The Top Restaurants In Burnaby, British Columbia

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Helen Armitage

As British Colombia’s third-biggest city, Burnaby, Canada quite rightly boasts a dining scene as diverse as its 200,000+ inhabitants. Whether you’re looking for Pacific Northwest cuisine or good old-fashioned fish and chips, our Burnaby dining guide features a local restaurant to suit. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

Safari Snack House

Safari Snack House’s unique Indo-African fusion cuisine has given it a reputation as one of the best restaurants Burnaby’s dining scene has to offer. Plenty of tasty snacks make up much of the restaurant’s menu, from crispy, fried mogo (cassava) and vegetarian pakoras to Ismailia bhaji (thinly slice potatoes dipped in chickpea batter and fried until golden), while bigger plates come in the form of tandoori chicken and beef mishkaki, skewers of tender beef marinated in Indo-African herbs and spices. But if you try just one thing at Safari Snack House, make sure it’s the award-winning samosa.

Cockney Kings Fish & Chips

Fish and chips

Cockney Kings Fish & Chips, 6574 East Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC, Canada, +1 604 291 1323

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

Traditional Italian cuisine gets updated with chef Will Lucas’s West Coast creativity and locally sourced, seasonal ingredients at Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria. Plenty of pasta dishes feature on the menu from penne with chicken confit, arugula pesto cream and wild mushrooms to tagliatelle with creamy dill sauce, prawns, clams, salmon, halibut, capers and parsley. However, the real deal at Cotto is its delicious, VPN-certified Neapolitan pizzas, cooked in a wood-fired brick forno, in a myriad varieties from classic margherita to the carne topped with sopressata, pancetta, prosciutto cotto and coppa. A splendid wine list with a focus on Italian and British Columbian wines is offered alongside local craft brews and Cotto’s signature cocktails and martinis.

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria, 6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC, Canada, +1 604 299 8002

Hart House Restaurant

Hart House’s AAA beef with crispy truffle potato

‘Casual West Coast elegance’ is the focus at Hart House Restaurant, a gorgeous, Tudor Revival-style spot in the beautiful Deer Lake Park with romantic lakeside dining. Executive Chef Mike Genest’s menu is packed with Pacific Northwest-inspired fare from lunchtime eats such as crispy Dungeness crab and baby shrimp cake sandwich to dinner dishes that include seared sockeye salmon with Yukon Gold potato blini, leeks, braised radishes and crab beurre blanc. Brunch is served on Sundays.

Personas

A vibrant spot where American fare is dished up alongside signature and craft cocktails and regular live music and sports events, Personas is a favourite local haunt for fun, laid-back dining. Grab a few sharing small plates to start; choose from tempting bites such as bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with double cream, Danish brie and drizzled with balsamic glaze or poutine with white cheddar cheese curds, gravy and beef short rib. Follow it with hearty sandwiches and burgers, pasta dishes or mains including cedar plank-grilled wild Pacific salmon with a brown sugar-soy glaze, fried rice and seasonal vegetables.

Chad Thai

Thai noodles

Regularly voted the city’s favorite Thai restaurant, Chad Thai is a cozy, casual, family-run eatery and the place to head to in The Heights for deliciously authentic Southeast Asian food. Appetizers include chicken satay, deep-fried fish cakes or mee grop (crisp vermicelli with sweet and sour caramelized tamarind sauce, crisp tofu, chives and beansprouts) and are followed by familiar favorite mains like pad Thai or spicy red curry or exotic plates such as pad prig pao (stir-fried mixed seafood with Thai chili jam, bell peppers and onions). After all that spicy fare, finish with a refreshing dessert of coconut ice cream with palm seeds and cashew nuts.

Burgers Etc. BBQ House

Every now and then, only a succulent burger or some juicy barbecue will do and Burgers Etc. BBQ House cooks up exactly that. Choose from platters piled high with classic barbecue fare, from St Louis-style smoked ribs and beef brisket to pulled pork, or opt for a BBQ sandwich and combine with macaroni salad, baked beans and house-made creamy coleslaw. Burger options include beef, chicken or veggie, each available with extra toppings that include fried egg, jalapeños or bacon. Wash it all down with one of a range of craft beers.

Burgers Etc. BBQ House, 4091 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC, Canada, +1 604 299 8959

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