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 restaurants to 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 you find yourself at Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House's 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 something much more casual, head to the Gallery Cafe & Catering. Located on the second floor of the Vancouver Art Gallery, this patio is a welcome reprieve from the busy downtown vibes. Neoclassical architecture, beautiful greenery, and soothing music are enough to draw you here, but the house-made desserts and crisp sparkling wine may keep you here. This cafeteria-style restaurant is open from morning until early evening, serving freshly made salads, sandwiches, soups, baked goods, quiches, and entrees. Quench your thirst on a hot summer's day with a cold drink coffee, tea, or boozy treat.

There are so many great patios scattered throughout the city and these will get you started.



For something super casual, this place delivers. On any given day you'll find devotees lining up to order and sit at the outdoor picnic tables that create the "dining room" - even when the temperature dips! The secret? The light, non-greasy...  Read More

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...  Read More

This hotel restaurant gets points for its Granville Island location and its microbrews, which are crafted on the premises. The indoor fireplace adds instant appeal, but the patio is by all accounts one of the best places to hang out. The...  Read More

With neoclassical architecture, soothing music, and plenty of lush greenery and bright blooms, The Gallery Cafe & Catering is one of Vancouver's best patios. This casual cafe calls the Vancouver Art Gallery and it's open from morning until...  Read More

Chambar has long been a local favorite and a restaurant that can be relied on. The menu has a Belgian focus, but is edges along the lines of fine dining without being pretentious. Not only are they well known for having fabulous cocktails and...  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

A visit to Reflections: The Garden Terrace is like taking a mini vacation in itself. This secluded patio on the fourth floor of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is simply put, stunning. While you don't come here for the views, you do come here for the...  Read More

Coming from Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar, Ancora's Executive Chef, Ricardo Valverde, brings more than a decade of culinary experience to the kitchen. Chef Yoshihiro Tabo hails from Japan and leads the restaurant's raw bar, bringing years of...  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 you like small oysters, you've got to order...  Read More


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