Best patios with a view in Vancouver

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Patio season is upon us, and while it is paramount that open air venues have a solid menu and drinks list, they score even better marks if they possess key vantage points.

Offering water, mountain, city, and sunset outlooks here are the best patios with a view in Vancouver.

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Dockside

Photo courtesy Dockside Restaurant

Photo courtesy Dockside Restaurant

The patio at Dockside is hard to beat for its scope and views. Settle in and soak up the sunshine and enjoy the vista of Yaletown’s skyline and and North Shore Mountains, all nestled alongside False Creek. Head over for brunch, a beer and a snack, or a seafood-centric dinner.

Address: 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)
Phone: 604-685-7070
Twitter: @eatDockside

Mahony & Sons – Stamps Landing

Right on False Creek, this casual Irish pub’s sun-drenched patio offers gorgeous waterfront views and a laid-back vibe, complete with brews and pub grub.

Address: 601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Phone: 604-876-0234
Twitter: @MahonyAndSons

Cactus Club Cafe – English Bay

Residing along the sandy shores of English Bay, Cactus Club Cafe’s Beach Avenue locale has, inarguably, one of the best patios in the city. Offering spectacular ocean vistas, the waterfront setting is ideal for people watching, taking in the sunset, and sun seekers wanting a good dose of Vitamin D.

Address: 1790 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-681-2582
Twitter: @cactusclubcafe

Bridges Restaurant

If there’s one restaurant that’s served as an enduring landmark on Granville Island its Bridges. You can see its bright yellow exterior from far away, beckoning like an old pal. Their waterfront deck is hard to beat when it comes to views, and a prime spot for drinking in a sunny Vancouver day.

Address: 1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)
Phone: 604-687-4400
Twitter: @BridgesGI

The Wicklow Pub

Situated along the seawall in False Creek, The Wicklow Pub boasts one of the sunniest patios in Vancouver. West-facing, the upstairs back patio is where you’ll find a seat to plonk yourself on as you soak up some summer rays or watch a perfect sunset with a cold one in hand.

Address: 610 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Phone: 604-879-0821
Twitter: @thewicklowpub

Tap & Barrel – Olympic Village

Enjoy a positively summery vibe on Tap & Barrel’s sizable patio. Set right on False Creek patrons are encouraged to lap up the water views, while they dig into the casual eatery’s comforting fare and throw back one of the many craft beers on offer.

Address: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-2223
Twitter: @TAPvillage

The Teahouse in Stanley Park

Set deep within Stanley Park near Third Beach, The Tea House is a charming foodie destination. Whether you’re after brunch, lunch, or dinner, stop by on a warm summers day and take in all the gorgeous scenery that surrounds.

Address: 7501 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-3281
Twitter: @The_Teahouse

The Galley

The perfect way to end a day spent at Jericho Beach, The Galley offers beachside views with a beachside menu to match. Its beautiful vista includes views of Stanley Park, the North Shore Mountains, Bowen Island, and the Strait of Georgia.

Address: 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-222-1331
Twitter: @GalleyPatio

Miku

The sheltered patio at Miku’s waterfront location offers unbeatable views of Canada Place. The restaurant’s name literally translates to “beautiful sky”, and the ownership has certainly done what they can to put that into play when designing the restaurant.

Address: 200 Granville Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-3900
Twitter: @MikuRestaurant

The Boathouse – Kitsilano

The Boathouse has a tradition of setting up its restaurant locations with stunning waterfront vistas, and this goes for its Kits location too. Patrons who frequent the Arbutus Street digs are rewarded with beautiful ocean views from the restaurant’s second floor covered patio.

Address: 1305 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-738-5487
Twitter: @BoathouseBC

Altitudes Bistro

Photo courtesy of Altitudes Bistro

Photo courtesy Altitudes Bistro

True, you’re going to have to take a gondola up to get to this one, but it’s worth it for the view. Altitudes Bistro is a casual dining option with a great patio and unbeatable views overlooking the Lower Mainland at Grouse Mountain Resort. A second, and more elevated option, The Observatory serves up dinner and stunning views (from the restaurant’s large glass windows) seven nights a week.

Address: Located on the upper floor of the Peak Chalet at Grouse Mountain, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-980-9311
Twitter: @grousemountain

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