Forage stands for everything I care about. It represents what I was taught about food preparation both when I was growing up and over the course of my career in the kitchen. To me forage means that we no longer seek out excess and indulgence, but instead revisit a time when we respected the land and oceans and took only what we needed to survive. It is about being stewards of our land and true conservationists, as we conduct our business and live our lives. It is about goodness, about taking care of each other, and bringing together our community over good food. —Chris Whittaker, Head Chef - Forage


Forage loves working to create community.
Whether it’s a West End cause or part of the burgeoning movement committed to farm to table fare. Forage is there.
2014 Chowder Chowdown
Chowder Chowdown 2014

Wednesday, November 19

Vancouver Aquarium | 7pm |

Help raise funds for the Ocean Wise sustainable Seafood program and watch Chef Whittaker defend his crown as the reigning Critics’ Choice champ 2012 & 2013) at the 7th Annual Chowder Chowdown.

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Christmas time is here!

December 1 to 19, 2014

It is a once a year opportunity! In honour of the holiday season, Forage is opening for a family style lunch from Monday to Friday in December. Invite three friends (or more) and enjoy a four course Fraser Valley Feast.

To book call 604.661.1400 or email Reservations require a credit card guarantee and should be made 48 hours in advance.

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New R & B Beer!

Five local chefs have collaborated with R&B Brewing Co. to produce its new Chefs Series of 650-milliltre "bomber" bottles tailored to the food they serve. The first beer was made in collaboration with Forage chef Chris Whittaker and it is being released in Forage and in private liquor stores on May 27.  Whittaker designed a light summer ale to pair with halibut. Brewed in California common-style, his beer incorporates local nettles, ginger, and mint.

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Forage Meat Draw
Forage Meat Draw! Not your legion's meat draw.
Chow down at Forage on Sunday to Wednesday nights and enter to win some meat*.
Chef Chris Whittaker will dress and butcher it. You’ll even get foolproof cooking and handling instructions and ideas on what to serve it with, along with some information on the farm or ranch it came from. Of course it will be sustainably sourced. Entries start at 5:00 pm, draw at 8:30 pm. We’ll tweet you if you win!
* Enough protein for a dinner for 4-6 people.
Chowder Chowdown 2014
Chowder Chowdown 2013

Forage is the undisputed Chowder Champ - again!

On the one-year anniversary of opening Forage Restaurant, Whittaker was once again crowned the Critics Choice champ at the 6th Annual Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown. His Wild BC Spot Prawn Chowder took first place, against other competitors including executive chefs from Vancouver’s Fairmont and Four Seasons Hotels, Edible Canada, Coast and C Restaurant.

About Us

Casual, comfortable and affordable, Forage celebrates all things BC. The menu is locally focused in both food and beverage; service is attentive yet never fussy, and its approachable West End location (1300 Robson Street) makes Forage a “local’s local”. It’s an ideal destination for breakfast seven days a week, brunch on weekends, and nightly for drinks and dinner.

About Chef Whittaker

Chef Chris Whittaker is fast becoming a well-known name in Vancouver, and not just in culinary circles. Whittaker is the force behind Forage, a vibrant addition to Vancouver's West End dining scene (opened November 2012). With his guidance, Forage has become the pioneer restaurant for responsible management through zero waste efforts, reduction of energy consumption and support of our local communities, from farmers to fishers, and everything in between. Forage supports Ocean Wise and Whittaker is a double gold medal winner at their annual Chowder Chowdown.

Want to know more about the opening of Forage and it’s partnership with BC Hydro and Live Smart BC? Go to

We are open...

For breakfast:

Mon-Fri 6:30-10am

Sat/Sun 7-10am

For brunch:

Sat/Sun 10-2pm

For dinner:

Daily 5pm-close

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Ocean Wise
Forage, home of the city’s most innovative kitchen… —Jurgen Gothe


Forage finds it all, from eggs to pastry and the in-between bits. Sourced locally, the best way to start the day!


Lively and lovely, brunch at Forage offers bubble by the glass, brioche French Toast to Eggs and Sausage or fruit for lighter fare. Not to be missed.


From light snacks, mains and dessert, Forage dinner is all about local. Share with friends and family or grab a seat at the bar and enjoy the best of Vancouver, inside and out.


Tap into the bar at Forage. 10 beers, 8 wines on tap, a beverage program that features house made cocktails with local fruit and a wine list with the best of BC, from sparkling to ice wine, there is something for all tastes and palates.


Forage Outside Catering

From formal galas to corporate meetings or a casual picnic or BBQ, Forage Outside caters events that range in size from 10 to 2000. Our staff are genius at pulling together all of the components of your important event – the perfect blend of delicious food, seamless service and a pitch perfect atmosphere.

When you choose Forage Outside as your caterer you are selecting the services of one of the city’s most innovative and celebrated chefs and a team of event catering professionals. Here is what we can help you with –

  • · Drafting action plans and a budget
  • · Designing a custom menu
  • · Selecting a venue
  • · Handling audio-visual, décor & floral
  • · Coordinating the rental of equipment, table wares, glasses, tables and chairs, linens, tenting and more
  • · Selecting and booking the entertainment
  • · Selecting and purchasing wines and other beverages
  • · Professional catering service staff

While Chef Chris Whittaker custom designs menus based on each event we cater, we have posted a variety of sample menus for cocktail and dinner receptions. We also feature a wide selection of corporate delivery menus for in-office meetings and smaller events.

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1300 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5
(604) 661-1400