Epic Views and Dreamy Patios: The Best of Vancouver's Outdoor Dining

Thanks to Vancouver's mild weather it's not uncommon to enjoy eating outside throughout the year–even if it is with the help from patio heaters. From urban fine dining to casual outdoor eateries, the options are plentiful when it comes to outdoor eats. Pair great food with epic views and it's easy to see why Vancouverites love dining outdoors.

You know it's officially summer when Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House opens up their beautiful rooftop patio–it's truly one of the best in the city. Despite it's location on one of Vancouver's busiest streets, when you're up on the patio you feel as though you're in a garden outside of the city. While you enjoy the warm air, tuck into freshly shucked oysters, a cold glass of white and wistfully dream that this moment could last forever.

For casual outdoor dining, Go Fish! by Granville Island will satisfy your seafood cravings while ocean air breezes by. There are a number of tables at Go Fish!, but you can also take your food to go and enjoy it along the Seawall on a bench or nice patch of grass.

Celebrating something special? Giardino Restaurant's fine dining Italian cuisine and outdoor patio makes for a dreamy combination that's ideal for date nights and special occasions.

Chambar is a hot destination for hungry bellies, but it's also known for inventive cocktails that will charm your taste buds. When you walk into Chambar, the buzz of happy diners, beautiful light fixtures and generous wood details offer a warm...  Read More

When it comes to fresh seafood and fine dining, it doesn't get much better than Yaletown's Blue Water Cafe. Crisp white linens and impeccable service set the stage for a meal to remember in this warm and inviting restaurant. On the menu, guests...  Read More

Cactus Club is a chain restaurant with locations in British Columbia and Alberta. The food is consistent across each location and diners appreciate that dependability. Chef Rob Feenie made his mark in fine dining and now oversees the menu for...  Read More

Provence Marinaside

Provence Marinaside is a go-to restaurant when you're chasing the sun with a hungry belly. Open for breakfast, brunch (weekends), lunch and dinner, Provence Marinaside is there for you any time of the day. Breakfast and brunch has all of your...  Read More

Nestled in Yaletown is Miku's sister restaurant, Minami, and both are owned by Seigo Nakamura. Seigo is no stranger to the industry and his family has run a number of successful restaurants in Japan for many decades. An experience at Minami will...  Read More

Chill Winston
Photo courtesy of Chill Winston

Chill Winston is a Gastown standard and is a popular location any time of year. During the summer months, Chill Winston's patio is the place to be. The interior is dimply lit with exposed brick, hardwood floors and sleek leather seats. The...  Read More

This brilliant blue corrugated steel shack beside False Creek regularly serves up a variety of fried fish including cod, salmon and halibut. Each serving is accompanied by crispy chips and a tangy slaw with a hint of Asian dressing. On any...  Read More

Lift Bar Grill View overlooks the Coal Harbour Marina and Stanley Park so it's not surprising that they've made full use of the view by creating a two level patio. Upstairs you'll enjoy a warm fire pit that's perfect when the sun goes down. The...  Read More

For years, Umberto Menghi's Giardino Restaurant was a local favorite for fine dining Italian cuisine and when the announcement was made that they would be closing the doors, it hit the city hard. Fortunately, the closure was short lived and they...  Read More

For over 25 years, Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House has been one of Vancouver's favorite seafood restaurants. With over 20 kinds of oysters to choose from, you may want to order a couple dozen. If oysters aren't your thing, you'll still...  Read More


Meet Natasha John

Natasha is not born and raised in Vancouver, but is pretty certain it's her spirit hometown. After jumping around Canada, Texas, Arkansas and the UK, she has her feet firmly planted in...  More About Natasha

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