Vancouver Private Dining Room Guide: 6 Spots for Your Next Intimate Meal

Miku Restaurant's Blue Sky Room - stunning views paired with your food.

Miku Restaurant’s Blue Sky Room – stunning views paired with your food.

Sometimes your group just needs a little privacy. Whether it’s for a hush hush surprise birthday or an ultra important business meeting, Vancouver has plenty of great rooms for private party planners to pick from.

If you’re like an event-minded extrovert like me, you’ve likely been ‘volun-told’ to organize your staff Christmas party. Friends often approach me for suggestions so I thought I would round up my picks for this season’s private, winter shindigs.

Whether you want to nibble innovative sushi, share pedigreed pub fare or feast on rich Italian fare, Vancouver restaurants have you covered.

Below you’ll find a short list of some of new, and tried and true private dining spots in our foodie-filled city.

L'Abattoir's private space used to be the VPD's stables.

L’Abattoir’s private space used to be the VPD’s stables.

L’Abattoir – Housed in one of Vancouver’s oldest buildings, L’Abattoir’s private dining facility is a slick combination of glass, steel and exposed brick. Custom-made, barbed wired chandeliers compliment the ample natural light that pours through the room’s large windows. The private dining space is 1200 square feet and can host 50 seated guests or 80 for a standing, cocktail-type reception. The space can also be split in two with each room seating 24 people comfortably. Not a bad place to indulge on French-influenced West Coast food while hanging out with a few of your favourite friends.

Westcoast modern elements make Showcase's private dining space chic and comfy.

Westcoast modern elements make Showcase’s private dining space chic and comfy.

Showcase Restaurant & Bar – Located in the centre of the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel’s Showcase Lounge, their new private dining space is an easy on the eyes space adorned with natural wood walls, stonework and plush leather seats. Suitable for power lunches or intimate wine receptions, Showcase Lounge’s private event space feels professional yet flirty & fun. Food choices run the gamut of Showcase’s varied menu but my contacts recommend choosing from their set menus of two or four courses or hot or cold sharing plates. The Showcase private space is wired for audio visual so you can show that tearjerker video or powerpoint you compiled for your retiring boss.

Campagnolo Upstairs provides a unique, casual dining experience.

Growlers, chicken, coleslaw and fun. Campagnolo Upstairs provides a unique, casual dining experience.

Upstairs at Campagnolo – The tavern-esque green and exposed beam Upstairs at Campagnolo is poised to become a Main Street staple like it’s older sister restaurant downstairs. The 32-seat room would be a great place to host a surprise party of sorts – birthday, business or otherwise because it’s up a creaky staircase and easy to hide waiting guests. The menu includes many locally grown and raised food and seasonal flavours – drinks included. For folks looking to keep things informal and grassroots over the holiday season, Upstairs at Campagnolo just launched two stellar down-home group menus: the beer and fried chicken feast or the dirty burger and beer feast. Both are early evening bookings that run from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Impress your sommelier-wannabe in-laws with a meal in Cin Cin's Private Wine Room.

Impress your sommelier-wannabe in-laws with a meal in Cin Cin’s Private Wine Room.

Cin Cin – If you were wanting to impress your in-laws with a classic, fine dining space, Cin Cin’s private wine room would be my suggestion. It’s a room the Khardashians or the Corleones would be comfortable in. Surrounded by built-in wine shelves, the Wine Room sits 30 at a long table for dinner or 50 for a standing-only party. It definitely has a ‘going for dinner with your sommelier brother in-law’ sort of feel but is cozy too.  This is definitely a room where meals are long, social and wine-filled.

Pub food redefined, innit? The Abbey is West Pender's newest, nouveau pub.

Pub food redefined, innit? The Abbey is West Pender’s newest, nouveau pub.

The Abbey – Recently opened on West Pender Street between Gastown and Crosstown, The Abbey specializes in posh pub fare. The long, narrow restaurant is decorated with backlit Charles Forsberg art that express a modern take on stained glass. With two, smaller private dining spots – the Abbott Room and the Pender Room – The Abbey is a great choice for smaller, more intimate events. The Abbott Room is in the back of the restaurant seats 32 people and has a rustic winery feel with barrels, wood and brick accents. The Pender Room is perched up a spiral staircase and faces West Pender.

Miku Waterfront – For stunning views of the Vancouver Convention Centre West, the North Shore and Burrard Inlet Miku Sushi’s Blue Sky Room will inspire any gathering of friends or colleagues. Located in the 200 Granville Building, Miku Restaurant specializes in Aburi ‘flame-seared’ sushi, fresh seafood and a healthy sake list. Miku’s walls are adorned with murals by Hideki Kimura and stellar vistas daytime and night. The Blue Sky room seats 24 or can hold 30 people for a standing-only meal.

Where do you like to host intimate business dinners or jovial family gatherings? Share your favourite private dining spots in the comments section below.

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