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The Parker
The Parker

The Parker Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theparkervancouver.com
  • Email: info@theparkervancouver.com
  • Phone: (604) 779-3804
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - Late
    7 days a week beginning this March
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Northwest, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Curtis Luk
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We are located at 237 Union St just east of Main, in view of the Georgia Street Viaduct. We have plenty of street parking as well as several parkades within one block.
A word from The Parker
Elevated Vegetarian dining focusing on the best of our season and region. The Parker is a sexy and sustainable restaurant with a casual fine-dining feel. World class cocktails by Steve Da Cruz and a well thought out wine program featuring the best of BC and beyond pair perfectly with Top Chef Canada's Curtis Luk's playful and inventive cuisine. We look forward to hosting you soon!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Love this restaurant for its excellent food and casual ambiance. You don't even realize that you are eating vegetarian because everything is so well made and presented. Service is attentive and friendly. We never felt rushed, even though one of the diners at our table arrived late. I would go here all the time if I could!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The overall quality of food was decent but boy was the portion small or what?! We tried the tasting menu for 6 courses, and each course was prepared to be shared between 2 adults. The portion was really small. Perhaps vegetarians eat less =) ? Anyway the kitchen was right behind the bar and it's wide open. We could totally smell the food from our clothes and that's not very pleasant. It's a neat little restaurant but it's not good enough for us to return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Went with friends, one of whom is a 20 year vegetarian. We thought we should throw him a bone and try this place out. Impressed. Food was tasty service was okay. Only hiccup we had was being seated almost 30 minutes after our scheduled reservation time. Would go again though for a casual night out."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food was great, service was attentive, but it was so hot in the restaurant as the kitchen is right at the front. It got so uncomfortable that we left as soon as dinner was over. Next time dress for the desert"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "great place. vegetarian food with flavor. good cocktails."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My husband and I had the 5 course tasting menu here and it was amazing.. My hubby is pescatarian so he was somewhat hesitant to come here, but he raved about every course. Presentation and taste were both outstanding, and each dish was unique, the kind of thing I wouldn't even know how to begin to make. Service was decent, but could have been better. In particular, we felt like it took forever for dessert to come, then she brought the cheque before clearing our dessert plates. Food is light and I left feeling satisfied but not overly full. If you are looking to feel stuffed, this is not the place for you."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This is not my first visit to The Parker, it is my fifth and I have each time taken a new friend to their overwhelming delight in the food, presentation, service, ambiance and spectacular taste combinations. To watch the chef create each dish with total attention to detail and balance in every possible way. It is creation of food art. I am a vegetarian who is delighted to find a restaurant that knows how to feed and please. My friends are not, will not become vegetarians any time soon, but they will never forget their fabulous experience of The Parker."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "It was decent. Went in with little knowledge they existed and was blown away from their five course."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Girlfriend found it too precious, and a couple dishes a little too sweet, but figured it may be due to the amount of root vegetables. She was even still a bit hungry afterwards. We spent about $50 per person, so you'd hope to be full for that. Regardless it was still nice meal and I'd go back if we were taking somebody out for a nice evening."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "My recent visit to this restaurant I found to be well presented but there was no flavour and I found the food both bland and very small"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Overall it was very good, though we were seated 20 minutes late after having to wait outside while it was so cold and raining. Two of us had been there before and we were completed amazed by the food and service, so we came back and brought our parents. Food was still superb; however the portions were more like 2 people's (we had the tasting menu both times), so some of us left hungry :( We may come back, just perhaps not for the tasting menu or no more than 2 people"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The Parker is fantastic. The food is sublime and the service is impeccable! I am not a vegetarian but I could eat here everyday and never crave a steak. Also for allergy sufferers like me, they have gluten free, vegan, lactose free dishes galore! The Parker I would say is a fusion between East and West, drawing upon flavours from authentic Chinese, Korean, etc dishes melded with local vegetables and a modern twist. The atmosphere is classy, romantic and the staff are so incredibly welcoming. The first time I went to the Parker, I had my puppy with me. They seated us outside and provided Merlin with water and even allowed him to sit with us when a dog attacked him while he was lying outside the outdoor seating area. Let me be a regular!