A very short post (and no photos, sadly - food didn't last long enough!) on where you can and should go if you're out of luck with reservations at any of the Dine Out Vancouver 2011 restaurants (earlier blurb on that here).
The Twisted Fork bistro (Granville street downtown, between Helmcken and Davie) is awesome for brunch (if you don't mind waiting - big lines and no reservations), and just as amazing for dinner and less chaotic.
And right now, they have a set menu ("Blue Fence Special" - under 'menus') for $25 including a salad (3 choices - we went for the roasted beet, pear, and arugula salad with goat cheese, and the warm wild mushroom salad with sourdough), a main (3 choices and I can't remember the other, but I went with the ling cod (which was arguably the best I've had and included homemade preserves like pickled/gingered squash which was awesome) and my partner had the braised lamb which was, of course, done to perfection) which came with cute little rolls fresh out of the oven (tastier than your typical with-dinner roll!), and then your choice of any of the desserts on their menu! I had the date and apple strudel with fresh raspberries and sour cream ice cream (not a fan, but fun to try), and monseiur ordered the creme brulee.
We went early, which turned out to be a good thing. Although the Blue Fence Special doesn't actually start until 6pm (ending at 7pm), we were offered it all the same. It's available Monday - Thursday; make sure you take advantage! That's $3 less than the $28 mid-range option at Dine Out, and the food is remarkable! Treat yourself to a nice night out mid-week - dress code is casual at The Twisted Fork.
(If you go on the first Sunday of every month, you can have a comfort-food 3 course meal for $25. I'll bet you $25 that it's totally worth it, too!).
Don't forget also that The Fish House in Stanley Park has their 20th Anniversary specials (Wednesdays only for the wintertime) for $20 a plate (earlier post here). It's a great time of year to treat yourself to some fine dining!