In the Vancouver Dining Guide section, asks participating restaurants to provide information on their ability to accommodate a variety of special dietary needs that include:

  • Cholesterol and Heart Health
  • Diabetes
  • Gluten Free
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Fibre
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Lactose Intolerant
  • Vegetarian
  • Weight Loss


How do I tell a Restaurant What I need?

When asked, restaurants are often able to accommodate certain special dietary needs, but the biggest hurdle is good communication between the customer and the server, and between the server and the chef. If you have a special dietary concern, please remember to inform your server.

Another hurdle is simply a lack of awareness, as restaurants are sometimes not accustomed to preparing food to satisfy a particular special dietary concern. One of Food Vancouver’s objectives is to help educate restaurants about various special dietary needs. Over time, they hope to provide a resource of information about a variety of these needs. However, you as a customer can also play an important role in educating restaurants, by simply informing your server and taking a moment to explain your needs.


Value Added Information

You will also find some interesting links for visitors to Vancouver. Vancouver’s food scene is undoubtedly a true attraction in itself. Diverse and multicultural, the community of food establishments, restaurants, and stores make dining or shopping in Vancouver a delightful and delicious experience. But beyond food, the Greater Vancouver area offers a wide range of exciting things to see and do. For both visitors and locals alike, this page contains some useful links to start exploring the many attractions Vancouver has to offer.

Vancouver is a city where mountains meet ocean, and lush forests are only minutes away from bustling city streets. While you’re in Vancouver be sure to take advantage of the spectacular natural environment that surrounds and envelops Vancouver.

First published in the Inside Tract® newsletter issue 150 – July/August 2005