I haven’t dined in Vancouver in 12 years.
Based on my knowledge of navigating Canadian Yelp/Google restaurant reviews, if I’m visiting a restaurant I’ve never been to, I look for a rating higher than 4 on Google/Yelp, preferably 4.5, since even mediocre chain restaurants will receive 4s. I also check the reviews on OpenTable and the restaurant websites.
Out of these 5, I would choose Cioppino’s (4.6 Google rating, when the others were lower) https://www.cioppinosyaletown.com or Italian Kitchen.
Both are located in Yaletown.
Yaletown is a highrise condominium neighborhood with a very modern feeling. It was built in the late 90s.
If you are willing to travel further, there are some other Italian restaurants that would be moreup my alley.
It looks like Autostrada Downtown near Gastown is rated as highly as Cioppino’s, and maybe is a little closer. This is Autostrada Downtown (different than Main St location which is further away) https://www.autostradahospitality.ca/downtown
Lupo also looks like a good option- it is quite close to your hotel.
I’m attaching a screenshot for my Google map search for Italian restaurants scoring over 4.5 on
Google, with your hotel location marked with the blue pin. Lupo is the restaurant marked in red nearest to your hotel, with no label.
Sorry to add more choices. I would probably choose in the order of Autostrada Downtown, Lupo, Cioppino’s, Italian Kitchen.
Have you dined in San Francisco? If you like tomato- based seafood stews, and have not tried Cioppino, that might be something of interest. That said, it is an iconic dish for San Francisco, not Vancouver
A quarter of my extended family lives in the Bay area, and I’m a bit of a cioppino snob as a result.
I usually focus on crab if I can find it, and salmon, when visiting Vancouver.