02/03/2013 06:08 EST | Updated 02/03/2013 06:09 EST

Best Restaurants In Vancouver: Valentine's Day For Dates, Friends


Valentine's Day, that dreaded day of romantic splendour beckons, which means it's time to put 10 minutes of thought into making a restaurant reservation. And soon.

In Vancouver, the dining options are diverse and plentiful. Here are some restaurant ideas that work well with all sorts of budget types. For those who believe money is no object, try Gastown's gorgeous L'Abattoir.

For couples who scoff at the day's tacky commercialization, perhaps it's time to try Grub on Main Street. Its limited seating and fun, colourful wallpaper melt away any repressed kitschy Valentine's Day pressures.

Of course, being the city that touts sustainability and healthy living, restaurants that offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are plentiful. If your duo dines veggie, check out The Acorn in Riley Park for beautifully plated dishes and delicious cocktails.

Yaletown's Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar is a terrific option for urban professionals courting well-groomed dates.

Unimpressed with the day's romantic pressures? For something less conventional, make a games table reservation at the Storm Crow Tavern in the city's funky Commercial Drive neighbourhood. A game of Risk, a few pitchers of beer and steady supply cocktails with friends — what's a better way to spend time with those you love?

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