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Top 5 Restaurant Patios in Vancouver

Great places to eat with the scenery


Vancouver’s temperate climate means a lot of restaurants have patios, or at least throw a couple of tables on the sidewalk on a sunny day. A lucky handful of Vancouver restaurants also have views of the ocean and Coast Mountains. All of the restaurants listed below are in walking distance of downtown Vancouver hotels. Each has a patio with a different view, and makes the list for its combination of great scenery, strong service, and good food (restaurants listed in alphabetical order):

1. The Boathouse on English Bay

Boathouse Patio
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Just steps away from Vancouver's most-visited beach and Stanley Park, the patio is located on the Boathouse Restaurant's second floor. This means you enjoy your meal with unobstructed views of sunsets over the water and distant Vancouver Island. The Boathouse has a broad menu with something for everyone-salads, burgers, seafood, and steaks. Best Bet: go for sunset.

2. Cardero's on Coal Harbour

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Located on the Coal Harbour side of Vancouver, the patio at this restaurant features close-up views of yachts and other boats in the marina, with Stanley Park, the city of North Vancouver, and the Coast Mountains visible across the water. The menu offers everything from sandwiches to steaks, with an emphasis on fish.

3. Cascades Lounge

Cascades Restaurant patio at the Pan Pacific Hotel
Photo © Randall Shirley

This patio provides unique views of cruise ships when they’re in port. Cascades is located inside the Pan Pacific Hotel, which is part of Canada Place cruise ship terminal. Food service starts at 2:00 p.m., and ships sail at 5:30, so the unique view has limited times and dates. Where there is no ship, the view across Coal Harbour to the mountains is still spectacular. The menu focuses on salads and sandwiches, with some nice seafood options. Bonus: when Cascades is closed, visitors can enjoy the patio without buying anything.

4. The Sandbar Restaurant Patio on Granville Island

Sandbar Restaurant Patio
Photo © Randall Shirley

This restaurant on Granville Island features an upstairs patio with views of Yaletown high rise condos, the historic Burrard Bridge, and the mountains, plus you can watch the little Aquabus ferries come and go on False Creek. The view is both dramatic and intimate, making this a very popular spot. The Sandbar’s menu includes a lot of variety, with focus on seafood. Their mussels are popular and very good. Bonus: The views from inside this restaurant are interesting even when the weather is cloudy or rainy.

5. Vancouver Art Gallery Café

Restaurant patio at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Photo © Randall Shirley

This café patio hugs the side of a neoclassical building that once served as a British Columbia provincial courthouse. The patio feels like a secret oasis in the heart of the city, surrounded by urban views of office towers and condos, along with Robson Square where nightly celebrations and concerts were held during the 2010 Olympics. The patio is shaded by large umbrellas, and tables are surrounded by colorful flowers. Food is counter service only, but the panini sandwiches and quiche dishes are excellent, as are the baked goods and coffees.



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