9 best patios in Vancouver for date night

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Sun-starved Vancouverites are likely itching to make the most of our blink-and-you’ll-miss-it patio season. While you are probably familiar with our extensive list of patios open late this summer, what about when you’re looking for something more intimate for a date night?

Whether you want to wow a new prospect on the first date or spend some quality time with your significant other, these top patio date spots will help set the mood. Here are our picks for the nine best Vancouver patios for date night.

Provence Marinaside

A stunning view of False Creek and top-notch French cuisine are par for the course at Yaletown’s Provence Marinaside. And with the Seawall running right past the restaurant, you and your date can people-watch while enjoying your meal and basking in the sunshine. Did we mention the patio is open for weekend brunch too? Now you know what you’re doing on Saturday.

Address: 1177 Marinaside Crescent
Phone: 604-681-4144 ext 3
Website: provencevancouver.com
Dinner Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 5 to 10:30 p.m., Friday to Saturday: 5 to 11 p.m.

Afghan Horsemen

If you’re looking for a different type of dining experience, a visit to Granville Island’s Afghan Horsemen is in order. Exploring an exotic cuisine with your date adds a bit of adventure to the mix, and the restaurant’s cozy second-floor patio amps things up further. After you’re done with dinner, head inside to watch the belly dancers perform, and be sure to order two of their “Mighty Horsemen” cocktails, served in massive flower pots. This is one meal your date won’t soon forget.

Address: #202 – 1833 Anderson Street
Phone: 604-873-5923
Websiteafghanhorsemen.com
Dinner Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 5 to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday: 5 to 11 p.m.

The Beach House

Just across the Lions Gate Bridge lies West Vancouver’s best patio: The Beach House. Situated right on the water by Dundarave Pier, the patio offers sweeping views of the entire city, from Stanley Park all the way to UBC. If there was ever a patio made for watching sunsets, this would be it. But you didn’t drive all this way just for the scenery. Luckily, the food at The Beach House is just as good as the view.

Address: 150 25th Street, West Vancouver
Phone: 604-922-1414
Website: thebeachhouserestaurant.ca
Dinner Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 5 to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday: 5 to 11 p.m.

Minami

The backyard patio at Minami is a true hidden gem. Located at the far end of the restaurant, it’s surrounded by a lush garden that gives it a very intimate feel. It’s the perfect spot to sip on a cocktail or two and munch on some inventive sushi (Minami kills it in the sushi department FYI). Bonus: the patio is heated, covered and open late.

Address: 1118 Mainland Street
Phone: 604-685-8080
Dinner Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 5 to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday: 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Website: minamirestaurant.com

Truffles Cafe at VanDusen Gardens

For a daytime date, there’s no better place than Truffles Café inside VanDusen Botanical Garden. The café’s sun-drenched patio overlooks the gorgeous grounds of the garden and is open all day. Plus it’s licensed. And if you’re in the mood for a picnic, Truffles has grab-and-go customized picnic baskets so you can take some nibbles and a bottle of wine into the garden and enjoy a meal al fresco.

Address: 5151 Oak Street
Phone: 604-505-4961
Website: trufflesfinefoods.com
Hours: Autumn/Winter: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Spring/Summer: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Reflections

Housed inside the iconic Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Reflections’ outdoor resto-lounge brings a slice of South Beach chic to Vancouver. The inner courtyard has a quiet and relaxed feel, but the fire pit, pools and water features add a dose of glamour to this hot spot. If you’re feeling like dropping a few bills, why not reserve one of the cabanas for you and your S.O., and then pop a bottle or two?

Address: 801 West Georgia Street
Phone: 604-673-7043
Website: rosewoodhotels.com
Dinner Hours: 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Dockside

If you want a spot to wow your date, look no further than Dockside at Granville Island; their patio is considered by many to be the best in the city. Between the outdoor fireplaces, heated cabana and stunning views of False Creek and the North Shore, it’s not hard to see why. With its prime location and a delish seafood-focused menu, dinner at Dockside definitely won’t disappoint.

Address: 1253 Johnston Street
Phone: 604-685-7070
Website: docksidevancouver.com
Dinner Hours: 5 to 10 p.m.

Brix

Quite possibly the most romantic patio on our list, Brix will score you major brownie points with your date. Despite its location on a busy Yaletown street, once you step inside Brix’s covered courtyard (which is open year round, btw), it feels like you’re a world away. The food game is on point too, featuring Canadian cuisine along with a list of 60 different wines available by the glass. Good luck choosing just one!

Address: 1138 Homer Street
Phone: 604-915-9463
Website: brixvancouver.com
Hours: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Adesso Bistro

Never heard of Adesso? Most people haven’t, which is exactly what makes it the perfect spot for a date. This quaint bistro is hidden in the middle of a residential neighbourhood in the West End, just a block from busy Denman Street. Surrounded by flowers and greenery, the charming patio has “date night” written all over it, but you definitely need to make a reservation if you want to snag a seat.

Address: 1906 Haro Street
Phone: 604-568-9975
Website: adessobistro.net
Dinner Hours: 5 to 10 p.m.

 

Tangoo list curated by Serena Matter, a lifestyle writer, trend spotter and founder of the lifestyle magazine The Wanderlust Report. Obsessed with unusual desserts and ethnic eats, she’s constantly seeking out Vancouver’s hidden gems and posting her escapades on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter at @serenamatter.

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