.C.

    Left to right: Roast pork, BBQ pork, steamed Chinese chicken


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