There are few restaurants in Vancouver that can boast views as breathtaking as those at Seasons in the Park Restaurant. Perched on a hillside atop Queen Elizabeth Park—the highest point in the city—the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows and rustic patio take full advantage of the gorgeous vistas of downtown Vancouver’s skyline and the northern mountains. It’s one of the Top 5 Vancouver Restaurants with a View.
I had lunch at Seasons in the Park last week and was surprised to discover that this local favourite has been quietly making substantial changes over the last year. In the past, Seasons was best known as a fine-dining destination, a place for celebrations, family reunions, and other special occasions. Today’s Seasons is still worthy of special events, but it’s evolving away from its former “fine-dining” designation to a more relaxed one: it has changed its menu to include a wide variety of reasonably-priced (though still delicious) casual fare, has extensively renovated its Winebar, and has launched a new cocktail list, too.
If you’ve been thinking of Seasons in the Park only as the restaurant to take Grandma to brunch or as too expensive for a pop-in while exploring Queen Elizabeth Park, think again.
Though it still has the same elegant interior and high-class service, the new menu offers lots of choices for a casual meal. Lunch entrees start at $13 and include pizza, a BC Salmon Burger, and a truly delightful Ahi Tuna Niçoise. There’s a kids’ menu available, too. (And this is a great spot for taking kids; I went with my toddler and the staff handled him perfectly.)
This “new” Seasons is also a great option for date night. Not only can you and your partner sample a wide selection of wines at the Winebar, you can snuggle on the patio—which features outdoor fires in brick fireplaces—or try out a new cocktail creation. The desserts—my favourite is the decadent Double Belgian Chocolate Truffle & Fudge Cake, which actually comes with two pieces of cake—are ideal for sharing, too.
I really adore the changes Seasons has made. It’s so easy to stroll through the park’s Quarry Gardens, sit by the dancing fountains in front of the Bloedel Conservatory, or even play a round of golf at the Queen Elizabeth Park Pitch & Putt and then head to the restaurant for a round of fish tacos and a beer while enjoying one of the best views in town.
Seasons in the Park is wheelchair and stroller accessible and offers valet parking. Nearby parking is available, too.
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