Good news for food lovers moving to or living in Squamish- the dining scene has been improving vastly over the last few years and now includes a gamut of cuisines and dining styles to enjoy. There are some Squamish classic favourites, some new comers who recently opened their doors, and a handful of other establishments expected to join the dining scene in 2017. Here at Move to Squamish we love to eat, so we’ve decided to share some of our favourite must-try restaurants in Squamish. Feast your eyes below.
It doesn’t matter how much this restaurant grows in size, it is always packed from Tuesday- Sunday each week, and for good reason. With consistently good sushi, creative specials and friendly staff, Sushi Sen is pretty much an institution for many Squamish locals. A great place to meet groups of friends, bring the family or grab some takeout, Sushi Sen offers great quality, and affordable food for everyone.
Make sure you try: Seafood Sashimi Salad
Fergie’s embodies everything that Squamish is famous for, situated in a stunning outdoor setting, run by a local family and serving food with the best quality local ingredients. Many Squamish locals make the trek to the Squamish Valley to enjoy this unique dining experience on a regular basis. What makes Fergie’s an experience (rather than just a typical meal) is the alfresco patio with tables spread amongst trees, rope swings for kids, and for those seeking solitude a stroll down to the river with your coffee makes this place truly unique. Now open is an indoor dining area, perfect for those rainy or cold days.
Make sure you try: Any of the bennies!
The dining scene in Squamish stepped it up a notch when the Salted Vine joined the scene in 2016. An off-shoot of Whistler’s finest restaurant, Araxi, it only takes visiting this restaurant on a Friday or Saturday night to see how popular this new spot is. Rated as one of the best new restaurants in the area and proclaimed to have the ‘wow’ factor by renowned food critics, Squamish finally has a restaurant to meet the demand of discerning diners.
Make sure you try: The firecracker margarita
With an awesome patio overlooking the Chief, friendly staff and a fun atmosphere, Copper Coil is a great place to meet friends for drinks, or bring the family for a night out. The Cajun & Creole style cuisine features some flavour-packed recipes such as the Kentucky Fried Po Boy, Brisket in a Biscuit and Gumbo. The kids (and the adults) will love the curly fries and in the summer, there is no better place to gawk at magnificent Stawamus Chief views.
Make sure you try: The curly fries!
This long-time Squamish favourite offers huge portions at a competitive price. The wine list is great, meal quality is consistently good, and it offers a comfortable place for groups, families and couples to dine. Pepe and Gringo’s is a fusion of Mexican and Gringo (Western) food providing easy to please dishes for all.
Make sure you try: Any of the pastas
Bisla Sweets is a go-to Indian restaurant in Squamish with authentic cuisine that is affordable and quick. This is the best quick lunch spot in town, grab a vegetarian samosa to go for $1.25. The food is how I would expect an Indian grandmother to prepare. Rich with flavour, deliciously authentic with some unique sweet treats that must be tried.
Make sure you try: The samosas on the go
If Squamish has an abundance of anything, it’s excellent sushi restaurants. Oryzai opened in 2016, after its former location Kozo become to small for demand, and features creative and mouth-watering sushi prepared with the freshest ingredients and served to perfection. The restaurant is the first Japanese Izakaya restaurant in town. The lunch special is quick and satisfying providing excellent value for money. The restaurants caters to families, groups, singles and individuals and is a great takeaway option too.
It’s time to get excited about the Squamish dining scene, and hopefully by now your tasetbuds are ready to explore what’s on offer. In the next year expect a new wine and tapas bar, a vegetarian noodle bar and more. There is no need to travel to Whistler or Vancouver for a good meal. No matter what the dining occasion, Squamish has plenty of options to suit any palate.