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

Thanks to Vancouver's mild weather, patio season starts early-even if it's with the help from patio heaters. From waterfront restaurants to fine dining experiences to casual outdoor eateries, you've got options when it comes to outdoor dining. Pair great food with epic views and it's easy to see why Vancouverites love dining outdoors.

Whether you're celebrating something special or just in the mood for something fab, Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio is the place to go. This waterfront restaurant is an all-around treat. The menu blends Peruvian and Japanese cuisines to make for an incredible meal-this alone makes it worth a visit. However, when enjoyed on their lovely patio that overlooks False Creek, it tastes even better.

You know it's officially warm out 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, the secluded patio makes 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 bustle. Neoclassical architecture, beautiful greenery, and soothing music are enough to draw you here, but the house-made desserts and crisp sparkling wine may be what makes you stay. 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.






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. On any given day you'll find devotees...  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



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



Beach Bay Cafe and Patio has one of the best locations in the city, hands down. Perched at the edge of Denman Street, it overlooks English Bay. The view is unreal. Throw in an epic sunset with tasty food and you may as well just call it a...  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



If you've been to their Kitsilano location, you know that the LOCAL Gastown will deliver the goods when you're in the mood for casual bites, cold beer and some solid patio time. LOCAL's menu brings flavor and plenty of choice. Starters...  Read More



Open from morning until late at night, diners can enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon bites, dinner, and dessert at Chambar. Inspired by North African and Belgian cuisine, Chambar's menu is a real treat to explore. Breakfast dishes include...  Read More



A visit to Reflections: The Garden Terrace is like taking a mini vacation from life. This secluded patio on the fourth floor of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is a real stunner. It's the perfect blend of luxe and relaxing. The space itself...  Read More



Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House has been one of Vancouver's favorite seafood restaurants for decades. From freshly shucked oysters to lobster rolls to miso glazed sablefish, you'll probably want one of everything on the menu. When it's...  Read More



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 experience and incredible talent. This duo...  Read More


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