19 Best Burnaby Restaurants & What To Order (2024)
On the hunt for top Burnaby eats? This city’s dining scene is a feast of flavors, from cozy family joints to buzzing pub-style spots. Dive into a world of diverse dishes — think Vietnamese to Greek, and everything in between.
Quick recommendations: don’t miss the delectable bites at Stem Japanese Eatery and the exquisite tastes at Siam Le Bien.
Ready for the best Burnaby restaurants has to offer? Our list of the 18 must-visit restaurants is your go-to guide.
Experience authentic Kappa cuisine at Stem Japanese Eatery, where the chefs artfully prepare seasonal ingredients. Don’t miss their Obanzai Plate, a delightful assortment of four appetizers, or the Fresh Oysters on the Shell, enhanced with daikon ponzu and green onion.
For a unique flavour combination, add Uni to your oysters. If you’re seeking an impromptu omakase, their 6-course MINI Omakase, available Tuesday to Thursday, is an excellent choice.
What to order: Fresh BC Oyster on Shell, Obanzai plate, MINI Omakase
For a vibrant and energetic dining experience reminiscent of traditional Thai markets, head to Siam Le Bien Thai Cuisine. Their aromatic Tom Ka Kai soup, a blend of chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, and coconut milk, is a must-try.
Equally delicious is the Som Tum Pu, a crunchy green papaya salad with salted crab, offering a perfect mix of spicy, tangy, and sweet flavors.
What to order: Tom Ka Kai “Chicken Coconut Milk”, Som Tum Pu “Green papaya salad with salted crab”, Thai Iced Tea
Visit The Dolar Shop for an individual hot pot experience, choosing from unique soup bases like Black Truffle and Spicy Broth & Chef’s Creamy Pork. Enhance your meal with top picks like Premier Cru Beef Thin Slices and a Seafood Platter. Start with their delicious Wagyu Pancake for a crunchy, meaty treat.
What to order: Wagyu Pancakes, Black Truffle Mushroom Broth, Spicy Broth & Chef’s Creamy Pork Broth, Premier Cru Beef Thin Slices, Seafood Platter, Seaweed Knots
Big Way Hot Pot is an ideal destination for those who love variety in their hot pot, offering over 100 ingredients and 10 broths. Experiment with the spicy Signature Ma La Tang or the rich Collagen Bone Broth.
Unique offerings like Grilled Cheese Fish Balls and Purple Yam noodles are must-tries, and don’t forget to complement your meal with a refreshing spiked boba tea like the Sparking Lychee Tea.
Tip: Beat the rush with their digital waitlist!
What to order: Signature Ma La Tang Broth, Tomato Mala Dry Mix Broth, Fish Ball with Cheese, Cuttlefish, Big Way Special Chicken, Matcha Milk Green Tea, Sparkling Lychee Tea
Address: -7-4300 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC -5-4250 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC
Sopra Sotto Pizzeria serves a delightful mix of contemporary and traditional Italian cuisine. Their Gnocchi In Sunday Sugo, with braised beef short rib and pecorino romano cheese, is a treat for pasta enthusiasts. Pizza lovers should try the spicy Diavola or the smoky Salsiccia. Pair your meal with the light and zesty Toscana Salad for a complete Italian dining experience.
What to order: Diavola, Salsiccia, Toscana Salad, Gnocchi In Sunday Sugo, Sparking Wine
Bun Rieu Phuong Nam, located in Edmonds, offers a cozy spot for Vietnamese culinary delights. The restaurant’s signature Bun Rieu Phuong Nam, a special crab soup with vermicelli, tofu, pork, shrimp, and crab meat, is a popular choice.
For a lighter option, the Bun Cha Ca, a fish cake soup with vermicelli, is another favourite. Top off your meal with a refreshing Che Bon Mau dessert.
P.S. they are only Cash & Debit only
What to order: Bun Rieu Cua Phuong Nam, Bun Cha Ca, Hu Tieu Dac Biet, Che Bon Mau
Shanghai Dimsum House in Crystal Mall is renowned for its delicious and affordable soup dumplings and pan-fried pork buns. The crispy Shanghai Pan-fried Pork Buns, filled with hot soup, are a crowd-pleaser.
For a spicy kick, try the Wonton in Chili Sauce, packed with shrimp and pork in a flavorful aromatic sauce.
What to order: Shanghai Pan-fried Pork Buns, Shanghai Steamed Mini Pork Buns, Wonton in Chili Sauce
Address: 4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2B1 (at the corner of crystal mall food court)
10. L’Artista Italian Restaurant
(4.4) Based on 387 Reviews
Area: Burnaby Heights
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta
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L’Artista offers a charming and quaint Italian dining experience with classic homestyle dishes. Begin your meal with a refreshing Prosecco and Insalata Mista, followed by the flavourful Gamberoni al Quazzetto. Their signature Handmade Gnocchi, served with pesto or meat sauce, is a highlight. Conclude your culinary journey with their irresistible Tiramisu for a sweet finish.
What to order: Prosecco, Insalata Mista salad, Gamberoni Al Quazzetto, Handmade Gnocchi, Spaghetti Alla Carbonara, Tiramisu
Address: 3891 East Hastings Street Burnaby, BC V5C 2H7
Na-Re Korean Kitchen in Burnaby stands out with its traditional Korean cuisine, featuring unique dishes like Ganjang Gejang and Beef Tartare. The marinated raw crab in Ganjang Gejang offers a fresh and flavourful experience, especially when paired with hot rice.