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I am no vegan, so it was with some trepidation that I went to the Parker. However, the food is quite tasty, and presented with some style. I found the courses to be a little small, but as they recommend a person should have about three of them. This then becomes a moderately pricy affair. But, when you consider the quality, care, and service that doesn't bother me. For vegans, a must. For others, worth a try to sample something different."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This place stood for all the reviews hyped it to be and went beyond that!. The restaurant is pretty small, with about 6 tables. The owner, Steve Da Cruz, and his crew's hospitality and service were excellent! You can see chef, Curtis Luk, cooking and diligently plating every food. The drinks Steve suggested, were freaky innovative and tasty. The degustation - a chef's choice 5-course shared meal for the table - was carefully chosen to our taste. The quantity of the entire meal was just about right. At my special request, the dessert arrived with "I Love You" written in dark chocolate beautifully along the plate and a hungarian wine to go with it. My fiancee was breathless and the look on her face was priceless for me! Thank you Parker!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food was amazing, we shared 4 dishes, 2 desserts and all was made and presented so beautifully and tasted perfect!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The Parker is gastronomic genius. We had the Chef's 5 course meal and we could not believe the level of sophistication, depth, and complexity that each and every dish displayed. As the non-vegetarian at the table who has little to no interest in vegetarian food, I was in absolute awe of what was being created here. Easily one of the top 3 restaurants in the entire city/region right now and I've been almost everywhere."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Tried the TASTERS MENU with my friend and we both LOVED IT!! The flavours were awesome and looked pleasing to the eye. The cost was very fair: $29/person and included 5 main dishes + dessert. The servers were so very attentive but not intrusive and friendly! The décor is extremely simple but you aren't there for that purpose - it's the food and you will not be disappointed! Go at your earliest convenience and enjoy!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "First time at The Parker. I highly suggest you make a reservation. The place is cozy and small and wont fit big group. They will accommodate any food allergy or intolerance and gladly adjust their menu to satisfy your taste.We took the tasking menu for $29. We got to try all kind of interesting veggies cooked different ways; salsify, jicama, Jerusalem artichoke. The desert was to die for; chocolate truffle and chocolate brownie, lychee sorbet with tapioca, roasted pineapple with hazelnut ice cream. Coffee is serve with almond milk. The quality of the food and the flavors were exceptional. Give this place a try, it is worth it and the price is incredible!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The 5-course Dégustation menu is a must. You wont be disappointed. The food is some of the best (veg) food you'll have the pleasure to enjoy. Definitely one of the continent's top restaurants. With about 30 seats and an open concept kitchen that's smaller than most home kitchens, The Parker is small but filled with life. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable and can guide you towards appropriate dishes in case of allergies. Reservations are recommended and they seem to only take parties of 2 or 4. Large groups need not apply."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I wanted a really special dinner with my husband, who is a phenomenal cook and doesn't like to eat at restaurants because it's more fun to cook at home and we can control the ingredients. He rarely feels a restaurant is "worth it." Plus we are healthy eaters, and gluten-free. After feasting our way through The Parker's degustation menu--which is a five-course, constantly changing affair, we agreed this is a phenomenal, vegetarian foodie experience even my husband would be hard-pressed to duplicate. And at $29/person, outstanding value. You WILL need a reservation; once you're seated in the intimate, mirror-walled dining room, just let the top-rate staff serve you whatever the chef recommends. Pure bliss."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food and presentation was excellent. The 5-course dining menu was very generous and filling even for non-vegetarians ;) The service was lacking - the waitress brought the dishes promptly but only explained some of them and never indicated which course the disk was (there were multiple courses per dish). The billing was also a pain as the bill was incorrect twice. The restaurant is not able to divide up the bill and did offer to at least just tell us what our totals were. The entire billing process took about 30minutes. The food was really amazing and the vibe was not pretentious so it is unfortuante the service was so bad. hopefully just an off night in that regard!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The Parker redefines vegetarian food. Prepare yourself for a new type of experience where vegetarian ingredients are prepared in an innovative, delicious manner and served in an intimate atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We were so pleasantly surprised by our meal at The Parker. The service was impeccable without being too much and the food was divine. We had the tasting menu which I would highly recommend. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "How I'm treated at a restaurant shapes the whole experience. Rude and pretentious service, including being asked to leave for the next guests….? That was a first; so unprofessional. And we were not lingering in the least. Really really too bad because food was spectacular, but overall experience very negative."