If price is no object - or you're on an expense account - Lumiere is the way to go. Be forewarned, however: dinner for two will easily cost upwards of CAN$200, not counting any beverages, tax or tip. If you're not up for that type of bill, try the bistro next door - Feenie's - that has the same owner. West is the restaurant that most often gives Lumiere a run for its money in critics' rankings. Like Lumiere, it's extremely pretentious - and like Lumiere, it has superb food. My other fine dining suggestions are as follows. For Italian/Mediterranean, go to Cioppino's (in Yaletown - huge menu) or Il Giardino (near Yaletown and probably Vancouver's most consistently excellent restaurant). Bis Moreno (across from Il Giardino) is supposed to be excellent also, but it's relatively new and thus I've never tried it. Other options include Villa del Lupo (just outside Yaletown), Bacchus (in the Wedgewood Hotel - great atmosphere) and Caffe de Medici (on Robson Street). Amacord (in Yaletown) is very small and unassuming but very good. Do not believe the tourist hype: stay away from Cin Cin unless celebrity-watching takes priority over good food. For French, your best bet is unequivocally Le Crocodile (just off Robson Street - somewhat contemporary). If you want something almost as good but less expensive, try L'Hermitage (on Robson Street - very traditional French cuisine). Also consider Le Gavroche (on Alberni - also fairly traditional). In the West Coast category, the best value at the moment is Parkside (odd location in the West End). However, it's getting busy and prices as well as the scarcity of reservations are sure to increase soon. Other excellent choices include Bishop's (on West 4th - all organic ingredients.), Chartwell (in the Four Seasons), Diva at the Met (in the Metropolitan Hotel) and Glowbal (totally pretentious, in Yaletown). Best combination of food and views: C (on False Creek), Five Sails (in the Pan Pacific), Provence Marinaside (on False Creek, but in Yaletown) or The Observatory (on top of Grouse Mountain). High-end ethnic food: Vij's (Indian, at 11th and Granville), Sun Sui Wah (Chinese, Main Street) and Simply Thai (Thai, Yaletown). Very cheap but excellent ethnic food: Hon's or Simply Thai (multiple locations). If you want steak, please do not be a tourist sucker and go to either Morton's or Gotham. Do the right thing and go to Hy's. Places I would avoid, because they're either highly overrated or tourist traps: Monk McQueens, Blue Water Cafe and Circolo. Also worth noting: some of the best coffee in North America (don't believe me? check coffeegeek.com) can be found at Cafe Artigiano (just off Robson, on Hornby) and JJ Bean (Granville Island). Trust me, it's worth a special trip if you like a latte. You'll never drink Starbucks again.