The Beef Tartare, with umami-rich beef and sweet pears, is another standout dish, best enjoyed with a refreshing Yogurt Soju.
What to order: Ramen Cheese Tteokboki, Ganjang Gejang, Beef Tartare, Half & Half Fried Chicken, Yogurt Soju
For sushi lovers, Burnaby Height’s Sushi Bar Kilala is an unmissable destination. Their Deluxe Chirashi Sushi is a testament to the chef’s skill, presenting a delightful array of sashimi on perfectly seasoned sushi rice. The Spicy Salmon Don, with its signature spicy sauce and buttery salmon, is a must-try.
Additionally, the Unagi Battera impresses with its tender texture and sweet sauce, perfectly torched to enhance the flavours.
What to order: Deluxe Chirashi Sushi, Spicy Salmon Don, Unagi Battera
Hot pot enthusiasts will find Gokudo Shabu Shabu Hot Pot in Burnaby a paradise. The restaurant stands out for its diverse soup bases, including the fiery Signature Spicy Malatang and the milder, flavour-rich Miso Soup. Meat options like the succulent Rib-eye and the varied seafood and meat combo offer a feast for the senses, further complemented by refreshing Guava Juice or unlimited refills of milk tea.
What to order: Signature Spicy Soup Base, Miso Soup Base, Seafood Mix, Triple Mix, Japanese Fish Cake, Squid Dumplings, Guava Juice
A haven for Burnaby brunch lovers, The Gray Olive Cafeteria in Burnaby excels with dishes like the G.O Classic Platter, featuring crispy pork belly and perfectly poached eggs. Their Chicken & Waffle, a harmonious blend of savory and sweet, is enhanced with spicy Korean ketchup.
For a perfect brunch pairing, their Spanish latte, rich and creamy, is an excellent choice.
What to order: G.O Classic Platter, Veggie Benny, Chicken & Waffle, Spanish Latte
Bringing the flavours of Thai street food to Burnaby, Chad Thai Restaurant is a great affordable pick. The Khao Gang, a green curry chicken dish, delights with its aromatic, creamy, and spicy broth. The Tom Yum Goong soup is equally impressive, offering a spicy and fragrant experience. A lunchtime favourite, the Khao Gra Pao Kai Dao, serves up a simple yet flavorful stir-fried pork with a fried egg.
What to order: Chicken Satay, Tom Yum Goong, Khao Gra Pao Kai Dao, The Khao Gang, Thai Ice Tea
Address: 4010 E Hastings Street Burnaby, BC V5C 2H9
In Burnaby, Balkan House Restaurant is a meat lover’s dream, serving a vast array of Southeastern Mediterranean dishes. The rustic European ambiance enhances the dining experience, with the Balkan Platter showcasing an assortment of meats like cevapcici and shish kebab. Their Vienna Schnitzel, crispy and flavourful, is served with a choice of salad and side, making it a hearty and satisfying meal.
What to order: Balkan Platter, Vienna Schnitzel, Roasted Pepper Salad, Baklava
Fraser Park Restaurant’s German-style breakfast and brunch offerings make it a cozy dining spot. The German Breakfast, with a variety of meats, eggs, and homemade hash browns, is a hearty choice for a fulfilling start to the day. Sausage enthusiasts should try the Sausage Sampler, and for those preferring a lighter meal, Al’s Breakfast with pancakes, bacon, and eggs is an excellent option.
What to order: German Breakfast, Al’s Breakfast, Sausage Sampler
Address: 4663 Byrne Road Suite 103 Burnaby, BC V5J 3H6
Tenen Restaurant offers a slice of Serbia in Burnaby with its authentic menu. The cozy atmosphere is perfect for enjoying traditional dishes like the Karadjordjeva Schnitzel, a mouth-watering combination of breaded pork loin and kaymak cheese. The Balkan-style bruschetta, simple yet packed with flavour, is an excellent starter to complement the rich main courses.
What to order: Karadjordjeva Schnitzel, Beef Tripe, Balkan Style Bruschetta, Krempita
Address: 7569 Royal Oak Avenue Burnaby, BC V5J 4J8
At Colour See See, near Metrotown, Shanghainese dumplings take center stage. The restaurant’s Wonton Soup, with its flavorful broth and tender dumplings, is a standout. The Crab & Pork Panfried Bun, with its crispy exterior and savory filling, is not to be missed. Finish the meal with a soothing Hot Soy Milk, embodying the essence of comfort food.
What to order: Wonton Soup, Shrimp & Pork Steamed Bun, Crab & Pork Panfried Bun, Rice Siu Mai, Hot Soy Milk
All Noms Magazine’s “best” lists are created using multiple factors and signals to help readers find the best restaurants, things to do, and places to stay at. Some of these factors and signs include personal experiences, correspondence with locals, and compiling experiences from review sites.
Each list is also created to be balanced (in terms of price, cuisine type, ambiance, and more) as possible. This means that the lists are not specifically created in ranking order. You should be comfortable picking from any of the spots on the list and generally have a good time. But of course, YMMV (your mileage may vary) and everyone may have different experiences/palates.