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Restaurants at YVR after clearing US customs

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Restaurants at YVR after clearing US customs

Does anyone know which restaurants/food establishments are at YVR once you have cleared US customs & immigration? I would like a decent meal before boarding my flight to Hawaii & am wondering if I should eat before going through customs or can find something once I have gone through? TIA everyone.

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1. Re: Restaurants at YVR after clearing US customs

I asked the same question a while ago and I believe it is pretty much food court kind of stuff once you have cleared customs. Not much to choose from I believe.

When are you going? Are you on my flight?

How long is your layover, there may be other options.

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2. Re: Restaurants at YVR after clearing US customs

The options available post security & customs in US departures are mainly fast food:

Pacific Grill - provides sandwiches

Sky Way Cafe - again sandwiches and soups to go

Starbucks

Voyages - a bar

Tim Hortons

Orange Julius - hot dogs

Jetway Cafe - again still fast food

Hanami Asian Food - again still fast food

Cinnabon

Burger King

The best dining at the airport can be found at the Fairmont Hotel (International Terminal) and Milestones (Domestic Departures). The airport isn't that big and the walk between US Departures and Dometic and/or International Departures isn't that daunting.

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3. Re: Restaurants at YVR after clearing US customs

Our layover from YYZ to Hawaii is four hours. The new Canada LIne for rapid trans is now running so we will probably 'pop into' the city to grab a bite and stretch the legs.

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4. Re: Restaurants at YVR after clearing US customs

Here is a link to the map which shows what is behind and before security.

www.yvr.ca/pdf/guide/yvrbrochure_int2007.pdf

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5. Re: Restaurants at YVR after clearing US customs

If you are taking the Canada Line, you might consider stopping at Bridgeport Station to eat at River Rock Casino. There are four options there. The Buffet (lunch from 11:30, dinner from 5 pm) looks good as the previous dining area has been renovated and the International Food Court is just that. But IMO much nicer than the outlets at YVR.

http://www.riverrock.com/dining/thebuffet/

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6. Re: Restaurants at YVR after clearing US customs

It's one of those hurry up and wait things. You have to get there early to get through customs so you can check your bags, but once you have passed through US immigration, you can't go out again, so you have to hang around on the far side. Coast Couple (Ok, I'm loving the new preview box on the right side of the reply screen) gave you the list of options. It's basic airport fare, but there are several options, and its a pretty nice lounge as airports go.

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7. Re: Restaurants at YVR after clearing US customs

I would agree that the food at the Fairmont Hotel either in the Lounge or restaurant is very good- walking distance vs. taking the Canada Line.

Milestones seems to be a hit or miss at YVR...from my experience.

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8. Re: Restaurants at YVR after clearing US customs

Thanks everyone for the replies/info.

I am paranoid about checking in early - having missed a flight to Fort St. John once on a Sunday afternoon - 1-1/2 hrs before flight was NOT enough time, the line up to check in at Air Canada was practically out the door & the same at security. So since that experience I get there early, check in, & grab a meal behind security. Too bad there isn't a Legends after US security - nothing like a White Spot Triple-O burger & fries while you are waiting for a flight.

So given my "paranoia" I'd rather get there early, check in, & see how bad customs/immigration looks before either going through, or getting something to eat before security.

Frankly, LikenDSun, I don't know if I'd risk leaving the airport when you only have 4 hours in between flights. And the SkyTrain takes about 40 min to get right downtown (assuming no problems on the line) so not sure if you really have the time.

The Fairmont is out of my price range, I'm afraid. Might settle for soup & sandwich at Tim Hortons or I guess something from the Pacific Grill - or maybe I should break down & get a membership to the Maple Leaf Lounge!?!

Thanks again everyone!

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9. Re: Restaurants at YVR after clearing US customs

I am kind of with you EastBC, not really sure whether it is worth it to leave. May just play it by ear. We actually have longer than four hours but I figured if we were off the plane and out of the arrivals area with 4 hours to spare it may be worth the shot. My understanding is that bags are checked right through as of recently but we would still have security and customs on our way back through.

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10. Re: Restaurants at YVR after clearing US customs

I think someone mentioned taking the Canada line to River Rock Casino for their buffet, which is probably better than what you'll find at the airport. You can get off at the same station (Bridgeport) and head one stop over to Aberdeen Station, next to Aberdeen Mall and a short distance to Yaohan Mall that has a pretty good Chinese Food Court.

Not sure which airline you're traveling on, or where in Hawaii you're going to, but I flew out on Westjet to Honolulu on Monday. Both West Jet and Air Canada have the same flight time, departing YVR at 6:45 PM, and customs and immigration took all of 5 minutes. Ironically it took longer to drop off our luggage.