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Food Vancouver Select Guide: 25 Best Restaurant Patios

English Bay Boathouse Patio

Although Vancouver is synonymous with rainy weather, a hot summer day is what makes this city’s tourism industry first rate. Vancouverites know that a day without a downpour is a day to take advantage of the great outdoors. And what better way to soak up the beautiful sites than on a restaurant patio accompanied by a hot dish and a cool cocktail. The following list of 25 best restaurant patios offers numerous great places to escape the usual culinary confines this summer.

Boathouse Restaurants

Staking a claim to its name, each location offers a picturesque marine landscape. Check out the year-round heated deck located atop the Boathouse at English Bay.

Dockside Restaurant

As the name suggests, you can pull up a chair on the dock right alongside the waterfront. Located on Granville Island, one of the city’s greatest attractions, enjoy the freshest seafood as the sailboats come in.

The Smoking Dog Bistro

Tucked away in friendly Kitsilano, this French bistro pays homage to its culinary roots in Paris, France where the outdoor cafés line the streets. It’s the perfect cap to a day spent at Kits beach.

Blue Water Café + Raw Bar

Located in trendy Yaletown, a mecca for people watching, Blue Water Café delivers some of the city’s finest seafood entrees and wine selections.

Blue Water Cafe Patio

The Teahouse in Stanley Park

The Teahouse is located on Stanley Park’s Ferguson Point. The spectacular view is complemented with local and cross-cultural fare to tempt all palates.

Dundarave Fish Market

A delicious seafood market situated in the heart of West Vancouver where you can stay as long as you like and watch the passerbys while barring the cold thanks to the help of the heated street-side patio.

White Spot Restaurants

A family-oriented west coast chain that serves up signature dishes for both kids and adults. Instead of spending the night in front of the boob tube, spend some quality time watching the street traffic at various locations with heated and covered patios.

Seasons in the Park

Poised at the highest point in the city, Seasons in the Park offers the breathtaking, panoramic view of the city skyline, the North Shore Mountains, while nestled in the lush greenery of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Burgoo on Main Street

This Main Street eatery excels in all things comfort, from the food, to the atmosphere, to the snug outdoor deck, you’ll feel like you never left the comforts of mom’s home cooking.

East is East

Forget the hassle of airport security checks and flight delays; you don’t have to travel to the Far East to enjoy its enticing cuisine. In fact, you don’t even have to go outside to enjoy a spectacular view either. An eclectic version of the indoor patio, this delightful dwelling promotes a lively atmosphere of dancing, camaraderie and jovial feasting amongst its patrons.

Bridges Restaurant

Fine dining with a fantastic view from Granville Island.

Joe Fortes Seafood and Chophouse

Escape the chaos of the streets below as you overlook the jam-packed sidewalks of Robson Street. Soak in the sun and the savoury seafood dishes atop the roof of this landmark restaurant.

Joe Fortes Patio

Beach House

Even if there’s no space left on the patio rest assured that there’s not one bad seat in the house as the ocean-view and mountain range virtually steal the show from the delectable seafood selections.

Joey's

Casual and classy, Joey’s has something for everybody, as there are various settings to suit your mood. Choose from the casual dining room, the comfy, dimly-lit lounge/bar or the warm and relaxed patio.

Biercraft Cambie

Beer and patios are a match made in heaven and this Belgian beer-themed restaurant unifies the two most compatible ingredients to enhance those hot summer days.

The Whip

A superb social setting for gathering the co-workers on a Friday evening after a rough day at work. Chill out on a cool night and partake in an assortment of tasty nibbles and alcoholic concoctions.

The Sandbar

One of the busiest and largest patios, this popular seafood sanctuary provides a covered courtyard that can be populated rain or shine. An excellent environment for large parties, be sure to sample the Dragonboat appetizer plate. Try and share with others.

The Five Point

A warm and welcoming pub with just a hint of naughtiness; this drinking abode is the perfect place to meet up with buds after a ball game. With unpretentious and easy-going wait-staff, be sure to ask about the ‘Burger & Beer’ deal.

Crave

A quaint little joint nestled along Main Street specializing in fusion comfort foods. The charming patio situated out back is the perfect setting for a quiet morning breakfast or leisurely brunch.

Cardero's in Coal Harbour

Cardero’s Restaurant in Coal Harbour offers spectacular waterfront dining, from the main dining room, Live Bait Marine Pub to the outdoor patio.

Provence Marinaside

Capturing the essence of Old Europe, Provence Marinaside exemplifies the Mediterranean menu while the view along the waterfront is picture-perfect.

Provence Marinaside Patio

Chill Winston

Not just for tourists, Gastown offers up a hip and stylish patio for chilling out. Take in the city’s heritage while you enjoy an exquisite assortment of tapas.

Hamilton Street Grill

There’s something about a patio that simply invites socializing and congeniality. Mix in some superb steak and a stomping ground for singles and you have the makings of one enjoyable eatery.

Horizons Restaurant

Fine dining with a fantastic view atop Burnaby Mountain. Recently renovated.

The Galley Patio and Grill

Specializing in showing off Vancouver’s stunning scenery, The Galley positions itself masterfully upon the second floor of the Jericho Sailing Club in order to deliver nothing but the best of Jericho Beach’s breathtaking backdrop.

By Lisa Devita

Images supplied in order of appearance by English Bay Boathouse, Blue Water Cafe, Joe Fortes and Provence Marinaside

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