It’s restaurant patio season here in Vancouver, and with COVID restrictions starting to lift, it’s shaping up to be a summer full of food, drinks, and jaw-dropping views.
Gather your 6 friends, head out to a patio, and enjoy all that the Vancouver restaurant scene has to offer. You can soak up the sun and reconnect with your friends and family over a delightful meal or cocktail all while taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of the Pacific Northwest.
We’ve rounded up the 20 best restaurant patios in Vancouver for you to help you make the most of your endless summer. The hardest part will be choosing where to go.
Our picks for the best restaurant patios in Vancouver
This rooftop is a plant-lover’s dream with whimsical décor and a large collection of foliage surrounding the tables. Stop in for their happy hour from 2:30 to 5:00pm everyday and see for yourself why The Roof is one of the best patios of any Vancouver restaurants.
Enjoy a cocktail or a hand-crafted meal on the seawall at Ancora. This restaurant specializes in Peruvian-Japanese fusion, a unique mix of two robust cuisines. Join them for their happy hour from 2:30 to 5:00pm to take advantage of $2 oysters and $8 glasses of rose.
The H Tasting Lounge comes complete with waterfront views, locally-sourced tasting plates, and unique cocktails perfect for sipping on a summer day. With a sprawling patio and lots of umbrellas, it makes for a great stop on a sunny day after strolling through Stanley Park.
Located at the highest point in Vancouver, Seasons in the Park is known for it’s spectacular views. Enjoy grilled local salmon or Fraser Valley chicken on their restaurant patio while you admire the view of downtown Vancouver on a sunny evening.
Vancouver has two Craft locations, and both made our list for Vancouver’s best restaurant patios. Craft False Creek is a sprawling brewery with a massive patio steps away from the seawall. Order a craft beer or their infamous nachos and you’ll be set for the afternoon.
The newest Craft location also deserves a spot on our list. Their patio has it all: ocean views, daily drink specials, and an old-school very photogenic VW van. Stop by on Sunday for all-day happy hour featuring food and drink starting at $4.
The Tap & Barrel in Olympic village has a large patio overlooking the ocean and sunset views at the right time of day. Come in the evening for a post-work cocktail or gather on the patio for Sunday morning brunch. Either way, you’ll get have the ocean wind blowing through your hair.
Looking for another ocean-front patio? Try the Mahony in False Creek. Their patio gets plenty of sun on a summer day and they have a happy hour on weekdays from 2-5. If you’re lucky, you may even see the harbour seals who frequent the area.
Located on the other side of the seawall in Coal Harbour is Cardero’s, an elegant restaurant serving up fresh seafood and comfort dishes. Their patio is heated, covered, and has views of the mountains on the North Shore. It’s an ideal choice for rainy days or lunch break rendezvous.
Also in the area is the infamous Cactus Club in Coal Harbour. This highly sought-after restaurant patio is located right next to the Vancouver convention centre and is a perpetually lively and packed place to be, no matter what time of day it is.
11. Earls on Robson
What this restaurant patio lacks in size, it makes up for in charm. Head to the back of the restaurant and you’ll find an intimate patio setting surrounded by high rises with socially distanced tables, lush plants, and adorable twinkling lights.
12. The Sandbar
Tucked away on Granville Island is The Sandbar, a seafood restaurant with food as great as its views. The patio sits right under the Granville Bridge making for a unique and interesting dining experience. Pair that with the ocean views and you have one of the best restaurant patios in all of Vancouver.
If you’re in to people-watching, then the Coast patio may be the best pick for you. Their patio is situated in the front of the restaurant on Alberni street, making for ample opportunities to observe passerby’s while you enjoy your meal of freshly prepared seafood.
14. Italian Kitchen
Italian Kitchen on Burrard has a charming Tuscany-inspired patio with bright red umbrellas and flowers that bloom in the spring. Although the heated patio of this Vancouver restaurant can be enjoyed year round, it’s especially pleasant on a warm summer evening after work.
Not only does LIFT have a menu full of regionally sourced fare, they also have an award winning patio to boot. With fireplaces for colder evenings and mountain views, LIFT is a great choice for an intimate dinner date with that special someone in your life.
16. The Victor
The Victor at Parq Vancouver is certainly one of the most unique restaurant patios here in the city. The patio overlooks the hotel’s beautifully manicured terraces, as well as BC Place. Come in the evening to see the famous arena all lit up while you enjoy a dinner crafted by world-class chefs.
If you’ve ever biked under the Burrard bridge, you’ve probably seen the patio at Beach Ave Bar and Grill. It’s a fun little spot for easy-going burgers and fries on a Friday night. It’s situated right on the seawall, giving it ocean views and beach vibes at every hour of the day.
This Granville Island staple has a two-story patio fit for a party. The massive marina side restaurant patios have views of mountains, yachts, and bikers on the Burrard bridge. Not to mention spectacular sunset views and Sangria pitchers, perfect for sharing with your 5 friends.
19. Sing Sing
Sing Sing is the hot new spot that’s taken Main Street by storm. The have an eclectic menu of pizza and pho and an open-air dining situation that makes the whole place feel like one big patio. Order a beer and a kimchi grilled cheese and you’ll see why Sing Sing is a cult favorite here in Vancouver.
If food and drinks in the forest is more your thing, then Stanley Park Brewing may have the patios for you. This restaurant is located in the heart of Stanley Park and has a large patio with plenty of space for social distancing. The large tables leave lots of room for you to enjoy some safe social time with friends.
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Consider it a free drink on us to celebrate the reopening of restaurants. Cheers Vancouver!