While many Indigenous eateries around British Columbia are currently open for safe social gathering, we know that this could change quickly. Always refer to current health and safety guidelines before you plan a dinner out.
UPDATE: Restaurants, pubs and bars are closed for indoor dining. Outdoor patio seating and take-out or delivery is allowed until April 19,2021
In British Columbia, the Indigenous restaurant industry responded early in the pandemic by creating new opportunities for online ordering, home delivery, and pickup. E-commerce allows Indigenous restaurateurs to remain open, despite environmental changes.
Make sure you ask your local Indigenous restaurant for their preferred ordering method, as new delivery partnerships often charge high fees to the restaurant, which can significantly reduce their profit and the effectiveness of our support.
This spring, support your local Indigenous restaurants with COVID-19 safe outdoor dining or tuck in at home to menus that lift up locally-sourced, high-quality ingredients, and Indigenous culinary traditions.
📍 Vancouver, BC
Dine-in | Take-out | Uber Eats
The celebrated and recently renovated Salmon’ n’ Bannock Bistro is the only Authentic Indigenous restaurant located in the Traditional Coast Salish Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh First Nations—present-day Vancouver. Saskatoon berries and soapberries, stinging nettle and sea asparagus; organic and free-range game meats, wild fish, and seafood harvested off the British Columbia coast available for online order, with pickup or delivery by Uber Eats. Eat-in reservations are highly recommended, especially with reduced seating, to respect social distance.
📍 Whistler, BC
Dine-in | Take out | Delivery
The Squamish Lil’ wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) in Whistler hosts Thunderbird Cafe’s casual and tasty modern Indigenous cuisine. This is a place of cultural sharing where you can participate in interactive workshops and tours hosted by members of both Squamish Nation and Lil’ wat Nation. Ask the Cafe Cultural Ambassadors questions about local culture and your food as you enjoy people-pleasing menu items like cedar plank sockeye salmon salad or venison chili with traditional bannock.
📍 North Vancouver, BC
Order Online | Take-out | Door Dash
Trend meets tradition at Mr. Bannock—the first Indigenous food truck in Vancouver. The yummy and affordable menu includes award-winning bannock tacos and a creative Indigenous twist on chicken and waffles–juniper dry-rubbed chicken on waffle bannock. Order by noon on Wednesday for Friday night pick up in North Vancouver from 4 PM to 6:30 PM. The infamous food truck now offers delivery by Door Dash on Friday, from 4 PM to 630 PM. Contactless payments or e-transfers only. New online shopping service featuring weekly specials, gift cards, and Mr. Bannock’s own classic bannock mix–just add water!
📍 Port Hardy, BC
Dine-in | Take out | Cafe
Nax’id Pub is located at Kwa’lilas Hotel, the premier Indigenous destination hotel in Port Hardy, BC. Open daily from 11:30 AM to 10 PM, with breakfast served daily from 7 AM until 10 AM. Safely tucked away on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, Nax’id’ Pub’s brand new winter menu offers delicious hand-made dishes inspired by local ingredients and Indigenous flavours. The pub hosts trivia nights and DIY events and practices safe social distance measures. Savour their house-smoked wild k’ utala (salmon), crispy cod, and Port Hardy prawn tacos.
📍 Chase, BC
Dine-in | Take-out
Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort is located in Squilax, a vibrant community in traditional Secwepemc Territory near present-day Chase, BC. Pair a winter spa date with a visit to Jack Sam’s for new daily lunch specials, authentic Indigenous ingredients, and gourmet dinners that include bacon-wrapped venison tenderloin with berry jus and elk stroganoff with fresh pappardelle. The location boasts a panoramic view of Shuswap Lake and the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Check out their Taste! Dinner Series Events in January.
📍 West Kelowna
Dine-in | Take out | Door Dash | Skip the Dishes | Curb-side Pick-up | Mobile App
Kekuli Cafe West Kelowna serves the fast-casual Indigenous fare this flagship location made famous. Order their glorious, golden vegan frybread and a cup of Spirit Bear coffee on the mobile app and pull off the Okanagan Highway for pickup.
📍 Merritt, BC
Dine-in | Take-out | Delivery | Curb-side Pick-up
Kekuli Cafe Merritt is the perfect pitstop, with traditional and gourmet bannock delights made fresh daily and Saskatoon berry smoothies and tea. Order venison and espresso from this community-minded cafe for curb-side collection.
📍 Osoyoos, BC
Dine in | Take-out
The Bear, The Fish, The Root & The Berry at Spirit Ridge Resort, Winery, and Sacred Land in Osoyoos takes its name from a Syilx story about their Four Food Chiefs, representing the key elements of Indigenous Cuisine. The upscale restaurant is open daily for a culinary celebration of the land, history, and people of Okanagan Nation. This modern vineyard dining experience includes Indigenous-inspired features like spruce glazed salmon and sage wrapped venison with a view of Osoyoos Lake and wine pairings by Nk’Mip Cellars.
📍 Golden, BC
Dine-in | Take-out | Delivery
Indigenous-owned Bear & Bone Burger Co. on the Trans-Canada Highway in Golden, Kootenay Rockies, is open for take-out. The Indigenous-owned burger house is currently under renovation and reopens for a dine-in experience in early December 2020. Veggie, salmon, beef, chicken, bison, or elk burger, served with both classic and unconventional toppings, like bourbon bacon jam. Other options include smoked meat poutine, chicken wings, Caesar salads, and rib-eye steaks.
📍 Ainsworth Hot Springs, BC
Ktunaxa Grill at Ainsworth Hotsprings Resort hosts a GMO-, hormone- and antibiotic-free dining experience. Against a mountain backdrop, Executive Chef Corey Chapman and his team craft an Indigenous-inspired menu, with fresh local ingredients like Columbia River Steelhead and Wild BC Rockfish. Sink your teeth into Ktunaxa Grill’s own Wild Game Burger: an elk, venison, and bison patty, featuring a juniper tomato sauce and sage mustard. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 AM until 8:30 PM–reservations are required after 5 PM.
📍 Cranbrook, BC
Dine-in | Take-out | Order Online
Soulfood, located in the historic Mount Baker Hotel in Cranbrook, BC, is owned and led by MasterChef Canada competitor, Danielle Eaton (formerly Cardozo), in collaboration with Executive Chef Aaron Day. The Indigenous-owned restaurant is open daily from 9 AM until 9 PM and responsibly packed for brunch every Sunday from 9 AM until 2 PM. The dedicated staff at this revitalized local favourite dining spot emphasizes the exploration of high-quality local ingredients like foraged mushrooms, Salt Spring Island Mussels, farm-fresh eggs, and Ocean Wise seafood. Come for classic cocktails and hearty handhelds and help Soulfood support more than thirty local suppliers.