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a great time at The Parker. Some of the dishes on our degustation menu were amazing while some were just pretty good. An experience every diner, especially every vegetarian diner, should have."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The Parker is a restaurant that I both want more people to be raving about and also want less people to be talking about (because I always want to be able to get in as the food is SO good). From their sustainable methodology to their thoughtful preparation of the food and drink list to the amazing execution of all the food, this place is a true hidden gem. Topped off with attentive and thoughtful service and I don't see what anyone can't like here. Note: For those looking for large portions, you need not come here: The Parker is a place where thoughtfulness and complexity trumps gluttony (not to say you won't leave satisfied, because I sure was!). Love this place. I'm already looking forward to my next time back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "There was 4 of us and one with dietary restrictions (no nuts or seeds)...the portions provided us all with a mounthful and nothing at all for one of us (twice)... With 8 courses in total (6 for one of us)... The food was delicious and creative, but expensive for what we got, and way too expensive to have get something to eat elsewhere after leaving. The service was exceptional, but pretentious. The concept (zero waste, local) is great but they would benefit from not belittling their patrons for making requests for things they do not carry. All in all a good experience, but would not likely be back or recommend to any friends unless they are vegan... We also mentioned in our reservation it was one of our birthdays, which went unacknolwedged"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The vegetarian dishes at the Parker were imaginative and incredibly flavourful. The portions were a little small, though, and the protein level was low so we were still hungry after a three-course meal. The cocktails were also inspired. We'll definitely return but will likely order more dishes then were served as part of Dine-Out."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "First time here during Dine Out. Love how the entire kitchen is out in the open making it feel very transparent. Really lovely dishes with unique and tasty ingredients. Great service and good ambiance. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This place was really nice, and the food was good, but the portion sizes were so disappointing and small. The atmosphere and the place was lovely, but I wouldn't go back unless it was only to have a drink from their great cocktail menu and wine list. I wish I could say I'd go back for the food, but I simply wouldn't want to pay that price for the tiny pieces of food I was served on my plate."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The server was really good and nice, explain everything we got. And he was cute too haha"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "We found the food at the Parker really amazing but all of us (4) left wishing there was more of it. Also, we went there for Dine Out and were disappointed to learn that during their regular menu we could, for a dollar more, have their 5 course menu (instead of the 3 offered during Dine Out). I thought Dine Out was supposed to be a great deal. The service was attentive but not particularly friendly."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Wonderfully presented vegetarian food! Excellent flavours and a good wine list."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My only suggestion to this otherwise great place is to have at least one dessert option that is a bit richer (that would go well with coffee) such as a flourless chocolate cake or macaroons. The panna cotta needs a berry layer of topping. The rice pudding is meh."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Found this gem thru an online search of vegetarian restaurants. Great dining experience with some unusual flavors and delicious dishes and great service. Small but comfortable. I would definitely dine here again!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "went for their dine-out menu, food was delicious, creatively made and elegantly presented. found service just a tad slow (it was a full house though), but food made it all worth it. yum! will be back to try the drinks!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "And enjoyed the food very much. It was inventive, fresh ingredients and nicely presented. Wine was average, the seating area is small so make a reservation."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I'm not a vegetarian but always keen to try something new. We were blown away by the food at this little gem of a restaurant. A true fine dining experience where the food is exquisite to look at, and extraordinarily flavorful. The imaginative chef prepares these tasty share plates in view of the patrons in a kitchen the size of washroom. How he does it is unfathomable. We ate everything on the Dine Out menu - so that was about 11 different dishes. Every single one was simply exceptional and hard to believe this was attained without meat or fish. The chef did not miss a beat. The service was also excellent. I cannot fault The Parker. We didn't stop talking about it for days afterwards and we will definitely go back again. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "The Parker has quickly become my favorite restaurant in the city. I'm a huge meat lover, but I don't miss it at all when I eat there. Every dish is amazing, their menu changes frequently and I've never been disappointed. Cannot recommend it enough."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "I have been to The Parker 4 or 5 times now and it is one of the best restaurants in Vancouver. Each trip never ceases to amaze. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014