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Alexandra Gill is one of Canada’s most knowledgeable and well-connected culinary experts. She was The Globe and Mail’s Vancouver restaurant critic for 17 years, from 2005 to 2022. She is the editor of Canada’s 50 Best Bars and a judge for many major competitions, including Food Network Canada’s Iron Chef Canada, the Chinese Restaurant Awards and Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants. Although she is considered by many to be one of the toughest critics in the country, her bubbly personality and passion for Vancouver’s exciting food scene will provide travelling gourmands with extraordinary dining experiences, incisive insight and a whole lot of fun.

About Dine Like a Critic

Dine in style with a trusted food critic who has been writing about Vancouver’s vibrant culinary scene for 20 years, is delighted to share all the inside scoop and wants to show nothing but the very best.

Bespoke tours exclusively for private groups

Walking and chauffeured options

Exclusive access to VIP service, private rooms, chef meet-and-greets, kitchen tours, custom creations, off-menu surprises and rare ingredients

Premium wine and cocktail pairings included

Progressive meals at two to three restaurants, equivalent to a substantial tasting menu -- you will not go home hungry

Small groups (10 people max.) for a boutique experience, engaging conversation and personalized attention

Dine during prime dinner and lunch hours, not when the restaurants are empty

No restaurant sponsorship -- Alexandra will only take to you the places where she would go on a night off and recommend to friends

Private tours can be customized for any group size, occasion or craving

Impress your clients or thank your team -- corporate bookings welcome

Travelling elsewhere in Canada? Alexandra can help you plan an unforgettable itinerary

A deep dive into Vancouver’s culinary history interwoven with personal stories from the trenches

Learn insider tips and receive a fun crash course on how to critique restaurants like a pro

Go off the beaten track and discover hidden gems



Our family of seven, ranging from teenagers to grandparents, booked this celebratory food tour with Alexandra Gill and each and every one of us raved about it. The teenagers were able to take an active role with the chefs and waiters, who made them part of the experience. The adults were awed by the beauty of the restaurants, the excellence of the food and drinks and by Alex’s extensive knowledge, which she eagerly shared with us. Alex was a stickler for detail, especially paying attention to food preferences and allergies. The tour was a wonderful experience and is highly recommended. Top-notch in every way!!”

Sheila Wakoff, Wilton, Connecticut


We live in Vancouver and had been to all these restaurants before, but never like this. It was a very impressive experience. Special dishes off the menu, very detailed explanations and VIP service… everyone else in the restaurant thought we were celebrities!

Alex Wang, Vancouver, British Columbia


A truly unique offering. We experienced some of Vancouver’s most delicious dishes, while gaining culinary and cultural insight from one of Canada’s most informed and impactful food personalities.

Alex Tung, Port Moody, British Columbia